We are very sorry, and likely deserve some kind of punishment, for driving our Catholic friends crazy with pictures of meaty, savory, juicy sausage on Fridays this month. Out of penitence, we're going with a suitable illustration.
1. The Mod Squad is back with another story on the federal probe of the Pittsburgh police: the bureau's finance manager knew there was an "odor" surrounding private police accounts, but her lawyer says they were ordered by the chief (and known to Mayor Ravenstahl's public safety director). UPDATE: The finance manager first told Public Safety Director Huss about the accounts in early February, according to her attorney.
2. UPMC made an "unusually harsh" shot across the bow at Highmark when it barred some of the latter's customers from their out-of-network doctors, even if they wanted to pay in cash.
3. You think the Corbett administration is feeling a bit besieged these days? Yesterday its budget secretary complained of "Ponzi schemes" set up by the Rendell administration on health care. The Inquirer gets response from the former guv.
4. Jim O'Toole has some polling data showing Bill Peduto up over Michael Lamb in the developing Pittsburgh mayor's race. Lamb has a presser early today on women's issues.
Thursday marked the Flyers' first regulation loss in more than 20 years (Feb. 17, 1993, against Detroit) in which they held a three-goal edge in a regular-season game. The Penguins did it to the Flyers in Game 6 of their 2009 first-round playoff series, but apparently that wasn't recent enough for this team to remember.