Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”:
• Luke Ravenstahl. Anecdotal evidence is suggesting that the Pittsburgh mayor is the target of a federal public corruption investigation. The latest comes from one of Mr. Ravenstahl's former bodyguards, who is believed to have told a grand jury that the mayor's security detail was kept on duty to cover the mayor's late-night exploits, then told to falsify their time sheets. Ravenstahl steadfastly has denied any wrongdoing.
• The Steelers. An Allegheny County judge isn't buying the franchise's contention that taxpayers, through the Sports & Exhibition Authority, are contractually on the hook to pay tens of millions of dollars to help the Steelers expand and upgrade Heinz Field. And that ruling should put the kibosh on the Steelers' efforts to dive into the public's pockets once again — though the team has indicated it will try, try again.
Laurel: To Nora Barry Fischer. The federal judge ruled that the Blush strip club can indeed hire off-duty Pittsburgh police officers for security, overturning a Bureau of Police ban, as the club's lawsuit against the city wends its way through the system. Judge Fischer said the ban likely violated the club's constitutional rights. But she should have also noted how the ban is nothing less than an illegal restraint of free trade — the officers'.
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