Chase Utley to Return to the Phillies on Wednesday

Plus: Ed Rendell is set to testify for an ex-rep., the violent weekend claimed four victims, two superintendent candidates have emerged, and more of what the city is buzzing about today.

Utley Set to Return. This Wednesday, the Phillies plan on having Chase Utley in the lineup for their game against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Buy tickets for the game here or here. [CSN]

Ed Rendell, Character Witness. Ed Rendell is set to take the stand for ex-Rep. Steve Stetler. Stetler faces charges for allegedly diverting taxpayer-paid employees to help win elections. []

Violent Weekend Leaves Four Dead. Twelve people were shot and four people were killed—including a South Philly bartender who was stabbed to death—over the weekend. Welcome to summer, people. [Fox 29]

Bright House Field Is Under Water. The Phillies spring training facility and the home of their Single-A affiliate in Clearwater is basically a lake right now. The field was filled with water when Tropical Storm Debby dumped a bunch of rain over the area. [The 700 Level]

Two Superintendent Candidates Emerge. An educator out in Vegas named Pedro Martinez and a former Virginia Tech football player who is an administrator in Maryland have been announced as the top two candidates to permanently replace Arlene Ackerman as the superintendent of the Philadelphia School District. [Inquirer]

PA Lifers Hoping for Second Chance. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to review two cases that might have a large impact on Pennsylvania teenagers who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The cases themselves didn’t take place in the Keystone State, but some think that the impact of the decision may be felt here more than anywhere. [Inquirer]