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Host a Super Bowl?: False prophets/profits

By Tribune-Review 9:27 p.m.
The financial plight of Glendale, Ariz., should temper enthusiasm for sports teams and their facilities as economic salvation — and especially for the idea of Pittsburgh hosting a Super Bowl. Glendale, population 250,000, is “suffering deep financial issues over its ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review 9:27 p.m.
An observation: Years of dickering and dithering over culling Mt. Lebanon’s exploding deer population has led to a plan to corral and shoot deer by a conflicted contractor (a consultant for the municipality turned culler who never has used the ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review 8:55 p.m.
On the “Watch List”: • Zion Bullitt Avenue LP. The company’s New York owners, who for decades have played a game of rope-a-dope with local and state officials on the cleanup of the dilapidated Jeannette Glass plant, have ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review 8:55 p.m.
Lance: To dumb laws. In this case, the state law that makes the $2-per-square Super Bowl pool in your office or favorite watering hole illegal. Dumb laws that everyone ignores can cause disrespect for laws everyone needs to obey. There’s ...

State of surveillanc: The DEA database

By Tribune-Review
A massive national database growing from real-time Drug Enforcement Administration monitoring of vehicle movements raises disturbing questions: What’s done with the data? For what purposes? And is it legal? Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union via the Freedom ...

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, must believe in fewer entry-level jobs, denying unskilled workers the opportunity to learn how to work and making ever thinner the already thin margins on which so many businesses operate. Why else would she ...

Open records: Hold the phone?

By Tribune-Review
The digital age has produced a growing conundrum nationwide, Pennsylvania included, involving the copying of public records. Government transparency, however, demands there be no conundrum at all. Many government agencies charge the public to make copies. As long as those ...

The atom smasher

By Tribune-Review
The old Westinghouse atom smasher in Forest Hills, which made the Pittsburgh area part of America’s nuclear power landscape, unquestionably is worth preserving. But how best to maintain and display it? Built in 1937 as industry’s first large-scale particle accelerator and ...

The Arneson firing: Legally dubious

By Tribune-Review
Gov. Tom Wolf sure has an odd sense of how to command respect. The new Democrat governor says he acted out of principle and hoping to gain the respect of the Republican Legislature in firing his predecessor’s new open records ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Undercover I: The administration of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto continues to defend its use of taxpayer dollars to reward employees featured in last month’s episode of CBS’ “Undercover Boss.” That, after insisting on national television that no public money would, ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Above the call: When World War II Navy veteran John Kepchia, 90, no longer could reach Alex Vargo, the last of his naval buddies, he called the police. But rather than refer the matter to someone else, Greensburg police dispatcher ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Radon alert: Southwestern Pennsylvania is a hotbed for radon pollution, the nation’s second-leading cause of lung cancer. The odorless, tasteless gas is undetectable without a proper test and our homes are virtual chimneys for it, particularly in areas that are ...

Benchmarking questions: Fueling perversion

By Tribune-Review
Benchmarking — comparing what peers make — too often pushes executives’ compensation to ridiculously disproportionate levels that don’t reflect performance and dishearten typical employees. Ubiquitous among publicly traded companies — and now increasingly used in the public sector and an ...

U.N. Watch: Climate games

By Tribune-Review
As the Obama administration pushes for a $3 billion contribution for the United Nations-affiliated climate fund, the new chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee is pushing back. “If they think they are going to get all that money ...

Piercing the media’s shield: Muzzles & slopes

By Tribune-Review
A sidelight (or is it a sideshow?) to a state grand jury investigation of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is a panel recommendation that a “narrow” exception be carved into the commonwealth’s media shield law, one that would, in certain ...

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
If, perchance, anyone still doubts the savagery of ISIS or doubts its manifest threat to civil world order, we commend to your attention the story of these terrorists publicly executing, with machine guns, 13 teenage boys for the heinous crime ...

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear Lanny Davis: Blowing smoke at this rate usually results  in heavy EPA sanctions. Yours, Old Man River. ...

Shenango shakedown: Public money at risk

By Tribune-Review
One Lawrence County township is learning that local governments are as susceptible to the “insider” theft epidemic as are professional, fraternal and community organizations. Last year’s check of Shenango Township’s pension books by the state Auditor General’s Office uncovered suspicious ...

Saturday essay: The thumb itches

By Tribune-Review
“Anyone who thinks that gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year,” once wrote garden author Josephine Nuese. “For gardening begins in January, begins with the dream.” And what with ...

Snow shovelers needed: A call for volunteers

By Tribune-Review
Connellsville’s Lucy King is hoping that residents will step up and embrace a grand idea. During wintery weather, many senior citizens and the handicapped need help in shoveling their sidewalks. Ms. King is hoping able-bodied residents will sign up and ...