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BC-PA--Exchange, Advisory, PA

January 9, 2019

Here are the stories for this week’s Pennsylvania Member Exchange package. If you have any questions, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133.

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania.

For Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019:


PHILADELPHIA _ Nobody ever warns the patients at Pennsylvania Hospital about Pete Schiavo, “The Groin Crusher.” The first time most people meet Schiavo, they’ve just come out of a coronary procedure and he’s explaining that after the catheters are pulled out of their femoral artery, he’s going to apply pressure to their groin for 20 to 40 minutes to aid in clotting. By Stephanie Farr, The Philadelphia Inquirer.


PITTSBURGH _ When Yarns by Design, an Oakmont yarn shop, launched the Tree of Life Afghan Project after a horrific shooting at the Squirrel Hill synagogue to show support for those who worshipped there, the response was overwhelming. By early December, more than 1,000 knitted or crocheted squares had arrived from across the globe. Now volunteers will be working to complete the project by seaming the squares into an estimated 50 blankets. By M. Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


FRANCONIA, Pa. _ Buddies in Blue, which was started as a pilot program the beginning of the school year, matches up six Franconia Township Police Department officers with five students, she said. All five of the students in the program are part of single-mother homes, and have experienced tragedies in their lives that may have influenced their view of police officers. By Bob Keeler, Souderton Independent.


DURYEA, Pa. _ It wasn’t only the stone tool _ possibly more than 8,000 years old _ that excited Al Pesotine. It was also where volunteers with a local archaeology group found it — next to a fire pit at the group’s dig site in Duryea. By Bill Wellock, The Citizens’ Voice.


SCRANTON, Pa. _ A collaborative new program caters to moms and moms-to-be struggling with opioids in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties, where the rate of hospitalized infants born dependent on drugs in fiscal 2016 and 2017 was about twice the state average. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, also known as infant drug withdrawal, is the technical term for a group of problems that occur in infants exposed to addictive drugs, often opioids, while in the womb. It’s a chilling testament to the opioid epidemic’s far-reaching effect on some of society’s most vulnerable — a population that often includes mothers and pregnant women battling their own drug addictions. By Jeff Horvath, The Times-Tribune.

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