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| Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Looking a gift horse ...: The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment board (PennVEST) gave out a mere $7 million in grants statewide for water and sewer projects. More than a third of that went just to Vandergrift. But rather than being happy, council President Brian Carricato is whining because the grant for phase 2 of the borough's sewer project wasn't larger. Is he kidding? The council needs to take the $2.68 million grant and the $8.2 million low-interest loan and be glad. The borough has kicked this can forward for almost two decades — it's time to finish the project.

Bucs are battlin': The Pittsburgh Pirates have been tearing up the diamond and against some quite formidable foes. And this while facing some major obstacles — key injuries and erratic pitching. The Pirates sat atop the National League Central after pummeling St. Louis on Sunday. Perhaps this is a harbinger of good things to come. Let's hope it's not simply the prelude to Pirates Colony Collapse. We still think bringing back the Green Weenie would be a good insurance policy.

Hey!: The Pittsburgh Penguins begin their quest for yet another Stanley Cup on Wednesday at home against the New York Islanders. The Mighty 'Guins are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders are the eighth seed. Pittsburgh enters the playoffs about as hot as any team could be, loaded with lines and lines of talent. Here's to returning Lord Stanley's cup to where it belongs — in Mario Lemieux's swimming pool.

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