Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Lance: To broken trust. Fast on the heels of the Vatican announcing that it has sanctioned or defrocked more than 3,400 priests over the past decade for allegedly molesting children comes word of a major scandal for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh — allegations that five clerics abused 12 students at the former North Catholic High School in the 1950s and '60s. How sad. How tragic. How sickening.
Lance: To Nick Futules. Allegheny County Council's vice president let the “F”-word fly not once but twice in the heat of this week's debate over the Deer Lakes Park drilling lease. And, no, the word wasn't “fracking.” The Democrat also walked out of the meeting, putting a finger to his head to make the “crazy” motion. It's classless behavior from a public official who should know better.
Lance: To Jane Orie. Released from prison in February after serving time for her public corruption conviction, the former state senator of McCandless now is attempting to rehabilitate her public image. Sayeth she, in an interview with WTAE: “I think politics is a dirty, dirty sport.” A jury of her peers said she resembles that remark.
On the “Watch List”: Barry Ford. The president of development for Continental Real Estate says his company is considering a multifamily housing development adjacent to PNC Park at the corner of Mazeroski Way and North Shore Drive. That's great. He also notes that a parking garage would be needed, intimating that the public should pay for it. That's not so great. Public officials say the well is dry. Build your own garage, Mr. Ford?