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And, a guide to spending Labor Day in the Philly region.

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Good morning, and welcome to The Inquirer Morning Newsletter. It’s Thursday, Sept. 2. Today, we take a look at Ida’s trek through the Philly area, 15-plus ways to spend the long weekend, and Joe Embiid’s tweet storm.

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Remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through the Philadelphia region Wednesday night, but it’s not quite done with us.

Evidently, it spawned multiple tornadoes and inundated the region with road-closing downpours. And all that rain could set off the most robust river flooding around here in a decade on Thursday and Friday.

The Schuylkill reached “major” flood levels in Montgomery County and at 30th Street in Philadelphia, where the government has just installed a new gauge.

Save for that river flooding, Thursday and Friday actually should be quite pleasant early September days with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s, a remarkable and welcome contrast to an afternoon of chaos and jumpy, indefatigable cellphone alarms.

Veteran weather reporter Anthony R. Wood has the full story.

The last holiday weekend of the summer is upon us.

In Philadelphia, the marquee attraction is the Made in America festival, which returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after a one-year hiatus. And it will be headlined by Justin Bieber and rapper Lil Baby.

But MIA isn’t everyone’s thing. That’s why service editor Jillian Wilson compiled a list of more than 15 ways to spend Labor Day weekend, whether you’re in Philly, the Poconos, or down the Shore.

Reopening resources

  1. Here’s our latest list of restaurants, large performance venues, universities, and gyms in the Philly region where you need to show proof of vaccination.

  2. Should you laminate your vaccination card? What if you lose it? Here are the dos and don’ts.

  3. Here’s what you need to know about medical exemptions.

  4. It could be time to upgrade your face gear. Which masks work best?

What you need to know today

  1. Sixers star Joel Embiid sent out four tweets Wednesday aimed at dispelling a reported rift with teammate Ben Simmons, and challenging Philly fans to be better. His rant came one day after The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reported that Simmons no longer wants to be a Sixer. Meanwhile, columnist David Murphy takes Simmons to task for passing up an opportunity to grow with the Sixers. “Nobody who watched Ben Simmons play basketball this postseason should be surprised that he has decided to take the easy way out,” Murphy writes.

  2. Leaders of the union representing the guards at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility say chronic understaffing at the Delaware County jail has led to two guards being seriously injured in assaults by inmates and now has some talking about a strike.

  3. Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil on a Berkeley Township beach to mourn a Jersey Shore lifeguard who was killed by a lightning strike.

  4. The Pennsylvania Senate for the first time is giving the public online access to the way the chamber and its elected members spend millions in taxpayer money on themselves. However, finding the information isn’t exactly a one-click kinda thing.

  5. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania’s critical U.S. Senate race Wednesday, giving the Army veteran a coveted prize in the competitive 2022 Republican primary.

  6. COVID-19 cases are expected to surge this fall. Here’s why school masking may help.

  7. Philadelphia has already paid back more than $81 million in wage taxes to suburban residents who worked from home last year instead of commuting to the city — and officials are still processing refund applications.

Through your eyes | #OurPhilly

Perfect setting for a lovely ceremony. Congratulations and best wishes.

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That's interesting

🎵 Who controls the music on the Wildwood boardwalk? It’s complicated.

🎉 West Philadelphian Jabari Banks was cast as Will in a dramatic reboot of the beloved ‘90s TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

⚽ The U.S. men’s soccer team has arguably its best squad in recent memory. Will it win on the road in World Cup qualifying?

🍻 Closely follow this 2021 Oktoberfest guide to the best fall beer festivals at breweries, towns, and venues throughout the Philly area.

🏊‍♂️ Shout-out to David Abrahams of Havertown, who won a silver medal Wednesday in the SB13 men’s 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.


“I am outraged because in America, where war is glorified in video games and movies, where brutality is the stuff of prime-time television, where music is filled with the language of murder, our children are indoctrinated into a culture of violence from an early age,” writes columnist Solomon Jones as he measures the true cost of the Afghanistan war.

  1. Eileen Murphy, vice president of government affairs at New Jersey Audubon, wants the state to fix its wind project she claims is killing scores of birds. She writes that if the state designs its offshore projects properly, and works to reduce its fossil fuel emissions, it will help fix both problems.

  2. Calling people “the unvaccinated” could be a deadly shift in language, writes the Angry Grammarian. That subtle shift from adjective to noun — what nerds call nominalization — affects how vaccinated people view the unvaccinated, and how the unvaccinated view themselves.

What we're reading

  1. Billy Penn looks at the burnout crisis inside the radio room of the Philadelphia Police Department, which faces near-daily dispatch staff shortages.

  2. GQ tells the untold story of IRAK, downtown New York’s most legendary graffiti crew. Since their late-’90s heyday, some members became famous. Some died. And one, Kunle Martins, endured years of struggle—homelessness, addiction, jail time—to finally get the acclaim he always deserved.

  3. The New York Times writes about Terry Albury, an idealistic FBI agent who grew so disillusioned by the war on terror that he was willing to leak classified documents — and go to prison for doing it.

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