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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To Michelle Hawthorne. When some creep tried to strong-arm rob the Fueland convenience store in Freeport on Tuesday, Hawthorne, the clerk, fought back after he assaulted her. Within seconds, she shoved him out the door. Good for her.

Lance: To the Fueland robber. In addition to a probable prison term, this guy also faces a life sentence of humiliation. He'll never live down the fact that a petite woman whipped him and the video evidence of the incident is readily available. We're glad; serves the punk right.

On the “Watch List”: As much as we would detest the resulting UPMC monopoly, it appears more and more likely that the state Insurance Department will reject Highmark Inc.'s plan to essentially subsume the beleaguered West Penn Allegheny Health System. That's because, as Highmark now freely admits, it needs a new contract with UPMC, West Penn's chief rival, to make the West Penn deal work. The admi ssion could end up being the goose that further gilds the golden Romoff, so to speak.

Congrats and good luck!: The Burrell boys basketball team has knocked off several favored foes to reach tomorrow's WPIAL final. Now the Bucs face the mighty No. 1 seed, Beaver Falls. Do they have another upset in them?



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