WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 88; Harrisburg,mostly sunny, high of 89; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 88.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* The City of Philadelphia is paying legal costs for Councilman Bobby Henon’s staff, including top aide Courtney Voss, as the result of an ongoing FBI investigation.

* Former US Attorney Joe Khan announced that he will run against Philadelphia DA Seth Williams in next year’s election.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Philly Councilman Al Taubenberger defended a decision to sanction, but not fire, PPA chief Vince Fenerty over sexual harassment charges, the Inquirer writes.

* In another new round of TV ads, US Sen. Pat Toomey attacked challenger Katie McGinty’s immigration policies, according to the AP.

* A press aide for Philly District Attorney Seth Williams is being investigated as party to illegal gun sales, Philadelphia Magazine reports.

* PA’s Attorney General joined a class action lawsuit against a painkiller manufacturer over price fixing allegations, the Patriot News reports.

* Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, under federal investigation, broke protocol by hiring a top deputy before council had voted to approve the new staffer, the Morning Call writes.

* The PA FOP endorsed Republican candidate Brian Fitzpatrick in Montgomery County’s 8th Congressional district race, writes the Intelligencer.

* A judge overturned an executive order signed by Gov. Tom Wolf that had effectively unionized homecare workers, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A year after a guilty plea over bribery charges, former liquor board director James Short has still not been sentenced, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Philadelphia responded to an anti-soda tax lawsuit filed by the beverage industry, requesting four months for “fact finding,” the Inquirer reports.

* Meanwhile, a new study found that beverage lobbyists have spent $67 million nationwide since 2009 trying to prevent similar tax laws, the Inquirer writes.

* Traces of Chromium-6, a toxic chemical made famous by the film “Erin Brockovich,” were detected in Lancaster County drinking water, LancasterOnline reports.

* The Auditor General slammed a Western PA cyber charter school that has paid millions to firms tied to the school founder, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation to crack down on real estate transfer tax cheats, according to the Inquirer.

* The city of Lancaster created a searchable online database cataloguing its 9,000 street trees, LancasterOnline writes.

 

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Join City & State PA for the inaugural On Health Care Symposium

On Wednesday, October 19th, partners, government leaders and policy makers will convene to discuss health care issues affecting the commonwealth. Panelists, including Dr. Allen Glicksman, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass and more, will discuss everything from insurance coverage for Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing vulnerable populations to developments in the biopharmaceutical industry and the impact, innovation and legislation leading the way.

 

Wednesday, October 19th, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Temple University, Center City Campus, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

 

The event is free to attend; to register, please click here.

 

Contact David Alpher for sponsorship information – dalpher@cityandstatepa.com

215-490-9314 ext 3001

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Trump noshed on cheesesteaks at a campaign stop in Philadelphia before attending a shale drilling conference in Pittsburgh.

* The founder of virtual reality company Oculus is paying internet trolls to attack Hillary Clinton, according to the Verge.

* The two candidates have taken wildly different approaches to preparing for the upcoming debate, writes the New York Times.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Daily News asks the only pertinent question in the deplorably handled case of Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Vince Fenerty: Why does he still have a job?

* PennLive’s John L. Micek dives deep into the muck of convicted Pa/ Rep Leslie Acosta’s refusal to give up her seat, and its encapsulation of why people hate politics.

* An Inquirer editorial tries to figure out why Penn State is still in denial about Joe Paterno’s complicity in Jerry Sandusky’s years of sexually abusing children.

* The Post-Gazette hopes that the publicity surrounding Arthur Johnson’s removal from solitary confinement after 37 years will lead to reform on the use of the practice.

* LancasterOnline brings needed attention to the relatively unknown and extremely expensive Medicare loophole known as “observation status.”

* The Times-Tribune notes the impact and progress of redevelopment of the former Mall at Steamtown as an encouraging harbinger for Scranton’s retail future.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Commonwealth Court Judge Michael Wojcik (9/24); PA Sen. James Brewster (9/25) … 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:

9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson and Councilman Bobby Henon will unveil Philadelphia’s first two-way parking protected bike lane located at Ryan Avenue, adjacent to Abraham Lincoln High School and Austin Meehan Middle School. Outside Abraham Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Ave., Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf and Mayor Kenney will take part in the welcome ceremony for the Mongolian president. City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce an economic development project. 1146 Main Ave., Scranton.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will speak at the grand opening of West Philadelphia’s newest Police Athletic League Center. Tucker PAL Center, 4040 Ludlow St., Philadelphia.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide opening remarks at the first K-Global Accelerator South Korean Philadelphia tech conference. Pennovation Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia.

 

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

 

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Coming in the next issue of City & State PA: Spotlight on the Health Care Industry

A special section dedicated to health care-related issues provides an ideal forum for you to educate and enlighten Pennsylvania’s policymakers on your company’s benefits and objectives. Among the topics to be explored: the pharmaceutical industry; digital technology; and health care for the vulnerable.

Ad deadline: Sept. 29; issue date: Oct. 6. For further information, please contact David Alpher, publisher, at 215-490-9314, x3001 or dalpher@cityandstatepa.com

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KICKER: "We're all human beings. You have to make a judgment call on, how serious was it?" – Philly councilman and PPA board member Al Taubenberger ponders the severity of admitted sexual harassment perpetrated by PPA director Vince Fenerty, From the Inquirer.