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Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Parking success: The Pittsburgh Parking Authority says those new meter-replacing solar-powered payment kiosks are paying off. Daily parking revenues have more than doubled, it says. And unlike the old coin meters, in which parkers paid for a particular space, time paid for a kiosk is transferable to other parking spots. The biggest rap against the kiosks has been that they're confusing. But time and greater familiarity should solve that problem.

Bugler illogic: The Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler argues for a blanket ban on firearms at all Pennsylvania state-owned universities. It dismisses as a “myth” the concept of “armed resistance” and says “victims of the crimes that do occur (on campuses) could be put at additional risk if criminals committing them have the benefit of freely carrying deadly weapons.” But gun-toting criminals are going to carry guns no matter what. And the only “additional risk” is victims, by order of the state, being turned into quivering sitting ducks.

Doo-dah, Doo-dah: Songwriter Stephen Foster inspired composers and musicians, from Al Jolson and Irving Berlin to Tommy Dorsey and Ray Charles. And some still might not know he's a Pittsburgher. Aficionados gathered Monday at Mr. Foster's grave in Allegheny Cemetery to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death. Responsible for such tunes as “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Hard Times Come Again No More” and “Beautiful Dreamer,” Foster was Americana. And he still is.

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