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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Wolf’s mask order inflames partisan fight over virus
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790396/wolfs-mask-order-inflames-partisan-fight-over-virus-2

’What if I have asthma?’ and other questions about Pa.‘s order to wear masks
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/what-if-i-have-asthma-and-other-questions-about-pas-order-to-wear-masks.html

Pa. reports 34 new covid-19 deaths, 667 new cases
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-reports-34-new-covid-19-deaths-667-new-cases/

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 667 new cases Friday
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-july-3-update-20200703-bce2qaq5cfc2bjkwibk5r64rpu-story.html

Allegheny County reports 177 new covid-19 cases, 5 new hospitalizations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-177-new-covid-19-cases-5-new-hospitalizations/

Westmoreland County sees 5th double-digit spike in covid-19 cases in 6 days
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/5th-double-digit-spike-in-westmoreland-county-coronavirus-cases-in-six-days/

COVID-19 cases and deaths rise in Northeast Pennsylvania
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-cases-and-deaths-rise-in-northeast-pennsylvania/article_22a72a2a-3710-5eb5-b633-abb959c6b7cb.html

Coronavirus cases rise by 12, one more death recorded in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-cases-rise-by-12-one-more-death-recorded-in-luzerne-county/article_82f89e16-1b7e-58d3-8be8-50e8f3da9420.html

Berks County adds 6 coronavirus cases as Pennsylvania reports 667 cases
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-adds-6-coronavirus-cases-as-pennsylvania-reports-667-cases/article_0ea36a3e-bd47-11ea-a666-9336a8621dcc.html

As cases rise, doctors say they are prepared for an increase in hospitalizations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/03/COVID-19-coronavirus-pandemic-pittsburgh-allegheny-pennsylvania-data-cases-deaths/stories/202007030088

31 MLB players, seven staff members test positive for COVID-19 as camps open
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2020/07/03/MLB-COVID-19-test-results-spring-training-2-0/stories/202007030117

Seeking Serenity: Face masks protect our freedom to live
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790398/seeking-serenity-face-masks-protect-our-freedom-to-live

Legislature

Decade after loss of son, mother still pushing for distracted driving law
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/decade-after-loss-of-son-mother-still-pushing-for-distracted-driving-law/article_54493f94-b25a-5d68-9c20-94c07984a73f.html

Grand jury gas probe deserves attention
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/07/04/Grand-jury-gas-probe-deserves-attention/stories/202007010043

Business

Sir Bounce-A-Lot, Big Top Rentals adjust to coronavirus-era business
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/sir-bounce-a-lot-big-top-rentals-adjust-to-coronavirus-era-business/article_7c10f328-7952-57d3-944b-92f7aabf469a.html

Education

PIAA confirms athletes are not required to wear face masks while ‘actively engaged’ in summer workouts
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/piaa-confirms-athletes-are-not-required-to-wear-face-masks-while-actively-engaged-in-summer-workouts.html

Shady Side Academy drops Indians nickname. Will others follow?
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/highschool/2020/07/04/shady-side-academy-indians-mascot-wpial-schools-dan-snyder-washington/stories/202007020134

At Penn State and other campuses, Black studies professors and students lead the call for change
https://www.inquirer.com/news/black-studies-penn-state-students-george-floyd-protest-reform-20200704.html

Empty and quiet, campuses still report COVID-19 infections
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/03/Pitt-Penn-State-WVU-COVID-19-football-infection-fall-classes-dorms-safety/stories/202007030099

Pollinators welcome at Pitt, a new Bee Campus USA member
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/04/University-of-Pittsburgh-Bee-Campus-USA/stories/202007020129

Elections/Politics

High-stakes lawsuits could shape who votes and how ballots are counted in November
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-2020-election-voting-lawsuits-20200704.html

Health Care

Children’s ‘polio-like’ illness may return in August. But a new treatment will cost millions to test.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/acute-flaccid-myelitis-afm-polio-like-treatment-covid19-20200703.html

Local News

Child protective agency saw drastic spike, then decline in cases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/child-protective-agency-saw-drastic-spike-then-decline-in-cases/article_27358095-e534-5cba-bb63-bef25f666306.html

Retired Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess proud of his legacy
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/retired-berks-county-coroner-dennis-hess-proud-of-his-legacy/article_215db150-bd53-11ea-b4ec-bfff0d8f2832.html

Reading hires its first communications coordinator to tell the city’s story
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-hires-its-first-communications-coordinator-to-tell-the-citys-story/article_bd6395f8-b806-11ea-9f89-f30f836ab094.html

First ‘Rockin’ the County’ route released
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790387/first-rockin-the-county-route-released

W-B residents to circulate petition to repeal fireworks law
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-residents-to-circulate-petition-to-repeal-fireworks-law/article_4a5e0689-036b-59be-ac7a-5b418bfb3859.html

Wilkes-Barre fireworks petition drive, Crime Watch meeting set
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790411/wilkes-barre-fireworks-petition-drive-crime-watch-meeting-set

National News

Some people threw away their stimulus payments, thinking the prepaid cards were a scam. Are you one of them?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/07/03/stimulus-payments-prepaid-cards-scam-IRS-Money-Network-Services/stories/202007030097

What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Frederick Douglass
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july-frederick-douglass/

Pitt

City urging residents to ‘stay safe’ entering weekend after dozens of fireworks complaints
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/03/Roof-fire-former-Horace-Mann-school/stories/202007030076

Landlords sue to collect rent from COVID-impacted Union Standard restaurant, Bed Bath and Beyond
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/07/03/Union-Trust-Building-Union-Standard-Derek-Stevens-Beth-Bath-and-Beyond-Waterworks-Mall/stories/202007040024

Allegheny County restaurant owners hoping for less fireworks next week
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2020/07/03/Allegheny-County-alcohol-ban-dine-in-restaurants-bars-COVID-19-closed-takeout/stories/202007030109

Canceled fireworks douse a hot weekend for local businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/03/Fireworks-canceled-July-4-Pittsburgh-restaurants-hotels-Gateway-Clipper/stories/202006290012

Trailer for Pittsburgh-filmed Seth Rogen movie debuts online
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/trailer-for-pittsburgh-filmed-seth-rogen-movie-debuts-online/

Shootings

Man dead in Washington County shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/03/Washington-Hanover-Township-shooting-man-dead/stories/202007030118

Teen shot in Northview heights
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/03/Northview-Heights-teen-shot-Mount-Pleasant-Road/stories/202007030130

Pittsburgh police: Teenager in serious condition after shooting in Northview Heights
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-police-teenager-in-serious-condition-after-shooting-in-northview-heights/

Woman in stable condition after being shot in Pittsburgh’s Arlington neighborhood
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/woman-in-stable-condition-after-being-shot-in-pittsburghs-arlington-neighborhood/

Shooting victim stable after incident in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/shooting-victim-stable-after-friday-incident-in-pittsburghs-sheraden-neighborhood/

Scranton police arrest teen, seek three others in fatal shooting
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/crime-emergencies/scranton-police-arrest-teen-seek-three-others-in-fatal-shooting/article_a9aa6abd-5f9e-5675-bcd8-6622fcac9110.html

8-year-old boy killed, another child and others hurt in Alabama mall shooting
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/07/8-year-old-boy-killed-another-child-and-others-hurt-in-alabama-mall-shooting.html

State News

‘Independence Day deserves fireworks’: Communities find creative ways to celebrate the holiday
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2020/07/04/Independence-Day-fireworks-Communities-find-creative-ways-to-celebrate-the-holiday/stories/202006260124

Local farms receive money through Farm Vitality Grants
https://triblive.com/local/regional/local-farms-receive-money-through-farm-vitality-grants/

Ohio lawmaker says she refused to wear mask, was asked to leave Gettysburg Visitor Center
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/ohio-lawmaker-says-she-refused-to-wear-mask-was-asked-to-leave-gettysburg-visitor-center.html

Pa. National Guard Black Hawks, aircrews deploy to Middle East
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/pa-national-guard-black-hawks-aircrews-deploy-to-middle-east.html

When and where can you legally carry a firearm? Here’s what Pa. law says
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/when-and-where-can-you-legally-carry-a-firearm-here-s-what-pa-law-says/article_142cd8ec-bc97-11ea-bdfe-4fe4077b0102.html

Transportation

More than half of camera speeding tickets in construction zones were issued in Berks County, officials say
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/more-than-half-of-camera-speeding-tickets-in-construction-zones-were-issued-in-berks-county/article_17c2c0b0-bd4c-11ea-aa17-83b70db99826.html

Washington

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan launches virtual town hall series on police reform
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/u-s-rep-chrissy-houlahan-launches-virtual-town-hall-series-on-police-reform/article_b691e30c-bd32-11ea-981a-4b286b370f17.html

World News

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear energy
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/germany-begins-plan-to-phase-out-coal-and-nuclear-energy-20200703.html