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Articles from December 28, 2009

Ailing Latrobe Man Receives Life-Saving Gift from Sister
Few gifts may prove more precious this holiday season than the one Larry Brown Jr. received from his sister, Wendy Fircetz.On Oct. 14, Fircetz, 39, of Latrobe, donated one of her kidneys to Brown, 41, of Ligonier Township at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh.Brown...
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Attempt Made to Salvage Fight
LAS VEGAS -- Promoter Bob Arum delivered what he said would be his last proposal Sunday to salvage the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., which has been on life support over a blood testing dispute.Under Arum's proposal, the Nevada...
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Baking Book for Children Features Desserts
The book "Baking Kids Love" designed especially for children and featuring recipes such as PB&J Muffins, Brownie S'mores bars and Gotchya Focaccia provides a fun and tasty way for families to reconnect in the kitchen.The book includes 30 recipes to ignite...
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Cast out the Winter Doldrums with a Day of Light
'Tis the dark of the year. Two long months of long, gray winter lie ahead. The shortest day of the year fell during last week's winter solstice, which means that the Earth's axis is beginning to tilt toward the sun again. But you're still starved for...
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Children Need to Learn It's Not Always about Them
Dilemma of the Week: A mom recently told me that her daughter's first piano recital had been scheduled for the same weekend as her college football team's bowl game. She got Grannie to go to the recital and she and her husband went to the bowl game....
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County Controller Urges Bigger Audit Crackdown
Allegheny County should invest more money to audit the millions of dollars in expenses billed to the county each year through outside contracts, in light of the misuse of county funds exposed by a recent audit of a Homewood community group, Controller...
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Democrats Playing Doctor
As I'm writing this, they're in a panic in Congress, voting in the wee hours, bribing reluctant senators with millions in slush funds for their respective states, all to ram through a health reform bill that few if any of the lawmakers have even read,...
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Domestic Abuse Spikes around the Holidays, Experts Say
Ronald Morris threatened a woman in his Carnegie home with a shotgun after an argument, prompting a three-hour standoff with police Sunday morning, authorities said.Gregory Polk chased his pregnant girlfriend around her Braddock home on Christmas Day,...
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Georgia Crash Kills Ross Boy; Four Family Members Hurt
Holiday travel plans turned tragic yesterday for a Ross family heading to a Florida vacation.A semi plowed into the back of a Toyota van in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in McIntosh County, Ga., killing a 3-year- old boy and injuring his parents...
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Harris: Tomlin Shouldn't Have Lost Faith in Veterans
See, Mike Tomlin. This is why you don't hang your football team out to dry with four games left in the season.Steelers 23, Baltimore 20.You don't throw dirt on your players, no matter how angry you may be at the time, because they're the defending Super...
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How to Build a Music Career
Getting to Carnegie Hall requires more than practice, practice, practice, David Cutler insists. He is the coordinator of musical entrepreneurship at Duquesne University and the author of "The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making...
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Humor Can Help Deal with Breakup, Bird
Question: Last month, my boyfriend moved in, and with him came his pet African Grey parrot. The bird calls his ex-girlfriend's name all the time and says things like "Michael, I love you" in his girlfriend's voice. I want to kill this bird. And now,...
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Ill Announcer Barbero Watches Game from Box
- Longtime Penguins public address announcer John Barbero watched the game from the Mellon Arena press box on Sunday night. Barbero, 64, was the Penguins' home voice for 36 years before taking a leave this season because of an inoperable brain tumor....
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Indiana, Armstrong Await Approval of Broadband Service
Deb Clawson looks forward to the day when a student off sick from school will be able to use a computer to hear a live broadcast of classroom instruction.Clawson, superintendent of Indiana Area School District, said that's just one possibility if an...
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IRS Wants Receipts, Not Your Word, to Value Charitable Giving
Year-end holiday giving and cleaning tend to get people thinking about a little year-end tax planning, say extra tax breaks for charitable contributions. To count for the 2009 return, individuals and businesses must make their donations to a charity...
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Judge Capuzzi to Retire after Preserving Courthouse, Improving System
During the past 32 years, Fayette County President Judge Conrad B. Capuzzi made decisions that impacted thousands of lives -- but it was his work during his final seven years on the bench that could prove the most lasting.Capuzzi, who ascended to the...
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Lead Poisoning Increasing in State's Growing Eagle Population
MEADVILLE -- The death of a young patient, especially when it might have been avoided, frustrates Carol Holmgren. But her emotions soar like just like those she treats when a patient recovers.Holmgren is an assistant wildlife rehabilitator at Tamarack...
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Leafs' Late Goal Foils Penguins
For a while it appeared as though Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs had taken it upon himself Sunday night to remind the Penguins who figuratively owns them on the ninth anniversary of majority co-owner Mario Lemieux's historic comeback.However,...
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Lessons from Rocky Year Change Consumer Behavior
As 2009 winds down and you plan for a more financially healthy 2010, don't forget this year's key lesson. Free-wheeling, debt- hungry spending is out. Actively managing your personal finances is in.That sea change in consumer behavior grew out of the...
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New Web Site Maps State's Trails
The state's hiking trails are great places to spend time -- and good pathways for accessing fishing and hunting spots, too.Now, a new Web site makes it easier to learn about those trails.The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has launched...
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Pennsylvania State Trooper Shortage Predicted
HARRISBURG -- The state budget doesn't contain any funding for a new cadet class of state troopers and the prospects for hiring troopers with tight budgets over the next few years are bleak, lawmakers and the head of the troopers union said today.Allowing...
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Pitt Beats DePaul in Big East Opener
The calendar says it's late December, but the holiday season is officially over for the Pitt men's basketball team.The Panthers defeated perennial doormat DePaul, 65-52, in the Big East opener and now look at a brutal three-game road stretch that includes...
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Pitt's Gridiron Future Looks Bright
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt celebrated his team's 19-17 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Saturday night, an undeniable reality lingered amid the twilight at Bank of America Stadium.The Panthers, winning...
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Ravens Control Playoff Fate
The Ravens didn't take long to turn the page on their loss to the Steelers. That's because they know a win over Oakland next week means they'll make the playoffs."Right now, our mind is on Oakland," running back Ray Rice said. "This one is done, and...
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Ravens' Miscues Costly in Defeat
Forgive the Baltimore Ravens for believing they gave this game away.Those feelings are natural when you have two touchdowns called back because of penalties; a touchdown dropped in the end zone by one of the most sure-handed receivers in the league;...
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Recession May Cling to Young Consumers for a Long Time
After living through one of the most brutal recessions in history, many of today's late teens and young adults could be scarred for life, adopting behaviors that could skew everything from their careers to politics, corporate profits and the stock market.Academics...
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Shed Unhealthy Habits
Allen Jones, 10, of Freeport, used to eat a lot of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and pepperoni, and he didn't exercise. Now, after spending a summer in the SWEAT weight-loss and fitness program at the Allegheny Valley YMCA, Allen is 30 pounds lighter. He...
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Starkey: Steelers' Harrison Guts It Out
10. Incredible effort from linebacker James Harrison, who needed a locker-room attendant to help him remove his shoulder pads after the game. Harrison sustained bruised biceps and a strained tendon in his upper left arm at practice Thursday. When he...
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Steelers Need Help to Make Playoffs
The Steelers would love to say that they control their playoff fate, but the reality is the defending Super Bowl champions might have to get by with a little help from their ... enemies.The Steelers are preparing for the unfathomable, with the likely...
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Steelers' Secondary Limits Big Plays
Deshea Townsend did a double-take on Derrick Mason's double-move that froze the Steelers' cornerback and left the Baltimore Ravens' receiver open in the end zone -- only to drop a sure touchdown pass."I'm lucky," Townsend said. "I got my mulligan."The...
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Steelers Still in the Playoffs Hunt
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes continued to work his magic against the Baltimore Ravens, and a unit that has gone missing in action during critical junctures of the fourth quarter recaptured some of its mojo.Thanks to Holmes and a defense that made a...
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'Stoopers' Scoop Up Discarded Winners' Slips at Horse Tracks
Gamblers left behind at least $2.8 million in winnings last year at Pennsylvania's horse- and harness-racing tracks. After a bettor inadvertently tosses a winning ticket or leaves behind a voucher for even a few cents, others known around the industry...
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Three-Time Mayoral Candidate Gives Council an Earful
Les Ludwig has had just about enough.But after three failed mayoral campaigns and hundreds of appearances at City Council meetings spanning half a decade, Ludwig isn't slowing down."Someone sensible would have quit by now," Ludwig said at his Squirrel...
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Trib Tested: Ninja Master Prep
I'd seen enough of the Ninja Master Prep on TV to be, well, skeptical. Rule the kitchen? Thanks, but I like to think I already do. But the Ninja was a pleasant surprise. Pineapple and papaya for a smoothie? Pureed in a few pulses. Grinding rolled oats...
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Unemployed People Worry about Losing Compensation, COBRA
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Reviewby THOMAS OLSONTRIBUNE-REVIEWChemical engineer David Henzel lives on the knife's edge of unemployment. First the job gets cut, and then comes the scary budget-balancing act.Henzel of Sewickley was laid off in September...
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WVU, Florida State Missed Opportunities
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia and Florida State have had their share of ups and downs this season.The teams' coaches believe if a few plays throughout the year went a different way, they would be in a much better situation this bowl season than...
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WWII Veteran Braverman Went on to Become Firearms Expert
Bernard Braverman dodged bullets in World War II, then became a leading collector of guns."In modern and antique firearms, he was one of the top five experts in the world," said son-in-law Al Ferens of Saltlick in Fayette County. "He's owned firearms...
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Young Voices: The Changes in 7 Years Have Been Amazing
It was October 2002. I was 17 years old, a high-school senior, and one day I sat down at my computer and typed out a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. I asked for the opportunity to write: I wanted my young voice to be heard. To...
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Youth Commissions Help to Give Young Offenders a Second Chance
Although there's always room for more volunteers on one of the 18 youth commissions that help young people involved in the Westmoreland County criminal court system, the Derry Area Youth Commission is in dire need of members. "We have one prospective...
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