The Eagles finished the weekend on a high note yesterday, notching a win over the New York Jets. Despite what ended up being a pretty easy victory, it wasn’t necessarily the prettiest performance. But hey, a win’s a win.
In other news to start your week, we’ve got stories on how SEPTA is embroiled in the U.S.-China trade war, a couple who has struggled to get federal help as they battle cancer and homelessness in Chester County, and the temporary closure of a Philly school building due to asbestos issues. Scroll down further to learn about the world of competitive meat judging. (Yes, it’s a real thing.)
Maureen and Don Wall once owned a house where they raised two children. Now, they stay in cheap hotels, on friends’ couches, or in hospitals — Maureen in a bed and Don on a chair at her side. Maureen has gone through three years of cancer treatments while Don, who has been laid off twice, devotes his time to caring for her and looking for a part-time job.
While Medicaid covers hospital costs, they live off of what they get in food stamps and cash and gas money from friends, churches, and strangers. They’ve also applied for a government program called Supplemental Security Income that’s meant for disabled and destitute people who can’t work. The federal government has denied Maureen three times, and she’s not alone. Federal figures show that about two-thirds of applicants are turned down.
An order for new Regional Rail cars has launched SEPTA into the U.S. trade war with China. The reason: SEPTA awarded a contract to a branch of a company owned by the Chinese government. The company often bids significantly below competitors, which caught the attention of U.S. legislators, leading to the House passing a bill that makes it significantly harder for the company to do business in the United States.
Part of the issue is that there are concerns that Chinese companies could get data from the rail cars that could be used by their government. But some are skeptical about whether train cars really pose a legitimate risk.
After a judge ruled last week that Philadelphia’s proposed supervised injection site does not violate federal law, city officials, residents, and the site’s backers said they were focused on the next steps.
From political machinations to neighborhood feedback, and more, there’s still a number of things left before a supervised injection site can become a reality.
Personally, I just binged all seven “Harry Potter” books for the first time ⚡. Anybody got recommendations 📚? Great neighborhood shot, @jessburghaus.
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“I’d like to take this opportunity to say, loud and clear, for once and for all, put [a supervised injection site] in my damn backyard. Or at least my neighborhood. (My backyard is, in fairness, very small.)” — columnist Mike Newall writes about his continued support for putting a supervised injection site in South Philly.