Mitt Romney Plans Visit to Philly for Union League Events

Plus: A judge hints that he'll stay PA's voter ID law, Darin Ruf hits his first Major League homer, Obama extends his PA lead, and more of what Philly is buzzing about this morning.

Mitt Romney in Philly. The Republican presidential hopefully will come back to Philly for a slew of events at the Union League on Friday. Back in May, Mitt Romney spoke at a West Philly charter school as people protested and Mayor Nutter joked that Romney had, “somehow just found West Philadelphia.” [Inquirer]

Darin Ruf Homers. The next big thing for the Philadelphia Phillies made the most of his first start in The Bigs on Tuesday. Ruf got the start in left field and knocked his first Major League hit over the fence at CBP. His teammates gave him the silent treatment after he hit it. The Phils won 6-3. [Phillies]

Judge Hints He’ll Stay Voter ID Law. The presidential election is just six weeks out. Judge Robert E. Simpson has until October 2nd to decide if Pennsylvania’s voter ID law will take effect before then. He’s been told that he needs to order an injunction if even one voter is disenfranchised by the law. He warned lawyers that the voter ID law might be something PA deals with after the election. [Inquirer]
Poll: Obama Extends PA Lead. A new Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll indicates that President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania has grown to 11 percent. [Daily News]

Someone Stole Wedding Gifts From Bucks County. A Bucks County couple had to file a police report between their wedding and honeymoon because someone stole $10,000 worth of wedding gifts from them. They also had to call every guest to find out what they had given and how much it was worth. Ouch. [NBC Philadelphia]

10-Year-Old Admits to Beating Woman. The 10-year-old boy accused of beating a Juniata woman with sticks, rocks, a plunger and a potted plant before swiping $20 from her purse admitted his involvement in the attack. He said he didn’t like the lady or the way she stared at him.

The judge declared the boy was a “threat” to the community and said he would keep him in custody.

“We have a long road to travel,” Dougherty said. “We’re going to find out why you have hate in your heart for someone who doesn’t look like you.” [Daily News]

Old City Hazmat Situation Under Control. Employees working in the mail room at the Wells Fargo Plaza in Old City alerted officials when they discovered a white powder in a mail sack. Hours later, the situation was ruled “under control.” Still no word on what the substance was. [6 ABC]