NOTE: There will be no First Read on Oct. 14. It will return on Oct. 15.

WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 63; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 69; Pittsburgh: sunny, high of 75.



* The Pennsylvania ACLU filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block an upcoming ballot question asking voters if they want to amend the state constitution to create new rights for crime victims, the Inquirer writes.

* Philadelphia City Council introduced a bill that would require hospital owners in the city to provide written notice to city officials at least 180 days before they intend to close all or most of their departments – a direct response to the sudden closure of Hahnemann Hospital, the Tribune reports.

* The Capital-Star has a primer on what voters can expect to happen – and not happen – if their state lawmaker unexpectedly resigns.

* The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council is launching a legal defense fund for embattled IBEW Local 98 head John Dougherty, who is fighting a federal indictment – union leaders are being asked to come up with $15,000 apiece for the fund, the Inquirer writes.

* Families of homicide victims in Philadelphia have begun protesting outside of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s office to draw attention to what they say is his lax attention to their cases, the Inquirer writes.

* State legislators are trying to figure out how to incorporate the well-established link between guns and suicide into legislation, the Capital-Star reports.


Celebrate the 2019 Public Servant of the Year!

The Philadelphia Public Record will honor Philadelphia City Councilmember Cherelle Parker as the 2019 Public Servant of the Year on Nov. 21.

Councilmember Parker has proudly served the Ninth Council District in Philadelphia since being elected in 2015. Before that, she made history by becoming the youngest African American woman to ever be elected to the state House, where she also served as chair of the Philadelphia delegation.

Known as a passionate, results-oriented coalition-builder, Councilmember Parker has focused on championing policies to help the working class, senior citizens, women, children, and families alike. She has fought vigorously to address home preservation, neighborhood stabilization, job creation, economic development, and equitable schools. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Ryan Boyer, Laborers District Council
  • Pat Eiding, Philadelphia Council of AFL CIO
  • Patti Jackson, WDAS
  • Mayor Jim Kenney
  • Katherine Gilmore Richardson, City Council candidate
  • Hon. Marion Tasco


To place a congratulatory ad in the November 21st, 2019 commemorative issue, contact Melissa Barrett: 215-755-2000 x5

21 S. 11th St. Suite 205, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Checks made payable to the Philadelphia Public Record


Join us for a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner

Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door or tables of 10 for $450

Buy tickets: or by contacting Melissa Barrett




* The Patriot-News’ John Baer ticks off the litany of ways that state legislators are still failing to help the victims of the Catholic Church sex scandal.


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KICKER: “I just want him to listen to us, to hear us, and consider that we are actually sentenced to life when we lose our children.” – Terrez Mcleary, co-founder of Moms Bonded by Grief, has a message for Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner. From the Inquirer.