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And, cries for justice after dog attack.

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Hello, staunch readers of The Inquirer Morning Newsletter.

First: The U.S. economy takes center stage in political debates.

Then: The vaccination rates among Asians in the U.S. and Philadelphia appear to be vastly better than Pennsylvania, but why?

And: Demonstrators take to the streets after a 26-year-old Black man from Burlington City says he suffered a bite from a white security guard’s dog.

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New data reveal that the U.S. economy climbed at a 6.5% annual rate last quarter, but although Democratic leaders tout growth, Republicans point to other concerning increases.

On the heels of the bipartisan infrastructure deal advancing in Congress, Democrats share optimism in working to pass a popular policy this fall that could potentially further stimulate the U.S. economy.

Meanwhile, Republicans see other critical things on the rise that could impact crucial political races, primarily an uptick in consumer prices due to inflation.

Reporter Jonathan Tamari takes you inside the battle over the economy between Democrats and Republicans.

Asians lead the nation in the rate of inoculation among racial groups, but that is not shown to be the case in Pennsylvania, where they appear to have one of the lowest vaccination rates.

This low ranking in the state is also in stark contrast to Philadelphia’s Asian residents, who lead the way with the highest vaccination rate in the city, where there’s an 88% vaccination rate for Asians and Pacific Islanders, who are either partially or fully vaccinated.

But health officials suspect that there’s an undercount of vaccinated Asians statewide.

Reporters Justine McDaniel, Erin McCarthy, and Jonathan Lai uncover the possible factors for the undercount in vaccinations among Pennsylvania’s Asian population.

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  6. How to wear face masks in hot weather.

What you need to know today

  1. Demonstrators are vowing to show up at a Gloucester County restaurant after a dog attack, and a video that partially captures an episode between a Black man and a white security guard early Thursday morning at Adelphia Restaurant & Events.

  2. Here are the facts related to the delta variant’s spread and other COVID-19 findings, according to the CDC.

  3. Student researchers are back at it again this summer, with campus labs open after many schools restricted undergraduate summer research last year due to COVID-19.

  4. Summer learning academies are educating Black children about literacy and love, while emphasizing Black history.

  5. West Philly residents, who have lost loved ones to violence, push to get out the stories of those killed in the city.

  6. Penn State has widened its campus’ reach in the state, but how has that impacted other state universities?

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“It’s impossible, frankly, not to look at America’s struggling working-class moms finally putting some greens on the dinner table or driving off to community college and wonder why this hasn’t been a top priority — as opposed to new fighter jets and propping up the U.S. yacht industry,” writes columnist Will Bunch, questioning the priorities of the nation.

What we're reading

  1. An artificial intelligence study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that Center City streets are the best in the nation, Philly Voice reports.

  2. Meet the volunteer chefs feeding local families dealing with food insecurity, Billy Penn reports.

  3. Look up! Saturn reaches its closest point to Earth this morning, reports.

  4. More Americans are joining survivalist schools as fears about climate change grow, NBC News reports.

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Satoia Wright, a Philadelphia middle school teacher, convinced her department chair and the head of the private school to spearhead a summer program. The 33-year-old bilingual educator details how she’s meeting the needs of the Spanish-speaking community of Philadelphia with her in-person, pay-what-you-can algebra classes in Center City.