1. JFK assassination stories dominate the day, including this remembrance of covering the president's Dallas trip from frequent ER contributor Jim Perry. Why was he in Dallas again?
We knew, of course, why we were in Texas. This was November 1963 and the presidential election was just a year away. Kennedy and his vice president, Lyndon Johnson, had come to Texas to try to bring the party's two warring factions into some kind of working relationship, at least until the votes were counted. The conservative faction was led by Gov. John Connally; the liberal faction was led by Sen. Ralph Yarborough. They despised each other.
I had come to Texas to write about the feud and make some kind of wild prediction on the Democrats' chances of carrying Texas in 1964.
2. A federal judge in Pittsburgh awarded an injunction to local Catholic Church-related organizations blocking Obamacare requirements on contraceptive coverage which will undoubtedly be appealed to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals (where Judge Arthur J. Schwab hasn't exactly fared well). But the overall matter is likely headed to the Supremes anyway.
3. Hill District residents don't like the affordable housing mix in the Pittsburgh Penguins' redevelopment plans for the old Civic Arena site, which is promised to reconnect the Hill with Downtown.
4. In another intersection of sports and civic life, the Steelers are advancing on their plans for a new scoreboard on the north (closed) end of Heinz Field, as well as new seats on the south end, even though they need Sports & Exhibition Authority approval and they're still in court with the city-county sports agency battling over who'll pay for the upgrades. You may recall Mayor-elect Bill Peduto re-emphasized his opposition to more stadium funding in his last campaign commercial.
5. Former state Sen. Jane Orie is due to get out of prison Feb. 9 after serving her minimum public corruption sentence.