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Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

How did this happen?: Given all the attention and spending on public school security post-Columbine, how did three Monessen High School football players allegedly bring two semi-automatic guns and drugs onto school property? Let's dispense with the hand-wringing over this “discouraging and disappointing” incident. What concerned parents want from their school district is an explanation.

Lessons in government: Franklin Regional high schoolers, who this year turned back a proposal to cut scheduled class periods, are learning that some administrative machinations don't die on the first try. The object of their opposition is back, supposedly to provide a “study session” for students needing extra help during the school day. We suppose scheduling these sessions after school, so other students don't lose valuable class time, is out of the question because of contractual obligations with teachers, the budget, etc. Students who have argued convincingly against cutting class periods shouldn't give up now.

Smoothing things over?: For all the motorists rumbling over Greensburg's pathetically patched-up roads because of gas-line replacement work, the bumpy ride is nearing an end: City officials say road repaving is “on target” and should be finished before the snow flakes fly. That would be a relief. But we wouldn't schedule any vehicle front-end alignments until the rubber meets the new asphalt.

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