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Articles from March 28, 2014

87 Welcomed into American Citizenship
They came from nearly every continent on the globe to settle here in Western Pennsylvania, a place they now call home. And today, the 87 people who took the oath to become U.S. citizens will officially be able to call themselves American. The U.S. Customs...
Air of Excitement Surrounded Teen's Homemade Plane
How would you react if your teenager asked permission to build an airplane in your backyard, with dreams that it would enable him to go anywhere he wanted? It might sound so ridiculous that you'd say OK, believing there's no way it'll ever happen. But...
Alternative Route for Cancer Therapy
ST. LOUIS - As a vegetarian and daily yoga practitioner, Amy Johnson thought she was healthy before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last August. Now she consumes 50 pounds of carrots, 25 pounds of Granny Smith apples and 14 heads of romaine...
An Injury Jeopardizes Twins' Goals
For as much as they've been paired together their whole lives, there's a disheartening contrast when it comes to Colin and Ethan Martin. Throughout their respective running careers at Fox Chapel, the twins have trained together, raced together and experienced...
A Repetitive Strain Another Penguin Hurt as Another Backup Goalie Turns Them Back Kings 3, Penguins 2
At some point, the Penguins will clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the eighth year in a row. The bigger immediate question might be what kind of shape the Penguins will be in when they get to the postseason. They needed just a point against...
Arnold's Biggest Fan Mt. Lebanon's Joe Manganiello Acts Alongside Boyhood Hero Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Sabotage'
Joe Manganiello gets on the phone and gives the Pittsburgh version of hello: "Go Steelers!" He is, after all, a Mt. Lebanon native who can describe himself in a way everyone can envision. At 6-feet-5 and 250 pounds, he is the same size as quarterback...
Audience Takes Center Stage Local Drama Invites Guests to Solve Mystery Alongside Actors
Ayne Terceira is perfectly willing to talk about her new show, "Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale." But, at the same time, she doesn't want to say too much. She doesn't want to spoil it for you. "Essentially, you are more of a participant than...
'Bad Words' Naughty but Funny
So wrong and yet so funny. That is how you spell the appeal of "Bad Words," Jason Bateman's directorial debut in which he plays 40-year-old Guy Trilby, who slides through a loophole into a children's national spelling bee. It's a subversive, dark R-rated...
Blood Flows Freely in Violent 'Sabotage'
So, who's going to miss a little money from a ruthless Mexican drug cartel? An elite DEA task force decides to pinch a few bricks of cash from the pallet where the ill-gotten gains are stacked high and neat. In the course of the raid into a home guarded...
Cabrera to Receive Record $292M
Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera will earn a baseball-record $292 million over the next decade under a $248 million, eight-year deal with the Detroit Tigers through 2023. Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million,...
Carnegie Museum to Launch Photo Initiative
The Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland will launch a photography initiative and website next month that explores the life cycle of an image, including creation, transmission, consumption, storage, loss and re-emergence. The Hillman Photography Initiative's...
Celebrating Their Champions the Red Hurricanes Basketball Team Brings Home the State Crown ... and a Lot More
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The children assembled at Lockley Kindergarten Center seem to understand that the young men standing in front of them have accomplished something special. The kids are crammed onto the bleachers inside a small gym, covered in red and...
Chinese Cities Fail Air Tests
BEIJING -- Only three of the 74 Chinese cities monitored by the central government managed to meet official minimum standards for air quality last year, the Ministry of Environmental Protection announced this week, underscoring the country's severe pollution problems....
City's Fire Chief Cleared of Favoritism in Bids
Pittsburgh's Office of Municipal Investigations cleared the city's fire chief after it closed its probe into allegations that a bid for fire trucks was tailored to favor a company for which the chief previously worked. "After reviewing the information...
City Soccer Team Files for Bankruptcy
A shimmering new stadium with spectacular views of Downtown has sparked interest in the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. It also has forced the minor league soccer team and stadium owners into bankruptcy. The partnerships that own the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and...
Da Says Boy, 5, Set Deadly Mckeesport Blaze on Purpose
A 5-year-old boy used a lighter to start a house fire in McKeesport on Sunday night that killed his 2-year-old cousin, Ayanna Brooks, according to the Allegheny County district attorney. "This was not an accident," Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Thursday after...
Deliberations to Begin in Miles Police Brutality Case
The defense zoomed in on broken twigs, a discarded Bluetooth. The plaintiffs displayed a bloated face and alleged a battered Constitution. With that, the attorneys for the two sides in the civil trial pitting Jordan Miles against three police officers...
Developer Eyes Art Institute Building
A Chicago developer dipped its toe into the Downtown real estate market for the first time last year when it purchased the Federal Reserve Bank on Grant Street. Now it looks like it's ready to lay down more roots. M&J Wilkow Ltd. appears to be close...
Deweese to Be Released from Prison
HARRISBURG -- Bill DeWeese, a onetime Pennsylvania House speaker who was found to have used state employees for political purposes, could leave prison as early as today. After 22 1/2 months, the Greene County Democrat is eligible for parole, though reporting...
Duquesne, Pitt Students Receive Scholarships [Derived Headline]
Duquesne, Pitt students receive scholarships Three Duquesne University students and one University of Pittsburgh student are among those selected for Goldwater Scholarships for 2014-15. The Duquesne students are Benjamin Robert Jagger, a chemistry...
E. Liberty Welfare Office to Shut Down Clients Would Have to Go to Mckeesport
HARRISBURG -- An Allegheny County Assistance Office will close in East Liberty, potentially forcing thousands of low-income families from two dozen ZIP codes to travel to McKeesport for services. The state Department of Public Welfare confirmed the closing Thursday...
FAA Oks Gas Drilling near Airport Decision by U.S. Agency Termed 'A Very Big Step' for Consol Project
Consol Energy got to check another item off its to-do list this week. The Cecil-headquartered company, which plans to begin its initial gas drilling operations at Pittsburgh International Airport this summer, had submitted -- together with the Allegheny...
Familiar Tune: Usual Powers Top the Chart for Quad-A North Allegheny, Seneca Valley Lead Rankings; Blackhawk, Quaker Valley, California Also Rate
Either North Allegheny or Seneca Valley has played in the past five WPIAL Class AAAA baseball championship games. Expect more of the same this year. North Allegheny and Seneca Valley are ranked 1-2 in the first Post-Gazette rankings of the season. North...
FRONT LINES [Derived Headline]
The Bests, Worsts And Most Talked About Stories From The Tournament DayTHE FIRST SHOT HOME COOKING: When No. 3 seed Iowa State and No. 7 Connecticut meet tonight at Madison Square Garden for a spot in the Elite Eight, one team will feel like it's back...
Indie Rockers Neutral Milk Hotel a Beautiful Musical Mess
These Jeff Mangum sightings are starting to become a regular thing. After being MIA for more than a decade, indie-rock's mystery man returned Wednesday night to Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, and those who saw him on that stage in January of last year...
Jimmy Carter Deserves a Second Look
There's a very interesting photograph from January 2009 of the five living American presidents gathered in the Oval Office. The most striking thing about the photo, taken two weeks before the inauguration of Barack Obama, is how effortlessly it conveys...
Marte Can Flash 31 Million-Dollar Smile
BRADENTON, Fla. -- In addition to the 31 million reasons to commit now to a contract extension, Starling Marte had a few that aren't easily quantified. "I didn't feel like I needed to wait because I like where I am, I have confidence where I am, I like...
Martin, Letang on Different Paths
For Paul Martin, the prognosis could be pretty clear in a few days. For Kris Letang, the uncertainly figures to linger for quite a while. Neither defenseman dressed for the Penguins' game against Los Angeles Thursday night at Consol Energy Center --...
Mcconnell, Arizona Grind into Elite Eight
ANAHEIM, Calif. - T.J. McConnell's dare-ya grin said it all. There were still nearly three minutes left in a Sweet 16 matchup with No. 4 seed San Diego State, and his team's lead could vanish with two shots. But it wouldn't. As the Arizona point guard...
Misspelled Name Tags Require Reader to Improvise
DEAR HARRIETTE: I get so frustrated when I am going to events like conferences, where you get a name card. People misspell my name on place cards or nametags all the time. My name is not that unusual, but you do have to pay attention to the spelling....
NATION [Derived Headline]
US RECOGNIZES MICH. SAME-SEX COUPLES DETROIT - Attorney General Eric Holder today extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. Mr....
New Food Options at the Ballpark? Abso-Bac'n-Lutely!
The food roster at PNC Park will be loaded with rookies this season, from gourmet burgers to lobster mac-and-cheese to a four- decker sandwich with four strips of bacon and nine types of cheese.Food and drink once again dominated the discussion at...
New Ways to Give a Lift to Music Fans
Listen up, music fans. * The McIntosh AP1 Audio Player is a simple-to-use and cool- looking music player for Apple mobile devices. Its nostalgic blue and green on black display and output level meter is classic technology design at its best. The free...
'Open City' Documentary Visually, Mentally Inspiring
"Open City of Amereida" is on one level a documentary about a site of architectural experimentation in Ritoque, Chile. But the Open City and the film are much more than that. Filmmaker Andres Tapia-Urzua probed what distinguishes it from other boundary-pushing...
PBS Turns Spotlight on Patina Miller
PASADENA, Calif. -- It has been quite a year for actress Patina Miller: The 2006 Carnegie Mellon University musical theater grad won a Tony for her lead role in Broadway's "Pippin," booked roles in TV and film, and now she's in the spotlight on PBS's...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
First comes the breakup, then comes the ... breakup moon? The day before announcing their separation, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin flew to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, People has confirmed. Wearing sunglasses and keeping a low profile,...
Pitch Counts: Top Hurlers Giving Teams Upper Hand North Allegheny, Canon-Mac Lead Quad-A List; Sto-Rox Transfers Give Montour a Big Boost
North Allegheny made it to the WPIAL Class AAAA title game last year and is the No. 1-ranked softball team this season. But never mind the playoffs. The toughest part of the season for the Tigers might be section play. North Allegheny plays in Section...
Pitt to Study Depression, Heart Failure Connection
Heart failure leads to depression. Or is it the other way around?Doctors working on that medical chicken-or-egg issue long have realized an association between heart failure and depression. But questions still remain whether successful treatment of depression for...
Protect Pennsylvania Wetlands a Proposed Rule Would Make It Easier to Keep Our Water Clean
The tapestry of creeks and runs that flow to the Monongahela and the Allegheny rivers of Western Pennsylvania were the treasured playgrounds of my youth. They are the lifeblood of our Western Pennsylvania communities and provide drinking water to...
R&D REBOUND AT BAYER COMPANY'S PLASTICS, COATINGS BENEFIT FROM UPTICK IN CAR SALES [Corrected 04/10/14]
A dramatic rebound in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks during the economic recovery is driving business and job growth at Bayer Corp.'s Robinson campus. Germany-based Bayer doesn't make cars but it develops and produces high-tech plastics, foams...
Retelling of 'Noah' Takes Major Liberties
"Noah" is not the greatest story ever told. Or made. In some ways, it's the opposite of "Son of God," which was built around material already shown on cable television and told in capable but unremarkable fashion. This is an unconventional account...
Roundball Classic
Top girls and boys players from the WPIAL, City League and surrounding areas have been selected to play in the annual Roundball Classic. The Roundball is the premier all-star basketball event in the district. It will be played April 12 at Geneva College's...
Sanchez Hopes More At-Bats Is Tonic
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Gaby Sanchez wrapped up his Grapefruit League season Thursday, still standing at first base for the Pirates. The club sought an upgrade at the position this winter, never pulled the trigger on a deal, and repeatedly stated a comfort...
'Selfridge' Is Back for New Season
This weekend PBS's "Masterpiece Classic" returns "Mr. Selfridge" (9 p.m. Sunday, WQED-TV) following the third-season premiere of "Call the Midwife" at 8 p.m. "Mr. Selfridge" star Jeremy Piven said the new series begins five years after season one as...
Senators, CIA Clash over Report
WASHINGTON -- Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats, locked in an unprecedented power struggle with the CIA, have added 100 pages to the material they want made public from their study of the agency's use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation...
Senior Officers Protective Association
"The Army has disgraced us all with the Sinclair sentence." That's what our friend, a retired general, wrote about the case of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who was accused of serious sexual misconduct with three women under his command. Only the third...
Serena Tops Sharapova
Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match -- or mimic -- the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova. They took turns waiting on each other, the pace of play plodding, but...
Studies Confirm That Drinking Tea Has Health Benefits
DEAR DOCTOR K: Is drinking tea good for my health? Which type has the most health benefits? DEAR READER: Several studies have touted the health benefits of tea, but the benefits of particular foods or drinks are hard to prove. The most persuasive type...
Tapping the Talent Reviving the Governor's Schools Is Good for Pa
For 35 years, thousands of Pennsylvania's most promising high school students attended the state's eight Governor's Schools of Excellence, intensive, five-week, residential programs in the arts and sciences - and they didn't have to pay for any of...
Team Rankings [Derived Headline]
Team rankings WPIAL Class AAAA 1. North Allegheny 22-5 2. Seneca Valley 19-5 3. Hempfield 20-5 4. Pine-Richland 17-5 5. Central Catholic 17-5 WPIAL Class AAA 1. Blackhawk 10-7 2. Hampton 17-3 3. Keystone Oaks 20-6 4. Hopewell 20-5 5. Indiana...
Tech, Citigroup Tug U.S. Stocks Lower Stock Indexes Close Lower for Second Day as Citigroup and Technology Shares Slide
NEW YORK - It was a bad day to be an investor in Citigroup or tech stocks. U.S. stock indexes edged lower for a second day Thursday as investors continued to retreat from technology stocks. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index closed at its...
The Affordable Care Act Is Anything but Affordable
"Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad," said the Greek playwright Euripedes (484-407 BC). Euripedes could have been thinking of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Ms. Pelosi held a news conference last week. to commemorate...
The Coming Job Apocalypse Automation Will Destroy More Jobs Than We Can Add
As a general rule, more Americans work than do the citizens of other advanced economies. Since the late 1970s, when the number of women in the workforce ballooned, the share of Americans who either had jobs or were trying to get one was greater than...
The Pope Isn't a Party Boss and He's Not about to Dive into Contentious U.S. Politics
President Barack Obama's first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. He identified with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, then Chicago's archbishop, whose consistent...
Tigers, Cabrera Agree on Big Deal
Miguel Cabrera is widely considered the best hitter in the major leagues. Now he is poised to become, by one measure, the game's richest player, too. Cabrera, winner of the past two American League Most Valuable Player awards, is on the verge of a new...
Top Brass Oppose Nlrb's Ruling
As a public institution, Pitt was not directly affected by the National Labor Relations Board's ruling Wednesday that classified scholarship football players as university employees. The ruling, which allowed Northwestern football players to begin unionization,...
Turnpike to Raise Tolls in 2015 CEO Expects More Fare Hikes in the Future
Pennsylvania Turnpike drivers can expect another toll increase of at least 3 percent next January, and continuing annual increases for years to come, turnpike CEO Mark Compton said Thursday. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Airport Corridor Transportation...
UCLA Just Didn't Have Enough at the End
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - For three weeks, they stood as tall as anyone. For three weeks, since its disastrous loss to Washington State to the regular season, UCLA was the best team it could be. It coasted through two-thirds of the Pac-12 Tournament and knocked...
Vigil Tonight to Keep Hope Alive for Sailor from Houston
After more than a decade of deployments and long stretches at sea, Navy Chief Petty Officer Billy Spillers had finally managed to land a shore-based job that would keep him close to his wife and four children. "He adored his children. He was a real family...
'Walking Dead' Has It All for Lauren Cohan
CHICAGO - After her recurring roles on NBC's "Chuck" and The CW's "Supernatural" and "The Vampire Diaries," Lauren Cohan decided to leave Los Angeles and move back to England. Cohan - who was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey before moving...
Weather Makes Its Mark in Texas Round 1 Suspended; Mickelson Struggles
Long after the fog cleared at TPC San Antonio, Phil Mickelson remained shrouded in an increasingly alarming funk with the Masters two weeks away. Mickelson shot a 5-over 77 Thursday in the Texas Open to fall nine strokes back in the suspended first round....
Wilkinsburg School Board to Resume Meeting
The Wilkinsburg school board will resume its March legislative meeting tonight after recessing it Tuesday following an executive session to discuss personnel matters. School directors were mum on the reason for recessing and then resuming the meeting...
William F. 'Digger' Young Jr. Feb. 21, 1933 - March 25, 2014 Butler County Funeral Director, Coroner
Generation upon generation upon generation of families in Butler County experienced the compassion and comfort of William F. "Digger" Young Jr., both as owner of the Young Funeral Home in Butler and as the county coroner. Whether working as a funeral...
WINNERS & LOSERS [Derived Headline]
A scoreboard of Sweet 16 games played Thursday: SOUTH REGION Dayton 82 Stanford 72 (At Memphis, Tenn.) Jordan Sibert scored 18 points, Kendall Pollard added a season- high 12 and the Flyers rolled past the Cardinal to reach the Elite Eight for the first...
Woman Who Gave Gun to Son Gets Time Behind Bars
Gloria Mazzocco knew that her 25-year-old son wasn't allowed to possess firearms stemming from a previous mental health commitment. But in his bedroom in her North Fayette home -- soon after David Mazzocco shot three people at the Fort Pitt Inn, killing...
Women Make College Gains with Low-Profile Sports
CHICAGO - Tara Montgomery didn't think much of rowing when she first gave it a try. Though she outdid all of her high school classmates on a strength test that gauges aptitude for the sport, she didn't attend practice until her mom, struck by the...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
OBAMA MEETS SAUDI LEADERS RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama opened a fence- mending visit to Saudi Arabia today, arriving in the oil-rich Gulf nation for meetings to reassure its elderly monarch of the U.S. commitment to the Arab world....
Wpial Title Favorites Are No Surprise
Take a look at history and it's easy to see why North Allegheny and Ambridge are No. 1 in the WPIAL boys volleyball rankings. North Allegheny has won seven consecutive WPIAL Class AAA titles and 10 of the past 11. "Until somebody knocks them off, North...
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