WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 90; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 91; Pittsburgh, scattered thunderstorms, high of 87.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Just days after his state-appointed successor took over, Bruce Castor abruptly left the attorney general’s office, the Patriot News reports.

* An auditor general’s report found the PA Turnpike System hopelessly burdened by debt and chronically failing to collect tolls, according to the Post-Gazette.

* The PA Department of Health and the State Police are collaborating to reduce an astonishing backlog of untested rape kits, the Tribune-Review writes.

* After a tumultuous 45 years together, former Gov. Ed Rendell and his wife, Midge, are officially divorcing, PhillyMag reports.

* Despite a veritable hiring spree, Philadelphia schools are back in session – and are still plagued by teacher vacancies, Newsworks writes.

* A critic of former Mayor Michael Nutter’s personal role in Philadelphia’s international delegations, Mayor Jim Kenney will send staffers on a European trade mission, the Inquirer writes.

* Accused of stealing $8,000 in public funds, Carl Strye Jr., the mayor of Nazareth, resigned to take advantage of a first-time offender program, the Morning Call reports.

* PA’s recently increased cigarette taxes are bringing in millions, the Tribune-Review writes.

* Erie-area Republican state senate nominee Dan Laughlin won a court challenge that alleged his campaign sign placement violated local zoning codes, writes WFXP.

* Calls to phase out cash bail in PA were renewed after an incident in which a wealthy suburbanite posted an exorbitant bond only to return home to commit a murder-suicide, the Tribune-Review reports.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Ben Carson says Donald Trump should apologize for his “Birther” comments if he wants to win over black voters, USA Today writes.

* A pay-to-play critic, Trump is fending off accusations he donated $25,000 to a Florida AG to blunt a Trump University investigation, according to the New York Times.

* Trump again took aim at Clinton’s email server scandal, Time reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* A LancasterOnline editorial slams Penn State’s indefensible decision to honor Joe Paterno during the Sept. 17 home game – that also benefits THON.

* The Pocono Record rightly excoriates Ursinus College chair of the board of trustees Michael C. Marcon  – and the university administration – not just for his tone-deaf tweets, but for their insincerely obfuscatory response to the resultant uproar. 

* An Observer-Reporter editorial welcomes the sudden shuttering of ITT Tech schools nationwide, including those in PA, as a boon to taxpayers and now-former students.

* The Post-Gazette writes that instead of “subverting the electoral process,” PA pols should have used plain language for the ballot question on judicial retirement age.

* The York Dispatch calls on the PA House to end its discriminatory practice of not allowing atheists to deliver invocations, which is now the subject of a lawsuit.

* PennLive’s John L. Micek gets a glimpse of the future of manufacturing jobs in PA, and comes away impressed.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman is incredulous that only the Washington Post is digging deep into Trump’s buying off the Florida AG to avoid her investigating Trump University.

* The Daily Times is skeptical that Chester’s decision to develop its way out of its economic predicament will succeed.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

7:45 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Dr. William Hite, SRC Chair Marjorie Neff, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to ring the bell officially starting the first day of school and the 2016-2017 school year. Hill Freedman School, 1100 East Mount Airy Ave., Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. - The PA State Senate Public School Building and Construction Advisory Committee will meet at Donegal High School to consider school construction issues. 1025 Koser Rd, Mount Joy.

10 a.m. - The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting of Council takes place. City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

11 a.m. - The PA State Senate Democratic Policy Committee will meet for a policy hearing on electronic and digital billboard projects. Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Rd., Rm. 400, Downingtown.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Dr. Hite and City Council President Darrell Clarke will tour the facility and visit students and school staff of Murrell Dobbins CTE High School, one of the city’s first community schools. 2150 Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

1:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees Meeting will take place. City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

1:45 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will hold a press conference to discuss the Third Street Revitalization Project in Harrisburg. 918 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg (in rear of building).

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker will speak about the Triangle Park community revitalization effort spearheaded by 3rd Floor Media with assistance from Home Depot of Cheltenham. 3rd Floor Media would like to have the community involved and take ownership of keeping the space clean. 7544 Fayette St., Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: "It will be an amicable divorce, just how it's been the last five years," Ed Rendell describes the legal end to his marriage, after years of separation. From PhillyMag.