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Residents losing sleep over stereos blaring at the Pagoda

From the Reading Eagle (8/28/16):

Every Saturday night for about a year, a group of apparent car stereo enthusiasts has been congregating on Skyline Drive and the parking lot of the Pagoda, high above the city, opening the vehicles, cracking open beverages and cranking up car stereos for all to hear.

Residents of homes on the Reading and Lower Alsace Township sides of the mountain, some 100 yards to a quarter-mile away, say the music is keeping them awake at night. They add that even if city police go up and try to silence the crowd, the partiers often return to blast their techno-salsa brand of music into the wee hours of the morning.

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Prison guards link staffing, safety at protest in Berks

From the Reading Eagle (8/25/16):

Berks County Prison correctional officers demonstrated outside the county services center Wednesday, saying understaffing at the jail is leading to safety concerns.

Officers said they're routinely required to work back-to-back shifts of 14 or 16 hours. They said that leaves them with little time to rest between shifts, making them burned out and tired on the job and less equipped to provide the necessary security.

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Mothers at Berks County Residential Center suspend hunger strike

From the Reading Eagle (8/26/16):

Mothers at the Berks County Residential Center say they've suspended their hunger strike but will be ready to start again if they are not released from the facility soon.

Advocates for detainees at the center, which houses families in federal custody while awaiting immigration proceedings after coming to the U.S. to seek asylum, said at an Aug. 11 rally that 22 mothers at the center were four days into a hunger strike.

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Berks commissioners defend Berks County Residential Center

From the Reading Eagle (8/26/16):

Two Berks County commissioners fired back at criticism of the Berks County Residential Center Thursday, alleging that state officials revoked the center's license for political reasons and saying advocates for its closure are spreading false information about conditions at the facility.

The statements came after the board's weekly meeting as Berks commissioners Christian Y. Leinbach and Mark C. Scott spoke with about a dozen members of a coalition opposed to the center. The facility houses federally-detained families awaiting immigration proceedings after coming to the U.S. to seek asylum.

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