Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Articles from April 5, 2012

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10 Killed in Terror Attack at Theater in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- It was supposed to be a symbol of hope: The newly reopened National Theater was the most potent sign of the peaceful change that has swept Mogadishu since al-Shabab militants fled the Somali capital in August.It turned into a scene...
3 Penguins out of Action against Rangers Tonight
Penguins wingers James Neal and Steve Sullivan and defenseman Matt Niskanen will miss tonight's game against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center and are questionable for Saturday's regular- season finale against Philadelphia because of undisclosed...
$91,000 in Cuts Sought by Board to Limit Tax Increase
Bethel Park School District is considering raising the property tax rate almost 1 mill while discussing ways to cut an additional $91,000 from its 2012-13 budget.The district is currently drafting a spending plan within a 0.94 millage increase, said...
Abc's 'Scandal' Is Fun but Soap-Opera Silly
ABC's "Scandal" is both ridiculous and somewhat entertaining. It doesn't come off as a show that exists in reality -- it's a middle-of-the-road drama with a fakey-fake TV gloss on a real-world profession -- but it is fun in its energy. In its best moments, "Scandal"...
Addition of Another Class Is Opportunity for Runners High School Cross Country
The trail that leads to the PIAA cross country championships in Hershey will be a bit more level in the fall.It will also be tougher in some respects for WPIAL runners ... and easier.The PIAA Board of Control at its meeting prior to the basketball championships...
Addition of Class Provides More Opportunity High School Cross Country
The trail that leads to the PIAA cross country championships in Hershey will be a bit more level in the fall.It will also be tougher in some respects for WPIAL runners ... and easier.The PIAA Board of Control at its meeting prior to the basketball championships...
A Digital Take on Family Bonding
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Christine Egy Rose realized she was on to something powerful. Instead of the awkward monosyllabic two-minute exchange her two-year-old son Jackson typically had over a video chat link with relatives, he spent a full 50 minutes happily...
After 3 Wins, Pressure Is off Lefty
AUGUSTA, Ga.Phil Mickelson was asked what it would mean to win a fourth green jacket and tie Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods for the second most victories in Masters history."It would mean a lot," said Mickelson, who has won three times in the past eight...
After Taste of Success, Rebels Seek More High School Boys Volleyball
It's been amazing to see how quickly the Seton-LaSalle boys volleyball team has improved since its inaugural season seven years ago.The Rebels claimed their first section title last year, after finishing second the previous three years."Our goal last...
A Horse Named Joey
'WAR HORSE' * Critic's Call: *** A movie adapted from a young adult novel with no vampires, wizards or futuristic technology, "War Horse" is an unapologetically sentimental yarn about the bond between a horse named Joey and a British teenager (newcomer...
Amazon Resigned to Collecting Taxes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When word emerged that Amazon.com Inc. was hunting for new warehouse sites, leaders in this business-friendly Southern state rolled out a welcome mat of tax breaks to lure the Internet retailer.Code-naming their effort "Project ASAP,"...
Ambridge Figures to Continue Successful Run High School Boys Volleyball
Ambridge Area has been the most successful boys volleyball team in Class AA since the WPIAL added a second classification in 2007.In the past five years, the Bridgers have won three WPIAL titles and advanced to the semifinals the other two years.Don't...
And Now, the Veepstakes
I have two words for you: Dick Cheney.Just a week before the news that George W. Bush was picking him as a running mate, he was on neither pundits' lips nor oddsmakers' lists.I have two more: Sarah Palin.At this point four years ago, nary a soothsayer...
An Evolution Criticism of the DH Remains Constant, but the Position Continues to Change
The American League's designated hitter rule has been both embraced and vilified by the nation's fans, their perceptions shaped largely by whether they favor offense or traditionalism.The rule enters its 40th season, and controversy remains surprisingly...
AROUND THE WEB WITH TECHMAN [Derived Headline]
GOOOGLE GOES PUBLIC WITH GLASSESOn Wednesday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are the company's first venture into wearable computing.The glasses are not yet for sale. Google will, however,...
Artists, Techies and Greenies Unite the Geek Arts/green Innovation Festival Will Be Host to Numerous Family-Friendly Events
Pittsburgh artist Christine Bethea made a suggestion at a Hack Pittsburgh tech and arts workshop that combining ecology, technology and the arts shouldn't stop there, and just like that, the Geek Arts/ Green Innovation Festival was born. The workshop...
At a Glance
BRADDOCKNew use likely for Good Shepherd SchoolThe Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese announced last week that it would consolidate several schools in the region, including Good Shepherd School in Braddock, Word of God School in Swissvale and St. Maurice School...
At a Glance
RICHLAND AND VALENCIASt. Barnabas offers free Easter dinnersFree Easter dinners will be served to those in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, 5827 Meridian Road, and Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, 85 Charity Place, Valencia.The...
At a Glance
MCKEESPORTSaturation patrol leads to 138 arrestsA saturation patrol that began in the fall in McKeesport has yielded 138 arrests on charges including loitering, drug possession and illegal firearms possession, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen...
At a Glance
PENN STATE BEAVERTake a walk in my shoesIn recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Penn State Beaver library will host the exhibit of a quilt "Survivors Wall" and a display titled "Take a Walk in My...
A Tale of 2 Supreme Courts, 23 Years Apart
Reading the transcript of oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court lastweek, the day the court considered the constitutionality of "Obamacare's" individual mandate, prompted me to search out and re-read one of my favorite court cases, Texas v. Johnson.I...
A Talk with Judy Collins
At a folk-music club one night in 1968, Janis Joplin leaned across the table and said, "You know, one of us is going to make it. And it's not going to be me.""Janis' words have haunted me for more than four decades," writes Judy Collins in "Sweet Judy...
Baseball Could Use a Shot of Bill Veeck's Inspired Zaniness
GARRETT PARK, Md. As the 2012 Major League Baseball season opens, the game appears to be in good shape. The last eight seasons have produced the eight highest attendance totals in major league history despite the economic downturn, which began in 2008....
Bogus Pollution Report Pennenvironment Paints a False Picture of Water Quality
With its recent so-called "report" called "Wasting Our Waterways," PennEnvironment once again proves that it is neither principled, credible nor a legitimate partner for dialogue on the environment.The Post-Gazette carried a story detailing this report...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
'Experienced Dreamers' finalists selectedThe Experienced Dreamers Contest, which urged "dreamers" 45 years and older from across the country to discuss how they would live out their heart's desires in Pittsburgh, has selected five finalists. Kimberly...
Calif. Student-Protesters Pepper-Sprayed
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The dozens of student protesters who were pepper-sprayed by police at a California community college weren't just angry about not getting into a meeting of school trustees. They were fuming about a new Santa Monica College plan...
Can Protected Species Be Saved by Hunting Them? That's the Quandary Being Played out on a Ranch in Texas
MORANI RIVER RANCH, UVALDE COUNTY, Texas The asphalt on County Road 405 soon turns to dirt as a truck pushes open a series of six "bump gates" that swing wide, for just enough time for a following car to edge through. Then two electric gates open as...
Carnegie [Derived Headline]
CarnegieMichael Wandrisco, 47, of Scott, was charged March 10 with driving under the influence of alcohol on East Main Street, police said.*Marlos Johnson, 30, whose last known address was in Carnegie, was charged March 27 with simple assault following...
Celebrating Beers That Pack Flavor, Not a Punch
Have a couple of beers Saturday, April 7, to mark Session Beer Day. The day is the idea of beer and spirits writer Lew Bryson. One of his blogs is the Session Beer Project (http:// sessionbeerproject.blogspot.com) on which spreads the gospel of enjoying...
Celebrating Their Lives, Remembering Their Sacrifice Musical Offerings Uplift Memory of Officers Killed Three Years Ago
Family and friends of three police officers slain in a Stanton Heights ambush celebrated the third anniversary of one of the city's darkest days with levity, music and laughter."It was an amazing musical tribute to the fallen officers," said Mayor Luke...
Char Valley Savors 25-4 Mark, Looks Eagerly to Next Season High School Girls Basketball
As Chartiers Valley High School girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko reviews the 25-4 record the Colts compiled this season, falling in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals, 42-37, to eventual state champion Archbishop Wood of Philadelphia, he is struck by...
Char Valley Savors Memorable Season High School Girls Basketball
As Chartiers Valley High School girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko reviews the 25-4 record the Colts compiled this season, falling in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals, 42-37, to eventual state champion Archbishop Wood of Philadelphia, he is struck by...
Chip Ganassi
As one of the most decorated owners in auto racing today, Fox Chapel resident Floyd "Chip" Ganassi has helped to put Pittsburgh on the international racing map. Born in Westmoreland County in 1958, Mr. Ganassi developed an affinity for auto racing at...
City Starts Tearing Down 'Killing Fields' Homewood Residents Hope for a New Start
A backhoe's claw tore into one of the Homewood row houses known as the "killing fields" on Wednesday, unleashing a thick cloud of dust and hope for a neighborhood's rebirth.The start of demolition came more than a decade after Sarah Campbell and other...
Commissioners Approve Bedner Farms Home Development
Upper St. Clair commissioners on Monday defied the wishes of hundreds of residents and officials in neighboring Bridgeville by approving a controversial housing development at Bedner Farms.But officials from Bridgeville said they aren't done fighting...
Company with Local Roots Aims for Moon
Astrobotic Technology has altered its October 2015 mission to the moon in dramatic fashion.It's headed to the lunar north pole to prospect for natural resources, including water and methane, and abandoning plans to land near the equator with a primary...
Constitutional Flap Addressed
CHICAGO -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department will respond "appropriately" to a federal appellate judge in Texas who demanded a letter recognizing federal courts' authority to strike down laws passed by Congress.Mr....
Cornell Schools Labratz Teaches Science after School
When school's out for the day, instead of going home or running outside to the playground, many students at the Cornell Elementary School cheerfully report to a science class called LabRatz. They giggle as they don big goggles."The goggles are to protect...
Crab Cakes Make a Tasty Dinner or Appetizer
If you ask 10 people for the best recipe for crab cakes, you'll likely get 10 different answers. One person I know uses the recipe on the can of Old Bay Seasoning -- called a classic Maryland-style crab cake. It's a mix of crab meat, mayo, mustard, Old...
Death of Fla. Teen Is Tough to Explain
DEAR HARRIETTE: The news has been filled with stories about the Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, who was killed recently by a neighborhood watch person. Because it has been flooding the news, my son, who is 9 years old, has heard it. Today he asked...
Design of Forbes Tower Criticized Needs to Match Market Square, Some Say
The proposed design of a $76.6 million office and hotel tower to be built on Forbes Avenue, Downtown, came under fire Wednesday over concerns about the massive project's impact on Market Square and surrounding buildings.Downtown property owner David...
Despite Attrition, Seneca Valley Still Figures to Contend High School Baseball
Keeping his Seneca Valley baseball team mentally sharp remains Eric Semega's main concern this season.Entering his 12th year as the Raiders' head coach, Semega has seen heartbreak following a championship season.After capturing a PIAA title in 2007,...
District Again Asks Employees to Concede Cutbacks
Upper St. Clair School District administrators once again are tapping employee unions for concessions to balance the budget while limiting the size of a potential tax increase and forestalling major program cuts.Last year, the largest of the district's...
Dormont Hed Goes Here and Here
The fate of a memorial skate park literally divided residents in Dormont on Monday, and one side of the room left disappointed.Council voted Monday night against advertising an ordinance to ratify the April 2010 motion for Pitcher Park that was passed...
Earth Has Always Been Round
Before Ferdinand Magellan proved Earth was round by sailing west from Europe to the Philippines in the east, the shape of our home planet was one of mankind's greatest mysteries. Early civilizations had extraordinary ideas about Earth's profile -- ideas...
Easter Treats You Can Steal from the Kids
I suspect all of us can remember moments when we felt our preschooler innocence being taken away.Like the time I figured out the Easter bunny (in a very bad costume) was a fake and then forlornly turned to my mom and asked, "Does that mean Santa isn't...
Elizabeth Catlett April 15, 1915 - April 2, 2012 Socially Conscious Black Artist
Elizabeth Catlett, a sculptor and printmaker who is widely considered one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century despite having lived most of her life in Mexico, has died. She was 96.Ms. Catlett, whose sculptures became symbols...
Executing the Handoff Experts Say Succession Planning Imperative for Long-Term Survival of U.S. Family Businesses
Many family-owned businesses thrive under the leadership of their founders, but study after study has shown that if the second generation doesn't ruin it, the majority of all family businesses will go to the dogs in three generations. The survival rate...
Ferris State in History- Making Mood Plays in Tonight's Frozen Four
TAMPA, Fla. -- It seems only fitting that a team from Big Rapids, Mich., would dream big. Never mind that Ferris State's men's hockey team had qualified for the NCAA postseason only once before, in 2003, and bowed out quickly. Or that the Bulldogs were...
For First Time, Fort Cherry Coach Isn't Named Garry High School Football
For the first time since Fort Cherry High School opened in 1959, its football team will be led by a coach without the surname Garry.Jim Garry was the team's coach for the school's first 44 years before he was succeeded by his son, Tim, who coached there...
Former New Orleans Officers Sentenced in Katrina Shootings
NEW ORLEANS -- Five former police officers were sentenced to prison Wednesday for the shooting of six unarmed civilians, two of whom died, in the days after Hurricane Katrina and for orchestrating a wide-ranging cover-up afterward.The four officers directly...
FOR THE RECORD [Derived Headline]
COUNTRY/BLUES CASEY JAMES 'Casey James' (19 BNA) Critic's Call: * On the surface, Texan Casey James, who came in third in "American Idol's" Season 9, has some real musical assets. Like Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, he's no slouch as a guitarist....
Franklin Grad Had a Meet to Savor College Wrestling
Nico Megaludis had a little time to think on the bus ride from Pittsburgh to State College, the day after Penn State University claimed its second consecutive NCAA Division I wrestling title.Megaludis, a 2011 graduate of Franklin Regional High School,...
GAME DAZE [Derived Headline]
'KID ICARUS: UPRISING' Critic's Call: ***1/2 "Kid Icarus" has been one of the most celebrated franchises in Nintendo history, yet before "Uprising" (3DS; Nintendo; E, for Everyone) arrived on the 3DS, gamers hadn't seen this hero in more than two decades....
Good Night, States Crisscrosses the State for Mature 'Country/ Static'
How does a band make an intricate and cohesive record when it's basically in a long-distance relationship? One weekend at a time, and quite methodically, according to Good Night, States keyboardist-singer Megan Lindsey. She and bassist Trevor Baker are...
Greek Track and Field Body Suspends Operations
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's track and field authority suspended all athletic operations Wednesday because of severe spending cuts, a major embarrassment for the nation that hosted the Summer Olympics only eight years ago.The move -- the latest twist in...
Happy Endings 'Beauty and the Beast' Give Young Fans an Enchanted Evening
Never have I seen so many tiaras in one place as at "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" Tuesday night, and if anyone wanted more sparkle as they left Heinz Hall, there were folks across the street selling light-up wands and necklaces. The Disneyland atmosphere...
Heat Still Touting James as Most Valuable NBA
MIAMI -- Whenever LeBron James gets asked about the NBA MVP award, he seems to answer carefully, as if to avoid any suggestion that he's campaigning for his third trophy. In fairness, James doesn't have to do much lobbying. Everyone else in the Miami...
Hempfield Primed for Another Run High School Girls Softball
It was the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Hempfield Area softball team was leading North Allegheny, 4-3, in its season opener last week.Taylor Kusma was poised at third. She knew she would have to be fast to score ahead of the young Tigers defense.When...
Highmark Defends Its Actions Following Arrest of Melani
Highmark on Wednesday characterized the behavior of recently fired CEO Kenneth Melani as "willful and gross misconduct" in its first detailed statement on the events leading up to his Sunday ouster.Dr. Melani's attorney, Sam Cordes, promptly countered...
Highmark Enlists Firm for CEO Search Hiring Internally Is the Precedent, but National Search Could Be Beneficial
Highmark Inc.'s board of directors has enlisted the help of an executive recruiting company to conduct its search for a new CEO.Russell Reynolds Associates Inc., which collected a list of interested parties through its previous succession plan work with Highmark,...
Highmark's Double Standards Should Be Scrutinized
I told you so. Some of you may remember an airplane flying lazy circles around Pittsburgh a few weeks back. The banner it towed read, "Highmark Gets Low Marks for Ethics." I rented that plane. As president of a labor union that represents 1,000 Highmark...
House Oks Bill to Shrink Legislature
HARRISBURG -- The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill to shrink the General Assembly by 62 seats, sending the constitutional amendment one step farther than past attempts to reduce the number of state lawmakers.That proposal from...
Hunting for Hex Signs
I wanted to see distelfinks. But they were hard to find.In Pennsylvania Dutch country, the distelfink -- a goldfinch that eats thistle seeds and builds thistledown nests -- is a good-luck bird. It also symbolizes smooth sailing and tranquility and is...
In a Shift, U.S. Boosts Marine Contingent in Australia
SYDNEY -- Defense Minister Stephen Smith on Wednesday greeted about 180 Marines in the northern coast city of Darwin, presiding at a welcome ceremony for the first of 2,500 U.S. troops to be deployed here under an agreement increasing the U.S. military...
In Season of Rebirth, Messages of Renewal Journeys, the Power of the Resurrection Are among the Themes of Easter Sermons in the East Suburbs
The Bible says Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death, crucified and buried -- and yet found missing from his tomb on the third day.For Christians, Easter is the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God, and a celebration of...
Iran Nuclear Talks in Doubt
TEHRAN -- Iran's foreign minister raised new doubts Wednesday about the resumption of international talks over its disputed nuclear program, saying the location may not be Turkey -- as previously agreed -- and suggested Iraq and China as possible alternate...
Learning Curve Steep for Tight Ends
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Garry Gilliam's long road to recovery officially ended 10 days ago when the tight end took the field for Penn State's first practice of the spring.There to greet him was a new offense, one that distinguishes itself with, among...
Lebo's Search Yields a Coach High School Football
It's funny how life works, explained Mike Melnyk.A head coaching change at the University of Pittsburgh created what he called a "domino effect" that ultimately changed Melnyk's future.For more than a decade, Melnyk was a successful high school football...
Letters to the Editor
When I ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Brentwood in 2005 I pointed out where this borough was headed financially and I'm sorry to say -- but am not surprised -- that I was spot-on correct. Brentwood is in the initial stages of a core financial "meltdown," and...
Letters to the Editor
Let's educate on equal termsThe article "Academy proposal draws varied response," (March 8) discussed a Sto-Rox proposal for a school within a school called the academy. This proposal posited two groups of students: those who qualified for the academy...
Life Is Much Better with Braunschweiger
Pittsburghers have a bond with braunschweiger, as you can see from the reaction to our story last month by Marlene Parrish: "Braunschweiger: The Forgotten Pleasure" in Food & Flavor, March 22.* * *My grandmother, Dodie McNally, was put on a bland diet...
Lincoln Hall Dec. 19, 1955 - March 27, 2012 Survived an Ordeal on Mount Everest
Left for dead near the summit of Mount Everest, Australian adventurer Lincoln Hall survived the night alone, without supplies, in temperatures well below zero. And then he got lucky.As dawn broke, one of the last teams of climbers to ascend the mountain...
Little Sisters Senior Home Named One of the Best in the Nation
Despite Helen Bonk's reluctance to relinquish her independence, it didn't take long for her to agree with her family to move into a nursing home.All she needed, she said, was a tour of Little Sisters of the Poor in Brighton Heights. "I just could not...
Local Candy Makers' Sweet Success from the Pentagon to the Oscars to the Kentucky Derby, Chocolate Crafted in Our Region Is Tempting Taste Buds throughout the Country
Is there any better time than the Easter holiday to explore the local art of chocolatiering?Those melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate bunnies and luscious filled eggs have to start somewhere, and Pennsylvania has for decades been squarely anchored...
Local Candy Makers' Sweet Success from the Pentagon to the Oscars to the Kentucky Derby, Chocolate Crafted in Our Region Is Tempting Taste Buds throughout the Country
Is there any better time than the Easter holiday to explore the local art of chocolatiering?Those melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate bunnies and luscious filled eggs have to start somewhere, and Pennsylvania has for decades been squarely anchored...
Local Candy Makers' Sweet Success from the Pentagon to the Oscars to the Kentucky Derby, Chocolate Crafted in Our Region Is Tempting Taste Buds throughout the Country
Is there any better time than the Easter holiday to explore the local art of chocolatiering?Those melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate bunnies and luscious filled eggs have to start somewhere, and Pennsylvania has for decades been squarely anchored...
Local Candy Makers' Sweet Success from the Pentagon to the Oscars to the Kentucky Derby, Chocolate Crafted in Our Region Is Tempting Taste Buds throughout the Country
Is there any better time than the Easter holiday to explore the local art of chocolatiering?Those melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate bunnies and luscious filled eggs have to start somewhere, and Pennsylvania has for decades been squarely anchored...
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DOG'S FATE SUBJECT OF HEARINGIn the first day of a hearing to determine whether a husky implicated in a fatal attack on a McKeesport newborn should be euthanized, a dog behavior expert testified that he believes the dog is not aggressive, and that the...
Local Experts Help Identify Genes Linked to Autism
Scientists took one more step Wednesday toward unraveling the genetic causes of autism.In three studies published in the British journal Nature, teams at Yale and Harvard universities and the University of Washington identified genetic mutations in the...
Local Man Follows Career from Presidents to Chocolates
Chris Edwards knew the moment he saw an ad announcing the opening of a Bush/Cheney presidential campaign headquarters in Allegheny County that he'd found his calling in life -- at least one of them."It jumped out at me on the newspaper page," Mr. Edwards,...
LOCAL SCENE [Derived Headline]
PUNCHLINE RELEASE SHOW "We are pretty psyched to be playing a hometown show," says Chris Fafalios of Punchline. It's the first for the Pittsburgh pop-punk band since December, and since then, Punchline released its punchy third EP, "So Nice to Meet You,"...
Membership Question Deflected
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Masters chairman Billy Payne didn't exactly dredge up the line of his predecessor, Hootie Johnson, when asked about women being admitted as members at the Augusta National Golf Club. But he repeatedly deflected questions and gave firm...
Menstrual Synchrony Has Its Skeptics and Supporters
DEAR DOCTOR K: It seems to be commonly accepted that women who live together or who are close friends get their periods at the same time. I've had the same experience. Is this a real biological phenomenon or just a coincidence?DEAR READER: The idea...
MOVIE GUIDE [Derived Headline]
OPENING FRIDAY AMERICAN REUNION "American Pie" gang returns for a high school reunion in this comedy set during one long weekend. R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking. 113 min. AMC-Loews, Carmike...
Munch Goes to Thai Spoon
Few things excite Munch more than a new Thai restaurant.You see, when Munch was tiny -- donning a brown paper lunch bag instead of a brown paper grocery bag -- Munch didn't have access to Thai food.It was a sad time in the Life of Munch. But Munch knows...
Municipal News
CarnegiePlans were announced at Monday's council workshop for a Dunkin' Donuts and a strip shopping center to be built at the former North Star Chevrolet building on Mansfield Boulevard. Also, a family- owned valve business is interested in purchasing...
Myanmar's Progress Democracy Advocates Make Election Gains
Americans and other friends of Myanmar should be pleased at the conduct and results of partial parliamentary elections held Sunday.The country of 60 million, known as Burma until 1989, has had a hard time of it in recent years. Whether as a counterpart...
Na, Deer Lakes Are out to Defend Their Titles High School Boys Volleyball
The boys volleyball teams at North Allegheny and Deer Lakes entered the 2012 season wearing similar bull's-eyes.In fact, the bull's-eye on the Lancers is a little bigger.Both schools won WPIAL titles last year, so both have the title of "defending WPIAL...
Na Grad Kugler Bulks Up, Switches Spots at Purdue College Football
Football is in Rob Kugler's blood.He has grown up surrounded by all aspects of the sport. From his father, Steelers offensive line coach, Sean Kugler's influence, to the numerous hours spent playing and practicing since childhood; it's safe to say Kugler...
NATION [Derived Headline]
JOBLESS CLAIMS AT 4-YEAR LOw WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting employers kept hiring in March at a healthy pace. Weekly applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000,...
New Coach Has Plan to End Valley's 3-Year Run of Misery High School Football
Chad Walsh appreciates -- and welcomes -- the demands and expectations of high school football.As he renews his tenure at Valley High School, Walsh, 42, will be a high school head football coach for the first time.The challenges are obvious: The Vikings...
New Coach Hopes to Continue Plum Tradition High School Boys Volleyball
Mike Larko and his son, Michael, have teamed up for a fifth consecutive season of coaching the Plum High School boys volleyball team ... but one thing has changed.Mike has stepped out of the spotlight and turned over the head coaching duties to Michael."He's...
New Lineup, Menu Greet Buc Fans Today
When the Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies in today's home opener at PNC Park, the big baseball crowd will be chowing down on a whole stadium of hot dogs, burgers and pulled pork pierogie stacker sandwiches -- last year's fan favorite. Which...
New Trial Is Ordered for 5 Linked to 9/11 Plot Suspended Case Returned to Military
WASHINGTON -- A senior Pentagon official on Wednesday authorized a new trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, a step that restarts the most momentous terrorism case likely...
NORTH/REGION [Derived Headline]
NORTHParents sue over death in explosion at job siteThe parents of an Armstrong County man who was killed in an explosion in 2010 filed a lawsuit Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court charging negligence. Kimberly and Terrance Bish, of Ford City,...
Obama Steps Up Campaigning Romney's History with Bain, Legislation to Come under Attack
Expect to hear a lot about blue-collar jobs, tax breaks for the rich, and women and health care when President Barack Obama's re- election campaign in swing-state Pennsylvania kicks off in earnest later this year.The Democrat's campaign has been in the...
Oliastro Reloads Again at Riverside High School Baseball
His name is not as recognizable as many of the baseball coaches in the WPIAL.He is as unassuming as a three-hop grounder to the shortstop and appears about as fiery as the Gatorade container in the dugout.Don't be fooled, however.Dan Oliastro is as tough...
On Beautiful Opening Day, It's Easy to Be Optimistic Fans Express Hope While Pirates Remain Undefeated
From their seats in the first row of Section 212, Bill Slusser and his son, Matthew, can see the best of PNC Park. High above home plate -- their Pirates caps shielding their eyes from this afternoon's bright sunshine -- they settle in for the start...
Opening Night: Cardinals 4, Marlins 1 Lohse Lets Air out of Party Right-Hander Holds Miami Hitless until Seventh; Series Hero Freese Has 2 Rbis
MIAMI -- The sellout crowd in the Miami Marlins' new ballpark cheered the introduction of their starters, who were accompanied by women dressed as Latin showgirls. There was another roar for Muhammad Ali, who delivered the first pitch. Then Kyle Lohse...
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