Here at City Paper, December marks a very special time of year -- a time for counting our blessings, and celebrating all that is most sacred.
I'm talking, of course, about our annual "Best of" issue, due out next week. I'll bet you're all a-tingle with curiosity about the winners, but I ain't saying a word. After all, I wouldn't have gotten this far in journalism if I went around telling people stuff I know. So here's a couple dispatches from elsewhere instead.
-- Pittsburgh's own Primanti Brothers got a shout out in the New York Times yesterday. Detroit's executives are so desperate for a Washington bailout that they are actually willing to drive their own cars to ask for it, and the Times suggests a rest stop on the way.
The prospect of the executives motoring along more than 500 miles of highway to Washington -- a trip of about nine hours, not counting a possible stop in Pittsburgh for a sandwich at Primanti Brothers -- introduces an element of ritualistic public relations gamesmanship.
Great idea. And while they're at it, maybe they could learn something about biodiesel by inspecting the Primanti's grease traps?
-- Pittsburgh's US Attorney, Mary Beth Buchanan, announces she'd like to stay on in her post, if Barack Obama will have her. This comes as little surprise: If Buchanan knew when to give up, we wouldn't be contemplating another Cyril Wecht trial.
-- Bram Reichbaum over at the Pittsburgh Comet gets to his computer before anyone else, and is first to post news that Chelsa Wagner has e-mailed backers telling them she won't be running for mayor after all. No word yet on how this guy is taking it.