Good morning, Philly. As we head into the holiday, I'm feeling thankful for you, readers. I hope tomorrow you're surrounded by loved ones and a good meal. This newsletter is taking the day off, but I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and will see you bright and early Friday morning.

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— Aubrey Nagle

» READ MORE: Can basketball save Reading, Pa.?

Reading, Pennsylvania is consistently one of the country's poorest cities. But a big win — Reading High's first state boys' basketball championship — earlier this year brought a renewed spirit to the city.

The star of that championship team with a following of his own, Lonnie Walker, returns to Reading tonight as a University of Miami Hurricanes, facing off against La Salle. The game is set to bring 7,300 fans to Santander Arena, its first Division I basketball game ever.

Since the championship last spring, residents and civic leaders say there's change in the air. If a new sign reading "Mayor Wally Scott Welcomes You to Reading – A City of Positive Change," is to be believed, Walker and basketball could help Reading rebound.

» READ MORE: Black Friday brings earlier, deeper discounts

Once the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, shoppers will storm local malls and hop online to spend, spend, spend for Black Friday. But don't expect every store to be open on Thursday; over 65 major retailers are closing on Thanksgiving to give employees the day off.

Need help shopping? Don't miss our gift guide with ideas for the music lovers and TV lovers in your life. The bookish crowd might enjoy these coffee table books or this whimsical Philly-themed coloring book.

But before Black Friday, there's Black Wednesday. Tonight is one of the year's rowdiest nights out and many of Philly's best watering holes are offering specials.

» READ MORE: Lt. Gov Mike Stack announces reelection campaign

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack III officially launched his reelection campaign yesterday with a speech at City Hall.

The race won't be easy. Stack is estranged from Gov. Tom Wolf after being publicly reprimanded last spring for allegedly verbally abusing the state employees who worked for Stack and his wife. He's also facing a slew of challengers, populist small-town mayor John Fettereman among them.

"It's not a secret this year has been difficult for my family and me, but we're emerging stronger and healthier," Stack said at City Hall. This race is certainly one to watch come 2018.

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