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SUMMER OR WINTER, interest in the Steelers is such that it always seems to be football season in Pittsburgh, except Saturday night it was true with the first preseason game, against the New York Giants in New Jersey. Fans who need to boost their Super Bowl dreams can see the new addition to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center. Mayor Bill Peduto has loaned a crystal football — presented to the city by Kaufmann’s department store to commemorate the team’s 2006 Super Bowl — to the museum on a long-term basis, rather than have it remain in the mayor’s office. The trophy was one of the items reported missing after the last administration left office, but it was returned. If only the Steelers would return to the Super Bowl.

WHEN IT COMES to things that are missing, museums are not beyond having skeletons in their closet, too. An archaeology museum in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum, announced last week that it had rediscovered a 6,500-year-old human skeleton originally excavated from southern Iraq around 1930. It was sitting forgotten in a storage room until the museum began matching objects with inventory lists. The complete remains had been kept in a coffin-like box (OK, not a closet). The skeleton had originally been discovered at Ur, an ancient Sumerian city, during a joint British-American dig.

YELLOW CAB, which is feeling the heat of competition in Pittsburgh from ride-share companies Lyft and Uber, has applied to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for a rate increase, its first since 2006. If approved, a $2 surcharge would be added on Friday and Saturday nights. This is not a textbook example of the laws of economics — competition is supposed to lower prices. Unless Yellow Cab can offer better service than its upstart rivals, it’s going to end up in a taxi museum.

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