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Articles from June 17, 2013

A Catholic Campaign: 'The New Evangelization'
WASHINGTON John Gallagher felt anxious as he set out on a rainy Sunday afternoon to knock on doors in Georgetown, inviting people to a barbecue and, hopefully, to Jesus Christ. That's what the Vatican is asking Catholics to do -- to take up evangelizing,...
A&e's 'Longmire' Rides Again
Ever since Tony Soprano had Ralphie Cifaretto whacked in that New Jersey parking lot, television has been entranced with anti-heroes.We have Dexter, the Robin Hood of serial killers; Nucky Thompson, the rum-running kingpin of "Boardwalk Empire"; Francis...
Allentown Start-Up Businesses Share Space in Old Hardware Store
The neighborhood hardware store had its day in the 20th century, but a vacant one will give Allentown a 21st century boost when it opens later this month as The Hardware Store, a co-working incubator of start-up media production and crowd-sourcing companies.Bud's...
A New Blood Test to Detect Colorectal Cancer
Colonoscopies are used successfully to screen for colorectal cancer and save lives. But many people are reluctant to go through the ordeal despite less than 10 percent survival rate for those with advanced cancer versus a 90 percent survival rate for...
Arms and the Woman Michelle Obama Has Great-Looking Arms, but Many Other Women Are Opting to Go under the Knife to Deal with Their 'Bat Wings'
I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. I'd do it again." That's what a 49-year-old North Hills woman said about her upper- arm lift, also known as brachioplasty. In 1995 she had gastric bypass surgery and eventually lost 200 pounds. She kept most...
AROUND THE MAJORS [Derived Headline]
NATIONAL LEAGUE * Reds 5, Brewers 1: Johnny Cueto (4-0) pitched six solid innings in his return to Cincinnati's rotation and Jay Bruce homered to lift the Reds to a win against visiting Milwaukee. Cueto made his first start since a 6-0 win May 31 at...
ARTS FESTIVAL COMES TO A SOGGY CONCLUSION [Corrected 06/18/13]
The "10 days of free music and art" that is the Three Rivers Arts Festival ended Sunday with an element for which the Downtown event is notorious -- rain. Weather forecasts that predicted rain and thunderstorms kept people away in droves, but those who...
A Time of Laughter, a Call for Help and Then Panic
It happened in only seconds. One minute we were laughing, and the next, we were in a panic, looking under beds, between cushions, behind doors.Life changes just that fast.The boy, my eldest child, drove five hours from his home in Los Angeles, to ours...
Attention Shifting to Social Class as Barrier
In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity -- race or class?A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure...
Average Citizen Sees D.C. Mess Clearly
It's harder than usual these days to sort through the cacophony that emanates from the nation's capital and find anything close to reason. The average American voter may be doing a better job of it than the average Washington pundit.The cacophony has...
Biffle Wins 1000th for Ford NASCAR
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Greg Biffle gave Ford a milestone victory -- right down the road from company headquarters.Biffle raced to his second consecutive Sprint Cup win Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, easily holding off Kevin Harvick after points...
Boston Slowly Rises in Game 2 Wake-Up Call the Bruins Did All They Could to Avoid a Repeat of Game 1 Ot Thriller Stanley Cup Final: Bruins vs Blackhawks
BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin knew something had to be said.And he was pretty sure it wouldn't be fit for public consumption.After the Chicago Blackhawks outplayed the Boston Bruins in the first period of Game 2 Saturday night of the Stanley Cup final, Seguin...
Bridging the Male Education Gap
In the discussion of how to boost the education and skill levels of the American workforce, one central issue is rarely addressed: the gap between male and female achievement. The reality is that the slowdown in U.S. educational gains is predominantly...
Can You Chart a Dad's Value?
WASHINGTON -- When it comes to our parents, we tend to assign value by how much we spend. Don't believe me. Let's compare Mother's Day to Father's Day.We spend more on mothers.They get meals out, jewelry or flowers -- and OK, sometimes ugly floral pajama...
Charles J. Thomas Jr. Nov. 4, 1927 - June 13, 2013 Dormont Businessman Sold Flags, Formal Wear
If you wanted to be formal or patriotic or both, Charles J. Thomas Jr. was the Dormont businessman to see for nearly four decades.At his appropriately named former business, Thomas Flag and Formals on West Liberty Avenue, Mr. Thomas regaled customers...
Cheney Blasts Whistle-Blower
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended the newly disclosed electronic surveillance programs operated by the government and called the former National Security Agency contract worker who disclosed them a criminal and a traitor.Appearing...
Choice and Competition Upmc Can't Enter into a Damaging Contract with Highmark
For decades, UPMC has provided the most innovative, high-quality and cost-effective health care for the residents of Western Pennsylvania. We are pleased and proud to serve the citizens of this region, as well as those from around the world who travel...
CITY COPS ALLOWED AT STRIP CLUB [Derived Headline]
CITY COPS ALLOWED AT STRIP CLUB A federal judge today ordered that Pittsburgh police officers may work at a Downtown strip club while the establishment fights a recent ban prohibiting officers from moonlighting there. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer...
College World Series No. 1 Routed by Rival North Carolina State ?Tops North Carolina?i N Easy 8-1 Victory
OMAHA, Neb. -- North Carolina State and North Carolina were playing each other in baseball for the 285th time, but never on a stage like this.Carlos Rodon pitched like the star he is, throwing eight shutout innings and holding the Tar Heels to five hits...
Colo. Firefighting Efforts Continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- With evacuees anxious to return, firefighters worked Sunday to dig up and extinguish hot spots to protect homes spared by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history.The labor-intensive work is necessary because extremely...
'Days of Our Lives' Wins Daytime Emmy for Drama
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "Days of Our Lives" won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys in a rough-hewn ceremony that included more upsets and an envelope mix- up Sunday night.The NBC soap opera that began in 1965...
Down on the Farm Congress Must Find the Right Mix in Agricultural Cuts
Both chambers of Congress appear ready to deceptively expand agricultural subsidies and cut important areas of funding in this year's farm bill.After an unsuccessful effort to pass a new farm bill in Congress last year, the Senate passed a long-anticipated...
End the Plcb's Middleman Role
It's a weekday evening and you're at Giant Eagle with your kids. Friends are coming over soon and you're cooking steaks. A bottle of cabernet sure would be nice with dinner, but it's late, you're tired, and you don't want to make another stop and drag...
Explaining Nhl's Original Six
The Stanley Cup finals are underway, with the Boston Bruins playing the Chicago Blackhawks. Some hockey fans are excited because this is the first Stanley Cup finals since 1979 matching up two teams from the so-called Original Six.Who are the Original...
Federal Agents Search Land Linked to Hoffa Case
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Federal agents appeared to be reviving the hunt for the remains of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa today as they searched a field in suburban Detroit.Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, said the...
Federer Wins 1st Title of 2013
Roger Federer won his first title of the year Sunday, overcoming a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6- 4, at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. Returning to grass in his favorite warm-up for Wimbledon, top- seeded Federer...
Gaming Company CEO Focuses on 'Social Change'
In September, when Schell Games was about to launch an online play component to the "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" television show, company founder and CEO Jesse Schell emphasized, "We are interested in the notion: Can games change people for the better?"South...
Ginobili's Future with Spurs Is Unclear
SAN ANTONIO -- Win or lose, Sunday marked the final home game of this season for the Spurs. The series shifts back to Miami Tuesday night for Game 6, and the winner will be decided on South Beach.That also means that Spurs fans might have had their last...
Greek Culture Creamy and Tangy, Yogurt's Thicker Sibling Enhances Your Cooking
We spoon up so much yogurt at breakfast, lunch and dinner that we spent $7.3 billion on the tart stuff last year.Its creamy texture and good-for-your-gut benefits are draws. So are the varieties: full fat, nonfat and low fat; organic and conventional;...
Hirings, Promotions, Awards and Board Appointments within Pittsburgh Legal Community
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC said that Ronald W. Schuler, member in charge of its Pittsburgh office, was one of only seven Pittsburgh- based attorneys recognized in the 2013 Chambers USA annual directory of leading law firms and lawyers for corporate...
Hot Shooting Shocks Miami San Antonio 1 Win from Fifth Crown
SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili had 24 points and 10 assists in a surprise start to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-104 victory against the Miami Heat Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at AT&T Center, pushing the Spurs one victory away from...
IRS Supervisor Scrutinized Tea Party Cases
WASHINGTON -- An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than...
Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Introduces Darker, More Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West's new album didn't leak online over the weekend. It gushed out into the pop ecosystem like a million barrels of renegade crude -- ominous, mesmerizing and of great consequence."Yeezus" is the rapper's sixth album and his riskiest since "808s &...
Lambert Leaves the Crowd Wanting More
Short of Freddie Mercury coming back to life, it's hard to think of a more symbolic rocker than Adam Lambert to headline Pride in the Street.The breakout "American Idol" star may not be at the forefront of the pop world at the moment, but he's the first...
Man Fatally Shot after Intervening in Bank Robbery Office Inside Market in South Strabane; Suspect Gets Away
Around noon Sunday, Vincent M. Kelley talked to his 19-year-old daughter and the two made plans to share a meal to celebrate Father's Day before she left for work.Hours later, before they had even met, he would be dead, shot by an armed robber he was...
Many Questions Remain about New Flu Virus in China
DEAR DOCTOR K: I heard that a dangerous new kind of "bird flu" was recently discovered in China. Should we in the United States be worried?DEAR READER: You're right: In March 2013, cases of a brand-new kind of bird flu were discovered in China. One of...
Mcilroy Bent out of Shape after 14-Over Finish at Merion
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Rory McIlroy started the U.S. Open with a run up the Rocky steps.He ended it going a few rounds with his wedge. McIlroy was miserable Sunday at Merion, and he took out his frustrations on his club on the 11th hole. His first tee shot plopped...
Mckenzie Cuts List to 5; Kincade Picks Akron
Pitt plays Florida State in the football season opener Labor Day. It looks like Pitt also might have to battle Florida State to land a top recruit from Western Pennsylvania.Washington running back Shai McKenzie had scholarship offers from colleges across...
Mediterranean Chef's Salad
The traditional chef's salad is a snapshot of the typical 1970s- era American deli counter. This version has Mediterranean flair, with cumin-rubbed grilled shrimp, roasted peppers and a light lemon dressing.You'll need four 8- or 10-inch bamboo skewers...
Merion Stands Up to Fears of Its Frailty
ARDMORE, Pa. -- As rain lashed Merion Golf Club last Monday, alarm rose with the water.Whitecaps lapped in the creek at the 11th hole! Trout swam in the flooded bunker! The course was more pillowy than Phil Mickelson! Time to bring out the octopus pants!Stay...
Moderate Rowhani Is Hardly a Renegade
TEHRAN, Iran -- As Iranians responded to the victory of the cleric Hasan Rowhani in the country's presidential race over the weekend by erupting into street parties not seen in many years, it almost seemed as if some sort of reformist revolution could...
More Ot for Stanley Cup Finals?
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins played one of their worst periods of the year to start Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday. Maybe they sensed that there would still be a lot more hockey before the night was over. Ten periods into their championship...
NATION [Derived Headline]
RAIN COULD AID COLO. FIREFIGHTERS COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Firefighters could again get some help from rain today as they work to put out hot spots from the most destructive wildfire ever in Colorado. A steady rain moved through densely wooded Black...
Nations' Fiscal Reality Swaying
As President Barack Obama begins an annual G-8 meeting with the leaders of some of the world's richest nations today in Northern Ireland, the economic-policy gulf that has divided them since the global crash in 2008 has narrowed significantly -- just...
NBA Finals: Spurs 114, Heat 104 Hot Shooting Shocks Miami San Antonio 1 Win from Fifth Crown
SAN ANTONIO -- With the old Manu Ginobili back, the San Antonio Spurs looked like champs again. One more victory and their Big Three, not Miami's, will be the one that rules the NBA. Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way with 24 points and 10 assists...
N. Korea Offer Stirs Distrust
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's proposal for peace talks with the U.S. spurred a skeptical response, days after the totalitarian regime failed to follow through on a similar approach to South Korea on discussions over a shut factory park."We'll judge...
No. 1 Routed by Rival North Carolina State ?Tops North Carolina?i N Easy 8-1 Victory
OMAHA, Neb. -- North Carolina State and North Carolina were playing each other in baseball for the 285th time, but never on a stage like this. Carlos Rodon pitched like the star he is, throwing eight shutout innings and holding the Tar Heels to five...
Not Exactly Birthday Gift Mickelson Wanted
ARDMORE, Pa.Phil Mickelson found a way to pile another heartache on the stacks of disappointments he has accrued at the U.S. Open. And this one hurts more than all the others.To be sure, there have been some good flameouts, none more wrenching than the...
N.Y. Judge Rules in Favor of Unpaid Fox Interns College Students and Graduates Are No Longer Accepting the Norm
WASHINGTON -- Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad.But...
Pirates 6, Dodgers 3 Cole Battles for 2-0 Start Hurdle Likes Way Rookie Pitcher Finds Ways to Douse Fires in Win
Gerrit Cole admittedly wasn't at his best Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it didn't matter. On top of his natural ability, Cole has shown in his first two starts that he is a gamer, and that is nearly as important as having great...
Pride March Lures Eclectic Gathering
The Supreme Court's pending decision on a law restricting federal recognition of same-sex marriage set the tone for the Pittsburgh Pride March through Downtown on Sunday -- from the marchers bearing signs demanding equality to the Renaissance City Choirs...
Rask, Predecessor Thomas Stay in Touch
BOSTON -- Just imagine what Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas chat about when the present and past Boston Bruins goalies, and friends, have time to talk.Perhaps they discuss what it's like to stop shot after shot at the most important time of the season.But...
Rose Blooms for First Major Crown No One at Even Par or Better, but His 1 over Tops Mickelson, Day
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Justin Rose stood in the middle of the fairway at the final hole at the Merion Golf Club, ready to create some history of his own. Not far away was the plaque in the middle of the fairway, commemorating Ben Hogan's famous 1-iron...
Sally Kellerman
Sally Kellerman, best known as "Hot Lips" Houlihan in Robert Altman's film "M*A*S*H," has written her memoir. "Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life" is a candid account of her ups and downs, including how she ended up adopting her niece when her...
Schools to Clarify Codes of Conduct New Policies Due before City Board
Refusing to remove a baseball cap in school or being in the hallway after the late bell rings are not offenses one might expect would land a student in the court system.But under the current definition of "disorderly conduct" in the Pittsburgh Public...
Science and Sympathy Transplant Flexibility for Children Is Worth Testing
It is natural to rejoice in the news that Philadelphia 10-year- old Sarah Murnaghan received a desperately needed lung transplant last week after rules that cover organ procurement and allocation were bent to address her medical need.Sarah faces a complicated...
Series of Attacks Kills 51 People across Iraq
BAGHDAD -- A blistering string of apparently coordinated bombings and a shooting across Iraq killed at least 51 and wounded dozens Sunday, spreading fear throughout the country in a wave of violence that is raising the prospect of a return to widespread...
Snowden: All-Seeing or Myopic?
Edward Snowden, the youthful information technician who leaked our nation's top-secret cyber-spy program, has made his mark on history. I suspect his "moment of fame" will last more than 15 minutes. And after all the debate about what he did, history...
South Texas Now Main Immigration Hot Spot
WASHINGTON -- A surge in migrant traffic across the Southwest border into Texas has resulted in a milestone: The front line of the battle against illegal crossings from Mexico has shifted for the first time in over a decade away from Arizona to the Rio...
State ATF Leader Uses Surges, Social Media in Busts
For four months last year, Essam "Sam" Rabadi commanded an intensive federal-local "surge" in the toughest neighborhoods of Philadelphia, leading to charges against 92 defendants.Last month, Mr. Rabadi was named the special agent in charge of the state...
Stepping Back May Be Freelancer's Best Option
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been working with a small business owner on a very exciting project. I was clear about my role, and I even got it defined in writing -- I have learned that small vendors often try to get people to do more than they are contracted...
Teachers Union President Calls for State Funding Formula
For the second year in a row, the president of the state's largest teachers union is calling for the Legislature to increase funding to public schools and to create alternative revenue sources to fund them. In addition, Mike Crossey, president of the...
The Power of Pedro
The Pirates have a very good reason for staying patient with third baseman Pedro Alvarez. "One swing ... three runs," manager Clint Hurdle said. No one on the team can change a game the way Alvarez can. His three-run home run Sunday into PNC Park's center-field...
The Romance Reader 'The Mystery Woman'
"THE MYSTERY WOMAN" By Amanda QuickPutnam ($26.95)Fans of Amanda Quick's paranormal stories about men and women in historical England, who use their psychical abilities to solve mysteries, will really enjoy her latest book, "The Mystery Woman.""Quick"...
Three Local Teenagers Win Congressional Gold Award
Rebuilding a home in the Appalachian mountains or traveling to a Chinese orphanage isn't the way most teenagers spend their weekends. But the three local winners of the Congressional Gold Award aren't most teenagers -- they will be the recipients of...
Tim Duncan Closing in on His 5th Championship
SAN ANTONIOIt's all right in front of Tim Duncan now, and the big fella can feel it.You can tell when he broke out that little spin move in the paint in Game 5 on Sunday night, a nimble little display of footwork that has mostly been in moth balls for...
Toby Keith All Country
After observing the parking lot, it became apparent that country music fans are similar to youthful boys: They're rowdy, love big trucks and get tired after excessively drinking from a bottle. And there was no short supply of 'em on Saturday.Wannabe...
TOUR TO VISIT LIKELY SITES OF CITY'S CIVIL WAR FORTS Series: THE CIVIL WAR 150 YEARS LATER
Ruth McCartan stood atop a mound of earth that faced toward the direction of the Allegheny River."We hope this is it," Ms. McCartan said one recent evening. The high ground she was standing on in Pittsburgh's Spring Hill neighborhood was all that remained...
Truth in Advertising under Microscope Kellogg Co. Agrees to Settlement, Casting a Light on Advertisers' Claims
In 2008, Kellogg Co. launched a series of ads boasting that one of its breakfast cereal, Frosted Mini-Wheats, could boost kids' memory and attentiveness in school.In a commercial, a voiceover told viewers, "A clinical study showed kids who had a filling...
Turkey's Tougher Policy Could Fuel New Unrest
ISTANBUL -- The turmoil in Turkey entered a new stage Sunday, with riot police tearing through residential neighborhoods in Istanbul to clear streets of protesters as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a fiery speech to tens of thousands of supporters...
U.S. to Prod New Iran President to Table
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top foreign policy aides said Sunday that they planned to press Iran's newly elected president to resume the negotiations over his country's nuclear program that derailed in the spring.But while the election of...
Veterans Find 'Reintegration' with Volunteer Disaster Relief Program
What happens when the skills of military veterans and first responders are combined?A hardball disaster relief team that will muck water out of basements, sift through rubble for a victim's belongings and thrust trees from toppled houses.Started in 2010...
Victim Mentality
As a 1989 Wilkinsburg graduate, I echo the sentiments of many who find it sad and troubling what has become of the district, its students and the community ("Some Say Struggling Wilkinsburg Schools 'Too Far Gone,' " June 10). I don't know if there is...
Walker Refuses to 'Switch' Approach at Plate
Neil Walker's struggles as a right-handed hitter have been well documented, yet he remains adamant that he will continue to be a switch-hitter because it gives him the best chance to be successful.Walker is batting .190 as a right-hander and entered...
We Have No Time to Waste in Countering Climate Change
Bob Gold of Mt. Lebanon ("Wrong on Climate," June 7 letters), in his response to a June 4 letter, offers a spirited defense of some in the scientific community who dispute the mainstream understanding of climate change. His premise seems laudable --...
Well-Behaved Children? Don't Count out the Boys
Packed like sardines for circle time in a child development center in Taiwan, a group of children 3 to 6 years old never jostled, poked or prodded each other.They chased bubbles outside but stopped before they went too far and watched the bubbles float...
White House Is Nonspecific on Aiding Syrian Rebels
WASHINGTON -- White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that "the scope and scale" of assistance to Syrian rebels will expand, based on evidence that the Assad government is gaining ground in the protracted civil war and that it may have...
Wilkinsburg Woes
As a 20-year Wilkinsburg resident, I've watched the debate on the Wilkinsburg schools with vested interest ("Some Say Struggling Wilkinsburg Schools 'Too Far Gone,' " June 10). Periodically, someone running for school board or local office assures me...
Women Throw Flag on NFL Purse Rules
Female Steelers fans can find drawstring bags, totes and purses to show their support for their favorite team while also stashing their wallets and other personal items. They just can't bring those bags into Heinz Field on gameday anymore. The National...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
OBAMA PRAISES NORTHERN IRELAND IN VISIT ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland -- President Barack Obama declared peace in Northern Ireland a "blueprint" for those living amid conflict around the world, while acknowledging that the calm between Catholics and...
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