Yesterday, Philadelphia posted second notices at two homeless encampments saying they’d be cleared out this morning. The first closure notice was posted last month but action was postponed to extend negotiations.

City officials had been negotiating with encampment organizers to find a way to house those who were living there. But they appeared to be too far apart, leading Mayor Jim Kenney to say that continuing the talks would be “fruitless.” Officials ordered that the sites would be shuttered when signs were posted Monday morning.

In recent years, about 1.5 million students in Pennsylvania were transported by school buses daily, according to the state Department of Transportation. But it’s still unclear how many students will need buses this fall. The unknowns presented by the coronavirus pandemic have created questions about the future of school bus drivers, a group already facing worker shortages, my colleague Patricia Madej reports.

Keeping kids as safe as possible on buses this year will involve some of the safety practices that have become routine in other areas of everyday life, from enhanced cleaning and enforced social distancing to face masks.

An annual party to remember an 18-year-old who was fatally shot in 2013 turned violent Saturday night in North Philadelphia. Multiple people opened fire on a crowd of about 200, leaving five people shot. It was part of a weekend of violence across the city in which more than 30 people were shot. On Monday, a police spokesperson said there had been no arrests so far in the quintuple shooting.

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“Those of us growing up as first- or second-generation Americans straddle two worlds. That’s just our reality. When someone refuses to make an effort in learning our names, we can experience it as a rejection of this dual identity.” — writes Neha Mukherjee, an Indian American writer from the Philadelphia area, about the importance of correctly pronouncing names, including that of Kamala Harris.

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Philly nonprofit ECO (Education Culture Opportunities) has been a presence to the communities in Southwest and West Philly. Yesterday, the ECO Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the ECO Center, its first home of its own.

“We would go wherever people needed us — wherever we can serve, we move,” said Kyle “the Conductor” Morris, 30, ECO’s executive director. “This will be a really great opportunity to have a hub – one place where we can really meet the needs of the community, tap in, and figure out what they want.”