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Articles from June 25, 2015

A Hot Dozen Summer Dining Guide Gives 12 Reasons to out Eat This Season
Restaurants reflect how Pittsburgh is changing, with so many openings pointing to a city on the rise. Twenty will debut this season alone. As much as they're feeding hungry diners, restaurants show how social media, travel, new residents and returning...
Airport Officials Raising Concerns about Slow Lines at Customs Here
When Jean-Luc Glorieux returned home after a long flight from Paris on May 30, the last thing he expected was another long wait to clear customs at Pittsburgh International Airport. But that's exactly what he got. Although Mr. Glorieux was one of the...
Alzheimer's Research Yields Important Insights
DEAR DOCTOR K: My grandmother has Alzheimer's disease. Over the past few years I have watched the disease take a toll on her judgment, memory, even her personality. How does Alzheimer's wreak so much havoc in the brain? DEAR READER: In the past 25...
Big Heart Pet Brands Shuts North Shore Operation
The Big Heart Pet Brands operation on Pittsburgh's North Shore will be closing up shop by early 2016, a move affecting about 225 workers. The J.M. Smucker Co., which bought the pet food business earlier this year, said it plans to consolidate the...
Cal U Seeks to Buy Back On-Campus Housing
California University of Pennsylvania, which in 2000 ushered in the era of privatized residence hall construction across Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities, now wants to buy back its on-campus housing, saying ownership could allow lower room rates....
Canadian Tour Pro Wins Title Again Bradshaw Surges Down Stretch for 2nd Crown in 4 Years in Soggy Event
What kind of player is David Bradshaw? Consider that he has won the West Virginia Open seven times in the past 11 years and finished second on two other occasions. The only person to win more is Sam Snead, who is merely the all-time leader in PGA...
City Council Considers Crime-Reporting App
The creator of a mobile app credited with helping to reduce crime in Puerto Rico may come to Pittsburgh this fall to explore the possibility of developing a similar program here, city Councilman Ricky Burgess said. Mr. Burgess introduced legislation...
City's Population Challenges Stand Out
Are there other cities as obsessed with counting heads as Pittsburgh? Perhaps it's a common malady in what we used to call the Rust Belt. Pittsburgh has famously "lost" more than half its population since its 1950 peak, and our mayors traditionally...
Class of '16 Gets Bigger and Stronger
When Pat Narduzzi got a call Monday night from Chase Pine, he had just one question for this high school linebacker from Virginia: "Are the rumors true?" "Yes, sir," Pine responded. "I want to be a Pittsburgh Panther." With that phone call, Pine became...
Clo's 'Man of la Mancha' Delivers Message of Hope
Pittsburgh CLO's two-decade quest to bring Ron Raines to the title role of "Man of La Mancha" has its happy ending at long last. From the leads right through the ensemble, PCLO and director/ choreographer Marc Robin have assembled a dream team the delivers virtuosic...
Cole Train Goes off the Rails
Officially, or according to documents to be filed with the relevant transportation authorities, the Cole Train was not taken out of service until it had chugged through most of five uphill innings Wednesday night, but before that there was enough...
Companies Offer Advice and Services on Credit Reports Bankers Association Gives Tips to Bolster Scores and Avoid Making Mistakes
Except for maybe cholesterol numbers, few scores are more important in modern adult life than your credit score. Unlike cholesterol, however, with credit scores, the higher, the better. The American Bankers Association recently offered some tips for...
Cookie Tables
Pittsburgh has a number of unique culinary traditions - from sandwiches topped with french fries to "chip-chopped" ham - but none of these customs are sweeter than the cookie table. Set out at celebrations - most often weddings - traditional cookie...
Court Blocks Dispute against Firearm Laws Protects City's Gun Ordinance from Challenges
HARRISBURG - The Commonwealth Court today blocked Pennsylvania from enforcing a law that allows gun enthusiasts, such as the National Rifle Association, to sue municipalities over local gun ordinances that go beyond state law. Pittsburgh had joined...
Digging Deeper Keynote Speaker at Oil, Gas Conference Rails against Obama, Looks toward Impact of '16 Election
If there's a lesson to be learned from Obamacare - the single largest focus of Charles Krauthammer's address to the oil and gas industry at a major conference on Wednesday - it's that President Barack Obama has forced a national debate over the proper...
Dollar Diversity It's Time That a Woman Appeared on U.S. Currency
For the first time in more than a century, a woman will appear on U.S. currency. But she'll have to share space on the $10 bill with Alexander Hamilton, and that's unfair to both of them. The Treasury Department says that as part of its redesign of...
FILM REVIEWS [Derived Headline]
Two movies return this weekend, one after a brief run at Carmike Greensburg, the other after a single showing during the JFilm festival. Both open Friday at the Parkway Theater in Stowe: 'WHERE HOPE GROWS' ** 1/2 "Where Hope Grows" could have made its...
Gallop for the Mustang without Looking Back
2015 Ford Mustang I4 Coupe Premium: Four-banger 'Stang for the slow lane? Price: $35,665 as tested. ($29,170 base price for the cylinder; options not noted below include adaptive cruise control for $1,195; and voice-activated navigation for $795.)...
Garrett Secures His Place with Cowboys
Jason Garrett found himself with the dubious "lame duck" label a year ago, going into a season without a contract beyond it. That's not comfortable territory for anyone, particularly a head coach who is working for an organization whose general manager...
Great European Beer Festival Expands Borders
The Sharp Edge has kept the name of its long-running bash, the Great European Beer Festival, but this year, it's adding a lot more American craft brews to the mix, including some rarities from the beer bars' "vault." "Don't let the name fool you," reads...
Greece Bailout Talks Continue
NO AGREEMENT YET ON GREEK DEBT CRISIS Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb says that the eurozone meeting on Greece wrapped for the day without an agreement on new bailout loans for the country. The decision is a big setback since there had been...
Hart to Dl; Volstad Active
The Pirates promoted right-hander Chris Volstad from Class AAA Indianapolis Wednesday and added him to a bullpen that has thrown a lot of pitches in the previous two games. To make room for Volstad, the Pirates put Corey Hart on the 15- day disabled...
Haslett Joins Psu's Staff
Former NFL head coach and Pittsburgh native Jim Haslett joined the Penn State football staff as a team consultant, coach James Franklin announced Wednesday. "Jim has an outstanding football mind and invaluable experience that will be a tremendous resource,"...
Historic Encounter with Pluto
The New Horizons spacecraft is on its final approach to Pluto. After a voyage of more than nine years and 3 billion miles, the spacecraft will make history on July 14 at 7:49 a.m. as it flies past Pluto. The moment of closest approach will be marked...
Homegrown Extremists More Active
WASHINGTON - Nearly twice as many people have been killed on U.S. soil since 9/11 by non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims. In the 14 years since al-Qaida carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, 48 have been killed by extremists who...
Homewood Man Claims Killing Was in Self-Defense
Herbert Hart, a Homewood man charged with homicide, testified at his trial Wednesday that the man he is accused of killing tried to enter his home just hours before the man was shot. Mr. Hart, 26, told the jury that he aimed the gunshot that killed Robert...
Horrors of War
'The Water Diviner' ***Russell Crowe slides into the director's chair for "The Water Diviner," in which he also stars.He plays Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who in 1919 goes to find the remains of his three missing sons who fought against the Turks...
Jefferson Hills Facility Set to Close Glass Producer Will Lay off 114 Workers
Guardian Industries, an industrial glass producer, has told state officials it is closing its Jefferson Hills plant and laying off 114 workers. A layoff notice sent to the state Department of Labor and Industry said the plant will close Aug. 4. Guardian...
Just Croz David Crosby Hits the Road Alone with First Solo Album in More Than 20 Years
In 1985, Spin magazine ran a sobering story with the shocking headline, "The Death of Crosby." It described his drug addictions and the legal battles stemming from them, stating, "The spiritual leader of the Woodstock Nation is now a vision of decay."...
Kerry Going to Vienna for Iran Talks
WASHINGTON -U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Vienna on Friday to take part in Iran nuclear talks ahead of a self- imposed June 30 deadline, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. The talks between Iran and six...
Law of the Land Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Subsidies
The U.S. Supreme Court today swatted away a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's signature health care legislation, clearing the way for residents in Pennsylvania and 33 other states to continue receiving subsidies to offset the cost...
Legislators Losing Hope of Reaching State Budget Compromise
HARRISBURG - As the June 30 state budget deadline crept closer Wednesday, Republican legislative leaders and a top aide to Gov. Tom Wolf sounded decreasingly optimistic about reaching agreement. "The likelihood of that diminishes with every hour that...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
PITTSBURGH MAN SENTENCED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT A man will spend five to 10 years in a state prison for sexually assaulting and beating a woman in her McKeesport apartment in November, the Allegheny County district attorney's office said today. James...
Man Gets Life without Parole in Second Murder Conviction
After serving a mandatory life sentence, James Lawrence should spend another 30 to 60 years imprisoned for the fatal shootings of a mother of six and a 21-year-old McKees Rocks man, an Allegheny County judge ruled Wednesday. Common Pleas Judge Edward...
MOVIE GUIDE [Derived Headline]
Where there are no stars, see reviews Friday, except where noted (some films are not previewed for critics). Key: Movies are rated on a scale of * (bomb) to **** (classic). Note: "Terminator Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL" open Wednesday. See Wednesday's...
NATION [Derived Headline]
GUARD CHARGED AFTER PRISONERS' ESCAPE PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - A New York prison guard charged in connection with the maximum-security prison escape of two killers admitted to providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger meat and even access to a...
New Code of Conduct Approved for City Schools
The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools Wednesday approved changes to its Code of Student Conduct that more clearly spell out ways to help keep students in school and provide additional due process rights to students but which some critics say don't...
Nhl Releases Penguins' Schedule
The Penguins will open the 2015-16 season on the road against the Dallas Stars on Thursday, Oct. 8, head to Arizona on Oct. 10 then open a five-game homestand on Oct. 13 against the Montreal Canadiens, according to the schedule released this morning...
Pa. Attorney General Kane Fires Another Key Aide Staffer Sees Retaliation
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired another aide Wednesday, terminating a senior official only weeks after he recommended that she discharge her new and controversial chief of staff. The dismissed aide, George Moore, the office's labor-relations...
Panel Chairman Visits Mercy's Child Abuse Center
Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, visited A Child's Place in Mercy Hospital on Wednesday at an opportune time. Last week, the commission announced that $48 million of Penn State University's penalties...
PIRATES REPORT [Derived Headline]
TODAY * Game: Pirates vs. Reds, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. * TV, Radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM (93.7). * Probable starters: RHP A.J. Burnett (6-3, 2.05 ERA) for the Pirates; RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-5, 3.48) for Reds. * Key matchup: Burnett vs. the...
Pitt Pulls Players from Local Summer League
The Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer Pro-Am League had a successful nine-year run, but, at least for this year, it has been canceled because of the absence of Pitt players and changes to the NCAA rules regarding the rosters. Club president John...
Pop Concerts [Derived Headline]
pop concertsTICKET KEYTF: www.ticketfly.com; 1-877-435-9849.TM: www.ticketmaster.com; 1-800-745-3000.TW: i.ticketweb.com; 1-866-468-3401.GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS: Club Cafe, Thurs., 8 p.m. $15; TW.BRAD PAISLEY/JUSTIN MOORE: First Niagara Pavilion, Fri., 7:30 p.m....
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]
LOTS OF HELP VOLUNTEERED DURING A CEMETERY VISIT I read this column each week and look forward to it. It reinforces my belief in the goodness of people. I was recently in Calvary Cemetery above Hazelwood. It was very hot and humid, and I am not a young...
Reader Thinks It's Time to Dress Better for Events
DEAR HARRIETTE: My friends enjoy being comfortable, and I respect their fashion choices. But now we are all growing up and attending more formal events and dinners, yet there are some girls who ask if they can wear sweatpants to go out. I would never...
Reds 5, Pirates 2 Cole out of Sorts vs. Rival Again Cincinnati Seems to Get to Young, Solid Pitcher in Short Outing
The Cincinnati Reds have been the only team this season to really get to Gerrit Cole. Wednesday night, they continued to do so, capitalizing on the opportunities Cole provided. In the second-shortest outing of Cole's career, he issued walks that turned...
Rutherford in No Big Rush Price Tags for Nhl-Tested Top-Six Wingers Is Too Expensive Right Now
The Penguins are supposed to release their 2015-16 schedule today, but a few things can be assumed before the formal announcement. There won't be a regular-season game in July. Or August. Or September. And that is why, despite all the energy...
Shooting in S.C. Can Spark Change, Says NAACP President
President and CEO of the NAACP Cornell William Brooks stood before a packed crowd Wednesday afternoon at the Hill House Association to deliver a message of resilience following the murders of nine people in a historically black church in Charleston,...
State Official Cites 'Acrimony' in Health Battle Highmark, Upmc Haggle on Every Point, Deputy Ag Complains
Highmark and UPMC have been battling since last year over cancer payments, rates for emergency and other treatments, and even the agreed-upon process for settling such disputes - and a top state official has had just about enough. "Both of these entities...
Stirring the Pot No Name Players' Thirst for Fresh Ideas Leads to Pittsburgh Premiere of 'Brewed'
"You have to take charge of the moment," Chicago-based director Steven Wilson instructs, bee-lining across the stage to demonstrate his point. "It needs to come from a truthful emotional place." Returning to his seat in the back of the small black-box...
Talks to End a War Bombed-Out Yemen Needs a Different Life Line
Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim states have in three months of bombing, supported by the United States, reduced Yemen, already the poorest country in the Persian Gulf region, to a collapsed state. An estimated 2,600, mostly civilians, are dead....
Teacher Moves to Dismiss Sex Charge Plum Student Was an Adult, Attorney Argues
The attorney for Jason Cooper, one of two Plum High School teachers charged with sexually assaulting a female student, has filed a motion to dismiss the charge based on an argument that was successful in a similar case. Michael DeRiso also represented...
THE HOT LIST [Derived Headline]
ALL WEEKEND Mirren as the Queen National Theatre Live's broadcast of the London production of "The Audience" returns to Pittsburgh at the SouthSide Works Cinema, with Dame Helen Mirren now a Tony winner in the role of Queen Elizabeth II. She won the...
The Right to Be Free from Guns We Need an Anti-Tobacco-Like PR Strategy to Explain the Dangers of Guns
Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said "Enough" after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing...
The South Needs a New Symbol Long Ago, I Thought the Confederate Flag Could Stand Only for Southernness
The affection that some Southerners hold for the Confederacy is as ardent and bewildering as all Southerners' love for grits. You say, "revolting mound of mush"; we say, "add a little butter and shrimp." A good cook can win over the most hardened...
Three Sisters Go Together in Garden and in Salad Bowl
Corn spends the summer standing stock-still, chatting up the other stalks. Not that there's much to say. Sun: hot. Water: welcome. Cobs: coming along. Monoculture is monotonous. Which explains companion planting - mixing up crops curbs boredom and...
Top Awards Prove Elusive Crosby Named a Second-Team All-Star
The NHL will move to a 3-on-3 overtime format during the regular season after the league's board of governors voted unanimously to OK the change on Wednesday. The board also voted unanimously to give coaches the ability to challenge a goal in certain...
Traffic Triangle Can Downtown Tie-Ups Be Solved without Rules?
The late Hans Monderman, a renowned Dutch civil engineer, believed that signs and signals make traffic worse, not better. His solution to a congested road or complicated intersection was to take all directions away and trust drivers, cyclists and pedestrians...
Train Keeps Rolling Singer Pat Monahan Is Still Eager to Compete in the Pop World
Train already ran through here with the latest album, "Bulletproof Picasso," but singer Pat Monahan assures fans that they did not get the full effect at the Star 100.7 holiday show in December. "Those Christmas shows aren't indicators of what you would...
Upmc Is Trying to Silence Factual Reports
The issue is not that UPMC is removing the Post-Gazette from hospital-owned gift shops ("UPMC Hospitals Ban Sale of Post-Gazette From Their Gift Shops," June 24). The issue is why the PG is being removed - of UPMC corporate's intimidation of the press,...
U.S. Women's Soccer to Play at Heinz Field in August
The first and only time the U.S. women's national team came to Pittsburgh it beat Iceland, 3-0, at Heinz Field in September 2004 after winning the gold medal at the Athens Olympics that summer. Missing from the 6,386-person crowd was then 16-year-old...
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