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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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