'Disgusted' voters in the Philly suburbs could help Biden offset Trump's gains in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — Sandy Arnell used to work for Republican lawmakers in Washington and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital. She considered herself to be liberal on issues like abortion but conservative when it came to fiscal issues. She didn’t always vote Republican. But she identified as one, and voted in GOP primaries. Arnell, of Downingtown, had already been drifting from conservative politics before Donald Trump was elected president. But she reached a breaking point with what she called the “hatred and negativity” of his presidency and became a Democrat.“I was holding on to my Republican ca...

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COVID-19 is killing over twice as many Black Americans as whites, new report says

PHILADELPHIA — Black individuals are nearly three times as likely to contract COVID-19 and twice as likely to die from the virus, compared to white individuals, according to a new report by the National Urban League. Researchers have struggled to measure with precision the race gaps in COVID-19 because much of the early data reported by hospitals did not include information about patients’ race — as of early August, Pennsylvania has reported race data for about half of its cases. But the National Urban League’s State of Black America report adds to a growing body of research that has found the ...

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COVID-19 can stop the heart, and a defibrillator may not help, study finds

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians still emphasize that key symptoms include a dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath — no surprise for a virus that infects the lungs.Yet in the sickest patients, doctors keep finding collateral damage in the kidney, liver, and other organs. A new Penn Medicine study suggests that in rare cases, the coronavirus can even stop the heart.Among 700 COVID-19 patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, nine suffered a sudden cardiac arrest after being admitted, the study authors reported recently. Seven of the nine were under age 60.While...

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If you need a ventilator for COVID-19, odds are 50-50 you'll survive. But doctors are learning more every day

PHILADELPHIA — Mike DeWan, 43, of Worcester; Jim Cracas, 51, of Chester Springs; and Raveena Brown, 62, of Bear, Del., each had the bad luck to get a horrible case of the coronavirus, so bad that they needed to spend days — in DeWan’s case, weeks — on a ventilator, a machine that forced oxygen-rich air into their fluid-filled lungs.All strong and healthy before their illnesses, they also had the good luck to survive. About half of coronavirus patients who need ventilators die.They now have one more thing in common: None remembers anything about being on the machine that has been the focus of s...

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Trump and 'soulless' McConnell use the coronavirus crisis to ram through wretched judges, dirty air and worse

About 99% of Americans have no idea who Judge Justin Walker is, and for that they can be totally forgiven. After all, most folks are a little busy these days, what with calling their state unemployment office 143 times trying to get through, or sick with worry about a parent or a grandparent in a nursing home or just trying to get the damn microphone to work on their fourth Zoom conference of the day.And this is exactly what President Donald Trump and his utterly soulless enforcer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are going for. But let me help you out here, since they won’t: Justin Wal...

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Jon Stewart says goodbye to Larry Wilmore in final 'Nightly Show' episode

Larry Wilmore ended "The Nightly Show" on Thursday with a little help from Jon Stewart, who stopped by to give the host a touching goodbye, along with a few words of advice. "I just decided to stop by and tell you I love you," Stewart told Wilmore in the show's final episode, adding that he should…

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YouTube co-founder: 'Why the f*ck do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?'

Few would deny that the former Youtube comment system was in need of a refresh and that it was the most trolled platform this side of Fourchan, however Youtube fans are viewing the decision to tie in its replacement to Google+ as a sign that Google's "Don't be evil" mask is slipping.;

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