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Articles from June 15, 2014

2014 WEEKLY LOG SHORT HOPS [Derived Headline]
Sunday Seattle P Felix Hernandez strikes out 15 Rays batters in seven innings (see linescore, this page), but leaves with the score 0-0 and doesn't get the win. Hernandez is the fifth pitcher since 1969 to strike out at least 15, go seven innings and...
40 Years Ago
Police yesterday issued an all-points bulletin for two cars -- one bearing California and the other Oregon plates -- following the dynamite blast that wrecked the 29th floor of the Gulf Oil Corp. world headquarters building. City Police Supt. Robert...
A Caregiver's Dilmemm in the Deaths of Richard Liposchok and His Son, Mickey, Tina Calabro Sees Lessons to Learn in How Society Views the Disable
On Dec. 17, Richard Liposchok, the sole caregiver of his 52-year- old son, Mickey, took his son's life and then his own with a rifle in their Port Vue home. The tragedy stunned the close-knit community of 3,800, where the Liposchok family was well known...
Advice for Mom of Aspiring New Driver
Dear Tom and Ray: So, my 19-year-old daughter will not get her driver's license. She has taken the test and failed "maneuverability" (parallel parking). So far this hasn't been that big of an issue because at college she can get someone else to drive...
Advocates Pitch Their Causes to Presbyterians Assembly to Take Up Middle East, Global Warming, Marriage
Even in its diminished size, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) still matters to a host of advocates hoping to enlist the church in causes ranging from marriage to the Middle East to global warming as its representatives gather for their biennial legislative...
Als Battles Leave Lasting Mark Where Lou Gehrig Last Played
As George Brett considers Lou Gehrig's piercing "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech from Yankee Stadium 75 years ago next month, he recalls choking up over it. "It might be the most recognizable sentence in a speech ever given by a sports...
Around the Majors
National League* Brewers 4, Reds 2: Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run in the eighth to lift Milwaukee past Cincinnati at Miller Park. Braun drove the first pitch he saw from reliever J.J. Hoover (1-5) in the eighth over the right-field fence for his...
Art Project Invites Pittsburghers to Reflect on Death, Goals
What will you do before you die? Visitors to Katz Plaza in the Cultural District have answered that question as part of an interactive project, "Before I Die," at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which ends today. A three-sided chalkboard wall has...
Asides
PITTSBURGH Mayor Bill Peduto will officiate his first wedding today - more precisely, weddings. Not one for half-measures, the mayor will marry 20 couples in a celebration of marriage equality now that gay marriage is permitted in Pennsylvania. The...
A Win for the Ages in Brazil "Possession Doesn't Count. the Goal Counts, and We Got the Goal."
The United States national soccer team took off for the World Cup in Brazil earlier this week after months of hype and fanfare. There was much discussion about the roster, a three-game send- off series that averaged just fewer than 35,000 fans apiece...
Bat Decline Populations Continue to Drop in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Appalachian Bat Count, a survey that counts the population of bats in the state. The survey has been conducted since 1989, but now more than ever wildlife biologists are...
Betty Jo Wareham-Sahler Died May 28, 2014 Indiana County Native Who Inspired a Love of Music in Others
It wasn't unusual for Betty Jo Wareham-Sahler to be singing in her Cheswick living room, where she and her late first husband, Duane, lived until their children went to college. "I walked in the door one day and Billy Eckstine was singing with her,"...
Big 33 Not Just a Game for Beh
Noah Beh always knew his participation in the Big 33 Football Classic would have a lasting impression on him. He just didn't know that his fondest memory would come off the field. In the days leading up to Saturday's yearly all-star clash at Hersheypark...
Bradshaw: 'We'll Never Forget' Our Coach
Terrible Towels were passed out as fans entered the building. They cheered when security ushered Franco Harris to his seat, and shortly thereafter, the chant began. "Here we go Steelers, here we go." It could have passed for a fall afternoon at Heinz...
Buying Here: Mt. Lebanon
In 1931, Pittsburgh lawyer James Henderson Duff hired architect Thomas B. Garman, a recent Carnegie Institute of Technology graduate, to supervise a new development he was planning in the streetcar suburb of Mt. Lebanon. Mr. Garman accepted the job...
Cantor Ran for the Elite Dave Brat's Populist Message May Scare Hillary
On Tuesday, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., became the first House majority leader ever to be defeated in a primary election. No one in Washington saw this coming. Most try harder to spin the result than to understand why it happened. They will regret it....
Chuck Noll Jan. 5, 1932 - June 13, 2014 a Winner on the Field, but Most of All a Teacher
Success was never a destination for Chuck Noll. It was not a road that had an ending, rather always a new beginning. It was a journey, a path that never allowed for complacency or made room for satisfaction. Along the way, the lesson he instructed was...
Cinema Changes How Pittsburghers Watches Movies
The brainchild of film buffs and beer aficionados, Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville is changing the way Pittsburgh watches movies. That's what owner Brian Mendelssohn says about his new 83-seat, single-screen theater, which opened last Friday at 4115...
Clean Coal Technology Can Help the President Achieve His Goal
The president is using his executive powers to rein in the release of carbon emissions from our coal-fired power plants, declaring a goal of 30 percent reduction of carbon emissions by the year 2030. I applaud the president for his determination and courage...
Coach Was an Extension of Family
When we were young we thought of Chuck Noll as being our second dad," daughter Pat Rooney mentioned. "We went on vacation together. He had a plan for us to follow." "Always interesting," son John says. "He would take us fishing and show us how to set...
CONCERT GUIDE [Derived Headline]
TICKET KEY CL: librarymusichall.com; 412-368-5225. PT: thepalacetheatre.org; 724-836-8000. TF: www.ticketfly.com; 1-877-435-9849. TM: www.ticketmaster.com; 1-800-745-3000. TW: i.ticketweb.com; 1-866-468-3401. JOHN LEGEND: Byham Theater, today, 7:30 p.m....
Conductor Turns Illness into Success
When he was studying at Juilliard, Ronald Braunstein conducted a Mozart symphony with a blue pencil. Mr. Braunstein thought he would be able to paint the colors better with a writing implement than with a conducting baton. "I was quite manic to think...
Corbett's Designation of Forest as Insect Area Questioned
Without any public notice or announcement, Gov. Tom Corbett has successfully petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to designate the entire Allegheny National Forest as an "insect and disease treatment area," which forest advocates say will lead...
CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]
CASH POLLUTES CLIMATE ISSUE Jeffrey Toobin at The New Yorker writes about the climate change debate: "Remember when climate change could be a bipartisan issue? Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi did an advertisement together, boasting of their partnership...
Denying Teachers' Tenure Won't Help Schools Need More Talent and They Can't Get It on the Cheap
Making it easier to fire bad teachers isn't going to magically cause the educational achievement gap to disappear. You need to be able to attract and retain more good teachers, too. Unfortunately, no one wants to pay for that. This week, a California...
Diners Pay Big-Bucks for One-Time Dinners
One-time events have become entrenched in Pittsburgh's dining culture and they're pretty expensive. Billed as urban suppers, farm dinners or feasts, they sell depending on who's cooking, who's going, the setting and the scene. At times less intimate...
Don't Let Ad Traps Catch You
Want to save 50 percent, get a product free or have a manufacturer's warranty cover an expensive purchase for life? Of course you do, and advertisers know it. Consumer Reports says that while federal and state laws generally ban the use of misleading...
Eaglets Preparing to Leave the Nest about Two Weeks Ago, the Juveniles Began 'Branching' -- Hopping Up the Tree Boughs, Often with Wings Flapping
Six eagle eyes peer over the steep hillside overlooking the Monongahela River; six jet black wings test the wind as the Hays eaglets warily consider their first leap from the only home they've known. Across Pittsburgh and around the world, untold numbers...
Federer Comes Up Aces in Germany
Six-time champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open after they won semifinal matches Saturday in Halle, Germany. Federer fired 10 aces and defeated fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori, 6- 3, 7-6 (4), as he improved...
Find Aquatic Invertebrates on Stream Bottoms
In just a few weeks temperatures will get uncomfortably warm. A great source of thermal relief is a spring-fed stream where one can wallow on a hot summer day. Such days are great opportunities to study aquatic invertebrates. On the water's surface you'll...
Forgotten but Fascinating First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams Overcame Trials to Become John Quincy's Biggest Champion
"LOUISA CATHERINE: THE OTHER MRS. ADAMS"By Margery M. Heffron, edited by David L. Michelmore Yale University Press ($40) In the annals of America's first ladies, Louisa Catherine Adams has been overshadowed by her more famous mother-in-law, Abigail. The...
For Noll, Joy's Soul Lay in the Doing
Thank goodness, there's a wonderful little Mexican restaurant right down the road. That made it a little easier to celebrate the life of Charles Henry Noll, who passed away Friday night at 82. So what if the other patrons looked at me Saturday afternoon...
Freedom Summer, 50 Years Later Even Now, in This Cynical Age, We Can Appreciate the Purity of Its Cause and the Impact of Its Idealism
Today the phrase "Freedom Summer" has a romantic tint, colored in idealism, shaded in glory: a noble moment of grandeur when blacks and whites from Mississippi and beyond united in a brave effort to fight segregation and register blacks to vote. ...
Gilbert Can Take Big Jump in 2014 Rt Playing for New Contract and a Raise
The Steelers signed center Maurkice Pouncey to an extension last week that will pay him an average of $8 million per season. The next Steelers offensive lineman likely to cash in on a big contract is right tackle Marcus Gilbert, though it's unclear at...
Greetings to Anchors Can Serve as a Cue
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.: "Good morning, Charlie, Norah and Gayle," "Good morning, Charlie, Norah and Gayle."...
Heart of the Matter Two-Time Transplant Patient Compton Maintains Steady Beat at Pinehurst
PINEHURST, N.C. -- It is an accomplishment in itself that Erik Compton is playing in the U.S. Open, never mind that he is in contention heading into the final round today at Pinehurst No. 2. Seven years ago, he called his mom on the way to the hospital...
House Bill Would Legalize Use of Semi-Automatic Rifles for Hunting
Hunting with semi-automatic rifles is legal in 48 states. Last week state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Washington-Allegheny) introduced legislation that would make those sporting arms legal in Pennsylvania. Semi-automatics are not "machine guns," which continue...
In Bees-Insecticides Debate, There's Big Business on the Line
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Bayer CropScience's shiny new $2.4 million North American Bee Care Center demonstrates the company's commitment to finding ways to improve the health of these vitally important winged insects. But the very existence of...
IN MAJOR CITIES, HEALTH DESERTS ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT ECONOMICALLY DEPRESSED AREAS ARE ALSO LIKELY TO HAVE PHYSICIAN SHORTAGES AND CLOSED HOSPITALS Series: POOR HEALTH: A SPECIAL REPORT
MILWAUKEE -- Hospitals and family doctors, the mainstays of health care, are pulling out of poor city neighborhoods, where the sickest populations live. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of data from the largest U.S. metropolitan...
IN POVERTY AND BAD HEALTH, A SENSE OF ABANDONMENT MILWAUKEE SERVES AS A CASE STUDY FOR THE REST OF THE NATION Series: POOR HEALTH: A SPECIAL REPORT
MILWAUKEE -- Richard "Buz" Cooper of New York City has practiced medicine for five decades. Recently he had prostate surgery and reflected on the difference between a recovery in Manhattan, where he lives, and one in Queens. "I had a catheter," said...
Insult to Brazilians
When I was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, two weeks ago, the front-page story in the paper one morning asked two questions. When the World Cup was played in the United States in 1994, how many new stadiums were built and how much did the World Cup cost the...
I Scream, You Scream . Ice Cream Shops Gear Up for the Summer Season
From the two 400-foot tube slides on the hill to the miniature golf course with fluorescent blue water near the road, everything at Kerber's Dairy is there to sell ice cream. "Every single one of those kids out there is coming in here for ice cream,"...
Italy Handles England Mario Balotelli Puts Gli Azurri Ahead with His Head in 2-1 Win
When the World Cup draw arrived and England was grouped with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, the chairman of the English soccer federation did not raise his hands in celebration. He made a slashing motion across his throat in a gesture of apparent defeat....
It's a True Fall Fundraiser to Help Combat Addiction
The love comes into Gary Mendell's eyes when I ask about the oldest of his five children, Brian. "He was just the best," he says. "The most compassionate, funny, most caring person you'd ever want to meet." Mr. Mendell is now touring the country trying...
Keb' Mo' Looks to Redefine Himself
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Like maybe everyone you know, Keb' Mo' posted a tribute to Maya Angelou on his Facebook page following the celebrated poet and activist's death. He never got to meet her, but Angelou's words ring very true with the Grammy Award-winning...
Keselowski Hopes to Nab Win at Home
DETROIT -- Team Penske's Brad Keselowski didn't make excuses for his move last Sunday at Pocono that cost him the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when he appeared to have it in the bag. In fact, the 2012 NASCAR champion from Rochester Hills, Mich., still...
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. Classified obituaries are paid death notices prepared by funeral home directors....
Learn Foreign Language for Your Vacation
Need to learn a foreign language in a week? In a month? In a year? Ideally, we'd all have endless hours to devote to perfecting this skill, but with summer holidays and other vacations creeping up, what's key is figuring out the best way to maximize...
Life Lessons from Phila. Centenarians
PHILADELPHIA -- When Daniel Rendine Sr. celebrates his birthday next month, there's talk of a golf outing with his son. It's a big birthday for Mr. Rendine: the big 105. Mr. Rendine is an avid golfer. He says he has a handicap of only two. The Roxborough...
Martin Plays Bevy of Roles with Passion
Isn't it amazing how you think of the craziest things at the craziest times? A week ago, as Pirates catcher Russell Martin's body convulsed in anger after he was ejected late in a 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers for arguing a called third strike and...
Maxalto Boutique Still Evolving as It Turns 30
A lot has changed since the high-end women's boutique Maxalto opened its doors in Shadyside in 1984. Fads have faded in and out of fashion. Neighboring independent shops on Walnut Street have come and gone as more mainstream businesses have moved...
Must Be Money: Mckay Not Surprised by Steep Fall
It wasn't so much ability that dropped Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay in the Major League Baseball draft last week. It was "signability." To be more precise, McKay wanted more money than teams apparently thought he was worth. McKay, one of the best...
Never Enough
Almost every time the Pirates acquire a pitcher, whether in a trade, free agency or waiver claim, general manager Neal Huntington includes the phrase "You can never have enough pitching" in his explanation of the move. The issues that befell the Pirates' rotation...
Noll Had a Single Focus, Goal for the Steelers, Which Was to Win a Championship, and He Demanded That Attitude from Every Player
One summer at Steelers training camp, Chuck Noll conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the grounds of Saint Vincent College. He did so with the same gusto and aplomb that he brought to coaching the Steelers for 23 seasons. Four of those seasons...
Noll Left Superbly, Quietly into Night
At the end, Charles Henry Noll left this world just about exactly the way he strode through it for more than eight decades, as quietly and inconspicuously as could be. As an unintended little salute to a life spent modestly in the deep background, the...
Obama Orders End to Phila. Rail Strike
PHILADELPHIA -- President Barack Obama on Saturday forced union workers in Philadelphia's commuter rail strike to return to the job, granting Gov. Tom Corbett's request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the contract dispute. Mr. Obama...
Officer Who Shot Dog Cites Its Aggression
The Pittsburgh police officer who Friday night shot and killed a homeless man's dog after it attacked him Downtown said in court papers that the animal had been aggressive on two occasions earlier that day. The officer, Matthew Gardner, fired multiple...
Other Girl in Mccarron's Life Special, Too
CINCINNATI -- He's getting married in a month, but on a lunch break at the Cincinnati Bengals' three-day mandatory minicamp this week, rookie quarterback AJ McCarron didn't mention his beautiful wife-to-be, the model and former Miss Alabama Katherine...
Pa. Court Rulings Differ on Expert Witnesses Allowed to Testify on Memory Fallibility, Not False Confessions
The state Supreme Court last month put Pennsylvania in line with 44 other states by allowing experts in the fallibility of human memory to take the stand in criminal cases where the identification of a suspect by witnesses is an issue. But on the same...
Paint by Mantras New VP at PPG Brings Her Own Ideas, Passions to the Table
Five months into her job running PPG Industries' $5 billion industrial coatings business, Shelley Bausch was wearing a lab coat, protective eye goggles and a hard hat as she examined huge metal tanks where workers mix and customize batches of paints...
Pakistan Hits Militants
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan early Sunday morning, officials said, killing as many as 100 militants in the second strike on the region since a deadly attack on...
Parade of Hits Rolls on Mccutchen Leads Hot Offense Again Pirates 8 Marlins 6
MIAMI -- Sitting on the outfield grass after making a smooth sliding catch, Andrew McCutchen matter-of-factly threw the ball in, rolled over, did a push-up and returned to his position. The game is not supposed to be this easy, and it isn't. Right now,...
People on the Move
ARCHITECTURE Heather Marra has rejoined the professional staff at WTW Architects. ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS Dennis Kennedy, chief financial officer, AE Works, was named president of the Southwestern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified...
Professors as Politicians Let's Hope the Two Facing off in Virginia Can Show Other Candidates How to Run a Campaign
Next fall, two professors at the same college will compete for a congressional seat in Virginia. I speak of course of David Brat, an economist at Randolph-Macon College, who shocked the country last Tuesday by defeating House Majority Leader Eric...
Punitive Puc Newcomers Pay for Challenging Cab Monopoly
Two ride-share companies are paying dearly as they try to clear the bureaucratic hurdles of the Public Utility Commission. Despite assurances from its chairman that the agency must adapt to allow the flexibility of Web-based ride services, the PUC...
Rename the Courthouse Pittsburgh's Grand Federal Court Building Should Be Named for One of Its Greatest Jurists, Writes Law School Dean
A city is defined not just by those leaders who make headlines today. Its DNA is also made up of prominent figures who have birthed its successes and defined its character in past eras. Pirates superstar Roberto Clemente and award-winning author David McCullough...
Rookie Kay Odd Man out at QB for Now
While Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones took most of the snaps the past few weeks at Steelers OTAs, Brendon Kay stood some 10 yards back with a helmet in one hand and a football in the other. But no matter who was under center,...
Sea Change Coming with Dawn of 3-D
Two new reports outline a vision of manufacturing that could give a number of people the heebie-jeebies. An aluminum-industry commissioned report from Ducker Worldwide predicts that the average North American car, minivan, SUV and pickup truck will...
Should You Talk about Kids at Work? - Part 2
I have had a lot of reaction to my previous article on whether or not it's OK to talk about your kids at work. Some agree with my take on it, others don't. I wrote that over the years, I've noticed that in business settings, people are much more tolerant...
Size Up the Situation If Addressing Dress Code
Casual business attire is redefined in the summer - frequently to shocking results. But a company has to be careful how it addresses the employee who comes into work in a midriff and flip-flops. "A male employee having a one-on-one consultation involving...
Sound from Flat-Panel Tvs Is Lousy
QUESTION: It seems that the sound I get from my TVs is not very good, at least to my ears. We have two TVs, both flat panels. One is a smart TV while the other is not. I have been told that the speakers on flat-screen TVs are often directed toward...
Southwest Keeps It Simple
Every time I fly Southwest Airlines I come away impressed by what they do and how they do it. You don't have to be a management guru to understand that the company offers insight into one of the toughest corporate challenges out there: maintaining...
State All-Stars Stumble in 2 Ots Bad Start Proves Costly for Pennsylvania Team
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Twice Chase Edmonds burst through the Maryland defensive line and added tension to a game that for most of its duration, had none. The first put Pennsylvania on the board, the second set up overtime. Just as Edmonds kickstarted the Pennyslvania...
St. Aubyn's Satire 'Lost for Words' Trenchantly Skewers the Judging of a Prestigious British Literary Prize
"LOSS FOR WORDSBy Edward St. Aubyn Farrar, Straus and Giroux ($26) In this case, yes, you can judge a book by its cover. The cover of "Lost for Words" is a spill of bold black words on a crisp white background with a gold seal of approval declaring...
Staying Power More Dads Find Lasting Rewards in Being at Home with the Kids
A North Huntingdon regional pilot quit his job to stay at home with his twin daughters. A dad in Mt. Lebanon cares for his two children - or tries to - as he works as an artist in his home studio. After losing his job twice, a Dormont father decided...
Step Up, Fathers All Men Must Help Stop Violence against Women, Urges the Heinz Endowments'
Father's Day is defined as "a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society." Most of us mark the day by honoring our fathers or our own role as fathers, but for us dads, this is also...
Still in Control Kaymer Slips a Little in the Third Round but Maintains a Comfortable Advantage Heading into the Final Round at Pinehurst
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Martin Kaymer remains in control at the 114th U.S. Open, finding himself after three rounds in the same position as the first two -- at the top of the leader board with what appears to be a comfortable margin. But, like every other...
Stranded Gas a Century in the Making Methane an Annoying Reminder of Snake Hollow Bubble
Just under a century ago, Gary and Terry Hackett's garage on Second Street in Versailles was a wooden derrick pulling gas out of the famous Snake Hollow field, the scene of what the Pittsburgh Press in 1934 described as the region's "biggest boom...
Their Lives Were Seeking Love 'Ruby' Describes a Tormented African- American Woman's Journey to Redemption
undefinedBy Cynthia BondHogarth ($25)Cynthia Bond's debut novel, "Ruby," explores the redeeming power of love in the face of horrific trauma under the influence of faith, religion and myth. In the ironically named town of Liberty, Texas, the black residents...
The Reaction
Chuck was just the ultimate leader. He had truth and belief in what he was saying, and over time all of those things he said were validated, the things about winning football games and being a solid citizen. . . I was very proud to be a Pittsburgh Steeler...
THE WEEK THAT WAS [Derived Headline]
RIDE-SHARING FIRMS FINED Ride-sharing in Pittsburgh took a serious blow due to hefty fines issued by the state Public Utility Commission. Drivers for Lyft and Uber also face $1,000 fines and possible suspension of their vehicle's registration. The...
TODAY'S GAMES [Derived Headline]
A look at the matchups on tap (with FIFA rankings): Switzerland (6) vs. Ecuador (26), Noon Group E * TV: WTAE The Swiss are favored not only to get out of their group -- along with France -- but may be a tournament darkhorse. Switzerland: Has lost just...
TO DO [Derived Headline]
TODAY Organist Nicholas Will, soprano Charlene Canty and countertenor Andrey Nemzer will present a collective "Stabat Mater" by nine composers and pieces by Eli Tamar at 3 p.m. in Heinz Memorial Chapel, Oakland. Free. MONDAY Gretchen Van Hoesen, Pittsburgh...
TV Overload Makes a Fan Pine for Kiner Saturation Is the Goal of Today's Broadcasts, but What Happened to Just Hanging Out?
We'll start today with a kind of self-service Father's Day blessing, and with the words the late Ralph Kiner gave us: "It's Father's Day today, so to all you fathers, happy birthday!"That circled '4' the Pirates are wearing on their uniform sleeves this...
Understanding the Misunderstood Great White
The great white shark is an apex predator, living at the top of the ocean's food chain and facing threats from few other species except killer whales - and us. That's the message behind "Great White Shark," an IMAX documentary that explores what humankind...
Veterans Schooled on Securing Benefits, Starting a Business
When local veterans return home from Iraq or Afghanistan, surviving the peace can be more difficult than enduring the war. Painful experiences and losses remain etched in people's memories, making adjustment to civilian life hard. While navigating that...
What Chance Do Citizens Have against Drillers' Cash?
I read with great interest your article "Range Resources' John Day Waste Impoundment Leak a Bigger Problem" (June 12). Wastewater that leaked from one Range Resources facility has contaminated groundwater and more than 650 truckloads of soil. Matt Pitzarella, Range...
What Happens in the Park Tends to Stay in the Park Rules on Public Behavior Seldom Enforced, Followed
Theresa Schultz used to feed a flock of pigeons in Point State Park all the time. She thought she was performing a public service. But park rangers didn't see it that way. Two years ago they told the 81-year-old Squirrel Hill resident to stop because...
Why I Left Teaching I Appreciate Unions, but Union Politics Drove Me into Retirement, Writes
I taught science full-time for more than two decades and enjoyed a rewarding career educating a generation of public school students in Westmoreland County. I retired from teaching earlier than I wanted, and I'd like to tell you why. A union member...
Worley to Make Debut after Success in Minors
MIAMI -- Manager Clint Hurdle did not subscribe to the notion that Vance Worley had made any changes that could explain his strong showing this season in Class AAA. "He's just found his way back," Hurdle said Saturday. Worley will make his Pirates debut...
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