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Articles from December 6, 2012

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4 Medalists from Athens Disqualified but Decision on Armstrong Waits on Uci Move
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests. But Lance Armstrong can hold onto his bronze medal...
A Cookbook and a New Career Focus
A desire to escape city life led Kate Winslow and her husband to the most serendipitous of arrangements: a year in Sicily, drinking in local culture and researching their inaugural cookbook.They'll share their experiences at noon Dec. 15 at Giant Eagle Market...
After Memorable Run Last Season, Cornell Will Try to Reload in a Hurry
Starting all over has been the norm for Cornell High School boys basketball coach Bill Sacco. He's been coaching for 44 years, so he's used to bringing out the playboard and breaking down strategy to some basic concepts. "We have three players with some...
Alaska Killer Cut Wrists, Strangled Himself
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A man who confessed to killing an Alaska barista and multiple other people across the country died in his jail cell after slashing one of his wrists and using bedding material to strangle himself, Alaska state troopers said Wednesday....
A 'Positive' Vibe for Ben QB Has Good Practice, Appears Ready to Makes His First Start in Four Games
The Steelers on Sunday appear ready to start their third different quarterback in four games.Ben Roethlisberger Sr. looks ready to go.Roethlisberger went through a full practice Wednesday for the first time since he left the Nov. 12 game against Kansas...
At 80, She's a Tireless Tutor for Children
Although longtime McKeesport resident Ruth White retired in 2001, she hasn't slowed down. Ms. White, 80, who has lived in the city since 1984, was honored with a plaque last month by the McKeesport Area school board for a decade of "selfless service"...
At West Allegheny, All Signs Pointed to Success on Field
Peering out of an end zone on the West Allegheny football field, players can see the wall of the high school gymnasium and the WPIAL championship years scrolled across it.It served a constant reminder of what past Indians teams have done and what this...
Barney Frank Charted Course for Other Openly Gay Lawmakers
WASHINGTON -- The story of how Barney Frank became the nation's first openly gay member of Congress pretty much begins with a double date on New Year's Eve in Egypt in 1982.Mr. Frank traveled with Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., who was then a House colleague...
Baylor Takes Down Irish Griner Dominates in Championship Game Rematch
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw took solace in her team's effort in another loss to No. 3 Baylor.Even though her young yet fifth-ranked Fighting Irish were beaten by the Lady Bears -- just as they were in the national title game last season -- McGraw...
Bellwether Counties Offer a Lesson to Gop
When it comes to Pennsylvania's presidential politics, Republicans are like the cartoon character Charlie Brown: Every time he prepares to kick a football, his pal Lucy pulls it away. This time, it was Mitt Romney who was tempted to go for the prize,...
Blackhawk Senior Forward Finally Healthy and Scoring Stats Show It
Since he was young, Blackhawk's Daren Braudis said he has felt pain in his elbow. That pain became even worse this past baseball season, so Braudis decided to have surgery in the summer to remove a mass in that sore elbow. Now, this senior forward...
Brubeck Had Long History of Great Jazz in Pittsburgh
Although Dave Brubeck was a West Coast artist, the famed jazz pianist had a close connection to Pittsburgh, and actually made some history here.In late December 1967, the classic lineup of the Dave Brubeck Quartet -- featuring drummer Joe Morello, saxophonist...
Cal U to Move Ahead with Delayed Student Center Expansion
A $30 million student center expansion at California University of Pennsylvania that was delayed for months as the school wrestled with budgetary woes has a green light to proceed, officials said Wednesday night.The State System of Higher Education is...
Census Confirms It: 'Eds, Meds' Jobs Gain Ground but Manufacturing Still Thrives along Route 28 Corridor
The region's 21st-century economy has often been referred to as one where manufacturing has been displaced by the "eds and meds" sector, but there remain pockets where local residents still lean heavily on the more traditional means of employment. In...
'Christmas with Holly' Lacks Magic
In the new Hallmark Hall of Fame production, "Christmas With Holly," a radiant young woman who has just bought a toy store meets a handsome young man who runs the nearby coffee shop. She has a beagle named Olive. He is raising his 6-year-old niece, Holly,...
Complaint against Recliner
WASHINGTON -- The government is taking action against the makers of a portable baby recliner called the Nap Nanny after five infant deaths.The Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint Wednesday alleging that the new model...
Congressional Delegation Members Express Concern over Va Outbreak
Three members of Pennsylvania's bipartisan congressional delegation added their voices Wednesday to the list of officials concerned with the ongoing investigation into the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Pittsburgh Veteran's Affairs buildings.U.S....
Consistent Bears Chase No. 62
The Clairton Bears have been as consistent as they come for nearly four full seasons, taking down 61 opponents in a row with dominant efforts that have had opponents nearly crying "uncle" after 48 minutes on the field with them.Through all of this, faces...
County Health Director Urges Vaccinations amid Flu Uptick
Now that the flu season has officially begun -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said so Monday -- Allegheny County Health Department Interim Director Ronald E. Voorhees has a message for those still unprotected:"Get vaccinated. It's here,...
Dave Brubeck Dec. 6, 1920 - Dec. 5, 2012 Helped Put Jazz Back in Vogue
Dave Brubeck, a pianist and composer whose distinctive mixture of experimentation and accessibility made him one of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday in Norwalk, Conn. He would have turned 92 today. He died while on...
Dear Israel: It's Time to Get Real You're Running out of Friends, and You Keep Insulting the Intelligence of Those Who Remain
The U.N. General Assembly last week voted to accept Palestine as a non-member observer state. The vote was 138 to nine, with 41 abstentions. Israel tried to squelch the resolution, then tried to defeat it, then scoffed that the vote meant nothing but...
Death Row Drama a Serial Killer Tells Her Chilling Story in 'The Speed Queen'
NEW YORK -- When Austin Pendleton took on a role in the off- Broadway production of "Ivanov," he said yes with one caveat. He had to have Dec. 6 off for a commitment to be at Off the Wall theater for the opening of "The Speed Queen," Anne Stockton's...
Debt Is the Threat an Elite Group Speaks Up on the 'Fiscal Cliff'
A full-page ad in the New York Times of Wednesday announced the formation of a new organization, the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security, with members including 15 of America's most senior former national security officials, headed by Adm. Michael...
Defending Champions Strong Again Cannon-Mcmillan, Burrell Looking to Build upon Wpial Title Streaks
The wrestling squads at Canon-McMillan and Burrell have a lot in common as they enter the 2012-13 season, which begins tonight. The Big Macs and Buccaneers are defending WPIAL team tournament champions and have a title streak to preserve. Both will be...
Dinner in 35 Minutes: Linguine with Cauliflower Pesto
Folks who don't much care for cooked cauliflower should keep reading; here, the vegetable is reduced to a couscous-like consistency, raw, in the food processor. A handful of pantry- friendly, piquant add-ins and a minimal amount of olive oil create a crumbly...
Draining Trapped Blood Relieves Pain of Black Toenail
DEAR DOCTOR K:I hurt my toe and now the nail has turned black. What can I do?DEAR READER: Ouch -- I've been there. A couple of years ago I was outdoors and turned around to walk in the opposite direction, and boom! My big toe hit a lamppost. A day or...
Drawing Offers Tickets to Premiere of 'Jack Reacher'
Crank up the klieg lights. An email drawing to win tickets to the U.S. premiere of "Jack Reacher" filmed in Pittsburgh is now open. To win a pair of seats for the 2 p.m. Dec. 15 event, which will come complete with Tom Cruise and a red carpet outside...
Drop in Demand for Wood Hurting Logging Industry
NASHWAUK, Minn. -- Scott Pittack grew up in a logging family and has made his living in the woods.But as he climbed down from a timber harvester at the end of a winding road in the hills, the forest behind him aflame with October color, he admitted he...
Egyptian Army Moves in at Morsi's Palace Violent Protests Continue Outside
CAIRO -- The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles today as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself...
'Elvira' Lends Ghoulish Touch to Steel City Con
Cassandra Peterson casts a strange spell on people. When she's in full-out costume as her iconic character, "Elvira, Mistress of the Night," the reaction might be all-out worship. But when she's appearing as Cassandra Peterson, an attractive, ginger-haired...
Eqt, Consol Bid on Drilling at 2 Airports
Two local energy companies are offering to pay the Allegheny County Airport Authority tens of millions of dollars to drill for natural gas on thousands of acres of public land surrounding Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County airports.If deemed...
Exiled Yemeni Leader Defends His Calls for Secession
BEIRUT -- Ali Salem al Beidh was one of the chief architects of the agreement that united the northern Yemen Arab Republic with the southern People's Democratic Republic of Yemen to create the country that exists today.When the deal was announced in...
Ex-Mayor Tells Council to Rethink Strip District River Project
Buncher Co.'s proposed Strip District project falls well short of Pittsburgh's world-class standards for riverfront development, former Mayor Tom Murphy said Wednesday, urging the company and city to return to the drawing board and work on a plan that...
Extra Special Cookies More Recipes Are Matching Specific Dietary Needs
My grocery list for holiday baking includes the basics such as all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, spices, eggs and plenty of nuts and chocolate. If I were the parent or grandparent of a child with food allergies or if I had food allergies, my list...
Face Transplant Frees Virginia Man from Life as a Recluse
After a gun accident took off half his face, Richard Lee Norris spent 15 years living as a recluse in Hillsville, Va. Horribly disfigured, he hid indoors. When he ventured out, it was behind a baseball cap and surgical mask. He didn't pursue a career...
Family Visit Poses Weighty Problem
DEAR HARRIETTE: I am dreading going home to see family this year. I have gained about 50 pounds since I saw them two years ago, and I can already hear their comments. While I miss my family terribly, I am in no mood for a lecture. I know that I'm not...
Finding Latke Inspiration New Book Offers Cross-Cultural Recipes for Hanukkah
This Saturday at sundown, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins. The joyous eight-day period commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the oil. Upon reclamation of the Temple, only a tiny jug of untainted...
For Ferry, First Experience with Rivalry Not Very Tasty
The Duquesne Dukes have a long way to go.Jim Ferry knows it, the administration knows it, and perhaps after the way the Dukes were clobbered by rival Pitt in the City Game at Consol Wednesday, the players understand it, too.Then again, maybe not."We...
Former Millvale Mayor Proud of Bipartisanship
Allegheny County Councilman Jim Burn, who served as mayor of Millvale from 1994 to 2005, said he takes special pride in having worked with Republicans and Democrats during his seven years on county council.Mr. Burn, D-Millvale, announced last week that...
FOR THE RECORD [Derived Headline]
POPALICIA KEYS 'Girl on Fire' (RCA) Critic's Call: * * *"Girl on Fire:"? Grabby title, and the song of the same name hangs its hat on a big, belted-out hook that demands attention.It's a misleading sobriquet, though, for Alicia Keys' fifth album, a bounce-back...
Glam-Metal Promoter Thinks You Can't Beat a Dead Horse Cantina
One of the great quirks of the Pittsburgh music scene is the presence of people like Lou Hetzer, or Sweet Lou to the people who know him.He's a promoter with a passion for '80s glam-metal bands like LA Guns and Great White, and he has a good sense of...
Grandfamilies: Parents Raising Their Kids' Kids More Grandparents Are Spending Their Golden Years Caring for Grandchildren
Their stories are as varied as the children they tend: Death claimed a daughter; drugs claimed a son; crushing financial circumstances pushed the grandchildren's parents into long-distance jobs. The details are different, but the end result is the same:...
Greece Listed Most Corrupt
BERLIN -- The countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in Western Europe, and those perceptions appear to be getting increasingly negative, an international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.Transparency...
Green Restaurant 'Grease' a Good Thing
Olive oil is fueling a truck that's making the rounds of restaurants in Oakland these days. It's GTECH Strategies' alternative-energy vehicle in a pilot campaign to collect waste cooking oil in a concentrated area.The project has nine Oakland restaurants...
Greensburg Grad Lifts Bearcats
D.P. Harris chuckles while recounting the story of how Chris Klimchock became part of his program. "His father called me and said 'Chris is enrolling at Saint Vincent,'" said Harris, the Bearcats' men's basketball coach. "That was it. It was the easiest...
Gun Culture a Needless Part of Sports Linda Robertson
MIAMIJovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, committed suicide and orphaned his daughter. If the Kansas City linebacker had not put a gun in his hand during those moments when he was seized by rage and despair, the 3-month-old baby girl would have had a...
Hamas' Leadership Cred Grows among Moderates
JERUSALEM -- The U.N. recognition of Palestine as a nonmember observer state should have been one of the Palestinian Authority government's greatest achievements. But hours after the historic vote last week, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam...
Hampton Man Pushes Bikes toward Needy Kids
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program distributed Christmas gifts to about 30,000 children last year, aided mightily by readers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who donated to the Goodfellows Fund.The children and their families are grateful for the high- quality...
Hanukkah, a Festival of Freedom the Hanukkah Story Mirrors the Struggle of People Everywhere to Practice Their Religious Beliefs
Starting on Saturday evening, Dec. 8, Jews in Pittsburgh and across the world will be lighting Hanukkah menorahs, invoking a story that, while rooted in Jewish history, inspires all who treasure liberty.It's the story of the successful rebellion of ancient...
Here's an Old-School Green Taste of Winter
I was skimming a typical holiday pitch for "artisan" candy canes and was about to hit the delete button when I stopped on one word:Wintergreen.I hadn't read that word in who knows how long, but in an instant, I could taste it and see it, cool and biting...
Historian 'Humbled' by Bridge Honor
Historian David McCullough plans to be in Pittsburgh when Allegheny County officials officially rename the 16th Street Bridge in his honor."I am hugely inflated and a little humbled," Mr. McCullough said in a phone interview on Wednesday. "I will be...
History Unfolding? with Gaudy, Record-Breaking Stats on the Ground and in the Air, Texas A&m's 'Johnny Football' Looks Poised to Become the First Freshman to Win the Heisman
Johnny Manziel certainly has the statistics worthy of a Heisman Trophy winner. He plays in the powerful Southeastern Conference. He has a signature win -- all things Heisman voters typically look for.The only question is whether the voters will give...
Homeland Security Grants Are Abused, Report Says
WASHINGTON -- A decadelong, $7 billion federal program to help local police and fire departments prepare for a terrorist attack has allowed communities to buy millions of dollars worth of equipment that goes unused or is unrelated to terrorism, according...
Hot Goal-Scorer Looking to Spread the Wealth with Plum Teammates
Plum's Joe Randazzo scored 10 of the team's 16 goals in the first six games this season, but Mustangs coach Dave Stonebraker thought the junior forward could do more. "We're very happy with the goal scoring," Stonebraker said. "But we want him to be...
Illegal Immigration Drops after Decade-Long Rise
WASHINGTON -- New census data released today affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12...
Israel Moves Ahead with West Bank Settlement Project Palestinians Seek the Areas as Part of Their Future State
JERUSALEM -- Defying mounting international protests, Israel moved ahead Wednesday with plans for a West Bank settlement project near Jerusalem that has been widely condemned as diminishing prospects for a territorially viable Palestinian state.An Israeli...
Jumper as Time Expires Lifts Knicks to Win vs. Bobcats
With Carmelo Anthony nursing a sore finger, the New York Knicks turned to J.R. Smith for the last shot and he delivered.Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give the Knicks a 100-98 victory against the Bobcats Wednesday night in...
La Ports Reopen after Strike 600 Clerical Workers Fought Outsourcing of Jobs
LOS ANGELES -- Port clerks returned to work Wednesday, jubilant in the knowledge that an eight-day strike that paralyzed the nation's busiest shipping complex had won them -- at least for now - - guarantees that their jobs won't be outsourced to China,...
Larkin: Hall of Fame Should Keep Steroids-Users out of Shrine
Barry Larkin wants to keep baseball's most exclusive club clean. Inducted into the Hall of Fame last summer after a 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, Larkin said Wednesday that players who cheat shouldn't receive baseball's highest individual...
Let the Landlord and Renter Beware
The tenant had problems with the landlady.The landlady had problems with the tenant.It's a cautionary tale for those who may find themselves in similar circumstances.The tenant, a 51-year-old man on Social Security Disability, rented a two-bedroom, two-story...
Let the Landlord or Renter Beware
T he tenant had problems with the landlady.The landlady had problems with the tenant.It's a cautionary tale for those who may find themselves in similar circumstances.The tenant, a 51-year-old man on Social Security Disability, rented a two-bedroom,...
Let the Renter and Landlord Beware
The tenant had problems with the landlady.The landlady had problems with the tenant.It's a cautionary tale for those who may find themselves in similar circumstances.The tenant, a 51-year-old man on Social Security Disability, rented a two-bedroom, two-story...
LITTLE BITES [Derived Headline]
SPEAKEASY SOCIAL LOUNGE OPENSThe 45-seat Speakeasy Social Lounge has opened in the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, a re-creation of a speakeasy that used to be there. The hotel uncovered, in a storage area under the lobby stairs, a hidden hallway...
LOCAL SCENE [Derived Headline]
History of PiesThe Damaged Pies have gone through a change or two over their 26- year history -- "everything from a six-piece pop band to a four piece hard rock band to a four piece experimental band to a three piece garage rock band to a solo acoustic...
Longer Tamoxifen Use Found to Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths
Breast cancer patients taking the drug tamoxifen can cut their chances of having the disease come back or kill them if they stay on the pills for 10 years instead of five years as doctors recommend now, a major study finds.The results could change treatment,...
Looking into the Skull Cocktail Enthusiast Dutch Devries Shares His Thoughts on Drinking in Pittsburgh and Beyond
Inside Dutch DeVries' apartment, it smelled like smoke, but not the kind to prompt concern. The Brake House loft in the Strip District was laced with the inviting scent of hickory. "I'm surprised smoke detectors aren't going off," said his girlfriend,...
More Sandy Aid Sought
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for about $50 billion in additional emergency aid for states hit by Superstorm Sandy, Democrats on Capitol Hill said Wednesday.Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told a Senate...
Munch Goes to Thai Cottage
Munch has a number of "go-tos," reliable eateries that provide a cure for whatever malady you might suffer: hangover, stomach flu, hunger, broken heart, losing to the Tennessee Titan-itus, broken rib ...For a long time, Green Mango Noodle Hut in Regent...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
HAMPTON Council passed an ordinance Nov. 28 that will encourage establishments with gaming machines to pay the township's fee for such machines on time, if not early.Council president Victor Son said the township sent bills Jan. 1 to establishments with...
NATION [Derived Headline]
DEMINT RESIGNS TO HEAD CONSERVATIVE GROUP COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a favorite among Tea Party activists, said today he was resigning to take the helm of a conservative national think tank. The South Carolina politician said...
New Coach Sees Lots of Potential in Kiski Team Girls Basketball
When coach Nick Ionadi looks at his current team, he sees a lot of similarities to a team on which he used to play. Ionadi, now in his first year as head coach of the Kiski Area girls basketball team, played on the Penn Hills 2000 WPIAL boys Class AAAA...
New Film Was Butler's 'Passion Project'
MIAMI -- Gerard Butler as soccer-mom eye candy in his latest movie, "Playing for Keeps"? Not much of a stretch.The hunky Scot ("The Bounty Hunter," "300") plays George, an ex- pro soccer star and womanizer turned pee wee coach. After be bopping around...
New la Roche Coach in a 'Re-Assessing' Mode
Five games has given new La Roche College men's basketball coach Hermie Carmichael an early assessment of what to expect from his Redhawks team during the current campaign.Meanwhile, his wife has given him reason to reassess a lot of other things. But...
New Season, Same Old Story Woodall Hot from beyond the Arc as Pitt Wins City Game for 12th Time in a Row
Tray Woodall's season took a turn for the worse last year when he suffered a sports hernia in the annual game against Duquesne. Pitt's senior guard will have much better memories of his final City Game.Woodall scored 24 points to lead the Panthers to...
North Allegheny Figures to Play a Victory Song a Lot This Season
North Allegheny junior Jade Song excels as an individual swimmer as well as in relays. When it comes to freestyle, she's got an "open mic."Song recalled the 400-yard freestyle relay race at last March's WPIAL championship meet. It was Event 23 at the...
No Ruffled Feathers Aviary's Birds Prep for National TV Spot
Fleury is ready for his close-up. On Tuesday, the National Aviary's 2-year-old snowy owl will appear on NBC's "Today" show in New York City as part of a segment with the National Wildlife Federation about winter animals. And, as anyone about to make...
No Wisconsin for Chryst Briefs
At a press conference to discuss his school's football head coaching vacancy today, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez indicated that Pitt coach Paul Chryst would not be a candidate for the Badgers job. "I wouldn't think it would be right for...
Nvr, Heartland Homes May Merge
The region's No. 1 and No. 2 homebuilders could be on the verge of a merger, according to construction industry insiders.Western Pennsylvania's largest homebuilder, Reston, Va.-based NVR Inc. -- parent company of Ryan Homes -- may be close to sealing...
Officials Think Chryst Likely to Stay
When the Wisconsin's head football coaching job opened up Tuesday afternoon, it appeared that Pitt might once again be heading toward an offseason of coaching upheaval. Almost immediately, Pitt coach Paul Chryst's name appeared as a leading candidate...
'Peanuts' Creator's Love Letters Going to Auction
NEW YORK -- The late "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz was once so infatuated with a young woman 23 years his junior he sent her dozens of romantic letters and drawings of his beloved cartoon characters. Many of the themes of that correspondence made...
Penguins Owners Aren't Shut out by Lockout
Back when Mario Lemieux was finagling the best deal since the Louisiana Purchase, he probably didn't anticipate that the revenue streams from the Penguins' new ice palace would be so swiftly useful in another hockey lockout.Yet here in this second puckless...
Pinstripe a Chance to Avenge 2011 Loss
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said his team will draw motivation to play in the Pinstripe Bowl later this month from a 49- 23 loss to Syracuse last year.The Mountaineers coach, joined by Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and bowl executives spoke about...
Pitcher Acquired from Detroit to Compete for Spot in Rotation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Pirates further diversified their pitching options Wednesday when they acquired left-hander Andrew Oliver from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for catcher Ramon Cabrera. The trade, which occurred on the third day of the winter...
Pittsburgh Calling a Look Back at the Biggest Stories of 2012 in Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop
1. Wiz and Mac sell outIn the first 30 years of hip-hop, Pittsburgh had little luck in producing a bona fide rap star while seeing most of the legends pass through here: from Run-DMC to Jay-Z to Eminem.Through all that time, there was never a hip-hop...
POLICE BLOTTER [Derived Headline]
SCOTTTwo churches were theft victims last week.Cash donations were reported stolen from the money box at SS. Simon & Jude Church, Greentree Road, between noon and 7 p.m. Nov. 26. The theft was discovered early the following afternoon.On Nov. 28, a small...
Position Switch Should Make Seneca Guard More Effective
The Seneca Valley basketball team had four senior starters last season, but it was missing a point guard following the graduation of Christian Durbin, a standout during the 2010-11 season. So early in the season, Raiders coach Victor Giannotta moved Easton...
PPG Expands Licensing with Chinese Firm
PPG expands licensing with Chinese firmPPG Industries entered a licensing agreement with Henan Billions Chemicals Joint Stock Co Ltd. of China that gives Henan the right to use PPG technology to manufacture chloride-grade titanium dioxide worldwide....
Quips Spell Success with a 'D'
Don't even bother asking Mike Zmijanac about how impressed he's been with his team's offense this season. Even after his Aliquippa football team racked up 505 yards of total offense and cruised past Washington, 34-7, in the WPIAL Class AA championship...
RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]
Return of a forgotten guitar is a cause for annual thanksI am writing to restate a "thank you" I gave years ago, but that I still say to this day.I was a musician playing in Pittsburgh, and our group was staying with friends in Squirrel Hill. Late at...
Record-Setting Year for Arctic Melting Effect of Stored Heat Worries Scientists
A fast-changing Arctic broke new records for loss of sea ice and spring snow cover this year, as well as the extent of the summertime melt of the Greenland ice sheet, federal scientists reported Wednesday.The latest report about the melting Arctic comes...
Repair the Economy, Then Fix the Government
Jobs and the economy are still the No.1 priority with a majority of citizens, not taxes. For that reason, all tax cuts should be allowed to expire, both the Bush and Obama tax cuts. George W. Bush's tax cuts were irresponsible from day one; he destroyed...
Replacing Ike Taylor Youngsters Allen, Brown Step in for Veteran Corner
The seeds for a rivalry between Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen were planted early. Selected one round apart by the Steelers in the 2011 NFL draft, the cornerbacks found themselves fighting for playing time -- and a roster spot -- on a defense that isn't...
Researchers Head to Coldest Place on Earth for Global Warming Insight
CHICAGO -- Reed Scherer has heard the question: Why in the world does he devote his career to studying Antarctica, the coldest, windiest place on earth, a place that is 98 percent solid ice? Even his wife jokes that he could pursue his research in the...
Rubio Targets Overhaul of Status for Aliens
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday that he wants to tackle small parts of immigration overhaul before addressing how to create a pathway to legal status for most illegal immigrants in the U.S.Rather than working on one comprehensive...
SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]
FOX CHAPEL AREA Joel R. Weinstein was re-elected school board president and Robert Mauro was re-elected vice president Monday. The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. the first Monday for an agenda study session and at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday for...
Scientific Discoveries of the Apollo Era
Manned exploration of the moon came to an end 40 years ago, when the Apollo 17 space capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 19, 1972. The six manned Apollo missions that explored the moon from 1969 to 1972 answered many of the scientific...
Serra Must Step Up Its Game as Team Steps Up to Class AA Play
Over the past decade, Serra Catholic was a perennial power in WPIAL Class A boys basketball, winning section titles nearly every season and making more than a handful of deep runs in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs.But Serra is taking a step up in class...
Six Artists Lead the Way in Grammy Nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music Wednesday night as six different artists tied for top nominee - - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.Mr. Auerbach received five...
Sleeping Computers Bring Savings West Penn Allegheny Health System Cuts Energy Consumption, $250,000 in Yearly Expenses
It won't balance the books, but an energy saving initiative at the West Penn Allegheny Health System is paying real dividends.With the help of Seattle-based information technology energy efficiency company Verdiem, West Penn Allegheny has cut its computer energy...
Smashing Forward Smashing Pumpkins Refuse to Wallow in the Past
There was hot demand for Billy Corgan to roll with the current trend and go out on the road playing "Siamese Dream," "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" or one of the albums that made Smashing Pumpkins a premier band in the '90s grunge era.The poetic...
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