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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”: The Ligonier Valley YMCA zoning dispute. In appealing the borough's rejection of its rezoning request, the Y says former Ligonier Councilwoman Kim Shaffer should have recused herself instead of voting against the proposal. Why? Because it was Ms. Shaffer who sold land to the Y for $170,000, which was key to the Y's expansion plan. Shaffer, who resigned from the council after the vote, says she had a written legal opinion endorsing her right to vote on the issue. The question is, how much is the borough willing to spend to defend that opinion?

Lance: To local school boards' “show time.” Under Act 1, many school boards soon will decide what tax-increase “limit” they'll impose on residents. Not that the so-called limit has any meaningful purpose; school districts can apply to the state for exemptions, which typically are granted. It's the same old tax-jacking that existed before Act 1. Essentially this is merely a public show in which the public has no say.

Lance: To teens' all-too-candid camera antics. Nude photos of five or six Norwin High School female students, supposedly posted on social media, turned up on a porn website. Authorities say the website has been shut down and they are investigating. These time-consuming investigations and embarrassments can be avoided if young people simply think before they mindlessly click their digital devices.

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