Laurels & lances: Treats, charges, legends and speaking out
Laurel: To spring being sprung. Regardless of predicted snowflakes Friday, spring is officially here and high temperatures in the coming week are predicted to stay in the 40s and 50s and all the way to 60s. It’s the perfect time to appreciate those longer days and brighter evenings, so thanks to the good people at Rita’s Italian Ice and Dairy Queen for making the first day of spring a little sweeter with free treats.
Lance: To thinking you know the law better than the cops. Pamela Gamble of North Belle Vernon called the convenience store where her ex- boyfriend worked on March 7. She ended up talking to a borough police officer who was there taking a complaint from the ex about Gamble’s allegedly incessant phone calls. When Lt. Ron Van Syoc told her he would be filing charges, Gamble said he couldn’t.
Apparently he could. Gamble now faces 25 counts of harassment by communications and one of disorderly conduct.
Laurel: To a rock and roll legend. When most people talk Crosby in Pittsburgh, they’re talking hockey. When Graham Nash talked with the Tribune-Review before his Carnegie Music Hall show in Homestead, it was about decades of making music, including alongside former band mate David Crosby. Not only is it great to see a performer who helped define an era — including playing at Woodstock in 1969 — but it is also rewarding to see a man who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two different amazing acts bring his art to an intimate setting like the music hall.
Laurel: To recognizing that some things can’t be hidden because we are embarrassed. Denelle Suranski of White Oak might have kept her teenage diagnosis of colon cancer quiet. Most people aren’t eager to talk about their bowels. But, now 35, Suranski understands why it’s important to talk about colorectal cancer, because we can’t prevent what we pretend doesn’t exist.
“Colorectal cancer is the second leading death-causing cancer,” she said, adding that we “need to break the stigma of that and talk about it more.”