Welcome to the first day of spring! Seriously. The high temp today is set for 35 degrees and the weather's supposed to stay like this through mid-April. Which is bogus.
1. Rich Lord calls the Pittsburgh Police Bureau "storm-tossed" in his story today about a court case on police discipline gone awry, which concerns specifically a detective who could have been fired at least twice (once after allegedly choking his son) before he choked a Squirrel Hill man after a fender-bender. Speaking of, another cop caught on video going after a South Side bar patron denies he's a "rogue cop."
2. As our pal Melissa Daniels at PA Independent writes, Pa "is a pretty sweet place to be an elected official" -- the second-highest state lawmaker salaries, the biggest number of full-time legislators and no limits on fundraising. Add to that the highest salaried governor in the country --at $183,255 -- though Gov. Corbett freezed his salary when he entered office so he takes home about $8 grand less.
3. Heather Heidelbaugh, Allegheny County Council's GOP member at large and all-around nettle in the side of executive Rich Fitzgerald, says those undated resignation letters he makes county appointees sign "violate the law" and are an attempt to seize power by the exec.
4. Around and around it goes -- now Washington County, like its neighbors to the north, is getting forced into countywide property reassessments.
5. Congrats to Robert Morris, which shocked the world when it beat college basketball defending champs Kentucky last night, sealing it with two free throws with 8 seconds left after the Wildcats came back to tie.