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Articles from July 19, 2012

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18th Blues Festival Packed with Legends
The 18th annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival has age and experience on its side, with such legends as Mavis Staples, Canned Heat and Bobby "Blue" Bland.It begins with the traditional Free Friday, a Mardi Gras Night headlined by the Grammy-winning Terrance...
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Thursday, July 19, 2012By Joe KochThe past three weeks have spawned a lifetime of memories for Washington Wild Things starting pitcher Gary Lee.The Chesapeake, Va., native who turned 27 Wednesday became a first-time father when his wife Jessica gave...
2nd Suspect Sought in Burning of Man
State police are searching for a second suspect after a Homestead woman was arrested this week for kidnapping and attempting to kill a man who said he helped her purchase cocaine that would not cook properly.Marlena Jones, 34, was charged with attempted...
5K TO HONOR TEEN'S FALLEN FRIEND [Corrected 07/28/12]
The death of Staff Sgt. Edward Greiner of Ross in a motorcycle accident in March has left his loved ones struggling with grief and searching for ways to manage it.His family is finding comfort in a cocoon of support from the staff sergeant's friends."I...
Aliquippa Senior Sets Lofty Goals at Hopewell
Damon Sims Jr. has lofty goals for his senior year at Aliquippa High School. "I want to win two PIAA titles," Sims said. "I will settle for no less than two titles." Sims is a lineman for the Quips football team. He's also a wrestler for neighboring...
ALL WEEKEND [Derived Headline]
ALL WEEKENDApartment thriller Intimate theater takes on new meaning with the thriller "Toyer," set in an apartment -- literally. "Toyer" takes place in an actual apartment, seating the audience in the living room with the intent to "blur the line between...
Also This Week
* "The Three Stooges" (***): Moe, Larry and Curly are left on the doorstep of an orphanage as babies in this Farrelly brothers comedy, which keeps the Stooges' finger pokes to the eyes, hammers to the skull and lobsters down the pants style of humor....
Americans Placed on No-Fly List Still Can Learn to Become Pilots
WASHINGTON -- U.S. citizens who are on the government's list of people banned from flying because they are considered terror threats are not prevented from learning how to fly in schools around the country, according to government regulations.Such a...
A Piece of the Auction Tri County Is One of about a Dozen Sites Connecting Farmers with Wholesalers
NEW WILMINGTON -- Harry Shiever heads to Pittsburgh three days a week to buy produce from brokers for the Butler Farm Market in Renfrew that he and his son own. The store carries everything from grapefruit to apples to corn on the cob.But two days a...
Area Players Migrate South
It's long been a staple of families involved with amateur ice hockey in the Pittsburgh area. Players with more than rudimentary skills have been making treks to far-flung destinations to hone their skills with the idea of playing on the collegiate level...
AROUND THE MAJORS [Derived Headline]
NATIONAL LEAGUE* Diamondbacks 7, Reds 1: Jason Kubel returned from a sore hamstring and homered in his first two at-bats, powering Arizona to a victory in Cincinnati that dropped the Reds back into a first- place tie with the Pirates. Ian Kennedy (7-8)...
Assad Emerges after Attack, Swears in New Defense Minister
BEIRUT -- President Bashar Assad attended the swearing-in of his new defense minister today, according to footage shown on Syrian state TV, the first sign of the president since an audacious rebel attack the day before struck at the heart of his regime...
A Young Rapper Breaks Taboos in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD -- In September, rap fans will be treated to the online release of "The Mushroom Cloud Effect," a hardcore album by a debutant artist featuring collaborations with American powerhouses like B-Real, Xzibit and Everlast. The improbable star of...
Baldwin's Taylor Continues Hot Streak
More than nine months after a surprising, first-of-its-kind tournament victory, Zack Taylor continues to win.A sophomore at Baldwin High School, Taylor became the first freshman to win the WPIAL golf championship in October. Last week at Fox Run Golf...
Batman N'at Christian Bale Talks 'Dark Knight Rises,' the Hype, the Co-Stars and the Accents He Discovered during His Time in Pittsburgh
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Leave it to a surfer dude to penetrate Batman's bubble. Asked if he pays much attention to the breathless, heart- pounding hype about the release of "The Dark Knight Rises" -- Can it beat "The Avengers"? Is it the best of the...
Beaver County League Allows Teams to Focus on Chemistry
Since its inception seven years ago, the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am League at the Greentree Sportsplex has been a place for NCAA Division I and a select number of Division II players to get runs in during the summer months against excellent competition.While...
Beware of Bogus Debt Collectors
It's one thing to owe money for a legitimate debt; it's quite another to be threatened with arrest and jail time for a debt you don't owe. That has been happening to local and regional consumers more and more, according to the Better Business Bureau...
Bob Babbitt Nov. 26, 1937 - July 16, 2012 Funk Brothers Bass Player
Bob Babbitt, a Pittsburgh-born bassist for Motown Records and key accompanist to some of the recording studio's biggest stars, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations, died Monday at a hospice near his home in Nashville, Tenn. He was...
Born into War, a Star Dancer Grows to Inspire
JOHANNESBURG -- Michaela DePrince was little more than a toddler when she saw her first ballerina -- an image in a magazine page blown against the gate of the orphanage where she ended up during Sierra Leone's civil war. It showed an American ballet...
BRIEFLY [Derived Headline]
PARKING DEVICES ALMOST READYThe first of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority's new multi-space metering devices will be put into service next Thursday.A ribbon-cutting will be held at 12:30 p.m. at 115 Federal St., next to PNC Park.After that, the 12 machines,...
Bucco Fever: Game Attendance Nearing Record Levels
As the Pirates' team on the field chases its goal of a playoff spot, the team in the front office likewise gets closer to its goal - - 2,436,140.That's the total that would set a new season attendance record for baseball games in Pittsburgh.A winning...
Bulgaria: Israelis Killed by Suicide Attacker
BURGAS, Bulgaria -- A lanky, long-haired man wearing a baseball cap and plaid shorts with a fake Michigan driver's license carried out a deadly suicide attack on a bus full of Israeli vacationers, Bulgarian officials said today.Israeli Prime Minister...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Average home prices rise throughout regionThe average price for residential homes in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area climbed to $184,140 in June, up 8 percent from $170,424 a year ago, according to RealSTATs, a local real estate information service....
Capital One Socked $210M in Penalties Bank's Sales Tactics Draw First Action by Consumer Watchdog
Capital One, one of the nation's biggest banks, will reimburse $150 million to more than 2 million customers for selling them credit card products they could not use or did not want, as the nation's new consumer watchdog leveled its first enforcement...
Carlow Athletic Director Receives Regional Award
Carlow University athletic director George Sliman was named the NAIA's Northeast Region athletic director of the year in late June."I was surprised and honored that I had even been nominated by my peers," Sliman admitted Monday.Sliman took over as athletic...
Churchill Moves to 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'
Churchill council is considering the adoption of a voluntary recycling plan so borough residents who want to recycle will be able to drop their recyclables on the curb with their trash.Residents who wish to recycle now have to take their recyclables to...
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CITY McKees Rocks teenager found dead in Hill District Pittsburgh police are investigating whether the slaying of a McKees Rocks teenager Tuesday night is related to other recent homicides in that borough. A couple walking about 7 p.m. discovered the...
Coalition Lost but the Flux in Israel May Spur the Peace Process
The fluidity that will ensue in Israeli politics after the breakup Tuesday of the Likud-Kadima coalition could provide an opening for a constructive return to the Middle East peace process.That is the central problem facing Israel as a nation in a sea...
Corbett Says He's 'Disappointed' with Former Penn State Officials
HARRISBURG -- In his first detailed remarks on the Penn State Freeh report, Gov. Tom Corbett today expressed disappointment with the university's prior adminisration for a lack of cooperation with the state attorney general's office.Following an event...
Cut Your Weight Maintenance Calories to Take off the Pounds
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm trying to lose weight. How can I figure out how many calories I should be eating every day?DEAR READER: Since your weight is influenced both by the number of calories you eat and by the number of calories you burn during your daily activities,...
Cyber School Hires Lawyer in Federal Probe
The board of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School late Wednesday night hired an attorney to represent it in relation to an ongoing federal grand jury investigation.The board hired Robert E. Stewart of the Downtown firm Stewart & Zinski at a rate of...
'Dark Horse' a Comedy That Rides on the Dark Side
For a good time, don't call Todd Solondz.That's not a reflection of the quality or memorable moments of his movies such as "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Happiness" and "Life During Wartime" but of the downbeat nature of his stories as he presents a class...
Disappearing into Thin Air Pirates 9, Rockies 6: Four Home Runs Patch over Another Rough Mcdonald Outing
DENVER -- The Pirates took advantage of the thin mountain air at Coors Field on Wednesday. Over and over and over and over again.The Pirates belted four home runs in a game for the fourth time this season and rallied from an early deficit to beat the...
Donald J. Sobol Oct. 4, 1924 - July 11, 2012 Encyclopedia Brown Series Hooked Young Readers
Donald J. Sobol, the creator of Encyclopedia Brown, the clever boy detective who made bookworms of many a reluctant young reader, died July 11 in South Miami, Fla. He was 87.The cause was gastric lymphoma, his son John said.Mr. Sobol's books have been...
East Hempfield Cruises to Region 7 Tournament
The East Hempfield American Legion team was 3-1 at one point this season, which seems like a long time ago. East Hempfield has won 22 consecutive games including three sweeps in best-of-three series to advance to the Region 7 tournament that begins Saturday...
Erin Jedlowski Dec. 12, 1988 - July 15, 2012 Young Twirler Lifted Batons and Spirits
After she felt a call to Christian missions, Erin Jedlowski pursued it with the same passion and discipline she had poured into becoming a national champion baton twirler. Her quest ended with a van crash as the 23-year-old from Lower Burrell led a trip...
Evans' Repeat Hopes Gone after Stage 16 Tough Climbs Slow Defending Champ in the Pyrenees
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France -- Cadel Evans' vision of repeating as Tour de France champion vanished under the sun-baked punishment of the Pyrenees mountains Wednesday, as Bradley Wiggins took another step toward taking the yellow jersey home. Thomas Voeckler...
Ex-Official to Be Sentenced
Former Crafton manager Richard J. Crown is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 13 on six charges of stealing $143,748 from the Crafton Volunteer Fire Department during the time he served as treasurer. Mr. Crown, 45, entered guilty pleas last month to four...
Ex-Serra Coach Lands at Rival Clairton
Two years ago, it seemed like everything was lining up for Matt Geletko.Legendary Serra Catholic basketball coach Bob Rozanski was retiring after 32 years and it seemed only logical that Geletko, a 1992 Serra graduate and 12-year assistant to Rozanski,...
Extreme Heat Takes Toll on Outdoor Workers
Battling the third stifling heat wave of the summer, flower vendor John Lindsey Jr. reworks his strategy.Roving up the line of cars is harder in the heat, so he settles under his umbrella with bouquets in both hands to focus on catching foot traffic...
Family Hunts for Clues about Missing Father
EAST LACKAWANNOCK, Pa. -- Every discarded soda bottle, rock and misplaced blade of grass plays on Mike Mariacher's dwindling hopes that his father -- a former outdoorsman turned agoraphobe -- will be found alive.Donald Mariacher, 80, walked away from...
FCC Chief Vows Efficiency
As the nation shifts from phone jacks to wireless calls and from copper telephone wires to fiber optic cables, one might assume there's been a boom in information and communications technology jobs. To the contrary, figures released by the Department...
FDA Approves Two Drugs to Aid Weight Loss
After a drought of 13 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved two diet drugs in just under three weeks to help Americans in their battle of the bulge. The first drug, Belviq, known chemically as lorcaserin, which was approved in late June,...
Ferlo, Park Agree to Conditions for Beer at Kennywood
Kennywood Park, home to the Thunderbolt, Exterminator and Phantom's Revenge, is one step closer to adding a "beer garden" to its list of permanent attractions.Kennywood's ongoing quest for a liquor license faced its biggest roadblock in state Sen. Jim...
Festival Rings in New Century
The parishioners of St. Bartholomew Parish in the Unity Township village of Crabtree know how to throw a fireworks spectacular. They should -- they have a century of experience. The pyrotechnics are a highlight of the annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel...
Fiddlin' in Pittsburgh Lewis Stadlen Is Bringing His Experience to Pittsburgh Clo's 'Fiddler on the Roof'
Lewis Stadlen has been playing large as a theater actor since his Broadway debut, when he portrayed Groucho Marx in "Minnie's Boys" in 1970, when he won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding performance in a musical. Following the footsteps of Zero Mostel...
Finding a Summer Food 'Repeater'
I don't really enjoy summer cooking. Notice that I didn't say "I don't enjoy summer food." There's a huge difference. Growing up on a farm, I earned to appreciate the abundance of summer bounty: sweet corn, strawberries, raspberries, green beans, tomatoes,...
Former Penn State Standout Ready to Make Olympic Run
The look on Bridget Franek's face when the race ended summed it all up.The disbelief, the thrill, the physical expense was all rolled into a moment -- she was heading to the Olympics.The former Penn State All-American had just finished second in the...
FOR THE RECORD [Derived Headline]
REGGAEJIMMY CLIFF 'Rebirth' (Universal)Critic's Call: * * * 1/2Although he's tossed in a few torrid reggae classics on nearly every album he's recorded, there hasn't been an across-the-board, consistently great, wonderful sounding Jimmy Cliff album since...
From Nuclear Lab to Front of House
When she saw Natalie Carbone Mangini on the television screen, a woman watching "What's My Line" told her husband "I know her line. She's a waitress at Carbone's." The long-time customer almost fell over when she learned Mrs. Mangini was also a nuclear...
Full Disclosure Romney Should Offer Answers and More Tax Returns
There are bigger issues for the presidential contenders than what Republican nominee Mitt Romney did at Bain Capital more than a decade ago or how much money he has made since. If Mr. Romney wants to shift the debate from questions about his leadership...
GAME DAZE [Derived Headline]
'SPEC OPS: THE LINE' Critic's Call: * * 1/2"Heart of Darkness" is my favorite book of all time. My friend Luke and I talk about it often and jokingly reminisce about a college professor who may or may not have said its themes were best discussed while...
Good Starts Likely Will Determine Open Winner
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- It's rare to see Tiger Woods hit iron off the tee on a par 5, except in links golf, and especially at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. With a stiff breeze in his face on the 598-yard 11th hole, he most likely could not reach the...
Hold the Mayo for This Potato Salad
My family's favorite potato salad is made with mayonnaise. But a few years ago I discovered a recipe that uses asparagus, bacon, fresh thyme, Parmigiano-Reggiano, dressed only with olive oil. I tested the salad on my husband, and after he nearly emptied...
Hopewell Moves on after Legendary Coach
Dave Denniston knew taking over as manager of the Hopewell American Legion baseball team was going to be a bit awkward at first. "In the beginning, it was kind of hard to fathom," he said. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Beaver County League saw...
Housing Starts Show Signs of Life in a Sluggish Economy
Nearly four years after problems in the housing market began casting a dark cloud over the broader economy, the U.S. Commerce Department released data on new home construction Wednesday that suggested the nation's economic recovery is slowly picking...
How Summer Makes Kids Dumber and Fatter
It's July, and for many of us, that brings back fond childhood memories of family vacations, summer camp or long, happy days spent playing with friends. But this quaint notion of summers as a kids' paradise is dangerously misleading, evidence from social...
Hurdle: Mccutchen Special
DENVER --It has been 35 years since Clint Hurdle made his major league debut, and in that time, he has seen some incredible months of offense.Andrew McCutchen's most recent work might top that list, Hurdle said.Better than when he watched George Brett...
Iran Accused of Bulgaria Bus Blast Bomb Kills at Least 7 aboard Vehicle Full of Young Israeli Tourists
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Israel vowed Wednesday to strike back at Iran, blaming the Islamic Republic for a brazen daylight bombing that targeted a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria and killed at least seven people.President Barack Obama termed it a...
Jordan Miles: 'I Thought I Was about to Be Robbed' Testifies That Police Beat Him on Homewood Street in 2010
Jordan Miles today described for a federal court jury a confrontation with three city police officers in January 2010 that left him bruised and in pain.Officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak are accused of falsely arresting, beating...
Jump in Housing, Earnings Send Stocks Upward
NEW YORK -- A new sign of recovery in the housing market and strong corporate earnings sent stocks higher for a second day.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 103.16 points, or 0.8 percent, to 12,908.70 on Wednesday, a strong showing for what has been...
'Kids' on the Way
'FRIENDS WITH KIDS' Critic's Call: * * * "Friends With Kids" is just funny enough and the contrived drama almost real enough to work as a heavier-than-usual chick flick -- an odd combination of sitcom and romcom that ends up as a kind of backhanded endorsement...
Kitty Wells Changed History
Sixty years ago, Kitty Wells, who died Monday at 92 from complications of a stroke, changed history. It's that simple. In 1952 without consciously trying, she established the beachhead that made it possible for Patsy, Loretta, Tammy, Reba, Miranda, Taylor and...
Knoch Coach Faces New Challenge as Ad
Mike King welcomes challenges.He went full-bore at a huge one last fall when Alexis Summers, a popular student-athlete at Knoch Senior High School, was killed in a traffic accident on Nov. 1."I can't remember who said it," said King, who has taught and coached...
Land Mine Blast in Pakistan Kills 14 Shiites
ISLAMABAD -- A van carrying minority Shiite Muslims hit an anti- tank land mine Wednesday in northwestern Pakistan, killing 14 passengers in what police described as the country's latest sectarian attack.Eight members of one family, including three women...
Latrobe Coach Retires after 40 Years at Helm
Latrobe's annual wrestling banquet was very emotional for head coach Marc Billett, but he didn't let on to anybody just how emotional it was for him."I knew there was a good chance that I would be retiring from coaching, but I didn't want to tell anybody,"...
Let's Go to the Beach? America Turning into a No-Vacation Nation
ATLANTA -- This spring, during a weeklong vacation in Florida, Caren West wasn't just wired, she was literally wired or wireless. The local public relations whiz spent most of her time in a beach house with laptop open, smartphone ringing and brain firing...
Lin to Houston Good for Business
Jeremy Lin loves New York. He wanted to stay. Even so, it was more important to him to be on the court as a starting point guard, and he's convinced the Houston Rockets will put him there. "They made a very compelling pitch in terms of what I could bring to...
LITTLE BITES [Derived Headline]
* "Sing. Dance. Eat. Drink. Enjoy. Be Happy!" So advises the flier for the "Biggest Annual Ukrainian Festival" that runs July 25 to 28 at St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church at 116 Ella St. (at Helen Street) in McKees Rocks. Festivities start at 4 p.m....
'Mad Men' in Emmy-Leading Role Again with 17 Nods
LOS ANGELES -- "Mad Men," a piercingly bleak portrait of a 1960s American anti- hero, earned a leading 17 Emmy nominations Thursday and the chance to set a new record as the most-honored drama in television history."Mad Men," which has won four best...
Mavis Staples Visits Folk-Gospel Past
If Mavis Staples speaks with the wide-eyed optimism of a first- timer, it's because in some ways she is. Although she has been singing for more than 60 years and got her start as a member of the Staple Singers, her career seemed destined for the nostalgia...
Mccain Condemns Attacks on Clinton Aide
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. John McCain came to an unusual and impassioned defense of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying the "sinister accusations" by congressional conservatives about her alleged connection...
Mccandless Youth's Work Is Paying off on the Links Golf
During the week leading up to the Tri-State PGA Junior Championship at Fox Run Golf Course July 11, Josh Huhn wanted to spend a day acclimating himself further to the Beaver Falls course he was about to play competitively. So he did just that -- he spent...
Mcdougal Returns to Rams after 11 Years
Glenn McDougal always thought he would be back. He just didn't expect it to be so long.McDougal returns as South Side Beaver's head football coach after an 11-year hiatis."When I stepped down in 2000, my hope was to come back in a couple years if the...
Melodies on the River American Wind Symphony Orchestra Docks Here for the First Time in 15 Years
The music barge is on its way back to Pittsburgh.Christened Point Counterpoint II, this unique boat is both the vessel and the venue of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. A stage tucked away inside the boat will open for a concert at Point State Park...
Miles Kin, Girlfriend Set Scene before Encounter with Police
As Terez Miles waited in front of the Allegheny County Jail on Jan. 13, 2010, expecting to see her son Jordan, about a half-dozen men walked out the front door, she testified at the U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday."One of them was coming towards me, and...
Mountain State University to Keep Accreditation during Appeal Process
Mountain State University, which is based in Beckley, W.Va., and operates a satellite location in Beaver County, will retain its accreditation while school officials vow to "pursue a vigorous appeal of a Higher Learning Commission decision to withdraw accreditation...
Mt. Lebanon Pool Upgrades Feasible
Mt. Lebanon likely will borrow money this year to fund upgrades to its swimming pool, a top priority in a municipality with aging recreation areas.Necessary pool improvements total $4.5 million and include renovating the bathhouse some say is poorly...
Munch Goes to Hello Bistro
When Munch was a kid, and while Munch continued to act like one as an adult, salads fell in the same category as things Munch found viscerally repulsive, along with the Baltimore Ravens, the dentist and colonoscopies. And as a college kid, Munch's diet...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
SCOTTA waterline replacement project along Greentree Road is on the horizon and will continue until the end of the year.The work area will extend from the Greentree and Cochran roads intersection in Scott to the water tank in Green Tree. Construction...
Music on the Menu Savvy Restaurateurs Select Tunes That Put Diners in Mood for Food
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Before opening, the team behind Asian Box, a build-your-own-bowl cafe in Palo Alto, Calif., hoped that executive chef Grace Nguyen's authentic cuisine would transport guests to the bustling streets of Vietnam, where rickshaws kick...
Mylan Classic Hoping to Line Up Playoff Role
This year's Mylan Classic is set to go off as planned at Southpointe Golf Club, but next year's edition of the Web.com Tour event could have some new wrinkles.The Web.com Tour -- formerly the Nationwide Tour -- is a developmental series for professionals...
NASA Aims for Mars Rover Landing in Early August
WASHINGTON -- In the early morning hours of Aug. 6, NASA and space enthusiasts across the world will be able to monitor the Mars landing of the most advanced robot ever to be sent to another world.Named Curiosity, the robot -- or "rover" -- has been...
NASA Spinoffs
NASA spinoffs are products that were developed from the same technologies that launched satellites into space, put men on the moon and built the space station. These products have found their way into our lives, from invisible dental braces to portable cordless...
NATALIE CARBONE MANGINI [Derived Headline]
NATALIE CARBONE MANGINIAGE: 83HOMETOWN: Crabtree, Unity Township.OCCUPATION: Restaurateur. Nuclear chemist.EDUCATION: Seton Hill College (now Seton Hill University) and Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University).FAMILY: My four...
NATION [Derived Headline]
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR IOWA GIRLS DES MOINES, Iowa -- With the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a pair of young Iowa cousins in its seventh day, the search has moved to a landfill and a closer look into the lake near where the girls' bicycles...
Natural Gas Industry Speaks Up with Film
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 turned out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cecil Tuesday to view the natural gas industry's answer to the controversial film "Gasland," a 2010 documentary that became infamous for blaming gas well drilling for, among...
New Dormont Manager Says He's Here to Stay
Jeffrey Naftal values stability. And yet here he is, 52 years old and Dormont's 10th manager in 11 years, the top administrator in a borough with council meetings once so rancorous that residents have described them as more entertaining than TV.Personalities...
New Draft Policies Slow Spending Spree
Spending by teams in baseball's amateur draft dropped by 11 percent in the first year of restrictions imposed by the new labor contract.Teams allocated $207.8 million to draft picks, down from $233.6 million last year though still the second-highest...
Next Stop: Houser Signs as Free Agent with Florida
From undrafted to the league's MVP?Less than two weeks removed from signing his first professional contract with the NHL's Florida Panthers, Michael Houser has a long way to go before he can think about that kind of meteoric leap. But for Houser, a goalie...
NFL Camps
Where two dates are listed, rookies report on the first date, veterans the second.AFCSTEELERS -- Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa. (July 25)BALTIMORE RAVENS -- Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md. (rookies: July 22, veterans: July 25)BUFFALO...
Northview Heights Teen Runs a Mean Race
Outside the public housing in Northview Heights, a uniformed guard with a gun on his hip waits at the entrance booth, lifting the gate only after you show him your driver's license.Miles Snyder lives there. He's 13, the second of 10 children, nine of...
Not Grate to Cook Meat Directly on the Coals Is to 'Clinch' ... and It's a Cinch
Quick and clean with gas? Or slow and smoky with charcoal? That's the question backyard grill masters have been hotly debating since the first gas grill in the 1960s. Here's another option: Why not get down and dirty, and clinch that rib-eye to crusty...
No Time to Cool off for Qv Runners
You think the 90-plus-degree heat in the area last week was tough on you? Try being a dedicated cross country runner determined to train for another run at a WPIAL championship.Quaker Valley won the WPIAL Class AA boys and girls championships in the...
Oh Baby, All-Star Pitcher Lee Enjoying His Ride
The past three weeks have spawned a lifetime of memories for Washington Wild Things starting pitcher Gary Lee.The Chesapeake, Va., native who turned 27 Wednesday became a first-time father when his wife Jessica gave birth to their first child, Kirsten...
On a Crusade: Burgess 4-Sport Star at Canevin
Like a proud mother with her children, Bailey Burgess treats all her true loves equally.When it comes to what sport she plays, Burgess, a sophomore at Bishop Canevin, is hesitant to play favorites."That's a tough one," Burgess said hesitantly when asked...
On the Road Again after 40-Plus Years Canned Heat Perseveres with Three Members of Woodstock Lineup
Canned Heat drummer Fito de la Parra had a gig on Aug. 16, 1969, that he just didn't want to play. The LA blues-rock band, 4 years old at the time, was scheduled to appear at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair that Saturday night just before Mountain and...
Opening Ceremony to Be Shortened
LONDON -- Lights, camera, action ... Cut!Not the words director Danny Boyle was hoping to shout just days before the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.But the Oscar-winning director of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" has been forced to trim...
Our Pro-Coal President Coal Jobs Are Up as Obama Invests in the Industry's Future
Coal miners wake up before the sun rises, travel miles into the darkness of mountains and with only a lamp on their helmets help power our country. They have a dangerous job, and they deserve a president who fights for them.Our economy is stronger when...
Out from the Shadows 'Dark Knight Rises' Weaves Dark, Deep, Cohesive Tale for Fans of the Batman Trilogy
Watching "The Dark Knight Rises"-- all 2 hours and 44 minutes of it -- is like savoring a gourmet meal in a world where most of the food is flavorless, overprocessed or served in snack sizes. It is the best movie of the year so far, comic book or otherwise, edging...
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