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PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike staff can send Amber Alert-style messages to motorists’ cellphones in the vicinity of major highway closures via the new 511PAConnect system. Better late than never? Perhaps. But at least action’s being taken to avert a repeat of January 2016’s stranding of hundreds of turnpike travelers between Bedford and Somerset during Winter Storm Jonas. Hopefully, 511PAConnect won’t be needed this winter — but will pass muster if it is. … The guy seen on video in late September stealing a bucket containing 86 pounds of gold flakes from a Manhattan armored truck turns out to be a poster boy for longtime U.S. immigration-system woes. DNAinfo New York reports that suspect Julio Nivelo, 53, has been deported back to his native Ecuador “four times for similar crimes in 1994, 2001, 2005 and 2008.” One deportation should have been enough to end his U.S. criminal career. That four deportations haven’t is an outrage. … Suspects in those Dec. 26 shopping-mall fights in at least 12 states included three scuffling teens arrested as police began enforcing Monroeville Mall’s “Youth Escort Program.” The program requires adults to accompany children younger than 18 after 6 p.m., usually just on Fridays and Saturdays. Whether by extending that program to other days or by other means, retailers, management and police must send a message that should go without saying, but sadly can’t: Day-after-Christmas mall brawls have no place alongside traditional bargain-hunting. More’s the pity that authorities have to step in and provide this discipline.


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