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Eric Heyl is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. His work appears throughout the week. Eric Heyl can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7857

Heyl: Kane must stay busy amid load of bad publicity

By Eric Heyl
While she allegedly is corrupt, no one can accuse her of being a couch potato. The smell of smoke around Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane ...

Heyl: Toomey cash-raising tactic strongly resembles protection racket

By Eric Heyl
Innocent solicitation or sinister shakedown? That depends on your perspective. But everyone probably can agree that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s recent campaign donation request could ...

Heyl: Soon to be county’s last drive-in, Dependable lives up to its name

By Eric Heyl
It’s been a dependable local entertainment option for decades. But what does the future hold for what soon will be Allegheny County’s sole surviving drive-in? With the ...

Heyl: Retiring farm owners bring in the sheaves for final harvest festival

By Eric Heyl
For the final time, the gigantic inflatable pumpkin beckons visitors. Sitting as a sentinel of sorts near the entrance to Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm in ...

Heyl: CMU to recognize void left by death of one its brightest educators

By Eric Heyl
Hilary Masters was a nationally renowned author and educator with a penchant for yellow socks. His fondness for the canary-colored garments was well known around the Carnegie Mellon University campus, according to Sharon Dilworth, one of Masters’ closest colleagues and ...

Heyl: Neanderthal blame tactics mark school sex case

By Eric Heyl
Michael Cinefra didn’t get himself into this mess. To hear defense attorney Patrick Thomassey tell it, it’s not Cinefra’s fault the former Plum High School ...

Heyl: Speaking frankly, Spanish no threat to take over in Pennsylvania

By Eric Heyl
Forget it Spanish, you insidious intruder. There’s no way you’re going to wander into Pennsylvania and muscle out English, the language spoken here since the state’s earliest settlers successfully eradicated several Native American tongues. That’s the mindset of freshman state Rep. ...

Heyl: Pennsylvania one-ups Illinois in governmental race to the bottom

By Eric Heyl
We can’t let the Illini win. We can’t let the Prairie State prevail. The above sentiments convey the admirable attitudes of Gov. Tom Wolf and the ...

Heyl: Outrage over Wiz goes up in smoke when confronted by facts

By Eric Heyl
Make no mistake:  Wiz loves weed. But Wiz Khalifa also has a legitimate fondness for his alma mater. That fact apparently has been lost in ...

Heyl: Towering over his rivals could be advantage for Fetterman in Senate race

By Eric Heyl
It’s a U.S. Senate race, not an NBA game. So Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who announced his candidacy on Monday, is no slam dunk to ...

Heyl: Ride service hunting trip reaps big-game scientists — and costs $5.5M

By Eric Heyl
Vengeance via wildlife agency? We’ll probably never know for certain, but it’s possible. Carnegie Mellon University might have used the threat of the Pennsylvania Game Commission ...

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