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Monday, March 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Air show grounded: The overhyped federal sequester will not generate much public sympathy if it goes unnoticed. So among all the histrionic hand-wringing came word last weekend that next month's Westmoreland County Air Show has been canceled because the Air Force has cut the remainder of the Thunderbirds flying team's schedule. In effect, the local extravaganza gets canned while the government's “show” at its putrid worst goes on. This turn of events is more pathetic than sad.

Serving justice: Jurors in the murder trial of Ricky Smyrnes met their considerable responsibility in an especially challenging case. For six weeks eight men and four women weighed testimony and stomach-turning evidence of how Mr. Smyrnes and his repulsive roommates demeaned, tortured and eventually killed Jennifer Daugherty in a Greensburg apartment. Sorting through it all, jurors delivered the most difficult (albeit justified) judgment that's asked of citizens impaneled for a jury: death. For residents summoned to jury duty, it doesn't get tougher than this.

Save the spineless!: Residents of a Hempfield neighborhood are going to have to wait longer for flood relief as the township and the state Department of Environmental Protection cannot agree on a proper fix. Among issues for the state is the preservation of spineless aquatic life. Never mind the health and well-being of residents, who have awaited a remedy to their flooded homes for years. Ah, government inaction — senseless and spineless.

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