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Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

School board's say: Despite arguments from parents and students against cutting the school day from eight periods to seven, the Franklin Regional School Board approved the proposal, allowing for “quality resource time” for students needing extra help. For student achievers who complain they're being shortchanged, the district will provide at least one honors foreign language class during that resource time. Still, many students who want to learn more will end up with less opportunity to do so.

Injustice answered: Some good ol'-fashioned police work led to the arrest of a Rostraver motorist who allegedly struck a wheelchair-bound gun shop owner, 74, and fled the scene. Turns out the suspect, Don Charles Eichler, 53, also failed to appear in court on a DUI arrest in March, according to a judge's bench warrant. Those who flee from their responsibility only compound the injury of their actions.

A rough road: Fayette municipal officials want their “fair share” of the county's projected $1.4 million from the state Marcellus Shale Act 13. Impact fees allocated to the county and municipalities fall short of what's needed to maintain roads used by drilling companies' heavy equipment, some officials say. But how much, in fairness, is “enough”? Yes, the drillers should fully cover road damages caused by their equipment. But this vague notion of “more, more, more!” ultimately could result in a lot less if fees drive drillers elsewhere.

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