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Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

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'American Coyotes' Series

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009
 

Ominous finances: The City of Pittsburgh will be forced to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy if it stays on its unsustainable fiscal path, say the Allegheny Institute's Jake Haulk and Frank Gamrat. Only then can it effectively deal with its legacy costs and excessive spending, they note. "Perhaps a wise judge can fix what the city itself is incapable of doing or unwilling to do," Messrs. Haulk and Gamrat add. It's a sobering sentiment this Christmas week. But the time for boldness is now.

The Steelers live: The Pittsburgh Steelers, left for dead after their loss to the hapless Cleveland Browns, came back in stunning fashion Sunday against the Green Bay Packers to keep their playoff hopes alive. The final drive that sealed a 37-36 win evoked last year's Super Bowl-winning effort. The Steelers, now 7-7, still need lots of help to grab a wild card berth. So, once more, and with gusto: Here we go!

Winter returns: Old Man Winter's Monday return was preceded by the season's first major snowfall. First snows are always a challenge for drivers, some of whom still believe that they are invincible in their four-wheel-drive vehicles. While all-wheel drive certainly helps motorists better navigate through the white stuff, drivers often forget that they, too, have to stop . Be careful out there.

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