WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 46; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 47; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 44.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States Wednesday with a call for unity and healing to lead the country out of a chaotic period of ferocious strife, a devastating pandemic, and personal suffering, the Inquirer reports.

* It was a “surreal” inauguration for Pennsylvania lawmakers at the site of the Capitol insurrection, the Inquirer reports.

* Joe Biden’s presidential run began in a Pittsburgh union hall. He’ll ring in the start of his presidency with a virtual event hosted by a law firm that was hired to bust a union drive in Pittsburgh. Ballard Spahr, a firm that advertises “union avoidance training and counseling” on its website, is hosting “Biden’s Home States” virtual inaugural event Wednesday, with both the Pennsylvania and Delaware Democratic parties, the Capital-Star reports.

* For some South Asian American residents in the Philadelphia area, Kamala Harris becoming vice president today feels like the American dream in action, WHYY reports.

* The number of Pennsylvanians charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob has more than doubled in less than a week. As of Wednesday, that number stood at nine, PennLive reports.

* The Department of Labor & Industry on Wednesday awarded $4.8 million in Direct Care Worker Training Grants to increase the quality of services, offer specialty certifications and create more career opportunities for personal care assistants, home health aides and certified nursing assistants in Pennsylvania, the Tribune-Review reports.

* A group entrusted with running a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Philadelphia abruptly abandoned testing residents, stranding them and their communities during the pandemic, WHYY reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has a blistering op-ed by Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, who lambastes Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature for launching a renewed set of specious claims to continue to undermine the election – the same contest that won most of them their seats.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the virtual welcome event for the first cohort of Octavius Catto Scholarship recipients hosted by the Community College of Philadelphia. To register for this event, contact Megan Lello at mlello@ccp.edu.

10:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join City Council, the School District, and the Board of Education for the bi-annual Committee of the Whole Hearing to discuss Educational Supplement of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter. The hearing may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40, or City Council's website.

12 p.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin will highlight how Ramshield, Inc., an Exton-based healthcare product provider featured on the administration’s B2B Interchange Directory, is utilizing revolutionary technology to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. To RSVP, email DCEDpress@pa.gov 

2 p.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

 

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KICKER: “The destruction and the ugliness of the last four years has done real damage to our country. That will take a while to dig out from the deep hole that we’ve been in. But today is the beginning of that.” – U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle. From the Inquirer.