Nonprofit secures over $1M for community center at N. Philly church | Local News | phillytrib.com

Senator Amanda M. Cappelletti Applauds Funding Approval for Fire and Emergency Medical Services – NewsBreak

State Senator Jake Corman introduces resolution for “THON Week” in Pennsylvania (abc27.com)

Gov. Wolf visits Upper Darby High School in Delaware County, calls for boost in state education funding | WITF

State Rep. Chris Rabb holds dedication ceremony for renaming of Allens Lane | Local News | phillytrib.com

$5 million coming to area to help elderly homeowners, small businesses | News | citizensvoice.com

Pennsylvania lawmakers want state approval of hospital deals after two Chester hospital closures disrupt services – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

State medical boards tackling COVID misinformation face GOP blowback : Shots – Health News : NPR

Gina Diorio: Wolf admin plays dumb on Covid data — again (broadandliberty.com)

Exercising right after getting a COVID or flu vaccine leads to more antibodies (abc27.com)

New COVID-19 testing site opens on HACC’s York Campus (abc27.com)

Mask mandates are lifting in many states, but not everywhere.



A survey, the findings, and a tweet about income | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pocono lakes region seeing drop in local labor force (poconorecord.com)

Fish fries are canceling or raising prices due to supply chain issues, rising costs | TribLIVE.com



It’s not just home prices. Rents rise sharply across the U.S. : NPR

New homes continue to sell at a premium but occupy growing share of what’s on the market – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

U.S. foreclosure activity at highest since pandemic in January – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Historic shortage of homes for sale, increasing interest rates could mean some buyers will be priced out of the market | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Tangled titles can derail homebuyers’ dreams | | phillytrib.com



New program designed to help pregnant people in Pennsylvania state prison | WITF

Pa. human services, corrections departments launch doula program for incarcerated mothers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philadelphia DA Krasner blames Republicans for spike in city violence (abc27.com)



Increased investment in schools could help resolve social-emotional issues, Pa. education secretary says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Watchdog stokes Pa.’s heated school funding fray · Spotlight PA

California Community Colleges chancellor on the role of 2-year schools in ongoing labor shortage – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The University of Pennsylvania receives $125 million gift to start community nursing program, tuition-free | WITF

Penn receives $125 million to train nurse practitioners to care for underserved communities | Health | phillytrib.com

Leonard A. Lauder gifts Penn $125M to establish tuition-free nursing program to benefit underserved communities – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Prep-Villa makes face masks optional as COVID-19 cases decline (goerie.com)

How this district is revolutionizing school transportation (usatoday.com)

Today’s funding disparities are hindering the quality of our children’s education (delcotimes.com)

Letter to editor: School board members across Pa. call for fair school funding (dailylocal.com)

Chester County high school shuts doors for a day after ‘threatening statements’ made over masking (inquirer.com)

Weatherly School Board makes masking optional | Education | standardspeaker.com

Pa. family suing school over lessons on white privilege, police brutality may get $45K in lawsuit | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com



Poll shows Pennsylvania GOP voters prefer Barletta in governor primary | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Barletta, Mastriano lead in early GOP polls for governor | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Will Transgender Case at UPenn Spill Into PA Politics? | PoliticsPA

McCormick Draws Attention, Fire With “Let’s Go Brandon” Ad | PoliticsPA

McCormick Touts Mission at Campaign Stop in Bensalem – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

How Josh Mandel, Son of Suburban Ohio, Became a Right-Wing Warrior – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Dem group files campaign finance complaint against Barletta-linked PAC – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Alabama’s voting map could reverberate nationwide | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The left neutralizes the Dem establishment in Pa. Senate primary – POLITICO

Republican Lori Mizgorski, drawn out of state House district, will take run at 38th District Senate seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retired educator announces candidacy for state House seat – pennlive.com

Jake Corman sees staff leave his Pa. Republican campaign for governor (inquirer.com)

Republican White says he’s ‘blue-collar’ candidate in governor race | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Democrats in Pennsylvania and other swing states eye governor’s races to thwart Republicans – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Study finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years : NPR



Erie County’s structurally deficient bridges: What you need to know (goerie.com)

Passenger traffic at Philadelphia International Airport still down over 40% from pre-pandemic levels (inquirer.com)



Judge rules Tower Health must continue with sale of shuttered Jennersville, Brandywine hospitals – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Judge orders Tower Health to restart sale process for two Chester County hospitals – Daily Local

Why millions on Medicaid are at risk of losing coverage in the months ahead : Shots – Health News : NPR

HIV/AIDS having larger impact in Black community | Smart Talk (witf.org)


State News

Toomey, Casey comment on legislation that would ban Congress members from stock trading (abc27.com)

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean Highlights Infrastructure In Montco Trip | Abington, PA Patch

Justice Department finds Pa. courts discriminated against people with opioid use disorder · Spotlight PA

What It Costs to Retire Comfortably in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

‘We’re almost at a crisis point’: DCNR reiterates $1.4B in infrastructure needs at state parks, forests – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The 2022 Power of Diversity: Black 100 | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

The power of love: Meet six Pennsylvania power couples making us gush | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)


National News

Live Updates: Russia Says It Has Begun Pulling Back Some Troops From Around Ukraine – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Russia says some forces pulling back amid Ukraine crisis | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ukrainian president declares Wednesday a ‘day of unity’ amid fears of Russian attack (abc27.com)

Sarah Palin’s libel suit against NYT will be dismissed, judge says : NPR

Texas voters are getting mail-in ballots sent back due to ID issues : NPR

Afghans say they feel safer but less hopeful under Taliban rule : NPR

Trump accountant Mazars USA says decade of financial statements are unreliable : NPR

Federal hate crimes trial begins for Ahmaud Arbery’s convicted killers : NPR

Winter Olympics: U.S. women will face Canada in the hockey gold medal match : NPR

A bank freezes about $1.1 million in funds for Canadian border protests | WITF

Howard University gets another bomb threat after a spate of threats this month against HBCUs | Across America | phillytrib.com

Canada’s Trudeau invokes emergency powers to quell protests (inquirer.com)


Local News

Older adults are doing the work of local government [Report to the People] – Reading Eagle

Letters: Bitcoin, funding for disability service providers, impeachment (goerie.com)

Community Briefs: Unions donate school supplies to Delco students in need – Delco Times

Bucks County taxes: A look at 2022 property tax changes for homeowners (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pocono proud: Stroudsburg grad Sebastian Joseph-Day wins Super Bowl (poconorecord.com)

Initiative expands Narcan access in Lackawanna County with free doses | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Luzerne County mask mandate to end Wednesday | | standardspeaker.com

Ephrata-area trucking company reaches for the stars (readingeagle.com)

State College Borough Water Authority responds to water main break on Humes Alley | State College News | collegian.psu.edu



Maria Montaño makes history as first openly trans woman to serve as Pittsburgh Press Secretary | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Winchester Thurston students send demands to administrators after ‘passive’ response to racist Snapchat video | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Calls for safety increase after Uber driver found dead in Monroeville | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Roberto Clemente Bridge closes for nearly two years of rehabilitation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Court rules against Philadelphia lost-gun reporting law (abc27.com)

Civil rights lawsuit filed against a former Philadelphia police inspector for 2020 protest beating | WITF

Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates could soon end under new city rules (inquirer.com)

Bad governing to blame for stalled plans to make Washington Avenue safer (thephiladelphiacitizen.org)

Waters Memorial AME Church holds anti-violence rally in South Philadelphia | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia police response times have gotten 4 minutes longer, about 20% worse (inquirer.com)

Term limits for City Council will bring new voices to local politics | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia SEC head Kelly Gibson leaves for Morgan Lewis & Bockius – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly kids need more places to play | Opinion (inquirer.com)

On Valentine’s Day, ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ protesters rally at LOVE Park to demand reform (inquirer.com)



Trump vs. McConnell: Latest round between GOP heavyweights has the highest stakes yet : NPR

Who is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson? She’s on Biden’s Supreme Court list : NPR

Democrats vow to advance Biden nominee with Russia expertise as GOP Sen. Hawley slows Senate process | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette