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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”: Luke Ravenstahl. Pittsburgh's mayor has been incognito for the past month. He's bagged a number of public appearances and his office won't release his public schedule. Most disturbingly, Hizzzzzhoner was pretty much AWOL when a city police officer was shot in a firefight and another was injured in the scuffle that preceded it. Mr. Ravenstahl, a lame duck, might not like it, but he remains the city's public face. It's time to start showing it.

Laurel: To A.J. Burnett. The Pirates pitching ace flirted with a no-hitter this week. Mr. Burnett no-hit the Cardinals into the seventh inning Wednesday night at PNC Park. But close only counts in horseshoes, not baseball. Of course, had there been a Green Weenie or two in the house — a very empty house with only 9,500 fans — A.J. would have had a no-hitter.

Lance: To Tony DeLuca. The Democrat state representative of Penn Hills is sponsoring a bill that would require counties to offer early voting 15 days before primary and general elections. That's nuts (as is another proposal to offer 30 days of “early voting”). Sorry, but the franchise is far too sacred to be cheapened this way. Anything other than Election Day voting and absentee balloting exposes the franchise to fraud. The bad news is that Mr. DeLuca thinks this is a great idea. The good news is the proposal has no legs in the GOP-controlled House.

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