» TOUGH CHOICES: The Wall Street Journal went to Norristown Area School District and offers a window into a superintendent's "agonizing decision" to return to remote learning as the omicron wave began to swell.
» HOME COUNT: Allegheny County has a new tool that allows residents to report positive at-home COVID-19 tests‚ telling Spotlight PA the data will be kept separate to avoid statistical issues. Details will be announced next week.
» TEST RUN: Postal facilities in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia will build and label coronavirus testing kits for a pilot program that aims to deliver 500 million of the kits to American households, The Inquirer reports.
The view from Cooper Township, Clearfield County, where PA Poster Don H. counted 27 contrails in the sky. Thanks for sharing, Don! Send us your gems, use #PAGems on Instagram, or tag us @spotlightpennsylvania.
SLOW MOTION: Watch out for the superload. A 294-ton, 213-foot-long empty steel tank is being transported from a decommissioned nuclear lab in New York State to Lawrence County, where it will be disposed of, Lehigh Valley Live reports. The slow journey — much of it on I-80 — will take nine days.
CULTURE SHOCK: Mikhaila Friel went from Scotland to Millersville University and compiled a collection of takeaways for Insider about the experience. In summary: the workload was high, the campus surprisingly bucolic, and the American students didn't say "you're welcome" much.
SCHOOL CHOICE: A 134-year-old trade college in Media is the backdrop for a Hechinger Report deep dive on changing attitudes toward vocational schools. The report says doubt about the value of a four-year college is growing — especially during the turbulent COVID-19 pandemic.
Unscramble and send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll shout out winners here, and one each week will get some Spotlight PA swag.
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*This week's theme: Words that are fun to say.
Yesterday's answer: Bumbershoot
Congrats to our daily winners: Don H., Bonnie R., Doris T., Kimberly S., Susan D., Craig W., Bob S., Judith D., Vicki U., George S., Susan N.-Z., Elaine C., William S., Patricia R., James B., Suzanne S., Bill S., Alan V., David W., Anthony S., Lynne E., and Kim C.