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Articles from July 1, 2013

19 Firefighters Die in Ariz. Wildfire Fast-Moving Blaze Strikes Central Town
YARNELL, Ariz. -- A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official said. Forestry spokesman Art Morrison said the firefighters were caught by the fire near the...
48-Hour Ultimatum in Egypt Military Puts Pressure on Morsi to Appease Protesters
CAIRO -- Egypt's powerful military warned today it will intervene if the Islamist president doesn't "meet the people's demands," giving him and his opponents two days to reach an agreement, as thousands of protesters massed for a second day calling on...
A Door Closes Supreme Court Decision in Workplace Harassment Case, by Needlessly Focusing on the Definition of Supervisor, Wrongly Narrows the Scope of an Employer's Liability
CHICAGO -- Vance v. Ball State University, decided by the Supreme Court last week, concerns an employer's liability, under federal civil rights law, for sexual or racial harassment of one employee by another. If the harasser is just a co-worker of the...
A First Time for Everything at Long Last, Perry Holds off Couples and Waldorf to Win First Major on Any Tour after Two Heartbreaking Pga Finishes in 1996 and 2009
There wasn't much mystery to what Kenny Perry did for the final three rounds of the Constellation Senior Players Championship. Make birdies. Toss in a couple of eagles. Stay away from bogeys. And, of course, win his first major championship of any kind after...
Afraid of the Dentist? These Strategies Can Help
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a rational person, but I have a deep fear of the dentist that I just can't overcome. Any suggestions?DEAR READER: I don't know too many people who enjoy a trip to the dentist. But the health of our teeth and gums are an important part of...
A Job Well Done Chancellor Nordenberg Took Pitt to a Higher Level
This is how you know that you have succeeded in your job: You attend a meeting of your bosses and list the achievements that you have helped bring about for the past 18 years. Your bosses rise from their seats and give you a standing ovation.That's what...
A Mars Landing Right Here This Shooting Star's Making His Debut in Pittsburgh, and You Can Count on Thousands of Screaming Fans
Later this week, we'll be talking about how a young Taylor Swift worked her way up slowly playing the bottom of the bill on various tour packages.Not so, Bruno Mars.The 27-year-old singer from Honolulu, who did Elvis impersonations as a kid, did get...
Are We the Smartest? We're Not Saying So, Therefore We Must Be
It doesn't take a genius to know things have gotten out of hand in the rankings universe when folks start calling Pittsburghers the smartest people in the USA.The Morning File is always willing to accept it when our city is called the most livable and...
AROUND THE MAJORS [Derived Headline]
NATIONAL LEAGUE* Dodgers 6, Phillies 1: Yasiel Puig capped his sensational first month in the majors with his first four-hit game, Stephen Fife scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings and host Los Angeles beat Philadelphia. * Giants 5, Rockies...
At a Loss for Words a Family Relates the Challenges of Dealing with Childhood Apraxia
Kathy Hennessy thought she would always have to use American Sign Language to communicate with her two children. When her son, Andy, was a toddler, she was told he would never speak, and doctors were not sure what quality of speech her daughter, Kate,...
Aussie Wins Tour Stage 3
CALVI, Corsica -- Australian sprinter Simon Gerrans held off a late charge by Peter Sagan to win Monday's hilly third stage of the Tour de France by less than half a wheel. Gerrans looked to have the finish line in sight with about 100 meters to go,...
Battle's 'Mighty Current' Recalled
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- As more than 5,000 people sat beneath a dusky sky Sunday on a field where 150 years ago one of the most bloody and desperate battles in American history would change the tide of the Civil War, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin...
Belgian Claims Stage 2
AJACCIO, Corsica -- Jan Bakelants pulled away close to the finish line to win the second stage of the Tour de France and take the race leader's yellow jersey for the first time in his injury-plagued career. Bakelants, 27, of Belgium, made his move with...
Bluegrass at Heinz
Sometimes I think I'd like to go to Heinz Hall for a show that isn't all full of highfalutin, nose-in-the-air, fancy-pants, long- hair music written by some guy who's been dead for 300 years.Well, ex-cu-u-u-u-u-se me!Tonight, we have just the thing as...
BOY, 5, TAKES CAR, CRASHES [Derived Headline]
BOY, 5, TAKES CAR, CRASHES Heidelberg police plan to charge a mother and grandmother with endangering the welfare of a child after a 5-year-old Heidelberg boy crashed a 2000 Ford Focus into a hedge. "Someone should have been paying attention to what...
Brazil Seizes Cup, 3-0
Fred scored two goals and Neymar added another as host Brazil defeated world champion Spain, 3-0, to win the Confederations Cup Sunday night as protesters clashed with riot police outside Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, a five-time world...
Brazil Seizes Cup, 3-0
Fred scored two goals and Neymar added another as host Brazil defeated world champion Spain, 3-0, to win the Confederations Cup Sunday night as protesters clashed with riot police outside Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, a five-time world...
Corbett Signs Budget before Deadline No Agreement on Transportation, Pensions, Liquor Store Privatization, Medicaid
HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion state budget with time to spare Sunday night as two major initiatives -- proposals to raise transportation revenue and allow private sales of wine and liquor -- remained lodged in the Legislature.The...
Court Upholds Starbucks' Tip Policy
Starbucks Corp. baristas must share tips with shift supervisors, while assistant managers can be excluded from gratuity pools, New York's highest court said in answering questions posed by a federal appellate panel.The world's biggest coffee chain was...
Cuddyer's Hit Streak Reaches 27
Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 27 games with an RBI single in the eighth inning Sunday of the Colorado Rockies' 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. He hit a 2-1 pitch from Sandy Rosario up the middle, and later scored on a double by...
Dinner in 35 Minutes: Smoked Salmon Waffles with Wasabi Yogurt
"Warm smoked salmon is pretty awesome," says Bart Vandaele. The Belgian-born chef-owner of Washington's Belga Cafe and the new B Too was referring to the clever way he has managed to bring that to customers' attention: inside a waffle made of puff pastry....
Eu Officials Furious over Allegations U.S. Conducted Extensive Surveillance
BERLIN -- European leaders reacted with fury Sunday to allegations in a German magazine that the United States had conducted a wide-ranging effort to monitor European Union diplomatic offices and computer networks, with some saying that they expected...
Firefighters Killed in Arizona Were Part of Elite Crew
YARNELL, Ariz. -- Eighteen of the 19 firefighters killed Sunday in Arizona were part of an elite crew known for working on the front lines of region's worst fires, including two this season that came before the team descended on the erratic fire that...
Forwards Popular in Nhl Draft; Sentiment Is Not
NEWARK, N.J. -- The fairy tale was not to be for Seth Jones at the NHL draft Sunday at Prudential Center. Had the Colorado Avalanche taken him with the first overall pick, he would have gone to the team he watched lift the Stanley Cup when he was 6,...
FROM QUIET CONTEMPLATION TO THE UTTER CHAOS OF WAR Series: PERSPECTIVES: BEFORE AND AFTER GETTYSBURG
There is a popular bar and student hangout in Brunswick, Maine, called Joshua's Tavern. The beer is cold, and they serve a terrific clam chowder in a state where that claim is often made but less often backed up. If after your meal you chance to walk...
Frustrating Phillies Should Be Thinking Trade
They say the definition of insanity is making the same mistake over and over and expecting different results, but it also sounds a lot like mediocrity. One month ago, the Philadelphia Phillies split a four-game home- and-home series with the Boston Red...
Gop Rancor Awaits Migrant Overhaul Conservative Incumbents Could Face Primary Challenges over Bill
WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a "special pathway to citizenship" for those in the United States illegally. That approach could...
Governor's School for Sciences Reopens at Cmu Due to Donations
Christian Heil, 17, of Upper St. Clair doesn't expect to get a tan this summer.That's because he'll be spending 12 hours a day for the next five weeks huddled inside of the classrooms and labs of Carnegie Mellon University with 49 other top science and...
'Green Swan' Creates Different Sense of Beauty
For a while now choreographer Pearlann Porter has seen no need for the pirouette, which is a formidable and expected staple of the ballet vocabulary. But this past weekend she took on the whole landscape of traditional ballet to create the premiere of...
Haas Holds on for At&t Win Golf Roundup
Bill Haas made the long walk across a makeshift bridge and under the grandstands to the 18th green for the trophy presentation, high- fiving kids along the railing and raising his cap to thousands of fans who cheered as they saw him coming. His victory...
HEALTH HAPPENINGS [Derived Headline]
Charity events* The Passavant Hospital Foundation is sponsoring an 8K Run at 7 p.m. July 12 at the North Park Pool Loop. The cost is $30. Proceeds benefit the foundation's public outreach programs, including first aid and CPR training for high school...
Help for Ems Higher Fees Are Needed to Keep the Service Strong
After nearly a decade without an increase in fees charged for ambulance services and medical care, Pittsburgh's Emergency Medical Services bureau is right to seek a substantial increase.The sums proposed in a bill introduced in city council on Tuesday would...
Hi, My Name Is ... Unfamiliar Faces Alongside Djokovic, Murray at Centre Court
LONDON -- Get ready for some unfamiliar names at Wimbledon. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal long gone, and Maria Sharapova out, too, after a havoc-filled Week 1 at the All England Club, Week 2 begins today with a schedule that includes participants such...
Historian Gets Bridge to Call His Very Own
Bridges have been a big part of historian David McCullough's life."My father's business on First Avenue was right by the Smithfield Street Bridge," the Pittsburgh native recalled in a recent phone interview. "And I remember very distinctly sixth grade...
Increased Student Loan Rates Raise Cost of Diploma P
When some students graduate from college, they don't just receive a diploma -- they're also handed the responsibility of paying back money they borrowed to finance their education. And now, that burden on students is likely going to increase. A standoff...
In Its Disdain, Court Invites Discrimination
The only matter settled by the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage last week is that our nation faces many more years of litigation and legislation. And that was already a certainty before the decision was handed down.Had the court established...
Innovation on Infrastructure a Bipartisan Effort Is Underway to Finance Vital Transportation Projects
America's economic strength has always been built on a foundation of innovation and education. These gave us the tools to design and construct transportation networks that were once the marvel of the world. But today, the abysmal state of our nation's...
INSIDE THE LEADER BOARD: Stats and Facts on the Leaders' Round Sunday at the Fox Chape Golf Club [Derived Headline]
KENNY PERRY * Out: 32 * In: 32 * Final total: 261 * --19 * Highlight hole: Perry's big moment came on No. 18, of course, the hole that finished off his first major championship at any level. The par-5 final hole wasn't flashy or extraordinary,...
In South Park, Buffalo Still Roam
Twelve miles south of Pittsburgh in South Park, near the black- and-gold playground and up a winding hill lies a pasture.Here is where the buffalo still roam."A lot of people are surprised," said John Doyle, South Park's naturalist.But there they are,...
Jim Crow Is Dead, the Constitution Lives
In striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has restored a measure of constitutional order. Based on 40-year-old voting data that doesn't reflect current political conditions, this provision subjected a seemingly random...
Joseph A. Rotter Jr. Feb. 5, 1949 - June 28, 2013 Dea Agent Dedicated to Protecting Family, Friends
Around Joe Rotter, something as innocuous as a summer vacation or a trip to the toy store occasionally resembled a real-life action thriller.His wife and now-grown children recalled with awe and affection the time they were passing a row of recreation...
Kan. Abortion Law on Track
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The chief federal judge in Kansas refused Sunday to temporarily block parts of a new state abortion law, including a requirement that providers' websites link to a state site with information they dispute.But U.S. District Judge Kathryn...
Keep It Simple People Deserve Easy Access to Turnpike Food Reports
Thumbing through files of dusty public records may have become unnecessary because of the switch to online information, but that doesn't mean bureaucratic obstacles are a thing of the past.Today's case in point is the state Department of Agriculture's website,...
Kenseth Rallies Late to Win at Kentucky Risky Fuel-Only Pit Stop Allows Him to Steal Win from Johnson in Quaker State 400
SPARTA, Ky. -- Matt Kenseth's fuel-only pit stop gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win the rescheduled Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high...
Kerry Sees Mideast Hope
TEL AVIV, Israel -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry completed a new round of shuttle diplomacy Sunday without a hoped-for breakthrough in relaunching Mideast peace talks, but optimistically said he had narrowed the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians and...
Letang Close to Signing Deal Contract Expected to Be $58 Million, Eight Years; Team Takes Goalie in Draft
NEWARK, N.J. -- Penguins general manager Ray Shero said numerous times in recent weeks how difficult -- if not impossible -- it would be to replace defenseman Kris Letang.It looks now as if he probably won't have to.Although there still are some details...
Letang Close to Signing Deal Little Return on Investments
Since Ray Shero became Penguins general manager in May 2006, he has given out long-term contracts worth more than $425 million to Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury. Apparently, he...
Market to Sell Garfield's Talent Penn Ave. Event to Expand Aug. 2
When Penn Avenue becomes the scene of the East End's monthly Unblurred street event on Aug. 2, a little spur of activity will debut as the Garfield Night Market on North Pacific Avenue.It is the brainchild of cityLAB, a project started by architect and...
Mark Feuerstein
Acting wasn't what Mark Feuerstein's parents thought their high- achieving son would do after graduating from Princeton University. But he did earn a Fulbright Scholarship and chose to study acting. He honed his craft on the soap opera "Loving" and was...
Matchbox Twenty Plays Strong to Audience
Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls are back on tour, both promoting new albums, to prove their longevity and relevance. The 1990s pop-rock bands performed at First Niagara Pavilion on Saturday, and although marketed as co-headliners, it became clear that...
Meth Floods U.S. Border Crossing
SAN DIEGO Children walk across the U.S.-Mexico border with crystal methamphetamine strapped to their backs or concealed between notebook pages. Motorists disguise liquid meth in tequila bottles, windshield washer containers and gas tanks. The smuggling...
Millions in Egypt Protests against Morsi
CAIRO -- Millions of Egyptians streamed into the streets of cities across the country Sunday to demand the ouster of their first elected head of state, President Mohammed Morsi, in an outpouring of anger at the political dominance of his Islamist backers...
NATION [Derived Headline]
CONSTRUCTION SPENDING RISES WASHINGTON -- Spending on housing rose in May to the highest level in 4 1/2 years, helping to send overall construction spending higher despite a big drop in nonresidential activity. The Commerce Department today said construction...
Nhl Draft Crosby's Town No. 1 Again
NEWARK, N.J. -- Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby now share more than a hometown. They both have been No. 1 picks in the NHL draft. The Colorado Avalanche made the MacKinnon, 17, the first pick of the draft Sunday at Prudential Center. The Avalanche...
Obama: Progress Rests on Mandela's Vision Plans to Raise Access to African Electricity
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Challenging African youth to seize a "moment of great promise," President Barack Obama declared Sunday that the future of the continent still rests in ailing South African leader Nelson Mandela's vision for equality and opportunity.Seeking...
Odd Bounce Sprinkles on Couples' Parade
Strange things can happen in a sport where a small ball is supposed to go in a small hole after being smacked by a large club. Inches mean everything -- the difference between a good hole and a bad day. Inches, seemingly, cost Fred Couples a major. Some...
ON THE DOCKET PITTSBURGH [Derived Headline]
Jennifer Rose, certified elder law attorney, Julian Gray Associates, was named to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list for 2013 by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine. She assists clients in asset preservation as it relates to long-term care expenses including...
Park Parks Name Next to Greatness Wins Third Major in Row in Rare Feat
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Inbee Park set many golfing goals. Etching her name alongside Babe Zaharias was never one of them. Yet now they are the only two players to win the first three majors of the year. Park became the first to accomplish the feat in the...
Pioneers Emerge from the Sand
Jill Harris and Thomas Koet have been waiting to hear just one word while they have spent two weeks with their hands in the sand, shoveling and brushing and chiseling the 12-foot sand sculpture for this year's EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta."When...
Pirates 2, Brewers 1 Bullpen, Martin Make Long Wait Worth It Pinch- Hit Seals Win?and Sweep in 14th
Make it 51. Russell Martin drove in Gaby Sanchez in the 14th inning with a pinch-hit single to lead the Pirates to a 2-1 win Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park, their ninth in a row. The win completed a three-game sweep of the series...
Putin: Snowden Must Stop Leaking Secrets to Stay
MOSCOW -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin said today that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, but added that Mr. Snowden has no plan to quit doing so.President...
Research Finds Red Meat Linked with Type 2 Diabetes
The Fourth of July has become a holiday of fireworks and gluttonous meat consumption. But this year's protein packdown comes with notes of caution. Red and processed meats that have been linked with heart disease and cancer now may be a major factor...
Restored Seminary Now Museum of Gettysburg Battle
GETTYSBURG, Pa. ? Punctuated by 25 deafening blasts of Civil War cannons, the new Seminary Ridge Museum opened today, exactly 150 years after the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg was fought here in July 1863.Gov. Tom Corbett, U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey,...
Review Shows Sequestration Not Living Up to Obama's Alarms
WASHINGTON -- Before "sequestration" took effect, the Obama administration issued specific -- and alarming -- predictions about what it would bring. There would be one-hour waits at airport security. Four-hour waits at border crossings. Prison guards...
Rosberg Outlasts Tire Issue
Nico Rosberg won the British Grand Prix Sunday in Silverstone after four drivers, including early leader Lewis Hamilton, had to deal with exploding tires, and three-time champion Sebastian Vettel quit with 10 laps remaining because of mechanical problems.With...
Six Tons of Pet Food Donated to Shelters
Anyone who enjoys the companionship of a faithful dog knows how much a pet loves meal time. That includes Brad Childs, vice president of Eyetique, and his friend of 16 years, Jonathan Plesset, who owns the Shadyside Inn.On a typical weekend, the two...
Student Wonders When to Make Relationship Physical
DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a 20-year-old guy, and I have been seeing a girl at my university for about three weeks. I really like her because she is funny, sweet and the girl you would want to take home to meet your mother.Is it too early to have sex? I don't...
'The Fosters' Give New Outlook to the TV Family
Elbow to elbow around a kitchen island, a family dinner is unfolding.One teen is thumbing around on her phone. Another is dousing his dinner in ketchup. The other two are talking music and dubbing their teacher Grim Reaper. The parents, meanwhile, are...
The Gop's Immigration Blues
For a moment there, immigration reform almost looked easy.Republicans, reeling from the defeat of Mitt Romney, realized that they needed to convince Latino voters that the GOP didn't want to deport their grandmothers. In the Senate, a bipartisan "Gang...
The Issue Is Upmc's Desire to Crush Competition
It has never been the direct care that the general populace has issue with in the war between UPMC and Highmark. Having experienced both health care systems as an employee and a patient, I know the knowledge, dedication and compassion of the medical,...
The Lonely Exile of Edward Snowden as Others See It
An editorial from Scripps Howard News ServiceJust last Monday, Edward Snowden, who leaked massive quantities of classified information about top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs before fleeing the country, was being denounced by the Obama...
The Lure of the Laser If This Decades-Old Technology Offers a Drill- Free, Pain-Free Experience, Why Aren't More Dentists Using It in Southwestern Pennsylvania?
John Bednar, 18, knows the drill when it comes to cavities -- and the drill, needles and novocaine that come with getting them filled.But, when the young Oakdale man found out he no longer had to undergo the procedure's discomfort thanks to laser technology,...
The Romance Reader: 'A Change of Fortune'
"A CHANGE OF FORTUNE" By Crystal Green,Harlequin ($5.50).Once again, a Fortune falls prey to love in the little town of Red Rock, Texas, which by now is bursting at the seams with blissfully happy couples enjoying their happily-ever-afters, all with...
Time to Tell Kids to Grow Up
As a parent, your job is to help your children develop the skills they need to become good citizens, and this includes being financially responsible. During a recent online discussion, I answered questions from parents concerned about their adult children's...
Try Something Different for Your July 4 Cookout
COCONUT-MARINATED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH SCALLION-PEANUT RELISHThe relish adds a herbaceous crunch to the silky texture of the marinated pork. The chili pepper used here is a hot one; wear food- safe gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after prepping.Serve...
Upmc Questions
As a physician who spent six years of medical training at UPMC hospitals, I read UPMC board chairman G. Nicholas Beckwith III's June 17 commentary ("Choice and Competition") with interest. After reading his opinion, I had a few questions that were not...
U.S. Pays Highest Price in World for Childbirth
LACONIA, N.H. -- Seven months' pregnant, at a time when most expectant couples are stockpiling diapers and choosing car seats, Renee Martin was struggling with bigger purchases.At a prenatal class in March, she was told about epidural anesthesia and...
Waldorf Slides after Fast Start
Duffy Waldorf teed off on hole No. 10 coming off the second-best nine-hole score all year on the Champions Tour. He teed off in the lead. He teed off just nine holes from winning a major. He started Sunday in third place, four shots off the lead, knowing...
Weather Forces Morton to Watch
Starter Charlie Morton pitched two innings Sunday before a long rain delay cut his outing short.Morton -- in his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery -- allowed two hits and one unearned run in the second inning, then never saw the mound...
What to Do in Gettysburg?
What to do in Gettysburg?Thousands of people will head to Gettysburg this week for the famous battle's 150th anniversary. The National Park Service has lots of activities planned for visitors of all ages.Muster the family!The front lawn of the visitor...
When Reading Becomes a Family Event Mckeesport Area Summer Camp Brings Youngsters, Parents Together over Books
Jayden Griffin is a little nervous about starting fourth grade in the fall because he has heard the words used in fourth grade lessons are tougher than in third grade.So he's trying to prepare himself by attending, along with his mother Erica, a community...
Williams Loses to Lisicki in Wimbledon Stunner Latest in Line of Knocked-Out Defending Champions
LONDON -- Serena Williams joined a growing list of marquee names eliminated early at this wild and unpredictable Wimbledon. The defending champion and five-time Wimbledon winner failed to close out a see-saw third set Monday, dropping the last four games to...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
OBAMA TO MEET BUSH IN TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Basking in an exuberant welcome, President Barack Obama today declared a new era in U.S. relations with Africa based on strategic investment as opposed to charitable aid. Mr. Obama's visit to...
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