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Articles from September 25, 2013

All That Persistence Rooting for the Bucs Delivers Nice Payoff
Back in April, as I have done for many more springs than I care to remember, I went to the Pirates home opener without the one thing that baseball's Opening Day supposedly promises: hope.The very most that I had to look forward to was that if the team lost...
AROUND THE MAJORS [Derived Headline]
NATIONAL LEAGUE* Mets 4, Reds 2: Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and visiting New York beat Cincinnati, a costly setback to the Reds' hopes of a second consecutive Central...
Artists Focus on Gun Violence in 2 Local Exhibitions
"An epidemic of violence is on the rise across the U.S., from local teen gang shootings to family-on-family homicides to mass killings at theaters, churches and schools."This observation made in a press release from the Society for Contemporary Craft...
At U.N., Obama Charts Course for U.S. Says Nation Would Continue Defending Mideast Interests
UNITED NATIONS -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday laid down a retooled blueprint for America's role in the strife-torn Middle East, declaring that the United States would use all of its levers of power, including military force, to defend its interests,...
'Back in the Game' Pitches an Angry Kind of Slapstick
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- There are two shows struggling to exist in one in the ABC comedy "Back in the Game" (8:30 tonight, WTAE). One is about former all-star softball player Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson, "Psych") and her relationship with her hard- charging...
Baseball? in October? Git Aht!
Alongside yinzer, gumband and nebby, add another word to the lexicon known as Pittsburghese.Buctober, noun. 1: The month that, for the first time in 21 years, comes after September; 2: A postseason schedule that includes the Pirates; 3: The time of year...
Benedict Defends His Record on Abuse Cases
VATICAN CITY -- Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy's most well-known atheists. In it, he denies having covered up for sexually abusive priests and...
Big Ben Reserves Judgment When It Comes to Rookie Running Back Bell, Steelers QB Not Sure of What He Sees
Mike Tomlin said rookie halfback Le'Veon Bell looks ready to play his first game, and might start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in London.Pardon quarterback Ben Roethlisberger if he does not get too excited about the news."We are excited about...
Billy Bragg Finds a World-Weary Voice on 'Tooth & Nail'
The voice we hear on "Tooth & Nail" is not the one we remember from his 1983 debut, "Life's a Riot With Spy Vs Spy."Billy Bragg sounds older, obviously, and more relaxed on his new set of soul-searching folk/Americana songs and the slashing electric guitar...
Black Bean Burgers with Pico De Gallo
Black Bean Burgers with Pico de GalloPG testedWhat do you get when you combine black beans, edamame and spices? A quick and easy veggie burger that's a tasty (and healthy) alternative to traditional hamburgers. Spiced up with chili powder, garlic and...
Brazil Criticizes U.S. Spying
UNITED NATIONS -- Brazil's president delivered a stinging rebuke Tuesday to the United States over its surveillance program that has swept up data from billions of telephone calls and emails that have passed through Brazil -- including her own.She also...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Wabtec acquires maker of specialty rubber productsWilmerding-based Wabtec Corp. has acquired Longwood Industries, a manufacturer of specialty rubber products for transportation, oil and gas and industrial markets. Longwood, which has annual sales of about...
Cardinals' Wacha Loses No-Hit Bid in 9th
ST. LOUIS -- If he was heartbroken, Michael Wacha never showed it. Not so, the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals. Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman's infield single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis beat the Washington Nationals,...
Charity's Fired Chief Charged with Stealing More Than $5M
NEW YORK -- A longtime Jewish community leader who headed one of the city's most influential social service organizations was charged Tuesday with looting the charity for two decades, stealing more than $5 million along with two confederates and pocketing...
Chronic Stress Causes Cells to Age Prematurely
DEAR DOCTOR K: For years I've heard that chronic stress is bad for your health, but recently I heard something that made me take this seriously: Stress causes our cells to age faster. Is this really true? DEAR READER: I'll bet you're talking about...
City, FBI Looking at Bodyguard Overtime Part of Grand Jury Investigation
Various agencies, including the FBI and Pittsburgh's Office of Municipal Investigations, are reviewing hundreds of overtime slips filed by Pittsburgh police officers who have guarded Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, with the latest inquiry becoming public this...
COUNTY PURSUES COAL MINING UNDER SOUTH PARK [Corrected 10/05/13]
Allegheny County may soon see another mining operation on public parkland. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says he's pursuing proposals to mine coal underneath South Park, excavating a five-foot seam he says could be worth $3 million. In August, he...
Cruz Ends Talkathon, Senate Moves Ahead on Funding Vote
WASHINGTON - Tea Party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz ended his all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law after 21 hours and 19 minutes as legislation required to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight Monday...
Cruz Takes Floor to Foil Health Law
WASHINGTON -- Facing an increasingly likely defeat in his tangled procedural fight over funding the government, Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor Tuesday and declared that he would speak "until I cannot stand" to rally voters against the new health...
Dancer from Pittsburgh Wins Macarthur Grant
Dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham, who recalled relying on food stamps just three years ago, was among the 13 men and 11 women named MacArthur fellows today. Besides the imprimatur of achievement and future promise, the 2013 fellowships from the John...
David H. Hubel Feb. 27, 1926 - Sept. 22, 1913 Nobel Prize-Winning Neuroscientist
David H. Hubel, a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist whose astonishing map of the visual cortex pulled back the curtain on one of the brain's most mysterious functions, the power of sight, died Sunday at Lincoln, Mass. He was 87.The cause was kidney...
'Don Jon' Project Isn't as Unseemly as It May Seem
WASHINGTON -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a mild obsession with patterns. He sees them everywhere. There are the necessary ones - the sun rises, the sun sets; we inhale, we exhale - and the helpful routines that give our days structure. But there are...
East Liberty Defendant Acquitted in 2 Homicides
An East Liberty man was found not guilty Tuesday on all charges related to two separate homicides and a third shooting that occurred within a one-month span in the spring of 2012.Julian Davis, 22, testified on his own behalf on Friday afternoon, denying...
Exchanges to Provide Dozens of Health Care Options
WASHINGTON -- Pittsburghers will have dozens of plan choices when the Affordable Care Act marketplace opens Tuesday, and competition from health insurers means premiums nationwide will be lower than expected, according to a new administration report.The...
Fla. Judge Nominee with Fayette County Roots Loses Rubio Support Would Have Been First Openly Gay Man on Us Bench
A Washington & Jefferson College graduate who grew up on welfare in Fayette County was in line to become the first openly gay black man to serve as a federal judge. For now, though, the confirmation of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas in Florida...
Follow the 'Yellow Brick Road' Explorer Says Underwater Trail Is Leading to More Mass. Pirate Booty
BREWSTER, Mass. - He calls it "the yellow brick road" because it's literally sprinkled with gold dust. This road runs along Cape Cod's shifting seafloor, and undersea explorer Barry Clifford believes it leads to undiscovered treasure from the wreck...
Gamers Get Real Thriller in 'Gta V'
The "Grand Theft Auto" series has been a digital getaway of sorts, dating back to 2001's "Grand Theft Auto III." The player controls a main character who is dropped into a sprawling city with complete freedom to misbehave. The character can meet the townspeople,...
Grable Foundation Gives Another $5M to Promise
The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program is about two-thirds of the way toward its goal of $250 million, with its latest large gift coming from the Grable Foundation.Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Promise, Tuesday announced Grable has pledged...
Holgorsen Acknowledges Challenges Wvu Faces
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Coach Dana Holgorsen found a silver lining, albeit nearly imperceptible to the naked eye, in film study of West Virginia's 37-0 loss Saturday against Maryland."I've watched that film about eight times, and, believe it or not, there...
Horror in Kenya Islamist Terrorists Prey on Innocent Shoppers
Americans' hearts go out in sympathy to the families and friends of Kenyans and other nationalities, and to Kenya in general, at the losses suffered from the horrendous terrorist attack Saturday at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, the country's capital.Witnesses...
House Gop Full of Unhealthy Attitude
We have come to one of those laugh-or-cry moments in American life when absurdity does a little dance with potential disaster.Republicans in the House want to shut down the government and even default on the nation's debt obligations unless they are allowed...
Icona Pop Has Arrived the Swedish Duo Has Made an Impact on the American Club Scene
Icona Pop's girl-power tour doesn't come close to Pittsburgh, though it did bounce in and out of Philadelphia this week. Still, you can get all the flash-bash music you need from their newly released album, "This Is . Icona Pop," out today. Or just...
In Puerto Rico, Winter Ball Has Deep Roots
Autumn has arrived in the Northeast, and with it shorter days, falling leaves and, for some sports fans, the annual attention shift from baseball to football. But in lush, sunny Puerto Rico, winter baseball season is just beginning. "Baseball is...
Karen Rothrock Sept. 7, 1944 - Sept. 15, 2013 Program Distributor for Wqed-TV
Karen Rothrock, who for years sold and distributed WQED-TV programming and later started her own distribution company, died Sept. 15 at a hospital in McKean County. She was 69. While she maintained a home in Penn Hills, she spent most of her time in...
Kenya Leader: Assailants 'Defeated'
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Claiming to have "ashamed and defeated our attackers," Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta declared victory Tuesday over the Islamist militants who stormed into a crowded Nairobi shopping mall and killed dozens of civilians.In a national...
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....
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
EX-JUSTICE MELVIN'S DAUGHTER CHARGED The daughter of former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was scheduled for arraignment today after having been arrested last week and charged with insurance fraud. Casey Melvin, 25, was scheduled for...
Macarthur Grants Awarded
WASHINGTON -- "Hear my voice: Alexander Graham Bell."You can listen to a ghostly 1885 recording of Bell reciting his name with a sonorous Scottish inflection thanks to a California physicist who found a way to extract sound from wax-on-cardboard discs,...
Major Changes in Works for Beaver Plant Firstenergy Says It'll Cost 'Several Hundred Million'
FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. plans to replace the steam generator and reactor vessel head at its Beaver Valley Unit 2 nuclear reactor in 2017, according to Paul Harden, company senior vice president in charge of fleet engineering.Eric Larson, FirstEnergy...
Making a Difference Every Day
CHICAGO -- Late Monday night, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was where he usually is, right in the middle of his players and coaches, laughing, backslapping, pouring champagne and beer on each of 'em and loving every second when they doused him right back."I...
Making Clearances Secure
The tragedy of the Navy Yard shootings has gripped Washington. Many dimensions of this episode call for deep assessment: How could a clearly troubled man bring a weapon into a highly secure venue only to gun down government workers? How can we prevent...
Margaret Mary the Adjunct Her Final Days Were Difficult, but Her Life Was Well Lived
I read Daniel Kovalik's op-ed in the Sept. 18 edition of the Post- Gazette entitled "Death of an Adjunct." The subject was the death of Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, and the university's fight against the unionization...
Martin Plays Huge Role in Hurdle's Key Move
CHICAGO -- In the ninth inning Monday night, catcher Russell Martin had an idea.Starling Marte had just hammered a two-out home run to break a 1- 1 tie. Closer Jason Grilli scrambled to the bullpen mound, but time was running short."I've seen him do...
Mayor's Proposed Budget Has No Cuts in Taxes, Services Document Has Several Items Peduto Favors
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on Tuesday unveiled a $479 million operating budget for 2014, a fairly vanilla proposal that includes modest increases across departments but also bore the imprint of city Councilman Bill Peduto, the Democratic nominee...
Mccord Enters Governor's Race
With a sharp critique of the man he wants to replace, state Treasurer Rob McCord unveiled his campaign for governor Tuesday as he officially joined the crowded Democratic field lured by Gov. Tom Corbett's lagging popularity.Speaking at the South Side...
Mitchell Does Diplomatic Best
George Mitchell is too good at his job to admit the NCAA screwed up with its original sanctions against Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Mitchell brokered peace in Northern Ireland, studied Middle East issues, worked bills through the Senate...
Mother Must Let Daughter Be an Independent Adult
DEAR HARRIETTE: Our family has tried both family meetings and professional family counseling, but my adult daughter has moved out, and now she says she doesn't want to speak to either my husband or her sister for the next 10 years! I can have conversations...
Mr. Obama, Meet Mr. Rouhani Talking Is the Only Way to Peacefully Resolve Disputes with Iran
It is difficult to imagine why President Barack Obama would not meet with the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, while both are in New York for the U.N. General Assembly this week.The American right expresses concern that Mr. Obama might sell the...
NATION [Derived Headline]
DOC SAVES CHOKING DINER WITH KNIFE BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A noted California doctor is being called a hero after he performed an emergency life-saving tracheotomy on a community leader who was choking on a piece of meat. Armed with just a pen and a...
NEED FOR HOUSING CHALLENGES MENTALLY ILL Series: AFTER MAYVIEW
Norman Grayson said he spent about six months looking for a place to live because mental illness, a criminal record and poverty all but squeezed him out of the housing market.He recently finally found a place, for $422 a month in the Hill District. The...
No. 2 South Fayette 10-0-1 Lions Still Haven't Given Up a Goal
Montour entered its boys soccer match against Class AA No. 2 South Fayette Tuesday night on a four-game winning streak, including a victory Saturday against Class AA No. 4 Quaker Valley.But the Spartans (5-4, 4-3) became the latest team unable to penetrate...
Orioles' Machado Receives Great News
The Baltimore Orioles and Manny Machado couldn't have asked for a much better diagnosis on his injured left knee: The third baseman avoided tearing any major ligaments and could be running in six to eight weeks without surgery.An MRI revealed Machado...
Pakistan Quake Kills 39
QUETTA, Pakistan -- Thousands of Pakistanis ran into the streets praying for their lives Tuesday as a powerful earthquake rocked a remote area in the southwest, killing at least 39 people and possibly creating a small island off the coast.The Pakistani...
Palone Wins 16,000th
Hall of Famer Dave Palone became the first driver to record 16,000 career wins when he piloted DM Big Dog Daddy to victory in the second race Tuesday at The Meadows.Palone, 51, vaulted atop the win list July 5, 2012, when he earned career victory 15,181,...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
Jon Hamm better tell his alter ego to lay off the smokes. The "Mad Men" star, 42, who plays tormented ad executive Don Draper on the acclaimed AMC series, is preparing to undergo throat surgery next week to remove a large polyp that has affected his voice,...
Petition Filed to Block Lawrence Track, Casino
A racetrack casino near Erie wants the state Harness Racing Commission to revoke the license that has been conditionally awarded to an investment group hoping to build its own harness track and casino in Lawrence County. Presque Isle Downs Inc. filed...
Pirates' New Touchstone Baseball's Playoff Format Has Undergone Many Changes since Buc's Last Visit in '92
The pop of champagne corks in the visitor's clubhouse Monday night at Wrigley Field might have sounded the same as 21 years ago, but much else has changed in baseball's postseason since the Pirates' most recent playoff game.The celebration marked the...
Players Join Push for NCAA Reform
The protest took the form of three words, or three letters, scribbled onto equipment tape or actual equipment last Saturday during college football games. All Players United, or APU, it read. The wording was simple, the message symbolic, and yet the...
Pope Names Pittsburgher to Rescue Archdiocese
Bernard A. Hebda, bishop of the rural Diocese of Gaylord, Mich., since 2009, on Tuesday became coadjutor archbishop of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., making him the latest former Pittsburgher to rise to a level of national prominence in...
Rebuilt Offensive Line Clears Way for Success
The foundation of any great offense is a solid offensive line.After Pitt's 58-point performance Saturday, it's easy to point to the gaudy numbers from quarterback Tom Savage or the receiving tandem of Devin Street and Tyler Boyd.None of that happens,...
Roadside Rescue Don't Look for It from the House Leadership
Now that the Legislature has kicked off its fall session, members have a chance to make this a turnaround season for Pennsylvania's roads and bridges.A stalemate over transportation funding was one of the major issues left hanging when the lawmakers...
Roasting Tomatoes to Preserve the Late-Summer Bounty
The abundance of late-summer tomatoes is a mixed blessing. It is wonderful to be able to enjoy them in massive quantities, but there's also the sad realization the supply won't last. If you are not up to the task of canning your surplus, is there...
Royals' Playoff Hopes Dealt a Blow
SEATTLE - Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the Mariners beat Kansas City 4-0 Tuesday night, putting the Royals' postseason hopes in serious jeopardy. Mariners rookie left-hander James Paxton (3-0), making just his fourth...
Salary Cap Will Play Key Role in Cuts, Roster
The NHL's preseason is winding down.Not coincidentally, so is the time a number of players will spend on the Penguins' major-league depth chart.The Penguins, who cut their roster to 32 Tuesday by sending defenseman Harrison Ruopp and winger Tom Kuhnhackl...
Senate Confirms Highest-Ranking, Openly Gay Judge in the U.S
WASHINGTON -- When the Senate voted 98-0 on Tuesday to confirm Justice Department attorney Todd Hughes for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, it didn't just put another one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees on the federal...
Seven Bills Pass through Senate Panel to Strengthen State's Child Abuse Laws
HARRISBURG -- Seven bills aimed at strengthening Pennsylvania's child abuse laws sailed unanimously through a Senate committee Tuesday.The bills, prompted by recommendations from the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, convened in the wake of...
'Sharing' Writer-Director Finds Humor in Serious Subject: Sex Addiction
"Thanks for Sharing," starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins, uses the romantic-comedy format to explore a serious subject - addiction. Co-writer and first-time director Stuart Blumberg displays a deft touch with comedy, but the film,...
Some Penalty Cuts Get an OK Scholarship Limits Adjusted for Better
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The noise grew louder this summer, calls for the NCAA to modify its sanctions against Penn State football. The noise came from lawsuits, university trustees, even Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. Tuesday, the NCAA did change its...
Some Room to Breathe Sanchez, Mercer, Alvarez Help Build Lead for Cole, and Reds Fall Pirates 8, Cubs 2
CHICAGO -- In an attempt to prevent the Pirates from enjoying their celebration too much after clinching a playoff spot Monday night, Andrew McCutchen established a policy: We'll party tonight, their MVP candidate center fielder said, according to manager...
SOUTH/EAST/CITY/REGION/ALLEGHENY COUNTY [Derived Headline]
SOUTHDA calls Munhall fatal shooting self-defenseA Munhall man will not face charges for killing a former Marine who acted as a lookout during an attempted break-in because his case represents "classic self-defense," Allegheny County's top prosecutor said...
Stocks Decline for a Fourth Day
NEW YORK -- Wall Street couldn't shrug off doubts about the economy and government gridlock Tuesday.Mixed economic reports and concern about a government shutdown dragged stocks lower in the final half-hour of trading. They had been positive most of...
Team Tries to Be More Consistent Penguins
Craig Adams' initial answer seemed almost reflexive.Also honest.And understandable.Asked Tuesday what the Penguins want to get out of their preseason finale at 7:38 p.m. today against Detroit at Joe Louis Arena, Adams responded, "I think we'd like to...
The Great American Play 'Our Town' at Public Theater Features a Cast with Pittsburgh Roots
Every actor of distinction has his King Lear, a marathon classic role that he aspires to when life and career experience tell him it's time. For Tom Atkins, the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" is his Lear. "I'm tickled to be able to do...
Top U.S. Prospects to Play at Consol
The top 40 American prospects for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft will gather Thursday at Consol Energy Center for the second All-American Prospects Game, which gives NHL teams and fans the chance to examine these players on the same sheet of ice.Penguins general...
Vikings Hope London Brings a Win Both Teams Have 0-3 Records and Are Looking for a Change
The Minnesota Vikings took some extra baggage to London. They didn't have any wins to pack with them, though - they're just saddled with questions after their third straight loss to open the season. Now they get a home game overseas. Minnesota is...
WEAVING JUST ONE PRODUCT OF LAWRENCE COUNTY AGENCY Series: AFTER MAYVIEW
At the Caritas Weaving Loft outside New Castle, four women put their hands to the task of helping themselves and showcasing the promise of the mental-health services system.Wendy Lutz, Cindy Shaffer, Susan Summers and Jennifer Sweet make rugs, tops,...
When Medicare Runs out for Nursing Home Patients
PHILADELPHIA - Mary-Carol Feeney's Medicare coverage was running out, and in mid-February, her nursing home in Montgomery County, Pa., told her she would have to leave. She still had a pressure sore on her tailbone and was recovering from multiple...
Why Women Engineers Keep Asking Me What to Wear
I often run into young women in early technical careers at conferences and other technology events who are hungry for inspiration and advice. As a scientist, I am delighted to oblige. Seeing more women in technology careers helps young women visualize...
With Bill Clinton at His Side, President Sells Obamacare
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton took to the same stage Tuesday to promote the new health care law that Mr. Obama championed after Mr. Clinton's own efforts to overhaul health care years earlier fell flat.Joining forces...
WORKERS STICKING TO TARGET DATE FUNDS 401(K) PARTICIPANTS AVOID FISCAL ADVISERS [Corrected 10/05/13]
A move to allow employers to help their workers better invest for retirement got a boost in 2006, when Congress approved the Pension Protection Act and freed up companies to bring in financial advisers for their staff. But both employees and employers...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
REBELS DENOUNCE OPPOSITION LEADERS BEIRUT - More than a dozen key Syrian rebel groups said today that they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition, as U.N. inspectors returned to the country to continue their probe into chemical...
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