Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Unintentional?: An internal investigation into damaged wetlands at a Hempfield park, for which the township has budgeted $150,000 for remediation, faults Public Works Director Mike Volpe for what's described as “unintentional” work. Unintentional? The debris dredged from a stream and dumped into wetlands created a mound reportedly 200 feet long and 10 feet wide. That's some “oops.”
Not a Kodak moment: Two Greensburg Salem middle-schoolers will be charged with a summary offense, instead of a felony, under the state's new “sexting” law, which acknowledges that some kids simply do stupid things without regard for the consequences — such as sending via their cellphones nude photos of themselves, which very easily can end up on the Internet. Indeed, the challenges of parenting today extend from the reasonable to the bizarre — sexting being just one of them. More's the pity, however, when government steps into the role of parents.
Senior scammers: With the second-oldest population of seniors nationwide, Western Pennsylvania is prime territory for scammers looking to separate older residents from their money, according to the area's Better Business Bureau. Whether a caller promises prize money for a “transfer fee” or tries to collect on a bogus debt, seniors should report to police any unfamiliar calls seeking cash. If enough local seniors do so, scammers will get the message.
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