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» SHOT GOAL: More than 90% of federal workers received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday's federal deadline set by President Joe Biden, AP reports.
» TRAVEL ADVISORY: Public health officials encourage people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to delay holiday travel, AP reports.
» DON'T DRINK: American Screening of Shreveport, Louisiana, has recalled 153,336 bottles of its hand sanitizer that contains 70% ethyl alcohol gel because the packaging too closely resembled a water bottle.
WASTE WEARY: Dozens of coal power plants nationwide, including two in Pennsylvania, plan to stop burning the fossil fuel this decade to comply with more stringent federal wastewater guidelines, according to state regulatory filings. The AP reports the new rule requires power plants to clean coal ash and toxic heavy metals from plant wastewater before it is dumped into streams and rivers.
LAND LACK: First-generation farmers who don’t already have land often cannot acquire enough acreage to farm at the scale needed to make a living. WESA details the financial obstacles faced by newcomers to agriculture, speaking to new farmers as well as ones who left the industry after hardship.
BUGGED OUT: Recently settled lawsuits detail hazardous and unsanitary conditions at the now condemned Bush House Hotel. Courier Times reports Quakertown officials found bed bugs in every room of the boarding house, mold, and electric and fire code issues, among other violations.
MURAL MAKEOVER: Two Emmaus residents won a mural for their hometown after entering HGTV’s “Celebrate Home Town Sweepstakes.” The Morning Call reports the mural includes silhouettes of hikers and bikers on South Mountain and a nod to the area’s weekly farmer’s market.
PUP PAGEANT: Over the weekend, 15,000 dogs from five countries competed for the “Best of Show” title at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Photos from WHYY show competition was steep.
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Monday's answer: Albatross
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