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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

When Tom Horton finally departs from the reconstituted American Airlines (the merged American and US Airways), he'll take with him a $20 million severance. The company says it's a “reasonable and appropriate” payment. It's the kind of deal that gives “mergers and acquisitions” a bad name. ... He's baaaack. Robert Jubelirer, the longtime former and powerful Republican state senator of Blair County, driven from office for being one of the architects of the infamous legislative pay raises of 2005, is running for a seat on Penn State's 32-member board of trustees. Talk about chutzpah. ... The debt ceiling of the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, or RACP, likely will be lowered to $600 million. But that's not low enough. The program, which should be rebranded as the state Capital Redevelopment Assistance Program, or CRAP, is nothing more than a corporate wealthfare slush fund. The debt ceiling should be reduced to zero. ... Remember Melowese Richardson of Cincinnati? She's the Ohio poll worker who claims she voted for President Obama twice in November — by absentee ballot, then at the polling place. Now investigators say she might also have voted four other times, using other names. But remember, voter fraud is a figment of the right-wing imagination. ... Bud Light is the preferred beer among underage drinkers, ages 13 to 20, according to a new survey. We somehow doubt that fact will translate into a new Budweiser advertising campaign. At least we hope not.

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