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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: Group on the WATCH for killer toys finds danger in every playtime

By Eric Heyl 9:09 a.m.
Beware the life-threatening fake excrement. You’d think the only threat a gag gift designed to provoke gags of revulsion would pose would be to good ...

Heyl: Not foreign to us: Lawmakers don’t stay focused on state problems

By Eric Heyl
The criticism is difficult to fathom. State lawmakers are taking heat for momentarily stepping away from the 5-month-old stalemate with intractable Gov. Tom Wolf over the state budget to concentrate on more pressing matters. On Tuesday, the Senate focused on ...

Heyl: Local notables should give thanks if they can avoid these questions

By Eric Heyl
They should be thankful they aren’t being asked these questions. When the bird is carved on Thursday, many state and local notables probably won’t express their gratitude over not being queried on sensitive matters that might make them plenty uncomfortable. ...

Heyl: Open borders invite foreigners to steal thunder of our mass murderers

By Eric Heyl
Take in the welcome mat. Gov. Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto are facing a firestorm of criticism for continuing to support the idea of allowing Syrian refugees to settle in Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh. The welcome mat remains out ...

Heyl: Budget for Thanksgiving? Heck, let’s wait until Easter

By Eric Heyl
Root for the impasse. A proposed budget agreement between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders remains short on details. But in what passes for progress in Pennsylvania, the impasse that began just before Independence Day conceivably could end with the ...

Heyl: GOP presidential field percolates with frothy views on Starbucks holiday cup

By Eric Heyl
Expect this issue to continue to percolate. The Starbucks holiday cup controversy likely isn’t going away soon. Even presidential candidates are commenting on what has been ...

Heyl: Ensuring ultimate sacrifice of 29 Western Pa. heroes won’t be forgotten

By Eric Heyl
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Justin E. Schmalstieg abruptly met his end in Afghanistan five years ago while trying to defuse a roadside bomb. An attempt ...

Heyl: Throwing a flag on Pa. being expected to fund stadium work at Temple, PSU

By Eric Heyl
Consider it first down and millions of dollars to go. Two of the state’s three largest universities have embarked on drives they hope will result ...

Heyl: On bright side, state meteorologist can predict climate in Harrisburg

By Eric Heyl
The forecast for Harrisburg on Monday: considerable controversy. It stems from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s hiring of Jeff Jumper, who starts Monday in the newly established position of official state meteorologist. Gov. Tom Wolf’s staff administration explained the move was ...

Heyl: Gargantuan gourd still not bigger than Aspinwall man’s heart

By Eric Heyl 8:28 a.m.
I f this pumpkin played professional sports, it would be tested for steroid use. “Tallest one we’ve ever had,” Joel Keefer said. That’s noteworthy. For ...

Heyl: Off-campus Duquesne: A place where ‘libertines’ go for togas and kegs

By Eric Heyl
Live at Duquesne or dwell in debauchery. That’s essentially what uptight Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty said when he recently labeled as “libertines” students who ...

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