WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 95; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 92; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 91.

 

NEW FROM CITY & STATE PA:

* Attorney Kelley Hodge was appointed to serve out the remainder of disgraced Philadelphia DA Seth Williams’ term in office – Here’s what you need to know about her background.

 

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THE PUBLIC LOSES IF ‘COMPETING’ CASINOS CAN HAVE SAME PRINCIPAL OWNERS

 

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board (07/12/17): “More gambling and fewer restrictions is a losing bet. Pennsylvania had good reasons to limit casino ownership when the law was written; those reasons haven’t changed.” Allowing concentrated ownership in multiple casinos is bad for competition and growth in Pennsylvania. Removing ownership restrictions puts "the casino industry’s interests above the public’s," and is only meant to enable one casino owner's "already considerable wealth and power": Watche Manoukian. Learn more: bit.ly/2tgiPqn

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NEW THIS MORNING:

* Hodge was selected after an afternoon of deliberation by an assembled panel of Philadelphia judges, the Inquirer writes.

* The city’s Board of Pensions voted to revoke retirement benefits for the convicted former DA, according to the Daily News.

* AG Jeff Sessions will visit Philadelphia to discuss the issue of pro-immigration “sanctuary city” policies, WHYY reports.

* PA DEP staffers warned their superiors about the risks posed to private well water by leaking pipelines across the state, WHYY writes.

* A group will sue Philadelphia over the city’s infamous median parking on South Broad Street, WHYY reports.

* 141 groups have appealed the rejection of their medical marijuana applications, according to the Patriot News.

* After a string of incidents, several state senators want oversight boards for local constabularies, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Five years after it launched a comprehensive zoning update process, Council has yet to sign off on the changes for nearly half the city, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia’s real estate inventory hit a record low as home prices and demand soared, according to Curbed Philly.

* Lancaster became the latest PA city to launch a land bank, LancasterOnline writes.

 

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City & State PA and WHYY are excited to announce the inaugural Politics of Food. Taking place on July 25, this event will bring together some of the most influential names in dining, politics and policy to discuss the future of issues like feeding vulnerable populations and the future of urban farming. Following the panels, attendees will enjoy offerings from the region’s top restaurants, distillers and brewers, including Misconduct Tavern, Roy Pitz Brewing, The Trestle Inn and more.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Intelligencer continues its investigative series on the military’s use of toxic firefighting chemicals that have seeped into Bucks County groundwater, putting at least 70,000 people at risk, despite the military knowing the danger since 2001.

* The Inquirer contrasts the national attention given to the murder of four men in Bucks County with the shrugs that accompanied the same number of murders in a 24-hour span in Philly.

* The Times-Tribune continues to expose Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick O’Malley and Laureen Cummings for abdicating responsibility to citizens by not authorizing the county’s first property reassessment in 50 years.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman has a blistering recap of the American carnage of President Donald Trump’s first six months in office.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS

* ImpactPHL Ventures will pony up $15 million for Philadelphia’s impact investing ecosystem, writes Generocity.

* The York Jewish Community Center announced that Dani Fessler will take over as CEO in early 2018, writes the Central PA Business Journal.

* NonProfit Pro illustrates the importance of staying in regular contact with major donors

* The Montgomery County District Attorney Office hopes to raise $1 million for charity by participating in the annual Tour de Shore next Sunday, writes Montgomeryville Patch.

 

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TODAY’S SKED: 

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Deputy Managing Director Eva Gladstein will formally introduce the new commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “We’ve also received some pushback from a handful of individuals and the amount of that pushback was significant. It included death threats to myself and my family.” – Jake Leifer, a man suing the city over cars illegally parked in the middle of Broad Street, describes some tensions over his efforts to get the city to enforce parking laws. From WHYY.