WEATHER: Philadelphia, isolated thunderstorms, high of 82; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 84; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 83.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* A day after submitting his resignation, effective Oct. 3 – the day before his sentencing – Chaka Fattah resigned from Congress, effective immediately, reports PhillyMag.

* Fattah is expected to become the first Congressperson to lose pension benefits due to being convicted on corruption charges while in office, according to Newsworks.

* Philadelphia released maps of FDR Park’s DNC layout, including protest areas, as well as of which city streets will be closed and for how long, writes the Inquirer.

* With less than a week to go before the June 30 deadline, Gov. Tom Wolf says he continues to be focused on balancing the state budget, writes PennLive.

* The ACLU is suing Philadelphia over the city’s refusal to issue a protest permit to anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala for the DNC, writes the Inquirer.

* Two proposed bills in the PA House want to bring commercial development to state parks – which isn’t sitting well with some groups, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Out of 46 central PA school districts contacted by reporters, 39 are planning to raise taxes to cover rising costs, which is in tune with the rest of PA, according to PennLive

* Following closely in the footsteps of the School District of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh’s school board announces a comprehensive transgender policy, reports the Post-Gazette.

* Gov. Wolf signed a bill scrapping proposed rules for conventional gas wells that are more shallow than fracking, earning the ire of environmentalists, writes StateImpact PA.

* Continuing his attack on the state’s opioid crisis, Gov. Wolf says he will call a special session of the legislature dedicated to the issue, reports the Post-Gazette.

* Allentown is moving to reinstate gun-control legislation in the wake of the PA Supreme Court ruling that a ban on such laws is unconstitutional, writes the Morning Call.

* Yuengling will pay $2.8 million in fines for violating the Clean Water act by sending pollutants to a municipal wastewater treatment plant, writes the Pocono Record.

 

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* There has never been a presidential nominee who blurs the line between politics and business quite like Donald Trump, writes the Washington Post.

* CNN reports on CNN hiring Trump’s former CNN-antagonizing campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

* Va. Sen. Tim Kaine rises to the top of Hillary Clinton’s short list for vice president, according to Politico.

* The Clinton email server imbroglio continues apace, as more key emails not initially handed over to the State Department are uncovered, according to the AP.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

 

* A first-person Morning Call op-ed provides a harrowingly compelling reason why HB 1947 is needed to protect victims of child sexual abuse, no matter from how long ago.

* Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin travels to the eastern London borough town of Romford, where it quickly becomes apparent why Britain voted to leave the EU.

* Inquirer editorial page editor Harold Jackson delves into the larger ramifications of the Fattah verdict.

* Continuing the bipartisan back-and-forth in the Daily News, former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge wonders what happened to the Ed Rendell who used to praise Pat Toomey.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman provides some fascinating background on Rep. John Lewis, the Civil Rights icon who led the House sit-in over gun control this week.

* A Times-Tribune editorial implores Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright to shut down a controversial leachate-removal line at the notorious Keystone Sanitary Landfill.

* The Feasterville “child-gifting” case is yet another example of how the public would be better served if public agencies obeyed PA’s Right to Know law, writes the Intelligencer.

* The Daily Times thinks the PA legislature’s decision to once again turn to gambling as a way to shore up revenues is indicative of a lack of interest in real budget solutions.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - The PA Senate Transportation Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Governor Wolf will participate in an on-the-record press call hosted by the White House to discuss prescription opioid abuse and heroin use in Pennsylvania, and the critical importance for Congress to approve the President’s request of $1.1 billion to fight this nationwide epidemic. Of this $1.1 billion request, Pennsylvania would be eligible for up to $46 million over 2 years to expand access to treatment for opioid use disorders. Other participants in the call include Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Fred Harran, Director of Public Safety in Bensalem Township; and Joan Newcomb, a parent from Harrisburg. Members of the media who wish to join this call should dial (800) 230-1092 and ask for the “White House Call.” No passcode is necessary.

 

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KICKER: “Let's be frank - most people are not going to be hanging out around FDR Park to watch the protests.” – ACLU PA Deputy Director Mary Catherine Roper, on why Cheri Honkala is suing to lead a protest down Broad Street. From the Inquirer