Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
What waste: The board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County has spent the last seven months searching for a new CEO for the mass-transit agency. But now word is that a newly constituted board could begin the search from scratch. What a monumental waste of time and resources. And it's the kind of behavior that only makes taxpayers more suspect of the authority's operations.
What nonsense: State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, a Democrat of Forest Hills, says Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican of Shaler, could do his troubled re-election effort a favor by supporting an effort to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania. That's like saying a chicken can do the fox a favor by salting and peppering himself in advance of being eaten. Expanding a failed program is no recipe for success.
What now?: As if UPMC didn't already have its hands full with its battle against Highmark, it has unwittingly unleashed a groundhog war against some Bloomfield residents. UPMC is building a new parking garage and had the land cleared to begin the project. But that sent whistle pigs scampering for new digs. And they've been eating up everything in sight, residents say. Yes, we know, there's a metaphor in there.
What, us worry?: It's a critical week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers are in town, followed by the Cardinals, the team that the Bucs are battling for the National League Central lead. The Pirates are in a bona fide pennant race. And after 20-straight losing seasons, isn't that grand.
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