Elizabeth Fiedler reports officials are banning backpacks at next week’s Penn Relays in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Holly Otterbein tries to find out why the press was held out of a conference this week intended to entice Wall Street investors. Gallup Poll Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport considers Congress’s incongruous call on universal background checks given overwhelming public approval for the measure. Zack Seward gets a preview of Philly Tech Week with Technically Philly co-founder Christopher Wink. Kevin McCorry brings us an ode to vinyl. And we get a week in review from a horticulturalist whose busy season is getting underway.