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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Heads Up: Morning headlines for Aug. 15

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Details of the proposed Port Authority contract with employees are becoming clear. In a bid to stave off pending cuts to service, provisions include a two-year wage freeze, givebacks on vacation and health benefits. One surprise: a "poison pill" provision that allows the union to void the new deal and return to the current one if a continued lack of state funding forces widespread layoffs. Employees vote on the contract this weekend.

UPMC on the hotseat after a radiology technician fired from UPMC Presbyterian is alleged to be the Typhoid Mary of Hepatitis C.

Essential viewing: Harold Hayes' interview with the lone black juror on the Jordan Miles civil-rights trial. I'll have more to say about this later today; for now, I'll just say that Hayes' story provides an interesting contrast to this account of jury deliberations, provided by a white juror last week.

City Controller Michael Lamb smacks around Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for city overtime policies that are the subject of a lawsuit filed by firefighters. There are, as they say, implications for the mayoral race.

A statue of the Virgin Mary has disappeared from Oakland shrine overlooking the Parkway East. (It's not the statue visible to motorists, but a smaller one nearby.) No one seems to consider the possibility that this might be a miracle.

The US Senate race between Bob Casey and GOP challenger Tom Smith is ramping up over a dispute on jobs and foreign trade. In case you missed it, we did a fact-check on a new Smith ad yesterday.)

... And Groupon, the daily-deal empire founded by Mt. Lebanon golden boy Andrew Mason, takes a drubbing in this Slate.com piece. Warning: May cause smugness among those who work in dead-tree media, or who missed out on the chance to launch their own dubious online business.

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