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There are now thought to be 82 cases of monkeypox in Philadelphia, and the Department of Health has launched a weekly updated tracking page.
- The vaccines are missing for the virus. Only those at high risk are given priority for injections – the city has so far received less than half of the 6,000 doses promised by the federal government.
Some have criticized the Health Ministry’s response to the outbreak as lax. “It’s really deja vu from COVID,” council member Bass told CBS3.
Philly has had a municipal recycling program since 1989, but it’s not always easy to follow.
- Tip: Curbside bins are free for city residents, and you can even get a second one if the first disappears. But they’re also rare, so call ahead before picking one up at a sanitation center.
What’s in it and when are they supposed to come out? Lizzy McLellan Ravitch has a guide to all recycling in Philadelphia.
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- With 768 carjackings to date, this is expected to be one of Philadelphia’s worst years on record. Toyotas, Hondas, and Chevys are the most frequent targets, and 11:45 p.m. is the most common time. [NBC10]
- Without acknowledging the allegations of discrimination and mismanagement against Dan DiLella, President Biden replaced him as chair of the Semi-Quintennial Commission. Former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios will now lead the Philadelphia-centric celebration of the nation’s 250th birthday. [Philly Mag$/WSJ$]
- The landmark statewide school funding lawsuit ended last week after eight years of litigation. The upcoming verdict will likely be appealed to the state Supreme Court regardless of the decision. [WHYY]
- Newcomers to Philadelphia have spent an average of 40% more than locals buying homes in the city this year. Many are transplants from places like New York, Los Angeles or the suburbs. [Redfin/Inquirer$]
- This immersive traveling exhibition of Van Gogh — or something like it — is coming to Philadelphia for good: The production companies have signed a lease on a 32,000 square foot lot. space in Washington on Walnut Street, which has been empty for 10 years. [Billy Penn/Biz Journal$]
- West Chester’s AWSM Sauce is trying to raise $57 million to buy the naming rights to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, now known as Acrisure Stadium. [Indiegogo/CBS Sports]
- Philly Fringe is back! Nearly 90% of the shows at the annual performance festival will be presented in person this year. Tickets go on sale this weekend and Monday. [KYW/FringeArts]
No details from Mayor Kenney’s office on his public schedule today. His social media accounts highlighted the city’s free Civic Engagement Academy, with virtual classes on how to get involved and make change in your community.
🎰 BP Quizzo takes over South Philly Sports Complex Casino! Help us invade the Sports & Social bar with nerdy trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17)
👩💻 Anyone working in tech or a startup can find Valhalla networking at the PHL Innovation Picnic, back at the Navy Yard after a pandemic break. Tickets start at $25. (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 4)
🕸️ BYO chairs and blankets to watch ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ on Dilworth Park’s Free Movie Night. Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase, as well as alcohol for adults. (8:15 p.m. Friday August 5)