Mon-Yough Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To Wal-Mart Foundation. The charitable arm of the retail giant is providing $252,950 to the Duquesne-based Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, $62,350 for a summer food service program and $190,600 for a refrigerated truck that will enable the food bank to deliver 50 percent more food in a more efficient manner.
Laurel: To keeping memories alive. Duquesne school board president DeWayne Tucker has no power in a district run by a court-appointed receiver, but he still can continue a longstanding tradition of honoring young athletes who represent Duquesne. His award went this year to DiAngelo Mitchell, an offensive star football player for the West Mifflin Area High School Titans.
Lance: To impatient motorists. One can turn right on red after stopping, checking for and yielding to pedestrians and other traffic. On Walnut Street at Fifth Avenue in downtown McKeesport, however, northbound motorists often make right turns on red onto Fifth without waiting for southbound drivers who may have a green arrow for left turns onto Fifth.
On the “Watch List”: U.S. Steel. A once-dominant employer in the Monongahela Valley, now still significant but clearly in a decline that could mean more layoffs after the recent furlough of 165 Irvin Plant employees and the probably permanent idling of 180 McKeesport Tubular workers.