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Coronavirus – COVID-19

New CDC guidance says COVID-19 rates in children ‘steadily increasing’ https://www.post-gazette.com/news/2020/08/15/New-CDC-guidance-says-Covid-19-rates-in-children-steadily-increasing/stories/202008150059

Can air conditioners spread COVID-19? https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/can-air-conditioners-spread-covid-19/

Many people say they wouldn’t get COVID vaccine: report https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/many-people-say-they-wouldnt-get-covid-vaccine-report.html

Virus restrictions strengthened in South Korea; cases in India hit 2.5M https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/08/15/South-Korea-COVID-19-coronavirus-restrictions-Seoul-area-social-distancing-Asia-India-Australia-China-cases-deaths/stories/202008150065

New Zealand beat the virus once. Can it do it again? https://www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2020/08/16/New-Zealand-Beat-the-Virus-Once-Can-It-Do-It-Again/stories/202008160038

‘We’re clearly not doing enough’: Drop in testing hampers coronavirus response https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/08/15/COVID-19-coronavirus-testing-sites-rates-dropping-US-deaths-infections-virus-where-to-get-tested/stories/202008150058

Doctors see rise in limb-threatening blood clots during covid-19 crisis https://triblive.com/news/doctors-see-rise-in-limb-threatening-blood-clots-during-covid-19-crisis/

Baby born in Dallas believed to be first to contract covid-19 in womb https://triblive.com/news/baby-born-in-dallas-believed-to-be-first-to-contract-covid-19-in-womb/

Pennsylvania reports 850 new coronavirus cases, 20 new deaths https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-850-new-coronavirus-cases-20-new-deaths/ 

Business

More than 200 Mohegan Sun Pocono employees face layoffs https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/business/more-than-200-mohegan-sun-pocono-employees-face-layoffs/article_e9255d70-82a0-5d68-a465-8eca55161ffe.html

Airline CEO ‘shocked’ by vote to switch carriers; Board member says move is needed to keep federal subsidy https://www.tribdem.com/news/airline-ceo-shocked-by-vote-to-switch-carriers-board-member-says-move-is-needed-to/article_b46ec64c-dea9-11ea-ad59-bb2584a34474.html

Reading-based 3-D printer manufacturer gets boost https://www.readingeagle.com/money/reading-based-3-d-printer-manufacturer-gets-boost/article_54eea240-dc0c-11ea-91ff-0fef39fd3ddc.html

Crime/Punishment

Defense lawyers pan N.J.’s plan to restart criminal trials https://whyy.org/articles/defense-lawyers-pan-n-j-s-plan-to-restart-criminal-trials/

Pa. attorney general: Wrestling coaches pressured boys to share nude photos of underage classmates https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-attorney-general-wrestling-coaches-pressured-boys-to-share-nude-photos-of-underage-classmates/

Scammer Cons 65-Year-Old Woman out of $500, State Police Say https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/42499990/scammer-cons-65yearold-woman-out-of-dollar500-state-police-say

Education

Many private schools are planning to open in person as public schools are stuck online https://www.inquirer.com/education/pennsylvania-archdiocese-philadelphia-private-schools-reopening-20200816.html

Pa. private, charter schools worry bus cuts will strand students https://whyy.org/articles/pa-private-charter-schools-worry-bus-cuts-will-strand-students/

Pa. schools get state guidance about handling COVID-19 outbreaks https://whyy.org/articles/pa-schools-get-state-guidance-about-handling-covid-19-outbreaks/

Video of a student crowd at Villanova draws scrutiny as freshmen move in https://www.inquirer.com/news/villanova-university-party-gathering-freshmen-coronavirus-20200815.html

Central Bucks parents protest school district’s decision to go virtual https://www.inquirer.com/news/central-bucks-school-district-protest-virtual-parents-20200815.html

Concerned parents speak up about racism, discrimination at Waldorf School of Philadelphia https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/concerned-parents-speak-up-about-racism-discrimination-at-waldorf-school-of-philadelphia/

Officials left wondering how many students will choose charter schools https://triblive.com/local/regional/officials-left-wondering-how-many-students-will-choose-charter-schools/

In-person learning options in NEPA vary by community https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/in-person-learning-options-in-nepa-vary-by-community/article_589661ba-373b-588e-8b2d-3f0a6b33f93e.html

College freshmen opting for gap year as COVID-19 changes fall 2020 semesters https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-gap-year-college-covid-19-20200816-ta5vqaxhgrfq3grtnfjvgx5kka-story.html

Elections/Politics

What postal delays and lawsuits mean for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/what-postal-delays-and-lawsuits-mean-for-mail-in-ballots-in-pennsylvania/

Philly coalition organizes to educate ‘skeptical’ Latino voters about November election https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-latino-vote-education-coalition-november-election-20200816.html

Newsweek apologizes for op-ed questioning Kamala Harris’ U.S. citizenship https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/newsweek-kamala-harris-citizenship-vice-president-20200815.html

AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews record on Biden-Harris, economy https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/ap-fact-check-trump-skews-record-on-biden-harris-economy.html

Volant farmer to speak at Democratic convention on why he’s switching to Biden https://www.post-gazette.com/news/vote2020/2020/08/15/Volant-farmer-Rick-Telesz-Democratic-convention-why-switch-to-Biden/stories/202008150023

Trump to campaign in Old Forge this week https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/trump-to-campaign-in-old-forge-this-week/

Mail voting delays likely https://www.phillytrib.com/news/mail-voting-delays-likely/article_1d808406-dd36-5d8c-aee7-237226740d6d.html

Local Democrats excited for convention https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-democrats-excited-for-convention/article_6a4294c5-60ad-5c48-b271-79c75d4e08c7.html

Health Care

Medical marijuana sales soar amid COVID-19, making Pa. one of the nation’s fastest growing cannabis markets https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/medical-marijuana-cannabis-pennsylvania-sales-explode-patient-visits-double-jushi-terrapin-station-20200814.html

Delaying health care can be dangerous during the pandemic, causing deaths and complications in the Lehigh Valley https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-elective-surgeries-delays-20200813-jbtfstqe3nf7bidpturutck4ua-story.html

Last baby born at Pottstown Hospital https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/local/last-baby-born-at-pottstown-hospital/article_c1b68626-de5b-11ea-8403-2f7335890855.html

Local News

Bucks County residents show bipartisan support for police reforms, including chokehold ban https://whyy.org/articles/bucks-county-residents-show-bipartisan-support-for-police-reforms-including-chokehold-ban/

‘I wanted to make sure our voices were heard loud and clear’: LGBTQ group works to build acceptance in rural Pa. https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/mifflinburg-pride-and-the-anatomy-of-change-in-central-pennsylvania-analysis/

No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA, but 32 new cases https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/no-new-covid-19-deaths-in-nepa-but-32-new-cases/article_65877c80-0674-5cc0-b0dc-ba6a533fa560.html

In The Spotlight | ‘Give the inspiration’: Johnstown artist uses rap music for expressing faith, ‘feelings’ https://www.tribdem.com/news/in-the-spotlight-give-the-inspiration-johnstown-artist-uses-rap-music-for-expressing-faith-feelings/article_d2791f10-de64-11ea-9b7a-1bc244fc4df3.html

Berks company’s invention puts face masks within easy reach https://www.pottsmerc.com/business/berks-company-s-invention-puts-face-masks-within-easy-reach/article_6f153588-dd8a-11ea-b968-3390ff7b27f1.html

Rally calls for back to in-person education in Delaware County schools https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/rally-calls-for-back-to-in-person-education-in-delaware-county-schools/article_3149bd6a-df23-11ea-a4b7-6b15fe133c19.html

Young activists build movement for social change in Montgomery County https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/young-activists-build-movement-for-social-change-in-montgomery-county/article_c63bb456-ccbc-59ff-93b6-1edb23684b67.html

National News

Q&A: What’s happening at the US Postal Service, and why? https://www.witf.org/2020/08/15/qa-whats-happening-at-the-us-postal-service-and-why/

Philly

Philly Naked Bike Ride called off because of the coronavirus https://www.witf.org/2020/08/16/philly-naked-bike-ride-called-off-because-of-the-coronavirus/

Negotiations at an ‘impasse’ between city and encampment leaders https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/negotiations-at-an-impasse-between-city-and-encampment-leaders/

Pitt

Homewood partnership goes proactive in guiding future development https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/08/16/Homewood-Children-s-Village-Pitt-School-of-Social-Work-Research-for-Equity-and-Power/stories/202008110043

Pa. reports 850 new COVID-19 cases, Allegheny County reports 77 new cases and 1 death https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/15/Allegheny-County-COVID-19-77-cases-one-death/stories/202008150051

The Coop Chicken & Waffles opens brick-and-mortar spot in Pittsburgh https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/the-coop-chicken-waffles-opens-brick-and-mortar-spot-in-pittsburgh/

Pittsburgh Foundation ramps up for fund drive to benefit nonprofits as pandemic exacerbates needs https://triblive.com/local/regional/pittsburgh-foundation-ramps-up-for-fund-drive-to-benefit-nonprofits-as-pandemic-exacerbates-needs/

Washington

Democrats seriously considering bringing House back into session next week over USPS issues https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/15/Democrats-seriously-considering-bringing-House-back-into-session-next-week-over-USPS-issues/stories/202008150073

White House withdraws nomination of William Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/bureau-of-land-managements-trump-white-house-william-pendley-20200815.html