Jose Garces Gets a Book Deal

Plus: Pukemon pleads guilty, U2 cancels, Arlen and Joe play nice, and more of what Philly is talking about this morning

Pukemon Throws Us, ‘Fesses Up. Phillies puker Matthew Clemmens entered guilty pleas yesterday to simple assault and harassment — even though he said he didn’t agree with the way “everyone said what happened.” He’ll be sentenced in July. [Inquirer]

Will Jonathan Saidel Get a Recount? As of yesterday the former Philly city controller trailed state rep Scott Conklin by 4,202 votes — .046 of all votes cast. There’s an automatic recount if the gap is less than half a percent. [WHYY]

Sugarhouse Gets Approval for Table Games. The new casino, which opens on the Delaware in September, will be allowed 40 table games, including 18 blackjack tables and six craps tables. [Business Journal]

Arlen’s Classy Move. He introduces Joe Sestak at the weekly Senate Democrats’ lunch in D.C. No talk of the White House job offer to Sestak, but they’re apparently the only ones not talking about it. Slate’s sharp political correspondent John Dickerson weighs in here. [NY Times]

Jose Garces Signs a New Book Deal. The Iron Chef will do a follow up to 2008’s Latin Evolution (co-authored with former Philly Mag food editor April White) with the same publisher, Lake Isle Press (who does Rachel Ray’s stuff). No details yet on theme, title or much of anything else. [Grub Street Philadelphia]

U2 Cancels Philly Date. Bono’s back is all messed up — herniated disc, sciatica, torn ligament — so the band has postponed its American tour for a year, including a July date at the Linc. [Business Journal]