If you're over the rainy weather, I've got bad news: you'll need your umbrella today. Blame Hurricane Florence. I do have some sunny news for Eagles fans at least: Carson Wentz's return is official. Start counting down the days until Sunday. In the meantime, we have two important reports for you this morning. The first, on disparities in Pennsylvania's life-without-parole system, is sure to raise many eyebrows. The second, on college students who stop taking mental health medications, is a must-read as students settle into the school year.

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Courts in Pennsylvania sentence people to life without parole at a rate that’s more than double the national average, despite the state’s murder rate ranking 25th in the nation.

What's more, a new report on Pennsylvania's 5,300-strong lifer population uncovers stark racial disparities. Black Pennsylvanians are sentenced to life at a rate 18 times higher than white ones. In Philly, one in 294 black residents is serving a life sentence.

What's the solution? Critics and advocates hope awareness and a new bill could help fix the system.

Making the transition to college, especially one far from home, is always difficult. New classes, new cities, new friends — it can be overwhelming for any student.

Added to that list of pressures: more students than ever before are entering college with pre-existing mental health conditions.

But many students stop taking their medications once they get on campus, a move that can have disastrous consequences.

It’s official: Carson Wentz will be the Eagles' starting quarterback this Sunday as they take on the Colts at home.

Wentz received medical clearance to return to action and thus moving Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to No. 2 was "strictly a medical decision," said coach Doug Pederson Monday.

The team is expecting an adjustment period as Wentz becomes his old self again, but fans are surely hoping for a comeback after Week 2's tough loss.

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