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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Members of Harrisburg City Council kneel and pause for silence in front of city hall.

After nearly three months, the COVID-19 pandemic moved out of the top local news spot, replaced by the Black Lives Matters protests. We admittedly were late making the switch, but we still had many stories to tell over the past week. Our coverage is all listed and linked below.

African American Music Appreciation Month goes all June long, giving us an opportunity to showcase several great local artists. This week, our writer features a Lancaster-based band, Wayward Giants, fronted by area native Jalen Cliatt.

COVID-19 pandemic updates continued all week from the state health department. The good news: new cases kept going lower, and we have the latest update here.

Cumberland, York and Adams counties will be the first in our area to turn from yellow to green in the state’s three-color reopening plan. Our online story offers the latest reopening news as the COVID-19 pandemic eases.

Dauphin County libraries began to reopen this past week, with the four first facilities opening their doors to patrons. Read our online story for a summary of procedures and limitations.

Gov. Wolf last week pledged reforms in the ways that state police are trained and held accountable. Our online news story summarizes what he’s proposing to reduce potential threats from use of force.

Harrisburg plans a town hall-style meeting to address issues of racial inequality. That was the big takeaway from the mayor’s weekly Facebook Live event, as he chatted with several African American community activists. Find out more from our online story.

Harrisburg City Council took a knee and paused for silence in light of the killing of George Floyd and in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. Afterwards, council members pledged to introduce legislation to make reforms to prevent possible police misconduct. Our online news story has the details.

Harrisburg-area manufacturers face both challenges and opportunities as the global supply chain breaks down in light of numerous major worldwide events. Our writer attended a webinar to try to understand what this means, which we summarize in our online news feature.

Harrisburg Mayor Papenfuse introduced “8 Can’t Wait,” eight use-of-force policy recommendations that departments can adopt. Learn more about the plan from our online story.

Open Stage debuted its newest virtual production, “An Iliad.” Our reviewer was impressed, to say the least. Read our online story her summation and learn how you can tune in.

Restaurants will open again throughout downtown Harrisburg on Saturday night, as the city shuts down streets to allow for distance dining. In our online story, you’ll find out the plans to close streets and discover which places will be participating.

Sara Bozich took a step forward to her usual routine, again listing events, and not all virtual this time. It certainly will be a long road back to normalcy, but it’s a great start.

Schools in PA will be allowed to reopen on July 1, though districts must take steps beforehand to ensure student and faculty health and safety. Our online story shares the details of what schools must do before reopening.

TheBurg made a statement in support of racial equality and the Black Lives Matters movement. In the editorial, we addressed some of our own shortcomings and efforts to do better.

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