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Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

An observation: Environmental protesters, many from the Power Shift 2013 conference, clogged myriad Downtown streets on Monday. They don't like coal. They don't like fracking. After all, they're environmentalists. Trouble is, they also clogged traffic for several hours, which, of course, created more pollution. Turns out they also don't like common sense.

A question: When the overpaid muckety-mucks at VisitPittsburgh calculate the benefits of the conferences it books at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, will it also do the right thing and calculate the costs to businesses and taxpayers for the Power Shift 2013 cluster-cluck?

On the “Watch List”: Allegheny County Council. It's considering a proposal to give the insolvent August Wilson Center for African American Culture half-a-million bucks. But the center, heavily publicly subsidized and mismanaged from the beginning, should not be given one more cent of public money until it can prove it's worthy. And that's going to take some doing.

Here we go: The 2-4 Pittsburgh Steelers hope to continue to salvage their 2013 season Sunday in Oakland against the Raiders, also 2-4. The kick is at 4:05 p.m. The great twist to this game is that Jeannette's Terrelle Pryor, who left Ohio State in scandal, will be calling the signals for Oakland. It promises to be a good matchup. And should the Steelers prevail, look for the rallying cry to become “We're kinda, sorta, well, you know, almost back!”

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