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Board NDAs, Bitcoin pollution, tracing down, LGBTQ protections, shooting investigation, 2020 lie ties, and a sad end for escaped monkeys. It's Monday.
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"You’re taking pollution that was going to be impacting the land and water and turning it into air pollution."

—Rob Altenburg, senior director for energy and climate at PennFuture, on how coal waste in Pennsylvania is powering Bitcoin
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» WHAT'S NEXT: If the omicron spike flames out quickly, many experts think there could be a "quiet period" this spring and summer. 

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REPEAL PLAN: Chambersburg Borough Council plans to vote today on repealing the LGBTQ protections it put in place only a few months ago, PennLive reports. The political makeup of the council changed last November, ushering in a 7-3 Republican majority.

'MODERN-DAY LYNCHING': The family of a Jamaican immigrant who was fatally shot at a cabin in rural Venango County last month wants a deeper investigation into his death, The Inquirer reports. Pennsylvania State Police has urged the public to “remain patient.”

DAIRY DEMAND: Dairy farmers in Pennsylvania are cheering a recent trade decision that found Canada was giving its own processors preferential treatment. Farmers here are hoping the decision will increase demand, the Post-Gazette reports. 

DEEP ROOTS: WITF examines the ties between a review of Fulton County’s voting machines ordered by Senate Republicans and 2020 election lies. Among them: The lawyers representing the county are backed by the Amistad Project, which Rudy Giuliani once described as a “partner” in the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the presidential results.

BIG BETS: Gamblers handed over more than $4.7 billion to 16 casinos as well as fantasy sports operators and truck stops in 2021, according to the AP, a record. Online gaming helped drive the increase.
TRAILER OF MONKEYS: Three macaques who escaped in Montour County after a trailer carrying 100 monkeys crashed have been found and euthanized, the Daily Item reports. The truck was on its way to a lab

MYSTERY MUTT: In other animal news, a woman in Fairfield Township thought she was doing a good deed when she rescued what she thought could be her neighbor’s loose dog. But because of its appearance and behavior, a local wildlife group isn't so sure what kind of canine the creature actually is.  

SUPER COUPLE: Two strangers who recreated a famous kissing photo at the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade are now engaged. Shamus Clancy would have preferred to pop the question at another victory celebration, but alas.

HELPING HANDS: A group of Black and Latino firefighters and players on Temple University’s football team spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day installing smoke alarms in West Philadelphia. The day of service was even more crucial this year after 12 adults and children died in a Fairmount fire. 

GREAT RESIGNATION: The Morning Call spoke to several Pennsylvanians who quit their jobs as part of the "great resignation." One came from corporate America and was simply looking for a change. Others say they were tired of coronavirus concerns or mistreatment.
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