Hello, loyal readers of The Inquirer Morning Newsletter.

First: Bill Cosby’s already plotting his post-prison comeback. But is America ready to welcome him?

Then: Summer school started in the city this week — and it’s not going well.

And: Here are the best pools in Philly to cool down this summer.

P.S. Prepare to get showered with fireworks and rain this holiday weekend.

— Olayemi Falodun (morningnewsletter@inquirer.com)

An uncertain future for Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby spent his first night home from prison eating Zio’s pizza, receiving congratulatory messages from his celeb friends, and plotting his comeback. But what lies ahead is still unclear.

His accusers say they have plans, too — including holding Cosby and a justice system they say failed them accountable with new lawsuits and pushes for legislative reform. A suit from one of Gloria Allred’s clients possibly presents the most immediate legal threat.

Meanwhile, Cosby’s spokesperson said the comedian is mulling legal action of his own — a potential malicious prosecution lawsuit against Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.

Reporters Jeremy Roebuck, Anna Orso, Laura McCrystal, and Oona Goodin-Smith take a deep dive into what’s next for Cosby and his accusers now that he’s been released.

Summer school is off to a rocky start

The Philadelphia School District is spending millions on expanded summer school designed to help kids catch up after 16 months of virtual learning and a tough COVID-19 year. But the program’s rollout has been rocky.

Classes started this week with thousands more enrolled than in previous summers, and parents, teachers, and students described a chaotic start, with a shortage of staff, confusing or incorrect schedules, and many schools and classrooms lacking critical materials.

Reporter Kristen A. Graham has the story on the tumultuous start of summer school.

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“An appalling reminder of our flawed justice system — and yet, it was the defense from actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby’s TV wife, that brought back the stinging taste in my mouth,” columnist Helen Ubiñas writes about why Rashad’s latest Bill Cosby defense is another example of women not believing women.

  • The state Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Cosby’s sexual assault conviction serves as a reminder to sexual violence survivors that the legal system can’t deliver justice, write Kathleen Bogle and Caitlin Taylor, La Salle University professors of sociology and criminal justice.

  • There has been appreciation expressed toward medical professionals for their efforts throughout the pandemic, but Michael J. Stephens, an associate professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, says the best way to show love for doctors and nurses is to do this.

  • Forget the money! Open the pools! Writer Josh Kruger implores Mayor Jim Kenney to take a page out of one of his predecessors’ books and open city pools, no matter the cost.

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A Burlington County rabbi brought to light an internal struggle via a Zoom call earlier this week to dismantle the stigma around addiction. Michael Perice, a 35-year-old Philadelphia native, revealed his 10-year recovery from opioid addiction to his congregation in hopes of breaking down the judgment faced by people experiencing substance use disorder or other mental health challenge