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A victim is placed in an ambulance after a gunman emerged from a crashed Home Depot truck and opened fire after apparently plowing down four riders Tuesday afternoon on a Lower Manhattan bike path Oct. 31, 2017 in Manhattan, N.Y. The New York Police Department reported one man was in custody after initial reports of gunfire set off a mad scramble in the downtown area. Police flooded the area shortly after the first shots were fired around 3 p.m. (James Keivom/New York Daily News/TNS)
A victim is placed in an ambulance after a gunman emerged from a crashed Home Depot truck and opened fire after apparently plowing down four riders Tuesday afternoon on a Lower Manhattan bike path Oct. 31, 2017 in Manhattan, N.Y. The New York Police Department reported one man was in custody after initial reports of gunfire set off a mad scramble in the downtown area. Police flooded the area shortly after the first shots were fired around 3 p.m. (James Keivom/New York Daily News/TNS)Read moreTNS

Wherever you're headed this morning, bring a sweater — it's another chilly day to kick off November. What hasn't cooled off? Talk over Amazon moving to town, allegations of local ballot fraud and updates from Sunday's King of Prussia shooting.

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» READ MORE: New York terror attack kills 8: What we know

Late Tuesday afternoon, a 29-year-old motorist in a rented pick-up truck drove into a popular bike path on New York City's West Side Highway, killing at least eight people and seriously injuring 11 others. The driver was shot and apprehended by police after crashing the truck and jumping out with what were later found to be fake guns in both hands. Here's what we know:

  1. Officials who weren't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov and said he is from Uzbekistan and came to the United States legally in 2010.

  2. The officials said Saipov has a Florida driver's license and may have been staying in New Jersey. A family friend described roots he had in Ohio, where he lived years ago and was a commercial truck driver.

  3. Saipov was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck. Witnesses said he was shouting "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," authorities said. He underwent surgery and was in critical condition but was expected to survive.

New York City's always-surreal Halloween parade marched on Tuesday evening under the shadow of real fear, hours after the truck attack.

In response to the deadly attack, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross asked city residents to remain alert and report suspicious activity.

"We don't think we are in any more jeopardy than anyone else," Ross said, "but we don't take it for granted."

» READ MORE: A dolphin gets his wings: What trade for RB Ajayi means for Eagles

The Eagles have acquired RB Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Hot takes:

Les Bowen: Roseman gives Eagles' firepower a boost with Ajayi, though blocking remains a prime need.

Mike Sielski: Ajayi trade shows Eagles are going for it now, which is creating challenges for the future.

Jeff McLane: Provides a film breakdown of new Eagles running back Jay Ajayi.

» READ MORE: NAACP investigates racist notes left in Gloucester County student’s locker

Gloucester County Christian School officials are investigating an incident in which a black student found two notes with a racial slur on his locker. The culprit has yet to be identified. In the meantime, the predominantly white student body is receiving lessons on race relations and sermons on how to treat each other.

The mother of the student alerted the NAACP last week after the second note was found on her son's locker in mid-October. After meeting with the school, the student's parents removed the student and a sibling from the school. The chapter president of the NAACP's Camden County East Branch said the organization is also investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

In light of racial tensions raised by this and other recent incidents, columnist Kevin Riordan writes about "why a noose is not just a noose."

What you need to know today

  1. There's a new development in the weekend's King of Prussia Mall shooting. A Delaware man has been charged for allegedly robbing a woman at gunpoint Saturday, but has yet to be charged in the Sunday standoff with police that left him seriously wounded. The man was also identified as a suspect in two other violent crimes in the area last week.

  2. Atlantic City Democratic campaign operatives have been paying voters to obtain and sign for fraudulent messenger ballots ahead of Tuesday's elections: an informant speaks.

  3. South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross says the Camden waterfront stadium will be razed.

  4. A Superior Court panel granted a new trial to Daniel Dougherty — his third — on allegations that he set the 1985 fire that killed his small sons in their Philadelphia home. Why? They cited three main failings by the Common Pleas Court trial judge.

  5. Local mutual-fund giant Vanguard is not happy with Congress' proposal to cap 401(k) plans — to $2,400, down from $18,000. One local pension lawyer's take: "It's insane."

  6. Next Tuesday, Pennsylvania elects seven new statewide judges and may retain three incumbent statewide judges. No idea who to vote for? You're not alone. Here's how to get the scoop on the judicial candidates. Then, prep for the rest of your ballot with our Pennsylvania and New Jersey Voters Guide.

  7. New Jersey makes the grade on its bail-reform efforts, but Pennsylvania gets a D in a new report released by the Pretrial Justice Institute. Take a look at how the assessments shake out — and why Jersey's reform is working.

  8. Well, you won't hear about 2018 open enrollment season (today through Dec.15, FYI) from the White House, but in the lieu of Trump administration support, states and insurers are trying to fill the void.

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That’s Interesting

  1. Our weekly "We the People" series profiling extraordinary ordinary Philadelphians begins with John Sebastian, director of maintenance for Reading Terminal Market, who has played steel drums with Jimmy Buffett.

  2. Just when you thought the Amazon headquarters scramble was over for awhile, Philadelphia officials have found a way to continue courting the corporate giant. They're taking Philadelphia's campaign to the streets of Seattle with a month-long, shock-and-awe advertising blitz on the city's buses and trolleys, writes Inga Saffron.

  3. How a real-life racist incident in Levittown inspired George Clooney's new movie.

  4. Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. plans to open a store in the 140-plus-year-old train shed that's part of the Lincoln Square residential and retail development on South Broad Street.

  5. Style columnist Elizabeth Wellington made some progress on key goals from 2017, but says she definitely needs to make more headway. Panic set in. She would not take this year's intentions into 2018. During the month of November, she pledges not give into the twin demons of time sucking: Fear of Missing Out and Fear of Disappointing Everyone. She's dedicating herself to a KnowNovember.

  6. Big whoop on the iPhone brassiere debacle, writes Cathy Rubin: "But the discovery has led me to a new activity for the times I am not checking e-mail, Twitter, texts, Instagram, Facebook and Slack: How many ways am I able to categorize my life in images? And do those categories depict something accurate?"

  7. Key components in cell phones, TVs, wind turbines, and fluorescent lights come mostly from China through an energy-intense, high-waste mining process. These "rare earth" metals also are plentiful in Afghanistan, drawing the eye of President Trump. A Penn chemist has a different idea: why not recycle the metals we've already used? He recently came up with a method that might make this feasible. Meanwhile at Penn State, an engineer has a way to extract rare earths from another common waste product: byproducts of mining coal.

  8. Dollar stores are popping up everywhere in rural Pennsylvania, some just a mile or two from each other, writes Jason Nark. Some say they are filling voids, offering cheap items in places where Walmart won't build, but some economists say the proliferation of cheap goods is a sign that our class structure is widening.

  9. Patrick and Zola, two 19-year-olds, graduated from Bensalem High School in June and started college this fall. But their paths to that prize are far from typical. The two were born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and survived rebel attacks, the murders of parents and other relatives, forced army servitude, forest hide-outs, journeys through the jungle, a stay in Kenya with other Congolese youth and finally, in the winter of 2015-16, arrived as refugees in the United States.


"One cannot look at the administration's reaction to the deaths of the soldiers in Niger without recalling the racist events in Charlottesville, Va., this past summer." — Albert S. Dandridge III, former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, who is weeping for an America led by such a divisive commander in chief.
  1. Since the Philly beverage tax went into effect in January, restaurant owner Melissa Kelsey says her sales have dropped by more than 20 percent, and she has been forced to drastically increase prices for beverages. The tax is hurting small-business owners and working-class communities, Kelsey says, and it needs to go.

  2. The kind words by President Trump's top aide for Robert E. Lee, and his deep misunderstanding of the Civil War, are an appalling butchering of American history, writes Will Bunch. John Kelly's not-even-dog-whistle shout-out for white supremacy, Bunch adds, is a grim warning about a Trump White House that respects order and the authority of generals over doing what is right.

What we’re reading

  1. John Boehner Unchained: At home with the liberated former House speaker. [Politico Magazine]

  2. Tom Brady's Most Dangerous Game: The Patriots legend thinks he can play until he's 45 without sacrificing body, mind or integrity. But his future is not just in his hands. [ESPN]

  3. Not That George Papadopoulos: What happens when the internet thinks you've been indicted. [The Atlantic]

  4. Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them: The relative plausibility of impossible beings tells you a lot about how the mind works. [New Yorker]

  5. WikiTribune is already biased: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is launching a "neutral news service." [The Outline]

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