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Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Think again: The August Wilson Center says it will cough up its already late audit this week in an attempt to convince the Allegheny County Regional Asset District to cough up more taxpayer dollars for the financially struggling black cultural center. But if past is prologue, that will be throwing good money after bad. Taxpayers deserve better.

Uh-oh: New Allegheny County Health Director Karen Hacker describes herself as “a community organizer at heart.” Or as radical Saul Alinsky defined such folks — “an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions.” We'll be keeping an eye on this one.

Behind the times: Organic Gardening magazine pays kudos to Pittsburgh's “burgeoning locavore food scene with an emphasis on freshly sourced and prepared ethnic food” in the Strip District. Actually, it's been “burgeoning” for decades.

Ready?: Forty-three public school districts in Western Pennsylvania are facing contract negotiations for some portion of their workforces as the new school year bows. And one of the cudgels that teacher unions will hold over the taxpayers' head — if they can't get what they want — is the strike threat. (Think Shaler Area.) But those with a virtual monopoly on a public service should not be allowed to strike. Too bad nobody in Harrisburg has the guts to change things.



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