ZIKA VIRUS HITS HOME
State health officials have confirmed that two women who live in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the Zika virus, and a third person is being treated in Delaware. In all three cases, the virus was contracted abroad, as have been all of the cases identified in the U.S. to date. The virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is now prevalent in South America and the Caribbean. It is a real threat to babies in the womb, as it has been linked to the birth of infants with microcephaly, a condition characterized by an abnormally small head. Otherwise, the virus causes only brief and mild flu-like symptoms.
- For more information on Zika, see the
from the Centers for Disease Control.
SKATEBOARDERS GET SOME LOVE
A ban on skateboarding in Love Park has been temporarily lifted, effective immediately. Mayor Jim Kenney said skateboarders would be welcome until Feb. 15, when the park closes for renovations. During the year-long project, Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture will be moved to City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.
FAST FORWARD FOR PORT PLAN
The last obstacles to completion of a massive project to enhance the Port of Philadelphia’s competitiveness are about to be removed, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. A total $55 million in federal funds has been allocated for the final stage of the project, which involves deepening 102 miles of the Delaware River’s navigation channel to allow access by larger vessels. The money for the final stage, from Chester to Wilmington, Delaware, is included in President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget. Despite memories of past Congressional budget battles, a spokesman for Sen. Casey said “we don’t expect any hiccups” in getting this project through.
- PlanPhilly.com has
of the Delaware River project.
- A contest winner who picked Philadelphia as her “fantasy vacation” destination in 1991 has no regrets. (
- A team of Drexel students is competing to design the passenger pods for Elon Musk’s hyper-loop. (
- Two Philadelphia Freedom Fighters recall the 1960s fight to desegregate Girard College. (
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