$450 Million for Philly Mass Transit Is Running Out. Where Will That Money Come From?

A decade-old method of using Pennsylvania Turnpike toll revenue to pay nearly half a $1 billion annually to Philadelphia’s mass transit system is set to expire next summer. Philadelphia transportation officials this week described replacing the disappearing Turnpike toll money as “critical” to the future of SEPTA, noting that not even a federal infrastructure bill … Read more

Mayor Gloria Thanks Federal Officials for Lifting Border Travel Restrictions

Mayor Todd Gloria. Photo by Chris Stone Following the federal government’s decision to lift non-essential travel restrictions at U.S. ports of entry, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria thanked federal and local leaders Wednesday. “For far too long, the restrictions at our border separated families and devastated businesses that rely on cross-border commerce,” Gloria said. “Since … Read more

TikTok Says It Continues to Combat Antisemitism Following Troubling Study

The study, which looked at nine platforms, found that social media is “rife” with antisemitism. (Photo Illustration by Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images) TikTok asserted its commitment to fighting antisemitism on its platform today after a Hope Not Hate study showed the app is facilitating the spread of hate.  “We condemn antisemitism in all its … Read more

White House Warns Supply Chain Shortages Could Lead Americans To Discover True Meaning Of Christmas

WASHINGTON—As reports of worldwide shipping issues continued to mount, the White House warned Wednesday that supply chain shortages could lead Americans to discover the true meaning of Christmas. “Unless these unprecedented scarcities are reversed soon, hundreds of thousands of Americans could be forced to learn that there is more to life than material objects,” said … Read more

Newly-formed PAC with cast of familiar faces floods money into Seattle City Attorney race

Just over a dozen independent political action committees have been formed over the course of the 2021 election cycle in Seattle, with a new one joining their ranks this week in support of City Attorney candidate Ann Davison. Seattle conservatives aim for influence behind the scenes In Seattle, PACs are known more formally as Independent … Read more

How much are SF Giants-Dodgers tickets for Game 5?

In the era of the secondary ticket market, it’s no surprise that seats are still available for the Giants’ winner-take-all showdown with the Dodgers in NLDS Game 5 Thursday night. The surprising part is that the Giants website itself is still offering tickets as of Wednesday morning, meaning the game at Oracle Park is not … Read more

Former Walgreens Executive Testifies in Elizabeth Holmes Fraud Trial

Did the race to get Theranos machines into retail stores cloud the judgement of some executives? That was the key question as a former Walgreens executive testified in the Elizabeth Holmes fraud trial Wednesday. Wade Miquelon, former chief financial officer of Walgreens, talked about pressure to move quickly and get the blood testing machines into … Read more

Mark Robinson Exposes the GOP’s Problem With Its Base

North Carolina’s very MAGA Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson. Photo: Bryan Anderson/AP/Shutterstock If you follow intra-party strategic debates among Democrats, you likely know about the furor over what is called “popularism,” a tenet associated with the data analyst David Shor. To oversimplify: “Popularism” holds that Democrats should talk about those policy positions that are popular among … Read more

WHO honors Henrietta Lacks, woman whose cells served science

GENEVA (AP) — The chief of the World Health Organization on Wednesday honored the late Henrietta Lacks, an American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge during the 1950s and ended up providing the foundation for vast scientific breakthroughs, including research about the coronavirus. The recognition from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus came … Read more