DAILY GRINDER: Philly’s Anti-Obesity Policy Recognized—for Success

Think Progress blogged yesterday about Philadelphia’s drop in the childhood obesity rate (it’s gone down about 5 percent) and are crediting things like, well, our Mayor’s and city’s obesity-reduction policies, especially as it’s effected minorities. “Philadelphia, which has the biggest share of residents living in poverty of the nation’s 10 largest cities, stands out because its decline was most pronounced among minorities. Obesity among 120,000 public school students measured between 2006 and 2010 declined by 8 percent among black boys and by 7 percent among Hispanic girls, compared with a 0.8 percent decline for white girls and a 6.8 percent decline for white boys,” they write.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey sponsored a measure in the Senate on Monday that recognized former Senator Arlen Specter’s death. Specter, it was noted, “was admired for his independent decision making and willingness to cross party lines.” It passed unanimously.

And speaking of Bob Casey, after some back and forth over the last couple days regarding whether he’d run for governor in 2014, he told The Hill that no, he would not be doing that—maybe! “If you rule something out that’s predicated by you spending a lot of time considering it in the first place,” he said. PoliticsPA first reported that Casey may be considering a run for governor when he did not answer a straightforward question on the topic straightforwardly last weekend. As they write of Casey’s new answer to The Hill: “Should Casey desire to end speculation definitively, he could say something along the lines of, ‘I am ruling out a bid for Governor in 2014,’ or, ‘There is no chance that I will run for Governor in 2014.’”

A federal civil jury found
that the city was not liable for the 2009 murder of a Port Richmond man by his neighbor, former police officer Frank Tepper. Tepper was off-duty at the time of the killing.

A California reggae musician wanted on child abuse charges was caught in Philadelphia.

Members of Fight for Philly and other advocates are pushing for new living-wage standards for low-wage workers at the Philadelphia International Airport. As it happens, many airport workers are given tipped wages, like restaurant workers, and are not earning a living wage. Advocates are trying to get airport workers—like cleaners, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers—under the city’s minimum wage and benefit standard of $10.88 per hour and paid sick days.

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