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Articles from February 26, 2012

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'12 Class Doubly Meaningful for Donahoe
It's rare when two men who played their entire football careers with one team enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame together. It's even more unusual for someone like Tom Donahoe, who has such a connection to each.Former Steelers Jack Butler and Dermontti...
2DO [Derived Headline]
TODAYRiver City Brass joins local high school bands for music of the rocking 1950s in its next run of shows around the region. "Fabulous '50s" will offer tunes such as "Rock Around the Clock" and "La Bamba" with a brass twist. Upcoming shows are at 3...
30 Years Ago
A search for Legionnaires' disease bacteria in hospital water supplies throughout much of Allegheny County is being planned by the Pitttsburgh Veterans Administration Hospital and the Allegheny County Health Department.Dr. N. Mark Richards, health department...
89 Are Slain in Syria on Eve of Referendum
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria defied international calls to halt attacks on rebel enclaves as at least 89 people were killed nationwide Saturday on the eve of a constitutional referendum that the opposition sees as a ploy by President Bashar Assad's regime.Mr....
A.J. Burnett His Journey to Pittsburgh
Headlines from a career that spans nearly two decades:1995: Drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets.1998: Part of a five-player trade that sends him to Florida and Al Leiter to the Mets.1999: Makes his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins Aug....
All Hail Houellebecq the Corrosive French Novelist Tacks toward Uplift in 'The Map and the Territory'
"THE MAP AND THE TERRITORY"By Michel Houellebecq (translated by Gavin Bowd)Knopf ($26.95) The depths of February invite even the most cheerful to contemplate the tedium of existence. For those longing to gorge themselves on that distinctive ennui, Michel...
All-Star Festivities Put Focus Back on Howard
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando waited 20 years to host NBA All-Star weekend again, and Dwight Howard wants nothing to spoil the party.So forget that trade request, Magic fans. Ignore the rapidly approaching deadline for deals."All the other stuff can wait,"...
Annuity Valuable Option in a Crisis
Many of our clients come to us owning a variety of asset types. From real estate to CDs, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities, each of these assets has different characteristics and purposes. Each type of asset also presents different challenges...
A Nonprofit Wants to Use Solar Power to Help Town
PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- Ruston Seaman is proud to show off the early version of the solar panels built for his renewable energy mission: two banged-up, discolored shower doors held together by crusty caulking."Even if it's chipped a little bit, it still makes...
Anthony Shadid's Home Truths a Great Chronicler of the Middle East Died This Month While Reporting from Syria. He Leaves a Poignant, and Typically Vibrant, Memoir of Finding His Roots in His Ancestral Home in Lebanon
"HOUSE OF STONE: A MEMOIR OF HOME, FAMILY AND A LOST MIDDLE EAST"By Anthony Shadid Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt ($26)There is a moment at the beginning of "House of Stone" that is classic Anthony Shadid, a flash of striking detail that makes a larger point...
An Unsung Success Story America Is More Integrated Than You Might Think
Even as two-thirds of Americans now say that there are strong conflicts between rich and poor, another great American division is slowly healing.We should celebrate the decline of racial segregation in America for the fourth consecutive decade. While...
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SOME OF THE HAPPIEST words spoken in America are these: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training. For Pirates fans, it means another flush of hope after 19 consecutive seasons of futility. In Bradenton, Fla., the pitchers and catchers had their...
A Syrian City Devotes Itself to the Rebellion
MAARAT NUMAN, Syria -- The first shot, apparently fired by a government sniper, scattered children who had gathered near a forlorn pair of rusted amusement park rides. The second round, a loud boom from a Russian-made armored vehicle, sent everyone scrambling....
'Bake Sale Ban' Rhetoric Swells over School Snacks Rules
WASHINGTON -- Special-education students at Tooele High School in northwest Utah who rely on weekly bake sales to pay for field trips and supplies may have to go without.Federal regulators, fresh off a contentious nutritional overhaul of U.S. school...
Beaver River Carp, Catfish Unsafe to Eat
A fish consumption advisory warned of increased PCB contamination of carp and channel catfish caught in the Beaver River. The announcement urges people to not eat those species taken from the confluence of the Mahoning and Shenango rivers to the New...
Berlusconi Wins in Court
MILAN -- Silvio Berlusconi's corruption trial ended Saturday with a court ruling that the statute of limitations had run out, handing Italy's former premier another victory in a long string of judicial challenges.Mr. Berlusconi, who stepped down as premier...
Bomb Kills 25 in Wake of Inauguration
SANAA, Yemen -- A car bomb in southern Yemen killed at least 25 people hours after the country's new president was formally inaugurated and vowed to fight al-Qaida.A security official said the attack in the city of Mukalla in Hadramout province was carried...
Buffett Has Succession Plan, Still Holds Reins
It has long been one of Wall Street's favorite guessing games: Who will succeed Warren E. Buffett as chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway?Mr. Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire shareholders on Saturday, said for the first time that he had chosen...
Butler Wins a Thriller Snodgrass Scores 34 in 63-61 Ot Victory
The Nate Snodgrass magic continues.Snodgrass, a senior point guard at Butler, had another terrific performance in leading the Golden Tornado to a 63-61 overtime victory against North Allegheny in a thrilling WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal Saturday at...
Buying Here: Mt. Lebanon
Hidden in the basement of the house at 751 Lebanon Ave., Mt. Lebanon, is a small room with a large hole in its center. It's an indoor swimming pool, but in the 78 years it has been there, it's hardly ever been used as one. "It's like a giant bathtub,"...
Cars Are Not a Once-in-a-Lifetime Purchase
Dear Tom and Ray:I'm 35, and I would like to purchase a diesel SUV that will last the rest of my life ... ideally, into my 90s. My idea is that diesel engines last longer and that my family and I could rack up 500,000- 600,000 miles on whatever we buy...
Champions Again Moultrie's 15 Points Pace Dragons to Historic Third Consecutive Title Allderdice 56, Obama Academy 49
It might not have been as comfortable as the past two championship games, but for the third consecutive year, Allderdice claimed the City League boys basketball title. The Dragons defeated Obama Academy, 56-49, Saturday afternoon at Peabody High School...
Changes Eyed to Add Excitement to Event
INDIANAPOLIS -- When the NFL asked fans to write essays explaining why they should be among the 250 people selected to attend the scouting combine for the first time, it received about 6,000 answers, including one from a man who said he wanted to know more...
Cheapest Cabin Option Will Make Her Miserable
Q: I'm going on a cruise with my best friend. We booked an inside cabin months ago because it was the cheapest option. I've done a decent amount of research since then (yes, I know, I should have done it earlier), and I am sure I'd hate being in a windowless...
Clarence Wendell Holmes Sept. 17, 1927 - Feb. 24, 2012 Minister from Mckeesport Worked in Mill, Unemployment Centers Rev
In his 80s, long after he had retired and had lost a leg and sight in one eye, the Rev. Clarence Wendell Holmes underwent state training as an ombudsman. That way, he could help fellow residents at the Golden LivingCenter in Murrysville resolve their...
Classic Toys Are Evolving for the Ipad Generation
Generation after generation, Monopoly money stacked up in piles of pink, green and gold, Hot Wheels raced across floors and Barbie was, well, just a doll.Not anymore.Classic toys are becoming much less classic because of upgrades meant to entertain technology-obsessed...
Coach of the Irish Keeps Calm
SOUTH BEND, Ind -- Maybe coach Mike Brey's biggest surprise during Notre Dame's nine-game winning streak was picking up a technical foul. Unhappy with a call as the Irish were negotiating their way through a physical stretch of play against West Virginia, Brey...
Colonials Drop Close One Nec Tournament Next for Robert Morris
James Johnson scored 28 points and Ousmane Drame had a double- double to lead Quinnipiac to a 73-69 win against visiting Robert Morris Saturday afternoon at TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.It was the Northeast Conference regular-season finale for...
Color That Makes a Splash
Soon after the experts at Pantone announced that Tangerine Tango was the color of the year for 2012, the color made a splashy debut on everything from clothes to paint to leather technology covers for your iPad.The company describes the shade (Pantone...
Comcast Cable Box Is Key to Closed Captioning on TV
Q: For my family, closed captioning is a must for understandable television and DVD viewing. We have a Vizio HDTV with a Comcast RNG110 cable box. Closed captioning is not working, and Comcast's service personnel have advised us that this lack of closed captioning...
Coming: A Global Jukebox
Starting in the 1930s, Alan Lomax traveled extensively, recording music in the Deep South, the Caribbean, Britain, Ireland and elsewhere. Over the years, he built an extensive collection of field recordings -- folk, blues and traditional music -- that...
Coming Back from Concussion
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rangers defenseman Marc Staal can look back one year after sustaining a concussion and be candid about mistakes made along the way."The one thing I would have changed is, I shouldn't have played," Staal said Monday after practice.Staal...
Coyotes, Smith Remain Red Hot Phoenix's Record for Month 10-0-1
February is becoming a month to remember for Ray Whitney and the Phoenix Coyotes. Whitney scored a goal, Mike Smith stopped 21 shots for his 10th consecutive victory and the streaking Coyotes beat the host Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, Saturday to take sole...
Cut the Sneaky Fat with Smart Food Swaps
Fats can be sneaky -- they lurk in lots of everyday, packaged food items and can put people at risk for heart disease and other health issues. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently found some popular packaged...
CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Ideas [Derived Headline]
WAR ON RELIGION? The Atlantic Wire mentioned an Amy Davidson blog item for The New Yorker on Barack Obama and religion: "For years, a chain e-mail circulated purporting that President Obama had canceled a National Day of Prayer ceremony while a Day of Prayer...
Dennis Gomes Died Feb. 23, 2012 Resorts Casino Co-Owner, Former Mob Prosecutor
Dennis Gomes, co-owner of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., and a former mob-busting prosecutor in Las Vegas, whose exploits were chronicled in the movie "Casino," has died, a casino spokeswoman said Friday. He was 68. Resorts spokeswoman...
Derry's Gulibon Unhappy Winner Wpial
Derry Area senior Jimmy Gulibon has lofty standards. He isn't always satisfied when he easily wins a wrestling match. That's what happens when you have an opportunity to become a rare four-time PIAA champion, something that has not happened in 16 years....
Despite '11 Title, Old Demon Dogs Stewart Sprint Cup 2012: Green Flag Drops on Another Season Today at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart has had plenty of chances to win the Daytona 500, and he's had his heart broken every time.Stewart wound up on his roof in 2001, and his engine blew in the opening laps of the 2002 race. He finished second to Dale...
Disney Films to Appear on Chinese Cable
LOS ANGELES -- Walt Disney Co. has reached an agreement that would bring Pixar Animation Studios' "Cars 2," Disney's "The Muppets" and other approved films to Chinese cable television viewers, broadening the Burbank, Calif., entertainment giant's access...
Doctors Can Put Brakes on Driver's License
LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- The PennDOT form letter left Karen Moss confused. It stated that her driver's license would be suspended because a doctor had declared her medically unfit to safely drive a car.But when Ms. Moss, 67, a retired registered nurse, contacted...
Don't Let Emotion, Bias Cloud Your Financial Forecast
A deafening diatribe of commentary regarding current economic policy leads me to the conclusion that seldom have so many said so much about a subject about which they know so little. As Charles Darwin wrote, "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence...
DUI Case Leaves Nutting Unhappy Team Discipline for Coonelly Is Unlikely
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates likely will not discipline president Frank Coonelly because of his arrest for drunken driving, principal owner Bob Nutting said Saturday morning after addressing the team."I think we're going to try to move forward at this...
Dukes Stumble at Finish -- Again Rebounding Woes Also Play Role in Loss G. Washington 56 Duquesne 51
WASHINGTON -- The same problems that have plagued Duquesne all season came up again Saturday on the road: rebounding and that elusive big play.The Dukes lost, 56-51, to George Washington, failing to make a big play in the final minute with a win in reach.Duquesne...
Early Spring for Central Pennsylvania Mourning Doves
Last week, while perusing Internet notes on Pennsylvania birding (http://birdingonthe.net), a subject line from Feb. 17 caught my eye. It was posted by a friend of more than 20 years, and it read, "My annual dove!"Kermit Henning of Mechanicsburg, a town...
Earning MBA Can Pay Off
Some people think it's a good hedge to get a master's of business administration during the economic slowdown. Adrian Burstein is one of them. For the past two years, Mr. Burstein spent an intense week each month attending classes to get his MBA and...
EAST/NORTH [Derived Headline]
EASTIndiana County man faces trial in death of infant daughterAn Indiana County man has been ordered to stand trial in the death of his 20-day-old daughter after authorities testified the man told two different stories about how the baby was hurt.County...
Eat like the A-List at Your Oscar Party Wolfgang Puck Shares Casual Comfort Foods
Usually, Hollywood's A-list is feted with a formal sit-down dinner after the Academy Awards ceremony, the 84th of which gets under way tonight. This year, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is going casual. Relatively speaking. Among the "comfort foods"...
Eleven Days in Pakistan: The Rest of the Story
I visited Pakistan from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5 with eight other American journalists under the auspices of the International Center for Journalists' U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. The program brings Pakistani editors and reporters to the...
Erie Could See Winter without Any Ice Fishing
ERIE, Pa. -- A milder winter has kept Presque Isle Bay and its adjacent waters mostly devoid of ice.That's meant no ice-fishing season -- and no ice-fishing tales.Presque Isle State Park ranger Dan Powell misses that aspect of his job this winter.Mr....
Ex-Pitcher Curt Schilling's Still Got Game He Took His Passion for Video Games to Create Company, Launch 'Amalur'
LOS ANGELES -- When four-time World Series pitcher Curt Schilling started his video game company in 2006, some took it as a sign that the American League right-hander was simply indulging in an expensive hobby."People saw it as a vanity project," Mr....
Facing Down Terrorists Former Army Ranger Led His Platoon against Barbaric Insurgents along Pakistan Border
The American platoon stopped its Humvees in the road. Ahead, a small boy of about 6, dressed in rags, staggered in circles. Army Ranger Sean Parnell and his men were wary. It was July 2006 and they'd been in combat on the remote Afghan-Pakistan border...
Fleeting Fashions, Long-Lived Words
Fashion Week in New York -- the week when major designers show their clothes for the coming season -- has come to a close. As with every Fashion Week, it was all about the trends: new hemlines, sleeves, shoulders, heels, all with their own terms of art....
Flyers Acquire a New Threat
EDMONTON -- Before Tuesday night's win in Winnipeg, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette warned his troops about the lethal weapon on the Jets' blue line in the form of Dustin Byfuglien's slap shot.Byfuglien ended up burning the Flyers in the first period with one...
For City Schools' Chief, a Year of Highs, Lows
Linda Lane hates to disappoint students. "The adults could be unhappy and all of that, but it's hard for me to disappoint the kids. It really is," the Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent said in an interview reflecting on her first year. That's...
Forget Last Season's Glory, Vcu Coach Tells His Team
RICHMOND, Va. -- The afterglow from Virginia Commonwealth's stunning Final Four run last spring spread beyond the basketball court.The Rams' coach, Shaka Smart, threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game, attended the White House correspondents'...
Goal Is Five Wins in Five Days
In a little more than a week, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon is going to try to catch lightning in a bottle at the Big East Tournament. Winning five games in five days at Madison Square Garden is the only shot for the struggling Panthers to extend their NCAA...
Hard Drive Newcomer A.J. Burnett Vows to Be ?Unstoppable.' It Begs? the Question: Who Wins Those Times He Gets in His Own Way?
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Shortly after 7 a.m. in a darkened photo studio at Pirate City, A.J. Burnett was half-dressed. He wore a yellow Pirates jersey, the top button undone, but shorts instead of baseball pants. On his wrist, almost blending in with the...
Hear Her Roar 'Unorthodox:' a Powerful Memoir of Breaking Away, Big- Time
"UNORTHODOX: THE SCANDALOUS REJECTION OF MY HASIDIC ROOTS"By Deborah FeldmanSimon & Schuster ($23)Imagine Frank McCourt as a Jewish virgin, and you've got "Unorthodox" in a nutshell: Wretched upbringing in an ethnic enclave yields bright new talent.Yet...
Hearing Voices Making Radio Spots Has Evolved, as Technology, Tastes and Marketing Budgets All Work to Alter the Demands and the Potential for Making a Living at This ... for Good and Ill
. . "now that's not just energy, that's energy to the Power of Pittsburgh" . . . "on a new 'NCIS: Los Angeles' " . . . "say hello to the Ford F150" . . . "give to United Way" . . . Here's the phrase: "Family-owned since 1974. What a great day!"Try saying...
High School Musicals 2012
The following are Western Pennsylvania high school musicals for spring 2012. If this list is missing performances, please send an email to magazine@post-gazette.com and the production will be added online. Awards shows The 16th annual Westmoreland...
Hockey Makes Sense the NCAA Ought to Let All College Athletes Have Agents
It's taken a while, but I finally found an example of the NCAA doing right by college athletes. Here's the catch, though: It does so by averting its eyes from the systematic violation of one of its awful rules.The sport in question is hockey. It's not...
Home Show Exhibitors
AA Spice Above2708Spices, dips, spreads, salad dressingsAccess Elevator & Lift1728Residential elevators, stair liftsAcclaimed Kitchens2839Kitchen cabinetryAdjust-O-Rake1102ADT Security Services2007Security, safety, surveillance systemsAdvance Chimney...
Hopewell Easily Advances Walker-Kimbrough Scores 33 in Victory
Looking to lead Hopewell to a WPIAL Class AAA title, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough continues to produce championship worthy performances.Walker-Kimbrough scored 33 points -- including Hopewell's first 17 of the game -- to lead the top-seeded Vikings to a...
Hopkins, Dawson Trade Verbal Punches
NEW YORK -- Bernard Hopkins unlocked his iPhone so he could reveal the backdrop. It's his mug shot from his incarnation more than two decades ago.During a news conference nearly two hours earlier to promote Hopkins' April 28 light-heavyweight rematch...
HP Has Open-Source Vision for 'Orphan' Webos
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The future of webOS -- the innovative mobile software that three successive CEOs at Hewlett-Packard have struggled to make into a profitable product -- may lie somewhere in the windowless rooms of a Stanford Medical School radiology...
Imani Winds Bridges Traditions and Connects
In the bios of high-profile music groups, there is often a disclaimer, or even a command, at the end to "please destroy previously dated material."You'll find that appended to the profile of Imani Winds these days as it has established itself as one...
Indian Tribes Make Own Cigarettes to Avoid New York Tax
ONEIDA, N.Y. -- The trucks lumber past cornfields and dilapidated farm houses, pull up to a onetime bingo hall, and unload their cargo: boxes of tobacco imported from the Carolinas.Inside, employees of the Oneida Indian Nation dump the shredded tobacco...
Injury Part of Capitals' Collapse
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin is injured. A benched player is needling the coach. Players are talking about being outworked and not being mentally prepared.The usually upbeat owner calls one performance "unacceptable" and all but declares the next...
Inside Afghanistan Author, Who Speaks Here Monday, Recounts Travails of U.S. Soldiers in a Forlorn Outpost
Sebastian Junger's name is familiar to many readers because he wrote "The Perfect Storm," which inspired the popular movie about commercial fishermen whose lives are threatened while they are at sea.Between 2007 and 2008, Mr. Junger traveled to eastern...
It Doesn't Pay to Get Promoted in Pa. Prisons Overtime Pushes Wages for Guards beyond Brass' Pay
The highest paid employee at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh last year wasn't a superintendent, major, captain or even lieutenant. It was a corrections officer -- the next rank up from trainee -- whose base pay of around $51,000 was supplemented...
JOURNEY TO MARCH [Derived Headline]
MondayNorth Florida's Parker Smith posts the second-highest scoring game in NCAA Div. I this season with 46 points in a 75-66 win vs. Mercer.TuesdayBinghamton becomes the final team in NCAA Div. I to win a game this season, and it's a big one. The Bearcats...
Kansas Has Final Say in Rivalry vs. Missouri
It was the best atmosphere that Kansas coach Bill Self could remember. Thomas Robinson said the Jayhawks rose to another level. Tyshawn Taylor simply smiled, shook his head in disbelief, and tried to describe his emotions. "I'm so proud of my teammates,"...
Kugler Headed to the Big Ten Michigan Lands N. Allegheny Junior
Pat Kugler, a heavily recruited offensive lineman at North Allegheny High School, has decided to attend the University of Michigan.Kugler is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound junior who is rated among the top 100 players in the country in the class of 2013. He had...
La Russa Ready for a New Role Longtime Cardinals Manager Learns the Ropes of Working in a Front Office
LAKELAND, Fla. -- For the first time in 50 spring trainings, Tony La Russa wasn't wearing baseball garb but blue jeans, a sports shirt, a lanyard with a credential and a golf hat from the recent tournament at Pebble Beach that he attended.La Russa, who...
Lin Puns Have Gone over the Lin-Mit
I think I've reached my Lin-mit. Stop the Lin-sanity. E-Lin- inate the ridiculous puns. Or let's just rename puns "Lins" and have done with it. Because my eyes and ears are having a bleeding contest, and I'm not sure which will Lin. Win. I'm not sure...
Managers Can Learn from Presidents Past U.S. Leaders Understood Value of Communication, Honesty
It's been a big week for bickering. The GOP candidates for president unleashed themselves on the Democratic incumbent they want to challenge -- and continued turning on each other.The name-calling and mud-slinging in the race for our nation's highest...
Mcilroy, Westwood in Match Semis
A dull day in the desert ended with high anticipation Saturday when Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood won their matches, setting up a semifinal showdown in the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. At stake for the winner -- a...
Memphis Giant Full of Poe-Tential as Nt
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dontari Poe is a large man who can fill large holes in the middle of a defensive line. He also is so strong in the weight room he could be an elite power-lifter if he chose to pursue that profession rather than football.That could be...
Mlb Net Wants You to Listen Up March 7
For decades, networks have looked for ways to upgrade the quality of sports broadcasts. Most improvements have been visual. March 7, MLB Network will try to take a leap in audio, televising a spring training game between the Indians and Diamondbacks...
NATO Pulls Kabul Staff after 2 U.S. Officers Slain Killings That Avenge Burning of Qurans Strain Afghan Policy to Combat Insurgency
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Saturday recalled all NATO personnel working in Afghan ministries in the Kabul area -- a bold and potentially divisive response to the killing of two American service members by an Afghan...
NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND [Derived Headline]
EASTERN CONFERENCE STARTLING LINEUP Coach: Tom Thibodeau, BullsNo.__ Player__ Team__ Pos__ Ppg__ Rpg__ Apg 7__ Carmelo Anthony__ Knicks__ F__ 21.4__ 5.8__ 4.1 6__ LeBron James__ Heat__ F__ 27.4__ 8.1__ 6.8 1__ Derrick Rose__ Bulls__ G__ 21.8__ 3.4__...
Nine Mile Dreams Fish Are Back in the Frick Park Stream, but Serious Problems Remain
In 1990, 18 years after the Clean Water Act, Nine Mile Run was a toxic open sewer channeling waste from Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Swissvale and parts of Forest Hills, Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze. Chemical toxins from a giant slag heap leached into the...
No Exit for Pakistan Afghanistan Will Still Be Stewing Next Door Long after the Americans Leave
Few nations matter more to the United States than Pakistan, a nuclear weapons state riddled with Islamist militants who plot against America and American aims in Afghanistan. And it is easy for Americans to see Pakistan as a duplicitous ally so riven...
Obama All Talk on Web Privacy
Is the White House serious about protecting consumers' online privacy, or is it just blowing election-year smoke?Let's look at what the administration said Thursday.The announcement dealt with two different types of privacy: personal information that...
Obama Glum on Gas Prices
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says there is no easy answer to the problem of rising energy prices and he's dismissing Republican solutions as little more than gimmicks."We know there's no silver bullet that will bring down gas prices or reduce...
Oscar's Bit Night Can Crystal Shine Again?
The world is a tough room, Billy Crystal said the last time he hosted the Oscars."A billion people are watching you, and to keep the balance of the evening moving, you have to hopefully be witty, hopefully be spontaneous if something happens and get...
People and Places
PEOPLEColdwell Banker Real Estate Services has recently hired sales associates. The agents and their offices are: A.J. Lynd (formerly of Howard Hanna Real Estate), Butler; Natalie Alongi, Elaine Currier (formerly of Howard Hanna), Jewel Villalta (formerly...
People on the Move
AccountingHill, Barth & King LLC announced that it has acquired Carson & Co. LLC, CPAs of Sewickley. John Mavero will join as a principal in the firm. The staff from Carson & Co. will continue to maintain its present location in Sewickley as well as...
Pg Plans Trip to See Broadway Musicals
The Post-Gazette's 95th ShowPlane heads to Broadway May 2-6. It features four new entries in Broadway's annual best musical comedy sweepstakes. As is now often the case, three adapt movie plots and one taps a gusher of classic songs.* "Nice Work If You...
Pierre Juneau Oct. 17, 1922 - Feb. 21, 2012 Required Canadian Radio Stations to Play More Home-Grown Music
Pierre Juneau, who helped create Canada's pop music industry when, as a member of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's government in 1970, he required radio stations to broadcast more Canadian music, died Tuesday in Montreal. He was 89.The National...
Players, Parents Remember Coach Called Skip
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Gary Carter didn't want to be called "Coach."He never liked the word and, besides, Coach Carter would have sounded like an awkward play off a Hollywood film.As for Kid, his career-long nickname, that didn't quite fit for a roster...
Pma Leader Has Plenty of Clout with Gop Hierarchy
HARRISBURG -- When Fred Anton calls Republican politicians at the state Capitol, they don't put him on hold.Mr. Anton, head of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, is close to Gov. Tom Corbett. He persuaded the Republican National Governors Association...
Post-Gazette Wins Major Awards Honored in Business, Enterprise, Sports, Photography, Illustration
The Post-Gazette and its staff have been recognized in several national and international competitions for exemplary work in business coverage, enterprise reporting, sports coverage, photography and illustration. Here are the details:* Pipeline, the...
Presidential Apologies Are Used with Discretion, Laden with Risk
WASHINGTON -- When should a president say he's sorry?President Barack Obama's apology to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, has resurrected the politically vexing issue of national contrition at a delicate moment in both the war in Afghanistan and in...
Price Is Right, at Least, for North Shore Transit
It's been almost 23 years, but I still can't forget Joe LoCurto's incredulous look when I told him, as we were heading down to Pittsburgh's three-stop Downtown subway, that the ride would be free.Joe, visiting from New York, had trouble understanding...
Pso Plans Fall Tour of Europe
A prestigious weeklong residency at Vienna's famed Musikverein is the featured stop in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's fall tour. The latest PSO tour to Europe will take it to eight cities for a total of 12 concerts, four of them at the Musikverein....
Radwanska Wins in Dubai
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won her eighth career WTA title, defeating Julia Goerges of Germany, 7-5, 6-4, Saturday in the Dubai Tennis Championships final in United Arab Emirates. Radwanska will rise one place to a career-best No. 5 when the world...
Renewed Health Scare for Venezuela's Chavez Casts Cloud on Election Campaign
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Just a few years ago, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez used to taunt the opposition by vowing to stay in power until 2031. But now that the 57-year-old leader is facing another cancer scare, some analysts question his ability to hold...
Romney Team Gearing Up for a Drawn-Out Battle
TROY, Mich. -- Whether Mitt Romney wins or loses the Michigan and Arizona primaries Tuesday, his advisers are warning donors and other supporters to prepare for a longer, more bruising and more expensive fight for the Republican presidential nomination,...
Ronald Fraser Dec. 9, 1930 -- Feb. 10, 2012 Pioneer of Oral History
Ronald Fraser, a British writer who expanded the range and depth of oral history with his elegant chronicle of the Spanish Civil War, "Blood of Spain," died Feb. 10 in Valencia, Spain. He was 81 and had cancer, said a friend, writer and filmmaker Tariq...
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