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Articles from December 23, 2015

Abrupt Change after Years Where a Wave of Defenseman Engulfed the Organizational Chart, Goalies Have Replaced Them as the Team's No. 1
A few years ago, the Penguins' talent pipeline was all but clogged with promising young defensemen. Olli Maatta. Derrick Pouliot. Simon Despres. Joe Morrow. Scott Harrington. Philip Samuelsson. It seemed a shame that none of them could play goal,...
American Eagle Outfitters Creative Director Resigns
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. said Roger S. Markfield, the creative director and vice chairman for the South Side-based teen clothing chain, has decided to retire after more than two decades with the company. Mr. Markfield also is resigning from...
Arlin Adams, Judge Twice Considered for Topcourt
Arlin Adams, a longtime stalwart of the federal bench in Philadelphia who was considered at least twice for the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. He was 94. A spokeswoman at Judge Adams' former law firm, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, said he died Monday...
Be a Goodfellow This Holiday Season
Grand Total: $108,810.59 Pittsburgh Society of Investment Professionals $3,000 Jeff, Stephanie, Hannah and Hunter Gordon $500 In loving memory of Theresa McNabb $350 Anonymous $300 In loving memory of husband, father, grandfather Gerald W. Malky $250...
Bergdahl Arraignedat Army Base
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009. Sgt. Bergdahl,...
Big Rally Helps to Replace Stolen Gifts Quick Response from Public, Toys for Tots Fulfills Need for East Hills Center
The Grinch is no match for Pittsburgh. Less than four hours after city police asked the community Tuesday morning to help replace at least 383 Christmas presents stolen from an East Hills community center, they said they needed no more donations....
Blake Remains Starting Cb
Antwon Blake continues to be the most-targeted cornerback in the NFL as opposing receivers continue to post big numbers against him, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Blake will continue to start ahead of Brandon Boykin. After the...
Bloomfield Man Might Not Be Charged with Homicide in Shooting Deaths of 3
When a Bloomfield man shot at the person who broke into his apartment, his bullets left three people dead - his girlfriend and 16-year-old brother, as well as the intruder - but the Allegheny County district attorney said Tuesday it's unclear whether...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Acquisition of Fifth Third branches in Pittsburgh approved First National Bank of Pennsylvania received regulatory clearance to acquire 17 branch banking locations in the Pittsburgh region from Fifth Third Bank. The transaction is expected to be completed...
Capitol Chaos the Pa. House Takes a Wild Ride toward a Budget
The state House, which had promised to pass a stop-gap budget and nothing more, gave the go-ahead Tuesday to the same spending plan that appeared dead last week. Maybe.After a series of confusing, even questionable, procedural gimmicks, members voted...
Carmody Returns to Key Mars Win
Christian Schmitt scored a game-high 20 points and sophomore Robby Carmody dropped in 17 in his first game back after a slight knee injury as Class AAA No. 2 Mars (6-3, 3-0) rolled over Section 1 rival Highlands (4-3, 3-1) , 89-57. The Planets had an...
CDC Probe of Upmc Moldfocuses on Negative Pressure Room
Three of the four transplant patients who contracted mold infections at UPMC hospitals may have become infected because UPMC's cardiothoracic intensive care unit was so full that they were put into a "negative pressure" room that is normally reserved...
Christian Groups Call for Tolerance in Resettling Refugees
In a political climate in which Muslims are being tarred for the extremism of terrorists claiming to act in the name of Islam, growing numbers of Christian groups in the Pittsburgh area are issuing statements calling for tolerance across religious...
Christmas Spirit Is Immune to the Elements
While families often celebrate Christmas in similar ways, some have their own Christmas traditions. In our house, it only begins to look a lot like Christmas when the Mama of the house sets in place the fluffy Santa toilet seat lid in the hall bathroom....
City Looks to Update Zoning to Reflect Changing Riverfronts
City riverfronts once teemed with steel mills and other industrial plants, and Pittsburgh's zoning laws reflected that. Now that many manufacturing facilities have been replaced by offices, apartments and trails, the city is looking to upgrade the...
Conquerors of Adversity Season Turns into Obstacle Course of Injuries, Suspensions
The Steelers can clinch a playoff berth Sunday, in Baltimore quite appropriately, and, if they do, they likely will not don "AFC Wildcard Playoff Berth" baseball caps in their locker room. Yet, it should be celebrated - not with the Champagne and beerfests...
Constables Sentenced to Probation for Assault of Munhall Woman Who Had Parking Ticket
Two constables found guilty of simple assault and official oppression for their actions in arresting a Munhall woman last year for an unpaid parking ticket were sentenced Tuesday to serve probation. Christian Constantini, 27, will serve three years...
Couple Hope to Sell Marina after 25 Years Ready to Untie from the Dock after 'Interesting Experience'
Ralph and Ethelyn Ankrom drove to Verona one July weekend in 1989 to look at a $200 rowboat that was for sale. They ended up buying the entire marina. Boaters up and down the Allegheny River know the Allegheny River Boat Club as a friendly place...
Find Xante and Friends
Kaufmann's may no longer be part of the Pittsburgh landscape, but its famous clock continues to serve as a favorite meeting spot for friends, colleagues, lovers and families. It provides a backdrop today for this year's Find Xante, in which Post-Gazette...
From'funny' to Money Director Mckay Educated Himself about Financial Matters to Make 'The Big Short'
Adam McKay knows funny. He is, after all, one of the creators of the "Funny or Die" website and the director of both "Anchorman" movies, "Step Brothers" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" with pal Will Ferrell. But he steeped himself...
Gop Ideas for National Security Are Sheer Folly
Like many, I found a lot to be dismayed about in the recent GOP presidential debates, but nothing was more remarkable to me than the sheer folly of the ideas proffered to assure our national security. Undercooked proposals, largely unchallenged by...
Green Tree Hotel to Be Converted into Apartments Quality Suites Site Has New Ownership
Developers seem to be tripping over themselves to build hotels or apartments in Pittsburgh these days. Now a hotel is getting into the act - by joining the apartment crowd. The Quality Suites Hotel in Green Tree is being converted into apartments...
Grinch 1 and Grinch 2 Scalia and Trump Are Pouring Humbug on My Christmas
The difference between what we as Americans say we believe and what we - or, in this case, our leaders - actually do bothers me all year round but gets under my skin most intensely at Christmas. Maybe it's the seasonal music on the"T." This year it...
Hazelwood Man Must Stand Trial in Taxi Driver's Shooting
A district judge decided Tuesday that a Hazelwood man will stand trial on charges that he shot a taxi driver on Thanksgiving Day. But allegations of ethnic intimidation did not arise during the preliminary hearing for Anthony L. Mohamed, even though...
India's PM Approves Big Defense Deal
NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Moscow after approving what's set to be his nation's biggest weapons deal with Russia since 2001, reaffirming a military partnership that newer suppliers like the U.S. will find difficult to...
John Richard "Dick" Walker Aug. 10, 1939 - Dec. 20, 2015 Retired Professor Had a Mind for Math, Zest for Life
John Richard "Dick" Walker's curiosity was infinite, and he wanted to learn something new until the end. It included studying the history of mathematics, mastering French, traveling to a new city and playing sports trivia. In fact, he finished an...
Judge Rejects as 'Unenforceable' 2 Pittsburgh Labor Ordinances Peduto: Move Puts City'a Step Back'
An Allegheny County judge has struck down two landmark Pittsburgh labor ordinances in the past week, a rebuke that Mayor Bill Peduto called "a step back for Pittsburgh." On Monday, Common Pleas Judge Joseph James rejected as "invalid and unenforceable"...
Jury Acquits Stanton Heights Man in 2012 Killing of Wilkinsburg Couple
An Allegheny County jury deliberated about six hours over two days before finding a Stanton Heights man not guilty Tuesday in a 2012 double homicide. Joshua Wright, 27, was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend on July 1, 2012....
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....
Lower Gas Prices, Mild Weather Mean Traffic Will Be Heavy
It's a good thing history shows Santa doesn't need snow to make his Christmas Eve deliveries. That's because he isn't going to get any in Western Pennsylvania or on most of the East Coast this week.And it's a good thing the jolly old elf can find believers...
Make a Date with Social Calendar
Social Calendar is the umbrella name for a slew of innovative programming Carnegie Museum of Art will launch in January that includes a silent disco, fusion feast, yoga with a PSO musician and one evening a month when galleries stay open until 11...
Media Bias Is Nothing New the American Press Has Been Partisan More Often Than Not
In the United States, we prize journalistic objectivity and sharply criticize those we suspect of breaching it. Presidential candidates seek neutral moderators for their debates and excoriate questioners they see as too tough or less than objective....
Move to End Impasse Back on Track House Gop Reverses Course, Abandons Stopgap Budget
HARRISBURG - Following a somewhat chaotic afternoon of procedural maneuvering on the state House floor, a potential resolution to the state's long-running budget impasse appeared to be back on the table Tuesday. The House had been expected to advance...
NBA Ref Now U.S. Citizen
Gediminas Petraitis performs before thousands of people as a full- time NBA referee. A much smaller crowd watched him realize another dream Tuesday. The NBA official from Lithuania was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in Maryland, where his road to the...
Neighbors Rally in Time of Need for Family of Four
A Castle Shannon family of four with two young girls lost its home in an early-morning fire Tuesday. They also lost several pets and their Christmas presents. And the parents were injured. But the Middleboro Road neighborhood where they live began rallying...
No. 1 Goes Ot for Win Forbes Scores 32 to Aid Mich. State
Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 32 points and No. 1 Michigan State needed overtime to beat Oakland (7-4), 99-93, Tuesday night in Auburn Hills, Mich. Eron Harris added 27 points for the Spartans (13-0) who are off to the best start in school history....
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
Since the beginning of Jordan Smith's "Voice" journey, there's been one special lady by his side: his girlfriend of more than three years, Kristen Denny. "It's so full circle," the newly crowned season nine winner tells People. "She's so happy for...
Pitt Gets Spike in Recruiting 2016 Class Swells in Numbers, Talent
The first few weeks of December were relatively quiet for Pitt's football team, with the players taking finals and enjoying time off before their bowl game. For the Panthers coaches, though, it was one of the most critical times of the year. Pitt already...
Rays of Harm the FDA Seeks a Ban on Indoor Tanning for Teens
With skin cancer on the rise and tanning beds seen as a culprit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing the nation a favor by proposing to bar anyone under age 18 from soaking up indoor rays.The FDA announced the plan last Friday, saying it would...
Rematch with Triple Option Suits Panthers
Based on Pitt's statistics against Georgia Tech earlier this season, a matchup against Navy - and another date with the triple option - might seem like the worst-case bowl scenario for the Panthers in the Military Bowl. Pitt gave up 376 yards on...
Shenango Closure Will Make Our Region Healthier
I, like many, was shocked when DTE announced the closure of its Shenango coke facility on Neville Island ("DTE to Close Shenango Plant, Affecting 173 Workers," Dec. 18). As has been well documented, this plant has been in near constant violation of...
Single Mom Teaches Her Children about Giving
For Jennifer Kushner, a single mom who struggles to keep a roof over her children's heads, Christmas is a time for enjoying life's simplest and - arguably - greatest pleasures: Family. Home. Cookies. A few years ago, a friend surprised the Jefferson...
Spain's Confusion the Nation's Voters Deliver a Mixed Message
The final tally of Spain's election Sunday showed that voters seek change, but the results also left government in confusion.Political power in Spain, the European Union's fifth-largest economy, has for the past 32 years alternated between the center- right...
Stanford's Mccaffrey AP Player of the Year
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is The Associated Press college football player of the year, becoming the first non-Heisman Trophy winner to earn the honor in six years. McCaffrey was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Derrick Henry,...
State Justice Suspended over Emails Ethics Panel Rules Eakin Hurt Integrity of Pa. Judiciary
HARRISBURG - The state's judicial ethics tribunal on Tuesday suspended Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin for his involvement in Porngate, saying his continued presence on the bench harms the public's trust in the judiciary. The Court of Judicial...
Steelers Honors 3 Named to Pro Bowl Roethlisberger, Brown, Decastro Earn Spots from High-Scoring Offense
Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are rewriting the franchise and NFL record books on an almost weekly basis this season. For their efforts, their peers voted the dynamic duo into the Pro Bowl. Roethlisberger and Brown each made the Pro Bowl for...
'The Big Short' Is Long on Cleverness
In "The Big Short," director Adam McKay does as much as possible to hold moviegoers' hands - without reaching into their popcorn buckets. He opens the movie with Ryan Gosling, as a Wall Street banker, narrating and talking to the camera, and throughout...
Thriving Offense Putting Up Numbers
A good case can be made that Pitt is no longer a defensive- minded team, but rather an offensive-minded team learning to play good defensively. Coach Jamie Dixon still is fighting the good fight and talking about how the Panthers need to win games...
Try a Pa 529 Plan for College Pennsylvania Has a Tax-Free Way of Saving for College
Too many Pennsylvania families focus on student loans as an affordable way to pay for college. Unfortunately, college students are racking up loans faster than they can afford to repay them. Student-loan debt now tops $1.2 trillion, far more than...
USS Retirees May Pay More for Insurance Next Year
As U.S. Steel transitions its retirees into a Highmark PPO Medicare Advantage plan for 2016, up to 1,400 of the Pittsburgh company's retirees may be automatically enrolled in a Coventry/HealthAmerica health plan that carries much higher annual out-of-pocket...
WEST/STATE/COUNTY/CITY [Derived Headline]
WEST Aliquippa man held for court in officer's shooting A man who police said shot a Harmony police officer was held for court on charges including attempted homicide during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, according to court records. Earl Hollins, 28,...
Wpial Still Figuring out Adjustments
WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley and the league's board of directors have made it clear they do not like the PIAA's expanded classification system that will go into effect next year. But the majority of school superintendents in the district apparently...
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