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On the “Watch List”: Natural gas pipelines. Because of loopholes in state and federal law, some pipelines do not have to be registered with PA One Call, which seeks to prevent folks from accidentally digging them up with potentially lethal consequences. Most companies register anyway, but two in Armstrong County — Snyder Bros. Inc. and BLX Inc. — are not registering their lines. Let's hope soon-to-be-proposed legislation remedies this situation.

Lance: To the lame arm of the law. The outcome of the heroin case against former Westmoreland County deputy sheriff Erika Ditch, 24, doesn't pass the sniff test. Police caught Ms. Ditch and another woman with more than 70 stamp bags of heroin on April 3 in Pittsburgh; she was charged with possession with the intent to deliver — a felony. But a mere nine weeks later, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office dropped the felony charges, and Ditch emerged from court with a year's probation. If she plays nice, her record will be expunged. Maybe then she can resume her deputy duties, eh?

Laurel: To the New Kensington Camera Club. The group's effort to get a Pennsylvania historical marker placed in the city to honor native son Eddie Adams is to be lauded. Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1968 photo of the execution of a Viet Cong insurgent, certainly is deserving.

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