Laura Benshoff, Newsworks
– A new report finds that Pennsylvania lags behind New Jersey, Delaware and 37 other states and the District of Columbia in early childhood education.
Jessica Parks, Inquirer
– Over appeals from a bipartisan chorus of legislators and open-government groups, Gov. Corbett on Friday appointed Erik Arneson, a Republican Senate aide, as director of the state’s Office of Open Records. The office’s current director, Terry Mutchler, had been serving on an interim basis since her six-year term expired in April.
Lauren Feiner, The Daily Pennsylvanian
– Penn’s chapter of Phi Delta Theta is currently on probation after a controversial holiday photo went viral, according to the fraternity’s international organization. The photo, released on Dec. 14, featured several mostly light-skinned members in holiday attire with a black sex doll.
Chris Brennan, Daily News
– Doug Oliver’s role as the face of PGW in a television commercial has turned up the heat on his impending candidacy for mayor.
Joel Mathis, Philly Mag
– We told you last month about the report of a Comcast program that offered, ahem, more attentive customer service to politicians, journalists, and other bigwigs who were given cards to access that system.