WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 84; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 84; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 85.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* A gun safety PAC associated with injured former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords has endorsed U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, according to the Morning Call.
* Toomey’s Democratic opponent, Katie McGinty, bashed him for failing to endorse a presidential candidate, reports Newsworks.
* Pittsburgh’s police union is holding an unofficial no-confidence vote on the city’s police chief, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, the Tribune-Review reports.
* After Donald Trump implied some 24,000 voting machines in PA were vulnerable to “hacking,” extensive testing has revealed no security flaws, the Tribune-Review writes.
* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale slammed an illegal mailer, apparently circulated by a Lehigh Valley charter school, that painted public schools as drug-infested, the Morning Call reports.
* Philadelphia City Commissioners employee Len Boyer III was murdered execution-style by gunmen just steps from his mother’s home, the Daily News reports.
* The head of PA’s state Department of Human Services said that Philadelphia’s DHS should cut staff, the Inquirer reports.
* The town of Forks has issued a decree banning visitors from public parks at night time, writes the Morning Call
* The tight presidential race is inspiring some in PA to register to vote, according to Newsworks.
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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* A judge ordered the release of 15,000 emails from Clinton’s private server, revealing ties between the State Dept. and Clinton’s controversial charity, the Washington Post reports.
* Donald Trump is increasingly reaching out to minority voters despite a history of racially insensitive statements, according to The Hill.
* Despite Trump’s efforts to make Clinton’s alleged “dysphasia” part of the campaign, neither candidate has shared details about their health, the New York Times writes.
* LancasterOnline has a message for those PA pols intent on impeaching Kathleen Kane after her conviction and resignation: find something better to do for your constituents.
* The Intelligencer wants to see an end to the freebie culture in local and state government, evidenced most recently by Philly DA Seth Williams’ 160k worth of gifts.
* The Daily Times seconds this view.
* The Times-Tribune thirds this view.
* After a parent who recorded his meeting with his daughter’s principal was arrested for wiretapping, the York Daily Record wants to see the state’s restrictive law updated.
* The Observer-Reporter applauds Washington High School for partnering with neighboring districts to create online programs to compete with cyber-charters.
* Harrisburg Bishop Ronald W. Gainer has an open letter in the Evening Sun thanking the paper for its child sex abuse investigation and asking for victims to come forward.
* On the day of his burial, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney is remembered as a transformational figure in an Inquirer op-ed by PA Rep. John Taylor.
* Newsworks’ Dick Polman tries to unpack the sick new GOP tactic of calling Hillary Clinton’s health into question as a way to show she is unfit for the presidency.
* Using the 2015 case of a child rapist as an example, the Tribune-Review urges Philadelphia to end its sanctuary policy.
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KICKER: “In my experience, there is no way to compromise these election systems...The only thing someone can do to tamper with the election is use false identification to vote,” said Dave Ridilla, head of Westmoreland County's IT department, who re-tested thousands of voting machines after Donald Trump insisted PA elections could be “hacked.” From the Tribune-Review.