Good morning Early Returners and happy Monday.
1. It's a rough Monday indeed for the city of Detroit's pensioners. The Motor City's bankruptcy filing could disrupt their payments, the New York Times reports.
2. Despite long-simmering sports rivalries, Pittsburghers know what if feels like to see their beloved city on the financial brink. So why has Pittsburgh fared so much better than Detroit? New York Times columnist Paul Krugman ponders that in a blog entry here.
3. The George Zimmerman verdict ignited protests accross the country, but also a long-running debate about whether self-defense laws go too far. Torsten Ove look's at Pennsylvania's Castle Doctrine in today's story.
4. In Pennsylvania's state penitentiaries, talk isn't cheap. Andrew McGill reports on why the state charges inmates exorbinant fees for phone calls -- and then takes a cut of the action.
5. Between a cracked sidewalk and a hard place. Diana Nelson Jones reports on a Spring Garden neighborhood where the sidewalks have become impassable by elderly residents. But the sidewalks are privately owned, so what's a city to do?