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Lance: To Pyrotecnico. The fireworks company's written statement after an explosion at its July 4 display in Apollo injured a teen girl said it would “conduct a thorough and complete investigation of this incident and make our findings available to the public.” What a crock that turned out to be. Now, Pyrotecnico has clammed up and we've discovered its “investigation” hasn't even included contacting the victim. That's “thorough”?

Lance: To the Fox Chapel School District. Although the concept of “zero tolerance” in our schools has been shown to be “zero common sense,” the high school suspended a student for 10 days for bringing a knife to a football game. But the knife was discovered only when the kid turned it in to a security officer and explained it was an accident. Talk about no good deed going unpunished. And the district wants to be patted on the back because it did not expel the student.

On the “Watch List”: The Endangered Species Coordination Act. We would hope the state Legislature goes slow on approving State Rep. Jeff Pyle's (R-Ford City) proposed law. There are serious questions still unanswered — among others, will the law result in the loss of both federal funds and state sovereignty on the issue? These will need to be addressed before this legislation goes to the governor's desk.

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