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Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Woe be the Steelers: The holders of a record six Super Bowl titles are a stinking embarrassment this season. Pittsburgh is 0-3 after Sunday night's 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears. It's scrubbing the basement floor of the AFC North. The Steelers travel to London this week to face the Minnesota Vikings, also 0-3. Somebody will pick up their first win. And if you have a sinking feeling that it won't be Pittsburgh, join the club.

Ugly hat trick: As if the plight of the Steelers and worries over the Pirates' staying power aren't enough to worry about, the Penguins have a major problem. Goalie Thomas Vokoun is out indefinitely after having surgery to dissolve a blood clot. That leaves Marc-Andre Fleury in the net, the same Mr. Fleury whose legendary collapse in last year's failed Stanley Cup run landed him on the bench. Fleury went through management-mandated sessions with a sports psychologist in the offseason. Feel better?

Schaffner's reprieve: That Fox Chapel Area High School student who did the right thing and turned over a knife he had inadvertently taken to a football game has won a reprieve. David Schaffner, 16, of O'Hara won't face a one-year expulsion for violation of the state's zero-tolerance weapons policy. He already had been suspended for 10 days. State legislators would be wise to amend the law to reflect honest mistakes.

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