Busy morning today, so let's keep things nice and short.
1. City councilman Patrick Dowd is stepping down from his seat to head an education advocacy group. We suppose city government showed him what happens when the educational system fails.
2. Here's the latest on the FBI probe into Pittsburgh city hall, with a recent focus on parking lot contracts. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's former bodyguard is also expected to testify today.
3. Surprise, surprise: A report shows that shale advocacy groups have ties to the natural gas industry.
4. North Side residents are in little neighborhood tiff over expanding the historic district boundaries. Well, maybe little is an understatement.
5. Tim McNulty profiles Kevin Acklin, the (formerly Republican!) aide de camp to mayoral hopeful Bill Peduto.