|Movieweb, Alan Orange|
Pittsburgh lies only 221 miles from Sissonville, WV, site of MTV's new reality show Buckwild. New stars like Shae Bradlee and Shane "Redneck McGyver" Gandee say they are not happy about comparisons to Jersey Shore stars, nor about their own Senator's concerns over "rednecksploitation".
Meanwhile the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2-0 start got slashed down to size at home at the Iceburgh against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who took advantage of Penguins miscues and penalties.
“I was really mad,” [Evgeni] Malkin said. “But it was my fault.” (MD, Will Graves)
Showing how it's done, on and off the ice.
The biggest news is that Police Chief Nate Harper will remain off duty until Monday, it today being 10 days since the death of a family member and one day since a city employee who plead guilty for taking bribes appeared before a grand jury investigating the Chief's own possible involvement. Harper denies that the Police Bureau had any role in any payments or decisions related to bribes and awarding contracts.
"The Police Bureau," he says. The Police Bureau. Who was acting as the Director of Public Safety around the summer and autumn of 2006? What kinds of things were going on in city government, during the sad, unfolding transition from one mayor to the next? Did anyone ever perform any extensive accounting or audits of city business during that painful period -- or did we figure there are some things better left untouched?
Since 2005, meanwhile, Pittsburgh had been instructed that we need more police sergeants on the streets supervising the force, so that incidents such as failing to consult a 911 complainant and discharging weapons in an ill-advised manner can be minimized.
ICA Executive Director Henry Sciortino said the body can’t tell the city how to run its police force.“We rely heavily on our partnership with the city to focus on the execution of good police tactics and strategies and the things that surround law enforcement,” Sciortino said. (Trib, Harding & Bauder)
|Where I Went & How I Got There|
The board of the Port Authority postponed an expected decision on whether or not to part ways with its CEO Steve Bland at the behest of ACE Rich Fitzgerald, who finds himself strained in some way with the progress of public transit. I am not hearing any defense of the Bland era at PAT yet, but of course people feel sorry for him over the coverage and the possible departure. It's a competitive field, being a CEO -- investors demand value-added leadership and dynamism. The Port Authority gig is a rough hand to be dealt, no doubt, but the cards have seemed crummy for a while now. Is it strategy? Is it a bad fit? Who knows.
Justice Jane Orie Melvin, charged with using her public office for political gain, better hope she has a winner in the "I didn't do it" defense. Because the "I was too busy to do it" defense is just the unfortunate, laughable kind of thing one's attorneys need to say when one is hauled in front of a jury.