by Chris Potter
District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. holds a press conference on the death of Ka'Sandra Wade that leaves many questions unanswered. Police who responded to a 9-1-1 call Wade before her death did not follow proper procedure, Zappala says -- but it's unclear whether she was still alive at the time. Nor did they necessarily have the legal authority to bust into the apartment. Zappala says no charges will be filed against the officers involved, but is recommending changes to 9-1-1 policy, among other things. Meanwhile, police brass are promising some sort of "action" in the days ahead.
It happens to the best of us: You spend all your time focusing on high-profile mayoral races and such, and you forget that there are judicial races on the ballot ... right up until you sidle up to the voting screen and realize you have no idea who the hell these people are. The Trib has an early look at what may be a baker's dozen of candidates vying for county judgeships.
Here's one we missed in our own mayoral daze last week: a look at the impact of Gov. Tom Corbett's decision not to expand the state's Medicaid program under "Obamacare." Corbett has said an expansion would cost too much, and later bailed out on the plan by saying the federal government was too slow to respond to requests for information. But a lot of Pennsylvanians -- specifically those who are in the "not-quite-desperately-poor" category -- may have a hard time affording his decision to not expand the program.
How'd Mayor Ravenstahl's crackdown on Carson Street turn out? Nineteen arrests and more than 100 citations in the first night alone. Which suggests that drunken revelers need to spend more time reading the papers. Seriously: Getting busted on the South Side this weekend was like being told the location of a DUI checkpoint in advance ... and still getting caught in it.
IT IS GOING TO BE VERY COLD THIS WEEK, MAYBE ON ACCOUNT OF ITS BEING MID-JANUARY I DON'T KNOW I'M NOT A METEOROLOGIST.