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See how the proposed Pennsylvania state Senate map scores in every key area · Spotlight PA

Guest Opinion: New district maps keep PA’s capital region whole (

Hearing a welcome sign of progress on fireworks issue | |

Gift ban advocates call Benninghoff the latest holdup; House GOP says it’s a ‘work in progress’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

State Senate passes probation reform | State |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Chester County coroner, on her way out, worries about rising COVID-19 deaths – Daily Local

Flight disruptions continue with thousands more cancellations as Omicron thins airline crews. – The New York Times (

Omicron surge sets records as flight disruptions continue : NPR

As Omicron Spreads, Some Nursing Homes Struggle to Boost Residents – The New York Times (

Intimate portraits of a COVID unit from a photojournalist turned nurse : Shots – Health News : NPR

Here are the college bowl games canceled due to the surge in COVID-19 cases : NPR

Health expert: Surge in COVID-19 cases should no longer be ‘major metric’ of pandemic (

How will Biden’s COVID-19 test giveaway work? (

Science backs mask mandates. But in many states they’re politically toxic | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Central Pa.’s biggest business openings and closings of the year (

UPMC EMS academies training EMT while paying full time medical career (

As Prices Rise Due to Inflation, Biden Turns to Antitrust Enforcers – The New York Times (

Despite supply issues and omicron, holiday sales rise 8.5% (

Meat Prices Skyrocket as White House Blames ‘Greed’ – DV Journal (

Now supply-chain woes have come for the color blue (



4 Philly prisoners died in two weeks, capping a tumultuous and deadly year (



5 takeaways from Pennsylvania’s ongoing, landmark school-funding trial after one month (



Democrats continue voter edge in Chester County as year ends – Daily Local

Dr. Oz tells Oprah to stay away from his Pennsylvania Senate race: ‘I don’t want my friends hurt’ – Nwo Report



Pennsylvania, New Jersey seeing strong uptick in ACA health insurance signups – The Morning Call (

Why Are More Black Children Dying by Suicide? – The New York Times (


State News

Reps Houlahan and Dean, PennDOT Sec, and Local Officials Tout Infrastructure Bill at Paoli Train Station – MyChesCo

Beltzville, Lackawanna, Nescopeck parks offering guided ‘First Day Hikes’ (

Pennsylvanians’ access to state government information grew in 2021, but only marginally | PA Power and Policy |

Racial reckoning turns focus to roadside historical markers : NPR

What is the state of abortion access in Pennsylvania? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Meuser, Barletta seek details on reports of undocumented immigrants being flown into AVP | Times Leader

Winter weather expected to be normal this season | News |

Afghan refugees add their stories to those of scores of immigrants who sought new lives in central Pa. –

Year in review: The top 5 Capital-Star stories of 2021 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

The top spirits in Pa. as told by Pa.’s state store sales | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

The U.S. is making plans to replace all of its lead water pipes from coast to coast | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Desmond Tutu, South African equality activist, dies at 90 | Obituaries |

UN chief calls Desmond Tutu ‘an inspiration to generations’ | News |

POLITICO Playbook: ’Tis the season of year-end lists – POLITICO

If you have one resolution this New Year, make it this one. (

GIORDANO: Rays of Light in 2021, Hopeful for a Better Year in 2022 – DV Journal (

FEMA Covid funeral assistance: many families don’t apply for $9,000 benefit : NPR

Federal program offers cash to cover covid-19 funeral costs |

Gov. Greg Abbott granted clemency to 8 Texans. George Floyd wasn’t on the list – Houston Public Media

Sarah Weddington, Roe v. Wade lawyer, dies at 76 (

What the 87% spike in America’s native population says about whiteness and demographics | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Local News

Students Stuff 2,300 Stockings For Troops In Levittown –

Year in Review: Coatesville’s revitalization on the fast track – Daily Local

SUBURBAN NEWS: Officials visit Delaware County Community College locations, tout importance of apprenticeship training and saving for college – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (

PA high school sports: Referees being driven away by ‘meanness’ (

Kevin Cuneo: Checks in on Bruce Drennan, Thomas McSweeney, Dan Brabender, more (

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri’s parting thoughts (

Brian Zidek leaves county council as first Democratic chairman in 150 years (

Editorial | Many projects worth saluting across Cambria County | News |

Lancaster County’s top stories of 2021: Vax, masks, politics, the Stoltzfoos case and more | Local News |

Lancaster City Council approves $67m budget with no tax increase | Community News |

Phoenixville concert raises nearly $45,000 for flood victims (

ICE flights land at airport, carrying minors | News |

Weatherly has no tax increase for 2022 | News |

Declining membership prompting Pa. church founded in 1800 to close –

Art therapy, Allentown Rescue Mission – The Morning Call (



Coal in taxpayers’ stockings from PPS board | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Members of Gainey transition committees eager to begin work | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority’s BRT construction between Oakland and Downtown Pittsburgh remains stalled by federal review | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia gun violence programs: Experts weigh in on city’s funding (

These 23 Philadelphia-area homes sold for at least $200K over asking price in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Stu Bykofsky: Larry Krasner’s bait-and-switch scheme (

In Philly, most families pay more than $10,000 per year for infant child care. This has to change. | Opinion (

Philly will try to diversify real estate development by offering resources and training (

In Philly’s holiday stocking? A lump of coal for the dumping trolls – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philly celebrates the spirit of ‘unity’ on the first day of Kwanzaa | Lifestyle |



Opinion: How Biden coulda woulda shoulda saved BBB – CNN

Black voters were key to Biden’s 2020 win. What did they think of his first year? (

TWO VIEWS: Manchin stood with his people in killing Biden’s bill (

TWO VIEWS: I was wrong about Joe Manchin’s weak character (