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SCI Greensburg: A dubious deal

By Tribune-Review
A $7.6 million “payout” brings into serious question the pending sale of the shuttered SCI Greensburg property, if not the credibility of the state’s Corrections Department. Turns out Carlisle businessman David Goldsmith had a decade-old contract with the state for ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: The Pittsburgh Steelers. They’ve balked at paying more money to subsidize free North Shore Connector rides that deposit fans at Heinz Field’s doorstep. Never mind that the subway extension was custom built just for such a ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • Student accommodations: Plans approved by Greensburg’s Historic and Architectural Review Board for a 27-unit student apartment building is a propitious boost for student housing in the city. This has been a thorny issue in ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • The Allegheny and Kiski rivers. March is the time to “watch” the rivers. The continuing cold has made the river ice thicker and, as a result, potentially more dangerous. The long-range forecast sees several ...

Another StingRay case: Get a warrant!

By Tribune-Review
A Florida case shows prosecutors are so determined to hide warrantless police use of high-tech devices that simulate cellphone towers — which violates the Fourth Amendment — that they’ll use sweetheart plea deals to avoid showing those devices in court. ...

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
President Obama says he vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline project because it cut short “thorough consideration” of the issue. Mr. Obama redefines the word “crock.” ... How new Veterans Affairs boss Robert McDonald survives his lie to a homeless veteran ...

The Kistler mess: Partial integrity

By Tribune-Review
Thomas Kistler appeared to have impeccable credentials when Gov. Tom Wolf nominated him to fill one of two Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacancies on an interim basis. But the process revealed two personal flaws. One is a reflection of the age. ...

The Pennsylvania Legislature’s slush fund

By Tribune-Review
The latest accounting from Mitchell & Titus LLP of Philadelphia shows that the slush fund operated by the Pennsylvania Legislature swelled by $7 million in the fiscal year ended last June 30, to about $161 million. Of course, the term “slush ...

Homeland Security: A poor GOP fight

By Tribune-Review
We often have said that Republicans, elected by the people to lead the country, too often subscribe to the old Pogo comic strip observation of “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Witness the political and practical mess ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
It’s that time of year: Yes, water mains are a-poppin’ left and right all over the region. And expect the problem to only get worse as late February’s Arctic freeze turns to early March’s spring tease. Aging infrastructure often is ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Long arm of justice: The arrest of Joseph E. Leos, 58, of Mt. Pleasant for the 40-year-old murder of John David Watson, 14, is credited to modern forensics and “good old-fashioned police work,” says Fayette County District Attorney Jack Heneks. ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Surveillance cameras: Although we have some trepidation over police cameras on our streets, New Kensington and Arnold certainly need to look into obtaining them, especially on Constitution Boulevard and Leishman Avenue. Grants are available to purchase the equipment, but the ...

Union ‘ambush’: Not so fast

By Tribune-Review
The National Labor Relations Board is facing a congressional challenge for its latest gift to Big Labor — the union-toadying “ambush rule” that fast tracks union elections. Republicans are backing a rarely used law that allows Congress to reject some ...

U.N. Watch: ISIS lip service

By Tribune-Review
Now that the savages of ISIS have seized an area larger than the United Kingdom, the U.N. Security Council has responded with a wet-noodle resolution aimed at depriving ISIS and other terrorist groups of their income. And if this measure has ...

Economics moronism: Good grief

By Tribune-Review
What is it about fundamental economics that turns supposedly educated people into blathering idiots? To wit: • A tightening job market (that is, market forces, not a government diktat) has forced Wal-Mart to raise base hourly wages. By April, employees ...

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto cites “negative publicity” in his decision to not tap the taxpayer-underwritten VisitPittsburgh for another $25,000 to cover promises CBS made during Hizzoner’s appearance on “Undercover Boss.” Of course, the mayor fails to mention how he invited ...

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear CMU: Hey, even geniuses make 800 mistakes in one fell swoop, right? Yours, Old Man River. ...

Switching pensions: Debunking a myth

By Tribune-Review
As Pennsylvania’s $52 billion pension crisis grows ever more urgent, a new study concludes that closing existing defined-benefits plans in favor of 401(k)-like defined-contribution plans would not be cost prohibitive. The study, from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, debunks the ...

Saturday essay: The snow blowers

By Tribune-Review
It began a few years ago as a minor annoyance: the folks whom a neighbor hired to clear the snow from her sidewalks employed leaf blowers. Bet you’ve already surmised where this is going. The mental deficients for hire typically would ...

The election ahead: It hits close to home

By Tribune-Review
The primary isn’t until May 19, but the election cycle in Fayette County already has begun. Tuesday was the first day that potential candidates could begin to circulate and file nomination petitions. Newcomers and incumbents alike have begun announcing their ...