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Articles from March 9, 2015

22 Arrested in Lynching of Rape Suspect
NEW DELHI - Photographs and videos on social media of an enraged mob that seized a man accused of rape from a jail in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, dragged him through the streets and beat him to death helped lead to the arrests of 22...
Activists Decry Black Teen's Death Wisconsin Capital Marked by 3rd Day of Protests after Police Shooting
MADISON, Wis. - Activists protested for a third day in Madison, Wis., on Sunday over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman, the latest in a string of killings that have intensified concerns of racial bias in law enforcement....
After Selma - Again the Work of America's Civil Rights Revolution Continues
WASHINGTONWhere Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"The title of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last book, published in 1967 after Selma and after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, poses a perennially appropriate question - about our country's struggle...
Attend Church Only for the Right Reasons
DEAR HARRIETTE: My boyfriend is very religious, as is his family. He goes to church every Sunday. I was raised relatively religious, but I don't really practice anything anymore. I don't enjoy going to church, but I feel like it would be a nice gesture....
Bills Re-Sign De Hughes
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Defensive end Jerry Hughes is staying with the Buffalo Bills after signing a five-year contract worth more than $45 million today, a day before being eligible to become a free agent. The Bills announced the signing and scheduled...
Britain Ousts U.S. Team
Andy Murray beat John Isner in straight sets to give Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead against the United States in the Davis Cup World Cup Sunday at Glasgow, Scotland. Fifth-ranked Murray overcame a wobbly start in the first reverse singles to win,...
Civil Discord the Federal Ferguson Report Is a Call to Action
Recent federal investigations have exposed systemic patterns of improper and discriminatory policing in Ferguson, Mo., and Cleveland, Ohio. Such findings are almost surely not confined to these communities and likely suggest bias in law enforcement nationwide.Last...
Democrats Endorse Flaherty over Incumbent Wagner Fitzgerald Ally Has Momentum in Controller Race
Democratic Party regulars rebuffed Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner on Sunday, voting to support her challenger and predecessor, Mark Patrick Flaherty, as their endorsed candidate for the nomination that will be determined in the May primary...
Every Doctor Visit Should Include Medication Review
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm in my 70s. Every day I take 10 medications, many of which I have been taking for years. How do I know if all of these drugs are still necessary? DEAR READER: You've asked an important question. It should be a part of every medical...
Family Escaped Oppression in Africa Journalism Became a U.S. Springboard
Before Karamagi Rujumba became an American citizen in 2007, he was a proud son of Uganda. He spent his formative years in Kampala, where his father was a professor at Makerere University, but he was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1978. Because Karamagi's...
Get Lit New, Playful Lighting Options Come out of Las Vegas Home Show
LAS VEGAS - Taking a shine to millennials who'd rather express their individuality than follow traditional design edicts, manufacturers are making lighting that feels creative, innovative and playful. It's a sign of the times, especially when it...
Gop Scrambles to Keep Obamacare Subsidies Flowing in Case of Supreme Court Victory
What happens if Republicans win the Supreme Court case against Obamacare? They might end up like the dog that caught the car. Last week the court hear doral arguments in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the payment of Obamacare subsidies through...
He Aims to Ease Tax Burden on Poorest Districts
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf said his budget proposal would cut the average Pennsylvania homeowner's property taxes in half. What it would mean for a particular homeowner requires more calculation. The governor's plan would take $3.8 billion, much of...
#Historyuncorked: We Can Do It!
* Killer diller: The Heinz History Center on Friday welcomed roughly 2,000 partygoers (one of its most popular events ever) to be a part of this year's swingin' 1940s theme. The entire museum seemed to come alive, transported back to the glamorous era....
HOW WILL WOLF'S STATE TAX RATES STACK UP? [Corrected 03/10/15]
Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to increase the state sales tax might have Pennsylvanians gazing with envy at the four states that levy no such tax. His bid to increase the income tax might have people chortling in the seven states that don't take a bite...
Japan's Sun Poised to Rise on World Stage
While the Middle East and Eurasia are dominated by violent scenarios that change by the minute, Asia has been largely quiet, except for the Chinese military's "your island is my island" attempts to gulp down all the small islands in the South China...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
The Post-Gazette's comprehensive report of recent deaths includes three types of obituaries. News Obituaries, prepared by our staff, are published at the discretion of our editors; call 412-263-1371 to suggest a news obituary. Classified obituaries...
Local Rapper Jasiri X Recieves National Recognition for Activism
Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X has been selected as an Artist as Activist fellow by the New York-based Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The inaugural fellowship awarded grants totaling $400,000 to four independent artists and two artist collectives drawn...
Melancon, Watson Ready to Anchor Bullpen Again
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Tony Watson worked hard last season. He pitched in 78 games, tied with Milwaukee's Will Smith for the most in the National League, and two fewer than the major league leader, Cleveland right-hander Bryan Shaw. How does one recover...
Mine Worker Killed in W.Va. Identified [Derived Headline]
Mine worker killed in W.Va. identified The owner of a West Virginia coal mine has identified the worker killed when a mine roof collapsed Sunday night. In a statement to media outlets, Murray Energy identified the miner who was killed as John M. "Mike"...
NATION [Derived Headline]
Fraternity closed after racist video NORMAN, Okla. - The president of the University of Oklahoma chastised members of a fraternity today who participated in a racist chant caught on video, calling them disgraceful and their behavior reprehensible....
NORTH/CITY/SOUTH [Derived Headline]
NORTH Man, woman found dead in home in Harrison Autopsy results are pending for a man and a woman found dead Friday in the man's Harrison home, a spokesman from the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Sunday. Frank Nicolazzo, 57, and Angela...
Northern Iowa Rallies to Grab League Crown No. 11 Panthers Dodge Upset Bid by Illinois State
The Missouri Valley player of the year looked the part when it counted. His Northern Iowa teammates stepped up, too, when the game looked hopeless. Seth Tuttle had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, leading the No. 2 seed, 11th-ranked Panthers (30-3)...
Obama's Trade Rescuers He Needs the Gop for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
WASHINGTONMichael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved. In trade negotiations,...
Obama to Push Training Project
President Barack Obama today will announce a program to provide more Americans with the training needed to secure jobs in the high- technology industry, the White House said. The initiative, which Mr. Obama will detail at a National League of Cities...
Oh Deer, It's Going to Be Some Night in Mt. Lebanon
An emergency session of the Gently Rampaging Deer of Mt. Lebanon Coalition was called over the weekend, and hundreds of its members gathered along the fairway of the municipal golf course's eighth hole to discuss the unprecedented crisis. The coalition's...
Only Their Shadows Know Have the Clintons Learned Nothing about Being Honest?
WASHINGTONSomewhere in Smithsonian storage sits a portrait of Bill Clinton with two odd features: He is standing next to a shadow meant to conjure Monica Lewinsky's blue dress, and he is not wearing his gold wedding ring.As we have been reminded by a...
Outmoded Energy Ideas Won't Bring Prosperity
State Rep. Jeff Pyle's criticism ("Obama's Energy Policies Hurt Working Families," Feb. 26 letters) of the administration's efforts to combat climate change is wrongheaded from both environmental and economic perspectives.Although he mentions greenhouse...
Panthers Have Another Shot to Get It Right
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Pitt coach Jamie Dixon couldn't fully explain what happened to the Panthers in the final week of the regular season, but it is clear he will spend a lot of time in the offseason trying to figure it out. The Panthers were sitting...
Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast with ... Michael Nouri
Michael Nouri hit the ground running when he co-starred with Jennifer Beals in the 1983 hit film "Flashdance," set and filmed in Pittsburgh. Since then he has been on Broadway, in movies and on television, appearing in many hit shows including FX's...
Pbt Raises the Bar with 'Premieres'
A ballet company's reputation is often built on its repertory, the list of ballets that it presents to the local and dance communities-at-large. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has long been concentrating on its bottom line -balancing the financial spreadsheet,...
Robert Morris Rolls into Semifinal
Rebecca Navarro scored a career-high 23 points, Anna Niki Stamolamprou just missed a triple-double and third-seeded Robert Morris pulled away in the second half to rout No. 6 seed Fairleigh Dickinson, 89-60, in the Northeast Conference tournament...
Sally Levin May 29, 1926 - March 7, 2015 Levin Furniture Matriarch, Benefactor
A love of all things bright and beautiful helped shape everything that Sally Levin did in her long life, from creating a home for her family to developing the family business to helping her community. Although her husband, Leonard, was the family's...
Scammer Threatens Lawmaker's Wife with Arrest
A state representative from Butler County last week got a taste of a scam that his constituents had complained to him about. A caller to Rep. Brian L. Ellis' home threatened to arrest the legislator and his wife, Monica, if they didn't pay at first...
Shoe Expo Unites Local Sneakerheads
Brush the snow off your sneakers! Refresh PGH, which sells sneakers on consignment and offers customization and restoration services at its location in Friendship, will hold the second annual Winter Shoe Expo from 1-6 p.m. Saturday.The event will welcome...
Small Beer This Counts as Change from the Lcb?
On the way home from work today, feel free to stop by the local beer distributorship and pick up a 12-pack. Only in Pennsylvania would this be a revolutionary option.The tiny victory for consumers is possible because the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board,...
Squirrel Hill Gateway on the Verge of Housing Action
The time may finally be ripe for a proposed development to actually happen at a major Squirrel Hill gateway. Landmark Properties Group is proposing a four-story building of 23 condos with indoor parking and a fitness center on the site of the former...
Stalled School Sale Frustrates City Council Member
City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, who has spent part of the past year on a task force to build bridges between city government, community groups and Pittsburgh Public Schools, gave the district a very public scolding last week over its failure...
State Troopers Wound Man Said to Fire Rifle in Dispute
State troopers in Butler County shot and wounded a man early Sunday after he reportedly fired a rifle into the air and into a Butler Township residence, then refused to drop the weapon upon police command. Samuel Lewis Wheeler, 24, of Butler will face...
Team Happy to Grind out Road Wins
LOS ANGELES - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby described the 1-0 overtime win Saturday against the Kings as a "playoff-style game" with not many chances for either side. In such games, it's usually not a pretty goal that wins the game, but a player being...
Technical Issues Could Delay Deer Cull More Equipment, Workers Needed for Mt. Lebanon Project
The cull of 150 white-tailed deer in Mt. Lebanon, scheduled to start tonight, might be delayed for technical reasons. Brian Benner of Wildlife Specialists in Wellsboro, Tioga County, said Sunday that some necessary equipment wasn't in place. The company...
'The Returned' Holds Up with French Original
San Francisco - Popular thinking has it that Europe makes great TV shows which the U.S. TV industry remakes as lesser shows. There have been exceptions, of course - the U.S. version of "House of Cards," "Shameless" and the now canceled "The Bridge"...
Three of Pitt's Top Seeds Claim Individual Crowns Panthers Finish 2nd Behind Virginia; Ncaas in Two Weeks
Max Thomusseit grew up in the central Ohio town of St. Paris, a small community where many people he knows work on farms harvesting hay and raising cattle. From that environment came a talented wrestler who enters the final weeks of his collegiate...
Traditional Spanish Fare Gets Light-Style Adaptation
Red bell peppers, chicken, sherry, onion and garlic are frequently used in Spanish cuisine. In keeping with today's trends, new and lighter recipes are evolving from traditional Spanish cooking. Here is my re-creation of an old Spanish favorite. The...
Traffic Curbs to Begin Today for Birmingham Bridge Rehab
A new traffic pattern is scheduled to take effect for the $28.5 million Birmingham Bridge rehabilitation project Friday night, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced. Restrictions will begin today in preparation for the traffic shifts,...
Weed-Eating Goats for Hire?
Goats can't legally reside in Pittsburgh - yet - but a number of people want them as regular visitors. And an entrepreneur hopes to fulfill that wish. Carrie Pavlik of Allentown, 30, is starting Steel City Grazers, a goats-for-hire business to put...
Who's Next on List of Disgraced Coaches?
First, it was Bill Belichick. He won his fourth Super Bowl in February with the New England Patriots, but he never will be regarded as one of the NFL's great coaches. Blame Spygate and Deflategate. "Beli-cheat," coaching legend Don Shula called him....
Witness Recalls Aftermath of Boston Blast
BOSTON - Moments after being blasted into the air "like a rocket" in the Boston Marathon bombing, nurse Jessica Kensky saw that her husband's leg had been blown off and leaped into action, struggling to put a tourniquet on him, she testified today....
Wolf's Tax Plan: A Camel's Nose in the Tent
Here's the only thing most citizens can probably agree on in these early days of chewing over Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed state budget: Imposing a tax on catalogs wouldn't be too terrible. They say we wind up with less of anything we tax, so most of us...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
Iraq defends aid from Iran BAGHDAD - The Iraqi defense minister said today that his government is comfortable asking for and receiving help from Iran, a major U.S. adversary, in its fight against Islamic State militants. "We are in a state of war,"...
Wpial Sets New Mark for Dapper Dan Classic
The WPIAL dominated the PIAA wrestling championships over the weekend in Hershey, Pa. WPIAL wrestlers claimed 15 of the 28 titles, nine in Class AAA and six in Class AA. So it's no surprise the Pennsylvania all-star team for the 41st annual Dapper...
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