Nelson J. Pérez will be installed this afternoon as the 10th archbishop of Philadelphia. We’ll be covering the developments throughout the day on Inquirer.com. In other news, my colleague explains how viruses like coronavirus can “jump” from animals to humans, an Allentown museum discovers that it has had a Rembrandt painting for decades, and some students are returning to their Philly school buildings after a five-month absence due to asbestos.
The source of the new coronavirus is apparently an urban market with a collection of live animals that somehow infected shoppers. Viruses have been spreading from animals to humans since we began farming with them, living among them, and killing them for food — so, basically for many thousands of years. My colleague Tom Avril spoke with experts to explain what happens when a virus jumps between animals.
Meanwhile, a couple from York County, Pa., has been quarantined for coronavirus at an Air Force base in San Antonio after evacuating a cruise ship in Japan. They have not tested positive. Pennsylvania has had no confirmed cases of the virus.
When the Flyers score a goal at home, it sets off a chain of events: The puck hits the back of the net, a foghorn roars, over 19,000 fans scream in delight, sirens go off, lights flash. But in a room near the Club Level’s main escalators, only a muffled noise gets through. For fans with autism and sensory sensitivity, the Flyers have created an environment for them and their families to enjoy their favorite team.
Starting in 2015, the lounge was made available during the Flyers’ annual Autism Awareness nights. After a positive response, the franchise made them available at seven games, and there’s a chance that a permanent location could be carved out so it could become an every-game feature next season, according to a Flyers official.
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“Didn’t anyone remind the ‘Diverse Editions’ team that you can’t judge a book by its cover? Didn’t anyone in the executive suites where this nut-job idea originated squirm a bit as they imagined a dark-skinned Frankenstein or a Latinx-looking Juliet? Did the word ‘blackface’ (‘yellowface,’ ‘redface’) never enter their minds?” — writes Anndee Hochman, a writer and teacher in Philadelphia, about how Barnes & Noble’s botched black history efforts made a mockery of true efforts toward inclusion.