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.
Paying up: Increases in the collection of restitution payments to Westmoreland County crime victims (up 37 percent in 2013) reflect an ongoing trend since Clerk of Courts Bryan Kline took office in 2009. Defendants who miss their payments are summoned to a hearing. That's as it should be. Court-ordered fines and restitution become meaningless if they go uncollected. It's good to see that the buck does indeed stop at Mr. Kline's office.
R.I.P.: Noah Cornuet. The Burrell High School football player and wrestler, who died last week from a rare heart tumor during practice, was by all accounts an outstanding young man who was wrapping up his Eagle Scout project when he died. Let's hope the Boy Scouts of America look kindly upon a request to posthumously award his Eagle status. Our condolences to Noah's family and friends.
PNC Park prescription: Now hosting the Detroit Tigers after losing a home series to the San Diego Padres for the 14th consecutive time, the Pirates are free of that seeming jinx but still hurting from injuries. Chants of “Get well soon!” for Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen can alternate with “Let's go Bucs!”
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