NOTE: There will be no First Read on Jan. 21. It will return Jan. 22.

WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly cloudy, high of 41; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 41; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 37.


* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled a new set of initiatives designed to curb gun violence in the city, the Inquirer reports.

* Congressman Tom Marino, who won reelection to the PA-12 seat in November, unexpectedly announced he will resign as of Jan. 23 to take a job in the private sector, the AP reports.

* The PA GOP purchased the domain name to use to inform voters about the Democratic US senator’s record if he does decide to run for the office, the Philly Voice reports.

* Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Rayford Means, who flipped a publicly owned lot he purchased as a side yard, provided the latest example of why the city’s land sale process is in need of reform, according to WHYY.

* A new report from Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart criticized the process for property tax assessment in the city, drawing a strong rebuttal from Finance Director Rob Dubow, WHYY writes.

* PA AG Josh Shapiro laid out the first parts of a plan to reduce recidivism in the state, the Tribune writes.

* Karen Coates, the chief of staff for PA House Speaker Mike Turzai, died after a brief illness at age 55, the Patriot-News reports.


* The Inquirer asks seven black advocates in Philadelphia how the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to inspire them and their work on the eve of the national holiday celebrating his life.

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KICKER: “If (Mr. Casey) seeks higher office, we will make sure people know about his record and his background.” – PA GOP spokesperson Jason Gottesman explains why the state party purchased the domain name From the Philly Voice.