Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik

Hannah is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice covering trending news. She’s interested in criminal justice, state politics, music and education reporting. Originally from the West Coast, she grew up in Northern California and earned her journalism degree from the University of Oregon before making the cross-country move. She’s had work published in the Seattle Times, PennLive, The Statesman Journal, The News-Review and Southwark News. Hannah also served as the Senior News Editor for the Daily Emerald, UO’s student-run newspaper.

hkanik@phillyvoice.com

March 5, 2021

City Council

Philly Council to create anti-violence hotline as homicides continue to surge

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a resolution to create the Anti-Violence Resource Network, a center that would establish a 24/7, confidential hotline to direct residents to programs and services to curb gun violence in the area.

March 5, 2021

Health News

Pennsylvania, New Jersey among least COVID-safe states, analysis finds

Neither Pennsylvania nor New Jersey fared well in a comparison of the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis incorporated various metrics, including transmission, hospitalization, death and vaccination rates.

March 5, 2021

Travel

'Vaccine passports' could be the future of post-pandemic travel

Airlines may soon require people present digital health passes that indicate a traveler's COVID-19 vaccination status and diagnostic test results. The data would be accessible via a QR code scanned before boarding.

March 4, 2021

Investigations

South Jersey man carved QAnon symbols into 'America's Stonehenge,' police say

Mark Russo, 50, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly defacing 'America's Stonehenge,' a mysterious archeological site in New Hampshire. Police say Russo carved QAnon symbols into one of the site's stone tablets and hung an 18-inch cross between two trees in September 2019.

March 4, 2021

City Council

City Council may reinstate paid sick leave for Philly workers affected by COVID-19

A bill would reenact a mandate requiring Philadelphia employers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to employees who cannot work for pandemic-related reasons. It affects people who need to quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure, care for a sick family member, or stay home with a child whose daycare or school closed.

March 3, 2021

TV

Philly startup Simply Good Jars to be featured on Shark Tank's season premiere

The Season 12 premiere of Shark Tank will feature Simply Good Jars, a Philadelphia-based startup that aims to make healthy food convenient and sustainable through pre-jarred, ready-to-eat salads. Founder Jared Cannon said pitching his company to Mark Cuban and others was the hardest thing he's ever done.

March 3, 2021

Prevention

FEMA opens vaccination site in Philly: How to make an appointment for a COVID-19 shot

FEMA has opened a massive COVID-19 vaccination site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The site, located at 100 N. 12th St., is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until April 30. It is open to residents who meet the city's eligibility requirements.

March 3, 2021

Investigations

Union leader John Dougherty charged with extortion for alleged threats against contractor

Union leader John Dougherty was arrested by federal agents on Wednesday after being indicted on multiple counts of extortion for allegedly threatening a contractor that had employed his nephew. "Johnny Doc," business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, and his nephew, Gregory Fiocca, both have since been charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Dougherty, 60, is charged 18 counts of extortion and one count of conspiracy. Fiocca, 28, faces the same charges.

March 2, 2021

Celebrities

Will Smith hints that he may step into politics on 'Pod Save America'

Actor Will Smith told podcast host Jon Favreau that he is considering getting into the political game on Monday's episode of "Pod Save America." The Philly native previously expressed interest in 2015 and 2016, when Donald Trump was running for president.

March 2, 2021

Zoos

Cape May County Zoo adds a new zebra

The Cape May County Zoo added Lydia, a young Grant's zebra, to its herd. The South Jersey attraction is open from 10 am. to 3:30 p.m. every day during the winter. The new animal can be seen in the African Savanna.

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