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Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

| Monday, March 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Freeze and thaw I: This winter's brutal weather first crushed municipal budgets because of extra salt purchases and overtime pay for road workers. Now the weather is crushing our streets and potholes are everywhere. With budgets already squeezed, where will local government find the money to pay for paving beyond what was planned?

Freeze and thaw II: When is a hiring freeze not really a hiring freeze? When it's a Westmoreland County government hiring freeze. In December, commissioners approved a new budget and instituted a hiring freeze. In the next three months, the commissioners made 34 hires. That's a freeze?

Panther prospects: Last-second drama finally went Pitt's way on Saturday. A buzzer-beating tying basket led to an 83-78 overtime win at Clemson. That helped, but the Panthers remain “on the bubble” for the NCAA Tournament. They can solidify an NCAA berth by winning their first ACC Tournament game on Thursday — which would hearten Pitt fans accustomed to postseason disappointment.

R.I.P: Tony McCall. The Harrison resident fostered 42 children, was devoted to his church, served 75 years as a Citizens Hose volunteer, including a stint as chief, and did much, much more.

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