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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.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”: Jeannette's recovery. An official with the state Department of Community and Economic Development says Jeannette's fouled-up finances are dire but that the city can still turn things around in three or so years and avoid being declared a distressed city subject to state oversight. As Jeannette already is in Pre-Act 47 Early Intervention, we trust the state now will hold the city council's feet to the fire.

An observation: In a prompt turnaround, Irwin Council agreed to rehire ex-police Chief Joseph Pocsatko — fired without explanation — so he could tender his resignation under an agreement that supposedly contains no monetary consideration, officials say. But if he files for unemployment compensation, the borough will not oppose it. This, after Pocsatko threatened a wrongful-termination appeal. Ah, there's the nub of the rub, eh?

Lance: To a grossly ignored pothole. Almost directly in front of the Westmoreland County Courthouse, at the busy intersection of East Otterman and South Main streets in Greensburg, there's a left-lane pothole that's been steadily deepening for weeks. As potholes go, this is a tough one to miss. Let's get it filled before somebody blows a tire.

R.I.P.: Bishop Alphonse Mascherino. His accomplishments extend beyond founding the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel near the jetliner's crash site in Somerset County. He also was a fine goodwill ambassador for the thousands of people nationwide who visit the memorial. Bishop Mascherino, 69, died Feb. 15. From a profound tragedy, he created something positive and enduring.

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