WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 61; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 60; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 54.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Columnist Malcolm Kenyatta writes on why Trump’s claim that US elections are rigged presents an existential threat to the Republic.

* City&State explains the background and demands of the brief strike by teachers at PA’s state-run universities.

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* Former AG Kathleen Kane will be sentenced today on perjury charges, the Morning Call reports.

* State Sen. Jim Brewster is working on a raft of bills to reform PA’s troubled charter schools, the Post-Gazette writes.

* An analysis by Newsworks shows huge disparities in student enrollment gains and declines across PA.

* Former state Rep. Ken Brandt passed away at age 77, Lancaster Online reports.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* US Senate candidate Katie McGinty picks up the endorsement of the New York Times.

* A strike by teachers at PA’s state-run universities ended, the Post-Gazette writes.

* After much of his recent appeal was rejected, former Congressman Chaka Fattah will be sentenced on Dec.12, the Inquirer reports.

* PA Republicans sued over rules that restrict poll-watching activity after similar legislation failed to clear the state house, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia DA Seth Williams is planning the largest election fraud task force ever, amidst election rigging complaints by Trump, Billy Penn reports.

* School districts across the state face a dire substitute teacher shortage, according to the Times-Tribune.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* A campaign manager for Trump admits the billionaire’s campaign is “behind,” the Washington Post reports.

* President Barack Obama assailed Republicans who are just now distancing themselves from the failing Trump campaign, saying it's “too late” to back out, according to the New York Times.

* Trump urged his supporters to back Republican congressional candidates, CNN writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer opposes a bill that would prevent the public from finding out the names of police officers involved in shootings until a month after an incident.

* The Patriot News endorses Democrat Josh Shapiro for Attorney General and Democratic incumbent Rob Teplitz for the 15th Senate District.

* The Times-Tribune endorses Hillary Clinton for president and Katie McGinty for US Senate.

* The Pocono Record urges immediate adherence to new federal safety guidelines for natural gas storage fields – the state contains 15 percent of the nation’s fields.

* The Observer-Reporter calls on Greene County DA Marjorie Fox to release her findings on a fatal daylight shooting in Mount Morris in June.

* A Philadelphia Citizen op-ed delves into the rift between the city’s black and Jewish communities as a result of Black Lives Matters’ support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

* A LancasterOnline editorial offers no easy solutions to the dilemma of Lancaster’s burgeoning panhandling issue.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Education will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA House Insurance Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA House Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee will meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA House and Senate Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA House will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

 

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

 

KICKER: “The prospect of missing school for a couple days was really nice, but I’m also trying to get a degree and graduate.” – Slippery Rock junior Daniel DiFabio reflects on a three-day strike by teachers at state-run universities. From the Post-Gazette.