"You will see us shortly," said Gale Givens, president of Verizon Pennsylvania, as she stood outside of council chamber after a unanimous vote allowing her firm to compete with Comcast. "We fully intend to be out in force in the very, very near future.
"When we come into a city, we come in with lots of initiatives and approaches," she said, declining to detail them. (P-G, Rich Lord)
That almost sounds titillating.
[G-20 demonstrators] also want to build "tent cities" in four parks, an idea city officials have already rejected.
Government attorneys say free speech rights don't give the protesters an unfettered right to gather, or to overrun parks which are for everybody's use. (Trib, AP)
The Tent City thing is big -- it is something that protest groups are trying internationally to establish as usual and expected. I heard Marty Griffin barking at them yesterday to "get a hotel room" like anybody else. I wonder, though, especially in a city without a youth hostel, whether Pittsburgh will stand out as a place that Bohemians and travelers of modest means ought to avoid -- the curmudgeonly old "Get offa my lawn" neighbor of the globe -- if we are going to be the only one that doesn't allow camping in parks even for huge global events. And then there is the issue of where these people are going to go exactly if they can't stay there.
Fifth, the National Media should keep the coverage of Pittsburgh's steel history to a minimum. Yes, it was a big deal. Yes, it impacted the region. Yes, we have a football team named after it. However, it's over. Framing the discussion about Pittsburgh in terms of Steel is for lazy reporters, NFL stock films, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. (ADB)
Right. And I'm assuming there's going to be gavel-to-gavel coverage of this Summit on all the major networks, right?
The Mayor's LGBT Advisory Committee had their first meeting on Tuesday around 8:30 AM. I had previously contacted the individuals I had been advised (ha ha) would be serving and they basically sent me the exact sentences back in their various confirmation email messages. We can expect a press release "soon" with all the juicy details. (PGHLesCor)
I was trying to figure out why the Top Secrecy. I guess there's a chance that some of the Committee's preliminary invitees may not "click" with the administration's "vision" for the panel, and so guarding the roster of members until everybody is sure they want to be involved will save both sides the embarrassment of quote-unquote "quitting early" if that happens.
So what? Just this: To date, Acklin's campaign looks a lot more sophisticated than Harris's. (City Paper Slag Heap)
Glad he said it not me. I don't want to deal with throngs of belligerent anonymous commenters threatening lawsuits.
“But your honor! I pooped into an outdoor planter!” (That's Church)
Time to go re-write that legislation, folks! (*-UPDATE: Almost forgot: The Artist Formerly Known as PittGirl really wants you to go to this site and vote ten times for Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh to receive one of three state-of-the-art game rooms. What she hasn't told you is that each time you vote, you personally get entered into a contest to win an XBOX-360. So go vote, there are only three days left.)
FINALLY: Did the Post-Gazette take down a particularly inaccurate Jack Kelly column from its online edition? Did Dayvoe DeAngelo finally scale the walls of Troy? (2 Political Junkies)