Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

Published by Andrew McGill on .

When you next pull yourself away from the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, here are your morning stories:

1. The P-G's Tracy Mauriello gears up for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight, predicting he will return to job creation and economic growth in lieu of the lofty liberal sentiments he expressed at his inauguration. Remember: 37 is last year's number to beat in frequency of mentioning the word "jobs."

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2. Joe Biden stumps in Philadelphia for stricter gun control laws, calling for background checks for all firearms purchasers and a ban on high-capacity magazines. Our Karen Langley got the real scoop, though: When asked about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, the veep replied, "I am not running."

3. The gentrifying juggernaut that is the "Eastside" development in East Liberty will soon enter its final phase, culminating in a $65 million development that includes a transit hub, retail space and 366 new apartments. Scheduled for construction across from the Target on Penn Avenue, the plans anchor a swath of development that includes a Whole Foods and existing retail-residential complexes.

4. WESA has a story on a proposal to legalize marijuana from State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery. The law would legalize the drug for people older than 21 and would set up a system of "state stores" to sell it. Sound familiar? Prediction: Ten years from now, we'll be auctioning off the stores to a private company from Northern California over the objections of the Marijuana Distribution Employees International union.

5. The Post-Gazette's editorial take on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation commends the Pontifex but reminds Pittsburghers there is a zero percent chance of seeing a hometown priest named as his successor.

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