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Fanning prison's opposition: Opponents of Fayette County's controversial $32 million prison plan aren't happy with their treatment by the county's Zoning Hearing Board and with good reason. Those who packed a recent session were told the board could take up to 45 days to render a decision. And, indeed, many attendees left when the board called an executive session on an unrelated matter and suggested that a decision on the prison wasn't imminent. Then the board approved the prison's special exception. Taxpayers don't deserve this subterfuge.

Bike-route mapping: As the weather warms, expect to see a lot more bicyclists on local roads. Coordinating routes along with funding to make these activities “safe, convenient and attractive” is the Westmoreland County Bike and Pedestrian Committee, which recently conducted it first meeting in Latrobe. Countians are encouraged to report road hazards and other concerns to make biking and walking safer. It's a worthwhile initiative that should go the distance.

What the hey?: Lots of words and phrases come to mind as the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for their do-or-die seventh game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center. “Choke” best describes blowing a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. And “clean house” likely is what will — and should — happen if the Pens don't advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Penguin Nation is keeping its webbed feet crossed.

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