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Full disclosure: VisitPittsburgh, the local tourism-promotion agency, is refusing to release a full study that found four employees are paid significantly higher salaries than those at comparable agencies in other cities. All it will release is a two-page summary. Just retired Chairman and CEO Joe McGrath was paid more than $390,000 in 2011. Current boss Craig Davis makes $240,000 annually. But this is a public agency underwritten by taxpayer dollars. The full report must be made public.

A better idea?: The Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority initially wanted to design and redevelop the old Civic Arena site in phases — as financing became available. Now, holding out hope for a federal grant, it's hoping to design and develop the 28-acre Lower Hill District site in one shebang. But is that really the better idea? Wouldn't it be more prudent to develop in phases, as originally planned, and better take advantage of changing market trends?

Time to bounce back: The Pittsburgh Pirates limp into St. Louis tonight for a critical three-game series with the Cardinals. The Battlin' Bucs were swept by the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. But the Dodgers did a number on the birds and the Pirates maintained their three-game lead over St. Louis in the National League Central. As slumps go, that's the kind you want if you must slump. Here's to a reversal of fortunes this week.

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