Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
On second thought ...: The Leechburg Area School District is reconsidering its move from the WPIAL to the Heritage Conference. The school board said it's going to ask its coaches what they think of the move. Our reaction: Huh? Nobody asked for input from the coaches?
Smart choice: Allegheny County officials continue to explore the possibility of drilling shale gas reserves in its county parks, starting with Deer Lakes, where a well is to be sunk near the park and drilling going beneath it. This is pretty much a no-brainer, based on estimates of what those reserves are and how much could be garnered in royalties. It would be a great way to bolster county coffers and services while easing the burden on taxpayers.
Rabies alert: Eighteen foxes have tested positive for rabies this year in Pennsylvania; the latest last week in Kiski Township when a fox attacked a 7-year-old boy. The boy and his family had to undergo rabies shots. And this doesn't occur just in rural areas — in 2007, a rabid fox attacked a woman in New Kensington.
Quite a turn-around: Just 15 months ago, Westmoreland County wanted to shutter the East Vandergrift Senior Center due to low participation and a lack of funding. But thanks to the efforts of the clients and staff, membership has jumped 70 percent and donations are up. The county Area Agency on Aging even provided an extra $7,200 for equipment and repairs at the center.
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