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Articles from December 2, 2015

Alvarez Era Likely Ending
Today could be the end of one of the most significant eras in Pirates history. The Pedro Alvarez era. Don't hurt yourself celebrating. Alvarez is this town's most maligned athlete since Kordell Stewart. Some of the venom is justified. Alvarez never...
A Ray of Hope in Humor-Deficient Times
In writing a column that hopes to deliver many a true word spoken in jest, I am often contacted by readers lacking any obvious sense of humor. Sadly, they take everything I write literally and with deadly seriousness. They would be shocked to learn...
Big Ben Brings Family to Mind after Injury
The movie "Concussion" starring Will Smith that was shot in Pittsburgh had an advanced screening Tuesday night at the South Side Works while another real-life version took place a few blocks up the Monongahela River at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex....
Board Study Highlights Police Chases
The Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board has compiled its own statistics on police pursuits. The report contains best and current practices, risks, and purposes related to police pursuits and public safety, executive director Elizabeth Pittinger...
Boilermakers Up to the Challenge Remain Undefeated after Fending off Pesky Panthers Purdue 72, Pitt 59
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on December 3, 2015.A story published Wednesday on the Pitt men's basketball game misidentified Purdue forward Vince Edwards.Purdue freshman guard Ryan Cline knew he would get some increased playing time...
Boilermakers Up to the Challenge Remain Undefeated after Fending off Pesky Panthers Purdue 72, Pitt 59
No. 11 Purdue started 6-0 but had not really been tested or challenged to this point in the season. Many observers wondered how good the Boilermakers actually are and how they would handle a close, tight game in a hostile environment against a good team....
Brazil's GDP Drops by 4.5 Percent
RIO DE JANEIRO - Latin America's largest economy has shrunk even more than expected, increasing fears about the well-being of a nation hammered by falling commodity prices and pulling the nation deeper into what Goldman Sachs now calls "an outright...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
McAuley Ministries awards $522,000 to support nonprofits McAuley Ministries has awarded $522,000 to 12 nonprofits to support initiatives in the city of Pittsburgh and Clairton. Among the recipients are Focus Pittsburgh, $72,000 for a weekend meal program...
Buzz on the Beehive?it's Turning 25
Hard to believe, but it's been 25 years since The Beehive opened. Pittsburgh's early arts-oriented coffeehouse/performance space will take a look back at its origins with a 25th-anniversary party starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. Organizer Ryan Moore, director...
Canceling Keystone XL Is a Bad Move
President Barack Obama could not be more wrong in his reasons for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, particularly on the environmental issues ("Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline," Nov. 7).First, canceling the pipeline will not prevent the oil from being used....
Cheyney U. Awaits Fate on Federal Aid Repayment $29.6M under Review
The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday it is not yet ready to say whether it will seek repayment from Cheyney University of all or part of nearly $30 million in federal financial aid that apparently was mishandled. The answer to that question...
City Council Wants to Reconfigure Water Hearing Board
A week after the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's executive director got a grilling over billing complaints that have dogged the authority for more than a year, City Council members introduced legislation Tuesday that would reconfigure the board...
City Detective Testifies in Probe of Her Handling of Photo Array
A veteran Pittsburgh homicide detective who has been on paid administrative leave since April after questions arose over her handling of a photo array presented her side of the story Tuesday to Acting Public Safety Director Mike Huss and other city...
Complete Support with the Public Involved, Complete Streets Planners Emphasize Change at Initial Meeting
One goal for Pittsburgh planners as they develop a Complete Streets policy for the city was to get the public involved. Consider that goal met. More than 150 people attended the initial meeting at the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall Tuesday...
Cook like a Master Chef the Elliot Way
Graham Elliot, judge on Fox Network's "MasterChef" and "MasterChef Junior," says every home cook can cook like a master chef. And he inspires aspirers with simple, straightforward instructions and interesting twists in his first cookbook, "Cooking Like...
COUNTY/NORTH/CITY [Derived Headline]
COUNTY Council approves budget with no property tax hike Allegheny County Council on Tuesday approved a $854.8 million operating budget for 2016 that again includes no property tax increase. The spending plan represents about a 1.9 percent increase...
David Silfen, Partner at Goldman Sachs
David Silfen, who helped merge Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s equities division with securities sales and trading and arbitrage before serving as co-head of the new unit, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 69. In 1990, Mr. Silfen, along with Roy Zuckerberg,...
Decisions Await Team at Deadline Alvarez, Others Could Be Going Elsewhere
Today's roster deadline, before which the Pirates must retain or jettison arbitration-eligible players, will bring the situation regarding the team's future with Pedro Alvarez to a head. By 11:59 p.m. tonight, the Pirates must offer a contract to all of...
Defendant Acquitted of Mt. Oliver Killing
A jury deliberated for just over an hour Tuesday afternoon before finding a North Side man not guilty in a 2013 homicide. Deshawn Pryor, 21, was accused of killing Jamekia Robinson, 33, on Nov. 22, 2013. According to prosecutors, Ms. Robinson was walking...
Developer Finalizes Deal to Build Hotel in Project at Former Downtown Macy's
The same group that offered the high bid for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture has finalized a deal to build a hotel on two floors of the former Macy's department store Downtown. An affiliate of Reception Hotels and Resorts paid...
Dukes Keep It Simple in Win Top Delta Devils to Move to 6-1 Duquesne 91, Mvsu 77
Seven minutes into a game Tuesday night against Mississippi Valley State, Duquesne guard Rene Castro ripped the ball away from an opposing player. He spotted teammate Derrick Colter dashing up court uncovered, but his pass was long. Colter jumped...
Gouging Patients a Drug Firm Reneges on a Pledge to Cut a High Price
In September, former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli generated headlines and outrage when his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, raised the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000 percent. The cost of Daraprim, a drug sold exclusively by select Walgreens...
'Hamilton' Puts History in Present Tense
Yes, it lives up to the hype. What was glimpsed with "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights," a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009, has blossomed into a declaration that Broadway can reflect today's diverse USA and fill seats...
Hornqvist Dropped to 3rd Line His Style of Play Similar to Kunitz
SAN JOSE, Calif . ? Patric Hornqvist doesn't change his game for anyone. That's a good thing, center Nick Bonino said, who inherited the right winger Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks after he was bumped down from the top line. "He's a guy that...
Judge Allows Evidence of Prior Abuse Claims against Homicide Suspect
Prosecutors will be permitted to use evidence of alleged prior abuse by a Stanton Heights man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend more than three years ago. Joshua Wright, 27, is charged with killing Da'Shawna Gibson, 24, and...
Kane Chooses Special Prosecutor for Inquiry into Controversial Emails Ex-Ag of Md. Has Subpoena Power
PHILADELPHIA -Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Tuesday announced she had appointed a former Maryland attorney general as a special prosecutor to delve further into the exchange of racist and raunchy emails, her disclosure of which has roiled her...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES BANDI, Richard J., Washington, Pa. BARROW, Matilda F., O'Hara BERRICK, Renee, Squirrel Hill BERRINGER, Albert John, Duquesne BIELSKI, George H., McKees Rocks BUTLER, Anthony Melvin Jr. "Mel," Shaler CAPONE, Ralph E., Baldwin Borough...
Malkin, Kessel Lead Penguins to First Win in San Jose in 18 Years
SAN JOSE, Calif. ? The Penguins buried a longstanding streak of futility in San Jose Tuesday night, by beating the Sharks, 5-1, at SAP Center. The club's previous win in the building was Oct. 22, 1997. For some context, consider Daniel Sprong was 7 months...
MEGAHIT 'HAMILTON' TURNS SPOTLIGHT ON CMU GRADS [Corrected 12/04/ 15]
Nothing is so daunting for the stars of "Hamilton" as great expectations - not that Leslie Odom Jr. and Renee Elise Goldsberry are complaining. The Carnegie Mellon University grads, classes of 2003 and 1993, respectively, have been working nonstop...
Minefields Await U.S. Missteps Watch out Especially in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa
There is a wonderful horrifying moment in the movie,"The Monuments Men," about American World War II soldiers rescuing stolen artwork from Nazi hiding places when one of the stars accidentally finds himself standing on an unexploded mine. The United...
Niel Wald Oct. 1, 1925 - Nov. 28, 2015 Radiation Researcher Compiled Data about Hiroshima Survivors
Born to a politician and a philanthropist's daughter, Niel Wald could have assumed a comfortable place in New York society. But he had other ideas - and pursued a cutting-edge career in radiation research that took him as a young physician to bomb-shattered...
Officials Aim to Stop New Cases of Aids by 2020 Upmc, Ahn Pledge $1.5M to Campaign
Troubled by persistent HIV infection rates, Allegheny County health officials unveiled Tuesday a five-year campaign to stop new AIDS cases in the area by 2020. Rivals UPMC and Allegheny Health Network, the region's largest health systems, together...
Packing Heat There's No Reason to Allow Concealed Guns Inday Care Centers
An editorial from The New York TimesThe gun lobby's drive to extend the range of citizens with gun permits to the most vulnerable circles of society - from college campuses to busy restaurants - is now advancing on day care centers. That's right: Legislation...
Pitt's Whitehead, Ollison Honored Sweep Acc Rookie Awards; Psu's Barkley 2nd Team
Pitt swept the ACC's rookie of the year awards, released Tuesday, with safety Jordan Whitehead taking the defensive and overall honors, and running back Qadree Ollison being named the league's top offensive freshman. Both players found out Monday,...
Plum Schools Develop 'More Robust' Title IX Pages on Website
The Plum Borough School District has provided enhanced information on its website about Title IX, including ways to report sexual harassment and discrimination. The enhancements include two new links to Title IX information - one on the School Safety...
Police Find Rifle Believed Used in Officer's Killing
The gray Remington .270 rifle that state police believe was used to fatally shoot a St. Clair police officer was buried beneath leaves in thick brush - not lost in the Conemaugh River as the man charged in the officer's homicide had told them. That...
Price Agrees to Join Boston
The Boston Red Sox and ace pitcher David Price reportedly agreed to a deal worth $217 million over seven years. Price has a 3.09 ERA in eight major league seasons with 1,372 strikeouts and 104 wins. The left-hander was traded from Detroit to Toronto...
QB Howard Now Threat as a Runner
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Few, if any, would ever confuse Skyler Howard, West Virginia's erratic quarterback who has been booed at multiple home games this season, for Pat White, arguably the greatest and most impactful player in school history. But in...
Recalling a 'Paper Memory'
The older we get, the more we are awash in memories. So it is with director/choreographer Pearlann Porter, who is reviving "Paper Memory" as she transitions from The Pillow Project to a new dance company. "Remembering the memory of 'Paper Memory,'"...
Research on Orion Spacecraft Set to Begin in Ohio
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Northwest Ohio is now connected to a project NASA believes will someday bring the world manned spaceflights to Mars. A test version of future spacecraft Orion's service module has been delivered to NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum...
Scientists Debate Ethics of Gene Editing
WASHINGTON - Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the boundaries of a revolutionary technology to edit...
Senators Press for More Accountability and Student Loan Money from Edmc
Three Democratic senators are "profoundly dissatisfied" with education and justice officials for arranging a settlement last month that required Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp. to pay about $96 million in fines, just 1 percent of the federal...
Severino's Morcilla to Open Next Week
Morcilla, one of the most anticipated new restaurants in Pittsburgh by Cure's chef-owner Justin Severino and his wife and partner, Hilary Prescott Severino, will open Dec. 10 in Lawrenceville. The Spanish restaurant is named for the traditional blood sausage,...
Shine Light on Old, New Traditions for Hanukkah
At sundown Sunday, Jews will gather to celebrate Hanukkah. Known as the Festival of Lights, the holiday commemorates the ancient Israelites' victory over the Syrian Greek army. Hanukkah also celebrates the miracle that a small vial of sacred oil used...
Silver Eye Holds Book Fair for Collectors and Curious
One niche area of collecting that has been growing is that of the contemporary photography book. It's the subject of an exhibition opening this weekend at Silver Eye Center for Photography, South Side, concurrent with a book fair that will tempt the...
Sooners in Place for a Run Other Top Three Need to Win Out
Oklahoma is No. 3 in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, putting the Sooners safely in position to be in the final four with their season completed. The Sooners locked up the Big 12 championship with a blowout victory Saturday...
The Green Tech Solution Just Ask Alexander Hamilton about Climate Change
I've been confused about this Paris climate conference and how the world should ameliorate climate change, so I seanced up my hero Alexander Hamilton to see what he thought.First, he was struck by the fact that on this issue the GOP has come to resemble...
The Mideast Chaos Started Long before Obama
In regard to Charles Krauthammer's Nov. 28 column ("The Syrian Immigration Cul-de-sac"): Mr. Krauthammer's undisguised hatred toward President Barack Obama (as evidenced in past columns) is deplorable and diminishes any credibility that he pretends to possess....
The Rising Yuan China's Currency Gets a Global Upgrade
The International Monetary Fund's decision Monday to add the yuan to the dollar, euro, yen and pound as a reserve currency was acknowledgment of China's progress toward superpower status.At the same time the designation, effective next September, will impose...
Tomlin Ponders Changes in the Defensive Backfield
Coach Mike Tomlin intimated there might be changes at cornerback Sunday night for the game against the Indianapolis Colts, and one of the options could be the player who has disappeared since they traded a fifth-round draft choice to acquire him -...
Top 10 Boys Teams
(2014-15 records) 1. Aliquippa (29-1) Three starters return from a team that didn't lose until the state championship game. Charles Humphries (13 ppg) is a 6-5 senior forward who is a West Liberty University recruit. Jassir Jordan averaged 15 points,...
Top 10 Girls Teams
(2014-15 records) 1. Bishop Canevin (19-11) With five starters returning from last season's WPIAL runner-up, the Crusaders are the pick to dethrone two-time defending champion Seton-LaSalle. All-section senior guard Gina Vallecorsa (14 points per game)...
Trial Begins for Head Shop Owner Connected to Heroin Ring
Jury selection has begun in the case of a North Hills head shop owner whose family's history of tangling with the Justice Department and federal judges dates back 25 years. Mayank Mishra, 34, of Shaler, who ran a head shop in the former Northway Mall...
U.S. Steel Sued by Real Estate Firm Suit Stems from Offers Made for Condominium
A real estate firm hired by U.S. Steel to sell a company-owned condominium in tony Ligonier is suing the struggling Pittsburgh steel producer after it refused to accept two all-cash bids well in excess of the list price.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices...
Warsofsky Makes His Debut
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Defenseman David Warsofsky made his Penguins debut Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. Warsofsky was a healthy scratch for five consecutive games after he was called up Nov. 19 from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He...
Washed Up the Water Authority's Billing System Needs Work
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith is out of patience with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and no wonder.For months she's been channeling the complaints from people whose bills were wrong and who are frustrated by lousy customer service.The...
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