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Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

| Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Investigating Diven: If state Rep. Michael Diven thought his campaign's use of at least six dead people on his re-election nominating petitions would fade away, he has gotten a rude awakening. An assistant Allegheny County solicitor has told elections boss Mark Wolosik that the matter should be referred to Allegheny County Police for an investigation. Mr. Diven withdrew from the 22nd Legislative District primary race. He blamed a lazy campaign worker but took full responsibility. Elections fraud is a serious charge; the proverbial book should be thrown at Diven.

Another sour deal: Departing Heinz Europe boss Joseph Jimenez is getting a big payday for eight years of service. There's a lump-sum payment of just under $948,000. Then there's a $152,000 payment come late October. Then there's $55,000 a month, beginning in November and continuing through April 2008, depending on how long Mr. Jimenez is out of work. Which, coincidentally, likely will continue through April 2008. And even though he's out, there also will be a bonus. And corporate compensation committees wonder why they have a bad reputation.

Can the Bucs regroup?: The struggling Pittsburgh Pirates open a nine-game homestand tonight. The Arizona Diamondbacks are first up. The Bucs enter the series as one of the worst teams in all of Major League Baseball with nine wins on 24 losses. And unless something starts clicking, the Pirates remain on pace to set a record -- most losses in a season. This is not what the team's landlords -- the taxpayers -- were promised.

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