Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To Lester Nauhaus. For throwing a new book at convicted former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin after her ordered first letter of apology appeared to blame her staff for her public corruption crimes.
Lance: To Tamara Davis. For allegedly stealing more than $9,000 from a secret fund whose discovery and abuse sent former Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper to the federal pokey. The civilian clerk is accused of theft and forgery.
Lance: To Doug Shields. For double-dipping. The former Pittsburgh city councilman collects a city pension. Yet next week, the council will discuss awarding him a $20-an-hour (up to $40,000 yearly) contract as a “consultant.” It’s the kind of deal that makes people suspicious of their government.
On the “Watch List”:The August Wilson Center. Does something stink in Dollar Bank’s sale of the insolvent black cultural center to a consortium of foundations just two days after the bank acquired it in a sheriff’s sale? The foundations’ purchase shafts a number of unsecured creditors. And that’s leaving a bad taste in a lot of mouths.
Laurel: To Robinson Patrolmen Noel Pilewski and Eric Maga. Having gone into a burning home twice Tuesday to rescue its 89-year-old owner, they went in a third time, with the Moon Run fire chief, to be sure no one else was inside. All should be grateful for such selfless first responders.