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Real time updates added to SEPTA bus stations
- Digital screens showing an estimated wait time for SEPTA buses are being added to around 60 stops around Philadelphia. The screens are not run by SEPTA though, rather they are controlled by the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability who manage the bus shelters. The screen displays what route the bus is one, how many minutes away it is and whether it is running on time or not.
Initiative attempting to address disparities in healthcare
- Colleges, hospitals and insurers are coming together to take part in The Accelerate Health Equity initiative to attempt to address racial inequalities in healthcare. Some of the main points of emphasis include the racial disparities in heart disease, colorectal cancer and obesity. The reason behind the initiative is that Philadelphia ranked last in Pennsylvania counties for health outcomes.
Philadelphia hit hard by 'tranq dope'
- Cities and towns across the country have been hit harder and harder as the opioid epidemic continues to cause overdose deaths to rise. In Philadelphia, one of the major culprits of overdoses is the drug xylazine, a sedative not for human use. The drug's prevalence in local overdose deaths has skyrocketed from 2% between 2010 to 2015 to around one-third of all OD's in 2019. Xylazine is a synthetic supplement meant to increase the duration of time of the effect of fentanyl.
Giroux plays 1000th game as Flyer, could be his last
- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux played his 1000th game in the orange and black on Thursday night, but many suspect that it may be his last. Giroux did not make the trip to Ottawa with the team as the organization continues to shop the All-Star center on the trade market. Right now, the two leading candidates to land Giroux are the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers.