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Pennsylvania’s governor announces a mask requirement for schools. – The New York Times (

Wolf Administration reissues mask mandate for K-12 schools; goes into effect on Sept. 7 (

Wolf’s New School Mask Mandate Divides PA Legislators, Activists – DV Journal (

Wolf reverses course and announces mask mandates for all state schools | City & State PA (

Gov. Tom Wolf mandates masks in Pa. schools, daycares · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania mandates masks in public schools | Pennsylvania |

Wolf defends Pennsylvania masking mandate for schools as GOP leadership criticizes – Philadelphia Business Journal (

‘We have to act now’: Gov. Wolf mandates masks in K-12 schools, day care centers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers in Bucks County laud Gov. Wolf’s school mask mandate Tuesday (

Gov. Tom Wolf finally imposed a school mask mandate. It’s about time | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘He threw a curveball at us’: Lancaster County school officials, parents react to Wolf’s school mask mandate | Local News |

Pennsylvania school mask mandate is a little too late, Lehigh Valley school officials say – The Morning Call (

Lancaster’s state senators vow action against Gov. Wolf for Pa. mask mandate in schools | PA Power and Policy |

Masks in School Legislation Introduced in Harrisburg – MyChesCo

What they’re saying about the governor’s mask mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Overdose Awareness Day In PA – WDAC

On Overdose Awareness Day, families, advocates call for Pa. to ‘recommit’ to fighting opioid epidemic | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Senator Wants PA Supreme Court To Reimplement Eviction Moratorium – – Butler, PA

Wednesday’s IRRC Vote Could Push PA Into RGGI, Higher Energy Costs | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

Parents, teachers protest building conditions before return to school – Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Essay competition announced for 5th and 12th graders to remember 9-11 attacks – LebTown

Wolf urges FEMA to lower threshold to qualify flood damage for federal aid | Pennsylvania |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

State reports 1.3 million COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic | Coronavirus |

Delta Variant Fuels Rise In Vaccination Rates In August : NPR

Pitt researchers: Flu and COVID-19 ‘twindemic’ is possible this winter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Doctor: Science backs masks as effective in curbing COVID-19 spread | Times Leader



‘Unemployment cliff’ coming for 550K in Pa. · Spotlight PA

Montgomery County Commerce Department Boosts Main Street Businesses & Beyond – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Labor Day in Erie, PA: Plumbers Union seen as key to bright future for Garrett O’Brien (

Lancaster County commissioners to vote on bonuses aimed at addressing “unprecedented” prison staff shortages | Local News |

Pittsburgh adds jobs in leisure and hospitality in July, sheds government, trade, transportation and utilities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Berks County: IMAGINE Berks economic development plan is launched (

Berks County’s jobless rate up slightly to 6.3% in July (



Hate Crimes In 2020 Their Highest Level Since 2008, According To FBI : NPR

New state database will identify cops with misconduct claims | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Midstate parents share reaction to statewide school mask mandate (

Mask policies differed at area schools before governor’s order | Coronavirus |

Clifton Heights, Upper Darby Ink Agreement on New Middle School – DV Journal (

As school begins, most students in Chester County will be wearing masks – Daily Local

Manufactured crisis over Critical Race Theory distracts from real problems in Pa. schools (

William Penn School District hosts a ‘Vacc to School’ vaccination clinic – Delco Times

Movements against Critical Race Theory in Pittsburgh-area schools have ties to Republican organizing and right-wing media | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Central Bucks adopts mask mandate as John Gamble resigns after threats (

Almost 9 in 10 students living on Penn State’s main campus say they are vaccinated, school says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools won’t furlough teachers at start of school year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly teachers union, school district have tentative contract agreement (

Plum’s Oblock Junior High has nearly 100 students quarantined due to exposure to covid-19 |

LCCC gets accreditation re-affirmed with no problems | Times Leader



Two decades after 9/11, have state lawmakers forgotten how to come together during tragedies? | WITF

Ex-lawmaker to run for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania | WITF

How G.O.P. Election Reviews Created a New Security Threat – The New York Times (

GOP Calls DNC Campaign Stop in Philly a ‘Slap In The Face’ Amid Afghanistan Fiasco – DV Journal (

Corporate America launches massive lobbying blitz to kill key parts of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion economic plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Accepting Afghanistan refugees divides Pennsylvania Republicans (

Shame on Trump-supporter’s call for ’20 strong men’ to remove school boards – The Morning Call (



Protesters urge commissioners to halt pipeline construction – Daily Local

World Meteorological Organization: Global weather disasters soar in numbers and cost, but deaths fall | News |



Lehigh Valley airport authority finalizes 300-acre land deal with Bethlehem developer – The Morning Call (



UPMC doctors demonstrate ‘antidote’ to opioid overdoses. It ‘can be the difference between life and death.’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You can’t blame midlife weight gain on a slower metabolism, scientists say (

Pitt experts anticipate major flu surge this season, urge flu shots |


State News

Rain from Hurricane Ida brings flood worries, driving dangers: The latest –

Heaviest rain from Ida could be in central Pa. by lunchtime Wednesday, NWS says –

PPL Electric Utilities prepares for tropical storm Ida; how Midstate residents can prepare (

Emergency officials: ‘Be prepared’ for heavy rainfall, flash flooding | News |

Cartwright calls for extension of insurance cost assistance under American Rescue Plan | News |

Philly, Pittsburgh chosen as placement options for Afghan evacuees | City & State PA (

Bush To Speak At Flight 93 Memorial on 9/11 | PoliticsPA

Remembering 9/11: Midstate K9s at Ground Zero (

‘Have they locked the doors?’ Judge presses for details on Hershey charity spat with board member · Spotlight PA

Road trip travel plateaus; Pa. inbound tourism stronger than outbound (

Area utilities send crews to help Hurricane Ida restoration | Business |

Toomey must act to secure equal rights for LGBTQ Americans (

Avoidable crisis looms at Pa. wildlife agencies (

UGI raises residential rates 6.1%, third hike this year | Local Business |

Racehorse deaths at Parx Racing are on pace to set a new record (


National News

Texas Law That Bans Abortion After About 6 Weeks Takes Effect : NPR

Texas Legislature sends sweeping GOP voting bill to governor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supreme Court Fails to Block Texas’ Near-Ban on Abortions – The New York Times (

School Mask Debate Tests Arizona’s Governor – The New York Times (

COVID Recession Pushed Social Security Insolvency Up A Year : NPR

Can The Internet Be More Resilient To Climate Change? Some Are Banking On It | WBUR News

Florida Is Blocking Money From 2 School Districts Over Mask Mandates, Defying A Judge : NPR

Purdue Pharma Scrambles To Discourage DOJ Appeal of Bankruptcy : NPR

The Taliban Celebrate Victory, With a Crisis Looming – The New York Times (

GOP lawmakers are wrong, vaccines and abortions save lives | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Let’s set the record straight on the political ancestry of modern American racism | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Bonnaroo festival canceled due to flooding from Ida | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Bucks County weather: Hurricane Ida could flood Neshaminy Creek, cause tornadoes (

Scranton issues emergency declaration, plans to close floodgates | Crime-Emergency |

Region ready for Ida, officials say; flash flooding likely | News |

Lower Makefield celebrates community with fun, food, music and a spectacular fireworks display | Yardley Area |

Harrisburg Mayor Papenfuse mulling write-in candidacy for upcoming election (

$232M authorized in contracts for Montgomery County Justice Center project’s second phase | Local-news |

Gannett, York Daily Record update efforts to ensure staff diversity (

Christopher Columbus statue removed from Chester (

Bucks NAACP, ADL Philadelphia condemn Pennridge’s halt in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts (

Overdose victims from the Poconos remembered at church vigil (

Pandemic slowed, but hasn’t stopped, plans for Carlisle Indian school heritage center | WITF

Scranton City Council requiring masks at meetings | News |

Traffic signal upgrades in Hazleton eyed for spring 2022 | News |

Housing development: Stokesay Castle (



Roads flooding across Pittsburgh region as remnants of Ida dump torrential rain | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peduto administration looks to give COVID-19 funds to URA, guaranteed basic income project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New plumbing code amendment could expand gender-neutral bathroom access in Allegheny County | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Controversial Allegheny County Jail contractor has criminal history and warned of a race war against correctional officers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh officials revisit ending pension offset for retirees |



The Editors: Where are they now? Many Krasner employees with troubled histories still employed (

Meet the new faces leading Philadelphia-area private and independent schools – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Ida path puts flood warning in Philadelphia weather forecast (

Penn Medicine and Wharton School launch Fund for Health to improve Philadelphia’s socio-economic conditions (

Philadelphia rental assistance, the eviction moratorium, and whether you’re protected (

This Pa. city is one of the worst in the nation to drive in, according to one study –



Biden Defends U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan – The New York Times (

Biden defends his decision to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan | WITF

Biden defends Afghanistan exit as Republicans ramp up criticism, calls to resign | ABC27

Biden administration appoints second state health official under Covid-19 investigation (