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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Pennsylvania State Police. It forced a Butler County man, denied his right to purchase a rifle because his background check erroneously flagged him for having an involuntary hospital commitment for mental issues, to file a lawsuit to correct the record. It's the kind of arrogance that continues to give government a bad name.

Lance: To the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board. It's pretty much clammed up over its legally dubious hiring of a school director who resigned his seat to take a cushy $120,000-a-year job created just for him. The state Department of Education says the hiring was illegal. But don't expect this board to do the right thing. It looks like this matter will have to be settled in court.

Lance: To Allegheny County's proposed capital budget. It contains a $500,000 line item to help bail out the insolvent August Wilson black cultural center. But as County Councilman Michael Finnerty, D-Scott, astutely notes, that's not a capital budget function. Here's hoping its inclusion was a mistake and not an attempt at sneaking and snookering.

An observation: Whether Black Friday has the oomph it once had remains to be seen, what with all the pre-Thanksgiving sales and expanded Thanksgiving Day shopping. But that doesn't mean the still-traditional opening of the Christmas shopping season won't be busy. So, buy some patience with all those presents today. And be careful out there.

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