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The Steelers: The 2-6 Pittsburgh Steelers are so bad (“How bad are they?”) that they'll be sending scouts to all those Turkey Bowl games on Thanksgiving Day looking for talent. The Steelers, who gave up the most points in team history at New England last Sunday, are so bad (“How bad are they?”) that, fearing massive no-shows when Buffalo visits this Sunday, they are considering employing that NASCAR gimmick of painting the seats to make it look like there are real people in them. Ahem.

Scofflaw Luke: Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has decided to be an arrogant lame duck. He's refusing to comply with a state Open Records Office ruling that his daily calendar must be made public. Mr. Ravenstahl says that's something he doesn't “think is necessary.” And City Solicitor Daniel Regan parses the ruling in laughable fashion: Because the city did not defend its decision to not release the calendar, it's the proper thing to do. That's gobbledygook.

It's beginning to look a lot like ... : Pittsburgh's Light Up Night is just more than two weeks away and Thanksgiving is more than three weeks off, as is Hanukkah, but Christmas is in the air more and more each and every day. Amidst all of the early preparations we'll all be making, let's take a moment to remember the less fortunate among us.

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