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Articles from October 31, 2014

5 Cal U. Football Players Arrested in Assault Victim, 30, Hospitalized with Brain Injury; Gannon Game Canceled
California University of Pennsylvania canceled and forfeited its home football game Saturday with Gannon University after five team members were arrested for an assault outside an off-campus restaurant that left a 30-year-old man very seriously injured....
A Bumpy Transition to Screen for 'Horns'
In "Horns," the biblical references are rife: The Garden of Eden, fallen angels, devil horns, burning in hell. Daniel Radcliffe, further leaving the orbit of Harry Potter behind, is Ignatius "Ig" Perrish, a disc jockey who falls from grace - and happiness...
Aliquippa's Henry Makes Early Impact
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Karl Joseph knew the hurdles freshman Dravon Henry would face as West Virginia's starting free safety, so Joseph, a junior, asked the coaching staff early in fall camp that the two be roomed together on game days and road trips....
Alpha Sells Coal Assets, Bets Again on Gas Deal Expected to Net $75 Million in Cash
Alpha Natural Resources, a Virginia-based company and one of the country's largest metallurgical coal producers, said Thursday it will sell a large chunk of its Pennsylvania operations to Kittanning-based Rosebud Mining Co. In an $86 million deal,...
An Amoral Pursuit a Gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal Dives into the Seamy Side of TV News
Jake Gyllenhaal looks haunted and hungry in "Nightcrawler," thanks to the 30 pounds he shed and the image of a coyote he kept fixed in his mind while making the movie. Like a vampire, though, he comes out at night and feasts on the blood of accident...
'Annie' Bubbles with Optimism
The sentiment behind "Annie" is one for troubled times: No matter how bad things seem right now, this, too, shall pass. For the whole family, there's also the joy of witnessing a pre-tween girl sing up a storm and go from hard knocks to high society....
Annual Checkup Is Useful for Finding Disease
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm 73 and in great health. Do I really need to have an annual physical? DEAR READER: Let's start by defining "great health." I would define it as having no known chronic (ongoing) illnesses. However, most people your age have at least...
Apple CEO Declares His Sexuality at Open Forum He Hopes to Help Others Come Forward
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed his sexuality in an open forum for the first time Thursday, breaking a major barrier as the most prominent American CEO to publicly identify as gay. In an essay published online Thursday morning by Bloomberg...
Bayer Maps Spinoff Plans CEO Expects Public Offering by Mid-2016 for Plastics/materials Division Materialscience
German drug and chemical giant Bayer AG elaborated Thursday on plans to spin off its plastics and materials segment through a public stock offering by mid-2016, and its chief executive said he did not expect any buyers to pick up the business in the...
Big Z a Big Hit Small Hometown in Michigan Savors Every Minute of His Emergence, Too
WEST BRANCH, Mich. -- If it wasn't for a green water tower with the city's name plastered on it or the handful of stoplights running through the downtown Victorian district, one could blink and miss West Branch. It's far enough away from Michigan's...
'Birdman' Director Inarritu Listens to His Cruel Inner Voice
"I have an inner voice or ego, whatever we want to call it, who's a tyrant, a dictator, who's never happy with what I do," says director Alejandro G. Inarritu. "Especially in my creative process, which is very tortuous, it's always full of doubts,...
Blood Tests for Diagnosis and Treatment in the Works for Breast Cancer
BALTIMORE - After breast cancer tumors are removed, many women undergo chemotherapy to eradicate any remaining cancer cells and reduce the risk that the disease will recur. The drugs can make them nauseated and anxious and lead to hair loss. But a...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Corbett to cut funding for medical malpractice coverage Assessments on physicians and hospitals for a special fund that provides medical malpractice coverage will be cut by 48 percent next year, Gov. Tom Corbett's office announced Thursday. The Mcare...
Catcalls Video Shows Males' Ugly Side
Sometimes the difference between knowing something intellectually and understanding it can be measured in the impact of a YouTube video gone viral. Of course I "knew" that a lot of women had to run a gantlet of catcalls, leers and uninvited comments...
Children 'Go Wild' to Set Vocabulary Record Preschoolers Here among More Than 1,000 Monitored by Guinness
Patti Bartolli has been teaching for 18 years, so she doesn't usually have to do dry runs at home to practice the pacing of her preschool lessons. But Thursday's lesson was an exception. Ms. Bartolli and her preschoolers joined teachers and students...
'Constantine' Brings Another Comic Book Character to Life
LOS ANGELES-Welsh actor, Matt Ryan, wasn't a big reader of comic books when he was younger, something he now regrets as he takes on the title role in "Constantine"- the latest in the growing list of TV shows based on a comic book character. Luckily...
Consumption Taxes a Trick, Not a Treat for Halloween
Autumn is now upon us. The leaves are changing, temperatures are falling, football is in full swing, and one of Americans' favorite holidays is just about to arrive on our doorstep. Kids across the country will don costumes and race from home to home...
Dragons Seek Senior Moment Game of the Week: Allderdice (8-1) vs. Brashear (5-3)
For the 18 seniors on Allderdice's football team, reaching the City League championship game has been a testament to the work they've put forth in their high school careers. Saturday, they'll be appearing in the title game for the third time in four...
Easing Up the Fed Ends Its Controversial Bond-Buy Program
The end of quantitative easing announced by the Federal Reserve Bank Wednesday has prompted discussion of its efficacy in improving the American economy.One question posed by critics is whether it was quantitative easing or, instead, qualitative stiffing...
Ebola's Evolving Threat Studied in Calif. Lab
Tiny vials of inactivated Ebola virus from Africa are coming into a San Francisco lab, carrying secrets that might reveal the killer's past -- and fateful future. So far, 30 samples have been genetically deciphered at UC San Francisco by Dr. Charles...
Emails to Ferrante Show Marital Strife
Autumn Klein was so frustrated with her husband, her marriage, and her inability to conceive a second child, that she didn't even want to speak to him in person. Instead, she sent him emails. One criticizing both his lack of interest and compassion...
Exhibitions Are Dixon's Choice
The NCAA allows Division I men's basketball teams two options to get ready for an upcoming season: exhibition games against non- Division I teams or scrimmages against other Division I teams. There is one key difference. Exhibition games can be played...
Film Series Inspired by Strayhorn
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater will open its sixth annual "My People: A Film Series in Color" with a "My People Social" at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alloy Studios. The series is designed to highlight the lives and experiencs of the LGBTQIA people of color...
Fleury Stops Show Treats Defending Cup Champs like Anything Bot Kings in Shutout Penguins 3, Kings 0
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 36 shots Los Angeles threw at him in the Penguins' 3-0 victory Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.Looked like he could have turned aside another 36, too. Blindfolded. "Marc was really in a zone," Penguins coach Mike...
Forward Progress Penn State Needs to Move beyond the Freeh Report
No matter what, there will always be some Penn State alumni and supporters who will never agree with the damning report issued by former FBI director Louis Freeh in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.Their outrage over the report,...
Free Berkeley Retro Students Have No Tolerance for Dissent
It's no exaggeration to say that the free speech movement at American universities began at the University of California Berkeley 50 years ago. Student rights activists who demonstrated for the cause received nightly news attention in California and...
Fugitive Frein Caught Suspect in Pa. Trooper's Killing Turns Self in after Eluding Police 6 Weeks
PHILADELPHIA - Eric Frein, the cop-killing suspect who for six weeks has been the target of a Poconos-region manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, surrendered Thursday without incident, officials said. Mr. Frein, accused of killing...
Fugitive Frein Caught Suspect in State Trooper's Ambush Killing Apprehended in Poconos
PHILADELPHIA - Eric Frein, the cop-killing suspect who for more than six weeks had been the target of a Poconos-region manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, surrendered Thursday without incident, officials said. Mr. Frein, accused...
Grandma's Chicken Hands Were Scent from Heaven
Smells pack a powerful punch, evoking instant memories. Our computer-like brain links the smell and the memory, allowing us to savor people, places and moments in time long after they have passed - some good, some bad and some just snippets. But all...
Highmark Plan Can Exclude Upmc, Judge Rules Program for Seniors Found in Compliance
HARRISBURG - A state judge ruled Thursday that the exclusion of UPMC physicians and hospitals from a low-cost Highmark insurance plan for seniors does not violate an agreement state regulators brokered between the feuding Pittsburgh health giants....
Homewood Man Charged in Slaying Suspect Gives Up, Tells Authorities He Was Threatened
A Homewood man who surrendered Thursday on charges that he killed his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend told police the victim threatened him, according to court documents. Herbert Hart IV, 25, is accused of killing Robert Wilson, 35, of East Liberty, on the...
Hosting a Halloween Party Doesn't Have to Be Scary
DEAR HARRIETTE: My wife and I decided that we would not have our kids participate in trick-or-treating in the traditional sense this Halloween, and we are looking for a fun alternative way to celebrate the fall holiday. Do you have any suggestions?...
If the Gop Falls Short There's Likely to Be a Bloody Battle within the Party
What if the Democrats win? The prevailing assumption is that Republicans will take the Senate in the midterm elections on Nov. 4. It would be a surprise if they didn't. But not a huge surprise. In the poll averages at RealClearPolitics, Republican...
In a Twist, Campaign Mailing Grades the Voter
As the days tick down to a Pennsylvania governor's election Tuesday in which low turnout is expected, a national nonprofit aligned with the Democratic Party has deluged Pennsylvania with get- out-the-vote fliers. On the surface, the mailings by America...
Islamic State Fighters Execute 220 Iraqi Men Victims Were from Tribe That Opposed Jihadis
BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said. Two mass graves were discovered Thursday containing some...
Jane Mcgough Feb. 7, 1921 - Oct. 27, 2014 Her Doors Were Always Open
Every neighborhood has a house where all the local kids end up. In the 1960s and 70s, Jane McGough's home on Bayard Place in Shadyside, where she and her husband raised their four children, was that place. "Everything happened at our house," said her...
Kentucky Ranked No. 1 to Start Season
The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one- and-doners, compete for a national championship. The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen...
'Kitteridge' Miniseries Pays Attention to Detail
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" (9-11 p.m. Sunday and Monday), based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout, joins the slow TV movement exemplified by Sundance TV's "Rectify." It's another program about quiet characters where the stakes...
Leroy "Lee" Indorato Jan. 14, 1942 - Oct. 26, 2014 Pediatrician Also Ran Catering Business
It was during a trip to Disney World a few years back that Leroy "Lee" Indorato's grandson, Steven, made a $5 bet with the longtime pediatrician. The bet? That Dr. Indorato would run into one of his patients - past or present - during their visit...
Mason Will Switch to Point
Duquesne coach Jim Ferry hinted in March that sharpshooter Micah Mason might eventually shift from wing to point guard, and Ferry made that move official Thursday. "He'll start the year on the ball as the primary point guard," Ferry said at the Dukes...
Math Whiz Urschel Putting More Than 2 and 2 Together
We have focused so much on Aaron Hernandez, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy. Let's switch things up this morning and talk about John Urschel. He's a rookie guard-center for the Baltimore Ravens, who will be at Heinz Field Sunday night. He might be...
Megna Called Up to Provide Depth at Forward
The Penguins called up forward Jayson Megna from Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Thursday to add depth for the next few games. Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he had a great camp and offers some speed and a physical element. It's unclear, however, if Megna...
Moderates Rise Up in Kansas a Tea Party Experiment Appears to Be Backfiring
IOLA, KansasThe several dozen citizens gathered at a street corner just off the main square of this southeastern Kansas town of 5,600 were polite and friendly in the Midwestern way. They did not look in the least like a band of counterrevolutionaries...
Offensive Line Better, but Not 'There' Yet
Toward the beginning of the season, offensive line coach Jim Hueber joked that the offensive line room was getting a little crowded with so many bodies in there. Now, that's not exactly the case. Starting center Artie Rowell and redshirt freshman Aaron...
Palestinian State Wins Recognition
JERUSALEM - The Swedish government on Thursday officially recognized the state of Palestine, as the new prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ignored Israeli protests and followed through on a pledge he made at his inauguration this month. Foreign Minister...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor, a spokeswoman said Thursday, The Associated Press reports. Spokeswoman for the...
Perfection Spreads around Wpial
Coaches will tell you it's never easy to go through a WPIAL regular season undefeated. But it seems a lot easier these days compared to decades ago. Twelve teams made it through the regular season with a perfect record. That is believed to tie the all-time...
Pernice Leads Schwab Cup Morning Briefing
Tom Pernice Jr. shot a 5-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and three others in the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pernice, 55, rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a birdie...
POST-GAZETTE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK [Derived Headline]
Elijah Jackson Highlands Last week: Jackson helped the Highlands football team cap an undefeated regular season by rushing for 174 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-36 win against Shady Side Academy. Check this out: Jackson, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound senior...
PROSECUTION NEARS END IN FERRANTE TRIAL [Derived Headline]
PROSECUTION NEARS END IN FERRANTE TRIAL Prosecutors have only one witness left to call in the criminal homicide trial of Robert Ferrante, accused of killing his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, with cyanide in April 2013. Five witnesses testified this morning,...
Ravens Will Be Facing Different Lineup Sunday Steelers Embrace Newer Look from Week 2 Loss
The Steelers will dress differently this Halloween weekend, bearing little resemblance to the team that played in Baltimore in the second game of the season. They have new receivers, new cornerbacks, a new/old linebacker, new attitudes and even a new...
Salvation Army Building to Be Used for Boutique Hotel
Scott Schroeder is bringing a taste of Times Square to Downtown Pittsburgh. Greenway Realty Holdings, Mr. Schroeder's company, will convert the former Salvation Army building on the Boulevard of the Allies into a 186-room boutique hotel to be called...
Small-Plane Crash Leaves Four Dead
WICHITA, Kan. - A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire. Three of the dead were inside the...
Stopping Run Will Be Key
In the first half of the season, the Steelers played four games against teams that predominantly ran the outside zone-blocking scheme. In those games against Cleveland (twice), Houston and Baltimore, the Steelers surrendered 630 yards rushing, or 73...
Supreme Court's Move to Reveal Voting Rights Intent
The Obama White House won't name a new attorney general or issue an executive order on immigration until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. But other federal government branches are also delaying politically explosive decisions. Before going home...
Teens Hear Firsthand about Political Careers U Can B Program Reaches More Students
Tara Douglass, 17, a senior at Keystone Oaks High School, had been feeling stressed out about applying to colleges and choosing a profession. "How are you supposed to know what you want to do with the rest of your life when you are our age?" Tara queried....
The Nitty Gritty on Buckwheat Scones
Ann and I always meet at the coffee shop. There, our toddlers used to puzzle over Traffic Jam. There, our husbands used to argue over the news. It's where we slouched, years ago, when I told her we were moving. When I'm back in town we still meet...
The Wpial's 'Bracket Man' Inside the Lines: Randy Rovesti
October this year hasn't been all that different than it has been for the past quarter-century or so for Randy Rovesti. His life has been engulfed by football, but when you work in high school athletics in Western Pennsylvania, that has a tendency...
Tigers Notch Win against Blue Devils
The North Allegheny girls volleyball boosters have decided to change the date of their annual banquet. "We had our banquet scheduled for next Friday," said North Allegheny coach Heidi Miller, after the No. 8-seeded Tigers pulled a second consecutive...
Tyson No Match for Predictions Champ the Fumbler
It's that week of the year when everyone dusts off their crystal balls and stares into them looking for the answer. Which teams will win WPIAL championships? The Fumbler has never owned a crystal ball, nor does he want one. He makes his picks based...
Watered Down? Are Too Many Teams in Playoffs? Third, Fourth Place Teams Often Face a Beatdown, but Once in a While They Pull Big Upset
Two schools had merged four years ago to form Central Valley High School and everyone from teachers, administrators and coaches were trying to smooth the jointure of students from Monaca and Center. It was difficult at times, but the Central Valley football...
We Must Put an End to School Shootings
The Ebola scare is getting all the attention these days, but there is an epidemic of a different type that needs addressing. The deadly shooting near Seattle ("Teacher Tried to Stop Washington State Shooting," Oct. 26) is now the 83rd of its kind since...
Wesbanco to Acquire Esb Bank Shares of Ellwood City-Based Bank Climb 44.2 Percent
When WesBanco Inc. acquired West View-based Fidelity Bank two years ago, it significantly expanded its presence in the Pittsburgh market. Now, the Wheeling, W.Va., bank is bulking up again in the region with a deal to buy Ellwood City-based ESB Bank....
Will Smith Movie Shooting in Town
Move over, Vin Diesel. The Will Smith movie with the working title of "Concussion" started shooting in Pittsburgh Saturday and will film here through mid-January. Mr. Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first pathologist in the world to detect a long-developing...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
LIBERIA OPENS EBOLA TREATMENT CENTER MONROVIA, Liberia - Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia today, remembering "the dying, the sick, the dead who could not picked up on time" as officials...
Yay for Digest
NORTH Killer's parents testify in sentencing phase The sentencing phase continued Thursday in the death penalty trial of a North Side man convicted of killing a Beaver Falls couple in 2008. Robert Burgess' defense team called witnesses including Burgess'...
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