WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 77; Harrisburg, rain, high of 72; Pittsburgh, rain, high of 56.



* Councilmember Cindy Bass wants the city to explore two new programs that would bring free wireless internet to residents.

* Check out this week’s list of Winners&Losers!



* A judge overturned four minor charges against ex-Congressman Chaka Fattah on appeal, but generally confirmed his guilt in an elaborate bribery case, ABC-6 reports.

* Democratic challenger for Philly DA, Joe Khan, called on incumbent opponent Seth Williams to release his tax returns, reports the Inquirer.

* Philly judge Angeles Roca was found guilty of ethics violations related to a tax case involving her son, the Inquirer writes.

* Gov. Tom Wolf released his tax returns, showing $4.5 million in earnings last year, the Patriot News reports.

* Philadelphia launched a much talked-about expansion of Pre-K seats, awarding contracts to a management company and dozens of small providers, the Inquirer writes.

* PA Secretary of State Pedro Cortés blasted assertions that the commonwealth’s elections are rigged, according to Newsworks.

* Teachers at state-run universities have been on strike for days, but no active negotiations are taking place in the meantime, writes the AP.

* PA removed all 2016 school performance profiles, citing a “contractor error” in the compilation of data, reports the Tribune-Review.

* Former Philadelphia mayoral candidate Milton Street is picking up side work as an Uber driver, the Daily News reports.

* Another former Philly mayoral candidate, Sam Katz, was fined for trying to bring a small amount of marijuana through airport security, PhillyMag writes.

* Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation to begin regulating marijuana dispensaries in the city, according to the Inquirer.

* The Famous 4th Street Deli, an Election Day haunt for Philly pols, is up for sale, the Inquirer reports.

* A county judge struck a Pittsburgh ballot question that had sought greater government transparency, citing issues with petition signatures, the Tribune-Review writes.



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* Donald Trump was booed at New York’s Al Smith charity roast, after he veered into a campaign-style critique of Hillary Clinton, USA Today reports.

* Six of 11 key battleground states are now firmly held by Clinton, according to Politico.

* A 10th woman has come forward to accuse Trump of inappropriate touching, CBS News writes.



* A Patriot News op-ed by Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist outlines why the PA House needs to pass a civil asset forfeiture reform bill.

* The Post-Gazette has a good explainer on the state’s driver’s license predicament and possible paths forward for Pennsylvanians to be able to board planes in 2018.

* The Times-Tribune opines that it makes sense for PennDOT to commit so heavily to Clean Natural Gas fueling stations, both environmentally and given how much natural gas is extracted in the state. 

* The Philadelphia Citizen uses the impending demolition of Jewelers’ Row buildings for a condo development to explore how cities can preserve their “Goldilocks” nature

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman breaks down Clinton’s “rabid dog” strategy for decisively defeating Trump in the debates.

* An Observer-Reporter editorial savages the South Strabane Township supervisors, comparing them to a circus sideshow and “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.”

* A LancasterOnline editorial questions the wisdom of Lancaster undergoing so many traffic-snarling construction projects at the same time.


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9:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will deliver remarks at the Alliance of Community Service Providers Breakfast. The Bellevue, Grand Ballroom, 200 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey will announce an economic development investment for Project HOME. 1315 N. 8th Street, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Commerce Director Harold Epps and Philadelphia International Airport CEO Chellie Cameron will help celebrate the airport’s newest baggage claim carousel. Terminal F Baggage Claim, Arrivals Board, 8500 Essington Avenue, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "If my opponent wants to keep hiding from the cameras and the microphones, the very least he could do as a public official is to give the press his federal tax returns." – DA challenger Joe Khan makes a shaky case for why a media-shy Seth Williams should release his tax returns. From the Inquirer.