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Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To Jake Haulk. The president of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy continues to do what he does best -- slay shibboleths. His latest effort calls into serious question the conclusion of an American Public Transportation Association "study" that says Pittsburgh motorists could save $9,201 a year by taking Port Authority Transit. As per usual, the facts show the APTA hyped the numbers. Thanks for the reality check, Dr. Haulk.

Lance: To the Allegheny and Westmoreland Intermediate units. Stung by the growing exodus of taxpaying public school customers to charter schools (which typically consume a fraction of the educratic establishment's per-pupil expenditure), they're planning to use more tax dollars to begin an advertising campaign to spin public education's victims. What a racket.

On the "Watch List": The Christmas shopping season begins in earnest today. It's what has come to be known as Black Friday. The deals are said to be legion. And the expected hordes of shoppers likely will try the patience of just about everyone. Be careful out there. After all, you need to be around for Cyber Monday, right?

Here we go: The 7-3 Steelers hope to stay in the playoff hunt on Sunday in Kansas City. Former Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko will start again for the Chiefs. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is nursing a broken thumb on his throwing hand. Nonetheless, he vows to "git er done," so to speak. Here's to sticking the fork in K.C.

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