WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 91; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 91; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 89.



* Longtime defense attorney Larry Krasner easily won the Democratic primary to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney.

* Challenger Rebecca Rhynhart unseated three-time incumbent and Democratic party choice Alan Butkovitz in the Philadelphia City Controller primary.



* Philly Congressman and City Democratic Committee head Bob Brady tells WHYY that Philly progressives simply outgunned the party’s chosen candidates.

* Controller Alan Butkovitz blamed “anti-establishment sentiment” with ending his three-term run in office, the Inquirer writes.

* Billy Penn credits a (relative) surge in voter turnout with propelling Krasner to victory and wonders what it will mean for the city.

* Philadelphia voters also approved two ballot questions that would modify the city’s home rule charter, the Inquirer reports.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto cruised to an easy and expected Democratic primary victory in his bid for re-election, the Post-Gazette writes.

* The Patriot News highlights results from key races across the state.

* WHYY rounds up primary results for mayoral contests across the state.

* The Daily News reports that the Philadelphia primary was rife with Election Day misfires, from unregistered PACs to typos on sample ballots to mystery hashtags.

* Several Democrats that unsuccessfully eyed the Harrisburg mayor’s race ran as Republican write-in candidates to challenge Mayor Eric Papenfuse in the fall, the Patriot News writes.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey had, for him, harsh words for President Donald Trump’s latest Russia scandal, calling the president’s actions “imprudent,” the Post-Gazette writes.

* State workers furloughed by a dustup over unemployment center funding returned to work, WHYY reports.



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* The Daily News’ John Baer tries to figure out if businessman John Mango, who will announce his candidacy for governor today, can win the GOP nomination, let alone the general election.

* The Daily News’ Will Bunch explains why Krasner’s primary victory was more like “a revolution” than a victory.

* The Inquirer writes that the ghost of indicted DA Seth Williams loomed large in the race to choose his successor.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman finds that President Trump’s boastful and potentially fatal sharing of crucial intel with Russian officials is seen as “the sum of all fears” by observers of the global intelligence community.

* The Times-Tribune is amazed that there will be a competitive general election for Lackawanna County district attorney - something that hasn’t happened since 2001.

* Liberty City Press unpacks the thorny politics behind a proposal to raise the hotel tax in Philadelphia.


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* The Philadelphia Business Journal offers up three strategies for socially conscious companies to make their missions into best practices.

* The Citizen profiles some of the diverse contestants trying to win the inaugural Franklin Prize Social Innovation Award, a $5,000 prize given by the Pennovation Center.

* Four Philadelphians were awarded $5,000 prizes as winners of the Emerging City Champions for their ideas to improve public spaces, writes Generocity.

* NonProfit Pro will be hosting its annual NonProfit Pro Leadership Conference today at WHYY Studios in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

* The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. Nonprofit Clinic 2017: Perfect Your Pitch will take place today, beginning at 9 a.m., at foundation headquarters in Blue Bell. For more information, click here.



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The PA House and Senate will reconvene May 22.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, Fairmount Park Conservancy Executive Director of Business Development Elizabeth Moselle and community representatives will officially open the Parks on Tap 2017 summer season. Azalea Gardens, Kelly Drive & Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) will celebrate one of many residents receiving services thanks to the $60 million in bond funds issued by City Council. 237 Rosemar St., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will tour Tustin Playground to highlight the substantial need for improvements at recreation centers, playgrounds, parks and libraries across the city through Rebuild. Tustin Recreation Center, 5901 W. Columbia Ave., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "I think there's kind of a wave here.” – Philly Controller Alan Butkovitz, on being washed out to sea in a primary upset. From the Inquirer.