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Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Fayette County Prison correction officers' call-offs. Warden Brian Miller presents a sickening account of absenteeism, which contributed to more than $13,000 in overtime costs last month. On average, two officers call off daily. If it's a weekend, “double it.” On holidays, “triple it,” he says. Yet given this abysmal record, union president Mike Hicks takes issue with Fayette for hiring part-timers instead of full-timers to pick up the slack. Talk about union logic.

Laurel: To a hero's distinction. Recognized as a Carnegie Hero, the late Stacey Feiling of Mt. Pleasant also has been honored with a plaque at the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion, where she worked. Three years ago, Ms. Feiling, 42, was shot and killed trying to help a woman who had been shot by her husband. May her example of bravery inspire cancer patients to persevere.

Laurel: To Delmont police. The department's summertime foot patrols through neighborhoods aren't new, but they should provide food for thought for police in other locales as a way to get closer to the people they serve. That's going the extra mile, or miles, to police a community.

An observation: Three people who police say used a stolen credit card in a gas-for-cash scheme wouldn't have gotten very far if the card's owner had promptly reported it missing. Instead, the thieves reportedly used the Sunoco Fleet credit card for a full year, racking up more than $55,000 in gas purchases. This is a case of common crime perpetuated by a stunning absence of common sense.

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