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Laurel: To Steve Zappala. The Allegheny County district attorney says John Rozgonyi of Munhall will not be charged in the shooting death of one of two men attempting to burgle his garage. Burglar Andrew Stevens fired on Mr. Rozgonyi when confronted and he fired back. It was a classic case of self-defense, Mr. Zappala says. “If somebody engages you in deadly force, you can return deadly force,” he notes. Case closed.

Lance: To Pennsylvania. It's offering the very profitable PPG Industries $4 million in grants, tax credits and loans to consolidate its North American architectural coatings business and headquarter it in Cranberry. But isn't PPG's coatings division the company's profit pacer? And while new jobs will come to Pennsylvania — others will be transferred from downtown Pittsburgh to Cranberry — jobs will be lost in other states. Taxpayers should not be underwriting chair-shuffling.

Laurel: To the Port Authority. Allegheny County's mass-transit agency is selling, and companies are snapping up, advertising on buses and at “T” stations. In fact, ad revenue is up nearly 12 percent over fiscal 2012. And that's good news from an agency that typically relies too heavily on taxpayer subsidies.

Lance: To Josh Wander. The Republican candidate for Pittsburgh mayor in the Nov. 5 election has sold his Squirrel Hill house for a rental and taken his family with him on the work road in Israel and who knows where else. But Mr. Wander, 42, insists he's still a serious candidate, that his campaign staff will be his proxy while he's gone and that he'll be back in town for a series of debates and Election Day. Is this a joke? Consider it a rhetorical question.

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