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Articles from March 17, 2014

2014 Bracket Breakdown the Regions at a Glance the Post-Gazette's Ray Fittipaldo Breaks Down the Four Regions. Play Starts Tuesday with the "First Four" Games in Dayton, Ohio
SOUTH REGION * Favorite: No. 1 Florida (32-2). The Gators, who will be gunning for Billy Donovan's third NCAA championship, went through the Southeastern Conference without a loss and boast an impressive 10-2 record against the RPI top 50. Only two...
ACROSS TOWN [Corrected 03/19/14]
1 American Idol's Crystal Bowersox headlined a night of music and dancing for Life's Work of Western PA Every Voice Counts at the Rivers Casino on Feb. 28. The evening started off with a V.I.P reception with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails followed by...
Alibaba Primes for Ipo in U.S
HONG KONG -- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says it's gearing up to go public on a U.S. stock exchange in what is likely to be the world's biggest IPO this year. The company said Sunday that it has "decided to commence the process of an initial public...
Allegheny County Processes Record Number of Passports
Allegheny County's passport office has taken flight. The office, which has been located in the same space as the marriage license office on the first floor of the City-County Building, Downtown, since 2008, processed 792 passport applications that year....
At the Helm Now in His Third Year with the Program, Chad Voytik Steps Up at Quarterback
Chad Voytik admits the nerves started to creep in a little bit. It's understandable. His Pitt team led Bowling Green, 17-10, at halftime of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, but starting quarterback Tom Savage had just taken a shot square in the ribs and...
Ban 'Bossy' but Be a Boss? What's a Girl to Do?
As a woman whom feminists do not think of (sadly) as one of their own, I must say I find the push-back to the "Ban Bossy" campaign pretty surprising. You may have seen its creator, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, in a recent Parade magazine, alongside...
Buie Ready to Compete in Backfield Again
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Seven months after running back Andrew Buie left the West Virginia football team, withdrew from the university and returned home to Jacksonville for the fall semester, he's back, retooled and refocused, at the Mountaineers' spring...
Captain Richard Phillips
His 2010 book, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days," was turned into the film "Captain Phillips," which earned six Oscar nominations and starred Tom Hanks. Richard Phillips, 58, says having his ship, the Maersk Alabama, hijacked...
City Clerk Retires after 20 Years
In the hours before Mayor Bob O'Connor died in 2006, city clerk Linda Johnson-Wasler got a call that she had to return to work. In the midst of the sadness and the shock that the city was facing, then-Councilman Luke Ravenstahl would be sworn in as mayor....
City Schools Promoting Rewards for Attendance
First-grader Luke Benedict of Beechview wants to get to school and get there on time, according to his mom. After all, this school year Pittsburgh Beechwood PreK-5 is honoring those who are on time and have good attendance with pizza parties, visits...
Civil Rights Groups Want to Uphold Hate Crimes Law Convictions in Amish Beard Case Challenged
A coalition of civil rights, religious and ethnic groups is urging a federal court to uphold the constitutionality of the 2009 federal hate crimes law in the case of convicted Amish bishop Sam Mullet and colleagues in Ohio. The Anti-Defamation League...
Colonials Cut Down the Net Nec Women's Championship: Robert Morris 78, Saint Francis 64
Artemis Spanou had just finished off the 86th double-double of her career, but her wide smile was a clear indication that this one meant more. For all of her accomplishments -- the scoring records, the incredible rebounding statistics and consecutive...
Commissions Looking at Long-Term Care for Elderly in Pa
With its oldest residents increasing in number at a rate far faster than the rest of its population, Pennsylvania has not one but two studies taking place on improvements needed to boost their access to long-term care. Gov. Tom Corbett created the 25-member...
Corbett Is Undermining Public Worker Unions
With his approval ratings sagging and Pennsylvania ranking 46th in job growth, Gov. Tom Corbett needs to distract voters as he faces re-election. That seems to be at least part of his motivation for supporting bills in the Legislature that would prevent...
Dating a Co-Worker Could Be a Company No-No
DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a 27-year-old man interested in a woman at work. We are almost the same age, and she is attractive. Our company does not like its employees to date each other. What should I do? I like my job, and I like my female co-worker. How...
Dems in Distress the Party Is Ailing from the President's Weakness
WASHINGTONScott Brown, the Republican who admitted he wore pink leather shorts on his first date with his wife-to-be, is back.And Democrats are scared to death.It's not that Democrats are particularly scared that the 54-year- old former Massachusetts...
ETHICS BOARD: LCB EX-OFFICIALS' GIFTS IMPROPER [Derived Headline]
ETHICS BOARD: LCB EX-OFFICIALS' GIFTS IMPROPER HARRISBURG -- Three former officials from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board violated state ethics laws, according to orders released today from the State Ethics Commission that said the men improperly...
Flyers 4, Penguins 3 Long Weekend Better Effort at Home?still Yields a 2nd Loss?in 2 Days to Archrival
Give the Penguins this much: For 40 or so minutes Sunday, they competed like they really cared. Played like they had a fairly detailed grasp of the sport of ice hockey, as well as a vested interest in the outcome of what would become a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia...
FRONT LINES Instant Analysis of the 76th NCAA Men's Tournament Bracket [Derived Headline]
THE REGIONS TOUGHEST: No question that this year's toughest region is the Midwest. Three of last year's Final Four are housed in the Indianapolis side of the bracket. The No. 1 seed is 34-0 Wichita State, which along with 2013 defending champion Louisville...
Full-Circle Feel for Smith Franklin Regional?star Shines in Loss?for Local Standouts? Dapper Dan Wrestling Classicl Wpial vs. Oklahoma
Since he was a kid, Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith has made the annual trip to Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House to take in one of the country's most prestigious high school wrestling events. Smith made the stop again Sunday. Only this time, it was him taking...
Great Lakes Water Canada Has Valid Concerns about Growing U.S. Demand
Canada's long-standing fear of getting sucked into a diplomatic water war with the United States is back on. Gary Doer, Canada's ambassador to the United States, predicted in a recent interview in Postmedia News that U.S. demands for water five years...
Health Law Ensures Insurers Won't Lose Republicans Call Safeguards an Improper Bailout
When asked a few weeks back if Highmark's individual health plans -- among the cheapest in the country -- were underpriced, company CEO William Winkenwerder Jr. said they weren't. "We do not intend to lose money," Dr. Winkenwerder said during a February...
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....
Legislators Debate State Block Grant Expansion
HARRISBURG -- The Corbett administration wants to expand a human services block grant program, but critics in the Legislature and some social service groups say there's not enough evidence yet to tell if it works. The block grant program combined seven...
Letang, Bennett Fully Cleared
On the heels of getting swept by rival Philadelphia in two weekend games, the Penguins got some encouraging news Sunday. Defenseman Kris Letang and winger Beau Bennett have been cleared for full participation in practice and are expected to be on the...
Long Weekend Injuries Hurt, It's No Excuse
Sidney Crosby played with Tanner Glass on his left wing in place of Chris Kunitz. Evgeni Malkin played with Joe Vitale on his right wing instead of James Neal. The power play was without Kunitz, Neal and Kris Letang -- three of its top four scorers --...
Man of Many Hats Pirates Hitting Coach Jeff Branson Knows the Various Roles His Job Entails
Jeff Branson's unofficial office is in the batting cage, or a patch of ground behind home plate where he stands for morning batting practice. Some days, he might as well have a leather couch. Branson, players say, serves as part father figure and part psychologist...
March Ushers in Fashion Shows
March Madness isn't just for sports fans this year. Style Truck, one of Pittsburgh's mobile boutiques, will be hitting the road over the next couple of weeks to bring fashion to five stops around the city as part of its March Madness shopping tour: *...
Mega Millions Jackpot Becomes Temptingly Big
Before buying her Mega Millions lottery ticket this morning, Ruth Scott prayed that she would win the $400 million jackpot. "You never know when your blessing will hit," she said. "Even though gambling is a sin." If Ms. Scott gets lucky - really,...
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 25 Years of Socially Conscious Comfort
HIGH POINT, N.C. You don't need a shamrock to be truly green. Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams have been doing it for 25 years, building eco- responsible furniture in their North Carolina-based factory. "We were the first furniture company to make manufacturing...
NATION [Derived Headline]
GENERAL PLEADS GUILTY TO LESSER CHARGES FORT BRAGG, N.C. - An Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three soldiers who had served under his command pleaded guilty today to a host of lesser charges as prosecutors dropped the...
Open Thy Hand Wide
In my travels around the country, I've noticed most people, regardless of party label, want our leaders to address our problems and find common solutions. Some leaders - many of our mayors and governors - have had enough of the obstruction and gridlock...
Penn State Men in Post-Season Tourney
The Penn State men's basketball team will continue its season in the College Basketball Invitational. The Nittany Lions will host Hampton at the Bryce Jordan Center in the first round Wednesday. The game time will be announced today, according to a...
Pitt Slotted as a No. 9 Seed before the Panthers Could Even Settle in, They Found out Colorado Awaits in the NCAA Tournament
The NCAA tournament brackets were unveiled Sunday, and Pitt had a viewing party in the club at Petersen Events Center. But the Panthers were called so quickly, none of the players had ample opportunity to watch it. In fact, Pitt was in the first "pod"...
Police Presence Calms St. Patrick Festivities
The St. Patrick's Day celebration on the South Side was rocking but not as raucous as those in years past, as an apparent result of expanded law-enforcement presence, pre-holiday planning and new services to help keep the revelers under control with...
Psu Lands Top Receiver
Penn State scored its biggest prize yet of its 2015 recruiting class. Wide receiver Juwan Johnson has committed, according to recruiting websites Scout, Rivals and 24-7 Sports. Johnson, who is 6 feet 4, 250 and from Glassboro, N.J., is considered by...
Purveyors, Dairy Farmers Balled Up on Cheese Names
WASHINGTON -- The European Union wants U.S. food producers to stop using certain European names for domestic cheeses and other products such as prosciutto and olive oils. America's agricultural industry thinks that's a bad idea. And David Sunseri --...
Ramsey Lewis and Band Put on Great Show
When I interviewed pianist Ramsey Lewis last week, he told me that "he could go the grave with [his] band." After hearing the second of two shows on Friday at the Manchester Craftmen's Guild's Jazz Hall, I understood why. It was able to handle with ease...
Rethinking Advanced Placement Classes
SEATTLE - In a new type of advanced government class at Seattle's Garfield High, the students rarely sit quietly taking notes while their teacher stands and lectures. Instead, they debate each other. They write legislation. They run for president in...
Say Hello to Brinner Move over Brunch, It's Breakfast for Dinner
Maybe it's time for brunch to make way for brinner. The "brunch" concept has been around since the 1890s, when British college students came up with the word for having a later Sunday breakfast after Saturday drinking binges. But brinner is another...
Serb Rightists Make Strides
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The ruling center-right party that has vowed to overhaul Serbia's struggling economy and push for membership in the European Union won a landslide victory in a parliamentary vote Sunday, according to unofficial results. The Belgrade-based...
Services for Staying Independent
DEAR DOCTOR K: My mother lives alone. She refuses to consider assisted living and insists on remaining in her home. Are there services that can help my mother remain independent in her own home? DEAR READER: If I were older and alone, I'd be like...
Shadyside Apartment Blaze Kills Woman Man Unable to Save Neighbor of 40 Years
Mike Rohach was asleep about 5 a.m. Sunday in his first-floor Shadyside apartment when a smoke alarm sounded. He awoke to check it, thinking there were problems with newly installed batteries. But the detector was performing properly. The alarm and smell...
Simmer Chicken in Sherry-Spiked Mushroom Sauce
Using sherry as a cooking liquid produces moist and tender chicken. Mushrooms and a little cream finish the sauce. It takes only minutes to make. This dish can be made ahead and re-warmed. Fresh herbs add color and flavor to microwaveable brown rice....
Special Election Offers Bad News for Democrats
The special election last Tuesday for a House seat in Florida is a harbinger of things to come, say Republicans, because the Republican won. It's no big deal, say Democrats, because the Democrat didn't. Republicans have an edge in voter registration...
Spring Game Report: Pirates 5, Phillies 0
DATA * Starter: Adam Wilk -- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB. * Hitter: Batting from the right side of the plate, Neil Walker hit a home run off Antonio Bastardo in the seventh inning that sailed over the tiki bar in left field. His previous home run batting...
State All-Stars Fall, but Wpial Thrives Macri, Zavatsky, Nolf Beat Cross-Country Counterparts Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic: Pennsylvania vs. United States
There is no higher praise for a high school senior than an invitation to compete in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic. Fortunately for the WPIAL, it had four wrestlers experience the honor this year competing on Team Pennsylvania Sunday at Pitt's Fitzgerald...
Too Much Info? the Da Faults City Police for Saying Too Much
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is not happy about the number of leaks made by Pittsburgh officials and the police department during the investigation of the shooting deaths of two sisters in East Liberty. "There was entirely...
Truth in Advertising: Can You Handle It?
A local criminal defense attorney, Daniel Muessig, has gotten some attention with refreshingly candid Internet video advertising telling hardened criminals he will do everything possible to beat the judicial system on their behalf. Not everyone likes...
Ura Pilot Helps Lower Income Folks Buy Homes
Christiane Leach has been trying to buy a house for three years. She wants to invest in any of several neighborhoods that public officials for years have said must be included in Pittsburgh's trajectory if the city is to be livable for all. But too many...
We Need a New Economy Pittsburghers Can Build Opportunities from the Ground Up
More and more people have come to distrust our economic system. Low wages, job insecurity, underemployment and loss of pensions stress the social fabric. Compounding the effects on our communities is a growing distrust of a political system driven...
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