Looks Like Earl Isn’t Coming to the Shore

But watch out for those rip currents. Plus: Chase Utley returns (for real this time), good news about the economy, and more of what Philly is talking about this morning

Looks Like Earl Will Miss the Shore. Hurricane experts expect the storm to start moving northeast after coming close to the Carolinas, sparing your beachfront property in Strathmere. Close one, dude. [Inquirer]

Not That You Necessarily Want to Go in the Water. Shore lifeguards are pulling people out of ripcurrents left and right, thanks to the water being churned up. That’s Earl, brother….[6abc]

Rendell: State Tax Revenues Higher Than Expected. Wait, is that good news about the economy? Ed says revenues for July and August are higher than anticipated, the first time that’s happened in a couple of years. [KYW 1060]

But Wait, Don’t Get Too Excited. Subaru’s sales dropped 22 percent compared with last August. The Scoop is really hating on this recession. [Business Journal]

New Plan to Cut School Dropout Rate. A task force is preparing a plan for the School Reform Commission. Thirty-seven percent of kids who enter 6th grade in Philly don’t finish high school. That number is 43 percent for African-American males, and 51 percent for Latino males. Oy. [WHYY]

Chase Is Back. We don’t know who that guy was playing second base for the last few weeks, but the real Chase Utley returned yesterday. He hit three doubles as the Phils squashed the Dodgers 3-1. [Philly.com]