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A list not to be on, helping yourself to a raise, and testing a gun-free zone

Here’s a top 10 list we’re glad to have avoided. The FBI has released its newest crime statistics and based on it, 24/7 Wall St. identified the nation’s 10 most dangerous cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Three of the 10 are Great Lakes cities and two others are East Coast cities.

The list appeared in USA Today. In descending order they are: Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Md.; New Haven, Conn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Stockton, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; St. Louis, Mo.; Oakland, Calif.; Detroit, Mich.; and Flint, Mich.

We’ve got crime problems here, to be sure, but at least we’re better off than those unfortunate cities.

Lackawanna City Attorney Antonio Savaglio was in the enviable position of being able to sit on both sides of the table while he was negotiating the city’s new contract with police officers.

Thanks to an oddball law passed under a previous administration, any raise given to the patrol officers also goes to about a dozen of the city’s department and division heads. Those high-paid employees include Savaglio, who stands to collect $8,462 in raises and back pay on top of his $75,311 salary.

Savaglio said he didn’t see any conflict of interest. The City Council needs to either get him a new set of glasses or change the law before he negotiates another contract that delivers him an automatic raise.

We wrote that the Transportation Security Administration has dropped its plan to allow passengers to carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes. Apparently the TSA should have also specified that small arms are definitely not approved.

In the past few days at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, a starter pistol was confiscated from a woman traveler and a Rochester man with a loaded handgun was stopped. Makes a souvenir bat seem not so bad after all.