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George Floyd Protests

Wolf urges demonstrators in Pa. to speak their minds ‘with peace’; activates National Guard
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/05/31/pennsylvania-protests-George-Floyd-Governor-Wolf-police-Philadelphia/stories/202005310110

As protests spread statewide, Wolf urges Pennsylvanians to ‘speak your mind and speak it with peace’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/as-protests-spread-statewide-wolf-urges-pennsylvanians-to-speak-your-mind-and-speak-it-with-peace/

Wolf signs emergency declaration to assist municipalities during protests
https://www.timesleader.com/news/785891/wolf-signs-emergency-declaration-to-assist-municipalities-during-protests

National Guard on standby in western Pennsylvania amid protests
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200531/national-guard-on-standby-in-western-pennsylvania-amid-protests

‘Very peaceful’ protest brings people together in Greensburg
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/protesters-gather-in-greensburg-spurred-by-george-floyd-killing/

Hundreds join downtown Wilkes-Barre protest
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/785860/hundreds-join-downtown-wilkes-barre-protest

Hundreds march for peace, unity and justice at Reading rally
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/hundreds-march-for-peace-unity-and-justice-at-reading-rally/article_e94774f8-a381-11ea-be1c-93f07570b586.html

Harrisburg mayor commends police commissioner for role in de-escalating George Floyd protests
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/harrisburg-mayor-commends-police-commissioner-for-role-in-de-escalating-george-floyd-protests.html

Harrisburg’s protests were fed by out-of-town people with violent ‘agendas,’ mayor says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/harrisburg-mayor-police-chief-cite-out-of-towners-as-cause-of-violent-clashes-during-protest.html

Mayor: ‘White woman’ who busted windshield at Harrisburg protest led police to use pepper spray, riot gear
https://www.witf.org/2020/05/31/mayor-white-woman-who-busted-windshield-led-police-to-use-pepper-spray-riot-gear/

‘People felt like they were heard’: Why Lehigh Valley’s demonstrations remained peaceful
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-peaceful-protests-in-the-valley-20200531-p6drqezxebgzfgvcll6euvneii-story.html

Peaceful march set for Monday in Monroe County
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200601/peaceful-march-set-for-monday-in-monroe-county

About 50 stage peaceful protest at Five Points in Levittown
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200531/about-50-stage-peaceful-protest-at-five-points-in-levittown

Protesters in West Chester denounce killing of George Floyd
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/protesters-in-west-chester-denounce-killing-of-george-floyd/article_26d42aee-a389-11ea-9b9d-472951a11d08.html

Penn State’s Lamar Stevens speaks at protest in State College
https://www.delcotimes.com/sports/penn-states-lamar-stevens-speaks-at-protest-in-state-college/article_e852c0c6-a3a8-11ea-819f-77c17b032d63.html

Protests turn aggressive again in US Sunday, stores robbed in daylight, amid calls to end police violence
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/protests-turn-aggressive-again-in-us-sunday-stores-robbed-in-daylight-amid-calls-to-end-police-violence.html

From Minneapolis to broken streets of Philly, the ‘human capital stock’ has finally had enough | Will Bunch
https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/attytood/why-people-are-rioting-george-floyd-minneapolis-philadelphia-20200531.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Will the protests cause a spike in COVID-19 cases? Wait two weeks.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-protest-superspreader-outdoor-transmission-20200531.html

‘Inside’ the AHN COVID-19 mobile testing program
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/31/AHN-COVID-19-mobile-testing-unit-Duquesne-Allegheny-Health-Network/stories/202005310114

Area experts weigh chances of catching coronavirus from contaminated objects
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/area-experts-weigh-chances-of-catching-coronavirus-from-contaminated-objects/

Beyond the numbers: COVID-19 and long-term care living facilities in Monroe County
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200531/beyond-numbers-covid-19-and-long-term-care-living-facilities-in-monroe-county

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 511 new cases brings total to 71,926, with 18 new deaths
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-sunday-numbers-20200531-agcgyl2zxvahjglut4vlxkeupe-story.html

State reports no new deaths in Western Pa. from COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/31/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-17/stories/202005310104

2 more covid-19 cases reported in Westmoreland County, no new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/2-more-covid-19-cases-reported-in-westmoreland-county-no-new-deaths/

County adds 14 coronavirus cases, two deaths
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-adds-14-coronavirus-cases-two-deaths-1.2633764

NEPA adds 19 cases, two deaths from virus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/nepa-adds-19-cases-two-deaths-from-virus-1.2633811

59 more coronavirus positive cases reported in Berks; 511 new positives in Pa.
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/59-more-coronavirus-positive-cases-reported-in-berks-511-new-positives-in-pa/article_91cdefd0-a355-11ea-bcb2-0bd02c95d50e.html

Reopening

Despite going green, rural county wants more dialogue with Wolf
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/05/31/Despite-going-green-rural-county-wants-more-dialogue-with-Wolf/stories/202005310082

Moving to yellow in Lehigh Valley: This is our chance, don’t screw it up
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-pennsylvania-yellow-phase-coronavirus-muschick-20200601-maxlbrd5ubh6ppsmy3muzjc4le-story.html

Keen for green: Ellwood City businesses, officials celebrate county’s new phase
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200601/keen-for-green-ellwood-city-businesses-officials-celebrate-countys-new-phase

Legislature

Extend period to count votes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/extend-period-to-count-votes-1.2633478

Brian O’Neill: Catch the virus in the statehouse and mum’s the word
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2020/06/01/Harrisburg-COVID-19-Russ-Diamond-Mike-Turzai-Brian-Sims-Pennsylvania-General-Assembly/stories/202006010010

Business

Mixed signals keep businesses — and the economy — in the dark | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/coronavirus-reopening-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-businesses-waivers-20200601.html

What if owners want to expand seating options?
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/what-if-owners-want-to-expand-seating-options-1.2633624

Berks County businesses say customer comfort important to reopening plans
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-businesses-say-customer-comfort-important-to-reopening-plans/article_29ada456-a0f1-11ea-88fa-c76c5b10970a.html

Crime/Punishment

As slaying of Aliquippa teacher hits 2-year mark, DA says probe in ‘good place’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/01/rachael-deltondo-homicide-investigation-aliquippa-two-year-anniversary-lozier-jeter/stories/202005220124

Luzerne County correctional head continues push to keep coronavirus out of prison system
https://www.timesleader.com/news/785934/luzerne-county-correctional-head-continues-push-to-keep-coronavirus-out-of-prison-system

Education

Uncertainty reigns as schools look ahead to new year
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/uncertainty-reigns-as-schools-look-ahead-to-new-year/article_27147a6a-fc2b-5848-84e4-6b81f5cf8793.html

Elections/Politics

Democrats requested Pennsylvania mail ballots at higher rates than Republicans in every county
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/vote-by-mail-absentee-ballot-requests-pennsylvania-voters-2020-20200601.html

Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, here’s what you need to know for Tuesday’s primary election
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/whether-youre-voting-by-mail-or-in-person-heres-what-you-need-to-know-for-tuesdays-primary-election.html

Where, how to vote are primary concerns
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/where-how-to-vote-are-primary-concerns-1.2633781

Lackawanna County officials prep for Tuesday’s unprecedented election, and 20,000-plus mail-in ballots
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/wolf-no-question-that-pa-schools-will-open-for-in-person-learning-in-the-fall-1.2633022

Chester County sets new locations for mail-in ballots
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/chester-county-sets-new-locations-for-mail-in-ballots/article_fdd96d4c-a36b-11ea-91aa-2779060fba37.html

Primary becomes referendum on Daylin Leach’s behavior, harassment allegations
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/01/primary-becomes-referendum-on-daylin-leachs-behavior-harassment-allegations/

Election Day: Leach, Cappelletti face off in heated 17th Senate race
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/election-day-leach-cappelletti-face-off-in-heated-17th-senate-race/article_d5030832-a29a-11ea-9015-4760df7b7fb6.html

The top races to watch in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-2020-primary-election-top-races-20200601.html

Local News

Scranton to hold moment of silence for coronavirus victims
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-to-hold-moment-of-silence-for-coronavirus-victims-1.2633813

Volunteers of America closes WB thrift store
https://www.timesleader.com/news/785905/volunteers-of-america-closes-wb-thrift-store

Wilkes-Barre’s parking ticket, meter revenue takes hit
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-barre-s-parking-ticket-meter-revenue-takes-hit-1.2633786

City officials vow to crack down on noise complaints
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/city-officials-vow-to-crack-down-on-noise-complaints-1.2633623

Philly

As unrest spreads, Philly officials struggle to assess police response to the violence and looting
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-department-george-floyd-protests-looting-violence-vandalism-20200531.html

Philadelphia convulses as protests and looting continue
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-protests-floyd-burning-cars-businesses-arrests-police–20200531.html

Hundreds protest peacefully in Center City, while others vandalize and loot stores in Kensington and West Philly
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/hundreds-protest-peacefully-in-center-city-while-others-vandalize-and-loot-stores-in-kensington-and/article_8838b094-a388-11ea-be6a-bf9172146214.html

For Black Philadelphians, centuries of injustices come to a head in George Floyd protests
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/01/for-black-philadelphians-centuries-of-injustices-come-to-a-head-in-george-floyd-protests/

After a night of rage and destruction in Philly, religious leaders pray for peaceful protest
https://www.inquirer.com/news/george-floyd-philadelphia-protests-clergy-prayer-20200531.html

This West Philly neighborhood had been struggling to rebuild. Then the looting started.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-protests-52nd-street-looting-george-floyd-20200531.html

Mayor: All city operations will be closed Monday except public safety
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/mayor-all-city-operations-will-be-closed-monday-except-public-safety/article_cd60ce64-a39b-11ea-bea0-63489fa58c0d.html

As Philly protests continue, it’s time for racist policing to become history | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadephia-protest-george-floyd-police-brutality-funding-20200531.html

Outside a Philly official’s home, protesters call for better housing options for the homeless and disabled
https://www.inquirer.com/news/act-up-adapt-philadelphia-covid-protest-housing-homelessness-20200531.html

Center City retailers endure an epic night of looting on top of coronavirus closures
https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail/philadelphia-protest-retail-restaurants-violence-coronavirus-20200531.html

The morning after: Shattered windows, burned clothes, businesses destroyed
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-riots-aftermath-george-floyd-protests-destruction-black-lives-matter-police-brutality-20200531.html

After the chaos, black Philadelphians should refocus on justice | Solomon Jones
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/philadelphia-protests-george-floyd-black-lives-matter-police-20200531.html

City to move Frank Rizzo statue ‘within the next month or so
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/city-to-move-frank-rizzo-statue-within-the-next-month-or-so/article_08dc1bfe-a371-11ea-86bf-9f1f9f23674c.html

Pitt

A day after rioting, anti-racism demonstrations in Pittsburgh region are peaceful
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/05/31/Pittsburgh-protest-peaceful-Downtown-East-Liberty-George-Floyd-police-death/stories/202005310135

Calm after storm: Pittsburgh vigil promotes unity; protesters spray paint Downtown roads but remain peaceful
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/protesters-block-off-grant-street-in-pittsburgh-spray-paint-roadway-confront-police/

Pittsburgh police ID suspect who allegedly incited violence during Saturday’s protest
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/05/31/Pittsburgh-protest-police-suspect-Brian-Bartels-riots-George-Floyd-protests/stories/202005310132

Protest fallout: 46 arrests involve Western Pa. residents; National Guard ready to move; man suspected of inciting ID’d
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/protest-fallout-44-arrests-involve-western-pa-residents-national-guard-ready-to-move-inciters-still-not-idd/

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Downtown following Saturday night’s violence
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/05/31/Pittsburgh-George-Floyd-killing-protests-cleanup-volunteers-Downtown/stories/202005310109

Across Downtown Pittsburgh, city workers, volunteers clean up after protests
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/photos-repairing-the-damage-done-in-pittsburgh/

One dead, two injured after being shot at block party in Homewood
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/05/31/Three-people-shot-at-block-party-in-Homewood/stories/202005310103

Are Pittsburgh summer camps happening during COVID-19?
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/06/01/summer-camps-COVID-19-Pittsburgh-day-overnight-children-activites/stories/202006010017

Port Authority board defends role overseeing agency rather than advocacy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/05/31/Port-Authority-board-members-role-Pittsburghers-for-Public-Transit-Rep-Mizgorski/stories/202005310107

State News

Threatened cutbacks to the U.S. Postal Service would hit rural Pennsylvania hardest
https://www.inquirer.com/news/post-office-rural-letter-carrier-usps-trump-bailout-amazon-fedex-20200601.html

A tornado outbreak killed 64 people in Pennsylvania 35 years ago. We still know terrifyingly little about the storms.
https://www.inquirer.com/weather/tornado-outbreak-deaths-historic-pennsylvania-weather-may-1985-20200531.html

Washington

Trump took shelter in a White House bunker as protests over George Floyd’s death raged
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/george-floyd-protest-trump-bunker-20200531.html