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Articles from July 7, 2012

2 Phila. Priests Removed amid Abuse Inquiry
PHILADELPHIA -- Two additional priests will be permanently barred from ministry after the Philadelphia archdiocese substantiated allegations against them involving inappropriate conduct with children, church officials said Friday.The priests violated...
76ers Get Bold, Cut Brand Loose
Bye-bye, Elton Brand. See you later, Lou Williams.The Philadelphia 76ers turned a mundane offseason into monumental by jettisoning their leading scorers from each of the past two seasons and clearing needed space in the salary cap to potentially set...
Argentina Convicts 2 Former Dictators of Stealing Babies
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The conviction of two former dictators for the systematic stealing of babies from political prisoners 30 years ago is a big step in Argentina's effort to punish that era's human rights abuses, although certainly not the last.Following...
Bedard Battered in Fourth Inning after His Strong Start, San Francisco Erases 3-0 Deficit to End Win Streak Giants 6, Pirates 5
Through nine batters, Erik Bedard breezed through the San Francisco Giants lineup. Over the next nine batters, the Giants buried him. What started as a strong outing for Bedard fell apart in the fourth inning as the Giants beat the Pirates, 6-5, Friday...
Bullies Breed Fear
Marie Hollander's June 30 letter emphatically argues that Karen Klein, the bus monitor, failed to stand up to bullies by instead sitting in her seat and crying. Ms. Hollander further suggests that schools "should hire people who can do the job." How...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
BNY Mellon, state settle class-action lawsuit in Okla.Bank of New York Mellon Friday said it will pay $280 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Oklahoma blaming the company for investment losses stemming from the 2008 collapse...
Cheswick Residents File Suit against Power Plant
The ash from GenOn Power Midwest's Cheswick plant damages houses, cars and yards, residents claim in a lawsuit that was transferred Friday to federal court."I think that it will be a very important case as it develops," said attorney James DePasquale,...
CITY/SOUTH [Derived Headline]
CITYMan shot to death in Hill District barber shopPittsburgh homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was shot outside a Hill District barber shop on Friday, his birthday.Officers were called just before 2 p.m. to the 400 block of Kirkpatrick...
Colonel Patrick M. Fallon Nov. 12, 1921 - July 4, 1969 (P.O.W.- M.I.a.) Family Dedicates Arlington Grave Site for Missing Colonel
Jean Fallon was once hopeful that her husband, Patrick M. Fallon, would return home from Southeast Asia. She and her family spent much of their lives working to find information that would allow her to find her missing spouse.But on June 22, almost 43...
Consumer Borrowing Key to Recovery
One of the main reasons efforts to stimulate the economy have failed to date is that consumers aren't borrowing. Consumer spending constitutes about two-thirds of the U.S. gross domestic product. Consumer credit helps pay for new appliances, cars, furniture...
Defection Buoys Call for Assad Ouster at Gathering Clinton Slams China and Russia for Backing Syria Leader
PARIS -- Opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad met here Friday with their international sponsors to intensify pressure for his removal, buoyed by word that Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass -- a commander in the elite Republican Guard, close friend of the president...
Districts Map Redraws Challenges in State Senate
HARRISBURG -- Democrats mounted a new challenge Friday in state Supreme Court to a Republican-drawn map of Pennsylvania's legislative districts, after challenges to a prior plan six months ago won a stunning victory from the divided high court and forced this...
Farewell to Pittsburgh Your People Are Great; Your Institutions Are Resistant to Change
My late wife Fannia and I moved to Pittsburgh and Northumberland Street 25 years ago, making this by far the longest stretch of time that I have lived in the same place. Ignoring some wrinkles, it's been a very fruitful quarter-century and, because I...
Fayette County Hunt for Girl Called off Police Suspend Search for Missing Florida Girl after Two Futile Days
Pennsylvania State Police have suspended their search in Fayette County for the body of 7-year-old Jennifer Marteliz, who disappeared outside her Florida home 30 years ago, after failing to find her remains.Dozens of state troopers, Mercyhurst University...
Federer, 'Local Hero' Murray Advance to Championship Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Roger Federer is back in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2009. If that seems like a long gap for this six-time champion, imagine how all of Britain feels: Andy Murray is the first man from the host country to play for...
Flyers Miss out on Major Free-Agent Action
The Philadelphia Flyers lost out on free-agent stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They flat-out lost Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle. They traded one of their former cornerstones in James van Riemsdyk and brought back a journeyman goalie in Michael Leighton....
Gay Holds off Gatlin in 100 at France
Tyson Gay beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters at the Diamond League Areva meet Friday in Saint-Denis, France, 12 days after losing to the 2004 Olympic champion in the U.S. trials. Gay dipped across the line in 9.99 seconds, 0.04 ahead of Gatlin. European...
Holliday Replaces Molina on All-Star Team
Matt Holliday is replacing St. Louis Cardinals teammate Yadier Molina on the National League All-Star team. Molina was placed on the bereavement list Friday after his wife's grandfather died. The team said the catcher returned to his native Puerto Rico....
Interim Coach for Power Looks for Another Way to Celebrate Team Vying for First Two-Game Win Streak Tonight
For the past few weeks, Power interim head coach Derek Stingley has said his team has shown improvement, despite losses that would seem to provide evidence to the contrary.After a 56-49 victory last week against Iowa, the team's first non-forfeit win...
It's Not the Heat, It's the Stupidity
Extreme heat in the high 90s killed a local cat last week, and nearly killed two dogs, and those are just the cases I've heard about. We're in the early weeks of what promises to be a long, hot summer, so it's time for the annual column that I call "hot...
Jazz Up Your Space with Coleus
Nothing lights up the shade garden more than coleus. For years this plant was the standard for infusing splashes of color into areas that were the bastion of hostas, ferns and all green things that succeeded in a low-light environment. The coleus of...
Jimmy Bivins Dec. 6, 1919 -- July 4, 2012 Top Ring Contender Never Got Chance to Fight Joe Louis for Title
Jimmy Bivins, a heavyweight boxer who in the 1940s and '50s beat eight future world champions but, to his lasting regret, never got a shot at the title himself, died Wednesday in a Cleveland nursing home. He was 92.A spokeswoman for Lucas Memorial Chapel...
Joyce D. Miller June 19, 1928 - June 30, 2012 Advocate for Working Women
Joyce D. Miller, an influential advocate for women who believed that equality for them in the workplace could be best achieved through labor unions, and who championed that cause when she broke into the male-dominated leadership of the AFL-CIO, died...
Kenseth Sets Up for Daytona Sweep Wins Pole Position; Will Try to Match Allison's 1982 Feat
Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth will start from the pole tonight for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, where he will try to pull off a season sweep. No driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 has won both NASCAR races at Daytona...
Libya on Edge for Today's Vote
TRIPOLI, Libya -- The killing of an electoral worker and calls for a boycott on the eve of Libya's first vote since the overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi raised fears of election violence even as campaigning came to an end Friday for a contest seen...
Love Is in the Air -- Just Smell It on Shirt
LOS ANGELES -- Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out.The get-togethers -- which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities -- ask guests to submit a slept-in...
Minimal Impact of Jobs Reports Highlights Electoral Realities
WASHINGTON -- The economy is, by virtually everyone's account, the driving force behind the 2012 election, and yet, more than three months into a renewed economic slowdown, the impact has yet to dent President Barack Obama's standing in the polls.With...
Mixed Messages Arise as Republicans Claim Law Cuts Medicare
WASHINGTON -- For much of the past year, Republicans assailed President Barack Obama for resisting the Medicare spending reductions they say are needed both to preserve health benefits for older Americans and to avert a Greek-style debt crisis. Wisconsin Rep....
Mother Denied Bond after Death of Child Found in Hotel Bathtub
A West Virginia toddler who nearly drowned in a Green Tree hotel bathtub died on Friday, and an Allegheny County judge revoked the bond of his mother, who has been charged with trying to kill him.Steven Flanagan was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m. at Children's Hospital...
Neighbors Trade Vows of Mideast Peace
HEBRON, West Bank -- Peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis resumed this week, in an elaborate tent off a dirt road south of this hotly disputed city where Abraham, the patriarch of both peoples, is believed to have buried his wife.Representatives...
No More BCS the Playoff Will Secure College Football's Crown
Sports thrive on elimination contests to crown champions, but tradition-bound college football has been slow to embrace the concept. That is soon to change. In the beginning, colleges played other colleges in football and the teams that did well were...
Obama Stop Comes as Campaign Turns to Jobs President Emphasizes Differences in 'Visions'
President Barack Obama delivered a fiery campaign speech Friday in the first Pittsburgh appearance of his re-election drive, pointing out the differences between his upbringing and that of Republican foe Mitt Romney and calling on thousands of broiling supporters...
Partnership for Neighborhood Development Planning to Retool and Rethink Its Strategy
Anticipating the retirement of its executive director, the board of the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development dismissed two top staffers last month with a plan to "retool and look at new strategies," said board president John Bendel, director...
Passion Remains Positive after Loss Historic Title Game at Heinz Field a 'Big Picture' Event
Pittsburgh Passion owner Teresa Conn stresses the big picture.Yes, the Passion lost last week to the D.C. Divas in the playoffs. Sure, it would have been nice to play in their home city for the championship. But even when two other Women's Football Alliance...
Pettersen Leads Open; Wie Makes Big Move
Even as she climbed into the lead Friday in the second round of the U.S. Women's Open, Suzann Pettersen took some time to admire Michelle Wie's big move into contention.Pettersen, a Norwegian star ranked sixth in the world, shot a 4- under 68 at Blackwolf...
Pitt Researchers Link Heat and Increased Stroke Risk
When temperatures approach or exceed 90 degrees, health officials warn people to stay inside and keep cool, and if that's not possible, drink plenty of fluids, use sunscreen, wear light clothing and avoid exertion.But a University of Pittsburgh Graduate...
Pittsburgh Native's Chances on Design Show Go Down Drain
Taking chances earned Stanley Boyd Palmieri a spot on this season of HGTV's "Design Star." So when he and another contestant, Rachel Kate, were eliminated on Tuesday's show, at least, like Sinatra, he did it his way."I am who I am: part of my design...
Presbyterians to Study Marriage Issue Divided Church to Spend 2 Years Examining Same-Sex Weddings
Despite pressure and pleas to allow pastors in states where gay marriage is legal to preside at same-sex weddings, a fracturing Presbyterian Church (USA) voted only to spend the next two years studying the meaning of Christian marriage.The Rev. Jack...
Rock Stars Two Tours Highlight How Men Orchestrate Their Gardens with Hardscaping
Those with a green thumb would assume that Gary Dinsel is a pro planter after seeing the diverse gardens that span his 1-acre property in North Huntingdon. However, Mr. Dinsel's specialty is actually stonework. He picked up gardening along the way....
Rock Stars Two Tours Highlight How Men Orchestrate Their Gardens with Hardscaping
Larry, Harry or neighbor Gary, how does your garden grow? With native plants and stone walls and maybe veggies in a row. It's not that simple, of course. Yards reflect more a gardener's personality than his or her gender. But guys do seem to garden differently...
Serena Seeks 14th Slam Title in Final against Radwanska
WIMBLEDON, England -- More than once in the past fortnight, Serena Williams has won an important point at Wimbledon and then returned to the baseline, her clenched fist leading the way. The ferocity of the gesture is understandable, given the obstacles...
Seven Principles to Help Make Watering Efficient
The intense heat and drought of the past several weeks is tough on gardeners. Most of us are tired of watering, and it's costing a fortune in water bills. So, what can you do to drought-proof your garden?One solution would be to tear out all the plants...
Shootings Probed in Mckeesport at Least 5 Reported in Past Two Weeks
A man and a teenage boy were in critical condition Friday night after they were shot just 20 minutes apart in separate incidents in McKeesport early in the morning.They were at least the fourth and fifth shootings in the past two weeks that police have...
Sixth-Stage Spill Delays Top Riders
METZ, France -- A chaotic crash at the Tour de France marred the sixth stage Friday and dealt a heavy blow to the U.S. Garmin-Sharp team.Young Slovak sensation Peter Sagan avoided the cross-the-road pile-up to claim his third stage win in a sprint finish....
Slice of Summer Man-Made Convenience Meets White-Water Rafting
Done right, with proper safety gear and an experienced guide, white-water rafting on a Pennsylvania river is an exhilarating, drenching adventure. Amusement park rides that simulate the experience are fun, too, but the passive approach is no challenge.Not...
Spanier Continues to Seek His Emails from Psu
Attorneys for former Penn State University president Graham Spanier this week told a Centre County judge he is entitled to receive copies of emails sent and received by him during the course of his employment, despite a directive by the state attorney general's...
Susan Tyrrell March 18, 1945 - June 16, 2012 Oscar Nominee for 'Fat City'
Susan Tyrrell, an eccentric, husky-voiced character actress best known for her Oscar-nominated supporting role as a blowsy barfly in director John Huston's 1972 movie "Fat City," has died. She was 67.Ms. Tyrrell died June 16 at her home in Austin, Texas,...
Team's TV Ratings Growing as Its Win Total Increases Viewership Up 18 Percent from a Year Ago
The wins aren't the only thing that has spiked for the Pirates this season.Their television audience on Root Sports continues to grow as they continue to win.Compared to the same time a year ago, viewership for Pirates games is up 18 percent, according...
Teens Taking Aim at Women's Crown 13-Year-Old Has Chance to Set Mark with Victory
Youth will be served up in a large dose when Anna Smith and Sarah Shashura meet in the singles final of the ITA National Clay Court Championships at 1 p.m. today at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center.No. 3 seed Smith, 13, who will be entering eighth grade...
Thank You, West-by-God-Virginia
You're in West-by-God-Virginia," said the shirtless man in the car idling in the parking lot of a darkened Exxon station at the crossroads of Routes 19 and 16 in the tiny town of Fayetteville, W. Va.He had overheard me on my cell phone talking to the...
Thunderstorms May Wipe out Heat Wave but It's Still Not as Hot as the Summer of '88
Pittsburgh's heat wave may dissipate this weekend, leaving behind some bad sunburn.Thunderstorms expected late Saturday through Sunday will "cool things down to 80 degrees," National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Coblentz said. The storms will push...
Truck Companies Scramble to Find Enough Workers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Despite a national unemployment rate topping 8 percent, trucking companies are struggling to recruit and retain enough drivers.The shortage dates back to the years leading up to the Great Recession, when well-paying construction jobs...
Unemployment Rate Remains Stagnant
The national employment rate has essentially stalled, with June's results contributing little change to a jobs market that has remained about even for the first six months of the year. Figures released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show...
U.S. Guard Paul Hurt in First Camp Workout Expected to Practice Today before Roster Is Set for London
The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team has opened training camp in Las Vegas and quickly had its first injury. Guard Chris Paul was forced to leave to get an X-ray after his thumb was injured. The Americans don't believe the injury is serious and hope...
U.S. Troops Faring Better against Ieds in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- Almost afraid to say it out loud, lest they jinx their record, U.S. troops in Afghanistan achieved one small but important victory over the past year: They found and avoided more homemade bombs meant to kill and maim them than a year ago,...
Voters' Groups File Suit against State Say Pa. Violated Federal Voting Law
The state isn't fulfilling its obligation to offer voter registration forms to poor and disabled people, according to a lawsuit announced Friday by the Black Political Empowerment Project and a Philadelphia group. Pittsburgh-based BPEP and the Pennsylvania...
Winding Climbs in Mt. Davis Challenge
The Mt. Davis Challenge, a 42-mile road race up, over and around the highest point in Pennsylvania, will challenge the legs and lungs of its participants.The race, sanctioned by USA Cycling, the governing body of amateur bicycle racing in the United...
Yahoo, Facebook Settle Dispute
Yahoo! Inc. and Facebook Inc. settled a patent litigation case that began in March, while starting a new advertising partnership and strengthening distribution arrangements.The settlement includes a cross-license agreement, according to a statement Friday....
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