Jenice is a metro columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News covering mostly local topics but sometimes weighing in on national news as well.

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Philly hosted the pope and a Super Bowl parade. Why can’t we figure out the vaccinations? | Jenice Armstrong

We need for the same kind of energy that goes into orchestrating big events to go into ensuring that Philadelphians get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Done right, Philly officer’s new podcast could help demystify police work as well as the people behind the badge | Jenice Armstrong

Philadelphia Police Captain Matthew Gillespie created the podcast after becoming frustrated hearing people complain that nothing is being done to stem the city’s out-of-control gun violence epidemic.

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Now do you understand why I write about Black people so much? | Jenice Armstrong

Researchers examined The Inquirer over a six-week period and found that whites appeared in the vast majority of our stories. But Philadelphia is only 34% white.

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Back off Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and allow her to find footing in her new city | Jenice Armstrong

Commissioner Danielle Outlaw made some mistakes. But considering the kind of year that 2020 was, who in her position wouldn’t have?

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Philly’s bungled COVID-19 vaccine rollout erodes trust at a time when it’s needed the most | Jenice Armstrong

I wouldn’t be surprised if elderly residents and health care workers who might take a look at what’s going on and decide to wait awhile longer before getting vaccinated. I really hope they won’t.

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He’s not ‘jive.’ He’s our own Ukee Washington and Philly stands with him. | Jenice Armstrong

CBS3 sportscaster Don Bell summed it up best when he spoke out on the air saying, “Our Ukee Washington is the most hard working, authentic, caring and skilled journalist I’ve ever been around."

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It’s time to treat gun violence like the public health emergency it is | Jenice Armstrong

We need the same all-hands-on-deck approach to gun violence that we have given to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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America, it’s time for us to get used to saying ‘Madam Vice President’ | Jenice Armstrong

America finally got her first female vice president, who is also Black and Asian American. And she was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first woman of color on the Supreme Court.

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Don’t travel to D.C. for the presidential inauguration | Jenice Armstrong

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants out-of-towners to stay away. I plan to do just that. You should too. Stay home. Virtual proceedings are the way to go this year.

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Female armed robbery victim: If it happened to me, it can happen to you. Keep your guard up, ladies. | Jenice Armstrong

“I never thought this would happen to me,” Renee told me. “I never thought that someone would shoot me for no reason."