WEATHER: Philadelphia, thunderstorms, high of 88; Harrisburg, thunderstorms, high of 88; Pittsburgh, a.m. thunderstorms, high of 85.



* A provision of the Human Services Code bill moving its way through the General Assembly as part of the final package of budget-related bills could bring dramatic changes to Pennsylvania’s Medicaid managed care system.



* A statue of controversial former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo was defaced with a Black Power slogan days after activists called for its removal, the Inquirer reports.

* Western PA Rep. John Maher indicated that he will not contest a DUI charge he picked up while driving near the state capital, the Post-Gazette writes.

* York County Congressman Scott Perry blamed “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, the York Daily Record reports.

* Allentown’s City Council is seeking to hire an attorney to more quickly oust indicted Mayor Ed Pawlowski, according to the Morning Call.

* A race to replace Lancaster County’s disgraced Republican sheriff is heating up, LancasterOnline writes.

* AG Josh Shapiro announced a proposed settlement agreement that would clear debt for thousands of PA college students grifted by underperforming for-profit universities, the Post-Gazette reports.

* PA insurance commissioner Teresa Miller was appointed to serve as acting secretary of Human Services, the Post-Gazette writes.

* An African refugee is suing a PA county jail for holding him without a deportation date for months, according to the Dispatch.

* An Office of Open Records ruling determined that elected officials’ Facebook pages and associated content are public records, the Patriot News reports.

* Darrell Clarke showed off his DJ’ing skills at a fundraiser for MenzFit, which helps unemployed men purchase formal wear for job interviews, according to the Daily News.



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* The Inquirer opines that a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that shoddy maintenance on a Criminal Justice Center elevator caused the accident that left a man paralyzed shows the need for Philadelphia to immediately change its maintenance oversight policies

* WHYY’s DIck Polman unpacks the myriad of reasons why the CEOs who made up President Trump’s business advisory boards turned their backs on him following his handling of the Charlottesville tragedy.

* The Dispatch loves the new York Health Corner Store Initiative, a collaboration between the city and York Fresh Food Farms to get fresh produce into the hands of York citizens, many of whom live in food deserts.

* The Tribune-Democrat grimly acknowledges the wisdom of adding Johnstown-area businesses to the growing list of organizations that can carry the opioid antidote Narcan.


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* Generocity profiles Dignity Housing, Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory and Ryan's Case for Smiles – the three nonprofit partners of the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2017-18 season.

* Citizens Bank is looking for applications from PA nonprofits with budgets of less than $5 million working to address social issues using a community-based arts approach. Deadline to apply for the $35,000 grant is today. For more information, click here.

* Generocity recaps Wednesday’s Philly Is Charlottesville March and Rally.

* Next City explores PA-based B Lab’s impact on B Corps, which commit to embedding social and environmental goals into their core business models, and to measuring outcomes on a regular basis.



8:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) President & CEO Sharmain Matlock Turner and city and state officials will celebrate the accomplishments of the students who completed internships as part of the Summer Youth Employment program. These students range in age from 14-18 and come from economically disadvantaged families. First District Plaza, 3801 Market St., Philadelphia.

9:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome attendees to the Opening Doors to Opportunities Resident Conference on public housing policy. The conference is hosted by Philly Seeds, PHA’s 501C3 subsidiary. Sheraton Hotel, 201 N. 17th St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, City Council President Darrell Clarke and program instructors will congratulate the 20 students who have successfully completed Philadelphia’s first high school solar training program. The program was run through the District’s Career and Technical Education department. Ben Franklin High School, 550 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “If they want to send a letter to the ethics commission, the governor or the president, that is their right. But under the law, unless I am convicted of a crime, which I am not, none of it will matter.” – Indicted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski blasts attempts by City Council to speed his removal from office. From the Morning Call.