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First: The new state rules Pennsylvania rolled out recently that require public schools to close their doors when they hit a certain COVID-19 positivity test rate have some officials confused. Let’s look at what’s been happening so far.

Then: The mother from the October video that captured police officers yanking her from her SUV and separating her from her 2-year-old toddler in West Philly is still navigating the aftermath. We spoke to her about what happened that night — and what she’s contending with now.

And: These are the latest case counts for the coronavirus in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

— Ashley Hoffman (@_ashleyhoffman,

Schools with coronavirus cases could be forced to close on short notice under new Pa. rules

The well-being of students has been one of the more tumultuous predicaments of the pandemic. Now that there are new state rules when it comes to managing the school systems in the pandemic, once a school of a certain size hits a certain COVID-19 case count threshold, it is forced to shut for in-person learning and go fully virtual.

As another surge threatens the state, this could effectively push students out of school on short notice. Officials have plenty of questions. Do the cases count when students learning remotely test positive? What’s the time frame for cases to “count”? Reporter Maddie Hanna has the story.

A woman and her toddler remain ‘petrified’ a month after Philadelphia police beat her and separated them during unrest

Rickia Young and her 2-year-old remain traumatized after becoming high-profile victims of police force in a widely shared video that shows she was beaten and separated from her 2-year-old son by police.

The night of the shooting and killing of Walter Wallace Jr. by police in West Philadelphia, two dozen officers charged Young’s SUV and yanked her and her 16-year-old nephew out of the vehicle. People the world over saw what happened on video. Both suffered injuries. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw called it “concerning.” But with the ongoing investigation, we still don’t know from police what preceded this use of force.

The first time Young asked where police were taking her 2-year-old, she said no one would answer. Another time, an officer said “a better place.” His grandmother was able to retrieve him an hour later, but not without controversy surrounding a photo of him.

Neither Young nor her nephew has been charged with a crime. She wants every officer who was involved fired. Reporter Anna Orso spoke to Young about what she’s been enduring.

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That William Penn just stays standing tall. Thanks for sharing this shot from an excellent vantage point,

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“A vaccine is only as good as its uptake. That means policymakers and public health professionals need to start planning now to make sure the vaccine reaches all Americans — and in particular, that people of color, who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic, are able and willing to get vaccinated early.” — Michelle A. Williams, dean of the faculty at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, propose a concrete blueprint to ensure the vaccine reaches everyone by rebuilding trust in Black and Latinx Americans communities where the distrust of medicine among members of communities of color has left deep, justified wounds.

  • A new homeowner protection law would crack down on predatory wholesalers nabbing homes from their unsuspecting owners at a fraction of their real value, The Inquirer Editorial Board writes.

  • Benjamin Palubinsky, general manager of Lucky Strike Philadelphia, writes that the pandemic will have one loss even the most devoted patrons may have missed: the institutional knowledge these training grounds provide. He warns that the loss of this knowledge won’t be so simple to flip back on.

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Your Daily Dose of | Memories

Restaurants are about livelihood for the people who work on the front lines to feed us, and they’re so often the setting for life’s milestones. Under ordinary circumstances, many of us celebrate some of our best moments of our lives over food at a restaurant table. Holiday get-togethers alone usually bolster the restaurant industry, which is one reason why this winter’s looking dismal for closures. And some of them might not be “temporary.”

Losing your neighborhood spot or where you go for romance can feel monumental. And to that end, we’re inviting you to tell us about the bars and restaurants you will miss most with a memory (or a few). Your recollection can be epic or short and sweet. The easy form is right here.