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Articles from July 12, 2012

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2012: The Second Half Intrigue Is Just Getting Started Hot Races, Big-Name Trades, Surprise Players All Tough to Beat
There was a public outcry when R.A. Dickey did not start the All- Star Game, a journeyman for the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game, and the Pirates of all teams were in first place as the first half of the baseball season drew to a close. What's...
Abortion Clinic Fight Extended
JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge on Wednesday continued to block a state law that threatened to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get the procedure in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan...
Addicted Philanthropist Is Found Dead in England
LONDON -- They were generous patrons of drug treatment charities who turned out to be drug addicts themselves, a glitteringly wealthy couple whose secret lives were exposed four years ago when police caught them with thousands of dollars' worth of crack...
'Adult' Rock Karl Hendricks Trio Continues Its Thoughtful, Hard- Driving Ways on 'The Adult Section'
While Karl Hendricks was in the process of converting the landmark Paul's CDs into his own Sound Cat Records in Bloomfield, the singer-songwriter-guitarist was in the process of making a new record to stock on the shelves."It was a challenge," he says,...
Also This Week
* "The Flowers of War": A band of outcasts emerge as unlikely heroes. Christian Bale stars.* "Margaret": A teen's life is altered after witnessing a terrible accident.* "Warehouse 13: Season 3": Eddie McClintock stars in this series about the weird items...
Alzheimer's Finding Could Aid Drug Hunt Mutated Gene Blocks Culprit That Triggers the Brain Disease
Two decades ago, researchers began discovering rare gene mutations that cause Alzheimer's disease in all who inherit them. Now, they have found the opposite: a mutation that prevents the devastating brain disorder.The protective mutation also is very...
A Nation of Subsidies
In nearly half of American households (48.5 percent) there is at least one person who is receiving a check from the government, according to the Census Bureau.Since President Lyndon Johnson initiated it in 1965, we've spent $19.8 trillion (in inflation-adjusted...
Announcer Keeps a Busy Schedule
The idea of "free time" makes Randy Gore laugh. A McKeesport native and current resident of Houston in Washington County, he juggles four jobs.Gore, 33, has been the play-by-play voice of the Washington Wild Things since 2005, and he has broadcast an...
Apollo Police Chief Faces Gun Theft, Sale Charges
The Apollo police chief was arrested on charges that he stole and sold guns from a residence as well as police guns and other equipment purchased with the Armstrong County borough's grant money and pocketed the proceeds.Chief Paul Breznican Jr. turned...
Armstrong Granted 30 Days to Contest
AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency granted Lance Armstrong an extension of up to 30 days Wednesday to contest drug charges. The seven-time Tour de France winner is challenging the case in federal court. The move erases the Saturday deadline...
Base Afloat in the Persian Gulf Displays New U.S. Way of War
WASHINGTON -- One of the Navy's oldest transport ships, now converted into one of its newest platforms for warfare, arrived off Bahrain late last week, a major addition to the enlarged presence of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf designed as a counter...
'Big Boys' Drop Ball on Qb, Mckeesport Coach Claims
When McKeesport quarterback Eddie Stockett committed to the University of Akron near the end of June, the Zips got themselves a big quarterback with big-time potential, one his high school coach believes was inexplicably overlooked by many Division I...
'Big Boys' Dropped Ball on Qb, Tigers Coach Says
When McKeesport quarterback Eddie Stockett committed to the University of Akron last Monday, the Zips got themselves a big quarterback with big-time potential, one his high school coach believes was inexplicably overlooked by many Division I schools...
Blackhawk Alumnus on White Sox Roster
Even for a 28-year-old athlete, it's still a kid's game.Brian Omogrosso, like most every other player -- regardless of the level -- still has fun playing baseball.Two Thursdays ago, Omogrosso was having fun shagging balls with a Charlotte Knights teammate...
Black Specks in Vision Are Usually Harmless
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm 55 years old, and I've started seeing tiny black specks that move around in random directions. I'm worried that I may have an eye disease.DEAR READER: Your symptoms most likely are caused by a common and harmless problem called floaters.The...
Brazilians Tied to Soccer Kickbacks
Former FIFA president Joao Havelange and one-time Brazilian soccer leader Ricardo Teixeira received millions of dollars in a World Cup kickbacks scandal, soccer's world governing body confirmed on Wednesday.FIFA finally published a Swiss court dossier...
Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk of Obesity for Women
LONDON -- Breast-feeding may help mothers reduce the risk of obesity later in life, according to a study of 740,000 post- menopausal women in Britain.For every six months women breast-fed, their body mass index was 0.22, or 1 percent, lower, even decades...
British Lords Can Rest Easy Their Exclusive Club in Parliament Remains Intact
LONDONBy any modern democratic standard, the House of Lords is more than ripe for reform. The upper house of the British Parliament is wholly un-elected. Most of its members owe their seats -- and their ermine-trimmed red robes -- to political patronage....
Broadcaster Keeps a Busy Schedule
The idea of "free time" makes Randy Gore laugh. A McKeesport native and current resident of Houston in Washington County, he juggles four jobs.Gore, 33, has been the play-by-play voice of the Washington Wild Things since 2005, and he has broadcast an...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Plastics company will buy part of Sunoco refineryA plastics maker is receiving $15 million in state support to help acquire part of Sunoco's shuttered refinery in the Philadelphia suburb of Marcus Hook. Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that Braskem America's...
Campbell Learns to Go with the Flow
LOS ANGELES -- You have to leave Hollywood to be discovered there. At least that's what happened to longtime actor Bruce Campbell. Mr. Campbell already enjoyed cult status as one of the stars and creators of the "Evil Dead" movie trilogy. He'd made those...
Central Catholic Pair Chase National Titles
Two down and one to go.That sums up the offseason for Central Catholic wrestler Vincenzo Joseph.Joseph has participated in two national tournaments since completing his freshman year at Central Catholic, and still has the biggest and most significant...
Chamberlain Exits as Pg President
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette President Christopher H. Chamberlain is leaving the company to become chief executive officer of Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services, the East Liberty-based medical research company.Mr. Chamberlain, 40, joined the Post-Gazette...
City Hall Dispute Authorities Asked to Leave, but They're Staying, Official Says
Officials in McKeesport continue to squabble over efforts to remove two economic development organizations' offices from City Hall, but Dennis Pittman, head of the McKeesport Industrial Development Authority and the Mon-Yough Area Industrial Development Authority,...
CITY/NORTH/SOUTH/ALLEGHENY COUNTY [Derived Headline]
CITYWeekend ramp closures to hinder Downtown trafficThe Pennsylvania Department of Transportation again will close the northbound Portal Bridge connecting the Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne bridges this weekend as it continues an $8.7 million project to...
CITY OFFICIALS URGE VIGILANCE AMID BURGLARIES POLICE CHIEF CALLS THIS YEAR'S 10 [Corrected 07/14/12] ; INCREASE TROUBLING
Public safety officials on Wednesday urged neighbors to look out for each other to combat a rise in burglaries throughout the city this year. Citywide, 100 more burglaries were reported between January and May of this year than were reported during the...
Clinton Makes Historic Post-Viet Visit to Laos Addresses Fallout of '60S War, Pushes Economic Initiatives
VIENTIANE, Laos -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday became the first high-ranking U.S. official to visit Laos since the Vietnam War era, when the United States dropped some 260 million cluster bombs across the countryside in a nine-year...
Colin Marshall Nov. 6, 1933 - July 5, 2012 British Airways Chief Cited for Turnaround
Colin Marshall, the British-born, American-trained executive whose flair for marketing was credited for the turnaround of British Airways starting in the 1980s, has died. He was 78.He died July 5, the Times of London reported, without citing a cause.As...
Comic-Con to Celebrate History, Heritage
LOS ANGELES -- This week's Comic-Con pop-cultural extravaganza in San Diego may not be as cutting-edge cool as you think. Several of the festival's franchise favorites are showing off their ages this year as they celebrate milestone birthdays, including...
Council Votes against Tree Harvesting
Monroeville council Tuesday night denied the application of a homeowners' association to harvest timber on a 30-acre conservancy between a residential area and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, citing concerns about potential landslides if trees were removed....
Couples Asked to Check Licenses
Some couples who were married in Westmoreland County between 1974 and 1989 might not have an official record of their marriage on file with the county.A district justice who performed marriages in the county during those years did not send the required...
Dad Needs Constant Supervision
DEAR HARRIETTE: My dad is suffering from dementia, and it is wearing on the family, as you might imagine. I travel a lot for my work, and recently, after many years, my husband decided to help out. I am so grateful that he is pitching in, but I don't...
Delta Launches Pit-NYC Nonstop Weekday Flights to Laguardia Traded for Fewer Trips to JFK
Accompanied by accordion music and a water cannon salute, Delta Air Lines launched nonstop service from Pittsburgh to New York's LaGuardia Airport Wednesday, hoping to cash in on the frequent business and leisure travel to the Big Apple.The first flight...
Demetrious Cox Jeannette Another Two-Sport Star Dazzling for Jayhawks
For most of the early part of this basketball season, Demetrious Cox was in and out of Jeannette's basketball practices and even missed a couple of games.Cox held football scholarship offers from dozens of major colleges, and, understandably, wanted...
Developments Puzzle Investigators in Kidnapping Case
New holes emerged Wednesday in the story provided by a Hazelwood woman accused of posing as a representative for a diaper company in a plot to kidnap an infant in Uniontown.Yvonne Bradley, 46, told Uniontown and state police after they handcuffed her...
District Awaits Word on Campaign for Renovations
Mt. Lebanon School District should know by the end of summer whether it has enough support to collect private donations to help pay for the high school renovation project.In March, the district hired fundraising consulting firm Pursuant Ketchum, which...
Earliest Americans Arrived in Waves, DNA Study Finds
North and South America were first populated by three waves of migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans in South America and Canada.Some scientists assert that the...
Ease, Risk with Online Mortgage Shopping Personal Data Often Needed for Rates
With mortgage rates at historic low levels, now may be a good time to buy or refinance a house, and the Internet has made it easier than ever to shop for a mortgage. There's no longer a need to pound the pavement going from one bank to another comparing...
Edleman Steps Down as Hampton's Coach
Hampton High School boys lacrosse coach Greg Edleman has resigned after leading the Talbots to two WPIAL Division 2 titles in the three years he has coached the program.Edleman tendered his resignation on June 27 to Bill Cardone, the school's athletic...
Ef's New Coach Comes with Plan Grayson Wants Team to Check Egos at Door
Being repeatedly told how great he was even before he got to high school is what Gerald "Puddin" Grayson says made him so humble.It's fair to say that none of the athletes he will tutor as the new coach of the Elizabeth Forward High School boys basketball...
Embury Returns! City's One True Cocktail Bar Is Rising Again on the South Side
Bars come and bars go, but cocktail lovers were particularly saddened when Embury, the Strip District speakeasy that served classic cocktails and little else, closed on Aug. 1 of last year. And those same cocktail lovers will be pleased to learn that Embury...
Emily Jamison North Hills Three-Sport Standout Was Indians' 'Go-To' Girl
It was a climactic two minutes that encapsulated what Emily Jamison meant to North Hills. An extraordinary high school athletic career was rapidly winding to a close after four years and 10 varsity seasons -- nine as a starter and four as a team captain...
Farm Aid Benefit Concert Heading to Hershey
HERSHEY, Pa. -- The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming to Hershey in September as the country's small and medium-sized farms face a shifting economic landscape, but board member Dave Matthews sees some hopeful signs in the uncertainty.Mr. Matthews,...
Farro, Avocado, Shrimp and Orange Salad
I can make a meal of a salad like this. Farro, a wheat grain similar in texture and size to barley, gives the salad substance. The fruits and vegetables bring freshness. The dressing is light, and the shrimp add a little sweetness.The recipe calls for...
Feds Question Pa. Medicaid Rolls
HARRISBURG -- The federal government is asking why Pennsylvania's Medicaid rolls dropped over the past year, and is suggesting that some people might have been improperly kicked off because caseworkers had not sorted through a serious backlog of information submitted...
Festival, Ducky Race to Expand
The third annual Brownsville Community Festival and Ducky Race is scheduled for Aug. 4 with an expanded slate of activities."It's growing every year," said Jack Lawver, Brownsville council president. "We've had more support this year from the community...
'Fiddler' in His Roots Actor Who Played Mendel at the Nixon Returns as Clo's Tevye
When a veteran actor has a break in his stage and television career, you assume he'd head for a chichi spot to clear his mind and enjoy a little pampering. When "The People in the Picture" closed on Broadway last year, actor Lewis J. Stadlen took the...
Forest Hills Girl Wins in Jr. Olympic Heptathlon
The University of Oregon had Bill Bowerman. Villanova had Jumbo Elliott. Samantha Gibson's heptathlon authority is "Coach YouTube."A 5-foot-6, 17-year-old rising junior at Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills, Gibson is not a conventional athlete.This...
Former Highlands Athlete's Fitness a Tribute to Others
Every time Scott Panchik goes to the gym, swimming pool or track for a rigorous workout while preparing for the CrossFit Games, he thinks about what his life would be like had three people not made the ultimate sacrifice for his benefit."I think about...
FOR THE RECORD [Derived Headline]
POPMAROON 5 'Overexposed' (A&M/Octone) Critic's Call: * * 1/2It's hard to stay on top with music styles mutating so fast. Maroon 5 has apparently accomplished this via some sort of Faustian pact, trading in the soul that made its 2007 CD "It Won't...
Fort Pitt
The triangular piece of land where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers meet to form the Ohio River, now known as Point State Park, played a pivotal role in American history and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh.In the early 18th century, the site's location...
Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Q: Why are restaurant critics anonymous?A: Ideally, restaurant critics try to go unrecognized so that they receive more or less the same treatment as any other diner. At the same time, restaurant critics have a responsibility to write under their real...
GAMEDAZE [Derived Headline]
'THEATRHYTHM: FINAL FANTASY' Critic's Call: * * "Final Fantasy" has made its imprints in gaming, motion pictures and even concerts where major orchestras belt out the games' beautiful soundtracks for packed audiences. I was unprepared for the next tendril...
Gates Backing Birth Control
LONDON -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend more than $1 billion over the next eight years to help boost access to contraceptives in the developing world and research new methods of birth control.Melinda Gates made the announcement Wednesday...
Get off Your Can the Season Is Now to Try, or to Get Back to, Canning and Pickling
Canning is such an ordeal. A good farmer friend recently gave me several pounds of apricots - - "seconds" that had weather blemishes but were fine for canning. And so I pulled from various parts of the basement my late grandmother's dusty, slightly...
GIRL DIES, BOY HURT IN BUTLER CRASH [Derived Headline]
GIRL DIES, BOY HURT IN BUTLER CRASH A 15-year-old girl died and a 17-year-old boy was severely injured when an SUV flipped on a Butler County road late last night.According to state police in Butler, the boy was driving north on Thompsontown Road in...
Go Acoustic a Guitar Trio Will Bring Rock and Country Covers to Downey's House in Robinson
Brandon Blake and Evan Dean never studied music. But whenever they were attending a party -- or any other gathering of friends -- they were likely to pull out a couple of guitars and start strumming. Tonight, you can be among their latest gathering...
Guerin Doing What He Does Best in His Role as Development Coach
Bill Guerin was holding court with reporters Wednesday in the locker room. Just like old times. Midway through a question about the Penguins' search for a top- six forward, probably a winger for Sidney Crosby, Guerin butted in with a deadpan answer...
Hampton's Hart Hunts National Exposure
Jake Hart broke a Hampton High School record by recording 40 victories during the 2011-12 wrestling season.With one record under his belt, Hart's next goals are to become Hampton's all-time leader in career victories, and most importantly become the...
Heat Wave with the Addition of Allen and Lewis, Miami Can Overwhelm Any Defense
MIAMI -- Ray Allen's role in Miami is yet to be totally determined. And that clearly doesn't bother the NBA's leading 3-point shooter. Allen and Rashard Lewis signed their free-agent contracts with the Heat on Wednesday, giving the NBA champions two...
Highmark to Offer Pay for Performance
Hoping to reduce costly and often preventable hospital readmissions, Pittsburgh health insurer Highmark Inc. is requiring some hospitals in its network to better monitor patients that are treated multiple times a month -- and the insurer will link annual financial...
Home-Field Rule Stays, Selig Says
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday he is committed to keeping home-field advantage in the World Series attached to the winner of the All-Star Game, despite criticism from some that the reward is too great. "I really like it," Selig said during...
House Votes to Repeal Health Law
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law, but don't cancel your medical appointments just yet.Republicans have tried some 30 times to repeal all or part of the law since it passed in 2010, providing...
How Immigrants See America It Turns out That They See It Much as Native-Born Americans Do
In 2004, historian Samuel Huntington warned that America was at risk of losing its national identity because there were fewer and fewer values still uniting us. His argument in "Who Are We?" had tremendous influence. Mr. Huntington was already a bit...
I'll Have Another Was Ailing before Belmont
I'll Have Another, the horse attempting to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, had physical ailments well before he was withdrawn from the Belmont Stakes on the eve of the race June 9, and was being treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs...
Is Romney Gutsy Enough to Pick N.J. Gov. Christie?
Here is a fact causing Republicans to wonder why Mitt Romney isn't the runaway favorite in his campaign to unseat Barack Obama: No U.S. president since Franklin Roosevelt has won re-election when the unemployment rate was more than 7.4 percent.So why...
It's Fine Time for Officials to Make Rare Find
Baseball cards in the attic -- that's it! Our budget problems may be solved.I don't have to tell you that government budgets are in sorry shape. Be they state, local or federal, most government bean counters face ticking pension time bombs, crumbling...
It's the Beginning of the End for 'Bad'
There are many, many things to admire about AMC's "Breaking Bad": The performances, the use of silence in creating an atmosphere of tension. But the show also deserves credit for its attention to detail and accuracy in depicting how people behave in...
J.P. Holtz Shaler Area Versatility Marked Career of Titans' One-Man Gang
John Paul Holtz -- Shaler Area's great ... punter?Yes, Holtz -- better known as "J.P." to his Titans teammates and those who follow them -- filled punting duties for Shaler over the course of his high school athletic tenure.While he was, by all indications,...
Larisa Debich Hempfield Pole Vaulter Went above and beyond to Attain Her Goals
Larisa Debich's senior season at Hempfield Area High School featured plenty of tears.The pole vaulter cried when she cleared 12 feet, 8 inches, a height she had been trying to reach for two years. She cried when she won the PIAA outdoor championship,...
LOCAL SCENE [Derived Headline]
BOWING TO BOWIE* The Pittsburgh musicians who brought you tributes to The Clash, Elvis Costello and the '80s (via WXXP) return to the Rex on Saturday to bow down to one of the godfathers of glam rock, David Bowie.The occasion is the 40th anniversary...
Magic, Howard Talks Are Stationary
Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan said that trade talks involving Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets are "stationary," but that discussions remain open with them and other teams. "We've had discussions with Brooklyn, we've had discussions with a...
Make a Meal Meaningful Restaurant Scene in Pittsburgh Is Now Serving Up Some Wonderful Experiences
In the past five years, Pittsburgh restaurants have expanded into new cuisines, new food philosophies and new neighborhoods. Dining rooms are busier, and diners' expectations are higher. Can a restaurant scene transform so quickly? From a certain perspective,...
Marion Cunningham Feb. 11, 1922 - July 11, 2012 Advocate for the Virtues of Home Cooking
Marion Cunningham, a former California homemaker who overcame agoraphobia later in life to become one of America's most famous and enthusiastic advocates of home cooking, died on Wednesday in Walnut Creek, Calif. She was 90.Ms. Cunningham, who had Alzheimer's...
Milton Bosse Feb. 11, 1915 - July 8, 2012 Retired Chair of West Penn's Pathology Department
Milton Bosse, a doctor who served as chairman of West Penn Hospital's pathology department, researched polio and mustard gas poisoning during World War II and served patients in Pitcairn for 55 years, died Sunday of a recurrence of hemorrhagic stroke....
Montour Grad Realizing What It Means to Be Professional
Officially, Bill Hutchinson turned pro with his first professional fight on April 23, 2011; in his mind, he really turned pro after his latest fight on April 28. That is when Hutchinson, a 2006 Montour High School graduate, decided it was time to take...
Mont. Ranch Is Flashpoint of Russian Adoption Fracas New U.S.- Russia Accord Aims to Deal with Troubled Child Issue
HELENA, Mont. -- On one side of the gate stood a group of Russian government officials with a Moscow television crew in tow, demanding entry into the ranch that one of them had called "a trash can for unwanted children."On the other side, indoors and...
Mt. Lebanon Pair Seek National Titles
The Mt. Lebanon High School wrestling team will be well represented at the USA Wrestling National Championships. Kevin Kinyua qualified for Junior Nationals, while Sean Perri qualified for Cadet Nationals, which will take place Friday through July 21...
Munch Goes to Dominic's Famous Deli & Bottleshop
Go ahead. Call Munch a front-runner. After absorbing 19 years of pathetic Pirates baseball which has elicited emotions ranging from disappointment and despair to anger and apathy; after throwing good money after bad on tickets and laughing to keep from...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
OakdaleSteel City Airsoft, a sports club for close-quarter combat training, plans to open July 20 in Oakdale. Council voted 5-0 July 5 to approve TIGG Corp. leasing more than 30,000 square feet of warehouse space at 1 Willow Ave. to the club.The club,...
NAJEE RETURNS WITH 'THE SMOOTH SIDE OF SOUL' [Corrected 07/14/12]
You may consider saxophonist/flutist Najee an R&B performer, a smooth jazz saxophonist or a straight-ahead guy. That would be fine with him, because, he says, "I've always been that musician that's played it all." He may very well "do it all" in Friday...
NATION [Derived Headline]
SMALL RISE IN COLLEGE COMPLETION The percentage of young adults earning a college degree has increased slightly but still remains far below the level needed to reach the president's goal of having the U.S. rank first worldwide in college graduates. Data...
Nbc, Facebook Will Collaborate
NBC says it will collaborate with Facebook for new features designed to promote the upcoming Olympics in London with social media users. The companies said Wednesday that an NBC Olympics page on Facebook will feature exclusive content and images. A Facebook timeline...
New Eatery to Serve Alcohol
A new restaurant in Peters soon will be serving alcoholic beverages with pizza and other Italian meals, thanks to a liquor license transfer approved by council Monday.Papa B's New York Pizza, owners of Sinatra's Tratorria, requested an inter-municipality...
New Ef Coach Has Game Plan for Success
Being repeatedly told how great he was even before he got to high school is what Gerald "Puddin" Grayson says made him so humble.It's fair to say that none of the athletes he will tutor as the new coach of the Elizabeth Forward High School boys basketball...
Norman Sas Died June 28, 2012 Inventor of Tabletop Electric Football Game
Well before "Madden NFL" video games, there was a quirky tabletop toy called Electric Football.It had a metal playing field, two teams of 11 plastic football players, each standing on a rectangular base with prongs on the bottom and a knob on the side....
Oakwood Youth at National Meet
Two down and one to go.That sums up the offseason for Central Catholic wrestler Vincenzo Joseph.Joseph has participated in two national tournaments since completing his freshman year at Central Catholic, and still has the biggest and most significant...
One Important Step to Understanding the Universe
ASPEN, Colo.Last week, physicists around the world were glued to computers at very odd hours (I was at a 1 a.m. physics "party" here with a large projection screen and dozens of colleagues) to watch live as scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, outside...
Pair to Stand Trial in PNC Park Fight Police Say They Attacked Officer, Security Chief
The lawyer representing a Greensburg father and daughter accused of assault in a brawl that temporarily cost a Pirates security supervisor one of his fingers said he plans to argue in court that a third person was responsible for the fight.Magisterial...
Pakistan Shuns Physicist Linked to 'God Particle'
ISLAMABAD -- The pioneering work of Abdus Salam, Pakistan's only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic "God particle" last week. But the late physicist is no hero at home, where his name has been stricken from school...
Parked and Staying Put Body Shop Owner Defying Penndot to Keep His Route 28 Business Open
On his fingers, William Lieberth Sr. ticks off a list of what used to be near his Allegheny Auto Body shop on East Ohio Street. There were gas stations, restaurants and other auto repair shops."It was a community here," Mr. Lieberth said.Now his North...
Penn State Getting Freeh Report after 8 Months of the Sandusky Scandal and Millions of Dollars
Penn State University has spent millions of dollars and eight months on its investigation into what university officials knew about the child sexual abuse scandal involving retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.Penn State students, alumni,...
Pg Sues to Take Photos, Videos at Polls Newspaper Wants to Show Voter Sign-In
Hoping to photograph and videotape the voter sign-in process in the coming general election, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday sued state and county officials in federal court, claiming that a law restricting access to polling places violates...
Pirates 2012 First Half Report Card Pirates Manager Can See Tangible Improvement and How It Plays in the Clubhouse; Now He Is Getting Confirmation from the Man on the Street
Manager Clint Hurdle can find evidence of improvement this season in areas other than the National League standings. Hurdle said recently that he sometimes interacts with a panhandler near PNC Park. Once the man discovered who Hurdle was during his...
POLICE BLOTTER [Derived Headline]
Carnegie Demarco Jackson, 24, of Pittsburgh was arrested July 2 in the Carnegie Towers Lobby on a warrant issued by the Greensburg Police Department charging him with terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct.*After they climbed over a secured...
Political Deceit Big Donors Use the Tax Code as Campaign Cover
The unwelcome impact of political money from deep-pocketed donors on this year's elections is accentuated by a part of the federal tax code that provides tax-exempt status and donor anonymity to so- called social welfare organizations.This provision,...
Postal Workers Participating in Bioterrorism Response Drill
A total of 2 million households in five cities will have a surprise visit from their letter carrier this summer, and the carriers won't be delivering mail. Escorted by a police officer, they will deposit up to two bottles of emergency doxycyclene in...
Proposal Takes Aim at Toxic Air Pollutants
An Allegheny County Board of Health committee proposed new guidelines Wednesday for the control of toxic air pollutants that the committee hopes will replace standards last updated in 1988.The guidelines would require new and expanding industrial facilities...
Push for Higher Ed Assistance Hopes to Lift Graduation Rate Education Secretary Announces Goal of Degree Affordability
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is on a mission to improve college graduation rates, and getting states to pony up more toward tuition is part of the plan.He is expected to take his message to the National Governors Association Friday.He...
Random Acts of Kindness
HILLS ARE MADE LESS DAUNTING BY THE HELPFUL PEOPLE AROUNDThree friends and I were going to a restaurant on Mount Washington on May 26 to meet other friends who had come from out of town for a concert.We thought it would be nice to show the out-of-towners...
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