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.
Nice: The Bickerstons -- UPMC and Highmark -- have reached a deal to extend their contracts through June 30, 2013. But if these two health-care/insurance behemoths can keep working together for the next 18 months, why can't they do it permanently?
Naughty: The contention of the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP that requiring voter identification at the polls will disenfranchise black voters is a red herring. Protecting the integrity of the franchise should be everyone's goal.
Nice: Public/private parking lot sponsors will pay nearly a half-million dollars over the next three years to make it "free" to travel between Downtown and the North Shore Connector's first North Side stop.
Naughty: If the above sponsorship decision is based on the transit agency's wildly bogus ridership projections, those sponsors, hoping to boost their bottom lines with more parkers, will be sorely disappointed.
Nice: That depressed appraisal of a government-controlled North Shore property for which the Steelers were handed sweetheart development rights proves once and for all how such deals pervert the marketplace and shaft taxpayers.
Naughty: The American Chemistry Council is spending $500,000 on ads promoting Republicrat U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's re-election bid. Mr. Murphy is facing his first formidable GOP primary challenge in years. Gee, anybody smell coordination ?
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