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Articles from December 21, 2014

A Boutique Sampler for Last-Minute Shopping
The days for holiday shopping are dwindling. If the names on your gift list aren't doing the same, there's no need to stress! There's a new crop of fashion boutiques here that carry everything from clothes and accessories for men and women to stationery...
Abused to Death We've Done a Lot to Combat Domestic Violence; the Battle Is Not Nearly Done, Explains Victims Advocate Lynn Shiner
Twenty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1994, my ex-husband took our daughter Jen and son Dave overnight as part of a custody agreement. I was to pick them up Christmas morning. It was not to be. Early Christmas morning, my ex-husband stabbed my beautiful...
Accutron Watches Prove Scarily Accurate
Q. I purchased an Orient watch as suggested in your gift guide. I notice that after a week it is off by a bit less than a minute when compared to my cell phone. Does it need to be fixed? LANCE R. , Mt. Lebanon A. It is normal for them to drift a bit....
Ace Fuels Dubai Surge
South Africa's Jbe Kruger had a hole in one and shot an 8-under 64 Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the Asian Tour's season-ending Dubai Open in United Arab Emirates. Kruger used a 7-iron for the ace on the second hole. Arjun Atwal and...
America vs. Torture Western Civilization Has Opposed Torture for the Last 500 Years, Recounts Duke's John Jeffries Martin
The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program last week quickly stirred up a white-hot debate on the use of torture to extract information from our enemies. And though there is great passion on both sides,...
A Plague on All Our Houses 'Second Avenue Caper' a Heartfelt Graphic Novel about Aids in the Early '80S
"SECOND AVENUE CAPER: WHEN GOODFELLAS, DIVAS, AND DEALERS PLOTTED AGAINST THE PLAGUE" By Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli Hill and Wang ($22)To a generation for whom AIDS is no longer a death sentence and an STD seems little more than a recreational...
A QUESTION OF ETHICS RECUSALS ARE RARE IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE Series: LEGISLATIVE ETHICS
The state Constitution, the state ethics law and legislative rules say lawmakers should not vote on legislation that would confer a special benefit on them. But they're allowed to vote on legislation generally affecting the fields or professions to...
A QUESTION OF ETHICS WHEN OUTSIDE INTERESTS AND LEGISLATIVE MATTERS COLLIDE Series: LEGISLATIVE ETHICS
There sometimes is overlap between Pennsylvania legislators' official duties and outside interests, and some cases raise potential conflict-of-interest issues. Mike Brubaker, R-Lancaster County, a two-term senator who decided not to seek re-election...
ARSENAL THEFT RING USES CHILDREN TO STEAL LEAD Series: EYEWITNESS: 1864
As the Civil War entered its final months, some of the boys employed at Lawrenceville's Allegheny Arsenal found themselves at the center of a theft scandal. Three adults were charged with buying stolen lead, often in the form of bullet-shaped rifle...
Asides
ONLINE BILL PAYING is convenient, but some consumers don't use computers and like a paper bill. Even though the trend is moving away from traditional billing, the state Public Utility Commission must make sure utilities can't charge those customers...
A Walk around Northern Italy's Lake Como
LENNO, Italy - Silvia Givera is standing on the picturesque bank of Lake Como. She winds up, underhand, to throw a tennis ball to her dog Diego. The dog stands transfixed until the ball sails far out into the lake, and then he happily swims after...
... a Wretch like Me 'Small Victories' a Book about Grace for Those Who Hate Books about Grace
"SMALL VICTORIES: SPOTTING IMPROBABLE MOMENTS OF GRACE"By Anne LamottRiverhead Hardcover ($22.95).The first thing to know about "Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace" by Anne Lamott is, it's not about you. Well?maybe it could be.If you...
Blackhawks' Stout Penalty-Kill on Record Pace
Ben Smith wasn't caught short-handed when asked to describe the attributes a top-notch penalty-killer possesses. "Know when there is time to pressure, know when it's time to sit back and kind of stay in the lanes, have a good stick and be willing to...
Books for Cooks Pittsburgh Chefs Share Their Inspirations
What's your favorite cookbook? The answer is more revealing than you may think because it can give insights to a cook's inspiration, kitchen setup, skill proficiency, cultural leanings and life stage. If a cook's favorite book is "How to Cook Everything"...
Bring in the Nurses - Stat They Are Grossly Underrepresented on the Boards of U.S. Health Care Systems
Some of the largest health care systems in America do not have any nurses serving on their boards of directors. That is a huge oversight, especially in a time of rapid change in health care delivery, when consumers and providers would benefit from...
Call-Ups Thrust into Action
Another round of injuries brought another car from Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton. With defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Martin placed on injured reserve with undisclosed injuries, defensemen Taylor Chorney and Derrick Pouliot were called up Saturday from...
Could Be Time for Ducks to Overtake Seminoles
Florida State was an established brand name in college football long before the Seminoles became a truly grand name, as in national champions, as in close enough will never be close enough again. Oregon knows the story. Between 2009 and 2013, the Ducks...
CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]
Crack and a drilling tax Responding to a Philadelphia Inquirer story headlined "Gas Industry: Drilling Tax Could Cripple Pa. Economy," Keystone Politics writes: "Only 0.5 percent of the PA workforce is employed by the natural gas sector. Yes, there...
Drone Strike Kills Militants in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Six militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, officials said, the first since Taliban fighters killed 148 people, mostly schoolchildren, in a brutal attack on a military-run public school...
Enter Jeb Bush Now with a Brand-Name Candidate, the Gop Race for 2016 Is Coming More into Focus
Jeb Bush's plunge into presidential waters - few politicians "actively explore" a White House run without knowing where those explorations will lead - ends some uncertainties about the 2016 campaign and creates others. It gives shape to the Republican...
Ernie Terrell April 4, 1939 - Dec. 16, 2014 Former Heavyweight Boxing Champ
CHICAGO - Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75. The son of Mississippi sharecroppers and longtime Chicago resident worked as a fight promoter...
Ex-Felon Finds Failures Make Path to Positives
When an inmate in federal prison makes a phone call, the person on the other end can block your calls forever by just pressing "7.""I had '7' hit a couple of times," Daniel Bull said. He understands why. "The crime hurt pretty much everybody. Period."...
Family and Friends Search for Missing South Side Man
Paul Kochu's family waited until he missed his scheduled 7 a.m. shift at Allegheny General Hospital on Thursday before converging on Pittsburgh to look for him. "He was very excited about getting that job," said Jack Kochu, Paul Kochu's father, about...
Famous for 15 Lifetimes
Twelve people have taken the Pop and Rock world by storm. Each is young, beautiful and amazingly successful. Each claims to be the living embodiment of an ancient god. Legend has it that every 90 years these gods reincarnate, lead lives of excess and...
FIRST- AND-10 [Derived Headline]
WEEK 16: Four of the 12 playoff spots are filled entering Week 16. Since the 12-team format was adopted in 1990, only 1995 had fewer teams (3) locked into the postseason after 15 weeks. COWBOY UP: Dallas owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Friday that...
Fleury Earns Victory 45 Saves Pave Way as Things Get Feisty Penguins 3, Panthers 1
Derrick Pouliot made his NHL debut Saturday night in the Penguins' 3-1 victory against Florida at Consol Energy Center. Scored a goal on his first shot. Was credited with the winner. Had an evening he probably never will forget. "It's very exciting,"...
Four-Game Skid Ended Mason Slides Back to Shooting Guard, Scores 17 as Positive Attitude Pays off Duquesne 79, Massachusetts Lowell 63
Three days after Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said "it's like pulling teeth to score right now" to describe his team's once-prolific offense, Ferry tinkered with the lineup and, voila, the high-flying Dukes were back. Ferry moved his shooter, Micah Mason,...
France at Your Leisure River Cruise Travels the City of Light to the Beaches of Normandy
PARIS - Those scenic, sun-drenched commercials for Viking river cruises are simply irresistible. So last August, my husband and I flew nonstop from Pittsburgh to Paris for three days in the chic French capital, followed by an eight-day Viking river...
Freshman Jurkovec Is Wpial's Next Star
Phil Jurkovec. Get used to seeing the name and get used to pronouncing it (Jer- COVE-ick). You'll probably be seeing and hearing it plenty the next few years. Jurkovec is a freshman at Pine-Richland who already has made a big impact on WPIAL basketball....
GERRY DULAC'S NFL FORECAST [Derived Headline]
Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) at Steelers (9-5): 1 p.m. ... The Chiefs won to remain alive for a postseason spot with a win vs. the Raiders. In their past three games vs. teams with winning records, the Steelers have averaged 45.3 points. The Chiefs haven't...
GERRY DULAC'S SCOUTING REPORT [Derived Headline]
WHEN THE CHIEFS HAVE THE BALLKey performers: QB Alex Smith, RB Jamaal Charles, RB Knile Davis, WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Donnie Avery, TE Anthony Fasano, TE Travis Kelce, LT Eric Fisher Who's hot: Kelce, a Rob Gronkowski-style tight end, has become Smith's...
Holiday Giving Is in the Cards
WASHINGTON - My husband and I were talking with our children about what they wanted for Christmas. All of them are in their teens, and any pretense of Santa has long been gone. The holiday has now become their chance to break down our frugal barriers....
Holidays Offer a Good Time to Evaluate First-Time Donations
There is a first time for everything, including a first-time donation to a charitable cause or organization. The holidays tend to bring requests from nonprofit organizations for charitable gifts, but people who have not donated to charities in the...
Immigration Fight Judge Schwab Seemed Too Eager to Join the Fray
When U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab ruled last Tuesday that President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration is unconstitutional, he became the first jurist to pass judgment on the controversial side-stepping of Congress. But being first...
IS PITTSBURGH READY FOR THE 'SILVER TSUNAMI'? AS BOOMERS RETIRE, OR PREPARE TO, WHAT AWAITS AMERICA'S POST-WAR GENERATION? Series: GENERATIONAL SHIFT
Brought on by the earthquake of world war, this tsunami has been 70 years in the making. By 2029, one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, and many of those 76 million or so post-war baby boomers - perhaps up to 50 million of them - will...
Is That Big Rig Road Worthy? Patchwork System of Safety Keeps Trucks on the Road
More than 14,000 people have died in big-rig truck accidents nationwide since 2009. That number alone, safety advocates say, is bad enough. But nearly a quarter of those deaths involved trucks that had been cited previously with safety violations,...
It Was Past Time to Restore Relations with Cuba
It is good and long overdue that we are restoring relations with Cuba. Americans under the age of 55 have seen Cuba as an enemy of freedom. Before Fidel Castro took over the nation in January 1959 and after President Fulgencio Batista emptied the treasury...
It Would Be Wrong to Tax Charitable Nonprofits
I was disappointed to read the Nov. 16 Forum commentary "Beware the Charities Amendment." It tried to persuade lawmakers and citizens that our state's charitable nonprofit organizations should have to pay taxes. My letter represents the views of these...
Izzo Relies on Unlikely Contributor
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Walk-ons have scant opportunities in programs such as Michigan State's, and the ones who have contributed in Tom Izzo's tenure -- Tim Bograkos, Austin Thornton and Mike Kebler come to mind -- had contact with the coaching staff...
Kane Has Company in Deciding Not to Take Cases
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is refusing to defend a new state law that allows the National Rifle Association to sue over local firearms regulations, and it isn't the first time she has bucked the legislative branch's intentions....
Kentucky Blowout Starts on 24-0 Run
No. 1 Kentucky made it look so easy that coach John Calipari felt the need to point out he had actual human beings on the court. The only question was the final score, and that took longer to decide than the game. Devin Booker had 19 points, and the...
Lift Ticket Prices Going Downhill at Vermont Ski Resort
Lift tickets $10 cheaper than last year? And savings up to 50 percent when they're purchased online? As other snow sports resorts throughout the country increased the cost of their lift tickets for the 2014-15 season, including Hidden Valley and Seven...
London Theater Tour Set for March 8-15
The 2015 Post-Gazette's Critic's Choice theater tour to London is set for March 8-15, when the daffodils and magnolias will be in bloom. Among the city's palaces, street life, museums, cathedrals and pubs, the trip features three plays and a chance...
Maloofs Eye Sports Comeback Ex-NBA Owners Want in on Nhl
They left Sacramento with bull's-eyes on their backs and nearly a quarter-billion dollars in their pockets. Now the Maloofs, back home in Las Vegas, are ready to launch their comeback as major league professional sports owners. Barely a year and a half...
MANY STATE LEGISLATORS HAVE OUTSIDE INTERESTS. HOW DO THEY AFFECT THEIR PERFORMANCE IN THE CAPITOL? IT MAY BE LEGAL, BUT TO SOME IT RAISES... A QUESTION OF ETHICS Series: LEGISLATIVE ETHICS
Many Pennsylvania legislators have outside financial interests and sit on the committees and vote on the bills affecting the fields to which they have ties, even as efforts to tighten ethical safeguards have sputtered. At least 36 of the state's...
Megna Remains in AHL
WILKES-BARRE -- Jayson Megna has reached the point in his career where the next call-up to Pittsburgh could be the one where he sticks. He has done all the firsts -- first game, first goal, first playoff game, etc. All that's left to attain is permanent,...
'Monster' in Middle a Headache to Block
When he was building the 3-4 defense the Steelers still use today, Bill Cowher believed the most important components of the alignment were pass-rushing outside linebackers and nose tackle. Everything else revolved around them. The Kansas City Chiefs...
My Wish List for Wall Street Here Are Eight Ways to Reform Our Financial System, None of Which Will Happen, Writes Author Michael Lewis
It's a wonderful life on Wall Street, yet here is a holiday wish list to make it even better. * 1. The financial sector rids itself of anyone with even the faintest reason to believe that he or she is unusually clever. All those who have scored highly...
Nitrogen-Filled Tires Can Be Overrated
Dear Car Talk: My questions involve the nitrogen-filled tires on my 2011 Subaru Outback. These were on the car when I bought it, and I was assured that they had advantages over air-filled tires. But this was kind of a last-minute decision, and I confess...
Office Conflict Should Have Been Addressed Long Ago
Q: Two of my employees are refusing to communicate with each other. About three months ago, "Anna" and "Pam" got into an argument that ended in a shouting match. Their screaming and yelling could be heard by everyone in the department. Since then, they...
One to Watch Team Has Just One Prospect to Follow at Junior Championships, but He's Quite an Eyeful
Penguins scouts attending the upcoming world junior championships in Toronto and Montreal shouldn't have any trouble keeping track of their team's prospects in the tournament. After all, there's only one. Forward Kasperi Kapanen, the Penguins' first-round...
Panthers Grind out Overtime Victory Pitt 81, Oakland 77
Pitt didn't play well for long stretches Saturday against Oakland, but the Panthers still found a way to grind out a win. That either is a testament to their grit and mental toughness -- or it speaks to the quality of their opponent. Whatever the case,...
Partisan Anguish Greater Trust between the Parties Was Needed on the Torture Report, Writes Consultant Christopher K. Mellon
The recently released Senate report on CIA interrogation practices has produced two conflicting and largely partisan narratives. Critics of the CIA, mostly Democrats, are denouncing the agency for engaging in torture - a practice they believe is immoral,...
Partners' Feud Snares Michael Baker
A dispute between the former owners of a Bridgeville-based government contractor that did business in dangerous places has put Michael Baker International in a hot spot. The Moon engineering firm is liable for a $15.8 million federal court judgment...
People on the Move
Advertising Apple Box Studios named Andrea Short as client services manager and Sam Eisen as copywriter. Associations & Organizations The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) announced that Mark Toth was named to IABC Global Ethics...
Pine
Six years ago, Alison and Patrick Serey moved to Pittsburgh for work not knowing what to expect when they landed in Pine Township. They found something they never expected. "I've lived in a lot of places and the difference in Pittsburgh is that Pittsburghers...
Players Understand Chryst's Reasoning
Todd Graham's departure from Pitt three years ago was defined by feelings of bitterness, anger and betrayal from the players he left behind. Paul Chryst's exit for Wisconsin this week could not have been greeted any differently. "A guy who was raised...
Port Authority Fires Bus Drivers in Parkway North Crash
Port Authority has fired two bus drivers who face criminal charges in connection with a Sept. 22 crash on the Parkway North. Thomas Frauens, 56, of Brookline and Juliann Maier, 46, of Ross, face trial in Common Pleas Court on multiple charges including...
Ride Share Questions to Carry into 2015
Last week, at its final meeting of 2014, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission board voted 4 to 1 to grant experimental authority for ride share company Lyft to operate in Allegheny County and statewide. The approval came with conditions and...
Sack Market the Opportunistic Chiefs Defense That Will Be at Hienz Field Today Is Still Very Much Predicated on Getting to the Qb, Even in the Nfl's Changing Landscape
Someone try telling Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid sacks are down in the NFL. He might have a tough time believing it. The Chiefs (8-6) come to Heinz Field today seeking a playoff spot against one of the teams standing in their way, and they are...
Screen Time Several Local Sites Pop Up in 'Foxcatcher'
From a Sewickley Heights estate to a shuttered fast-food restaurant in McKeesport, location manager John Adkins and his two trusted scouts found excellent places all over Western Pennsylvania to film "Foxcatcher." The movie, which opened Friday, takes...
Set Up to Fail a Harvard Experiment Drove Home the Spiteful Nature of Jim Crow Literacy Tests
Harvard tutor Carl Miller and junior Dennis Ojogho caused a sensation last month when they posted a YouTube video showing 20- some students, graduate and undergraduate, taking the kind of test used to disenfranchise black voters in the Jim Crow South....
Single Mother of Twins Gives Back
On a recent Wednesday night, Ashley Menefee and her twin daughters settled in for a game of Uno at their apartment in West Homestead. Such simple moments can be hard to come by: Ms. Menefee, 24, works two jobs to support 8-year-olds Alexis and Tiera....
Small Distractions Can Have Big Consequences at Work
Please silence your cell phones. Turns out that request applies beyond the movie theater. Brief interruptions - even the few seconds it takes to read a text message - can not only derail your train of thought. They also can keep you from performing...
Special Places Important Areas near Southwest Pennsylvania Are Highlighted; Resource Conservation Is Urged
Think of the best outdoor locations in northeastern United States and you might consider Niagara Falls, Acadia National Park, Catskills or Adirondack mountains. Trout Unlimited likes our neck of the woods. In a 2014 promotion, the Washington, D.C.-based...
SUBURB TAKES AIM AT DEER PROBLEM [Corrected 01/13/15]
Six years after canceling a deer management program that was reducing the herd, and after months of public debate about the recent increase in deer numbers, Mt. Lebanon commissioners will launch the first part of a "comprehensive deer management plan"...
SUPER BOWL VISION BECOMES CLEARER Series: 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON: THE ROAD TO SUPER BOWL IX
The Steelers won't bother looking for anything in their Christmas stocking this week. They've already got their present for the holiday season -- a high-scoring offense and a steady, heady quarterback to run it. Visions of Super Bowl rings are now dancing...
'Taxi Brooklyn' May Not Roll Again
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: NBC's "Taxi Brooklyn" ended in a major cliffhanger. What do its chances look like...
Team Mvp: Go Ahead, Try and Pick Just One. (Warning: It's Impossible.)
Rarely have there been more candidates from one offense with better credentials to become the Steelers MVP than there are this season. Any one of the Big Three of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell would sweep to their team's MVP if it...
The Best Ways to Sell Your Stuff
You may not have a masterwork, or even a minor work, hiding in a storage unit. But your basement and attic may be bursting with possessions you no longer want, and you might be surprised by the amount you can pocket if you know the best ways to sell...
The Great Escape Logic and Teamwork the Key to Pittsburgh's New Mystery Adventure
We were excited, even giddy, about our chances of successfully analyzing clues, riddles, puzzles and gadgets allowing us to "escape" from Dr. Stein's Laboratory, one of two Escape Room Pittsburgh attractions in Greenfield. But as the clock on an iPad...
The Human Touch of Palliative Care Upmc Doctor a Driving Force in Promoting Quality of Life, an Approach Valued by Hospitals and Patients Alike
A rail-thin doctor with bushy hair and beard and bright, striped socks beneath a loose-fitting dark suit walks into a room of UPMC Presbyterian to meet 79-year-old cardiology patient Marilyn Tsapis. The Ithaca, N.Y., resident, who had heart bypass...
THE WEEK THAT WAS [Derived Headline]
Bang, Zoom to the Moon A $750,000 cash prize and the enthusiastic support of Google has taken a Carnegie Mellon University upstart one step closer to its ultimate goal: the moon. Strip District space robotics firm Astrobotic, along with CMU, took...
Timetable for Search Is Flexible at Least 5 Candidates Likely for Interviews
The search committee tasked with finding Pitt's next football coach is "closing in on" finding its final candidates. In a conference call with reporters Saturday, search committee chair Jerry Cochran said the committee plans to interview 5 to 7 candidates...
Toys for Tots and Others Rally to Remedy Toy Shortfalls
After the local Toys for Tots program was unable to fill requests from some local charities, people lined up as early as 5 a.m. on Saturday outside a cold Strip District warehouse so their children would not be disappointed on Christmas. Some people...
Tvweek
SUNDAY7 p.m. on WPGHMulaneyThe Christmas season is in full swing, but John (John Mulaney) finds his yuletide good cheer is severely dampened by his (mostly) irrational loathing of actor Macaulay Culkin in the new episode "It's a Wonderful Home Alone."...
What Torture? Democrats Fret about the Comfort of Terrorists
How many legs does a calf have, if you call the tail a leg?" Abraham Lincoln asked a congressman during a discussion of whether he had the authority to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. "Five," the congressman replied. "Four," Lincoln corrected...
World War I Memorial Approved
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a national memorial to commemorate World War I in which more than 116,000 Americans died, the memorial's commission said Saturday. The site will complete the quartet of national memorials...
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