Chris Christie Cited For Excessive Spending

Plus Sarah Palin visits Bucks County, the Flyers re-sign Claude Giroux, the return of Krispy Kreme, and more of what Philly is talking about this morning

Cop Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison. Rasheed Scrugs, the admitted killer of Office John Pawlowski, avoided the death penalty when the jury deadlocked. Under Pennsylvania law, the deadlock meant the decision passed to Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, who was required to sentence Scrugs to life in prison with no chance of parole.  [Inquirer]

Christie Cited for Excessive Travel Expenses. A report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general found that the NJ governor “routinely exceeded the government rate, by large amounts, with insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification.” This includes a $236 car service to go four miles.  []

Sarah Palin in Bucks County Today. But only for the day. Mama needs to watch Dancing With the Stars tonight.  [Philadelphia Business Journal, Fox29]

Olney Street Wins Clean Block Contest. People helping people! Civic pride! Respect for your neighbors! This is the sort of story that makes The Scoop all warm and fuzzy inside. [Inquirer]

Comcast/NBC Merger Might Mean Higher Bills. A new study estimates that the merger could boost bills for subscribers to DirecTV and other non-Comcast pay-TV providers in the Philadelphia area by $2 a month. Another day, another reason to loathe Comcast. [Inquirer]

Flyers Re-sign Claude Giroux. The 22-year-old superstar agreed to a three-year, $11.25 million contract extension. When The Scoop was 22, he was eating Spaghettios straight from the can. [Bleacher Report]

Krispy Kreme Opens Today in Fox Chase. If you have ever wondered why people choose to live in Northeast Philadelphia, here is your answer. [Philadelphia Business Journal, Restaurant Club]