WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. thunderstorms, high of 86; Harrisburg, rain, high of 87; Pittsburgh, thunderstorms, high of 77.



* Union boss John Dougherty praised plans to diversify the city’s building trades in a deal to authorize Rebuild, a $500 million rehab project – but an advocate for inclusionary policies says that wasn’t good thing.



* In his trial for corruption, prosecutors detailed Seth Williams’ relationship with a Jordanian businessman who lavished the DA with gifts, like a Raymour & Flanigan couch, WHYY reports.

* With a federal policing grant at stake, Philly Mayor Jim Kenney insisted the city’s sanctuary city policies were legal, according to the Inquirer.

* As budget plans stall, state Sen. Daylin Leach says PA could turn to recreational marijuana to plug a yawning revenue gap, WHYY reports.

* State officials declined to say who selected the 12 applicants awarded licenses for medical marijuana grow operations, according to the Inquirer.

* US Sen. Bob Casey went on another tweetstorm, blasting the GOP’s new health care plan, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia’s City Council passed dozens of bills in an end-of-season flurry, the Inquirer reports.

* The state Department of Labor & Industry will sink millions more into a second attempt to modernize its computer systems, the Patriot News writes.

* Philadelphia Controller Alan Butkovitz released another report bashing the city’s “Big Belly” trash cans, just as Council looks to buy more, according to the Inquirer.

* A state funding freeze and rising school costs have eaten away at the value of college grant programs, the Patriot News reports.

* A PA Supreme Court decision restricting the sale of public lands has already stalled a Chester County development project, the Business Journal writes.

* Councilman Mark Squilla took a Rendellian plunge to kick off the summertime opening of the city’s public pools, the Daily News reports.



* The Daily News writes that Rebuild will be an enormous difference-maker, not just for the playgrounds and buildings that are rehabbed, but for the neighborhoods that depend on them and Philadelphia in general.

* The Post-Gazette writes that statistics like PA ranking sixth nationally in terms of drug abuse deaths validate AG Josh Shapiro’s decision to join an investigation of the marketing and sale of opioids.

* The Times-News is impressed that the PA Legislature did the right thing by passing a strong, substantive animal-cruelty law.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman makes a compelling case for why Nancy Pelosi has to be removed as the Democratic House leader.

* The Times-Tribune has the latest chapter in Scranton’s ongoing pension scandal, now celebrating its 15th anniversary. 


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* The refugee and immigrant nonprofit Nationalities Service Center is partnering with local tech firms to find refugee clients jobs in the area, writes Generocity. 

* Point-of-sale fundraising efforts netted $441 million last year, led by eBay, writes NonProfit Pro.

* “On the Rise for Real Change,” Bread & Roses’ annual celebration of the year’s grantee groups, will take place June 28 starting at 6 p.m., at CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

* Generocity has the lowdown on how to nominate a nonprofit for the second annual ImpactPHL Awards before the June 30 deadline.



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KICKER: “This is one of the last bastions of white supremacy and greed in Philadelphia. You can’t be around this long and not diversify. The only analogous organization is the Mummers.” – Former Philly managing director Jay McCalla on why the building trades can’t be trusted to diversify themselves, after an inclusionary deal on the city’s Rebuild public works program. From City&State PA.