The natural consequence of these revelations is a Charles Zappala edition of Sunday Reading (without datelines, because each of these memorable reports originated at the intersection of public money, political influence, taxpayer regret and private gain):
• You probably forgot this one.
• Allegheny County pension beneficiaries probably haven't forgotten this one.
• Butler taxpayers wish they could forget this 'fleecing' (Ed Rendell's word, not mine).
• 'Forget about the fees,' Pittsburgh city council was told (although, in fairness, who could put a price tag on 'expertise') (Rich Fitzgerald's word, not mine).
• It might be tough to forget being incarcerated unjustly as a child.
• Forget about topping judges being bribed to put children behind bars for profit . . . unless, perhaps, the profiteering jailers are overcharging the government for it.
• 'Forget about how our local partners got their shares, or whether they actually paid for their investment,' Forest City said.
Overall, quite an illuminating list, some might argue -- but you be the judge.
** Charles R. Zappala,
• brother to former State Supreme Court Chief Justice (and more recent undisclosed gambling flack) Stephen A. Zappala,
• uncle to district attorney (and victims' advocate, not to mention community development specialist) Stephen A. Zappala Jr.,
• uncle to unqualified (or "not recommended," in guild terms) judicial candidate (and undisclosed gambling mouthpiece) Michelle Zappala Peck,
• uncle to Gregory Zappala, financial advisor to seemingly every politician and public agency in southwestern Pennsylvania (and beyond), rainmaker for community-minded investment firms, and developer of government-funded projects, including prisons for (not-so-guilty) juveniles.
• business partner (and casino investment "team[mate]") of Bill Lieberman,
• associate of the "long-armed" and ubiquitous John Verbanac,
• exchanger of pleasantries with such politicos as Luke Ravenstahl and an exceptionally patient, if not downright merciful, county executive Dan Onorato, and
• author of words of wisdom:
"I look at the community and I say, 'When are we going to stop this?'"