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Tuesday takes: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

| Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:46 p.m.

Good grief: The latest Allegheny County employee roster, as of June 7, takes an entire ream of paper to print. If that's not a pretty stark indicator that county government is too big, we don't know what is.

Huba, huba: The Allegheny County Airport Authority will spend nearly $300,000 to study whether Pittsburgh could serve as a hub to restore service to other, smaller Pennsylvania towns. But it's doubtful such a plan would work without even more taxpayer subsidies. Public demand should drive service, not the government.

Another wake-up call: Joshua DeNinno of Moon is charged with stealing nearly $61,000 from the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council, where he was a volunteer. It's the latest in a series of thefts by those associated with nonprofit and/or charitable groups. And it's the latest reason for such organizations to tighten their financial practices.

Let's go, Bucs!: The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves tied with Cincinnati for first place in the National League Central as they open a three-game set in Baltimore tonight. The Pirates swept Kansas City over the weekend. While it's premature to revive the old fight song "The Bucs Are Goin' All the Way," the Bucs certainly are going in the right direction right now.

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