Happy Columbus Day, Early Returns.
1. Former Pittsburgh city councilwoman Michelle Madoff-Scheske passed away Saturday. Read Sally Kalson's obituary on this colorful city hall character, who also formed the Group Against Smog and Pollution.
2. Councilman Bill Peduto, also the Democratic nominee for mayor, is really good at raising money, reports Jim O'Toole. But he still says he's opposed to "old machine" pay-to-play politics:
While sketching ethical rules for a new administration that he said would insulate policy from fundraising, he added, "So that's the difference, it's not raising the money, it's what you do once you've done that. ... So if we can end that, then we end the machine.''
3. Business reporter Deborah M. Todd spent a week in Haiti. Read her Sunday story on efforts by social enterprises to rebuild the nation, still recovering from a devastating earthquake.
4. Another side effect of the shutdown of the federal government? Businesses in Gettysburg that rely on tourism to the historic battlefield may face a pinch since it's been shut down, reports Karen Langley.
5. Students at Duquesne Law have help authored some of the city's sustainability laws.