Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

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Sorry for the late start, Earlybirds — how about that Parkway traffic, amiright?

1. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is standing by his man, announcing his support for police chief Nate Harper in a news conference yesterday. FBI agents pulled subpoenaed documents Tuesday from police headquarters, though Harper says he hasn't received a target letter. Mr. Ravenstahl says the chief told him he didn't do anything wrong, and so Mr. Ravenstahl believes him. Cue rainbows and sunshine.

2. Pittburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is standing by his other man, announcing his support for campaign spokesman Robert Harringer, who was charged with obstructing an officer in November in Florida. Mr. Harringer says he was detained after trying to record with his iPhone a police officer's rough handling of another man. The mayor said Harringer was "practicing his First Amendment rights." Maybe he should be police chief.

After the jump, Mayor Luke stands by Manti Te'o, Lance Armstrong and Mark Rubio's water bottle.

3. Here's the Youngstown 3-D printing company President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address. 

4. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are now both members of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. This is after they made a point of sitting together at the State of the Union address. Bromance.

5. Former Gov. Ed Rendell is calling for a higher gas tax and more money for transportation infrastructure, testifying before a U.S. House committee Wednesday. Rumor had it last month he was eyeing a play for Secretary of Transportation... but he demurred, saying he was too much of a "free spirit."

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