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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To the Allegheny Valley School Board. The board may waste money, but not time. After deciding last month to keep the Colfax Upper Elementary open, the board is already making plans to spend untold millions to fix up the school. Oh, but the money for a new roof, we're told, is from a previous bond issue — the leftovers from the unnecessary $25 million spent to renovate the junior-senior high. Our AVSB checklist: enrollment, down; state subsidies, down; property values, down; district population, down; spending, up! Ridiculous.

Laurel: To recycling. Not only is Hedin Environmental of Pittsburgh cleaning out acid mine treatment ponds along the Kiski River, it's turning the rust into profit. Hedin cleans and dries the dark orange sludge and sells it. Some of it has ended up as the coloring in Crayola “burnt sienna” crayons. Now that's repurposing.

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.

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