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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: The Allegheny County Election Bureau. We've had this handy little Internet thingie for only 20 years now, but we guess the bureau hasn't fully embraced it yet. We asked for electronic ballots for all county races, but were told last week they'd have to be mailed (not emailed). The ‘80s called and want their election bureau back.

On the “Watch List”: The Westmoreland Manor resolve. Westmoreland commissioners again say that steps must to taken to rein in the deficit at the county-owned nursing home. It's already $1.3 million and projected to climb as high as $4 million annually. Yet they tell the union representing the home's 500 workers that selling the property — an option exercised by other counties — is off the table. Given the costs to taxpayers, all options should be under consideration.

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.

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