Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

Published by Andrew McGill on .

Good morning, early Early Returners. No snow from Nemo, but plenty of political news. Let's get started:

1. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane makes her first official command a big one, shutting down the "Florida loophole" allowing gun owners denied a concealed-carry permit in the Keystone State to use one from the Sunshine State instead.

2. From yours truly, an operation in Wilkinsburg with more than $4 million in tax-exempt property draws questions as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald begins his inquisiition into non-profits. Is Strength Inc. really a non-profit charity, despite IRS troubles, rescinded grants from the county and shuttered buildings? And if not, why wasn't it rooted out earlier?

3. The Paterno family has released its rebuttal to Penn State's Freeh Report, calling the inquiry conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh a "profound failure." Among the rebuttal's authors is former Pennsylvania governor and Pittsburgh native Dick Thornburgh. Check the full thing out at, but drink some coffee first -- it's more than 200 pages long

4. The charmingly named Yinzercation education advocacy group holds a rally for increased education funding, calling on Gov. Tom Corbett to repent his earlier cuts and send more money to public schools. You'll also see a schoolteacher doing the limbo -- I promise.

5. And just for fun, the New York Times' piece on the cross-state Wawa v. Sheetz competition. By its choice of a Wawa for the dominant image on the article, it looks like the Gray Old Lady has already picked a side.

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.