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Newest rendering of Stadium Casino LLC’s proposed Live! casino and hotel in South Philadelphia.
Stadium Casino LLC
Newest rendering of Stadium Casino LLC’s proposed Live! casino and hotel in South Philadelphia.

It's a go.

SugarHouse Casino has dropped its years-long effort to block a second Philadelphia casino license, paving the way for Stadium Casino L.L.C. to build its Live! casino and hotel in South Philadelphia.

SugarHouse ended its fight against the second license after Gov. Wolf signed a bill passed by the legislature repealing the ownership limitation on casinos, which rendered objections to Stadium's license "moot," lawyers for SugarHouse said in their petition to the Supreme Court. Construction of the new casino will commence next year and it will open in 2020, David Cordish, CEO of Cordish Cos., told reporter Linda Loyd.

Cordish developed and operates Xfinity Live! in the stadium district.

Pitching local control of Philadelphia's schools as the linchpin to the city's future, Mayor Kenney on Thursday called for the School Reform Commission to disband itself in favor of a board whose members he will choose, reports Kristen Graham.

Seizing back governance of the schools will come with a hefty price tag. Kenney and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said they would need to cover the Philadelphia School District's looming deficit — $103 million next school year, $1 billion over five years — though they declined to say exactly how.

"Again and again, we've told the people of Philadelphia that the state of their schools are someone else's responsibility," Kenney said. "That ends today."

Six years after the Sandusky scandal, despite ongoing friction between administrators and alumni, despite continuing suspicion from beyond Happy Valley, Penn State sports have never been healthier.

The signature football team has rebounded and prospered. James Franklin's Nittany Lions have won 17 of their last 20 games. The financial engine of the athletics department, football made a $40 million profit in 2016 and attracted contributions of $39 million to the Nittany Lions Club.

So what happened? How, after being tainted by one of tawdriest episodes in collegiate sports history, did Penn State manage to win games, raise money and recruit quality athletes, in some cases better than before?

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"Putin's yen for revenge against Clinton and his desire to discredit the U.S. ballot. The Russian leader's KGB mentality is the key to both." — Writes columnist Trudy Rubin, explaining why Russia President Vladimir Putin hated Hillary Clinton, and loved Donald Trump.

What we’re reading

  • Coal miners in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are so confident Trump will restore their industry that they're turning down alternate-career training. [Quartz]
  • Can Germany fix Facebook? A new law seeks to protect "human dignity" on the internet. [The Atlantic]
  • When you die, you'll probably be embalmed. Thank Abraham Lincoln for that: The president was an "early adopter" of embalming technology, helping to bring the modern death industry to the mainstream. [Smithsonian]
  • Opioids haven't solved chronic pain. Maybe virtual reality can. [Wired]
  • The origin story behind the Indiana Jones ride: One of the creators of several classic Disneyland rides tells the story. [Los Angeles Magazine]

Daily Dose Of | Illusion

The sky billboard near 2nd and Race Street in Old City.
Julia Terruso
The sky billboard near 2nd and Race Street in Old City.

What's with the blue sky billboard in Old City?