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Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After Harper: Now that former Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal nearly $32,000 in public money for private use and failing to file income tax returns over four years, the focus returns to finding a new, permanent chief. Some have suggested an insider with intimate knowledge of the city be chosen. But it would be more prudent to find an outsider who can eradicate the perception that “insiderism” has promoted a culture of corruption within the bureau's hierarchy.

Shake, shake, shake: The shake-up at The Heinz Endowments continues. The latest to get what appears to be the Big Boot is President Robert Vagt. Though nobody at the region's second-largest foundation is talking, others suggest the housecleaning involves its Center for Science, Economics and the Environment having the audacity to attempt to work with the burgeoning shale natural gas industry. If the shake-up signifies the endowment's return to its more eco-wacko ways, it's quite the shame.

Canning “canning”: The growing practice of “canning” — collecting donations for myriad causes at busy intersections — is forcing some local police departments to crack down on the illegal but often tolerated activity. Simply put, it not only often backs up traffic but it creates a hazard for motorists and “canners” alike. There are better and safer methods to raise money for worthy causes. And surely those who are more creative will reap greater rewards.

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