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Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

Wow (again): For the second week in a row, the Steelers put up a stellar performance, surprising even their harshest critics. After a slow start, Pittsburgh exploded to pound the visiting Baltimore Ravens, 43-23. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s 12th touchdown pass in two games set an NFL record. The Steelers, 6-3, travel to New York this Sunday to face the lowly 1-8 Jets. Here’s to avoiding an embarrassing letdown.

Burning issue: Allegheny County Council is scheduled to consider stricter open-burning regulations on Wednesday. But it could open a can of legal worms if it fails to grandfather existing built-in outdoor fire pits and fireplaces. While we’re all for being good neighbors and for cleaner air, this, as Councilwoman Sue Means reminds, should be a matter for local oversight — dealing with nuisance fires on a case-by-case basis. Penalizing responsible homeowners with blanket restrictions would be unfair.

Guns & booze: No matter how often the sermon is delivered that guns and alcohol don’t mix, tragedies such as what unfolded in Upper St. Clair early Saturday still seem to happen. One cousin was fatally shot during a Halloween party, supposedly in a debate over whether the other cousin, who was considering obtaining a concealed carry permit, would be able to shoot someone in self-defense. The trigger was pulled. The “unloaded” gun wasn’t. What a waste.


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