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Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

R.I.P.: JoAnne Boyle. Her name is synonymous with Seton Hill, formerly a small liberal arts women's college that, under her longtime leadership, she transformed into a coed university — and not merely in name but also in mission and function. Mrs. Boyle, 78, of Laughlintown, had retired as Seton Hill president in June. Her record of accomplishments will live on for generations at the Greensburg university on the hill.

Right-to-Know requests: A new wrinkle in local elections this year has been the plethora of public-record requests by both Republicans and Democrats. Evidently both parties are looking more closely at elected officials with an eye toward whether they or their staffs are politicking on the public dime. One Democrat official says it's a practice born out of “desperateness.” Not necessarily. These are public documents. And if officials are minding their Ps and Qs, they have nothing to worry about.

From the blotter: Within the local police blotter are all manner of odd incidents, but this one's a standout. A Derry Township woman told state police that a man robbed her of $90. The alleged robber said this wasn't about cash but about a heroin buy that went bad. Shelby Lynn Irvin, 21, has been charged with making a false report and drug possession. By calling the police, did she expect them to return the $90 in heroin that was allegedly purloined?

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