Well, the forecast that called for rain, rain, and more rain for the first two days of winter has been spot on. The tradeoff is that temperatures are up in the 60s today in Philly. I’ll take it. One thing the rain won’t help: traffic. And neither does the seemingly never-ending construction on I-95, which won’t be done for a very long time.
This newsletter’s going quiet over the holiday, returning to your inboxes Wednesday, Dec. 26, but you can always find the latest news at Philly.com. Until then, I hope you enjoy time with your loved ones. (And stay dry!)
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Commuters have been facing diversions and traffic delays along I-95 due to a massive construction project for a while now. And the planners, engineers, managers, and laborers who have worked on rebuilding the highway’s 51 miles in Pennsylvania may never see what a completed I-95 looks like. The construction is being completed in four phases, some slated to finish up in the 2020s, 2030s and beyond.
A reader who wondered how much longer the work, which has been ongoing for more than a decade, will last, asked our newsroom about it using our Curious Philly question-and-answer forum.
Philadelphia is now the nation’s second biggest city to have a scheduling law, behind New York.
The law will go into effect in 2020. Large companies will have to set workers' schedules two weeks ahead of time, pay premiums if schedules are changed after that date, and offer available shifts to current workers over hiring new people.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia opened a fund last month that would compensate victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
But, this fund isn’t available to victims who were abused by someone who belonged to an independent Catholic religious order. About a quarter of the abuse claims submitted so far have been rejected because the alleged abuse was from members religious orders, such as the Franciscans, Augustinians, or Jesuits.
Earlier this week, 11 Jesuit priests who worked in Philadelphia in the past were named in a newly released list of clerics who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor.
City Hall’s looking 💯, @aimeebsiegel.
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“To be clear, the death of any mother or baby should be prevented at all costs, no matter their race. But the reality is that black women face the greatest danger when they deliver their children.” — Mashayla Hays, reproductive justice fellow at New Voices and the Women’s Law Project in Pittsburgh, on black women’s maternal mortality rate.