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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 …

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
Detroit, the great American bankrupt city, has suspended for 15 days water shutoffs for thousands of customers who haven’t paid their bills. Some groups are complaining that free water is nothing less than a human right and have gone to …

The Moody’s downgrade: Inaction’s price

By Tribune-Review
“What’s the rush?” That’s what state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo famously asked this month before making the motion to remand to committee long-overdue public employee pension reform legislation. Consider the Bucks County Republican’s question now infamous, given it was one reason …

An ObamaCare ‘re-do’?

By Tribune-Review
The U.S. Supreme Court could get something of a “re-do” of its ObamaCare affirmation, thanks to conflicting federal appellate court rulings on Tuesday. The issue before the courts — in Washington, D.C., and in Richmond, Va. — is if federal …

The flood of illegals: Misplaced blame

By Tribune-Review
Blaming the surge in unaccompanied Central American minors illegally entering the United States on a 2008 anti-trafficking law that gave such children additional protections, the Obama White House and Democrats misapply that law, ignore sex trafficking’s distinction from human smuggling …

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Here we go: For the 49th time, the Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp on Friday at St. Vincent College near Latrobe. And there’s a twist this year — the Buffalo Bills will join the Black and Gold for two …

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Symptom of a disease: Officials are moving ahead with a reorganization of Westmoreland County’s Common Pleas Court to allow for a drug court. Grants will be sought for its implementation. Sadly, a specific court for drug defendants is a response …

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Resign and repay: We have a couple of words to describe Cheswick “Councilmen” Jonathan Skedel and Neal Hohman: underhanded and wrong. Messrs. Skedel and Hohman quit participating in Cheswick’s government in April 2013, but they still cash the $100 monthly …

The federal budget: Here we go again

By Tribune-Review
Not since 1997 has Congress passed all 12 separate appropriations bills to fund government, failing miserably to abide by its own rules. Now, with the clock ticking down to the new fiscal year on Oct. 1— an accelerated process because …

Same old Cuba

By Tribune-Review
Are those who would normalize U.S. relations with Cuba intelligent enough to decode the signal being sent by an agreement to reopen a Russian “signals intelligence” base there? Cuban dictator Raul Castro and Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly struck the …

‘Diversity’ or discrimination?: A step back

By Tribune-Review
A federal appellate court ruling regrettably allows race-based college admissions to continue mocking the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. In a case that the U.S. Supreme Court sent back to it last year to determine whether University of Texas at Austin …

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
The Economist says a new study, analyzing two decades of data, concludes that Democrats are more likely to vote for “pro-gun” legislation as an election draws near. “Funny that,” the British magazine concludes. “Pandering pimps,” we conclude. ... The Obama …

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear Chuck McCullough: Heck, Vegas might issue an over-under on how many years before your case goes to trial. Yours, Old Man River. …

The MH17 tragedy: Putin’s duplicity

By Tribune-Review
“I want to note that this tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in Southeast Ukraine,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of his top economic …

Saturday essay: Ants with tool belts

By Tribune-Review
The hanging basket on the front right side of the greenhouse somehow looked not quite right. The bracket holding it had slightly drooped and was pushed back. Perhaps something had hit it. But upon closer inspection, that “not quite right” …

Celebrating South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Co.’s 100th anniversary

By Tribune-Review
Happy birthday, South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company. This week, the Fayette County firefighters celebrated their department’s centennial in a big way — by hosting the annual Fayette County Firemen’s Convention. Firemen from throughout the county visited the small borough to …