WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 44; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 43; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 39.
FROM CITY & STATE:
* After more than a year’s worth of scandals and reform efforts, a wave of top unit chiefs have relocated from Philly’s DA office to the comparative stability offered under Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
* Via Philadelphia Weekly’s Max Marin: Many of those who supported candidate Larry Krasner because of his unwavering opposition to the death penalty are alarmed by DA Krasner’s more measured approach to the flashpoint issue.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* President Donald Trump appeared in Western PA to stump for congressional candidate Rick Saccone, promising to “fill up a stadium for him” before the March election, the Post-Gazette writes.
* With a possible shutdown of the federal government looming, Republican Congressman Charlie Dent called congressional indecisiveness “very frustrating,” according to the Patriot-News.
* GOP state Rep. Ron Marsico announced his retirement after 30 years of service in Harrisburg, the Patriot-News reports.
* Republican state Rep. Bob Godshall also revealed that he would not seek reelection at the end of his 18th term this year, the Inquirer reports.
* Businessman Dan David announced he would become the 13th challenger to run for the congressional seat vacated by Congressman Dent, according to the Morning Call.
* Congressman Ryan Costello accused his Democratic opponent Chrissy Houlahan of dispatching supporters to trespass on his property – despite evidence he mistook ordinary Planned Parenthood canvassers for political operatives, the Inquirer writes.
* Lawyers for disgraced Congressman Chaka Fattah argued in appeals court that a combative holdout juror was improperly dismissed during the pol’s trial on multiple corruption counts, the AP writes.
* Longtime Visit Philly boss Meryl Levitz will step down as head of the city’s largest tourism board, Philadelphia Magazine reports.
* Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh landed on a list of finalists for Amazon’s East Coast headquarters, according to the Morning Call.
* Temple University announced it would move forward with a controversial plan to build a 35,000-seat stadium adjacent to its North Philadelphia campus, PlanPhilly writes.
* Philadelphia launched a $40 million program to provide low-interest loans for home repairs, according to the Inquirer.
* The Citizen has an essential long read on the metastasizing dangers being created by the Mariner East 2 pipeline for Pennsylvanians in its path – and how lack of government oversight and will is making a bad situation worse.
* The Inquirer writes that Philadelphia’s decision to sue Big Pharma for its role in creating the opioid crisis is the right move – one that is just and overdue.
* The Inquirer has an op-ed from Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson defending his position on controversial land sales in his district and in the city at large.
* The Times-Tribune backs Gov. Wolf’s decision to revamp the state’s overtime rules, writing that it is “a too-rare acknowledgment by the Pennsylvania government that fair compensation acknowledges the value of work.”
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* As the fervor around the NFC Championship continues, Generocity spotlights four charitable efforts by Eagles players.
* Generocity profiles Chicktech, a nonprofit bringing free tech education to local high school girls.
10 a.m. - the City of Philadelphia Educational Nominating Panel will hold its first public meeting and begin the process of identifying nominees for the Philadelphia Board of Education. Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “A real friend and a spectacular man.” – President Donald Trump on PA-18 Congressional candidate Rick Saccone at a GOP rally in Western PA. From the Post-Gazette.