Friday, September 14, 2012
Story of the day: The state Supreme Court hears debates over the future of the state's democracy. Our coverage of the Voter ID bill is here -- but the court also heard arguments about redistricting, which has implications for many Pittsburgh voters. We'll have an update on that as soon as I can bestir myself. In the meantime, coverage from a statewide perspective can already be found elsewhere.
A bipartisan legislative panel is asking Gov. Tom Corbett to halt executions until the end of next year, a moratorium it says will give it time to issue a report on the wisdom of having a death penalty at all. Giving the request special urgency: For the first time in decades, the state is poised to execute a convict who is still fighting his sentence in court. What's more, the case of Terrance Williams seems poised to attract national attention, because the circumstances are so ugly. Williams was just over 18 when he committed the murder for which he's being executed ... and his victim had been sexually abusing him for years.
Guess what? Stuff gets broken and stolen in state liquor stores sometimes ... just like it does in the private sector! Countdown to a Post-Gazette editorial decrying the situation in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...
The Steelers plan on adding 3,000 seats to Heinz Field, using ticket and parking surcharges to do so.
Allegheny County Jail gets a new warden, whose job it will be to clean up the messes left by the last guy.