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Articles from December 2, 2014

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Shooting Witness Says Man Seen Fleeing from the Scene
A man died and a woman was injured in a daylight shooting in Lincoln-Lemington on Monday. Pittsburgh police were called to the 1300 block of Manning Street after someone called 911 at 1:28 p.m. to report shots fired in the area, officials said. When...
3 Starters Could Return for Steelers
The Steelers have a chance to get three starters back for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, and that includes outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who has been on the short term injured reserve list since the fourth game of the season, Coach Mike Tomlin said...
A Coat That Works Finally, Something That's Both Fashionable and Functional for the Growing Number of Women Doctors
For years, Leslie Latterman and her female medical residents at Allegheny General Hospital would have the same conversations about the boxy, clunky white coats they wore in the hospital. They didn't fit right, the big deep pockets were always a mess,...
Angela Bassett Tackles New Challenges in 'Freak Show'
LOS ANGELES - Actors love playing all different kinds of characters, it is their grand passion. But Angela Bassett was dumbfounded when she discovered she was going to play a gender- challenged creature on FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show"...
Arbitration Tenders Go on Table by Tonight
The deadline tonight to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players should be a simple exercise for the Pirates. The coming weeks and months are when things become busy -- and expensive. "It's trickier once you get past [today]," general manager...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
GM recalling vehicles to fix faulty headlights General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles from the 2006 through 2009 model years because their headlights can stop working. The recall affects the Buick LaCrosse sedan and the Chevrolet Trailblazer,...
Buying the 12 Days of Christmas Prices Similar to 2013 for Holiday Song Items
On the first day of Christmas - if your true love has truly lost his or her way - he or she will be receiving a bill for $207.68 for sending you one Partridge in a Pear Tree. Maybe that won't be enough to trigger buyer's remorse. Perhaps that will...
Chinese Investors Signing Up to Fund I-95-Pa. Turnpike Link
PHILADELPHIA - Chinese investors have begun signing up to spend $500,000 each to help pay for a long-awaited connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95. In exchange, the investors hope to get permanent residency in the United States...
Circle of Fire Egypt Is Now a Long Way from the Arab Spring
Egypt has come full circle on government and gone back to full military rule, with its courts, supported by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, having dropped all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak. One of the charges against Mr. Mubarak was...
City Council Examines Proposal to Reorganize Building Inspection
Mayor Bill Peduto's proposal to reorganize the city's Bureau of Building Inspection into a new department came under a microscope during a 2-hour city council hearing on the plan that saw the mayor's chief of staff square off against the mayor's chief...
City's Clever New Play Reveals Judy Holliday as One 'Smart Blonde'
Dumb blonde: a blond-haired woman perceived as attractive but unintelligent. Smart blonde: Judy Holliday. Genius blonde: still Judy Holliday. The world-premiere bio-play "Smart Blonde" entertains and informs with an ingenious conceit. It asks that...
Clairton's Attack Goes beyond 1 or 2 Players
There are few, if any, people more familiar with Clairton football than Wayne Wade. A graduate and former player, Wade played a crucial role in helping orchestrate one of the greatest runs in WPIAL football history, in which the Bears reeled off 66 consecutive wins...
Credit Card Deadline Is Set to Impact Retailers, Payment Handling
Businesses have less than a year to prepare for a major change in how credit card payments are handled.Credit card companies are shifting liability for credit card fraud from themselves to merchants for purchases made in face-to- face retail settings...
Crime and Punishment Blacks and Whites in America Live Different Lives, See Different Realities
One thing the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, has sent back to the surface is just how difficult it is to have cross- racial discussions about crime and punishment in this country. That is largely because perceptually and experientially,...
Crystal Lennartz Nov. 5, 1962 - Nov. 28, 2014 Greenfield Violin Teacher 'Always 'Energetic'
Thirty years ago, Crystal Lennartz graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in violin performance. And she had performed - and taught others to perform - ever since. Ms. Lennartz played in local symphonies and in her own group, the Crystal...
Diversify Pittsburgh We Need Concerted Action across All Sectors to Ensure the Vitality of Our Region
The Post-Gazette's weekly Enough Said feature in the Nov. 16 Forum contained a population chart that showed Pittsburgh as the least-diverse region among 15 similar-sized metro areas identified by PittsburghTODAY. A news story by Mark Roth a week later,...
Doing the Right Thing on Immigration
Did President Obama exceed his constitutional authority by announcing Nov. 20 his intention to limit legal action against 5 million undocumented immigrants? I'm not in a position to say, and you probably aren't, either, given that highly credentialed...
Dukes Seek Quick Turnaround
The Duquesne men's basketball team is thankful to have Thanksgiving weekend in the rearview mirror. Dukes coach Jim Ferry offered a proper preview of New Jersey Institute of Technology by saying Friday, "Every time I prepare for them, I sit back and...
Employer Wonders If Potluck Will Lift Spirits
DEAR HARRIETTE: My office is going through a serious downsizing right now. We normally have a big holiday party, and I am sure that will not happen this year. I was thinking it would be nice to put together a potluck dinner to show our loyalty to...
Engineering Firm Ventures into Wastewater, Lng
Brian Kalt's big idea is to wedge a wastewater treatment plant between the locations where shale producers drill in Pennsylvania and where they must truck their produced water hundreds of miles west to pump it into deep disposal wells in Ohio. He...
Epa's Comment Dilemma: So Many Voices, So Little Time
It would take 71 Environmental Protection Agency employees spending all their workdays from now until June to read all the comments submitted to the agency's Clean Power Plan thus far, assuming a modest 5-minute limit per comment. For some, five seconds...
Experts Examine Hiv/aids Epidemic Highlight Ways to Fight Syndrome
Education, prevention, testing and free health care can end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Allegheny County and beyond. But the troubling news is the 150 new cases of HIV/AIDS in the county each year, on average, with no signs of decline. "It's important...
For Liberals, It's a Keystone Cop-Out
Building the Keystone XL pipeline, to speed the flow of crude from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas, would be "game over for the climate," says NASA-scientist-turned-climate-activist James Hansen. Heeding Mr. Hansen's words, environmentalists...
Former Pittsburgh Runners Killed in Florida Crash
The deaths of two Pittsburgh natives at the hands of an alleged drunken driver in Florida have left their friends here stunned and saddened. Douglas Simpson, 64, and his wife, Christina Simpson, 53, were killed late Thursday afternoon when what police...
Four Panthers Stars Earn All-Acc Honors
While Pitt had an up-and-down season in terms of on-field results, the Panthers had no shortage of individual talent. The ACC recognized that star power Monday as Pitt had three players named first-team all-conference, as voted on by the Atlantic Sports...
Freshmen Take Bigger Role in Acc Basketball
The way some see it, the day is fast approaching when high-level NCAA basketball will be defined first by its newest players, then by everyone else. "College basketball has been, in my judgment, the quality of the game overall, the landscape, has...
Gas Boom Means More ... Mulch?
Atop a mountain of wood chips, Eric Vaccarello pointed down to the newest arrival at his sprawling plant. A dump truck, stacked full with junked wood pallets, rolled up to one of the several chippers on site. "All of that," said Mr. Vaccarallo, gesturing...
Gop Aide Resigns after Criticism
WASHINGTON - A congressional aide who recently criticized President Barack Obama's teenage daughters on social media told NBC News on Monday that she would resign. Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Republican Representative Stephen Fincher...
HEALTH HAPPENINGS [Derived Headline]
Seminars/lectures * "Teens, Hormones and Moods: What You Need to Know about Adolescent Mental Health," free panel discussion, will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center, 1551 Mayview Road. It is sponsored by...
Hormone Therapy Can Increase Heart Risk in Women over 60
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm 68 years old and have been on low-dose estrogen therapy since I had a hysterectomy (and started menopause) at age 50. My doctor won't prescribe it anymore because he says it increases my risk of heart problems. Is that true? DEAR...
Illegals' Demands
It was Thanksgiving morn and I had just finished reading Michael Fuoco's excellent, extensive front-page report on the tragedy of hunger in our area: 14 percent of Allegheny County residents and 17 percent of its children are "food insecure" ("In...
Injunction Follows Clash in Hong Kong
BEIJING - After a fresh outbreak of violence between Hong Kong police and pro-democracy demonstrators, a Hong Kong court granted an injunction Monday that could set in motion a bid by authorities to clear parts of the main protest site. The court...
Keisel's Time Sadly Comes to an End
There was sadness in Ike Taylor's voice. It had nothing to do with the fact he played a lousy game Sunday in the Steelers' 35-32 loss to the New Orleans Saints. It had everything to do with teammate Brett Keisel's left triceps injury, which ended Keisel's season...
Kunitz's Contribution More Than Numbers
Chris Kunitz wasn't a math major at Ferris State, but he does know a little bit about numbers. Enough to understand that nine goals in 23 games, which projects to 32 over an 82-game season, is a pretty fair pace. "Nine," he said, "isn't a bad number."...
Law Firms Moving Away from Billable Hours Setup
While talk of the death of the billable hour at law firms may be premature, it's losing its luster as a mainstay of law firms' pay structure. Reflecting the change, New York-based Jackson Lewis will no longer evaluate its associates using billable...
Letang out; Goc Up in Air vs. Devils
The Penguins will be without defenseman Kris Letang for the second game in a row when they face New Jersey tonight at Consol Energy Center. There's no guarantee they will have center Marcel Goc, either. Both were hurt in a 4-2 loss Friday to the Carolina...
Man Faces Charges in Robberies Told Police He Raided 15 Stores within Weeks
A Wilkinsburg man who told police he robbed 14 convenience stores and a Family Dollar in eastern and northern suburbs during a monthlong spree because he lost a "good job" will face a preliminary hearing on most of the cases Wednesday. Obayhana Wright,...
Much of 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' Inspired by Real Life
LOS ANGELES - Bravo's first original scripted series, "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," is inspired by the "Girlfriends' Guide" book series by Vicki Iovine. But, a lot of the bases for stories are coming from things that happened to executive producer and...
Music Library la Salle's Bob Dylan Collection Getting Noticed
PHILADELPHIA - The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: How many roads must a man walk down - before he becomes the subject of a major university archive devoted to helping researchers discern the meaning of his every...
My Race with Crohn's
Our shoes pound the ground as my fiancee, Katherine Lancaster, looks over to me smiling, proudly. I'm lucky to be alive to experience this moment as we cross the starting line. Eighteen months ago, she was helping me into a wheelchair in an urgent...
NATION [Derived Headline]
Defense secretary reportedly picked WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican...
New Mckeesport Program Offers Help to HIV Patients
Living with HIV/AIDS now can mean coping with a chronic disease with the help of health-care providers and antiretroviral medications that keep the virus controlled at very low levels in the body. As part of an effort to find ways to improve HIV/AIDS...
Oil Up 3 Percent after Hitting 5-Year Low
NEW YORK - Crude markets jumped about 3 percent on Monday, rebounding from five-year lows and heading for their biggest daily gain since at least June after fear that the high U.S. shale output blamed for the oil glut may be shrinking. A weaker dollar,...
Panthers Face Challenge in Guarding Indiana's Top Shooters
Pitt has not played great against teams with guards who are good 3-point shooters, but the Panthers are coming off their best defensive effort of this season in a 70-47 victory nearly a week ago against Kansas State in Hawaii. In that game, the Panthers...
Penn State Trustees to Get Freeh Data [Derived Headline]
Penn State trustees to get Freeh data HARRISBURG - Nine Penn State trustees elected by alumni are getting access to documents used to create a 2012 report about how top university administrators handled sex abuse complaints against former assistant...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
"Boyhood" and director Richard Linklater were among the bests named Monday as The New York Film Critics were first up with 2014 awards. The top acting awards went to Timothy Spall for "Mr. Turner," Marion Cotillard for "The Immigrant" and "Two Days,...
PIPELINE: ENERGY NEWS IN BRIEF [Derived Headline]
NATURAL GAS U.S. natural gas production rose in September Preliminary dry gas production in the United States for September was 2,154 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 71.8 Bcf/day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's monthly report...
Plaque for Downtown Station Honors the Little Guy
If you don't make it a point to remember, it's easy to forget what used to be where something else is now. Point Park University has installed a plaque on one of the walls of its Village Park to inform us and generations to come that Albert's Sales...
Putin Turns to Turkey for Pipeline toward Eu Russia Critical of NATO Arms Transfers
ANKARA, Turkey - Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project meant to supply natural gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing European Union objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative...
Ruling Eases Curbs on Gas Compressor Plants
The ripples from a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June have reached Pennsylvania as state regulators drop greenhouse gases from the list of pollutants used to determine whether a natural gas compressor station is a minor air emissions source or a...
Saving Best for the Best the Steelers Played Some of Their Better Games against Good Competition but Appear to Play Down -- or Even Worse -- to Level of Downtrodden Opponents
Good news appears on the horizon for the Steelers after another poor performance against an underdog: Sunday, they play one of the better teams in the AFC! Maybe the AFC North Division-leading Cincinnati Bengals at 8-3-1 can bring out the best in a Steelers...
Scores Protest Proposed Rental Registration Program, Fee
Kenneth Weir held up a wad of cash. "There's a lot of heavy hitters in here," said Mr. Weir, a rental property owner from Lincoln Place. "I'll throw in $100 to any of these heavy hitters that want to take this to court. . That's where this ultimately...
Slow Decline Efforts to Curb Smoking in America Are Working
There is plenty of good news in the latest statistics on smoking released last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that doesn't mean Americans cannot and should not do better. The proportion of adults who smoke was 17.8...
Spirit of Baseball Lost in Numbers
Baseball was the subject of a graphically rich ESPN SportsCenter segment last week, but it might easily have been physics. In a detailed dissection of Lorenzo Cain's best catches, the network employed such metrics as foot speed, ball acceleration,...
SQUIRRELS Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT PARKS
Pittsburgh's urban parks are quiet in the winter, but there is one woodland creature that seems to be always on the move. Eastern gray squirrels, the most common species of squirrel in Western Pennsylvania, can still be seen dashing across open fields...
Suspect in 4 W.Va. Killings Dies in Apparent Suicide Man Subject of Search in Morgantown Area
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A man suspected of killing four people in three locations Monday morning was found dead of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 7:30 p.m. in the vehicle that had been the target of a daylong search throughout...
Sweet Sea Scallops Go Well over Colorful Rice
Fresh sea scallops served with a colorful vegetable rice medley make a quick dinner that only takes 20 minutes to complete. Scallops, which need very little cooking, should be cooked so that the inside remains creamy. Prolonged cooking will shrink...
Taxi Insurance, Woes in Spotlight
The minimum insurance requirement for taxis in Pennsylvania is $15,000 per injured person and $30,000 for all persons injured in any incident. That requirement, the same as for private motorists, has not changed since 1974. It compares to minimums...
The Pit Now Wisepies
The Pit, one of college basketball's most famous buildings, is getting a new name. An Albuquerque, N.M., restaurant chain donated $5 million to the University of New Mexico, securing the naming rights for The Pit for the next 10 years. It will now be...
'Toy Story' Special Entertaining
With the recent news that "Toy Story 4" is planned for a 2017 theatrical release, ABC's newest half-hour special "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (8 tonight, WTAE) simply whets the appetite for that larger, big-screen story that's yet to come. A follow-up...
Transition Team for Wolf Scrambles to Prepare New State Government
Tom Wolf spent years and millions planning for the election that made him the state's governor-elect. Now the Democrat has only weeks to prepare to actually govern. Since he chose former rival Katie McGinty as his chief of staff last month, he has...
Two Seconds Ended Cleveland Boy's Life
According to the video of the shooting, Tamir Rice had two seconds to respond when two cops rolled up on him as he was playing with a toy pistol by himself outside a Cleveland recreation center.Two seconds was more than enough time to explain himself...
Uber's Convenience Isn't Worth the Risk
WASHINGTON - I feel safe in writing this because I am not an Uber customer nor do I ever intend to be. An old fashioned taxi with a driver who has been vetted and is subject to disciplinary action by a licensing agency is still the way I intend to...
Upmc Could Feed the Hungry Instead
It was Thanksgiving morn and I had just finished reading Michael Fuoco's excellent, extensive front-page report on the tragedy of hunger in our area: 14 percent of Allegheny County residents and 17 percent of its children are "food insecure" ("In...
Waiting Room TV Sickens Patient
DEAR STEEL ADVICE: Where did practice managers of health care provider offices get the idea that every poor soul who is unfortunate enough to have to sit in the waiting area for a period of time wishes to have loud daytime television inflicted on...
Watching Brawls It's Our Black Friday 'Hunger Games'
The biggest movie in the country right now is "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," a film in which the ostentatiously wealthy people of Panem's capital rule over the poorer districts from which tributes are selected each year to kill each other...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
Hong Kong protest leaders to surrender HONG KONG - Three founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement called today for an end to street demonstrations to prevent more violence and take the campaign to a new stage, but it wasn't clear whether...
W.Va. Shooter Frustrated over Business, Girlfriend
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Authorities today said the four fatal shootings committed by Jody Lee Hunt in three Monongalia County locations Monday morning were likely motivated by frustration with his towing business as well as the loss of his girlfriend...
Zoo Rehabbing Sea Turtles from Massachusetts Endangered Guests Washed Up on Shore Following Cold Snap
Stunned by a cold snap and suffering from hypothermia, more than a dozen young sea turtles that recently washed up on Massachusetts beaches are being nursed back to health at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Chilled by freezing seas, tumbled by...
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