WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 85; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 82; Pittsburgh, scattered thunderstorms, high of 84.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Results are in for the selection of PA’s 127 Democratic delegates.

* Worried about a repeat of the papal visit that saw many Philadelphians flee visiting crowds, Mayor Jim Kenney implored downtown residents not to skip out on the DNC, writes the Inquirer.

* Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing for tens of millions in new funding to combat Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic, the Patriot News reports.

* The state senate introduced a bill to regulate and legalize self-driving vehicles, writes the Pittsburgh Business Times.

* Gov. Wolf has mysteriously purged employees at Commonwealth Media Services, which provides supplemental video and photographs to capitol reporters, writes the Patriot News.

* Prosecutors in the Fattah corruption trial called a string of successful Beltway character witnesses, showing how friendship with the Congressman came with benefits, writes the Inquirer.

* Philadelphia City Council is poised to vote on a bill that would impose criminal penalties on gun owners who fail to safely store guns and ammo, according to the Inquirer.

* Allentown’s city council voted to support a PA House bill that strips convicted public officials of their pensions – a shot at their mayor’s implication in a federal probe, writes the Morning Call.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* A damning report on fraud at the so-called “Trump University” is turning into a full-blown scandal for the likely Republican candidate, writes MSNBC.

* Hillary Clinton’s war chest has grown to $42 million, writes USA Today.

* Donald Trump has officially secured the backing of the North Korean government, after a state-run newspaper called him a “wise leader,” according to Reuters.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* In the wake of the State Department Inspector General report, Cal Thomas has an op-ed in the Tribune-Review calling for Hillary Clinton to be held accountable for her email server use.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman turns his sights from Donald Trump to assess David French, the man being touted as a third-party candidate to rescue the conservative legacy of the GOP.

* An Inquirer editorial finds that there is no better alternative to Mayor Kenney’s soda tax to raise money for necessary causes, and that it is time to put politicking aside and pass the bill.

* A Daily News editorial tries hard to be even-keeled about Republican state legislators’ latest gambit to increase revenue – through expanding gambling options in the state – and fails.

* The Post-Gazette has an E.J. Dionne column that channels REM, as he asks whether Trump’s success means the GOP is losing its religion.

* An Intelligencer editorial sounds the alarm over a fact-finding report in the Pennsbury School District that could have negative ramifications statewide if its recommendations are followed.

* Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has a blistering op-ed in the Intelligencer that strips bare Trump’s silent enablers as naked opportunists who look the other way in search of a win.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing will meet. PA Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will meet. The Fez, 2312 Brodhead Rd., Aliquippa.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - The PA House Finance Committee will meet. PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Room 108 AB, Philadelphia.

10:15 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will hold a press conference to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis and the $34 million request he made in the upcoming budget to fight the epidemic. Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine - Center for Substance Abuse Research, Medical Education and Research Building (MERB) Lobby, 3500 North Broad St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing will meet. PA Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilman Mark Squilla will join Rep. William Keller as he unveils designation signs for Bill Guarnere and Babe Heffron, two Philadelphia natives who served during World War II and were portrayed in the Stephen Ambrose book, “Band of Brothers” and the HBO mini-series it inspired. Intersection of Washington Ave. & Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be interviewed by Christina Wong as part of the ninth annual “Unplugged” event hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network. Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th Street, 15th Floor, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “If worse came to worst, and I needed a safety net, [Fattah] said he would have a job for me.” — court testimony from Alexandra Zionts, former girlfriend of Fattah associate and lobbyist Herb Vederman, as the feds outline the Congressman’s web of influence. From The Inquirer.