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Articles from July 19, 2013

18-Hour Latrobe Standoff Ends in Death Suspect Killed, Tactical Officer Wounded
A suspect was killed after a tactical officer was shot during an 18-hour standoff that began Thursday night and ended this afternoon in Latrobe.State police earlier identified the man inside a house in the 400 block of Lloyd Avenue as Scott Murphy, a...
2013 British Open First Round Johnson Gets on Dry Run Early Eagle Sets Pace for Former Masters Champ
GULLANE, Scotland -- A blue sky and a gentle breeze usually means ripe scoring conditions at the British Open. Just not on the brown links of Muirfield. Zach Johnson handled it better than anyone.Helped along by a 45-foot eagle putt and only one bogey...
3 Ordered to Prison in Death
Handcuffs couldn't stop Larry Duff from drying his tears with a tissue Thursday before he was sentenced for helping to fatally beat his mentally disabled brother as punishment for spilling soup.Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel sentenced Duff,...
Acc Cements Ties to 7 Bowl Games
While college football's postseason will receive a significant face-lift next season with the advent of the four-team College Football Playoff, the bigger picture of the entire bowl lineup is slowly starting to come into focus.The Atlantic Coast Conference...
Aliens Likely Don't Find Us Worth the Trouble
America's favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, has a theory about why Earth has yet to be visited by advanced civilizations he suspects are scattered throughout the cosmos -- we're too stupid to be taken seriously by our alien brethren."I wonder...
Amy Grant's Newest Album Had Her Mother as Her Muse
She might not have realized it at the time, but a specific muse guided Amy Grant as she set to work on her newest album, "How Mercy Looks From Here."Listen to the songs as unrelated works, and you might think several were by her side -- spirits depicting...
Andie Macdowell Is Armed with a Gavel
Hi, it's Andie," comes the voice on the phone, conjuring up Southern peaches and silk lingerie, and you can't help feeling a little intimidated.Such is the allure of Andie MacDowell, who at 55 looks just an extra eye-crinkle away from her modeling days.So...
A Real Summer Treat Teen Heads for a Water Park and Finds Fun, Independence and Sanctuary
A lazy summer vacation at a free beach house.Sounds pretty idyllic unless you're a 14-year-old boy being dragged to the cottage owned by your divorced mother's new boyfriend, the one who calls you "Buddy" even as he wounds with an insult -- poorly disguised...
As All-Star Event Shows, Baseball's a Young Man's Game
As the National League All-Stars were going through their paces the other day at a workout in New York, Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw addressed Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright as "old as dirt."Wainwright couldn't deny the point-taken aspect...
Author Puts It in Park for Vintage Grand Prix
To earn a living, geophysicist Rob Siegel thinks of ways to improve the technology that detects unexploded ordnance on shuttered military bases.To maintain his abiding passion for cars, the author of "Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic" recently bought a brown...
BUSINESS BRIEFS: [Derived Headline]
ALUNG OFFERS UP TO $1M IN EQUITY SECURITIES ALung Technologies, Inc., a South Side firm developing a respiratory assist device to reduce a patient's need to go on a ventilator, is offering up to $1 million in equity securities, according to an SEC filing....
Court Halts Shutdown of Health Centers
HARRISBURG -- The state must temporarily halt a plan to consolidate and close almost half of its rural health centers, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The court issued a temporary injunction blocking the state from taking any further action...
Critics Keep Heat on Voter Id Law State Says Free Card Would Solve Issue
HARRISBURG -- The challengers of the Pennsylvania voter ID law worked Thursday to cast doubt on whether the state would issue its safety-net form of identification quickly enough for voters to use at the polls.The parties asking the state courts to permanently...
Cuts in Computer, Electronic Jobs Drive Tech Sector Purge
Job cuts driven by Americans' shifts toward tablets and cloud computing could only be the beginning of overhauls in the nation's tech sector this year. A semi-annual report released this week by Chicago-based global workforce firm Challenger, Gray &...
Cydra Vaux June 28, 1962 - July 13, 2013 Shady Side Academy Art Teacher, Sculptor
Cydra Vaux took up sculpting relatively late, in her 30s, using a strong feminist viewpoint. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, a mastectomy, remission and a finding in her 40s that the cancer had returned and spread to her liver, the indefatigable...
Death of a Witness Stokes Memories of Bulger's Gang
BOSTON -- Thursday brought high drama to the racketeering trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, the alleged crime boss of South Boston. There was a new death amid so many old mob deaths. And his former partner took the stand, pointed a finger at Bulger and...
Detroit's 'Golden Years' a Distant Memory
One of my earliest memories of growing up in Detroit is the first night the city burned during the 1967 riots. I was 5 years old, standing with my grandmother outside our clapboard home as the Michigan National Guard rolled down Warren Avenue.It was...
Diplomats for Sale Obama Sells America Short by Appointing Donors
The practice of presidents awarding ambassadorships to big contributors or political supporters is not new, but President Barack Obama may be carrying it to an all-time low.An analysis by The Hill, a congressional newspaper, said Mr. Obama has named...
EAST/NORTH/ALLEGHENY COUNTY/CITY [Derived Headline]
EASTWoman, child killed in Monroeville crashA 28-year-old woman and 7-year-old child were killed Thursday evening in a three-vehicle crash in Monroeville.The accident, which involved a pickup truck and two vehicles, occurred around 6:30 p.m. in the 1500...
Emmy Love for Netflix Series
It's not TV, it's Netflix.That doesn't have quite the same ring to it as the original premium cable network's slogan ("It's not TV, it's HBO"), but it's arguably even more true. Netflix is not TV, but its original streaming series garnered 14 nominations...
Experts Say U.S. Spy Alliance Will Survive Snowden
WELLINGTON, New Zealand Britain needed U.S. intelligence to help thwart a major terror attack. New Zealand relied on it to send troops to Afghanistan. And Australia used it to help convict a would-be bomber. All feats were the result of a spying alliance...
Food Stamps Subsidize Wal-Mart
For Republicans who want to cut the number of food stamp recipients, here's a helpful suggestion: Support the ordinance passed last week by the Washington, D.C., city council, which required big-box stores like Wal-Mart to pay employees at least $12.50...
Fracking Chemicals Didn't Spread, Study Finds Drinking Water Aquifers Free of Contaminants in Greene County Study
A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a Greene County drilling site, the Department of Energy reported.After...
French Rider Wins Difficult Stage 18 Froome Extends Lead despite Penalty
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France -- Tour de France leader Chris Froome is so dominant that even when he loses time for eating an energy bar, he extends his lead. He was hit by a 20-second penalty for taking an energy bar from a teammate Thursday near the end of...
Frick Center to Be Rebuilt at Former Site in Park
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and city are on the verge of finalizing plans for a new $15 million Frick Environmental Center that will rise from 11-year-old ashes in Squirrel Hill. The new center -- which will allow for expanded classes beyond the...
Froome Maintains Lead, Costa Wins 19th Stage in Tour De France
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France -- Rui Costa of Portugal won the mountainous 19th stage of the Tour de France with a solo breakaway on the final climb, while Chris Froome retained the overall lead in rainy conditions today. Costa secured his second stage win...
Gillibrand Is a 'Shero' for Pushing Bill on Military Sexual Assault
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is a hero's hero, or perhaps more apropos in this instance, a shero's shero. She is leading the long-overdue fight to rid the military of sexual assault. The facts, figures and history are well-known but continue to amaze...
Hearing Your Heartbeat? It's Not Your Imagination
DEAR DOCTOR K: I can hear my heartbeat in my left ear. Should I be worried that I might lose my hearing?DEAR READER: A few years ago a patient of mine asked me the same question. A condition called tinnitus causes unusual sounds in the ears: high-pitched...
Highmark Sets Accountability Physicians' Costs, Care Can Lead to Reward or Penalty
Paying doctors for quality, not quantity, is easier said than done in an American health care system that has been built around the concept that physicians should be compensated for every test, every visit and every suture.But Highmark Inc. is part of...
Idyllwild Wildfire Thousands Evacuated from Their Homes
IDYLLWILD, Calif. -- Artist Lewis Millett didn't need much more than an order to leave his longtime Idyllwild mountain home after seeing 100-foot flames marching toward the mile-high hamlet that draws tourists, summer campers and students to a year-round...
Jobless Claims, Earnings Gains Drive Stocks Higher
NEW YORK Earnings gains at major U.S. companies and encouraging economic news pushed U.S. stocks to record levels Thursday. A drop in claims for unemployment benefits signaled a healthier economy and encouraged investors to buy stocks. The Federal Reserve Bank...
Kings Sign Brown to Extension
The Los Angeles Kings agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Dustin Brown that will keep the team captain around through the 2021-22 season. Brown had one year left on his current deal. He joins nine other Kings who have been signed to long-term...
Kong Junior Coleus Brings Riotous Color to the Shade Garden
It has been almost a decade since Kong coleus caused heads to swirl with the gigantic leaves and packed with an almost psychedelic array of colors. Now Kong Junior is the one that has everyone talking.Kong Junior will probably be even a bigger hit. Your...
Larger Issues Aired at Police Residency Hearing
Anger at Pittsburgh police fueled a packed Pittsburgh City Council hearing on police residency requirements Thursday, with testimony hitting testy police relations with black residents as much as it did debates on where police should live."We are being...
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....
Lethal Force Ruled Justifiable
Amped up on high doses of cough medicine and antidepressants, 26- year-old Seth O'Donnell walked into an East Huntingdon Save-A-Lot wielding a pair of scissors and wound up being shot to death after he slashed a Pennsylvania state trooper in the face.On...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
BOYCE PARK POOL CLOSED AGAIN For the second time this week, Allegheny County has closed the wave pool at Boyce Park today due to an off-site power outage. County spokeswoman Amie Downs said workers who showed up at the pool in Plum this morning found...
Lottery Sets New Sales Record
HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Lottery reported on Thursday that it achieved records in sales and profits even as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett fought to hand its management over to a private British firm.The lottery's sales reached $3.7 billion in the...
Manchester United Makes Request for Video Assistance Riverhounds
Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney saw an unusual request pop up Tuesday morning in his email inbox.Manchester United -- yes, that Manchester United -- contacted the Riverhounds to request tape from their game tonight against Wigan Athletic. Manchester United...
Mccain Would Stall Dempsey's Renewal on Joint Chiefs
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he intended to block President Barack Obama's nomination of Gen. Martin Dempsey to another two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Mr. McCain, R-Ariz., made his announcement after he and...
Mcdonald's Decision to List Calorie Count Has Unexpected Result
Too much information -- and the need for some mental mathematics - - might not translate into a low-calorie lunch.A Carnegie Mellon University study reveals that while people benefit from the calorie listings on McDonald's menu items, providing them...
Military to Deploy Units Devoted to Cyber Operations 4,000 Assigned, Money Allocated
ASPEN, Colo. -- The Defense Department's second-ranking official said Thursday that the military was about to deploy roughly 4,000 people in the Pentagon's first units devoted to conducting cyberoffense and defense operations, a new mission that formalizes U.S....
Obama Extols New Health Care Law, amid Doubts
WASHINGTON -- Facing public doubts and embarrassing setbacks to his signature health care law, President Barack Obama stepped forward Thursday to extol the program's benefits, emphasizing that some Americans already are receiving insurance rebates and...
Obama May Cancel Trip to Moscow as Tensions Build over Snowden
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may cancel a scheduled trip to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin in September as the standoff over the fate of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor seeking asylum there, takes...
Obama Should Speak out on Race Must We Wait for a White President to Address Black Grievances?
In the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, President Barack Obama has called on the American people to engage in calm reflection. Few expected the president to denounce the verdict or call upon people to take to the streets...
Officials Continue to Assess Storm Damage
The smell of dirt lingered in the air Thursday as Allegheny County officials traveled to various locations in Forward and Elizabeth townships to assess major storm damage sustained last week.With the assistance of state and federal agencies, Allegheny County...
'Only God Forgives' Violent Yet Tender
In "Only God Forgives," people move slowly through the frame, holding on a beat for extended lengths of time. These are often accompanied by the chimes of a xylophone, followed by a full orchestra, like a symphony building to its logical crescendo. That is,...
Outrage Continues over Cover
Maybe you can't judge a Stone by its cover, but by Thursday morning, hundreds of thousands of outraged readers were trying.Rolling Stone magazine has a long history of tackling difficult and controversial subjects, but that was always the meat inside...
Paints Purchases Give PPG Big Boost
PPG Industries' acquisition in April of the North American operations of Dutch paints maker AkzoNobel gave the Pittsburgh company a big boost in the second quarter, helping to push sales to record levels of $4.1 billion, up 16 percent from a year ago.Wall...
Penguins Prospects Camp Young Defensive Crowd Can't Rest New Wave Likely to Hit Nhl Soon
It has been brewing for several years, and now a shift in the Penguins' organizational makeup on defense is tangible -- and, by all accounts, welcome.It doesn't mean that Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang or veteran Paul Martin need to squirm. The new...
PIRATES REPORT [Derived Headline]
TODAY * Game: Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati. * TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM (93.7). * Probable starters: LHP Francisco Liriano (9-3, 2.00 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Leake (8-4, 2.69). * Key matchup: Leake vs....
Pirates' Sanchez Powers All-Stars
Indianapolis Indians catcher Tony Sanchez's second-inning three- run homer powered the visiting International League to a 4-3 victory against the Pacific Coast League late Wednesday night at the 2013 Class AAA All-Star Game in Reno, Nev. A sellout crowd...
Pirates: The Second Half Bring It on Now Is Not Right Time to Crow
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington insists he isn't tempted. He swears he has no desire to grab a microphone, climb to the top of the PNC Park mound and scream to the world, "Look at me now!" It doesn't matter that Huntington's team, finally, looks...
Pirates: The Second Half Bring It on Pirates Try to Keep Things Simple as They Enter Second Half of Season
According to Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates' first half was the best form of preparation for their second."Nothing changes," McCutchen said. "The game doesn't change. Situations may change, all that may change. The game itself doesn't change, and that's...
Pitt Bomb Threat Suspect Awaits Action on British Charges
Adam Busby, the Scottish Dublin resident indicted last year for allegedly emailing dozens of bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh, should learn this month whether he will be extradited from Ireland. But not to the United States. Instead, to the...
Pope's Twitter Not Road to Heaven Church Setting Record Straight on Indulgences
Despite recent reports, you cannot avoid hell, have sins forgiven or save anyone's soul by following Pope Francis (@pontifex) on Twitter. Such claims erupted this week after a British newspaper mangled a story about the usual plenary indulgence available...
Rankin Ex-Chief's Death Ruled Natural
A former Rankin police chief died of natural causes in December after a police chase in Washington County that included the use of a Taser, officials said Thursday.Darryll L. Briston, 49, died of a cardiovascular disease and a congenital heart disorder...
Reader Has Too Many Artists to Support
DEAR HARRIETTE: A lot of my friends are artists, and as they are looking to make new work, they use social media fundraising sites to raise money. I have gotten at least 10 requests recently from people I know well as well as people who are acquaintances,...
'Red 2' Too Silly; 'Girl' Lost in Quirks
In addition to "The Conjuring," "The Way, Way Back" and "Only God Forgives," plus a pair of films at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' locations, these two movies open in theaters today: 'RED 2' Critic's Call: * * 1/2 Reuniting the old gang or assembling a new...
Renewed Hostilities Mozambique's Prospects Are Hurt by New Strife
The unrest in Mozambique suggests that old problems can turn into zombies that return to torment the prospects for development in a modernizing country.Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony in southeastern Africa with a population of 24 million. It...
Russian Activist Sentenced to Jail
KIROV, Russia -- Alexei Navalny, a charismatic and creative Russian opposition leader who exposed high-level corruption and mocked the Kremlin, was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement on Thursday, in a verdict that set off street protests and...
Sandusky Claims Said to Cap at $80M
Penn State University officials have discussed $80 million as "an informal target" to settle all claims by more than 30 people who say they were abused by Jerry Sandusky, the convicted pedophile and former assistant football coach, sources said.The sources...
Schatz Savors Silver Cup
Donny Schatz was exhausted Tuesday after winning his fourth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup event at Lernerville Speedway ... no, make that Wednesday morning.Rain at 4 p.m. set plans back for more than 90 minutes, which made it difficult for the World...
Senate Deal Buoys Student Loans Compromise Aims to Avoid Big Jump in Interest Rate
WASHINGTON -- Relief could be on the way for borrowers stunned by student loan rates that abruptly doubled this month. A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal with the White House to bring down student loan rates that jumped from 3.4 percent to...
Senate Oks 2 Obama Picks
WASHINGTON -- The Senate plugged two more vacancies in President Barack Obama's second-term leadership team Thursday, confirming Thomas Perez as labor secretary and Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. After months...
Smith's Return Something Special New Steelers Assistant Coach Finally Comes Home after 37-Year Trek
Danny Smith began his coaching career at Central Catholic High School in 1977 when a quarterback named Dan Marino played there. Since then, this Point Breeze native has coached at nearly every level of football, including college stops in Division II,...
Snowden's Done Us a Favor
If you follow current events closely enough to read opinion columns, the odds are you've heard about Edward Snowden, who told a British newspaper the National Security Agency is spying on American citizens. But have you heard of Thomas Drake, William...
Steelers Fans Expect the Best on and off the Playing Field
I am writing as one of the Pittsburgh Steelers' millions of die- hard fans asking that they take some time before the season starts to position themselves as the hard-working, high-class individuals who make up the best team in all of sports. The distractions...
Summerhays Grabs Lead in Mississippi
Daniel Summerhays rebounded from a disappointing finish last week in Illinois to take the lead Thursday in the rain-delayed first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss.Four days after squandering the final-round lead in the John Deere...
Sweden's Pettersson Alters Putting
GULLANE, Scotland -- Carl Pettersson's golf bag was a little bit lighter. And this burly Swede didn't stand quite so tall Thursday in the first round of the 142nd British Open. All because of his putter. Pettersson has used a long putter that he anchors...
They're Humming Our Song
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A cool, wet spring in many parts of the country delayed the arrival of hummingbirds, but you can be sure they are now somewhere in your garden, especially if you have a smorgasbord of colorful flowers. Hummingbirds, aka "hummers,"...
Three to Stand Trial in Stabbing of Steeler
An early police report on the stabbing in June of Steelers tackle Mike Adams offered one version of events.When the player testified in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday, some of the details had changed.And defense attorneys said they plan to...
Toni Collette Had 6th Sense about 'The Way, Way Back'
Toni Collette is not exactly a disinterested party. She does, after all, star in "The Way, Way Back" opening today at AMC-Loews, Galleria and the Manor theaters. Still, the actress enthuses in her native Aussie accent, "I personally absolutely adore...
TROUBLED DT RETIRES [Corrected 07/23/13]
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football Thursday, saying "doing the right things in life" is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate. ...
Vacations Are Made by Who You're with, Not How Far You Go
The "staycation" is a relatively new term, but it is an old concept for ethnic, working-class Pittsburghers. When I was growing up in the 1950s, my family and I did not go away for a vacation like families today. We never went to the beach or Disney...
Vera Farmiga Didn't Let Fear Interfere with Film
Maybe Vera Farmiga unwittingly scratched a bug bite and left three claw marks on her thigh.Or perhaps it was a creepy coda to the day when she opened her laptop after formally accepting the role of clairvoyant Lorraine Warren in "The Conjuring." Lorraine...
Volunteers Praised for Helping Clear Bike Trail Landslides
The Steel Valley Trail Council is awaiting engineering reports before deciding how to deal with a landslide along the Great Allegheny Passage near Kennywood Park.The June 29 slide brought earth, rocks and trees down across the trail, temporarily blocking...
Wayne A. Billick Feb. 16, 1913 - July 15, 2013 Man Lived to Be 100, Never Forgot Roots
Wayne A. Billick was a farm boy who had a taste of college, then had that dream set aside by the Great Depression. He would eventually leave his family farm and build a business career working with other farmers, but that big garden out behind his house...
What to Watch for in Major League Baseball's Second Half
What to watch for in major league baseball's second halfThe winds of change in baseball have blown strongly this season. As the post All-Star break of the schedule begins tonight, none of the teams who were leading their divisions at the All-Star break last...
Wheels off Detroit Files for Bankruptcy Largest Ever in U.S.; Debt Load in Billions
DETROIT -- Detroit, the cradle of America's automobile industry and once the nation's fourth-most-populous city, has filed for bankruptcy, an official said Thursday, the largest U.S. city ever to take such a course.The decision to turn to the federal...
Where's the Beef?
Michael Shores, whose family has been cooking pit beef at the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar for some 30 years under the name Beef Barons, recommends that home cooks use an eye round. The cut is very lean, so there is not a lot of fat to make it juicy....
Woods in the Mix on Another Sunny Day at Muirfield
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods plodded along most of the day. He lipped out a putt from 2 1/2 feet. He settled for a bunch of pars.Then, with his final stroke, he looked like the Tiger of old.Woods rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on Muirfield's tough closing...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
KERRY PRESSES MIDEAST TALKS FORMULAAMMAN, Jordan -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up his drive today to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, facing Palestinian reluctance over his formula for resuming peace talks...
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