is a lost art and so is fair play. How many times do we read about candidates running for office being challenged on the authenticity of the signatures on their nominating petitions? While we can't have a system where people make up names, such challenges too often just seem part of the tawdry bag of political tricks to keep people from running. Challenged by Republicans, Jim Barr, the Constitution Party candidate for Allegheny County Council in District 1, had more than 50 signatures thrown out for ineligibility or inaccuracy, putting him below the 250 needed to be on the ballot. But Common Pleas Judge Joseph James told Mr. Barr that he could get back on the ballot if people would swear they had signed for him. Last Tuesday, people did come to court and did so swear, giving various reasons for their bad handwriting -- such as holding a baby at the time -- and Mr. Barr was put back on the ballot. It was a welcome victory for the third-party outsider. Never mind that it may be Mr. Barr's last victory -- he faces a Republican, Tom Baker, and a Democrat, Daniel A. McClain, in the fall.
WHEN IT COMES to underdogs, nothing matches the victory of the Pittsburgh Pirates against the mighty New York Yankees in the seventh game of the 1960 World Series. Last week the hero of that glorious hour, Bill Mazeroski, announced that he was going to auction off the jersey he wore that day, the bat he used to hit the winning home run in the ninth inning and the cleats he wore to round the bases. The Hall of Famer played at a time when athletes didn't command multimillion-dollar salaries and, as he explained, he had the jersey in a safe place and saw it only once in 53 years. The timing for the auction seems right, he said, with everybody talking about the Pirates again. Good luck to him.
ANDY WARHOL was a Pittsburgh hero of another sort. He grew up here, but his fame as an artist came in New York City, where he moved in 1949 after graduating from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). After he died in 1987, he was buried in a cemetery in Bethel Park. While Pittsburgh is the home of the Andy Warhol Museum, the gravitational pull of New York still works its magic on him. Last week, it was announced that his art will be showcased in a 10,000-square-foot annex on Manhattan's Lower East Side, part of a larger development to open in 2017 that will include 1,000 apartments, restaurants and office space. The Andy Warhol Annex is much smaller than the museum on the North Side -- and long may it stay smaller. We had him first and we are keeping him last. We are not losing to the Yankees.