In an editorial today, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette states:
What isn't clear is just why Mayor Luke Ravenstahl ended up blaming council for the decision to forgo the banners.We think it's moot at this point to wonder why Lil Mayor Luke would lie about a couple of banners when he's lied so very often on so very many things.
The Busman's Holiday has the emails here and here.
Much more can be found at The Burgh Report on the banners as well as on Lil Mayor Luke being (gasp!) forced to buy his own Penguins tickets (PittGirl all over this too).