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Pa. Senate Democrats unveil $4 billion COVID-19 relief plan; ‘This is unprecedented help but we’re in unprecedented times’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/pa-senate-democrats-unveil-4-billion-covid-19-relief-plan-this-is-unprecedented-help-but-were-in-unprecedented-times.html

EDITORIAL: Pa. politics: Reality vs. conspiracy
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2020/12/07/editorial-pa-politics-reality-vs-conspiracy/3850524001/

Elections shaping up to become major issue in Legislature
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/elections-shaping-up-to-become-major-issue-in-legislature.html

It didn’t need to take that long: What Pennsylvania’s election could have looked like with earlier counting
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-mail-ballots-pre-canvassing-20201206.html

Kaufer says his name was mistakenly added to letter about Electoral College vote
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/kaufer-says-his-name-was-mistakenly-added-to-letter-about-electoral-college-vote/article_4c97abf4-17d5-56cc-b21e-92cc45180701.html

Editorial: Transportation funding must be addressed
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-transportation-funding-must-be-addressed/article_2b082798-3658-11eb-a134-df79f1856009.html

Can courts be gerrymandered, too? Absolutely | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/can-courts-be-gerrymandered-too-absolutely-opinion/

A Pa. senator gets a political boost from pushing Trump’s false election claims — with 2022 in sight
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/doug-mastriano-pennsylvania-election-20201205.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa., N.J. set new daily COVID-19 infection records
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-cases-record-pennsylvania-new-jersey-outdoor-gatherings-20201206.html#loaded

‘It’s scary,’: Nurses fear covid surge will overwhelm Western Pa. hospitals
https://triblive.com/local/regional/its-scary-nurses-fear-covid-surge-will-overwhelm-western-pa-hospitals/

COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects. Here’s why that shouldn’t stop you from getting the shots.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-side-effects-fever-fatigue-immune-system-working-20201207.html

Adjutant General’s retirement comes days after report criticizes veterans home’s handling of COVID-19
https://lancasteronline.com/news/politics/adjutant-generals-retirement-comes-days-after-report-criticizes-veterans-homes-handling-of-covid-19/article_4f8f5e0e-37fe-11eb-a68e-4b26abe1226a.html

Despite promise, few in US adopting COVID-19 exposure apps
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/06/despite-promise-few-in-us-adopting-covid-19-exposure-apps/

Will the US ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-national-testing-strategy-20201207-2bntmoejsbcg7c5idnwq6o2g4i-story.html

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani in hospital after positive coronavirus test
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-rudy-giuliani-coronavirus-20201206-eehkihbdw5hhjihayvt7vbceve-story.html

Administration

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s enters the national spotlight after the election
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pennsylvania-lt-gov-john-fettermans-enters-the-national-spotlight-after-the-election/article_10ab789a-3424-11eb-9b5b-4b1fe4d8ee9a.html

Business

Mortgage industry roars to best year ever, courtesy of the Fed
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/mortgage-rates-refinancing-federal-reserve-coronavirus-20201207.html

Olympus to acquire St. Louis firm for $340 million, bolstering position in respiratory devices
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-olympus-corp-buying-veran-medical-technologies-20201207-prqxbzha6nhqxdwpgc4crooc6y-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Pa. Department of Corrections reports 3 covid deaths in 2 days
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-department-of-corrections-reports-3-covid-deaths-in-2-days/

Education

Finding a way: Scranton educators make house calls, try to remove obstacles in virtual learning
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/finding-a-way-scranton-educators-make-house-calls-try-to-remove-obstacles-in-virtual-learning/article_688ee093-6c1b-5a6b-969b-361deb86e97e.html

Coach’s alleged abusive behavior has Swarthmore women’s basketball players ready to leave
https://www.inquirer.com/education/swarthmore-coach-basketball-complaints-vassar-women-20201205.html

Ex-Penn State player cites James Franklin’s words in most recent filing connected to hazing lawsuit
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/ex-penn-state-player-cites-james-franklins-words-in-most-recent-filing-connected-to-hazing-lawsuit.html

Elections/Politics

Biden picks California AG Xavier Becerra to lead HHS, pandemic response
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/biden-picks-california-ag-xavier-becerra-to-lead-hhs-pandemic-response/

U.S. Supreme Court moves up deadline in congressman’s bid to upend Pa. election results
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-election-lawsuits-mike-kelly-scotus-alito-trump-biden-20201206.html

Newly introduced mail voting undergoes trial by fire in 2020
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/newly-introduced-mail-voting-undergoes-trial-by-fire-in-2020/article_e3308271-b370-58fc-a814-19022b23b244.html

What 5 counties tell us about the changing face of Pa.’s elections | Mark O’Keefe
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/what-5-counties-tell-us-about-the-changing-face-of-pa-s-elections-mark-okeefe/

Meet the Pa. Commonwealth Court judges who’ve recently sided with Republicans on election rulings, only to be overturned by higher courts
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/meet-the-pa-commonwealth-court-judges-whove-recently-sided-with-republicans-on-election-rulings-only-to-be-overturned-by-higher-courts/

Local News

Reinvented Delco Public Defender’s Office wants to lead the way on criminal justice reform
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/06/reinvented-delco-public-defenders-office-wants-to-lead-the-way-on-criminal-justice-reform/

Reading church is the base for distribution of 1,000 boxes of food
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-church-is-the-base-for-distribution-of-1-000-boxes-of-food/article_167dfc24-3731-11eb-bfcd-6b189eaadbae.html

Harrisburg residents charge new plan for city is riddled with same historic racial and economic inequalities
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/harrisburg-residents-charge-new-plan-for-city-is-riddled-with-same-historic-racial-and-economic-inequalities.html

Audit of Upper Burrell fire department finds no problems
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/audit-of-upper-burrell-fire-department-finds-no-problems/

Robert H. Spitz Foundation Supports PA 211 NE/Help Line
https://www.timesleader.com/news/812200/robert-h-spitz-foundation-supports-pa-211-ne-help-line

County council to vote on budget amendments; employee raises in question
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-to-vote-on-budget-amendments-employee-raises-in-question/article_ccbbc713-a890-5c95-b448-3b66cdbd1655.html

Budget cuts expected in Hazleton
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/budget-cuts-expected-in-hazleton/article_41f69198-0548-5d6a-b95e-33ebe3797ea5.html

National News

No vets at annual Pearl Harbor ceremony, another WWII event that survivors can’t attend in milestone year
https://www.mcall.com/news/nation-world/mc-nws-pear-harbor-virtual-observance-20201206-ncnfkzibebbhna3flvcmmfsini-story.html

Pearl Harbor: ‘It was devastating news to hear,’ World War II veteran says
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/pearl-harbor-it-was-devastating-news-to-hear-world-war-ii-veteran-says/article_bb975c2d-f915-5377-92ba-7b8d76ad7e89.html

New Jersey

N.J. lawmakers strike deal to set up legal marijuana marketplace. What’s next?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/marijuana-new-jersey-legal-decriminalization-legal-mushrooms-20201205.html

Philly

3 people, 200 square feet: Managing homelessness, remote school, and life in a pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/education/virtual-education-wifi-homeless-shelter-coronavirus-philadelphia-school-district-20201207.html

Baltimore County schools shut down after a cyberattack. The same could happen in Philly. | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/baltimore-schools-cyberattack-ransomware-cybersecurity-philadelphia-20201207.html

He’s 7, has autism, and just got over COVID-19. But he’s helping others. What’s stopping you? | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/toy-drive-covid-coronavirus-charity-rasul-jenice-armstrong-20201207.html

Philadelphia may be on the way to a record for fatal drug overdoses in 2020, another COVID-19 consequence
https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/overdoses-philadelphia-covid-opioid-fentanyl-20201206.html

Solving landlord-tenants disputes outside of court and without eviction should be the norm. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/eviction-rent-philadelphia-coronavirus-diversion-program-20201206.html

With virus surge comes a push to be tested, Black Doctors Consortium finds
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/with-virus-surge-comes-a-push-to-be-tested-black-doctors-consortium-finds/article_d2c1287a-3826-11eb-abca-cf0b923fd4bc.html

Rickia Young’s brutal treatment by police makes all Philadelphians less safe | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-police-brutality-rickia-young-walter-wallace-jr-gun-violence-20201204.html

Pitt

The story behind Pittsburgh’s mysterious monolith in the Strip District
https://triblive.com/local/the-story-behind-pittsburghs-mysterious-monolith-in-the-strip-district/

State News

Coronavirus safe: Online sales of fishing licenses double, 2021 licenses now available
https://triblive.com/local/regional/coronavirus-safe-online-sales-of-fishing-licenses-double-2021-licenses-now-available/

DCNR cancels all in-person events due to covid concerns
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/dcnr-cancels-all-in-person-events-due-to-covid-concerns/

Mine-scarred land could serve as sites for solar energy projects
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mine-scarred-land-could-serve-as-sites-for-solar-energy-projects/article_a9f46692-7e2f-51d7-a987-40090cbc74d8.html

UGI residential customer bills going down this month, heading up in 2021 in separate rate filings
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-ugi-residential-rate-decrease-20201207-yankeh3u5ffv3mxl5gqcu44rey-story.html