It's the first day of classes for Philadelphia public schools, which means that students, parents, and teachers across the city are bracing themselves for the start of another year. I wish them luck on this hot, still-summery day. Unfortunately our news this morning includes updates on yet another mass shooting in the U.S., this time at a video game tournament in Florida, where three were killed and nine more shot. Plus, sexual misconduct allegations are rocking the Catholic church as some believers question the leadership of the Pope.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn, morningnewsletter@philly.com)

A view of the Philadelphia skyline is seen from inside the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.
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A view of the Philadelphia skyline is seen from inside the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

When the rebuild began two summers ago, the Wells Fargo Center was certainly in need of a makeover.

The $250 million mission to revamp the venue with new seats, sound systems, eating experiences, and more is a slow and steady race, not to be completed until the summer of 2020.

But this summer's updates are some of the project's crown jewels, including a new glass wall with views of the skyline.

Shots rang out at an online video game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida mall Sunday. A gunman believed to be 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore killed two others and then himself during the rampage.

Nine other people were wounded by gunfire and all were in stable condition Sunday evening.

The mass shooting raised questions of security for esports events, which some top players say hasn't caught up with the rising industry.

A former Vatican ambassador to the United States has alleged Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis were aware of sexual misconduct allegations against an American cardinal years before he resigned this summer.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published an 11-page letter about the allegations through two conservative Catholic sites Sunday and called for Pope Francis to resign.

Pope Francis declined to confirm or deny Vigano's claims Sunday. Following the accusations, Catholics attending Mass at a Philadelphia church questioned his ability to lead.

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Mark Holland, bends glass to create neon signs at Urban Neon in Folsom, Pa. Monday, August 20, 2018. The shop is one of the last remaining neon shops in the area.
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Mark Holland, bends glass to create neon signs at Urban Neon in Folsom, Pa. Monday, August 20, 2018. The shop is one of the last remaining neon shops in the area.

Your Daily Dose of | Neon

Neon signs aren’t as popular as they used to be thanks to energy-saving alternatives. But local glass benders are keeping the tradition glowing bright, for now.