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Articles from August 27, 2014

3 Keys to Penn State's Season
1. Hackenberg must continue to progress under James Franklin Say whatever you want about this year. Maybe it'll be the hardest yet under the sanctions, maybe Penn State will defy expectations. Either way, the most important player on the team for the...
Afghan Election Audit Stalled
KABUL, Afghanistan - Threatening to derail a tenuous Afghan political deal again, a top aide to presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said Tuesday that the campaign would pull out of an internationally monitored vote audit unless changes to the...
Aliquippa Freshman Henry Is a Starter
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dravon Henry's previous snap came in the WPIAL Class AA championship football game on a snowy day at Heinz Field nine months ago. He jarred the ball loose at the goal line with less than three minutes left, but South Fayette was...
Alumni View Change as Major Positive
Denis Herron was a rookie with the Penguins in 1972 when an older goaltender "showed me the ropes a little bit." That was Jim Rutherford. The two former goalies were reunited Tuesday when they played in the Penguins' annual alumni charity golf outing...
Area Unemployment Holds Steady in July 3k Fewer People Were Working Last Month
The labor market report on the Pittsburgh metropolitan area released by the Department of Labor and Industry on Tuesday showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent in July, the same rate it had been in June. But...
Around the Majors
National League* Cubs 3, Reds 0: Travis Wood (8-11) pitched six innings of two- hit ball against his former team for his first win in two months, leading visiting Chicago past Johnny Cueto and Cincinnati. Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run shot and Anthony...
Barmes Starts; Mercer Rests
Clint Barmes started at shortstop Tuesday night for the Pirates, one day after being reinstated from the disabled list for a severe groin strain. It was his first start since June 25. Doctors told Barmes that 90 percent of the muscle tore away from the...
Brosnan's Refined Spy Tactics Give 'November Man' a Lift
If you're a completist, you might want to get in on the ground (film) floor of "The November Man." That is because plans already have been announced for a sequel to the espionage thriller opening in theaters today and based on Bill Granger's novel...
Business Briefs
Region construction contracts up $62MContracts for future construction in the Pittsburgh region rose by 29 percent in July, McGraw Hill Construction reported. The value of all contracts for the month was $275.7 million, up from $213.8 million in July...
Cautionary Tales for War Correspondents
WASHINGTON - Being a war correspondent is glamorous and exciting, high up on the list of any aspiring young journalist. But it is also extremely dangerous under any circumstance - especially when those practicing it are pretty much on their own without...
Childhood Memories, CNN Suicide Clip Turned Dancer into Filmmaker
What would end up being a life-changing project started out as a simple, visceral response to a clip on CNN. It was 2009. Joshua Sweeny came home from a full day of rehearsal at the Pittsburgh dance company Bodiography Contemporary Ballet. He sat down...
City to Start Work on Bike-Only Lanes Project in Downtown, Strip Set to Begin Next Week
Installation of bicycle-only lanes on Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh and the Strip District will begin next week, Mayor Bill Peduto announced. The protected lanes will be placed on the eastbound side of Penn from Sixth to 16th streets. That is...
Cleveland Is Love Struck
Kevin Love's phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All- Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland for the Cavaliers. "I'm in," Love told James. For the long haul. Getting used to a new city and new team after being acquired by Cleveland...
Cmu Unfolds Brainhub Research Effort
If the medical focus of the 20th century was infections, Thomas R. Insel said the 21st century focus is incommunicable diseases, with a big spotlight on brain disorders. And research finally is turning attention to arguably the biggest mystery of science:...
Cohon's Fracking Role Raises Concern the Pg Attacks Our Work While Ignoring Cssd Ethical Questions
Not long before Jared Cohon became the president of Carnegie Mellon, he advised a tobacco industry front group designed to manipulate public opinion about secondhand smoke. The nonprofit watchdog group I direct, the Public Accountability Initiative,...
Cornhole Is Nothing to Dismiss out of Hand
Labor Day is almost upon us, a time to relax, enjoy the waning warmth of summer, have a few adult beverages, consider the contributions of labor and play cornhole. This last activity would not have made my list of Labor Day activities a year ago,...
Davis Plays Mr. Clutch Pinch-Hit Homer Pulls out Victory, but Mccutchen, Alvarez Are Hurt Pirates 5, Cardinals 2
One swing of the bat by Ike Davis returned the game Tuesday night to the Pirates. Davis launched a pinch-hit, three-run home run over the center- field wall in the eighth inning Tuesday night to lead the Pirates to a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Cardinals....
Delicious Innovation Food Festival Celebrates All Things Tasty in Pittsburgh
Not just anybody could sneak into the Clover Mountain Foods Fall Food Show held Tuesday in Suite B at Heinz Field, but almost everybody in the region will eventually taste the products on display there. There were booths for Hormel, Nestle, Butterball...
Demonstrations in Ferguson Raise Critical Questions
I've never thought of myself as having any special wisdom. But they say wisdom comes from experience, and sadly, I've had enough experience with flare-ups like Ferguson, Mo., that wisdom has come unbidden. I say "flare-ups" because, like an ill-placed...
Dern Connects with Role of Coach's Wife in New Movie
Laura Dern has reached a point in her life where she concentrates on landing the parts she knows she is right to play-such as the role of Beverly Ladouceur in "When the Game Stands Tall." "When I know I am the person to play the part, I will fight hard to...
Disunited They Stand Potential American Allies in the Fight for Iraq Are a Sorry Lot
The picture of President Barack Obama returning from his vacation ready to make a decision on U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Syria to try to head off Islamic State forces there is very disturbing and demands careful analysis and consideration...
Drones along Nature's Trails
An editorial from The New York TimesIt was John Muir, the great evangelist of America's wilderness, who warned: "The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature."The National Park Service made no mention of heathenism, but its concern...
Early Risers Later School Starts Would Have Many Consequences
For years, Americans have seen proposals come and go on starting classes later for students in high schools and middle schools.In 1999, the California Legislature had a bill to delay school start times; it didn't pass. In 2005, Pittsburgh school officials floated...
Education Funding Boosters Coming to Pa
HARRISBURG - A corps of current and former school administrators is preparing to travel Pennsylvania to mobilize local officials for efforts to revamp K-12 education funding. The initiative comes as a state commission charged with recommending a new...
Evidence Prompts Warrant in Cyanide Death Case
Prosecutors trying the case of a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of killing his wife with cyanide last year issued a new search warrant in the case Tuesday - just days after they learned from state police forensic examiners of evidence...
Fighting to Keep the Oil Boom out of N.D. Park
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. - From the vista where Valerie Naylor stands, the scenery is undeniably spectacular: Sculpted hills with layers of beige sandstone and ribbons of gray coal, pockets of cottonwood trees and junipers rustling,...
Grushecky's Music Can Offer Inspiration Not to Ever Give Up
My wife, Helen, and I were living in Erie in the summer of 1994. Believe it or not, Erie was (still is!) a pretty nice town: friendly people, good restaurants, beautiful sunsets along the lake shore, lots of history, low cost of living. Back in those...
High-Quality Early Education Is Essential for Pa.'s Children
As a father, grandfather, businessman and city of Pittsburgh resident, I am elated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's announcement regarding the $250 million preschool development grants competition. Mr. Duncan's visit hit home - literally,...
House Suit Has High Cost
WASHINGTON - Washington, D.C., law firm BakerHostetler will handle the House Republicans' lawsuit against President Barack Obama. House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said Tuesday the firm has been contracted to represent the...
Kings of Leon Becoming a No-Show Band in Pittsburgh Drummer Still Recovering from Tour Bus Accident
Kings of Leon, which was to have appeared at the First Niagara Pavilion on Friday, has now canceled as many Pittsburgh concerts as it has played. On its first national tour in 2003, back when it was a raw garage band with a Southern accent, Kings played...
Let's Reform Education Funding the Opportunity to Come Up with a Fair Formula for Schools Must Be Seized
The back-to-school season is marked by sales of new backpacks and school supplies. As parents ensure that their kids are prepared to advance to the next grade and start the school year on the right foot, districts are also working to make sure they...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
MCKEESPORT REHIRES TEACHER WHO HAD SEX IN SCHOOL McKeesport Area School District has rehired a former teacher who testified during a district judicial proceeding that she had sex with another teacher on school property in 2005. Commonwealth Court...
Locke Leads Bucs Past Cards
The Pirates got a stellar start this afternoon from Jeff Locke, who bested Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, for the series rubber match. The Pirates improved to 69-64 after back-to-back series wins against the Milwaukee Brewers and...
'Madden 15' Reaches Superstar Status on Next-Gen
The approach of a new NFL season brings excitement. Droves of fans gear up to root for one of 32 teams as they embark on a journey they hope will lead to the Super Bowl and fantasy football drafts draw closer to kickoff. The "Madden" series rides...
Meetings in Minsk Talks between Ukraine and Russia May Offer Hope
It appears that a conjuncture of forces working on the Eastern Ukraine issue is acting to bring the crisis to an end.The basic reason is that the Europeans as a group, including Russia, have understood the dangers for peace that the simmering problem...
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT [Derived Headline]
Tuesday's results INDIANAPOLIS (69-69) beat Louisville, 5-2. RHP A.J. Morris (4.50) gave up 2 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings. LHP Andy Oliver (3-3, 2.39) was the winner. 3B Brent Morel (.262) went 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs. 1B Andrew Lambo (.329) went 2 for...
Mom Needs Help with Out-of-Control Son
DEAR HARRIETTE: I am single mother of four, and my 15-year-old is out of control. He lives with my mother, has been arrested twice in the past year and is currently on probation for a year. My mother does not discipline him, nor does she make him do...
NATION [Derived Headline]
CRIST, SCOTT SET FOR FLA. SHOWDOWN Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, easily won their primary elections Tuesday, and will advance to a general-election showdown that is expected to be one of the nastiest...
NORTH [Derived Headline]
NORTH Gas well driller pleads guilty in fraud case An Apollo gas well driller admitted Tuesday to falsifying his production records and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court. David L. Hilty, owner of C&D Gas, defrauded...
NORTH/WEST [Derived Headline]
NORTH Man sentenced in burning of 7-year-old boy A Saxonburg man accused of throwing a flammable liquid on a 7- year-old boy, whose shirt police said the man's son then set on fire, was sentenced Tuesday to four to 12 years in prison. Edward Myers,...
NOW IS TIME TO REALLY, FINALLY, GET HOT [Corrected 08/28/14]
Tuesday was social media night at the ballpark, so you can only hope that some of the 25,521 on hand enjoyed the drama on the field during perhaps the most critical game on the 2014 home schedule to date. Granted, the Pirates body-slamming the St. Louis...
Penn State Football: What's in a Name? Ryan Keiser Followed Unlikely Path to Success for Nittany Lions
UNIVERSITY PARK - Ryan Keiser's been called a lot of things in his athletic career. At Selinsgrove High School, he was described as the Seals' star by fans who watched their games. To his coaches, he was called a consummate teammate in football, basketball...
Penn State Schedule
Saturday Central Florida, 8:30 a.m., Dublin, Ireland -- Knights will have more experience and the luck of the Irish might favor Central Florida coach George O'Leary in James Franklin's first game. Sept. 6 Akron, noon -- This game won't be a total walk-over...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
McKeesport native Swin Cash will be part of a new national sports show on CBS, "We Need to Talk," the network announced Tuesday. The show will debut Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network and be hosted, produced and directed by women. "A sports show...
Pittsburgh Drivers at Bottom of Pile for Accidents City Ranks among Worst for Frequency of Crashes
Yinz drive bad. That pretty much summarizes the findings of a report issued Tuesday by the Allstate insurance company, ranking the nation's 200 largest cities for driver safety. Pittsburgh came in at number 187 and dropped in the overall ranks for...
Pittsburgh to Receive Lowest Ever Interest Rate for Bonds $50.4M Sale Funds Infrastructure Work
Pittsburgh's $50.4 million bond sale, largely to finance infrastructure work such as roads and bridges, will come at the lowest interest rate the city has ever received, a city official says. City finance director Paul Leger said the sale, underwritten...
Pryor Returns to Oakland
RENTON, Wash. - Thursday marks something of a homecoming for Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Pryor, though, doesn't have much time for sentimentality as he returns to Oakland, where he played the past three seasons before being traded to Seattle....
Running Games on Verge of Extinction
With more penalties being called against defensive players in the preseason, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joked this week that maybe he'll just tell his receivers to fall down on every play in hopes of drawing a flag once the regular season...
Slime-Free Approach to Cooking Okra
Okra has an ardent proselytizer in Virginia Willis, the Atlanta- based chef, author and Southern food authority. "I will cajole, entice, and seduce doubters into becoming believers," writes Ms. Willis in "Okra" ($18), one of the latest books in the...
Something Different from Duquesne Incline to Kennywood, Pittsburghers Have Chosen Some Original Wedding Venues
For their wedding, Dana Burrows and Conor McCaskey had every part of the adage covered - "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Well, maybe not that last part, unless you count the bright stripes in bagpiper Jim Berzonski's...
Special Team Players Go under Microscope
Coach Mike Tomlin said one of the most significant aspects of the preseason finale against Carolina Thursday night will be determining which players win spots on the 53-man roster based on special teams play. One of those he singled out is veteran wide...
State Agency Determines Source of Contamination Westmoreland County Home's Drinking Water Tested Positive for Drilling Wastewater
The state Department of Environmental Protection has officially determined that drinking water at a third residence is contaminated by WPX Energy Appalachia LLC's leaky Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater impoundment near Stahlstown, Westmoreland...
Studies Suggest Link between Obesity and Lack of Sleep
DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently saw a headline that said children who sleep less weigh more. Is that true? How much sleep should my preschooler and first-grader get each night? DEAR READER: I believe you're referring to a study recently published in the...
Tomato and Peach Salad with Crispy Tofu
PG-testedMy teenage daughters pretty much swore off meat a little over a year ago, so finding a good protein source is always something of a challenge. Thankfully ? and somewhat surprisingly ? they both love tofu. I had never even heard of it at their...
Transportation Logistics Take Glamour out of Overseas Trip
DUBLIN -- You can't assume anything will end up free of complication when you're bringing a football team overseas, not even the lasagna. Two years ago, Navy and Notre Dame played in Ireland, too. Navy always has lasagna as part of its pregame meal,...
Upmc Shouldn't Fear Healthy Competition
UPMC's latest financial statement makes a point to highlight growth in its own insurance plan membership as well as all its other corporate metrics ("Chief Financial Officer Says UPMC Is Holding Its Own," Aug. 21). Since it has accomplished this while...
Victoria Minella Died Aug. 24, 2014 Chef at Popular Family Restaurant in Bridgeville 'Defined Working Mom'
For decades, Friday dinner was a fish sandwich. The kids, Ricci and Renee, ate at the kitchen table. Their father, Gene, tended bar in the next room. The regulars, such as Hound Dog, Duke, Shaker George, Noggin, Boots and Chicago, drank their dinner...
War of Avarice
George F. Will's column "Inversions Are Sensible" (Aug. 18) makes me wonder how dumb he must think we Americans are. He thinks Maytag closing its Illinois plant and shipping these well-paying union jobs to Mexico is sensible and that so-called right-to-work...
Wedding Settings That Will Set You Apart
Couples looking for unusual venues for their wedding receptions have many choices in the Pittsburgh area. Here are a few: * The Carnegie Science Center on the North Side lets brides bounce on a trampoline and guests gaze at a star show in the Buhl...
Will Duquesne Club Get Stung on Hives?
Since last year, the Duquesne Club has been creating quite a buzz with its rooftop beehives. Now it could find itself in a honey of a predicament with the city. City officials say the exclusive Sixth Avenue club, long a haven for the region's business...
With Donald Gone, Most Eyes to Focus on Pitt Dt Render
All offseason, Darryl Render has heard the questions. How will Pitt's defense make up for the loss of Aaron Donald and how is Render, stepping into Donald's defensive tackle position, going to replace the consensus All-American? Has Render gotten sick...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
SYRIAN REBELS TAKE BORDER CROSSING BEIRUT - Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida- linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights today after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists...
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