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Articles from March 25, 2014

Ae Learns New Tricks with Dog Clothing Line
The Twitter-sphere started yipping on Monday, after American Eagle Outfitters put out an official press release announcing "American Beagle Outfitters, The Brand's First-Ever Clothing Line For Man's Best Friend." "You & your pup can be preppy twinsies,"...
Alternative Dispute Resolutions Leave Fewer Courtroom Opportunities for Lawyers
The pop culture image of a lawyer involves striding around a courtroom, arguing with a jury, and making vociferous objections to a judge. Think Perry Mason, or any of the myriad district attorneys from the television show "Law and Order." "When TV...
Arts Festival Lineup Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams, the Smithereens among Musical Acts
Wilco drew massive crowds to Point State Park when it played the Three Rivers Arts Festival back in 2003 and 2004. With Wilco on hiatus, Jeff Tweedy, the scruffy frontman for the indie-rock/alt-country darlings, will return to open the 55th annual Dollar...
Bill Requires Receipts for Lawmaker Expenses
HARRISBURG -- A bill in the state Senate would reform the per diem payments some legislators currently receive and would require lawmakers to provide receipts in order to receive reimbursements from the state. Existing rules allow legislators to collect...
Bill Targets Rising Electric Rates in Pa
Electricity customers upset over rate hikes would be able to switch suppliers within days under a proposal introduced in Harrisburg. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, a Democrat representing parts of Northampton and Lehigh counties, said her bill would change...
Bylsma Not Fan of Media's Expectations for Team
The Penguins have been considered Stanley Cup contenders, if not front-runners, for years. Turns out, they aren't exactly thrilled to hear that. "I can tell you the last couple of years listening to the pundits and the people on TV, through the month...
Call for Safety Pa. Must Ban Drivers' Use of Hand-Held Phones
Police in Pennsylvania need a stronger tool so they can enforce the state's ban on texting while driving.In the past 12 months, police issued 1,206 citations statewide, 96 fewer than the previous year when the prohibition went into effect. The numbers...
Data Mining His Company Built a Single Home for Marcellus Oil and Gas Lease Records
When Paul Gitnik started compiling oil and gas leases on his website www.MarcellusUSA.com in 2011, he thought it would be a place for landowners to poke around in other people's documents. But he ended up in the data mining business. Like other entrepreneurs...
DATELINE [Derived Headline]
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott announced that it has named attorneys Jason Mettley, Andrew Noble, Sarah Reigle and Jason Yarbrough as partners. Mr. Mettley works on matters related to employee benefit plans, including plan design and drafting, fiduciary responsibility,...
Dealing with Depressed Mom a Sensitive Issue
DEAR STEEL ADVICE: Our family has been dealing with some major issues surrounding our mother/mother-in-law. She is going through some severe depression that started roughly two years ago, but things have become progressively worse during the past year, particularly...
Death of Gwar Frontman Prompts Tributes Here
Metal fans woke up Monday to the news that Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of the band Gwar, was found dead, at 50, in his Richmond home Sunday night. The news hit particularly hard for a few Pittsburghers with ties to the metal band known for its over-the-top,...
Duke Follows Men out of Tournament
Both Duke basketball teams are done. The Blue Devils women followed the men's team out of the NCAA tournament early after they were upset. The Duke women were stunned by DePaul, 74-65, in the second round Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham,...
Ex-Mayor's Computer Worries Upmc Questions Arise over Data from City Court Fight
UPMC wants to know if former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl "destroyed any evidence" when he took his workplace computer home with him upon leaving office, saying whatever data might be missing could be key to the health system's case against the city....
Fire Kills Toddler in Mckeesport Boy, 2 Firefighters Injured in Blaze That Damaged 3 Homes
A 2-year-old girl was killed in a fast-moving house fire late Sunday night in McKeesport that also injured another child and two firefighters. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said it was still working on the case and that the toddler's...
Five Madoff Aides Guilty
NEW YORK -- Five former aides to Bernard Madoff who spent decades working for his firm were found guilty of helping run the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, a $17.5 billion fraud exposed by the 2008 financial crisis. The three men and two women,...
Goc Helps Upgrade Defense, Faceoffs His Presence, Skillset Are Giving Boost to Penguins' Third and Fourth Lines
Marcel Goc has caused some confusion since he joined the Penguins. Not among his teammates or coaches, but among those who track line combinations and try to assign meaning to them. That was especially true earlier this month when Goc began centering...
Going Head to Head Louisville vs. Kentucky Game Puts Other Rivalries to Shame
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It is the premier rivalry in college basketball today. When Louisville and Kentucky meet in Indianapolis Friday night, it'll be for a berth in the NCAA's Elite Eight. But this rivalry, in college basketball, is the Elite One. Don't...
HEALTH HAPPENINGS [Derived Headline]
Seminars/lectures * UPMC is offering a celiac disease patient education program from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Cooper Conference Room, on the ground floor of the Hillman Cancer Center, Shadyside. Registration is required. Call 412-578-9518. * Excela...
Health Marketplace Sticker Shock Spreading with Enrollment Deadline Looming, Experts Stress Seeing Whole Picture
Last-minute shoppers to the health insurance marketplace plans might do well to heed the advice of Butler County physician Mark Musmanno: Know what you're signing up for. Since the Affordable Care Act health exchanges went live Jan. 1, Dr. Musmanno...
Here's Hoping Iran Really Wants Peace
Perhaps if the world's focus were not so intensely concentrated (as it should be) on Ukraine, or on the missing Malaysian plane, we would have paid more attention to an important development in the Middle East a few weeks ago and to its grave implications....
High Fives All around on Both the College and High School Basketball Fronts, It Was a Weekend to Savor and Remember for Western Pennsylvania
John Miller has a dilemma, like no dad ever before. Go west to see No. 1 son, or south to see No. 2 son? A tough choice, but one sweet parental problem. The NCAA tournament will have some Miller Time Thursday night, and it will have nothing to do with...
If Swallowed, Button Batteries Can Be Fatal
PHILADELPHIA -- Lincoln Punch was a week old in April 2011 when his 3-year-old sister found a pair of tweezers with a tiny light attached. The girl broke open the compartment containing two button batteries that powered the light, then fed the shiny...
In a Fine 'Vera Stark,' Comedy Jousts with a Dark Theme
Wrap your mind around this: a trio of experts of various bents in 2003 deconstructing a 1933 film clip and a 1973 TV talk show with those same film actors as they watch themselves in that same clip. Add that the experts are comically self-important and...
Keep Old and New Businesses Separate
It will be easier the second time around. At least, that's the idea that many business owners have once they have a successful business up and running. After overcoming the initial hurdles of starting a business -- such as hiring employees, renting office...
Marcellus Poised to Replace Depleted Natural Gas Inventories
Just as this harsh winter broke records nationwide, so did the amount of natural gas that was available in storage and used to heat homes and businesses. For the first time in more than a decade, the amount of natural gas in storage nationally fell...
Miles Acquaintances Testify in Civil Trial [Derived Headline]
Miles acquaintances testify in civil trial Attorneys for three police officers accused of falsely arresting and beating Jordan Miles called two of the Homewood man's former acquaintances to testify as a civil trial continued in federal court today....
Miles Case Testifies to a Harsh Police Reality
The contempt that many Pittsburgh police officers have for Jordan Miles and people like him says a lot about what's wrong with criminal justice in this town. The question boils down to this for a jury weighing Mr. Miles' civil suit against the three...
Movies of Biblical Proportions 'Noah' Joins the Ranks of Other Celebrated Works
There is an ark with animals boarding it two by two, a great apocalyptic flood and the builder of the big boat, driven by foreknowledge of the catastrophe. Everyone knows the story, taken from the Bible's Book of Genesis and now spun into Darren Aronofsky's...
NATION [Derived Headline]
Sailor fatally shot at naval base NORFOLK, Va. - A civilian suspect approached a destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base late Monday night, disarmed a petty officer who was on watch and fatally shot a sailor, according to the Navy. Navy...
Never Mind the Sex Pistols: Glen Matlock Goes Solo Acoustic
It's not the easiest sell in 2014: solo acoustic versions of "God Save the Queen" and "Pretty Vacant" ... sung by any Sex Pistol let alone one who is not named Johnny Rotten. Glen Matlock wasn't even around for the recording of "Never Mind the Bullocks,"...
Nordenberg Says Loss of Education Funding Threatens U.S. Future
The decline in public financial support for higher education threatens the nation's safety, stability and prospects for future achievement, and suggests a possibly permanent shift in American priorities, University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said....
NORTH/REGION/CITY/SOUTH [Derived Headline]
NORTH Child abuse trial delayed for fourth time The trial for a Franklin Park couple accused of abusing their two adopted children is delayed for a fourth time. Douglas and Kristen Barbour were slated to go on trial on charges including endangering the...
Offensive Flaws Put Panthers in Hole Foundation in Place for Next Few Seasons
Now that Pitt's basketball season is over, it is time to assess the good and the bad and look ahead. Overall, the Panthers had a successful season, winning 26 games that included 11 ACC regular-season games, two ACC tournament games and one NCAA tournament...
Officer's Attorney Says Miles Is a Liar
A civil trial in which three police officers are the defendants shifted Monday to a test of plaintiff Jordan Miles' credibility, as the Homewood man endured a rigorous cross-examination and then saw the defense begin its case with an attack on what it...
Pa. Delegation Lobbies for Papal Visit
A delegation of political and religious figures including Gov. Tom Corbett is scheduled to meet Wednesday in a private audience with Pope Francis to invite the pontiff to Philadelphia in September 2015 for a major Catholic conference on families....
Peduto Conducts Tour of Pittsburgh's Future
In the coming decade, people will want to move into cities, not out of them. They'll be less concerned about owning cars and where to park them and more concerned about public transit. And they won't want to go to work in far-flung industrial parks miles...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
Are any of your co-workers sobbing quietly at their desks? If they're fans of "The Good Wife," they have good reason: The CBS legal drama hit viewers with a sudden and saddening twist Sunday night as one of its most fundamental characters was killed...
PIPELINE: Energy News in Brief [Derived Headline]
Natural gas State awards 25 grants for natgas vehicles Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced 25 grants totaling $7.7 million for companies switching heavy-duty vehicles in their fleets to natural gas. The grants, made under a provision in the state's...
Pirates Send Lambo Down, Keep Ishikawa
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates clarified their plans at first base this morning by optioning Andrew Lambo to Class Triple-A Indianapolis during a hefty round of roster moves. The team plans to have Travis Ishikawa start the season on the active roster...
Poisonings Related to E-Cigarettes Here
Reports of poisonings have been cropping up all over -- Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Nebraska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, even Sweden. In Britain, a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy in February died within hours of chewing a bottle of nicotine-laced juice used to...
Police Union Seeks to Improve Relations with Peduto's Office
The new president and vice president of the Pittsburgh police union said Monday one of their top priorities is to build a stronger relationship with the administration of Mayor Bill Peduto. Officer Howard McQuillan, 39, and Detective Jim Glick, 41, were sworn...
Police Withdraw Homicide Charges
Prosecutors on Monday withdrew all charges against a man arrested in connection with a Homewood shooting that left four men injured and one dead. Corey Clark, 23, of Penn Hills was arrested March 4 in connection with a shooting three days earlier at...
Port Authority's State Audit Finds Some Improvements
A state audit of Port Authority found the transit agency has made "significant improvements" in its operations, but cited some spending, purchasing and contracting deficiencies, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday. "The Port Authority of Allegheny...
Prime Price Raise Easy to Swallow
Amazon has announced an increase for its Prime service from $79 a year to $99 a year, the first increase since 2005 when the service began. Of course, the announcement set off a chorus of whining and threats to cancel. But TechMan begs to differ. I...
Pryor Likely on Way out Former Jeannette High School Star Wants to Be a Starting Qb, Seeks Release or Trade
Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State and Jeannette High School likely has taken his final snap with the Oakland Raiders. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., that Pryor likely will be released or...
Putting the Ethical in Electricity
After Tom Matzzie installed solar panels at his house a few years ago, he realized just how challenging it was for consumers to choose renewable energy. So he started a company that made it easier. Ethical Electric, founded in 2011 and headquartered...
Rand Paul Touting Message to All Sides
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to 400 students at the University of California - Berkeley for 40 minutes Wednesday. He received a standing ovation when he finished. It's difficult to say which is the more astonishing - that a Republican would get a standing...
Reader Should Teach Children about Bad Language
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have two young children who are 7 and 9 years old, and they are starting to develop their musical likes and dislikes. I overheard my 7-year-old recite some racy lyrics, and I immediately turned the music off. The lyrics were disgusting,...
Religious Freedom Ruling May Transcend Health Law Justices to Weigh Challenge to Aca by Family-Owned Firm
WASHINGTON -- A challenge to part of President Barack Obama's health care law that hits the Supreme Court today could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court's history. Four years ago, in their controversial Citizens...
Review Your Lens Options for Cataract Surgery
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm having cataract surgery in a few weeks. There are so many options for replacement lenses. Which one should I choose? DEAR READER: I can't tell you which you should choose, since I don't know the specifics of your cataract. But I...
Ruth Anne Hugo July 24, 1919 - March 24, 2014 Love of Education Led to Teaching
During the Depression, the six children of the Skeehan family in Baden conducted something of a relay race when it came to college -- one or two of them would go, graduate, find whatever work was out there and then help pay for the next in line to go,...
Shale Coalition Launches Grass-Roots Advocacy Initiative
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- In the video, an apron-clad Laurel Gardner stands behind a counter in her northeastern Pennsylvania restaurant and explains why she supports Marcellus Shale natural gas development. "When the workers come into our town, they bring...
Sharapova Labors to Win
Maria Sharapova was happy to play an 11 a.m. match Monday, especially when her work day was already done by the time a mid- afternoon shower interrupted play. "It's nice to see all the players coming back in the locker room, and I'm like, 'I'll see you...
Squabble over Estate Results in Arrests of Kin Daughter, Her Aunt Charged in Case
A Swissvale steamfitter's $1.7 million estate helped fund what authorities described Monday in court papers as a roughly $40,000 illegal buying binge by his daughter, who is also accused of forging a will. Contrary to her obligations as power of attorney...
State Fund Proposed for Sewer Line Repairs
The idea of a municipality or sewer authority using public money to facilitate repairs to broken and leaking privately owned sewer laterals isn't new, but it's one whose time has come, said state Rep. Harry Readshaw. The Carrick Democrat, in Pittsburgh...
Steelers Plans, Options in Flight Bills Lb Moats Part of Colbert's Process
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kevin Colbert said the Steelers had a plan and list of options ready to replace the players they knew they would lose in free agency or as salary cap casualties. And they have been executing that plan at a more fervent pace than past...
The Lampshades Ready to Shine for Bigger Audience Rock Show Will Mix Local, Visiting Acts in Polish Hill
The guys in The Lampshades like playing for their friends and fellow artists. But they'd still love it if you stopped by Gooski's in Polish Hill tonight to catch their show. "The arts community in Pittsburgh is interesting," said Dane Adelman, the...
The Light Is Changing with Utilities Slowly Getting on Board, Municipalities Are Switching Street Lights to More Efficient Light- Emitting Diodes
Edgeworth manager Marty McDaniel calls his little city along the Ohio River a "one-horse town." "But we do have three traffic lights," he said. And about three years ago, Edgeworth switched the bulbs in those lights from incandescent to light-emitting...
This Is What 80 Looks like Gloria Steinem Runs off to Ride Elephants - a Sort of Antidote to Mortality
Today, Gloria Steinem turns 80. Do not bother to call. She's celebrating in Botswana."I thought: 'What do I really want to do on my birthday?' First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants."Very few people have aged as publicly. It's been four decades since...
Titans Buy the Fast Lanes on the Net but the Issue Is That Everyone in the U.S. Gets Lousy Broadband Service
Another month, another chapter in the ongoing dramedy: "America's Embarrassing Excuse for a Broadband Market." The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Apple and Comcast are in talks "about teaming up for a streaming-television service that would...
Tomlin: One More Hole to Fill Team Looking at Maurice Jones-Drew, Lagarrette Blount
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Steelers have one more hole they would like to fill before the NFL draft and Coach Mike Tomlin said today he is "optimistic" they will sign a veteran running back to back up Le'Veon Bell. The possibilities include former Jacksonville...
Trade Winds in the Americas -- Don't Miss the Opportunity
Almost half of Pennsylvania's exports in 2013 went to countries that have free trade agreements with the United States. Of the state's top five free trade agreement partners, three are Latin countries: Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. Combining these trends...
Two-Year Federal Probe Exonerates Monroeville No Violation of Privacy Law Found
A nearly two-year government probe into whether Monroeville broke the federal law that protects private health information has found no violations, prompting relief and a feeling of validation among local officials who long maintained there was no wrongdoing....
U.N.: Ebola Could Spread
CONAKRY, Senegal -- Africa's biggest Ebola outbreak in seven years threatens to spread from Guinea to neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia, the United Nations says. Suspected cases of the lethal hemorrhagic disease are being investigated in southeast...
Walker Keeps Players in Know Hurdle Sets Rotation for First Six Games
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Major League Baseball Players Association had a busy year. The union was involved in negotiating rule changes that expanded instant replay and limited contact between baserunners and catchers at home plate. It also dealt with the...
Will Obama Rethink His Strategy? the World Is Not Playing out in a Way That Will Allow the U.S. to Retrench
Defeat can lead to defeatism or to constructive rethinking. Which path will President Barack Obama take after setbacks overseas? By defeat, I do not mean, as some Obama critics would have it, that the president "lost Crimea." The bad guy there is Vladimir Putin,...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
2nd mass verdict pending in Egypt MINYA, Egypt - After a single session with no defense lawyers present, an Egyptian judge said today he will issue verdicts next month in a new mass trial of 683 suspected Islamists on charges of murder and attempted...
Worthy Paws Raising Money While Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon Is a Win-Win for Both Charity and Runner
Training for an endurance event like the Pittsburgh half or full marathon is tough. The miles you have to put in the bank to make sure you're properly prepared not only wreak havoc on the body but also can rattle the psyche. Especially if you try to...
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