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Friday, February 22, 2013

Heads Up: Morning headlines for Feb. 22

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

In today's WTFgate (maybe we need a name for this whole situation?) headlines ... a former bodyguard of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says the mayor knew that his bodyguards were toting around debit cards issued from a police credit union, rather than a designated city account. Moreover: The reason the guards had the cards was because they wouldn't be subject to Right to Know requests. But then it turns out that this guy has had some credibility issues in the past, and apparently the mayor's office put reporters in touch with a jilted girlfriend to disparage him? And then there are some not-so-veiled threats of legal action from both the mayor and his public safety director, Mike Huss.

In other banner-day-for-justice-officials news, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is convicted on six of seven corruption charges. (There are a zillion stories about this, of course: I chose this one because it has the funniest picture.)

Interesting business story from the Tribune-Review: The highly publicized proposed acquisition of Heinz may effectively double Heinz's debt load, harming the company's credit rating. That's what happens when someone takes a company private.

Does the state cabinet secretary in charge of the Department of Environmental Protection believe in global warming? Well, kind of of ... but because he's a Republican, he has to add all these caveats about how scientists debate the extent of the problem and blah blah blah. You can expect this sort of holding action for another 20 years, by which time the GOP will argue that it's too late to do anything about the problem.

Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to challenge Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane over her decision to reject his contract with a lottery operator. A decision is expected today.

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