Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
On the “Watch List”: The Jeannette Glass plant cleanup. As expected, Zion Bullitt is appealing a judge's ruling upholding the sale of the dilapidated plant. What wasn't common knowledge is that the consent order reached with Zion to clean up the property has an escape clause: If Zion cannot access the site for six or more months, the consent order becomes moot. And that would dump the remainder of the cleanup cost on the taxpayers.
Lance: To Monessen's missing property owners. Almost a third of the city's 734 blighted properties are owned by outsiders from 24 states and five foreign countries — and beyond the reach of Monessen officials. District Judge Joseph Dalfonso says Pennsylvania won't extradite someone from another state or country who owes fines and court courts. That has to change, and not just in Monessen. Local municipalities must have recourse to go after absentee landowners and make them pay for their disregard.
An observation: Traditionally, elementary students' class assignments and school bus schedules, published and/or listed online, heralded the start of school. But Franklin Regional, among other districts, is no longer providing this information publicly because of parents' privacy concerns, given the listing of addresses and the times when families would be leaving their homes. Parents will receive this information in the mail. And their concerns are justified. Indeed, times have changed.
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