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Articles from February 9, 2016

14 People in Pa. Await Test Results for Zika Virus
Results of Zika blood tests were pending Monday for two patients in Allegheny County and a dozen others in Pennsylvania who might have picked up the virus abroad, public health agencies said. So far, five people in the state have tested negative for...
Ad Aims for Record for Season Tickets
Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes never has been shy about his lofty aspirations for the Panthers' football program under coach Pat Narduzzi, often saying the ultimate goal is a spot in the College Football Playoff. Monday, he outlined an ambitious...
Altius Garners AAA Four Diamond Rating
Perched atop Mount Washington, Altius' aerial views of Downtown Pittsburgh provide a stunning backdrop for a memorable meal, but now the restaurant has reached a rarified air in addition to its lofty location: it's been selected as the recipient of...
A Necessary Do-Over the Da Is Right to Refile Charges against an Officer
District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.'s decision to refile charges against a policeman who was caught on a surveillance video punching a drunk fan at Heinz Field last year is a welcome development in a disturbing case.Last week, District Judge Robert...
An Enforcement Focus Won't Stem the Heroin Crisis
I was disappointed to see that reports regarding recent overdoses throughout southwestern Pennsylvania omitted information on public health measures ("Authorities Warn of Recent String of Heroin Overdoses in Pittsburgh," Feb. 3 post-gazette.com) and...
Anna Mae Chicka Nov. 25, 1914 - Feb. 5, 2016 Teacher, 101, Was Pillar of Saltsburg
From a childhood on a small farm in what is now Monroeville, Anna Mae Chicka grew her own legacy of 65 years as a devoted community member in Saltsburg, Armstrong County. Mrs. Chicka, 101, was a math teacher at Saltsburg High School for 34 years before...
Attorney Argues for Release of Video of Assault
A Downtown attorney argued Monday that surveillance video of a former California, Pa., police officer assaulting a suspect in a holding cell ought to be released as a public record. The borough refused a request by attorney Andrew Rothey when he made...
Betting on Pennsylvania Canadian Transmission Project Targets State's Rising Demand for Renewables
Transmission lines have been much longer and more ambitious than the 73-mile project proposed by ITC Holdings Corp. But ITC's line, though relatively short and largely invisible under Lake Erie, would serve as the first link between Canada and the...
Big National Issues
What a bizarre 2016 political campaign. The many presidential hopefuls waste hours talking negatively about each other, discussing walls to keep people out, arguing over eligibility, stretching the truth up and down, emails, bragging about early ...
Centenarians Give Credit to Diet, Pets, Cards
Mary Virginia Alioto has a simple recipe for a long life: "I always ate a healthy Mediterranean diet with plenty of garlic, and I never drank alcohol or smoked." She was born in Pittsburgh on Jan. 2, 1916, the third of Giuseppe and Vincenza Girasia's...
City League's Dragons Knock off Red Hurricanes Allderdice 75, New Castle 49
New Castle doesn't have a starter taller than 6 feet. Allderdice doesn't have a starter smaller than 6-1, and has two players that stand 6-6 and 6-9. But Allderdice was head and shoulders above New Castle Monday night and it had nothing to do with...
CITY/SOUTH [Derived Headline]
CITY $75K state grant to help with Uptown development The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority has received a $75,000 state grant to help begin planning a Transit Revitalization Investment District in the city's Uptown neighborhood. The grant, announced...
Cochran Buys Up More Property in Strip District Dealership Bought Old Warehouse for $1.95M To'support' Its Future Audi Location
As it prepares to move into the Strip District next year with a new Audi dealership, Monroeville-based automotive dealership #1 Cochran is buying up more property in the neighborhood. But it won't say exactly why. The car dealer recently purchased...
Dead & Co., Beyonce Coming to Town
The Grateful Dead "Fare Thee Well" in Chicago last summer was not quite the end. Dead & Company will launch a summer tour that stops at the First Niagara Pavilion July 13. It will feature Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann...
Demanding Answers in Police Shooting
On Monday afternoon, Bruce T. Kelley Jr. was finally laid to rest. No honor guard accompanied his family to the church service in Washington, Pa. No sirens or blinking hood lights cleared a path for the solemn procession from the Apostolic church...
Ferry Shares Experiences with Injured Senior Jones
A few weeks after a knee injury cut short Jim Ferry's college basketball career, Keene State basketball coach Don Kelbick brought Ferry, then a senior, to join him as he visited a friend at a Florida VA hospital. Ferry had a crutch under each arm...
Fleury Finds Boost of Confidence in Win
It was just one of 21 wins this season for Marc-Andre Fleury, one of 343 in his long career as Penguins goaltender. But, somehow, this one felt a little more important than most. Fleury needed it. The Penguins needed it from him. Fleury has been the...
Former Professor Sentenced to 6 Years in Child Porn Case
A writer and former Allegheny College professor who said he is mentally ill is headed to federal prison for more than six years after the FBI found 540,000 images of child pornography on his computer. U.S. District Judge David Cercone on Monday sentenced...
Gainey Thanks Colleagues in Pa. House for Their Support after His Sister's Death
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Ed Gainey took to the House floor Monday to thank those who supported his family after the shooting death last month of his sister in Pittsburgh. Janese Jackson Talton, 29, died Jan. 22 of a gunshot wound outside Cliff's Bar...
Geneva College Taps One of Its Graduates as New President
More than three decades after Calvin Troup left Geneva College with a bachelor's degree, the career educator and member of the school's Class of 1983 is headed back to the Beaver Falls campus, this time as its 20th president. Mr. Troup, 54, an associate...
Greene's Hall Trip Took off from Here
As the Rams return to Los Angeles this year, there should be two fruit baskets awaiting them, delivered by those who helped rebuild the Steelers into Super Bowl worthiness. One would serve as a thank you to the new - now old - St. Louis Rams, one...
House Committee Takes Up Gas-Tax Plans
HARRISBURG - The state House energy committee on Monday began weighing two Republican proposals for a natural gas severance tax, a subject many in the party have considered poisonous but which the committee chairman now says he expects "will consume...
Insurers Hike Prices for Renters Study: Homeowners Often Pay Much Less for Auto Insurance
Drivers who rent rather than own their homes are likely to get charged more - as much as 47 percent more - for basic liability auto insurance, according to an analysis of premiums by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America. The analysis found...
Jeb Bush Might Make a Good President like His Father, Jeb's Not Politically Gifted, but Bush Sr. Was Pretty Good in Office
George H.W. Bush was the first politician I ever disliked. I was 12, my parents were loyal Democrats, and every night we'd watch the news, cheer for whatever Bill Clinton was saying on the campaign trail and then glower at the screen when Peter Jennings...
Kasich's Roots in Mckees Rocks Are a Familiar Theme in Campaign
Although John Kasich left McKees Rocks at 18, the Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate often returns to his old stomping grounds. Rhetorically, at least. References to McKees Rocks have peppered Mr. Kasich's talks, ads and writings...
Kasich Working to Brand Himself with N.H. Voters
WINDHAM, N.H. - John Kasich is a sitting governor and a former congressman, but in his last pitch to New Hampshire primary voters he insisted he is "not in the establishment lane." The Ohio Republican's bigger challenge, though, might be to convince...
Love at First Bite Pittsburgh Restaurants Pledge Their Affection for Valentine's Day
Nothing whispers love better than an exquisite meal, and restaurants know that. With valentine's day falling on Sunday this year, restaurants are rolling out romantic-themed menus from Friday through the weekend. one is even offering a "morning after"...
Malkin Still out with Undisclosed Injury
Evgeni Malkin missed a third consecutive game Monday because of an undisclosed lower-body injury, leaving Matt Cullen to patch the hole left on the Penguins' second line. It's a gig that comes with two of the Penguins fastest wingers - Carl Hagelin...
Man Killed by Police in Wilkinsburg Remembered by Friends and Family
Bruce Tyrone Kelley Jr., who was shot and killed by Port Authority police during a Jan. 31 confrontation in Wilkinsburg, was remembered Monday by family and friends who were struggling to come to terms with the hows and whys of his death. Mr. Kelley,...
Mardi Gras Shooting Kills 1, Injures 4 Others
A shooting in Mississippi after a Mardi Gras parade killed two men and injured four other people. The police chief said Monday that though two guns were used, investigators don't know how many people fired them. Shell casings with two calibers indicate...
New Boost to Recruit Cancer Trial Patients
With steady declines in patient enrollment for human clinical trials, UPMC and the Women's Cancer Research Center are boosting promotion of a network founded in November 2013 to encourage participation in scientific studies. Such participation is...
No. 12 Miami Next in Difficult Stretch
After No. 12 Miami beat Georgia Tech, 75-68, Sunday, the Hurricanes have a quick turnaround to get ready tonight to play host to Pitt. That isn't an ideal situation, Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said, especially since the Panthers are tough to plan...
Nuzzel Your News for an Interesting Angle
Sites and apps dedicated to serving up news have been around since the beginning of the Web. But once in a while, a site emerges that has a fresh take on how news is curated, to the point that you say, "Why didn't someone think of that before." Such...
On This Day, Feb. 9
1942 Archaeologists excavating near the intersection of the Boulevard of the Allies and Liberty Avenue found what was believed to be part of the curtain of Fort Pitt. 1950 In a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R- Wis., charged that...
Penn Hills Schools Urged to Address Bullying Mother Says Her Son Repeatedly Targeted
Margaret Wooding said she has been more than patient with the Penn Hills School District over the years as she has reported students bullying and harassing her son Isaiah, 16, who has cerebral palsy. But after an incident Friday at Penn Hills High...
PEOPLE [Derived Headline]
Apple Martin called it.Since Coldplay took the field for its Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, the performance has been immortalized in Internet memes ? as frontman Chris Martin's 11-year-old daughter, Apple, warned might happen, People reports."My...
Positive Positioning Energy Companies Tout 'Unique' Assets to Put the Best Face on the Downturn
Appalachian energy companies aren't just making lemonade from recent sour commodity prices. They're each "uniquely positioned" to bear fruit in this downturn. Their executives have been saying so for years, and this earnings season - a quarterly,...
READY TO HANG OUT AVIARY GETS SECOND TWO-TOED SLOTH [Corrected 02/ 10/16]
The private jet taxied to the Voyager Jet Center at the Allegheny County Airport, and the flight crew rolled out a red carpet. But the VIP wasn't a famous celebrity or politician. It was a baby male Linnaeus' two-toed sloth, the newest member of the...
Robin Chandler Duke, Fought for Women's Rights
Robin Chandler Duke, a rags-to-riches grande dame who married an ambassador and became one of America's best known advocates for women by championing reproductive rights and international family planning, died in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday. She...
Seeking Subsidence Solutions Dep Accused of Ineffective Response to Audits Detailing Mining Damages
HARRISBURG - Environmental groups are frustrated with regulators' response to a comprehensive report on the surface disruptions caused by underground coal mining in Pennsylvania, saying the Department of Environmental Protection's "weak" reply reveals...
Settle Lawsuits without Insurer Permission
A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives businesses better insurance protection by allowing them to accept a settlement in a lawsuit without their insurer's permission, but without forfeiting their right to reimbursement from the...
Sexist Claims Steinem and Albright Did Clinton No Favors
Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright are accomplished women who have many "firsts" attached to their life stories. But their attempts over the weekend to help Hillary Clinton become the first female president of the United States have backfired. They...
She Sees Relative on a Dangerous Path
DEAR NATALIE: One of my husband's teenage grandsons from a previous marriage has posted videos of himself doing drugs - weed and cocaine - and drinking heavily on the Internet. I did not have the chance to show my husband the video of this boy doing...
Spurrier Gets New Role
Steve Spurrier has a new role at South Carolina -- special assistant to president Harris Pastides and athletic director Ray Tanner. Spurrier resigned as football coach in October. He had a contract clause that allowed him to assume such a role if he...
State Spending without Full Budget Irks Senators Wolf to Unveil 2016- 17 Budget Today
HARRISBURG - A day before Gov. Tom Wolf was set to deliver his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, legislators were still squabbling over continued spending for this year. The state is operating under a partial budget signed by Mr. Wolf in...
Stealing the Show Crosby Continues Offensive Rampage, Notching Two More Goals, Two More Assists Penguind 6, Ducks 2
Wasn't so long ago that the Penguins seemed lucky to scratch out two goals in a game. On good nights. But what had been an eye-dropper offense for much of the season has cranked up to fire-hose levels lately, most recently in a 6-2 victory against...
Survivors Pulled from Taiwan Quake
TAINAN, Taiwan - At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach...
The Case against Kane the State Senate Effort to Oust Her Is Moving Ahead
While other candidates have started scrapping over who among them is best suited to become Pennsylvania's next attorney general, the current occupant of the office is operating with blinders on.Kathleen Kane, the first Democrat ever to win the elective office,...
Trojans Win Finale vs. Butler, 54-49
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic boys basketball coach Dave Long said he won't make a big deal of his Class A Section 2 champion Trojans' 54-49 victory against Class AAAA qualifier Butler Monday night in the regular-season finale. But he's not complaining....
Universal Coverage Would Relieve Health Care Worries
It is disgraceful that 86-year-old Millie Szymanski ("Mars Retiree Baffled by Huge Increase in Cost of Her Medical Treatment," Jan. 26), a generally healthy and independent woman, should be worried about managing unexpected out-of-pocket health care expenses....
Voters, Candidates Take Last Looks at Each Other before N.H. Primary Small State Presents Important Hurdle before Bigger Contests
MANCHESTER, N.H. -Talk about committed voters. Jeanne and Tom Tellier set out Sunday morning to hear Marco Rubio speak at their local middle school, but the crowd was so big they were turned away. Unfazed, the undecided Republican voters instead headed...
Warrant Issued for Suspect in Wilkins Shooting; Man Critically Wounded
This story from the web is being added to the database because the information is more current than that in the version that appeared in print.A warrant has been issued for a Wilkins man in connection with a shooting Monday that critically wounded a...
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