I have an important question to ask you all: are you ready for some football? I sure do hope so, because it's about to be all anyone in Philly talks about for the next few months. Thanks to our Eagles season preview you can get riled up for tomorrow night's kickoff ahead of time. On a more serious note, an important story leading this morning's news is that of two immigrant families who've taken sanctuary in a Philly church. They are the second and third families to do so in the last 10 months in response to threats of deportation.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn, morningnewsletter@philly.com)

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Two immigrant families, both with children who are American citizens, have taken sanctuary inside First United Methodist Church of Germantown in the face of imminent deportations.

The families, from Honduras and Jamaica, recently had long-standing pleas for asylum turned down. They say being deported to their homelands could mean death.

Carmela Apolonio Hernandez and her four children, all of whom face standing deportation orders, took sanctuary 10 months ago in the Church of the Advocate in North Philly. Hernandez says if the family returns to Mexico, they could be killed by gangsters.

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, got off to a contentious start Tuesday.

Democrats demanded the hearing be delayed over 100,000 pages of documents withheld from the vetting process by the Trump White House. Protesters repeatedly interrupted the hearing and several dozen were removed by police.

The hearings continue today, the second of at least four days of hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Kavanaugh can expect a long day of questioning.

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September 5, 2018
Signe Wilkinson
September 5, 2018
"But nobody said the struggle for equal rights and full recognition in this country was going to be easy. We have been fighting for a long time, and we will not stop today."
— Rev. Dr. Donald D. Moore of Philadelphia’s Mount Carmel Baptist Church on why

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Richard DiGregorio and Victoria Fera’s serenade
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Richard DiGregorio and Victoria Fera’s serenade

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The tradition of the South Philly serenade — in which a groom sings to his bride in public on the eve of the wedding — is staying alive thanks to Italian American millennials.