WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. rain, high of 52; Harrisburg, a.m. showers, high of 49; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 41.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* The Federal Elections Commission flagged $29,000 in “prohibited” donations accepted by convicted Congressman Chaka Fattah’s re-election campaign – which he never ran.

* Ex-Fattah communications director Debra Anderson is behind a mysterious website and press releases aimed at exonerating the soon-to-be-jailed congressman.

* Check out last week’s Winners&Losers!

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* Congressman Fattah could be sentenced today by a federal judge for up to two decades in prison over corruption charges, the Morning Call reports.

* Rebecca Rhynhart, chief administrative officer to Mayor Jim Kenney, is reportedly eying a challenge to Philadelphia Controller Alan Butkovitz, the Inquirer reports.

* An auditor general report concluded that fracking impact fees could be better spent on the development of new affordable housing units in rural PA, writes the Times-Tribune.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* Philadelphia Magazine profiles Zane Memeger – the US Attorney who brought down Fattah, Traffic Court and the Ironworkers Union – as he prepares to leave the agency.

* A feud over state funding for 500 employees at PA unemployment call centers may be the opening salvo for the 2018 governor's race, writes the Inquirer.

* Convicted former AG Kathleen Kane will receive more time to appeal her conviction on perjury charges, the Patriot News writes.

* Millennials flocked to this year’s PA Society gala in NYC, according to the Inquirer.

* US Sen. Bob Casey blasted Donald Trump’s decision to make ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson his choice for Secretary of State, the Morning Call writes.

* A razor-thin Chester County state House race tipped in favor of Democrat Carolyn Comitta after a judge ordered 14 provisional ballots unsealed, reports the Inquirer.

* City lawyer Duncan Lloyd, the ascot-wearing accomplice to anti-Trump vandalism in Philly, will not face criminal charges or lose his job, the Inquirer writes.

* Philadelphia has ramped up inspections of venues after a fatal fire at a warehouse in Oakland, Billy Penn reports.

* Rates of high drug and alcohol abuse correlate with support for Donald Trump in PA, according to the Patriot News.

* A bill introduced in Philly’s City Council would improve sidewalk safety around construction sites, WHYY writes.

* Mayor Kenney blasted a controversial development plan that would demolish a portion of Philadelphia’s historic Jeweler’s Row, the Inquirer writes.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES

* The Daily News believes that, no matter what sentence is handed down in his case, arrogance fueled former US Rep. Chaka Fattah’s fate.

* The Patriot News’ John L. Micek takes stock of the Pennsylvania Society on what could have been its last weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria.

* The Daily Times wants to know why they don’t hold the Pennsylvania Society in, well, Pennsylvania.

* The Observer-Reporter takes Congress to task for shamefully kicking the can down the road on the Miners Protection Act.

* LancasterOnline sensibly points out that PA’s Right-to-Know law should be expanded to include the state’s related universities like Temple and Penn State.

* The Express-Times has a number of suggestions on how to improve the state’s Open Records law.

* The Post-Gazette praises the Allegheny Regional Asset District, that rare example of a tax everyone can agree is worth having.

* The Times-News minces no words when telling Gov. Wolf and the PA Legislature that they must address the Erie schools funding crisis ASAP.

* The Citizens’ Voice opines that after a Zoning Board rejection for a new high school, the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board needs to completely change its approach.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Brenda Arnold … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com 

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will meet the director and tour the classrooms at Johnson Childcare Center and Preschool, a PHLpreK partner that will be able to expand to more than 90 students in January. 1935 Medary Ave., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell will debut renovations made to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Dilworth Park to the Fairmount Water Works. Corner of 16th and Arch streets at Cret Cafe, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

1:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

 

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

KICKER: “The staffers involved in the effort made a conscious decision to remain anonymous based primarily on the fact that we are not the story, the facts that we highlight are." – An anonymous spokesperson for a website seeking to exonerate convicted Congressman Chaka Fattah, on why their identity must remain a mystery. From City&State.