Several items are stacking up -- such as Ben Roethlisberger's innocent-as-O.J. exoneration (and his sincere-as-a-pump-fake public statement), a strange internal memorandum from a gubernatorial campaign, and a substantial update of the Propositions Board (far right column) -- so, to relieve pressure, a few quick chugs:
1) Something bizarre seems to be developing with respect to installation of a United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania (to replace the blessedly departed Chong-Hunter, Mary Beth Buchanan). One short-list candidate has begun the process of resigning his current position -- and that candidate is not Dave Hickton, the person widely identified as having been chosen. After an indication that all three Pennsylvania districts would have nominees this week, today's announcement omitted the Western District. This delay appears to be affecting at least two important investigations and/or prosecutions, and appears to be unrelated to the senatorial prerogative-wrestling contest focused on the Eastern District. The entire situation has become puzzling.
2) You won't find a less satisfactory assessment of Pittsburgh's five- to twenty-year-old public affairs than this one (unless, perhaps, you get stuck next to Tom Murphy or an Allegheny Conference member on an airport shuttle). Exemplar: Are the (former) Lord & Taylor and Lazarus stores/subsidies properly seen as seeds for success?
3) Anyone who intends to comment, or competently ruminate, on the process to replace Associate Justice John Paul Stevens should read this.