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Articles from March 16, 2013

3 Books to Foster Edible Gardening
These three new books give those preparing edible gardens some tips on how to maximize the harvest and minimize the workload and planting space.* Chris McLaughlin, "Vertical Vegetable Gardening": Vertical gardening is one of the easiest and most practical...
A China Journey, from Bad Air to Bobbleheads
Pittsburghers take their air quality seriously. That's why I've been worried about the people I met in Beijing in November and what they are breathing these days.When I arrived in China with four other American journalists the Saturday after Thanksgiving,...
All Bets off When It Comes to Relying on Big East Tournament Results to Predict Pitt's NCAA Tournament Success or Failure, a Word to the Wise: There Rarely Is Any Correlation
NEW YORK -- In 2008, Pitt won the Big East Conference tournament. The following day, on Selection Sunday for the NCAA tournament, Hall of Fame coach and ESPN college basketball analyst Bobby Knight picked the Panthers to reach the Final Four. It was...
Another Assistant Comes Home
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- JaJuan Seider hardly has to spell out what's plainly evident when he talks about his new gig as running backs coach at West Virginia: he's home.Seider, a former player and graduate assistant at West Virginia, was hired less than...
Badgers Reach Semis with Upset
Wisconsin just kept missing. The Badgers were icy cold from long range, simple layups a risky proposition. And they only trailed by three at halftime.When Ben Brust and Co. finally found their stroke, it was all over for Michigan.Brust scored 11 of his...
Bolshoi Acid Attack Victim Hopes to Work Again
AACHEN, Germany -- The Bolshoi ballet artistic director badly burned in an acid attack said Friday he is "full of strength and faith" that he will eventually see well enough to return to work at the famed Moscow theater. Sergei Filin, swathed in a large...
Brian Johnston Died March 2, 2013 Cmu Professor Shook Up Established View of Ibsen
There are many stories about Brian Johnston, world-renowned Ibsen scholar, CMU professor, Middle East human rights activist and educator, but perhaps the most noteworthy has to have been when he was teaching at American University in Beirut in the 1980s.Even...
Chan Wins Gold as Ten Shines Patrick Chan Earns 3rd Title, but Unheralded Kazakh Steals Show at Worlds
LONDON, Ontario -- The title may have gone to Patrick Chan, but there was no question the night belonged to Denis Ten.The little-known skater from Kazakhstan stole Chan's spotlight at the World Figure Skating Championships Friday night with a beautifully...
Chartiers Valley Seizes a Golden Opportuniy Colts Sophomore Leads Way to Win vs. Mt. Lebanon
Without its two top scorers, Mariah Wells and Jenna Devinney, Chartiers Valley girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko knew his team faced an uphill battle Friday night against Mt. Lebanon. "I know if I was outside this locker room, I wouldn't have even bought...
China's Challenge Lifting the Lot of the Poor Is a National Priority
As this year's session of China's National People's Congress, its ostensible legislature, draws to an end with the affirmation of Xi Jinping as president, some themes have emerged on what appear to be the policy priorities of China's new leadership.One...
CIA Must Divulge Some Drone Data
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court held Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency must disclose, at least to a judge, a description of its records on drone strikes in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.The...
City Police Purchase of Uniforms Questioned Piecemeal Approach Avoided Existing Contract but May Have Cost More, Officials Claim
Questions about Pittsburgh Bureau of Police financial procedures have led some city officials to renew concerns raised last year about the purchase, for more than $60,000, of uniforms from a Kentucky company with no city contract, despite the existence...
Combat among Syfy's Robots Disappoint with Lack of Action
It's easy to see how Syfy hoped to captivate viewers with "Robot Combat League" and its life-sized Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Like the machines in the movie "Real Steel," the 12 robots are different in size and shape, with different strengths, weaknesses...
Conneaut Lake Park Condition Still Sparks Debate
CONNEAUT LAKE -- Conneaut Lake Park is showing its age. Sidewalks and pavement along the midway of the 121-year-old park have been lifted and cracked by tree roots, and there's a foot-long hole at the foundation of the gift shop.A building at one end...
Cooperation Called Key to Solving Sewer Woes Problem Too Costly Otherwise, Panel Says Work Together to Reduce Costs Study
A committee assembled by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development did the easy part by recommending Friday that area municipalities work together to address a multibillion-dollar sewer overflow problem.Now comes the hard part -- making it happen.The...
Delay Forces Broncos to Cut De Dumervil NFL Notebook
Time really is money. Nobody knows that better now than Elvis Dumervil and the Denver Broncos.Dumervil found himself out of a job and the Broncos were without their best defensive end Friday afternoon after they reached an agreement on a new contract...
Delle Donne Leads Delaware into Semifinals
Elena Delle Donne had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 15 Delaware defeated UNC Wilmington, 51-43, to extend its school- record winning streak to 23 games and advance to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Striving for their...
Djokovic in Semifinals
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., with a 6-3, 6-1 victory Friday over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 54 minutes. Djokovic extended his winning streak to 22 matches dating to Oct. 31, when he...
Donald Richie April 17, 1924 - Feb. 19, 2013 U.S. Expert on Japan's Culture, Life
Donald Richie, a prominent American critic and writer on Japan who helped introduce much of the English-speaking world to the golden age of Japanese cinema in 1959 and recounted his expatriate life there spanning seven decades, died Feb. 19 in Tokyo....
Dow Milestone Winning Streak Comes to Close
U.S. stocks fell Friday, ending the longest winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average in nearly 17 years.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 25.03 points, or 0.2 percent, to 14,514.11. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.53, or 0.2...
EAST/CITY [Derived Headline]
EASTOfficer hurt during suspected drug deal at mallA Monroeville police officer was injured trying to detain a man after a suspected drug deal at the Monroeville Mall Friday afternoon.The officer, whose name police have not released, was not seriously...
Experts Tie DNA Evidence to Football Player in Rape Trial Steubenville High Students Accused of Sexually Assaulting Intoxicated Teen
STEUBENVILLE -- Crime lab experts testified Friday in the trial of two Steubenville High School football players accused of raping a highly intoxicated 16-year-old girl that they found DNA evidence on a blanket that matched one of the accused boys.Forensics...
Finding Love with the Chickens
People who own multiple pets love them all, but often a favorite emerges. For Lauren Scheuer, Lucy is The One. She's beautiful and sweet with people and animals, and when she developed an incurable neurological disease, Ms. Scheuer loved her all the...
First U.S. Bank Regulations May Look Strikingly Familiar
One hundred fifty years ago, the United States was two years into a brutal civil war. The financial cost left the federal government under enormous stress, leading to a result no one had imagined: the first modern system of bank regulation.Before Congress...
Flyers Win in Ot vs. Unlucky Devils
Matt Read and Claude Giroux both scored goals in the shootout to lead the host Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.Read beat Johan Hedberg on the first shot and New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk matched him. Giroux...
Freeh Report Dominates Psu Trustees Meeting
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Here on Friday at the Penn State University board of trustees meeting, everyone wanted their voice to be heard, their agenda met, their viewpoint demonstrated in some sort of fashion, whether they were present or chiming in from afar.About...
Gop Senator Shifts on Gay Marriage as Party Soul-Searches
WASHINGTON -- A Republican senator's embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics and views on emotional issues are changing fast.Gay marriage still divides the party, with...
Highmark CEO Compensation Tops $6M
Last year, Highmark Inc. dished out more than $6 million to compensate its three CEOs.In compensation figures filed with the state Department of Insurance this month, the state's largest insurance company said it paid former CEO Kenneth Melani $3.3 million...
Hilty Delivers Unexpected CD Debut
LOS ANGELES -- Last week, singer-actress Megan Hilty wrapped her second, and possibly final, season of the TV musical "Smash."But no time for curtain calls -- a day later she made her Carnegie Hall headlining debut to a sold-out house. She spent this week...
Howard Picks Up Lakers Bryant Tries to Play?but Last One Quarter?and Goes Scoreless
Kobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, then watched Dwight Howard complete a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left Friday night to help the visiting Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Indiana Pacers, 99-93.Bryant...
Irish Eyes the Priest Said No, but We Couldn't Hear Him
How powerful the feelings and memories triggered by music.I spotted in the Post-Gazette's Jan. 27 almanac of anniversaries a title that resonates with millions including me. "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," one of my two favorite Irish songs (the other...
Japan Seeks Free-Trade Deal
TOKYO -- Japan will seek to join negotiations for a wide- ranging, multilateral free-trade pact with the United States and other Pacific nations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday, giving heft to trade talks that could encompass two-fifths of the...
JESUIT FROM PITTSBURGH STATIONED IN HOUSE WHERE NEW POPE SERVED [Corrected 03/19/13]
The Rev. Vincent Capuano and his fellow Jesuits were gathered around a television at their residence in Cordoba, Argentina, on Wednesday afternoon, watching the white smoke rising over the Vatican. With the rest of the world, they waited to see who the...
Kyle Busch Wins Pole with Track Record at Bristol
Count Kyle Busch among those who likes NASCAR's new race car. Of course, a new track record is bound to draw praise from any driver. Busch won his first career pole at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday in Tennessee with a lap in his Toyota at 129.535 mph,...
Lampus Paves Way to Pizza Ovens
In 40 years of working at R.I. Lampus Co., Bob Welling has come up with some pretty good ideas for new cast concrete products. In the time he has been trying out one of them, a wood-fired oven, he has gotten pretty good at making pizza, too.As two hungry...
Lottery Deal Being Revised to Address Ag Concerns
HARRISBURG -- Facing a deadline to appeal the attorney general's denial of a contract for the private management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, the Corbett administration said Friday it instead would revise the agreement to make clear its plan is legal.Profits...
Man Who Recorded '47 Percent' Video of Romney Emerges from Shadows
Until this week, Scott Prouty's only bout with fame came when he dived into a canal in Florida and saved a woman from drowning. Like many Americans, the Boston-area native held down working-class jobs, ran into some financial trouble and remained generally...
Maple Leafs Send Steckel to Ducks to Clear Roster Spot
Anaheim acquired center David Steckel from Toronto Friday in exchange for right winger Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round draft pick in 2014.The 6-foot-6 Steckel has scored 73 points in 398 games over eight NHL seasons with Washington, New Jersey and the...
Marylander Who Died of Rabies Got Disease from Organ Transplant 3 Other Recipients from Same Donor Show No Symptoms
A 20-year-old Air Force recruit who died of rabies had symptoms of the disease but wasn't tested before his organs were transplanted to four patients, one of whom died of rabies nearly 18 months later, federal health officials said Friday.The three other...
Methodical Trip to Semifinals Spartans Set Pace near End of Game to Hold on for Win Piaa Class AAA Boys Basketball Quarterfinals: Montour 42, General Mclane 40
Two of the most prolific 3-point shooters in the WPIAL couldn't hit their mark Friday night from long range.That's OK. They hit plenty of bull's-eyes elsewhere.Kevin Scuilli and Rob Julian were 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 39 seconds...
Miller's Time Arrives Early with Rangers
One day after he turned 20, center J.T. Miller was on the ice at Consol Energy Center practicing with the New York Rangers."I'm not a teen anymore," Miller said after the workout Friday. "It goes fast."It's been quite a winter for Miller, a former Pittsburgh...
Million Gallons Pumped into Mine to Quench Fire
More than a million gallons of water have been pumped into Consol Energy's Blacksville No. 2 deep mine in the Pittsburgh coal seam on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border in an effort to extinguish the underground fire burning there since Tuesday, company...
Minnie Scores 42 in Lincoln Park Win Piaa Boys Basketball Quarterfinals
Elijah Minnie scored 42 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Lincoln Park to a come-from-behind, 86-84 victory against Bishop Carroll Friday night in a boys Class A quarterfinal at Hempfield.The Leopards (22-6) will face Johnsonburg, a 54-43 winner...
National Gallery of Art to Close East Building
WASHINGTON -- The National Gallery of Art's startling announcement Tuesday that it will close all the galleries in its East Building for an estimated three years in January for infrastructure renovations is sending a blow to the roughly 1 million people...
New Rule Makes It Easier to Interpret Translators Allowed on Trips to Mound
TAMPA, Fla. -- There were times in the minor leagues when Mariano Rivera felt totally lost on the mound. That was, before he got a good grasp of his cut fastball -- and English. "The manager or coach would tell me something and I didn't understand them,"...
No. 2 Duke Taken Down Again by Rival Maryland
Dez Wells gave the floor a hard slap, and No. 2 Duke certainly felt it.It knocked the Blue Devils out of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament early -- and maybe off the No. 1 seed line for the NCAA tournament, too.Wells scored a career-high 30 points...
NORTH/ALLEGHENY COUNTY/CITY [Derived Headline]
NORTHPersonal-care home shut in Armstrong CountyThe Pennsylvania Department of Welfare closed an Armstrong County personal-care home Thursday and issued an emergency relocation order for its residents.Welfare officials had been watching Wofford's Cherry...
Oakland Catholic's Smith Stuns Raab in 200 Free Piaa Swimming & Diving Championships
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- It's a little odd to think of one of the state's best swimmers pulling off an upset.But Oakland Catholic senior Leah Smith did just that Friday night, even if "upset" is stretching it just a wee bit.Smith and Hershey junior Meaghan...
Orange Laugh Last vs. Hoyas, Advance to Final
They went nose-to-nose one last time, Syracuse and Georgetown in a throwback struggle at the Big East tournament.Of course, 40 minutes wasn't enough to decide it.And that was only fitting.Brandon Triche scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and No....
Orange Laugh Last vs. Hoyas, Advance to Final
NEW YORK -- Brandon Triche scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and No. 19 Syracuse advanced to the championship with a 58-55 victory Friday night against No. 5 Georgetown in the final conference clash of their storied heavyweight rivalry. The...
PIRATES SPRING TRAINING REPORT [Derived Headline]
* Game: Pirates 3, Astros 2. * Starter: Jonathan Sanchez -- 3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts. * Top batter: Pedro Alvarez -- 1 for 2, double, run, walk. * Of note: Pirates pitchers combined for a shutout until the ninth, when Jose...
Plant Alternatives to Avoid Disease Plaguing Impatiens
Every garden season brings with it new challenges. Last year, gardeners struggled with impatiens downy mildew (Plasmopara obducens), a fungal disease that infects Impatiens walleriana, the most popular impatiens in home gardens.The disease often starts...
Pope Stresses Humility Ahead of Inaugural Mass
VATICAN CITY -- As world leaders head to Rome for Tuesday's inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, there is one group that the new pope has politely asked to stay home: his fellow Argentinians.On the night of his election he called the papal nuncio in Buenos Aires...
Power Plant Restrictions May Be Delayed by EPA
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is leaning toward revising its landmark proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, according to several individuals briefed on the matter, a move that would delay tougher restrictions and...
President Seeks $2 Billion in Research on Cleaner Fuels
WASHINGTON -- With few options available for financing his clean- energy ambitions, President Barack Obama on Friday proposed diverting $2 billion from federal oil and gas lease revenues over the next decade to pay for research on advanced vehicles.Mr....
Republican Divisions Fester at Retreat
OXON HILL, Md. -- Mitt Romney came to the conservatives' yearly retreat here Friday and urged them to "make sure that we learn from my mistakes, and from our mistakes."But what those lessons are -- and what should be done about them - - has been a matter...
Republican Fix Don't Rig the Electoral College in Pennsylvania
Republican attempts in Pennsylvania to tamper with the Electoral College to give their party a boost in presidential elections, part of a national trend, has raised plenty of opposition from Democrats across the state. They happen to be right, but one...
Role with It in Move He Expected, Sanchez Reassigned to Minor Leagues
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Catcher Tony Sanchez fully expected a closed-door meeting with manager and general manager at some point this spring -- the one telling him he wasn't going to make the team's opening-day roster. If anything, he was surprised it took...
Russian Pair Wins 1st Worlds Volosozhar-Trankov Duo Makes Statement with Stellar Showing to Nab Gold Medal
LONDON, Ontario -- Now that they've reclaimed one title for Russia, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov have their eyes on another.Volosozhar and Trankov gave Russia its first pairs title at the World Figure Skating Championships since 2005 Friday,...
Russian Parliament Member Assailed for Capitol Hill Visit Ethics Committee Urged to Investigate
MOSCOW -- Early this month, a young opposition-minded member of the Russian parliament spoke for about 10 minutes at a Capitol Hill conference on U.S.-Russia relations. Back home, it's as if he was found with the Kremlin plans in his boots, ready to...
Sanders Could Be Headed to New England Steelers Must Match Patriots' Offer or Lose Another Key Piece of Wr Corps
The Steelers' once-promising situation at wide receiver could be falling apart faster than they imagined.Three days after top receiver Mike Wallace signed a $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, No. 3 receiver Emmanuel Sanders has signed an offer...
Scott's Improved Game Has Aussie in Contention Trails Rookie Stefani by 1 at Tampa Bay
Adam Scott had a breakthrough with his short game this winter, and it's so good now that he hardly even has to use it. Scott had a putt for birdie on 16 holes in a second round that was without a bogey and without much stress. He wound up with a 5- under...
So Mars Was Habitable. but Nothing Lived
By drilling into Mars for the first time and analyzing a martian rock in unprecedented detail, Curiosity team members have shown that eons ago, microorganisms could have lived on Mars. At a spot on the floor of Gale crater -- the site the rover has been...
Struggling Rangers Desperate for Wins New York, Penguins Going Opposite Ways
The last time the New York Rangers played at Consol Energy Center, they were about to head into the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference and not very happy with a 5-2 loss against the Penguins.That was April 5, 2012.Today, the Rangers visit...
Syracuse Makes One Final Stand
NEW YORK The final seconds ticked toward 0.0. More than 20,000 people were on their feet at Madison Square Garden Friday night, roaring so loudly that you couldn't hear the person next to you. Another fabulous Syracuse-Georgetown game -- the last one...
These Hardy Roses Will Make a Garden Brim with Color
The quest to grow a perfect hybrid tea rose has led many would- be gardeners down a path filled with heartache. Plunking down good money at the garden center on a cardboard box sprouting several thorny, bare canes while envisioning a garden filled with...
'Thurgood' a Vivid Portrait of Justice
Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, had a reputation as a hero and a trickster. He was a bigger-than-life character who routinely defied death by barnstorming the South during Jim Crow to represent...
Unlucky Devils Lose in Shootout
Ilya Bryzgalov made saves in all types of situations -- and positions.Flat on his back, Bryzgalov held off one New Jersey push. Upright on skates, he pushed aside a short-handed surge. No matter how he stopped the puck, Bryzgalov and the Flyers showed...
U.N.: U.S. Drone Strikes Violate Pakistan Sovereignty Civilian Casualties Much Higher Than Recognized: Envoy
ISLAMABAD -- CIA drone strikes on targets in Pakistan violate its national sovereignty and have resulted in far more civilian casualties than the U.S. government has recognized, a special U.N. human rights envoy reported after a secret investigation...
U.S. Raising Missile Defense Pentagon Moves in Response to North Korea's Tests of Nuclear Technology
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon announced Friday that it would strengthen the nation's defenses against a possible attack by nuclear-equipped North Korea, fielding additional missile systems to protect the West Coast at a time of growing concern about the Stalinist...
Where Everybody Knows Your Name These Elaborately Themed Bars Might Pass for Any Pub on the South Side, but They're Inside Private Homes
It's a Saturday night on the South Side Slopes, and the regulars are gathered at the Upper Pius Men's Club. Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover of "Blues at Sunrise" is on the satellite radio while an intense game of shuffleboard unfolds. The salty aroma of fresh popcorn...
WILKINSBURG, ALIQUIPPA SCHOOL DISTRICTS PUT ON WATCH LIST [Corrected 03/19/13]
The state Department of Education put the Wilkinsburg and Aliquippa school districts on a financial watch list Friday. The watch list was created by Act 141, a state law passed last year, as part of an "early warning system" for designating school districts...
Wisp Capitalizing on Surveys, Use of Social Media
Wisp, which wraps up its annual Beachin' party today and celebrates its 57th birthday Sunday and Monday with $10 lift tickets and half-priced rentals and lessons, didn't wait for the development of social media sites to hear from its guests. General...
Woman Sues Former Officer, Ex-Police Chief Harper, City
A Knoxville woman filed a lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh and a now imprisoned former officer, alleging the man was allowed to continue working for four years even after she filed a complaint against him for soliciting sexual acts from her. Filed...
Wright's Rib Injury Has Mets Worried
David Wright, the $138 million third baseman, has a moderate intercostal strain. It is an injury that will sideline him for at least three to five days.Sixteen days from the home opener, the Mets are crossing their fingers that this injury will not eat...
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