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| Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003

The big hearing: Tonight's the night. The state Department of Community and Economic Development covens at 7 p.m. (at the IBEW Hall on East Carson) to take testimony on Pittsburgh's Act 47 application. If approved, the financially struggling city could win approval to attempt to tax its way back to "prosperity." It is incumbent upon those who rightly argue the city can tighten its belt to save itself to make their case quite forthrightly this evening.

Missing acreage: Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff is all over state Sen. Jane Orie for supposedly misrepresenting the development scenario between PNC Park and Heinz Field. Ms. Orie contends the 25 acres have gone for a song, thanks to government sweetheart dealing. Not so, Mrs. Masloff says, who also claims there's only 9 acres between the palaces that perfidy built. Hey, who stole the public's other 16 acres?

State supermarkets: Democrat brainiac state Reps. Jake Wheatley of the Hill District and Frank Oliver of Philadelphia think it would be a swell idea to create state-run grocery stores for "underserved" inner-city neighborhoods. Their rationale• Well, we've had state liquor stores forever. Need we say more regarding the sheer amentia of such "thinking."

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