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Articles from February 23, 2013

4 Minersville Sisters Stay Together for Life
POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- The four Foran sisters have been through thick and thin, living together in their Minersville home up until a few weeks ago. Now, thanks to a nursing home in nearby Pottsville, they share a room at the facility.Rita, Helen, Dolores...
Acting Police Chief Takes More Action; Ravenstahl Defends His Reputation
A tumultuous week in the Pittsburgh police bureau ended Friday with the acting chief promising to create an additional layer of oversight for the office at the center of a federal investigation.Effective Monday, the personnel and finance office will...
Advocates Push Obama to Halt Aggressive Deportation Efforts
WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama intensifies his campaign for a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration system, advocates for America's 11 million illegal immigrants are stepping up demands that he stop what has become one of the most aggressive...
Allies Mull Troop Levels in Afghanistan after '14 U.S., NATO Officials Consider Leaving Contingent of as Many as 12,000
BRUSSELS -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose Friday between U.S. and German defense officials over whether that contingent would be...
Aunt Dottie's Gone and It Just Isn't Fair
Life is not fair.As reporters, we probably understand this more than some.We cover bad, sometimes horrible things that happen to good people, and good things that happen to bad people. I've written my share of these stories over 23 years in journalism,...
Avon CEO Embraces Technology to Reverse Profit Slump
Shortly after becoming Avon Products Inc.'s CEO last year, Sheri McCoy hit the road, meeting with thousands of representatives, and even some former sellers, to hear what the door-to-door cosmetics seller could do better.Many of the sales representatives...
Boeing Proposes Battery Fix for 787s
WASHINGTON -- Boeing attempted a major step Friday toward getting its 787 Dreamliners flying again, proposing a fix for the plane's troubled batteries that could allow the flights to resume as early as April, congressional officials said.The next question...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Swiss account frozen over trades in Heinz sharesA federal judge permanently froze a Swiss account the Securities and Exchange Commission says was used to carry out suspicious trades in H.J. Heinz Co. shares shortly before the takeover of the ketchup maker...
Canadian Resorts Make for Super Trip
JASPER, Alberta -- Marmot Basin, an often overlooked snow sports site because of its distance from three of its better known southern Canadian neighbors -- Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay - - was an ideal place to begin a weeklong visit...
Catholics Meet in California, Haunted by Cardinal's Scandal
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For decades, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony was the convener and the star of the nation's largest annual gathering of American Roman Catholics, which opened Thursday in California.This year, though, Cardinal Mahony was nowhere to be seen...
Chef on Wheels Couple's New Kitchen Is Welcoming for All and Perfectly Suited for a Wheelchair User
More than a few of the winning entries in the annual Renovation Inspiration Contest have begun with a trip to an architect or designer's office or a visit to a big-box store. Bill and Allison Pileggi's kitchen odyssey began more simply: with a yardstick...
Chicago Sets Mark for Best Start Rookie Winger Saad from Pine- Richland Scores Winning Goal
Rookie left winger Brandon Saad from Pine-Richland High School scored a short-handed goal early in the third period Friday night to snap a 1-1 tie, lifting the host Chicago Blackhawks (14-0-3) to a 2- 1 victory against the San Jose Sharks that broke...
CITY/EAST/SOUTH/STATE [Derived Headline]
CITYPolice officer saves life of Penguins fanA Pittsburgh police officer working an off-duty detail saved the life of a Pittsburgh Penguins fan who had a heart attack while walking to the Consol Energy Center for Friday night's game against the Florida...
Critical Party Differences Belie the Hope for a Grand Bargain without a Deficit-Reducing Budget Deal, Automatic Program Cuts Will Kick in Friday
WASHINGTON -- Even as President Barack Obama lashes out at Republicans over the automatic spending cuts that take effect next week, he is simultaneously sending them a strikingly different message: He is still interested in a big deficit-reduction deal...
Dogs Help Autistic Children
Three Labrador retrievers tumbled and wrestled as they waited for their training session to begin. Brie, who is yellow, is 7 months old. Remi, also yellow, is 9 months old and Oliver, who is black, is 1 year old. They stopped their play, on command,...
Dow Bounces from 2-Day Slide to a Gain
Strong earnings from big U.S. companies pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to a rare triple-digit gain Friday, but the S&P 500 index still posted its first weekly loss of the year.Hewlett-Packard had the biggest gain in the Dow and the Standard &...
Drilling Rig Cited for Safety Faults
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The U.S. Coast Guard has turned over its investigation of violations on a Royal Dutch Shell PLC Arctic drill ship to the Department of Justice, officials said Friday.The violations were found after the drilling season when the Noble...
Dubai Final Is Set
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-4, Friday to reach the final of the Dubai Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Kvitova will play Sara Errani of Italy, who defeated her doubles partner Roberta Vinci,...
Dukes Get 2nd Look at St. Bonaventure
Duquesne will play host to St. Bonaventure tonight, and the game is different than any other the Dukes have played this year because it is the first time they will get a second look at an opponent.St. Bonaventure (12-13, 5-7) is the Dukes' lone home-and-home Atlantic...
Duquesne U. Students Weather Power Outage
Ryan Schott, a Duquesne University freshman, was stretched out on a couch for a midday nap Friday. A blanket covered his body, his body covered his wallet, and on the ground next to him sat his backpack and his gym bag. That couch -- set against a window...
Earnhardt Confident despite Poor Position
It has been years since Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a non-factor at Speedweeks.He finished second in the Budweiser Shootout and the Daytona 500 last year. He was the pole-sitter for the 500 in 2011, the 10-year anniversary of his father's death at Daytona...
FDA Approves Drug to Fight Breast Cancer
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new type of drug that combines the widely used breast cancer medicine Herceptin with a powerful toxin to more effectively kill cancer cells while potentially reducing side effects.The drug, which...
Gators Topple No. 2 Tigers Gateway's 2-3 Zone Puts the Clamps on North Allegheny
The saying goes something like, "It's as easy as 1-2-3."Well, the Gateway girls have decided to do things a little out of order.They're using the 2-3 to try to get to No. 1.Fueled by a 2-3 zone defense that gave No. 2 seed North Allegheny fits, No. 7...
Guard Leads Way to Semis Unlikely Star Logan Steps Up to End No. 12 Seed Kittanning's Surprising Postseason Run Beaver 71, Kittanning 66
Many of the students in Beaver's student section wear black T- shirts that read "Logan's Lunatics." Austin Logan was crazy good Friday night.Logan, a 5-foot-10 guard, had the game of a lifetime in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal at North Allegheny. Logan...
Guest Bath an Ingenious Mix of Old and New
When John M. Tate built this house in 1877, he spared no expense on the upstairs bathroom. The plumbing contractor installed a fine clawfoot tub and a porcelain sink ringed with hand-painted flowers in what was likely one of Sewickley's first bathrooms.A...
Here's the Class Schedule for Pgu at the Home Show
The PGU Showcase Stage and Crawford Grill will be busy during the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. Presented by Dollar Bank, the stage is in the second-floor lobby of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. All programs free with paid admission:FRIDAY...
Highmark Faces New Hurdle Insurance Department Raises Concern over Finances in Proposed Affiliation with Wpahs
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department told Highmark Inc. officials it has become concerned that financial projections in recent filings related to the Pittsburgh health insurer's proposed affiliation with West Penn Allegheny Health System "are inconsistent with...
Immigration Expansion Should Cover the Gamut of Income Levels
One detail on which all sides of the immigration debate seem to agree is the need to increase immigration quotas for the highly skilled, highly trained workers, so that more of these workers can enter the country. But a new immigration policy that does...
Injured Karlsson Criticizes Cooke
Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson doesn't think Penguins left winger Matt Cooke intentionally sliced mostly through his Achilles tendon with his skate blade -- "I refuse to believe that anyone would do that," Karlsson said -- but he made it clear Friday...
It'll Never Be the Same Georgetown-Syracuse End Big East Rivalry
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jim Boeheim slowed as he pedaled the stationary bicycle inside the sparkling new Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, his mind racing back more than three decades."It was the premier rivalry during the history of the Big East," Boeheim...
It's Not a Done Deal Velton Jones, Russell Johnson Still Have Much to Accomplish in Their College Careers
There's a remarkable parallel between the respective career arcs of Velton Jones and Russell Johnson.The two played at high schools separated by a 20-mile stretch of I-95 running along the Delaware River from Philadelphia to Chester. They both decided...
Jeannette Storms Back to Overtake Deer Lakes
Jeannette and Ciara Gregory, the WPIAL's leading scorer during the regular season, are headed to the WPIAL semifinals thanks to another prolific postseason scoring performance by the senior guard.Three days after scoring 41 in a first-round win, Gregory...
'Joe Schmo Show' Ramps Up Craziness
It was time for the would-be bounty hunters to face their fears on Spike TV's "The Joe Schmo Show" Tuesday. And although one had to tolerate being confined to a glass box with rats and another was almost buried alive, Pittsburgh's Chase Rogan was given...
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....
Linebacker, Receiver of Interest to Steelers
Two players who could be of interest to the Steelers in the first round -- Georgia pass-rushing linebacker Jarvis Jones and California wide receiver Keenan Allen -- are not working out at the combine and will wait for their pro days to be tested.That,...
Luigi Listorti Nov. 3, 1933 -- Feb. 21, 2013 Verona Grocer Widely Known for Homemade Sausage Varieties
Luigi Listorti, a hard-working Verona grocer for nearly five decades who was renowned for his sausage recipe, died at home Thursday of lung cancer. He was 79.Mr. Listorti grew up in Italy and came to the United States at age 18, where he had two things...
Magic Slim Aug. 7, 1937 -- Feb. 21, 2013 Helped Shape Sound of Electric Blues in Chicago
Magic Slim, a younger contemporary of blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf who helped shape the sound of Chicago's electric blues, died Thursday. He was 75.He died shortly after midnight Thursday at a Philadelphia hospital, said his manager, Marty...
Mars Lands in Semis for First Time Goetz, Buzard Lead No. 2 Seed Plantes to Landmark Win
For the first time in school history, the Mars boys basketball team will play in the WPIAL final four. The No. 2 Planets (21-3) jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never led by fewer than six points the rest of the way in a 79-55 victory against No. 7 Uniontown...
Montour Run Field Complex Receives $500,000 Donation Will Offset Cost of Construction
Allegheny County's Redevelopment Authority on Friday accepted a $500,000 donation from the Sports Legacy Foundation, the nonprofit organization that assembled most of the land for the new Montour Run recreation area.The foundation is liquidating its...
Morsi Sets Date for Elections
CAIRO -- Egypt's president set parliamentary elections to begin in April because of the ongoing political turmoil in the country.President Mohammed Morsi scheduled the staggered, four-stage voting process to begin April 27 and end in June. The newly...
Moving Forward Hard, Wise Bengals' Youth Has Caught Up with Veteran Steelers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Marvin Lewis has yet to find out how difficult it is to part with veteran players who helped win several Super Bowl titles. But he is hoping to be getting closer to the moment.The Cincinnati Bengals have never won a playoff game since...
No-Show a Public Hearing on Dep Missed Hearing from Dep
The search for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale has divided Pennsylvanians like few other issues. This week brought evidence of that on two fronts.Allegheny County Council voted Tuesday to approve drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport, a move...
Papelbon Says Phillies Lacked Any Leadership
Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon believes his team lacked leadership last season and made it known to reporters Friday.On the day that the Phillies began exhibition play with an intrasquad scrimmage, Papelbon, who left Boston for Philadelphia...
Pet Medical Work Can Require Sedation
Some pet owners look as if they're going into shock when their veterinarian tells them that general anesthesia is necessary to remove a tumor mass, perform a dental cleaning or operate on an animal. Just before we have to call the paramedics, they recover enough...
Pistorius Granted Bail in Killing of Girlfriend
PRETORIA, South Africa -- After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation...
Pitt Bestows Honorary Degree on Cmu's Cohon
Two smart, ambitious men leading neighboring research universities could have created a bitter rivalry and a cut-throat competition for students and resources.Instead, the longtime leaders of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University...
Pitt to Name Bradford Campus Fitness Center after Mcdowells
Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh Friday voted to rename a building on its Bradford campus in honor of a past president and his wife and agreed to make the university's new general counsel an officer of the corporation.The board also received...
Powdery Mildew Looks Bad but Won't Kill Lilacs
Q. We moved into our house three years ago. The property has a row of lilacs across the back that I just love. But every summer the leaves get this white film on them and they start to look pretty bad. Is this some kind of blight, and can I do anything...
Raptors Add to Knicks' Slump Gay Scores 32 Points as New York Loses Fourth Game in a Row
Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn't mince words when asked what went wrong for his team in the final minute of Friday night's narrow loss to Toronto."I thought our shot selection was awful," Woodson said.Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan...
Rescued a Bus Driver Saved Me, a Blind Woman Who'd Lost Her Way
Recently I was reminded that my blindness puts me at risk and that my guide dog can goof.I decided to meet my husband at the corner of Morewood and Forbes where he'd arrive on the airport bus. I'd made the trek down Forbes Avenue from my home in Squirrel...
Sandy's Rat Impact Might Be Twisted Tale
NEW YORK -- At the height of Superstorm Sandy, city residents watching seawater pour into the subway system couldn't help but wonder: What will become of all the rats?Four months later, that's still a mystery.And experts aren't so sure about stories...
Steuart Pittman June 6, 1919 -- Feb. 10, 2013 in Charge of Kennedy's Fallout Shelter Program
Steuart Pittman, a Washington lawyer who was appointed by President John Kennedy in 1961 to create enough fallout shelters to protect every American in the event of a nuclear attack, and who resigned in frustration three years later amid heated debates...
Swiping Bases a Point of Emphasis
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Andrew McCutchen made a simple analogy while explaining his approach to stealing more bases."If you want to hit better, you watch all the great hitters," McCutchen said. "So for stealing bases, you watch guys that have a lot of success...
Taking the Bad with the Good Malkin's Unspecified Injury Takes Luster off Decisive Third Period Penguins 3, Panthers 1
The Penguins have proven over the past few years that they can get by without a core player.Or two. Or more.Which doesn't mean they're interested in doing it again.That's a possibility, however, after center Evgeni Malkin had to leave their 3-1 victory...
Tambellini Restaurant Downtown Says Arrivederci!
After 63 years of operation, Tambellini Seventh Street Ristorante Downtown will close at the end of tonight's dinner service. For decades, the name Tambellini has been synonymous with Italian food in Pittsburgh. This closing marks the demise of the restaurant...
Trial for 2 Charged with Raping Disabled Woman Is Delayed
The federal trial of two illegal immigrants from Mexico charged with kidnapping and raping a mentally disabled woman in Washington County has been delayed because the defense says it needs time to hire an expert to evaluate her mental condition.The trial...
Two More Top Seeds Ousted
MARANA, Ariz. -- And then there was one. One day after Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods went home, more top seeds followed Friday in the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship until Masters champion Bubba Watson was the only seed from the top 10...
U.K. Loses Top Rating by Moody's amid Weak Growth Outlook
LONDON -- Britain on Friday lost its top credit rating by Moody's Investors Service, which cited weakness in the nation's growth outlook and challenges to the government's fiscal consolidation program.The United Kingdom's rating was lowered one level,...
U.S. Joins Fraud Lawsuit against Armstrong
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department joined a lawsuit Friday against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong that alleges the former seven-time Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance- enhancing drugs and defrauded his longtime sponsor, the...
U.S. Sends Troops to West Africa to Set Up Drone Base about 100 Personnel in Niger for Operation Targeting Al-Qaida
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Friday that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al-Qaida fighters in the Sahara.In a letter...
Wilkinsburg Mulls Allowing Alcohol in a Community That Has Been Dry since a 1935 Ban on the Sale of Liquor Licenses, Some Are Starting to Get a Little Thirsty
Bundled up and loaded down with paperwork, Marlee Gallagher set out Tuesday evening to find people interested in turning dry Wilkinsburg wet."I'm not really sure what to expect," said Ms. Gallagher, 24, a Wilkinsburg resident and a grant writer for the...
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