WEATHER: Philadelphia: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 91; Harrisburg: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 88; Pittsburgh: thunderstorms, high of 86.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* While voting in the primary is over, Pennsylvanians won’t know the results for days, thanks to changes to make voting more flexible and accessible, not to mention an avalanche of absentee ballots, the Inquirer reports.

* WHYY has updating primary results as they become available.

* In the predawn hours Wednesday, the controversial statue of former mayor, police commissioner, and conservative icon Frank Rizzo, which had become a flashpoint during days of unrest, was removed from its Philadelphia perch, the Inquirer reports.

* As Philadelphia tried to reestablish calm after three days of demonstrations and unrest, city health officials on Tuesday advised people who were “at or near a protest” to get tested for the coronavirus or stay home for two weeks, the Inquirer reports.

* Speaking at Philadelphia City Hall on Tuesday morning as the country confronted the combined strains of police brutality, protests, riots, the coronavirus, and an economic collapse, Joe Biden condemned President Donald Trump for spreading hatred and vowed to put racial equality and healing at the forefront of his presidency, the Inquirer reports.

* A day after Philadelphia police came under fire for the handling of a demonstration on I-676, PPD Commissioner Danielle Outlaw is ordering the department to revise its use of force guidelines. A memo obtained by Billy Penn and WHYY shows officers will be required to report all use of force live on their radios, rather than as procedural paperwork after the fact, WHYY reports.

* After three days of chaos and protest over the George Floyd killing, peace broke out in Philadelphia, the Inquirer reports.

* Pennsylvania held a primary election Tuesday amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in some counties and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county election bureaus to their limits. The result of the highest-profile contest on the ballot was a foregone conclusion: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, uncontested for their party's nominations, both won their primary Tuesday in Pennsylvania, the AP reports.

* The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Tuesday it is laying off about 500 workers, primarily toll collectors, and has now made cash-free tolling permanent, PennLive reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has a harrowing first-person account by staff reporter Kristen A. Graham of her arrest by Philadelphia police while covering unrest in the city.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … PA Rep. Anthony DeLuca … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Hosue Tourism & Recreational Development Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

KICKER: “If you are uncertain about who is considered to be a member of the press, contact a supervisor for directions. Please remember, the press are not only entitled to access, they have a right to it.” – Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. From WHYY.