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 (ydr.com)

Hearing a welcome sign of progress on fireworks issue | | observer-reporter.com

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

State Senate passes probation reform | State | standardspeaker.com


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 (nytimes.com)

Omicron surge sets records as flight disruptions continue : NPR

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

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 (abc27.com)

How will Biden’s COVID-19 test giveaway work? (abc27.com)

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



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

UPMC EMS academies training EMT while paying full time medical career (ydr.com)

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

Despite supply issues and omicron, holiday sales rise 8.5% (abc27.com)

Meat Prices Skyrocket as White House Blames ‘Greed’ – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Now supply-chain woes have come for the color blue (inquirer.com)



4 Philly prisoners died in two weeks, capping a tumultuous and deadly year (inquirer.com)



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



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 (mcall.com)

Why Are More Black Children Dying by Suicide? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)


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’ (poconorecord.com)

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

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 | standardspeaker.com

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

Year in review: The top 5 Capital-Star stories of 2021 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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


National News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (abc27.com)

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


Local News

Students Stuff 2,300 Stockings For Troops In Levittown – LevittownNow.com

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 (philasun.com)

PA high school sports: Referees being driven away by ‘meanness’ (ydr.com)

Kevin Cuneo: Checks in on Bruce Drennan, Thomas McSweeney, Dan Brabender, more (goerie.com)

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri’s parting thoughts (goerie.com)

Brian Zidek leaves county council as first Democratic chairman in 150 years (delcotimes.com)

Editorial | Many projects worth saluting across Cambria County | News | tribdem.com

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

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

Phoenixville concert raises nearly $45,000 for flood victims (dailylocal.com)

ICE flights land at airport, carrying minors | News | citizensvoice.com

Weatherly has no tax increase for 2022 | News | standardspeaker.com

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

Art therapy, Allentown Rescue Mission – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



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 (inquirer.com)

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

Stu Bykofsky: Larry Krasner’s bait-and-switch scheme (broadandliberty.com)

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

Philly will try to diversify real estate development by offering resources and training (inquirer.com)

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

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



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? (nbcnews.com)

TWO VIEWS: Manchin stood with his people in killing Biden’s bill (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

TWO VIEWS: I was wrong about Joe Manchin’s weak character (buckscountycouriertimes.com)