The high school principal was removed from his post; No more Hurricane Idas; Postal voting is open | Sunday overview

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• Build 1,000 homes on municipal land

Philly officials have launched a new program that will see vacant city-owned land sold to developers for a nominal fee so it can be turned into 1,000 units of affordable housing – defined as below the area’s median price , or not exceeding $250,000. Dubbed “Turn the Key,” the initiative includes soft loans to secure mortgages so families pay no more than $1,200/month. [WHYY/Inquirer$]

• The director of the school was removed from his post after the walkout of the students

The principal of Bodine High School at Northern Liberties, considered one of Philadelphia’s top schools, was removed from his post after weeks of student protests over lack of supervision and sexualized comments from staff. Students said they noticed an immediate culture shift and lost activities like International Day and T-shirt fundraisers have already been reinstated. [Tribune$/KYW/Inquirer$]

• Ida retired as a hurricane name

There will never again be a deadly and destructive storm called Ida, as the World Meteorological Organization has added the name to its list of 12 that will not be used again. At least 55 people died after it struck last Labor Day weekend, and it caused widespread destruction. In Philadelphia, the Schuylkill River flooded the Vine Street Freeway and damaged homes and businesses still trying to recover. [WMO/USA Today/NBC News/Billy Penn/]

• Why can’t the city find enough lifeguards?

It’s become a yearly problem: As summer approaches, Philly Parks & Rec struggles to recruit enough people to serve as lifeguards, meaning many of the city’s public pools won’t be able to fully open. . If you are 16 or older, you can book a screening test online. Pay starts at $16 an hour and training is available. [Fox29/Billy Penn/]

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• Mail-in ballot boxes are open throughout Philly

If you’re an absentee voter, 16 secure drop boxes are now open across the city (here’s a map). You can also request and return your ballot the same day at Room 140 at City Hall. If you’re not a registered Democrat or Republican — increasingly common among young voters — you only have a say in voting matters, as Pennsylvania has closed the primaries. . [Billy Penn/Billy Penn]

• Restaurants anticipate new street rules

Eased regulations for street operations are expected this week from the city, likely removing the $60,000 bond and mandate to dismantle structures before storms hit. Restaurant owners were shocked last month by the added financial and logistical burdens to continue operating the outdoor restaurants that have been so critical during the pandemic. [Billy Penn]

• The OY/YO sculpture lands at the Jewish Museum

After being saved from bankruptcy by its new namesake donor, the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History opens May 13 for the first time in two years. A giant sculpture is installed outside today. Titled “OY/YO”, Deborah Kass’ piece will be an immediate draw – we know that because there are already two, one in New York and one at Stanford. [Jewish Exponent/Billy Penn]

• Sixers enter Round 2 without Embiid

The glory felt by Sixers fans when Philly dispatched Toronto to advance in the NBA Playoffs was tempered by the devastating news that Joel Embiid – the heart, soul and brawn of the team – is out indefinitely. . A collision with Raptor Pascal Siakam caused an orbital fracture and possible concussion. Game 1 without Embiid against Miami is Monday night. [ESPN/SportsKeeda]

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