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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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