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Articles from February 3, 2014

3 PROPERTIES IN REGION LISTED AS ENDANGERED [Corrected 02/06/14]
Time imbues buildings and locations with legacy, community heritage and historic importance. But that very passage of time also can strip them of purpose, leaving them vulnerable to decay and demolition. That process now threatens two buildings and...
A Calmer and More Careful Bode Miller Readies for Sochi
Bode Miller can't get his toddler to sit still. The 9-month-old boy is squirming around the hotel room as if he's ready to jump in the start gate of the Sochi Olympic downhill. If you tell the kid to do one thing, Bode explains, he does the opposite....
Agh Still in Good Standing on North Side
What amazes me most at this point in life is how difficult it is to get anything done. Not on the individual level, although some days it does seem I'm fighting mostly myself to finish a task or reach a goal. I tend to have 19 things going at once and,...
A New Look for Books County's 45 Library Systems Look to Improve, Cooperate
The topic is libraries, but no one is being shushed. In fact, just the opposite. Starting last month, the Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh began what the organizations anticipate will be a six-month, countywide...
A Race Worth Watching the Hudson Valley Will Be a Gauge for Progressivism
"There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place." - Washington IrvingWASHINGTONRep. Chris Gibson...
Bad Week Got Worse for Pitt
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon has a bachelor's degree in finance from TCU and a master's degree in economics from the University of California-Santa Barbara, so it is no surprise he has a pretty good way with numbers. "When you're 6-1, you certainly don't want...
Boost Your Energy with a Good Diet and Exercise
DEAR DOCTOR K: Do energy-boosting foods and beverages work? Are they safe? DEAR READER: A multitude of herbs, supplements, soft drinks and so-called energy drinks claim to boost energy. Here's a look at some of these substances -- and whether the...
Britain Advances in Davis Cup with Win vs. USA
Less than five months after having back surgery, reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray propelled Britain into the next round of the Davis Cup and earned some time off. Murray beat Sam Querrey, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3, to clinch Britain's opening-round...
Compagnie Kafig Performs Hip-Hop Dances Magically
The Pittsburgh Dance Council resumed its season after more than three months with Compagnie Kafig, which brought its own jolt of Brazilian sunshine and good humor to a dreary Pittsburgh winter. Saturday night's audience at the Byham Theater roared its approval...
Dapper Dan Event Picks U.S. All-Stars
Kyle Snyder has not wrestled a high school match in the 2013-14 season, but was still chosen for the United States all-star team for the 40th annual Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic. Snyder posted a 179-0 record and won Maryland state titles the past three...
Daughter Battles Upmc for Guardianship of Mother Daughter, Upmc Tussle over Mother's Health Decisions
A dispute over guardianship and medical power of attorney between UPMC and the daughter of an 85-year-old UPMC Shadyside patient has brought into sharp relief the complexities and sensitivities about who gets to make medical decisions for an incapacitated...
Douglass, Garrison Brought Eloquence to Pittsburgh in 1847 Abolitionists Got Warm Reception Here
Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass had reason to worry about the kind of reception he would receive in Pittsburgh. His 1847 visit was covered extensively in Pittsburgh's newspapers, and in 2014 the story is part of the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette's...
EAST/ALLEGHENY COUNTY/NORTH [Derived Headline]
EAST Boy, 8, seriously hurt when struck by SUV An 8-year-old boy was seriously hurt when he and a baby sitter were hit by an SUV while crossing a road late Saturday night in Lower Burrell, police said. The boy, who lives in Lower Burrell but was not...
Economic Mobility in America Stuck in Neutral
We are seeing an outpouring of new empirical work on inequality, led by the economists Raj Chetty of Harvard University and Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley. The findings in their two latest papers, written with several co-authors,...
Elk County Well to Take Fracking Wastewater
Seneca Resources Corp. has received federal approval to operate a new drilling wastewater injection well in Elk County, and more of those deep injection wells for the disposal of Marcellus and Utica shale gas drilling wastewater are on tap for Pennsylvania....
Housing with History Remains of Civil War Fort Focus for Mount Washington Project
Two tall pine trees mark the borders of what developer Jeffrey Paul proposes as the site for 26 homes and a small park preserving the remains of a Civil War fort. The subdivision, tentatively named "The Redoubt at Bradley Street," would create a half-acre...
IRS Help Line to Be Less Helpful This Year
WASHINGTON -- If you have a question for the IRS that you think can be answered over the phone, think again. Last year, more than 100 million calls were placed to the tax- collection agency. Nearly 20 million of them went unanswered. Those who did get...
Is the Gop Giving Up Tea? an Effect of Obamacare's Woes May Be Some Moderation
WASHINGTONThe botched rollout of the health care law has called forth some good news: Republicans are so confident they can ride anti- Obamacare sentiment to electoral victory that they're growing ever- more impatient with the Tea Party's fanaticism....
JOSEPH WILLCOX JENKINS FEB. 15, 1928 - JAN. 31, 2014 COMPOSER AND MUSIC PROFESSOR AT DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY [Corrected 02/07/14]
Joseph Willcox Jenkins, a well-known composer and professor in the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, was beloved by his students, colleagues and fellow musicians. But what his family found out in the final days of his life is that...
Kate Mara
She comes from two football dynasties, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants, but actress Kate Mara won't say which she favors. Art Rooney Sr. is her great-grandfather on her mother's side. Her father's family owns the Giants. Her younger sister, Rooney...
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. To suggest a news obituary, call 412-263-1601. Classified obituaries...
Libya Destroys Toxic Stockpile
WASHINGTON -- Even as the international effort to destroy Syria's vast chemical weapons stockpile lags behind schedule, a similar U.S.- backed campaign carried out under a cloak of secrecy ended successfully last week in another strife-torn country,...
Little to Gain Corbett Should Quit on the State's Voter Id Law
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is a stubborn man. Stubbornness can be a virtue in the pursuit of a good purpose, but that's not the case with his administration's decision to seek a reconsideration of a Commonwealth Court judge's ruling that the state's...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
CREDIT UNION SUES TARGET OVER DATA BREACH A New Castle-based credit union, seeking to represent more than 100 other such institutions, has filed a lawsuit against Target Corp. in federal court in Pittsburgh, seeking compensation for costs related...
Lowering the Boom Seattle Jumps on Denver, Manning to Achieve First NFL Championship Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The legend of Peyton Manning ran into the "Legion of Boom" defense and the ensuing Super Bowl carnage was XLVIII-rated. Seattle's young and voracious defense manhandled Manning, 37, and his slightly favored Denver Broncos, 43-8,...
Might Be Bad Combo to Mix Kids Meals with Heroin Orders
After reading about the local fast food franchise where heroin was being supplied to buyers via Happy Meal boxes when drive-thru customers asked for a "toy," one wonders if that was really such a good idea. On a busy Saturday afternoon when lots of families...
Modern Heroine Is Missing from 'Magic'
"THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC"By Mary Jane Clark William Morrow ($25.99) The "cozy" is a sub genre of the mystery novel that harks back to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series and brings to mind the TV incarnations of Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote."...
Monica Revisited Rand Paul Takes Aim at Hillary Clinton through Bill
WASHINGTONSo how do you make Monica haunt Hillary's dreams? That's what Republicans have been gnawing on, and that's what not-so-bland Rand Paul was cagey enough to figure out.Fresh from taunting rival Chris Christie as "the king of bacon," and declaring...
MSNBC Tweet Prompts Backlash against Network
Are people at MSNBC more vile than clueless, or more clueless than vile? This chicken/egg conundrum for our times was prompted by a network tweet Wednesday promoting a story about an ad that would run during the Super Bowl: "Maybe the rightwing will...
Nasty Flock of Seahawks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On the night "Omaha! Omaha!" got changed to "Oh my God! Oh My God!," a typically furious flock of Seattle Seahawks plastered Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos with one of the most dominating defensive performances in Super...
NATION [Derived Headline]
MURDERER ESCAPES MICH. PRISON IONIA, Mich. - A man convicted in four murders is at large after he escaped from a Michigan prison and abducted a woman who fled when he stopped for gas in Indiana, authorities said today. Michael David Elliot, 40, was...
No Contract. No Salt. County Road Crews Threaten to Strike
Allegheny County's 640 lane-miles of roads will continue to be salted and plowed, even if truck drivers in the county Public Works Department go on strike, county Manager William McKain told reporters today. "We are going to respond and take care...
No Sign of Foul Play in Gannon Student's Death
Officials in Erie today said there is no sign of foul play in the weekend death of a Gannon University student from Zelienople. The cause and manner of death for Abrielle Marie "Abbie" Brynda, 21, is pending results of lab tests, but Coroner Lyell...
ON THE DOCKET PITTSBURGH [Derived Headline]
Houston Harbaugh promoted Patrick J. Mondi to senior attorney. He joined the firm in 2012 and focuses his legal practice on business transactions and real estate matters. He received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr. Mondi is also...
Pay Early, Munhall Asks Its Taxpayers Cash-Strapped Borough Struggles to Arrange Loan
There won't be layoffs of police and public works employees in Munhall at this point as was feared late last week. But if council is not able to obtain a tax anticipation loan those layoffs could still occur, council President Dan Lloyd said in an email...
Penguins' Moms Enjoy Trip to West Coast
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There were long flights, late nights, triumph, disappointment and, always, a routine to follow on the Penguins' two- game road trip to the west. Then there was the shopping in Scottsdale, Ariz. The stroll around the Santa Monica Pier....
Penguins Return from Trip, Place Priority on Some Rest
The Penguins didn't practice Sunday. It was a scheduled day off after taking what was essentially a red-eye team charter home from Arizona after a 3-1 loss Saturday night to the Phoenix Coyotes. That doesn't mean the team was necessarily against the...
Pensions, Education Central to Corbett's Budget Talk
HARRISBURG -- Sitting in shirtsleeves in his budget secretary's office, by a sign reading "Nothing stimulates the imagination like a budget cut," Gov. Tom Corbett refrained from explaining ahead of Tuesday's annual address just how he will propose closing...
Researcher Takes a Muscular Approach to Robotics Cmu's Yong-Lae Park Designs Devices to Restore Movement for Sufferers of Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Drop Foot
During his childhood in Korea, Yong-Lae Park developed a love for robotics, using the nuts, bolts and metal bars from science kits to build mechanical versions of his favorite cartoon characters. "Robotics is very interesting and attractive because you...
Sausage and Tangy Sauce Jazz Up Meatloaf
A tangy, sweet sauce glazes this meatloaf made with ground sirloin and turkey sausage. My secret for quick meatloaf is to bake it on a sheet pan, which allows hot air to circulate all around the meat for quick cooking. The side dish of sweet potatoes...
Say It Isn't So, Punxsutawney Phil More Winter Ahead, Groundhog Predicts
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- On Sunday morning, thousands of winter- weary souls waited for hours in mud and drizzle in the hopes that Punxsutawney Phil would predict the early end of an unusually dreadful winter. When the venerated oracle finally emerged from...
SCREENINGS [Derived Headline]
SCREENINGS * Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring the following screenings at its Healthy Directions health resource center, Finleyville Giant Eagle, 3701 Brownsville Road, Union. For information, call 724-348-6699. -- Bone density, 1 to 3 p.m....
Showtime Looks Back on David Steinberg's Comedy
SAN FRANCISCO - "A Jewish princess makes love with her eyes closed because she can't bear seeing another person's pleasure. " That joke may ring a bell with those old enough to remember David Mr. Steinberg before he went behind the camera (for the...
Signing Day Still Thrill for Recruits
Last year, the highlight of national signing day for Pitt came when receiver Tyler Boyd reached into a bag and pulled out a Pitt hat, reaffirming his commitment to the Panthers. There likely will be no such dramatics Wednesday as the high school seniors...
Stadler Emerges at Phoenix Wins First Pga Title after Watson Misses Par Putt on No. 18
Kevin Stadler won the Phoenix Open Sunday for his first PGA Tour title when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-footer for par on the final hole. Stadler, 33, son of Craig Stadler, closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Watson and...
Student's Death Called Suspicious Many Rumors, Little Information at Gannon U
Erie police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Gannon University student from Zelienople who was found unresponsive in an alley Saturday afternoon. The cause of death of Abrielle Marie "Abbie" Brynda had not been determined Sunday night, though...
Study Finds Yoga Helps Breast Cancer Survivors
Breast cancer survivors who practiced yoga twice a week for three months reduced fatigue by 57 percent on average and inflammation by up to 20 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University. Chronic inflammation is a...
Syracuse Replaces Arizona at No. 1
Syracuse, off to the best start in school history, is the first unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press college basketball poll since Duke was for six weeks in 2010-11. The Orange (21-0) are on top of the poll for the first time since a six-week run...
The Ads That Won (and Lost) the Super Bowl Dogs Get the Lion's Share of Advertising Spotlight in a Game That Was a Dog Itself
Super Bowl XLVIII went to the dogs. Not only was the blowout of a game itself a dog, but some of the most memorable TV commercials starred pups. It's not unusual for advertisers to turn to animals for their super-expensive spots during the national...
The Allure, the Dangers of E-Cigarettes While Most Researchers Say E- Cigarettes Seem to Be Safer Than Combustible Ones, They're Quick to Add That Research on the Health Impact of Inhaling Nicotine Mixed with Food-Grade Vapors Is Not Yet Known
Meghan Snatchko started smoking at age 15 and was smoking regularly at 18. She quit while pregnant and didn't smoke from 2005 to 2009. But moments of stress and nicotine addiction kept enticing her. Last January, the 31-year-old Coraopolis woman decided...
The Etiquette of Spreading News Via Social Media
DEAR HARRIETTE: My mother was just placed in hospice, and my family and I want to make sure that other family members and loved ones know so that they can send cards right away and visit if they would like. She has been sick for some time, but she...
The Talking Cure U.S. Has Interests at Stake in 3 Vital Negotiations
Americans are following closely the three important Middle East- related negotiations currently underway, the Iran nuclear-economic sanctions process, Israeli-Palestinian talks over the future of the two states and negotiations to end the conflict...
Time Expires for Late Recovery Cavaliers Execute Down Stretch for Key Acc Road Victory
Pitt and Virginia thrive on hard-nosed defense and offensive execution. Not surprisingly, when the two teams met Sunday the winner was the one who played the best defense and executed the best on offense in the final minute. The Cavaliers got a huge...
U.N. Grilling the Vatican Should Step Up Action against Abuse
A United Nations investigation of the Catholic Church's clergy sex-abuse scandal should prompt the Vatican to be more transparent and Pope Francis to crack down harder on the abusers' enablers. An international human rights panel grilled Vatican representatives...
Union: County Workers to Strike
Nearly 50 Allegheny County workers, mainly truck drivers in the Public Works Department, will strike after union members overwhelmingly voted Sunday to reject the county's proposals for a new contract, their union leader said. Joseph Rossi Jr., president...
U.S. Abortion Rate Declines
NEW YORK -- The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute....
Usa's Ligety Ready for Sochi
Ted Ligety of the United States put together two nearly flawless runs in difficult conditions to win a World Cup giant slalom Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the final men's race before the Sochi Olympics. Ligety, a two-time world champion in the...
Western Pa. Was Key in Anti-Slavery Effort
Pittsburgh can take pride in the welcome it gave to abolition leaders during their visit in 1847, Pitt history professor Laurence Glasco said. "Western Pennsylvania and Ohio were centers of anti-slavery activity," Mr. Glasco said in a recent interview....
WORLD [Derived Headline]
MANDELA LEFT $4.1 MILLION ESTATE JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's estate is worth roughly $4.1 million, excluding royalties and other amounts, and beneficiaries of his will include his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the...
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