WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 42; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 44; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 37.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* An election machine snafu in Pennsylvania did not just expose flaws in both the election machine testing and procurement process: it highlighted the fears, frustrations and mistrust over election security that many voters are feeling ahead of the 2020 presidential contest, The New York Times reports.

* Philly DA Larry Krasner has long argued that people should not be incarcerated for drug addiction. Now, his office has quietly launched an interim version of an unprecedented “diversion” program, in which prosecutors simply withdraw charges for those who show proof they’re in drug treatment, the Inquirer writes.

* A relatively quiet off-year election in Philadelphia last month had some good signs for Democrats in 2020: Almost half of the city voters who cast general election ballots this year did not vote in the same election cycle four years earlier, according to an Inquirer analysis of voter data from the Philadelphia City Commissioners Office, the Inquirer reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf wants Major League Baseball to rethink a restructuring plan that would affect three minor league teams in his state. He wrote to MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred to express concern about the impact on the Erie SeaWolves, the Williamsport Crosscutters and the State College Spikes, the AP writes.

* Philadelphia real estate developers are looking to lessen the financial hit they could suffer under proposed changes to a controversial tax break that City Hall is taking up this week. A proposal set for a hearing Tuesday would take the current abatement — which provides a 100% tax break on new residential construction for 10 years — and effectively cut it almost in half by phasing out 10% of the value every year, the Inquirer reports.

* A majority of the attorneys at the Defender Association of Philadelphia have announced their intent to unionize in partnership with the United Automobile Workers, a manufacturing workers union that also represents legal aid groups, WHYY reports.

* A federal jury last week convicted a Scranton-area man of threatening President Trump and other law enforcement officials, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Patriot-News writes.

* Philadelphia Magazine tabulates all of the write-in votes from last month’s election – from the bizarre to the sublime.

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* The Inquirer makes a depressingly convincing case for why Pennsylvania is the Rust Belt of higher education.

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TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Property and Public Works will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at a press conference to highlight new accessibility services offered by Comcast. Pennsylvania School For Deaf, Early Childhood Education Center, 143 W. Coulter St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the PA Senate Center For Rural Pennsylvania will meet. Penn College, Thompson Professional Development Center, One College Ave., Williamsport.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

2 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. East Stroudsburg University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Room 336, 562 Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg.

3:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Comcast at an event to celebrate a new computer lab at Nationalities Services Center. This lab will also become a KEYSPOT location. Nationalities Services Center, 1216 Arch St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a tree lighting event, hosted by the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, to celebrate the holidays. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and other officials at a press conference to promote the return of “The Present” to Christmas Village. LOVE Park, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “People were questioning, and even I questioned, that if some of the numbers are wrong, how do we know that there aren’t mistakes with anything else?” – Matthew Munsey, chairman of the Northampton County Democrats. From the New York Times.