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EASTER for Christians is about the resurrection of a savior, but in a broader sense it can be understood to be about deliverance — from death and suffering. In that broader sense, Easter came early for students and staff at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday when they returned to campus for classes one week after the stabbings that left 21 students and a security guard wounded. While Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old sophomore accused of the attack, remains in custody, his victims seem to be recovering. With hugs to help ease the pain, students and staff said the first regular day went better than expected with attendance at more than 90 percent. A new day always dawns.

WEARING your Sunday best can be a problem if you are an undercover police officer. Sgt. Chad Adams, from Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in blue dress, black coat and bonnet in order to catch a man who had exposed himself to Amish children. While the flasher was not caught in the act, police believe a man arrested in neighboring Mercer County was the one they were looking for. In his cross-dressing adventure, the sergeant was assisted by a female officer also in Amish clothing. After all that, Sgt. Adams had no chance to wear an Easter bonnet.

CRIME TAKES a different form on the mean streets of Shadyside, where thieves will stoop so high as to steal a 16-foot giraffe statue out of your yard. That’s what happened to Prentiss and Lulu Orr. The giraffe was a handmade Christmas gift from husband to wife 29 years ago. Who would do this? Not the Easter Bunny! After the theft was publicized, the miscreants were revealed as three young men. They came to the Orrs’ door, returned the giraffe and apologized, saying it was a prank and they didn’t realize the giraffe had such sentimental value. Who said there’s no honor among thieves? We’ll stick our neck out and say maybe there is.

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