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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Heads Up: Headlines for Aug. 23

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Today's top story: Former PSU president Graham Spanier speaks out on the Paterno scandal -- and boy is he pissed at the Freeh report.

KDKA-TV's Jon Delano interviews Paul Ryan -- watch Ryan dodge and weave questions on abortion -- and gets love from everyone from the New Yorker to Rachel Maddow.

Try to restrain your lamentations: Despite nearly $10 billion in earnings in its most recent fiscal year, UPMC confronts diminished profits -- I mean "excess revenues" -- and a "challenging environment."

Missed this yesterday: Former county coroner Cyril Wecht blames DA Steve Zappala for failing to get convictions in the case against two men accused of shooting a Clairton police officer. Wecht, who has no shortage of animus toward Zappala, thinks the DA spends too much time on harassing public officials, like those long-suffering Orie sisters -- and presumably Wecht himself, though he doesn't come out and say that.) (Incidentally, I contacted Zappala's office for a response. They declined.)

A key architect of Gov. Tom Corbett's welfare cuts won't be on the dole himself anytime soon: Former DPW deputy secretary Timothy Costa will be taking a job as a lobbyist (quelle surprise!) with the firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Presumably he's now free to represent the needs of the more "deserving."

According to a report, among the foreign corporations playing a large role in US elections is Bayer, whose US operations have long been headquartered in Robinson Township. (Though they may be moving soon.) The Coalition Against Bayer Dangers -- you can probably discern where they stand -- asserts that a PAC affiliated with the German-based corporation heavily supports Republicans in federal elections, spending more than twice as much supporting the GOP as Democrats. (Those numbers are backed up by the Center for Responsive Politics.) The Coalition also faults Bayer for supporting the Heartland Institute, which boasts of being "the world's most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change."

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