One New Jersey mother is so thankful for her little miracle. Doctors told her that her daughter, born four months early, would have a slim chance of survival. She asked them to try to save her life, marking the beginning of an amazing journey. Aretha Franklin took us all on a decades-long journey through song. Music lovers, fellow artists, and fans across the world are showing love and R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the Queen of Soul as they remember her life and legacy. Philadelphia has set a city record, but it isn't one that is warranting celebration. City workers are racking up the overtime pay like they never have before.
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The doctor had never seen a baby so small. In March, Makenna Spruill was born nearly four months premature. She weighed less than 14 ounces and her family was warned that her chances to survive were slim. Her mother's request: "Please just try."
More than 100 physicians were involved in her 113-day hospital stay. Now, she's home with her mother Alyssa and her four siblings in Atlantic City, a miracle Spruill struggled to imagine when MaKenna was born.
One of her nurses dubbed her "Mighty MaKenna" during her hospital stay — a nickname she certainly earned as she overcame incredibly long odds to survive.
Philly is on a roll — when it comes to exceeding its overtime budget. The streak has now reached eight years and the latest tally set an overtime record.
According to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Agency, Philadelphia spent $175 million on overtime for city workers in fiscal year 2018 — $40 million more than what was budgeted. There are consequences to overtime for both taxpayers and employees themselves.
The Police, Prisons, Fire and Streets Departments racked up the most overtime. One extreme case involved a youth detention center counselor who took home three times her salary thanks to overtime. City officials are unsure whether or not it's better to use overtime or hire more city workers.
Thanks to Franklin, the world will never forget how to spell "respect." The song and the singer went on to inspire black and female pride at a time in the nation's history when both were sorely needed. "Respect" went on to define Franklin's career.
The world will sound a little different without the Queen of Soul to enrich it with her voice. But thanks to the gifts she left us, music lovers will never forget.
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Correction: Yesterday's newsletter stated that Eagle Lane Johnson had previously played for the New England Patriots. He has not; he's always been an Eagle and likely bleeds green. Feel free to tease my colleague Aubrey Nagle for this egregious error of Eagles fandom.