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Monday, June 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Monsour legacy: Unable to notify any of the Monsour Medical Center principals, who more than eight years ago abandoned the now-dilapidated hospital in Jeannette, Westmoreland County has been cleared by a judge to post a newspaper notice announcing that the property will be sold. And that moves this towering testament of owner irresponsibility and government inaction another step closer to the wrecking ball — on the public's dime. With all the time and money that's been spent lately to right this wrong, what's being done, if anything, to prevent similar monstrosities from being dumped on taxpayers?

A home run: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knocked it out of the park in his remarks to Franklin Regional parents and seniors at a baccalaureate service on the eve of the high school's graduation, commending all for how they responded to a student's stabbing spree at the school in April. His message was clear and straightforward: “It was you being strong, it was your kids being strong. It's going to make a difference in everything you do for the rest of your life.” Hear! Hear!

A message sent: A six-month investigation by the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force has led to charges against 16 people who mostly sold heroin and prescription narcotics throughout the county, according to authorities. Here's hoping the arrests send a message to area dope dealers that their “business” of destroying lives is clearly in the cross hairs of law enforcement.

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