Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Lance: To the August Wilson Center. The Downtown black cultural center is in a world of hurt. It's insolvent. It's in foreclosure. Its private and public benefactors are drying up. Its leaders have been less than forthcoming with the public. And the most-used phrase in the reportage on the mess goes something like this: “Interim President and CEO Oliver Byrd could not be reached for comment.” That's simply not acceptable. Hiding won't solve anything.
Best wishes: To the Penguins. Lost in the success of the Pirates and the collapse of the Steelers have been the Penguins, which opened their season Thursday night against New Jersey at the Consol Energy Center. The Mighty 'Guins hope to overcome their own collapse in last year's playoffs as they take another run at Lord Stanley's cup. And, at least right now, they'll be challenged by the availability of only one seasoned goaltender because of Tomas Vokoun's injury. Nevertheless, here's to the first of many “Heys!”
On the “Watch List”: Fan behavior. Police say they'll bring no charges in the aftermath of a fracas at Tuesday night's Pirates-Reds game. The wife of a Cincinnati pitcher said she was harassed, verbally and physically, at a bar inside PNC Park. Authorities say their investigation was inconclusive. But let this serve as a reminder to all fans who'll once again fill the ballpark on Sunday that being good sports is their No. 1 obligation. Let's not let the alleged actions of a few spoil the party for all.