- Now I know the election is officially behind us, because the Convention Center is back in the news: City officials are struggling to keep costs down for the planned expansion, given that they've been given a $700 million (ahem) cap by the state. Nutter finds himself in the middle on this perennial hot potato. The Daily News version of this story leads with what the Inquirer version tucks at the end: that land, construction, and materials costs have been rising hugely during the time that this project has been under discussion; they also note that the CC Authority can't start spending money until it gets its budget under the limits.
- The arrival of a new investor for one of Philadelphia's casino proposals sparks some interest. Remind me again why the skin color of the multimillionaires in the picture matters? Meanwhile the Daily News offers the schedule and substance of hearings at which the applicants will testify, starting next week; they're open to the public if you want to get your details first-hand.
- The School District budget is the subject of more hand-wringing: parents decry cuts in bus service that might make it impossible for students to travel to their magnet schools, and Vallas spurns begging state for more money to fill the gap. Lots more testimony expected today.
- State courts firm on pay-hike rulings. There shall be no further appeals!
- It may be a couple weeks before we know which party has control of the Pennsylvania State House, as absentee and provisional ballots in two tight races are counted.
- Cops raid a deli that offered pot. No really. Best line: "It wasn't a complete facade," Werner remarked. "He really sold food in there, too."
- DN opinions:
- The recent Democratic victory should be the spur for reestablishing a balance of power in national government. Crazy talk!
- Councilwoman Joan L. Krajewski suggests that Northeast Philly may have something to teach the new Riverfront Development folks as they plan for the future of the city's Delaware River face.