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Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
 

Charlie's day: Things couldn't have gone much better for Charlie Batch on Sunday. The third-string (though journeyman) quarterback, three days shy of his 38th birthday, came off a lousy performance against Cleveland to lead the Steelers to an upset victory in Baltimore over the archrival Ravens. It was a stellar performance from a stellar Steeler that keeps Pittsburgh, now 7-5, solidly in the playoff picture.

Trauma central: Things couldn't be much worse for West Penn Allegheny Health System. Its debt is junk, it's most assuredly headed for bankruptcy and, now, the Securities and Exchange Commission appears ready to sanction the hospital system for bad old-fashioned book cooking. West Penn Allegheny admitted to inflating revenues by, oh, a measly $73 million a few years back. And the smiles grow wider over at UPMC.

Worm can: Washington County lawyer David DiCarlo, a Democrat, is suing 11 people — Ronald Levy and 10 unnamed others — over a website's claims that he says defamed him, costing him a close race for county district attorney last year. Republican Eugene Vittone defeated Mr. DiCarlo by 112 votes. Mr. Vittone says he had no connection to the website. But should DiCarlo prevail, it could change the face of political advertising. After all, the first casualty of campaigns usually is the truth.

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