An Early Returns representative stopped by the North Side Elks Club's "Banjo Night" last night — and he can report that City Controller Michael Lamb did not go onstage to sing. This time.
Your morning links:
1. Where in the world is Mayor Luke? A close friend says the missing mayor will hold a press conference in the next few days to explain his absence from recent city and campaign events. Some have said his mother is sick. Even @LouKravenstahl is tweeting less.
2. About 200 local kids could get kicked out of Head Start programs if the federal government fails to reach a budget compromise, our Mary Niederberger reports. And guess what: Republicans and Democrats can't agree.
More after the jump.
3. A special state prosecutor will play plumber and plug up the leaks on several grand juries, including the one that recommended charges against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. If you recall, that particular case dispensed tips with regularity of an IV drip.
4. A Washington, D.C. budget watchdog group has targeted a federal program supporting small nuclear reactors, the baby of Westinghouse Electric Co. The group, Taxpayers for Common Sense, says a company like Westinghouse should be able to develop the project without government money.
5. The lawsuit from 11 property owners who say their appraisals were ignored at assessment appeal hearings grinds forward, with the county telling them to open up a law book. County lawyers say the property owners gave no relevant case law to support their claim that hearing officers must accept their certified appraisals if no one submits evidence to the contrary.