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Articles from January 5, 2013

Afc Wild Card Texans, Bengals Going in Opposite Directions
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans were looking forward to enjoying a bye this week before beginning their work in the playoffs as the AFC's top seed.Instead, a terrible month in which they lost three of four games dropped the Texans to the third seed. It...
Afghanistan Frees Detainees as Karzai Heads to U.S
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Just before President Hamid Karzai set off today on trip to Washington, the Afghan government freed 80 detainees Friday, part of a continuing effort to assert its sovereignty over the contentious issue of how prisoners are handled.U.S....
Alleged Rape Relived on Internet Protesters in Ohio Claim 2 Suspects Got Special Treatment Because of Football
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Recent Internet postings may have flamed national media attention in a 5-month-old case of alleged rape involving Steubenville High School football players, but they haven't really added anything to the case, Ohio Attorney General Mike...
Another Title Puts Saban among Best
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --Barrett Jones was definitely not going there.Alabama's All-American offensive lineman has spent five seasons with coach Nick Saban and he knows better than to talk about stuff like legacies and the Crimson Tide's place in history."Do...
A Russian in Pittsburgh
When you are strangers, you start thinking, "We are so very different!" When you fall in love, you subconsciously start looking for similarities, exclaiming, "We seem so very much alike!" That's pretty much how I felt in coming to the United States, convinced...
A Savory New Recipe Unlike Recent Bowl Trips, Pitt Has a Coach in Place, and the Players Love the Stability and Potentially Brighter Future That Goes with It
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. On their third consecutive trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, you could forgive the Pitt Panthers for experiencing a sense of deja vu. They're staying at the same hotel, practicing at the same facilities and, for the most part, experiencing...
Austerity's Impact Surprised Imf, Official Says
WASHINGTON -- Consider it a mea culpa submerged in a deep pool of calculus and regression analysis: The International Monetary Fund's top economist on Thursday acknowledged that the fund blew its forecasts for Greece and other European economies because...
Biosciences Flourish in Pittsburgh
It's no accident that Pennsylvania's biopharmaceutical industry is flourishing. Our successes are due to factors such as innovation, motivated entrepreneurs, available capital and organizations like the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse that provide...
'Buckwild' Gets Wild and Crazy in W.Va
We would be remiss -- but probably performing a kindness -- to not mention Thursday's debut of the new MTV reality show that attempts to do for rural kids in West Virginia what "Jersey Shore" did for Guidos and Guidettes: in short, make stars of a bunch...
Businessman Pleads Guilty to Obstructing IRS over Taxes of $6.4 Million
Michael P. Carlow, who served six years in prison for masterminding a $31 million check-kiting scheme that victimized PNC Bank, pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing IRS efforts to collect about $6.4 million in unpaid taxes after federal prosecutors agreed to...
Catherine O'neill July 17, 1942 -- Dec. 26, 2012 Advocate for Women and Children
Catherine O'Neill, whose travels with the International Rescue Committee to refugee camps led her, along with the actress Liv Ullmann and others, to found the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, died Dec. 26 in Los Angeles. She was 70.The...
Chavez's Illness Deepens Crisis
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan lawmakers will meet today in a session that could shed light on what steps may be taken if President Hugo Chavez is too sick to be sworn in for a new term next week. Legislators will choose a president, two vice presidents...
Chicago Cools off Heat James' 30 Points Not Enough to Lift Miami Past Bulls
Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated the boards Friday night to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this season, beating the Heat, 96-89. Chicago outrebounded Miami, 48-28. The Bulls had 19 offensive rebounds...
Chiefs Oust GM Pioli
Scott Pioli is out as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. The team announced in a statement Friday that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires. The Chiefs fired...
CITY/STATE/ALLEGHENY COUNTY/WEST [Derived Headline]
CITYPolice dog credited with capture of suspectA Pittsburgh police officer's K9 dog took down a burglary suspect after the officer and the man fought desperately Thursday afternoon in Morningside, at one point tumbling down a snowy 40-foot hillside.City...
Colts, Casson Get in Montour's Way Boys Basketball: Chartiers Valley 75, Montour 62
Montour had plans of going to Chartiers Valley Friday night and knocking off the top-ranked team in Class AAA. Spencer Casson swatted those hopes away. Casson, a 6-foot-6 senior center, had a triple-double that included 13 blocked shots, helping Chartiers...
Congress Passes $9.7 Billion in Sandy Aid Some Republicans Opposed Bill Fearing Its Effect on Deficit
WASHINGTON -- Congress has approved $9.7 billion in new aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, with a face-saving quick move by the House taken three days after Speaker John Boehner earned scathing criticism from New York and New Jersey Republicans for...
Dancing Up a Storm the Numbers Are Terrific in 'Flashdance,' but This Musical Feels Bloated
OK, since this is the premiere of a new version of "Flashdance the Musical" (different from the one that spent a few years in the United Kingdom) and since Pittsburgh is the first stop on its shakedown national tour, I'll break my usual rule and start...
Defense Faces Offseason Overhaul
The offenses of the Big 12 were daunting for the West Virginia defense as the Mountaineers played their first season in the conference.WVU's explosive offense was not capable of always scoring 50 to 70 points a game and posting losses by scores such...
Despite Difficult Season, These Plants Stood Out
Winter snows have arrived and, along with them, gardening catalogs to help us think about the warmer weather and plants we might grow this summer. I thought this would be an ideal time to review some of the 2012 outstanding performers grown at the Penn State...
E. Washington Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Extortion
East Washington's police chief may be headed for prison following his guilty plea to extortion Friday, as the man who described himself as "the best cop money can buy" confessed that he agreed to guard drug deals and sold police-issue Tasers for cash.Donald...
Faculty Union Talks with State Advance Three More State System Meetings Scheduled This Month
After bargaining that lasted most of Friday, both sides reported progress but no deal in efforts to resolve the longest faculty labor dispute in the history of the State System of Higher Education.Management and the Association of Pennsylvania State...
Fatah's Celebration in Gaza Signals Easing of Rift with Hamas
JERUSALEM -- Turning Gaza City's streets into a swarm of sunshine- yellow flags, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians celebrated the Fatah faction's anniversary Friday in the heartland of its militant Islamist rival, Hamas, the latest in a series of...
Friday Is Hard Deadline for League If No Cba in Place, Season Likely Over
Deadlines can be broken or adjusted, but the one imposed by the NHL is being taken seriously, at least in some quarters. League commissioner Gary Bettman has set a deadline of next Friday for a new collective bargaining agreement to be in place. That...
Game on Ice Time Is Running out for a Hockey Settlement
It's cold outside. The sun sets so early that afternoons are swallowed up by evenings. The holiday decorations are coming down, and there's no reason to replace them with Terrible Towels or giant plastic Steelers in the front yard. The region is downright...
Gas Industry Ads Bash 'Promised Land'
Before many Pennsylvania moviegoers settle in for Matt Damon's film about the fight over natural gas drilling, they will see a message from the energy industry offering "straightforward facts" about hydraulic fracturing.The unorthodox, on-screen pre-buttal...
Georgia Lb Jones to Enter Draft
All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.Jones made a quick decision, announcing his plans three days after a 45-31 victory against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He is expected to be one...
Girl Shot by Taliban Leaves Hospital
LONDON -- Three months after she was shot in the head for daring to say girls should be able to get an education, a 15-year-old Pakistani hugged her nurses and smiled as she walked out of a hospital in the British city of Birmingham.Malala Yousafzai...
'Gorillas' Upmc, Highmark Bump Chests in Court
A hearing Friday on whether to dismiss UPMC's antitrust lawsuit against its health care rivals turned into a zoology debate.UPMC and Highmark are "two big gorillas. One is in the forest in country A, and one is in the forest in country B," said U.S. District...
GROWTH OF U.S. WORKFORCE BELIES NAY-SAYERS [Corrected 01/12/13]
The slow, steady pace of the recovery of the U.S. labor market after the Great Recession continued in December, despite dire warnings that congressional inaction on the fiscal cliff was keeping employers from hiring. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics...
How to Enter
After six years of honoring great home improvements, judges for the PG Renovation Inspiration Contest have seen hundreds of successful projects, but have never given one away. Yet every year we receive small envelopes bearing filled-out entry forms,...
How to Make 2013 Healthy & Happy
Getting more exercise and losing weight are two perennial New Year's resolutions for people. If pets could pick goals and resolutions, most dogs would be thrilled to get more exercise, especially if that means daily outdoor walks or trips to dog parks....
Jerome A. Schaffer Oct. 1, 1942 -- Dec. 31, 2012 Constant Adventurer, Free Spirit, Store Santa
The difference between Jay Schaffer and so many of us is a matter of wills. Instead of writing a bucket list he would never complete, he quit his day job in his 30s to live it. Adopting a noncommittal lifestyle, he took on seasonal work to explore the...
JIMMY LYNN RICHARDSON JULY 4, 1937 -- JAN. 1, 2013 POST-GAZETTE'S FORMER SEEN COLUMNIST [Corrected 01/10/13]
Jim Richardson was slight of stature, but his personality was larger than his native state of Texas. That made him perfect for the position for which he was best known in Pittsburgh: Seen columnist for the Post-Gazette. When he moved here in 1984 to...
Kitchen Confidential Finalists in Last Year's Renovation Contest Found Inspiration in Creative Design and Technology
Kitchen re-dos are favorite projects for homeowners. Besides adding value on resale, an updated kitchen makes meals easier and more pleasant. And shouldn't the room where families spend most to their time together be one of the nicest in the house? ...
Let It Snow Huge Snowfalls Needed for Drought Relief
ST. LOUIS -- When his drought-stricken Nebraska farm was blanketed with several inches of snow, Tom Schwarz welcomed the moisture. But it wasn't nearly enough."I just shudder to think what it's going to be if we don't get snow," Mr. Schwarz said. "A...
Low Enrollment to Shut Online School after 1 Year
A cyber charter school founded by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and touted to provide a cutting-edge combination of online and on- site learning will close as of June 30 because of foundering enrollment.The closure means 333 students must find another...
Man Killed by Police Had 'Crazed Look' 26-Year-Old Attacked Trooper with Scissors
The man who cut a Pennsylvania State Police trooper with scissors Friday morning had "a crazed look in his eye" minutes before authorities said he was shot and killed by police in an East Huntingdon strip mall parking lot.Betty Healy, manager of the...
Manziel Caps Year in Style
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Johnny Manziel tiptoed the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown on Texas A&M's first drive of the game. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback known as Johnny Football and the 10th-ranked Aggies were just getting warmed up in the Cotton Bowl....
Naming Rights Becomes Iceland's Hot Topic
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Call her the girl with no name.A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by...
New FDA Rules Aim to Make Food Safer Process Would Emphasize Prevention of Contamination Rather Than Reaction to It
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed two sweeping rules aimed at preventing the contamination of produce and processed foods, taking a long-awaited step toward codifying the food safety law that Congress passed two years ago.The proposed...
Nfc Wild Card Vikings, Packers Await Final Act
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's not just wild-card weekend in Minnesota and Green Bay. It's Groundhog Day.Six days after facing off in the regular-season finale, and five weeks after their first meeting of the season, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers...
NFL Coaching Carousel Reid Lands on Feet with Chiefs
Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., in a black SUV Friday, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie and walked toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs' home.His new home, as it turned out.Just a few hours later,...
No. 1 Huskies Seek Revenge vs. Irish
Stefanie Dolson came to Connecticut to play for national championships, but hasn't been able to do that yet after losing to Notre Dame in the national semifinals her first two seasons.In fact, after winning 12 consecutive games in the series, the top-ranked...
No Better Month to Try out the Slopes
Snow is for more than shoveling.""Humans were never meant to hibernate.""Not knowing how to ski or snowboard is no longer an excuse for sitting at home on the sidelines," said Linda Irvin, director of the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA).And...
Obama Wins, as Expected
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will serve another term in the White House. Although that may seem like old news, a joint session of Congress confirmed the Democratic ticket's victory Friday, tallying the ballots from...
Panthers Get Shot to Forget Ugly Loss
When was the exact moment last season one knew for sure Pitt's NCAA tournament streak would end at 10 consecutive years? That's difficult to answer if only because low points were many.Some might point to the November home loss to Long Beach State. For...
Pirates Make Changes in Minor League Staff
A new Class AAA hitting coach and a new Class AA manager highlight a handful of changes the Pirates announced Friday to their minor league coaching staff.Mike Pagliarulo, who had a 12-year major league career, replaces Jeff Branson as the hitting coach...
Pitt Comes to Grips with Ole Miss' Speed
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The phrase "SEC speed" has become a nearly ubiquitous part of the college football lexicon. When Pitt studied tape of Mississippi heading to prepare for the BBVA Compass Bowl today, the Panthers got an understanding of what that phrase...
Pittsburgh Promise Looks to Bring Its Grads Back to City
For Jahmiah Guillory, a student at Penn State University, finding a job in Pittsburgh after graduation is a priority. It's the city where he grew up, living in Northview Heights and graduating in 2009 from Pittsburgh Oliver High School. And it's the city...
PITT SCOUTING REPORT [Derived Headline]
PITT SCOUTING REPORT * Matchup: No. 24 Pitt (12-2, 0-1) at Rutgers (9-3, 0-1), 11 a.m. today, Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J. * TV, Radio, Internet: ESPN2, KDKA-AM (1020) and www.pittsburghpanthers.com. * Pitt: Lost to Cincinnati, 70-61, in...
PLANETS ALIGN FOR VICTORY [Corrected 01/12/13]
Kittanning entered its game Friday night against Mars as the fourth-highest scoring team in Class AAA and hadn't scored less than 55 points in any of its 10 contests. But the Planets changed that. Mars held Kittanning to a season-low in points and handed...
Pregnancy Centers Gain Clout in Anti-Abortion Fight
WACO, Texas -- With free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, along with diapers, parenting classes and even temporary housing, pregnancy centers are playing an increasingly influential role in the anti-abortion movement. While most attention has focused...
REMATCH TO PROVIDE SECOND OPPORTUNITIES NCAA DIV I-AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: NORTH DAKOTA STATE vs. SAM HOUSTON STATE
FRISCO, Texas -- The Division I-AA championship rematch between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State is something of a do-over for several key returning offensive players. They didn't have much of a say a year ago when a fake punt was the most...
Report: Armstrong to Admit Doping
Lance Armstrong, who this fall was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports, has told associates and anti-doping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned...
Stocks Gain, Pushing S&p 500 to 5-Year High
NEW YORK -- The Standard & Poor's 500 closed at its highest level in five years Friday after a report showed that hiring held up in December, giving stocks an early lift.The S&P 500 finished up 7.10 points at 1,466.47, its highest close since December...
Tbs Welcomes 'Cougar Town'
PASADENA, Calif. -- The opening scene of the first TBS episode of "Cougar Town" (10 p.m. Tuesday) references the show's struggles."I can't believe we're finally back," says Jules (Courteney Cox) as she and her friends enter her home through the front...
TWINS, AGE 3, DIE IN NORTH BRADDOCK HOUSE FIRE [Corrected 01/09/13]
Relatives and friends of twin boys killed in a fire in North Braddock on Friday said the boys' mother told them she left the children unattended for a few minutes and returned to learn the house was engulfed in flames. "She was very hysterical," said...
U.N. Success Peacekeepers Leave East Timor a Better Place
The departure of the last United Nations troops from East Timor on Dec. 31 made an important point to the world -- that U.N. troops can be pivotal in helping a wobbly country to stand on its own two feet.The country also known as Timor Leste, with 1.2...
Warning from Police Supervisor Too Late to Prevent Fatal Shots
Penn Hills police Officer Michael Crawshaw never had the chance to hear his supervisor warn him to wait for backup. Sgt. William Vrbin gave the order on his radio, "do not go in until we have enough people over there," but that was 22 seconds after investigators...
Well Done, Mom There's Company in Dying, and She Knew How to Do It
My mom died last month. Good for her.Mom was just shy of 92 and the last five years had been brutal. Two major bowel resections 13 months apart and three broken hips. Yeah, she broke one of them twice. And the poor woman was only 4 feet 11 inches and...
White House Again Mulls 'Grand Bargain' on Budget Fight Looming over Cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Raising Debt Limit
WASHINGTON -- The White House is eyeing a return to the "grand bargain" it tried to reach late last year with House Speaker John Boehner as perhaps the best hope of defusing a fresh threat to the U.S. economy in just two months, according to people familiar...
Wounded Ex-Rep. Giffords Meets with Families of Newtown Victims
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Nearly two years after being critically wounded in a mass shooting, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Friday met with families of victims in last month's shooting that left 26 people dead inside a Connecticut elementary...
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