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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.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon High School officials are reiterating their warning to students that sexually explicit dancing will not be tolerated at the upcoming Snowball Dance on Feb. 6. That would include “back-to-front dancing.” Pity the poor Lebo teen couple that tries the Salsa “Reverse Barrel.” ... U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, is called the seventh-worst congressman to work for by The Washington Times. The ranking is based on the annual turnover rate of his staff from 2001 to 2011. The overall average Murph Churn is 42 percent. His 2006 rate was 64 percent. Perhaps Tim has just been having a bad day — for the last 10 years. ... Vice President Joe Biden claims he actually heard the gunfire of the Nickel Mines, Pa., mass Amish shooting in October 2006. The veep, who's never too shy to speak, says he was playing golf a quarter-of-a-mile away. But the closest golf course to the shooting was six miles away and the golf pro there says he never saw Mr. Biden. Even if he was, he couldn't have heard the shots, unless he had a secret bionic ear transplant. What's next, Joe — you were the fifth Beatle? ... Opening his Senate confirmation hearings, secretary of State nominee John Kerry called for Americans to engage in “economic patriotism” to better the nation's world standing. He didn't define the term but it's long been the Obama administration's code phrase for “raising taxes.” Patriots that they are, perhaps Mr. Kerry and Mrs. Kerry (Teresa Heinz) would like to set an example by cutting a check to the Treasury on Monday?

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