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Pitt's big dance: The University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team finds itself in both an enviable and unenviable position. A win in Thursday's NCAA Tournament game against Colorado in Orlando likely will send the Panthers into a showdown against Florida, the nation's No. 1 team. If beaten, Pitt would face a wound-licking early exit. But a win over Florida would make the Panthers an early tournament darling. And darlin', we're all rootin' for your chances.

Authority's silly dance: Thirteen months ago, the Allegheny County Airport Authority demoted CEO Brad Penrod for failing to adequately strategize. Then it named him “chief strategy officer.” A new CEO never was hired. The fired old boss became the de facto new boss. Fast-forward to Friday last: Mr. Penrod, making a cool $214,465 annually, was fired. He apparently wasn't aggressive enough in his strategizing efforts to reverse a decades-long decline in flights and passengers. Given what the board did a year ago, we're surprised it didn't name him vice president for studying more aggressive strategizing. Ahem.

Council's sloppy dance: Allegheny County Council is so obviously unconcerned about the Trib's objections to obviously improperly defined “executive sessions” that it didn't even bother to inform the council's solicitor of those objections in a timely fashion. The council has developed a nasty habit of taking the public's business behind closed doors without giving adequate information beforehand. Council's business is the public's business. Such transparency is the law.

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