WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 54; Harrisburg, rain, high of 57; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 66.



* New allegations emerged in the far-reaching Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, suggesting that legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and other officials at PA’s largest state university knew about and paid to settle charges of sex abuse related to Sandusky since the 1970s, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

* Philly City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill aimed at scuttling a large mixed-use project at the edge of the city’s downtown proposed by big-name developer Bart Blatstein. The project has garnered public scrutiny and infamy for its design and a retail component, four stories above street level, that is designed to resemble a French village, PlanPhilly reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf called for criminal justice reforms that would send nonviolent drug offenders to rehab, instead of prison, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

* The state Department of Environmental Protection has asked for more information about the controversial PennEast pipeline, further delaying the project, writes the Morning Call.

* Philadelphia’s school district is killing a big contract with a troubled substitute teacher agency, Source4Teachers, that failed to make good on its promise to alleviate the district’s staffing shortages, the Inquirer reports.

* A Lehigh Valley economic development official who handled county table games revenue from Bethlehem's casino has abruptly resigned after failing to deliver a report on how her staff used their resources to impact job creation, writes the Morning Call.

* With no authorizing legislation on the table, activists packed City Hall to preemptively educate legislators on their opposition to a planned stadium for Temple University, WHYY reports.



* Democrat Bernie Sanders, who has resisted calls to drop out of a primary that heavily favors his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is well-positioned to pick off a string of states in the final weeks before his party’s convention, writes Politico.

* Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House, said he was ‘not ready’ to endorse Donald Trump, the man virtually certain to be his party’s candidate for president, the New York Times reports.

* In signs of more internal fracturing around the controversial billionaire’s candidacy, Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, called for voters to rally around an independent third party candidate, according to ABC News.



TEN TITANS: The next issue of City & State PA magazine will feature profiles of the most powerful behind-the-scenes players in Keystone State politics, detailing their influence and connections. If you have suggestions for who should be on the list, email Editor Greg Salisbury at Want to advertise in the issue? Email David Alpher at




* In an op-ed appearing in today’s Intelligencer, Froma Harrop muses that Donald Trump’s emergence as the GOP presidential nominee could spell the end of the culture wars – at least the more prurient aspects of it, like transgender bathroom issues – for a while.

* A Daily News editorial breaks down the numbers that led Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross to announce that the department was ending the requirement that applicants have at least an associate’s degree or equivalent number of college credits, in hopes of boosting its dwindling ranks.

* Sean Strub, former head of the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee, writes an Inquirer op-ed that delineates the differences in how Democratic and Republican PACs spend their money on candidates in a post-Citizens United world.

* An Inquirer editorial takes on the increasingly polarizing issue of Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s decision to close Franklin Square to the public in the evenings for the ticketed Chinese Lantern Festival, noting that while the situation – and the accompanying privacy fence – isn’t ideal, it is in keeping with Historic Philadelphia’s modus operandi, for better or worse.

* John L. Micek uses his PennLive op-ed column to try to figure out what happened – and why – to John Estey, whom he calls “the insider’s insider” for his years of access to some of the most powerful people in the state.   

* In his Newsworks blog, Dick Polman hears the primal screams from conservatives suddenly clamoring for the Senate to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, an abrupt switch made possible by their realization that nominee Trump will practically ensure that a President Clinton will be able to nominate someone who is younger and more liberal.

* Tribune-Review op-ed columnist Katie Pavlich writes that she is certain a Democrat will be elected to the White House in November; she’s just not sure if it will be Clinton or Trump.



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8:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway. To listen, go to

9:07 a.m. – Gov. Wolf will be on KDKA with Marty Griffin. To listen, go to

9:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will address 300 elementary school students about the importance of the legal system, reporting for jury duty and learning how the legal system works before a trial begins, as the students prepare to participate in scripted mock trials featuring familiar fairy tale characters. The event is part of Law Week 2016, which is coordinated by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. City Hall, Ceremonial Courtroom 653, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. – Gov. Wolf will hold a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex – Conference Room 6/7, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will meet with representatives from 19 early childhood education centers that are members of West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning’s Alliance of Childcare Providers. This Drexel University-led collaboration of social service agencies, education organizations and community stakeholders works to create an education support system for students and families in the 19104 zip code, specifically in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St., Carriage House 2nd Floor, Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the first annual year-end celebration for Get HYPE Philly!, a citywide youth wellness initiative led by some of Philadelphia’s most innovative nonprofits. The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St., Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will address the crowd at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia.



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KICKER: “Why shouldn’t America draft an honest leader who will focus on 70 percent solutions for the next four years? You know, an adult?” – Sen. Ben Sasse on backing a hypothetical independent candidate – i.e. just about anyone else – over Donald Trump. From ABC News.

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