Phillies Cut Luis Castillo

Plus how Cape May might become a less-quaint Jersey Shore town, SEPTA is suing eBay, more Catholic priests are put on leave, Hershey's raising chocolate prices and more of what everyone's talking about this morning

Phillies Cut Luis Castillo. He got so close to opening day. Instead, on Friday, Wilson Valdez will be in Chase Utley’s old spot. [CSN Philly] For those who’ve become confused by recent lineup changes, here’s the complete roster for opening day. Finally, if you are going to Friday’s game, you might want to think about not driving. Traffic might suck more than usual. [CBS3]

Fire at National Constitution Center. Firefighters put out flames at the Independence Mall institution last night. No reports of injury or cause. [6ABC]

SEPTA Sues. The regional transit authority is first in line to bring a suit against eBay over that company’s deal to purchase GSI. SEPTA’s pension fund is invested in GSI and … wait, will this make the trains run on time or not? [Business Journal]

Cape May’s Status In Question. Some are concerned the demolishing of the Shore town’s Beach Theatre might put Cape May’s “National Historic Landmark City” designation at risk. Says one concerned citizen, “Right now there are protections in place for these buildings. Without them, Cape May could look like … Sea Isle or any other town.” Yes, the Scoop will lose sleep worrying that Cape May is one step away from hosting the Jersey Shore gang this summer. [Inquirer]

More Catholic Priests On Leave. The Archdiocese has put two more priests on leave. The number’s currently at 29. [Inquirer]

Nothing Off About Philly Black Panther Case. After a case against three New Black Panther Party members over voter intimidation at Philadelphia polls was dismissed, officials got involved to investigate whether or not settling the case was due to improper influence. The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility now says there was no wrongdoing. Congressional Republicans are not satisfied with that conclusion. [WSJ] And here’s Dave Davies’s take on the matter. [Newsworks]

Hershey Is Raising Chocolate Prices. Expect a 10 percent increase in candy cost, effective immediately. Hope you weren’t using chocolate as a comfort food to get you through these tough economic times or anything. [Newsworks]

Franklin Square to Open for Season. Even thought it appears we are in the midst of an endless winter, the playground/mini amusement park will open tomorrow. Start polishing your mini-golf clubs. Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger will open too. [Plan Philly]