Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Articles from April 7, 2013

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15 Years Ago
The countdown to the Pirates' home opener that bartender Harry Franey began 139 days ago in the Foggy Goggle Lounge at Seven Springs Ski Resort stops today. Baseball is back.Since November, skiers in their bulky boots and parkas clomped past Franey's...
Advance Ice Hockey 101 over the Years, College Has Become a More Viable Route for an Increasing Number of Players Chasing a National Hockey League Dream
Brooks Orpik can still remember the bus ride home from Albany, N.Y., when he and his Boston College teammates returned to Chestnut Hill, Mass., with most of campus away on spring break, and celebrated, as a team, into the wee hours of the night.It was...
Afghan Attacks Kill 6 from U.S. Militants Cause Deadliest Day of War in Past Eight Months
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Militants killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat, and an Afghan doctor Saturday in a pair of attacks in Afghanistan. It was the deadliest day for the United States in the war in eight months.The violence -- hours...
A List of the Best Used Cars for Model Years '03 through '12
As owners hold on to their vehicles longer, fewer late-model used cars are available for sale, resulting in a limited supply and higher prices. To help shoppers choose the best used car for their money, Consumer Reports compiled a list of the best used...
Alive and Kicking Keep Live Bait Healthy for Its Introduction to Trout Waters
As winter exits the area, anglers are dusting off their rods and loading tackle boxes in preparation for Saturday's statewide opening of trout season. Bait shops are still stocking up on live bait, and anglers have begun making their all-important selections...
Andrew Chancellor Jan. 13, 1920 - April 5, 2013 Former PR Executive, Journalist Known for His Perfectionism
A stickler for accuracy, former journalist Andrew Chancellor wanted his obituary to get everything right. So he wrote the first draft himself and distributed copies to family members."I've had it for years," Mr. Chancellor's nephew, Bryan Campbell of...
An Honor a Long Time Coming Army Chaplain Receives Medal of Honor Posthumously 60 Years after Stint in Korea
In the cold, barren hills of Korea more than 60 years ago, two teary-eyed soldiers stood in a prisoner of war camp where their chaplain lay dying.The Rev. Emil Kapaun was weak, his body wracked by pneumonia and dysentery. After six brutal months in the...
Another Hitsville? Canonsburg Long Has Been Proud of Its Musical Heritage. ... the Town Will Try to Capitalize on That Legacy by Opening America's Pop Music Hall of Fame
During the 1960s, six Canonsburg stars of stage, screen and television were racking up what would amount to nearly 200 hits on the pop charts.Perry Como, in his third decade of recording, helmed a weekly TV variety series. Bobby Vinton, a top male vocalist...
Apologized for Racist Acts in Kkk Elwin Wilson | Died March 28, 2013
Elwin Wilson, a former supporter of the Ku Klux Klan who made repeated apologies late in life for racist acts he committed decades earlier -- including the bloody beating of a civil rights worker who later became a member of Congress -- died March 28...
A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood Back-Room Bargain Allows CIA Airspace to Hunt Its Enemies
Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed.On a hot day in June 2004, the Pashtun tribesman was lounging inside a mud compound in South Waziristan, speaking by satellite phone to one of the many reporters who regularly interviewed him on how he had fought...
A Shockers Win Shouldn't Shock Underdogs Such as Wichita State (Don't Call Them a Cinderella Team) Are Winning More Often in March
As coach of the lowest-seeded team to reach the Final Four, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall will accept the role of underdog this weekend in Atlanta. Just don't compare his Shockers to any Disney character."Cinderella found one glass slipper. We won four...
Asides
THERE USED to be a name for fancy folk with more money than sense -- cake eaters. To be called a cake eater was not a compliment, but the sting has obviously gone out of the old rebuke. Thousands of cake eaters -- regardless of social class -- lined...
Best vs. Best Fans Can Expect Classic Basketball When Notre Dame and Connecticut Meet in a Semifinal Match between Two Great Women's Teams
They are playing tonight in a semifinal that might as well be the championship game because Notre Dame and Connecticut clearly are the two best women's college basketball teams left in the NCAA tournament, and their three previous meetings this season...
Blocking Strategies Differ on Track
Tony Stewart says never. Joey Logano says late in the race. Jimmie Johnson says to protect a victory in the final laps, except, perhaps, if Stewart is behind him because of the potential consequences.Theories on blocking and when it is acceptable vary...
Blowing Up Another Bubble Easy Money Helps Wall Street, Threatens Main Street
Per capita income and median household income, when adjusted for inflation, declined by more than 7 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.The official unemployment rate (7.6 percent in March) remains high,...
Buying Here: Oakland
What pops into your head when you think about Oakland? The University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon? Maybe one of the numerous hospitals, the Carnegie Library or Phipps Botanical Gardens. What about affordable housing with great views, easy access...
Cabaret Act Special for Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole was in an airport a couple of weekends ago when she spotted a book by her late "Camelot" co-star, Richard Burton. "I saw 'The Richard Burton Diaries.' It's like a 700-page book, and I got it! I'm in his diaries!" she said, her enthusiasm spilling...
Canadiens Squeeze Past Bruins Again
Michael Ryder's power-play goal 57 seconds into the second period Saturday night lifted the host Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in a matchup of the top two teams in the Northeast Division.Alex Galchenyuk also scored and...
Candidate Richardson Reflects on Recent Brush with Notoriety
Sitting in his Sheraden kitchen last Thursday, a seemingly serene A.J. Richardson reflected on his recent brush with notoriety."It's been a blessing," he said, of the mayoral campaign that was interrupted the day before by the news of his arrest in the...
Cars Making Many New Connections Dashboard Now an Infotainment Center
Automakers are finally adding real "dash" to the dashboard. From apps that discover the nearest coffee shop and then guide you there, to streaming music favorites via Pandora or iHeart Radio, it's a brave new world in "infotainment." "The vehicle is...
Center Channel Rounds off Towers
Question: I have a 25-foot by 20-foot room and need a sound system for TV and movie watching. I am torn between tower speakers or a soundbar and would prefer to avoid placing a separate subwoofer. I do not want to place surround speakers so the system will...
China Curbs Prestige Military License Plate
BEIJING -- License plates are the latest casualty in the highly publicized anti-corruption campaign of China's new leaders.First the lavish government banquets were cut, then government officials' red-carpet receptions.Now the target is military plates...
CONCERT GUIDE [Derived Headline]
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Court Tosses TV Show Suit
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.Judge Hassouna Tawfiq...
CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinons [Derived Headline]
CORBETT HONOREDFrom MarchBadness.org: "Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has made it to the final four of March Badness, a national online contest among the 'most outrageous, radical, out of touch right-wingers' of the past year."To get to the national semi-finals,...
Daily Report the Bests, Worst and Most Talked about Stories around the Tournament
THE FIRST SHOTFOR ALL THE MARBLES: Wichita State's dazzling run through the tournament as a No. 9 seed is over. Syracuse's stifling 2-3 zone finally met its match. The only two teams remaining are two that were both at the top of the polls at one point...
Daily Report the Best, Worst and Most Talked about Stories around the Tournament
THE FIRST SHOTBONUS BABY: If he finds himself cutting down the net in Atlanta Monday, Rick Pitino's bank can expect to see him Tuesday morning. According to Bloomberg News, a national championship would earn Pitino a $425,000 bonus on top of his $5.7...
'Da Vinci's Demons' New Starz Drama Stumbles out of the Gate, but May Prove Promising
The pilot for the Starz period fantasy-drama "Da Vinci's Demons" is a hot historical mess. "Demons" spends too much time with its eponymous lead in the obligatory invention scenes (gliding machine? check) and not enough time building a world for Leonardo...
Deere Shares May Be a Timely Buy
Keep in mind that when you invest in individual stocks you are not buying the market or Wall Street or the Dow Jones industrial average.Rather you are creating partnerships with a minimum of 12 to 15 high quality, dividend paying companies whose self-projected...
Dodgers Trade Harang
The Los Angeles Dodgers traded pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez and cash Saturday. General manager Ned Colletti said the deal gives the Dodgers another backup at catcher behind starter A.J. Ellis.Hernandez,...
Do Southwest Airlines Ads Portend Changes?
Once known as an upstart carrier, Southwest Airlines recently launched an ad campaign that has some airline industry experts wondering whether it signals a new direction -- and new fees -- at the nation's largest domestic airline.The new ads, which began...
Embarrassment of Riches in the Wake of Ray Shero's Wheeling and Dealing at the Trade Deadline, It's Become Even More Apparent That the Team Won't Be Able to Keep Everyone This Summer
Ray Shero did, by almost any measure, a commendable job of bolstering his lineup for the stretch drive and playoffs during the days leading up to the NHL trade deadline. * But while adding Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen...
Erie's Splash Lagoon Celebrating 10th Year
Splash Lagoon, the indoor waterpark in Erie that draws visitors from Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, is celebrating its 10th year. The park, owned by Scott Enterprises, has expanded three times since opening in March 2003 to add two water slides,...
Five-Game Run Total Stays at Six after Shutout Loss Dodgers 1 Pirates 0
LOS ANGELES -- The last thing the Pirates needed Saturday night was an ace left-hander coming off a complete-game shutout on opening day.That's the card they were dealt, though, and their run-scoring problems continued.The Pirates lost, 1-0, to Clayton...
Fleury Reaping Benefits from Extra Rest
Before the start of an optional Penguins practice Thursday, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury spent a playful half-hour or so on the ice in sweats and no pads. He skated up and down, using a forward's stick to shoot pucks -- sometimes getting fancy and pulling...
For Latinos, a Spanish Word Loaded with Meaning
LOS ANGELES -- When Arturo Macias, a shopowner in Boyle Heights, on Los Angeles' East Side, hears fellow Latinos use the Spanish word for "wetback," he doesn't necessarily take offense.Mr. Macias, who crossed illegally into the United States through Tijuana...
Gay Marriage Gains Backers
WASHINGTON -- Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, both Democrats from conservative states, on Friday became the latest senators to express a change of heart and endorse same-sex marriage.Mr. Donnelly and Ms. Heitkamp were...
Grave Robbers and Civil War Are Stealing Syria's History
TELL MARDIKH, Syria -- Ali Shibleh crawled through a 2-foot-high tunnel until reaching a slightly larger subterranean space. He swung his flashlight's beam into the dark.A fighter opposed to President Bashar Assad, Shibleh was roaming beneath Ebla, an...
Hamlin May Not Be out of the Chase
As a driver whose boss is a former pro football guy, Denny Hamlin needs to embrace the all-or-nothing mentality made famous by late iconic Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis: Just win, baby.Hamlin is going to have to scramble for victories to make the NASCAR...
Hbo's 'Vice' Mixes Shock and Awe with News
Vice is a brash, Brooklyn-based magazine and international media company, but mostly it's a brand of thinking and marketing that has extended itself over the past decade to a popular website and YouTube channel with bureaus around the world. Vice makes...
House Majority Gets Immigration Education before Legislation
WASHINGTON -- The last time Congress considered a broad revision to immigration laws was in 2007, when more than half of today's House Republicans weren't even elected.That lack of experience explains why House leaders are taking a slower approach than...
Hunting for Home in N.Y. ... Good Luck
NEW YORK -- After 14 years of bumping around the minor leagues, pitching in places like Aberdeen, Md., and Tulsa, Okla., Scott Rice had his first taste of the big leagues Monday as a member of the New York Mets.But while he has moved into a locker at...
Icing Rules Could Face Major Overhaul Soon
After Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen broke his heel in a high-speed icing race Tuesday night, there were revived calls to do away with traditional icing, which can lead to what the former and longtime NHL coach Ron Wilson called "train...
'Immigration Wars': The Wrong Battle Bush and Bolick Ignore Likely Realities of a System Driven by Market Demands
"IMMIGRATION WARS: FORGING AN AMERICAN SOLUTION"By Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick.Threshold Editions / Simon & Schuster ($27).In a book dedicated to their grandchildren, Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick hope to resolve a divisive national issue. For Mr. Bush, former...
India Seeks to Cut Energy Reliance as Fracking Debut Nears
NEW DELHI -- India will allow explorers including Oil & Natural Gas Reliance Industries to produce shale oil and gas for the first time, as Asia's second-biggest energy consumer seeks to cut reliance on imports.Under a new policy aimed at boosting domestic...
Inmate Hopes Juvenile Lifer Ruling Will Free Him Convicted of Murder at 17, He Has Hearing Set on His Sentencing
On June 29, 1976, Jeffrey Cristina was found guilty of second- degree murder and robbery.He was 17 years old and faced a mandatory prison term of life without parole -- even though the jury did not believe he killed the victim.Since that time, Cristina,...
Insider Trading Case Plays out Slowly Sec Has a Lot to Sort out in the Heinz Investigation
The Securities and Exchange Commission moved with speed when it filed a lawsuit over suspicious trading that happened just before the Feb. 14 announcement that Pittsburgh food company H.J. Heinz Co. was going to be acquired.By Feb. 15, the regulatory...
Insulate, Caulk, Plant to Save on Energy Costs
You've heard the usual energy-saving advice: Buy only Energy Star- rated appliances, replace incandescent light bulbs with those curly fluorescents, shop for cheaper electric providers. But many simpler, low-cost, energy-saving strategies escape homeowners'...
It's Not a Big Shock No. 1-Seeded Cardinals Stage Late Rally to Land Spot in Title Game Louisville 72, Wichita State 68
ATLANTA -- Louisville's ugliest win was its biggest one yet.Luke Hancock came off the bench Saturday night to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with two monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Monday night...
It's the Amateur's Hour Nathan Smith Will Play in His 4th Masters, and No Words Can Describe the Thrill
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In its purest and most original form, the Masters was founded by an amateur golfer, Bobby Jones, and embraced the principle that amateur players embody the spirit of the game with boundless passion and unmitigated joy, tempted not by...
Jagr Convinced He Still Has a Lot to Offer
BOSTON -- Jaromir Jagr's skills have diminished since he scored at least 30 goals in 15 consecutive seasons.He's content with what he has left, though, and so are the Boston Bruins."The game has changed, so I changed," the five-time NHL scoring champion...
Jan Beatty Masters the Past with Her New Collection, One of Pittsburgh's Most Dynamic Poets 'Juxtaposes Lyricism with Brutality' as She Navigates the Human Heart
"THE SWITCHING/YARD" By Jan Beatty. University of Pittsburgh Press ($15.95).Wherever I am, I'm filled with sediment: with tough, dirty Pittsburgh where the mountains of black rock & half mills are carapaces. -- from "Notes on...
Juvenile Lifer Followed Court Cases in Hopes of Freedom
Since Sharon "Peachie" Wiggins died March 24 of a heart attack at the age of 62, her friends and family members have received dozens, if not hundreds, of letters and messages from people commending the life she lived and the impact she had on those around...
Locke Ready for First Start of Season
LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Locke knew the date and opponent he would face in his first start as soon as the Pirates told him he made the rotation. Since then, he has studied, watching to see what kind of lineups the Los Angeles Dodgers use in order to prepare...
Luongo's Sweet Deal Turns Sour
When is a contract too rich for a player's own good? It is an odd question that surfaces repeatedly in the strange case of Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo.It seems as if the new collective bargaining agreement restricts the Canucks' ability to trade...
Major Powers, Iran Fail to Reach Nuke Arms Pact
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement Saturday on how to reduce fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons, extending years of inconclusive talks and adding to concerns the diplomatic window...
Manga, Webcomics Fans Animate Downtown's Tekkoshocon
With hundreds of people sporting horns, long cloaks, unusual hats and assorted weaponry, Tekkoshocon X-2 is, 17-year-old Mt. Lebanon resident Hanna Edvardsson said, "probably a little bit of a culture shock."But that's the point.The three-day event,...
Mayoral Hopefuls Debate Issues Topics Included Consolidation, Neighborhood Development
The final four of this year's many Democratic candidates for mayor joined in a relaxed scrimmage Saturday, trading thoughts on issues including city-county consolidation, neighborhood development and employment opportunities for ex-offenders.Their consistently...
Measuring Up to Teach Is to Perform, and in the Performance
Fear not, teachers of Homer and Virgil, you pastors of dwindling congregations, for your pews may yet be full. And all thanks to brain imaging research.So debilitated is the current condition of literature, as the Post-Gazette recently reported in "How...
Meat-Free Dining in Pittsburgh Getting Easier
Winter in Pittsburgh isn't an ideal time to be vegetarian, but for the committed, it's not impossible. So I learned a few weeks ago when I tried to abstain from eating red meat, chicken, fish or pork for a mere seven days. I failed. I started the first...
Minivan Is Good Substitute for RV
Dear Tom and Ray: I have a dilemma. My retirement dream has always been to purchase some type of vehicle to travel in and live out of for extended periods of time. I always thought I would get a small RV or camper. But now, because of the cost of gas,...
Mirren, Dench, Mcavoy Mesmerizing on London Stages
LONDON -- Once upon a time, voyagers steered by the stars, then came the compass. But in theater, the stars serve us still, and did so especially on last month's Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour to London.No stars burned brighter than Helen...
New Wildlife Officers to Patrol Region
In response to law enforcement needs, the state Game Commission has assigned seven new wildlife conservation officers to its Southwest Pennsylvania region. The new WCOs completed a 50-week training program and have statewide police authority, but their primary...
Next Mayor Has Plenty Left to Do Downtown More Parking, Specialty Retail among City's Needs
It's easy to think that with two new skyscrapers in the works, an ever-tightening office market, a growing residential sector and a booming Market Square, Pittsburgh's next mayor may be able to rest easy when it comes to Downtown development.Not by a...
No Limits the Mayor's Office Is Open to the Highest Bidder
The biggest factor in winning the Democratic nomination for mayor won't be city services or property taxes or development plans or personnel choices.The deciding factor most likely will be money.Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph M. James ruled Wednesday...
Nyc's Coney Island Hopes for Rebound after Sandy
NEW YORK -- At the beginning of each tourist season, the entrepreneurs who pitch the thrill rides, hot dogs, sideshows and souvenirs at gritty Coney Island gather along its famous boardwalk to pray for two things: good weather and large crowds. Never...
Office Layout Can Improve Atmosphere for Workers
Question: Our department's physical layout has created a lot of problems. My employees work in a completely open area without cubicles or dividers. There are no enclosed spaces where we can talk privately about confidential matters, such as personal...
Options for What Defines Workspace Have Expanded
As the global movement to shun home offices for co-working spaces grows across the country, options for what defines a workspace have expanded. Business Insider's January roundup of "The 17 Coolest Co-Working Spaces in America" featured spaces offering...
Park Extends Lead in Lpga
South Korean Inbee Park opened a three-stroke lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., twice hitting to 2 1/ 2 feet to set up back-nine birdies in a bogey-free round. Park, 24, shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to reach 12 under at Mission Hills,...
Past Casts Powerful Shadow at UCLA
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Alford was formally introduced as UCLA's basketball coach Tuesday at center court in Pauley Pavilion. He mentioned John Wooden three times during his first three minutes in the Westwood spotlight.Athletic director Dan Guerrero noted...
Person of Interest: Allison Sommers
Allison Sommers grew up in New York City, the product of a theatrical family. Leaving Vassar after a year in the late 1970s, she went on to become an Equity stage manager for 35 years, working on and off Broadway, in music, dance and regional theater...
Pg Wins 16 Awards in AP Managing Editors' Contest
For the second time in two weeks, the Post-Gazette has captured more awards than any large-circulation newspaper in Pennsylvania in a venerable statewide journalism contest. The PG won 16 awards -- eight first places and eight seconds -- in the Pennsylvania Associated...
Pitt Students Find a Cause in Battling Sweatshops
The anti-sweatshop movement at the University of Pittsburgh took on a new tone after police charged a student with multiple felonies for spray painting the inside of the Cathedral of Learning.But the March 30 incident in Oakland is only the most recent development...
Planes, Trains and Automobiles or How to Get from Pittsburgh to New York City
Not too long ago, flying from Pittsburgh to New York City was cheap enough that you could do it, without too much planning, just for the weekend. I paid around $550 for four round-trip tickets to Newark Liberty International Airport just after Thanksgiving...
Player of the Year Shane Brudnok
PLAYER OF THE YEARSHANE BRUDNOK Goalie * Senior * 6 feet 3 * 195 poundsWhen John Winebrenner took over the job as Latrobe's head hockey coach, he knew he was getting a talented goaltender in Shane Brudnok. But after talking with Brudnok before the start...
Producer, Winner of 14 Grammys Phil Ramone | Jan. 5, 1934 - March 30, 2013
Phil Ramone, a prolific record producer and engineer who worked with some of the biggest stars of the last 50 years, including the late Ray Charles, the late Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, died March 30 in New York City....
Region's Job Growth Ranks Last in U.S
Although Pittsburgh's economy was doing better than most parts of the country during the early stages of recovery from the recession, that's no longer true. In fact, Pittsburgh is now dead last in the country in job growth. The latest data from the U.S....
Regulation Fails to Keep Pace with Surge in Bus Riders
WASHINGTON -- Ankur Singh and about 10 other Greyhound bus passengers huddled outside a locked terminal at 4 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa. The wind chill was -17 degrees Fahrenheit, and their connection wouldn't arrive for five hours.Traveling from Minneapolis...
Robert Remini July 17, 1921 -- March 28, 2013 Noted Political Biographer, Official House Historian
Robert Remini, an award-winning historian who was considered a pre-eminent biographer of President Andrew Jackson and who also served as official historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, died March 28 at a hospital in Evanston, Ill. He was 91.His...
School's Forensics Success Is More Than Just All Talk
More than 28 years ago, Alice Ursin got roped into coaching the Bethel Park High School forensic team. She's now 75 and those tethers hold her still.I got wind of Mrs. Ursin's dedication, and of the travails her team has had finding the funding to do...
Screws Must Set before Crosby Can Even Skate
Doctors treating Penguins center Sidney Crosby will make a determination about his return when they are confident that he has healed enough and that screws that were surgically implanted in his broken jaw are properly set, according to someone with knowledge...
SHORT HOPS [Derived Headline]
2013 WEEKLY LOG MondayWith a schedule that calls for an interleague game every day this season, Angels P Jered Weaver becomes the first AL starting pitcher to bat on opening day since Pat Dobson (Orioles) and Mel Stottlemyre (Yankees) in 1972. Weaver...
Social Media Give Police a Tool to Fight Crime
PHILADELPHIA -- Most people post what they ate for lunch, brag about their kids or lament a slow workday on their Facebook status.Omar Woods of Kensington confessed a crime: "I'm on da run for 3 attemed [sic] murders."That status update, along with photos...
SOUTH/CITY [Derived Headline]
SOUTHConnellsville man dies, boy injured in ATV accidentA Connellsville man was killed Saturday night following an ATV accident that also injured an 11-year-old boy.Joseph Lee Foster, 20, was driving the ATV when he lost control and he and the boy were...
Spadafora Wins Again
Paul Spadafora, "The Pittsburgh Kid," got right down to business and worked his way through 10 rounds to earn a unanimous decision against Rob Frankel Saturday night at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in New Cumberland, W.Va.Spadafora's counterpunches...
Stacy Lewis Ascends to No. 1
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The fact that an American golfer is ranked No. 1 in the world is not a surprise. The fact that a second golfer is ranked No. 1 -- a woman -- is very much a surprise.Of course, everyone knows Tiger Woods; the other is Stacy Lewis, and...
Stopgap Insurance Plan for Ill People Falls Short
WASHINGTON -- Federal funding is running out for an Affordable Care Act program meant to provide temporary health insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions, forcing states to stop signing up new participants.Critics say $5 billion was...
The 1 ; Aren't like the Rest of Us the Mega-Rich Share Few Priorities with Most Americans, but They Have a Lot More Clout
Over the last two years, President Barack Obama and Congress have put the country on track to reduce projected federal budget deficits by nearly $4 trillion. Yet when that process began in early 2011 only about 12 percent of Americans in Gallup polls...
The All-Stars
Joe GriffinNorth AlleghenyF * Sr. * 5-10 * 160Griffin led the Tigers in goals (19) during the regular season, despite missing most of February with a rib injury. He returned right before the playoffs and played his best hockey at the end of the season,...
The Batting Order Who, Not Where
Manager Clint Hurdle received a note from a fan this past week containing some advice. Because Michael McKenry was 3 for 5 with two doubles in his career against Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson, the fan argued, he should start that night's game rather...
The Iraq War Was a Calamity That Must Never Be Repeated
Jack Kelly outdoes himself in a March 26 column, "Iraq War Was Worth It" (Pittsburgh Press and post-gazette.com), wherein he attempts, to no avail, to airbrush history and purport, incredibly, that the Iraq War was worth the damage it has inflicted on...
The NRA vs. Animals It's Time to Push Back against the Nra's Defense of Discredited Hunting Practices
The National Rifle Association's resistance to almost any limits on guns or gun purchases is well established. Less frequently discussed is the group's unyielding defense of unsporting and destructive hunting pursuits, including the use of highly toxic...
The Senate That Was It Used to Be a Widely Revered Institution of Giants -- One That Got Things Done
WASHINGTONWhat if they had a Senate race and nobody ran?Not as fanciful as you think. It's only April and already seven lawmakers have announced they won't run again in elections still 18 months away. Alm ost certainly more will join them. Last year...
The Top 125 2013 Salaries
The 2013 salaries for the 125 highest paid players on opening day rosters, disabled lists and restricted lists. Figures were obtained by The Associated Press from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses...
THE WEEK AT A GLANCE [Derived Headline]
QUOTED+NOTED"It's a fun, good-natured rivalry, but there's no question that Latrobe absolutely is the birthplace." ? JAROD TRUNZO Assistant to the Latrobe city manager, discussing the Westmoreland County's city status as the place where the banana split...
The Week That Was
Spring has (finally) sprungIn Pittsburgh, new development plans are blooming like tulips. Some have been better received than others: A pitch for a 137-room boutique hotel in East Liberty, Hotel Indigo, was called "real plain ... something you would...
They Want Us to Die You Wouldn't Believe How Many People Hate Those of Us with Autism
The adult autistic community dreads the cerulean lights of April. Another crop of anti-autistic hate sites will appear, invigorated by the artificial sunshine of that cruel spotlight. The pastel blue of Autism Awareness Month will be everywhere, together...
TODAY [Derived Headline]
TODAYAn evening of Irish traditional singing, dancing, storytelling and music making will be enthusiastically presented by In Two Minds at 7 p.m. in the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, 416 W. North Ave., North Side. Len Graham, one of Ireland's...
Tsummer Question: Can Washington Govern?
WASHINGTON -- Congress returns to work this week facing a crowded legislative agenda and one big question for President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers: Can Washington govern?At no time since the earliest days of Mr. Obama's presidency have conditions...
Turkish Cypriots: Solidarity Tinged with Relief
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Barbed wire-topped walls stretch across the narrow, twisted streets of Nicosia's walled medieval city, where abandoned buildings extend across a no-man's land. On the other side, Turkish Cypriots have been watching with fascination...
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