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Mutually beneficial: Lower Burrell wanted to buy equipment as part of the revitalization of its Kinloch playground, but found prices quite steep. The Highlands School District had surplus playground equipment after closing the Heights Elementary School. The sides got together and made a deal. The city got more equipment than it thought it could afford; the district made some money from hard-to-sell items that might have been scrapped. Nice.

Those Battlin' Bucs: The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to tear it up. The Bucs extended their National League Central lead to two games over St. Louis with Sunday's 14-inning, series-sweeping win over Milwaukee. And they continue to be the No. 1 team in Major League Baseball as they prepare to host Philadelphia (beginning tonight) for a three-game series closing on Independence Day. The Pirates hope to extend their winning streak to 10. See, all that Green Weenie talk really helped.

A word of caution: Fireworks are part and parcel to this week's holiday. And, sadly, there will be tales of fireworks accidents, never mind that just about every type of firework is illegal in Pennsylvania. If you must still engage in the bang-bang and boom-boom, allow the byword to be “safety.” Otherwise, leave it to the professionals to shoot off the fireworks. And it's not as if we have a dearth of fireworks displays 'round these parts.

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