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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To Steve Zappala. The Allegheny County district attorney's program to educate local police departments in how to deal with autistic people is a gem. For the untrained, it can be sadly too easy to assume an autistic person is being unresponsive, as in uncooperative. And that can lead to misunderstandings with unintended bad consequences in police matters. Kudos to a most worthy effort.

On to Round 2: The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers on Friday night in the first game of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Pens are more rested, having advanced over Columbus on Monday night. But the Rangers could be more in their groove, having just eliminated Philadelphia on Wednesday evening. The teams split four regular season games this year. Hey! and all that.

On the “Watch List”: UPMC's succession plan. The guessing game has begun anew over who might someday succeed Jeff Romoff as CEO of the health giant. That, after Liz Concordia, thought to be his heir apparent, announced she's leaving for the top job at the University of Colorado Health System. You'll recall that long-ago heir apparent John Paul now heads the competing Allegheny Health Network. Stay tuned.

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