Dickinson University: LGBT History Project Housed at Dickinson College Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Unveiling Digital Exhibit

Dickinson University: LGBT History Project Housed at Dickinson College Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Unveiling Digital Exhibit. “The LGBT Center of Central PA History Project is marking its 10th anniversary in August with the unveiling of an extensive digital archive for the public that opens a window on LGBTQ+ history in central Pennsylvania. The Project, which can be explored online, is a collaboration between Dickinson College’s Archives and Special Collections and the LGBT Center of Central PA.”

Philadelphia Jewish Exponent: Jewish Exponent Archives Find New Life At Gratz College

Philadelphia Jewish Exponent: Jewish Exponent Archives Find New Life At Gratz College. “Since the 1950s, the Jewish Exponent has kept its archives of clippings and photos in these filing cabinets in its 2100 Arch St. office in a room known lovingly as ‘the morgue.’ These archives will no longer just be accessible to the Exponent staff, housed in a room with a name connoting lifelessness. In mid-July, the Jewish Exponent archives found a new home and renewed purpose at Gratz College’s Melrose Park campus, where the library staff will organize, digitize and put online the publication’s archives over the next 12-plus months.”

Pittsburgh City Paper: Environmental watchdogs petition to remove access fee on oil and gas well database

Pittsburgh City Paper: Environmental watchdogs petition to remove access fee on oil and gas well database. “Environmental activists are calling on a state agency to eliminate access fees for a database containing detailed information about orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells across the commonwealth that they believe Pennsylvania taxpayers should have access to free of charge.”

KPVI: Open records bill would mean major changes for Pennsylvania ‘state related’ universities

KPVI: Open records bill would mean major changes for Pennsylvania ‘state related’ universities. “Senate Bill 488 would require state-related universities (University of Pittsburgh and Temple, Penn State, and Lincoln universities) to disclose salary, budget, and contract information in a user-friendly online database. Donor privacy would be unaffected and remain confidential. The bill passed first consideration in the Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday. If it’s signed into law, it would align Pennsylvania’s transparency rules with the majority of other states.”

State of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Awards 47 Keystone Historic Preservation Grants

State of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Awards 47 Keystone Historic Preservation Grants. “The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded $2.6 million in Keystone Historic Preservation Grants to assist historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments in 20 counties. PHMC awarded 47 grants selected from 93 eligible applications. Grant amounts ranged from $5,000 to $25,000 for project grants and $5,000 to $100,000 for construction projects. All grants require a 50/50 cash match and were awarded through a competitive selection process.”

City of Philadelphia: New Online Tool Helps Navigate City Health Trends

City of Philadelphia: New Online Tool Helps Navigate City Health Trends. “Lots of different things can determine just how healthy we are. For instance, where we were born or where we live now can impact our overall health…. A new online tool called PhilaStats is ready to help users compare these various factors – sometimes referred to as social determinants of health – across different areas of Philadelphia. The interactive dashboard highlights trends in population, along with information about births and deaths in the city between 2011 and 2019. It will be updated as additional years of data become available.”

Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Want to know the condition of a Philly school building? New map to help.

Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Want to know the condition of a Philly school building? New map to help.. “In a move to provide solutions to its facility challenges, the district unveiled a site Tuesday specifically for its Facilities Planning Process aimed to inform the public on how it is managing its aging infrastructure. Visitors will be able to use an interactive map to access information about each school building’s condition, as well as facility assessments conducted by third-party industry professionals.”

Midterm Elections: Data-Mapping Tool for Voting Locations Now Available in 14 States (University of Southern California)

University of Southern California: Midterm Elections: Data-Mapping Tool for Voting Locations Now Available in 14 States. “The Voting Location Siting Tool uses a web-based interactive data mapping system to identify areas within a half mile in diameter where vote centers and polling places would likely have the most success in serving voters…. Launched in California in 2018, the tool is now available in 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Over the coming months, CID will be conducting trainings for election officials and community advocacy groups on how to use the tool to identify accessible and equitably distributed polling locations in their communities. ”

WHYY: Philly COVID cases creep closer to levels that would trigger a return to mask requirements

WHYY: Philly COVID cases creep closer to levels that would trigger a return to mask requirements. “The city is still at the ‘all clear’ level, the lowest of four response levels the city unveiled earlier this year. Under this level, no masks are required and there are no vaccine or testing requirements for restaurants or other indoor locations. To reach the next level, known as Level 2: Mask Precautions, two of three criteria must be met. Those criteria include an average of new cases per day of more than 100, hospitalizations over 50, and an increase in cases of more than 50% over the past 10 days. The city is very close to reaching all three of those metrics.”

Lancaster Online: Google Maps play havoc with Lancaster County streams [column]

Lancaster Online: Google Maps play havoc with Lancaster County streams [column]. “It was sometime last fall when Manheim Township resident John Friel was chatting with fellow paddler Nick Di Bernardo, of Lancaster…. He was telling Friel about a float where he put in on the Conestoga River near where Friel has a riverfront house and paddled upstream to the confluence with Middle Creek. You mean ‘Cocalico Creek,’ not ‘Middle Creek,’ Friel corrected him. His friend looked dubious. So they went to Google Maps, the source of finding out where you are and where you want to go for billions of people worldwide. Friel was astonished to see Cocalico Creek had indeed disappeared from Lancaster County and was instead labeled Middle Creek which, in reality, flows into Cocalico Creek.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: OVID-19 surge has overwhelmed some Pa. hospitals — and now their workers are getting sick, too

Philadelphia Inquirer: COVID-19 surge has overwhelmed some Pa. hospitals — and now their workers are getting sick, too. “In the last week, the unprecedented number of infections has sidelined teachers, bus drivers, trash collectors, and others in significant numbers, in some cases disrupting services and schools. The omicron variant is more transmissible and can evade vaccine protection; as health-care workers also catch the fast-spreading virus, it has added a new challenge for hospitals already strained by the worsening surge.”

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle: Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project launches new platform

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle: Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project launches new platform. “The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project was launched in 2007 as part of this online revolution. After several expansions, the free website currently contains more than 9,000 digitized and searchable back issues from four local English-language Jewish newspapers: The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), the American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962), the Jewish Chronicle (1962-2010) and the YM&WHA Weekly (1926-1976).”

LANTA cancels bus routes Monday due to COVID absences; Allentown School District also facing transportation woes (The Morning Call)

The Morning Call: LANTA cancels bus routes Monday due to COVID absences; Allentown School District also facing transportation woes. “LANTA is canceling some bus trips Monday because many drivers are out sick with COVID-19, the transportation agency said…. The cancellations are only for Monday, the authority said, though further decisions are made on a day-to-day basis.” LANTA is the bus service for Allentown, Pennsylvania.