It’s wet out there today, Philly. We’ve got rain in the forecast. Still no snow, though. In other news, Danielle Outlaw today will officially become the city’s first black woman to lead the police department. Also, the 2020 election is officially in full swing. And a few Pennsylvania Democrats who won over Republican-leaning districts in 2018 offer some advice on how to beat Trump’s GOP. Plus, we report on a development into why Delco might stink, what the Flyers are doing to attract younger fans, and our annual spring arts guide.

Last week might have been the busiest political week in quite some time with the seemingly neverending Iowa caucus that started on Monday, President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the impeachment trial conviction vote on Wednesday, and a Democratic presidential debate Friday night. Sheesh. Oh, and it doesn’t stop. Tomorrow is the New Hampshire primary.

🗳️It feels like this could keep up for the rest of 2020 (or at least until November), and to help you digest it all, we’re launching a new email newsletter focused on how Pennsylvania, the nation’s ultimate political battleground, will shape the outcome of this year’s elections. Sign up here, and don’t forget to pass it along!🗳️

My colleagues are working hard to cover the election from every angle. For example, here are some of the stories we’ve published in just the last few days:

Eagles season-ticket holder Joe Nocero never saw kickoff. The 41-year-old and his friends hustled to get to their seats for the start of this November’s Eagles-Pats game at the Linc, but when he sat down, his body started moving oddly, and he became unresponsive. One of his friends recalled how frustrated he was with how long it took for EMTs to arrive. Nocera suffered some kind of fatal cardiac event that afternoon.

While teams of professionals tend to injured players down on the field, the response to medical emergencies in the stands is less certain. My colleague asked Philly’s sports teams about these situations and they refused to talk. And, the company that provides EMS staffing for the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and a host of other clients, did not respond to several requests for comment.

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“'Coal keeps the lights on.' ... This is Schuylkill County, in the center of the world’s most extensive deposits of anthracite coal.” — writes Paul Starobin, the author of A Most Wicked Conspiracy: The Last Great Swindle of the Gilded Age in a piece adapted from the winter issue of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. Starobin writes about the defiant and resilient nature of Pa.'s mining communities.

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