Another band of downpours and thunderstorms swept across the Philadelphia region yesterday, taking down trees and wires, causing flooding, and prompting several water rescues, my colleague Anthony R. Wood reported. The storms hit areas that were still recovering from powerful storms late last week. There are more showers possible today and into the weekend. Stay dry out there, Philly.
It’s a choice families and communities are being forced to make: risk COVID-19 exposure by returning to classrooms or wrestle with another season of virtual learning. Data from two counties in South Jersey have offered a window into the potential hazards of reopening schools fully. Mirroring national trends, children and teenagers are accounting for a growing share of the coronavirus cases in Camden and Gloucester Counties.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reversed course yesterday, saying schools can choose to shift entirely to virtual learning in the fall. Previously he mandated that schools offer some in-person classes.
It’s been almost 10 years since lawyers sued Philadelphia police over unjustified stop and frisks, mostly of Black citizens. And they say the racial disparities are still glaring. Black residents are 50% more likely than white people to be stopped without reasonable suspicion, according to a semiannual monitoring report submitted to a federal judge in July.
And in a moment where the city has acknowledged the need for more reform, advocates are pushing for changes. Included among them are department-wide training and accountability, interventions in problem police districts, and an expanded system to bring non-police responders to address certain complaints.
“Why are you crying, Mommy?” Miriam Smith’s 6-year-old daughter, Peyton, asked her Monday night.
The man who had stolen so much from her and saddled her with survivor’s guilt that led to family struggles, drugs, and prostitution had died, my colleague Ellie Silverman writes.
More than 38 years ago, when Smith was almost as old as her daughter Peyton now is, Louis Giambi killed her parents and 3-year-old sister. Giambi was a drug dealer and hired hit man who murdered the wrong victims in their Camden County home in what became known as the Pine Hill Massacre.
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“Five months into this pandemic, we’ve seen bad behavior only get worse: unmasked men waltzing into big box stores and yelling about liberty, as though having to wear a mask while shopping for beef jerky is akin to being stabbed in the chest with a giant totalitarian sword. Now we’ve got parents acting like toddlers at places that by definition are refuges for childhood joy.” — writes columnist Maria Panaritis about the coronavirus mask resister who punched a Sesame Place employee.