WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 94; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 93; Pittsburgh: mostly sunny, high of 91.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Philadelphia public school students will not return to classrooms until November at the earliest, according to multiple officials with knowledge of the situation, after plans for a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction sparked fierce opposition, the Inquirer reports.
* Pennsylvania bar and restaurant owners said Tuesday they have been unfairly blamed for rising virus case numbers, challenging the Wolf administration to provide evidence and blasting the Democratic governor anew over pandemic restrictions they say will drive many of them out of business, the AP reports.
* State Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine started her daily coronavirus response briefing Tuesday with a response to the “multiple incidents of LGBTQ harassment, and specifically transphobia directed at me, that have been reported in the press, PennLive reports.
* All of Pennsylvania’s 693 nursing homes have completed at least one round of COVID-19 testing for all residents and staff, Levine announced Tuesday, the Tribune-Review reports.
* Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives has taken the state’s Clean Slate law, which automatically seals the criminal records of some ex-offenders, and applied it to its former House speakers’ gold-framed portraits. Without any fanfare or public notice last month, the House removed the shiny gold plaques that hung below the stately portraits of former Speakers John Perzel, Bill DeWeese and Herbert Fineman that explained the corruption-related convictions that sent them to prison, PennLive reports.
* The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled late last week that Uber drivers are not self-employed, but instead, “as a matter of law,” are controlled by the tech giant. The ruling does not make every app-directed worker a full employee overnight. But to labor advocates and attorneys, the ruling does the next best thing: It builds the legal scaffolding for lawsuits and regulatory actions to expand gig workers’ workplace protections and access to the social safety net, the Capital-Star reports.
* Public health and environmental activists are urging Pennsylvania officials to close what they say are loopholes in a proposed rule that would require oil and gas producers to sharply reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds, WHYY reports.
* Thirteen Black and Jewish elected officials and community leaders called Tuesday for Minister Rodney Muhammad, the leader of the NAACP in Philadelphia, to apologize for an anti-Semitic image he posted on his Facebook page last week. Some demanded that Muhammad resign or be removed from his post, the Inquirer reports.
* In the midst of rising gun violence – the city’s 243 homicides year-to-date are 31% higher than last year – the Kenney administration intends to roll out the anti-violence strategy known as group violence intervention this weekend or next week, the Capital-Star reports.
* Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has frequently been accused by officials, including Mayor Jim Kenney, of being too lenient with defendants amid an ongoing surge in gun violence. But he’s now facing criticism from people with the opposite perspective, as bail reform advocates say his office has too often tried to send people accused of crimes to jail during the coronavirus pandemic, the Inquirer reports.
* Since the 2016 primary election, Republicans have added about 165,000 net voters in Pennsylvania, while Democrats added only about 30,000. Democrats still maintain an 800,000-voter edge over Republicans, but that’s down from 936,000 in 2016, when President Trump still won the state by less than 1%, the Inquirer reports.
* Vice President Mike Pence will make another law-and-order-themed pitch in the presidential battleground of Pennsylvania, as former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign brings its own school-themed event to the state, the AP reports.
* The inquirer welcomes Gov. Wolf’s reluctant allowing of a transparency bill to become law, adding that government transparency must be central to the new normal of pandemic times.
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KICKER: “History has shown us that there have been ruthless totalitarian regimes that have shut down voice and opinion. That certainly can’t build a healthy society.” – Philadelphia NAACP head Rodney Muhammad doubles down on his virulently anti-Semitic social media post. From the Inquirer.