1) We honestly don't know what to make of the latest Jesse White news – it's not every day that you get sued by your mother, right? Charlene Watazychyn says her son, the former state representative, ran up charges on a credit card he opened in her name; Mr. White responded by saying his mother is seeking payback after he and his wife cut back on the time they allowed Ms. Watazychyn to spend with her grandson.
2) We're less confused by this one: Twanda Carlisle is considering a run for her old Pittsburgh City Council seat – you know, the same one she gave up just before she was convicted on corruption charges in 2008 and sentenced to prison.
3) The fact that both Lyft and Uber are still both operating in Pittsburgh after a year loaded with pushback from the state is impressive. But we're wondering if the ride-sharing services are a little too successful, as our Kim Lyons writes, drivers for both services say they're not making the trips – or the money – that they used to.
4) Despite a persistent rumor to the contrary, state Sen. Dominic Pileggi is one of the few politicians in the state who isn't considering a run for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mr. Pileggi, who was just ousted from his post as Senate majority leader, is interested in becoming a judge; he announced last week he would run for a vacant seat on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.
5) The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court has ordered probate judges in the state to ignore the ruling of a federal judge and refuse to hand out marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In asserting that the federal courts don't have jurisdiction to overturn Alabama's constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions – states' rights, anyone? – Chief Justice Roy Moore is setting himself up for another fall; he was removed from office in 2003 after defying a federal court ruling to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from Alabama's Supreme Court building. Note: Chief Justice Moore isn't going to get any help from the U.S. Supreme Court; over the weekend, it said it would not overturn the federal court order.