The confirmed U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 yesterday, nearly three months after the first COVID-19 death was recorded in the country. It’s by far the largest number of any country. Nearly 1.6 million people in the United States have contracted COVID-19; that’s almost a third of the world’s cases.

Quiana “Star” Wright is a North Philly native and the owner of the Philadelphia Phantomz, a full-contact women’s football team. She formed a foundation to travel across Africa to promote American football, especially for women. She raised money for equipment and organized a tournament in Morocco, which was slated for March 23 before the coronavirus put the country in lockdown and canceled her own season back in Philly.

Why does Wright take on the unofficial role of spreading the sport she loves?

There’s space for girls coming up to get to love football," Wright said, "and enjoy the game, and be able to play it at a higher level, eventually.”

Here are some of the ways voting will be different in Philly this year: cuts in the number of polling places, a surge in voting by mail, and the presence of masks, barriers, and gloves.

To help you sort through all the ways Tuesday’s primary election will be different, my colleague Jonathan Lai wrote about what to expect.

With fans or without? Resume the regular season or go straight to playoffs? Each decision sports leagues make right now has a dollar amount attached to it and could have lasting implications for the way we watch sports going forward.

But sports are not only big businesses, they’re small businesses, too.

What you need to know today

Through your eyes | #OurPhilly

We’re all missing different things right now, with basketball being one of them. Thanks for sharing, @kees2life.

Tag your Instagram posts or tweets with #OurPhilly and we’ll pick our favorite each day to feature in this newsletter and give you a shout out!

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“The bottom line is that Comcast, which calls Philadelphia home and has made literally billions of dollars with support from Philadelphia taxpayers, is turning its back on the city and its children.” — writes education activist and assistant professor Zachary Wright about Comcast’s refusal to open WiFi networks to help Philadelphia students get online.

Inside The Inquirer

Every day this week, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the Inquirer newsroom to learn more about what we do and how we do it. If you missed yesterday’s edition, you can find it here.

Today, we’re diving into our data reporting with the graphics team. Here’s a little more about it from graphics editor John Duchneskie:

“The three-member graphics team at The Inquirer works with every desk at the paper, which keeps things interesting and allows us to build up expertise over a broad range of topics. Most of our work, especially during the coronavirus era, deals with data. We have different tools to use to visualize information, whether through charts, tables, or maps.

“We update statistics every day to keep up with the coronavirus crisis. That often makes us The Inquirer’s early warning system for detecting when something unusual is happening, such as the inadvertent release of Philadelphia nursing home cases, a spike in cases in Camden, or the virus spreading rapidly through a South Jersey center for disabled adults.”

Check this out: Since the coronavirus hit the Philly region, our graphics team has been tracking the spread on this page. The numbers are put in context so you know what’s really happening, and which Pennsylvania counties might be closer to reopening.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at uplifting stories from The UpSide and our We the People series.

Your Daily Dose of | Masked statues

My colleagues have encountered a number of makeshift face masks that statues and other inanimate objects are sporting throughout the region. Here’s a gallery of their pictures.