Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Articles from November 27, 2013

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'12 Years a Slave' Leads Independent Spirit Nominees
"12 Years a Slave" led all comers for the Film Independent Spirit Awards with seven nominations, including for director Steve McQueen, actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o and writer John Ridley. The six nominations for "Nebraska"...
Alumnus Takes over at Keystone Oaks
Rich Bonaccorsi has come full circle. After 17 years of head coaching, Bonaccorsi has taken over as the head wrestling coach at Keystone Oaks, his alma mater."I wrestled in the PIAA tournament my junior and senior year," said Bonaccorsi, a 1982 KO graduate....
Area Meteorologists Seeing Big Picture with New Radar
As the storm known on social media as #gobblegeddon swept toward Pittsburgh on Monday, area meteorologists consulted their computer models to predict its impact on holiday travelers.Unlike the "Snowmageddon" -- are we sensing a naming trend here? - -...
Area's Top Returning Class AAA Wrestlers
Following is a list of some of the top returning WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers in the South Xtra area. The categories represent how they finished in sectional, district, regional and state tournaments last year, plus their record for the 2012-13 season and...
AREA'S TOP RETURNING CLASS AAA WRESTLERS [Derived Headline]
AREA'S TOP RETURNING CLASS AAA WRESTLERSFollowing is a list of some of the top returning WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers in the East Xtra area. The categories represent how they finished in sectional, district, regional and state tournaments last year, plus...
Ballet Welcomes You into a Christmas Dream 'Nutcracker' Enjoys Its 20th Anniversary
When her young dancers are asked who wants to be a rat, a chorus of little girl voices cries out, "Oh, me, me, me!" recounts Eleanor Viecelli Tornblom.She is owner of Laurel Ballet, which with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present "The Nutcracker...
Barebones' 'The Mother' Dark, Comic and Passionate
Gift-giving has begun early for those who appreciate a contrast with the usual seasonal diet of cute, colorful, sweet and wholesome. How about something sort of cute, definitely colorful, more tart than sweet and not wholesome at all, but, for those...
Big Macs Expecting a Strong Season
The 2012-13 PIHL season didn't end the way J.D. Oddi and his Canon-McMillan High School teammates had dreamed it would.In the Penguins Cup quarterfinals, the Big Macs took No. 2- seeded North Allegheny into overtime and Oddi had a chance to end the game...
Braxton Steps out of Her Sister's Shadow as TV Star and Singer
WASHINGTON - It's Christmas morning, 1980-something, and the Braxton sisters of Severn, Md., have just unwrapped the gift that will change their lives: a VHS camcorder. There's no tripod, so the camera whirs away on the coffee table as the girls reenact...
Budget Calls for No Tax Increase
Peters property owners will get their first glimpse Monday of a proposed spending plan for next year that calls for no tax increases.A preliminary budget prepared by township manager Michael Silvestri calls for $18.6 million in spending, with revenues...
Burrell Shoots for Eighth Title in a Row
It's seven and counting for the Burrell High School wrestling team.The Buccaneers have won seven consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles and are a strong favorite to keep that streak going in the 2013-14 season, even with a new coach.Josh Shields, a 2006 Burrell...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Acquisition by Thermo Fisher given approval by regulatorsEuropean regulators have approved scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.'s $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corp., on the condition that they divest parts of their businesses....
Butler Grad Boosts la Roche
Combine skill, speed, shooting accuracy, floor leadership, respect for teammates and opponents, add a heavy dose of competitiveness, drape the number 30 jersey over her shoulders and you would have Casie Cygan, the recent Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference...
Charlotte Zolotow June 26, 1915 - Nov. 19, 2013 Her Children's Books Had Reassuring Manner
The more than 70 children's books by Charlotte Zolotow are not, in many cases, escapist, fantasy fare."My Grandson Lew" is about a boy struggling with the death of his grandfather; "The Old Dog" concerns the loss of a beloved pet; "The Hating Book" deals...
Chico Hamilton Sept. 20, 1921 - Nov. 25, 2013 Pioneer in the West Coast Jazz Movement
Chico Hamilton, a drummer and bandleader who helped put California on the modern-jazz map in the 1950s and remained active into the 21st century, died Monday in New York City. He was 92.His death was announced by April Thibeault, his publicist.Never...
CITY/ALLEGHENY COUNTY/NORTH [Derived Headline]
CITYDA's office to appeal court decision on murder convictionThe Allegheny County district attorney's office will appeal a Superior Court decision remanding the sentencing of a man convicted of third-degree murder back to the trial court. Stevenson Rose,...
CITY BOARD JOINS TEACHER HIRING PLAN, SHUTTERS WOOLSLAIR SCHOOL DIRECTORS SPLIT IN LAST VOTING SESSION [Corrected 12/04/13]
In the final voting meeting before four new board members are sworn in, the Pittsburgh Public Schools board has taken two controversial moves. It agreed to contract with Teach for America and to start the process of closing Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5 on...
Coach Close to Milestone Stanford's Vanderveer Is One Victory Away from Joining Exclusive Women's Club
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer is focused only on the next game, not her impending milestone.VanDerveer earned her 899th career victory as No. 6 Stanford beat 16th-ranked Purdue (4-1), 86-69, Tuesday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. With her next win, the...
Coach Still Ailing at Baldwin Assistant Steps in to Fill His Role
The Baldwin High School wrestling team will once again be without coach George McCormack, a 20-year coaching veteran who is wrestling with his toughest opponent, cancer. "George is in the ICU right now with aspirated pneumonia," said Mike Bilbie, who...
Contractor Held without Bail
SAN DIEGO -- A Singapore-based contractor accused of bribing U.S. Navy commanders with cash and prostitutes must be held without bail because of the risk he might try to flee if released, a federal judge said.U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino in San...
County, Rad Hold off on Helping Wilson Center Get Back on Its Feet Council Deadlocked as Dec. 6 Budget Deadline Nears
A proposed $500,000 grant to the faltering August Wilson Center for African American Culture temporarily sank Allegheny County's $50 million capital budget Tuesday, with a deadlocked vote keeping it in committee despite a looming budget deadline.County...
Danger Lurks in That Couch Chemical Companies Have Misled Us about Toxics in Our Homes
Researchers this summer purchased 42 children's chairs, sofas and other furniture from major retailers and tested them for toxic flame retardants that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, diminished IQs and other problems.In a study released a...
Defending a Title West Allegheny Clamps Down to Retain AAA Crown
Last Saturday night's WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Central Valley was nothing out of the ordinary for the West Allegheny football team. Facing a Parkway Conference rival for the second time this season, the Indians were well aware of the...
Defending Pac Title Problematic for Saint Vincent
The Saint Vincent College men's basketball team entered the 2013- 14 season with a slightly different perspective than last season. Of course, that happens when you are the defending Presidents' Athletic Conference champions.The Bearcats had one of its...
Defense Takes Pride in Semi-Turnaround
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The low point came against Ohio State, because giving up 63 points cannot be considered anything but a nadir. Since then, the Penn State defense has made steady progress. It has not solidified into a strength, but it has not been...
Eagles Decide to Stick with Foles
Nick Foles met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday morning, when the Eagles coach told the second-year quarterback that he would remain the starter this season and that Michael Vick would be his backup.Foles is 4-1 as a starter, leads the NFL in passer rating,...
FAMILY FILM GUIDE [Derived Headline]
The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:'Black Nativity'Rated: PG. Suitable for: 10-year-olds and up. What you should know: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson and young Jacob Latimore star in a contemporary...
Fangupo Uses His Coconut to Emerge as Option at Nt
Long overdue to the long, bitter, contusion-strewn history of Steelers-Ravens is a heartwarming Thanksgiving Special, evidently, making you wonder why no one thought of it until now.So presumably this collision could be different, owing to some unprecedented...
Festival of Lights Begins Tonight at Sunset
For Jews in America, this holiday season will be unlike the past celebrations of their parents -- maybe even grandparents -- because for the first time in almost a century, they may be eating turkey dinner to the light of a menorah candle.Thanksgiving...
Firm Acquires Another City Site Koppers Is Rugby's 3rd Grant Building
Aaron Stauber has added to his collection of Grant Street masterpieces.Rugby Realty, Mr. Stauber's company, completed its purchase of the 34-story Koppers Tower late Monday, paying $17.2 million for one of Downtown's most distinctive properties.With...
Food Banks Face Increased Demand
Thanksgiving is a time for appreciating our blessings, but that can be difficult for parents, seniors and others who struggle to feed themselves and their families."Going out and getting a good job with a living wage is getting more difficult," said...
Forced Disclosure Penn State Unwittingly Makes the Case
Penn State officials just keep making powerful arguments for putting the state's largest university fully under the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania's Right to Know law. That's not what campus administrators and some of the school's board of trustees...
Foreign Trainees in Japan Face Exploitation Cases of Foreign Intern Exploitation Highlight Need for Immigration Policy Change
KAIZU, Japan - When Chinese textile worker Wang Mingzhi heard he could more than triple his income with a three-year stint working in Japan as an apprentice, he eagerly paid a broker $7,300 in fees and deposit money. From afar, Japan seemed a model...
Franklin, Latrobe Favorites Westmoreland Teams Look Good
When the 2012-13 wrestling season ended, Franklin Regional and Greater Latrobe were being touted as two teams that could end Canon- McMillan's four-year domination of Class AAA.Both teams boasted a young talented squad with a small group of graduating...
GREAT ARGUS Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT BIRDS
At this time of the year almost everyone is interested in, and thankful for, birds -- well, one of them anyway. In addition to domesticated varieties, there are two species of turkey: the wild turkey and the ocellated turkey. The National Aviary is not...
Griffins Eager to Play in Psac
Everyone knows someone who is "the new kid on the block."Their family just moved in from out of town and the kids have to feel around their new school or new neighborhood and make new friends.Well, Seton Hill University is sort of going through the same scenario.The...
Highmark Extends Specialcare Coverage Low-Cost System Expiring June 30
Highmark Inc. said Tuesday that it was giving people who are covered under its low-cost SpecialCare health insurance program a six-month reprieve because of the problems with the launch of the federal government's health insurance website.The coverage,...
High South Fayette Steps Up at Crunch Time
It was one of those special moments, a time where there was little room for error if a team was to a win a WPIAL championship. South Fayette had just fallen behind Aliquippa, 28-27, and the Lions, led by quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, took possession...
Holiday Cards Aid Charities and Causes
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves an average of 110,000 hungry people every month in 11 southwestern Pennsylvania counties, but it gets even busier during the holidays, says CEO Lisa Scales.One of the ways people can help the Food Bank...
Holiday Events Planned
Many holiday activities are planned in West towns during the next few weeks. Here's a roundup of some events: CARNEGIE Santa will arrive at noon Nov. 30Saturday at the Carnegie Borough Building, One Veterans Way. All children will receive a gift from...
Holiday Spirit Not Quite Lost on Holgorsen
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- When asked what he's thankful for this holiday season, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen thought for a few moments before answering.It has been a particularly difficult season. The Mountaineers (4- 7, 2-6 Big 12) have lost five...
'Homefront' Strung out by Thin Plot
Editor's note: "Homefront" was not previewed for Pittsburgh critics.The Jason Statham vehicle "Homefront" is such a generic tough- guy-against-the-odds '80s style actioner that you'd swear Sly Stallone starred in it. He did, back in the day. Or versions...
In Asia, Problems Pile Up for U.S. Policy
WASHINGTON While the Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of the Mideast's thorniest security issues, problems are piling up in Asia, a region that President Barack Obama had wanted to play a bigger part in American foreign policy....
In Major Document, Pope Francis Presents His Vision
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis presented the vision for his papacy Tuesday, calling on Catholics to battle what he called the "globalization of indifference" to create a more compassionate church that champions the poor as it works to achieve social justice in...
IRS Pushes to Rein in Tax-Exempt Campaigns
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of loosely regulated big-money political outfits such as Republican political...
It May Be Too Late to Save the Friendship
DEAR HARRIETTE: There is someone who I used to be really close friends with - to the point where I considered her more like a sister than a friend. We haven't spoken to each other since her birthday (near Thanksgiving) last year. She threw herself...
It's Not Just a Passing Fancy at Long Last, the Steelers Are Relying on Pitch-and-Catch Instead of a Run-Oriented Offense, and It Is Working Well Even in Wintry Weather
The Steelers are trying to accomplish something highly unusual by overcoming long odds to do it.Make the playoffs after starting 2-6? Oh, that, too, but they are going about it in an odd way. They are trying to pass their way into the postseason.Never...
Judge's Order Cools Sriracha Plant
IRWINDALE, Calif. - A judge has ordered a plant that produces the popular Sriracha chili sauce to stop emitting annoying odors - a ruling that left some nearby residents worried about a possible loss of jobs at the factory. Judge Robert H. O'Brien...
Justices to Hear Health Law Dispute Firms Challenge Contraception Rule
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a pair of cases on whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations' owners.The cases present...
Karzai Sees a Bluff in U.S. Warning Afghan President Creates Impasse over Security Pact
KABUL, Afghanistan -- When President Hamid Karzai met six months ago with an audience of supporters gathered by the Afghan state television network, RTA, he was asked what he would consider a favorable conclusion to the security negotiations he was conducting with...
Kristen Bell Achieves Her Dream of Being a Disney Princess in 'Frozen'
ORLANDO, Fla. - There are things her most devoted fans know about Kristen Bell that people who didn't help fan-finance her big screen "Veronica Mars" movie might not. She can sing, for starters. "When you're too small to play sports, you compete in...
Lack of Restraint Was New Tradition for Thanksgiving
I moved to the Pittsburgh area with my husband and two sons in the fall of 2004, and that November we made our first -- and last -- drive back to Connecticut for Thanksgiving at my mother's house. Nightmarish traffic in New England turned our nine-hour...
Lakers Run into Red-Hot Wall in Loss
John Wall stayed hot with 31 points and nine assists and Nene had a career high 30 to carry the host Washington Wizards to a 116-111 victory against Los Angeles that broke the Lakers' three-game winning streak.Wall has scored more than 30 points for...
Latvia Prime Minister Resigns
RIGA, Latvia Latvia's prime minister resigned today in the wake of supermarket collapse that killed 54 people and provoked outrage among the Baltic country's citizens. Valdis Dombrovskis' unexpected announcement, which automatically triggers the fall...
Lawsuit Filed over School Official's Hiring Baldwin-Whitehall Board Member's Resignation Called a 'Willful Violation' of State Laws
The appointment of a former school board member to a new, high- paying job in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District just minutes after his resignation was improper and a "willful violation" of state laws, according to a lawsuit filed by a resident Tuesday."There...
Lindsey Vonn Unsure of Her Chances at Sochi Olympics Skier Says She Doesn't Yet Know What Effect Crash Last Week Will Have on Winter Olympic Hopes
VAIL, Colo. - Lindsey Vonn remains unsure just what effect her latest knee injury will have on her Sochi Olympics hopes. Asked in an interview on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday whether she can put the kind of pressure on the knee she will need to train...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
MIDLAND ARTS SCHOOL SEEKING NEW CEO The board of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland today announced it has begun a formal search for a new chief executive officer. The previous CEO, Rebecca Manning, resigned in September. Principal...
Lorenzini Wins Seat in Green Tree Tied Race
Nearly three weeks after the Nov. 5 election, Republican David Lorenzini was declared the winner of the fourth seat on Green Tree council after he pulled a wooden pellet numbered 35 from a leather bottle Friday ? in the Allegheny County Elections Division...
Maddox, Glavine on Hall Ballot
Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy...
Make Your Maui Visit a 'Volunteer Vacation'
MAUI, Hawaii - The lowering sun glares in my eyes as I walk down a hill above Ho'okipa Beach, famed favorite of windsurfers. In a warm, gusting breeze, offshore surfers wait for breakers. Looking down over caramel-colored sand I spot a dark head bobbing...
Man Surrenders in Carrick Killing
A Larimer man walked into a Pittsburgh police station Monday, handed an officer a plastic bag containing a gun and said, "I am the shooter ... from the night before," according to court documents.The suspect was 22-year-old Loc "Mike" Vong. The victim...
Martin, Glass Latest Victims of Injury Bug
Injuries have dogged the Penguins this season, likely more than scoring droughts or turnovers or just about anything else. Add winger Tanner Glass and defenseman Paul Martin to the list of those who are hurt. Glass, injured Saturday night when he blocked...
Mckees Rocks/stowe CSX Says Station Project to Bring Jobs
By Bob PodurgielTracey Pedersen, a member of the McKees Rocks Historical Society, said plans by CSX Corp. to build a $50 million rail cargo transfer station in McKees Rocks and Stowe, is "like history repeating itself."As a member of the historical society,...
Minor League Call-Ups Capitalizing on Opportunity to Play Major Roles
They are a collection of six forwards, all undrafted and later signed by the Penguins, who began the season with Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton of the American Hockey League. They can testify that the Penguins, when they need to promote someone to fill a vacancy...
Mixed Emotions over Change in Senate Rules
It's easy to have mixed emotions about the change in Senate rules that overturns the filibuster employed to block most presidential nominees. On the one hand, requiring 60 votes instead of a simple majority to confirm judges and executive branch nominees...
Monroeville Council Suspends Top Official
In a municipality already reeling from a controversy involving its police department, Monroeville's municipal manager was placed on administrative leave with pay Tuesday evening and could be completely removed from her position Jan. 6.At a special council...
Montour Showing Major Improvement
It took Montour until its 18th game of the 2012-13 season to notch its first victory.Not only did the Spartans match that mark in their second game of this season, but through six games have almost scored as many goals as last season's team did in 19."We're...
Museum of Art Names Chief Curator
Museums are changing with the culture and Carnegie Museum of Art is no exception. Under the guidance of director Lynn Zelevansky, the museum has begun to implement a recently adopted strategic plan that puts emphasis on a cross-departmental alignment...
NATION [Derived Headline]
GAS PRICES DIP TO 2010 LEVEL WASHINGTON - No one begs Santa Claus for cheaper gasoline. Yet falling gas prices are shaping up as an unexpected gift for drivers - and for people on their holiday shopping lists. The average price of gasoline has tumbled...
New Moon Area Administrator Happy to Be Part of 'Progressive' District
With her wedding date fast approaching and a recent career advancement from middle school teacher to Moon Area's assistant high school principal, 27-year-old Ashley Makaravich is still considering ways to better herself.Having completed her educational...
North Allegheny Grad Earns Honors at Lehigh
Growing up playing soccer through the youth ranks and on club teams and all the way up to North Allegheny High School, Jamie Luchini enjoyed plenty of individual and team success.Jogging his memory looking back at his playing career Luchini can recall...
Obama Issues Another Delay for Insurance Purchases Administration Wants to Ensure Website Fixes Taken Care of First
CHICAGO - President Barack Obama's administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law. An online health insurance marketplace for small businesses is being put off until November 2014 to make sure the HealthCare.gov website gets...
Obama's Gatekeeper Now Point Man on Health Care
WASHINGTON -- White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was ready to vent. "I've had too much humble pie," he fumed, striding into a top aide's West Wing office. "That was the last slice. I'm full."Mr. McDonough had just finished another hand-holding...
Officer Gets Reprimand after Teacher's Arrest Police Union, ACLU Question Decision
Neither the Pittsburgh police union nor the American Civil Liberties Union were pleased with the discipline recommended Tuesday for an officer whose arrest of a Homewood teacher is the subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit.Top police bureau chiefs...
Pacquiao Borrows for Typhoon Relief
Despite returning Sunday like a hero from beating American Brandon Rios, Manny Pacquiao said Tuesday he has no money to keep his promise to help typhoon victims because Philippine revenue authorities have frozen his bank accounts.The Bureau of Internal...
Pakistan Breaks Ground on Nuclear Plant Project with China
ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ceremonially broke ground on a $9.59 billion nuclear power complex to be built in Karachi with China's help, seeking to ease Pakistan's long-running energy crisis and signaling a new step by China in...
Panthers Cruise to Big Win Three Players Have Double-Doubles
The Lady Panthers (4-2) had three players tally double-doubles as they cruised to a 78-43 victory against visiting Mount St. Mary's (2- 5) at the Petersen Event Center.Brianna Kiesel (17 points, 11 rebounds), Asia Logan (12 points 10 rebounds) and Ashlee...
Panthers Turn Back to Hollins
The past 18 months haven't exactly been easy for Juantez Hollins.After earning a starting job in 2011, the senior offensive lineman was suspended for the 2012 season for a violation of team rules. When he came back, the Panthers had moved on with an...
Penn State Readies for Cold Weather, Hard-Nosed Wisconsin
The weather Saturday in Madison, Wis., is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 34 and a chance for sleet and freezing rain. Regardless of the conditions, though, Penn State linebacker Mike Hull and some of his teammates don't wear long-sleeve...
Penn State Reduces In-State Law School Tuition by $20,000
With declining law school enrollment and a shaky job market for attorneys, Penn State University announced Tuesday it was cutting the price for in-state students to enroll in its Dickinson School of Law by almost half.The university's "Commonwealth Scholars"...
Penny Lane: Cia's Double-Agent School at Gitmo
WASHINGTON -- A few hundred yards from the administrative offices of the Guantanamo Bay prison, hidden behind a ridge covered in thick scrub and cactus, sits a closely held secret.Eight small cottages, now long abandoned, sit in two rows of four. The...
Pens' Martin out with Broken Tibia
Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has a broken tibia and will miss the next four to six weeks, coach Dan Bylsma said today. Martin apparently got hurt blocking a shot Monday in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss at Boston and played at least...
Pergola Returns to Lead Ringgold after 10 Years
Times have been rough in recent years for the Ringgold High School boys basketball team. The Rams have accumulated a total of eight wins over the past two seasons and school officials have been searching for a coach to change the team's fortunes.If someone...
Peters Brothers Skate in Fast Lane
Heidi Krueger received a call one day more than 15 years ago asking her if her son, Cole, would be interested in coming to the Airport Ice Arena in Moon Township to try short-track speedskating.Cole Krueger, who was 6 years old at the time, had only...
Pine Teen Gets Top Jrotc Award for Saving Girl Cadet, 17, Pulled 8- Year-Old from Ocean
Seventeen-year-old Zachary Maggi of Pine was dipping his toes into the water of the Outer Banks near Kitty Hawk that day in June when he heard the terrified calls for help of a little girl he could see on a boogie board out on the water. She was being...
Pitt 88, Stanford 67 Offense Rules to Win Classic Hot Shooting Lifts ?Panthers to Title
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Under coach Jamie Dixon, Pitt has won a lot of games thanks to hellacious, relentless man-to-man defense. But the Panthers often have been much more resourceful than potent on offense. Through six games, that doesn't appear to be the...
Port Authority Faces Suit over 'Godless' Ads
A Washington, D.C., group that sought to post ads questioning the existence of God on Port Authority buses sued the transit agency Tuesday, claiming that its free-speech rights were infringed when it was turned away.The plaintiff, the United Coalition...
Protests Roil Thai Capital
BANGKOK -- Thailand's governing party accused protesters Tuesday of fomenting anarchy and trying to overthrow the government after thousands of people swarmed the streets of Bangkok, besieging key ministries and threatening to take their campaign nationwide.In...
Quips Hurting, Stunned by Loss
The Aliquippa locker room was unusually quiet Saturday evening, this after the Quips lost to South Fayette in the WPIAL Class AA championship game at Heinz Field. It's not often one of the WPIAL's most storied programs loses a game, particularly one...
Rape Scandal Festering after New Steubenville Charges Three School District Employees Placed on Leave Following Indictments
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Friends Jim Emmerling and Keith Murdock settled in this Ohio River city decades ago and raised families. They believe, in time, it will recover from the scandal that so far has resulted in the rape convictions of two teenagers and...
Rb Bell's Versatility Starting to Pay Off
Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game in the NFL, but he has been one of the most versatile first-year running backs in team history. Bell has topped 90 yards from scrimmage in four game this season, joining Franco...
Real Bell-Ringer Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Wins First Wpial Title
Priority No. 1 for the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School football team following this past Saturday's 14-0 victory over Sto- Rox in the WPIAL Class A championship game at Heinz Field was to "Ring the Bell."Having done that, the Trojans now turn...
Reasons to Be Thankful All Year Jobs, Health, Family among Them
Thursday, somewhere between stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey and sleeping it off on the sofa, we will pause and give thanks for our bounty of food, family, friends -- and all that holds meaning in our lives.We asked some residents of the South Hills...
Resale Community Eyeing Holiday Profit Opportunities
Settled in a line of 50 people waiting to buy PlayStation 4 video game consoles outside of a North Hills GameStop store two weeks ago, Mike Kowaleski began the first phase of a plan to fund a very merry Christmas.Never mind the mist that was freezing...
Rex Crawley April 30, 1964 - Nov. 25, 2013 Set Young Black Men on Path to Leadership
He was tall, dapper, always sporting a colorful bow tie and a broad grin.But Rex Crawley was completely serious about helping hundreds of young African-American men in the Pittsburgh region learn confidence and leadership skills, dedicating his career,...
Riverhounds Become MLS Affiliate Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer Will Develop Players in Pittsburgh
The Riverhounds have become the fifth United Soccer Leagues Pro team to form an affiliate partnership with a Major League Soccer club, partnering with the Houston Dynamo for the 2014 season, the team announced Tuesday.A minimum of four Houston players...
Save Us All by Shunning Your Urge to Selfie
One of the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving is that I have never taken a photograph of myself. This reticence puts me seriously athwart the culture.Just the other day, the publishers of the Oxford Dictionaries announced that their unanimous...
SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]
CARLYNTON School directors have bid farewell to longtime members Sandra Hughan and Patti Schirripa, whose terms will expire Tuesday,12/3 the day of the board's annual reorganization. Mrs. Hughan has served on the board for 24 years in separate terms...
Screen Gems a Cornucopia of Films on the Way
Like football games and out-of-town guests for Thanksgiving, the movies just keep coming. A half-dozen open today, with two more at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' venues on Friday. "Philomena" returns from the Three Rivers Film Festival for a regular run, with...
Senior out to Lead Na Back to Top
North Allegheny coach Jim Black looked at the Tigers first five games of this season and said to himself, "We could be 0-5."But the Tigers managed to get through games against Canon- McMillan, Peters Township, Pine-Richland, Butler and Bethel Park with...
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