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Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

An observation: The New Kensington-Arnold School Board is poised to approve a new student dress code to address past problems with kids wearing all manner of inappropriate clothes. But is this about appropriate clothing choices — which the district can otherwise ban by specifying which clothes are out — or is it about expanding the board's/administration's control? Parents shouldn't be too quick to relinquish their authority over their children's clothing choices.

Old and overdosing: The worry used to be about teens and 20-somethings abusing heroin and other painkillers. That is so 2005. Now a report from Westmoreland County about the number of overdose deaths shows 70 percent of those who died were between ages 40 and 70. Sadly, many of these folks became addicted after sustaining an injury and being prescribed pain medication. When the scripts run out, they turn to inexpensive street heroin.

The Gallagher era: A criticism of Patrick Gallagher as the University of Pittsburgh's chancellor-in-waiting has been his lack of fundraising experience. But in picking a leader with extensive business and science experience — where the same interpersonal skills necessary for successful fundraising are employed — Pitt's trustees appear to be acknowledging that the job is far more than just being a glorified schmoozer. The acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gallagher takes over Pitt on Aug. 1. We wish him every success.

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