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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”: H.J. Heinz Co. The anticipation is over at the ketchup giant — it has fired nearly one-third of its Pittsburgh headquarters staff mere months after going private. Job cuts were expected but, perhaps, the large number of cuts were not. The new bosses say they remain committed to keeping Pittsburgh as their headquarters. Saying is one thing; doing it will be another.

Laurel: To Tom Corbett. The governor is urging UPMC and Highmark to shelve their negative advertising campaign against each other and focus on serving the public. Now there's a novel idea.

Lance: To Paul Wood. UPMC's spokesman says Gov. Corbett's entreaty was an endorsement of UPMC's stance. Once a spinner, always a spinner.

Lance: To Oliver Byrd. The interim director of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture says the financially flagging facility is experiencing growing pains. It has a nearly $2 million deficit, its attendance is dropping and it wants more public money. Sounds like failing pains to us.

An observation: The HOV gates on the Parkway North had yet another series of glitches this week, which, of course, only negate the value of the HOV lanes. And gate glitches are a semi-regular event. What, pray tell, is so difficult about keeping these gates glitch-free?

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