The Eagles have been hard to predict this season, but a man in the Lehigh Valley makes a living off of his predictions. He sells his predictions on things such as clothing sales and flight delays. We also have articles on how Pittsburgh is seeing some progress in fighting the opioid crisis and why Pennsylvania’s presidential primary could have an impact this spring.
The opioid crisis is “like being in a war. It’s like battle fatigue. Year after year, you work so hard," said the director of an overdose prevention program at a needle exchange in Allegheny County. After a record-breaking year for overdose deaths in the county in 2017, fatal overdoses dropped by more than 40% in 2018.
There isn’t one single reason, according to experts in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Allegheny County. Some point to flooding the county with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Others credit drug treatment programs. Doctors are also prescribing fewer opioid painkillers. The area’s hardest-hit locations are being targeted with public health measures, too. In many ways, the plan is similar to Philadelphia’s, but the results, at least so far, have been different.
By the time the Pennsylvania primary rolls around in presidential election years, the candidates from the major parties are typically determined. But when the Keystone State votes on April 28, 2020, things might be different. State Democrats are expecting the primary to play a key role in deciding who will run against President Trump in November.
The reasons have to do with the still wide field of candidates and the party’s nominating process. Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democrat from Northeast Philadelphia thinks that Pennsylvania “could potentially have six or seven weeks [in the spring] when we are the center of the political universe.”
Here are some of Bill “Captain” Kirk’s predictions (yes, he’s a Star Trek junkie): In March, warm weather will boost shorts sales in Chicago, and flight delays at PHL will be down next year because of less precipitation.
He’s the co-founder of a Lehigh Valley-based company that sells long-range forecasts to retailers and investors and has a list of big-name clients that includes JP Morgan, Coca-Cola, and Walmart. But scientists remain skeptical of the forecasts.
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