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Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

| Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

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.

Think again: We trust Pittsburgh officials didn't miss the Trib's Saturday tutorial on the pitfalls of hosting a political party convention. City officials have been asked to bid for the “honors” by the Democrats for 2016. But the admonition that struck us most came from a Holy Cross economics professor, who essentially said there's lots of pain involved but little else. Think twice, Pittsburgh. Better make that thrice.

Come again?: Not only will the Allegheny County Airport Authority boost the pay of its prospective new CEO by 17 percent — to a cool quarter-million dollars — it will pay a search firm $75,000, plus expenses, to find the new person. Why can't the authority's board, supposedly filled with professionals, do the job on its own? And all of this comes with a backdrop of experts saying it's unlikely that yet another CEO can reverse airline trends that have left Pittsburgh International Airport hurting. Sounds like lipstick on a pig to us. And pretty pricey lipstick at that.

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