Laurels & Lances: Steelers finally find a worthy throwback uniform
Laurel: To dentists Dr. Harold “David” Mock, his son, Dr. Maxwell Mock. The Mocks led a team of 40 University of Pittsburgh dental students to treat 700 patients in a week in a small village in the Dominican Republic.
The younger Dr. Mock is starting his second year of practice in Springdale with his father, David, 65, of Cheswick. He's been a dentist for 40 years.
They learned about the need in the Dominican Republic four years ago and have traveled there annually since.
The dental students paid their own way for the mission trip.
The team completed more than 2,500 dental procedures — restorations, root canals and many extractions — during their recent makeshift clinic. Their patients mostly were sugar cane workers living in extreme poverty.
Their dental exams and procedures were often done at a picnic table in 90- to 100-degree heat.
They also visited elementary schools to teach oral health and apply protective fluoride varnish to the children's teeth.
To make such a journey of kindness once would be impressive, but to return annually commands our deep respect.
Lance: To a fired Verizon Wireless employee accused of stealing a nude photo from a customer's iPhone while working at the company's North Huntingdon store.
Police say William G. Hickman Jr., 32, of North Versailles stole the photo when a woman wanted to transfer accounts from another carrier to Verizon Wireless. He offered to make the transfer so the woman could avoid paying a transfer fee.
So he took the phone into a back room. But police say he went through her photos, finding a nude image that he texted to his own phone.
Police say the woman discovered the theft when she received a message on her Apple iCloud account noting that the photo had been sent to what police say was Hickman's cellphone. Police say Hickman confessed; he faces invasion of privacy and harassment charges.
The woman's attorney, Gary Lynch, called the incident a cautionary tale.
“Conduct such as Hickman's is no surprise to Verizon,” Lynch wrote. He noted that similar incidents at Verizon outlets in Florida, Wisconsin and New York have triggered criminal and civil charges.
A cautionary tale, indeed.
Laurel: To the Pittsburgh Steelers. They finally got around to wearing the only “throwback” uniforms worth wearing: Those of the 1970s dynasty.
The new throwback uniform comes to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Steelers' 35-31 victory against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII.
The classic '70s uniforms will replace — thankfully — the “bumblebee” throwbacks that featured black and gold stripes that were inspired by the uniforms worn by the 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates football team. Some seemed to like them; others were left scratching their heads, both because of their design and the losing era they originated from.
Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris was there when the throwbacks were unveiled last week.
“I didn't know these jerseys looked so good,” Harris said. “Until I put it on, I didn't. But when I put it on, I said, ‘Man, I missed you.' ”
We couldn't agree more.