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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 …

Monsour’s legacy: A bitter pill

By Tribune-Review
More than 81⁄2 years later, a public agency is scheduled on Friday to purchase the dilapidated Monsour Medical Center long after the hospital’s board walked away from its responsibility and government authorities, by their inexcusable inaction, allowed the property to …

McCaffery’s suspension: Castille’s concurrence

By Tribune-Review
It has to be one of the most bizarre documents ever filed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. And it will ensure years of bitter legal wrangling. The high court late Monday ordered the suspension with pay of Justice Seamus McCaffery, …

For U.S. House in Ohio & West Virginia: Bill Johnson and David McKinley

By Tribune-Review
Conservative Republicans representing two neighboring congressional districts — Bill Johnson in Ohio’s 6th, along the Ohio River from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, and David McKinley in West Virginia’s 1st, across the Mountain State’s northern half — deserve new terms on Nov. …

Early voting: Hardly healthy

By Tribune-Review
Early voting is underway over a large swath of the United States in advance of the Nov. 4 election. But whether it’s prudent or even constitutional are two very large questions. As National Review’s John Fund notes, about 2 million …

For the Pennsylvania House: Ortitay, Krieger and Logan

By Tribune-Review
In local state House races, the overriding issue is damage remediation. It applies whether Democrats steer Pennsylvania back to tax-and-spend policies or whether Republicans cling to power but continue to sit on pressing issues like pension reform. Three candidates stand …

The Paycheck Fairness Act: It’s not needed

By Tribune-Review
Democrats’ campaign-trail calls for yet more “pay equity” legislation are cynical political ploys that omit the fact that paying women less than men for the same work already is illegal. Chicago labor and employment lawyer Gerald Skoning writes in The …

U.N. Watch: Gun-grabbers unite!

By Tribune-Review
The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, initially avoided then signed by the Obama administration (but not ratified by the Senate), has received the necessary 50 ratifications needed to advance to its next stage — a conference of signers. And in …

Philly’s schools: The real injustice

By Tribune-Review
Philadelphia “is ground zero for injustice,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told protesters who shut down a major Philly street on Thursday over the city’s School Reform Commission’s decision to abrogate the teachers’ contract, part of …

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
Wattsupwiththat.com , which bills itself as “the world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change,” says the water temperature of the Great Lakes is more than 6 degrees colder than last year at this time and 3 degrees …

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear Jeff Banister: The eyes of Texas now are upon you. But the hearts of Pittsburghers never will abandon you. Yours, Old Man River. …

Mass shootings: Cooked numbers

By Tribune-Review
Way off target for accuracy, an FBI report claiming a dramatic rise in mass shootings from 2000 to 2013 hits the political bull’s-eye for the gun-grabbing Obama administration. John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author …

Saturday essay: A box of Halloween

By Tribune-Review
For a kid growing up in rural Ohio in the 1960s, the pleasures were as many as they were simple: the stream in the woods, “hay huts” in the fields, model airplanes and rockets and feasting on the fruits of …

Connellsville Area’s basketball coach conundrum

By Tribune-Review
The Connellsville Area School Board recently hired a new assistant principal at the high school who also was hired as the high school boys basketball coach. While we welcome Andrew Hedrick to the school district, we question the school board’s …

The drug database: Government overreach

By Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania has a serious problem with fatal overdoses and “doctor shopping” to obtain illicit prescriptions for addictive painkillers that too often lead to death by cheaper, easier-to-get heroin. But a state monitoring program that mocks the Fourth Amendment and threatens …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • Allegheny General and UPMC Presbyterian hospitals. Allegheny County Health Department Director Karen Hacker says those facilities would be at the forefront for treating any suspected local cases of Ebola. Here’s hoping they do a better …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • Jennifer Rega. The Indiana County district judge has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Witnesses described the defendant, 41, as disoriented before she allegedly drove away, police said. Such exceptional poor judgment, …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To retaliation. West Deer Supervisor Gerry Vaerewyck lodged an ethics complaint in August against supervisor Chairman Jeff Fleming and township Manager Dan Mator. Following shortly was a letter from Fleming’s attorney threatening a lawsuit if Vaerewyck continued to speak …

America’s pensions crisis: Look to the Dutch

By Tribune-Review
When it comes to pensions, America’s public and private sectors could learn a thing or two from the Netherlands, where underlying principles contrast sharply with U.S. practices. “The Dutch system rests on the idea that each generation should pay its …

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
In a matter of weeks, America has gone from a nation in which the president said it was highly unlikely that the deadly Ebola virus would spread to our shores, and in which the head of the Centers for Disease …