WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 86; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 85; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 88.



* Via Philly Weekly’s Max Marin: Philadelphia’s new three-year contract with its police union covers residency requirements, pension contributions – and no meaningful reform to lingering disciplinary problems that advocates say protect bad cops.



* Thousands marched in Philly to protest white supremacists and call for the removal of a statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo that stands near City Hall, WHYY writes.

* City Hall will unveil Philly’s first public statue honoring a real African-American – educator, activist and athlete Octavius Catto – next month, according to the Inquirer.

* The Inquirer investigates deaths, injuries and misconduct inside PA’s $5 billion private prison business.

* PA Senate Dems blasted gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s silence in condemning Nazi rallies in Charlottesville and called for a resolution that would unanimously denounce white supremacy, the Dispatch writes.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he would lead a prayer event and block party aimed at unifying residents in the wake of Charlottesville, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Republican state Sen. David Argall is seriously considering running for lieutenant governor against embattled Democrat Mike Stack, WHYY reports.

* Treasurer Joe Torsella said the state will run out of money twice this month and he is reluctant to issue a second bridge loan without progress on a long-delayed budget deal, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A Philadelphia court worker says he was fired for calling attention to elevator maintenance issues that eventually led to a tragic crash, WHYY reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf urged President Donald Trump to continue insurance subsidies that provide coverage to many in Pennsylvania, according to the Post-Gazette.

* The City of Philadelphia’s lawyers argued for the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at forcing the city to ticket cars parked on the South Broad Street median, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia will spend $1.2 million to deploy 22 social workers to city schools to encourage counseling and access to social services, the Inquirer reports.



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* The Daily News’ Stu Bykofsky writes that if the statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo comes down, there are countless others that need to come down as well because of their subjects’ moral failings by today’s standards.

* The Times-Tribune wants the PA Legislature to do away with public school teachers’ right to strike – and to eliminate the issues that cause teachers to strike in the first place.

* The Times-News politely asks the PA House membership if, now that their six-week vacation is coming to an end, they wouldn’t mind doing something about a budget revenue plan.

* The Post-Gazette is impressed by the Quaker Valley School District’s decision to move start times later for middle school and high school based on research showing adolescents go to sleep later, and hopes other districts will follow suit. 


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* Best Robotics, a leading national robotics education nonprofit, is moving its headquarters to Pittsburgh, reports WESA. 

* 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 Aug. 18. For more information, click here.

* Generocity wants people to vote to get Philly-centric panels at South by Southwest 2018 to focus on social impact issues.



8:30 a.m. - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will tour industrial hemp projects. Russell E. Larson Research Farm, 1794 W. Pine Grove Rd., Pennsylvania Furnace.

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will continue his Schools That Teach tour and focus on announced reductions to the PSSAs. Pittsburgh Morrow Pre-K-8, 3530 Fleming Ave., Pittsburgh.

2 p.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin will continue the “Jobs that Pay” tour at Mecco. 290 Executive Drive Suite 200, Cranberry Township.

2:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards will announce the completion of the state’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange. Home Depot parking lot, 255 Murtland Ave., Washington.

3:30 p.m. - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will tour industrial hemp projects. Perry County Land & Cattle; 2817 Creek Rd., Newport.


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KICKER: "Silence in the face of hatred is unacceptable and un-American.” – Gov. Wolf’s spokesperson, after two days of silence from gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner. From the York Dispatch.