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President Carbon: Hypocrisy’s trip

By Tribune-Review
Call it a textbook case of “Do as I say, not as I do.” During President Obama’s 11-day, 14,000-mile “climate change tour,” Air Force One alone will generate about 1.5 million pounds of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Laurel: To Chatham University. It began a new era this week. For the first time in its 146 years, men are part of the student body. And while more than a few Chatham alums derided the move, it was a ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To the Westmoreland Manor tap dance, Part II. County commissioners last week wouldn’t release details of a state inspection of the county-owned nursing home. The state’s findings supposedly focused on “structural issues,” we were told. But, in fact, the ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To the Springdale Borough council, yet again. The council has placed police Chief Julio Medeiros III on paid administrative leave, but refuses to say why. Solicitor Craig Alexander says it’s a “personnel” matter. A public position. Public dollars. No, ...

Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To Munhall drama. Even we can’t call what happened last week in council chambers “great theater” as we’ve done when tempers flare in other communities. Regardless of all the issues there, Councilman Joseph Ballas had no right to put ...

Signing Michael Vick: Personal baggage & professional talent

By Tribune-Review
Michael Vick suited up for his first practice as a Pittsburgh Steeler on Wednesday, National Dog Appreciation Day. Of course, there’s a certain irony in that coincidence, given Mr. Vick’s background. Vick, 35, was signed to a one-year contract on ...

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
The Obama administration is attempting to walk back the president’s characterization of his political opponents as “crazies.” But in doing so, it only dug a deeper hole. The comment, a spokesman said, was a reference to some of the “wildly ...

Witnesses can help

By Tribune-Review
These are unnerving times in Homestead where a fatal shooting Monday was followed by more gunfire in two incidents early Tuesday. Borough and Allegheny County police are trying to reassure residents, both with words and action. Where the general public is ...

The markets: Easy money’s slap

By Tribune-Review
Conventional wisdom (that might not be so conventional) has it that the wild ride and decline in world stock markets begins and ends with China. After all, and as The Associated Press framed it, “Global investors are squawking over the ...

Greater Pittsburgh’s ‘brain gain’

By Tribune-Review
Telling the whole story of population trends requires factoring in measures of both quantity and quality. A new study — employing U.S. Census data and set to be released Thursday — hearteningly contradicts widespread perceptions: “Brain drain” isn’t a Pittsburgh ...

Dream Team honor

By Tribune-Review
As Jamie Holmes and her Dream Team continue to help the sick and terminally ill, the Versailles-based nonprofit organization has made a big impression on a professional sports team’s foundation. The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Jamie’s ...

The Pa. pensions debate: Union hypocrisy

By Tribune-Review
If actions really do speak louder than words, the verbiage spewed by Pennsylvania’s biggest public-sector unions in opposition to 401(k)-style pension plans for government employees rings hollow indeed. That’s because they offer their own staffers 401(k)-style plans. Citing U.S. Labor ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
A windfall: Plunging fuel prices, due in no small part to the shale oil and natural gas boom, are as good for consumers as they are for taxpayers. Public agencies say low prices have been a blessing to their oft-challenged ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Worse than imagined: The fiscal quagmire that swallowed the Eastern Derry Volunteer Fire Co. extended far beyond the former chief and secretary, who are accused of stealing $67,000. In what state Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale calls “a catastrophic failure ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Restraint under pressure: Lower Burrell Officer Mike Ondo likely would’ve been justified to shoot and kill a city woman who attacked him with a butcher knife. Instead, Ondo used his Taser on the woman and both lived. D’uh: When asked ...

Mon-Yough Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Helping hand. Two Boy Scouts looking to earn their Eagle Scout ranking are meeting needs at community parks. Serra Catholic senior Josh Traczynski, a member of Troop 1640 in White Oak, plays basketball at High Street park in Versailles and ...

The PBS/HBO deal: More, more, more

By Tribune-Review
A deal putting longtime PBS mainstay “Sesame Street” on pay-cable titan HBO is an instance of market forces prevailing in ways that benefit all involved — the show, its viewers, HBO, PBS and taxpayers. Nearly doubling the content of previous ...

U.N. Watch: What travel ban?

By Tribune-Review
Exactly how does Iran uphold its end of the controversial and widely criticized nuclear weapons accord when it fails so flagrantly to abide by even the simplest of U.N. Security Council sanctions? The pathetic case in point concerns the recent globe-trotting ...

‘Climate resilience’?: More eco-pablum

By Tribune-Review
In the annals of government gobbledygook, this just might be the gobbledygookiest. The Obama administration has announced that Pittsburgh and nine other cities have been chosen to participate in a pilot program “to support communities in building capacity and technical ...

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
Perhaps this is the week that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane invokes the Geneva Conventions to explain her increasingly bizarre actions? .... Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Sayyed Abbas Araqchi tells Iranian state-controlled media that it will be up to the ...