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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Battlin' Bucs exceeded all expectations but their own this season. They broke an embarrassing string of 20-consecutive losing seasons. They made it to the postseason. They won a wild-card game against Cincinnati. And then they took perhaps the toughest team in Major League Baseball, the Cardinals, to a deciding fifth game in the divisional series before a disappointing loss Wednesday night. But in all they did, they did it with class, from Manager Clint Hurdle to every player and every member of the support staff. Yes, the Pirates are back. But they'll be back even better next season.

Lance: To Veterans Affairs. It promised a review of the outrageous $63,000 bonus given to departing regional director Michael Moreland at the height of the Legionella scandal. But now it's acting as if the point is moot, given Mr. Moreland's convenient “retirement.” But it's not, not by a long shot. And it's painfully obvious that more heads must roll to put a stop to this cluster-clucking arrogance.

Lance: To the Steelers. On Thursday, the NFL franchise hosted a blatantly partisan event at the publicly financed Heinz Field. It was a rah-rah-sis-boom-bah affair promoting ObamaCare, that mess of a law that fully half of the American people oppose and has been front and center in the government shutdown. The Steelers don't own Heinz Field, taxpayers do. And it's a nose-thumbing the latter should not forget.

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