The P-G's Rich Lord asks the question "Do influential connections raise your chances at repaved roads?" In so asking, he calls out Public Works Director Guy Costa, Councilman Dan Deasy, Councilman Len Bodack, Councilwoman Darlene Harris, ACDC member Leah Kirkland, and ACDC member John Shields.
Councilman "William" Peduto suggests bringing back the computerized Pavement Management System that we ditched in 1999.
The TRIB's Jim Ritchie informs us of 267 layoffs at the Port Authority, which may be the first of many more, unless Harrisburg kicks it into gear:
"The Port Authority's action is unfortunate and underscores the need for immediate legislative action on a long-term solution to our transit funding crisis," said Rendell spokesman Charles Ardo.
Switching gears, TRIB science writer Allison M. Heinrichs tells us that the catfish of our three rivers are increasingly bereft of genitalia, likely due to birth-control and hormone-replacement drug pollution.
The P-G Editorial Board endorses incumbent County Councilwoman Brenda Frazer for her "quiet competence and dignified manner," eschewing Matt Arena as a worrisome "old-style" Democrat. Libertarian candidate Mark Rauterkus will not be pleased to hear this primary election described as "decisive."
And who can forget yesterday's whopping endorsement of challenger Patrick Dowd in the city's 7th Council District? The P-G describes its rejection of incumbent Len Bodack as a "no-brainer," no doubt before adjourning for an evening of tofu, the opera, and rooting for the Ottowa Senators.