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Articles from September 5, 2014

2 Gay Union Bans Tossed
CHICAGO - A U.S. appeals court issued a scathing, unequivocal ruling Thursday declaring that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violated the U.S. Constitution - a decision released a little more than a week after oral arguments. The unanimous,...
A-10 Tournament at Consol in 2017
The Atlantic 10 men's basketball championship will be played at Consol Energy Center in 2017 and the Verizon Center in Washington in 2018, conference commissioner Bernadette McGlade announced Thursday.The Atlantic 10 tournament was at Barclays Center...
Add Kimchi to Give Tacos an Asian Twist
You're no doubt familiar with the many authentic Mexican-style tacos available at local taquerias, including al pastor (layers of adobo-marinated meat), al carbon (grilled meats), de guisados (casseroles), carnitas (pork cooked in its own fat) and...
'A Fair in the Park' Offers Arts, Crafts, Food and Music
Mellon Park will be the setting for one of the premier craft and music festivals this weekend. This year, "A Fair in the Park" marks its 45th anniversary of presenting some of the best in contemporary fine arts and crafts. Presented by the Craftsmen's...
A Little Common Sense Would Have Prevented Uzi Tragedy
When is the last time you heard about a grade school youngster stumbling over an Uzi on the playground? Like never you say? Amazing! But that improbability, or close to it, seems to be at the heart of the defense of those who would let little children...
Animator Goes Way Back with the Fab Four
Ron Campbell was a 24-year-old animator living in Australia when he got a middle-of-the-night call from television producer Al Brodax. It was the spring of '64. "He said, 'Ron, we'd like you to direct a new television show and we're going to produce...
Apartments Planned for Oakland Site Office Space Ditched; 'Luxury' Housing Only for Forbes Location
A major redevelopment of the former Allegheny County Health Department building in Oakland has undergone big changes, with nearly all office space eliminated in favor of more apartments. MWK Forbes LLC, the team behind the redevelopment, has ditched...
Armand Bruno May 17, 1922 - Sept. 3, 2014 Steelworker Honored for Wwii Service with Legion of Honor
Armand Bruno was a staff sergeant in the 99th Infantry Division in World War II, receiving a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the Battle of the Bulge. This June, just after his 92nd birthday, and days before the 70th anniversary of...
Around the Majors
National League* Cardinals 3, Brewers 2: Marco Gonzales and his fellow St. Louis relievers worked out of several jams in combining for six innings of one-run ball, and the Central-leading Cardinals held off slumping Milwaukee at Miller Park for their...
Bleakly Funny 'Frank' Hits Right Notes
Llewyn Davis, the struggling folk singer at the center of "Inside Llewyn Davis," had a cat that he didn't particularly want. Frank, the struggling avant-garde rocker at the heart of the movie bearing his name, has a giant papier-mache head that he can't live...
Brookline Celebrates Its Revitalized Boulevard 'There's Nothing Not to like about Brookline Now'
Brookline Boulevard is so spiffy these days that one of the only things left to complain about is that people are dirtying up the new sidewalk with cigarette butts. A little hyperbole maybe, but it shows "that expectations have been raised," said...
Brown Rallies His Troops
University Prep survived what would have been a major upset Thursday in its City League opener. Ron Brown rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead University Prep to a 27-20 win against Westinghouse at Cupples Stadium. University Prep...
Bruins, Krejci Reach Deal
The Boston Bruins signed center David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension. The new deal begins in the 2015-16 season. Krejci led the Bruins last season with 50 assists and 69 points. He also led the NHL with a 39 plus-minus rating. In eight...
Build on Success the Ura Could Do That with Rubino's Strip Plan
What is it that people love about the Strip District? Sure, it's the fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious baked goods and aged cheeses. But it's also the bustle that beckons.Of the three re-use plans for the 88-year-old Pennsylvania Fruit Auction and...
Chris Conlan, Quaker Valley Post-Gazette High School Athletes of the Week
* Last week: Conlan caught eight passes for 153 yards, including a 55-yard yard touchdown, to help Quaker Valley rally for a 25-19 win at Keystone Oaks. Quaker Valley scored the winning points on quarterback Amos Luptak's touchdown run with one second...
Coalition Told Unity Will Rein in Health Care Costs
The "C-suite" executives - the chief executive officer, the chief financial officer and every other chief - must band together if they are to overcome the power of the health care industry and rein in health care costs. That was the message Thursday...
Dad Played Role of Secret Savant in Team's Success
My memories of growing up in Pittsburgh are vast, happy and rich with tradition. Being the only girl with four brothers - two older and two younger, all of us less than six years apart - I didn't have much chance of being anything other than my father's...
Don't Expect Richmond Hijinks
RICHMOND, Va. -- A year ago, the NASCAR brand left Richmond International Raceway with motor oil on the face. It was an ugly blemish, and bad for business. The Michael Waltrip Racing team manipulated the outcome of the race -- and the Chase lineup --...
Eastern Pa. Has More Blue Chippers
When it comes to the area that has the most highly touted players in the state, look to the east this year. Eastern Pennsylvania has more of the cream of the crop this season -- and more Division I prospects overall. The east already has more than two...
Expectations High for Canon-Mcmillan
Canon-McMillan girls soccer coach Dave Derrico has approached all 13 of his seasons as head coach of the program the same way -- with high expectations. Those expectations are turned up a little higher this season and with good reason. The Big Macs graduated...
Ex-Psu Wr Might Be in Slot on Sunday
Justin Brown never has dressed for an NFL game. If he does Sunday, there is a decent chance he'll start and play a big role in the Steelers offense. Veteran slot receiver Lance Moore did not practice for a second consecutive day Thursday because of a...
Federer Overcomes a Gael Force
NEW YORK Roger Federer, long a tennis deity for millions of fans, had his own resurrection here Thursday night. It was witnessed first hand by more than 23,000 people and by millions more on TV. For nearly 2 1/2 hours, one of the biggest stars in the...
Fist Bumps Are the New Hugs in Litigious and Scary Times
"Don't hug the campers." That was among a handful of things that my 16-year-old son, Nathaniel, was told when he volunteered this summer at our local YMCA. Oh, and also, "Don't let any kids sit on your lap." He had signed up to help shepherd and supervise...
Franklin's Attendance Promise Is Facing Test
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The attendance promise dates to James Franklin's first day on the job. It was made at his introductory news conference, when a student journalist who had Vanderbilt ties asked him about the challenge of rallying fans to come to...
Healthy Back-to-School Shopping Could Be Good Sign for Holiday Season Analysts Say 5 ; Rise in August at Chain Stores Indicates Consumer Fervor
The 2014 back-to-school shopping season is getting decent grades, with a trade group Thursday reporting August sales at U.S. chain stores rose almost 5 percent over the same month last year. That could be a good sign for the coming holiday season, where...
Higher Wages Would Benefit Society in Many Ways
During this week, in which we celebrated Labor Day, I want to state that the issue most important to Western Pennsylvania and our local economy is an increase in the minimum wage, which has stagnated at $7.25 an hour for the last five years.President...
Homewood Man Receives 39 Years for Shooting Police Officer
An Allegheny County judge Thursday rejected a Homewood man's apology for shooting Pittsburgh police Officer Christopher Kertis last year and sent him to prison for at least 39 years. "I would like to apologize to the victims," a shackled Dante Bonner,...
Hurdle Will Use Call-Ups Sparingly
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had one request of general manager Neal Huntington in the discussions leading up to Monday, when rosters expanded. It went something like this: Don't give me too many players ... But that doesn't mean Hurdle doesn't want...
I'm the Jihadi Who Never Was Muslims Can Be Conservative, Even Radical, and Not Be Killers
The Islamic State just released a gruesome new beheading video emceed by a Western-bred jihadist. As often happens, I received messages asking for explanation. You see, I'm the jihadi who never was. Twenty years ago, I ditched my Catholic high school...
Injuries Are Already Doing a Number on Title Contenders
It seems clear after one week that the determining factor in the new college football playoff may not involve a touchdown, coach or even committee member Condi Rice. The ultimate decider could be a CT scan. Sorry, this early season wrap is mostly about...
It's a Rewarding Balancing Act Inside the Lines: Steel Valley Coach Rod Steele
On Friday nights in the fall, Rod Steele is perhaps the most visible man in all of Munhall, Homestead and West Homestead. The Steel Valley football coach is entering his fifth season in that position, giving him the kind of community cache that is unique to...
Kaylee Rabatin, Laurel Highlands Post-Gazette High School Athletes of the Week
* Last week: Rabatin opened the WPIAL soccer season in grand fashion last weekend. She scored three goals against Bentworth and five more against Brownsville and led Laurel Highlands to two victories. * Check this out: Rabatin is a 5-foot-4 senior forward...
Lab Accused of Paying Kickbacks to Doctors Greensburg Firm Target of Inquiry by Federal Agents
A Peters man who five years ago launched a medical lab testing firm that rattled the competition has become the subject of a federal investigation that emerged Thursday with the seizure of more than $750,000 in allegedly fraudulent gains. William...
Landlord Gets More Time to Secure Carrick Houses
Davin Gartley was back before District Judge Richard King on Thursday for failing to secure doors of 14 1930s-era townhouses he owns on Berg Place in Carrick. He had been ordered to do that at an Aug. 22 hearing. Mr. Gartley told Judge King that he...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
GREENSBURG SIX KILLER APPEALS DEATH SENTENCE Death row inmate Melvin Knight, convicted of torturing and killing a mentally disabled woman in a squalid Greensburg apartment in 2010, has appealed his sentence, saying among numerous claims that the jury...
Maatta Is Recovering Quickly
Olli Maatta cocks his stick above his waist as the puck skids across the ice toward him. It arrives, and a split-second later, is hammered high into the net about 50 feet in front of him. In that sequence, Maatta looks very much like the defenseman who, as...
Man on a Mission Wr Antonio Brown's Pursuit of Excellence and Success Is as Boundless as It Is Endless; Just Ask His Coaches and Teammates
Antonio Brown cultivated his Pro Bowl resume by getting to the finish line. Every play of every practice, Brown completes the play from anywhere on the field with a sprint to the goal line. Brown's practice habits are becoming the stuff of legend around the...
Mclay Looks like the Police Chief the City Needs
Unless there is video footage of incoming Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay kicking a puppy and burning a gasoline-soaked Terrible Towel in the middle of Lambeau Field, the most significant appointment of Mayor Bill Peduto's first year should have...
Medical Staff Picket County Jail Board Meeting
The same issues have been raised at Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board meetings for months, said Common Pleas Judge Joseph Williams, a board member, on Thursday.Medical staff for Corizon Health Inc., the Brentwood, Tenn.- based company, attend the...
NATION [Derived Headline]
JOB GROWTH SLOWS WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent, the Labor...
New Lawsuit Filed against Sandusky, Penn State Timing Important in Abuse Allegations
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A new lawsuit has been filed against Jerry Sandusky, Penn State University and The Second Mile by a man who claims Sandusky sexually abused him in 2008 and possibly in 2009. Any abuse in 2009 would have occurred after Victim 1's...
'No, No' on Dock Ellis a Very Good Pitch
Robin Williams joked about Dock Ellis pitching a no-hitter on LSD. Johnny Carson worked the famous curlers into his monologue one night, and to hear Dock tell it, everyone knew if he was pitching, he would be high. The only question: How high? He once...
Officer Who Shot Driver Testifies Policeman: Feared Defendant Had Gun
Pittsburgh police Officer David Derbish said when he saw Leon Ford's right hand reaching toward his right hip as the 19-year-old was stopped by police for speeding, he immediately recognized danger. Officer Derbish, who had been called to the scene...
'Of Mice and Men' Role a Special Calling for Actor
Leandro Cano met his destiny when he was 8 years old and in John Steinbeck country, Salinas, Calif., where he was attracted to one cover on a library display of the author's works. The book was of "Of Mice and Men." "I thought there were mice involved....
Panthers Follow Lopsided Opener with Tougher Test
Six days after laying waste to Delaware in its season opener, Pitt will step onto to a slightly larger stage tonight. How big? Well, the Panthers ACC opener against Boston College at 7 tonight isn't exactly Saturday night in prime time, but as sophomore...
Pa.'s Obesity Rates Aren't Budging We're Not Getting Any Leaner, Report Finds
Shortly after Karen Hacker took on the job of director of the Allegheny County Health Department, she launched Live Well Allegheny, an initiative to try to improve the health of residents. If the newest national statistics are any indication, stemming the...
Penn State Leaders Ask for Civility
As fallout over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal continues, Penn State's new president and other university officials asked members of the school's huge community today to at least be polite if they cannot agree with each other. The 450-word...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
Singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting and comedian-actress Lily Tomlin are this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. The 37th annual ceremony Dec. 7, which will be telecast by...
Phila. Scientists Unearth 65-Ton Dinosaur Argentina Fossil Could Reveal Mysteries
PHILADELPHIA - It weighed as much as eight school buses. Its 37-foot neck looked like a section of oil pipeline. Its thigh bone alone was as big as a grown man. Say hello to Dreadnoughtus schrani. Drexel University scientists announced Thursday they...
Pittsburgh on Pace to Meet Flood Map Deadline Federal Insurance Tied to FEMA Rules
Pittsburgh is on pace to adopt updated flood maps before the Sept. 26 deadline set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which administers the National Flood Insurance Program. The city was on a list of 102 Allegheny County municipalities that...
Police Chief Pick Aims to Build Ties with Community Former Madison Captain Expected to Begin Work Sept. 15
MERRIMAC, Wis. - The new nominee for Pittsburgh police chief, Cameron McLay, said that during his first days on the job, he will likely focus on building relationships with the community and working to understand the dynamics of the bureau. Mr. McLay,...
Post-Gazette Journalists Honored by Pittsburgh Black Media Federation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists picked up the lion's share of honors in the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's 2014 Robert L. Vann Media Awards. The winners were announced Thursday night at a reception at the University of Pittsburgh's O'Hara...
Prides of the City Ten Athletes Who Played for City League Schools and Made Their Marks in Various Sports
BASEBALL Paul Popovich, Perry -- Popovich was a Major League Baseball infielder (mostly second base) for 12 seasons. He spent most of his time with the Chicago Cubs, but also played 84 games with the Pirates in the 1974-75 seasons. He hit .312 with...
Risking Death for the Story Foley and Sotloff Reported Real News from Hard Places
My heart broke for Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded in Syria, not only because of the barbarity the Islamic State group inflicted on him but also because he died trying to push back against the trend in news coverage.Over the last...
Schedule Quirks? Computer to Blame
After his team's opening-night loss to Penn Hills, Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render questioned why the WPIAL had scheduled his team to play Penn Hills on the road two consecutive seasons. Some North Allegheny fans have wondered why the Tigers had to play...
She's Set to Succeed West Allegheny's Savisky Rates among the Elite of Setters in the Wpial
Tara Savisky is a four-year starter for the West Allegheny High School girls volleyball team, but she's actually been a part of the program for five years. "Tara was a manager for us during her eighth grade year," West Allegheny coach Brian Begor said....
SOUTH/CITY/COUNTY [Derived Headline]
SOUTH Claysville man gets nine months on gun charges A Claysville man who tinkered with two pistols in an effort to turn them into automatic weapons, while an FBI informant surreptitiously recorded him, was sentenced Thursday to nine months in prison....
Study Focuses on Child Abuse
UNITED NATIONS - One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and 6 in 10 children aged 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations' children's agency, UNICEF....
Study on Tv's Health Effects Not Conclusive
DEAR DOCTOR K: Is watching TV worse for your health than any other activities that keep you from being active? DEAR READER: We know that exercise is good for our health, and that too much inactivity is bad for our health. But does it make sense that...
Tentative Ccac-Union Deal Reached on 3-Year Contract Faculty Pact Moves Forward amid Latest Enrollment Drop
Negotiators for the Community College of Allegheny County and its faculty union have reached tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, capping four months of labor talks, the union's leader confirmed Thursday. John Dziak, president of the American...
The Down Side of Reclining Airline Etiquette Is the Only Not- Depressing Issue at Hand
I am trying to imagine how our national leaders would react if they got caught in a reclining airplane seat crisis. You know what I mean. If they were flying to some important meeting and the person in front flopped back into their personal space, crunching...
These Cats Are Ready for a Fight Game of the Week: Thomas Jefferson (1-0, 1-0) vs. Belle Vernon (1-0, 1-0)
Entering his fifth season as a head coach in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference, Matt Humbert knows what Thomas Jefferson represents. Under Bill Cherpak's guidance, the Jaguars have been nothing less than a machine, finishing first in the conference seven...
The Syndication Shuffle Meredith Vieira's Show among the Most Notable Addition to TV Schedules Rife with Changes
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. The transition from morning news anchor to syndicated daytime talk show host can be a rocky one. Just ask Jane Pauley and Katie Couric. They both tried and failed to make the move to another time period successfully. At least...
Time Isn't Necessarily on His Side
Time travel. Many of you would love to experience it, but The Fumbler knows none of you have. You all are huge fans of someone who has, though. He's the fella who writes this column. On a blazing-hot day this July, The Fumbler -- exhausted after playing...
Tomlin's Run as Elite Coach Will Be Lengthy
Coach A had a 71-41 record and won five division titles in his first seven NFL seasons. He was 5-6 in the postseason, including 1- 2 in AFC championship games. His 1995 team lost to Dallas in Super Bowl XXX. Coach B is 71-41 with three division titles...
Tracing Western Pennsylvania's Roots Finds an Area Engulfed in Turmoil
"A COLONY SPRUNG FROM HELL: PITTSBURGH AND THE STRUGGLE FOR AUTHORITY ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER, 1744-1794" By Daniel P. Barr. Kent State University Press ($65) We were so close to being Virginians. Until the American Revolution, the colonies of Virginia...
'Trip to Italy' Stuffed with Tedious Banter
They've taken their act on the international road, but they're not quite the new Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. They're Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the popular British comic- improv team who took "The Trip" (2010) through England's north country to sample...
Unsettling after the Gaza Battle, Israel Eyes More Settlements
On Sunday Israel declared another 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank near Bethlehem "state land," making it available to become Jewish settlements.It was predictable that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would take some such action to...
Urban Legend: Obama Has One of District's Top Players a Penn State Recruit, Kouyate Is Soccer Rarity, an Elite Player Who Hails from a City High School
Near one of the soccer nets is a baseball backstop, while behind the net at the other end sits a red brick building with graffiti painted on the side. On the other side of a fence at midfield are two old concrete basketball courts with paint chipping...
Viewers Choose the Director in Starz Show Filmed Here
LOS ANGELES - In the new Starz reality competition "The Chair," two young filmmakers-Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci-are given a challenge: Make a feature-length film shot in Pittsburgh, using the same script and a budget of just under $1 million....
White's Stock Continues to Soar as Wide Receiver
The walls of head coach Mark Duda's office at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., are lined with rows and rows of framed portraits of the players he has helped climb from the obscurity of junior- college football to Division I in the past two decades....
Woman Unsure about Future with Military Boyfriend
DEAR HARRIETTE: So I've been seeing a guy for a little over a year, and he's joined the Air Force. He will be starting basic training in the months to come. I've tried to do some research on what military life is like so I can know what to expect...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
HAMAS REJECTS DISARMAMENT GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A senior leader of Hamas today rejected Israel's demand that the group be disarmed as a condition for ending the long-running blockade of the Gaza Strip and permitting the opening of an air and sea...
Yinz Ready? Fans Uniform in Optimism for Start of Steelers Season
Marlene Campen came to Market Square today dressed in a full Troy Polamalu outfit. White No. 43 jersey complete with shoulder pads underneath, gold football pants with a black stripe running down the side and black Steelers helmet - with long black...
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