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Heads Up: Headlines for Oct. 5

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Feeling a little better this morning after the debate hangover. It helps to see that while almost everyone thinks Romney won the debate -- thanks to the ever-successful strategy of making stuff up so fast that the other guy can't figure out how to argue with you -- it hasn't changed the race too dramatically. And look on the bright side, Dems: At least now, there's no danger of getting complacent. Moving on ...

Some high-profile -- at least in Harrisburg -- departures this week. A member of the state Liquor Control Board has stepped down amid ethics allegations. And Eli "I am the Eggman" Avila has also quit his post heading up the state Department of Health. Which means he'll have to take his sandwich and like it, just like the rest of us. And here's another tale of woe: A deputy state AG and spouse have been accused of mistreating their own adopted kids.

The conversation continues ... oh wait, that's the old tagline of the other local health-care behemoth. So let's make it "the sniping continues" between Highmark and the West Penn Allegheny Health System. West Penn says it might be willing to go bankrupt after all, if Highmark will hold its hand during the procedure. And Highmark is all like "Bankruptcy? Who said anything about bankruptcy?" Why can't you crazy kids just admit you're in love?

Two stories I missed in my sorrow yesterday: The Ravenstahl administration seems to be handling criticism with its usual aplomb. And intimations of some weird coziness between city police brass and private security.

Looks like Republicans are a little sensitive over efforts to investigate how Tom Corbett handled the Sandusky investigation ...

Bill Clinton came to Beaver yesterday, shilling for Democratic Congressman Mark Critz. GOP opponent Keith Rothfus is suitably dour. In related news, my wife's cousin says she saw Clinton in the Market Square Starbucks yesterday, which was BIG NEWS in my family, OK?

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