1. The Penguins were denied $18 million in federal funding for their redevelopment of the Civic Arena site linking the Hill District with Downtown, putting added pressure on mayor-to-be Bill Peduto's request that the team put more money into the project and open it up to more community planning. Early Returns readers no doubt know Penguins execs pushed for Jack Wagner in the primary, after first getting behind Luke Ravenstahl.
2. A McKeesport city councilman and Forward's police chief were among those charged in a gambling probe in the Mon Valley.
3. Allegheny County has $21 million in off-the-books money floating around, most of it from the Department of Real Estate, and financial officials want to move it into the county budget system. Seems like a good idea.
4. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are paying for $12 million in TV ads in Pa and other GOP-run states that didn't agree to set up their own Obamacare marketplaces.
5. Goodbye, Knitted Bridge, you were awesome and everybody says so. Weird that the Warhol Bridge will be closed all weekend (through 7 p.m. Sunday) to take down the knitting though, as a few people will likely be traveling to the North Side come Sunday afternoon.