Friday, May 04, 2007

Goin Dahn Arahn Tahn

Newspaper stories have character. Even in a banal, quotidian story, there's bound to be some piece of minituae that will elicit a chuckle.
In a follow-up story about the peculiar murder of a gentlemanly 86-year old retiree, we learned that Edward "Mr. Jimmy" Loggins worked until he was 81 for US Steel as a "receptionist and bartender" in 61st floor executive offices.

A little insight about the behavior of fat-cat industrialists. Drinking their fancy Scotch and smoking fine cigars...

Read about how Mr. Loggins spent his golden years.

The Trib has a good story about campaign contributions and public subsidies.
Last summer, father-and-son developers Jack and Lucas Piatt asked Gov. Ed Rendell for $18 million to help redevelop Downtown's Fifth-Forbes corridor. In September, Jack Piatt, an active Rendell contributor, gave $106,000 to the governor's re-election campaign. Within a month, Rendell, who raised more than $30 million during the race, announced the state would commit $7 million to Piatt's project.

That's not a quid pro quo. I can't even fathom why someone would suggest the governor makes favorable decisions on behalf of his donors!

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