Following the scathing grand jury report on child sex abuse in Pennsylvania, New Jersey's attorney general says he owes it to the state to launch his own investigation. Authorities are also taking a closer look at the couple that started a GoFundMe to benefit Johnny Bobbitt, trying to determine where the funds ultimately went. While all the money apparently didn't go to Bobbitt, GoFundMe wants to make sure he comes away on top. And speaking of victories, it looks like the Eagles still know what they're doing.

An attorney for some clergy members seeking to block the release of a grand jury report accused Attorney General Josh Shapiro, pictured above, of running a relentless media campaign. They also accused his office of releasing secret grand jury material.
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An attorney for some clergy members seeking to block the release of a grand jury report accused Attorney General Josh Shapiro, pictured above, of running a relentless media campaign. They also accused his office of releasing secret grand jury material.

The grand jury report on child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in six Pennsylvania dioceses sent shockwaves throughout the state that apparently crossed the Delaware River. New Jersey is now launching its own investigation.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal plans to form a task force to look into abuse claims and cover up attempts. He said what was found in Pennsylvania left him "deeply troubled."

More than a dozen attorney generals have contacted Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the last few weeks, some seeking advice on how to conduct their own investigations into abuse.

The Johnny Bobbitt saga took another surprising turn on Thursday. GoFundMe and the law firm representing Bobbitt announced that he will receive the full amount of money that was raised for him.

What happened to the original donations? That is currently under criminal investigation which played out at the New Jersey home of Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico on Thursday.

Before the company's pledge to make Bobbitt "whole," GoFundMe said it was taking steps to make it easier for donors to get their money back after it was clear that the funds were gone. What isn't clear is how this move will impact that process.

Last season's Eagles made a theme out of overcoming obstacles. Looks like that's going to carry over. The Birds' season opening win over Atlanta was eerily similar to last season's playoff win — all the way down to the game deciding play.

Speaking of déjà vu, Doug Pederson and Nick Foles pulled off a momentum-shifting encore of every Eagles fans' favorite play. Atlanta, how did you not plan for the Philly Special?

It was a banner night for Birds fans — literally. While it wasn't a perfect performance for the champs, key contributors stepped up at just the right times.

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September 7, 2018
Signe Wilkinson
September 7, 2018
"This week's welcome-back-from-summer 1-2 punch of
— Bob Woodward’s explosive book, going deep into the horrors of the Trump White House, and now the op-ed heard ’round the world have revealed that America is already in the grips of a silent coup.“ — Columnist Will Bunch writes that America is in a constitutional crisis linked to President Trump.
  • The Inquirer Editorial Board writes that after the assault of a teenager by a Glen Mills Schools staffer, the state must take a hard look at the requirements for adults trusted to be around vulnerable children.
  • When it comes to addressing child sexual abuse in institutional settings, the United States should take a page from Australia's book, writes postdoctoral fellow and Ph.D. candidate Meredith Edelman.

What we’re reading

  • In a deeply personal and nuanced piece, the Atlantic's Elaina Plott shares her perspective on America's connection to guns — a complicated relationship that she only began to understand after she was shot.
  • Just in time for the repeat quest, Philadelphia Magazine delivers this timely list of reasons why Philly loves the Eagles and always will. Main takeaway: Win or lose, we'll always be underdogs.
  • Had your fill of back-to-school photos on social media yet? Of course you have. BuzzFeed News mixed things up with a collection of iconic photos of celebrities, athletes and world leaders when they were in school.
  • Nike's decision to sign Colin Kaepernick has drawn praise and criticism. The Undefeated's Jemele Hill writes that this move was about one thing only — and it wasn't racial injustice.
  • A beloved Passyunk Square stretch is known for quirkiness and koi fish. Soon, it could become known for million dollar townhomes, but as PlanPhilly writes, neighbors won't let that happen without a fight.
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