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Articles from November 29, 2012

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2 Winning Tickets Sold in $588 Million Powerball
DEARBORN, Mo. -- The search is on for the country's newest multimillionaires, the holders of two tickets that matched all six numbers to claim a record $588 million Powerball jackpot.Lottery officials said today that the winning tickets matching all...
60 Down ... State Record in Tow, Clairton Continues to Go Big-Game Hunting
Now Tom Nola can breathe easier. For once, the Clairton High School football coach won't have to answer questions about his team chasing ghosts as the Bears made history with a 58-21 victory against Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A championship game last...
A Dozen Stress Busters
n Be good to yourself. Things are so hectic that you should try to find some time for relaxation and unwinding.* Don't abandon healthy habits. Keep your exercise regimen during the holidays. Remember that we eat and drink more during this season and...
A Friendly Wager Washington County Commissioners to Fly Beaver Flag over Courthouse Following Loss
There is joy throughout Beaver County as the Aliquippa Quips celebrate their 34-7 victory over the Washington Prexies on Friday to capture the Class AA WPIAL championship at Heinz Field. Now, the team is preparing their march toward the state championship....
After Sandusky Task Force Suggests Steps to Counter Child Abuse
As unlikely as it might seem, some good may actually come out of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.An 11-member Task Force on Child Protection, formed in the aftermath of the criminal charges against the former Penn State assistant football...
A Kitchen Where Design Meets Functionality
Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and developer James Ramos were trying to find a place upstairs for an espresso machine. As far as Mr. Zakarian was concerned, you roll out of bed, take a spin through the bathroom, and then are ready for the morning's...
Ambridge-Aliquippa Span Opens for Now
Good news for North Hills motorists who plan to drive across the Sewickley Bridge to and from Pittsburgh International Airport during the holiday season.After eight months of headaches and financial hardships for business-owners and motorists alike,...
America Should Help Syrian Rebels Condoleezza Rice
The civil war in Syria may well be the last act in the story of the disintegration of the Middle East as we know it. The opportunity to hold the region together and to rebuild it on a firmer foundation of tolerance, freedom and, eventually, democratic...
Amphetamine Use on Rise in NFL Players Blaming Use of Adderall as Cause of Positive Tests
More NFL players are testing positive for amphetamines, a class of substances that includes the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall. Since the start of the 2011 season, more than 10 players suspended for failing drug tests have publicly...
ASSESSMENT APPEALS WILL MISS DEADLINE [Derived Headline]
ASSESSMENT APPEALS WILL MISS DEADLINE Allegheny County won't be finished with assessment appeal hearings by the Dec. 17 deadline, officials told a judge overseeing the project today. As a result, Senior Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. said he would extend...
A Strong Returning Nucleus Has Deer Lakes Optimistic
What the Deer Lakes girls basketball team lacks in size, it also lacks in depth. But the Lancers are hoping they can more than make up for both perceived disadvantages with the experience they return in the trio of seniors, guard Rebecca Babincak and...
Barber, 90, Continues to Make the Cut
The life and career path of Frank Vitale has been shaped and influenced by his father, The Beatles, John F. Kennedy and the presidential son who was called John-John as a child.Growing up in Elliott in a family of eight, Mr. Vitale said his father "always...
'Batman' Comes Home
'THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' ****Chances are, you already saw the movie, which included the (cringe) demolition of the Heinz Field turf.Now, they've tossed Steelers fans a gift in the Blu-ray extras -- a featurette on how they shot the scene. "Gameday Destruction"...
B.B. King Show Was No Thrill
It is with the utmost disappointment I write to comment on the Nov. 21 concert at the Benedum by B.B. King. The management of that theater really dropped the ball. The concert was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., and it started right on time, though...
Beaver Flag Will Fly over Washington Following Football Loss
There is joy throughout Beaver County as the Aliquippa Quips celebrate their 34-7 victory over the Washington Prexies on Friday to capture the Class AA WPIAL football championship at Heinz Field.Now, the team is preparing their march toward the state championship.The...
Beige Book: Economy Remains Stagnant Some Optimism after Sandy, but Cliff Looms
The Federal Reserve Wednesday, in its "Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions" known as the Beige Book, drew a picture of an economy that is limping along at a pace described as "measured."Major hits to the economy, such as Hurricane Sandy...
Big 3 Deserve a Big No in Hall Vote Keep 'Em out of the Picture
It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.It would have been if those eligible had allowed their natural ability to carry the day. Barry Bonds never needed steroids...
Bishop Canevin Posts a Milestone Win
Despite missing a few key players against a solid Plum team, Bishop Canevin accomplished a feat a few weeks ago that it had on 499 other occasions in the program's history. The Crusaders won. They destroyed the Mustangs, 7-0, to become only the sixth...
Blair Urges Britain to Retain Place in European Union
LONDON -- With speculation growing about Britain's future in the European Union, Tony Blair, the former prime minister, warned Wednesday that the country faced a "real and present danger" if it edged toward leaving its regional alliance while power shifts...
Boston College 73, Penn State 61 Nittany Lions Rally Comes Up Short
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On a good day, or in this case, a good stretch of a game, Penn State basketball can feature timely3-point shooting, pressuring defense and athletic moves from guards D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall.That kind of basketball doesn't...
Bradley Was a Busy Guy Last Week
Jen Bradley could only laugh when asked if her husband has had very much at-home time lately."There's not a whole lot," she said.Until this past Friday, Dan Bradley was busy getting his Sto-Rox football team prepared for the WPIAL Class A championship...
Buffett's 21 Percent Mistake
I hate to pick a fight with the sage of Omaha, but in an otherwise admirable New York Times op-ed Monday that offered a new version of his idea for a minimum tax for the wealthy, Warren Buffett embraced (inadvertently, I'm guessing) spending and revenue goals...
Burrell Senior Chooses College
Six years ago, Dakota DesLauriers visited Mercyhurst University in Erie and that visit had a lasting effect on DesLauriers, who is now a senior at Burrell High School."I was in sixth grade and the Junior Olympic state [wrestling] tournament was at Mercyhurst,"...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Fewer hospital-acquired infections in Pa. in 2011Hospital-acquired infections statewide decreased more than 3 percent in 2011, according to the annual report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health released Wednesday. The report is based on the number...
Butler Graduate Lines Up vs. Iup
IUP will play Winston-Salem State in an NCAA Division II football playoff regional final Saturday with a trip to the sport's equivalent of the final four on the line. The Rams have offensive lineman Nate Hartung, 25, who graduated from Butler in 2005....
Canevin Posts Milestone Win
Despite missing a few key players against a solid Plum team, Bishop Canevin accomplished a feat a few weeks ago that it had on 499 other occasions in the program's history. The Crusaders won. They destroyed the Mustangs, 7-0, to become only the sixth...
Casey Calls for Va Monitoring Probe Says Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak at Hospital Here 'Preventable'
The recent outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Pittsburgh VA hospital in Oakland has caught the attention of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.Mr. Casey sent Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki a letter Wednesday, looking for answers to the cause of what...
Charges Filed in W.Va. Mine Disaster Massey Ex-Executive Expected to Enter Guilty Pleas to Federal Counts
A former key executive of the company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia where 29 miners were killed in an underground explosion in 2010 has been charged with violating mine safety laws and conspiring to impede federal mine inspectors.David...
Charter Schools Urged to Cull Poor Performers 1 in 5 Should Be Shut, Watchdog Group Says
WASHINGTON -- As many as 1 in 5 U.S. charter schools should be shut down because of poor academic performance, according to a group representing states, districts and universities that grant them permission to operate.The National Association of Charter...
City Council Bickers over Possible District Changes
Proposed changes to Pittsburgh City Council's reapportionment plan brought criticism Wednesday from three council members who said colleagues sprung the revisions on them without any warning and disregarded the need for public input.The proposed changes...
CITY/SOUTH/ALLEGHENY COUNTY [Derived Headline]
CITYHomicide suspect apprehended in ArizonaA man wanted on homicide charges in Pittsburgh was arrested Wednesday by U.S. Marshals in Tucson, Ariz., where authorities believe he was living under his brother's name.Jarrell A. Liddell, 33, faces charges...
Conference Realignment Louisville Jumps to Acc Cardinals Will Leave Big East and Replace Maryland, but No Date for Move Is Announced
Atlantic Coast Conference leaders got the school they wanted, and Louisville was relieved to find a home amid the latest wave of realignment. The ACC announced Wednesday that its presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to add Louisville as the replacement...
Congo Rebels Retreating
GOMA, Congo -- Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory they seized last week and pulled out of the region of Masisi, their military leader said Wednesday, in the first concrete sign that international pressure has stemmed...
Congressman Reviews Peers Via 'Lincoln'
A delicious moment in the film "Lincoln" comes when a Pennsylvania congressman tells a handful of party purists, "Gentlemen, you seem to have forgotten that our chosen career is politics."The Pennsylvania congressman sitting next to me chuckled at that.U.S....
Cosmic Collisions
It has been almost 100 years since Edwin Hubble measured the universe beyond the Milky Way Galaxy. Today, astronomers believe that as many as 100 billion other galaxies are sharing the cosmos. Most of these cosmic islands are classified by shape as either spiral...
COUNTY COUNCIL CONSIDERS RAISES COST-OF-LIVING BUMPS NOT SOUGHT [Corrected 11/30/12]
Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen says he would accept, but is not looking for, a cost-of-living bump in his pay next year. County Council's Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday recommended adding $38,602 to the personnel budget for his office. That...
Creating 'Special Spaces' Donations Sought to Redecorate for Children with Rare Disease
A nonprofit organization that redecorates the bedrooms of sick and disabled children is seeking donations to finish the bedrooms of four Hempfield children with a rare neurodegenerative disease in time for the holidays. Ryan and Addison Johnson have...
Da: No Charges in Zoo Death Boy's Fall Was 'Tragic Accident'
Witnesses to the mauling of a 2-year-old at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium earlier this month told investigators that it appeared the little boy thought there was Plexiglas in front of him at the African painted dog exhibit when he lunged forward...
Defense Stands Tall in Na's Title Victory
Through the first 12 weeks of the season, only Mt. Lebanon in the season opener had scored 14 points in a first half against North Allegheny. But in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Friday at Heinz Field, Woodland Hills scored two first-half touchdowns...
Do Other Countries Find Blackface Offensive?
Israeli Lt. Sacha Dratwa, who oversees social media for the Israel Defense Forces, posed in what he called "Obama style" blackface in a photo he uploaded to Facebook in September. Lt. Dratwa closed off access to his Facebook account Sunday, after a Lebanese...
Down in Legoland Master Builders Get to Hit the Bricks at Lego Kidsfest
In case your child hasn't told you, Lego KidsFest is back in Pittsburgh this weekend for three days of interlocking plastic brick madness.Although a staggering 27,000 parents and their kids came out to the first Lego KidsFest here in June 2011, the return...
Dozens Hurt as Myanmar Cracks Down on Mine Protest
MONYWA, Myanmar -- Security forces used water cannons, tear gas and smoke bombs today to clear protesters from a copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, wounding villagers and Buddhist monks in the biggest use of force against demonstrators since the reformist...
Egyptian Judges, Courts Step Up Fight against Morsi Edict
CAIRO -- The Egyptian judiciary intensified its resistance Wednesday to a move last week by President Mohamed Morsi to greatly enlarge his power, as the country's top courts joined a growing number of striking judges in expressions of dissent. Egypt's...
Expert Says Swift Action Needed to Calm Climate Talk Here Made amid New Risk Assessment Report
As world leaders, scientists and policymakers from 193 nations opened the United Nations climate change conference in Doha, Qatar, this week, Larry Schweiger, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, was in Pittsburgh...
Feds Accuse Gallup of Price Gouging over Contracts Polling Service Said to Inflate Hours for Treasury, State Work
WASHINGTON --The Justice Department accused the Gallup Organization on Wednesday of bilking federal agencies out of millions of dollars by routinely inflating prices for contracts.The 57-page civil complaint says that Gallup, the world's best- known...
Feds Block Bp from Bidding on New Pacts
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended BP from bidding on any new federal contracts as a result of the company's conduct during the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster that led to 11 deaths and the largest U.S. offshore spill.The...
Fiscal Talks Turn to Mortgage Deduction
WASHINGTON -- Of all the deductions woven into the sprawling U.S. tax code, few have been more fiercely guarded than the enormous tax break that lets homeowners deduct the interest they pay on their mortgages.But as Congress and the White House negotiate...
Fox Chapel Girls Stroke Their Way to U.S. Honors Rowing
Fox Chapel seniors Kelly Power, Sarah Burns and Colleen Hamilton are fast on the water and quick in the classroom. They were each named to the 2012-13 USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll.Athletes who earn the USRowing honor roll distinction must fulfill several...
Franklin Grad a Key for Penn State Megaludis Hopes to Help Lions to Third National Title in a Row
Can Penn State University win its third consecutive NCAA Division I wrestling title?Nico Megaludis thinks so."If we can stay healthy, I don't see any reason why we can't win another title," said Megaludis, a sophomore who graduated from Franklin Regional...
GAO REPORTS ON PREVALENCE OF MEDICARE FRAUD [Corrected 11/30/12]
Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent every year to investigate and prosecute Medicare fraud, much still goes undetected and "the extent of the problem is unknown," according to testimony submitted Wednesday to Congress. In its report to...
Gateway Teacher Wins Big Award
Jennifer Hoffner-Turkowski, a first-grade teacher at University Park Elementary School in the Gateway School District, sat in a school assembly Tuesday expecting to hear the entire staff and student body commended for the school's performance on the...
Give Someone Their Very Own Christmas Cookie Contest
The kitchen is the busiest room in the house for people like me who cook and bake during the holiday season. So anything that helps to ease my kitchen chores is a welcome addition to my basket of gadgets. The following gadgets might make great stocking...
Golf Course Revaluation a Whiff? Penn Hills Site's Operator Left Befuddled after Numerous Appeals
Property reassessment is giving Art Hawk, the operator of Three Lakes Golf Course, a bad case of financial whiplash.In January, Allegheny County's Office of Property Assessments more than tripled the market value on the 151 acres he owns in Penn Hills...
Great Hall Debate Begins with First-Timers Bonds, Clemens, Sosa Appear on Ballot for Cooperstown
The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their numbers? In a monthlong election...
Hillary Clinton's Farewell Tour? She's Looking Forward to Leaping out of the Fishbowl, but Probably Not for Long
As if a peaceful Thanksgiving dinner wasn't enough of a challenge, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to spend her holiday chasing an even more unattainable ideal: peace in the Middle East.So Ms. Clinton left her and President Barack Obama's trip...
Hot-Scoring Senior Leading Latrobe
Greater Latrobe senior forward Josh Singley has always been an unselfish hockey player."He creates a lot of opportunities for others," Wildcats coach John Winebrenner said.But this season, he has looked for his shot more often. It has led to Singley...
Iowa Town to Run Casino to Aid Revenue
Davenport, Iowa, seven miles down the Mississippi from the nation's first riverboat casino, plans to borrow $48 million so it can purchase its own.The municipality of 100,000 wants to sell general-obligation bonds to buy the Rhythm City riverboat on...
Israel Resigned to Major Setback at U.N. Palestinians Expect to Win Status Boost
JERUSALEM -- With Western support swelling in favor of a Palestinian bid for enhanced status at the United Nations, Israel engaged in damage control Wednesday, a day before the vote.Israeli officials began to play down the significance of a draft resolution...
It's 'Noraville' in Romance Queen's Hometown
BOONSBORO, Md. -- The mayor of Boonsboro calls it Noraville -- a small-town empire created by big-time romance author Nora Roberts. On Main Street, there is Inn Boonsboro, the quaint stone bed-and- breakfast that Ms. Roberts restored, the star of her...
Joblessness Here Inches Down
For the first time in seven months, seasonally-adjusted unemployment went down in the Pittsburgh region in October, declining by one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in September to 7.3 percent. It was the first decline for local unemployment...
Land Rovers West Allegheny Runs over West Mifflin to Claim Class AAA Title
Like it did for most of the season, West Allegheny traveled by land to win the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday night against West Mifflin Area at Heinz Field.The Indians (12-1) ran the ball 57 times for 402 yards, as they mixed and matched a...
Last Laugh the Onion's Subversive Humor Is Lost in Translation
"The Onion" bills itself as "America's finest news source." When then Sen. Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, "The Onion's" headline captured the historic moment perfectly: "Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job."Longtime readers of the print version...
Late Spurt Propels North Carolina
Xylina McDaniel, Waltiea Rolle and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 11 points apiece to lead No. 22 North Carolina to a 57-54 victory Wednesday night against No. 15 Ohio State. Tayler Hill scored 24 points for the Buckeyes (4-2).Hill's jumper pushed Ohio State...
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....
LITTLE BITES [Derived Headline]
CHEF SHUFFLE AT UP MODERN KITCHENEric Wallace, former executive chef of Casbah in Shadyside and Lidia's in the Strip District, has taken the helm at Up Modern Kitchen. Mr. Wallace had been slated as executive chef at Consol Energy Center. With the NHL...
LOCAL SCENE [Derived Headline]
Songwriter Circle discs* There is no shortage of singer-songwriters in Pittsburgh, many of whom toil under the radar and support each other through open stages and other songwriter gatherings.The crew that meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Bloomfield...
Loss Can't Dim Shining Season for Prexies
Mike Bosnic wanted to make one thing clear to his Washington High School football team soon after his Little Prexies ended their season with a loss in the WPIAL Class AA championship game last Friday at Heinz Field."I told them that they can't let one...
Louisville Pulls off Best Move Possible Rick Bozich
LOUISVILLE, Ky.The concern about the flight path of University of Louisville athletics had percolated across the area for more than a year.U of L needed to find a more stabile address than the Big East. But it didn't appear that another league was interested...
Low Numbers Pin Two Area Schools Wrestling
The wrestling squads at Highlands High School and Shady Side Academy are facing a serious lack of numbers, and the two schools are taking a different approach to dealing with the problem.Highlands finished the 2011-12 season with only six wrestlers and began...
Lsu Gives Miles New Deal
Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at LSU that also will result in a pay raise for one of the most successful coaches in program history. The new contract runs through 2019, which amounts to a two-year extension. Miles, who is 85-20 at LSU since...
Man of Style 90-Year-Old Barber Continues to Make the Cut
The life and career path of Frank Vitale has been shaped and influenced by his father, The Beatles, John F. Kennedy and the presidential son who was called John-John as a child.Growing up in Elliott in a family of eight, Mr. Vitale said his father "always...
Martin Delany
An abolitionist, newspaper editor, doctor and military officer, Martin Delany was one of the nation's most influential African- American leaders in the 19th century. Born on May 6, 1812, in Charles Town, Va. (now West Virginia), Martin Robinson Delany...
Matchup Shows off Clash of Philosophies
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has his own one-and-done plan when it comes to No. 8 Kentucky.He wants to limit the number of offensive rebounds the Wildcats get, but it was an apt choice of words considering the opponent. The game tonight...
Mcg Jazz Sets the Stage for Elegance
Concerts at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild's Jazz Hall generally are about the music not the look.That changes this weekend, as MCG Jazz offers two shows Saturday doubling as history lessons and leaning heavy on visuals: "Hill District BEAT," featuring...
Miami Scores Upset at Home Hurricanes Topple No. 13 Michigan St
Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points and the Miami Hurricanes held No. 13 Michigan State without a field goal for a pivotal 51/2-minute stretch in the second half in a 67-59 victory Wednesday night in Coral Gables, Fla. McKinney...
Morgan Leads Us vs. Ireland in Soccer Exhibition
PORTLAND, Ore. -- It was something of an understatement when Alex Morgan said she was feeling it against Ireland. Morgan scored three first-half goals and the Olympic gold medal- winning U.S. women's national team defeated Ireland, 5-0, Wednesday night,...
MOVIE GUIDE [Derived Headline]
* Where there are no stars, see reviews Friday, except where noted (some films are not previewed for critics). Key: Movies are rated on a scale of * (bomb) to **** (classic).OPENING FRIDAYANNA KARENINAActress Keira Knightley reunites with director Joe...
Mt. Lebanon QB Commits to Princeton
Tyler Roth didn't know what to expect at the outset of his senior football season at Mt. Lebanon High School.A new football coach had arrived following the departure of longtime coach Chris Haering, who had accepted an offer to join Paul Chryst's staff...
Munch Goes to the Pittsburgh Grille and Sports Bar
From Kentucky Fried Chicken to Seattle's Best Coffee, there's a longstanding tradition in the food business of choosing geographical names that intend to connote the cultural flavor of a place -- often poorly.The grammatically questionable Bahama Breeze...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Coraopolis The borough will host another food drive Dec. 15 for those in New Jersey who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.Resident Randy Bartosh said a truck will be parked on Fifth Avenue to accept and transport donations. The first collection of items...
NATION [Derived Headline]
ECONOMY HAS SPURT WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate from July through September, much faster than first thought. The strength is expected to fade in the final months of the year because of the impact of Superstorm Sandy...
'New' Grain Spells Delicious Bread
Wheat does such a fine job of making bread that home bakers seldom bother with any other grain. And frankly, in this part of the country, other flours, even the humble rye, are hard to find in fresh condition. One solution, I've found, is to become...
New Rule on Long Putters Governing Bodies Will Not Ban Equipment but Change the Way It Is Used by 2016
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Golf's governing bodies, worried that players will turn to long putters as an advantage instead of a last resort, proposed a new rule Wednesday that would ban the putting stroke used by three of the past five major champions....
Obama to Dine with Romney
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will have lunch today with his onetime Republican rival, Mitt Romney, at the White House, making good on an election-night pledge by the president to meet with Mr. Romney.The White House announced the event Wednesday,...
Parisians Behaving Badly Pict's 'The School for Lies' Puts a Contemporary Twist on Moliere
Costume designer Joan Markert introduces the whimsical edginess of an Alexander McQueen runway show to the 17th-century Parisians behaving badly in Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's "The School for Lies." The update of "The Misanthrope" debuted...
Party's Theme Puts Friend in a Bind
DEAR HARRIETTE: My good friend's birthday party is coming up. I am excited to go, because I haven't seen him and that group of friends in a long time because of my work schedule. I told him I would be there before I knew the details of the party...
Perfect Quips Post Record 15th Wpial Title
The year was 1952, and Aliquippa picked up its first WPIAL football championship by defeating Washington at Pitt Stadium.That stadium is long gone, but Aliquippa's winning ways aren't.Sixty years after winning their first title, the Quips beat Washington...
Peters Wants Help with Appeals
Peters council members Monday said they will begin putting pressure on Washington County officials to help them defend real estate tax assessments -- even if it means going to court.Faced with about 200 real estate tax appeals, some of which have spanned...
Petraeus, the Comeback General
David Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.It was only two weeks ago that Mr. Petraeus resigned from his job as...
Physical Therapy Is One Solution to Torn Acl
DEAR DOCTOR K: I tore my ACL. Is surgery inevitable?DEAR READER: The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a band of tissue that runs through the middle of the knee joint and keeps the shinbone from sliding forward past the thighbone. The ACL can tear...
Plum Grad Getting a Chance to Show Stuff with Marlins
Scott McGough's first full season in professional baseball was eventful."It was wild, that's for sure," said McGough, a Plum High School graduate who laughed while recalling his year.Yet it ended on a high note for McGough, a right-handed relief pitching...
POLICE BLOTTER [Derived Headline]
Scott Sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut.That's the lesson Devin Miller, 20, of Crafton, and William Godzinski and Ryan Pawlowski, both 19 and both from Scott, may be learning the hard way, after being charged by Scott police with theft by unlawful...
Potato, Leek and Chard Chowder
This chowder is a perfect example of how to strategically use small amounts of high-fat ingredients. Its few ounces of smoky bacon provide a big flavor boost. To keep things lean and clean, I drain off the rendered bacon fat.Adding chard to what is basically...
Practicing Good Government in Monroeville
Monroeville is facing a huge budget shortfall, and we need all members of council to think creatively to solve this problem. Councilwoman Lois Drumheller, at the first budget meeting, Nov. 1, suggested that Monroeville look for alternative funding for...
Pso Solo Turns into Quest for the Right Clarinet
Michael Rusinek loves a challenge. It's not enough that he prevailed in a highly competitive classical music world, punctuated by becoming the principal clarinetist of the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (in 1998). When he gives master classes...
Purchase of Coyotes Nearly at Finish Line
The Phoenix Coyotes have taken a major step toward securing an owner. All that's left is one final hurdle.Glendale's City Council voted late Tuesday night in favor of a reworked, $320 million arena-management deal with Greg Jamison, clearing the way...
Random Acts of Kindness
STRANGER MADE SURE A LOST CHECK ENDED UP IN THE PROPER MAILBOXMy thanks go out to the young lady on Lelia Street who returned my lost rent check, in my mailbox, with a note telling me to have a nice day.Mount Washington still has some of the finest people...
Reports Advise Security Upgrades at Western Psych
A security consultant's report on Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic released today describes an "overcrowded" and "cluttered" security room and an inadequate key-card system at the Oakland facility where John Shick shot multiple people March 8."Should...
Reshuffling the Deck for a Second Day in a Row, the Offensive Line Undergoes an Overhaul with C Pouncey Shifting to Lg as Part of It
The Steelers lineup is like the weather in Pittsburgh lately, something different each day. One day after coach Mike Tomlin announced a few lineup changes, more were forthcoming, including changes to the changes. A major face-lift could be in order for...
Reviving Rather Ripped Vintage West Coast Record Store Gets a New Life in Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh is an old-school city nicely dotted with record stores, from the venerable Jerry's in Squirrel Hill to the versatile Attic in Millvale, with Eide's, Sound Cat, Mind Cure, 720 and plenty of Exchanges in between.Only one will be able to claim...
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