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Easy come, easy go: A contractor's return to Jeannette of $65,000 in grant money for a recreation center that never was built should, by law, be repaid to the state. Not that Jeannette officials will miss the so-called “walking around money.” By all indications, they lost track of it for four years until questions arose about the rec center's “status.” Chalk up another case study in “economic development,” Harrisburg-style.

Still waiting: Greensburg Salem School District officials are still awaiting word from the state on the consequences (if any) of inflating six administrators' pensions. An audit uncovered the deal. Meanwhile, the district remains mum — for legal reasons, of course — on naming the top official(s) who reportedly ordered district employees to boost those administrators' salaries, even after the employees expressed reservations about doing so. We suppose district taxpayers left holding the bag will get the names of those who gave the order after those responsible have enough time to get their ducks scrubbed and lined up in a row.

Colorblind: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the county's public works department planned to illuminate Westmoreland County's impressive courthouse dome in pink lights. A nice touch, certainly. But when workers initially installed fuchsia-colored films over the lights, what they got was the color that was picked: purple. Moral of the story: Don't ever let these guys paint your house.

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