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Articles from March 11, 2012

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THURSDAY Ten artists are featured in exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and three will give artist talks there at 6 p.m. "Hungry Ghosts" is the title of Pittsburgh artist and Carnegie Mellon University graduate Stephanie Armbruster's...
30 Years Ago
Colt Industries announced yesterday that it wants to sell its money-losing Crucible Steel stainless and alloy division in Midland.Union representatives who had been negotiating a cost-cutting plan to return the Beaver County plant to profitability were...
ACLU Head Draws Inspiration from 'The Boss'
How much does Witold "Vic" Walczak -- the idealistic, indefatigable, likable-but-litigious-if-need-be legal director of the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union -- need Bruce Springsteen to get through the day? Here's how much: When Mr. Walczak,...
Aclu's Wins and Losses
Every day, volunteers at the American Civil Liberties Union's Oakland office get phone calls from people claiming their civil rights have been violated. Some are legitimate and are dispatched with a simple phone call. Some take longer to dispute, and...
A Dream Come True Brashear's Nyama 1st City Wrestler to Win a State Championship
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Godwin Nyama's wrestling career had come so far in such a relatively short period of time, he wasn't going to lose the final match by way of what he believed was an injustice.A 120-pound senior at Brashear, Nyama became the first City League...
Afghanistan Joins Railroad Era -- 100 Years Late
KABUL, Afghanistan -- More than a century ago, fearing that his country might be swallowed up in the Great Game rivalry between the British empire to the east and the Russian army to the north, an Afghan king made a radical decision: He banned railroads.That...
Age-Old Age Barriers Fall Three Generations among Competitors in This Pga Tour
DORAL, Fla. -- At home in Texas, Hunter Mahan turned on the telecast of last Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic. Never mind that the whole idea behind taking a week off is to untether oneself from the tour."I watched a little bit because I saw...
Air Force Proposal Eliminates 258th Squadron Johnstown Site Victim of State Military Cuts
U.S. Air Force proposals to cut personnel and costs across the state would eliminate the 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron in Johnstown and trim a quarter of the 171st Air Refueling Wing's fleet. The reductions are part of an Air Force plan to trim...
Airline Carrier to Drop Johnstown to D.C. Flights, Others to West Virginia
WASHINGTON -- Travelers who fly from Johnstown to Dulles International Airport near Washington soon will have to fly with a different carrier.Colgan Air has notified the Department of Transportation that it no longer wants to operate its 18 weekly round...
A Lake Is Born the Resurrection of North Park Lake Provides a Rare Opportunity for Anglers and Biologists
It's good to be back," said Joe Guesman of Hampton, casting from the shore of North Park Lake off East Ingomar Road on an unseasonably warm winter afternoon. "A lot of people really missed this lake when it was gone." North Park Lake is back, and while...
A Modest Revival for the Irish Language
WASHINGTON -- Fifteen students gathered inside a basement classroom at Catholic University here on a recent evening to ponder a laminated vocabulary list that looked like some language instructor's cruel joke.The words were jumbles of seemingly random...
A Musical Treasure Chest Phoenix Museum's 15,000 Instruments Cover Sound from around the Globe
PHOENIX -- Elvis is here, along with his sparkling jumpsuits and the last guitar he played in concert, a Martin D-28 acoustic. So is the plain upright piano John Lennon used to compose "Imagine." These relics of musical virtuosos are behind glass...
Are They Education Cuts or Increases? Depends on Which Spreadsheet You Study
HARRISBURG -- Did Gov. Tom Corbett propose increasing or cutting funding for public schools? Like many things here, it depends how you look at it.The Corbett administration says its budget proposal for the upcoming year would send at least as much money...
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PITTSBURGH'S image as a regional movie capital has received a fresh boost with the news that two major movies are likely to be shot here in the spring. As Post-Gazette film critic Barbara Vancheri reported, the films are "Promised Land" starring Matt Damon,...
Beyond the College Degree, Online Educational Badges
What's so special about a diploma?With the advent of Massive Open Online Courses and other online programs offering informal credentials, the race is on for alternative forms of certification that would be widely accepted by employers."Who needs a university...
Big East Glory Days Are Gone
When I think of Big East basketball, I do so nostalgically.I think of Lou Carnesecca and Rollie Massimino and John Thompson. Even a young Rick Pitino. And a younger Jim Boeheim.I think of Chris Mullen and Patrick Ewing and Pearl Washington. Even a young...
Blame It on the Pill the Sexual Revolution Ignited a Counter- Revolution That Roils American Politics to This Day
If the pill had never been invented, American politics probably would be very different today.Sex has consumed the political debate in recent weeks. To many it has been a surprising turn of events, given the near-universal prediction that this year's...
Blues Are Surprise Story of Nhl Commentary
ST. LOUIS -- It's been a wonderful ride for the Blues, who are streaking toward the second-best finish in franchise history. We didn't see this coming, and that's a bonus. The best dream seasons happen when we least expect them. Ask the 1999 Rams, or...
Bruins Seem to Lack Team Spirit
LOS ANGELES -- In the end, as Ben Howland's most troubling UCLA basketball team was slowly disintegrating on the floor, I couldn't keep my eyes off the bench.Every time a player left the court, he returned home alone.No teammate stood up to cheer him....
Buckeyes Reach Final No. 7 Ohio State Pounds Michigan, Gets Michigan State
In less than five minutes, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger had Michigan on the ropes. Sullinger, a bruising 265-pound forward, scored eight of Ohio State's first 10 points to set the tone. Once Michigan started double teaming to compensate, other Buckeyes...
Burnett Starts Rehab, Can Laugh at Injury
BRADENTON, Fla. -- A.J. Burnett once broke a bone in his foot when he stepped into a gutter while bowling. He once broke a bone in his other foot while running on a treadmill. He tore a ligament in his hand while fielding batting practice. He blistered...
BUSINESS CALENDAR [Derived Headline]
TuesdayPittsburgh/Allegheny County CareerLink, 10 a.m., 425 Sixth Ave., 22nd floor, Downtown. Workshop: "Building Trades and Apprenticeships Programs." Visit www.careerlinkpittsburgh.com.Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, noon, Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth...
Buying Here: Bell Acres
There are lots of reasons to love Victorian style -- high ceilings, wrap-around porches and cozy turrets to name a few -- but the maintenance that usually comes with these classic beauties can be daunting. Fortunately, there is lovely home at 165 Summerlawn Drive...
Capitals Hold off Bruins Blow 2-0 Lead, but Rally for 4-3 Win
A late-period score and blown lead Saturday afternoon could have been enough to send the Washington Capitals to another road loss in this up-and-down season. Instead, things may be turning their way at the right time.After a comeback win against Tampa...
Chefs Pick Favorite Spots to Eat in the Area
Visiting a new city is always an adventure, and for anyone who loves to try new foods and restaurants, there's always a focus on where to eat. Despite the extensive resources available to travelers these days for advance planning, it always pays to leave...
Chesapeake Bay Oysters Make Slight Rebound
A modern-day Lazarus story is taking shape in the Chesapeake Bay, a resurrection from the all but dead.The bay oyster is making a modest comeback, judging from last year's harvest. The oyster's habitat is dangerously polluted, its reefs overfished, its...
Credit Report Errors Should Be Corrected
Question: I recently checked my credit report and noticed there was an error on it. Is it possible to correct the mistake?Answer: Yes, it is possible to correct it, and it's important to dispute items on your credit report that you don't believe are accurate.The...
Crosby Pact Will Be Tricky
The anticipation about Sidney Crosby's return to work, and everything associated with it, has bordered on breathless for nearly a week.Every aspect of his impending comeback, it seems, has been discussed. Then dissected. Then discussed again.* How long...
Crosby Will Not Play vs. Bruins Penguins
"Soon" could be synonymous with "Thursday" where Sidney Crosby is concerned. The Penguins center Saturday confirmed he would not return to the lineup today for an afternoon game against Boston, but stressed he has not had any problems and remains close...
Cr's Top Coffee Maker Picks Are as Varied as the Brew's Beans
Coffee makers that talk, that brew two different coffees at the same time and that double as single-serve pod machines are among the variations on this classic gift. Consumer Reports recently tested 61 models. All of CR's top picks reached 195 to 205...
CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]
'DO' PROCESSAlternet highlighted Stephen Colbert's evisceration of Obama administration arguments for giving the executive branch the power to kill anyone it deems an enemy of the state:"Colbert made mincemeat out of Attorney General Eric Holder's bizzarre...
Defensemen Making Points in Big Way
The Penguins have gotten a ton of production from their top line centered by Evgeni Malkin for months, and, more recently, center Jordan Staal's line has been on fire.But the team has gotten some important secondary scoring in recent weeks from another...
Despite Success, Mountaineers Have Work to Do, Coach Says
Dana Holgorsen will run his first spring football camp at West Virginia beginning today, preparing the Mountaineers for a new era in the Big 12.His team is fresh off of scoring 70 points in the Orange Bowl win over Clemson, a performance that has elevated...
Disorder Name Change Pushed
WASHINGTON -- Some in the military have questioned whether the name "post-traumatic stress disorder," designated by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980, carries its own stigma that discourages service members from seeking help and brands them...
Duquesne Had Barred Shooter after Harassment Complaints
John F. Shick, who investigators say opened fire with two weapons Thursday in Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic before police fatally shot him, was barred from Duquesne University's campus in November after the school said he harassed female students...
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EASTExperts investigate discovery of human bones in MonroevilleBones discovered Friday on a hillside in a wooded area near the Tri-Boro Expressway in Monroeville were declared human bones on Saturday by the Allegheny County medical examiner's office.The...
Edwards' Win at Las Vegas in 2011 Just Wasn't Enough
Asked about not winning a race in a year, Carl Edwards had a quick correction. "I did win the All-Star race, so that's something," he said. True, Edwards did win the All-Star race in May, pretty handily. Earned $1 million for it, too. The problem with...
Facts, Lies and Narrative 'The Lifespan of a Fact' Details the Seven- Year Saga of a Writer Seeking 'Truth' -- and a Fact-Checker, Seeking Same
"THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT" By John D'Agata (author) and Jim Fingal (fact-checker). W.W. Norton & Co. ($17.95). The more I read "The Lifespan of a Fact," the more I wondered whether it was real. It's billed as nonfiction, but I couldn't help thinking:...
Fantasy Becoming Reality Newest Addition to Disney Fleet, Built in Germany, Christened in NYC
PAPENBURG, Germany -- When singer Mariah Carey lifted her champagne glass and uttered, "I christen thee Disney Fantasy. May God bless this ship and all who sail on it" in New York harbor earlier this month, it capped a three-year effort to get Disney Cruise...
Fayette Prison Stamps out Specialty Plates
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- At the end of 2011, state Rep. John Payne pushed a bill forward that would allow people to purchase specialty license plates bearing the phrase "In God We Trust."It made a few headlines and the bill is moving through the state Senate...
For Many, U.S. Is 'Wunderbar' Americans of German Descent Are Topping List of Ethnic Groups
NEW YORK -- The United States, first populated by Native Americans, rediscovered by Europeans, destination point for enslaved Africans and colonized under the flags of the Spanish, English and French, is now filled with Germans.More than half of the...
For Pike County, a Long Commute Draws Distinction
STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- You have to get up pretty early to meet Pike County workers.Pike County residents had the longest commute in the state during the period 2006-2010, averaging 42.1 minutes of travel time to work, according to U.S. Census figures released...
Gallup Map Finds New Path in a GPS World
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In hindsight, Patrick Carroll thinks a city bus crashing through the back wall of his downtown store in 2004 probably saved his century-old Gallup Map Co. from extinction.Not because there was a big payout -- the driver of the pickup that...
Gas Law Punts on Public Health Pennsylvania's Legislators Are Not Protecting Pennsylvania's Citizens
Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed a bill that goes beyond just ignoring concerns about the potential human health effects of Marcellus Shale drilling, it retains some of the worst aspects of industry secrecy about proprietary hydrofracking chemicals while making...
Growth of a No. 1 Draft Pick Gerrit Cole's Pact Doesn't Alter the Grind He Must Endure to Become a Ballplayer
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The days are slow here. They call it a grind, rising with the bright orange sun to the east and emerging each morning into the rhythms of the baseball life, where consistency is often the greatest virtue.It will get easier for Gerrit...
Gulibon Takes Spot in History Wins Fourth Title with 9-3 Decision
HERSHEY, Pa. -- For the fourth time, Jimmy Gulibon stood at the top of the medal stand at the Giant Center. The public address announcer listed the eight placewinners and photos were being taken by PIAA staff and fans in a corner of the event-level floor.Gulibon,...
Gym History for Wieber, but Buzz Went to Douglas
Jordyn Wieber joined Mary Lou Retton as the only women to win three American Cup gymnastics titles when she stepped to the top of the podium last weekend in Madison Square Garden.Wieber, the reigning world champion, kicked off her Olympic year by scoring...
Hamas Ties to Syria and Iran in Flux
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Political expression in this seaside strip is firmly regulated by the ruling Islamist militant group Hamas, and the authorities recently approved a robust street rally against an unlikely target: the government in Syria, long...
Health Insurance Rate Cuts May Be Short-Lived
The partners at one of Downtown's mid-size law firms were "astounded" late last year when their broker told them they could purchase the same coverage they had with Highmark from UPMC Health Plan at a near-55 percent savings on premiums.They'd been with...
Instruction for Masses Topples Campus Walls
The pitch for the online course sounds like a late-night television ad, or maybe a subway poster: "Learn programming in seven weeks starting Feb. 20. We'll teach you enough about computer science that you can build a Web search engine like Google or Yahoo."But...
Iowa Law Sets Up Fight between Animal Rights Activists, Farms
Iowa, the country's top producer of pork and eggs, attracted national attention this month when it became the first state to adopt a law that's designed to curtail the undercover operations of animal rights activists on farms.Another seven states have...
Israeli Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel pounded Gaza for the second day in a row Saturday, trading airstrikes and rocket fire with Palestinian militants and killing 15 of them as the deadliest Gaza violence in more than a year showed no signs of abating.Despite...
Is Your Disaster Coverage Still There? Homeowners Discover They Have Much Less Protection Than They Used To
As the weather catastrophes keep coming, home insurance companies are trying to manage their risk by raising deductibles and capping the amount they pay if a home is damaged or destroyed by storms.A recent study by the Consumer Federation of America...
It Just Won't Be the Same
Thank goodness the Penguins are playing the Boston Bruins today at Consol Energy Center. Sure, it would be great if Sidney Crosby were playing. But we've waited this long, right? What are a few more days? It still should be a fun game between the NHL's...
It's Doggone Unethical to Lie about Your Pet
Q: When I moved cross-country a few years ago, I had to send my golden retrievers as cargo -- they were too big to travel in the cabin. I was a total wreck about this, because I've heard so many horror stories about pets getting lost or killed. Fortunately,...
It's None of Our Business Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law Protects the Crooks, Not the People
When the criminal charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky were announced, people scrambled to find out when Penn State officials had learned about the monstrous acts alleged and what they had done about them. The public quickly...
JOURNEY TO MARCH [Derived Headline]
SaturdayWith the final ticks off the clock of a 65-46 loss to Valparaiso in the Horizon League semifinals, Butler's improbable reign as two- time defending NCAA runner-up ends. The Bulldogs (20-14) will not be receiving an at-large bid. Too bad. We'll...
Keep or Cancel?
It's pilot season in Hollywood, a time when producers of middling- rated TV series glance over their shoulders for news about prospective TV shows that could usurp their spot on broadcast networks' fall schedules.In February and March, broadcast network...
'La Cage' Can't Hold George Hamilton
George Hamilton's son is calling. So, he interrupts a long anecdote about old Hollywood, when Cary Grant insisted that an actor had to make a film at least every three years or he would be forgotten. The father of 12-year-old George, who attends Admiral Farragut...
Lightning Has Goalie Dilemma
For the time being, the Lightning's playoff hopes are in the hands of goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Dustin Tokarski.Call them the "Odd Couple."Roloson, 42, is the NHL's oldest player with statistics near the bottom of the league.Tokarski, 22, called...
Lives Intersect on a Fateful Day Western Psych Shootings Disturb and Devastate
On Thursday, Charissa Pacella's day began at dawn, helping her four young children get ready for school before leaving Bethel Park to drive to work as chief of emergency services at UPMC Presbyterian. Jordan Mineo's day started even earlier. The 14-year-old...
Lots of Games Changed Authors Dug Up a Trove of Fascinating Political Stories While Exploring the Mccain Campaign
When authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann published "Game Change" in 2010, they proved that, despite an unprecedented level of coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, there was much of the story remaining to be told. At the time, Mr. Halperin...
Louisville Stuffs an Old Foe Cardinals Get Defensive vs. Cincinnati for 2nd Postesason Title in Garden
NEW YORK -- Louisville beat an old foe to win a second Big East Conference tournament championship.Chris Smith, with his brother who plays for the New York Knicks in the crowd, scored 15 points and the Cardinals withstood a closing run by Cincinnati...
Lulzsec's Demise Was an Inside Job
Legal authorities announced last week that they had broken up the infamous hacker group LulzSec based on information provided by its former leader.Hector Xavier Monsegur, whose Net handle was "Sabu," lived a double life, pretending to lead LulzSec while...
Lynn D. Compton Dec. 31, 1921 - Feb. 26, 2012 Wwii Hero Portrayed in Hbo's 'Band of Brothers'
Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, an Army paratrooper whose World War II service was portrayed in the book and HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers" and who later as a prosecutor secured a conviction of Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan, died Feb. 26 at his...
Marantz, Procinema Fuse Well
Q: I am looking to put surround sound in my apartment living room, which is perhaps 12 feet by 16 feet in size. I have the TV and Blu-ray already. What would you recommend for around $1,000?MIKE WONG, South Bend, Ind.A. This is an easy one to answer...
Merton Center at 40 an Institution That Keeps Reinventing Itself
When founding members of the Thomas Merton Center were asked last week to count on their hands how many social issues the center had tackled over the past four decades, they soon ran out of fingers.Since it began in 1972, the center has worked on civil...
Mikey and Big Bob
Many radio listeners start their day with Mikey and Big Bob, aka the "Morning Freak Show." The funny and unpredictable duo has been hosting the morning show on contemporary hits station WKST-FM (96.1) since 2004.But they've been a team longer than that....
Movin' on Yes, We All Know That Peyton Manning Is Available. but There Are Other Game-Changers on the Market, Too, as Free Agency Begins at 4 P.M. Tuesday
Peyton Manning is a free man. Drew Brees is not.A week after a record 21 players were given franchise tags -- only Saints star quarterback Brees got an exclusive tag and can't even talk to other teams -- the NFL's free agency free-for-all begins. And...
New Clubs Send Balls Farther, Maker Says
Club manufacturer TaylorMade is calling its new line of drivers and fairway metals "RocketBallz," or RBZ for short -- a name designed to reflect the way the golf ball rockets off its new technologically enhanced face.TaylorMade even advertises that the...
New Crew Chiefs Lead to Successes
The season of the crew chief change in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series already is paying benefits. Denny Hamlin picked up his first win with his new crew chief, Darian Grubb, last Sunday. Tony Stewart and Steve Addington grabbed a Gatorade Duel victory...
New Warmth between Old Foes
BAGHDAD -- After years of strained relations, a series of diplomatic gestures between Iraq and Saudi Arabia is easing tensions between two of the Middle East's most influential nations at a critical time for the region.The rapprochement, which Iraqi...
Obama Re-Election Campaign Courting Women Voters
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is beginning an intensified effort this week to build support among women, using the debate over the new health care law to amplify an appeal that already appears to be benefiting from partisan...
Obama's Energy Abyss He Keeps Wasting Money on Renewables
Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Steven Chu, now the energy secretary, said in a 2008 interview with the Wall Street Journal.A gallon of regular costs more than $8 there. The Oil Price Information...
Pay Attention to Details for Walk-Through before Closing
On closing day, most home buyers are excited about the prospect of moving into their new home. One important final step must be accomplished before settlement: a walk-through. While plenty of buyers whip through each room with a glance, eager to unpack,...
Pentagon Seeking to Restart Aid to Yemen
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon plans to resume programs that would pay for military training and equipment in Yemen, nearly a year after halting aid to the key counterterrorism partner because of escalating internal chaos.While no agreements have been cemented,...
People on the Move
AdvertisingBrunner promoted Dena Stroje to junior business affairs manager. Banking First Commonwealth Advisors, the wealth management division of First Commonwealth Bank, hired Suzanne M. Majocha as a financial advisor. ContractorLandau Building Co....
Praying to Yvan Eric Swanson Was Born in Pittsburgh, Grew Up Loving Hockey in Canada, and Came Back to Pittsburgh as an Adult. When He Came Close to Death, Hockey Saved His Life
1960 I was born at Shadyside Hospital. My mum says I was a good baby - - I didn't cry too much and I slept through the night. 1968 We moved to Canada in 1961 and I grew up in a small town six hours north of Toronto. That's far enough north to have...
Price Tough, Towel Tougher
Add Tampa Bay pitcher David Price to the list of stranfge-but- true injuries.Price was forced to leave his start after two innings Thursday after -- are your ready -- toweling himself off too vigorously between innings.Seriously.He claimed he was simply...
Profiles in Povert It Takes Mutual Obligation to Maintain the Safety Net
Who deserves to be poor? Asked that way, the question invites a personal value judgment that does not lend itself to objective analysis. But posed another way -- who should get taxpayers' help to escape poverty? -- the question affects social policy,...
Pso Pops Season Is Full of Favorites
Marvin Hamlisch has fully recovered from the bout of flu that took him from Heinz Hall stage before the end of a Pittsburgh Pops concert in January, according to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra spokesman Jim Barthen. He will go right back up there in June.And...
Reactions to Traumatic Experiences Vary
The anxiety of staff and patients in the wake of the shooting rampage Thursday in Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic will vary greatly depending upon life experiences, connections to the victims and what a person saw and heard that day, so the...
Retweet: Digital Version of Autograph
Forget standing in line for hours, hoping for a scribbled, barely legible autograph on a wrinkled piece of paper. Or jockeying for spots behind the dugout, on the off-chance a signed ball or batting glove gets tossed your way.When it comes to souvenirs...
Robert Ayres July 28, 1913 -- Feb. 25, 2012 Illustrator Created Ponderosa Map for 'Bonanza'
As a set illustrator for Hollywood studios, Robert Temple Ayres created his most famous work at Paramount in 1959. Officially called "Map to Illustrate the Ponderosa in Nevada," it was conjured up just so it could burst into flames on television screens...
Russian Protesters Offer New Message
MOSCOW -- Anti-government protests made a sharp turn Saturday, as younger faces took the stage with a new message and thousands rallied to show they have the stomach for a long fight ahead.The message was less rousing and more practical than in earlier demonstrations....
Russian Protesters Split in How to React to Arrests
MOSCOW -- Anti-Putin demonstrators who were arrested here last Monday were released by Tuesday morning, with some facing fines and others jail sentences but all confronting the crucial question of what tactics will best sustain their protest.The arrests...
Santorum Coasts in Kan.; Romney Captures Wyoming
WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in a rout on Saturday and Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney countered in Wyoming, a weekend prelude to suddenly pivotal Southern primary showdowns in the week ahead."Things have an amazing...
Santorum Is Pennsylvania's Not-So-Favorite Son, So Far State's Gop Leaders Haven't Endorsed Him
Rick Santorum, the Republican presidential candidate and devout Christian, looks to be playing the prodigal son when his campaign rolls through Pennsylvania in next month's primary. So far, his GOP brethren are not crazy about welcoming him back home.Not...
Saturday Was the Busiest Day of Championship Week, with 13... [Derived Headline]
Saturday was the busiest day of championship week, with 13 automatic bids at stake and at least two of the likely four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament still in play as the hours wind down toward 6 p.m. The day's biggest loser* Duke. The day's biggest winners?...
Science Center's Hoops Star Losing Touch after 17 Years Robotic Arm's Aim Needs Adjustment
When it comes to aging joints, even a robot is only human.For years, it was hard to imagine a more formidable offensive foe on the basketball court than "Hoops," a 3-ton orange robotic arm with deadly aim that long has entertained visitors to the Carnegie Science...
Selection Sunday Score Card
Keeping track of the bracket ins and outs as the time nears to fill the 68-team NCAA men's tournament field for 2012:ALREADY INTeams that have won their conference tournaments and the automatic bids that go with them. Note: The Ivy League does not hold a...
Seminoles Outlast Duke Florida State Earns Second Trip to Final; North Carolina Holds off N.C. State
ATLANTA -- Florida State made a statement by building a double- digit lead in the second half on Duke.Then the Seminoles made another one when they lost it.Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said his team learned something when the Blue Devils mounted...
Shaler Fends off Allderdice, 57-51 Piaa Basketball Playoffs
It wasn't by choice that Shaler coach Paul Holzshu went to small ball. His only sizable player, 6-foot-4 senior center J.P. Holtz, watched the game in a sweater vest, tie and dress pants -- and a protective boot on his injured right foot."We played five...
Skicross Racer Dies in Event
A Canadian racer died in a World Cup skicross event Saturday in Grindelwald, Switzerland, tumbling through safety nets in what ski authorities called a "freak accident." It was the second death in less than two months of a freestyle skier from Canada.Nik...
Sol Schiff June 28, 1917 -- Feb. 26, 2012 'Mr. Table Tennis' Won Championships in Teens
Sol Schiff, whose rocketing, flat forehand propelled him to national and world table tennis championships in the 1930s when he was still in his teens, and who later earned the unofficial title Mr. Table Tennis, died Feb. 26 in New York. He was 94.In...
Songza Streams Music for Times of Your Life
It gets pretty noisy out there in net radio land, with an overwhelming array of music and channels to choose from. It's good to have all of these choices, but sometimes it's nice to have someone put it all in order.Songza's new Music Concierge is designed...
Spouses Can Be Key to Managing Workday Stress
You come home after a stressful day at work, kick off your shoes and continue to stew about the unrealistic demands of a customer or an insult from your jerky boss. If you're married, chances are high that your spouse could come through the door soon...
Students Team to Ease School Closing Perry, Oliver Students Are Helping to Aid Transition as Two Become One High School at Perry in Fall
Without a scorecard, it was nearly impossible for an outsider to tell apart the students from Pittsburgh Perry and Pittsburgh Oliver - - two North Side high schools separated by just 21/2 miles.Seated around a group of tables in the Perry library, 18...
Super-Pac Is Targeting Incumbents in Safe Districts
In two Ohio congressional primaries Tuesday, a Texas-based group spent almost $190,000 supporting a pair of candidates who could not be more different: a tea party conservative and liberal icon Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.The group's enemy is incumbency...
Syria Targets Northern City Idlib
BEIRUT -- Syria launched a long-anticipated assault to crush the opposition in the rebellious north on Saturday, bombarding its main city with tank shells from all sides and clashing with rebel fighters struggling to hold back an invasion.President Bashar...
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