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EDITORIAL: Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

June 3, 2014

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

June 03--Be careful out there: As the environment has steadily improved over the years, so has the lot of urban and suburban wildlife. But with that comes the propensity for wildlife-human encounters. Witness a Saturday incident in Forest Hills between a woman washing her car and a red-shouldered hawk with a nearby nest of new chicks. The hawk dive-bombed and injured the woman. There's talk of the state Game Commission attempting to relocate the nest. But the better plan is to allow the hawks to move on, as they invariably will in short order.

Using their heads: There's no doubt that many nonprofits have been squeezed in recent years as the nation continues to recover from the Great Recession. But as the going continues to be tough, the tough have gotten going, so to speak. As but two examples, the Carnegie Science Center and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have increased the number of extracurricular events -- such as "21+ Nights" at the former and more weddings at the latter. It's the kind of initiative that will only entice prospective outside benefactors to be more generous with their philanthropic dollars.

Stay tuned: Lots of eyes and plenty of ears will be on WJAS Radio over the next few weeks and months. One of Pittsburgh's oldest radio stations -- on the air since Aug. 4, 1922, at 1320 on the AM dial -- Renda Broadcasting has sold it for $1 million to Frank Iorio Jr. The FCC still must approve the sale. WJAS has broadcast under a number of different call letters and formats over the years and was one of the city's five original AM stations. What will it become in its latest incarnation?


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