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Articles from March 28, 2012

57 Percent of Challengers See Assessment Reductions
Common sense triumphed in his informal assessment hearing, property owner Ed Elliott said on Tuesday. Mr. Elliott and his business partner, Jeff Basch, were in the first group of 4,600 Allegheny County property owners to learn the results of their initial...
76ers Climb Back on Top in Atlantic Blow out Cavaliers as Meeks Scores 31 in 103-85 Victory
Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 31 points and Jrue Holiday had 19 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-85 victory against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night.Evan Turner scored 12 points for the Sixers, who moved a half- game ahead of...
Abiathar "Abby" Bishop Aug. 29, 1928 - March 24, 2012 Successful Basketball Coach at St. George High in Allentown
Once a month, about a half-dozen members of the 1966 St. George High School championship basketball team get together for lunch in the Pittsburgh area. The group had planned to get together again Friday.Instead, they will attend the funeral of their...
A Derby in Kentucky Comparing and Contrasting the Bluegrass State's College Basketball Staples Calipari and Pitino
Handshakes are optional Saturday.When two of the coaching icons of college basketball match wits in the Final Four, there will be no pregame conversation or postgame hugs. Rick Pitino of Louisville and John Calipari of Kentucky don't send each other...
Afghan Soldiers Arrested in Bomb Plot
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Defense Ministry went into a near-total lockdown Tuesday after the discovery of 10 suicide vests and the arrest of more than a dozen Afghan soldiers suspected of plotting to attack the ministry and blow up commuter buses...
ALLEGHENY COUNTY/WEST/CITY/STATE [Derived Headline]
ALLEGHENY COUNTYSales tax revenue biggest since RAD creation in 1995One sign of economic improvement: The Allegheny Regional Asset District had its best quarter ever in terms of sales tax revenue.RAD's latest quarter, representing sales in November,...
ALS CHARITY MAKES 1ST MAJOR DONATION Series: THE LUCKIEST MAN / LIVING WITH LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE
LiveLikeLou.org, a charity fund established by Neil and Suzanne Alexander of O'Hara, has made its first major donation -- $20,000 to the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the ALS Association.The donation -- which will go directly toward patient care for some...
Altar Boy Had Knack for Turning Himself into a Mass Menace
I loved, loved, loved being an altar boy at St. Mary's parish in McKees Rocks -- every single Mass or Benediction or Holy Hour that I served. Well, except for the time I set Billy Blumling on fire. And then, of course, there was the time I strangled...
Annan's Syrian Peace Plan Met with Doubt
QAA, Lebanon -- Syria accepted a cease-fire drawn up by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday, but the diplomatic breakthrough was swiftly overshadowed by intense clashes between government soldiers and rebels that sent bullets flying into Lebanon.Opposition...
An Un-Islamic Attack on Science Driving Israelis from a Conference Sets Back Public Health
This is not what Prophet Muhammad would have wanted.During an international scientific conference on depression and anxiety held earlier this month at the University of Jordan in Amman, I witnessed three Israeli scientists -- two Jews and one Arab --...
Arians/haley Drama All Tomlin Finally Claims Responsibility for Releasing, Hiring New Offensive Coordinator
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Mike did it.Long after Bruce Arians was pushed into "retirement" and the Steelers hired Todd Haley to replace him, coach Mike Tomlin stood up and claimed responsibility for both deeds.It wasn't Art Rooney II with the broom in the...
Attack's Latest Features Live 'Traveling' Music
Attack Theatre needed a dance fit for the road. It couldn't be too expansive, or it would be difficult to pack, assemble and disassemble. But it couldn't be too sparse, because Attack Theatre devotees have come to expect -- and hunger for -- a helping...
Baylor's Griner Leads AP All-America Squad Unanimous Pick on First Team for Second Year in Row
Brittney Griner dominated women's basketball all season. Now the 6-foot-8 junior phenom was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' All-America team Tuesday, a day after leading the unbeaten Lady Bears to their second Final Four in three seasons....
BBC America's 'Whitechapel' Is Back, as Good as Before
Viewers always wonder if a series will be as good the second time around.In the case of BBC America's "Whitechapel," it is. This intriguing British police procedural show returns tonight with a new story torn from very old headlines -- the 1812 Ratcliff...
Benefits of Eating Fish Outweigh the Risks
DEAR DOCTOR K: I enjoy eating fish, and I know that doing so can keep me healthier. But how worried should I be about mercury and other pollutants in fish?DEAR READER: Fish ranks way up there on the list of healthful foods we should be eating. It's an...
BRIEFLY [Derived Headline]
Bus driver killed in parking lotA school bus driver was killed this morning when another driver's personal vehicle struck her in the parking lot of a Ross bus garage.The deceased driver, a 71-year-old woman who has worked for the First Student bus company...
Cast-Iron Alfredo Pizza with Spinach and Olives
CAST-IRON ALFREDO PIZZA WITH SPINACH AND OLIVESPG testedIf you crave pizza that's wonderfully chewy on the inside but also has a perfectly crisp crust, you can't beat baking it in a cast- iron pan. I used a pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe's for...
Cmu Breaks out in Musical Celebration
When Andrew Carnegie established his technical school in 1900, it offered brick-laying classes and didn't even award academic degrees. But it wasn't long after that the arts found their place.The School of Music was founded in 1912 at Carnegie Mellon University's...
Colonials Let Key Guard Go Abraham Dismissed after Sitting '11-'12
Suspended Robert Morris guard Karon Abraham has been dismissed from the program because of a violation of team and university rules, Colonials coach Andy Toole announced Tuesday.Abraham was suspended for the entire 2011-12 season but was expected to...
Concussion Doesn't Ice Letang This Time
With Kris Letang's concussion history this season, the Penguins weren't taking any chances Sunday when he collided with New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus. They made him leave the game until he got cleared by a doctor."We wouldn't put him [back] on the ice...
Conservatives Provoke Unhealthy Debate
As Janis Joplin famously sang, "Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose." Who knew that poor Janis was singing the same song unwittingly sung today by conservative politicians attacking universal health care?The critics of the dreaded Obamacare...
Consumer Confidence Report Affects Stocks Manufacturing Dip, Gas Prices Contribute
NEW YORK -- Major stock indexes dipped Tuesday as weak readings on consumer confidence gave investors little reason to extend the recent rally.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 43.90 points to close at 13,197.73, a loss of 0.3 percent. Bank of...
Da Details Western Psych Shooting
Speaking publicly for the first time about the shooting at Western Pyschiatric Institute and Clinic, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala this afternoon laid out in gruesome detail the carnage that unfolded at the hospital three weeks ago...
'Deadline' Set for Local Premiere at AMC-Loews
Actor Eric Roberts and fellow cast and crew members from "Deadline" are expected at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront Thursday night for the Pittsburgh premiere of the movie. Red carpet arrivals are expected to start at 6 p.m., with the movie at 7.Mr. Roberts...
Dodgers Have Big Smiles Now Players 'Pulling' for Magic, Newest Owners
PHOENIX -- Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. sounded noticeably excited about the news that a group led by Magic Johnson had agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers."I'm pumped," Gwynn said. "I'm only pumped because I'm the biggest Lakers fan. I grew up a...
Dodgers Sold for Record $2 Billion
In a late-night announcement, former Los Angeles Lakers star and basketball Hall of Fame member Magic Johnson and a group of investors that includes Guggenheim Partners Chief Executive Officer Mark Walter won the auction for the bankrupt Los Angeles...
Eating Right May Take Some Planning
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a busy schedule that almost forces me to eat out. I'm really trying to move away from this bad habit. I'm in pretty decent shape, but my family history is a scary indicator of what could happen to my health. How can I work crazy...
EPA Proposes New Rule That Would Throttle Power Plants Fired by Coal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it is proposing the first ever rule for controlling carbon emissions from new power plants.The final rule proposal, which would limit emissions from electric generating facilities to no more than...
Erotic E-Book '50 Shades of Grey' Seduces Hollywood Suitors
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood studios are rolling out the red carpet for little-known British author E.L. James, the woman behind an overnight literary phenomenon titled "50 Shades of Grey."The first in the trilogy of erotic e-books about a virginal recent...
Exhibition Winds Down with Poetry Reading
The last day for "Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story" at Carnegie Museum of Art is April 7. For procrastinators and returning fans alike, Thursday is a good day to visit because three members of the African-American poetry organization Cave...
Experts: Orie Likely to Receive Jail Time Lack of Criminal History May Not Be Enough to Keep Her out of Prison
When state Sen. Jane Orie stands before the sentencing judge in May to receive her punishment on 14 criminal charges, the best-case scenario is that the judge considers her lack of a criminal history, her background of public service and her strong family...
Feds Say AWOL Soldier Stole Billionaire's Bank Info
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen lives in a multi-mansion complex on a Seattle island, so you'd think a bank customer service representative would ask some pointed questions before changing his account address to that of an East Liberty townhouse.Somehow,...
French Shooter Didn't Send Video
PARIS -- A video apparently showing a Muslim gunman's attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school was sent to the Al-Jazeera television network but not by him, French police said Tuesday, raising the specter of a possible accomplice.Al-Jazeera on Tuesday...
Freshman Pressing for Cb Spot
Cornerback Lafayette Pitts is only a redshirt freshman, but he is one of several players in the mix to be a starter in Pitt's defensive backfield. And that means he will have his work cut out for him each week during the season.In the 4-3 defense under...
FTC Seeks Law to Shed More Light on Information Brokers
NEW YORK -- The Federal Trade Commission is calling for a new law that would allow people to review the vast amounts of information being collected about them as the Internet, smartphones and other technology make it easier to create digital dossiers...
Fugitive Homicide Suspect Arrested Also Faces Charges in 3 Robberies Here
After David Anthony Fry walked away from a halfway house in Erie last week, police said he robbed a man before bludgeoning him to death with a statue and drove the victim's car to the Pittsburgh area, where police have linked him to three convenience...
Gop Ideals That Unite Rather Than Divide
Each of us has had the privilege of serving in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans as diverse as Jacob Javits and Jesse Helms. There were many policy areas on which we did not agree, but fundamental values held us together.Across the ideological spectrum,...
'Hemlock Grove' Author from Charleroi Area Explores the Souls of Those Who Occupy His Gothic Horror Novel
What makes a monster a monster? For Brian McGreevy, the idea of writing a gothic horror novel didn't begin with visions of werewolves or other beasties that go bump in the night. As someone with a degree in humanities, he was more interested in exploring...
'Hemlock Grove' Mcgreevy Pulled to Have TV Series Filmed near Pittsburgh
This year Pittsburgh will achieve the Holy Grail of local film production: a TV series. The Netflix drama "Hemlock Grove" will begin production in Western Pennsylvania in early June -- and a native author insisted on having the program filmed at home."Hemlock...
Hospital Shooting Inquiry Leading to Calif. City Police to Talk with Doctor Who Emailed Here about Oakland Shooter
Pittsburgh police are sending two homicide detectives to California to determine whether a doctor there warned UPMC that John F. Shick posed a danger prior to his March 8 shooting rampage at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. The doctor, a gastroenterologist...
Justices Dispute Health Law Some Are Critical of Overhaul's Effect on the Power of Government
WASHINGTON -- The fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was cast into deeper jeopardy Tuesday as the Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply and repeatedly questioned its core requirement that virtually every American carry insurance....
Knocked Flat on Their Backs Home Winning Streak Ends at 10; Lose Ground in East Islanders 5, Penguins 3
The Penguins knew going in that anything could happen in this game. They also had to realize there was little reason to believe that it would. Not when they were playing at Consol Energy Center, where they had won 10 games in a row, and were facing the...
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....
Mariners, Suzuki Start Mlb Season with Victory in Tokyo
TOKYO -- Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 5 as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 today in baseball's season- opener in Tokyo.Brendan Ryan doubled to lead off the 11th,...
Mother Gets 2-4 Years for Fire That Killed Sons
Kiaira Pollard had been warned five times by Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families that she could not leave her two young sons home alone at night while she went to work as an exotic dancer.And just three days before a fire ripped through her...
Msha Looking for Help to Enforce Mine Safety
WASHINGTON -- The Mine Safety and Health Administration is asking Congress to stiffen penalties for mine operators who provide employees advance notice of inspections to help them make quick fixes that conceal violations."There doesn't seem to be enough...
Municipal Officials Defend Local Handgun Ordinances
HARRISBURG -- Describing a pair of pending measures as an attempt to bully municipalities into reversing their laws for reporting lost or stolen handguns, officials from across the state called on lawmakers Tuesday to reject the bills.The four mayors...
New Security for Sat, Act
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- The millions of students who take the SAT or ACT each year will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the college entrance exams, under a host of new security measures announced Tuesday in the aftermath of a major...
Of Pork and Piety in Politics Pennsylvania Voters Must Carefully Examine Primary Candidates
Pennsylvania's primary elections coming up April 24 mean that voters (and newspapers) are perforce in the process of looking closely at candidates and issues.Don't forget to vote. Unless you are content to let in many cases the local party bosses and...
Olympic Chances Start with Nice Try
The "Almost Girl" has a chance to become the new "It Girl."After years of coming up just short, Ashley Wagner heads to this week's world figure skating championships in Nice, France, as a legitimate contender for a medal, something the Americans haven't seen...
OPPOSITION TO MARCELLUS COMPRESSOR STATION VOICED SITE NEAR PITTSBURGH MILLS WOULD BE FIRST FOR ALLEGHENY COUNTY Series: THE MARCELLUS BOOM / EXPLORING THE IMPACT
More than two dozen residents voiced strong opposition to the first proposed permit for a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station in Allegheny County at a public hearing in Lawrenceville Tuesday night.Some warned of the health effects seen at other compressor...
Orie's Paradox a Victims' Champion Victimizes the Taxpayers
For much of her political career, Jane Orie was the voice of the underdog and a staunch advocate for crime victims, particularly abused women and children.Behind the scenes in her McCandless office, however, Sen. Orie was abusing her legislative power....
Palone Gets Milestone Win
Hall of Famer Dave Palone became only the second driver in North American harness racing history with 15,000 career wins when he piloted Boo's Boy to victory Tuesday in the 10th race at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington, Pa."This really is...
Passengers Restrain Pilot during Mid-Flight Meltdown
LAS VEGAS -- Passengers aboard an early morning flight from New York bound for Las Vegas first noticed something wrong when the plane's top pilot came out of the cockpit, didn't close the door and tried to force his way into an occupied bathroom.The...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
"The Hunger Games' " young characters battle it out to the death in a brutal televised bloodsport, but several of the film's stars are now at the center of vicious and real-life attacks of their own, E! News reports.Lenny Kravitz and Amandla Stenberg...
Permanent Principal Sought for Westinghouse
Pittsburgh Public Schools has posted an opening for a "visionary leader" to become the new principal for the troubled Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 in Homewood this fall.The current acting principal -- Shemeca Crenshaw, who was brought in to help steady...
Play's Plot Close to Real Life for 'Electric Baby' Writer
There can be a magical quality to coincidence, such as the ways in which Stefanie Zadravec's life and her play, "The Electric Baby," intersect. Even the play's Pittsburgh setting and her path to frequent visits here are pure coincidence.A New Yorker,...
Pope Prays for 'Renewal' in Cuba Communist Leaders Reject the Pontiff's Call for Political Change
HAVANA -- Pope Benedict XVI prayed for freedom and renewal "for the greater good of all Cubans" before the nation's patron saint Tuesday, but the island's Communist leaders quickly rejected the Roman Catholic leader's appeal for political change after...
Pop-Up Storefronts Proving to Be Popular Downtown Additions
The name on the Sixth Street storefront says Fraley's Robot Repair, but Toby Fraley is an artist, not an engineer.The forlorn robot on the table is a prop, not a patient, and come fall, robot, shop and Mr. Fraley all could be gone.Such is the nature...
Prospect Watch: Hightower Could Fill Need at Ilb
Pittsburgh football = defensive football, and from Andy Russell to Jack Lambert to Levon Kirkland to James Harrison, the linebackers -- inside and out -- have been the symbolic soul of Steelers defenses.And right now, there's a "help wanted" sign at...
Relievers Battling to Be Part of Bullpen
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pitchers battling this spring for a spot in the Pirates bullpen have more to compete with than just each other.They must compete in a limited number of innings."Throwing every day isn't going to be a realistic thing," Chris Leroux...
Rocksugar Rice a Fragrant and Flavorful Side
Dear SOS: I absolutely love the food at RockSugar in Century City, Calif. Everything is always so fresh and delicious. One of my favorites is the festive rice. Do you think you could obtain the recipe?--Helga Niederhoff, Pacific Palisades, Calif.Dear...
Romney Weathers Attacks on Mass. Health Care Law Former Governor Has Taken 'Sting' out of the Issue
SAN DIEGO -- Health care was supposed to be Mitt Romney's Achilles' heel: The state health care overhaul he championed as governor of Massachusetts is so similar to the sweeping federal law conservatives deride as "Obamacare" that it was once widely...
Roundball Classic Boys Selections Announced
Boys' teams for the 2012 Roundball Classic were announced Tuesday. The Roundball has become the top basketball all-star game in the area and this year's event will be April 21 at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse.There are two boys games and two girls...
Russia Becoming Political Issue Obama, Romney, Medvedev Involved over Missile Defense
SEOUL, South Korea -- U.S. politics combined with diplomacy as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took a swipe at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama pointed to an uncooperative Congress to explain why he was delaying negotiations...
Sabres Move into 8th in East Rangers Extend Lead with 3-2 Win
Ryan Miller stopped 44 shots, Drew Stafford scored two goals and the surging Buffalo Sabres beat Washington, 5-1, Tuesday night at Verizon Center in Washington to climb over the Capitals into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference....
Saints' Payton Considers Appeal
Sean Payton has planned the New Orleans Saints' offseason, done some work on the upcoming draft and jotted down ideas for the start of training camp. And now, with his season-long suspension set to begin Sunday, he is checking to see if mentor Bill Parcells...
Seeking Security Curbing Nuclear Arms Is a Long, Slow March
Although the Nuclear Security Summit ended with no breakthrough, it is important that the leaders of 50 nations meet periodically to try to keep nuclear weapons under control.President Barack Obama represented the United States in Seoul, South Korea,...
Senator Targets Racial Profiling amid Fla. Shooting Backlash Md. Democrat Says Regardless of Whether Race Was a Factor in Killing, Incident Necessitates Broader 'Discussion'
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is pushing to advance legislation to curb racial profiling, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black Florida teenager last month.The Maryland Democrat came to the Senate floor Tuesday to press for legislation he introduced...
Society Takes Hit for Football 'Bounty' System
Football is just a game, but it deserves our attention. Indulge this assertion: Just as it's impossible to understand Mexican or Spanish culture without somehow bringing the ancient spectacle of bullfighting into the calculus, an appreciation of the...
Stanford Topples Umass, 74-64 Minnesota Edges Washington in Ot
NEW YORK -- With his Stanford teammates struggling and the lead slipping away, Anthony Brown shot the ball with no hesitation.Brown scored a season-high 18 points and Josh Owens had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Stanford advance to the National Invitation Tournament...
Students Pitch Ideas about Filling Downtown Space
It's a question often posed by architects and urban planners whose focus is Downtown. "How can we draw more people into Pittsburgh with this building?"This time, it was Mary Taylor, 17, a junior at Penn-Trafford High School, asking the question. Mary...
'Teenie' Turns out to Be Big Hit
"We've had spectacular attendance at all the Teenie Harris programs by a great cross-section of Pittsburghers by age, geography and ethnicity," said Marilyn Russell, Carnegie Museum of Art curator of education.Viewers of Mr. Harris' images often think...
THE LUCKIEST MAN Series: THE LUCKIEST MAN / LIVING WITH LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE
On a March day in 1992, when Neil and Suzanne Alexander eloped at a church in Redondo Beach, Calif., they made a promise to each other. "Whatever joys, whatever trials life has to offer, we will accept them gladly, together," Mrs. Alexander wrote and...
The Pittsburgh Connection Head to Carnegie Library to Hear Up-And- Coming Author and Greensburg Native Stephen Dau
Author Stephen Dau may not live in Pittsburgh anymore, but some of his characters do.Principal among them is Younis, a 15-year-old boy who winds up in Pittsburgh after war destroys his family and his home in an unnamed Muslim country. He takes the name...
This Loss Should Quiet Down Cup Talk a Little
Although it absolutely should have been evident at several urgent points in an unsettling evening, the image of Marc-Andre Fleury spinning to the ice as his helmet shot away like a champagne cork finally made the point as dramatically as possible.When...
Too Old to Get Hired but Too Young to Retire
A friend of mine had his name in the paper the other day.It was an article speculating about who might inherit a prestigious post in the literary world when the current grandee retires. The article said that my friend would have led the list 10 years...
Treasures & Trash Andy Had Hundreds of Boxes of Stuff, and Not One Came with an Explanation
Marie Elia, a project cataloger at The Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side, opened a cardboard box labeled TC 421 and placed its contents on a shelf. Among the items she arranged Tuesday morning were unopened mail, empty bottles of vitamins and silverware,...
Uconn Heads to Final Four Huskies Fend off Kentucky, 80-65
Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and top seed Connecticut beat Kentucky, 80-65, Tuesday night at Thomas F. Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., to advance to the Final Four for the fifth consecutive season.Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 for Connecticut (33-4),...
'Welcome to Spring' a Sudden Deep Freeze Isn't Usually Good News, but Growers Are Optimistic about Fruit Orchards
Warm weather last week tricked peach and plum trees into blossoming earlier than usual, but then the deep freeze of Monday night put the delicate blossoms at risk. The chill actually could end up being good news for the owners of orchards who, if they...
Women File Suit against YMCA Group Alleging Pay Discrimination
The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh pays men more than women of equal or higher rank, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by four female managers at the nonprofit social agency."These organizations are put in place and they push as their agenda the fact...
WORLD/NATION [Derived Headline]
WORLDPope, in Cuba, demands more freedom for ChurchHAVANA -- Pope Benedict XVI demanded greater freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba during an unusually politicized Mass before hundreds of thousands of people today.Pope Benedict's homily was a not-so-subtle...
Zoos May Hold Key to Survival of Polar Bears
Polar bears are ideally suited to life in the Arctic: Their hair is without pigment, blending in with the snow; their heavy, strongly curved claws allow them to clamber over blocks of ice and snow and grip their prey securely, and their rough pads keep...
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