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Elections/Politics

Boockvar asks judge to dismiss Pa. suit based on Trump’s ‘conjectural theories’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/12/Pennsylvania-Elections-Boockvar-Trump-judge-asked-dismiss-lawsuit-ballots/stories/202011120176

Tens of thousands of provisional ballots in Pa. still need to be processed
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/spl/pennsylvania-election-2020-provisional-ballots-mail-voting-count-20201112.html

Joe Biden flips Arizona, further cementing his presidential victory
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/vote2020/2020/11/13/Joe-Biden-Flips-Arizona-president/stories/202011130125

Black voters in Pa. played a pivotal role in 2020 election, tipping Joe Biden to victory
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/11/black-voters-in-pa-played-a-pivotal-role-in-2020-election-tipping-joe-biden-to-victory.html

Top officials: Nov. 3 election most secure in U.S. history
https://triblive.com/news/top-officials-nov-3-election-most-secure-in-u-s-history/

China offers belated congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/11/13/China-offers-belated-congratulations-to-US-President-elect-Joe-Biden/stories/202011130130

GOP candidate appeals Allegheny County decision to count ballots with incomplete declarations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/11/12/Allegheny-County-election-board-ballots-count-2020-elections-appeal-missing-date/stories/202011120189

Latino immigrants in Pa. facilitate, react to a Biden victory
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/13/latino-immigrants-in-pa-facilitate-react-to-a-biden-victory/

Counting votes takes time
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/11/13/Counting-votes-takes-time-Election-Results-Ballots/stories/202011100052

Is it treason? As Trump denies election results, legal scholar unpacks his attempt to stay in office | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/trump-election-results-treason-coup-biden-20201112.html

Trump lawyer tells MontCo judge he has no evidence of fraud, report
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/trump-lawyer-tells-montco-judge-he-has-no-evidence-of-fraud-report/

Berks County election officials muddle through issues with mailed, provisional ballots
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/elections/berks-county-election-officials-muddle-through-issues-with-mailed-provisional-ballots/article_8388647e-2509-11eb-b8c6-bb1eb19e7f37.html

Luzerne County voter turnout approaches 70% with provisional ballot count
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809693/luzerne-county-voter-turnout-approaches-70-with-provisional-ballot-count

Last-minute poll book additions discussed by election inquiry committee
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809686/last-minute-poll-book-additions-discussed-by-election-inquiry-committee

Election equipment vendors describe training, election day issues
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/election-equipment-vendors-describe-training-election-day-issues/article_c6027707-424d-5356-90a1-e34cbb4f84e3.html

How region voted: Biden scores big wins in Montgomery, Chester counties, loses big in Berks
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/how-region-voted-biden-scores-big-wins-in-montgomery-chester-counties-loses-big-in-berks/article_d7c3dc6a-23c3-57b5-b3c4-a3de73ffcb1a.html

Biden’s stance against fossil fuels didn’t turn away voters in Pennsylvania and other key states | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/11/bidens-stance-against-fossil-fuels-didnt-turn-away-voters-in-pennsylvania-and-other-key-states-opinion.html

In appealing to ‘give each other a chance,’ Biden recalls the democratic charity of Abraham Lincoln | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/in-appealing-to-give-each-other-a-chance-biden-recalls-the-democratic-charity-of-abraham-lincoln-opinion/

Former Trump staffer fishing for fraud with thousands of cold calls to Pa. voters is short on proof
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/13/former-trump-staffer-fishing-for-fraud-with-thousands-of-cold-calls-to-pa-voters-is-short-on-proof/

Trump supporters to rally in D.C. against voter fraud; evidence has yet to materialize
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/trump-supporters-to-rally-in-d-c-against-voter-fraud-evidence-has-yet-to-materialize/

Group of Trump supporters in Dauphin County unwavering while awaiting court rulings on election results
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/11/group-of-trump-supporters-in-dauphin-county-unwavering-while-awaiting-court-rulings-on-election-results.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania health officials discourage all gatherings as cases surge
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-health-officials-discourage-all-gatherings-as-cases-surge/

No new coronavirus mitigation efforts planned in Pennsylvania — for the moment
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/12/no-new-coronavirus-mitigation-efforts-planned-in-pennsylvania-for-the-moment/

No shutdown plans even as COVID-19 cases spike
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/no-shutdown-plans-even-as-covid-19-cases-spike/article_f545b643-eae2-5f10-b09d-164556eb9f27.html

Pa. Army National Guard soldiers in COVID-19 hotspots are set to lose federal funding
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/12/pa-army-national-guard-soldiers-in-covid-19-hotspots-are-set-to-lose-federal-funding/

Pennsylvania sees another record day, adds 5,488 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-sees-another-record-day-adds-5488-new-coronavirus-cases/

Levine: COVID-19 cases higher, but hospitals handling rise for now
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/levine-covid-19-cases-higher-but-hospitals-handling-rise-for-now/article_975140fe-dc0b-5a97-9179-e1475df0bb77.html

COVID-19 pandemic spreads in Pennsylvania; state ‘can’t predict the future’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/12/COVID-19-Update-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-data-deaths-cases-pandemic/stories/202011120124

Delco ERs filling to capacity with new COVID cases
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/delco-ers-filling-to-capacity-with-new-covid-cases/article_16afd36e-24ff-11eb-99b3-f78bd75026d7.html

Jersey COVID-19 positive tests up 8-fold; Delco hospitals at capacity. Officials warn of ‘long, hard winter’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-deaths-hospitals-philadelphia-new-jersey-pennsylvania-delaware-county-camden-20201112.html

Allegheny County officials plead for ‘wake-up call’ amid rising covid numbers
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-officials-plead-for-wake-up-call-amid-rising-covid-numbers/

Allegheny County posts new record number of coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-posts-new-record-number-of-coronavirus-cases-three-new-deaths/

Westmoreland County reports record 207 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-record-207-new-coronavirus-cases/

Berks County adds 132 coronavirus cases and will end the reporting week up about 30%
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-adds-132-coronavirus-cases-and-will-end-the-reporting-week-up-about-30/article_62dc76a4-2471-11eb-ac81-5fed2a9b9a20.html

Almost 80 residents positive for COVID-19 at Mechanicsburg nursing home
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/almost-80-residents-positive-for-covid-19-at-mechanicsburg-nursing-home.html

Aide says Biden will appoint ‘COVID coordinator’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809695/aide-says-biden-will-appoint-covid-coordinator

California becomes the second state to hit 1 million COVID-19 cases
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-california-million-cases-20201112.html

U.S. Rep. Don Young, longest-ever Republican to serve House, announces COVID-19 diagnosis
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/11/13/U-S-Rep-Don-Young-longest-ever-House-GOP-announces-COVID-19-diagnosis/stories/202011130124

Md. governor announces $70M in aid to fight COVID-19, says ‘we have more tough times ahead of us’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/md-governor-announces-70m-in-aid-to-fight-covid-19-says-we-have-more-tough-times-ahead-of-us.html

Legislature

Pa. House Democrats elect new leaders for 2021-22 session
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/pa-house-democrats-elect-new-leaders-for-2021-22-session.html

Tapped for leadership, Ward, McClinton shatter 244-year-old glass ceiling in Pa. General Assembly
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/tapped-for-leadership-ward-mcclinton-shatter-244-year-old-glass-ceiling-in-pa-general-assembly/

Republican Kim Ward named state Senate’s first female majority leader
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/11/12/Republican-Kim-Ward-named-Pennsylvania-Senate-first-female-majority-leader/stories/202011120170

Kim Ward becomes 1st woman to serve as majority leader in Pennsylvania Senate history
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/kim-ward-becomes-first-woman-to-serve-as-majority-leader-in-pennsylvania-senate-history/

Pa. Senate GOP majority elect new president pro tempore and first woman to serve as a majority leader
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/pa-senate-gop-majority-elect-new-president-pro-tempore-and-first-woman-to-serve-as-a-majority-leader.html

N.J. legalized weed. Now it’s Pa.’s turn. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/new-jersey-legalize-marijuana-pennsylvania-tom-wolf-20201109.html

Support for marijuana grows: see the latest states to legalize
https://triblive.com/news/world/support-for-marijuana-grows-see-the-latest-states-to-legalize/

Top Pa. senator’s campaign revives lawsuit against journalists over public records fees
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pa-legislature-campaign-expenses-lawsuit-joe-scarnati-caucus-lnp-spotlight-pa-20201112.html

Poconos’ hospitality industry fights for survival in the pandemic
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/11/12/poconos-hospitality-industry-fights-survival-pandemic/6260541002/

Administration

Gov. Wolf signs 12th renewal of opioid disaster declaration
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/gov-wolf-signs-12th-renewal-of-opioid-disaster-declaration.html

Business

More than 700,000 sought unemployment last week as pandemic escalates
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/united-states-unemployment-numbers-update-jobs-coronavirus-covid-19-20201112.html

3 local restaurants close after potential exposure to COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/3-local-restaurants-close-after-potential-exposure-to-covid-19/article_a057fc48-1591-557f-b0cd-6f08a5f6052e.html

State investment in manufacturing will accelerate economic recovery | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/11/state-investment-in-manufacturing-will-accelerate-economic-recovery-opinion.html

Crime/Punishment

Teen shot to death in Harrisburg school parking lot: officials
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/teen-killed-in-harrisburg-shooting-officials.html

Education

Montgomery County delays vote on closing schools in response to coronavirus surge after uproar from angry parents
https://www.inquirer.com/education/montgomery-county-school-closures-pennsylvania-coronavirus-chop-20201112.html

SCHOOL CLOSURES: Schools, districts shut down, move online as COVID-19 cases surge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/11/12/More-local-schools-close-COVID-19-cases-identified-pittsburgh-apollo-ridge-gateway/stories/202011120118

Local school districts change learning plans as cases spike
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/local-school-districts-change-learning-plans-as-cases-spike/article_f75a113d-b5e8-51a1-aeaf-359d837f2c65.html

Pennsylvania teachers union urges schools in counties, like Berks, with high coronavirus numbers to go virtual
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/pennsylvania-teachers-union-urges-schools-in-counties-like-berks-with-high-coronavirus-numbers-to-go/article_3f63ade8-24fb-11eb-ab57-637ee476901b.html

North Hills School District has had 13 positive tests since Sunday
https://triblive.com/local/north-hills/north-hills-school-district-has-had-13-positive-tests-since-sunday/

Authorities investigating student death at Kutztown University
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/13/Authorities-investigating-student-death-at-Kutztown-University/stories/202011130127

King’s College suspending in-person classes for rest of semester
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/kings-college-suspending-in-person-classes-for-rest-of-semester/article_f1d618d5-7011-5d90-9fd8-90c5eda8f67d.html

Ivy League cancels basketball season and other winter sports because of COVID-19 concerns
https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/penn/ivy-league-spring-semester-20201112.html

Gaming

Sneak peek offered of Live! Casino Pittsburgh before grand opening at Westmoreland Mall
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/sneak-peek-offered-of-live-casino-pittsburgh-before-grand-opening-at-westmoreland-mall/

Local News

Scranton mayor proposes no-tax-increase budget
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-mayor-proposes-no-tax-increase-budget/article_ab83cd94-70cb-5622-af91-6635341a7036.html

Statue dedicated to late Notre Dame player who called Scranton home
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/statue-dedicated-to-late-notre-dame-player-who-called-scranton-home/article_fad9275b-29d7-5e78-bc91-310cb4b4c20b.html

Apartment projects big boost to city
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/apartment-projects-big-boost-to-city/article_2610dd3f-1bdb-5207-86b8-2bf31234e952.html

Reading taking extra precautions at City Hall during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-taking-extra-precautions-at-city-hall-during-coronavirus-pandemic/article_3ff9a4e0-239f-11eb-a9b9-ffd8617284f8.html

Schuylkill Valley Community Library getting $134,712 state grant
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/schuylkill-valley-community-library-getting-134-712-state-grant/article_f407c556-250d-11eb-9ee4-037e92d9c6d2.html

Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, receives $5,000 grant for STEM initiative
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/hawk-mountain-council-boy-scouts-of-america-receives-5-000-grant-for-stem-initiative/article_a244310e-2428-11eb-894d-43adc2f48a02.html

Editorial: Reading Kristallnacht commemoration offers powerful reminder
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-reading-kristallnacht-commemoration-offers-powerful-reminder/article_64e1b486-24fe-11eb-87b8-43f1fce28404.html

Lines drawn for and against Wilkes-Barre budget at public hearing
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809684/lines-drawn-for-and-against-wilkes-barre-budget-at-public-hearing

Greensburg YMCA cited for child care violations, three workers fired
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/greensburg-ymca-cited-for-child-care-violations/

Hazleton City Council ratifies land bank ordinance
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-city-council-ratifies-land-bank-ordinance/article_bf16a525-a44e-5a94-9625-97c6f2105a54.html

National News

Fla. Democrats tell governor to rescind job offer to COVID conspiracy theorist, ex-Ohio sports blogger
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/fla-democrats-tell-governor-to-rescind-job-offer-to-covid-conspiracy-theorist-ex-ohio-sports-blogger.html

New Jersey

Bill to decriminalize marijuana in N.J. passes in committee — and is amended to include hallucinogenic mushrooms
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/decriminalize-marijuana-magic-mushrooms-new-jersey-20201112.html

Philly

Philly Black voters reflect on an election week where ‘history was made’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-black-voters-2020-election-biden-20201113.html

Philly City Council has formally apologized for the deadly 1985 MOVE bombing
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/move-bombing-apology-philadelphia-walter-wallace-20201112.html

Philadelphia City Council votes to create a nonprofit fund aimed at pulling 100,000 out of poverty
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-poverty-action-fund-city-council-united-way-20201112.html

‘Part Soul Train, part TikTok’: Virtual Philly dance party with DJ from 12th and Arch is happening Saturday, live from the Fillmore
https://www.inquirer.com/entertainment/philly-dance-party-cosmo-baker-fillmore-marathon-20201112.html

For the second time in five months, the National Guard has left Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/national-guard-philadelphia-protest-walter-wallace-police-shooting-election-20201112.html

Two Philly officials and brothers, one who oversaw the Broad Street Run and Mummers Parade, have been charged with embezzlement
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-fraud-embezzlement-leo-dignam-paul-mummers-broad-street-marathon-20201112.html

Philadelphia nurses ‘pushed to the brink’ are threatening to strike
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/13/Philadelphia-nurses-pushed-to-the-brink-are-threatening-to-strike/stories/202011130126

The sounds of the el coquí frog take over North Philly streets in an art exhibit about Puerto Rico’s soundscape
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/philadelphia-coqui-frog-raul-romero-puerto-rico-20201113.html

Philly judge who wouldn’t wear a mask in his small, windowless courtroom has COVID-19
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-judge-philadelphia-mask-refuse-james-lynn-20201112.html

Hit-and-run drivers killed four people in Philly in the last week. Police and relatives ask for public’s help.
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/philadelphia-fatal-hit-and-run-crashes-20201112.html

Philadelphia police: Officer fatally shot a Kensington man who shot at him first
https://www.inquirer.com/news/police-involved-shooting-kensington-fatal-walter-wallace-eric-gripp-20201112.html

Police found a driver shot dead in a minivan after it crashed into a Northeast Philly lawn
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-homicides-shootings-lawndale-crash-20201110.html

Coronavirus fatigue is real. So is the need for us to stay home again. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/pennsylvania-coronavirus-cases-rising-philadelphia-lockdown-shutdown-20201112.html

Pitt

Convention Center woes trickle down: Manager takes pay cut, gets 5-year extension
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/11/13/SMG-David-Lawrence-Convention-Center-Downtown-Home-Garden-Show-Auto-Show-Furries/stories/202011130106

Pittsburgh a ‘hub’ for white supremacy, FBI analysts say
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/11/12/Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania-hub-white-supremacy-racism-extremism-FBI-proud-boys-patriot-front-neo-nazi/stories/202011120145

Penguins miss deadline to start first developments at former Civic Arena site
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/11/12/Pittsburgh-Penguins-Civic-Arena-First-National-Bank-URA-SEA-Hill-District/stories/202011120183

Peduto joins mayors from W.Va., Ohio, Ky. to call for public/private support in climate-friendly industrial growth
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/11/12/Marshall-Plan-for-Middle-America-Pittsburgh-Mayor-Bill-Peduto/stories/202011120179

Pitt, CMU partner with nonprofits, school districts to provide free internet access to city households
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/11/12/Wifi-internet-access-digital-divide-remote-learning-COVID-19-Pitt-Cathedral-Learning/stories/202011120161

Pitt-Georgia Tech game postponed because of covid protocols
https://triblive.com/sports/pitt-postpones-georgia-tech-game-due-to-covid-protocols/

Schindler’s list survivor, Pittsburgh cantor Moshe Taube dead at 93
https://triblive.com/local/schindlers-list-survivor-pittsburgh-cantor-moshe-taube-dead-at-93/

State News

Timeline set for nuclear waste cleanup in Armstrong County
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/11/12/nuclear-waste-Shallow-Land-Disposal-Area-timeline-cleanup-Armstrong-County/stories/202011120187

Army Corps says Parks Township nuke cleanup on way and a top priority nationally
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/army-corps-said-parks-says-nuke-cleanup-on-way-and-a-top-priority-nationally/

DEP blocks restart of Revolution pipeline, saying steep slopes still a risk
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/11/12/DEP-Energy-Transfer-Revolution-pipeline-natural-gas-Marcellus-Utica-Pennsylvania-Beaver/stories/202011120163

Volunteer work at Nolde Forest earns Berks County woman a state award
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/environment/volunteer-work-at-nolde-forest-earns-berks-county-woman-a-state-award/article_a94d9e06-19f4-11eb-a9da-83648867507c.html

Community Foundation grants to fund ACRP teen education program, other projects
https://www.tribdem.com/news/community-foundation-grants-to-fund-acrp-teen-education-program-other-projects/article_33ab8880-256a-11eb-b2ff-db3d593622dc.html

Transportation

PennDOT to begin tolling major bridges to fund repairs, other roadwork
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/11/12/PennDOT-bridge-tolls-road-repairs-public-private-partnership-E-ZPASS/stories/202011120180

Washington

Senate approves Congressional Gold Medal for ‘Rosie the Riveters’
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/11/12/senate-approves-congressional-gold-medal-for-rosie-the-riveters/6267511002/