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Articles from March 22, 2013

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2 Florida State Athletes Arrested
Two of the nation's top sprinters were suspended by Florida State officials Thursday, hours after the athletes were arrested following an early morning poolside shooting incident.A police report stated that Ronell J. Mance, who won a silver medal in...
Abel Revives Dukes, Keeps Season Going Women's Nit
No, it wasn't the NCAA tournament bid that Duquesne had dreamed of all season.Still, the Dukes took advantage of the opportunity in front of them Thursday night at Palumbo Center and ensured their season will last at least one game longer.A furious second-half...
A Command Performance Sexual Assault in the Military Is Coming out of the Shadows
The best film not to win an Oscar this year is "The Invisible War," a riveting account of sexual assault in the military focusing on the elite Marine barracks in Washington, just blocks from the White House and a bridge away from the Pentagon.With harrowing...
Adams to Return Next Season Notebook
SALT LAKE CITY -- Freshman center Steven Adams had one of his best games of the season in Pitt's NCAA tournament loss to Wichita State. And unless he has a change of heart between now and the middle of next month, Pitt fans can look forward to watching...
A Lighter Look at College Admissions a Lighter Side to a Grim Topic
Taken at face value, "Admission" means an acceptance letter from Princeton University, where 26,000-plus applicants (and their parents) are desperate for one of the 1,308 golden tickets.As a movie title, though, it also means admitting to actions that have...
A Sad, Inexplicable Day
SALT LAKE CITYPitt coach Jamie Dixon didn't have any answers for his team Thursday at the NCAA tournament. There was nothing he could do as his players missed shot after shot against Wichita State, turned the ball over 15 times, failed to get big rebounds,...
Assad Vows to Cleanse Nation of Extremists
DAMASCUS, Syria -- President Bashar Assad vowed today to "wipe out" Muslim extremists in Syria, blaming them for a suicide bombing at a mosque that killed dozens of people, including a top cleric who supported the embattled regime in the civil war.The...
Ayatollah 'Not Opposed' to Nuclear Talks Iran's Supreme Leader Still Mostly Defiant in Lengthy Speech
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered a lengthy, sweeping speech at the country's holiest site Thursday in which he suggested that he is open to nuclear talks, if not optimistic about their outcome.A day after Iran...
Beaver Falls Shoots for AA Title
The last three times Beaver Falls played for a PIAA championship, the Tigers were led by a player with the last name of Jeter who eventually went on to play Division I basketball at a school in a major conference.Coach Doug Biega doesn't have a Jeter...
Bloomfield Residents Back Apartment Plan
The proposed renovation of a vacant warehouse at 4035 Liberty Ave. would add 29 units of housing that Ben Foreman, president of the Bloomfield Development Corp., said the neighborhood "is in dire need of. We feel this project is a must."After months...
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NBC TO AIR SANDUSKY INTERVIEWSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- NBC says it will air an interview with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week.The network said the segment will be broadcast Monday on the "Today" show. NBC says the convicted sex...
Brodeur Scores Goal to Lead Devils Roundup
Martin Brodeur playfully asked what else he could have done for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, and coach Peter DeBoer had an idea."If he would've got in a fight, he would've done a little bit of everything for us," DeBoer said.Brodeur scored...
Brodeur Scores Goal to Lead Devils Roundup
Martin Brodeur playfully asked what else he could have done for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, and coach Peter DeBoer had an idea."If he would've got in a fight, he would've done a little bit of everything for us," DeBoer said.Brodeur scored...
Budget Stopgap Locks in Sequester Cuts
WASHINGTON -- Congress approved a short-term funding bill Thursday that ends the possibility of a federal government shutdown next week. But a broader budget battle about taxes and spending for the year is only just beginning.The stopgap spending resolution,...
Business Briefs: Heinz Executives Will Shift Jobs
Heinz executives will shift jobsTwo top executives of the H.J. Heinz Co. are changing jobs, as the Pittsburgh food company prepares to be acquired later this year by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. According to a regulatory filing, David C. Moran,...
Busy Weekend for Wpial Girls
South Park is one of three WPIAL girls basketball teams headed to Hershey this week to play for a PIAA championship, and one of two WPIAL first-timers.Yet the Eagles should have no problem finding a gym to practice in.Their head coach Reggie Wells is...
Bylsma Has Little to Offer on Status of Injuries Penguins Notebook
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma went into shutdown mode Thursday when it came to information about his two injured star players, saying only that center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang remain day to day and indicating he did not want to divulge anything...
California Springs Upset in Friendly Environment East Region L Cal 64, Unlv 61
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Allen Crabbe clapped his hands toward the roaring crowd. Richard Solomon shook his hips and danced. Senior reserve Robert Thurman pumped his fist lightly, just thankful for a chance to play again.About the only difference between...
Caught on Video the Camera Doesn't Lie about a Detective's Behavior
How many civilian complaints must a Pittsburgh officer generate before it becomes obvious, even to the Fraternal Order of Police, that he doesn't belong in uniform?After a career of two decades in which he racked up more than a dozen complaints of conduct...
Celebrating Poetry Jan Beatty Will Be Launching Her Fourth Poetry Book at the Wyep Community Broadcast Center
Jan Beatty cannot imagine life without poetry."It's a life-saving event, being a poet," she said. "As with any artist, it's something you need to do. And like they say, an artist who doesn't make art is a crazy person. And that would be me, if I wasn't...
China Boosts Box Office Revenues
Worldwide movie ticket sales climbed 6 percent to $34.7 billion last year, helped by a 36 percent rise in China.That country's $2.7 billion in box-office revenue makes it the world's largest international market, after the United States and Canada, where...
Chinua Achebe, 'Things Fall Apart' Author, Dies at 82
NEW YORK -- Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with "Things Fall Apart" and continued for decades to rewrite and reclaim the history of his native country, has...
City Schools Better Financially but Tough Times Lie Ahead
Although Pittsburgh Public Schools started 2012 with a projected operating deficit of $21.7 million, the district finished the year with a nearly $7.1 million operating surplus.The year-end result, contained in documents provided at a school board meeting...
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CLASS AAAA8 P.M. SATURDAY, THE GIANT CENTER, HERSHEYLOWER MERIONACES (27-3)Head Coach: Gregg DownerDistrict 1 Runner-UpNo.__ Name__ Pos.__ Ht.__ Cl.25Justin McFadden__ F__ 6-4__ Jr.5B.J. Johnson__ F__ 6-7__ Sr.40Yohanny DalembertC__ 6-7__ Sr.1JaQuan...
Corbett, Amtrak Reach Deal to Keep Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Train Running
The Corbett administration says it reached an agreement Thursday with Amtrak that will preserve daily rail service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg by reducing the cost to state government.Under the revised agreement with Amtrak, the agency would maintain...
Corn, Crab and Pineapple Salad Adds Fresh Flavor to Sauteed Cod
When a tender white-fleshed fish such as flounder or sole is served stuffed with crab, it can come across as fussy and old- fashioned. Often, it arrives overcooked.Here it is, reimagined: Start with a meatier fish, such as cod, halibut or grouper. Rub...
Cover Story
This weekend, the PIAA Class AAA boys championship trophy will be heading back to District 12.If that feels like a familiar refrain, it's because it will be the fifth consecutive year that a Philadelphia school will hoist the trophy in that classification.The...
Cramped Kitchen Treated to Tasteful Makeover
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but what do you do if your kitchen is distinctly unappetizing? Victor and May inherited a dysfunctional kitchen renovation from the previous owners of their home, who managed to butcher the space with a choppy layout...
Criticism Grows over Obama's Use of Targeted Killings
CHICAGO -- Under growing pressure to bring greater transparency and accountability to its use of targeted killing, the Obama administration is struggling to transform a program that was conceived under pressure, has operated in a secretive and often- haphazard...
'Croods' Thrilling, 'Stoker' Less So; 'Spring Breakers' Wild
A critical look at other movies opening in theaters today:'The Croods' ***Grug may be a caveman but the double negative is intentional. "Never not be afraid" is his favorite bit of advice for his family. In other words, be afraid, be very afraid."Fear...
CVS Makes Controversial Move on Health Care
CVS says it wants to encourage a healthy lifestyle for its employees.Others think the Rhode Island pharmacy giant is making an unwelcome incursion into employees' private lives.This week, CVS Caremark sent a letter to workers on its health plan that...
Cyprus Fears Weigh on U.S. Stocks
Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Thursday after Oracle's weak sales results weighed down big U.S. technology companies. Traders also worried about Cyprus running out of time to avoid bankruptcy.Major indexes followed European markets lower at the open...
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Daily Report the Bests, Worsts and Most Talked about Stories around the Tournament
STAT SHEETThat's how many seconds it took Marquette to hit three 3- pointers in a row in storming back from a six-point deficit with 1:02 left against Davidson, which also had a costly late turnover to squander its upset bid.THE FIRST SHOTOH, SO CLOSE!...
Development in High Gear at Airport Site Five to Eight Office Buildings Moving along Faster Than Expected
When two local developers reached a deal last year to build five to eight office buildings on 40 acres of land near Pittsburgh International Airport, they had roughly 12 years to deliver.But they may have the entire development wrapped up in a couple of...
Dinner with Grilli Changes Hughes' Attitude
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Jared Hughes couldn't help but hang his head in Wrigley Field's visitor's clubhouse one Sunday in September.He threw just nine pitches that day. One was smacked into left field for an RBI single. The other landed among the Bleacher...
East Region: Cal 64, Unlv 61 California Springs Upset in Friendly Environment
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- All California needed was a short trip south to feel right at home in the NCAA tournament.Leading scorer Allen Crabbe again set the pace with 19 points, senior big man Robert Thurman added 12 and California held off UNLV, 64-61, in...
Expert Denounces Phila. Abortion Clinic's Anesthesia Policy
PHILADELPHIA -- A doctor on the stand Thursday in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider called it "reprehensible" that he would let patients pick, as prosecutors allege, among "local," "heavy," "twilight," or "custom" anesthesia based...
Ex-Ravens Safety Pollard to Titans; Reed to Leave, Too NFL Notebook
Safety Bernard Pollard agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. Pollard was part of the Super Bowl- winning Baltimore Ravens but was released this month.Asked if it was difficult to leave Baltimore, Pollard said, "I can't say...
Franco Finally Gets to Go on Spring Break -- at Its Most Extreme
ORLANDO, Fla.Get past discussions of artistic intent, of the potential career benefits that the cast might have seen in making "Spring Breakers."What it really boiled down to is this: "None of us had ever experienced spring break," James Franco said....
Friend's Deceit Carries a Painful Sting
DEAR HARRIETTE: How do you handle a relationship with a close friend whom you admire, but who you think is jealous of you? My best friend has done a couple of little things that bother me. Last month, I was talking to her about narrowing down my choices for...
Gannon Charges into NCAA Quarters District Notebook
The strength of the PSAC women's basketball conference is evident given that it had five teams in the NCAA Division II women's tournament.And one PSAC team -- Gannon -- has advance to the Division II national quarterfinals, and perhaps even more important,...
Harper Indicted Former Police Chief Charged with One Count of Criminal Conspiracy and Four Counts of Failure to File Income Tax Returns
Former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper was indicted by a federal grand jury today on one count of criminal conspiracy and four counts of failure to file income tax returns.Mr. Harper is accused of ordering the diversion of more than $70,000 paid...
He's Having Sweet Dreams of Great Weekend
Much like a little kid writing a Christmas list to send to Santa Claus, The Dribbler opened up his notebook last night and scribbled down what he is looking forward to seeing this weekend in Hershey at the PIAA basketball championships.Will this be a...
Highmark Expands Low-Cost Health Plan Community Blue Heads to Central, Eastern Pa
Highmark Inc. is taking its new Community Blue health insurance product out east.Community Blue, which is available to group buyers, is a "tiered" product. That means certain hospitals and providers are in a preferred tier while others are in a "standard"...
Hoosiers Enter Play as Favorite of Obama Notebook
It's tough enough living up to the lofty expectations of those die-hard Indiana fans, born and bred to bleed crimson and cream.This March, the Hoosiers carry an even heavier weight.The White House is watching.President Barack Obama, the nation's basketballer-in-chief, picked...
How Internet Revolutionized Campus Anti-Rape Activism
The New York Times has identified a trend among campus anti-rape activists that seems obvious, but has actually proven to be quite revolutionary: They are using the Internet. "Frustrated and angry over the handling of sexual assault cases at Occidental...
Immigration Deal Unfolding
WASHINGTON -- Senators working on a comprehensive immigration plan are quietly talking about letting people into the United States by giving more weight to potential job skills and less weight to family connections than now exists -- a departure from...
Islanders Plagued by Recent Meltdowns Varsity Blog
UNIONDALE, N.Y. --It's now three straight third-period meltdowns for the Islanders, 10 goals allowed in the final periods of their last three games. And Thursday night's hurt the most, with John Tavares and his line contributing directly to the Canadiens'...
I Want Him Dead, but ... Aren't Good People Supposed to Forgive Even Craven Killers?
On Tuesday, a year after he murdered three Chardon, Ohio, high school students and injured three others, 18-year-old T.J. Lane walked into his sentencing hearing and made it virtually impossible for most of us to summon even a shred of sympathy for his...
Jailed Kurd Calls for Peace
ANKARA, Turkey -- In a major step toward ending one of the world's longest, bloodiest insurgencies, the Kurds' jailed rebel leader called Thursday for a "new era" of peace that includes an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of thousands of his fighters from...
Jeter Deals with Ankle Issues Mlb Notebook
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said shortstop Derek Jeter will play only in minor league spring training games for the rest of spring training.The move could cut short how much time Jeter would miss if he starts the season on the 15-day...
Last-Second Layup Provides First Thrill Blue's Late Winner Lifts Golden Eagles Past Feisty Wildcats in a Wild Finish
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Vander Blue had no doubt where he was going with the ball. The Marquette guard's only concern was whether he'd have room to make it happen.Blue needed just four seconds to make his own path. Taking Jamil Wilson's inbounds pass at midcourt...
Last Spring, the Pittsburgh Symphony Devoted Three Weeks to A. [Derived Headline]
Last spring, the Pittsburgh Symphony devoted three weeks to a Paris Festival celebrating the work of Debussy, Ravel and other masters through various concerts, films and panels.One new piece of that festival lives on now in full comic glory.Pittsburgh...
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....
Lens on Obama in the Mideast
AMMAN, Jordan -- President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan today for the final stop on his four-day visit to the Middle East and a day of meetings with King Abdullah II that are expected to focus on the influx of refugees from the civil war in neighboring...
MEADOWS [Derived Headline]
MEADOWSFriday's EntriesPost Time 6:55 p.m.1ST--$18,000, F&M PREFERRED Trot1A Perfect Chance, D Palone__ 2-1__ 4-8-41 Shanty Irish, Br Miller__ 2-1__ 1-1-12 Paulette Revere, M Wilder__ 3-1__ 2-1-73 Trotslikethewind, T Hall__ 5-1__ 7-3-14 Action-Broadway,...
NATION [Derived Headline]
3 DEAD, INCLUDING SHOOTING SUSPECT, AT MARINE BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- A Marine who worked at an officer candidates school fatally shot two of his colleagues before killing himself in a barracks dorm room, officials said. The Marine's colleagues were...
Neal Eager for Malkin's Return Penguins
The Penguins could get center Evgeni Malkin back from injury as soon as tonight when they play the Islanders on Long Island.They are, to put it mildly, thrilled that he's getting close to a comeback from what is believed to be a shoulder injury, and...
New Venture for Eric Schaeffer
A new online series from Eric Schaeffer debuted on My Damn Channel this week. "Eric Schaeffer: Life Coach?" stars Mr. Schaeffer as a filmmaker between projects who goes to work as a life coach.The actor, director, writer and producer is a film and TV...
NHL [Derived Headline]
NHLCONFERENCE STANDINGSEastern ConferenceTOP EIGHT TEAMS QUALIFYd-Division leaderW__ L__ OT__ Pts__ GF__ GAd-Penguins23__ 8__ 0__ 46__ 110__ 81d-Montreal__ 20__ 5__ 5__ 45__ 97__ 75d-Winnipeg__ 16__ 13__ 2__ 34__ 80__ 90Boston__ 20__ 6__ 3__ 43__ 84__...
No Cure for Crohn's Disease, but Medicine Relieves Symptoms
DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter has just been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. What is it, and what is the treatment?DEAR READER: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, joint pains, weight loss,...
Nothing Derailing Heat's Win Streak
For the Miami Heat, it has been anything but an ordinary path along the way to this extraordinary 24-game winning streak.There have been blowouts, buzzer-beaters and now a pair of huge second-half rallies. Or, as Dwyane Wade would call it all ..."Fun,"...
Nothing Derailing Heat's Win Streak NBA Roundup
For the Miami Heat, it has been anything but an ordinary path along the way to this extraordinary 24-game winning streak.There have been blowouts, buzzer-beaters and now a pair of huge second-half rallies. Or, as Dwyane Wade would call it all ..."Fun,"...
Nothing's Squirrelly about Neighbors Trying to Set a Trap
Today you hear many people say they don't know their neighbors by name. They're too busy with work and family to take the time to meet the people who live next door or across the street.Fortunately, my husband and I live in the kind of Pittsburgh neighborhood...
Not Only Is NBC Planning a New Host for "The. [Derived Headline]
Not only is NBC planning a new host for "The Tonight Show," but a new home, too -- although neither will be particularly unfamiliar to viewers of late night, People reports.Despite his present high ratings, when the show's long-running host Jay Leno's...
Not Quite Breaking the Bank but January Payroll Tax Hike Has Plenty Feeling the Pinch
Many working Americans are already feeling the pinch from the boost in Social Security payroll taxes that kicked in Jan. 1, forcing them to pull back on spending, according to a survey by the accounting staff recruiter Accounting Principals.The survey,...
Obama Health Law Anniversary Finds Two Americas
WASHINGTON -- Three years, two elections and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the nation because of entrenched opposition...
Obama Targets Young, Old in Mideast
JERUSALEM -- President Barack Obama, appealing to disparate audiences to solve one of the world's thorniest problems, moved closer Thursday to the Israeli government's position on resuming long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, even as he implored young...
Passive Resistance Shockers Throw All the Punches, Knock Panthers from Tournament
SALT LAKE CITY -- Fifteen minutes after Pitt's season ended, NCAA officials opened the Panthers locker room to reporters.At the first stall, freshman point guard James Robinson sat there sobbing uncontrollably.Across the way, fellow freshman Steven Adams...
Patricia Loretta Wallisch July 14, 1926 - March 18, 2013 Nurse, Mom Earned College Degree in Her Mid-60s
Patricia Loretta Young Wallisch rarely knew what it meant to slow down, whether furthering her education, trying new things, assisting her children, staying involved in her grandchildren's lives or anything else that kept her young beyond her years.The...
Peduto Sues Two Rivals over Campaign Finances
Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Bill Peduto is taking two rivals to court, provoking an intriguing legal test of the city's campaign finance law and the first major confrontation among those fighting over the unsettled turf of the mayor's race.Mr. Peduto...
? Penguins Statistics [Derived Headline]
? Penguins statisticsPLAYER__ GP__ G__ A__ PTS__ +/-__ PIM87 Crosby__ 31__ 13__ 37__ 50__ 22__ 1614 Kunitz__ 31__ 18__ 22__ 40__ 24__ 1618 Neal__ 31__ 17__ 12__ 29__ 2__ 2458 Letang__ 27__ 3__ 25__ 28__ 11__ 871 Malkin__ 21__ 5__ 19__ 24__ -1__ 309 Dupuis__...
Penn State in First after Early Rounds NCAA Wrestling Championships
Bonus points were the theme for Penn State on the first day of the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament, which began yesterday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.The two-time defending champion Nittany Lions had six of their 10 entries advance...
Pirates Send Three to Minors
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates optioned right-handed reliever Bryan Morris to Class AAA Indianapolis and reassigned infielders Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Jared Goedert to minor league camp this morning.Morris, 25, had a 5.14 ERA in seven appearances this spring...
Pitt's Problem Is Talent, Not Strategy
Let's take a minute or two of cool reflection to discuss the problems that beset the Pitt basketball program after yet another enormously disappointing performance in the NCAA tournament. I've read and listened quite a bit since Pitt was thrashed by...
Pivotal Player Many U.S. Interests in Asia Run through Pakistan
The United States must pay attention to what happens in Pakistan in the near term for several key reasons.The country should be commended on the completion of the five- year term of its civilian government this month, a first since its independence in...
PLAYOFFS IN A NUTSHELL [Derived Headline]
PLAYOFFS IN A NUTSHELLBOYS BASKETBALLCITY LEAGUEQUARTERFINALSPerry 69 Allderdice 60Westinghouse 57 Carrick 33SEMIFINALS*-Perry 80 Obama Academy 79Westinghouse 68 Brashear 47CHAMPIONSHIPWestinghouse 61 Perry 52WPIAL CLASS AAAAFIRST ROUNDFox Chapel 51...
POST-GAZETTE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK [Derived Headline]
ZACH BUERGER, North Allegheny * Last week: Buerger won the 500-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships last weekend at Bucknell University. * Check this out: Buerger, a junior, didn't just shine individually...
Reid Says Senate Gun Bill Will Include Background Checks
WASHINGTON -- The gun legislation set to hit the Senate floor next month will include universal background checks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday.Mr. Reid, D-Nev., had hinted earlier that he might exclude that provision from the...
RESULTS, SCHEDULE [Derived Headline]
RESULTS, SCHEDULEMEN'S TOURNAMENTSNCAA DIVISION IAll Times EDTFIRST ROUNDAt UD ArenaDayton, OhioTuesday, March 19N.C. A&T 73 Liberty 72Saint Mary's (Cal) 67 Middle Tennessee 54Wednesday, March 20James Madison 68 LIU Brooklyn 55La Salle 80 Boise State...
Rise Stevens June 11, 1913 - March 20, 2013 Met Opera Star in the 1950s
Rise Stevens, a mezzo-soprano who defined the role of Carmen for a generation and brought opera to millions of Americans through her performances on the radio and in films such as "Going My Way," died Wednesday at her home in New York City. She was 99....
Rose Gets Hot Late, Grabs 4-Shot Lead Golf Roundup
Justin Rose started out as another guy in Tiger Woods' group Thursday at Bay Hill. He wound up in the lead.Rose put on a clinic with the putter and ran off four consecutive birdies late in his round of 7-under 65. That gave him a four-shot lead in the...
Shootout in Texas May Tie to Colo. Prison Chief Death
DECATUR, Texas -- A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100-mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a tractor-trailer and then opened fire before being shot down by...
Situation for Blue Devils Looks a Lot like Last Year Duke vs. Albany
PHILADELPHIA -- The last time Duke entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed was last season, and the Blue Devils didn't last too long.They lost to 15th-seeded Lehigh in the second round, a stunning upset that will have an effect on both Duke and this...
SOUTH/EAST/CITY/ALLEGHENY COUNTY/OHIO [Derived Headline]
SOUTHUnderground mine fire is out, company saysConsol Energy said it believes it has extinguished the underground mine fire along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border that it has been battling for 10 days.The fire in its Blacksville No. 2 mine was discovered...
Spector's Legal Saga Gets Enthusiastic Pacino Treatment
How brave of an actor is Al Pacino? Brave enough to fling himself into the bizarre title character of HBO's colorful biopic "Phil Spector," and don a mountainous wig that makes Marge Simpson's tower of follicles seem modest in comparison.Yes, it's difficult...
SPRING TRAINING [Derived Headline]
SPRING TRAININGNATIONAL LEAGUEW__ L__ Pct.Atlanta__ 16__ 11__ .593Colorado__ 11__ 10__ .524St. Louis__ 12__ 11__ .522San Diego__ 13__ 14__ .481Arizona__ 12__ 13__ .480Washington__ 11__ 12__ .478San Francisco__ 10__ 11__ .476Philadelphia__ 11__ 13__ .458Miami__...
Squirrel Hill Tunnel Closure Kicks off Spring Roadwork
While traditional harbingers of spring continue to cower in semi- frozen soil, orange barrels are beginning to blossom.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close the outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel for the weekend starting tonight, the first...
State Hockey Championships
North Allegheny coach Jim Black knows his team is in for quite a challenge Saturday when it plays La Salle College High School for the state championship in Class AAA at 4 p.m. at Ice Works in Aston, Pa.But he didn't want his team thinking about that...
State House Oks Private Liquor Sales Governor Hails Bill, but Senate Leaders Say They Plan to Alter Measure
HARRISBURG -- Citing years of efforts to end the state business in liquor, House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation that would allow private sales of wine and liquor while phasing out government stores.Supporters lauded the vote as historic,...
Suspect in Colo. Prison Chief Death Dies
DECATUR, Texas -- A former Colorado inmate being investigated in the death of the state prisons chief and a pizza deliveryman died today after a harrowing 100-mph car chase and shootout with police in Texas.His identity still must be officially confirmed...
The Arts Mean Business Investments in the Arts Are Paying off Big for Pittsburgh
At the forefront of the breathtaking Pittsburgh skyline rests the iconic Point State Park fountain. A landmark since 1973, the fountain recently underwent a four-year, multimillion-dollar refurbishment and will reopen in June. The reopening marks the...
The Legal Underpinnings of the Argument for Challenging Upmc's Nonprofit Status 'Hup Test' Central in Coming Arguments on Nonprofit Status
When Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Wednesday that he was going to challenge health care giant UPMC's nonprofit status, he did not plunge in without any legal ammunition.Starting in January, staff at a longtime Pittsburgh law firm, Strassburger...
The Post-Gazette Reviews Movies from a Family Perspective: [Derived Headline]
The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:'Admission'Rated: PG-13Suitable for: Teens and older.What you should know: An admissions officer for Princeton University makes a trip to an alternative high school, and it changes her life in...
The Turnpike Is Confronting Problems Head On
As the CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, I would like to respond to your editorial about the recent actions taken by the attorney general's office relating to our agency ("Get Politics Out: It's the Only Way to Fix the Pennsylvania Turnpike,"...
Top Court Reflects Diversity of Modern Marriage
WASHINGTONThere's a widow who was a pioneer of the "modern marriage," and one who never wed. Two who have been divorced.There is a husband who married relatively late in life and adopted two children. Another is a prolific procreator, with enough children...
UCLA Coach Finds Calm amid Storm
AUSTIN, Texas -- If not for a huge storm in the spring of 1948, things might've been very different for the UCLA and Minnesota basketball programs.John Wooden, then Indiana State's coach, had been expecting a call to his Indiana home from the Minnesota...
Unleashed, the Mayor Can Show His Chops
No one saw it coming. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's decision to challenge the charitable tax status of UPMC, the region's largest employer, is a genius move that no "lukologist" that I'm aware of predicted.It feels counterintuitive coming from a mayor who...
U.N. to Investigate Chemical Weapons Allegations in Syria
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. secretary-general said Thursday that he will launch an investigation into whether chemical weapons were used in Syria, seeking to address accusations that, if proved, could alter the trajectory of the two-year civil war in...
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