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Ahold Delhaize USA announces a three year investment of $ 480 million to transform the supply chain for the future

QUINCY, Mass., Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Ahold Delhaize USA today announced plans to transform and expand its U.S. supply chain operations over the next three years through investments of $ 480 million, including leases. The investment supports a strategy to transform the supply chain network into a fully integrated self-selling model. The move […]

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Ahold Delhaize USA announces a three year investment of $ 480 million to transform the supply chain for the future

QUINCY, Mass., Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Ahold Delhaize USA today announced plans to transform and expand its U.S. supply chain operations over the next three years through investments of $ 480 million, including leases. The investment supports a strategy to transform the supply chain network into a fully integrated self-selling model. The move includes the acquisition of three warehouses from C&S Wholesale Grocers and new leases for two additional facilities. In addition, Ahold Delhaize USA will work with various companies to build two fully automated freezer systems. The initiative will provide the infrastructure necessary to support aggressive omnichannel growth plans.

Through the three-year strategy, Ahold Delhaize USA and its companies will:

“Today’s announcement is yet another example of how Ahold Delhaize USA is transforming our infrastructure to support the next generation of grocery retail,” said Kevin Holt, chief executive officer of Ahold Delhaize USA. ?Through this initiative, we will modernize our supply chain sales, transportation and procurement through a fully integrated self-sales model that is managed directly and locally by our companies. This leads to increased efficiency and, above all, to product availability and freshness for customers of our local brands – now and in the future – whenever and wherever they want to shop. ”

Three year expansion plans

Today, the Ahold Delhaize USA company distribution network includes 15 traditional and e-commerce distribution centers serving Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands including Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT / MARTIN’S, Hannaford, Peapod and Stop & Shop. The network will grow to 22 locations by 2023. To date, Ahold Delhaize USA companies have partnered with C&S Wholesale Grocers to serve select brands in the USA. Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, will continue to work with C&S Wholesale Grocers to provide supply chain services in the transition from Ahold Delhaize USA to a fully integrated self-distribution network.

?Moving to a self-managed supply chain will enable Retail Business Services to lower the cost of the local brands they serve, improve inventory time, deepen relationships with vendors and our companies’ distribution centers in the communities they serve to position itself better, “said Chris Lewis, executive vice president, supply chain for retail business services. ?These changes will allow us to leverage the financial and strategic value within sourcing, logistics and warehousing to deliver the freshest products through the most advanced and efficient delivery network in the food industry. We will continue to work with key distribution center management providers, including third party labor services, such as our long-term partner C&S. “

As part of the expansion, Ahold Delhaize USA will purchase three warehouses from C&S, including two locations in York, Pennsylvania and one in Chester, NY

Of the two fully automated freezer systems, one will serve the mid-Atlantic market and the other the northeast. In addition, the company will also pursue two new leases. One lease will include a newly refurbished warehouse in Manchester, Connecticut, and another will include the rental of a C&S facility in Bethlehem, Penn.

?Part of our strategy is to get the most out of automation and technology,? added Lewis. ?Each facility will also have a significant workforce. We understand that the future of work is changing and we are taking active steps to help our employees adapt by enabling them to work more efficiently. “

This expanded distribution network will cover Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands from Maine to Georgia.

Taken together, Ahold Delhaize USA’s companies form the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast and the fourth largest group in the country with nearly 2,000 retail stores and more than 6 million online grocery orders annually. In addition, Ahold Delhaize USA’s companies operate some of the largest supply chain operations on the East Coast, including more than 1,000 trucks that travel more than 120 million miles annually and deliver 1.1 billion boxes to local brand stores.

About Ahold Delhaize USA
Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize, is the parent company of Ahold Delhaize’s US companies, including local brands Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT / MARTIN’S, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, as well as online grocer Peapod, Retail Business Services, a US support services company that provides services to the brands; and Peapod Digital Labs, its e-commerce engine. Taken together, Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands make up the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast and the fourth largest grocery retail group in the country, operating more than 2,000 stores and distribution centers in 23 states, serving millions of customers each week through a variety of store formats with thousands of foods – and non-food items.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Christy Phillips-Brown
704-310-2221

Erin DeWaters
704-310-3884

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Ahold Delhaize USA announces a three year investment of $ 480 million to transform the supply chain for the future

QUINCY, Mass., Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Ahold Delhaize USA today announced plans to transform and expand its U.S. supply chain operations over the next three years through investments of $ 480 million, including leases. The investment supports a strategy to transform the supply chain network into a fully integrated self-selling model. The move […]

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Ahold Delhaize USA announces a three year investment of $ 480 million to transform the supply chain for the future

QUINCY, Mass., Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Ahold Delhaize USA today announced plans to transform and expand its U.S. supply chain operations over the next three years through investments of $ 480 million, including leases. The investment supports a strategy to transform the supply chain network into a fully integrated self-selling model. The move includes the acquisition of three warehouses from C&S Wholesale Grocers and new leases for two additional facilities. In addition, Ahold Delhaize USA will work with various companies to build two fully automated freezer systems. The initiative will provide the infrastructure necessary to support aggressive omnichannel growth plans.

Through the three-year strategy, Ahold Delhaize USA and its companies will:

“Today’s announcement is yet another example of how Ahold Delhaize USA is transforming our infrastructure to support the next generation of grocery retail,” said Kevin Holt, chief executive officer of Ahold Delhaize USA. ?Through this initiative, we will modernize our supply chain sales, transportation and procurement through a fully integrated self-sales model that is managed directly and locally by our companies. This leads to increased efficiency and, above all, to product availability and freshness for customers of our local brands – now and in the future – whenever and wherever they want to shop. ”

Three year expansion plans

Today, the Ahold Delhaize USA company distribution network includes 15 traditional and e-commerce distribution centers serving Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands including Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT / MARTIN’S, Hannaford, Peapod and Stop & Shop. The network will grow to 22 locations by 2023. To date, Ahold Delhaize USA companies have partnered with C&S Wholesale Grocers to serve select brands in the USA. Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, will continue to work with C&S Wholesale Grocers to provide supply chain services in the transition from Ahold Delhaize USA to a fully integrated self-distribution network.

?Moving to a self-managed supply chain will enable Retail Business Services to lower the cost of the local brands they serve, improve inventory time, deepen relationships with vendors and our companies’ distribution centers in the communities they serve to position itself better, “said Chris Lewis, executive vice president, supply chain for retail business services. ?These changes will allow us to leverage the financial and strategic value within sourcing, logistics and warehousing to deliver the freshest products through the most advanced and efficient delivery network in the food industry. We will continue to work with key distribution center management providers, including third party labor services, such as our long-term partner C&S. “

As part of the expansion, Ahold Delhaize USA will purchase three warehouses from C&S, including two locations in York, Pennsylvania and one in Chester, NY

Of the two fully automated freezer systems, one will serve the mid-Atlantic market and the other the northeast. In addition, the company will also pursue two new leases. One lease will include a newly refurbished warehouse in Manchester, Connecticut, and another will include the rental of a C&S facility in Bethlehem, Penn.

?Part of our strategy is to get the most out of automation and technology,? added Lewis. ?Each facility will also have a significant workforce. We understand that the future of work is changing and we are taking active steps to help our employees adapt by enabling them to work more efficiently. “

This expanded distribution network will cover Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands from Maine to Georgia.

Taken together, Ahold Delhaize USA’s companies form the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast and the fourth largest group in the country with nearly 2,000 retail stores and more than 6 million online grocery orders annually. In addition, Ahold Delhaize USA’s companies operate some of the largest supply chain operations on the East Coast, including more than 1,000 trucks that travel more than 120 million miles annually and deliver 1.1 billion boxes to local brand stores.

About Ahold Delhaize USA
Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize, is the parent company of Ahold Delhaize’s US companies, including local brands Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT / MARTIN’S, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, as well as online grocer Peapod, Retail Business Services, a US support services company that provides services to the brands; and Peapod Digital Labs, its e-commerce engine. Taken together, Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands make up the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast and the fourth largest grocery retail group in the country, operating more than 2,000 stores and distribution centers in 23 states, serving millions of customers each week through a variety of store formats with thousands of foods – and non-food items.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Christy Phillips-Brown
704-310-2221

Erin DeWaters
704-310-3884

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'That is how we will lift up our nation's middle class': In Pgh, VP Harris touts child tax credit

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 18: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks with community members and students at Clark Atlanta University on June 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Vice President Harris is visiting Atlanta as part of a nationwide tour to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) PITTSBURGH ? Vice President Kamala […]

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'That is how we will lift up our nation's middle class': In Pgh, VP Harris touts child tax credit

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 18: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks with community members and students at Clark Atlanta University on June 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Vice President Harris is visiting Atlanta as part of a nationwide tour to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH ? Vice President Kamala Harris visited Pittsburgh on a hot and humid Monday to tout the Biden administration?s child tax credit.

It was Harris? first visit to Pittsburgh since becoming vice president, and she met with children in a summer camp program at a neighborhood rec center in the city?s Brookline neighborhood. 

?What we know is when more families know about the relief that is included in the American Rescue Plan, when more families know about how they can get the relief, that is how we will be able to lift our children out of poverty,? Harris said. ?That is how we will lift up our nation?s middle class, as well.?

President Joe Biden said in a statement Monday that the administration had designated June 21 as Child Tax Credit Awareness Day. 

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which Biden signed into law in March, increases the child tax credit to $3,000 for families with children between 6 and 17 years old, and $3,600 per family with children under 6.The credit will be distributed via monthly payments beginning in July. 

?Nearly every working family with children is going to feel this tax cut make a difference in their lives, and we need to spread the word so that all eligible families get the full credit,? Biden  said. 

Harris was joined at the Brookline Recreation Center by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and spoke first with a group of 16 children working on designing their own superhero masks. The children are part of the city?s free Citicamp program for children ages 7-12. She complimented the children on their drawings, and gave a shout-out to the teachers, as well. 

Monthly checks to flow to Pa. children, families under tax credit tweak in new federal stimulus

?I grew up with just the best teachers and neighbors,? Harris said. ?If you look closely at people like your teachers, if you look really closely, you?ll see they?re wearing a cape ? because they?re superheroes.?

Outgoing Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined Harris and Walsh at the rec center along with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District, and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro. 

?This is a wonderful day, a historic day to be able to say ?Welcome to Pittsburgh, Madam Vice President,? Peduto said. The federal child tax credit, he added, is much needed. ?There?s only so much you can do at the local level,? he said. ?You need that critical partner to invest in children.? 

Peduto, who was defeated in the Democratic primary election last month by state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, said he wanted to see the tax credits kept in place for the next five years.

Walsh spoke about the parts of American Rescue Plan that would help families, including universal pre-kindergarten and 12 weeks of paid family leave. 

?Caregiving is the work that stands up the rest of the economy,? Walsh said, adding that the rescue plan was providing $39 billion to states for childcare needs. ?The American Rescue Plan is a strong down payment.?  

Harris said the American Rescue Plan would benefit 140,000 families in Pennsylvania.

?That could cover a month of rent, a few months of groceries, an entire year of groceries,? she said, reiterating that the credits will come in monthly payments, rather than as an annual one-time lump sum.

Following the rec center visit, Harris and Walsh headed to the IBEW Local 5 hall on the city?s South Side for a roundtable discussion with local labor leaders. Walsh said his parents, who immigrated from Ireland, joined local labor unions in the Boston area, and conversations about unemployment and worker safety were common topics for family discussions. ?The union gave my family everything,? Walsh said. 

Harris said the Biden administration would ?probably be the most pro-Union? administration. 

 ?If we are going to be strong as an economy, we have to support our workers and make sure they are strong,? Harris said. 

Pool reports are included in this story. 



Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Kim Lyons

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'That is how we will lift up our nation's middle class': In Pgh, VP Harris touts child tax credit

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 18: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks with community members and students at Clark Atlanta University on June 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Vice President Harris is visiting Atlanta as part of a nationwide tour to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) PITTSBURGH ? Vice President Kamala […]

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'That is how we will lift up our nation's middle class': In Pgh, VP Harris touts child tax credit

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 18: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks with community members and students at Clark Atlanta University on June 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Vice President Harris is visiting Atlanta as part of a nationwide tour to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH ? Vice President Kamala Harris visited Pittsburgh on a hot and humid Monday to tout the Biden administration?s child tax credit.

It was Harris? first visit to Pittsburgh since becoming vice president, and she met with children in a summer camp program at a neighborhood rec center in the city?s Brookline neighborhood. 

?What we know is when more families know about the relief that is included in the American Rescue Plan, when more families know about how they can get the relief, that is how we will be able to lift our children out of poverty,? Harris said. ?That is how we will lift up our nation?s middle class, as well.?

President Joe Biden said in a statement Monday that the administration had designated June 21 as Child Tax Credit Awareness Day. 

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which Biden signed into law in March, increases the child tax credit to $3,000 for families with children between 6 and 17 years old, and $3,600 per family with children under 6.The credit will be distributed via monthly payments beginning in July. 

?Nearly every working family with children is going to feel this tax cut make a difference in their lives, and we need to spread the word so that all eligible families get the full credit,? Biden  said. 

Harris was joined at the Brookline Recreation Center by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and spoke first with a group of 16 children working on designing their own superhero masks. The children are part of the city?s free Citicamp program for children ages 7-12. She complimented the children on their drawings, and gave a shout-out to the teachers, as well. 

Monthly checks to flow to Pa. children, families under tax credit tweak in new federal stimulus

?I grew up with just the best teachers and neighbors,? Harris said. ?If you look closely at people like your teachers, if you look really closely, you?ll see they?re wearing a cape ? because they?re superheroes.?

Outgoing Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined Harris and Walsh at the rec center along with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District, and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro. 

?This is a wonderful day, a historic day to be able to say ?Welcome to Pittsburgh, Madam Vice President,? Peduto said. The federal child tax credit, he added, is much needed. ?There?s only so much you can do at the local level,? he said. ?You need that critical partner to invest in children.? 

Peduto, who was defeated in the Democratic primary election last month by state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, said he wanted to see the tax credits kept in place for the next five years.

Walsh spoke about the parts of American Rescue Plan that would help families, including universal pre-kindergarten and 12 weeks of paid family leave. 

?Caregiving is the work that stands up the rest of the economy,? Walsh said, adding that the rescue plan was providing $39 billion to states for childcare needs. ?The American Rescue Plan is a strong down payment.?  

Harris said the American Rescue Plan would benefit 140,000 families in Pennsylvania.

?That could cover a month of rent, a few months of groceries, an entire year of groceries,? she said, reiterating that the credits will come in monthly payments, rather than as an annual one-time lump sum.

Following the rec center visit, Harris and Walsh headed to the IBEW Local 5 hall on the city?s South Side for a roundtable discussion with local labor leaders. Walsh said his parents, who immigrated from Ireland, joined local labor unions in the Boston area, and conversations about unemployment and worker safety were common topics for family discussions. ?The union gave my family everything,? Walsh said. 

Harris said the Biden administration would ?probably be the most pro-Union? administration. 

 ?If we are going to be strong as an economy, we have to support our workers and make sure they are strong,? Harris said. 

Pool reports are included in this story. 



Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Kim Lyons

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Cleveland's Evan Gonzales attacks the basket against Isaiah Carr of Las Cruces during the 5A State Basketball Final at The Pit in Albuquerque on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

LAS CRUCES – Isaiah Carr has seen increasing interest over the summer, but 6-11 Las Cruces High Center wouldn’t miss a good opportunity if it came up. Carr announced on Monday via Twitter that he would be committed to the champion of the Western Athletic Conference, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. “During my unofficial visit […]

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LAS CRUCES – Isaiah Carr has seen increasing interest over the summer, but 6-11 Las Cruces High Center wouldn’t miss a good opportunity if it came up.

Carr announced on Monday via Twitter that he would be committed to the champion of the Western Athletic Conference, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

“During my unofficial visit to Grand Canyon University, I received a scholarship to play Division 1 basketball! I make a verbal commitment to Grand Canyon University with Head Coach Bryce Drew and his staff,” tweeted Carr.

Carr also had offerings from Western Illinois, Central Arkansas, and Lehigh University. UTEP and the University of New Mexico also showed interest after a junior season in which Car averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots per game, helping the Bulldawgs reach the Class 5A championship game.

Carr said GCU assistant coach Ed Schilling started recruiting him last year. Carr had an unofficial visit on Wednesday before the Bulldawgs played at the Phoenix Section 7 high school tournament that weekend.

Isaiah Carr, 24, stands above two defense attorneys as the Las Cruces Bulldawgs on Tuesday, Jan.

“I found the perfect fit for myself and my values ??and they were determined to recruit me,” said Carr. “I loved what they are about and they are close to home and one of the better programs on the WAC.”

Carr said he wanted to wait until after his senior year to sign up, but since Division I transfers can now switch once without a year off, he didn’t want to miss out on a good fit.

“Congratulations to him and his family,” said William Benjamin, Las Cruces basketball coach. “He’s a great boy. I am very happy that he can achieve one of his goals and become a Division I player at a very good up and coming Grand Canyon school.”

Sports Editor Jason Groves can be reached at 575-541-5459 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @jpgroves.

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LAS CRUCES – Isaiah Carr has seen increasing interest over the summer, but 6-11 Las Cruces High Center wouldn’t miss a good opportunity if it came up. Carr announced on Monday via Twitter that he would be committed to the champion of the Western Athletic Conference, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. “During my unofficial visit […]

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LAS CRUCES – Isaiah Carr has seen increasing interest over the summer, but 6-11 Las Cruces High Center wouldn’t miss a good opportunity if it came up.

Carr announced on Monday via Twitter that he would be committed to the champion of the Western Athletic Conference, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

“During my unofficial visit to Grand Canyon University, I received a scholarship to play Division 1 basketball! I make a verbal commitment to Grand Canyon University with Head Coach Bryce Drew and his staff,” tweeted Carr.

Carr also had offerings from Western Illinois, Central Arkansas, and Lehigh University. UTEP and the University of New Mexico also showed interest after a junior season in which Car averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots per game, helping the Bulldawgs reach the Class 5A championship game.

Carr said GCU assistant coach Ed Schilling started recruiting him last year. Carr had an unofficial visit on Wednesday before the Bulldawgs played at the Phoenix Section 7 high school tournament that weekend.

Isaiah Carr, 24, stands above two defense attorneys as the Las Cruces Bulldawgs on Tuesday, Jan.

“I found the perfect fit for myself and my values ??and they were determined to recruit me,” said Carr. “I loved what they are about and they are close to home and one of the better programs on the WAC.”

Carr said he wanted to wait until after his senior year to sign up, but since Division I transfers can now switch once without a year off, he didn’t want to miss out on a good fit.

“Congratulations to him and his family,” said William Benjamin, Las Cruces basketball coach. “He’s a great boy. I am very happy that he can achieve one of his goals and become a Division I player at a very good up and coming Grand Canyon school.”

Sports Editor Jason Groves can be reached at 575-541-5459 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @jpgroves.

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College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. (Flickr Commons) WASHINGTON? The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not […]

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WASHINGTON? The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status.

The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law.

?Put simply, this suit involves admitted horizontal price fixing in a market where the defendants exercise monopoly control,? Gorsuch wrote?with the NCAA the defendant.

While the ruling won?t have any immediate effect on multiple state laws that would allow student athletes to earn compensation for their name, image or likeness, the court?s action nonetheless was a major blow to the NCAA in the ongoing struggle over student athlete pay.

The ruling was greeted by players like Jordan Bohannon, a University of Iowa basketball point guard who tweeted, ?Another great step in the right direction!!! #NotNCAAProperty?

The NCAA had appealed a federal court ruling from the 9th Circuit. That lower court found that the NCAA cannot limit universities from offering potentially lucrative educational benefits to college athletes such as postgraduate scholarships, study abroad opportunities and internships.

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness

The NCAA argued that allowing such compensation for those athletes would jeopardize their amateur status.

Gorsuch said that if the NCAA wanted an exemption from limiting benefits related to education, it should ask Congress to get involved. While multiple bills have been introduced in Congress on the question of college athlete compensation, none have made much progress.

?The NCAA is free to argue that, ?because of the special characteristics of [its] particular industry,? it should be exempt from the usual operation of the antitrust laws ? but that appeal is ?properly addressed to Congress,?? he wrote.

The Biden administration submitted a brief in support of college athletes, affirming that the 9th Circuit was correct in its ruling.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a concurring opinion, arguing that the NCAA was acting ?above the law.?

?Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate,? he wrote. ?And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.?

A handful of states has already moved to change their laws to allow student athletes to receive compensation based on their name, image or likeness, such as Florida and Georgia. Some of those laws go into effect July 1.

A tally by ESPN shows at least 11 other states ? including Tennessee, Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Maryland and Arizona ? have statutes poised to go into effect in the coming months and years. Other bills also are working through legislatures across the country, including in Ohio. All but nine states have introduced some form of similar legislation, according to USA Today.

The NCAA, which governs college sports, has long resisted efforts to pay student athletes, even as its revenues and those of university athletic departments have soared.



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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. (Flickr Commons) WASHINGTON? The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not […]

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WASHINGTON? The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status.

The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law.

?Put simply, this suit involves admitted horizontal price fixing in a market where the defendants exercise monopoly control,? Gorsuch wrote?with the NCAA the defendant.

While the ruling won?t have any immediate effect on multiple state laws that would allow student athletes to earn compensation for their name, image or likeness, the court?s action nonetheless was a major blow to the NCAA in the ongoing struggle over student athlete pay.

The ruling was greeted by players like Jordan Bohannon, a University of Iowa basketball point guard who tweeted, ?Another great step in the right direction!!! #NotNCAAProperty?

The NCAA had appealed a federal court ruling from the 9th Circuit. That lower court found that the NCAA cannot limit universities from offering potentially lucrative educational benefits to college athletes such as postgraduate scholarships, study abroad opportunities and internships.

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness

The NCAA argued that allowing such compensation for those athletes would jeopardize their amateur status.

Gorsuch said that if the NCAA wanted an exemption from limiting benefits related to education, it should ask Congress to get involved. While multiple bills have been introduced in Congress on the question of college athlete compensation, none have made much progress.

?The NCAA is free to argue that, ?because of the special characteristics of [its] particular industry,? it should be exempt from the usual operation of the antitrust laws ? but that appeal is ?properly addressed to Congress,?? he wrote.

The Biden administration submitted a brief in support of college athletes, affirming that the 9th Circuit was correct in its ruling.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a concurring opinion, arguing that the NCAA was acting ?above the law.?

?Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate,? he wrote. ?And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.?

A handful of states has already moved to change their laws to allow student athletes to receive compensation based on their name, image or likeness, such as Florida and Georgia. Some of those laws go into effect July 1.

A tally by ESPN shows at least 11 other states ? including Tennessee, Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Maryland and Arizona ? have statutes poised to go into effect in the coming months and years. Other bills also are working through legislatures across the country, including in Ohio. All but nine states have introduced some form of similar legislation, according to USA Today.

The NCAA, which governs college sports, has long resisted efforts to pay student athletes, even as its revenues and those of university athletic departments have soared.



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Photo via pxHere.com The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 the year of telework and virtual learning, but for some Americans, affording a broadband connection was difficult.  A new survey by the Pew Research Center is shining light on just how many Americans had trouble affording their home broadband connections.  Findings While the pandemic raged in the […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 the year of telework and virtual learning, but for some Americans, affording a broadband connection was difficult. 

A new survey by the Pew Research Center is shining light on just how many Americans had trouble affording their home broadband connections. 

Findings

While the pandemic raged in the United States, closing businesses and schools, 15 percent of home broadband users say they had trouble paying for their high-speed internet connection. 

Another 15 percent of smartphone owners said they had trouble paying for cell phone service during the pandemic. 

Of respondents who did not have a home broadband connection, 23 percent cited ?financial constraints? as the main reason they forego the service. 

Hispanic (65 percent) and Black adults (71 percent) are less likely than white adults (80 percent) to have broadband at home

Income

The survey found that low-income households ? those making less than $30,000 per year ? were more likely to say they had trouble affording broadband services. 

34 ? the percentage of home broadband users making less than $30,000 who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

25 ? the percentage of home broadband users making $30,000-49,999 who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

8 ? the percentage of home broadband users making $50,000-74,999 who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

4 ? the percentage of home broadband users making 75,000 or more who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

Education

The survey also found a correlation between education level and those who struggled to afford broadband. 

22 ? the percentage of home broadband users with a high school education or less who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

16 ? the percentage of home broadband users with some college education who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

8 ? the percentage of home broadband users with a college degree or more who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

The Importance of High-Speed Internet

Pew found that a majority of adults believed not having high-speed internet at home was a major disadvantage during the pandemic. 

In fact, 77 percent of U.S. adults said not having high-speed internet access at home was a major disadvantage when it came to getting school work done. Another 66 percent said it was a major disadvantage when looking for jobs. 

Other respondents also noted that it was difficult to stay in contact with family and friends (45 percent) without broadband or stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information (43 percent).



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Photo via pxHere.com The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 the year of telework and virtual learning, but for some Americans, affording a broadband connection was difficult.  A new survey by the Pew Research Center is shining light on just how many Americans had trouble affording their home broadband connections.  Findings While the pandemic raged in the […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 the year of telework and virtual learning, but for some Americans, affording a broadband connection was difficult. 

A new survey by the Pew Research Center is shining light on just how many Americans had trouble affording their home broadband connections. 

Findings

While the pandemic raged in the United States, closing businesses and schools, 15 percent of home broadband users say they had trouble paying for their high-speed internet connection. 

Another 15 percent of smartphone owners said they had trouble paying for cell phone service during the pandemic. 

Of respondents who did not have a home broadband connection, 23 percent cited ?financial constraints? as the main reason they forego the service. 

Hispanic (65 percent) and Black adults (71 percent) are less likely than white adults (80 percent) to have broadband at home

Income

The survey found that low-income households ? those making less than $30,000 per year ? were more likely to say they had trouble affording broadband services. 

34 ? the percentage of home broadband users making less than $30,000 who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

25 ? the percentage of home broadband users making $30,000-49,999 who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

8 ? the percentage of home broadband users making $50,000-74,999 who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

4 ? the percentage of home broadband users making 75,000 or more who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

Education

The survey also found a correlation between education level and those who struggled to afford broadband. 

22 ? the percentage of home broadband users with a high school education or less who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

16 ? the percentage of home broadband users with some college education who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

8 ? the percentage of home broadband users with a college degree or more who have had trouble paying for high-speed internet. 

The Importance of High-Speed Internet

Pew found that a majority of adults believed not having high-speed internet at home was a major disadvantage during the pandemic. 

In fact, 77 percent of U.S. adults said not having high-speed internet access at home was a major disadvantage when it came to getting school work done. Another 66 percent said it was a major disadvantage when looking for jobs. 

Other respondents also noted that it was difficult to stay in contact with family and friends (45 percent) without broadband or stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information (43 percent).



Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Cassie Miller

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Governor Tom Wolf speaks about efforts to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage. Governor Tom Wolf is building on his commitment to help hardworking Pennsylvanians. Today, the governor joined legislators and workers to renew his call to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15. Later this week, the governor?s plan to […]

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Governor Tom Wolf speaks about efforts to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage. Governor Tom Wolf is building on his commitment to help hardworking Pennsylvanians. Today, the governor joined legislators and workers to renew his call to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15. Later this week, the governor?s plan to extend overtime pay eligibility to 82,000 more workers will be considered by the state?s rule-making board. Harrisburg, PA ? January 28, 2019

By Joan Maya Mazelis

The federal minimum wage was last raised on July 24, 2009. Meanwhile, consumer prices rose last month at their fastest rate since 2008?before the last minimum wage increase?and this is sure to erode purchasing power without an increase in wages.

An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. Raises over time have been too few, too infrequent, and have notoriously failed to keep up with inflation. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, as it has been for nearly 12 years. It?s now worth less than it was in 1956, 65 years ago. It?s lost a third of its value since 1968.

I live in Philadelphia, and I work in Camden, N.J. ? the twin cities of poverty. In recent years Philadelphia has been the poorest big city in the United States, with the highest rate of deep poverty, a term that refers to those living below less than half the poverty line. Long the poorest small city in America, Camden has recently earned the title of the poorest city in America.

While 30 states have set their own minimum wages at higher levels (including our neighbors Delaware, New Jersey, and New York), Pennsylvania?s remains at $7.25 per hour. It?s time our Legislature catches up.

An individual who works for $7.25 per hour for 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, and never takes a day off or misses a moment of work earns just $15,080 a year. This is not even enough to keep a family of two ? one parent and one child ? out of poverty.

How much should the minimum wage be? Some claim $15 per hour would be excessive when, ignoring inflation, they recall their own $6/hour jobs decades ago. Some believe that minimum wage workers are only teenagers with after-school jobs?but over half of minimum wage workers are 25 and older.

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What if we raise the minimum wage just enough to push a single parent with one child above poverty?say, to $8.50 per hour? Wouldn?t that be sufficient? Not really. The official poverty guideline hasn?t kept pace with inflation, and underestimates poverty, material hardship, and severe deprivation.

In my research interviewing and spending time with women and their families in Philadelphia, I learned that not only do people living in poverty struggle?whether they make minimum wage or are unemployed?but so do people who hover just above the poverty line.

Leslie, a 23-year-old mother of one child, had worked as a cashier at a drug store and soon moved into a pharmacy technician position. Leslie made enough above the minimum wage to be above the poverty line, but she still couldn?t afford to live on her own?she and her son lived with her parents.

Stagnating and declining values of wages coupled with an ever-increasing cost of living has also made housing instability more severe and more common all over the country in recent years.

Research by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that there is nowhere in the country that rent for a two-bedroom apartment is affordable for a person making the minimum wage who works full-time, year-round.

Even a $15 per hour minimum wage would only bring a full-time year-round worker to an annual income of $31,200. But in Pennsylvania, an annual income of nearly $40,000 is what?s needed to afford to rent a two-bedroom home, a wage of $19.23 per hour.

At the existing minimum wage it would require a 106-hour workweek.

In addition to raising the minimum wage, expanded income supports like the Earned Income Tax Credit are crucial, and the stimulus payments have been a lifeline. People needed that money to pay for fundamental living costs. Data from the Census show that especially among lower-income groups, people spent their stimulus payments on necessary items like food and housing.

People?s struggles to pay for fundamentals like housing have been made even more evident over the last 15 months.

As COVID-19 transmission rates fall, vaccinations climb, and many welcome a return to normalcy, let?s greet the decrease in unemployment and the rise in the Consumer Price Index with an increase in wages.

It?s long past time to break this 12-year streak of no increase in the federal minimum  wage. But Pennsylvania shouldn?t wait for Washington to fix this when our state can join dozens of others and set a higher minimum wage. 

Joan Maya Mazelis is an associate professor of sociology, and an affiliated scholar at the Center for Urban Research and Education at Rutgers University-Camden, and the author of Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor. Follow her @JoanieMazelis



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Governor Tom Wolf speaks about efforts to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage. Governor Tom Wolf is building on his commitment to help hardworking Pennsylvanians. Today, the governor joined legislators and workers to renew his call to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15. Later this week, the governor?s plan to […]

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Governor Tom Wolf speaks about efforts to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage. Governor Tom Wolf is building on his commitment to help hardworking Pennsylvanians. Today, the governor joined legislators and workers to renew his call to raise Pennsylvania?s minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15. Later this week, the governor?s plan to extend overtime pay eligibility to 82,000 more workers will be considered by the state?s rule-making board. Harrisburg, PA ? January 28, 2019

By Joan Maya Mazelis

The federal minimum wage was last raised on July 24, 2009. Meanwhile, consumer prices rose last month at their fastest rate since 2008?before the last minimum wage increase?and this is sure to erode purchasing power without an increase in wages.

An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. Raises over time have been too few, too infrequent, and have notoriously failed to keep up with inflation. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, as it has been for nearly 12 years. It?s now worth less than it was in 1956, 65 years ago. It?s lost a third of its value since 1968.

I live in Philadelphia, and I work in Camden, N.J. ? the twin cities of poverty. In recent years Philadelphia has been the poorest big city in the United States, with the highest rate of deep poverty, a term that refers to those living below less than half the poverty line. Long the poorest small city in America, Camden has recently earned the title of the poorest city in America.

While 30 states have set their own minimum wages at higher levels (including our neighbors Delaware, New Jersey, and New York), Pennsylvania?s remains at $7.25 per hour. It?s time our Legislature catches up.

An individual who works for $7.25 per hour for 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, and never takes a day off or misses a moment of work earns just $15,080 a year. This is not even enough to keep a family of two ? one parent and one child ? out of poverty.

How much should the minimum wage be? Some claim $15 per hour would be excessive when, ignoring inflation, they recall their own $6/hour jobs decades ago. Some believe that minimum wage workers are only teenagers with after-school jobs?but over half of minimum wage workers are 25 and older.

The minimum wage was created during the Great Depression. We need to raise it during the Pandemic Recession | Opinion

What if we raise the minimum wage just enough to push a single parent with one child above poverty?say, to $8.50 per hour? Wouldn?t that be sufficient? Not really. The official poverty guideline hasn?t kept pace with inflation, and underestimates poverty, material hardship, and severe deprivation.

In my research interviewing and spending time with women and their families in Philadelphia, I learned that not only do people living in poverty struggle?whether they make minimum wage or are unemployed?but so do people who hover just above the poverty line.

Leslie, a 23-year-old mother of one child, had worked as a cashier at a drug store and soon moved into a pharmacy technician position. Leslie made enough above the minimum wage to be above the poverty line, but she still couldn?t afford to live on her own?she and her son lived with her parents.

Stagnating and declining values of wages coupled with an ever-increasing cost of living has also made housing instability more severe and more common all over the country in recent years.

Research by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that there is nowhere in the country that rent for a two-bedroom apartment is affordable for a person making the minimum wage who works full-time, year-round.

Even a $15 per hour minimum wage would only bring a full-time year-round worker to an annual income of $31,200. But in Pennsylvania, an annual income of nearly $40,000 is what?s needed to afford to rent a two-bedroom home, a wage of $19.23 per hour.

At the existing minimum wage it would require a 106-hour workweek.

In addition to raising the minimum wage, expanded income supports like the Earned Income Tax Credit are crucial, and the stimulus payments have been a lifeline. People needed that money to pay for fundamental living costs. Data from the Census show that especially among lower-income groups, people spent their stimulus payments on necessary items like food and housing.

People?s struggles to pay for fundamentals like housing have been made even more evident over the last 15 months.

As COVID-19 transmission rates fall, vaccinations climb, and many welcome a return to normalcy, let?s greet the decrease in unemployment and the rise in the Consumer Price Index with an increase in wages.

It?s long past time to break this 12-year streak of no increase in the federal minimum  wage. But Pennsylvania shouldn?t wait for Washington to fix this when our state can join dozens of others and set a higher minimum wage. 

Joan Maya Mazelis is an associate professor of sociology, and an affiliated scholar at the Center for Urban Research and Education at Rutgers University-Camden, and the author of Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor. Follow her @JoanieMazelis



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Journalists can't be neutral in the war on American democracy | Dick Polman

On a podcast the other day, national political reporter Thomas Edsall analyzed the mounting threat of Republican authoritarianism and posed a great question: Dick Polman Cagle Syndicate photo ?Trump and the Republican party have created a real dilemma for the media? A party of sedition is trying to (enact) rules that even when it loses, […]

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On a podcast the other day, national political reporter Thomas Edsall analyzed the mounting threat of Republican authoritarianism and posed a great question:

Dick Polman Cagle Syndicate photo

?Trump and the Republican party have created a real dilemma for the media? A party of sedition is trying to (enact) rules that even when it loses, it wins? We have a different animal in the ballgame now. One side is dominated by a party that is willing to accept lies, that is delusional? a party that is on the verge of becoming something unseen in America, beyond the point of no return?When you have a party that is moving in this extreme fashion, how do we in the media describe it??

Easy answer: Describe reality.

The old days of both sides false-balance journalism, the old days of writing ?on the one hand, on the other hand,? the old days when both parties honored democracy by accepting the election results ? those days are over. When one party openly declares that it no longer believes in democracy, when indeed it is working non-stop to destroy it, journalists can no longer take refuge in ?neutrality.?

Richard Tofel, founder of the investigative journalism website ProPublica, wrote recently that neutrality is an ?attractive value? only ?if you view public life as an endless series of fights between two sides distinguishable most importantly by the primary colors of their uniforms.? But all too often ? and especially now ? neutrality is merely ?an appropriate pose for the uninformed.?

Any journalist who?s remotely informed about what?s going on in 2021 should be compelled to point it out in plain language. If arsonists are torching a house, and it?s burning in front of your eyes, you report it and identify the arsonists. It?s not enough to say ?Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell hopes to win the chamber in 2022.? It?s factually accurate to simply say, ?Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, after voting to exonerate a president who inspired an anti-democratic coup attempt, hopes to win the chamber in 2022 and strengthen Republican vote-suppression efforts in 2024.?

In a national civic emergency, the mainstream media needs to be pro-democracy and pro-truth. That is not ?bias.? That is patriotism.

The problem, however, is that too many journalists (especially the older, more seasoned ones) are stuck in the old paradigm. Jay Rosen, a media critic at New York University, said it well last week: The press is still too invested in ?the game ? ?who are the winners and losers, who?s ahead, what?s the strategy?? You can keep doing that right up until the point when democracy disintegrates.?

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I agree. So does Tom Edsall: ?In times of big change, reporters have a harder time finding ways to describe it and to deal with it. Reporters are usually fixed in a language that they?ve (long) been using to describe political competition.? Nevertheless, ?you have to look at the truth?The press has been reluctant to look at the truth adequately? That is what the press is supposed to do. I?m personally against mincing words,? whereas, at too many mainstream outlets, ?the pressure is to mince words.?

Granted, the word authoritarian upsets a lot of people. But what more empirical evidence do we need that the GOP wants to turn America into Turkey, Hungary, or worse?

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In plain sight, its state-level lawmakers are working to sabotage future free elections ? ensuring that Republican state legislatures have the power to invalidate Democratic wins, installing local election officials who can refuse to certify Democratic wins, enacting a string of new voter suppression laws that are designed to protect their white minorities.

Meanwhile, the GOP?s national leaders remain in thrall to the loser who thinks the 2020 election was stolen, and they continue to pretend that the insurrectionist coup attempt was a mirage. As Edsall says, ?stuffing things down the memory hole is precisely what authoritarianism does.? If we journalists don?t point that out, we?re not doing our jobs.

James Madison, who championed the Bill of Rights, warned more than two centuries ago that a free country starved of accurate knowledge ?is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both.?

Both indeed. The clock is ticking.

Opinion contributor Dick Polman, a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at DickPolman.net. His work appears on Monday on the Capital-Star?s Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected]



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Journalists can't be neutral in the war on American democracy | Dick Polman

On a podcast the other day, national political reporter Thomas Edsall analyzed the mounting threat of Republican authoritarianism and posed a great question: Dick Polman Cagle Syndicate photo ?Trump and the Republican party have created a real dilemma for the media? A party of sedition is trying to (enact) rules that even when it loses, […]

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Journalists can't be neutral in the war on American democracy | Dick Polman

On a podcast the other day, national political reporter Thomas Edsall analyzed the mounting threat of Republican authoritarianism and posed a great question:

Dick Polman Cagle Syndicate photo

?Trump and the Republican party have created a real dilemma for the media? A party of sedition is trying to (enact) rules that even when it loses, it wins? We have a different animal in the ballgame now. One side is dominated by a party that is willing to accept lies, that is delusional? a party that is on the verge of becoming something unseen in America, beyond the point of no return?When you have a party that is moving in this extreme fashion, how do we in the media describe it??

Easy answer: Describe reality.

The old days of both sides false-balance journalism, the old days of writing ?on the one hand, on the other hand,? the old days when both parties honored democracy by accepting the election results ? those days are over. When one party openly declares that it no longer believes in democracy, when indeed it is working non-stop to destroy it, journalists can no longer take refuge in ?neutrality.?

Richard Tofel, founder of the investigative journalism website ProPublica, wrote recently that neutrality is an ?attractive value? only ?if you view public life as an endless series of fights between two sides distinguishable most importantly by the primary colors of their uniforms.? But all too often ? and especially now ? neutrality is merely ?an appropriate pose for the uninformed.?

Any journalist who?s remotely informed about what?s going on in 2021 should be compelled to point it out in plain language. If arsonists are torching a house, and it?s burning in front of your eyes, you report it and identify the arsonists. It?s not enough to say ?Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell hopes to win the chamber in 2022.? It?s factually accurate to simply say, ?Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, after voting to exonerate a president who inspired an anti-democratic coup attempt, hopes to win the chamber in 2022 and strengthen Republican vote-suppression efforts in 2024.?

In a national civic emergency, the mainstream media needs to be pro-democracy and pro-truth. That is not ?bias.? That is patriotism.

The problem, however, is that too many journalists (especially the older, more seasoned ones) are stuck in the old paradigm. Jay Rosen, a media critic at New York University, said it well last week: The press is still too invested in ?the game ? ?who are the winners and losers, who?s ahead, what?s the strategy?? You can keep doing that right up until the point when democracy disintegrates.?

?It?s all politics, it?s all garbage?: Voting against medals for cops, 21 Republicans hit a new low in insurrection denial | John L. Micek

I agree. So does Tom Edsall: ?In times of big change, reporters have a harder time finding ways to describe it and to deal with it. Reporters are usually fixed in a language that they?ve (long) been using to describe political competition.? Nevertheless, ?you have to look at the truth?The press has been reluctant to look at the truth adequately? That is what the press is supposed to do. I?m personally against mincing words,? whereas, at too many mainstream outlets, ?the pressure is to mince words.?

Granted, the word authoritarian upsets a lot of people. But what more empirical evidence do we need that the GOP wants to turn America into Turkey, Hungary, or worse?

Democrats shouldn?t negotiate with terrorists over 1/6 panel | Dick Polman

In plain sight, its state-level lawmakers are working to sabotage future free elections ? ensuring that Republican state legislatures have the power to invalidate Democratic wins, installing local election officials who can refuse to certify Democratic wins, enacting a string of new voter suppression laws that are designed to protect their white minorities.

Meanwhile, the GOP?s national leaders remain in thrall to the loser who thinks the 2020 election was stolen, and they continue to pretend that the insurrectionist coup attempt was a mirage. As Edsall says, ?stuffing things down the memory hole is precisely what authoritarianism does.? If we journalists don?t point that out, we?re not doing our jobs.

James Madison, who championed the Bill of Rights, warned more than two centuries ago that a free country starved of accurate knowledge ?is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both.?

Both indeed. The clock is ticking.

Opinion contributor Dick Polman, a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at DickPolman.net. His work appears on Monday on the Capital-Star?s Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected]



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(Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek) Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.When representatives of the Poor People?s Campaign rallied on the steps of the state Capitol earlier this month calling for a ?just? budget that prioritized the needs of Pennsylvania?s most vulnerable residents ahead of its most powerful, the temptation to dismiss those demands as typical progressive boilerplate […]

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Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
When representatives of the Poor People?s Campaign rallied on the steps of the state Capitol earlier this month calling for a ?just? budget that prioritized the needs of Pennsylvania?s most vulnerable residents ahead of its most powerful, the temptation to dismiss those demands as typical progressive boilerplate may have been a strong one for some.

But a new poll, released late last week by the Pennsylvania Budget Policy Center, points the way toward bipartisan support for a list of priorities that the progressive think-tank hopes that lawmakers will heed as the formal sprint toward approving a new state budget kicks off today.

As the Capital-Star has previously reported, the Republican-controlled General Assembly and the Democratic Wolf administration will have as much as $10 billion in excess funds at their disposal as they try to reach agreement on a budget deal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. More than $7 billion of that total comes from federal stimulus money.

Nearly six in 10 respondents to the poll (57 percent) said they wanted policymakers to focus on investing more in the state and its residents. About a third of all Republican respondents (34 percent) agreed with that sentiment, according to the poll, while six in 10 women respondents (61 percent) and two-thirds of Black respondents (65 percent) agreed with that sentiment.

(Source: Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center).

Broadly, respondents wanted policymakers to focus on:

As the Capital-Star also has previously reported, Democrats in the state House and Senate each have rolled out their own plans to spend the money, while Republicans have remained more muted in their plans.

But the GOP?s approach is a mistake, Marc Stier, the think-tank?s executive director, warned.

?This poll clearly demonstrates that a strong majority of Pennsylvanians want American Rescue Plan funds to be spent on the Pennsylvanians most in need and to reduce the inequality that the pandemic revealed,? Stier said.

(c) 3desc ? Stock.Adobe.com

The poll also took a look at the election reform issues now percolating in the General Assembly.

Last weekHouse State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-York, rolled out a sweeping reform bill that would broadly rewrite and modernize state election law; by increasing restrictions on ballot drop off boxes; decreasing the amount of time voters have to register to vote and request mail-in ballots; and requiring Pennsylvanians to show ID every time they vote, the Capital-Star?s Stephen Caruso reported.

Pollsters say they found opposition to the GOP?s rewrite plans, with:

The results conflict with a separate, Franklin & Marshall College poll released last week that found Pennsylvanians supporting a major rewrite of the state?s election law.

?Pennsylvania is following the dangerous example of other states hell-bent on restricting the freedom to vote ? particularly for voters of color,? Carmen López, the senior democracy director for SiX, a progressive think-tank, said in a statement. ?This research shows just how much Pennsylvanians appreciate accessible voting options and how out-of-step the Majority is in rolling back access.?

Conducted from June 2 to June 7, the PBPC canvass sampled the opinions of 1,348 Pennsylvania adults who said they were registered to vote, for an overall margin of error of 3.1 percent.

(Image via pxHere.com)

Our Stuff.
In this week?s edition of The Numbers RacketCassie Miller dives into some data hammering home one of the great inequities of the pandemic: We were all being asked to go to work and go to school from home ? but not all of us could afford a broadband connection to do it.

Confronted by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf?s veto pen, Stephen Caruso explains why legislative Republicans are increasingly looking to amend the state Constitution to get their way on election reform proposals.

Endangered species will get a reprieve under President Joe Biden?s conservation plan, Capital-Star Washington Correspondent Allison Winter reports.

Republicans Sean Parnell, of Pittsburgh, and Kathy Barnette, of Huntingdon Valley, both candidates vying for retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey?s, R-Pa., seat, are the latest Pennsylvania politicians to take a page out of former President Donald Trump?s financing playbook ? one that automatically signs donors up for monthly donationsMarley Parish reports.

On our Commentary Page this morning, a Rutgers University scholar says Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers can?t wait any longer to boost Pennsylvania?s minimum wage. And when it comes to the war on American democracy, journalists can?t afford to be neutral, opinion regular Dick Polman argues.

En la Estrella-Capital: ?Una oportunidad única en la vida?: los Demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado quieren usar el dinero del estímulo para abordar el plomo y el asbesto en escuelas de Pa. Y ?Nos estamos quedando sin tiempo?: El Senado avanza la legislación para hacer permanentes los cocteles para llevar.

Philadelphia City Hall (Image via pxHere.com)

Elsewhere.
The Inquirer
 has what you need to know about the budget deal between Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia City Council.
Pittsburgh?s Black leaders see a sign of hope if state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Alleghenybecomes the city?s first Black mayor, the Post-Gazette reports.
PennLive previews the save it or spend it dilemma confronting state budget writers (paywall).
With less than a third of Lancaster County?s bridges in good conditionLancasterOnline explains how the Biden infrastructure plan could help.
Lehigh Valley bar owners aren?t fanas of a bill now before the Legislature that would allow them to extend last call to 4 a.m., the Morning Call reports.
The Citizens? Voice looks at how area school districts are trying to cope with a year of lost learning.
USA Today?s Pennsylvania Capital Bureau looks at what?s next for anti-abortion rights and gun rights bills before the General Assembly (paywall).

Here?s your #Harrisburg Instagram of the Day:

A Philadelphia doctor made the vax mandatory ? he lost seven employeesWHYY-FM reports.
Spotlight PA has what you need to know about the troubles at PSERS (via WITF-FM).
The Observer-Reporter profiles a community of Haitian refugees in Charleroi, Pa.
PoliticsPA has last week?s winners and losers in state politics.
Stateline.org looks at how southern states are dealing with a vaccine gap.
Roll Call 
has last week?s hits and misses on Capitol Hill.

What Goes On
The House comes in at 12 p.m. today, the Senate convenes at 1 p.m. Here?s a look at the day?s committee action.
11 a.m., 8E-B East Wing: Senate Banking & Insurance Committee
11 a.m., Senate Chamber: Senate Health & Human Services Committee
12 p.m., Hearing Room 1, North Office Building: Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee
Off the Floor, Senate Chamber: Senate Appropriations Committee
Off the Floor, Senate Chamber: Senate Finance Committee
Call of the Chair, 140 MC: House Appropriations Committee
Call of the Chair, 205 Ryan: House Aging & Adult Services Committee

What Goes On (Nakedly Political Edition)
5:30 p.m.: Reception for the East Central House Republican Committee. Admission runs $300 to $1,000.

WolfWatch
Gov. Tom Wolf has no public schedule today.

You Say It?s Your Birthday Dept
Have a birthday you?d like observed in this space? Email us on [email protected].

Heavy Rotation.
In addition to being an in-demand actor and talented director, Idris Elba cranks out club bangers in his spare time. Here?s his newest track, a collaboration with Eliza Legzdina. It?s? ?Fudge.?

Monday?s Gratuitous Hockey Link.
Vegas rallied in OT on Sunday to beat Montreal 2-1
. The series is even at two games apiece.

And now you?re up to date.



Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by John L. Micek

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(Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek) Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.When representatives of the Poor People?s Campaign rallied on the steps of the state Capitol earlier this month calling for a ?just? budget that prioritized the needs of Pennsylvania?s most vulnerable residents ahead of its most powerful, the temptation to dismiss those demands as typical progressive boilerplate […]

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(Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
When representatives of the Poor People?s Campaign rallied on the steps of the state Capitol earlier this month calling for a ?just? budget that prioritized the needs of Pennsylvania?s most vulnerable residents ahead of its most powerful, the temptation to dismiss those demands as typical progressive boilerplate may have been a strong one for some.

But a new poll, released late last week by the Pennsylvania Budget Policy Center, points the way toward bipartisan support for a list of priorities that the progressive think-tank hopes that lawmakers will heed as the formal sprint toward approving a new state budget kicks off today.

As the Capital-Star has previously reported, the Republican-controlled General Assembly and the Democratic Wolf administration will have as much as $10 billion in excess funds at their disposal as they try to reach agreement on a budget deal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. More than $7 billion of that total comes from federal stimulus money.

Nearly six in 10 respondents to the poll (57 percent) said they wanted policymakers to focus on investing more in the state and its residents. About a third of all Republican respondents (34 percent) agreed with that sentiment, according to the poll, while six in 10 women respondents (61 percent) and two-thirds of Black respondents (65 percent) agreed with that sentiment.

(Source: Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center).

Broadly, respondents wanted policymakers to focus on:

As the Capital-Star also has previously reported, Democrats in the state House and Senate each have rolled out their own plans to spend the money, while Republicans have remained more muted in their plans.

But the GOP?s approach is a mistake, Marc Stier, the think-tank?s executive director, warned.

?This poll clearly demonstrates that a strong majority of Pennsylvanians want American Rescue Plan funds to be spent on the Pennsylvanians most in need and to reduce the inequality that the pandemic revealed,? Stier said.

(c) 3desc ? Stock.Adobe.com

The poll also took a look at the election reform issues now percolating in the General Assembly.

Last weekHouse State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-York, rolled out a sweeping reform bill that would broadly rewrite and modernize state election law; by increasing restrictions on ballot drop off boxes; decreasing the amount of time voters have to register to vote and request mail-in ballots; and requiring Pennsylvanians to show ID every time they vote, the Capital-Star?s Stephen Caruso reported.

Pollsters say they found opposition to the GOP?s rewrite plans, with:

The results conflict with a separate, Franklin & Marshall College poll released last week that found Pennsylvanians supporting a major rewrite of the state?s election law.

?Pennsylvania is following the dangerous example of other states hell-bent on restricting the freedom to vote ? particularly for voters of color,? Carmen López, the senior democracy director for SiX, a progressive think-tank, said in a statement. ?This research shows just how much Pennsylvanians appreciate accessible voting options and how out-of-step the Majority is in rolling back access.?

Conducted from June 2 to June 7, the PBPC canvass sampled the opinions of 1,348 Pennsylvania adults who said they were registered to vote, for an overall margin of error of 3.1 percent.

(Image via pxHere.com)

Our Stuff.
In this week?s edition of The Numbers RacketCassie Miller dives into some data hammering home one of the great inequities of the pandemic: We were all being asked to go to work and go to school from home ? but not all of us could afford a broadband connection to do it.

Confronted by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf?s veto pen, Stephen Caruso explains why legislative Republicans are increasingly looking to amend the state Constitution to get their way on election reform proposals.

Endangered species will get a reprieve under President Joe Biden?s conservation plan, Capital-Star Washington Correspondent Allison Winter reports.

Republicans Sean Parnell, of Pittsburgh, and Kathy Barnette, of Huntingdon Valley, both candidates vying for retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey?s, R-Pa., seat, are the latest Pennsylvania politicians to take a page out of former President Donald Trump?s financing playbook ? one that automatically signs donors up for monthly donationsMarley Parish reports.

On our Commentary Page this morning, a Rutgers University scholar says Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers can?t wait any longer to boost Pennsylvania?s minimum wage. And when it comes to the war on American democracy, journalists can?t afford to be neutral, opinion regular Dick Polman argues.

En la Estrella-Capital: ?Una oportunidad única en la vida?: los Demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado quieren usar el dinero del estímulo para abordar el plomo y el asbesto en escuelas de Pa. Y ?Nos estamos quedando sin tiempo?: El Senado avanza la legislación para hacer permanentes los cocteles para llevar.

Philadelphia City Hall (Image via pxHere.com)

Elsewhere.
The Inquirer
 has what you need to know about the budget deal between Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia City Council.
Pittsburgh?s Black leaders see a sign of hope if state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Alleghenybecomes the city?s first Black mayor, the Post-Gazette reports.
PennLive previews the save it or spend it dilemma confronting state budget writers (paywall).
With less than a third of Lancaster County?s bridges in good conditionLancasterOnline explains how the Biden infrastructure plan could help.
Lehigh Valley bar owners aren?t fanas of a bill now before the Legislature that would allow them to extend last call to 4 a.m., the Morning Call reports.
The Citizens? Voice looks at how area school districts are trying to cope with a year of lost learning.
USA Today?s Pennsylvania Capital Bureau looks at what?s next for anti-abortion rights and gun rights bills before the General Assembly (paywall).

Here?s your #Harrisburg Instagram of the Day:

A Philadelphia doctor made the vax mandatory ? he lost seven employeesWHYY-FM reports.
Spotlight PA has what you need to know about the troubles at PSERS (via WITF-FM).
The Observer-Reporter profiles a community of Haitian refugees in Charleroi, Pa.
PoliticsPA has last week?s winners and losers in state politics.
Stateline.org looks at how southern states are dealing with a vaccine gap.
Roll Call 
has last week?s hits and misses on Capitol Hill.

What Goes On
The House comes in at 12 p.m. today, the Senate convenes at 1 p.m. Here?s a look at the day?s committee action.
11 a.m., 8E-B East Wing: Senate Banking & Insurance Committee
11 a.m., Senate Chamber: Senate Health & Human Services Committee
12 p.m., Hearing Room 1, North Office Building: Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee
Off the Floor, Senate Chamber: Senate Appropriations Committee
Off the Floor, Senate Chamber: Senate Finance Committee
Call of the Chair, 140 MC: House Appropriations Committee
Call of the Chair, 205 Ryan: House Aging & Adult Services Committee

What Goes On (Nakedly Political Edition)
5:30 p.m.: Reception for the East Central House Republican Committee. Admission runs $300 to $1,000.

WolfWatch
Gov. Tom Wolf has no public schedule today.

You Say It?s Your Birthday Dept
Have a birthday you?d like observed in this space? Email us on [email protected].

Heavy Rotation.
In addition to being an in-demand actor and talented director, Idris Elba cranks out club bangers in his spare time. Here?s his newest track, a collaboration with Eliza Legzdina. It?s? ?Fudge.?

Monday?s Gratuitous Hockey Link.
Vegas rallied in OT on Sunday to beat Montreal 2-1
. The series is even at two games apiece.

And now you?re up to date.



Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by John L. Micek

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For the first time in nearly two decades, the Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

The FDA gave the go-ahead for aducanumab (marketed as Aduhelm), which is believed to be the first Alzheimer’s drug that targets the cause of the disease rather than the side effects.

The drug, made by Biogen of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was granted “Accelerated approval” Approved by the FDA and shown to clear the amyloid beta plague in the brain – one of the two tell-tale signs of the disease. Aduhelm is the first novel therapy for Alzheimer’s disease to be approved since 2003.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disease that can have profound effects on the lives of people diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones.” Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement Monday. ?Currently available therapies only treat symptoms of the disease; This treatment option is the first therapy to target and affect the underlying disease process of Alzheimer’s disease. As we have learned from the fight against cancer, the accelerated approval path can bring therapies to patients faster while promoting more research and innovation. “

Alzheimer’s disease affects 6.2 million Americans, according to the FDA. It is an irreversible, progressive disease of the brain that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and then later decreases the ability to do simple tasks.

Michelle Branham, vice president of public policy for the Florida area at Alzheimer’s Association, said the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause in the top 10 with no preventive treatment or cure.

Florida is the state with the second highest number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and it is the sixth leading cause of death for its residents.

“(The new drug) treats the disease in ways we’ve never seen before, compared to the currently approved drugs you’re seeing that treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and related dementia.” said Branham. ?This new type of drug is really a treatment. The therapy not only slows the symptoms but also slows the progression of the disease. This is solemn news for all people with Alzheimer’s and their families. That gives you more quality time, especially if you received an early diagnosis. “

While the specific cause of the disease hasn’t fully been discovered, the FDA said Alzheimer’s is characterized by changes in the brain, including amyloid plaques and neurofibrial (or tau) entanglements that result in the loss of neurons and their connections. Studies show that this new intravenous regimen, which is infused every four weeks, leads to a reduction in amyloid plaques.

“It shows that removing the amyloid from the brain can delay clinical decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.” said Branham. “It really removes a bit of that sticky amyloid protein that covers the brain and creates brain plaques that are really the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Medical professionals, including Branham, hope that in the near future this approval will spark the spark for something bigger when it comes to preventing and stopping dementia-related diseases.

“It’s a new day” Alzheimer’s Association President and CEO Harry Johns said in a statement Monday. ?This approval gives people with Alzheimer’s more time to live better. For families, it means being able to hold onto loved ones longer. It’s about resuscitating scientists and companies in the fight against this scourge of disease. It’s about hope. “

Maria C. Carillo, Ph.D., Senior Science Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association added: ?This FDA drug approval heralds a new era in Alzheimer’s treatment and research. History has shown us that the approval of the first drug in a new category invigorates the field, increases investment in new treatments and stimulates more innovation. We are hopeful and this is the beginning – both for this drug and for better treatments for Alzheimer’s. “

Approval is being reviewed by medical experts and even an FDA advisory committee that rejected the drug after clinical trials and raised concerns about its effectiveness.

“The data contained in the applicant’s application were very complex and left residual uncertainties with regard to the clinical benefit.” Cavazzoni wrote on Monday. ?We carefully examined the results of the clinical study, consulted the Advisory Board on Drugs of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System, listened to the perspectives of the patient community and reviewed all relevant data. Ultimately, we opted for the Accelerated Approval Pathway – a pathway designed to give patients with severe illnesses early access to potentially valuable therapies when there is an unmet need and clinical benefit is expected despite some residual uncertainty about that benefit. In determining that the application met the requirements for accelerated approval, the agency concluded that the benefits of Aduhelm for patients with Alzheimer’s disease outweigh the risks of the therapy. “

The drug’s late development program included two Phase 3 clinical trials, one of which showed a reduction in clinical decline, while the second failed to meet the primary endpoint.

“In all studies in which it was evaluated, however, Aduhelm consistently and very convincingly reduced the amount of amyloid plaques in the brain in a dose- and time-dependent manner.” Cavazzoni wrote. “Reducing amyloid plaque is expected to reduce clinical decline.”

She added that removing and reducing amyloid beta plaques in the brain “Almost likely to predict an important benefit for patients.”

Under the expedited approval process, Biogen is required by the FDA to conduct a new randomized controlled clinical trial “to review the clinical benefit of the drug.”

“If the study does not confirm the clinical benefit, the FDA can initiate proceedings to withdraw approval of the drug.” Cavazzoni said.

Side effects of the drug include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, brain swelling, or bleeding. About 40% of the two Phase 3 study participants who received high doses had side effects – most of them were headache, dizziness, or nausea.

“The drug seems to be very well tolerated in clinical studies” said Branham. ?Every drug has side effects, we know that. The side effects mentioned – we could argue that in our Alzheimer’s disease world, you’d trade this for more time, more time with your loved one, and that’s quality and more time for memories. I think you need to talk to your doctor about this and make sure that this is a drug that you as a patient can tolerate and know all the side effects that are associated with it and how you personally felt about it.

She argued ?If you could have more time with your loved one, more time and quality of life for yourself, wouldn’t you try that? Do not you want that?”

Biogen announced in a press release Monday afternoon that the annual cost of treatment would be $ 56,000 and that the outlay for patients on insurance would vary based on coverage. Treatment also requires additional tests along the way.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure access to the drug and any tests required during the treatment process.” said Branham. ?We will do everything we can to remove barriers to entry. This will have the highest priority for us as an association in the future. “

The drug is expected to see high demand in the Sunshine State, which has the fifth oldest median age among the US states.

“Florida really is a ground zero for Alzheimer’s disease” said Branham. ?Our leadership has made Alzheimer’s disease a priority since this last legislative term. The governor has put in place a rigorous dementia action plan for the state and a state health improvement plan for Alzheimer’s – the only state with this priority.

?There’s great research going on here in Florida, and it’s exciting. We have to be the gold standard and be at the forefront. “

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[email protected] For the first time in nearly two decades, the Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The FDA gave the go-ahead for aducanumab (marketed as Aduhelm), which is believed to be the first Alzheimer’s drug that targets the cause of the disease rather than the side effects. The drug, made by […]

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[email protected]

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

The FDA gave the go-ahead for aducanumab (marketed as Aduhelm), which is believed to be the first Alzheimer’s drug that targets the cause of the disease rather than the side effects.

The drug, made by Biogen of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was granted “Accelerated approval” Approved by the FDA and shown to clear the amyloid beta plague in the brain – one of the two tell-tale signs of the disease. Aduhelm is the first novel therapy for Alzheimer’s disease to be approved since 2003.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disease that can have profound effects on the lives of people diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones.” Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement Monday. ?Currently available therapies only treat symptoms of the disease; This treatment option is the first therapy to target and affect the underlying disease process of Alzheimer’s disease. As we have learned from the fight against cancer, the accelerated approval path can bring therapies to patients faster while promoting more research and innovation. “

Alzheimer’s disease affects 6.2 million Americans, according to the FDA. It is an irreversible, progressive disease of the brain that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and then later decreases the ability to do simple tasks.

Michelle Branham, vice president of public policy for the Florida area at Alzheimer’s Association, said the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause in the top 10 with no preventive treatment or cure.

Florida is the state with the second highest number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and it is the sixth leading cause of death for its residents.

“(The new drug) treats the disease in ways we’ve never seen before, compared to the currently approved drugs you’re seeing that treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and related dementia.” said Branham. ?This new type of drug is really a treatment. The therapy not only slows the symptoms but also slows the progression of the disease. This is solemn news for all people with Alzheimer’s and their families. That gives you more quality time, especially if you received an early diagnosis. “

While the specific cause of the disease hasn’t fully been discovered, the FDA said Alzheimer’s is characterized by changes in the brain, including amyloid plaques and neurofibrial (or tau) entanglements that result in the loss of neurons and their connections. Studies show that this new intravenous regimen, which is infused every four weeks, leads to a reduction in amyloid plaques.

“It shows that removing the amyloid from the brain can delay clinical decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.” said Branham. “It really removes a bit of that sticky amyloid protein that covers the brain and creates brain plaques that are really the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Medical professionals, including Branham, hope that in the near future this approval will spark the spark for something bigger when it comes to preventing and stopping dementia-related diseases.

“It’s a new day” Alzheimer’s Association President and CEO Harry Johns said in a statement Monday. ?This approval gives people with Alzheimer’s more time to live better. For families, it means being able to hold onto loved ones longer. It’s about resuscitating scientists and companies in the fight against this scourge of disease. It’s about hope. “

Maria C. Carillo, Ph.D., Senior Science Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association added: ?This FDA drug approval heralds a new era in Alzheimer’s treatment and research. History has shown us that the approval of the first drug in a new category invigorates the field, increases investment in new treatments and stimulates more innovation. We are hopeful and this is the beginning – both for this drug and for better treatments for Alzheimer’s. “

Approval is being reviewed by medical experts and even an FDA advisory committee that rejected the drug after clinical trials and raised concerns about its effectiveness.

“The data contained in the applicant’s application were very complex and left residual uncertainties with regard to the clinical benefit.” Cavazzoni wrote on Monday. ?We carefully examined the results of the clinical study, consulted the Advisory Board on Drugs of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System, listened to the perspectives of the patient community and reviewed all relevant data. Ultimately, we opted for the Accelerated Approval Pathway – a pathway designed to give patients with severe illnesses early access to potentially valuable therapies when there is an unmet need and clinical benefit is expected despite some residual uncertainty about that benefit. In determining that the application met the requirements for accelerated approval, the agency concluded that the benefits of Aduhelm for patients with Alzheimer’s disease outweigh the risks of the therapy. “

The drug’s late development program included two Phase 3 clinical trials, one of which showed a reduction in clinical decline, while the second failed to meet the primary endpoint.

“In all studies in which it was evaluated, however, Aduhelm consistently and very convincingly reduced the amount of amyloid plaques in the brain in a dose- and time-dependent manner.” Cavazzoni wrote. “Reducing amyloid plaque is expected to reduce clinical decline.”

She added that removing and reducing amyloid beta plaques in the brain “Almost likely to predict an important benefit for patients.”

Under the expedited approval process, Biogen is required by the FDA to conduct a new randomized controlled clinical trial “to review the clinical benefit of the drug.”

“If the study does not confirm the clinical benefit, the FDA can initiate proceedings to withdraw approval of the drug.” Cavazzoni said.

Side effects of the drug include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, brain swelling, or bleeding. About 40% of the two Phase 3 study participants who received high doses had side effects – most of them were headache, dizziness, or nausea.

“The drug seems to be very well tolerated in clinical studies” said Branham. ?Every drug has side effects, we know that. The side effects mentioned – we could argue that in our Alzheimer’s disease world, you’d trade this for more time, more time with your loved one, and that’s quality and more time for memories. I think you need to talk to your doctor about this and make sure that this is a drug that you as a patient can tolerate and know all the side effects that are associated with it and how you personally felt about it.

She argued ?If you could have more time with your loved one, more time and quality of life for yourself, wouldn’t you try that? Do not you want that?”

Biogen announced in a press release Monday afternoon that the annual cost of treatment would be $ 56,000 and that the outlay for patients on insurance would vary based on coverage. Treatment also requires additional tests along the way.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure access to the drug and any tests required during the treatment process.” said Branham. ?We will do everything we can to remove barriers to entry. This will have the highest priority for us as an association in the future. “

The drug is expected to see high demand in the Sunshine State, which has the fifth oldest median age among the US states.

“Florida really is a ground zero for Alzheimer’s disease” said Branham. ?Our leadership has made Alzheimer’s disease a priority since this last legislative term. The governor has put in place a rigorous dementia action plan for the state and a state health improvement plan for Alzheimer’s – the only state with this priority.

?There’s great research going on here in Florida, and it’s exciting. We have to be the gold standard and be at the forefront. “

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By Jeff Hanley

In the past year, many states loosened well-researched, long-standing alcohol safeguard policies to help struggling restaurants, bars, and other establishments during the pandemic. While these policy changes may have helped small businesses survive during shutdowns, the powerful alcohol industry is now pushing to roll back safety measures further in the name of profit, even as life returns to normal.

In Harrisburg, the industry is urging lawmakers to pass HB 1154, which would permanently allow restaurants and taverns to sell cocktails, or Ready to Drink (RTD) beverages as they are officially known, to go.

The legislation would make RTDs available for sale outside of the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit Shops.  RTD beverages are spirit-based mixed drinks in a bottle or can, and typically contain higher alcohol content than beer or wine. The strong taste of alcohol in RTDs and cocktails to go is often masked with sugar and fruity flavors.

Because of this RTDs and canned cocktails are especially tantalizing to youth, and data shows they are most popular with young women. The alcohol content hidden under syrupy flavors fuels binge drinking, and the convenient packaging in cans and bottles makes RTDs easier to transport and drink in large quantities. Allowing RTDs to be sold anywhere beer can be sold, such as supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants, will threaten the safety of Pennsylvania?s youth.

?We are running out of time.? Senate advances legislation to make to-go cocktails permanent

Currently, the state-owned Wine and Spirits shops handle all sales of spirits, which protects the public and, in particular, our children.

As the executive director of the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, I am strongly opposed to dramatically increasing access to high-alcohol-by-volume beverages like RTDs and cocktails to go. Many of the locations RTDs would be sold are national chains, not mom-and pop-businesses, and the state will lose out on the revenue from this growing sector.

Sales in Pennsylvania?s state-run stores go back into our communities, supporting the state police, the state general fund, and alcohol safety education programs.

Despite the sleek marketing and pervasive cultural presence, alcohol is still a drug. And as a drug, it causes many firsthand and secondhand harms. The impacts of alcohol misuse extend into our communities, schools, workplaces, and health systems.

Alcohol is involved in more than 95,000 deaths a year, and excessive alcohol consumption may result in injuries, hospitalization, long-term illness or even death. Secondhand harms include being in a traffic accident, being a passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver, harassment, intimate partner violence, vandalized property, being pushed, hit, or assaulted, family or marital and financial troubles.

Youth ages 18-24 experience these harms more often than older people, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, due to high rates of binge drinking during this important life transition period.

In Pennsylvania, 60 counties have identified youth alcohol use as a top priority for addressing substance misuse, and 38 counties have designated adult alcohol use as a top challenge. It is critical that our state and local leaders continue to develop and implement policy safeguards to protect our young people and all Pennsylvania residents.

Dramatically increasing the number of outlets that will be authorized to sell spirits will be a significant setback for reducing youth alcohol use.

Pennsylvania?s alcohol policies, and those of most states, are based on decades of research and experience on how to reduce the harms of alcohol. While it is essential to lessen the pandemic?s economic fallout for our communities, adding over 10,000 locations across Pennsylvania to sell liquor-based RTDs and cocktails to go will not accomplish that goal and will just line the pockets of billion-dollar alcohol company executives.

I urge our lawmakers to protect Pennsylvania?s young people and keep our dollars within our communities. Allowing RTD sales outside of state-run stores and cocktails to go puts profits over safety and counteracts the work Pennsylvania communities are doing to reduce the harms of alcohol.

Jeff Hanley is the executive director of the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, which works to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse. He writes from Beaver Falls, Pa. 



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By Jeff Hanley

In the past year, many states loosened well-researched, long-standing alcohol safeguard policies to help struggling restaurants, bars, and other establishments during the pandemic. While these policy changes may have helped small businesses survive during shutdowns, the powerful alcohol industry is now pushing to roll back safety measures further in the name of profit, even as life returns to normal.

In Harrisburg, the industry is urging lawmakers to pass HB 1154, which would permanently allow restaurants and taverns to sell cocktails, or Ready to Drink (RTD) beverages as they are officially known, to go.

The legislation would make RTDs available for sale outside of the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit Shops.  RTD beverages are spirit-based mixed drinks in a bottle or can, and typically contain higher alcohol content than beer or wine. The strong taste of alcohol in RTDs and cocktails to go is often masked with sugar and fruity flavors.

Because of this RTDs and canned cocktails are especially tantalizing to youth, and data shows they are most popular with young women. The alcohol content hidden under syrupy flavors fuels binge drinking, and the convenient packaging in cans and bottles makes RTDs easier to transport and drink in large quantities. Allowing RTDs to be sold anywhere beer can be sold, such as supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants, will threaten the safety of Pennsylvania?s youth.

?We are running out of time.? Senate advances legislation to make to-go cocktails permanent

Currently, the state-owned Wine and Spirits shops handle all sales of spirits, which protects the public and, in particular, our children.

As the executive director of the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, I am strongly opposed to dramatically increasing access to high-alcohol-by-volume beverages like RTDs and cocktails to go. Many of the locations RTDs would be sold are national chains, not mom-and pop-businesses, and the state will lose out on the revenue from this growing sector.

Sales in Pennsylvania?s state-run stores go back into our communities, supporting the state police, the state general fund, and alcohol safety education programs.

Despite the sleek marketing and pervasive cultural presence, alcohol is still a drug. And as a drug, it causes many firsthand and secondhand harms. The impacts of alcohol misuse extend into our communities, schools, workplaces, and health systems.

Alcohol is involved in more than 95,000 deaths a year, and excessive alcohol consumption may result in injuries, hospitalization, long-term illness or even death. Secondhand harms include being in a traffic accident, being a passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver, harassment, intimate partner violence, vandalized property, being pushed, hit, or assaulted, family or marital and financial troubles.

Youth ages 18-24 experience these harms more often than older people, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, due to high rates of binge drinking during this important life transition period.

In Pennsylvania, 60 counties have identified youth alcohol use as a top priority for addressing substance misuse, and 38 counties have designated adult alcohol use as a top challenge. It is critical that our state and local leaders continue to develop and implement policy safeguards to protect our young people and all Pennsylvania residents.

Dramatically increasing the number of outlets that will be authorized to sell spirits will be a significant setback for reducing youth alcohol use.

Pennsylvania?s alcohol policies, and those of most states, are based on decades of research and experience on how to reduce the harms of alcohol. While it is essential to lessen the pandemic?s economic fallout for our communities, adding over 10,000 locations across Pennsylvania to sell liquor-based RTDs and cocktails to go will not accomplish that goal and will just line the pockets of billion-dollar alcohol company executives.

I urge our lawmakers to protect Pennsylvania?s young people and keep our dollars within our communities. Allowing RTD sales outside of state-run stores and cocktails to go puts profits over safety and counteracts the work Pennsylvania communities are doing to reduce the harms of alcohol.

Jeff Hanley is the executive director of the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, which works to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse. He writes from Beaver Falls, Pa. 



Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Capital-Star Guest Contributor

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