Happy Friday, Philly. Here are five stories to know about before the weekend hits:
1. Philly budget: The Philadelphia City Council has approved a $3.8 billion spending plan. The budget has no major spending initiatives or cuts. But it doesn't resolve one of Philly's biggest fiscal challenges, the school district's $304 million budget gap. Council also approved two measures aimed at helping homeowners affected by Philadelphia's new property-tax system.
2. It's summer: The summer solstice arrived at 1:04 a.m., making today the longest day of sunshine this year. And the official start of summer begins with a symbolic milestone at the Shore: The final board on the Seaside Heights boardwalk that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy will be replaced today.
3. School panic buttons: Delaware County officials will announce today that silent-alarm panic buttons will be in all schools in the county, in response to the Newtown, Con., elementary school massacre. The buttons should be in place by the time school starts in the fall.