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Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Monessen Falling: So, a lawyer and a developer from Staten Island, N.Y., who likely couldn't find Monessen on a map until recently, have grand plans for its revival as an artist colony (dubbed “Monessen Rising”) via a reality TV show, which doesn't even have a network contract. And some city leaders, since informed that the lawyer is $43 million in debt, still insist this is a good deal — the linchpin of which would be state funding? Monessen doesn't need a reality show. What it needs is a reality check.

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.

News flash!: Hempfield Area School District officials report an anticipated increase in health insurance costs — by one estimate, of up to $1 million — because of hidden fees and other surprises in ObamaCare. You know, the same costs that critics in 2010 were screaming about when the Democrat majority in Congress shoved through this abomination. As the full brunt of ObamaCare takes effect, some people will say, “We didn't vote for that!” Oh, yes they did — when they voted to re-elect President Obama and sealed this despicable deal.

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