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Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

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| Monday, November 17, 2014 9:00 p.m.

The wrist is slapped: Cecelia H. Yauger of Grove City stole $5,500 from the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, where she was executive director. Prosecutors think she stole more but couldn’t prove it. The regional public education agency serves among the neediest in society. But Ms. Yauger, at a time in which the agency was laying off staff, used the money to buy meals and make department store purchases, among other things.

Yauger’s attorney says the death of her mother triggered the behavior. She has since repaid the money. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti sentenced Yauger to three months’ probation, two of which must be served in a halfway house, 150 hours of community service and fined her $2,000. It’s a far too-light sentence for such an egregious violation of the public trust.

A shackled step: The state Public Utility Commission is earning praise in some quarters for granting the Uber ride-sharing service an experimental license that could lead to a more permanent situation. But two conditions remain troublesome. One prohibits cars more than 8 years old. It’s an arbitrary and capricious rule given inspection requirements. The other requires Uber to turn over certain ride data to the PUC. What, so it can disseminate it to competitors, as it has done in the past?

Do not forget: Six executives of insurance giant Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network received more than $1 million in total compensation in 2013. Remember that when your insurance premiums go up and you open your next hospital bill.

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