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Monday, April 28, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Those struggling Bucs: Perhaps a change of leagues will do the Pirates some good. The Bucs open a two-game series Tuesday in Baltimore against the American League's Orioles. Pittsburgh, the darling of the baseball world last season, can't seem to fire on many cylinders this year, now sitting in fourth place in the National League Central, 8½ games out of first and with one of the worst records in Major League Baseball. Time to dust off all those old Green Weenies.

Leger returns: Former Pittsburgh Finance Director Paul Leger has been nominated by Mayor Bill Peduto to take on that role again. Mr. Leger, 69, is credited with writing the Allegheny County Home Rule Charter and was one of the guiding forces behind PGH 21, a task force that sought to remake city finances a decade ago. He's regarded well by Democrats and Republicans and certainly has his work cut out for him. We wish him the best in a thankless job.

Shill now, pay later: The Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler thinks it would be a dandy idea for Pittsburgh to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016. It admits that “a key to putting together an enticing package will be figuring how to pay” for it all but, hey, right now “more enthusiasm and less anxiety seems appropriate.” Indeed, the Bugler admonishes that “city taxpayers can't be expected to fund a political convention.” But the truth of the matter is that taxpayers always get stuck with the bill, one way or another.

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