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Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Investing in education: At a time when a lot of school districts are looking for educational programs to ax, the Burrell School District is investing in courses to shape students for the future. The district will spend $120,000 for curriculum in the Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) program. That's quite laudable.

Prudent move: “Runner-only” zones have been added to this year's Pittsburgh Marathon on May 5. That's in light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. It's a prudent way to prevent spectators who might have evil on their minds from mingling too close to runners. Other beefed-up security measures are not being made public and for obvious reasons. About 26,000 runners are expected. Up to 100,000 spectators will line the race route. Here's to a successful, safe and record-setting marathon.

Gaining turf: Even 10 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine Westmoreland County Republicans making a dent in Democrat-strong District 1, which includes New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell. But the county GOP Committee named District 1 its most-improved district. At its recent spring dinner, the county committee awarded a bust of President Ronald Reagan to District 1 Chairman Terry Speer of Lower Burrell and lauded his other committee members for their efforts in last fall's election.



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