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Articles from April 15, 2015

3 Places off the Beaten Track in Hawaii
Millions of tourists flock to Hawaii each year, packing the beaches and attractions at hot spots such as Oahu's Waikiki and Maui's Kaanapali. Yet it's easy to escape the crowds at off-the-beaten-track places around the islands and see some of Hawaii's...
A Dear Friend Takes Her Leave
For some Pittsburghers, a trip to the cheese counter at Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. in the Strip District just isn't going to be the same. Carol "Dearheart" Pascuzzi, who for more than 30 years charmed and educated the city's cheese-loving public...
'Allegiance' Taken off Nbc; 'Bitten,' 'Beauty and the Beast' Will Return
You have questions. I have some answers. Q.: My husband and I have been watching the NBC series "Allegiance" from its beginning when suddenly another series, "The Slap," came on in its place. We never knew why "Allegiance" was removed. Was "Allegiance"...
'All the Names' Takes Mysterious Trip at Quantum
A puzzle pursued in intriguing fits and starts, narration alternating with wordless installations, magic walls that write, a ceiling that speaks, characters doubled, the audience on the move ... it must be Quantum! At "All the Names," the peripatetic...
Ambrose Lawrence "Larry" Spencer March 5, 1926 - April 4, 2015 Entrepreneur Was Dedicated to YMCA
Bill Spencer of Upper St Clair said the time his father, Lawrence, spent in the military influenced the kind of businessman he was and the kind of parent he was. But that's not to say he was tough all the time; he also was warm and generous, donating...
Anti-Semitism 101 Pitt Shouldn't Support Groups That Paint Israelis as Modern-Day Nazis
The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine plans to host an event on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls this year on Thursday. The purpose of this event is not to commemorate the Holocaust but rather to vandalize...
Arm-to-Arm Differences in Blood Pressure Are Heart Risk
DEAR DOCTOR K: At my last checkup, the doctor measured the blood pressure in both of my arms. Why? DEAR READER: Your doctor had an important reason: a big difference between the two readings can indicate an increased risk of cardiovascular disease....
Backstage at 'An American in Paris'
NEW YORK - So this is the view from the other side, standing onstage at Broadway's century-old Palace Theatre. Downstage center, alone except for crew members and a few ogling visitors, stands Robert Fairchild, the star of "An American in Paris,"...
Bny Mellon Board Stands by Executive Member Say Bank on the 'Right Path'
Embattled Bank of New York Mellon Corp. chairman and CEO Gerald Hassell is not in danger of losing his job. That was the word Tuesday from Edward Garden, the activist investor with Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management who was given a seat on BNY Mellon's...
Bowl Payouts Top $500M Morning Briefing
Bowl games paid more than a half billion dollars to college football conferences and schools last season, an increase of almost $200 million from the final season of the Bowl Championship Series to the first of the College Football Playoff. According...
Browns Players Rave about Team's New Uniforms
CLEVELAND - Nine Browns players walked onto a stage in front of about 3,000 fans Tuesday night at the Cleveland Convention Center and shed large, orange robes to unveil the team's new, highly anticipated uniforms in dramatic fashion. The changes are...
Bruins Fire General Manager Chiarelli
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli today, days after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years and just four seasons after the franchise won its first Stanley Cup title since 1972. The statement from the...
Butler ?Does It ?in Ninth Double Helps Sink North Allegheny
Butler went overtime to pick up a big section win Tuesday. Luke Baranchak doubled home Dallas Hays in the ninth inning to give Butler a 5-4 win at North Allegheny in a key Class AAAA Section 1 game. Butler (6-4, 3-0) remained one of two unbeaten teams...
Candidates Dispute Controller Salary Chelsa Wagner Contends Her Pay Raise Is a Gender-Equity Issue
Seizing on National Equal Pay Day to rebut one of her challenger's chronic criticisms, county Controller Chelsa Wagner recast questions about her salary increases as a gender-equity issue. The campaign of Mark Patrick Flaherty, her predecessor and...
City Appealing Award to Former 911 Dispatcher
An attorney for the city of Pittsburgh on Tuesday asked a three- judge panel of the state Commonwealth Court to reverse a lower- court decision that awarded more than $645,000 to a former 911 dispatcher. Rosanne Hendrick became a full-time emergency...
CITY/WEST [Derived Headline]
CITY Federal judge won't cut drug kingpin's sentence The most notorious drug kingpin in Western Pennsylvania history will not receive a reduced sentence, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Terrance Cole, 47, of Hazelwood, who is serving a life term in an Atlanta...
Comic Book Heroes Not Hiding in the Shadows Any More
It's Lex Luthor's worst nightmare. Television is recruiting more comic-book superheroes than the Justice League of America, from the steely-eyed members of ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," featuring cameos from the blockbuster "Avengers" films, to...
Congress Must Fix Criminal Justice Imbalance
It's not often I agree with George F. Will (unless the topic is baseball), but his column "When Everything Is a Crime" (April 9) is absolutely correct regarding significant problems in our criminal justice system.As an example, a grand jury was originally...
Convicted District Judge Seeks to Have His Pension Reinstated
An attorney for a former magisterial district judge who pleaded guilty to improperly touching women argued before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Tuesday that his client and his wife are entitled to receive his pension. Ross Cioppa, who served...
Court Weighs Suit against Pennsylvania's New Gun Law
Pittsburgh hosted a legal duel today over a controversial state law allowing groups like the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws, but the outcome of the standoff in Commonwealth Court has yet to be decided. Seven of the appeals court's...
CRAFT BEER WEEK KICKS OFF FRIDAY [Corrected 04/17/15]
You may not know which of 340-plus events you're going to attend yet during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, but you can know a few that you aren't attending during the promotion that kicks off tomorrow. One event - Commonwealth Press' Beer Barge beer...
Data Breach Methods Getting More Sophisticated Experts: Discovery Process Often Too Slow
Malware, phishing scams and other old-fashioned hacking techniques took the lead as the primary causes of more than 2,000 confirmed data breaches last year that were examined in a new report by communications company Verizon. Compiled with the help...
'Dough' Actor Drawn by Its Message
Even at 8:15 p.m., in a long-distance call from England, Jonathan Pryce's voice comes across as clear, rich and distinctive as ever. He is rehearsing for "The Merchant of Venice" at Shakespeare's Globe but was happy to take a little time to talk about...
Ehrhoff Gets Back in Mix
Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who missed the final eight games of the regular season because of an undisclosed injury, went through a full-contact practice Tuesday for the first time since he was hurt. Spent a lot of time working on the No....
FALCONS Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT BIRDS
Of all the birds of prey, falcons arguably are the true masters of the sky. With their scimitar wings and powerful builds, they are capable of flying at tremendous speeds, even in high winds or driving rains. They are considered to be the fastest flying...
Farmer Ben's Passion for Land Had Few Equals
It was the summer of 1984 when we moved into Robinson Township and made a special friend. We thought we had found the perfect piece of land to build our dream home and raise our children. We would be the last house on a street that ended abruptly...
Farm-to-Consumer Meat
Three guys who were on welfare hatched a seat-of-the-pants business plan that has gone national, bringing fresh meat directly from farm to consumer. Zaycon Fresh makes monthly deliveries of cases of fresh chicken, beef and ham, plus frozen hot dogs,...
Filing Sheds Light on How Kraft Heinz Arose
Kraft Foods Group chairman and CEO John Cahill spent St. Patrick's Day in Munich talking with two of the founding partners of 3G Capital about what a combined Kraft/Heinz company might look like and how it could succeed. That detail, among others,...
Fix Pensions the Democratic Mayors Are Right - It's a Crisis
When 10 Democratic mayors from Pennsylvania cities complain that the Legislature isn't doing anything about pension reform, it's beyond time for lawmakers to act. In a statement last week, the mayors - from Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, York, Allentown,...
Grounded Airlines Must Remedy the Low Pay for Pilots
No offense to cab drivers, but airline pilots should earn more than they do. Right now, many don't. Uber drivers in New York City make $90,000, while first-year pilots for regional carriers earn an average of $22,400. That means a pilot with a family...
Gunshots Lead to Swat Activity in Homewood 2 Police Officers 'Fired Upon' in Their Vehicle but Not Hit; Search Turns Up No Suspects
SWAT teams and police descended on Homewood North on Tuesday afternoon after gunfire tore past two Pittsburgh police officers, striking a building and vehicle. Investigators spent hours searching for whomever pulled the trigger but said they turned...
Hawks' Sefolosha Claims New York Police Are Responsible for Season- Ending Injuries
Thabo Sefolosha said police are responsible for the season- ending injury he suffered while being arrested in New York City last week. The Hawks player addressed the media Tuesday for the first time since he and teammate Pero Antic were arrested and...
Interior Line on Defense Shaping Up
Ask any defensive coach, and they'll likely tell you a good defense is built from the inside out. Quality skill players and linebackers are great, but a sturdy defensive line makes them better. For Pitt, that unit will be anchored by a group of interior players...
IN THE EYE OF THE STORM AGAIN MARC-ANDRE FLEURY WAS THE TEAM MVP IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND MIGHT HAVE TO BE ONCE MORE IF THEY ARE TO FARE WELL IN PLAYOFFS, WHICH ? AS ANY PENGUINS FAN KNOWS ? HAVE NOT BEEN KIND TO HIM IN RECENT YEARS STANLEY CUP 2015/EASTERN CONFERENCE: ROUND 1: PENGUINS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS
"When you're used to playing a lot, the whole time, it wasn't easy," Fleury says. "You don't want to show too much. You just want to keep pushing the guys, try to stay in a good mood. The toughest part for me was coming back and having the chance...
Jim Mutscheller March 31, 1930 - April 10, 2015 Former Beaver Falls Tight End Played in 'Greatest' NFL Game Ever Played
Jim Mutscheller played a key role in "The Greatest Game Ever Played." He also once was a great athlete at Beaver Falls High School. Mr. Mutscheller, who played eight years in the National Football League, died Friday of kidney failure at St. Joseph...
Johnson Set to Transfer Senior Will Not Be Reinstated after Sitting Last Season
Durand Johnson was suspended this past season for an unspecified violation of school policy, but Pitt coaches hoped he would return for his senior season. That is not going to happen now, as coach Jamie Dixon announced Tuesday that Johnson is no longer...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ARMSTRONG, John M., Jefferson, Butler County, formerly Forest Hills BARKLEY, Alvin Page, Stowe BERENDOWSKI, Nancy, McKees Rocks BERNSDORFF, Regina Elizabeth Rohsner, Ross, formerly of Sewickley Heights and McCandless BORKOWSKI,...
Lecture Wraps Up Corita Kent Show
This is the last week to see "Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" at The Andy Warhol Museum, an exhibition that invigorates through the still electric work of the late artist but also because of the way that work, now in historical context, reveals...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
VAN PUTS HOLE IN DOUGHNUT SHOP Two people were injured, one seriously, this morning when a van crashed into a Crafton Heights doughnut shop that's been a neighborhood fixture for decades on Steuben Street. Rush-hour traffic was at a standstill on Steuben...
Lynch Is Nobody's Backup This Time
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Running back Akeel Lynch knows all too well what life is like to be a backup. Playing time comes and goes with carries dictated by whoever has the hot hand. A fumble or a gaffe in pass protection usually meant a return trip...
Make Your Own Canadian Peameal Bacon
A chance conversation inspired me to cure Canadian peameal bacon at home, from scratch. Raj Sabharwal, a wine and spirits importer, sat next to me at brunch one Sunday last month. Between bites and courses, he told me that he'd lived in 20 cities...
MARKET IN THE SQUARE TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING, DOWNTOWN GROCERY'S OPENING IS NEAR [Corrected 04/21/15]
On a cloudy and cool spring morning, Downtown's first grocery in five years was emerging from its shell like a butterfly from its cocoon. Some workers stocked a freezer with frozen shrimp, lobster langostino and other seafood. Others handled deliveries...
Mt. Lebanon Restricts Speeding on Route 19 Joins Federally Funded Crackdown on Aggressive Driving
The driver who hit 71 mph in a 35-mph zone in Mt. Lebanon on Sunday afternoon picked a bad time to do so - police had begun a federally funded crackdown on aggressive driving that will continue into next month. The ticketed driver has plenty of company...
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COLUMBINE SURVIVOR ON COLO. THEATER SHOOTING JURY CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A union plumber, a schoolteacher and a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre were among the 19 women and five men chosen as jurors in the death penalty trial of Colorado...
Newspaper Story Prompted Suspicion of Mccullough Catholic Charities Official Testifies in Trial
It took just five days for officials at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to return a $10,000 donation they received from an elderly widow after learning she had complained publicly that she did not want to make such a contribution. John...
NFL Playoff Capsules Post-Gazette Hockey Writer Dave Molinari Breaks Down the First-Round Eastern and Western Conference Playoff Series Then Picks the the Winners. E Will Break Down the Penguins-Rangers Series Thursday
WESTERN CONFERENCE ANAHEIM DUCKS VS. WINNIPEG JETS * Difference makers: Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf ranks among league's most productive centers, and the performance of the Ducks goalie -- be it Whitehall's...
Obama Gives Iraqi PM Aid, Endorsement
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama gave Haider al-Abadi, the prime minister of Iraq, a full-throated endorsement and $200 million in humanitarian aid Tuesday, but the visiting leader left the White House still in need of billions more dollars to...
Oversupply Causing Drillers to Scale Back
Oil and natural gas drillers are hitting the brakes on U.S. shale production as prices tumble, but the U.S. remains poised to slash its reliance on energy imports by 2040, according to a government report. In the short term, the domestic drilling industry...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
Rita Wilson underwent a bilateral mastectomy last week, according to People magazine. In a statement, she said she expects to make a full recovery. Initial biopsies were negative but a second opinion resulted in a diagnosis of breast cancer. Ms. Wilson,...
Pittsburgh Getting Rooftop Biergarten, New Outdoor Concert Venue
With warm weather finally heading our way, Pittsburgh got word today of two new outdoor attractions. An 88-seat restaurant, Biergarten, will open May 15 on the ninth floor rooftop of the Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Downtown, the former Reed Smith law firm...
Police Union Argues City Is Understating Revenue Numbers
Pittsburgh officials have been "hiding revenue" and can afford to pay police officers higher wages, an attorney for the police union said during a contract arbitration session Tuesday. The city, in response, said figures presented by the union reflected...
Put Cameras on Cops Though We Will Pay a Price in Privacy and Relationships
Like many, I've come to believe that it would be good to put body- mounted cameras on police officers. Why?First, there have been too many cases in which police officers have abused their authority and then covered it up. Second, cops would be less likely...
Reader Needs to Get Taxes in Order
DEAR HARRIETTE: It's tax time again, and I feel like an idiot. I know that every year we have to do taxes, but somehow I never get it together on time. So here we are again, and I have not done a single thing to get ready. In the past, I have basically...
Retirement Savings Rules Unveiled
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators on Tuesday proposed rules, more than four years in the making, to provide more consumer protection for retirement savings, requiring a broader group of investment professionals to act in their customers' best interest...
Saudis Try to Derail Iran Deal Meanwhile, Obama Is Making Headway in Latin America
This column will be double-barreled due to events. The first part deals with yet another attempt to derail the nuclear/economic sanctions agreement between the international community and Iran. The second part, less alarming and much less urgent, deals...
Seniors Are Getting Caught in Health Giant Tug-of-War Highmark, Upmc Feud Could Fray the Safety Net
For Pittsburgh-area health care consumers, 2015 is shaping up to be an instant replay of 2014 - except this time, it's senior citizens and not working-age customers caught in a tug-of-war between Highmark Health and UPMC. Unlike last year, it's unclear...
Should Theapists Be Bound by a 'Duty to Warn?'
In the wake of the Germanwings crash in Europe last month, the media outcry has focused on the failure of the doctors who treated co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to notify the Lufthansa hierarchy of his unfitness to fly. If that, in fact, was their diagnosis....
Silk Sound Fuses East and West, Ancient and New
East meets West and ancient meets contemporary in Silk Sound, an ensemble that fuses Asian music and jazz. The result of this musical alchemy defies categorization and evokes a range of emotions and states of mind. Silk Sound released its debut recording...
Slow Down and Smell the Roses on Tax Day
Folding metal chairs lined the second floor of the City-County Building as procrastinators waited Tuesday for volunteers to call them in for one of the city's free tax preparation clinics. Nicole Dixon of the Hill District was among those who sat with...
Slow Start No Major Worry
The Pirates fought their way into the playoffs last year despite going 10-18 the first month of the season. All's well that ends well, but they wouldn't mind getting off to a better start this time. "It can get you going in the right direction," Neil...
Sorry, Hillary, but I'm Not That Excited
Warning: The subject of this column has been known to cause drowsiness in some readers, who are advised not to operate heavy machinery after exposure. The fatigue-inducing words are these: Hillary Clinton. I say this with some regret. Of course, her...
Special Nightfor Cervelli
The Pirates lost a game Tuesday night, but gained something more valuable. They found their catcher in a 2-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park. I know what you are thinking. Francisco Cervelli has been with the Pirates all spring after coming...
State House Republicans Plan Tax Bill Similar to Governor's
HARRISBURG - House Republican leaders plan to advance a property tax bill similar to a proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf. Like the budget proposed by the Democratic governor, the bill from Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, would boost the rates of the personal income...
Store-Bought Noodles a No-No
Really enjoyed the article on haluski, as I spell it ["Halushki power!" by Beth Kurtz Taylor, Food & Flavor, March 11]. However, having been raised with generations of Polish cooking on both sides, I must say, the only way to make really authentic...
Taylor Retires after 12 Seasons Comes in, Goes out with Polamalu, Too
For the second time in less than a week, a two-time Super Bowl champion and longtime starter for the Steelers defense retired. Cornerback Ike Taylor announced his retirement Tuesday, five days after Troy Polamalu ended his career. Polamalu and Taylor...
Test Kitchen Recipe: Spicy Peanut Chicken
What's to like about a stir-fry is they take just minutes to cook. They also are a way to use up any leftover vegetables nearing their prime. The only bit of effort with a stir-fry comes in cutting up the vegetables and meat. But if you practice mise...
They Got Rhythm New Broadway Musical Is Gorgeously Staged and Danced
NEW YORK - Every so often a gem the likes of "An American in Paris" is brought from screen to stage, and for a moment you can stop asking why so many movies are made into musicals. With exquisite performances and aesthetics, this ballet-musical theater hybrid...
Tigers 2, Pirates 0 Tough Loss for Burnett Pirates Lose Battle of Inches to Detroit
In a pitchers duel, the difference usually is something small. The difference Tuesday night wasn't that A.J. Burnett is 38 and Shane Greene 26, or that one is in his final year in the majors and the other his second. The difference was an inch, or...
U.S. to Permit Disinterment of USS Oklahoma's Unknown Sailors
HONOLULU - Unknown. That's the inscription on headstones marking 61 caskets at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where unidentified remains from the USS Oklahoma attack at Pearl Harbor have been lying for decades. But the identities may...
Will 2016 Really Be a Foreign Policy Election?
There's an emerging conventional wisdom that the 2016 presidential race, once predicted to be mostly about economic issues, will instead be dominated by foreign policy. "This is going to be a foreign policy election," National Journal's Ron Fournier...
Winner's Pedigree Former Oakland Catholic Standout Leah Smith Has Impressive Bloodlines and Her Eyes on the Olympics
With a World Series champion for a great-grandfather and a world light heavyweight boxing champion for a great-uncle, Leah Smith is next in line to carry on the family tradition of being best in the world. For most young swimmers, being an Olympian...
#Wmspanishft West Mifflin's Culinary Field Trip to the Strip District to Become a Public Tour
Spanish teacher Rebecca Cibulka wanted to give her West Mifflin Area High School students a taste of local Hispanic/Latino culture. She wound up creating a way for lots more people to do that, too, as an educational experience she orchestrated will...
Wolf Camp Disputes Assertion of Labor 'Ambush'
Republicans and union foes say the representation ballot being circulated to Pennsylvania's independent home-care workers looks a lot like an organizing "ambush" on the part of labor. But Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says that's not so. "It's not a union...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
EUROPE CHARGES GOOGLE IN ANTITRUST CASE BRUSSELS - The European Union charged Google today with abusing its overwhelming dominance in Internet searches and opened a probe into its Android mobile system, massively raising the stakes in the five-year...
'Writing and Procrastinating Go Hand in Hand' for Sparks
Nicholas Sparks gets writer's block. Really, he does. The man behind such steamy meets romantic novels "Safe Haven," "Dear John," "A Walk to Remember," "The Last Song" and "The Notebook" admits to having some occasional trouble getting his fingers...
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