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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

Lance: To dumb people. We are amazed at how many thefts from cars there are in communities throughout the A-K Valley. And about 95 percent are because their owners left them open, often with the windows down. Recent items taken include purses, handguns, iPhones, laptops and more. Folks, just lock your car.

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? Although the move transfers 60 jobs to PPG's Harmar facility and some new jobs will come to Pennsylvania, 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.

On the “Watch List”: Elections signs. The campaign season is here and, with it, a fresh crop of signs is sprouting up along roadsides and at busy intersections. Our advice for the candidates and their supporters — put up no sign you aren't going to take down after the election.

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