County Councilman Charles McCullough (R-Upper St. Clair) wants to charge nonprofits a fee based on their property holdings to "certify" their tax-exempt status. (Trib, Team Effort)
Former city council president Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale passed away. (P-G, Jon Schmitz). For all his "colorfulness," Mayor Masloff says he was "an honest man, who had the courage of his convictions." (KDKA)
Pennsylvania may start requiring students to pass graduation exams; exam performance may tie in with eligibility for the Pittsburgh Promise. Some teachers say No Child Left Behind is already absorbing everyone's energies. (P-G, Joe Smydo)
Indefatigable Mon-Fayette Expressway boosters still looking for private funding; proposed highway now being sold as a bypass for the Squirrel Hill Tunnels (Trib, Jim Ritchie).
Dan Onorato unveils incentives to encourage municipalities to merge services (P-G, Jerome L. Sherman). He cited his accomplishments, but did not touch upon Port Authority woes or the drink tax backlash (Early Returns). Jon Delano is impressed by free beer, free wine, free food and free parking; Kristine Sorensen impressed by initiatives described as "bold." (KDKA).
FYI -- the tavern owners are making Dan-O into a household name.