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Articles from February 3, 2016

Ahn Reports $36.46M Operating Loss for 2015
The seven-hospital Allegheny Health Network recorded a $36.46 million operating loss in 2015, including a $3.94 million loss in the final quarter, a new filing shows. Still, AHN spokesman Dan Laurent summarized 2015 as "another year of considerable...
An Exploration of Human Resilience New Point Park Piece Is a Product of Expanding Ambitions
At a recent rehearsal, a huddle of Point Park Conservatory dancers worked on a sequence of steps while maneuvering through a web of thick red straps that bound them together. In another scene, a group wheeled scaffold platforms into the wings as others...
A Test of Old Bonds '45 Years' Examines What Threatens a Long Marriage
TORONTO - For a couple about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, time would seem to be on their side. But secrets may not be. "45 Years," opening in Pittsburgh on Friday,stars newly minted Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling and veteran actor...
A Toast to Punxsutawney Phil, Hoping That Spring Is around the Corner
Punxsutawney Phil doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to predicting how long winter will last. After all, the crowd-phobic rodent has been correct only a ridiculous 39 percent of the time, according to StormFax Almanac. But a day...
Authorities Investigate Recent Rash of Heroin Overdoses
Law enforcement agencies in Western Pennsylvania are pooling information and efforts to warn the public of a recent rash of heroin overdoses, including three fatalities in Allegheny County in the past week. They also hope their steps will help them...
Brashear Shooter Found Guilty of Most Charges
The jury deliberating charges against a teenager accused of shooting three students outside Brashear High School in 2013 spent more than 10 hours over two days considering the 11 counts before it. On Tuesday afternoon, the panel of seven women and...
Cmu Advances in High-Speed Ground Transit Competition
Carnegie Mellon University has made the cut and will compete in June against 22 other teams in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, which is an early step to create a high-speed ground- transportation system. The idea is to approach the speed of...
Coalition to Intensify Anti-Is Efforts
ROME - Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group had agreed at a meeting in Rome to intensify their efforts to defeat the group, but he ruled out sending U.S. forces to intervene...
Colleges Spare No Expense in Football Facilities Schools Use Lavish Amenities to Try to Top Their Rivals in Battle for High-Profile Recruits
The University of Pittsburgh and Penn State debuted state-of-the-art football practice facilities within the past 18 years. Already, both are in the midst of multimillion-dollar renovation projects. That's life in college football today, where any...
Crosby Enjoys a Fun Night Gets Hat Trick for 9th of Career; Bails out Fleury in Pleasing Game Penguins 6, Senators 5
Mike Sullivan had been craving this kind of start from the Penguins from the time he took over as coach Dec. 12. He had to be delighted to see his team score two goals before surrendering a shot, to see it utterly dominate play for most of the first...
Cullen Gets Some Power-Play Repetitions
Matt Cullen has significant power-play experience on his NHL resume, just not with the Penguins this season. Cullen practiced with the second unit at the morning skate Tuesday and is an option there. "He's a smart player, has the ability to distribute...
Denver's Talib Writing Some Incredible Stories
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- His early writings did not exactly inspire the critics, who weren't content to merely dismiss its soulful truth. I mean he got punished. But he laughed about it Tuesday, 20-something years later, because sometimes validation is...
End Is near for Manziel
The Cleveland Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away. The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning quarterback Johnny Manziel's actions and pointing to his release in March, a move that has seemed inevitable for months. The conduct...
Enjoyable Win to Savor, except for the Goalies
Did someone say goal-scoring is down in the NHL and that the games are boring? If you were at the Penguins-Ottawa Senators game Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center or watched it on television, you might think otherwise. If you saw any of it, you...
Epic Tale, Sparely Told City Theatre Shoots for Moon in Premiere
On the stage, just five actors, because that's what the economics of new plays demands. But projected on a soaring rear wall suggesting filing cabinets or concentration camp concrete, a visual cacophony of the slaughter and aspiration of a tumultuous...
FBI to Review Police Sergeant's Arrest of Intoxicated Man
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office are reviewing how a Pittsburgh police officer subdued an intoxicated man at a high school football game at Heinz Field in November. Word of the review came a day after a district judge dismissed charges against...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl turns the big 5-0 Sunday, so celebrate the milestone with 50 foods that best know how to make the play. Whether you are rooting for the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers or for neither, here are the 50 MVPs fit for the party table that...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Chilis
WORLD CLASS VEGETARIAN CHILI In large, heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat and cook 1 finely chopped white onion, celery stalk and carrot, and 4 cloves minced garlic. Add 2 tablespoons chili powder, teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Desserts
HAZELNUT BROWNIES Preheat oven to 325 degrees; grease a 9-by-13-inch pan. In a bowl, whisk 1 cups flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon each salt and baking powder. Bring 2 sticks butter, 2 cups brown sugar and 1 cup water to a simmer...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Dippers
BUFFALO CAULIFLOWERWhisk 2 cups each flour and seltzer water with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Cut 1 small head cauliflower into 1-inch florets; dip in the batter. Deep-fry in vegetable oil, until golden brown. Toss with 1 stick melted butter whisked with...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Dips
PARMESAN DIP In a bowl, stir together cup fat-free sour cream, 6 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese, cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, 1 tablespoon fat-free milk, 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard, 1 teaspoon...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Meatballs
SWEET & SOUR MEATBALLS Combine pound extra-lean ground beef, pound ground turkey, 1 small onion (minced), 1 egg and cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs in bowl. Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Brown meatballs, in batches, in a large nonstick...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Nachos
BBQ CHICKEN NACHOS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, warm cup barbecue sauce. Add 1 pound poached, shredded chicken and toss until completely covered. Stir in 1 small diced onion and 1 diced jalapeno. Cook over medium-heat for about...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Salads
PINEAPPLE-MANGO-POMEGRANATE SALAD Combine together 1 semi-ripe mango (cut in cubes), seeds from 1 pomegranate, 1 cup pineapple chunks (cut in small cubes), 2 shallots (chopped finely), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 jalapeno (chopped finely), 2 tablespoons,...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Sandwiches
PULLED PORK Combine 3 tablespoons salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon chili powder and 2 tablespoons light brown sugar in bowl and mix. Rub 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over 3 pounds boneless pork butt cut into 4 pieces. Rub with spice...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Snacks
CHOCOLATE-ALMOND POPCORN BALLS In a pot, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter over medium heat. Add 1 bag (10-ounce) mini marshmallows and cook, stirring, until melted. Remove from heat and add 16 cups popped popcorn (fat-free), 1 cup mini chocolate...
Fifty Mvps for Super Bowl 50 Wings
ANCHOR BAR BUFFALO WINGS In bowl, toss 36 wing pieces with 1 tablespoon each oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Place into large plastic bag and add 1 cup flour. Shake to coat evenly. Remove wings from bag, shake off excess flour, and spread out evenly on...
Group Gives State 'C' for School Funding
On the same day that Gov. Tom Wolf called for an additional $377 million K-12 funding for schools this budget year and another $200 million for next year, a report card issued by a national advocacy group gave Pennsylvania a "C" grade for school finance....
High Scoring Comes Natural to Monessen
For the season, the Monessen boys basketball team is scoring at a rate rarely seen in the WPIAL. For one half in a recent game, Monessen scored points rarely seen in the history of high school basketball in this country. In a game Jan. 26 against Geibel,...
Hopewell Product Scores 41 in Victory Walker-Kimbrough Stars for Maryland
Former Hopewell star Shatori Walker-Kimbrough has played hundreds of basketball games in her career - high school, Amateur Athletic Union and college. Tuesday night, she came through with her highest scoring total. Walker-Kimbrough scored a career-high...
Horsehead Holding Announces Bankruptcy
Horsehead Holding is asking a bankruptcy court judge to approve $90 million in financing, saying it needs the money because some suppliers have stopped doing business with the company or threatened to do so. The Robinson zinc producer and metals recycler...
Inartful Expression a Confessed Graffiti Vandal Needs Time to Rethink
For years Pittsburgh has suffered the usual public pockmarks at the hands of graffiti vandals.There was the racist message in December, "Go back to Mexico," scrawled on the side of a grocery and taqueria in Brookline.There was the defacing last fall...
Iowa Caucus Math: Third Place Is a Win
Stephen Blobaum's pick for president lost the Iowa caucuses Monday night. And he almost couldn't be happier. "I went with Marco Rubio," said Mr. Blobaum, a West Des Moines Republican who was still undecided a week ago. Unlike businessman and reality...
Iowa Lessons for Clinton Tiny Win Should Sharpen Her Campaign
So Hillary Clinton eked out an incredibly tight victory in Iowa Monday night, leading Bernie Sanders by 49.8 percent to 49.6 percent. As Mr. Sanders rightly put it, this was a "virtual tie." Here are three of the main takeaways from the outcome: 1)...
James Turrell Gifts Mattress Factory with a Skyspace
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on February 4, 2016. Architect Arthur Lubetz's name was misspelled in a story Wednesday about a gift from artist James Turrell to the Mattress Factory.A gift of a major contemporary artwork with an estimated...
Jobless Numbers in Region Dip with State Rate
With more people employed and in the workforce, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Pittsburgh area sank to 4.8 percent in December, down from 5 percent in November and 5.2 percent in October, according to state numbers released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES AMOROSE, Joseph G. Sr., Blawnox BARTOS, John A., Hampton BEULKE, Mark S., Robinson BRENZIE, Valarie A. DeSantis, Economy BUCHANAN, Mary Jane COLEMAN, Stanford COTABISH, Harry N. COYLE, William R. "Ronnie," Ross CUKOVICH, Stephen...
Mon-Fay Extension Would Clog the Parkway
In the Jan. 25 article "Turnpike Commission Chief Promotes Mon- Fay Plan as a Boost for Economy," Sean Logan announced that final design work is to be done to connect the Mon-Fayette Expressway to the Parkway East in Monroeville. What analysis makes...
Next Superintendent Pittsburgh Needs a Results-Driven School Leader
The process to hire a new superintendent for the Pittsburgh Public Schools moved into a new phase Friday with the official posting of the call for applications. The job description, reflecting priorities expressed by the engaged public at seven community...
North Hills Nears First Section Title since 1983
North Hills has not won a section title in 33 years, but the Indians are one win from ending their drought.Nick Smith made four 3-pointers as part of his game-high 33 points and Ishmael Waldron scored 11 of his 22 in the fourth quarter as visiting North...
On This Day, Feb. 3
1865 President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy. 1975 Allegheny County Democratic Party chairman...
Opening Salvo Iowa Caucusers Leave Their Mark on Both Parties
The Iowa caucuses Monday night gave average Americans a chance to make their first markson the 2016 presidential race.Although the state's voters are not a microcosm of the U.S. electorate, Iowa's first-in-the-nation test of popular support for the candidatesautomatically...
Out-of-State Stars Boost Narduzzi's First Full Class
A year ago, Pat Narduzzi had just over a month to hold onto what was left of Pitt's 2015 recruiting class. Narduzzi officially will sign his first full recruiting class today with the Panthers, and the benefit of having a full year to scout and recruit...
Police: Man Shot Dog While Aiming at Girlfriend
Police said a Natrona Heights man accidentally shot his dog in the head when he was trying to shoot his girlfriend who had left him two days earlier. Thomas Callen Jr., 59, faces attempted homicide, animal cruelty and other charges for a domestic...
Rash of Decommitments Erases Psu's Momentum
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Gaining momentum on the recruiting trail can come from numerous commitments in a short span of time, the addition of a blue chipper or a prospect's flip from one program to another. Of course, it's a lot easier to lose momentum...
Robert Jeffrey Reed III June 23, 1927 - Jan. 31, 2016 Doctor Dedicated to Ohio Valley Medical Center
Robert Jeffrey Reed III held an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed surgical residencies at the University of Pittsburgh and Walter Reed Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiovascular...
Rubio Slingshots into New Hampshire Other 'Mainstream' Candidates Will Go after Him, but Catching Him Won't Be Easy
What Iowa said Monday night was: Enough. Enough with business as usual. Enough with conventional candidates. Enough with the tired orthodoxies of politics. Enough with the surpassing power of big - big banks, big lobbyists, big labor and even big...
Secrets Come to Surface in Film
Retired teacher and wife of 45 years Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) knows, logically, that she should not be angry. "I can hardly be cross at something that happened before we existed," she says, before pausing and adding the loaded word, "Still."...
Senior to Miss Rest of Season Tate to Ask NCAA for Another Year
Robert Morris senior forward Aaron Tate will sit out the rest of this season and seek another year of eligibility from the NCAA in 2016-17. Tate, who was named team MVP in 2014-15 when the Colonials won the Northeast Conference and competed in the...
Slain Girl Said She Would See Her 'Boyfriend'
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 13-year-old who allegedly was stabbed to death by a Virginia Tech student told friends she would sneak out to meet her "boyfriend" David, an 18-year-old she had met online, a neighbor said. Nicole Madison Lovell was killed Wednesday,...
Something's Cookin' Trendy Restaurant Shows Interest in Produce Terminal for New Location
The owner of The Kitchen, a trendy restaurant chain that emphasizes community and locally sourced ingredients, has been scouting potential locations in Pittsburgh, including the Strip District's iconic produce terminal. Kimbal Musk "has a very strong...
'Tear Down Heinz Field' and Other Ideas
I'd never met the artist John Morris, but when our Facebook exchange about the North Side's decline in population this past century escalated, I suggested we descend from our virtual soapboxes. We met in a Downtown coffee shop because mass transit...
Tracking Zika Virus State Department of Health Webpage to Report on Infections
Facing several possible cases of the Zika virus, the Pennsylvania Department of Health said Tuesday it will release regular reports on any potential and confirmed infections of the tropical disease in the state. Blood tests for the mosquito-borne...
Upmc: Highmark Overstating Funds
Health insurer Highmark Health has nearly 50 percent less money set aside to pay claims than the health insurer indicated in regulatory filings, the result of a "feckless strategy, which has backfired at every turn," rival UPMC claims. In the latest...
Virginia Has Seen Best, Worst of Road
Virginia was on the short list of teams in the preseason that coaches and observers believed would contend for the ACC championship. And the No. 9 Cavaliers got off to a strong start before the road got really difficult. Virginia began the season...
We Need Better Answers about Pwsa Lead Testing
The Post-Gazette reports in "Pittsburgh Water-Sewer Authority Using New Lead-Fighting Chemical" (Jan. 22) that the level of lead in our city drinking water has risen seven-fold in the last 15 years, according to the most recent U.S. Environmental...
Where Is the Work?
Welfare is bad for the United States because it encourages people not to work, according to letter writer Stephen M. Sokol ("Obama Was Wrong," Jan. 20). But Mr. Sokol does not address two vital questions: Why are people not working? What to do with...
Why Push More War? U.S. Foreign Policy Needs an Overhaul, but Our Candidates Don't Seem to Get It
We're looking for opportunities to do more." The quote is from an interview that Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, America's Robert McNamara and Don Rumsfeld rolled into one, gave last month at the gathering in Davos, Switzerland, of the world's...
Wolf Imposes Limits Filling Vacancies in State Jobs
Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is imposing new temporary limits on the number of vacant staff positions that can be filled at state agencies under his jurisdiction as a way to curtail spending, at least until a complete state budget is adopted. Mr....
Wolf Proposes More K-12 Funds for Next Budget Pennsylvanians Have a Shared Responsibility to Schools, Governor Says
READING, Pa. - With his first state budget still incomplete, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that his second budget address will feature a renewed call for increases in state funding for K-12 education, both in the current fiscal year and the next. After...
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