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In death, taxes: A Fayette County cemetery has been removed from a pending tax sale but it remains on the hook for nearly $4,000 in back taxes. And although Oak Grove Cemetery has been granted tax-exempt status by an appeals board, that doesn't begin until 2014. It's expected that the school district, township and county will forgive the owed taxes. Not that being dead, mind you, is an exemption from paying taxes.

Disorder at the courthouse: If it requires sheriff's deputies at Fayette County commissioner meetings to maintain order — and to prevent “circus acts,” in the words of Commissioner Al Ambrosini — so be it. In the past, Fayette's commissioner meetings have hardly been the model of decorum. And not just irascible public attendees but prior commissioners, as well, have contributed to disorder at the courthouse. More's the pity that seemingly responsible adults need to be treated like ill-tempered children.

Pull over: Drunken driving, of course, is an actionable offense, whether it's operating a car or a lawn tractor. Thomas G. Marrone, 55, found out as much when police charged him with DUI for driving a John Deere mower through the streets of Murrysville. The lesson: Don't drink and mow. Besides, it makes a mess of the lawn.

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