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Articles from March 21, 2013

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2013 Budget Cuts Stay; Parties Eye 2014
WASHINGTON -- After approving the current year's federal government funding bill that leaves in place $85 billion in cuts, the two parties turned their attention to 2014 and beyond.The House today passed a huge stopgap spending bill to keep the government...
Afghan Friction the U.S. Faces a Bumpy Road to Withdrawal
The U.S. situation in Afghanistan is becoming so untenable that Americans are at the point of asking how bad it must get before Washington pulls the plug and leaves.Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a difficult ally, is part of the problem, but the real...
Alleging Libor Rigging, Freddie Mac Sues More Than a Dozen Banks
WASHINGTON -- Freddie Mac sued Bank of America, UBS AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a dozen other banks over alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, saying the mortgage financier suffered substantial losses as a result of the companies'...
Amazon CEO Recovers Apollo Engines
LOS ANGELES -- Rusted pieces of two Apollo-era rocket engines that helped boost astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the murky depths of the Atlantic, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and NASA said Wednesday.A privately funded expedition led by Mr....
Another Loss to New Castle Ends a Memorable Run for Na Seniors
This season, the North Allegheny High School boys basketball team won 22 games, the second-most in school history according to Tigers coach Dave DeGregorio, and qualified for the PIAA tournament for the first time since 2009. Both of those accomplishments...
Another Side of Jasiri X Pittsburgh Rapper Goes beyond the Politics on National Debut 'Ascension'
"I'm a talk about poppin' champagne forever/I'm a go to the club and make it rain forever/I'm a spend my rent money on a chain forever."That's Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X from his new album "Ascension" and if you know anything about Jasiri X, you might...
Art of Swan Fifth Annual Swan Day Features More Than 90 New Works by Pittsburgh Women Artists
More than 90 artists have created original works that will be revealed Saturday at Pittsburgh's SWAN Day, the fifth annual event produced by the No Name Players. Nine months in the making and one day in the presentation, SWAN (Support Women Artists...
A Small Margin for Error in Recent NCAA Tournament History, It's Not about Seeding but More about Getting Hot at the Right Time
SALT LAKE CITY -- Pitt has sent better teams to the NCAA tournament, many of them in the past decade. The Panthers were a No. 1 seed in 2009 and 2011, a No. 2 seed in 2003 and a No. 3 seed in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2010. None of those teams were able...
A Story of Exile before the Berlin Wall Falls
Barbara Wolff (Nina Hoss) is a top-notch physician -- able to diagnosis meningitis with a glance at the patient's chart and a single pertinent question -- who had the audacity to ask for an exit visa from East Germany in 1980. This was seven years before...
A Zany Weekend of Downtown Performance Art
A weekend after the St. Patrick's Day festivities, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will keep the city lively this weekend with public performances by our own Zany Umbrella Circus and Sisters of the Lattice.The Zany Umbrella Circus will celebrate...
Background Checks Trump Assault Weapons Ban
WASHINGTON -- As she stood surrounded by gunshot victims and displays of firearms in January to announce her intention to renew the push for an assault weapons ban after the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Sen. Dianne Feinstein all but conceded defeat."This...
BANDY'S UNBORING BOARDS [Corrected 03/22/13]
Christopher Bandy, ballet dancer turned woodworker, has foodies at the Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty hovering over his one-of-a-kind cutting boards, made from salvaged urban wood. The beautifully finished boards, in odd and fascinating shapes, do...
Beaver Falls Seals Trip with a Kiss
It's been a longstanding tradition for Pennsylvania high school basketball fans to throw Hershey Kisses onto the court when their school earns a berth in the PIAA championship game.For Beaver Falls players who hadn't known about the ritual, they found...
Beer World the Distributors Get Most Breaks in Liquor Reform
The latest version of Pennsylvania liquor reform is a beer distributor's dream. Want to add wine and spirits to the inventory? Go ahead. Just want wine? That's OK, too; the license for hard liquor will be held in abeyance in case the beer distributor...
Benefits of Low-Dose Aspirin Outweigh Slight Risk of Amd
DEAR DOCTOR K: I take a daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack. I just read that aspirin can cause macular degeneration. Should I stop taking it?DEAR READER: No, you shouldn't stop taking aspirin. Medicine -- and life -- is full of trading off one risk...
Big Win Gives School Spirit a Boost "Everybody's Walking about 3 Inches Taller." Rmu: The Day after the Upset
The basketball team may be considered small, but the players -- and everyone else on the Robert Morris campus -- were holding their heads high Wednesday, the morning after upsetting defending NCAA champion Kentucky in the first round of the National...
Black Label Society Guitarist Rocks for Wounded Warriors
Nick Catanese has been all over the world as the guitar-playing Evil Twin to Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde, but when he's off the road, he still calls Pittsburgh home, even though there are days of freezing rain in March."It's cool to see different...
Boehm Resigns as Coach at Serra
Minutes after Serra Catholic's season ended in a loss to Mars Area last Thursday in the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup quarterfinals, Eagles coach Brian Boehm turned to senior Tyler Speis. "I told him I didn't want to leave the ice," Boehm said. It was the...
Brunch Bunch These Local Eateries Roll out the Welcome Mat for Popular Mid-Day Meal
Brunch is the only meal that can bludgeon an entire day through seemingly innocuous plates of breakfast fare. Servers deliver omelets large enough to swaddle a child. Bacon and flapjacks compete for the tall stack. Maple syrup drizzles savory meats and...
Building Better Business Foundation Assists Cmu in Combining Entrepreneur Initiatives
The business of building businesses in Pittsburgh has gotten a huge assist from the McCune Foundation and Carnegie Mellon University.The university is combining two of its most notable entrepreneurial initiatives, Project Olympus and the Donald H. Jones Center...
Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Acute Type of Leukemia
NEW YORK -- A treatment that genetically alters a patient's own immune cells to fight cancer has, for the first time, produced remissions in adults with a deadly type of acute leukemia that resisted chemotherapy and left little hope of survival, researchers are...
Centurions Able to Reload on the Run
Believe it or not, this was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Greensburg Central Catholic High School boys basketball team.After making appearances in last year's WPIAL Class AA semifinals and the PIAA quarterfinals, the Centurions welcomed...
Char Valley Sophomore Wins Two State Titles Swimming Piaa Championship
Chartiers Valley sophomore Drew Damich pulled off wins in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races at the PIAA Class AA Championships last week.According to the reports, the 500-yard race was a back-half stalemate between Damich and Montour's Jarod...
Char Valley Soph Wins Two Titles
Chartiers Valley sophomore Drew Damich pulled off wins in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races at the PIAA Class AA Championships last week.According to the reports, the 500-yard race was a back-half stalemate between Damich and Montour's Jarod...
Chicago Cuts Ties with Vet Urlacher
The Chicago Bears are parting ways with veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher after 13 years.General manager Phil Emery said that the team couldn't agree on a contract with Urlacher, for years the heart and face of the franchise. He is now a free agent after...
CITY [Derived Headline]
CITYWoman again pleads guilty in death of daughter, 2A Hill District woman who previously withdrew a guilty plea in the death of her 2-year-old daughter was in court Wednesday to again plead guilty.Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman...
City Lawsuit Challenges Upmc's Tax Status
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl likened it to "the David versus the Goliath."The David, in this case, is the cash-strapped City of Pittsburgh, whose coffers are feeling the strain of burgeoning pension obligations and rising health care costs -- the...
Clairton More Than One-Trick Bears
Immediately following a football season filled with historic moments, Clairton showed that its athletes do more than score touchdowns.The Bears proved they had a championship-caliber basketball team, too.Clairton shined on the basketball court this season,...
Coach Resigns at Serra
Minutes after Serra Catholic's season ended in a loss to Mars Area last Thursday in the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup quarterfinals, Eagles coach Brian Boehm turned to senior Tyler Speis. "I told him I didn't want to leave the ice," Boehm said. It was the...
Coincidentally Kosher These Cookies Are Easy to Make and Passover- Friendly
It struck me as I was making these cookies for the first time earlier this winter: They're kosher for Passover! I had come across the recipe for Chocolate-dipped Florentines months earlier and stashed it in my "try sometime" file. The recipe attracted...
Colo. Gets Gun Law, Mourns New Victim
DENVER -- As Colorado's governor signed a hard-won package of gun control measures Wednesday, officials across the state were reeling from the seemingly inexplicable shooting death of the state's prisons chief, who was gunned down at the front door of...
Colts Lassoed in Piaa Chartiers Valley Deals with Tough Section, Injuries to Finish 24-5
In 20 years of coaching the Chartiers Valley High School boys basketball team, Tim McConnell has had some wonderful seasons.The one just completed might have been his most challenging ... and most rewarding.Champions of WPIAL Class AAA Section 5with...
Contract for Superintendent Lane Extended through 2016
Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane has been reappointed to her job through June 30, 2016, a period during which the district will face financial and academic challenges.Seven members of the board Wednesday approved the reappointment. Board...
Costs of U.S. Wars Linger for over 100 Years
OLYMPIA, Wash. If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.An Associated Press analysis of federal payment...
Cougars Still Have Goals to Meet Girls Class AAA
An outright section title, a shared section title, 51 wins, two trips to the WPIAL semifinals and a trip to the PIAA semifinals, that adds up to a very successful high school basketball career.But for Bridgette Shaffer, Chassidy Omogrosso and Courtney Vannoy,...
'Craig's List' Honors Area's Best
The season is not over for several high school basketball teams across the state of Pennsylvania, but with the last remaining teams falling last week in the second round of the PIAA tournament, no squad is representing the East Xtra region in the state...
Cyberattacks Hit South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea -- Computer networks running three major South Korean banks and two of the country's largest broadcasters were paralyzed Wednesday in attacks that some experts suspected originated in North Korea, underscoring the North's threat to cripple...
Cyprus Turns to Russia for Loan to Stem Bank Crisis
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Searching for a way out of a crippling financial crisis, officials in Cyprus on Wednesday pursued a new bailout strategy that could include a loan from Russia in exchange for natural gas leases and selling off assets from its most...
DEPUTY'S FAMILY MAY GET PAYOUT [Derived Headline]
DEPUTY'S FAMILY MAY GET PAYOUTMORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The family of a Monongalia County sheriff's deputy killed by a drunken driver will share a $2 million award under a proposed lawsuit settlement.The Dominion Post says the money will be divided among...
Despite Local Unit's Success, Fedex Suffers Decline Earnings Dive Attributed to Buyouts, International Markets
FedEx's Moon-based Ground unit is pulling the rest of the company out of the drink.But even with Ground's revenue up by $270 million, or 11 percent from the third quarter of last year, there is only so much that portion of the business can do for the...
Dixon: Speculation about Job Not a Distraction
SALT LAKE CITY -- It's an annual rite of spring. A coaching job in a major conference opens up, and Jamie Dixon is mentioned as a prominent candidate.Southern California fired Kevin O'Neill in January and there has been growing speculation since then...
Dominant 2nd Period Sends Latrobe to Final Wildcats Secure Penguins Cup Class Aa: Latrobe 5, Pine-Richland 0
For the first 23 minutes against Latrobe, Pine-Richland seemed to have a measure of control. At the very least, it was competing in a closely contested championship on the same ice where Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play. Then, in a matter of seconds,...
Double Dipping Oakland Catholic's Smith Earns Two More Gold Medals
Oakland Catholic senior freestyler Leah Smith is in the news again. At the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships last week at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, she won the 500-yard freestyle race (4:36.41), breaking her own state...
Dukes, Ferry on Trail to Future
The basketball offices at Duquesne resemble a ghost town these days for good reason -- coach Jim Ferry and his staff have been on the road recruiting every day since the season ended March 9.It is familiar territory for Ferry, who spent every off day...
Effort Aims for Healthy Schools
For the second-grader with asthma, a teacher wearing a little too much perfume or a classroom that has a layer of dust can produce a stay-at-home sick day as easily as a cold virus.And just because smoking is prohibited in a high school doesn't necessarily...
Eqt Adds to Natural Gas Station in Strip Customor Demand Is Rising Quickly
Part of EQT Corp.'s effort to increase demand for the natural gas that it's extracting from the Marcellus Shale appears to be paying off.The Downtown-based gas driller announced Wednesday it was adding a fueling island to its compressed natural gas (CNG)...
Erratic Patterson Could Be X-Factor for a Lengthy Run
SALT LAKE CITY Can we agree with Pitt's Lamar Patterson on a couple of key points? He didn't have the best of college basketball seasons. But the year isn't finished. "The year definitely isn't finished," Patterson said this week. Pitt gets to play...
Everywhere an Epic
'LES MISERABLES' * Critic's Call: ***1/2 Anne Hathaway was a friend to Oscar pool participants everywhere as the frontrunner and eventual winner of the best supporting actress award for her portrayal of the doomed Fantine. She famously dreamed...
Farm to Table Show Continues to Grow
Raise chickens in your back yard, make herbal soap, whip up some homemade butter, build a raised-bed garden, tap your maples to make syrup, and get healthy while you're at it.You can learn about all these topics and many more at the Farm to Table Pittsburgh...
Film Festival Schedule
Carnegie Mellon University's International Film Festival 2013 opens tonight with "The We and the I" at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room. The event, sponsored by the Humanities Center, has a theme this year of "Faces of Media" and will present...
First Four: Explorers from la Salle among the Victors
DAYTON, Ohio -- Whatever 23 years weighs, it is a load best shared.The last time La Salle won a game in the NCAA tournament, Lionel Simmons wore one of those blue-and-gold uniforms on his lean, athletic frame. On Wednesday night, the bespectacled, 44-year-old Simmons...
Five-Grain Risotto with Broccolini and Brussels Sprouts
The first time I ate at Mintwood Place, shortly after it opened in 2012 in Washington, I couldn't resist ordering the mysterious vegetarian option listed on the menu as little more than "ask us, and we'll come up with something." What chef Cedric Maupillier...
For Bobcats 20 Wins Hits the Spot
Depending upon the sport, there is sometimes a so-called "magic number" that exists, one that clearly distinguishes a team or player and can even be seen as an all-encompassing barometer of success.There isn't necessarily rhyme or reason that goes into...
FOR THE RECORD [Derived Headline]
POPJUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'The 20/20 Experience' (RCA)* Critic's Call: **1/2The track lengths suggest that the former 'N Sync frontman may have thrown it all away for a new jam-rock or prog career. Seven of the 10 songs stretch past the seven-minute mark,...
Gateway Surprises with Strong Showing in Postseason Play
There was no outright section title or No. 3 seed in the WPIAL playoffs for the Gateway High School girls basketball team this season.Nor was there a blue-chip recruit and national All-American on the Gators roster.There also was no first-round playoff...
Giant Eagle Steps Up Its Price War Grocer Goes All out in Competitive Market with Lower Costs, Customized Coupons
It's possible that Giant Eagle has been caught up in a price war, if the grocer's announcement Wednesday that it is lowering prices by about 15 percent on more than 3,000 popular items is any indication.But price alone is unlikely to be enough for competitors...
'GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION' [Derived Headline]
'GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION' * Critic's Call: ***Perhaps playing "Ascension" (PS3; Sony; M, for Mature) on the heels of the excellent "Tomb Raider" sharpened my whirring blades of criticism. These two games perfectly illustrate how one prequel simply hits...
Grand Canyon's Wilder North Rim
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.Most trails in this colorful and iconic national park are tough up-and-down trails. You hike down into the canyon and then hike back up out of the canyon.But the Widforss Trail on the North Rim is different: It's a plateau...
Gritty Holtz Primed for Larger Role as a Sophomore
When asked to pick out a highlight from his freshman season, Pitt tight end J.P. Holtz didn't hesitate.Easy answer, right? The obvious choice is Holtz's 9-yard touchdown catch at Notre Dame that put the Panthers ahead, 17-6, against the then-No. 4 Irish.Not...
Hampton Took a Step Up Right in Stride
For the second season in a row, the Hampton boys basketball team won more than 20 games and played for a WPIAL championship.What's even more impressive is that this group of Hampton players might still be a year away from hitting their peak.Loaded with...
Holy Land Wines for the Holidays
The origins of wine go back 7,000 years to Mesopotamia. For thousands of years, wine has been deeply embedded in the culture and the religion of our ancestors. It always has played a major role in the rites of both the Jewish and the Christian faiths....
Hundreds Stage Easter Pageant That Attracts Thousands
It's not unusual for a church to stage an Easter pageant during Christian Holy Week. Word of Life Ministries in Hempfield, however, has taken it to a different level.You could mistake "The Passion of Our Lord," the annual production that the congregation...
Idle Bortuzzo Still a Vital Piece Defenseman Stays Positive, Motivated amid Lack of Action
A lot of factors have made the Penguins' 10-game winning streak possible. The play of defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is nowhere on the list. Well, maybe -- maybe -- at the very bottom. In tiny print. Harsh as that might sound, the plain truth is that...
In Taliban Heartland, Villages Declare, 'Enough'
PISHIN GAN SAYEDAN, Afghanistan -- An uprising against the Taliban that began last month in this southern Afghan village has now spread through dozens of towns, according to residents and Afghan and U.S. officials, in the most significant popular turning against...
It's Time for Easter Breads, Too
A day of reverence and celebration, Easter brings with it a number of foods that reflect the rich culinary traditions of many world cultures and cuisines.My favorite thing to eat during the spring holiday -- if you don't count those delicious Italian...
James Madison Wins, Faces Indiana
After winning the program's first NCAA tournament game in 30 years, James Madison sounds as if it's not done.A.J. Davis, who stepped in as a starter because leading scorer Rayshawn Goins was suspended for a half, led the way with 20 points as the Dukes...
Kentucky Rebounds with Recruit Signing
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Robert Morris is a thing of the past. Julius Randle was the name on the lips of every Kentucky basketball fan Wednesday afternoon. Not 24 hours removed from the Wildcats' disheartening NIT loss in Moon, one of the most sought-after...
LACROSSE PLAYERS SPREAD THE WORD TO HONOR SETON HILL COACH, TEAM [Corrected 03/22/13]
This week, they are all Griffins. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of players across the country are wearing crimson and gold to honor Seton Hill women's lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley and her team. A bus crash took the lives of Mrs. Quigley, her unborn...
Latrobe Grad Hunts NCAA Gold
Nathan Pennesi entered the Big 12 Wrestling Tournament, but did not wrestle a match, yet still qualified for his third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament, which began this morning at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.Pennesi (21-9),...
Lens on Pennsylvania on Display at Eastern State Penitentiary
PHILADELPHIA A mounted wooden fish. Dog figurines. Colorful soap carvings of clowns and Santa. A wallet made of interwoven cigarette packs. It sounds like a bad garage sale -- until you get to the shivs. And the century-old mug shot book. And the inmate...
Lincoln Park Looks to Promising Future Piaa Basketball: Boys Class A
Only an hour had passed since Lincoln Park's season ended in a 59- 53 loss to Johnsonburg in a PIAA Class A semifinal Tuesday, but junior forward Ryan Skovranko had already turned the page to next season. "He came and sat next to me on the bus and wanted...
Local Ladies' Group Has Its Own Bread-Making Tradition
Bread has long played a vital role in Greek Orthodox religious ceremonies and holidays, but there's only a few times a year people outside the community can sample the traditional loaves made for those occasions. Easter is one them, and so last week...
Loss in Piaa Playoffs Still Stings Mt. Lebanon Players Expected More Than Winning Section 4 Title
There will be a time when the Mt. Lebanon players and coaches can look back and appreciate a 24-win season and a sixth consecutive Class AAAA Section 4 title.That time is not this week.The Blue Devils remain devastated by a pair of postseason losses to...
Malkin Mixes It Up at Optional Practice
Evgeni Malkin didn't just go on the ice for the Penguins' optional practice Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. He got involved in it. Maybe more than most. Malkin, who has missed the past six games because of an apparent shoulder injury, gave and absorbed...
Media Throw Pvt. Manning to the Wolves
In media mythology, the years from the mid-1960s to the mid-'70s were the classical age, a heroic time of moral clarity.Mainstream journalism marinated in adversarialism. Little Southern newspapers infuriated their own readers by staring down segregation....
Miami's Streak Extended to 24
LeBron James scored 25 points as the Miami Heat overcame a 27- point deficit in the third quarter and won their 24th consecutive game, 98-95, against the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to extend the second-longest...
Miami's Streak Extends to 24
LeBron James scored 25 points as the Miami Heat overcame a 27- point deficit in the third quarter and won their 24th consecutive game, 98-95, against the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to extend the second-longest...
Mildred Manning July 11, 1914 - March 8, 2013 an 'Angel' of Corregidor in Wwii
Mildred Dalton Manning grew up poor on a Georgia farm. Her mother made all the family clothes on an old sewing machine. Hoping to escape a life of poverty, she attended nursing school during the Depression and became a nurse at a hospital in Atlanta.She...
More to Come Baby Boomers Redefine What Used to Be Retirement Age with Physical, Intellectual Pursuits
Terri Ciletti said the only exercise she got before she retired was walking her dog. That changed last week when she began working out at the South Hills branch of the Jewish Community Center in Scott. "I see a lot of people my age who can't move around,"...
Most of Remaining Moves Will Be among the Pitchers
ORLANDO, Fla. -- For a player who would still qualify as a rookie, Bryan Morris is somewhat of a spring-training veteran. "The years before this year, I pretty much knew that I was here for experience, that I was going to the minor leagues," he said. "Well,...
Motive Sought in Blast Investigators Say Cambria County Bomb May Have Been Set off in Retaliation
Free on bond, Brad Kollar was supposed to appear in a Cambria County courtroom Tuesday morning to be sentenced for running a chop shop and storing chemicals for an underground meth lab on his rural property.Instead, state police said, he drove his pickup...
Munch Goes to Gaucho
When we first walked out of the cold, rainy mid-March day and into Gaucho, a new restaurant in the Strip District serving Argentine fare from a wood-fired grill, the smoke caught in our throats. The small restaurant -- there are no tables, just three...
Munhall Council Votes to Close Strip Club
Robert Kupec has lived in the same house for 75 years.For the past six decades, he's watched bars come and go at 936 E. Eighth Ave., which is less than 100 feet from his home.But since Club Pink moved in, he has been awakened by gunfire three times --...
Na Boy Claims 2 Golds Swimming: Piaa Finals
North Allegheny junior Zachary Buerger brought home a couple of gold medals from the PIAA swimming championships at Bucknell University last week.But no achievement was more remarkable than Buerger's time in the "Angry Mob" race. This a North Allegheny...
NATION [Derived Headline]
MINING, ENERGY WORKERS NEEDED MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The United States isn't producing enough qualified workers to meet the future needs of the mining and energy sectors, from coal digging and gas drilling to solar and wind power, a new report says. The...
New Dorm Planned at School for Deaf
The campus of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is about to get a major makeover in the form of a new $9 million residence hall for students."We're very excited about this new building," said Don Rhoten, CEO and executive director of The Programs...
New Dorm to Be Built at School for Deaf
The campus of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is about to get a major makeover in the form of a new $9 million residence hall for students."We're very excited about this new building," said Don Rhoten, CEO and executive director of The Programs...
NOTABLES [Derived Headline]
These Cornell High School musicians have been selected to perform in these honor events:Jaylin Ciccone, Maya Deroba, Kayla Pickens, Brittany Postma, Lauryn Davis, Olivia Piccolo -- Western Allegheny Middle School Honors Band.Gareth Canfield, Lydia Ponticel,...
Not Done Yet Baby Boomers Redefine What Used to Be Retirement Age with Physical, Intellectual Pursuits
Terri Ciletti said the only exercise she got before she retired was walking her dog. That changed last week when she began working out at the South Hills branch of the Jewish Community Center in Scott."I see a lot of people my age who can't move around,"...
Not This Time Montour's Valiant Comeback Effort Comes Up Short
For a few hopeful moments in an unfamiliar gymnasium hours from their Robinson Township campus, Montour's brace of outstanding athletes seemed poised to add another, final chapter to their three- year run of success.Down by 11 points halfway through...
Obama Again Warns Syria on Using Chemical Weapons President Says U.S. Is Uncertain If 'Red Line' Crossed
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States is still investigating whether chemical weapons were used in Syria and reiterated his pledge that their use by President Bashar Assad's government would be a "game changer" for U.S. policy."We...
Obama Shows Solidarity in Israel
JERUSALEM -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed an unusual degree of solidarity Wednesday on a set of shared national security concerns that have divided them in the past, signaling either a turn in their vital,...
Of 'Girls,' and Boys and 'Shameless' Sex
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't yet watched the Season 2 finale of HBO's "Girls" -- or you're behind on Showtime's "Shameless" -- please don't read this until you've caught up.It probably says way too much about my weakness for rom-coms that I mostly enjoyed...
ONE GOOD RECIPE [Derived Headline]
DARK CHOCOLATE-DIPPED ALMOND COCONUT BARSPG testedThe message inside the cover of the new "Hand-Crafted Candy Bars" by Susie Norris and Susan Heeger says it all: "Be happy. Eat candy." The former pastry chef and the newspaper feature writer help you remake...
Owners Take Some Insanity out of Game
No one has ever so much as estimated the length or breadth or depth of the convulsive transition underway in the NFL, so maybe it's not surprising that some of the people it will affect are having such profound difficulty with it.No one said it would...
Pa. House Nears Vote on Liquor Privatization
HARRISBURG -- Legislation to cede wine and liquor sales from state government to private business is poised for a vote in the state House after Democrats on Wednesday found too few votes to gut the bill.Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, said the House...
Palmer: Woods Can Beat Snead's Record
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In his latest golf video game hitting the shelves next week, Tiger Woods can play against Arnold Palmer -- Arnold Palmer in The King's prime, that is.Arnie also battles bad guys trying to steal his trophies."It was actually more cool...
Passover Table Two Beautiful New Jewish Cookbooks Provide Holiday Inspiration
Just in time for Passover, two colorful new cookbooks bring multiethnic and modern influences to an ancient and storied cuisine.Ruth Joseph and Simon Round wrote "Jewish Traditional Cooking" as an ode to the role of food in Jewish culture."The taste...
Pediatricians Group Declares in Support of Gay Marriage
As American public opinion appears to shift in favor of gay marriage and the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the issue next week, a major medical organization has weighed in, saying same-sex couples should be allowed to wed and calling it...
Pennsylvania Cities Take Fight to Tax-Exempt Institutions
HARRISBURG -- The interests of nonprofit institutions and Pennsylvania's financially struggling cities in which they often reside clashed Wednesday on the state Senate's floor, as Democrats decried tax- exempt protections as having spun out of control.The...
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