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Articles from June 8, 2014

2014 Tony Award Nominees
The nominees for the 68th annual Tony Awards are: * Best Play: "Act One"; "All the Way"; "Casa Valentina"; "Mothers and Sons"; "Outside Mullingar" * Best Musical: "After Midnight"; "Aladdin"; "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical"; "A Gentleman's Guide...
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THURSDAY The documentary "The New Black" will be shown at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 5:30 p.m. The documentary tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue...
3 Ohio Lighthouses Are Open to Visitors
SOUTH BASS ISLAND, Ohio - Most visitors to party-happy Put-in- Bay don't realize that there is an old lighthouse on the island, one with its own ghosts. The South Bass Light Station is tucked on the island's southwest corner. It's not far from the...
Air Force Museum Starts with Wright Stuff
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio Turns out, I have a few things in common with Wilbur and Orville Wright. I grew up near Dayton, Ohio. I've been very involved in bicycling and newspapering. I even, like Wilbur, was smacked in the face by...
A NURSE'S FRANK APPROACH TO END OF LIFE Series: LIFE'S JOURNEY: A BETTER END
Nearly 7,000 people die each day in the United States. At 11:35 p.m. on May 23, as a CD played Beethoven's "Fleur de Lis" in her bedroom on one of Pittsburgh's highest hills, Joan Baldwin-Branch was one of them. Few others approached their death as...
Arena League: Power 65 Voodoo 26 Winning Streak Rolls on Big Second Half Nets 6th Victory in a Row 10p-18-2
There were varying accounts of what exactly Power coach Ron James said at halftime Saturday against New Orleans. The longtime Arena Football League coach didn't go into detail about it, just noted that he can't remember the last time he had a tirade...
Around the Majors
National League* Cubs 5, Marlins 2: Junior Lake hit two home runs, Emilio Bonifacio added a two-run shot and host Chicago extended its winning streak to five with a victory against Miami. Jeff Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits in seven...
Asides
AHOY THERE, Asides readers! Pittsburgh is some 300 miles from the ocean but, unlikely as it may have seemed, Navy Week was celebrated here last week. Sailors visited from the city's namesake, USS Pittsburgh, a Los Angeles-class submarine, and the USS...
Baseball : NCAA Tournament Tcu's Success Representative of Solid Big 12
Texas and Oklahoma State hosted super regionals beginning Friday, while TCU and Texas Tech began hosting Saturday. The last time TCU made it to the NCAA Super Regionals, the Horned Frogs were playing their final games as a member of the Mountain West...
Baseball: Semifinal Preview Seneca Valley Turnaround Befits Coach
If the Seneca Valley baseball team was a building, then Eric Semega was part of the foundation, one of the first bricks laid 29 years ago. Semega was a sophomore on the first Seneca Valley team in 1985. Now the program just might be the tallest building...
Beechview Man Gets Prison for Selling Synthetic Party Drug He Was Importing It from China
A Beechview man was sentenced in federal court Friday to 37 months in prison for importing and selling the party drug methylone, a key ingredient in the drug widely known as "Molly." Molly emerged in the national spotlight in recent years after leading...
BELMONT STAKES CHART [Derived Headline]
BELMONT STAKES CHARTBELMONT PARK11th Race -- 1 1/2 Miles. Purse $1,500,000-Added 3 Year Olds.The Belmont Stakes 146th Running.Stake Value Of Race $1,500,000. Value To Winner $800,000; Second $280,000Third $150,000; Fourth $100,000; Fifth $60,000.Horse__...
Bigger Than Benghazi? Obama Makes a Bad Deal for a Deserter
When Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, 23, walked away from his guard post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan June 30, 2009, he left behind his rifle, helmet, flak jacket - and a note saying he'd become disillusioned with the Army. "I am ashamed to be an...
Biggest Loss Would Be an Injured Cole
You know it's a rotten day for your baseball team when the highlight is making five errors and getting blown out by the club you are chasing in your division. The really bad news for the Pirates didn't come Saturday night until after their 9-3 loss to...
Bill Brink on the Pirates a Weekly Look at the Team, the Issues and the Questions
THE WEEK'S BESTHIGHS & LOWS(Saturday-Friday: Week ending June 6)National LeagueHIGHEST BATTING AVERAGE (Min. 10 ABs)Player, team__ AB__ R__ H__ BAJose Tabata, Pit__ 12__ 3__ 7__ .583Tommy La Stella, Atl__ 17__ 2__ 9__ .529Jordy Mercer, Pit__ 22__ 8__...
Black Cloud Already Sits above Series
SAN ANTONIO -- Did the Heat just lose to the Spurs, or to the heat? What a shame there would be any doubt about that. What an outrageous embarrassment for the NBA, on its greatest stage, that a game-long lack of air-conditioning in San Antonio's arena...
Blue Backdrop Conceals Lack of Newsroom Bustle
Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here's a selection of recent queries. Q.: On WPXI, only their morning newscast uses a blue generic backdrop behind the anchors....
Brewers 9, Pirates 3 5 Errors Too Many to Overcome in Loss
The Pirates smashed 16 hits Friday night in a rout of division- leading Milwaukee, but they got off to an inauspicious start Saturday with three first-inning errors. It foreshadowed the rest of the afternoon. The Brewers collected nine hits and took...
BUILDING HIS FUTURE IN AN ADOPTED CITY A NIGERIAN IMMIGRANT BRINGS AN ENTREPRENEURIAL DRIVE TO HIS NEW COUNTRY Series: PITTSBURGH'S NEW IMMIGRANTS
For one Pittsburgh immigrant, the chickens really did come before the eggs. When Emeka Onwugbenu was 9 and growing up in a small village in Nigeria, his grandmother gave him a pair of chickens. For him, they weren't pets. They were a business opportunity....
Building New Cities Medillin, Colombia, of All Places, Shows How Urban Areas Can Succeed for Everyone, Writes Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz
ast month, a remarkable gathering occurred in Medellin, Colombia. Some 22,000 people came together to attend the World Urban Forum and discuss the future of cities. The focus was on creating "cities for life" - that is, on promoting equitable development...
Buying Here: Observatory Hill
The charms of Victorian architecture are timeless: intricate woodwork, built-in cabinets, pocket doors and ornate hardware and other embellishments. Unfortunately, what they did not have in Queen Victoria's time are modern touches like powder rooms,...
Capturing a Moment Pittsburgh Native Joan Marcus Wins a Special Tony for Her Iconic Images of Broadway Shows
Joan Marcus doesn't sing or dance. Nor does she write plays, music or lyrics. She has no lighting or costume design credits to her name. Still, if you're a fan of Broadway shows, you have seen her work. From the Emerald City in "Wicked" to the clueless...
Central Pa. Garden Girls Plant Seeds of Success
WEST YORK, Pa. -- She's saving up for her first dump truck. "I want to have pink dump trucks all over York County," said Valerie Mace, owner of Garden Girls of PA in West York. She will use the trucks to haul soil, mulch and more to a growing number...
Change in Sex Offender Law Leads to Appeals
In September 2011, Lawrence Jones, then 26, was arrested for having a relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Six months later, he agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and corruption of minors, while the prosecution dropped...
Chrome's Empty Tank Obvious to Jockey Espinoza Right Away
Since Affirmed swept the previous Triple Crown in 1978, Victor Espinoza is the only jockey to get two cracks at winning the elusive title again. Both times he has left empty-handed. It was War Emblem in 2002. Saturday, it was California Chrome's turn...
Clothing Trend Swings to Alpha Sizing
Fashion loves buzz words. The latest ones: alpha sizing. The phrase was the subject of a Wall Street Journal story last week that predicted that more apparel designers and brands likely will ditch numeric clothing measurements in exchange for alpha sizes...
Congress, Stop Talking and Solve Va Problems
Reading about and watching the congressional hearings regarding the problems at the veterans hospitals is like watching a case study in hypocrisy, double-talk and subversion. We veterans are going to have to retire the word "hero" as Congress has...
CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]
The Bergdahl brouhaha The local Two Political Junkies blog offers this take on the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner trade under the headline, "Tracking the Crazy": "From infowars . 'Libertarian pundit and and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew...
Dark Days in the Electric Valley Historian and Former Chief Union Steward Charles Mccollester Revisits the Little-Known Westinghouse Walkout of 1914
In fall 1985, during the last days of the Union Switch & Signal complex in Swissvale, I was chief steward of local 610 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. Most days, after some hours as a laborer in the machine shop, I made...
District 3 Sweeps Piaa Title Games North Allegheny Fails to Defend Aaa; Ambridge Falls Short in Class AA Final
It was a battle of WPIAL champs vs. District 3 champs in the PIAA boys volleyball title matches Saturday at Penn State University's Recreation Hall. District 3's champs won both battles, with Central York and Northeastern claiming titles. North Allegheny...
Echoes of Steubenville Sex Assault Cases Show How Internet Speculation Runs Way Ahead of Evidence
Last month, two dozen Georgia high school students headed to a post-prom celebration at a rented resort cabin stocked with booze. By morning, according to local police, an 18-year-old woman had been isolated in a room and sexually assaulted by three...
Expand the Rooney Rule It Should Apply to Hiring across the Pittsburgh Region to Equalize Opportunities for Minorities, Argues B- Pep's Tim Stevens
In 2010 the Pittsburgh metro area was rated 40th out of 40 regions in the United States in conditions for the black working poor and black children. This shocking reality led the leadership of the Black Political Empowerment Project and the Coalition Against...
EYEWITNESS 1918 INJURED NURSE IS LAUDED AFTER OAKDALE EXPLOSION Series: EYEWITNESS
A young nurse from New Philadelphia, Ohio, became the heroine of rescue efforts following the Aetna Chemical Co. disaster. Marlyn Ashelman, 22, was injured in the last of several blasts that tore apart the explosives plant near Oakdale on May 18, 1918. Her...
Facts & Figures
Information that might prove useful as the tournament plays out over the course of the next five weeks:KEY DATA * What: The 20th FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup in which the national teams from 32 countries compete...
Gop Hopes to End Dems' Hold on W.Va
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- On the wall of the Bluebird restaurant and convenience store here is a T-shirt that says, "West Virginia is more than just coal. We also have pepperoni rolls." With last week's proposal from President Barack Obama's administration...
Hershey's Store Opens in Vegas
A chocolate lover's paradise featuring a giant, Hershey bar replica of the Empire State Building is now open on the Las Vegas Strip. The two-story Hershey's Chocolate World store debuted Tuesday at the New York-New York casino. It features a super-sized...
How a Text-Based Rpg Got to No. 1 1st-Time Developer Painstakingly Worked to Make Ios Hit
Amir Rajan quit his job last year to pursue his passion for coding. He built an app called "A Dark Room" that became the No. 1- selling app in Apple's U.S. App Store last month. But this is not a story of overnight success. This is a story of how the...
Immigrants Fill the Gaps They Tend to Be Either Highly Educated or Willing to Work Low-Wage Jobs, Explains Penn State's Fariborz Ghadar
Though it cannot be denied that the United States has an unemployment problem, immigrants are not the reason. Even if you ignore the positive impact many have on the job market through becoming entrepreneurs, immigrants still do not create a liability....
In Defense of Jeffrey Romoff the Upmc CEO Should Be Heralded for Helping to Reinvent Pittsburgh, Writes Doctor
Almost daily, a headline, article, tweet or blog post attempts to publicly shame Jeffrey Romoff, criticize his salary and belittle the health care empire that he and Dr. Thomas Detre built. I may be in the minority, but I do not believe Mr. Romoff...
I Want to Be a Cyborg the Melding of Man and Machine Is Happening before Our Eyes - and in Our Heads, Explains Professor Noah Smith
I read the news. Barely a day goes by when I don't read about some advance in cyborg technology.Cyborg technology includes a number of different things: biomechanical engineering, mind-machine interface, neuroengineering and a number of other health-care...
Johnstown Native Leaves Mark on Cfl
JOHNSTOWN --- Geroy Simon went out on top of the Canadian Football League on multiple fronts. The Greater Johnstown High School graduate officially announced his retirement Wednesday after 15 seasons in which he caught more passes for more yardage in...
KENYAN DUO PAVE THEIR WAY IN PITTSBURGH IN THEIR NATIVE COUNTRY, THEIR PATHS WOULD HAVE REMAINED SEPARATE; HERE, TWO WOMEN TEAM UP TO BENEFIT FROM NEWFOUND FREEDOM. Series: PITTSBURGH'S NEW IMMIGRANTS
In Kenya, May Lebo and Lavender Wachira never would have met, let alone become business partners. They were from different ethnic groups, different social classes and different parts of the country.But in Pittsburgh, where they attended school, the two...
Lincoln's Three Campaigns Our Civil War President Despaired of Winning Re-Election, but Prevailed in Convincing Fashion
The word "campaign" has its origins in 17th-century battles, the term referring to an army's field operations. By the beginning of the 19th century, "campaign" took on its current political meaning. And 150 years ago, it was aptly applied to both....
Living outside the Jesus Subculture
"JESUSRELIGION: WHY HE IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN TRYING HARDER, DOING MORE AND BEING GOOD ENOUGH" By Jefferson Bethke. Thomas Nelson ($16.99). To the unaware, the title of this book may sound like a spiritual cop-out, written by one of those earnest 20-somethings...
Local Players Taken in Third Day of Draft
Three WPIAL players and five college players with local ties were selected Saturday in the 2014 MLB Draft. Norwin infielder J.J. Matijevic was taken in the 22nd round by the Boston Red Sox. Keystone Oaks pitcher Taylor Lehman and Blackhawk pitcher Brendan...
Los Angeles Coach Tough Nut to Crack
LOS ANGELES -- Journalists trying to describe Darryl Sutter's dealings with journalists often struggle to put into words a guy who has a unique way of putting things into words. He is Bill Belichick crossed with Casey Stengel, crossed with, well, there...
Mary Beth Beggy Fischerkeller May 14, 1967 - June 6, 2014 'Inspirational' Person with Unstoppable Energy
There's an old saying about how people may forget your words, but they'll never forget the way you made them feel. Mary Beth Beggy Fischerkeller was one of those rare people whom life never lets you forget. Always concerned about making others feel better,...
Pa. Review: No Politics on Sandusky
HARRISBURG -- A review has found no evidence that then-Attorney General Tom Corbett delayed the investigation into serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky for political gain, but it raises questions about the pace of the case, according to three people who...
Patriotism Is Pipe Dream to Some Steel Purchasers
If Marcellus Shale is a boon to American manufacturing, why is the U.S. Steel plant that supplies pipe to the drillers shutting down in McKeesport? The steel industry has named its villain: South Korean manufacturers who illegally dump their tubes here....
Penguins the Search Needed: Ability to Adjust New GM Eyes Coach Who Can,will Adjust
New Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford likely doesn't know who will be replacing Dan Bylsma as coach. But, after being introduced as Ray Shero's successor Friday, Rutherford said he has a couple of "short lists" of candidates -- one bearing three...
Prospects Camp Yields QB Commitment
Pitt coach Paul Chryst repeatedly has said one of his staff's biggest criteria when evaluating potential recruits is in-person evaluations. This weekend was a big step in that regard. Chryst and his assistants got to look at some of their potential 2015...
Races to Watch at the Tonys Tonight Could Audra Mcdonald Be the First to Win in 4 Acting Categories?
Presenting: What to watch for when the 68th annual Tony Awards ceremony is telecast live at 8 tonight on CBS. A 90-minute preshow, including red-carpet arrivals, will be streamed live by NY1.com. Race to the finish: Cherry Jones vs. Audra McDonald...
Recruiting Bowe Bergdahl He Seemed an Ideal Recruit; What Happened in Afghanistan? Asks Slate's Joshua Keating
It shouldn't be surprising that many U.S. service members are not overjoyed by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release from captivity. Sgt. Bergdahl slipped away from his platoon in 2009 after becoming disillusioned with the U.S. war effort, and accusations against...
Reporting in Peril Prosecuting Journalists Threatens Democracy
The U.S. Supreme Court last week turned down the appeal of James Risen, a New York Times reporter who could go to jail for refusing to divulge a confidential source. By declining to hear the case, the high court tacitly affirmed the chilling opinion...
Returning Vets Are Seeing New Options
Serving in the U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit in the early 1990s, Brian Marzka was part of a special operations crew tasked with counterterrorism missions that sometimes left the members outnumbered with only weapons and their collective wits on their...
Sharapova Wins Three-Set Thriller Earns Second Title by Edging Halep
PARIS -- Nothing came easily for Maria Sharapova in the French Open final. Serves missed the mark, resulting in 12 double-faults. Shots that would be winners were retrieved and sent right back. Leads that usually hold up vanished in a blink. On a muggy...
SHORT HOPS: 2014 WEEKLY LOG [Derived Headline]
MAY 30 Has there been a more complete game by a position player this season? Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes doubles, triples, homers, drives in five runs and throws out two runners at the plate -- both in the second inning -- in an 11-3 win vs. the Angels....
Softball: Semifinal Preview Greensburg Salem Primed to Get over Hump
Last season, the Greensburg Salem softball team was a hard-to- control force. The Golden Lions won 22 of their first 24 games, often in overwhelming fashion, on their way to the program's first WPIAL championship, an eight-run win. Because of that, Jody...
Sources: Sterling's Wife Could Remain Involved
Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling would continue to play a role in the team under terms of the pending sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, according to two individuals close to the negotiations. The individuals, who are not authorized...
Southern Comfort? Not from the Sec
George O'Leary is starting to wonder if the Southeastern Conference is being governed by league commissioner Mike Slive or Confederate President Jefferson Davis. O'Leary, the blunt, straightforward coach of the UCF Knights, compares the SEC's recent...
Taking a Hit Neighborhood Construction Projects Are Causing Restaurants to Suffer
With many restaurants operating on razor-thin profit margins, being on the fault line of local construction projects - especially those that stretch over years - can be a major blow to their bottom lines. Some local restaurants are reporting drops...
The Belmont Stakes Tarnished Chrome Tonalist Spoils California Horse's Bid for Triple Crown after Skipping 1st Two Legs
ELMONT, N.Y. -- After a 12th consecutive failed run for the Triple Crown in the past 36 years, the same things happened. Fans sat disappointed in the grandstand, sobering up. Many waited in long lines at the train station just outside the entrance. Others shuffled...
The Greatest Generation Revisited New Histories Take a Mostly Critical Look at Macarthur and an Admiring One at FDR
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur"By Mark Perry Basic Books ($29.99) "NO END SAVE VICTORY: HOW FDR LED THE NATION INTO WAR By David Kaiser Basic Books ($27.99) In late July 1932, presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt...
The Healing Priest in Late 1800s, Thousands Sought Him out at Troy Hill Church
He was born to a wealthy Belgian family, studied medicine in Europe, became a priest, and rode on horseback in northwestern Pennsylvania to say Mass and treat people's ailments. But it wasn't until the Rev. Suitbert Godfrey Mollinger arrived in Pittsburgh...
The Stage Is Set for Scares Thrills Ensue When Physician's Family Visits Actor's 'Summer House with Swimming Pool'
"Summer House With Swimming Pool"By Herman Koch Hogarth ($24) There are all kinds of scary novels, and this one, out of the Netherlands, Herman Koch's "Summer House With Swimming Pool," is perhaps the most unsettling sort. It's devilish. The first-person...
They're Not Affected
Regarding the June 5 Perspectives commentary "Let UPMC and Highmark Argue It Out" by Steve Pociask and Joseph P. Fuhr Jr.: As a former Highmark subscriber, current UPMC Medicare subscriber and patient, I would like to bring one specific issue up to...
Thieves Find Lucrative New Commodity - Grease Liquid Gold, as Some in the Trade Call It, Can Be Worth Thousands
FORT WORTH, Texas - In darkened alleyways, a slimy cat-and-mouse game is playing out across America. Men in trucks are fighting over a dirty and sometimes foul- smelling substance that restaurants once paid to get hauled off. Now it can be worth thousands...
TICKET KEY [Derived Headline]
TICKET KEYTF: www.ticketfly.com; 1-877-435-9849.TM: www.ticketmaster.com; 1-800-745-3000.TW: i.ticketweb.com; 1-866-468-3401.SCREECHING WEASEL: Altar Bar, today, 7:30 p.m. $25; TF.POLICA: Mr. Smalls, Tue., 8 p.m., $15; TW.JAMES MCMURTRY: Club Cafe, Tue.,...
Torre Takes the Time to Reflect on Yankees
NEW YORK -- Could Joe Torre's managerial career with the Yankees, which will earn him induction into Cooperstown next month, have been extended if Torre had the opportunity to speak directly with a healthier George Steinbrenner after the 2007 season?...
Va Hopeful Drops Out
WASHINGTON -- The CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, who was approached by the White House about heading the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove said in a statement Saturday that he was "humbled...
Wave of Terror in Iraq Kills 52
BAGHDAD -- A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq's capital Saturday night, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country's restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said. The...
We Are All Immigrants in Zachary Lazar's Dazzling Novel, Gangster Meyer Lansky's Deportation from Israel and the Investigation into the Death of a Poet Converge
"I Pity the Poor Immigrant" By Zachary Lazar Little, Brown and Company ($25) In "I Pity the Poor Immigrant," Zachary Lazar explores identity, the concept underlying his striking novel, through shifting narrators, shadowy characters and locales that...
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WEST Aliquippa man killed in Beaver County parkway crash An Aliquippa man was killed early Saturday morning on the Parkway West when the truck he was driving veered off the highway just past the Hopewell exit, state police said. Police said Michael M....
Who Needs Flying Cars?
Outside Boston, a team boasting nine MIT degrees wants to end your terrible commute. There's no sitting in traffic when you can hit a button, take off vertically and fly straight to your destination. Ahh yes, the dream of the Jetsons realized. Eager...
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