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 • Many Americans Looking To Travel Again This Summer But What Will That Look Like? https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/many-americans-looking-to-travel-again-this-summer-but-what-will-that-look-like/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/many-americans-looking-to-travel-again-this-summer-but-what-will-that-look-like/#respond Sat 15 May 2021 03:16:07 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236994

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s no question about it with the vaccination rate continuing to climb in the United States many people are looking to travel again. So where can you plan your revenge travel trip? And more importantly what will that look like?

Every day more Americans are dusting off their suitcases and heading to the airport.

According to CBS News travel contributor Peter Greenberg national parks have been so popular that many are already booked.

“The new hot destinations are state parks — Traverse City Michigan; Hilton Head South Carolina; Eureka California; Merced; Bend Oregon; Bozeman Montana” Greenberg said.

So what are the chances you can book a European vacation?

“The European Union announced starting this summer fully vaccinated Americans will not need to quarantine to go there” Greenberg said.

And that vaccine card will be just as important as your passport.

“You have to carry it. What you need to do is photocopy it and keep three copies” Greenberg said.

But Yafa Neer of Vista Travel is advising her clients to hold off a bit longer on Europe.

“I want them to have the experience and in order for them to have an experience things need to be open and they need to be able to move freely anywhere they want to go” Neer said.

Neer who is busy again after more than a year of no business says she’s booking a lot of honeymooners.

“They go to the Caribbean Mexico and Hawaii” she said.

If you’re ready to book Greenberg says now is the time.

“Airfares are rising 7% per week. And that’s compounded so the longer you wait you can do the math” he said.

And be prepared to pay top dollar for rental cars. According to Greenberg many companies sold off much of their fleet during the pandemic.

Cruise lines are still waiting for their green light to sail. The CDC says that could happen this summer. Many lines are considering a vaccine mandate for passengers.

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    Every day more Americans are dusting off their suitcases and heading to the airport. read more >>


 • MOVE Bombing Victims’ Remains Thought To Have Been Cremated Disposed Found At Medical Examiner’s Office Mayor Kenney Says https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/philadelphia-move-bombing-victims-remains-thought-to-have-been-cremated-disposed-found-at-medical-examiners-office/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/philadelphia-move-bombing-victims-remains-thought-to-have-been-cremated-disposed-found-at-medical-examiners-office/#respond Sat 15 May 2021 02:43:48 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1237018

However Kenney says he was notified Friday afternoon that a box labeled “MOVE” was found in a refrigerated area of the Medical Examiner’s Office. After comparison Kenney says the remains appear to be the bone fragments that were ordered cremated by Farley in 2017.

Kenney announced the discovery in a statement late Friday night.

“I am relieved that these remains were found and not destroyed however I am also very sorry for the needless pain that this ordeal has caused the Africa family. There are many unanswered questions including why the remains were not cremated as Dr. Farley directed. There are also clearly many areas for improvement in procedures used by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

“The investigation of this incident and the handling of the remains of all victims of the 1985 MOVE bombing will continue. I pledge full transparency to the family of the victims and I hope that this latest discovery can give them some level of solace.”

The mayor says the remains will be returned to the Africa family after an investigation is concluded.

Farley’s resignation and revelation came on the 36th anniversary of the MOVE bombing.

Kenney has appointed Dr. Cheryl Bettigole as Acting Health Commissioner and a national search process will be done to fill the position for the rest of Kenney’s term.

Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Gulino has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation.

These remains are separate from those that were revealed last month to have been kept by the Penn Museum and later misplaced by researchers at Princeton after being transferred there.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The remains of MOVE bombing victims thought to have been cremated and disposed of have been found according to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. The new discovery comes a day after city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley resigned after ordering the remains to be cremated in 2017.


    The new discovery comes a day after city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley resigned after ordering the remains to be cremated in 2017. read more >>


 • Sixers Rout Magic To Clinch No. 1 Seed In East For First Time In 20 Years https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/sixers-rout-magic-to-clinch-no-1-seed-in-east-for-first-time-in-20-years/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/sixers-rout-magic-to-clinch-no-1-seed-in-east-for-first-time-in-20-years/#respond Sat 15 May 2021 02:31:47 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1237012 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Seth Curry scored 20 points Joel Embiid had 13 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers clinched the top seed for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference with a 122-97 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Ben Simmons added 13 points and nine assists to help the 76ers improve to 48-23. Philadelphia could’ve clinched earlier this week but lost at Indiana on Tuesday and at Miami on Thursday. Embiid didn’t play against the Pacers due to illness and logged just 25 minutes against the Heat while still looking sluggish.

But he was more engaged in the second quarter against the undermanned Magic helping Philadelphia outscore Orlando 39-19 in the period to take firm control. Embiid showed the edge that has made him arguably Philadelphia’s most-loved athlete when he picked up a technical for a confrontation with Shane Bacon with 3:16 left in the period.

Philadelphia fans reigned down “M-V-P!” “M-V-P!” chants on Embiid in the first half. And those cheers will get even louder in the postseason as the city announced this week that the 76ers’ home arena can have 50 percent capacity when the playoffs begin. That will mean about 10000 fans can be in attendance or about double the current allowance.

Embiid Simmons and the rest of Philadelphia’s starters relaxed on the bench in the fourth quarter with the 76ers up big.

Ignas Brazdeikis scored 21 points for the Magic. They have lost six straight.

The 76ers last took the top seed in 2001 when Allen Iverson won the MVP Larry Brown the Coach of the Year and Aaron McKie the Sixth Man award. That team reached the NBA finals before losing to Kobe Bryant Shaquille O’Neal and the Lakers in five games.

Philadelphia has made the playoffs 10 times since but hasn’t gotten close to the finals. The club started from scratch under former GM Sam Hinkie famously rebuilding beginning in 2013-14. The 76ers won just 47 games over the first three seasons of The Process before using high draft picks on Simmons and Embiid helped turn things around.

They will enter the playoffs for the fourth straight season but the hope of a Process-produced championship has remained elusive. Philadelphia hasn’t even reached the conference finals during the recent stretch and last year’s first-round playoff exit cost former coach Brett Brown his job.

Now coach Doc Rivers and GM Daryl Morey Hinkie’s ex-boss in Houston will try to help bring Philadelphia its first championship since 1983. The 76ers will begin that quest on May 22 and have home-court advantage as long as they stay alive in the East. They’ll start with a series against the No. 8 seed which will come by way of a play-in tourney between the No. 9 and 10 seeds.

SHOT-CLOCK MALFUNCTION

The shot clock didn’t work at the start of the second half. The public-address announcer called out when there were 15 seconds and then 10 seconds remaining before counting down the last five seconds.

TIP-INS

Magic: Mo Bamba returned after missing the last two games due to illness. … Fell to 10-25 on the road. … Were without Michael Carter-Williams (sprained left ankle) James Ennis III (sore right calf) Markelle Fultz (torn ACL left knee) Jonathan Isaac (left knee rehab) Chuma Okeke (sprained left ankle) Otto Porter Jr. (left foot pain) and Terrence Ross (back spasms).

76ers: Matisse Thybulle (swelling left hand) missed his third straight contest. … Improved to 28-7 at home. … Backup center Dwight Howard served a one-game suspension for picking up his 16th technical of the season on Thursday against the Heat.

UP NEXT

The teams wrap up the regular season in a rematch on Sunday night in Philadelphia.

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    The 76ers last took the top seed in 2001 when Allen Iverson won the MVP Larry Brown the Coach of the Year and Aaron McKie the Sixth Man award. read more >>


 • Masks Still Required Indoors In New Jersey Despite CDC’s New Guidance https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/masks-still-required-indoors-in-new-jersey-despite-cdcs-new-guidance/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/masks-still-required-indoors-in-new-jersey-despite-cdcs-new-guidance/#respond Sat 15 May 2021 02:14:09 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236977

COLLINGSWOOD N.J. (CBS) — Face masks are still on if you are indoors in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy says the state isn’t quite ready even after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance saying fully vaccinated people can ditch their masks inside many places.

Even though the CDC says those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear their masks indoors the governor says that’s still not an option in the Garden State.

“We’re not there yet” Murphy said Friday. “We’re frankly not there yet. Think about the hardware store employee the essential worker in retail.”

That’s what Murphy is saying about the change in the CDC’s face coverings guidelines respectfully. But Friday afternoon Murphy did say if you are fully vaccinated you are no longer required to wear your mask outside.

“I think if you’re not vaccinated and you’re outdoors and you’re still in close proximity you should be wearing your mask” Murphy said.

South Jersey residents Eyewitness News spoke with in Collingswood on Friday night agree with the governor’s decision to continue the mask mandate indoors.

“I think it’s going to be a problem like when the pandemic started” Ralph Conver said “so I think we’re going to go back into a lot of crazy stuff happening again.”

Another South Jersey resident says she’s fully vaccinated along with her family but she’ll continue to mask up — even outdoors.

“We don’t know” Maria Nova said. “We got some people who got vaccines some people not.”

Eyewitness News also spoke with a fully vaccinated Philadelphia couple who say they’re happy with the CDC’s announcement and that it’s a relief to finally have an option.

“No one says you have to take your mask off” Steve Haughton said. “It’s your preference.”

“We want to walk around free” Lisa Haughton said. “We want to live our lives the way we were living them and for those who just aren’t that comfortable yet you know keep the mask on where you feel like you’re in an uncomfortable situation.”

Businesses have the right to restrict access to shoppers if they’re not wearing a mask.

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 • 16-Year-Old Quamir Mitchell Gunned Down In Southwest Philadelphia Weeks Before High School Graduation https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/quamir-mitchell-gunned-down-southwest-philadelphia-weeks-before-high-school-graduation/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/quamir-mitchell-gunned-down-southwest-philadelphia-weeks-before-high-school-graduation/#respond Sat 15 May 2021 02:06:59 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236931

One of the latest victims to die in the city’s gun violence epidemic is a teenager who was set to graduate high school in the next few weeks.

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined forces with the 12th police district captain and members from the community for an emergency Peace Not Guns Public Safety Walk to address last night’s deadly double shooting.

“It not only impacts the family members of the young man whose life was taken but also the residents who live here inside the community so we want to enforce that public safety is a priority here” Johnson said.

A 13-year-old was shot in the arm and is recovering. Sixteen-year-old Quamir Mitchell was shot in the chest did not survive.

“Even though it’s happening every day you’re still never quite prepared to see particularly when it’s a homicide of a young person with such a promising future like this young man” Philadelphia School District spokesperson Monica Lewis said.

Quamir a senior at West Philadelphia High traveled to a court in Southwest Philadelphia for a pickup game of basketball but never made it home. He was known as a great student and avid basketball player with a promising future.

“By all accounts he was a great student and good kid and unfortunately we are in a situation where we have to talk with students yet again on how to cope with grief during these uncertain times especially” Lewis said.

School leaders talked with students Friday in a virtual town hall to offer their support.

Quamir’s basketball coaches remember him as a young man with big dreams. They say the city has changed from the days when they were playing pickup basketball.

“You couldn’t come here and do nothing you couldn’t do it. I knew when I was here I was safe” said Adrien Burke Quamir’s basketball coach.

But something has changed according to these coaches. Playgrounds and basketball courts are no longer the safe havens they once were.

“From my understanding he never even made it on the court. From my understanding he was just outside the fence trying to go onto the court” Burke said.

Burke was Quamir’s coach at West Philadelphia High School. He spoke with Quamir just a few hours before the deadly shooting.

“I always let them know that I love them and they tell me they love me back. Those were our last words. He loved me and I loved him. It’s been rough” Burke said.

At the famed Christy Recreation Center on a court two miles from where Quamir was killed young men and women play freely.

“Outside of the police presence we just need individuals who have time and who care and who are invested in making sure that the environment is safe” said coach and mentor Eugine Lett Sr.

Now through the end of August Friday night basketball and football will be hosted here under the protection of community leaders who urge others to make time and help out.

“At 16 years old you shouldn’t have to be worried about if you are going to make it home or not. That’s just not fair. That’s just really not fair” Burke said.

Police say someone has been taken into custody after the shooting. There has been no official update on the status of that person at this time.

Meanwhile Quamir’s family has asked for privacy as they process this tragedy.

CBS3’s Alecia Reid and Alexandria Hoff contributed to this report.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A community is coming together demanding an end to the violence after the deadly shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Southwest Philadelphia Thursday night. This public safety walk is in response to last night’s double shooting. 


    Quamir a senior at West Philadelphia High traveled to a court in Southwest Philadelphia for a pickup game of basketball but never made it home. read more >>


 • 2 Teens Rushed To Hospital After Double Shooting In Kensington Police Say https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/2-teens-rushed-to-hospital-after-double-shooting-in-kensington-police-say/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/2-teens-rushed-to-hospital-after-double-shooting-in-kensington-police-say/#respond Sat 15 May 2021 01:37:33 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1237005

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two teens were rushed to the hospital after a shooting in Kensington Friday night. It happened on the 1900 block of East Wensley Street around 6 p.m.

Police say an 18-year-old man was shot several times in the head and torso. He’s listed in extremely critical condition.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. Both are being treated at Temple University Hospital.

No arrests have been made.

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For a list of gun violence resources in Philadelphia click here.


    Police say an 18-year-old man was shot several times in the head and torso. read more >>


 • ‘Nobody Wants To Pay More’: The Procrastinator’s Guide To Tax Day 2021 As Offered By Philadelphia Accountants https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/tax-deadline-2021-monday/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/tax-deadline-2021-monday/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 22:53:41 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236712

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Don’t look now but it’s almost tax time. Due to the coronavirus pandemic tax day was moved from April 15 until May 17. That’s Monday.

“I get calls random calls from clients saying that they haven’t done anything” Steven Fromm of Steven Fromm & Associates said. “And it’s just people’s management style.”

With just days to go before tax day Fromm says the most basic thing you can do at this point is either file a return with what you have or file for an extension.

“A lot of clients it’s hard for them to stay organized” Fromm said. “The tax code doesn’t help because it’s complicated.”

But there are some deductions put into the tax code for you to get the biggest return possible.

“Nobody wants to pay more taxes” Camari Ellis of Philly Tax Team said. “Everybody feels they’re already overpaying in taxes.”

Ellis is the owner of the Philly Tax Team based in Bala Cynwyd. He says there are numerous changes this year compared to years’ past.

First up are the stimulus checks.

If you received any portion of one two or all three stimulus checks Ellis says you don’t have to pay taxes on it but that’s not true if you have or are still receiving unemployment benefits.

“People that made below $10200 in unemployment that part is going to be excused or forgiven” Ellis said. “If you made over that you have to pay taxes on that.”

Also if you work from home you may or may not be eligible for a write-off.

Ellis says for example if 10% of your home is solely used for your home office you may be able to write off that portion of your rent mortgage utilities and repairs.

Many of the office workers who were sent home last March can they also write off that 10%?

“Sadly no” Ellis said. “But I will say this. A lot of people through this pandemic have picked up a side hustle or a hobby that they’re able to monetize. If you’re doing that maybe get a 1099 you now are a business owner.”

An extension is only for filing your return so if you typically owe taxes it’s suggested that you estimate what your tax bill would be. Fromm says if you don’t file at all you could face a failure to file a penalty from the IRS.

If the IRS wants to find you they will find you if you don’t file your taxes or pay them.

“People think if they stay silent they don’t have a problem” Fromm said.

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 • Midnight Green Meet Blue And Yellow: La Salle University Holding In-Person Graduation Ceremonies At Lincoln Financial Field https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/la-salle-university-lincoln-financial-field-graduation/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/la-salle-university-lincoln-financial-field-graduation/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 22:44:31 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236965

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A university in Philadelphia has found a way to safely hold in-person commencement ceremonies this year. La Salle and Lincoln Financial Field fit perfectly together.

The Linc is usually jam-packed on the weekends but this Saturday it’ll be a different uniform taking center stage for the first time.

Midnight green meet blue and yellow.

“I’ve never truly been on a football field” Sephora Dikabou said “so just thinking about the Linc in general I can’t imagine how big it’s going to be.”

La Salle’s first off-campus commencement in 25 years will be a two-for-one.

The Class of 2021 will walk in the morning and 2020 will finally get its day in the afternoon.

“We wanted these celebrations to really be world-class” La Salle Director of Strategic Initiatives Gina Scozzaro said “and a world-class experience that would be one they’d truly remember forever considering all that our graduates have had had to sacrifice over the last year.”

“We haven’t had many events for us so it’s one of the bigger events in the past calendar year which is exciting” Eagles Event Operations Manager Lauren Gress said.

The two classes will allow over 3000 students to walk and the school expects 9000 total while masks will be required to be worn inside.

The school recognized they couldn’t house a ceremony that included friends and family of graduates while adhering to the city’s COVID policies so they reached out to the Linc.

Count 2021 grads Dikabou and Lam Doan among the many who cannot wait to walk.

“To be honest because I’m too excited I don’t know exactly what I’m long for” Doan said. “If you ask me what I’m looking forward to I don’t know. Because anything can happen.”

“Maybe we should keep this going as a tradition” Dikabou said. “I think maybe we should keep graduating classes at the Linc field why not?”

This year’s class will walk at 10 a.m. while the Class of 2020 will walk at 3 p.m.

Social distancing in the stands is expected for parents and family.

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    The Linc is usually jam-packed on the weekends but this Saturday it'll be a different uniform taking center stage for the first time. read more >>


 • One Last Dance: Saint Basil’s Academy Holding Special Senior Junior Proms Before Closing https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/saint-basil-academy-proms-closing/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/saint-basil-academy-proms-closing/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 22:08:50 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236932

JENKINTOWN Pa. (CBS) — A last and very special prom is planned to celebrate the final classes of a 90-year-old all-girls Catholic school. Saint Basil’s Academy will close its doors forever at the end of this year.

The finishing touches are being placed on the tent that will be transformed into a prom venue for juniors and seniors at St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown.

“It’s the magical forest” Roe Masso with RMP Events said. “Lots of greens lots of lights like a romantic foresty feel lots of woodsy stuff.”

It’s the first prom the school has had since the pandemic and it will also be the last. The all-girls Catholic school will be closed for good in June after nearly 90 years.

“Unfortunately the announcement was made in the fall that the school will be closing permanently in June of 2021 this year” Principal Connie D’Angelo said. “So this is our last prom last senior prom last junior prom.”

School officials wanted to make sure the students got to experience their prom. Tables are set up to accommodate social distancing and other safety measures are also in place.

“I hope that all the girls really just take the moment and enjoy each other’s company” D’Angelo said. “We have had a very trying year not only with the announcement of closing but having to deal with our restrictions with COVID.”

Eyewitness News caught up with a couple of seniors fresh out of the beauty salon. They’ve got their dresses ready for the big night and they’re excited about finally being able to attend their prom.

“Since last year COVID canceled our junior prom” Rachel Mackel said. “It’s just going to be really nice to get together with our senior class one more time before we graduate.”

“It’s been a crazy year so I’m just so excited that this will be like the last dance” Maddie Stampone said. “It’s going to be so much fun.”

It’s going to be a two-day affair. The senior prom will be held Friday night and the junior prom on Saturday.

The school will officially close on June 15.

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 • Researcher Calls For Second MOVE Commission After Bombing Victims’ Remains Cremated Without Family’s Notice https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/philadelphia-move-commission-after-bombing-victims-remains-cremated-without-familys-notice/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/philadelphia-move-commission-after-bombing-victims-remains-cremated-without-familys-notice/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 21:54:52 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236925

The mayor has promised a full investigation but some say that is not enough.

One researcher Eyewitness News talked to wants to see a second MOVE commission saying more needs to be understood about what happened after the bombing.

“There remains a lot of unanswered questions about MOVE'” Shannon McLaughlin Rooney said.

McLaughlin Rooney is a Philadelphia-based researcher who wrote her dissertation on the MOVE bombing a deadly incident in 1985 when Philadelphia bombed a home in the city’s Cobbs Creek section after a standoff and shootout with police.

“People don’t believe that it happened almost. So I think the opportunity exists to educate the city as a whole” she said.

She points out the first MOVE Commission did what it was charged to do finding who was responsible for the bombing. But there’s a lot even she still does not know.

“I think a second commission could start to amplify some of the existing artifacts around the city and for me the most important thing they could do is create a kind of public curriculum” McLaughlin Rooney said.

Farley resigned this week after he informed city leaders he had authorized the cremation and disposal of some MOVE victims’ remains — remains that were bone fragments in boxes found in the city Medical Examiner’s Office four years ago. The remains were never identified.

“There wasn’t a lot of concern. These folks were not treated with great regard in their life so of course they were not treated with great regard or dignity in their death either” McLaughlin Rooney said.

Still no one knows who those remains are. Meantime Kenney apologized on behalf of the city on how the MOVE incident was handled.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A push for more answers after Philadelphia’s mayor revealed that some remains of MOVE bombing victims were cremated years ago without notifying family members. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley resigned after admitting he gave the go-ahead.


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 • Preakness Stakes 2021 Preview: Can Medina Spirit Overcome Controversy? https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/preakness-stakes-2021-preview-can-medina-spirit-overcome-controversy/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/preakness-stakes-2021-preview-can-medina-spirit-overcome-controversy/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 21:36:39 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236952

Attention for the week leading up to the 146th running of the Preakness has mostly focused on the recent past. Medina Spirit’s win at the Kentucky Derby has been called into question because of a positive drug test. While the horse is currently in the Preakness Field trainer Bob Baffert and organizers are awaiting the results of additional tests. The first of three has already shown negative results.

Baffert initially — and strangely — blamed the positive test on the horse eating hay after a stable hand had consumed cough medicine and urinated in the stall. A much more plausible explanation has since surfaced. The horse had been suffering from dermatitis and was treated with anti-fungal ointment that contained some level of steroids. This has not officially been confirmed as the cause however.

For now Medina Spirit (9-5) is among the favorites at the Preakness. The brown horse’s win at the Kentucky Derby also remains under review with a final ruling on that still weeks away. Talented and tenacious Medina Spirit has finished second or better in each of six starts. Its win at the Kentucky Derby came by half of a length after a favorable opening allowed it to set the pace. Medina Spirit also won the month before at the Santa Anita Derby. John Velazquez will be the jockey this week when the horse starts off in third position.

Baffert has two horses racing this week including another favorite called Concert Tour (5-2). This horse was one of the Derby’s leading contenders for a time having looked good in its first three starts which were all wins. And then it placed third at the Arkansas Derby. Baffert kept the horse out of the first leg to give it a better shot this week. Concert Tour like Medina Spirit is a pacesetter and should be fresh after not racing two weeks ago. Whether that leads to a pace dual between the two remains to be seen. Mike Smith will jockey the bay colt from the 10th starting position.

Midnight Bourbon (5-1) may be the top favorite at least as far as the latest odds. The typical front-runner is coming off a sixth-place finish (8 1/4 lengths back) among the 18 horses in the Kentucky Derby and looks to have a better shot in this smaller field. Midnight Bourbon‘s relatively poor showing started with an early bump that forced it to race from behind. But it made up a lot of ground despite not running its typical race. And trainer Steve Asmussen believes it ran a better race than the finish would indicate and is in a good place this week.

“I’m very confident because of who he is physically” Asmussen said. “He’s very strong physically and his energy level’s been very high since the Derby so I do think that it’s helpful with him.”

Midnight Bourbon ended up in the top three in each of its Derby prep races including a win at the Lecomte Stakes. Irad Ortiz Jr. is now the jockey after Smith moved over to Concert Tour. The horse will run out of the fifth position.

Crowded Trade (10-1) trained by Chad Brown has three top-three finishes at Aqueduct in its short career. This stalker will be jockeyed by Javier Castellano and race out of the fourth position. Trained by Mike McCarthy Rombauer (12-1) qualified for the field by winning the El Camino Real Derby. The closer skipped the Kentucky Derby but has four top-three finishes in its six races. Flavien Prat will ride what should be a fresh horse out of the sixth starting position.

Here is the complete field in post order along with their opening odds:

1. Ram (30/1)
2. Keepmeinmind (15/1)
3. Medina Spirit (9/5)
4. Crowded Trade (10/1)
5. Midnight Bourbon (5/1)
6. Rombauer (12/1)
7. France Go De Ina (20/1)
8. Unbridled Honor (15/1)
9. Risk Taking (15/1)
10. Concert Tour (5/2)

The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes is scheduled for Saturday May 15 at 6:50 P.m. ET at Pimlico Race Course.

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(CBS Baltimore) — The Preakness Stakes the second leg of the Triple Crown will be run Saturday afternoon. Ten three-year-old colts are scheduled to run the 9.5-furlong (1 and 3/16-mile) course at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland.


    The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes features 10 horses racing for the Triple Crown's second jewel though the has so far been overshadowed by the Medina Spirit controversy. read more >>


 • Tax Refunds Delayed As Filing Deadline Draws Near https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/tax-refund-delays-irs-return-filing-backlog/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/tax-refund-delays-irs-return-filing-backlog/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 21:27:18 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236541

The IRS came into the current tax season with millions of pending tax returns from 2019 and before. As with most office workers many IRS employees have had to do their jobs from home for much of the pandemic. Paper returns which sat in trailers awaiting processing were inaccessible. As of March 5 the number of remaining returns received prior to 2021 totaled 2.6 million. A few weeks later that number had dropped to 2 million.

While the backlog of earlier-year tax returns fell the backlog for 2020 returns rose. A recent blog post from National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins revealed the numbers. As of early April over 8 million individual returns had been placed in “suspense status” pending review and manual processing. (Suspending returns does not tend to happen during a typical tax year.) Another 5.3 paper returns from the last two years required manual processing along with 4.7 million returns with errors and possible fraud issues and 11 million business and other returns. That 29 million total has increased to 31 million as the deadline approaches.

Many factors most largely out of the IRS’s control contribute to the backlog. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 which included the $900 billion second stimulus package contains a “lookback rule.” That let filers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) use their 2019 income to figure out the right amount on their 2020 return. The Act was passed just weeks before the onset of tax season. The IRS didn’t have enough time to change forms and adjust computer systems. That left millions of forms to be processed manually through their Error Resolution System. Discrepancies with the rebate recovery credit were also set aside for manual processing.

Since the start of 2021 the IRS has issued the second and third economic impact payments better known as stimulus checks. The second for up to $600 started going out at the end of December 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The third for up to $1400 started going out in the middle of March as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The IRS began accepting tax returns on February 12. So the latest check was processed during tax season its busiest time of the year.

Collins blog post also cites limited resources and technology issues as reasons for delays in processing tax returns. The agency continues to operate under many of the same limitations that have affected office workers the world over during the pandemic. That includes remote work which can affect efficiency. The IRS is also understaffed and underfunded. Congress has continually reduced the agency’s budget over the last decade; funding is down by about 21 percent.

An IRS watchdog informed Congress that budget cuts limit the agency’s ability to keep up with technology and collect taxes. The agency has long relied on an old programming language called COBOL. That isn’t necessarily a problem unless the code isn’t kept up to date. And the IRS hasn’t kept it up to date. So when stimulus checks or changes to the tax code come along the agency has to find and pay programmers to fix things. The IRS initiated a modernization effort in 2019 but it relied on future funding. President Biden is also looking to increase the agency’s budget by $1.2 billion in the 2022 fiscal year. None of this seems likely to help this tax season however.

The IRS is expecting a total of 160 million tax returns by Monday’s deadline with 33 million of those still outstanding. As of the May 7 85 million of the returns submitted led to refunds typically amounting to about $3000. Continuing delays in processing will likely mean longer wait times for tax refunds. Electronically filed tax returns generally take about 21 days according to the agency. Paper returns take longer in a normal year and the growing backlog will extend the timeframe even further.

Delays may be inevitable. So many manual reviews lead to added wait times. But electronic filing and eliminating mistakes on a return may be a filer’s best chance to avoid them. Opting for direct deposit rather than a paper check for any refund will also help. “There is no guarantee the money is coming tomorrow” said Collins in an interview with CBS News. “They should plan accordingly for continuing delays.”

Originally published on May 13 at 3:04 p.m. ET. 

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(CBS Baltimore) — The revised tax-filing deadline is May 17. In a typical year that could mean a tax refund within a few weeks if not sooner. This is not a typical year. COVID and the policies to help fight its economic implications have put the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) far behind in its processing of tax returns. The backlog is likely to grow as filers rush to meet the upcoming deadline. And that could mean potential delays for tax refunds particularly for those who file paper returns.


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 • To Mask Or Not To Mask? Confusion Remains After CDC Says They’re No Longer Necessary For Fully Vaccinated Americans https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/face-masks-cdc-fully-vaccinated-philadelphia/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/face-masks-cdc-fully-vaccinated-philadelphia/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 21:08:31 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236898

Governments and businesses can have their own rules and most are reviewing the new guidance. So whether or not you need your mask depends on where you are.

It’s best to keep your mask handy as they’re still required in many locations.

“I feel liberated” a woman said as she took off her mask.

That might be a little premature.

Pennsylvania has already adopted the CDC guidance that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks along with a number of counties but they’re still required in Philadelphia — inside. Also at Giant CVS and Home Depot.

Taking off your face mask isn’t entirely up to you because many businesses and municipalities are still reviewing the CDC update. That includes New Jersey.

“If you’re in a business or public setting we’re not there yet. We’re frankly not there yet” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.

Delaware will lift its mask mandate effective May 21.

More than 118 million people in the United States are now fully vaccinated and are safe without masks but a third of the country remains unvaccinated and children under 12 are not vaccinated either.

“I think it’s very important for us to continue vaccinating” Jeffrey Morris director of biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania said. “The vaccines aren’t just reducing severity of disease but they clearly are protecting against infection and reducing transmission.”

But there’s no way to tell who’s vaccinated.

“Everyone should just keep wearing their mask” Miracle Thompson said “because maybe people can lie and say ‘I got vaccinated’ and then they really didn’t just because they don’t want to wear their masks.”

And there’s one more thing to consider the vaccines aren’t 100% effective. Eight people with the New York Yankees who are fully vaccinated have tested positive for COVID-19.

“What we’re seeing about those infections is they tend to have a lower amount of virus” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “They tend to be asymptomatic. They tend to be mild.”

Health officials say being outside without a mask is safe for everyone but children under 12 and those who are not vaccinated should be wearing masks inside and remember different locations will have different requirements while the new CDC guidance is reviewed.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Face masks are still mandatory inside in Philadelphia even after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they were no longer necessary for people who are fully vaccinated.


    It's best to keep your mask handy as they're still required in many locations. read more >>


 • Sixers To Give Away 500 Tickets For Season Finale For Fans Who Get Vaccinated On Saturday https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/sixers-fans-covid19-vaccine-ticket-giveaway/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/sixers-fans-covid19-vaccine-ticket-giveaway/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 21:00:52 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236919

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia 76ers are giving away 500 free tickets for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Orlando Magic at Wells Fargo Center to fans who get vaccinated at one of two clinics in the city on Saturday. The Sixers partnered with the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium and the city to organize the giveaway.

The Sixers tweeted that tickets are first-come first-serve.

“As we prepare for the postseason it’s important that we continue to use our platform to support and uplift our community through the end of the pandemic” Sixers President Chris Heck said. “We at the 76ers are thankful to the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium and the Health Department for making vaccinations available and we’re thrilled to provide tickets for our regular-season finale to those who get their vaccines. Vaccination opportunities like this are critical in ensuring the long-term success of our community. We encourage everyone to get out and get vaccinated as we look forward to welcoming more fans back for the 2021 NBA Playoffs.”

One clinic is at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

The other clinic is at Deliverance Evangelistic Church on West Lehigh Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We could not be more pleased to see the Sixers continuing to encourage Philadelphians to be safe during this pandemic” Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself your family and your community from COVID. Thanks to partners like the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium and the 76ers we are quickly moving toward getting back to being able to do the things we love and miss.”

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    The Sixers tweeted that tickets are first-come first-serve. read more >>


 • Popular Pau Hana’s Tiki Boat Tours Launch At Jersey Shore https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/pau-hanas-tiki-boat-tours-launch-at-jersey-shore/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/pau-hanas-tiki-boat-tours-launch-at-jersey-shore/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 20:59:26 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236907

The tiki-style attraction at the shore welcomes groups seven days a week.

The company says they booked more than 500 tours just in the week the attraction was announced in February.

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SOMERS POINT N.J. (CBS) — Grab a tropical drink and get ready for a ride around the bay. Pau Hana’s Tiki Boat Tours launched Friday in Somers Point.


    Grab a tropical drink and get ready for a ride around the bay. read more >>


 • Mystery: 7 Years After Her Disappearance Still No Traces Of Pa. Mother Amanda DeGuio https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/amanda-deguio-missing-mystery-drexel-hill/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/amanda-deguio-missing-mystery-drexel-hill/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 20:59:11 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236939

DREXEL HILL Pa. (CBS) —  What happened to Amanda DeGuio a young Pennsylvania mother of two who vanished in 2014? Investigators haven’t given up the search for the young woman who vanished without a trace.

June 3 2014 was the last time DeGuio was ever seen. Officials haven’t given up hope that they’ll find her. “We are going on seven years now” Kevin Ryan the DeGuio family’s private investigator said “and seven years is a long time.”

DeGuio left behind her family a large circle of friends and so many questions.

“This case this missing person of Amanda DeGuio has everyone boggled” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said.

Detectives with Upper Darby Township have steered the investigation for years keeping it in public view with police stepping in front of news cameras on the anniversary of her disappearance. They continue to plea for tip in hopes of helping advance the investigation.

“Amanda was an outgoing spirited heart of gold type person” Bernhardt said. “She also had a large circle of friends. We know someone in that circle of friends has some information about her whereabouts and we want that information.”

DeGuio’s family engaged the services of private investigator Kevin Ryan. He’s long believed she may have ended up somewhere in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. “She left her house on June 3 and that was it. Gone without a trace and that’s exactly where we’re at” Ryan said.

DeGuio turned 31 in March. She has distinctive tattoos stands 5 feet 2 inches and weighs between 115 and 120 pounds.

Chief of Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Jim Nolan says the case is starved for evidence. “There has to be something somewhere and if we can’t find the physical element of it there has to be a person who has been talked to or knows or has some piece of evidence that can lead us in the right direction and what if anything happened or if Amanda is still around” he says.

DeGuio’s family declined to be interviewed by KYW-TV for the report. In conversations in the past they were clinging to hope their beloved DeGuio would return home to Drexel Hill someday.

“She’s missed. She has two small children that miss her dearly that we have no answers for” her mother Joanne DeGuio said several years ago.

These days her message remains very much the same and in the words of police: “Amanda is a mother” Bernhardt said. “She is a daughter. She is a sister and she is a friend. We owe it to Amanda whatever that information is to give that to us and to let us to work that information so we can bring Amanda home.”

If you have any information on where DeGuio could be or know anything that could help detectives or her family please call Upper Darby detectives at 610-734-7669.

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    What happened to Amanda DeGuio a young Pennsylvania mother of two who vanished in 2014? Investigators haven't given up the search for the young woman who vanished without a trace. read more >>


 • ‘You Fam?’ WWE’s Braun Strowman Believes Baltimore Ravens’ Rookie Ben Cleveland May Be Long-Lost Brother https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/wwe-braun-strowman-baltimore-ravens-ben-cleveland-family/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/wwe-braun-strowman-baltimore-ravens-ben-cleveland-family/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 20:15:22 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236914

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ravens’ rookie offensive guard Ben Cleveland wasted no time impressing fans and NFL writers alike upon being drafted. That’s mostly due to his 6’6 343-pound stature – and long beard to boot. Now the third-round draft pick has caught the attention of WWE’s “Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman who believes the two could be related.

Strowman who stands at 6’8 and 385 pounds — and also sports the long messy beard — tweeted to Cleveland on Friday suggesting their likeness may mean they share blood.

“You fam?” the former WWE Universal Champion asked of the third-round draft pick.

Braun Strowman

WWE superstar Braun Strowman. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Could it be possible that Cleveland and Strowman whose real name is Adam Scherr and is a decorated former Strongman competitor are distant cousins? Cleveland was asked about the amusing tweet as Ravens’ rookie minicamp got underway Friday.

“I literally just seen it in the locker room after practice. I couldn’t really think of anything to say back to it right now. It definitely was kind of cool because I’ve followed him for a long time” the Georgia standout told reporters. “Obviously we look alike and I’m sure we’d have a lot of things in common but I was kind of shocked when I’d seen that.”

Eventually he did come up with a response wondering if perhaps the two are twins separated at birth.

Now it seems a family reunion sure to delight Ravens and wrestling fans in Baltimore will most certainly happen. Strowman quickly responded to Cleveland’s post requesting a celebration involving beers and what else? Crabcakes of course at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood.

Cleveland immediately accepted Strowman’s offer tweeting back “You just say when and I’ll meet you there.”

And naturally Jimmy’s was thrilled to suddenly be thrust into the spotlight. “The Monster Among Men & Big Country at The Famous? We’re gonna need a bigger boat” the restaurant tweeted.

In the meantime the WWE has other ideas for the two. How about a tag team that could unleash a frightening load of fury in the company’s tag team division?

It remains to be seen when these two behemoths will get together for their family crabcake feast but Jimmy’s may need to stock up on lump crab meat as it will surely take several trays to fill those two bellies up. And if they become hangry we may have ourselves an impromptu match that any WWE fan will want to witness.

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    Strowman tweeted to Cleveland on Friday suggesting their incredible likeness may mean they share blood. read more >>


 • Pennsylvania Legislators Introduce Break The Cycle Of Violence Act To Get More Funding To Fight Philadelphia Crime https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/pennsylvania-legislators-introduce-break-the-cycle-of-violence-act-to-get-more-funding-to-fight-philadelphia-crime/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/pennsylvania-legislators-introduce-break-the-cycle-of-violence-act-to-get-more-funding-to-fight-philadelphia-crime/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 20:14:28 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236905

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some state legislators are trying to get more money to prevent violence in Philadelphia. State Sen. Art Haywood is introducing the Break the Cycle of Violence Act pushing for more funding from the state to fight crime in the city.

Leaders called the issue a Pennsylvania-wide conversation.

“Every community in Pennsylvania in fact every community in this country is looking at an increase in violence in gun violence. But also looking at an increase in despair for our young people. This is a state-wide fight” State Sen. Vincent Hughes said.

Lawmakers say they are hoping to pull funds from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

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    Lawmakers say they are hoping to pull funds from President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan. read more >>


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 • Study: Pennsylvania Among Most Effective States At Combatting COVID-19 https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/pennsylvania-best-states-fighting-covid19-sykes-study/ https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/pennsylvania-best-states-fighting-covid19-sykes-study/#respond Fri 14 May 2021 19:54:54 0000 CBS Philly https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/?p=1236894

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania is one of the most effective states at combating COVID-19 according to one study. SYKES ranked the Keystone State fifth in its response to the coronavirus.

SYKES took into account weekly test positivity rates hospital admissions vaccine distribution among other factors to come to an overall score for each state.

When all things were added up Pennsylvania finished with 60.67.

New Jersey came in at No. 25 with a 51.19 score while Delaware was ranked 30th at 46.81.

The Garden State and First State are among the states with the highest average case total per 100000 residents thus far in 2021. According to SYKES New Jersey has the second most behind New York at 303.60 cases per 100000 while Delaware has the fifth most at 252.70 per 100000.

Hawaii finished No. 1 in the nation with an 84.14 score with Maryland coming in at second at 64.21

Kentucky was ranked last with a 28.33 score.

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    SYKES took into account weekly test positivity rates hospital admissions vaccine distribution among other factors to come to an overall score for each state. read more >>



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