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Articles from August 29, 2010

10 New Football Coaches to Watch in WPIAL
Of the 126 football teams in the WPIAL, 20 will feature new head coaches on the sidelines this fall. Some are old faces in new places. Others are longtime assistants getting their first try at running a program. But all are looking to make their mark...
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Allegheny County Child-Support Plan Hailed
When Brian Scott first appeared before Allegheny County Common Pleas Court's Family Division at age 17, he was given two options: Make child support payments or go to jail. "I was furious," said the Hill District man, now age 24. "I didn't know anything...
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Beck's D.C. Rally Draws 500,000 to Honor Heroes
WASHINGTON -- Glenn Beck fans, drawn by the conservative TV and radio talk show host's promise of an American revival, streamed to the National Mall on Saturday from the four points of the compass.Beck's organizers had told the National Park Service...
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Best Is Yet to Come Gala Raises Money for Pitt
One year later, and we were still talking about the now-infamous conga line that had snaked its way around the ballroom of the Westin not once, not twice, but three times during the last Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala, so, naturally, we were dying...
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Beyond Pesto: Try New Uses for Basil
It might have been the first herb you met (that dried green stuff in mom's spaghetti sauce) or the one in that pot in your first apartment's garden. You could throw it on a salad or blend it into a pesto. Somehow, if you had basil on hand, you felt like...
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Blizzard Babies Well on Their Way
Jennifer and William Duffy lost power and heat for two days during February's record snowfall. It was a week before crews plowed their street, where their van was stuck in a snowbank. Around Halloween, the Ross couple will get a little reminder of that...
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Brewers Batter Bucs' Charlie Morton on His Return to Majors
MILWAUKEE -- A three-month hiatus in the minor leagues didn't seem to do much for Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton.The Milwaukee Brewers rocked Morton for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings Sunday and cruised to an 8-4 victory. The blowout gave the Brewers...
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Briefs: 'Pittsburgh Penguins' at Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee is within a day's drive of 65 percent of our nation's population. The state has plenty of family friendly attractions, from Graceland in Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg.Consider a visit to the Tennessee Aquarium...
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California's Britton Finds Football Satisfaction in Washington
California native Bill Britton continues to find football satisfaction in Washington.An all-conference defensive tackle at California High School and Academic All-American four-year starter at Waynesburg University in the 1980s, Britton is beginning...
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Carnegie Library Celebrates $5.6M Rehab in East Liberty
Amid the ongoing budget crisis, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh celebrated Saturday the completion of $5.6 million in renovations to its East Liberty branch.Doubled in size with 9,000 more square feet of meeting rooms and 150,000 rare printed treasures...
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CD Reviews: Bass Players Take Different Paths to Great Albums
'The Stanley Clarke Band'Stanley Clarke (Heads Up)'Treasure'Charnett Moffett (Motema)Two of jazz's best modern bassists show off their highly individual approaches to forward-looking jazz on their new albums. Stanley Clarke leads "The Stanley Clarke...
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Clairton Defensive End Also Stars at Quarterback
Desimon Green has college coaches swooning over him because of his size and athletic ability. His lithe movement as a defensive end belies a 6-foot-5, 230- pound frame that has awed scouts and led to 10 Division I offers.In fact, he might be ready to...
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Concert Off-Season Has Its Pleasures
The contours of the classical concert season change from year to year as presenters experiment with the best and worst times to present concerts.August is traditionally the dead month for concerts in Pittsburgh, although if it were not for the Pittsburgh...
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Dad Visits Site of Penn State Son's Famous Kick
Because of a whimsical detour, Jack and Jean Fayak's 485-mile return home to Rostraver from Highland, Ind., turned into a journey down Memory Lane to one of the most memorable moments in college football history."We had been on the road about a half-hour,...
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Destination Unknown
She's the only man or woman who warrants a personal influence- tracking map on The Washington Post's politics page.Republican Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, has arrived, much to the consternation of many on the left, on the right and in the media...
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Donora Backs Musial for Honor
The St. Louis Cardinals have started a campaign for Stan Musial to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.The medal is the country's highest civilian award, along with the Congressional Gold Medal. It honors those who have made an "especially meritorious...
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Drivers Flock to Learn about Truck, Hauling Safety on North Shore
John Martin attended a truck safety event Saturday because he thinks you can never be too careful. "I have questions. So do a lot of people here. And we can get specific answers here," said Martin of Aliquippa, who runs his own excavation company and...
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'Fantasy Degree' No Happiness Guarantee
Q: I graduated from college two years ago with a degree in geology. I chose that major because I like nature and the environment, and I thought I would enjoy a job as a park ranger or working with an environmental company. While I was in college, I worked...
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Feeble Economic Recovery Predicted by Local Experts
America's economy will be stuck in low gear for many months, say experts, but probably won't slip into reverse.Most economists are not projecting a "double-dip" recession, in which the nation's output falls instead of expands. But they don't see much...
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Fill Icebox Pie with Lemon Curd, Top with Blueberries
"This pie is so good I could marry it!" My 7-year-old granddaughter offered this opinion after savoring a few bites of a lemon curd icebox pie I had made for a family dinner. Leave it to children, innocently and simply, to come up with such a perfect...
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Franklin Regional Star Embraces Leadership Role
When Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta needed to send a message to a few of his younger players, he knew right where to look for help.Botta called on Ryan Mihoci, whom he described with one heaping helping of praise after another -- and he said them...
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Freedom Writer: If This Goes on
In his new book "Control Freaks: 7 Ways Liberals Plan to Ruin Your Life" (Regnery), Terence P. Jeffrey warns that liberals in the White House and Congress who disregard the Founders' principles are taking control over such everyday aspects of life as...
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Greensburg Central Catholic Eager to Repeat Feat
Muzzy Colosimo spent 15 years on the Greensburg Central Catholic sideline coaching and cajoling his players into becoming champions.Now that his Centurions have won their first WPIAL Class AA title in school history, he thought about what he should do...
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Help Me (Less), Says Danny O
The Trib has obtained an exclusive copy of a letter from Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, the Democrats' nominee for governor, to fellow Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell, who is entering the final four months of his second term. Onorato faces Republican...
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Heritage Conference Preview
The Heritage Conference should wind up being a three-team race this season between Ligonier Valley, United and Penns Manor.That's the opinion of all of the coaches in the conference.United and Penns Manor were co-champions in 2009. The Heritage Conference...
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Hopewell's Shell Leads Trib's All-Preseason Team
The following team was selected by high school sports editor Bryan Black in consultation with Trib staff writers and selected Western Pennsylvania high school football coaches.This is the first such team selected for the Pittsburgh area by Black, who...
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Iovino's a Dish of Pride, Joy for Chef-Owner
Owning a restaurant is like having another child, according to Jeff Iovino of the award-winning Iovino's Cafe in Mt. Lebanon.There's the initial excitement and pride, and then comes the hard work. On the Friday night of the major blizzard in February,...
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It's 'Hollywood Harry' Reid!
We stand corrected.We incorrectly assumed that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid represents Nevada. But judging from all the contributions he's received from the entertainment industry elite, it's clear that Reid must hail from Hollywood.The Washington,...
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Justin Thomas on List of Potential Call-Ups
INDIANAPOLIS -- Leaves aren't the only things routinely changing in September.Add the Pirates' roster to the list.On Wednesday, major-league rosters can expand from 25 to as many as 40 players.Since 2005, the Pirates have averaged six minor-league promotions...
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Knowledge Makes It Easier to Get Most from Class-Action Lawsuits
They show up without warning in your mailbox, intimidating and drenched in legalese -- but piquing your interest with the veiled promise of money.Notices of class-action lawsuits or settlements are widespread and often confusing. Attorneys file them...
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Less Traveling Puts Westmoreland Fair on Go-To List
Jazmin Farabaugh is sure going to miss her pigs. The 10-year-old from Unity, showing Scamper and Christy at Saturday's 4-H livestock auction at the Westmoreland Fair, was almost misty-eyed as she explained it was probably her final hours with the two...
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Mediate Seeking to Redefine Legacy at Mylan Classic
In all likelihood, Rocco Mediate's legacy will be defined by his near-upset of Tiger Woods in one of the most memorable U.S. Opens ever.In 2008, the Greensburg native was still retooling his golf swing after another bout with a bad back when he nearly...
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National Aviary Addition about Ready for Launch
Lookout birdwatchers, the new National Aviary is about to take flight!For the past three years, the 58-year-old facility on Pittsburgh's North Side has been undergoing a $18.5 million expansion and renovation, and it soon will be completed.With the final...
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Notes in the Key of C
Talk about the owl telling the sparrow that it has a big head.AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, a Nemacolin, Pa., native, accused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of using language that could incite violence among her supporters. He was particularly incensed...
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Penn State's Quarterback Still a Mystery
One night, before the start of training camp, Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno received a text message.He looked at the clock. It was 11.He looked at the sender. It was Kevin Newsome.The Nittany Lions' sophomore -- one of three legitimate candidates...
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Pennsylvania Hamlet Benezette about to Draw Attention for Elk
Benezette will never be the center of the universe.But try telling yourself that if you happen to be driving through the Elk County community on a Saturday night next month.The town is home to fewer than 300 full-time residents, according to U.S. Census...
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Personnel Moves
ACCOUNTINGSisterson & Co. LLP added Sara Litzsky and Alyssa Shubra as general associates. LEGALCohen & Grigsby P.C. Pittsburgh-based associates who were promoted to directors at the firm: Alex Castrodale, immigration group; Eric Newman, environmental...
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'Phantom of the Opera' Doesn't Diminish with Time
When it debuted in London almost 25 years ago "The Phantom of the Opera" ushered in the age of the mega-musical.Andrew Lloyd Webber's Filled his musical to the saturation point with lavish and abundant scenery, flashy special effects -- most notably...
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Pirates Fall in Extra Innings to Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- On a night when both teams' pitching was suspect, the Pirates did not have enough offense -- or defense -- to keep up with the Milwaukee Brewers.Lorenzo Cain's RBI single in the 11th inning Saturday gave the Brewers an 8-7 victory.The Pirates...
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Pirates Pitcher Gallagher Relishes Winter Ball Experience
Before Pirates reliever Sean Gallagher went to play winter league ball in Venezuela last year, the only time he'd ever left the country was on a cruise to Belize and Cozumel."And those were just tourist spots," said Gallagher, 24, who played for Magallanes....
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Pittsburgh City League Preview
The biggest name in the City League used to be Perry. Now, it might be "parity."After the Commodores dominated the late '90s and the beginning of the 2000s, three different teams have won the City League championship since '05.But that doesn't mean Perry...
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Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Founder Balances Artistic Risk, Business Sense
Andrew S. Paul dreams big."I'd like to devote a festival to Chekhov. I want to do Alan Bennett's 'The Madness of George III.' But you need 35 actors. I'd like to do Stoppard's 'Coast of Utopia' trilogy. That also uses 35 actors," Paul, the producing...
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Pitt's Sunseri Ready to Prove He's a Quarterback
Tino Sunseri is a quarterback at Pitt because a Pop Warner coach in Louisiana decided to throw the ball.Sunseri was an offensive guard as a sixth-grader but won an impromptu audition at quarterback when his coach installed a pass- oriented offense for...
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Polenta: Southern Classic Inspires an Easy Summer Feast
On summer nights in South Carolina's low country, shrimp and grits make a crowd-pleasing combination. The spicier, the cheesier and the fresher, the better.This recipe substitutes prepared polenta for the grits; both are made from corn, but this polenta...
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Real Estate Notes
Cigna Group Insurance is renovating and adding space at 3000 Park Lane Dr., North Fayette. When the project is completed by Oct. 15, Cigna will be the sole tenant in the building, which houses 450 employees. Cigna relocated 70 employees from its 1600...
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Rosh Hashana, Mediterranean Style
The Jewish New Year, which begins this year on Sept. 8 at sundown, is one of the most important occasions on the Jewish calendar. And a central part of its observance is the Rosh Hashana dinner, which emphasizes sweet foods in hopeful anticipation of...
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Sanders Unfazed by Move to Flanker
Too small.Product of a pass-happy offense.Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders heard the reasons why he wouldn't succeed in the NFL prior to the 2010 draft."I've been an underdog my whole life," the Steelers' third-round draft pick said. "I fed off...
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School Parking Fee Upsets Laurel Highlands Student Drivers
After school, Bethany Zinn, 18, usually makes the 10-mile drive from Albert Gallatin Area High School to her job at the Family Dollar store in Masontown. Maintenance and gas costs have always come with driving, but this summer Zinn learned that she would...
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Selig Approves of Pirates' Rebuilding Plan
MILWAUKEE -- As he lauded the Pirates' ongoing, homegrown rebuilding plan, baseball commissioner Bud Selig evoked the name of a bygone general manager."I follow the draft intimately, (and) I think they've done a good job of signing players the past two...
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Seton Hill Wins Opener in QB Lenehan's Return
Seton Hill quarterback D.J. Lenehan waited almost a year to get back into a football game.And he made the most of his second chance.In his first game since suffering a torn right anterior cruciate ligament Oct. 24 against Fairmont State, Lenehan threw...
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Small Payroll Doesn't Hinder Padres
The Pirates on Opening Day had the lowest payroll in Major League Baseball, and now they have the worst record. The San Diego Padres had the second-lowest payroll. With about a month left in the regular season, they own the National League's best record...
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Son Dogged in Heiress' Final Signoff
Every so often, we seem to need a "wealth doesn't bring happiness" story. Or better yet, "wealth vs. common sense."A Florida heiress named Gail Posner, for one, showed how not to write a will -- a family financial signoff that sails right through probate,...
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South Fayette QB Builds on Last Year's Disappointment
The game is still etched in the mind of South Fayette quarterback Christian Brumbaugh: a frustrating, 47-34 loss to Aliquippa in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals at Chartiers Valley.South Fayette was ranked No. 1. It led, 27-15, early in the fourth quarter...
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Starkey: NFL Losing Its Mind
This is insane.It's downright scandalous, actually, for the NFL to be peddling an expanded regular season even as evidence mounts of football- related collisions causing long-term brain damage.There should be talk of shrinking the already ruthless 16-game...
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Steel City Games Fest Revels in New Pastimes
Adam Nelson does not like playing basketball or baseball. So he invents his own games. Or he plays strange, obscure games invented not so long ago -- games like Chamball, Silverball, Vikingball or Humans vs Zombies. "I'm not good at baseball or soccer...
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Steelers Alter Preseason Approach
The third preseason game historically is when the starters get the most playing time before the regular season begins -- a dress rehearsal, if you will.Head coach Mike Tomlin felt that same way during his first three years as the Steelers' coach. But...
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Strip District Grocery Wholesaler Built Reputation for Honesty
For more than 70 years, the National Fruit & Produce Co. on Smallman Street in the Strip District was a major wholesale grocer catering to businesses throughout Western Pennsylvania.In addition to their retail sales, owners Tony Scarpaci and his brothers...
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Stumbling Steelers Drop Preseason Game to Broncos
DENVER -- The mistake-plagued Steelers sputtered for much of tonight's preseason game in Denver and lost to the injury-depleted Broncos, 34-17, at Invesco Field.Playing with the first-team offense for the first team of the preseason, Dennis Dixon struggled...
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The Black Experience
WASHINGTONVarious figures denote vexing social problems.They include:10,000 (the number of new baby boomers eligible for Social Security and Medicare every day)10.2 percent (what the unemployment rate would be if 1.2 million discouraged workers had not...
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Third Stimulus Will Strike Out
The U.S. and global economies are sliding toward serious deflation. The Obama administration and its predecessor have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on stimulus packages but the recession continues to worsen.Money supply is plummeting at a rate...
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Tribune-Review 2010 All-Preseason Team
(As selected by high school sports editor Bryan Black in consultation with Trib staff writers and selected coaches):Quarterbacks: Dillon Buechel, Montour, 6-4, 175; Christian Brumbaugh, South Fayette, 6-4, 200; Wayne Capers, Chartiers Valley, 6-1, 190;...
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Under Terry Smith, Gateway a WPIAL Power Again
When Armstead Williams was growing up, he dreamed about wearing Gateway across his chest. "I always wanted to play for Gateway because of the bright lights," said Williams, who moved to Monroeville in sixth grade. When Sascha Craig was in middle school...
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Unite to Support Mosque
The proposal to build a Muslim community center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site has become a lightning rod for hysteria, misinformation and strategic electoral partisanship. Our Constitution demands we preserve and ensure the right...
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Washington Township Boy Scout Makes Good on Promise
Boy Scout Steve Stulock is making good on his promise to spruce up a veterans' memorial in Washington Township.About a year ago, Stulock met township supervisor Jamie Miller during a safety day at the community fire hall.The two spoke about ways to improve...
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Weekly Tips for the Area Outdoorsmen
New in equipmentIf you are looking for a new hard-core fishing line, there's a new, award-winning kind out there to be had. Rapala's Sufix 832 was awarded the title of best line at the 2010 ICAST show, the fishing industry's annual trade show where companies...
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West Allegheny Standout Went from Afterthought to Prized Prospect
There was a time when Mike Caputo worried whether college coaches would ever find him.So, he tried to find them.Caputo and his family made and mailed highlight films to dozens of college football coaches after his freshman season and again after his...
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West Penn Allegheny Charts Course for Survival
A sign above the parking entrance on Sandusky Street touts the status of Allegheny General Hospital.When Dr. Joseph Colella left Allegheny General Hospital to join rival UPMC, his former employer went to court to stop him.Colella, who is barred from...
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When Dan Speaks, It's the Thought That Counts
Welcome to another edition of one of this column's more popular features: "What They Said; What They Really Meant."The formula is simple: We take someone's recent public statements and then infer how their utterances might have been different had they...
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Woodland Hills Linebacker a Rising Force
It's natural for Woodland Hills assistant coach Gene Donofrio to rave about one of his players, especially one as skillfully destructive as outside linebacker Ejuan Price. So, when he says, "(Gateway) had a hard time blocking him last year (in the WPIAL...
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Wounded Upper Burrell Pilot's True Grit Put to Test
Blood ran out like water from a split garden hose.Capt. Kyle Deem, 26, had been shot, and he was bleeding out.The Upper Burrell native was piloting a helicopter on a rescue mission in Afghanistan when his legs were struck by a bullet and shrapnel that...
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WPIAL Class AAAA Preview
Take a look at the 2009 standings from WPIAL Class AAAA.The four conference winners were Woodland Hills (Quad East), Gateway (Quad South), North Allegheny (Quad North) and Bethel Park (Quad West).Now, try to make a good case for one of those teams not...
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WPIAL Class AAA Preview
Two runners dominated Class AAA last season: Hopewell's Rushel Shell and West Allegheny's Mike Caputo.Shell and Caputo were the WPIAL's top two rushers, and together they staged one of the greatest championship game performances when they totaled 452...
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WPIAL Class AA Preview
Greensburg Central Catholic played inspired football during its postseason run last year.Seeded No. 11 entering the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, the Centurions rolled to the first league championship in the school's 50-year history and finished second in...
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WPIAL Class A Preview
For the last 10 years, there have been only two clearly dominant teams in Class A -- Rochester and Clairton. Between the two, they have won seven of the last 10 WPIAL titles, and at least one of them has appeared in the championship game in eight of...
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WVU's Quarterback Smith Vows Improvement
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The last time fans saw West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, he had his head down following a New Year's Day 33-21 loss to Florida State in the Gator Bowl.Smith, a freshman at the time, blamed himself for the loss."It's kind of what...
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