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Articles from June 11, 2012

A Bad Deal Short-Term Loan Bill Means Long-Term Disgrace
So-called payday lenders charge down-on-their-luck consumers exorbitant interest rates to borrow against their own future paychecks.That's a recipe for disaster, yet a measure passed in the state House last week would open the doors of Pennsylvania to...
ALLEGHENY COUNTY/NORTH/WEST/STATE [Derived Headline]
ALLEGHENY COUNTYSuit settled for inmate who committed suicideA lawsuit filed by the estate of a man who killed himself in the Allegheny County Jail was settled for $75,000, according to court documents.Jason J. Kindler, 28, was jailed for marijuana possession...
Americans Have a Right to Be Bloated
WASHINGTONI'll drink to that! But if I'm in New York City it won't be out of a cup that exceeds 16 ounces if what I'm drinking is a sugary substance that will add to the nation's obesity dilemma. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that is a mortal sin and...
AROUND THE MAJORS [Derived Headline]
INTERLEAGUE* Yankees 5, Mets 4: Russell Martin led off the ninth with his second homer of the game as the Yankees took advantage of some shoddy infield defense to beat the visiting Mets for a three-game sweep.* Tigers 7, Reds 6: Austin Jackson hit a...
A Sweet (Potato) Breakfast Treat
I was recently in Atlanta visiting a friend. She took me to Highland Bakery, where I had the most delicious sweet potato pancakes. Can you please try to get the recipe? Thank you so much. --Stacy Wawerchak, Redondo Beach, Calif.Fresh off the griddle,...
At 94, Ex-Gov. Leader Promotes Prison Overhaul
On Nov. 15, 1954, the cover of America's leading newsmagazine carried a photo of a grinning George M. Leader with his hands clasped in victory over his head.For only the third time since the Civil War, a Democrat had been elected governor of Pennsylvania,...
Billy Zane
Actor Billy Zane is best known for his role as Kate Winslet's self-centered fiance, Caledon Hockley, in James Cameron's "Titanic," which was recently re-released in theaters in 3-D. His movie career began in 1985 when he got a part in "Back to the Future."...
Bob Seger Set to Enter Songwriters Hall of Fame
DETROITThe latest feather in Bob Seger's rock 'n' roll cap will come this week, when the Detroit rocker is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.Mr. Seger -- part of a 2012 inductees class that includes Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Steinman and Harvey...
Breezy, Fun 'Bunheads' Shows Some Promise
Viewers who still miss "Gilmore Girls," take heart: A series with a similar sensibility debuts tonight at 9 on ABC Family. "Bunheads," from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman Palladino, has familiar rat- a-tat-tat dialogue patter in a small-town setting....
BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
O'HARA MAN SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT An O'Hara man was sentenced to 26 to 52 years in prison today for sexually assaulting a teenage girl and holding his 7-year-old autistic son hostage during a standoff with police. "He appears to have no remorse," said...
Burnett Appreciation Is Equally Mutual
We could start with the no-hitter that A.J. Burnett took into the sixth inning Sunday at PNC Park or the fact that he gave his team's tired bullpen a much-needed lift by pitching into the eighth or -- the bottom line -- the sizzling Pirates' 3-2 win...
Cars Avoid Crashes by Talking to Each Other
WASHINGTON -- As a safety demonstration, it was a heart-stopper: A Ford Taurus was seconds away from cruising through an intersection when suddenly a row of red lights pulsed on the lower windshield and a warning blared that another car was approaching...
Chinese Woman Caps Historic Win
Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship Sunday in Pittsford, N.Y., to become the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a major event, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory. Feng, 22, the only player from China on the tour, had...
Cochlear Implants Offer Hope for Hearing Impaired
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm in my 80s and have been progressively losing my hearing. When I asked my doctor what caused my hearing loss, he said it was because my "cochlea died." What did he mean?DEAR READER: The cochlea is a spiral-shaped structure inside your...
Commerce Dept. Says Sec. Bryson Suffered Seizure
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. -- U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two Los Angeles-area traffic crashes that led to a felony hit-and-run citation, officials said today. Mr. Bryson, 68, was treated at a hospital following...
Congress to Consider Greater Trade with Russia
WASHINGTON -- Is Russia a friend, foe or frenemy? That question hangs over Congress as lawmakers ponder whether to grant a former adversary normalized trade relations.Since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S.-Russia relationship has seen ups...
Corbett Attempting to Change Capital Fund Borrowing
HARRISBURG -- Many Pennsylvanians depend heavily on credit cards, borrowing for home repairs, vacations and sometimes even for food and clothing.Since 1986, the state government, under both Democratic and Republican leaders, has done much the same thing...
Corbett, Republicans Inch Closer to State Budget Agreement
HARRISBURG -- After nearly a week of private high-level meetings, state budget negotiators say they have yet to reach agreement on how much the state should spend next year. The two sides appear to be about $233 million apart: The plan that passed the...
Corruption, Teachers Union Loom over Election for President in Mexico
MEXICO CITY -- When he was elected president six years ago, Felipe Calderon appointed a bright and energetic political operator to fix the country's wreck of a public education system, where teachers buy and sell their jobs and half the children drop...
Cost Savings in Data Hunt? E-Discovery Could Be Faster and with Fewer Fees Thanks to a Decision in a Case Involving 2 Million Documents
A Pittsburgh lawyer recently won a judicial ruling that could serve as a landmark in determining whether a sophisticated computer application can be used in the legal discovery process.The crux of the case is "predictive coding," a specialized method of...
COUNTY, CITY REVIEWING STEAM-HEAT CONTRACT WITH DOWNTOWN FIRM [Corrected 06/12/12]
Controllers for Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh are reviewing a steam-purchasing contract with Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal Ltd. to determine whether continuing to buy steam from the cooperative is a good deal for taxpayers. The county...
County Councilman Suggests Inventory of Mineral Wealth
Southwestern Pennsylvania could be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, Allegheny County Councilman Matt Drozd says.He wants the county to do an inventory on how much of that valuable natural resource and other mineral wealth can be found beneath about 12,000...
Customized Pacs Test Giving Limits
The Committee to Elect an Effective Valley Congressman has one particular congressman in mind: Howard Berman, a 15-term California Democrat who is struggling to hold on to his redistricted San Fernando Valley seat. The political fundraising committee...
Defense Rests without Clemens Testifying
WASHINGTON -- The defense in the Roger Clemens perjury case rested today, without the former pitcher testifying. After the defense said it had rested its case, the jury was cleared from the room and U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton asked if Clemens...
Emirates Readies Oil Export Detour to Avoid Hormuz
FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates By night, the lights of dozens of ships anchored off this eastern Emirati port create the mirage of a far-off city at sea.The crowded anchorage reflects Fujairah's rise as one of the world's busiest maritime refueling stations....
Enough to Make You Dizzy Dealing with Vertigo -- Many Causes, Many Symptoms and Many Treatments
Vertigo, the sensation of you or your surroundings spinning around, is common -- primary care physician Marc Itskowitz estimates it's in the top 10 of his patients' complaints -- but it isn't a disease. It's a symptom of disease. Many of them. "There...
Even without Star, Finale Still Thrills
NEW YORK -- Even with its star sidelined and no Triple Crown to contest, the Belmont Stakes proved this much: The show does go on.And it went on pretty well, thanks to a thrilling race and a photo finish.Fans were rewarded with a sizzling finale to the...
Ex-Auburn Players Killed
Two players from last season's Auburn football team were shot to death late Saturday night at an apartment complex near the school's campus in Alabama while an offensive lineman who remains on the team was hospitalized with gunshot wounds.They were among...
Experimental Drugs to Treat Diabetes Offer Patients Hope
TRENTON, N.J. -- Some experimental diabetes treatments in late testing offer patients hope of better controlling their blood sugar and weight and preventing dangerously low blood sugar, all big challenges for millions of diabetics.Results from studies...
F1 Trend Extended in Montreal Hamilton Becomes 7th Different Winner
The Formula One winners' club keeps getting bigger in an unprecedented season that has had seven different winners in the first seven races. Lewis Hamilton thinks he is seeing the sport's future. "I think this mix-up is normal. I think this is going...
Family Business on the Line
On Friday night, in front of a live, national television audience, a 33-year-old man will step onto a two-inch-diameter steel cable and attempt to make the 1,800-foot-long high-wire walk across the rapids of Niagara Falls, nearly 200 feet above the water.His...
Financial Flexibility Found for Picks
The Pirates created enough wiggle room in their draft class that they don't have to adhere to the $2.9 million slot value for first- round pick Mark Appel, general manager Neal Huntington said."As with every negotiation, the slot is a starting point," Huntington...
Girl Talk Keeps Crowd Dancing All Night Long
Before the Girl Talk show even began, there was the sense that Saturday night was about to take off. It wasn't just that Stage AE had sold out the outdoor side of the venue, or that Gregg Gillis was about to play his first concert in Pittsburgh since...
Greece Causes New Concern after Bailout of Spain
FRANKFURT, Germany -- With an agreement to bail out Spain's struggling banks, Europe again avoided a financial meltdown in a debt crisis that is in its third year. But Europe still faces far bigger challenges that threaten the continent and, with it,...
Grill Masters after Solid Outing by Burnett, Grilli Closes out Sweep in Heat
The ball had barely left Jason Grilli's hand before he began to celebrate.By the time the pitch, a 96-mph fastball that Johnny Giavotella took for a called strike three, hit Rod Barajas' glove, Grilli was well on his way to a triumphant fist pump."I...
Gymnastics: Visa Championships Douglas' Fall on Beam Gives Wieber the Edge
ST. LOUIS -- Forget the Russians. Jordyn Wieber's biggest competition in London might come from right here at home.The reigning world champion earned her second consecutive U.S. title Sunday, getting a little assist when Gabby Douglas fell off the balance...
High on Cute, Low on Guilt Bite-Sized Treats Are Creating a Movement of Miniatures
What's less than 2 inches wide, covered in candy and impossibly adorable?A cake pop, those irresistibly moist confections made by mixing crumbled cake and frosting. The blogger Bakerella first unleashed these miniature cakes on sticks back in 2007. Once...
Hill District Leaders Want Development Opportunities Minorities Vying for Jobs, Contracts
As the Lower Hill District prepares for a spate of development, city Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle and black leaders want to make sure that minority workers and companies get a fair share of the work.Mr. Lavelle said last week that he's considering legislation...
How One Woman's Dizzy Spells Started Interfering with Her Life
Abigail Leksell suffered from vertigo for 10 years, experiencing periods of dizziness that came out of nowhere. They were accompanied by nausea and lasted anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours. Mrs. Leksell, now 38, of Butler, also eventually...
Hypothetical Exercises Help Combat Peer Pressure
DEAR HARRIETTE: I need some help addressing the topic of peer pressure. I'm a single mom, and I toil to raise my child to be grounded and to love the Lord. At my daughter's school, a classmate asked her to smoke a cigarette, and my daughter refused....
It's Only Fitting ... James vs. Durant in Finals NBA Finals
MIAMI -- Several weeks before this season even started, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were competing against each other.Hell Week, they called it, a four-day series of grueling workouts.Starting Tuesday, they'll meet again. They'll call that the NBA Finals.Neither...
It's the Ultimate, and It's Growing Fast Game Takes Parts from Different Sports and Transforms Them into One
Doggedly, they chase Frisbees on parks, lawns and fields.There are no labrador retrievers here, just people playing Ultimate, a team sport involving little more than a flying disc and a place to play.The success of the sport here is highlighted in gold...
Keep a Watchdog the NRC Needs a Leader Who Is Strong on Safety
Gregory Jaczko, the outgoing chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been blunt about matters of nuclear safety.He was the first NRC chairman who came from outside the nuclear industry. Throughout its history, the commission has struggled...
Kennywood Begins Talks on Adding Beer to Menu
Pennsylvania state Sen. Jim Ferlo and Kennywood Park managers have begun talks over the future of the amusement park's pending liquor license.The two parties first met Friday, after Mr. Ferlo petitioned the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in opposition...
Kings Keep Focus on the Positive
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Viewed from one angle, all the pressure now is on the Los Angeles Kings, who have missed two chances to win the Stanley Cup and will get a third try tonight at Staples Center before their adoring but increasingly nervous fans. Have...
Klaas Faber Jan. 20, 1922 - May 24, 2012 Dutch War Criminal Who Escaped to Germany
Klaas Faber, a Dutch native and Nazi collaborator who was convicted in the killing of Jews and resistance fighters in his homeland in World War II before escaping to Germany and living there a free man through decades of legal wrangling, died May 24...
Latinos Not Voting at Potential Strength
DENVER -- The nation's rapidly growing Latino population is one of the most powerful forces working in President Barack Obama's favor in many of the states that will determine his contest with Mitt Romney. But Latinos are not registering or voting in...
Lawyer: Sandusky Acted out of Love for Children Defense Attorney Joe Amendola Said He Will Put His Client on the Stand in His Child Sexual Abuse Trial
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Defense attorney Joe Amendola told the jury this morning in his opening statement in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse trial that his client will testify, saying that though Mr. Sandusky may have acted in ways others found unusual, he...
Leftists Lead French Parliamentary Vote
PARIS -- Leftist candidates led the first round of France's parliamentary elections Sunday, according to polling agencies and partial official results, in a vote that is crucial to President Francois Hollande's Socialist agenda. Mr. Hollande needs leftists...
Lehman Reigns at Tradition Again
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The rain wouldn't go away, and neither would a couple of Tom Lehman's challengers. Lehman withstood both to win back-to-back Tradition titles, finishing this Champions Tour major with a 4-under 68 Sunday to take a two-stroke victory....
Logano Win Long Time Coming at Long Pond Prevails from Pole for 2nd Career Cup Victory, 1st since '09
LONG POND, Pa. -- Joey Logano stood on top of the No. 20 high-fiving everyone he could reach in Victory Lane. Beverages were sprayed, fists were pumped and throaty shouts of celebration could be heard well down the 2 1/2-mile track. It's what winning...
Melissa Etheridge Has a Gay Old Time at Pride Event
Without question it was the gayest Melissa Etheridge concert ever.The gutsy singer-songwriter came out of the closet 20 years ago, but Saturday night was her coming out at a gay pride event, and she reveled in it.The first words out of her mouth when...
Mubarak's Health Ebbs
CAIRO -- Hosni Mubarak is slipping in and out of consciousness eight days after the ousted Egyptian leader was sent to prison to begin serving a life sentence, a security official said on Sunday."The former president's health is in decline, but now it's...
NATO Agrees to Curtail Bombing of Residences Afghanistan Accord Made after 18 Killed
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Stung by furious Afghan criticism of an airstrike that killed 18 civilians last week, most of them women and children, the NATO force has agreed to refrain from aerial bombardment of residential buildings, a military spokesman said Sunday.The...
NCAA Baseball: Super Regionals Top-Seeded Florida, Stony Brook in Cws
The final scene was a fitting end to an emotional game. Florida players piled on reliever Keenan Kish near the mound, gloves and hats flying all around as the top-ranked Gators celebrated another trip to the College World Series. A few feet away, North...
New Syria Opposition Leader Chosen
ISTANBUL -- Syrian government forces shelled rebel strongholds across the country on Sunday, opponents of the government said, while the main opposition group in exile, the Syrian National Council, chose a new leader.The shelling struck at targets in...
Nm, Colo. Fires Burn out of Control
LAPORTE, Colo. -- The sun rose behind a wall of smoke from a large wildfire burning out of control in northern Colorado, while an unchecked blaze choked a small community in southern New Mexico as authorities in both regions battled fires today.Hundreds...
No Budget Stunts
I read with much disappointment the letter "Sports Is the Key" (June 6) by Paul Rojtas. My disappointment came not in the issues addressed but in the silly suggestion that school board members should cut sports programs so as to get the attention of...
Nuns Could Teach Vatican about Conduct
U.S. nuns are having none of the Vatican's dictatorial management tactics. And the women religious are to be applauded for it. Especially considering the various scandals enveloping the Vatican's storied walls these days (from corruption to document...
'Once' Wins Big at Tonys; Borle Takes His First Fox Chapel Native Thanks His Teachers after Capturing Award for Featured Actor in a Play
Christian Borle didn't forget his hometown when he won a Tony Award for best featured actor in a play last night. The Fox Chapel native who attended St. Edmund's and Shady Side academies and Carnegie Mellon University thanked "the incredible teachers...
ON THE DOCKET PITTSBURGH [Derived Headline]
David A. Jaffe, partner, Fox Rothschild LLP, was elected to the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth in Pittsburgh. Mr. Jaffe concentrates his practice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and distressed...
Owner, Groups Cooperate on Plan for Iron City Site
The new owner of the Iron City Brewing Co. property in Lawrenceville has agreed to work with advocacy groups to create a master plan for development of the 10-acre site.Collier Development of Collier bought the property for $1.7 million in February....
Parking Meter Bid Process Upsets the Losers Low Bidder Failed to Get City Contract
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority's award of a $7 million contract to a Florida-based firm in April elicited surprise, disappointment and questions from rivals in the highly competitive parking meter business, according to documents the authority provided...
Pastor Dollar Denies Attack
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar staunchly denied Sunday that he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter in an argument, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but "exaggeration and sensationalism.""I...
Pirates 3, Royals 2 Grill Masters Burnett, Grilli Finish off Sweep, Forge Tie for First in NL Central
The ball had barely left Jason Grilli's hand before he began to celebrate. By the time the pitch, a 96-mph fastball that Johnny Giavotella took for a called strike three, hit Rod Barajas' glove, Grilli was well on his way to a triumphant fist pump....
Pitt Denies Charges of Transgender Bias Rainbow Alliance Complaint Called Completely Baseless
The University of Pittsburgh has called allegations that the University discriminates against transgender students unsubstantiated.Pitt filed a motion last week to dismiss a complaint filed April 25 by the Rainbow Alliance, an organization which advocates...
Pop Quiz: 'What Time (Precisely) Was I Born?'
Out of the blue, he asked me a question about a moment we shared years ago, he and I, a moment so momentous we would never be the same.I remembered it, of course. How could I forget? I'd sooner forget my name.But that's not what he was asking. He knew...
Port Authority Loses Some Authority Transit Regulation Will Go to State Puc
The Legislature has approved a measure stripping the Port Authority of its power to regulate transportation services in Allegheny County, transferring it to the state's Public Utility Commission.Supporters of the measure, sponsored by House Majority...
Pride on Parade Pittsburghers Fill Streets with Marching, Music
Although small dogs were not in short supply during Sunday's Pittsburgh Pride 2012 events, the canines aboard the Lapdogs for Marriage Equality float ranged in size from Pomeranian to Golden Retriever."All dogs are lapdogs, and all couples deserved to...
Priscilla Almazan Died June 5, 2012 Chef Devoted Life to Charity in Her Native Philippines
Priscilla M. Almazan, despite owning six restaurants and working as the private chef of wealthy families, refused to tell anyone what her favorite meal was. Instead, she used her cooking skills to make others happy.The Swissvale resident died Tuesday,...
Probe into Pitt Bomb Threats Continues Multiple Agencies on Case, FBI Says
A series of bomb threats that evoked fear and disrupted college life for more than a month at the University of Pittsburgh ended April 21, but the search for the person or persons responsible has continued unabated."We've actually increased our investigation,"...
Queen Not Alone in Longtime Service
Queen Elizabeth II is having a big party this year. She is celebrating because she has served as queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other countries for 60 years.If you think 60 years is a long time to work, you're right. But the queen, who is 86, has...
Questionable Judging Taints Pacquiao Fight
LAS VEGAS -- The outcry in this gambling city was so loud Floyd Mayweather Jr. could have heard it in his jail cell. On the other side of the world, people cried in the streets in Manila, and the presidential palace issued a statement praying for the...
Rafa Reigns at Roland Garros Nadal Tops Djokovic for Record 7th French Title
PARIS -- Rain or shine, clay or mud, Sunday or Monday, Rafael Nadal rules Roland Garros. The man they call "Rafa" won his record seventh French Open title today, returning a day after getting rained out to put the finishing touches on a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6,...
Rain Delays Historic Matchup Men's Singles Final Will Continue Today
PARIS -- His big lead over Novak Djokovic in Sunday's drenched French Open final slipping away, Rafael Nadal tossed a soaked, clay-smeared tennis ball toward the chair umpire. A drizzle was now a downpour, making the balls heavy, the clay court slippery...
Relief at Spain Bailout Package Short-Lived
MADRID -- Financial markets were barely soothed today by a $124 billion plan hatched over the weekend to rescue Spain's banks. Instead investors began to question the conditions of the loan package and whether the country could manage the extra debt...
Sandusky Trial Opens Today Experts Declare Prosecution Must Start Strong, While Defense Has to Attack Credibility of Alleged Victims
For the prosecution, it's all about starting out strong, burying the weak witnesses in the middle and reinforcing to the jury the emotional trauma experienced by the alleged victims. For the defense, it's about attacking credibility, constantly reminding...
Schumpeter's Meets Alter Ego
TOKYO The search for lost economic decades has brought us from Japan to the United States and Europe in recent years. It's time to take it to India.With its 5.3 percent economic growth, young population and vast potential, the world's biggest democracy...
Security Leaks Controversy Festers Investigation into Disclosures Draws Calls for Nonpartisan, 'Vigorous' and Rapid Process
WASHINGTON -- The independence and speed of two veteran prosecutors named by the Justice Department to investigate leaks of national security information could determine whether the controversy settles quickly or blossoms into an election-year problem...
Soccer: European Championship Tie with Italy Ends Win Streak for Spain
For Spain, a tie counted as a bit of a stumble. For Italy, a bit of a reprieve. Opening their bid for a third consecutive major title, the Spanish rallied to earn a 1-1 tie Sunday against Italy, which entered this year's European Championship amid another...
Stalled Market the Hill District Store Has Been Delayed Too Long
"The Hill District Is Poised to Get a Grocery at Last." That was the Post-Gazette's headline two years ago.This just in: Residents of the Hill are still waiting.It's hard to understand why it would take years, rather than months, to go from ground-breaking...
Stanley Cup Final Swamped with Memories Devils Analyst, Former Islanders Goaltender Recalls Comebacks of 1975
Watching the New Jersey Devils attempt to become the first team in seven decades to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup final is causing Glenn "Chico" Resch to have flashbacks. Before you get too excited: Resch wasn't a member of the 1942 Toronto...
Study Seeks Participants
The American Cancer Society and West Penn Allegheny Health System are asking local residents to participate in a historic long-term nationwide study looking to provide information needed for the fight to prevent cancer.Cancer Prevention Study-3 is designed...
TEACHERS HELP LEAD FAISON K-5 INTO FUTURE TEST RESULTS AT THE HOMEWOOD SCHOOL WERE SO POOR THAT OFFICIALS DECIDED DRASTIC ACTION WAS NEEDED Series: CHANGING THE CLASSROOM
Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood is the newest school building in Pittsburgh Public Schools, but it is tackling one of the oldest problems faced by school districts: ensuring that all children -- no matter their family and neighborhood background --...
Thanks, Sheena Monnin, for the Inspiration
Gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen-turned-ladies, did it really have to come to this?You take a time-honored, prestigious competition like the Miss USA pageant, which has spent six decades giving the beautiful women of America a leg up in overcoming disadvantages...
The Abcs of Local Music with the Support of Fellow Pittsburgh Musicians, Molly Alphabet Is Finding Her Way
Molly Alphabet acknowledges that her progression to the front of the stage has been one of "baby steps." Fortunately, she has had the community of Pittsburgh musicians to help and support her. Not to mention her longtime boyfriend, Chet Vincent, who...
The Romance Reader: 'A Night like This'
Julia Quinn has emerged as one of a handful of authors that sells books simply by having her name on the cover.And she doesn't disappoint."A Night Like This" is the second in the "Smythe-Smith Quartet" series and features Daniel, the Earl of Winstead,...
Top-Seeded Florida Advances with Hr
The final scene was a fitting end to an emotional game. Florida players piled on reliever Keenan Kish near the mound, gloves and hats flying all around as the top-ranked Gators celebrated another trip to the College World Series. A few feet away, North...
Umpiring No-Hitters Runs in Runge Family
Amid the chaos of the starter leaving with an injury, a two-base throwing error, three walks and five pitching changes, Brian Runge wasn't paying attention to the history the Seattle Mariners were making.When six Mariners pitchers tossed the 10th combined...
We Must Not Fall for Strategies of Victim Blaming
With Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial starting, I want to bring attention to the strategy of his attorney Joe Amendola to malign the alleged victims in this case. He issued subpoenas to find documentation about the alleged victims' backgrounds, such as behavioral...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
DOCTORS WORK TO SAVE MUBARAK CAIRO -- Doctors used a defibrillator twice on Hosni Mubarak when they could not find a pulse today, the latest health crisis for the ousted Egyptian president since he was sentenced to life and moved to a prison hospital...
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