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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To some CCAC students. A vocal number of them were upset that Community College of Allegheny County did not cancel classes during this week's cold spell. Welcome to the real world, kids. Oh, and one more thing — either you, your parents or taxpayers are paying or helping to pay that tuition. Shouldn't you be doing everything possible to maximize the outlay?

On the “Watch List”:

Pittsburgh's public safety director search. Mayor Bill Peduto has extended his search for what he says is a top priority for his administration. That means either the applicants to date — including two outside “finalists” — had second thoughts or the mayor did. The former could indicate a mess larger than the public knows. The latter could indicate a mayor working overtime to find the perfect pick. We hope it's the latter.

• The Pittsburgh Public Schools audit. We hope state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will get to the bottom of one of the wackiest proposals ever to come out of a school district not far from the precipice of Belly-up Gulch. There was talk, by one school board member, of the district taking over the insolvent, soon-to-be liquidated August Wilson black cultural center. Sorry, but adding two negatives never makes a positive.

• Mike Doyle. Politico speculates that the 10-term 14th District congressman, a Democrat who represents Pittsburgh, could “ditch” his seat “in the near future” and lists a number of possible successors. Considering that about all Mr. Doyle has done in Washington is captain the Democratic Congressional Baseball Team, a change-up would be refreshing.

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