WEATHER: Philadelphia: mostly sunny, high of 72; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 73; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 74.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* As city officials on Sunday sought to explain how peaceful protests over police brutality a day earlier had morphed into looting and chaos in Center City, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw acknowledged that the department’s plan for responding to the situation “did not happen as quickly as I would’ve liked it to occur.” But even as Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration took steps designed to correct for that Sunday, the unrest spread into outlying city neighborhoods, prompting additional questions about whether police had adequately prepared for the mayhem, the Inquirer reports.
* The wait has now begun to see if last week’s protests will lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Inquirer reports.
* After a night of protest over police brutality that triggered some violence in cities and communities across the country, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf made a direct appeal to demonstrators - and those hearing them - to voice their anger and exercise their rights vigorously, but peaceably, PennLive reports.
* Kenney once again found himself declaring that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo – stationed outside the Municipal Services Building kitty-corner from City Hall and a flashpoint during Saturday’s protests – would be moved soon, the Inquirer reports.
* A peaceful rally in Pittsburgh to protest the death of George Floyd turned violent on Saturday, the Capital-Star reports.
* Wolf signed a state budget on Friday that provides 12 months of public education funding at 2019-20 levels and invests in counties and other programs to help restore the economy. The budget won approval in the Republican-controlled legislature, but only funds much of the state’s operating budget lines through November 30, WITF reports.
* Wolf is confident that Pennsylvania students will return to their schools this fall. “No question,” Wolf said during a news conference Friday at the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Dauphin County, the PA Post reports.
* Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania is the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new ways of getting out the vote during a time when it can be dangerous to leave your home, the AP reports.
* The Inquirer has a guide on the top races to watch in tomorrow’s primary.
* The Wolf administration wants to limit emissions from thousands of oil and natural gas sites in Pennsylvania via a new regulation that would require better monitoring and control of emissions at existing oil and gas wells, including those that use hydraulic fracturing, and related sites. The rule targets volatile organic compounds, which contribute to ozone and can affect people’s health, WITF reports.
* The Inquirer casts the continuing protests in Philadelphia over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week as an opportunity to end racist policing in the city and around the country.
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KICKER: “We have every right to be angry, because we live in fear, we raise our children in fear. That trauma is in us, and we just pass it on from generation to generation. I’m angry and tired of it” – Philadelphia protester Jamial Hankinson. From the Inquirer.