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Pa. grants & tax credits: Two messes involving taxpayer underwriting of the movie industry demand a thorough investigation

By Tribune-Review
It was with much fanfare that Gov. Tom Corbett last week announced a $2.5 million taxpayer grant to help pay for a nearly $10 million expansion for Island Studios in McKees Rocks. The money would be used for a new …

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
President Obama’s expected post-election executive action granting work permits to millions of illegal aliens is drawing greater opposition by the day. The union that represents federal immigration workers says public safety will be endangered. And a member of the U.S. …

The new mortgage rules: Fueling bubbles

By Tribune-Review
New federal mortgage regulations don’t require significant down payments. And that’s only inviting a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. The new rules come at the behest of “housing advocacy groups, mortgage bankers and even some bond investors” who want …

Misbehavior pays

By Tribune-Review
The federal government kept more than 57,000 employees accused of misbehavior on paid administrative leave for a month or longer — some for a year or more — during the past three fiscal years, costing taxpayers more than $775 million …

Disorder in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Seamus McCaffery retires

By Tribune-Review
Seamus McCaffery did the right thing. But the blot on Pennsylvania’s judicial system won’t soon fade. Mr. McCaffery, suspended with pay from the state Supreme Court last week, retired from the high court on Monday. Few doubt he would have …

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Holy smokes!: Now that we’ve seen what the Pittsburgh Steelers are capable of, we can expect them to run the table, finish the season at 13-3 and win the Super Bowl, right? Pittsburgh’s 51-34 domination of the Indianapolis Colts on …

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Same slippery slope: Like an avalanche sliding down a mountainside, plans for revamped ski facilities at Laurel Mountain State Park are expected to be reviewed next month by Ligonier Township supervisors. The state hopes to reopen the Laurel Mountain Ski …

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Whom to believe?: With Sears Grand about to leave an open anchor spot in the Pittsburgh Mills mall, there’s a question about how much vacant space exists there. Mall management says the place is 90 percent occupied. But Trepps, a …

Reversing Kane: Questions of competence

By Tribune-Review
The Philadelphia district attorney’s filing of corruption charges against a retired Philadelphia Traffic Court president judge deepens doubts about the competence of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who deemed the case “non-prosecutable.” DA Seth Williams charged Thomasine Tynes, 71, with …

For Pennsylvania governor: Re-elect Tom Corbett

By Tribune-Review
Four years ago, we “heartily” endorsed Republican Tom Corbett for governor of Pennsylvania. The commonwealth, we said then, could not survive the kind of third …

U.N. Watch: A diminished U.S.

By Tribune-Review
As Venezuela easily claims its prize — a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council — the Obama administration remains as disengaged as ever. “Unfortunately Venezuela’s conduct at the U.N. has run counter to the spirit of the U.N. …

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear Pa. Supreme Court: Campaigns & elections, porn & psychiatric assessments. Wow, a one-stop shop! Yours, Old Man River. …

For Ohio governor: Re-elect John Kasich

By Tribune-Review
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s first term has had its blemishes. But his policies and overall record should lead voters to re-elect him over Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive whose personal foibles have down-ballot Democrats fleeing his campaign. …

Saturday essay: The trolley bus

By Tribune-Review
The junior engineer imagineering has begun anew in the basement workshop. That’s where the massive 8-line N-scale train platform has been moved to begin work on updates in advance of its third Christmastime “run.” But first, there will be some …

Halloween 2014: Have fun but be safe

By Tribune-Review
Halloween is a time for family fun along with parades and, of course, trick-or-treating. For the first time in recent years, Connellsville has scheduled trick-or-treating on Halloween night from 6 to 8 p.m. South Connellsville and Dunbar boroughs opted to …

For U.S. House, Pa.: Re-elect Rothfus, Shuster, Kelly & Barletta

By Tribune-Review
On Nov. 4, vote to keep Pennsylvania Republicans Keith Rothfus (12th District), Bill Shuster (9th), Mike Kelly (3rd) and Lou Barletta (11th) in the U.S. House. Representing his constituents admirably, Mr. Rothfus, of Sewickley, deserves a second term. He favors …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Laurel: To Chevron. For putting its money where future jobs are through a $20 million tri-state education initiative to help train a new generation of workers for the energy sector. Lance: To Michael Finnerty and Bob Macey. For wanting to …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: The Rev. Joseph Maurizio’s “investments.” The Somerset County priest, accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy, reportedly has assets of at least $1 million. His lawyer says his client made “smart investments.” …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Laurel: To the Springdale Council. Members voted 4-3 to keep Police Chief Julio Medeiros on the job. Now if the micromanagers and wannabe police chiefs on council will leave Medeiros alone, maybe he can show why he was hired to …

For U.S. Senate, W.Va.: Elect Shelley Moore Capito

By Tribune-Review
Voters in neighboring West Virginia will make history on Nov. 4 when they choose a new U.S. senator to replace Democrat Jay Rockefeller. Barring an electoral anomaly that sends one of four minor party candidates to Washington, the Mountain State …