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Monday, June 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Jeannette's crackdown?: City officials say they're getting tough with Jeannette's absentee landlords by, in part, increasing the number of building inspections. Meanwhile folks who enter the city via Route 30 westbound can't help but notice the towering testament to the city's “enforcement”: the dilapidated Monsour Medical Center, which, like a cancerous tumor, has metastasized during seven years of neglect. So much for uniformity in enforcement.

Pantry's paperwork: It's hard to imagine how, for three years, the Monessen Food Pantry reportedly failed to file tax forms, ultimately resulting in the Internal Revenue Service yanking its nonprofit status. Monessen Mayor Mary Jo Smith, listed as the pantry's chairman and CEO on its last filing, is mum on any mess-up. Fortunately for the more than 500 families served by this, the area's largest community pantry, the Westmoreland County Food Bank has stepped in and picked up this dropped ball.

Relief after 10 years?: Pardon us if we reserve the horn-blowing on news that for the first time in 10 years, the Franklin Regional School Board approved a budget without a tax increase. For this, taxpayers should be grateful when at least one board member says that in terms of cuts, nothing's changed? Which applies as well to Harrisburg, where the teachers pension time bomb ticks away with not much regard for taxpayers.

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