TO WIN the Golden Mouse Award may not seem the most prestigious honor for a member of Congress, but Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey was proud to be named last week as one of only four senators to receive it. Fortunately, the mouse in the Golden Mouse Award — which also comes in silver and bronze categories — is a computer mouse, not a cheese-loving mouse. Awarded by the Congressional Management Foundation, a Golden Mouse is given to those who have the best websites. Sen. Casey was also cited for his use of social media. Only a dirty rat could not congratulate the senator for his Golden Mouse.
WHAT AWARD would be appropriate for Pittsburgh pilgrims? We’re not thinking of the faithful who will make pilgrimages to New York City to watch the Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. No, we mean the real faithful. Bishop David Zubik and about 90 Catholics from the Pittsburgh diocese were in Rome last week for a weeklong pilgrimage that had as its high point last Sunday’s canonization of the late popes John XXIII and John Paul II. As the Post-Gazette’s Peter Smith reported, they had a memorable time, which included attending a Mass that Bishop Zubik celebrated in a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday morning. If there’s an award, it will be presented in heaven.
A GREAT SWARM of humanity will run through city streets this morning for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, which finishes in Point State Park. The vast majority of them have no hope of being awarded the major prizes, but there are other good reasons to run — and that’s especially true of a unique group of runners who were profiled by the Post-Gazette’s Gretchen McKay Thursday. These men and women were once homeless and are now in transitional housing. They will compete in the relay competition for the L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, a North Side-based nonprofit which ministers to the homeless. Their race goes not to the swift.