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Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, July 31, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”:

• Route 366 drivers. Those who drive Route 366 in New Kensington need to watch out. There are some hazardous conditions — along with heavy traffic — on the Tarentum Bridge Road section and east to Valley High School. The New Kensington Council says safety projects need to be undertaken, but PennDOT counters that conditions either aren't serious enough for remediation or require more study. Long story short: Nothing is going to happen there anytime soon, so please be careful.

• Butler County Judge William Shaffer. On Aug. 26, Shaffer is to sentence Edward B. Myers of Saxonburg on charges he doused his girlfriend's 7-year-old son with lighter fluid and set him ablaze. The plea bargain calls for a sentence range of four to 12 years. We would hope Shaffer is looking at the high end of the range or perhaps rejecting Myers' deal and scheduling the case for trial.

• Municipal pools. Are local public pools becoming anachronisms? Societal changes — fewer children and more backyard pools — seem to be reducing the need for pools. Plus, they're expensive to operate and maintain and their success depends on the whims of the weather. Sad, if they disappear.

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