WEATHER: Philadelphia: mostly sunny, high of 40; Harrisburg: sunny, high of 42; Pittsburgh: mostly cloudy with some afternoon sun, high of 40.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* The Pittsburgh Penguins have admitted to editing a full face mask onto the face of one fan in a Getty Images photograph the team tweeted of their first in-person game this season, the Tribune-Review reports.
* The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference on Thursday told Catholics it’s morally acceptable to receive any of the coronavirus vaccines currently authorized, the Post-Gazette reports.
* Philadelphia City Council passed a bill to improve the transparency of COVID-19 vaccine cline contracts in response to the Philly Fighting COVID scandal, the Inquirer reports.
* The state’s U.S. House delegation split along party lines in voting for a sweeping voting rights package, the Penn Capital-Star reports.
* With immigrant families recently released, the Berks County detention center may reopen as a women-only migrant facility, the Penn Capital-Star reports.
* A GOP PAC recently labeled U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th) as an “early target” whose seat the GOP may win back in 2022, Politics PA reports.
* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Democratic primary challenger Tony Moreno have agreed to run a “civil campaign,” while State Rep. Ed Gainey (D-24th), who recently announced a $134,000 fundraising haul for his campaign in January and February, has not addressed the issue, the Tribune-Review writes.
* Suburban Philadelphia lawmakers are demanding answers on the coronavirus vaccine rollout after Health Department officials abruptly rescheduled a meeting on the issue, the Inquirer reports.
* The Allegheny County Jail administration is defending its COVID-19 testing policy, the Tribune-Review reports.
* The Tribune-Review outlines how state teachers will get their COVID-19 vaccines.
* Fair Districts PA, a coalition of groups that support redistricting reform, is pushing to launch the legislative redistricting process in the state, the Post-Gazette reports.
* The Times Leader tells Luzerne County Council Member Stephen J. Urban to either bring his legal arguments challenging his recent removal from the county Election Board to court or “shut up.”
* An Inquirer op-ed compares the views of City Commissioner Omar Sabir and an independent poll worker as to whether local election boards should be nonpartisan.
* The Post-Gazette urges a Pittsburgh judge being sued by civil rights groups to comply with court protocols allowing the public virtual access to court proceedings.
* An immigration activist urges Philadelphia to adopt a program providing free lawyers to the undocumented in immigration proceedings in an op-ed for the Penn Capital-Star.
* The Post-Gazette writes that Catholics should have a clear conscience taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
* Top House Democrats have promised to put key immigration bills on the floor this month, but President Joe Biden’s sweeping overhaul won’t be one of them after a disappointing whip count showed they don’t yet have the votes to pass the bill on the floor, Politico reports.
* The FBI said that it had arrested a former State Department aide on charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, the Times reports.
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9:30 a.m. – Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Special Needs will hold a hearing on services for people with disabilities and ADA compliance. Council Chambers, City Hall, Philadelphia.
11:30 a.m. – Gov. Wolf and other administration officials will visit a Rite-Aid location administering COVID-19 vaccinations in Steelton, Pa. for a press conference regarding the state’s efforts to vaccinate vulnerable populations.
2:30 p.m. – Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless will meet. Council Chambers, City Hall, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “While perhaps well intended, our staffer should not have altered a wide crowd photo to adjust masks on faces of even a few fans who were not strictly following the rules. Our social media team should never send out altered photos to our fan base.” The Pittsburgh Penguins apologize for photoshopping a picture of fans, as quoted by the Tribune-Review.