2011 Phillies Are Best in Franchise History

Plus: Pennsylvania gets strict with teen drivers, Jersey freezes government salaries, expect lots of snow this winter, and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Phillies Set Club Record With 102nd Win. The Phils squeaked out a close one by topping the Braves 4-3 in 13 innings to close out the regular season last night. The win was a franchise best 102nd on the year and moved Charlie Manuel into sole possession of first place in all-time wins by a manager. Also, with a St. Louis win, the Phils kept division foe Atlanta from making the playoffs. They open the NLDS at home against the Cardinals on Saturday. [The 700 Level]

Pennsylvania Toughens Rules for Teen Drivers. A new bill would limit the number of passengers a new driver could have to one for the first six months after getting his or her license. After an accident-free six months, the driver would be able to have up to three passengers in the car. The bill also adds required practice at night and in inclement weather to the permit requirements. [6 ABC]

New Jersey Freezes Salaries. The Public Officers Salary Review Commission—which usually determines the salary for all state officials—wasn’t commissioned so that the compensation for all such employees was not raised. The commission is eligible to be created again in 2015. [CBS 3]

Jersey Requires Heart Test for Newborns. New Jersey became the first state to require the pulse oximetry test that measures the level of oxygen in the blood. The test is now a necessity before a newborn can be released from the hospital and can help to predict if there are any life-threatening heart defects. [Inquirer]

Farmers’ Almanac Predicts Snowy Winter. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts a winter marked by normal temperatures, heavy snowfall and a white Christmas. Lots of snow, huh? After biblical floods, an earthquake, an abnormally hot summer, and destructive hurricanes, the Scoop should have known to be on the lookout for another ice age. [CBS 3]

City Council Considers Lease Exemption for Abuse Victims. City Council is considering allowing victims of abuse to be ruled exempt of their leases when fleeing for their own safety. [CBS 3]