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Articles from February 19, 2012

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1 Day, 1 Hit, 1 Life-Altering Concussion
Jason Botterill had been hit hard before, and he had the medical history to prove it.And this check, well, it really seemed like nothing special."I remember going to the bench thinking, 'I got dinged a little bit,' " Botterill said. "But I didn't think...
2 Americans among 22 Cardinals Elevated
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI created 22 new cardinals on Saturday, including two Americans -- Timothy Dolan, who heads the archdiocese of New York, and Edward O'Brien, the outgoing archbishop of Baltimore -- in a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica...
2DO [Derived Headline]
MONDAY Carnegie Museums of Art and of Natural History, Oakland, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. so you can spend your holiday with Teenie Harris' photographs, the dinosaurs, images of Pittsburgh in the new millennium, Maya Lin's sculpture, Madeleine...
A Division of Change
The Nl Central Is Far From The Same Division It Was In October. Bill Brink Looks At The Changes In The Nl Central:Chicago Cubs President of baseball operations Theo Epstein inherited a tough situation when he took the job in October, but he and new manager...
An Examination of the Clinton Presidency
PASADENA, Calif. -- "American Experience" executive producer Mark Samels pondered the question: When does history begin? At what point does it make sense for the respected PBS documentary program to profile a past U.S. president?For a new film on President...
An Offer You Can't Refuse: Las Vegas Opens Mob Museum
LAS VEGAS In one room, a ghastly photo wall of bloody, uncensored images showcases the mob's greatest hits. In another, visitors are taught to load a revolver. And for when a gun just won't do, an oddball collection of household items -- a shovel,...
Anti-Assad Demonstrators Fill Streets of Damascus
BEIRUT -- Hundreds of antigovernment demonstrators braved scattered gunfire from Syrian soldiers and a cold winter snowstorm to march through a middle-class neighborhood in Damascus on Saturday, the biggest such demonstration witnessed close to the heart...
Asides
PITTSBURGH has been called plenty in its 250-plus years, but not the "Birthplace of Pop Culture." That is the moniker chosen by VisitPittsburgh for a marketing campaign to bring tourists to the city. Well, whatever works -- but we have to point out that...
Before Lin, There Was Billy Ray Bates
SEATTLE -- Watching New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin's explosion into the NBA this month, reading stories about his meteoric rise from nobody to superstar, listening to the talking heads tell us Lin came from nowhere, I couldn't help thinking about Billy...
Be Realistic When You Complain
Q.: How about some advice on how to complain effectively?A.: Sure. The main thing to remember is that you're talking to another human being. So no name-calling, bullying or profanity.Have realistic expectations. If you're used to five-star hotels but...
Bill Seeks New Tests of Airport Scanners
Can the radiation from airport scanners cause a miscarriage?The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the U.S. Army Public Health Command don't think so, but a U.S. senator from Maine is calling for a new test, just to be safe.Republican...
Bill Would Help Track Prescription Drug Use
Prescription drug addiction in the United States has reached an all-time high, and a Pennsylvania lawmaker is seeking to identify and help addicts through a database that would track use of medications.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported...
'Birthplace of Pop Culture' Deserves Its Own Hall of Fame
With VisitPittsburgh promoting a new city slogan to attract visitors -- "Birthplace of Pop Culture" -- here's an intriguing thought: What if folks in Pittsburgh took the concept one step further and established the official Pop Culture Hall of Fame here?Goofy?...
Blues Keep on Rolling
The St. Louis Blues are on quite the roll. Even defenseman Barret Jackman is pitching in offensively.Jackman broke a league-high, 150-game scoreless drought and Brian Elliott made 13 saves to lead the host Blues to a 4-0 win Saturday afternoon against...
Bobcats Sink to Bottom of League
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan continues to struggle as a league executive.The Jordan-owned Bobcats are 3-26.Because of the lockout-shortened season, Charlotte won't challenge the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers' record of 72 losses. However,...
British Rowers Eye Gold Rush at Olympics
LONDON -- British rowing's golden generation has arrived. And with less than six months to go until the London Olympics, the timing couldn't be any better.An international powerhouse in the sport, British Olympic champions past and present are united...
Bucs Need to Escape This 'Gilligan's Island' Rerun
To understand Pittsburgh Pirates fans, one must first understand "Gilligan's Island."Pitchers and catchers report today to the Pirates' camp in Bradenton, Fla. It's a climate similar to that uncharted desert isle of TV fame, where manager Clint Hurdle...
Burnett Brings a Tale to Tell
A.J. Burnett might not bring the Pirates much of anything in 2012, but as spring training begins, he has already delivered something of real significance, specifically a new narrative for a flotsam franchise desperate for any kind of new conversational construct.The...
Buying Here: Penn Hills
Since it was built in 1834, the sturdy walls and hand-hewn beams of the Penn Hebron Garden Club have resonated with moos, stage cues and lively conversation among industrious members who held banquets, flower shows and other events there.Now the former...
Cage Is an Actor Possessed
MIAMI -- In "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," Nicolas Cage punches Satan. He punches Satan in THE FACE.Playing Ghost Rider, Mr. Cage also saves a little boy and helps people and does some other heroic stuff. But no matter what he does, the character...
Cetaphil Best Lives Up to Long-Lasting Lotion Claims
All body lotions are supposed to moisturize, but some come with bigger promises like "long-lasting relief." But do these products really live up to their claims?ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, recently named Cetaphil Moisturizing...
Charles Anthony July 15, 1929 - Feb. 15, 2012 Met Tenor for 57 Seasons
Charles Anthony, a stalwart tenor who in 57 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera appeared with the company more often than any other solo artist, died Wednesday at his home in Tampa, Fla. He was 82.His death was confirmed by a Met spokesman, who said the...
Class Warfare at the Pharmacy Why Are There So Many Rich Middlemen in Medicine?
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. When I got sick, my mom got me medicine at a local drugstore by handing a nice man a prescription and paying him a few bucks. When I became a man, I put away childish...
Colonials Will Be Home in 1st Round Robert Morris 68, C. Connecticut State 60
If Robert Morris is going to win its third Northeast Conference championship in five seasons next month, it will have to win some games in hostile environments.Saturday night, though, the Colonials ensured that their NEC tournament journey will begin...
Companies Mixed on Letting Workers Use Their Own Gadgets
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Like many employees, Kim Gibbons uses her own smartphone and tablet for her job at Cisco Systems. That way, no matter where she is -- including weekend soccer matches with her children -- "I'm still very much connected with everything...
Cooke's Feast a Gourmet's Delight Rare -3-on-5 Goal Stirs Pot in Victory Penguins 6, Flyers 4
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Cooke has played 863 regular-season games in the NHL.Some have been pretty good.A lot have been forgettable.A few have been regrettable.But it is unlikely that any of the others yielded a performance quite the equal of the one he...
Couple Makes Chocolate Art
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. -- Jim Victor's first chocolate sculpting job nearly ended in a meltdown.The sculpture from Conshohocken, Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania, made busts of stars Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller for a 1982 celebration of the...
Cuba Opens Its Doors American Tourists Sign Up for Trips with Highly Organized 'People-to-People' Activities
Ludwig and I had the kind of relationship where I could ask him anything without fear of reproach. I questioned him about the rebellious rumblings of his youth, his wishes for the future and the state of his bathroom."Ludwig," I shouted from the third-to-the-last...
CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]
HEARTLESS LIBERALSMona Charen at Town Hall: "Newt Gingrich knows the lingo. He makes conservative audiences roar with approval when he compares the efficiency of FedEx and MasterCard to the post office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He never...
Do Added-Traction Devices Actually Work?
Dear Tom and Ray:Do those clamp-on or strap-on devices that go on your tires help with winter driving traction? Or do they just clamp on my wallet? -- JamesTOM: Sure, they can help. There are several different types of devices that can be used as temporary...
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' for Churches the Obama Administration's 'Accommodation' on Birth Control Is Nothing More Than Razzle Dazzle
In the musical "Chicago," the sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn is telling Roxie why she shouldn't be nervous about her murder trial. In the song "Razzle Dazzle" he explains his legal strategy for making the unbelievable believable:Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle,...
Don't Be Afraid of Squid Forget the Tentacles and Enjoy the Flavor
I say squid, you say calamari. Whatever you want to call it, this tentacled mollusk might just be the most delicious, healthiest -- and easiest -- protein that you're probably not cooking. Fried calamari is insanely popular. Yet relatively few restaurants,...
Downtown Lancaster, Ohio, Is Steeped in History
Downtown Lancaster is also filled with Ohio history. That's where you will find the Sherman House, owned and managed by the grass-roots Fairfield Heritage Association in Lancaster's National Register of Historic Places district. The house at 137 E....
Egypt Sets Trial for American Workers
CAIRO -- The trial of 43 people charged with unlawfully conducting pro- democracy work will begin Feb. 26, state media reported Saturday, in the latest sign that the Egyptian government is disinclined to heed Washington's warning that failure to drop...
Engelland Falls, but Teammates Pick Him Up
PHILADELPHIA -- Deryk Engelland could not explain it.And he did not bother trying to excuse it.It was, he said, just something that happened.Engelland, a Penguins defenseman, was not sure why and was thrilled that it did not matter.The Penguins had just...
EYEWITNESS: 1862 U.S. GRANT GETS A NEW MONIKER Series: EYEWITNESS
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant picked up his nickname -- Unconditional Surrender Grant -- after Union soldiers under his command captured Fort Donelson, Tenn., on Feb. 16, 1862. The fort's Confederate commander, Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, had asked Grant for...
Five Myths about White People the Troubles They're Having Mostly Afflict the Working Class
Working-class whites are more religious than upper-class whites.This is a pervasive misconception encouraged by liberals who conflate the religious right with the working class, and by conservative evangelicals who inveigh against the godless ruling class.Certainly,...
Fund Shows Long-Term Optimism
Wall Street's 24 percent climb since the beginning of October in the face of the European soap opera, election year uncertainty and rising gas prices may make some investors skittish, but Pioneer Investment's John Carey is not one of them.Mr. Carey,...
F. Walter Jones June 14, 1922 - Feb. 18, 2012 Shady Side Academy Leader Never Failed to Inspire
Pinpointing the single greatest accomplishment in the life of an acclaimed artist, athlete and educator isn't difficult for friends and family of F. Walter Jones, who say it was passing his values on to others."He was the type of person who if he saw...
Gary Carter: A Smiling Star
The players called him Kid.Some fans and reporters called him Camera Carter. The mask would come off, and the cameras would pick up his radiant smile.When the New York Mets were on their run in the 1980s, Gary Carter often was seen hugging somebody....
Get Those Men out of Our Wombs the Contraception Controversy Is All about Undermining Obama -- and Women
Here's something it never occurred to me to ask before, but that seems rather pressing due to recent Republican actions: How many full-grown men can occupy a woman's uterus?Not many, one would think. It's a small space, and while it has been known to...
Gop Pumped Up over Rising Gas Prices
WASHINGTON -- Rising gasoline prices, trumpeted in foot-tall numbers on street corners across the country, are causing such concern among advisers to President Barack Obama that a budding sense of economic optimism could be undermined just as he heads...
Gotchas at 'Downton Abbey'
Since PBS picked it up for its "Masterpiece Classic" series last year, the British TV sensation "Downton Abbey" has inspired an outpouring of stateside Anglophilia. The show is beloved by millions of fans for its melodrama, explorations of class tensions...
Great Lakes Conundrum Pits Invasive Species, Commerce
Asian carp are coming to a Great Lake near you. In Michigan recently, organizations representing states and cities in the Great Lakes basin proposed that the only sure way to protect the invaluable waters was to spend up to $9.5 billion on a plan The Associated...
Greek Leaders' Austerity Priorities Targeted
ATHENS -- Greek citizens have never believed that the deep spending cuts their country has made to avoid bankruptcy were distributed fairly. But top European officials are starting to worry about that, too.Misgivings remain about whether Greek leaders...
Hamilton: A Walking, Talking Book of History
Milo Hamilton's announcement this past week that 2012 would be his final season in the radio booth in Houston gave reason to pause and reflect on just how long and storied his career has been.Consider that Hamilton's time behind the mic -- this will...
In a Few Deaths, Finding Names, Relatives Involves Detective Work
There was no identification on the bodies of a man and woman pulled from an early-morning fire in a Friendship building, and evidence about the pair was scarce in the badly burned apartment.The Feb. 8 fatal fire was the kind of case that comes along...
India Debates Limits to Freedom of Expression
NEW DELHI, India -- From Google to Facebook, from world-famous author Salman Rushdie to a little-known political cartoonist, it has become increasingly easy in recent months to offend the Indian government, and to incur the wrath of the censor or even...
In Joplin, Young Professionals Hear Call to Serve
JOPLIN, Mo. -- One worked in financial services. Another was an insurance agent. A third had recently finished law school and embarked on a legal career.Then came the tornado.The twister that blasted an immense hole in this Missouri city almost nine...
Interracial Marriage on the Rise Such Relationships Are Less Common in Pennsylvania
For Nyarayi and Jeff Wickert, opposites attract.A few years ago, on their first date at a South Side bar, Mrs. Wickert learned they were "complete polar opposites."She was a former punk rocker, he was a fraternity brother; she was a cat lover, he was...
Irish Rally for Ot Victory
Pat Connaughton scored 21 points, Jack Cooley had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 23 Notre Dame erased a 20-point deficit in a 74- 70 overtime victory Saturday night at Villanova.Eric Atkins scored 17 points to help the Fighting Irish (19-8, 11- 3)...
Israeli Pushing Iran Sanctions
TOKYO --Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Saturday for "tight, ratcheted-up" sanctions against Iran to force the country to curb its nuclear ambitions, and said the political process had further to go before a military strike."We're still in...
It's All about Cronies That's Why Democrats Pour Money into Programs That Fail
President Barack Obama's new chief of staff is a multimillionaire, as were his first two chiefs of staff.Like the recently departed William Daley and Rahm Emanuel, Jacob Lew "made his millions while passing through the revolving doors that lie between...
Law Students Help Job-Seekers Trying to Clear Records
Tonya Young is studying to be a nurse assistant. It has been 10 years since her last conviction for retail theft, and three years since she last used crack cocaine. But in the job market, her work at overcoming her past doesn't seem to matter, and she's...
'Life's Too Short'
Fans of uncomfortable comedy ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and the Ricky Gervais brand of uncomfortable comedy in particular ("The Office," "Extras") may be drawn to HBO's "Life's Too Short" (10:30 tonight), but it's a little too familiar.In "Extras," Mr....
Map Mania: Ruling Roils 2012 Politics State Gop Struggles with Court Rejection of 2011 District Lines
There is good reason for state Republican leaders to mull every option -- including postponing Pennsylvania's April 24 primary -- in the face of decade-old district lines. The old lines are an unexpected boon for Democrats and in a presidential year...
Mass Transit Is Not a Luxury There's Enough Money for the Port Authority; We Just Spend It Elsewhere
Each time the Port Authority threatens to cut service, I get furious. So do 220,000 other bus riders. We want to swarm the streets, wave signs, point fingers. We all want someone to blame, some smarmy fat cat with a cigar. We imagine a mysterious figure...
Meanwhile, Back in the Philippines ... a Sweeping Narrative History of Audacious U.S. Expansionism
"HONOR IN THE DUST: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WAR IN THE PHILIPPINES AND THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA'S IMPERIAL DREAM" By Gregg Jones. New American Library ($26.95).Gregg Jones opens "Honor in the Dust" with a prologue describing the harsh treatment of Philippine...
Meanwhile, Back in the Philippines ... 'Fashion Terrorism' with Filipino Flair Alex Gilvarry's Sparkling Debut: Deadly Serious, Laugh-out-Loud Funny
"FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT"By Alex Gilvarry.Viking ($26.95)Alex Gilvarry's smart debut is a breezy, nervy novel about "fashion terrorist" Boyet "Boy" Hernandez, a Filipino immigrant who becomes a detainee at Guantanamo in the aftermath...
Medicare Study: Teaching Hospitals Risk Complications
Patients flock to many of America's teaching hospitals seeking the most advanced treatments for serious and complex diseases. But once there, they are at heightened risk for preventable complications, according to Medicare's first public evaluation of hospitals'...
Metromover Eases Travel in Miami
MIAMI -- It's officially called the Metromover, but you'll hear it called the "people mover." Whatever you call it, this elevated train is your free ticket to sightseeing in downtown Miami.Think subway, but one floor above street level. No operators....
Mexican Indians Fight to Protect Peyote
REAL DE CATORCE, Mexico -- For the Huichol Indians, the desert mountains here are sacred, a cosmic portal with major mojo, where shamans collect the peyote that fuels the waking dreams that hold the universe together. For a Canadian mining company, these...
Mickelson Labors at Top
Phil Mickelson hit one tree, threaded a shot through five trees and hit a drive that wound up in a spectator's shorts. He somehow managed a 1-under 70 Saturday to share the lead with reigning PGA champion Keegan Bradley at the Northern Trust Open in...
Most Unusual Day Ends amid Fun and Laughter
PHILADELPHIA -- It isn't every day that a hockey player stands up and brags about taking a tripping penalty. Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis did Saturday.It really isn't every day that Penguins forward Matt Cooke is mentioned in the same sentence with...
NCAA Shines Light on Process
The NCAA, for the first time this season, is giving the public the same information the men's basketball committee uses to select teams for the NCAA tournament. Even with all those numbers available, there's sure to be plenty of scrutiny when the final...
Nevermore Ravens, Often Mistaken for Crows, Have Rebounded Following Decades of Decline
If there is a perfect bird to symbolize this time of year, it may be the raven. Its black plumage reflects little light. Even the raven's voice seems to rise out of darkness and cold -- a somber, throaty croak that conveys no joy. Legends throughout...
New Story Lines for a New Year
Saturday night's non-points race at Daytona International Speedway marked the unofficial start of the 2012 NASCAR season.It was only three months ago Tony Stewart won his third Sprint Cup Series championship in dramatic fashion and NASCAR crowned new champions...
Now Is the Winter of Our Content?
Winter For The Pittsburgh Region Came In Like A Lamb In December With An Average Temperature Of 37.5 Degrees -- 5.1 Degrees Above The Monthly Average -- And Snowfall Of 1.2 Inches, Well Below The Normal Monthly Average Of 8.3 Inches, According To The...
Obama Boosts Manufacturing
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the painful restructuring of America's manufacturing base means a lot of jobs are gone forever, but not that Americans must "settle for a lesser future."In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Mr....
Occupy Is Far from Dead and Is Planning Its Next Moves
In mistakenly proclaiming the demise of Occupy Pittsburgh ("Occupy Pgh., R.I.P.," Feb. 12), the Post-Gazette editorial board misinterpreted not only Occupy Pittsburgh's impact so far but also its intent. Contrary to the assertions in the editorial, Occupy...
Owls Three Guards Torment Dukes Temple 78, Duquesne 59
PHILADELPHIA -- If it was not Juan Fernandez hoisting perfect 3- pointers, it was Khalif Wyatt cutting to the basket or Ramon Moore dishing off.Atlantic 10-leading Temple ran its win streak to 10 games with a 78-59 victory against Duquesne Saturday afternoon...
Pakistan Still Holding Bin Laden Family Months after Raid
ISLAMABAD -- The family of Osama bin Laden's youngest wife has asked the chief justice of Pakistan to order authorities to release her children and her and allow them to return to Yemen, nine months after the U.S. special forces raid that killed the...
Parents Go Extra Mile to See Two Sons Play
Last summer, as their two basketball-playing sons approached their final seasons of eligibility, Rich and Vicki McNally vowed to watch them play in person as often as possible -- a last hurrah, they said, before their boys entered the real world and...
Patricia Neway Sept. 30, 1919 - Jan. 24, 2012 Soprano Who Won a Tony Award
Patricia Neway, an opera singer who won a Tony in 1960 for her role as the Mother Abbess in the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," died Jan. 24 at her home in East Corinth, Vt. She was 92.Her niece, Michal Twine, confirmed the death.A...
Penalties Likely for Johnson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR likely will penalize the crew chief for five-time champion Jimmie Johnson for infractions found during Daytona 500 inspection. NASCAR president Mike Helton said Saturday its a "high likelihood" crew chief Chad Knaus will...
People on the Move
AccountingGleason & Associates, P.C. promoted Megan Shull Dobos to manager and Lauren Fernandes, C. Scott Hymes and Erin M. Kurnocik to senior consultants.Malin Bergquist elected Ryan S. Brosius and Mitchell L. Kalkhof as partners. Grossman Yanak & Ford...
Peters Twp. Scores Upset Punches Thrown; Woodland Hills Loses
Peters Township upset No. 4 seed Woodland Hills, 67-56, in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round playoff game Saturday at California University, but the outcome of the game was not the big story.Woodland Hills standout Shakim Alonzo was ejected for throwing...
Picking Burnett's Brain Top Priority
BRADENTON, Fla. -- As part of his efforts to create a new delivery before the 2011 season that revolved around lowering his arm slot, Charlie Morton watched a good deal of film.The end result drew the most attention because of its similarities to the...
Pittsburgh Gets Truly Social in D.C
Being invited to the White House is an honor and a thrill. Being able to further the promise of technology companies and Pittsburgh while there is a privilege.It was my privilege, as I realized as I entered the security gate to the Eisenhower Executive...
Pitt's Tray Woodall a Brand Name in a Knockoff World Basketball and Two Stret-Savoy Guardian Angles Are the Reason Pitt's Point Guard Is Know Today for Who He Is and Not Who He Was (and Could've Been)
Tray Woodall sits leaning forward on the beige loveseat fit for a bachelor pad, Xbox 360 controller in hand, his long fingers directing "GQTray1" around a wartime setting on the flat-screen TV in front of him.The game is "Call of Duty," and the mission...
Playoffs Could Rekindle Rivalry
The 86-year-old rivalry between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers may not be as intense as it was in its 1970s heyday, but that's nothing that a playoff series this spring wouldn't fix.In a game that featured little of that old-time hatred, the Bruins...
Proposed Slavery Museum Leaves a Trail of Questions
Nearly 20 years ago, former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder announced that he wanted to create a museum that would tell the story of slavery in the United States. He had the vision, the clout, the charm to make it seem attainable, and he had already...
Quality Investments Do Exist
As someone who regularly teaches adult investment analysis courses, it is often apparent that while the consensus is always to learn how to achieve rates of return that exceed those offered by instruments such as Treasury securities and certificates...
Questions to Answer in Bradenton
Neil Walker had a bird's-eye view.Walker played in 159 games last year, meaning he participated in the middling early portion of the season, the improvement in June, the division-leading play in July, the 10-game losing streak that began in August and...
REGION/CITY/EAST [Derived Headline]
REGION FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW All Allegheny County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and federal offices and courts will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday. Post offices will be closed, and regular mail will be neither...
Riverview Tops Quigley, 54-50 Wpial Girls Playoffs
Riverview's Mary Andrejko had scored more than 1,000 points in her career but had never won a playoff game before Saturday. That changed when Riverview, seeded No. 12, upset No. 5 Quigley Catholic, 54-50, in a WPIAL Class A first-round game at Baldwin....
Satellites for Climate Checks Get Boost
Brazilian deforestation and melting polar ice caps are feeding a boom in demand in the $2.1 billion market for satellite data, images and services used to monitor the planet.More images means more satellites and that need has spurred the development...
Seal Sent to Waikiki to Save Species
HONOLULU -- The Hawaiian monk seal, the most endangered marine mammal in the United States, has a long list of threats -- fishing nets, sharks and, particularly, humans. But for one group of seals, the biggest threat came from one of its own: a 400-pound...
Security Remains Minimal for U.S. Justices
When Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed in his Caribbean vacation home 10 days ago, the crime was unremarkable except for one fact: A machete-wielding intruder was able to walk right into the residence of one of the highest members of the...
Sidelined Athlete Still Gives His All to Team
In May 2007, Ben Cronin told John Beilein he was coming to Michigan. He didn't mean to do it. He meant to say he would call Beilein when he got back home to Syracuse, N.Y. But he loved Michigan so much, he blurted: When I get home, I'll call you and tell...
Snow Goose Numbers Rise, Waterfowl Hunters Needed
A whiteout is raging in Eastern Pennsylvania. From mid-February through March, snow geese take center stage at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Last week, PGC personnel estimated that more than 20,000 snow geese...
Spurs Win 10th in Row San Antonio, Neal Hold off Clippers
Gary Neal went from butterfingers to brilliant in a span of 3.8 seconds, hitting a tying 3-pointer late in regulation and a go- ahead 3 in overtime. Neal and Tony Parker helped the San Antonio Spurs hold off the Los Angeles Clippers, 103-100, Saturday...
State Support for Higher Ed Could Change
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania has perfected the art of examining the way it delivers higher education -- and then doing little with what it has learned.Several studies have been done over the years, only to be ignored. Now Gov. Tom Corbett wants another...
State Urged to Help Homeless Veterans as Their Ranks Grow
HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania has at least 1,400 military veterans who are homeless due to drug abuse, lack of job skills, post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems, federal officials say. Harry Barnes of Harrisburg was one of them. Mr. Barnes (no relation...
St. Louis Deserves Bigger Home Crowds
ST. LOUIS -- Chaifetz Arena was supposed to be alive Wednesday night, but instead the building had all the energy of a coffee shop reading room. This is not the way it ought to be. This is not the way a college basketball renaissance is supposed to look,...
Study: Region Rates Well in Job Creation, Economy Transit Uncertainty Remains a Problem
A new report card for Pittsburgh shows that more people are moving to this area than leaving and that the region's increasingly diversified economy is generating jobs in education, financial services, energy and medicine."It's a total change for our...
Subway's New Station Is Flooded with Light and History Architect Brings Vision to Gateway Center
Architect Rob Pfaffmann said he wanted the newest addition to the Golden Triangle to be infused with some of its history.That gave birth to the idea of putting an engraved map of the city's center on the plaza where the new Gateway Center subway station...
Taking Counteroffer to Stay at Job May Backfire
Of all the hurdles in the path toward finding a new job, perhaps none is as fraught with emotion as telling your current employer that you are leaving.You know you have to give ample notice and make sure you don't burn any bridges, which is especially...
Team Is Victorious in Its Season of Loss
NEW YORK -- The Lady Kingsmen of Nazareth High School in Brooklyn are 14-1 this season. Their record, though, is more impressive than it seems.The basketball team lost its dynamic, controversial coach when he died Jan. 3 at age 38. The girls went to...
Techman's Fridge Always Rings Twice ... or More
It was a Friday night in February with the temperature hovering in the 40s.TechMan fetched a beverage from the refrigerator. After sitting back down, he heard the dinging that indicated the refrigerator door was still open. He was sure he closed it,...
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