This morning is all about strong opinions. First up: NJ Transit's Atlantic City rail line will be suspended this fall but the exact schedule for its return is unclear. Those who rely on it for work and play are already frustrated by the decision, and they're not staying quiet about it. On a happier note, two of my colleagues — one a local, one an out-of-towner  recently took a spin through Philly's biggest tourist traps to decide which were worth the trip. Get ready for some hot takes on our beloved landmarks.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn,

Early next month, NJ Transit plants to shut down its Atlantic City rail line until early 2019 as it races to install a critical safety system by the end of the year.

But the reportedly temporary shutdown has commuters, politicians, and beach-goers worried the line is never really coming back.

Many are skeptical of NJ Transit's plans for the route's return, and they're gearing up for a fight.

Take a deep breath before you enter this debate: is Reading Terminal Market worth the crowds? Is the Liberty Bell worth the wait? Should you bother with a cheesesteak?

Philadelphia may be the world's largest exporter of strong opinions, especially about our landmarks.

So my colleagues Claire Wolters, a local native, and a Zoe Bean, a newcomer, traveled to the city's biggest tourist traps to decide once and for all: which attractions are truly worth it?

Comcast's Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost high-speed internet to low-income households, is growing.

The company announced Monday that in the last year it added 20,000 Philadelphia households and two million households nationally to the program. It will also now include all low-income veterans in Comcast's service area.

Some advocates are calling for Comcast to do more. Ironically enough, Philadelphia is one of America's least-connected cities and home to the nation's largest internet provider.

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The famed Uptown Theater is looking great, @filladelphie!

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One of only five 1913-dated Liberty Head nickels known to exist today, this rare coin is insured for $3 million.
American Numismatic Association Money Museum
One of only five 1913-dated Liberty Head nickels known to exist today, this rare coin is insured for $3 million.

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At the World's Fair of Money, opening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center today, you can see a historic coin worth 100 million times its original value of one cent. Sounds like an exhibit worth every penny.