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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”: The Steelers. They head into Saturday night's third preseason game of the year (against Kansas City at Heinz Field) in a world of hurt. Special teams were exposed as nothing special in the first game and the offensive line was a mess in the second game. Both were losses. This is a Black & Gold squad looking to better its disappointing 8-8 record of last year. But whispers of 6-10 are growing louder.

Laurel: To the Shadyside Arts Festival. The iconic fest bows for the 16th time Saturday. The two-day run will feature everything from custom-made jewelry to metal sculptures, paintings, ceramics and much more. The festival is known far and wide for its eclectic offerings in an equally eclectic environment. We wish this very special Pittsburgh event every success.

Lance: To Butch Ferris. The Baldwin Borough councilman has returned $11 worth of mulch he filched from a park playground. He said he took it because it worked well at his home's flower beds and he couldn't find the same color elsewhere. He returned the mulch. There's talk of theft charges being filed. Resignation would be the better option.

An observation: Sources have given us a sneak preview of the next series of UPMC-Highmark ads. The new Highmark ad will feature a poodle lifting its leg on UPMC's U.S. Steel Tower headquarters. UPMC will counter with a larger dog lifting its leg higher on Highmark's Fifth Avenue Place headquarters. Ahem.

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