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Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The streak: The Pittsburgh Penguins go for their 13th-straight win tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens. The Pens picked up their 12th in a row Sunday with a 2-1 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers. It's the Pens, by the way, that hold the NHL's longest overall winning streak at 17 games, set in the 1992-93 season. Hey!

The bottom line: Seems as if there are new revelations weekly that belie the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's defense of its actions in the deadly Legionella and Legionnaires' disease outbreak. As the Trib keeps documenting, the local VA simply didn't have a handle on the problem. And we wonder if it does now. Heads should roll.

Extend the T?: There are preliminary talks to extend the Port Authority's light-rail system to the North Hills — an 18-mile line with a cost (sure to explode) of $1.4 billion. But the targeted population really isn't dense enough to support the project. And there are other, far better and more economical alternative projects. Think Oakland.

High costs: Amid all this talk of expanding light-rail service comes this sobering reminder from the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy: The cost structure of the Port Authority of Allegheny County remains out of whack — among the highest in the nation of comparably sized transit agencies. So let's add more out-of-whack costs?

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