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Articles from September 4, 2007

Aging Baby Boomers Struggling with Hearing Loss
Self-described "rock 'n' roll freak" Harold Gee, 56, blames his hearing problems on the multitude of concerts he has been to over the years -- Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison and more."You name it, and I was there," says Gee, of the Hill District....
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Airmen's Memories Take Flight in Westmoreland
John Dzura got down on his hands and knees and crawled into the nose of the plane -- its windows offering panoramic views of the world below."This is great. This is great," he repeated over and over again. No other words were needed. His 88-year-old...
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Briefs: Nowitzki Scores 35 Points for Germany
MADRID, Spain-- Dirk Nowitzki had 35 points and 11 rebounds in Germany's 83-78 overtime victory against the Czech Republic on the opening day of the European basketball championships Monday.In Alicante, Tony Parker scored 16, and France held off Poland,...
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Bucs' Win Nothing to Laugh About
ST. LOUIS -- The Pirates were enjoying a rare laugher Monday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals.The mood changed suddenly in the fifth inning, when a ball clanged off Xavier Nady's batting helmet.Fortunately, Nady was not seriously injured. He...
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Canada's 'Wait Care'
If only Michael Moore was correct in his glorified portrayal of Canada's health care system in his movie "Sicko."While "Sicko" is right to say that Canadians can leave their checkbooks at home when going to a hospital or clinic, the "documentary" is...
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Chartiers-Houston Golfer Popeck Hones Growing Skills
Chartiers-Houston senior golfer John Popeck is nothing if not confident.He's the No. 1 player on his golf team, a spot he held for two years at Trinity High School before transferring to Chartiers- Houston last year.More than that, however, Popeck is...
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CMU Teacher from Mt. Lebanon Valued Students as Much as Music
Though he played the French horn, Dennis R. Abelson was a Pied Piper of sorts."Other people would bring home stray cats and dogs; he brought home friends," said Lu Ann Abelson, 55, his wife of 29 years.Friends he made over the years visited him at Shadyside...
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Doll Teaches Kids about Responsibility, Charity
A first of its kind, the Karito Kids doll and book collection teaches kids about social responsibility and charitable giving while also providing an education about cultures around the world.Karito Kids is a new collection of ethnically diverse dolls,...
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Duquesne Concludes Canada Tour
A weary Duquesne University men's basketball team returned Monday night from a three-day weekend exhibition tour of the Toronto area after running past four Canadian opponents."Our guys were pretty well beat after that," Duquesne coach Ron Everhart said,...
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Economics & Property Rights
Economic theory does not operate in a vacuum. Institutions, such as the property rights structure, determine how the theory manifests itself.Similarly, the law of gravity isn't repealed when a parachutist floats gently down to earth. The parachute simply...
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Fifth Third to Expand
Fifth Third Bank, with eight locations in the Pittsburgh region and four more scheduled by the end of 2007, plans to expand by eight to 10 branches annually to bring the total to 55 or 65 within three to five years.Whether some of that growth will come...
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Former Fox Chapel Man Sentenced to Prison for Colonoscope Thefts
A former Fox Chapel man was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison today for stealing $1.6 million worth of colonoscopes from 22 hospitals in six states.Michael Marburger, 36, originally was charged with 66 counts of transporting stolen goods. He pleaded...
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Hurricane Jumps Oil Prices
Crude oil rose from a four-week high in New York as a hurricane roared through the Caribbean Sea and OPEC ministers said the group won't increase production.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will maintain existing output targets when...
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Latrobe Class to Help Treasurers Balance Books, Duties
Jason Gongaware has been a firefighter with the Crabtree Volunteer Fire Department for 16 years. As its treasurer for eight years, he tracks the department's financial concerns, such as loans, bank deposits and bills.A portfolio manager for Chapel Hill...
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Lopsided Loss to Notre Dame Motivates Penn State
The Penn State players might quibble with terms such as revenge or retribution, but make no mistake, they have a sense of payback due ahead of a Saturday game with Notre Dame.The teams met in Week 2 of the 2006 season, with Notre Dame laying a 41-17...
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Love Thy Neighbors, Even the Poor Ones
If you thought there were a lot of houses of worship in our region, you're right.According to the 2000 U.S. census, Pittsburgh's 1,600 churches ranked third among America's big cities in its buildings devoted to God. According to the Association of Statisticians...
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Notre Dame Draws Penn State Green
STATE COLLEGE -- Sarah Eshbaugh can barely describe the excitement on the Penn State University campus heading into the Nittany Lions' weekend showdown with Notre Dame's Fighting Irish.Everyone is talking about it, she said. People are begging for tickets,...
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Online Event Includes Paintings, Russian Treasures
The kids are back in school. Summer's nearly gone. And the Steelers' season opener is only a few days away. All of which adds up to one conclusion: The area's auction houses are back in business after an August hiatus. The blockbuster in this lineup...
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On the Job: Airport's Help Desk Gets Plenty of Traffic
Everyone who graces Anne Fuller's desk or phone has a problem they want her to fix or help with, even lost hearing aids.Fuller is the smiling face sitting behind Pittsburgh International Airport's information desk at the hub of the Airside Terminal's...
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Performances at Duquesne to Aid Nonprofit
Andy Egler hopes his big break comes this weekend."It's my chance to show the world what I can do. Dancing -- that's my passion. It's a God-given talent," said Egler, 31, of Murrysville, one of several mentally disabled adults who will be singing and...
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Pirates, Morris Bow to Cardinals
ST. LOUIS - Chris Duncan's three-run double in the third inning Tuesday boosted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 victory against the Pirates.Duncan's decisive hit came off right-hander Matt Morris, who made just his second start in St. Louis against...
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Pitt Coach Wannstedt Declines to Name QB
With Bill Stull out indefinitely after thumb surgery, Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt has left the starting quarterback job subject to speculation by declaring an open competition between Kevan Smith and Pat Bostick.Wannstedt said Monday that he will not name...
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Pittsburgh Developer Buys Hidden Valley Resort in Somerset
The Buncher Co. of Pittsburgh completed the purchase of the Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort in Somerset County for about $12.4 million, county records show.The real estate development company said today it plans improvements that will once again make...
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Pittsburgh Parades Its Love of Labor
It was a fitting day -- and place -- for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards to accept two key union endorsements.With the U.S. Steel Tower behind him and one of the nation's largest Labor Day parades lining up in front of him, Edwards accepted...
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Plum High Opens Late after Threat
Plum High School opened two hours late today, as police searched the building after a teenager allegedly left a threatening phone message about his former classmates.Plum Police Chief Frank Monaco said the department learned of the threat last night,...
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Region's Parkinson's Rate Is High, and Likely to Rise
The jazz drum solo has Frank Catanzano's right and left hands lightly gripping drumsticks that buzz along cymbals and flutter over the snare while his feet work the bass and keep time.It takes a well-trained ear to notice anything amiss in the upbeat...
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Simmons' Deal Likely Seals Faneca's Fate
Alan Faneca sent Kendall Simmons a text message Sunday, razzing him about the scare Auburn received in its first game of the college football season.Simmons wrote back that he was close to agreeing to a contract extension.Faneca's reply: "Congratulations....
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Sky Banks to Change Names to Huntington
Huntington Bank, the Columbus bank that just acquired Sky Bank, will convert Sky's 65 Western Pennsylvania branches on Sept. 24 and hire almost 50 people in this region within three years, its Pittsburgh regional chief said.Meanwhile, 142 of the 200...
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Sometimes It's Good to Laugh at Yourself
I leisurely walked into the computer lab, knowing I had over an hour to kill. I selected an open computer, typed in my password and immediately began checking e-mails and comments left on my blog sites. Five minutes later, I was interrupted by a woman...
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State to Card Emergency Personnel
A statewide initiative for photo IDs for all emergency personnel is taking shape across Western Pennsylvania.The goal locally is to provide standardization among IDs for all responders in 13 counties around Pittsburgh. Armstrong County Emergency Management...
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Steelers Err by Dropping Iwuoma
The roster is what it is but not what it could be or should be.Not without Chidi.And of all the issues the Steelers have wrestled with in compiling their 53-man roster and in aligning their starters, the eventual conclusion that they're better off without...
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Steelers' Rossum, Not Reid, May Return Punts and Kickoffs Sunday
She was a student at Temple when they met. He was a football player for the Philadelphia Eagles.At least that's what Allen Rossum told his future wife, who probably rolled her eyes and told herself that men that size don't play in the NFL."Nobody ever...
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Unity 'Wave' Born in Freedom
A former professional wrestling star is asking fellow celebrities and average citizens to drop their guard for a patriotic wave."We want to put our differences of politics and religion aside and come together as Americans," said Hulk Hogan, 54, who appeared...
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Yough Graduate Steps into Titanic Role
Gabrielle McGrath says she was drawn to the sea even as a child. "My family used to go to Rehoboth Beach for summer vacations, and I always wanted to wind up working in some way with the ocean," said McGrath, 33, a Sewickley Township native and Yough...
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