📈 COVID-19 did not disappear after Election Day. In fact, cases are higher than ever in Pennsylvania. And that troubling rise is being felt in urban, suburban, and rural communities alike. Health officials say there are no plans to close schools for in-person learning yet, but they will continue to update their guidance. Meanwhile, the commonwealth set another one-day record yesterday with 4,361 new cases, and Allegheny County reported its second-highest one-day total since the pandemic began with 317. More than 10 million cases have been reported nationwide. Find the latest numbers below.
🗳 President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is suing to stop the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results. The goal? Successfully challenge enough ballots to trigger an automatic recount, the campaign’s top lawyer said. The 85-page suit contains — but fails to support — allegations of widespread voter fraud in Pennsylvania. It also singles out mail-in ballots from “Democrat-heavy counties,” like Allegheny, in an effort to tighten Biden’s margin of victory. Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, dismissed the suit as baseless. The Associated Press called the race for Democrat Joe Biden on Saturday, citing a mathematically insurmountable lead. President Trump has yet to concede. (Associated Press / TribLIVE)
🚨 Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly for more police accountability this Election Day — so now what? Residents voted almost 4-to-1 in favor of a ballot measure that significantly strengthens an independent review board tasked with investigating misconduct complaints against city officers. Local officials say they’re excited to begin implementing changes here while acknowledging it as “one small step” toward broader reform. But Pittsburgh’s police union called the ballot measure “a waste of taxpayer money and time” and the changes it proposed a violation of existing state law. The question now is whether they’ll challenge it in court or compromise. (90.5 WESA)
💛 Pregame for this weekend’s Yinz Citizen benefit concert with this homespun playlist featuring Mars Jackson, Anti-Flag, and more. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
⭐️ The Buhl Planetarium will reopen on Nov. 21 “as one of the leading planetarium programs in the nation” following a multi-million dollar renovation. (Carnegie Science Center on Facebook / Carnegie Science Center on Twitter)
⛳️ Soon you’ll be able to play some of the best golf courses in the country, right from Market Square. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
🍁 This is officially a fall foliage appreciation newsletter from here on out. Thanks. (Dave Dicello on Instagram)
Today, our members got the answer to an exclusive round of I Spy in their newsletters. That’s it above, a photo of a Steelers-themed home in the South Side Flats. Here’s how it works: Yesterday we showed a closeup of that photo and asked people to tell us what it is and, more importantly, where it is. Correct guesses earn a shoutout in this newsletter and bragging rights for life.
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On Dec. 15, mark your calendar for a full day live broadcast featuring a keynote from Shankar Vedantam, followed by interactive workshops on Dec. 16.
📜 Hear archivists share the rarely heard stories behind some of their favorite collections in this virtual History Center event (Online)
🔊 See appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Donnie Iris, and host Day Bracey with performances by Anti-Flag and other acts at "Yinz Citizen," an all-star benefit concert to feed families in need (Online)
💡 Celebrate innovation in our region at The Pittsburgh Technology Council's Tech 50 Awards (Online)
🎭 "Go" to the theater with Prime Stage Theatre's virtual production of Einstein, A Stage Portrait (Online)
🐙 Freak out over all the cool stuff at Pittsburgh's virtual Freaky Fair (Online)
🎤 Attention Pittsburgh musicians: Learn how to strengthen your brand with this Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council event featuring Amber Epps, aka Dr. HollyHood (Online)
Today is Veterans Day, and we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to John Fike.
Fike is a Somerset Township resident and Vietnam vet who found his calling as a novelist soon after retiring, while simultaneously confronting the long-term effects of Agent Orange exposure.
“I had been working since I was 13, so it wasn’t easy to retire,” Fike told The Almanac newspaper. “I needed to find something to do with myself, and I started to find comfort in the pen. I started with a few lines, and that went to a few paragraphs. And the idea has developed kind of a life of its own.”
Meet John and read more about his work here. We’ll see you tomorrow.