The Philly Four: GOP backs Oz in the recount
Philadelphia's operating budget at risk with employment projections. Research from The Pew Charitable Trust found a wide variance of outcomes for Philadelphia's operating budget given the multiple projections of employment patterns, with some data showing that the city may face a significantly low difference between the $1.6 billion budget and its revenue. The research states that Philadelphia's next mayor may inherit a complex and potentially challenging financial situation.
The Philly Four: Group angry over Central Bucks book-banning policy
City considering replacing street lights with LEDs. Philadelphia's City Council’s Committee on Finance approved a bill that will allow the city to enter into a contract with Philadelphia Energy Authority. The agreement would allow for the group to replace Philadelphia's streetlights with LEDs, something other major cities like New York have already done. The potential contract is estimated to cost around $90 million.
CDC COVID-19 Community Level in Carroll County remains LOW as additional jurisdictions in Maryland shift to Medium
Last week (May 12th) seven jurisdictions in Maryland had moved into the “Medium” level of CDC COVID-19 Community Level: Montgomery County, Howard County, Baltimore City, Kent County, Wicomico County, Somerset County and Worcester County. Additional jurisdictions have moved into the “Medium” category as of May 19th:
The Philly Four: Election Day in Pa., when will we find out who won?
The General Primary Election is being held on Tuesday and if you still have questions on how or where to vote, click the link above to head to the city's election page. You will find out what to do with your mail-in ballot, where your polling place is and how to check your voter registration. The site also outlines your rights as a voter, that nobody can stop you from voting besides a poll watcher or worker with suspicion.
Homeless will continue to occupy Aloft hotel in downtown Denver
(Denver, Colo.) A downtown Denver hotel will continue to house people experiencing homelessness at risk for COVID-19 through the end of this year. City Council will consider the item on its Monday consent agenda. Matters on the consent agenda usually pass without a roll call vote.
1 Million US Lives Lost to COVID, 6 Million Globally
Flags were lowered to half-staff as President Joe Biden commemorated the "tragic milestone" of 1,000,000 lives being lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. PBS reports that, while the official estimate of lives lost globally is 6.2 million, the World Health Organization estimates the real toll to be 15,000,000 lives lost directly or indirectly due to COVID-19.
Thursday in Portland: Multnomah County urges mask wearing amid rise in COVID-19 cases and more
(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, May 12 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses. 1. Multnomah County health officials recommend masking indoors amid rise in COVID-19 cases.
The Philly Four: Officials recommend masking as COVID cases rise, busy season begins
City expects appeals after new property valuations. Philadelphia conducted its first valuations of property in three years and decided to raise rates on residential buildings. The new valuations raise property tax on residential premises by an average of 31% from the 2019 rate. Property owners can begin informally appealing the valuation by requesting a "First Level Review" by the Office of Property Assessment.
Rising COVID-19 cases cause some schools to bring back masks
Though the American public’s fears of COVID are fading, even as the country approaches 1 million deaths in the pandemic, omicron cases are on the rise, which are causing some schools, particularly in the northeast, to bring back their masking requirements.
What will the pandemic's legacy be for couples and daters? COVID-19's long tail for our romantic relationships
COVID-19 has forever changed much about daily life, our relationships included. Perhaps for the better.Surprising_Shots. The pandemic provided an unexpected boost for couples, but new data show relationships are returning back to normal.
Brain Fog: A Look into the Different Causes and Solutions
This is part two of a two-part series on overcoming brain fog. Forget the name of your child’s teacher again? Stumped by what you actually need to buy at the grocery store because you left the list at home? If you suffer from brain fog, you know that it can touch almost every aspect of your life — it can lead to an inability to articulate your thoughts clearly and make your job, household chores and caring for your loved ones more difficult than ever before. While the phenomenon of a COVID-19-induced lack of clarity has recently shed a spotlight on the topic, there are a number of other causes, symptoms and cures for brain fog.
Tuesday in Portland: Mayor set to streamline city cleanup, Blazers name Joe Cronin general manager
(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, May 10 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses. 1. Mayor Wheeler set to streamline the city's garbage cleanup efforts.
Virtual Covid Information Workshop Scheduled
Dr. Thomas Bader will present the latest information about Covid at a virtual workshop.Project Self-Sufficiency. Dr. Thomas Bader will present the latest information about the coronavirus and discuss variants, vaccines, and the impact of the virus on pregnancy in a virtual, interactive workshop hosted by Project Self-Sufficiency on Tuesday, May 17th, 6:00 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. The free presentation is part of a monthly series offered through Zoom which is open to the public; interested attendees should call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 for log-in details.
Nevada faces rising cases of COVID-19 reinfection among residents
Even though the COVID vaccine gives you a good fighting chance against the infection, there are still chances of reinfection - something that Nevada residents are just coming to realize.
New York City Lifts Student Vaccine Mandate for Prom
Mayor Eric Adams said on Monday that COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required for public school students to attend prom this year. Mayor Eric Adams announced that students who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to attend proms this year.AP Photo/Lynne Sladky.
Covid is Now A Random Variable In Our Lives, And That’s Not A Good Thing
If we get ill in the future, it may be reasonable to suspect that past Covid might have played a role. Pandemic restrictions aresubsiding all overtheworld. With a few exceptions, such as China’s authoritarian zero-Covid policy, most of us are starting to live with Covid. Previously, we have been living against Covid: initiating lockdowns, wearing face masks, avoiding social gatherings, and conducting PCR tests to detect and isolate positive Covid cases.
Hepatitis In Children Remains A Mystery, 5 Dead
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a wider investigation in the US related to the acute liver disease effecting pediatric populations since fall of 2021. A dozen states have reported hepatitis cases independent of the normal causes. In most of the children, adenovirus tests were positive.
The Philly Four: City still feeling the lingering effects of the pandemic on rent, local economy
While Philadelphia itself saw a 6% increase in rental costs over the course of the pandemic, its surrounding counties saw rates double or even almost triple that number. Some of the reasoning for this is these areas were in higher demand due to people wishing to move out of major metropolitan areas during the pandemic. This is an issue across the country as the national average for rent increased by 11.3%.
The Philly Four: Harden's second half struggles sink Sixers
Tourism in Philadelphia is on the way back up after being crushed by the pandemic. Early predictions estimated that it would take until 2026 for Philadelphia to see its tourism numbers return to 2019 levels. However, new estimates have pushed that date up to 2024 or even 2023. In 2021, visitors spent $5.3 billion in the city, a 26% increase from 2020.