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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: ‘Mr. Peduto Head’ products could earn city much-needed revenue

By Eric Heyl
Embrace the affront, Mr. Peduto Head. Your city might reap significant rewards if you do. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration recently took the unusual step of formally instructing police officers not to disparage him when issuing parking tickets. Seems that …

Heyl: Judicial ‘wins’ race to bottom

By Eric Heyl
It’s been a while since we took the old dysfunction meter out of the storage shed. Given events gripping state government lately, this seems like an appropriate time to dust it off, press the power button and measure the dysfunction …

Heyl: Pennsylvania Supreme Court should get back to boring stuff

By Eric Heyl
HARRISBURG (Exaggerated Press) – In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court today ruled that its members should devote less time to the dispersal and discussion of pornographic emails. The split decision, rendered without a prior lower court ruling, …

Ruffians at Ruff’s groomers perturb South Side neighbor

By Eric Heyl
These aren’t just any ruffians Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus decided to take on. These are people who won’t hesitate to tastefully groom your dog or cat. Give them any trouble, they won’t think twice about doing the same …

Heyl: Got game? Escape if you can

By Eric Heyl
When it comes to embracing cultural trends, there’s no escaping the fact that Pittsburgh often lags behind other places. So it’s refreshing to see the city ahead of the cultural curve in regard to the interactive gaming experience of escape …

Komen, Baker Hughes partnership a bit baffling

By Eric Heyl
This partnership is a bit perplexing. Sorry, make that bits perplexing. It involves 1,000 large drill bits, each painted the Susan G. Komen organization’s proprietary shade of pink that is inescapable each October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Baker Hughes, …

Heyl: Giant Eagle grocery ace to put stamp on post office

By Eric Heyl
The U.S. Postal Service is about to receive a very special delivery. President Obama boxed up David Shapira on Wednesday, put some breathing holes in a package labeled “handle with care,” and sent him to the Postal Service as a …

Heyl: No spin — record guy here to stay

By Eric Heyl
Relax, apprehensive record album aficionados. Despite rumors to the contrary, Jerry Weber’s enormous record collection isn’t Brazil-bound. He plans to part with a small portion …

Corbett laments ‘terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week’

By Eric Heyl
Dear Diary, What does a guy have to do to catch a break? I’m the governor of Pennsylvania, but I feel like that kid Alexander in the children’s book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Except …

Heyl: Politics strips jobs from state website

By Eric Heyl
Unemployed or underemployed strippers should be seething. They no longer have the official state jobs portal available to steer them to their next dance-and-disrobe event. Exotic dancers and others who are professionally risqué have become unfortunate casualties in the gubernatorial …

Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate

By Eric Heyl
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side tavern whose happy hours too often are countered by unhappy moments involving a police presence. …

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