Charlie Deitch reports that 726 young people applied for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's summer jobs program -- which was set up to hire just 114. A wonderful development, but a confounding dilemma.
If the purpose of this program is to keep at-risk youth off the streets, how do we weigh the applicants? Do we hire only the least skilled, most hopeless, and most dangerous-seeming candidates?
Melissa Meinzer examines the dust-up between Councilman Peduto and the Pittsburgh Organizing Group over accusations of vandalism.
Despite the fact that Peduto's charges are technically, well, wild and unsubstantiated, no one has considered the political angle yet. By calling out POG, not only does Peduto get to curb his image as Pittsburgh's resident moonbat, but more importantly, he is coaxing the secretive radicals out into the open, which is both good for them, and for the anti-war movement.
Violet Law reports on the clearly defined, smoothly progressing, being-sarcastic-here process of securing a Community Benefits Agreement from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bill Robinson, the Allegheny County councilman who represents the Hill, says he's told coalition members that they need to make their case soon. "Each passing day works against the community organization," says Robinson. "The concrete has been poured. They will find themselves stepping on soft concrete which is going to harden very quickly."
Also from Violet Law -- we have been meaning to mention this forever -- a May 24th cover story on the prevalence of "straw purchases" of handguns, i.e., getting someone with a clean criminal background to buy your gun for you. We knew there was a correlation between drug trafficking and gun violence, but we did not know how many guns were purchased by junkies in exchange for their drugs. Prohibition continues to look dumber every day.