Asides: A parade of 'saints,' an expressway-turned-runway and live feed from a place for the dead

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EVERYBODY

loves a parade, according to the old saying, but that might not have been universally true of the parade that marched through Homewood and Lincoln-Lemington Wednesday. Criminals presumably did not like it. That's because those marching were senior police officers who belonged to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Members of NOBLE, who have the goal of public service and improving public safety in urban communities, had just concluded a national training conference in Pittsburgh. Their 1.5-mile march -- dubbed "Justice by Action" -- was led by the African-American Music Institute playing "When the Saints Go Marching In." Residents loved these uniformed saints, cheering the officers and shouting thanks for keeping them safe. Heartwarming to see.

THE BUILDING of the Mon-Fayette Expressway took a big political battle, but motorists can look to heaven and give thanks that it was built. While looking up there, they might also keep an eye out for airplanes. One dropped out of the sky Tuesday and made an emergency landing on the highway. It was a single-engine 1946 Stinson 108-1 and its engine was vibrating because a piece of propeller had fallen off halfway into a flight from Rostraver Airport to Waynesburg. The pilot, Brian Nicholson, 38, of Charleroi, put the plane down safely while dodging traffic on the ground, leaving him, his passenger and the drivers of vehicles with an unusual tale to tell. Everybody loves a story with a happy ending.

MOST EVERYBODY loves a birthday celebration, even if the honoree is not around to blow out the candles. Tuesday was the birthday of Pittsburgh's famous pop artist, Andy Warhol, who died in 1987 and would be 85 if still alive. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh announced the creation of a continuous live video feed from the artist's grave in the St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park. Watching grave sites in real time would not appeal to everybody, but fans may liken the experience to viewing Warhol's notoriously dull films, which were deader than dead. No planes crash-landing in those. As for us, we like a parade.

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