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Published: Monday, June 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Intriguing development: A planned North Huntingdon development of 251 single-family homes, one of the largest proposed housing projects in the township, signals an encouraging uptick in residential real estate. Also encouraging, at least in the preliminary presentation of “Tuscan Hills,” is that the developer of this former farmland says upfront that he would pay for a requisite traffic light. Too often with projects of this scale, developers don't make these offers. Some make demands — oftentimes unrealistic and usually at the public's cost.

Made in the shades?: Westmoreland County government insults taxpayers when it shells out for designer sunglasses, at $112 a pair, for some sheriff's deputies. For all the lame excuses for this peculiar perk, perhaps someone can explain why sunglasses are even part of an annual uniform “allowance” for deputies when Controller Jeff Balzer says “80 percent of their work is indoors”?

Busted: Amid reports of thieves ripping out copper piping from new and/or vacant homes, it's good to hear that at least one seasoned burglar will be made to pay. Jason Miller, 33, who pleaded guilty to more than a dozen thefts from Ligonier to New Alexandria last year, will serve at least 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay more than $350,000. For even the dumbest copper thieves — whose toil and trouble could be better dedicated to legal pursuits — this penalty should be a wake-up call.



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