Allie Miller

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Allie Miller is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice.com, with interests ranging from music and art to social justice and environmental issues. She earned her degree in journalism from the College of Communications at Boston University, where she also studied English and art history. While in school, Allie wrote for The Bay State Banner, Music Week, The Deli Magazine, and other news organizations. She is originally from Orange County, California.

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February 24, 2021

Investigations

West Philly man charged with raping woman in Macy's bathroom

Jaleel Uqdah, 22, was arrested by police at his home in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia for allegedly raping a 55-year-old woman inside a Macy's bathroom. Uqdah previously was charged with burglarizing a Family Dollar in June 2020 and with theft for an incident at a SEPTA booth in August 2019.

February 23, 2021

Mental Health

Half of U.S. college students battling anxiety or depression, study finds

A nationwide survey of 33,000 college students found half of them are suffering from anxiety, depression or both mental health disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 83% of students said their mental health was negatively impacting their academic performances. Another two-thirds said they were feeling lonely or isolated.

February 22, 2021

Podcasts

Bruce Springsteen, Barack Obama become podcasters with Spotify's 'Renegades: Born in the USA’

Former President Barack Obama and musician Bruce Springsteen are co-hosting the new Spotify podcast "Renegades: Born in the USA," which premiered on the streaming platform Monday, Feb. 22. The eight episode series was recorded in 2020 at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

February 20, 2021

Crime

Serial bank robber sentenced to prison for 'drug-fueled crime spree' in Northeast Philly

Gerald Griffith, 47, who robbed several banks and businesses in Northeast Philly during 2018 was sentenced Thursday, to more than nine years in prison.

February 19, 2021

Investigations

Eagleville man sent threatening email before firing shots into Montgomery County Democrats' building, police say

Anthony Nero, 48, is facing terrorism and related charges for allegedly sending a threatening email to the Montgomery County Democratic Committee on the day after the U.S. Capitol riot and firing three shots into their headquarters in the hours before President Joe Biden's inauguration.

February 19, 2021

Prevention

Walk-up, 24-hour COVID-19 vaccine site now open to eligible Philly residents

The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is running a walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Temple University's Liacouras Center on Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday Feb. 20. To receive a shot, Philly residents must meet the city's Phase 1B requirements and live in one of 20 designated zip codes. Seniors age 75 and older are eligible regardless of zip code.

February 18, 2021

Prevention

Do vaccinated people need to quarantine after COVID-19 exposures? Not in many cases, CDC says

People who are vaccinated against the coronavirus do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to the coronavirus and meet the following criteria, per the CDC. They must have received their second shots more than two weeks ago, but not more than three months ago. They also must remain asymptomatic.

February 18, 2021

Musicians

Philly's Pink Sweat$ introduces his musically talented family in 'Pink Planet' YouTube series

Pink Sweat$, the R&B singer from Philadelphia, celebrated the release of his new album "Pink Planet" with a new video that includes interviews with many of the musician's family members. The video, released last Friday, shows the recording process of "Pink Family," a song featuring the vocals of his relatives.

February 17, 2021

Emergencies

Water main break floods North Philly neighborhood prompting boat rescues

A broken water main flooded some streets of North Philly's Nicetown neighborbood on Tuesday. Due to the rising waters 11 people to needed to be rescued from the area by boat. The flooding started around 6 p.m at 29th Street and Hunting Park Avenue.

February 16, 2021

Illness

Vitamin C and Zinc supplements don't mitigate COVID-19 symptoms, study says

Taking vitamin C or zinc supplements does not shorten the duration of COVID-19 symptoms, according to a study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic. Consumers have used the supplements for years to boost their immune systems and fight the common cold and influenza.

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