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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.
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.”
RECAP: What else happened?
$ = paywalled
- Five days after the race was called, Doug Mastriano conceded, saying in part, “Josh Shapiro will be our next governor, and I ask everyone to give him the opportunity to lead and pray that he leads well.” [Billy Penn/@dougmastriano]
- A judge ordered Pa. DHS to take custody of 15 children at the overcrowded and understaffed Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center. The city has sued the state for not accepting kids quickly enough. [Inquirer$/WHYY/6ABC]
- The Promise, an anti-poverty partnership between the United Way and City of Philadelphia, says it’s helped Philadelphians access more than $51 million in benefits and tax credits since last year. [Al Día]
- A dazzlement of holiday lights and a giant pink flamingo tree return to the Philadelphia Zoo with the Thursday opening of its annual LumiNature display. [BP x 2/Philly Zoo]
- Fun weekend for Philly basketball: Temple fans stormed the court after the Owls beat No. 16 Villanova for the first time in a decade, while Joel Embiid put up a career-high 59 points in a historic showing vs. the Jazz. [@LibertyLinePHL/ESPN/Bleacher Report]
The story you didn’t read
? Highlighting good BP articles few people clicked on ?
- 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.
ON THE CALENDAR
? 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)