1) When a grand jury notes that your testimony before it "demonstrated conduct that was clearly inconsistent with the evidence presented to this grand jury," you should be concerned. When the same grand jury presentment – the one, unsealed on Monday, that recommended Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane face criminal charges – says "the testimony of Kathleen Kane was not an honest account of the events," the rest of us have to wonder about how soon our state's top prosecutor will be charged.
2) Gov. Tom Wolf isn't waiting around for a resolution to the conflict between Highmark and UPMC; he's asking the Commonwealth Court to force the two bodies into arbitration, a shove Governor Go Time said was prompted by UPMC's cancellation of its Medicare Advantage plan. In response, UPMC and Highmark called each other names.
3) The lines formed on Friday, not for concert tickets or a college football game, but for the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage, which are scheduled for today. Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and our neighbors in Ohio are defending their gay-marriage bans, all of which were upheld in appellate courts; the court must reconcile those rulings with decisions in other states – like ours – where the bans were struck down. A ruling is expected by the end of June.
4) Early Returns isn't in the endorsement business. We leave that to our colleagues at the mothership, and you can read the P-G editorial board's list of endorsements for the primary – it's now just three weeks away, boys and girls – right here.
5) We really like this ad, but don't you wish they could have worked a street sweeper in there somewhere?