Virginia Streva

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Virginia Streva is a Culture Curator for PhillyVoice.com. Originally from south Louisiana, she moved to Philadelphia in 2015. She loves exploring different themes in culture and is loving the Philly culture she has become a part of since moving here. She has a background in music journalism and creative writing. She wrote her first novel, "I Want To Be Adored," in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys yoga, watching "Food Network" in her PJs with a cup of tea, and exploring the city. Follow her on Twitter @vastreva.

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April 3, 2020

Social Media

Will Smith turns social distancing into a new series for Snapchat

Will Smith launched 'Will From Home,' a 12-part series on Snapchat that follows the Philly native as he endures social isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The show will feature interviews with Smith's family, as well as celebrities, including Tyra Banks. New episodes will premiere on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday on the social media platform.

April 3, 2020

Donations

Lizzo buys lunch for emergency room staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Grammy award-winning artist Lizzo donated lunch to the emergency room staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania this week. The 'Truth Hurts' singer thanked the Penn medical staffers for their dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 3, 2020

Music

Adam Sandler performs 'Quarantine Song,' a tribute to health care workers

Adam Sandler performed "Quarantine Song" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday night. The song is a tribute to nurses and doctors currently fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. He notes that it's nurses and doctors that will "save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need" like more masks and ventilators.

April 2, 2020

Music

Songwriter Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne co-founder, dies from COVID-19

Adam Schlesinger, a Grammy-winning songwriter and co-founder of the pop-punk band Fountains of Wayne, died April 1, 2020 of coronavirus complications. He was 52. He wrote the hit "Stacy's Mom" and the theme song to "That Thing You Do!" during a career that earned him several Grammy, Oscar and Emmy nominations.

April 2, 2020

Health News

FDA eases blood-donation rules for gay, bisexual men amid coronavirus shortage

Restrictions limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men are changing as blood supplies across the United States dwindle because of the coronavirus outbreak. The FDA issued new guidelines Thursday which allow a man to donate blood if it has been at least three months since he had sex with another man. Previously, the FDA recommendation had been 12 months.

April 2, 2020

Police

Police break up New Jersey funeral, arrest 'unruly' individuals for violating stay-at-home order

Fifteen people who gathered for a funeral in Lakewood, Ocean County were charged with violating New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The crowd became 'unruly and argumentative' when police tried to break up the event, prosecutors said.

April 1, 2020

Adult Health

Zantac, ranitidine generics removed from market due to cancer-causing impurity

All Zantac and other generic ranitidine medications must be removed from the market after the Food and Drug Administration found potentially unsafe levels of a probable carcinogen, N-nitrosodimethylamine. The decision impacts both prescription and over-the-counter products.

April 1, 2020

YouTube

Dolly Parton reads bedtime stories to your kids during the coronavirus pandemic

Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories in the new YouTube series, 'Goodnight with Dolly.' The 10-week series features different new children's book each week. The series premiered on Thursday with Parton reading "The Little Engine That Could."

April 1, 2020

Astronomy

Things to do while social distancing: Check out the Super Pink Moon

On April 7, the Super Pink Moon will appear in the night sky. It will be the brightest super moon of 2020. This moon is also known as the Paschal Moon because of its association with the Christian tradition of Easter. The planet Venus also continues to shine brightly in the sky each night.

March 31, 2020

Health Stories

Philadelphia doctor writes about scarcity of supplies and lack of planning at one city hospital

In a Rolling Stone article published Monday, March 30, 2020. an anonymous doctor at an unnamed hospital in Philadelphia described concerns about the hospital being overrun with COVID-19 patients. As cases of coronavirus soar, the neurologist believes the system will 'swell of very ill patients.' With a lack of resources and a lack of additional training, their worried about what this could mean for the patients and hospital staff.

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