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New Temple study aims to reduce Black maternal mortality

The U.S. maternal mortality rate is 3x higher for Black women than white women. In Philly, Black women made up 73% of pregnancy-related deaths.

  • A $6 million Temple study enrolling nearly 500 women will address one of the root causes: heart disease. It’ll also provide doulas to some patients to see how much that helps.

“We have a unique opportunity to help shift the narrative for Black urban people in Philadelphia,” the study’s co-principal investigator told BP contributor Courtenay Harris Bond.

Principal investigators Sharon J. Herring and Saleemah McNeil will lead the study

Principal investigators Sharon J. Herring and Saleemah McNeil will lead the study


What it was like to be a Phillies photographer this season

Nobody expected the Phillies to embark on their improbable postseason run, including Philadelphia-based MLB photographer Heather Barry.

  • A relative newcomer to sports photography who got her start shooting Flyers games, this was Barry’s first Red October, and it was intense — but a ton of fun.

Though hours were long, Barry told BP contributor Lauren Amour, “It felt like a fever dream.”

Outtake from a team photo shoot after the Phillies won the pennant

Outtake from a team photo shoot after the Phillies won the pennant

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  • What does Senator-elect John Fetterman have in common with Taylor Swift? They both celebrate on social media when Pa. turns out for them. They’re both above average in terms of height. And they were both born at the same hospital — 20 years apart.


Mayor Kenny, who spoke yesterday at a service for veterans in Washington Square, has nothing public on his schedule today.

Two recent changes in his administration: Deputy Mayor for Labor Rich Lazer is leaving to become executive director of the PPA, and Christy Brady has been appointed acting city controller, replacing Rebecca Rhynhart, who stepped down to run for mayor.


💗 Philly Startup Leaders convenes a discussion at UCity’s Venture Cafe about how violent crimes impact Philadelphia’s social economy and how to take action toward solutions. (4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17)

🎭 What happens when you mix trivia and comedy? At Queen Village hideaway Ulana’s, “A Quizzo Experience” offers the answer. Tix are $5, with snacks and cash bar. (8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17)

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