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Thursday, July 11, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”:

• The “investigation” into the Apollo fireworks accident. We learned something new this week: If there's an accident in a small Pennsylvania town during a fireworks display causing injuries, nobody investigates it. The state police don't, neither does any federal agency and Apollo has no one qualified. The borough is relying on Pyrotecnico, the company that put on the display, to tell it what happened. And Pyrotechnico has already said its “investigators” believe the company isn't responsible. Gee, no shock there.

• Deer ticks: By all means, watch out for ticks. It appears Western Pennsylvania is on pace to set a new record for cases of Lyme disease, which is acquired from being bitten by the tiny bugs. Use insect repellent containing DEET outdoors and avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter.

Laurel: To staying put. The Leechburg Area School District has decided to remain in the WPIAL. We've always thought the plan to move to PIAA District 6 was motivated by the football team being unable to compete with WPIAL Class A teams. What kind of lesson is it to teach kids, “If you can't win, play lesser teams.”

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