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Articles from December 8, 2013

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A Friendship Frays When a Pal Becomes a Colleague
Question: Ever since a close friend helped me get a job in her office, our relationship hasn't been the same. "Christie" frequently reminds me about deadlines and reviews my work for errors. But if I ask her to show me how to do certain tasks, she says...
After President's First Year, Mexico Still a Mess by Many Measures
MEXICO CITY -- To President Enrique Pena Nieto's supporters, his first year in office has been a time of bold promises kept as he pursues an ambitious agenda of reforms designed, in the long term, to bring peace and economic growth to Mexico.But in the...
A Mission of Healing and Love 'We Are Intentionally Moving toward Goodness'
ABOUT THIS STORY On Dec. 14, 2012, the day Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Post-Gazette national reporter Tracie Mauriello was dispatched from Washington, D.C., to Newtown, Conn., to cover the tragedy and...
Area Where 'Fast & Furious' Star Died Is a Popular Spot for Street Racers
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- On weekends or late at night, the whine of high-performance engines echoes across an industrial park and nearby hills in Santa Clarita. In daylight, dramatic skid marks on the mostly unlined roadway are evidence of racing and...
Asides
THE CHRISTMAS Price Index, which measures the cost of items in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol, is a tradition carried on by PNC Wealth Management, but this year's list can cheer only the Grinch. The cost of giving a true love the items will...
Auburn Will Get Its Shot at Title Auburn 59, Missouri 42
ATLANTA -- Tre Mason struck a pose -- a Heisman Trophy pose. Looks like the Auburn Tigers running back will get a shot at something he wants even more. A national title. Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42...
Baylor Headed for Fiesta with Win
Turn out the lights, the fiesta is just getting started for No. 9 Baylor. These Bears are headed to a Bowl Championship Series game as the Big 12 Conference champion, making a reality out of the goal that seemed so far out of reach when Art Briles became...
'Bonnie & Clyde' an Infamous Pair of Criminals Come to Life Again
The story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow has been told many times, most famously in the 1967 Arthur Penn film "Bonnie & Clyde" starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the infamous bank robbers.The tale gets told again in the two-part, four-hour...
Broadcaster Recalls Young's Wild Run Lon Simmons Can Still Remember Nearly Losing His Breath at the 5-Yard Line
SAN FRANCISCO -- Not long after Steve Young completed the Flop Heard 'Round the World, his exhausted dive into the end zone after a 49-yard high-speed chase, broadcaster Lon Simmons bumped into the 49ers quarterback at a charity event."I think you and...
Broad Coalition Opposes Food Stamp Restrictions
WASHINGTON -- Nicole Blakey says she can't stand watching other people buy junk food with the government-issued food stamp debit cards she's used to raise three children while earning $9 an hour at a dry cleaner."It makes me sick when you see people...
Browns Search for Something Positive
CLEVELAND -- Cornerback Joe Haden said last Sunday there is nothing to talk about -- "Straight up," he added -- until the Browns break their cycle of losing.A strong finish this season would be a good start. But recent history isn't on their side.Since...
Buckeyes' Meyer Has Track Record of Caring Only about Winning
Urban Meyer is a superb football coach. His record speaks for itself. In 14 seasons at four different schools, he is 128-23. He went undefeated and won a BCS bowl game while at Utah. He won two national championships in six seasons at Florida and is...
Buffaloes Shock No. 6 Jayhawks
Long after the kids from Kansas have started raking in their NBA bucks, Askia Booker of Colorado still will be talking about the day he struck it big -- the day he made the shot at the buzzer to beat the Jayhawks.Booker grabbed an in-bounds pass, dribbled...
Buying Here: New Brighton
It's not every day that you use the words Machiavellian and kitchen remodel in the same sentence, but in the case of Sandie Egley it is appropriate. When she and her husband, Bill, bought the 100-year-old house at 400 16th St. in New Brighton, a kitchen renovation...
Can Young People Save Us? They Are Being Trained to Survive the Apocalypse in Case We Adults Can't Get Our Act Together
Like many of today's teens, I was excited for the release of "Catching Fire," the newest film in "The Hunger Games" trilogy. Like many of today's teens, I've read and loved every book in the series. The difference is that I'm not a teen. Having grown...
Cardinal Crushes Sun Devils Rose Bowl Bid Stanford 38, Arizona State 14
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Stanford's players stood on the makeshift stage in the end zone, waving red roses as coach David Shaw accepted the Pacific 12 Conference championship trophy.After all the Cardinal had been through this season, they earned a chance to...
Casualty Losses Can Be a Hard Sell to IRS
Best bet: Don't misplace that expensive piece of jewelry.If you do happen to lose a pricey ring or bracelet after accidentally falling out of a canoe, chances are pretty slim you'll be able to deduct the loss on your taxes because the guidelines are pretty...
Cold Snap Tears through U.S
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.Weather forecasters say...
Colonials Stay Stuck in Slump Toledo 80, Robert Morris 77
In what could have been a moment to dwell on silver linings, members of the Robert Morris men's basketball team couldn't escape a fundamental truth.Mired in a losing streak in which many aspects of the game would go wrong, so much seemed to go right...
CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]
SHOUT OUT TO PITTSBURGH President Barack Obama mentioned Pittsburgh in his big speech on the economy and inequality last week. He announced "targeted programs for the communities and workers that have been hit hardest by economic change and the Great...
Dean's Disciples Spread His Gospel
King Rice was digging through a pile of old boxes this summer when he found a VHS tape, "Dean Smith's Point Zone Defense." The former North Carolina guard figured, why not?Rice, coach at Monmouth, had the tape transferred to DVD and started watching...
Dick Dodd Oct. 27, 1945 - Nov. 29, 2013 '50S Mouseketeer Who Became a Rocker
Dick Dodd, a Mouseketeer on Disney's original "Mickey Mouse Club" who went on to become a surf music pioneer and a youth-quaking garage rock showman, died Nov. 29 in a Fountain Valley, Calif., hospital, said his close friend, Tim Ferrill. Mr. Dodd was...
Dolphins Locker Room Not Only Workplace with a Bully
It's easy to get bullied at work. Speaking up is another story.Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin has shown us that bullying can happen and refusing to tolerate those working conditions takes courage.The question now is what it will take for professional...
Ducks Center the Athletic Type at Young Age
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Although many kids had hockey dads pushing them, Nick Bonino didn't need any prodding to explore an athletic life that built him into a versatile Anaheim Ducks center who was recently awarded a $5.7 million contract extension through...
Eagles Winning Streak Continues
After earning four consecutive wins and securing the starting job, Nick Foles has changed the quarterback conversation from whether he would start this season to whether he will be the Eagles' long-term quarterback.Chip Kelly usually sidesteps questions...
Elderly U.S. Vet Glad to Be out of N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Saturday deported an elderly U.S. tourist, apparently ending the saga of Merrill Newman's return to the North six decades after he advised South Korean guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.North Korea made the decision...
Employees Deserve No Less in Health Care Than Their Bosses
Small-business owners get and deserve a lot of praise for being the backbone of our economy. But what about the workers who support these small businesses with the sweat of their labor? It's wonderful that Bob McCafferty ("Bitter Medicine: Obamacare's Goals...
EYEWITNESS: 1863 RUMORS ABOUND IN ESCAPE BY A CONFEDERATE GENERAL Series: EYEWITNESS
When Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan escaped from the Columbus Penitentiary, the story was front-page news in The Daily Pittsburgh Gazette. Readers in Southwestern Pennsylvania would have had special interest in that report since the state's Western...
Family Hopes for Gifts for Girl with Rare Disease
Kendra Acosta's happy disposition belies the life-threatening physical struggles she has faced since the day she was born in Puerto Rico more than three years ago.Since then, she's had 25 blood transfusions, 21 surgeries and countless hospitalizations...
Filling the Void Steelers Wr Jerricho Cotchery vs. Dolphins Wr Mike Wallace
There has been no drop in production in the Steelers passing game since Mike Wallace spurned the team's contract offer and signed a $60 million deal in free agency with the Miami Dolphins.In fact, if anything, their aerial production greatly has increased,...
Football Moms Get a Heads-Up at Safety Clinic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tavia Hunt, wife of Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, shared a story with nearly 300 other moms Tuesday night.It was about concussions, which are not limited to pro football players."We had to learn in depth about these things," Hunt said...
For Oil City Native, There Are Never Too Many Tubas
OIL CITY, Pa. -- What do you get if you put 12 tuba-toting, holiday-loving musicians together in one room?Jim Self, an Oil City High School graduate known as a one of the world's premier tubists, compiled that scene, called it 'Tis the Season Tuba Jolly,...
GAME 13 MATCHUP: STEELERS VS DOLPHINS [Derived Headline]
GAME PLANWhen the Dolphins have the ball: The loss of Reggie Bush in free agency has left the Dolphins without a multi-dimensional back and reduced the threat of passes to a running back. But Lamar Miller leads the team with 547 yards on 136 carries,...
GERRY DULAC'S WEEK 14 FORECAST [Derived Headline]
Houston Texans (2-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) * 8:25 p.m. - - No matter what they do or who they play, the Texans just can't manage to win a game. The losing streak, now at 10 games and counting, could swell even more against the Jaguars, who have...
Getting Ready for 2014
Question: What should I do to wrap up my financial year and get a good start on 2014?Answer: Now that it is December, it's time to start thinking about some adjustments to get the New Year started off right.First, you should get your financial records...
Give Vintage Stereo a Second Chance
Question: In a recent article, you touched upon four of the best brands of vintage stereo gear (NAD/Adcom/Rotel/Harman Kardon). I would value your opinion on other vintage gear to look for.LAWRENCE HOFFER, Franklin, Wisc.Answer: My top vintage gear recommendation...
Giving Your Car a Face-Lift on a Budget
Dear Tom and Ray:I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla. It runs really well, especially since it has 180,000 miles on it. However, the paint is coming off and it looks horrible. What is an economical way to get it painted? I think that the original paint would...
Goalies Battle Uplifts Devils
NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider's first three months in New Jersey have been quite a roller-coaster ride.His nearly flawless preseason turned into a nightmarish first nine starts in a Devils sweater. Schneider was just 1-5-3 through those outings and...
Gone but Not Forgotten Given Special Access by the Sports and Exhibition Authority, David Aschkenas Took Thousands of Photos of the Civic Arena's Demolition. Then He and Abby Mendelson Put Some of the Photos -- and Fans' Reminiscences-In a Book. Here's a Peek Inside "Arena: Remembering the Igloo."
It was designed to be democratic, no special sections, no luxury boxes. Blue bloods to blue collars, everybody sat in the same orange seats when the structure first opened. An architectural marvel, home- designed and home-built, Pittsburgh-born, Pittsburgh-bred,...
Good Books Make Great Gifts
For outdoor enthusiasts on your holiday gift list, a good book is always appreciated. Here are a few recent titles that are sure to please.* "Reserves of Strength: Pennsylvania's Natural Landscape" (Schiffer Publishing) by Michael Gadomski is a coffee...
Greenpeace Activists Detail a Capricious System
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- An odd thing about the investigation into what happened Sept. 18 in the Arctic between activists on a Greenpeace International ship and the Russian authorities was how little the investigators asked about the episode when they...
Hagel Visits Afghanistan but Doesn't Plan to Meet Its President
KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in the Afghan capital Saturday for an unannounced visit that comes as Washington and President Hamid Karzai remain at loggerheads over the terms of a plan that would keep American troops...
Hosts Brazil Will Show Rivals Respect, Pele Says
RIO DE JANEIRO - Pele, the only person to win three World Cups as a player, says Brazil will enter next year's tournament with more humility than when the country last hosted soccer's marquee event in 1950.Then, the nation was shocked 2-1 by Uruguay...
Host Woods Keeps Lead
Tiger Woods birdied two of his final three holes to salvage an even-par 72 in the wind and kept his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson after the third round Saturday in the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Wind that pushed away some light rain at...
In California, a Hot Topic: Sriracha Red Chili Sauce
IRWINDALE, Calif. -- On days when thousands of jalapeno peppers are ground to make the hot, tangy sauce favored by chefs nationwide, a fine red powder coats Dena Zepeda's silver Nissan and, when she's outside, collects in her ears.Ms. Zepeda, 57, of...
In Nation Remade by Mandela, Social Equality Remains Elusive
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa -- When Freddy Kenny started his business selling vegetables out of a battered pickup truck in the 1970s, a siren used to sound over this city, his hometown, every night at 9, signaling to him and every other black person that...
Irish Headed to Pinstripe Bowl
Notre Dame is going to make its first postseason appearance at Yankee Stadium.The Fighting Irish (8-4) Saturday officially accepted an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 28 in New York. They will make their fourth consecutive bowl appearance and will...
IRS Ruling Making Waves Red Flags Up at Firms over Changes Targeting Care Saving Plans
Offering employees an option to avoid losing money that they've set aside for health care expenses may sound like a good thing, but employers might need to think twice before making the move, according to benefit consultants.The Internal Revenue Service...
JANIS CARTER MYERS JUNE 24, 1940 - DEC. 6, 2013 DEDICATED VOLUNTEER AT HER MCKEESPORT CHURCH [Corrected 12/16/13]
Janis Carter Myers volunteered so often at Kephart United Methodist Church in McKeesport that her husband, son and two daughters considered it their second home. "All of my friends were at the church. All of my parents' friends were at the church. It...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
The Post-Gazette's comprehensive report of recent deaths includes three types of obituaries. News obituaries, prepared by our staff, are published at the discretion of our editors. Classified obituaries are paid death notices prepared by funeral home directors....
Lifetime Award Adds to American Dream
It has been 41 years since the Immaculate Reception and 30 years since he last donned a Steelers uniform, but Franco Harris remains as much a part of the Pittsburgh sports scene as the modern-day stars of the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.A life-size...
Long Shot Establishing a Sniper-Style Firing Plan Can Result in Safe, Accurate Distance Shooting
The sniper settles into position and dials in the scope while a spotter eyes the target through a wider optical field. The shooter calculates data including temperature, elevation, windage, inclination, Coriolis effect, drop, cant, spin drift and other variables,...
Magic Johnson Joins Tom Hanks as Cash Givers on Obama Road Trip
LOS ANGELES -- Standing beneath an Alexander Calder mobile in an atrium filled with modern art, President Barack Obama said he'd like to "roam around a bit and check stuff out" in the home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley.This was no social...
Making a City Grow Transforming Pittsburgh into a World-Class Model of Sustainability Is Only One Goal Debra Lam Hopes to Accomplish as a Servant of Her Hometown
In a winding career path that has bounced from Washington, D.C., to Beijing and back, Debra Lam couldn't help but notice cities on opposite ends of the globe struggling with similar issues related to change and development.In Asian cities, officials...
Mandela's Saga His Impact Was Felt Far beyond South Africa
The death Thursday of South African leader Nelson Mandela marked the end of his life at 95, but not the end of his impact on the people of South Africa, Africa and the world. How far his country had to come in terms of justice and isolation, from...
Many Restaurants in County Aren't Getting Annual Checkups Health Department Tardy in 5 Areas
Like all busy restaurants in Allegheny County, the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland is supposed to get a thorough checkup at least once a year by health inspectors probing for problems in the kitchen that could make people sick.But when an inspector...
Marc Breaux Nov. 3, 1924 - Nov. 19, 2013 Choreographer for 'Mary Poppins,' 'Sound of Music'
When Dick Van Dyke got the role of Bert in the 1964 movie musical "Mary Poppins," Walt Disney asked him if he had a recommendation for a choreographer. Mr. Van Dyke recalled working with the team of Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood, who had created a number...
Messaging Is Not the Problem the Problem Is Obamacare
Healthcare.gov No Longer a Complete Fail" was the headline on the story in Time magazine Dec. 2 on the rollout of the "new, improved" version of the Obamacare website. It's hard to find a better illustration of the expression: "to damn with faint praise."...
Michael Kammen Oct. 25, 1936 - Nov. 29, 2013 Pulitzer Winner Who Examined American Identity and History
Michael Kammen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian at Cornell University whose many books explored the Constitution, the concept of American identity and sweeping views of cultural and social history, died Nov. 29 in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 77.His death...
More Troops to C. Africa
BANGUI, Central African Republic -- France and the African Union on Saturday announced plans to deploy several thousand more troops into embattled Central African Republic, as thousands of Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from the Muslim...
Mountaineers Still Not a Winner in Big 12
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Twenty-three months ago, West Virginia pummeled Clemson, 70-33, in the 2012 Orange Bowl, the program's third BCS bowl victory in a decade."I was thinking, 'Orange Bowl? Yeah baby, we're going to the national championship game next...
Moving Forward the Program Has Been Tested and Renewed after Two Years of NCAA Sanctions
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Year two of something else, something wholly unlike the product Happy Valley grew accustomed to for half a century, has ended. This designation of originality would be accurate because a new coach replaced another who had been...
Muschamp Must Use Fla. QB in Spread
A little bird tells me what offense Will Muschamp will run next year to try to save his job as the head coach of the Florida Gators.That little bird is called common sense.And common sense says Muschamp has one year to flip the field and make UF a championship-contending...
New Huskies Coach Intriguing
SEATTLE -- At the news of Washington's hire of Chris Petersen from Boise State, we can only wonder: When is Mark Few leaving Gonzaga?Petersen and Few have long been the most-wooed, least-interested- in-leaving coaches in college football and basketball,...
NFL Draft Panel Notices UCF QB
Early in his career, University of Central Florida coaches wanted to see more fire out of quarterback Blake Bortles.The passer was almost "too lax," he said, an extreme version of the naturally calm demeanor that has turned Bortles into one of the nation's...
North Catholic Cruises in Semi N. Catholic 39 Clarion 12
DUBOIS, Pa. -- Josh Churchin, Ryan Long, Nick Nyman, Dylan Grieco, Joe Sadler and Ronnie Meder aren't the names you often hear for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. But those guys are the biggest reason the Trojans are playing for a PIAA championship after...
Now Sober, Former Agent Steinberg Is Starting Over
LOS ANGELES -- Leigh Steinberg once was known for his boyish good looks and an elite clientele that included Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and a multitude of other famous names.Until it all fell apart.Sipping from a bottle of water, he talks about it in the...
Nuggets Rally Late, Beat 76ers
Jordan Hamilton hit three consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help the Denver Nuggets overcome a slow start for a 103-92 win Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.The Nuggets led by four with 4:28 to go before Hamilton, who finished...
Obama Defends Deal with Iran but Says Chances of Final Pact '50-50'
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Saturday that he could envision a final diplomatic agreement with Iran that would let the country's government enrich nuclear material for power production with enough restrictions to assure Israel and the rest...
Offensive Line Injuries Plague Another Season
Todd Haley was standing on the practice field the other day when rookie quarterback Landry Jones took one look at the Steelers' patchwork offensive line and asked him, "Is this normal for injuries in the NFL?"Haley, the team's offensive coordinator who...
Orgeron's Departure Emotional for Players Interim Coach Passed over as Trojans Hire Sarkisian
LOS ANGELES -- Tears streamed down the cheeks of Southern California players Monday after they said an emotional goodbye to one coach and readied for the arrival of another.Steve Sarkisian, a former USC assistant who was head coach at Washington the...
Outcome Reveals More of the Same
The only winner emerging from the State of Florida's decision Thursday to not charge Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with sexual assault was the public skepticism that different rules apply to different people.Winston might be innocent. Don't...
Packers Rule out Rodgers vs. Falcons
The Green Bay Packers will have to try to win for the first time in more than a month without quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have ruled out Rodgers for a game today against the Atlanta Falcons. "Aaron Rodgers is not ready to go," coach Mike McCarthy...
People on the Move
Associations & OrganizationsPittsburgh Planned Giving Council named its board for 2014. They are: president, Susan E. Salyards, executive director, Beaver County Humane Society; president-elect, Jack Owen, Rhoades & Wodarczyk, LLC; vice president and...
Pirates Held Back by Burnett
Talked to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington for more than an hour the other night. There was no sign of panic in his voice. No update on pitcher A.J. Burnett, who continues to keep the organization guessing about his 2014 plans. No news on potential additions...
Pirates Stay out of Early Frenzy Huntington Open to Roster Upgrades
This year, the fun of baseball's winter meetings began a week early.Team executives, scouts and agents will begin descending on the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the annual meetings after a busy week of signings and trades. The meetings...
Pittsburgh Officer on Leave after DUI Charge Police: He Was on His Way to Work
Acting police Chief Regina McDonald placed a Pittsburgh police officer on administrative leave after he was arrested late Friday night for driving drunk to work, the second time in two years he's faced criminal charges.Officer Vernon Gibson, 38, of Mount...
Pitt Streaks Past Wagner
In a game filled with runs, it was Pitt that came up with the hottest streaks at the biggest moments.The Panthers notched a 17-0 run early in the first half, then outscored Wagner, 17-8, late in the second and ultimately pulled away to win, 69-55, Saturday...
Pitt Success Lands Nordenberg Dapper Dan Leadership Honor
For younger fans of Pitt's athletic programs, a trip back in time to 1995 might render the Panthers unrecognizable.The two flagship teams -- football and basketball -- were playing in historic but outdated facilities and had combined for just three winning...
Play the Cards You're Dealt
The Penguins have sold out their past 301 games at Consol Energy Center, and they're pretty proud of it. Should be, too.*It says a lot about the fan base the franchise has developed since the days when it couldn't give away tickets if they had $20 bills...
Pope Envy Other Denominations Would like to Have a Leader like Francis
Pope Francis (nee: Jorge Mario Bergoglio) has shaken up the Roman Catholic Church with some plain speaking about faith and life in the 21st century. He has had an impact on other faiths, as well. Welcome to "pope envy." I first encountered the term...
Poverty by Design Pittsburgh Suburbs Have Long Been Home to the Poor
Earlier this year, the Brookings Institution released a report titled "Confronting Suburban Poverty." That report joined a number of recent studies that document the rise of poverty in the suburbs, and it highlighted that poverty is common and growing...
Presbytery Gives Nod to 3 Departing Churches, Welcomes New One
The Pittsburgh Presbytery on Saturday acquiesced to the departure of three area Allegheny County congregations to a more conservative denomination after reaching settlements in which the churches will keep their properties and make parting financial...
Presumed Indifferent 'Meh!' Is the Word for Turow's Return to Kindle County
"IDENTICAL"By Scott Turow.Grand Central Publishing ($28).A beautiful, aggressively sexual young woman is murdered. Her boyfriend pleads guilty and serves 25 years for the crime. Now the boyfriend's identical twin brother is running for mayor, and the dead...
Research Is the Key to Wise Investing
The period between Thanksgiving and the start of a New Year is an excellent time to work on your portfolio. In doing so, you should strive to create a return that exceeds the sum of what a 30-year Treasury bond would pay, along with what you will lose...
Rivalry with Burins Has Reached Next Level
BOSTON -- OK, so perhaps these games hadn't been infused with quite the same passion -- translation: raw hatred -- as the ones between the Penguins and Philadelphia.At least they weren't until Boston enforcer Shawn Thornton assaulted Penguins defenseman...
Rough Ride for U.S.-Russia Copter Deal
WASHINGTON -- To outfit Afghanistan's security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion. Senior Pentagon officials assured...
Seahawks vs. 49ers; a QB Style Question Kaepernick, Wilson New Franchise Faces
As the next great quarterback rivalry percolates on the West Coast, a game today between Seattle and San Francisco represents more than another fight for playoff positioning. It is a clash of public personas between quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.Theirs...
Seguin Hat Track Propels Dallas
The Dallas Stars gave team-logo baseball caps to their fans as a promotion Saturday. The fans gave the hats back in a delayed reaction to Tyler Seguin's third second-period goal.Seguin's natural hat trick plus an assist, all in second period, led Dallas...
Seminoles Roll to Secure Shot at BCS Crown Flrodia State 45, Duke 7
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Florida State's dominating 45-7 victory against No. 20 Duke at Bank of America Stadium Saturday night did more than hand the Seminoles their 14th Atlantic Coast Conference championship.It allowed top-ranked Florida State (13-0) to...
Seton-Lasalle Edges Gateway
On only the second night of the season, Seton-LaSalle and Gateway gave the fans at Peters Township High School a game to remember.Seton-LaSalle, ranked No. 2 in Class AA by the Post-Gazette, held on to a narrow 68-66 victory against the No. 3 team in...
Snowden Revelations Lower Nsa's Morale, Ex-Officials Say
WASHINGTON -- Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency's surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Barack Obama has not visited the agency...
Someone Pinch Ucla's Alford
LOS ANGELES -- It's another eerie night in Pauley's Ghost Town, the shiny seats half-filled, the sparkling concourses mostly empty. There are moments in this UCLA basketball game when the place is so quiet, you can almost hear the banners flap.Suddenly,...
Spartans Stir Up BCS Title Pot Michigan State 34, Ohio State 24
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan State shook up the Bowl Championship Series title chase.The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State, 34-24, to take the Big Ten Conference...
State's Core Standards Aim to Get Students on Same Page
In elementary math classes, students will spend less time working independently with paper and pencil and more time with items such as beads and blocks, working collaboratively on strategies to solve problems.In reading classes, as early as first grade,...
Straight Up How Johnnie Walker Conquered the World
Mexico is rising. You can see it in the country's swelling exports, the net-zero migration to the United States, the excitement of international bond investors, a recent credit upgrade from Standard & Poor's, a newly confident middle class and a per...
SUNDAY MORNING QB [Derived Headline]
Score Eagle Florida State did its part, but the Buckeyes from Ohio State could not. And now somehow, some way, the SEC likely will sneak its way into the BCS national title game for an eighth consecutive year. No. 3 Auburn flexed its offensive muscle...
Syracuse Backcourt Keeping Up Pace
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After Syracuse lost in the Final Four last spring, coach Jim Boeheim knew a lot of work lay ahead for the team's first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Most pressing of all would be replacing the backcourt of Brandon Triche,...
THE CIVIL WAR BROUGHT TO LIFE! WOODCUT ENGRAVINGS PORTRAYED THE CONFLICT FOR A MASS AUDIENCE NOW ON VIEW AT THE FRICK ART AND HISTORICAL CENTER [Corrected 12/12/13]
For many today, the photographs by Mathew Brady, Andrew Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan are the defining images of the Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln sitting across a table from Union Gen. George McClellan inside the general's tent near Antietam;...
The Forgotten War of 1812 Americans Remember That the White House Got Burned; Canadians Remember a Whole Lot More
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario You can see the United States from here, over there across the raging Niagara River. But even if you couldn't, you could be sure that hardly anyone over there is making much of this week's bicentenary of an event that...
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