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On the “Watch List”: The latest Monessen “revitalization” plan. Westmoreland County commissioners have accepted a $400,000 state grant that will help finance the purchase of tax-delinquent properties and could assist with the construction and financing of low-income housing. But where's the private interest/investment in this plan? Who's going to live in the new housing? Where are newcomers going to find work? Before there can be any government “pump priming,” there must first be a pump to prime.

Laurel: To standing up to their school board. It's been several weeks since a state audit alleged that some Greensburg Salem administrators spiked six former employees' pensions. Some residents, rightfully so, are pressing the board for answers. Board President Ron Mellinger says everything will be made public — eventually. There are “legal considerations.” We remind school directors that the longer this unmitigated mess festers without an explanation, the darker their black eye gets.

Lance: To stupidity on display, Despite the embarrassment and investigations stemming from “sexting,” some teens still haven't learned that sending nude photos of themselves via their cellphones is the techno-manifestation of fatuity. The latest alleged case involves five Hempfield Area High School students. Even if today's young exhibitionists don't get caught sharing intimate photos, does it dawn on them that with one click, these digital images can end up anywhere — and everywhere?

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