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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Wall Street Journal says one part of ObamaCare is working exceedingly well: “The law is systematically dismantling the individual (insurance) market, as its architects intended from the start.” The goal, of course, is single-payer, socialized medicine. Consider it a “Stick it in your ear” moment for those who steadfastly scoff at the notion. ... The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has produced its first “annual” report in years. Dinosaurs do funny things when they see those meteors approaching. ... The Obama administration, not content to kill only the domestic coal industry, has effectively announced it hopes to kill the industry worldwide by not supporting new coal-fired power plants financed by the World Bank and similar organizations. Look for the administration to say it has a grand plan to boost foreign employment and generate clean energy at the same time by hiring people to blow at wind turbines. ... In the Public Interest, another one of those “social justice” groups, is out with a report dissing “privatized economic development agencies.” As if economic development should be the purview of “the state” (other than to get out of the way). What really caught our eye is that the group's report highlights, among other things, “the misuse of taxpayer funds ... questionable subsidy awards, exaggerated job-creation claims, lack of public disclosure of key records and resistance to basic oversight.” If we didn't know better, we'd think In the Public Interest was describing the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development — a government agency, of course.

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