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Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

| Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Ready, set, compete!: Fast on the heels of siccing the state Public Utility Commission on Lyft and Uber, two upstart ride-sharing services that feature a smartphone app to communicate with customers, Yellow Cab, better known for tardy service or no service at all, says it is introducing its own application in response. Isn't it amazing what competition will do to wake up poor performers enjoying “state” protection? The only thing better could be having the PUC slapped for attempting to restrain free trade. Hint, hint.

About time: Pitt and Allegheny Health Network physicians will participate in a study investigating any links between acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and childhood asthma. Heretofore, much of the focus has been on “pollution” and, in some cases, premature conclusions that it's the primary cause. But the medical literature is filled with real-world tales of the acetaminophen-asthma links. Here's to all the possibilities of having the unadulterated scientific method applied with equal rigor.

Can you say “Uncle!”?: The winter that won't stop continues. Snow, ice and low salt supplies are getting old. But there's a respite on the way. Beginning on Thursday, three days of temperatures in the 50s are forecast. Yet we'll perhaps rue for what we've all been wishing, what with milder weather creating a lot of muddy messes, even more potholes and forcing river watchers to keep an eye on ice jams.

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