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Articles from April 8, 2008

84 Lumber Co. Closes 30 More Stores Nationwide
Thirty more 84 Lumber Co. stores have closed across the country, the result of a 30-year low in housing construction starts, the Washington County-based company said Monday. The stores were in what the home building products company calls its southeast,...
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ALCOA Earnings Falter
Alcoa Inc. said Monday its first-quarter earnings plummeted 54 percent because of surging energy costs, a weaker U.S. dollar and lower metals prices.Net income dropped to $303 million, or 37 cents per share, during the first three months of the year,...
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Amputee Says Leg Loss a Small Sacrifice
Long before he arrived in Iraq, Luke Cassidy gave his heart and soul to his country as a Marine and police officer. Surrendering part of his left leg later didn't seem like much of a sacrifice, the Plum man said.Nine days after arriving in Al Ramadi...
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April 8: Scenes from the Arts-Burgh
Offerings from Pittsburgh's cultural arts and entertainment events:Joe HarrisManchester's Joe Harris showed at the Cabaret Theater, Downtown, he still is the "drummer man" that he bills himself.On April 1, the 81-year-old who performed with Dizzy Gillespie...
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Birmingham Bridge Troubles First Seen in 1990
The failed components of the Birmingham Bridge that caused the span to drop and forced its closing were deteriorating and shifting for nearly 20 years.Inspection reports dating to 1990 show problems with the bridge's rocker bearings, but they were not...
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Biron Playing His Best as Flyers Head to Playoffs
PHILADELPHIA -- Martin Biron has one shutout streak he can't wait to end.The Flyers goalie has played in 378 games with Buffalo and Philadelphia, twice won 30 games and matched his career high this season with five shutouts. He even posted shutouts against...
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Briefs: Seminar Aims to Assist Children of Divorce
Lifesteps and Family Services of Butler Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Families Forever Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lifesteps, 383 New Castle Road, Butler.Families Forever teaches parents how to minimize the negative effects on...
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Bucs Drop Home Opener, 10-8, in 12 Innings
The Pirates' fate Monday in their rollicking home opener against the Chicago Cubs rested on the shoulders of two rookies: a pinch- runner who had never been on base before and a relief pitcher who had never thrown a scoreless inning.The runner froze,...
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Bucs' Gorzelanny Shoulders Blame for Loss
Following the longest home opener in Pirates' history, it may have been easy to forget Tom Gorzelanny's troubling start.But, to his credit, the young left-hander made sure to remind everyone."It's my fault," he told reporters in the Pirates' clubhouse...
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Bucs Go Wild in Home Opener
What a gorgeous backdrop for the Pirates' 122nd home opener.Blue skies. Bright sun. Brand new start.So it was Monday afternoon at PNC Park, with the Chicago Cubs providing the opposition.Turned out to be a day of wildly conflicting emotions for Pirates...
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Caps' Ovechkin Takes Center Stage in Postseason
WASHINGTON -- It's an hour after his team's final regular-season game ends in victory, clinching his first NHL playoff berth, and Alex Ovechkin grabs one of the red T-shirts commemorating the Washington Capitals' surprising Southeast Division title.He...
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Celebrities Get a Chance to Reveal Their 'Secret Talents'
And you thought you'd seen celebrities do everything.Dance, sing, skate. Live together, lose weight.Get arrested, go to jail, go to rehab.All dressed up, dressed down, dressed in (and out of) their underwear.But now TV has come up with a new way to feed...
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CMU Lauds Devices of This World and Others
Fans of the Star Trek space saga are sure to cheer when Lt. Cmdr. Data is enshrined in the Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame on Wednesday.But it's a lesser-known fellow inductee, a hopping robot born in a CMU lab, that has led to machines...
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Convicted Robber Denies Fayette Stickup
A Fayette County man serving up to 50 years in prison for a string of convenience-store robberies told jurors on Monday he was not responsible for a Valentine's Day holdup at a South Union gas station.Junior Guthrie, 21, of Keisterville denied having...
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Deep Cuts Eyed in Pittsburgh Public Schools Budget
Pittsburgh Public Schools is aiming to cut $35.5 million from its budget during the next two years."There's a very difficult road ahead of us," Chief Financial Officer Christopher Berdnik said Monday night at a meeting of the board's Business and Finance...
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Diana Killed by Negligence: Jury
LONDON -- More than 10 years after the crash, the verdict a coroner's jury returned Monday was surprising only in its failure to say much that everyone did not know: Princess Diana and her lover, Dodi Fayed, died because they were being driven under...
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Duquesne Football Enters New Era
Will the addition of Brentwood High School's Akeem Moore continue the tradition of stellar wide receivers at Duquesne?Time, of course, will tell the tale.Moore finished his high school football career as Brentwood's all- time leading receiver with 112...
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Edgewood Names Police Chief
Edgewood Council has chosen a veteran in law enforcement as the borough's police chief.Robert Payne, 61, of Monroeville was hired Monday night on a 5-0 vote. Council members Mal Hellett and Nancy Davis Pryce did not attend the meeting.Payne, who was...
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Final Year of High School Brings Restlessness
Jessica Orlidge, 18, saw many of her classmates succumb to bad cases of "senioritis" during their last few months of high school, when even the valedictorian types started to blow off academics.For Orlidge, the temptation to fall into the senioritis...
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Firearm Owners Rally in Harrisburg for Rights
HARRISBURG -- Gun owners vowed to continue fighting to protect their Second Amendment rights during a rally Monday, but a gun control advocate criticized their raffle of a pistol in the state Capitol Rotunda as "unfortunate" and "insensitive" to victims...
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Former Councilwoman Carlisle Might Leave Prison Early
Former Pittsburgh Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle could be out of state prison by September.Carlisle, who was sentenced in February to one to two years behind bars, is being considered for a halfway house program, the state Department of Corrections indicated...
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Franklin Regional Snags Invitation to Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
Franklin Regional freshman Brendan Mortimer heard rumors that the high school's marching band would be invited to the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade but thought seniors were fueling the speculation to rile underclassmen.Of course, district Superintendent...
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Gateway Crushes Woodland Hills
Tom Briley went 4 for 5 and hit for the cycle, including a walk- off two-run homer, to lead Gateway (3-1, 2-0) to a 14-4 Section 4- AAAA victory over Woodland Hills (2-4, 0-2) on Monday at home. Gateway's Stephen Varanka went 4 for 4 with two singles,...
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Hill District Housing Units Receive $3.3 Million
A plan to modernize 77 existing housing units and add 20 new ones at the Centre Avenue YMCA in the Hill District is good news for Joseph Robison.But Robison, a 15-month resident of the complex at 2621 Centre Ave., has a special wish for the work."I want...
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How They Scored: Cubs 10, Pirates 8
Cubs second inning (Tom Gorzelanny pitching) With one out, Mark DeRosa doubled to right-center field. DeRosa went to third on a wild pitch. Geovany Soto singled to left, DeRosa scored. Cubs 1, Pirates 0Cubs third With one out, Reed Johnson walked. Derrek...
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If 'Big Give' Sparks Off-Camera Giving, It Will Have Made a Difference
On Sunday nights, I usually try to get to bed early so that I can start the week off fresh from a good night's sleep. I normally work until around 9 p.m. and then take a little time off to watch "Oprah's Big Give."For those who haven't heard of the show,...
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If Tot Cries at Restaurants, Then Don't Eat Out
Question: How should I handle an 18-month-old who cries at a restaurant because he wants out of his high chair to sit with me or someone else at our table?Answer: Some toddlers become "infected" with the activity of a restaurant, and some do not. Those...
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Iron City Savior Charged with Fraud
The white knight who rode in from Connecticut to rescue bankrupt Pittsburgh Brewing Co. last year has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly using insider information to reap a $22.3 million windfall on a stock deal.John N. Milne, 48, of...
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Kansas Wins NCAA Championship in OT
SAN ANTONIO -- So patient for 20 years, Kansas had no problem working an extra five minutes to bring a long-awaited championship back to the heartland.Mario Chalmers hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to push the game into overtime,...
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Kids Must Learn to Cope with Anger
Even little children can be full of big anger.That's the lesson parents should take from the third-graders suspended from a Georgia elementary school after being accused of an elaborate plot to restrain and attack their teacher, childhood behavior experts...
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Latrobe Wrestler Realizes Dream
When Ty Lydic of Latrobe put Matthew Cimato of Pennsbury on his back during the first period of their match in the Pennsylvania Junior Olympic Wrestling tournament on March 29 in Erie, he didn't know if he could hold him."I just held on and squeezed,"...
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'Lost Boys' Survive on Sheer Will
Daniel Abol Pach hurts every time he tells his story. He aches when he sees himself on a movie screen.But he knows he must talk. He knows his story must be told."People don't realize what happened to you can happen to others," Pach said. "When something...
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Mt. Lebanon Attorney's Humanity Grew from Early Kindnesses
Wiley A. Bucey Jr. never forgot the mentors and altruists who helped his family during his impoverished youth and sought to touch those he met in the same ways. His children once dreaded his heavy-handed red pen that eventually made them better writers....
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Mt. Pleasant Athletic Field to Get Artificial Turf
The Mt. Pleasant Area school board on Monday approved artificial turf for the high school athletic field.By an 8-1 vote, directors awarded a $699,800 contract to Worldwide Turf of Butler. They also awarded Worldwide Turf a $21,300 contract for goal posts...
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Mylan Inc. Executive Contends She Earned MBA from WVU
Mylan Inc. executive Heather Bresch contends she had the approval of the head of West Virginia University's executive MBA program to substitute on-the-job training for the final 10 credits required for her masters degree.Instead, the current chief operating...
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Opening Day Draws Drink Tax Protest
Allison Ondrey and Kelly Minney know beer always costs a lot at a ball game. So, when the pair turned out Monday for the Pittsburgh Pirates' home opener, they made an important pit stop."We're going to try to drink out here," said Minney, 31, of Bridgeville,...
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Outlook Difficult for Mt. Pleasant Shopping Site
The fate of the In Town Shops in Mt. Pleasant is still unknown.On Monday night, Sherry Wingrove of the Mt. Pleasant Business District Authority gave an update to members of council at their meeting."We have gotten back one appraisal on the building from...
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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: It is clear that Ottawa coach Bryan Murray is just attempting to give his team an emotional boost to play against the Penguins....
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Penn State Might Put QBs on Run
The superficial analysis holds that the battle to start at quarterback for Penn State is a contest between Daryll Clark, a runner with limited passing skills, and Pat Devlin, a passer short on running ability.This assessment, coach Joe Paterno said,...
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Penn-Trafford Interviews for 2 Positions
Interviews continued Monday as the Penn-Trafford School District looks to hire a basketball coach, along with a replacement for Ralph Cigich, who is retiring as the district's director of services.The person who replaces Cigich will step in to the new...
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Pens' Hossa Hopes for Playoff Payoff
The resume of Penguins winger Marian Hossa made him a coveted commodity at the NHL trade deadline.His reputation will ensure that Hossa is as scrutinized in the playoffs as he was sought after in February.At 29, Hossa enters his eighth NHL postseason...
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Phillies Top Reds, 5-3
CINCINNATI -- Hello, New York. The team that brought you all that torment last season is coming back to town.Remember? The Philadelphia Phillies do, too.Pat Burrell hit two of the Phillies' four homers off Bronson Arroyo on Monday, setting up a 5-3 victory...
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PNC Park Stands Packed with Tradition
In 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics and the first edition of Life magazine was published.That same year, 18-year-old Oakland resident Philip Coyne got a job as an usher at Forbes Fields...
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Proposal Sets Limits on Political Donations in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh isn't among more than two dozen major U.S. cities that cap the amount a person can donate to candidates at $5,000 or less.The city has no limit on individual campaign contributions to City Council and mayoral candidates -- but it should, said...
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Proposals Raise Flooding Concerns in North Huntingdon
Concerns about flooding surfaced as several items were discussed by the North Huntingdon Planning Commission Monday night.The board tabled a proposed subdivision on Peregrine Drive in the Falcon Ridge development pending a stormwater management plan...
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Scars Deep from Riots, Closure of Steel Mills
Forty years ago this week, my now-deceased father arrived home from his teaching job at Homewood's Westinghouse High School in quite a state."There's tanks and National Guard troops all over Homewood!" I remember him shouting.To a typical 5-year-old,...
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Senators Coach Murray Believes Pens Tanked
Even the losers get lucky sometime, but Ottawa coach Bryan Murray believes good fortunate had nothing to do with the Penguins drawing his Senators in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs."I knew what was going on ... they wanted to play Ottawa,"...
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Silence Envelops Brockway
BROCKWAY -- Kimberly Peterson had stopped by her church. Six- year-old Grace played baseball, and Desiree and Dominic Delullo visited friends.That is how friends and neighbors will remember some of the 10 victims killed in a Jefferson County house fire...
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Spreading Hope Every Day
There's a boutique in Oakmont where the sale is often secondary.The saleswoman's advice does not necessarily focus on the latest fashion or finding the right size and color. The service at this store reaches much deeper. It is about offering customers...
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State Causes Delay in Plans for Lincoln Highway Museum
The road to the Lincoln Highway Experience -- a welcome center/ museum planned in Ligonier Township -- just got a little longer.Projected completion of the $5 million, 15,000-square-foot attraction planned at a six-acre site along the eastbound lanes...
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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: First, I must say I love your column, keep up the good work! Secondly, it appears a premium is put on the left tackle...
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St. Vincent Pitcher Goes on No-Hit Streak
Given the sometimes vast disparity in talent at the high school level, softball pitchers throwing consecutive no-hitters is not unheard of. Occasionally, they might even add a third, but that sort of thing doesn't happen at the collegiate level.Well,...
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Tejada's Ninth-Inning Homer Gives Astros 5-3 Win over Cardinals
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros knew they were getting a good player when they traded for Miguel Tejada. Still, there was concern the four-time All-Star shortstop had "lost a step."On Monday night, he proved that theory wrong.Tejada's two-run homer in...
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'This American Life' Coming Next Month to the Big Screen
NEW YORK -- Public radio's "This American Life" expanded into TV a year ago. Now fans are invited to get a sneak peek at its new Showtime season straight from host Ira Glass, who's appearing live on the big screens of 300 theaters next month. In the...
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Tradition Continues at Gateway
Gateway has produced some of the top football recruits in the U.S. in recent years.This season will be no different.Trying to fill the shoes of All-American linebacker Shayne Hale and running back Cameron Saddler, both Pitt recruits, linebacker Dorian...
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Uncommitted Altmire Keeps Focus on Fall
U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire is walking a political tightrope.The freshman Democrat, who faces a potentially bruising rematch this fall with Republican Melissa Hart, has so far resisted the courtships of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.Altmire is one...
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Vitale, Riley in Hoops Hall of Fame
Broadcaster Dick Vitale, a man who had limited success as a coach but brought the game of basketball to millions of TV watchers, was selected to the game's Hall of Fame on Monday alongside Pat Riley, one of the most successful NBA coaches of all time.Overcome...
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Wecht Trial over; Feds to Try Again
A federal judge this morning declared a mistrial in the federal corruption probe of Dr. Cyril H. Wecht when a jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked.After U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab ended the trial, he asked prosecutors whether they had plans...
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Wecht Waits Another Day
On one of the warmest days of the year, with PNC Park packed for the Pirates home-opener, jurors in Dr. Cyril H. Wecht's federal public corruption trial called it a day before lunch.The six women and five men, who have told the judge they are hopelessly...
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West Penn Allegheny Profits Leap 447 Percent
West Penn Allegheny Health System on Monday reported a 447 percent jump in profits during the latest three-month period -- the result of strong investment income growth, combined with increases in both patient and other revenue.For the period ended Dec....
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When You Find a 'Lost' Baby Animal, Let It Be in Most Cases
It's human nature -- who can ignore a helpless baby? But if that baby is a wild animal sitting in your backyard, the best way to help it probably is to leave it alone, wildlife experts say.Many well-intentioned people can do more harm than good by trying...
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