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Articles from March 14, 2008

2 Downtown Law Firms Announce April Merger
Two Downtown-based law firms -- Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Potter P.C., and Gefsky and Lehman P.C. -- will merge next month and combine their offices later this year. The century-old Strassburger McKenna firm, with 22 attorneys, counts commercial...
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After Run at Perfection, Patriots' Welker Enjoying Time Off
OKLAHOMA CITY - After the grind of a perfect regular season and a Super Bowl run, New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker allowed himself a few weeks to be a regular person again.Back home in Oklahoma, that meant frequent trips to Braum's, a favorite...
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Alexander Powers WVU Past UConn to Reach Big East Semifinals
NEW YORK - The Joe Alexander Show will be extended another night in Manhattan.The junior forward from West Virginia continued his recent scoring barrage with a record-breaking performance against Connecticut on Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.Alexander...
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Annual Breast Cancer Gala Inspires Art, Hope
INDIANA--A diamond ring and an interpretive dance aren't things one normally would associate with breast cancer. But Indiana's fourth annual Love of Life Gala, held Saturday at First Commonwealth, brought the two together in an effort to raise money...
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At $1,000 an Ounce, Gold Is Worth Weight
Bargain-hunting at the jewelry store just got harder.Gold, which has soared to record levels in the past year, hit a new milestone Thursday, rising to $1,000 an ounce for the first time in futures trading -- a boon for investors, but a deterrent to consumers...
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Ball from Bonds' 762nd Homer to Be Sold
DENVER - After snaring the baseball Barry Bonds hit for career homer No. 762, Jameson Sutton stored it in the safest place he could think of -- deep inside his closet."I didn't tell anyone," he said.The 24-year-old from Boulder quickly moved the baseball...
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Bellevue Doctor Carried on Family Medical Tradition
Following his discharge as an Army doctor who served in Okinawa during the last days of World War II, Dr. Charles Metzger returned to Bellevue to continue a family tradition of compassion and service."My father, like my grandfather, Charles Metzger --...
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Blairsville Grad Settles in as New Penn State Altoona Softball Coach
ALTOONA--The 11 freshmen on the Penn State Altoona softball team have little time to adjust to collegiate softball as they will be expected to contribute immediately.The coach? She's had even fewer time to adjust.Nikki Runzo, a Blairsville native, managed...
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Bribing Bad Teachers
The Center for Union Facts has a multiple choice question for students (and everyone else) to end all multiple choice questions: Who are the 10 worst public school teachers in America -- and would each useless "educator" be willing to stop teaching,...
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Briefs: Izzard to Bring 'Stripped' Tour to Benedum
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday for two performances by comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.The cross-dressing, free-associating English comic will perform May 21 and 22 at the Benedum Center, Downtown as part of his "Stripped" tour. Izzard, who often...
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Briefs: Odd-Looking Shoe Is Perfect to Be out of Step
You mixed plaids and stripes. You wore your winter boots until June, just because you liked the way they looked. You hated pink.For all those little girls, this shoe is for you.Designer Marc Jacobs calls his new design the "misplaced heel shoe" (marcjacobs.com,...
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Brothers Shot, 1 Dies in Spray of Gunfire
Investigators said Thursday they suspect gang members not involved in a six-week cease-fire shot two brothers outside a North Side nuisance bar.Pittsburgh police said Dion McIntosh, 27, of the Mexican War Streets died at the scene of a shooting Wednesday...
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Browns Give DB Gary Baxter a 1-Year Deal
CLEVELAND - Browns defensive back Gary Baxter, determined to become the first NFL player to make it back from two torn patellar tendons, signed a one-year free agent contract with Cleveland on Thursday.Baxter's amazing comeback fell a little short last...
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Bruins Fall to Last-Place Lightning, 3-1
BOSTON - The Bruins couldn't take advantage of the last-place Lightning to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race.Next up is the team that's right on Boston's heels.Mike Smith stopped 35 shots on Thursday night to end a personal four-game...
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Bucs' Kim Pick Up Win despite Struggles
TAMPA, Fla. - Byung-Hyun Kim was the worst of six Pirates pitchers Thursday against the New York Yankees.In his one inning of relief, Kim allowed a pair of homers and three runs. Yet, he wound up the winning pitcher when the Pirates rallied in the eighth...
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Buy What Fits You Now, Not What You Hope to Get Into
Questiion: I recently got a job offer that is several rungs up the corporate ladder from my current job. I will be taking up the new position in three weeks. I plan to upgrade my wardrobe before starting my new job but am unsure about sizes. I have gained...
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City Council Presses to Cut Take-Home Cars
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's administration said Thursday that cutting the number of take-home vehicles for city employees could handcuff the city during emergencies, but City Council members want better oversight of the autos. The two sides squared off during...
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College Bowl Team Competes in Honor of Slain Member
Devastated by the slaying of their College Bowl teammate Michael Tatalovich, six Robert Morris University students used their brains to honor him.The teammates considered dropping out of the "Jeopardy"-like, regional tournament at California University...
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Comedian Crystal Has a Blast in At-Bat vs. Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. - The most ballyhooed at-bat of spring training ended with Billy Crystal waving his bat over two speed-limit fastballs from Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm."We're forever linked now," Crystal told Maholm later, after the Pirates beat the...
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County Seeks Grant for Airport
INDIANA--A $320,000 grant could help in further developing Indiana County's Jimmy Stewart Airport in White Township.The county commissioners Wednesday authorized the county office of planning and development to apply for the Appalachian Regional Commission...
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Curling Gaining in Popularity in Western Pa
Curling may look like shuffleboard on ice, but when push comes to shove - that would be pushing the stone down the ice after shoving oneself off a starting block in a lunge position while wearing a Teflon-covered shoe - just try it and see how much is...
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Curt Schilling Placed on 60-Day Disabled List by the Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Boston Red Sox placed Curt Schilling on the 60-day disabled list Thursday as he continues to rehabilitate his right shoulder.They also released Doug Mirabelli, who had been the personal catcher for knuckleballer Tim Wakefield,...
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Derrick Ward Returns to Super Bowl Champions
Oft-injured Derrick Ward re-signed with the Giants on Friday after a season in which he was part of a group of running backs who did an outstanding job in replacing Tiki Barber and helped New York win the Super Bowl.Ward rushed for 602 yards and three...
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Derry Council Reaches 5-Year Agreement with Police Force
DERRY--Council Monday inked a new five-year contract with the borough police force that will provide officers annual cost-of- living wage increases.Retroactive to Jan. 1, the labor agreement sets hourly pay for 2008 of $13.25 for two full-time officers...
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Devils Reclaim Conference Lead
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild skated to another shootout, where they received a frustrating reminder of what they're missing:Confidence, and a clone of Martin Brodeur.Jamie Langenbrunner was the only successful shooter in New Jersey's 4-3 extra-time...
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Disabled Man Angered by Lack of Accessibility
Rusty Loudermilk's spirits dropped with each step he rose.Six men carried Loudermilk in his wheelchair up steps and into an Allegheny County Democratic Committee meeting March 6 at a Downtown office building, because organizers failed to secure a key...
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Dozens of Region's Bridges Scheduled for Work
PennDOT plans an aggressive approach to repairing structurally deficient bridges throughout the state.That promise was made at a community outreach meeting conducted by PennDOT District 12 -- which consists of Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene and Washington...
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Drug & Alcohol Use Down at Indiana Area
INDIANA--Drug and alcohol use by Indiana Area School District students is on the decline, according to survey results presented at Monday's school board meeting.Every three years since 1995, the district has conducted a youth at-risk survey that is mostly...
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Duquesne Reflects on Progress
Another first-round exit from the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.For Duquesne, what else is new?Yet, there was reason to feel better about where the Dukes are today compared to just two years ago, when they limped to a school- worst 3-24 record."Pride...
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EPA: Bush Intervened in Process
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency weakened one part of its new limits on smog-forming ozone after an unusual, last- minute intervention by President Bush, according to documents released by the agency.EPA officials initially tried to...
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Expert Urges Positive Outlook to Cope with Autism
Imagine you're on a roller coaster. The safety bar is pulled tight around your midsection. Chains clink and clank as they slowly pull your car up the incline.As you head down the first hill, you let out a scream, and the rush of air hits your face and...
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ExpoMart-Radisson Complex May Be Sold
Oxford Development Co. is considering various options for its ExpoMart-Radisson Hotel complex in Monroeville, including a sale or partial demolition for conversion to another use.Oxford, however, is not ready to discuss changes because a final decision...
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Fayette Church Says Officials Improperly Question Beliefs
Attorneys for a Fayette County man who wants to hold controversial outdoor church services on his property contend the county improperly questioned the sincerity of the organization's religious beliefs.William D. Pritts is waging a legal battle against...
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Firm's Turnpike Access Decried
Gov. Ed Rendell gave a Spanish firm competing to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike exclusive access to records, inspections and staff expertise.Cintra, based in Madrid, is competing with 13 other groups bidding to lease portions of the toll highway. The...
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Fishing Report
The Allegheny River near Highland Park has been giving up walleyes and sauger to anglers fishing from boats, said Tom Green of Allegheny Bait and Tackle in Cheswick. The fish have been hitting minnows, jigs, Twister tails and blade baits.* The Monongahela...
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Food Banks Struggle with Costs
Accustomed to operating with threadbare efficiency, the area's food banks worry that sharp jumps in food and fuel prices combined with cuts in government aid and increased demand are jeopardizing their mission of getting food to those in need.For example,...
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Funds Targeted for Pitcairn Landslide Cleanup
County and state money is on its way to Pitcairn in the wake of a landslide that is threatening several homes and will result in the demolition of at least one.State Sen. Sean Logan, who visited the Wood Street landside site Thursday morning, said he...
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'Funny Games'
Over the years, you've probably seen a few movies designed to scare you senseless.But for Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" -- a remake of his German- language 1998 film of the same title -- simply being scary isn't enough. Instead, "Funny Games" pokes...
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Gas, Oil Prices Advance to More Record Highs
Gas and oil prices jumped to highs again Thursday as the dollar weakened, although crude's advance was limited by fresh evidence of a U.S. economic slowdown. At the pump, gas prices surged 2.1 cents to a record national average of $3.267 a gallon, according...
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Greensburg Library Scuffle Injures Director; Police Seek Couple
The director of the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library was injured Wednesday afternoon while blocking a married couple who allegedly tried to steal a Christmas novel.Greensburg police filed warrants Thursday for the arrests of David Shawn Cook, 37, and...
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'Hairspray' Brings Humor, Heart to Turbulent Time
For performer Michael Walker, taking on the role of Edna Turnblad is both a delight and a challenge.Barely two weeks ago, Walker stepped into the role when Jerry O'Boyle, who had been playing Edna in the national touring production of "Hairspray," was...
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Helfer and Sackhoff: 'Battlestar' Blondes on Bikes
Although there are hints and spoilers and even an eight-minute summary of the show out there in cyberspace, fans of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" will have to wait until April 4 to actually see the first episode of the front half of the space...
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High-End Homes Easier to Sell
Home sales in the Pittsburgh area fell for the 12th straight month in February -- this time by 11.4 percent, according to a report issued Thursday.There were 200 fewer sales -- 1,554 last month vs. 1,754 in February 2007 -- in five area counties, said...
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'Horton Hears a Who!'
Here we go -- another beloved childhood classic gets made into a megabudget movie, with all the instantly dated pop culture references and product placements that implies. Still, if I were a kid -- or a harried parent -- I'd be more or less relieved...
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Jeannette Ready to Battle for PIAA Championship
Jeannette boys basketball coach Jim Nesser was busy Thursday preparing for the PIAA Class AA championship game.He was on a PIAA telephone conference in the morning with reporters, and he spent part of the afternoon calling friends to find out everything...
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Latrobe Sophomore Gibas Claims PIAA Championship
LEWISBURG - Latrobe sophomore Anna Gibas saved her best performance for the biggest race of the season.Gibas beat her personal-best time by almost a second to win the 100 backstroke gold medal at the PIAA Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday...
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McCullough Students Take Ballroom Dancing Lessons
Ballroom dancing has risen from the ashes of near obscurity to emerge as one of the fastest growing dance and exercise trends in the country.With popular shows such as "Dancing with the Stars" and several fundraising events based on dance competition,...
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Mt. Lebanon Counting on Babe
She inherited the nickname "Big Babe" last season when her little sister, Jessica, joined the team.But Mt. Lebanon senior guard Jackie Babe has been doing big things for the Blue Devils since her sophomore season when she was the sixth man on the WPIAL...
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Murrysville Church 'Welcomes' Statue of Christ
Travelers going through Murrysville can't miss seeing Mother of Sorrows Parish's new statue of Jesus. Viewed from Old William Penn Highway, the brilliant white figure stands out against the dark red brick of the bell tower. Lighted at night, it has even...
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National City Reported for Sale
Investment bankers are trying to sell National City Corp. after losses triggered by the worst housing slump in a quarter-century, according to the Wall Street Journal.Kristen Baird Adams, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland-based company, said the bank doesn't...
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North Allegheny Freshman Kuremsky Diver Grabs Gold
LEWISBURG - North Allegheny freshman diver Connor Kuremsky could hear the whistling and cheering each time he surfaced.All the clamor told him he was putting on a championship performance in his first trip to the PIAA Class AAA swimming and diving championships."You...
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North Huntingdon College Students Offer Tax Help to Elderly
Two North Huntingdon natives are helping low-income residents through tax season.Daniel Shields and Sean Molyneaux, both students at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, are volunteers for Westmoreland Human Opportunities, which is coordinating the program.The...
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North Huntingdon Commissioners Discuss Personnel
North Huntingdon commissioners wrestled with personnel issues Thursday night involving the process for finding a new township manager and the number of summer interns that should be hired.Neither issue was listed as a discussion item on the agenda. Both...
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Obama Addresses Pa.'s Importance, Pastor's Remarks
The following are excerpts of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's telephone interview Thursday with Tribune-Review reporter David. M. Brown.Q: Gov. (Ed) Rendell and (Philadelphia) Mayor (Michael) Nutter held a conference call and did their...
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Obama Vows Aggressive Pa. Campaign
Barack Obama scoffed at comments by two prominent backers of Hillary Clinton that his campaign is trying to minimize the importance of Pennsylvania's April 22 primary."Come on, that's politics," Obama said Thursday, responding to remarks earlier in the...
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Onorato, Ravenstahl Endorse Clinton
Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.In a statement, Onorato said Clinton has "the experience and the determination...
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Outdoors Events
Saturday - Irish Ale Trail Hike with Venture Outdoors, North Park, 3 to 7 p.m. After a 2- to 3-mile hike, enjoy hearty Irish porters, stouts and ales along with warm bread and snacks. $25 for members, $40 for non-members. See www.ventureoutdoors.org...
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Panthers Continue Torrid Play in the Garden
NEW YORK - Nothing that happens at Madison Square Garden should surprise anybody anymore.It is the site of some of Pitt's greatest victories, the place where Levance Fields shocked Duke."We always play pretty decent here," Sam Young said. "We always...
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Panthers Have No Pity for Pitino
NEW YORK - If Louisville coach Rick Pitino gleaned anything from sitting about five rows behind Pitt's bench during the Panthers' game against Cincinnati on Wednesday, it didn't show Thursday.Pitt kicked Pitino's Cardinals clear out of Manhattan for...
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Penguins Q & A: Rob Rossi Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Penguins writer Rob Rossi answers questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read older questions in the archives.Q: How amazing would the first-round of the Stanley Cup playoffs be if Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin had...
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Penguins' Unity Uninjured
Although they've used 37 players through 71 games, the Penguins have managed to maintain a united approach, no matter who happens to be playing on a given night.They may be failing health, but they're acing chemistry while contending for first in the...
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Perhaps Obama Doesn't like Parades
Two adversaries can't stage a proper showdown if one of them fails to show up for it.But such is the situation quickly siphoning the drama from what was supposed to be a cataclysmic clash in Pennsylvania between Democratic presidential contenders Barack...
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PIAA Championship Game Capsules
PIAA Class AA boys finalJeannette (24-4) vs. Strawberry Mansion (23-5)Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University ParkWhen: 2 p.m., SaturdayCoaches: Jeannette, Jim Nesser; Strawberry Mansion, Gerald HendricksNotes: Strawberry Mansion defeated Imhotep Charter,...
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PIAA Swimming Championship Results
Boys swimmingPIAA ChampionshipsAt Bucknell UniversityClass AAAFinals1-meter diving: 1. Connor Kuremsky, North Allegheny, 495.85; 2. Ryan Kuser, Wilson, 464.85; 3. Zac Nees, North Penn, 435.20; 4. Brian Gemberling, Neshaminy, 427.05; 5. Heath Calhoun,...
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Polish Community Proud of New Consul Post
The first honorary Polish consul in Pittsburgh in 63 years wants to teach Pennsylvanians a thing or two about appreciation."My dear friends, you don't know what you enjoy," said Duquesne University professor Jan Saykiewicz, who was installed Thursday...
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Power Team Combines Feats with Motivational Message
BLAIRSVILLE--Students at Blairsville middle and elementary schools were treated to sites usually seen only on television last Friday. Feats of strength normally viewed in strongman competitions were staged last week at several schools, including those...
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Project Weed Whack Takes Back Parks Habitat
The National Park Service is planning a series of volunteer events this spring and summer, inviting people to remove non-native invasive species in area parks and learn about the damage they can cause on public lands and in backyards."It's a regional...
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Shaffer, Henderson Place at State Tournament
HERSHEY--Derry's Travis Shaffer and United's Evan Henderson both placed at the PIAA Class AA wrestling tournament last weekend in Hershey.A year after former Derry wrestler Troy Dolan won a state title, Shaffer showed that he has a chance to become the...
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Steelers Q & A: Scott Brown Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Steelers writer Scott Brown answers your questions about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read older questions in the archives.Q: Hi Scott.Very few OL taken in the draft have a major impact on their teams during their rookie year. I think the...
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St. Patrick's Day Also Connected with Disaster
On Monday, Americans of all backgrounds will claim a wee bit of the legacy of the Emerald Isle, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.The day also will mark the 72nd anniversary of a powerful flood that swept downstream from Johnstown to Pittsburgh, claiming...
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Students Join 'Dream Team' in Fight against Cancer
Dressed as a princess in a white gown and sparkling tiara, Grace Ekis stepped into a horse-drawn carriage and enjoyed an unforgettable ride down Route 30 last summer.When she reached her destination, Pluma's Restaurant in North Huntingdon, the 5-year-old...
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Surgeons Seek Reform of Liver Allocations
The nation's liver allocation policies must be overhauled to stop transplant centers from doing surgeries on patients who don't need them, some of the nation's top transplant surgeons said.Hundreds of people each year undergo these transplants, and one...
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Uniontown Couture Shops Plan to Close
Fayette County's fashionistas will soon have to shop outside Uniontown for the latest in high-priced designer clothing.The Nemacolin Collection, which consists of three couture clothing shops that carry such items as $420 Moschino Jeans dresses and $48...
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United School Board Hires Choreographer
ARMAGH--United School Board Tuesday agreed upon hiring a choreographer for this year's high school musical, just in time for yesterday's opening performance of "Once Upon A Mattress."Elementary instructor Shelly Floyd, who already had been serving as...
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Unity Sets Fine for Repeat False Fire Alarms
Lloydsville volunteer fire Chief Brian Schultheis was seeking a way to help minimize what all nine township departments and its ambulance company have long deemed a serious problem -- repeated false alarms at residences."Doing something about that has...
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URA Hikes Budget, Gives $1.5 Million to City
The Urban Redevelopment Authority on Thursday approved a $10.3 million budget, a 32 percent increase from last year's spending plan that includes a $1.5 million payment to the city. The payment in lieu of taxes is similar to those Pittsburgh gets from...
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Water Tank OK'd for Northern Westmoreland
The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County is ready to pay to make its water system more secure.Authority board members on Thursday authorized the construction of a 2 million-gallon water tank in Vandergrift that officials said will ensure that water...
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Westmoreland Food Bank Ponders Shortfall
Officials of the Westmoreland County Food Bank are facing some tough decisions in light of a $33,000 cash deficit that has emerged since the beginning of the year."We have a few choices; none of them are any good," said Marlene Kozak, executive director...
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Word Spreads of Murrysville Woman's Good Deeds
When people ask Sue Franke of Murrysville what it takes to help out needy people in their community, she's quick to tell them to start with a plan."The key is it doesn't have be a big production," Franke said. "It just takes an idea."An article detailing...
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Zayo's Buy Boosts Fiber Miles
Zayo Group says its recent acquisition of Citynet Fiber Network doubles the company's fiber-optic network capacity, or reach, for about 100 customers in Western Pennsylvania.Customers include major wireless and landline carriers, hospitals, universities...
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