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It's about time: The current flood control project near the mouth of Bull Creek in Tarentum actually is a result of the 2004 Hurricane Ivan deluge. This project was a Murphy's Law nightmare of government regulation between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Boat Commission. Upstream residents can be thankful we haven't seen Ivan-esque weather during the nine years of bureaucratic bumbling.

Kiski sediments testing: The EPA is conducting tests to see if the sediment in the Kiski River contains nuclear and/or chemical pollution from the former Nuclear Materials & Equipment Corp. disposal site along the river in Parks Township. These tests should finally provide conclusive answers as to whether pollution leaking from the site reached the river.

Spare the tongue, too?: A new Pitt study, published in the journal Child Development, suggests that harsh verbal discipline of 13- and 14-year-old kids can lead to, among other things, self-esteem problems. “Indeed, harsh verbal discipline appears to be detrimental in all circumstances,” says Pitt researcher Ming-Te Wang. Of course, one researcher's “verbal abuse” of an adolescent is another parent's wake-up call to a young teen in desperate need of a reality check. Wussifying discipline will only create greater problems.

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