WEATHER: Philadelphia: mostly sunny, high of 96; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 97; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 94.


* Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday that 13 officers will be terminated over violent or discriminatory Facebook posts; the announcement comes after an internal review of a database detailing thousands of social media posts made by police, some of which contained homophobic comments, anti-Muslim slurs or calls to violence, WHYY reports.

* Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday announced a new partnership to combat gun violence in Philadelphia that will target straw purchasers and the illegal transfer of guns, the Inquirer writes.

* Ruling in one of the largest assessment challenges in Philadelphia’s history, a judge on Thursday ordered the city and School District to repay commercial property owners nearly $50 million, after finding that their properties were unconstitutionally targeted for revaluation due to “political pressure” to boost revenue, the Inquirer reports.

* Flanked by business and government leaders from rural Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said at a Thursday press conference that he’s “all ears” to any other way the state can come up with $4.5 billion for his Restore Pennsylvania initiative, but added state funding was the only way to ensure the initiative’s broadband expansion, the Patriot-News writes.

* Priorities USA, one of the country’s best-funded Super PACs, is planning to spend tens of millions of dollars in an effort to return Pennsylvania to the Democratic column in 2020, the Inquirer writes.

* A group of Carnegie Mellon psychiatrists and psychologists is urging Pennsylvania leaders to close a controversial detention center for immigrant families, because they say it is damaging the physical and mental health of the children who are held there, WITF reports.

* Revenue from regulated gambling in Pennsylvania climbed to a new record high above $3.3 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, the AP reports.


* The Inquirer argues that the time has come for Pennsylvania to abolish the death penalty.

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KICKER: “I continue to be very angry about these posts. Many of these, in my view, violate the basic tenets of human decency. And I am saddened by the fact that there are some who would attempt to justify such hateful and vile behavior.” – Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross responds to offensive and hate-filled posts by officers. From WHYY.