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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To the August Wilson Center. The financially struggling black culture center says “frequent and inaccurate reporting by particular media sources” is among five factors that have hurt the center. That sounds like an excuse for the poor management under which the center has suffered from day one.

Lance: To UPMC. It's running a wholly misleading TV ad that essentially blames Highmark for being the more expensive out-of-network provider option. Never mind that UPMC won't sign a contract that would keep Highmark as a less expensive in-network option.

Lance: To Mike Tomlin. The Steelers head coach says his team was “an explosive play or two” away from actually being in last Sunday's abysmal loss to Tennessee. Now, we understand that cliches are part and parcel to “coach-talk.” But, seriously, Coach, living in denial serves no useful purpose.

Lance: To teacher strikes. The union cudgel prevailed in the Shaler Area School District. Teachers agreed to return to class in exchange for binding arbitration on salary matters. And why not? It's a process that typically favors teachers unions. Outlawing teacher strikes would favor taxpayers forced to pay for this bias.

Lance: To state police. Its crackdown against solo motorists using the Parkway North's HOV lanes led to a massive traffic jam on Wednesday. The cops blame rubberneckers in the regular lanes. We prefer to blame a bad policy that maintains the ruse that these HOV lanes are efficacious to begin with.

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