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Mike D'Onofrio
15 hours ago - News

Baby formula shortage hurts Pennsylvanians

Data: Datasembly; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

The nationwide baby formula shortage is hitting Pennsylvania hard, with families scrambling to feed their children and many stores limiting the amount you can buy.

What's happening: Nearly half of expected baby formula stock was missing from Pennsylvania shelves as of the first week of May, according to Datasembly, a retail software company. Nationally, that number is around 43%.

Mike D'Onofrio
15 hours ago - News

Baby formula shortage do's and don'ts, per a pediatrician

Empty shelves normally meant to hold baby forumla
Shelves normally meant for baby formula sit nearly empty at a store. Photo: Samuel Corum/AFP via Getty

Katie Lockwood, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Primary Care, talked to Axios about what families and caregivers should and shouldn't be doing during the nationwide baby formula shortage.

Do's

Talk to your pediatrician. Some pediatricians may have baby formula samples they can give to families, Lockwood told Axios.

Mike D'Onofrio
15 hours ago - COVID

School District of Philadelphia reinstates mask mandate

Illustration of a school crossing sign wearing a mask.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The Philadelphia school district is requiring students and staff to wear face masks indoors again, starting Monday.

What's happening: The district reinstated its mask mandate due to rising COVID-19 cases in the region, superintendent William Hite said in a statement Friday.

Taylor Allen
15 hours ago - News

Charted: airport wait times

Data: Bounce; Note: Security check data is as of March 10 and includes all departing passengers. Passport control data takes an average from March 8, 2021, to March 7 and includes all arriving international passengers; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios
Data: Bounce; Note: Security check data is as of March 10 and includes all departing passengers. Passport control data takes an average from March 8, 2021, to March 7 and includes all arriving international passengers; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Waiting at the Philadelphia airport can take awhile, but it's certainly not the worst in the nation, according to data per Bounce, a luggage storage company.

By the numbers: PHL's 27-minute average wait is among some of the shortest TSA wait times, compared to the 39 U.S. international airports analyzed.

Fetterman discharged from hospital following stroke

Fetterman at a meet-and-greet
John Fetterman campaigns for U.S. Senate on May 10. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who last week won Pennsylania's Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, was discharged from the hospital on Sunday, he wrote in a statement Sunday.

Why it matters: Fetterman suffered a stroke days before the primary, which he won while hospitalized. He underwent a procedure to have a pacemaker implanted on the day of the election.

Inside Philly's new magic bar, the Cauldron Magical Pub

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"The bubbling shot of death" featuring lemon juice, sugar syrup, Midori and Bimber vodka. Photo: Taylor Allen/Axios

A new fantasy-themed bar is decked out and ready for its debut in Philadelphia next week.

  • The Cauldron Magical Pub will soon bring your classic drinks of choice — but with a magic wand, fire and spells — to the Gayborhood.
Mike D'Onofrio
May 20, 2022 - Politics

Pennsylvania's GOP US Senate primary remains deadlocked

 David McCormick and Mehmet Oz.
From left to right, David McCormick and Mehmet Oz. Photos: Nate Smallwood/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The Republican U.S. Senate primary remains up for grabs, turning Pennsylvania's Election Day into election week.

State of play: Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, backed by former President Trump, and former hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick remain deadlocked in the contest.

Mike D'Onofrio
May 19, 2022 - News

Union representing Philly carpenters dives into the future

Illustration of a hammer on a diving board over a pool.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A new regional facility will soon better prepare union carpenters to help build the 21st century energy grid by training them to work underwater.

Driving the news: The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents Philadelphia Local 158, will open a dive school later this year.