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Mike D'Onofrio
46 mins ago - News

4 Philadelphia Starbucks stores vote to unionize

Illustration of a union protest sign attached to a coffee stirrer in a to-go cup.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Employees at four Philadelphia Starbucks stores voted to unionize on Wednesday, joining dozens of others across the United States.

The big picture: The tight labor market, combined with a pro-union White House and lingering pandemic concerns, are fueling a new labor movement across the United States.

Taylor Allen
50 mins ago - News

Russian bans most of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation

Illustration of the Kremlin behind a red velvet rope.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

At least 29 Pennsylvanians are among the nearly 1,000 Americans banned from entering Russia, according to an updated list the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry released over the weekend.

Why it matters: While largely symbolic, the travel ban highlights the downward spiral of Russia-U.S relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reports.

Taylor Allen
May 25, 2022 - News

Traffic deaths spike in Pennsylvania in 2021

Data: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Cartogram: Axios Visuals

Pennsylvania traffic deaths were up more than 9% in 2021, compared to the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The big picture: U.S. traffic deaths hit a 16-year high last year.

Taylor Allen
May 24, 2022 - News

Philly at risk of losing hundreds of community gardens and green spaces

City Councilmember Kendra Brooks
City Councilmember Kendra Brooks. Photo: Nigel Thomson/Getty Images

A number of Philadelphia's community gardens are at risk of going away.

Why it matters: These lots are primarily located in low-income, Black and Latino neighborhoods in North and West Philadelphia.

  • Community gardens can improve food access, beautify and revitalize public spaces and even decrease violence, per the CDC.
Mike D'Onofrio
May 24, 2022 - News

Philly's Quinta Brunson and Questlove make Time 100 list

Quinta Brunson and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Quinta Brunson and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. Photos: Arturo Holmes/Getty; Christopher Willard/Getty

Philadelphia's own Quinta Brunson and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson were named among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2022.

Driving the news: The annual Time 100 list, released on Monday, spotlights top leaders, artists, innovators, pioneers, titans of industry and icons of the year.

Taylor Allen
May 24, 2022 - News

Former Penn curator sues news outlets over coverage of her handling of MOVE victim remains

Aerial view of smoke rising from smoldering rubble where some 60 homes
The 1985 MOVE bombing in West Philadelphia . Photo: Bettman/Getty Images

Former Penn Museum curator-in-charge Janet Monge is suing the University of Pennsylvania, various media outlets, the Association of Black Anthropologists and the Society of Black Archaeologists over "false" and "defamatory" reports of her alleged mishandling of a 1985 MOVE bombing victim's remains.

Driving the news: Monge, an anthropologist, filed the lawsuit Friday against more than 30 defendants, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Billy Penn.

Mike D'Onofrio
May 23, 2022 - 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
May 23, 2022 - 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.

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