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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

Best wishes: To Randy Vulakovich. The Republican state representative easily won a special election on Tuesday to complete the remaining term of Jane Orie (now serving prison time for public corruption) in the 40th Senatorial District. Sen.-elect Vulakovich says he's eager to put the district back together again. We wish him every success in eradicating the stain left by Ms. Orie.

On the “Watch List”: It's typically what government does worst — estimating “income,” whether it be tax receipts or interest earnings. An expert now is questioning the City of Pittsburgh's rosy prediction of interest income on employee pension money (a full half-percentage point over what's likely right). Overestimating such a figure is a surefire way to cause more budget pain. Here's to the city removing its rose-colored glasses.

Lance: To Major League Baseball. Fans at Wednesday night's Pirates-Diamondbacks game at PNC Park treated the ample lightning as if it were fireworks. There were plenty of “oohs” and “ahhhs.” Yes, lightning can be spectacular. But it's also spectacularly dangerous. Think of the one person killed and nine others injured just last weekend at Pocono Raceway. Bottom line: The Bucs game should have been suspended until the lightning passed.

Laurel: To the Pennsylvania Democrats. The state party has gone to court to remove former Greene County state Rep. Bill DeWeese from the November ballot. The Democrat is in prison following his public corruption conviction. Sadly, Mr. DeWeese's lawyer defends his ballot standing, which makes a mockery of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

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