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Your Postmaster: Sarah Anne Hughes
November 30, 2021
Equitable representation, final stretch, medical malpractice, cannabis review, work ruling, and a very controversial candy bill. Welcome to Tuesday.

Hey, it's Colin, your PA Post editor, and today is #GivingTuesday...

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POLITICAL POWER
NOTABLE / QUOTABLE

"I know that I have a purpose. I don’t know what it is yet. But it’s a purpose."

—Evelyn Langley of Germantown, one of more than 2,000 people shot in Philadelphia this year
IT'S GIVING TUESDAY!
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💉 COVID-19 NEWS
» POSITIVE TESTHouse Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R., Centre) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms

» SIGNIFICANT SPREAD: Pennsylvania’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests is more than double the 5% threshold considered a sign of significant spread.

» DON'T PANIC: President Joe Biden says the omicron variant is "cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

To find a COVID-19 vaccine, use the federal government's online tool, call 1-800-232-0233, or text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX).
📷 POST IT
A scenic shot of Lake Perez in Huntingdon County. Thank you, Tammy G., and all PA Posters for reminding us how beautiful our state is. Send us your gems, use the hashtag #PAGems on Instagram, or tag us @spotlightpennsylvania.
DAILY RUNDOWN
FINAL STRETCH: The public could get its first peek at proposed political maps in the next two weeks, but Democrats and Republicans are still negotiating on exactly what those maps will look like, WHYY reports. 

UNEQUAL TREATMENT: Black patients in Pennsylvania are bringing attention to implicit bias from a predominantly white community of medical professionals. “I felt my doctor dropped the ball on me a lot," Latisha Littles of Middletown told PennLive.

NEW REVIEW: The state Department of Health has ordered a review of all vaporized medical marijuana products that contain additional ingredients. A spokesperson told MJBizDaily the move is to ensure "patient safety," though the industry has strong objections.

RECONSIDER REQUEST: Montgomery County prosecutors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, the AP reports. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the conviction because of an immunity agreement.

ON THE JOB: The state Supreme Court ruled a traveling salesperson was on the clock when he was injured in a car crash leaving a work-sponsored happy hour, City Paper reports. “While work may not have been discussed ... the event still benefited employer by fostering relationships and improving morale," Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy wrote.
IN OTHER NEWS
CANDY CONTROVERSY: A Dauphin County lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would make Hershey's Kisses the state's official candy. Wilbur Buds would like to have a word.

LITTLE ARTISTS: Please enjoy this video of students at George W. Nebinger Elementary in Philadelphia showing off the ornaments they made for the National Christmas Tree near the White House.

DOUBLE NOMS: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is nominated for two Grammy Awards. Listen to part of it on YouTube here.

VERY SUNNY: The New York Times profiles "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" creator Rob McElhenney, who grew up in South Philly and is responsible for the longest-running live-action sitcom in U.S. history.

BRAIN POWER: If you've turned to Pittsburgh-based Duolingo in an attempt to learn a new language, you may have been struck by just how weird some of the sentences are. Slate gets into the science behind that choice.
THE SCRAMBLER
Unscramble and send your answer to scrambler@spotlightpa.org. We'll shout out winners here, and one each week will get some Spotlight PA swag.
 
Y M A R T U G T U H A
 
Monday's answer: Poinsettia

Congrats to our daily winners: Susan F., Becky C., Craig W., Neal W., Myles M., Craig E., Don H., Heidi B., Susan N.-Z., Elaine C., Kevin M., Kimberly S., David W., Dianne K., Bill S., Catherine J., Ann and John, Daniel M., Mark C., Alan V., George S., and Suzanne S. 
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