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The Western Psych grand jury report: Do the right thing

By Tribune-Review
Whether an Allegheny County grand jury’s recommendation to not seek criminal charges against UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic for routinely failing to report sexual assaults and not cooperating with criminal investigations is prudent remains to be seen. Even considering …

The China question

By Tribune-Review
America’s military should continue interactions with Chinese forces that enhance safety and security, particularly at sea. But it must never let such interactions weaken U.S. national security. When it comes to China, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, worries …

Palmer v. District of Columbia: Upholding the 2nd Amendment

By Tribune-Review
Government cannot pass laws, then place into practice rules, that effectively ban a constitutional right. That’s the upshot of a ruling released late Saturday in a long-running Second Amendment case out of Washington, D.C. A lawsuit filed years ago challenged …

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
What a waste: State and Washington County officials used a federal grant to surveil then seize more than 800 marijuana plants last week. Even the Civil Air Patrol and a National Guard helicopter were used. What a horrible waste of …

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Prothonotary’s illogic: Fayette County Prothonotary Nina Frankhouser, under fire for restricting public access to protective court orders, based her decision, in part, on the advice of former solicitor Davis and Davis of Uniontown, where her husband is a partner. The …

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Quite the leader: As Scoutmaster for Birdville Troop 186 in Harrison, Bob Barrage has helped dozens of boys become Eagle Scouts and good men. The township commissioners’ honoring Barrage for his service was a no-brainer. How ironic: Allegheny County Council, …

Blaming Israel: A new low

By Tribune-Review
The blame-Israel anti-Semitism of the duplicitously named United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) and the intellectually and morally bankrupt Western academics of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement remains as predictable — and as vile — as ever. The …

The Justice Department’s improper political agenda

By Tribune-Review
Overreaching yet again, the Obama administration’s Justice Department is perverting a fraud-prevention effort by pressuring banks to deny basic financial services to legitimate businesses it finds politically unpalatable. Justice leads the Operation Choke Point partnership of federal agencies. It’s supposed …

A Pa. Senate lawsuit?: The claptrap of connivers

By Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania Senate Republicans, honked off that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett would have the audacity to use his constitutional line-item veto to embarrass them for fiscal malpractice, have retained Steve MacNett, their former general counsel, to consider a lawsuit against Mr. …

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
Democrat gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf says he won’t “kick the can down the road” on pensions. But neither will he detail his plan for dealing with the state pension crisis. Some might call that politically expedient. We call it opportunistically …

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear PUC: We guess even bureaucrats can have Uber-epiphanies that give markets a Lyft. Yours, Old Man River. …

The Chevy Volt: Short-circuited (again)

By Tribune-Review
Leftist elites who see Europeans as more “progressive” than benighted Americans have some explaining to do now that General Motors’ plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt is an even bigger sales bust there than it has been in the United States. Introduced …

Saturday essay: Beds of surprises

By Tribune-Review
Summer has entered its second third and the cucumbers have been crowned king of the 2014 garden. They are big and tasty and prodigious. There are so many of three varieties that when you’re certain you’ve found the last one …

Payments in lieu of taxes: It’s worth a try in Kittanning

By Tribune-Review
Kittanning’s idea to ask nonprofits to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) is not a new concept nor a bad one. The idea is to ask the nonprofits to contribute 25 percent of what they would pay in property …

Fayette County Fair: More than rides & shows

By Tribune-Review
For the next eight days, the lights at the Fayette County Fairgrounds will be shining bright, beckoning visitors to the Dunbar Township festivities. This week, the annual Fayette County Fair kicked off. It continues through next Saturday. The county fair …

Digitized medical records: They’ve become an unsecured threat

By Tribune-Review
In the Obama administration’s dash to digitize medical records (at a cost of $24 billion), government experts didn’t factor in a hardly niggling detail: security. Cyber crime experts say a major records breach is all but inevitable, Politico reports. Hackers …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: The City of Pittsburgh. It could be creating a legal nightmare for itself with one provision of an otherwise well-intentioned effort to place a governor on hyperpartying during Saturday’s Jason Aldean concert. Police will enforce the …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To abusing open court records. Fayette County Prothonotary Nina Frankhouser’s new policy limiting access to all protection from abuse orders in Fayette is a perilous misstep. Court records are public unless specifically sealed by a judge’s order. “Both the …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To the Ford City Council. The borough has been incompetently governed for decades, but the council currently is plumbing new depths. It’s defaulted on a $600,000 federal grant, racked up $20,000 in state fines over its water treatment plant …

The Corbett administration gives itself a headache with selective transparency

By Tribune-Review
Had the Corbett administration been more transparent in responding to two environmental nonprofits’ Right to Know Law request, it wouldn’t have to decide whether to appeal an Office of Open Records ruling that its response was too narrow. Earthjustice and …