Good morning. Happy 6th birthday to Lily McNulty, mayoral illustrator.
1. Painful budget cuts are on the way for the State System of Higher Education, its new chief said Thursday.
2. All the candidates for an open Pittsburgh City Council seat (including the endorsed Democrat) debated last night in Bloomfield, covering a lot of quality of life issues. Bram was there.
3. Speaking of, here's why there are challenges in hiring city police officers even when the budget is there to do so.
4. John Hugya, the former chief of staff to Jack Murtha, is making his bid for the PA12 seat official today in Johnstown. He and fellow Dem Erin McClelland are seeking to oust freshman Republican Keith Rothfus.
5. The federal government shutdown is making things tough on Chris Briem and other economics wonks.