Judge Calls Obama’s Health Plan Unconstitutional

Plus: The Phils' woes continue, the general auditor wants to keep state liquor stores, the last missing U-Haul shows up, and more of what the city is buzzing about today

Pennsylvania Judge Rules Part of Obama’s Health Plan Unconstitutional. The ruling came after a couple from York filed a lawsuit saying that they wanted to pay for the their health care out of pocket because their insurance premiums were higher than their mortgage. U.S. District Judge Christopher C. Conner released a 53-page opinion detailing that the government can’t force citizens to purchase things against their will. [Inquirer]

Phillies Drop Third Straight Game. The Scoop still isn’t concerned, but the Phillies lost to the Astros again last night, and it came with Cole Hamels on the hill facing former Phil J.A. Happ—who is having an atrocious season. The team managed to avoid capitalizing on having a magic number of one. [The 700 Level]

Auditor Says Selling Off State Liquor Stores Is a Bad Idea. Auditor General Jack Wagner says he’s opposed to the idea of privatizing state liquor stores because the businesses are one of the few profitable endeavors Pennsylvania has going for it. Yeah, we get that—we just want to pay as close to wholesale prices as possible and don’t want to have to drive 20 minutes to pick up a bottle of merlot. [WHYY]

Police Find Final Missing U-Haul Truck. Philadelphia Police and the Department of Homeland Security worked themselves into a tizzy over six missing U-Haul trucks this weekend. As it turns out, most of the trucks had been missing since September 1st, and two of them were rented and returned properly—but weren’t logged. Police found the sixth truck in South Philly last night. Finally, the Terrible Missing Truck Tragedy of 2011 has been quietly and heroically resolved. [6 ABC]

Flyers Restrict Player Tweets. The Flyers have made a team rule restricting tweets during “business hours.” The move came after prospect Zac Rinaldo tweeted that he won’t be playing in the Flyers rookie scrimmage. So, the team is now restricting when players can tweet, whether or not they can drink, and where they can buy property in the city. The Scoop wonders when the team will institute the use of a bathroom pass. [Puck Daddy]

Drexel Publishes Study Showing Value of Collegiate Athletes. The National College Players Association (NCPA) and Drexel University Department of Sport Management recently teamed up to conduct a study on the fair-market value of collegiate athletes using information from professional sports collective-bargaining agreements and room-and-board figures. Wait, so they’re positing that collegiate athletes are generating millions of dollars of revenue for schools and media companies but aren’t being properly financially compensated? Tomorrow, in the second part of the study, we’ll learn that college students drink cheap beer and watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall. [Drexel]