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Articles from February 29, 2016

Afflicted by Antipolitics We've Been Spiraling Down to Trumpism for Quite a While
We live in a big, diverse society. There are essentially two ways to maintain order and get things done in such a society - politics or some form of dictatorship. Either through compromise or brute force. Our Founding Fathers chose politics.Politics...
Allentown Eyes Rebirth of Corridor for Business Subsidized Rents Lure Tenants to Plant Site
Neighborhoods with business corridors, however underused they may be, have a built-in advantage over those without. As one of the former, Allentown is a place to watch. The vibe there is still faint, but it's a 21st-century vibe, and it likely will...
Anticipated Rematch off Because of Rules Violation
When Cameron Coy and Jarod Verkleeren met in the finals of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Tournament Jan. 9, many predicted that the two would meet again in the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA finals.Coy, a junior at Penn-Trafford, is a two-time...
As the Eagle Flies Even a Failed Olympian Can Be an Inspiration
"Eddie the Eagle" opened at a theater near you last week. The reviews have not been great, but maybe that's fitting: It's based on the life story of 1988 Olympic ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, an Englishman who was not that great of a ski jumper.In...
Attacks Show Is Can Shake Baghdad
BAGHDAD -Islamic State militants killed dozens of people in two major attacks on Baghdad on Sunday, bombing a market and assaulting security forces on the city's outskirts in a demonstration of the group's ability to disrupt the Iraqi capital even...
Average Joe, Not Corporate America, Needs a Tax Holiday
Large corporations do a lot of business in foreign countries because the labor costs are cheap. This reduces jobs for citizens in this country and also causes a downward spiral in the hourly wages for the ones that remain in this country. These corporations...
Celebrities Bring Glitz and Glamour to Red Carpet
Celebrities were putting on the ritz - and the glitz - on the Academy Awards red carpet Sunday night. And rightfully so. Styles seen on the runways of New York Fashion Week earlier this month didn't skimp on sparkle. Plus, it's the Oscars! If you...
Deaths Elsewhere
George Nichopoulos, doctor to Elvis PresleyGeorge C. Nichopoulos, a physician who prescribed thousands of doses of various drugs for Elvis Presley during the final years of the singer's life, and who was acquitted of being criminally responsible for...
EAST/SOUTH [Derived Headline]
EAST Skiing collision kills man at Seven Springs A 51-year-old Westmoreland County man was killed in a skiing accident Saturday night at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Jeffrey C. Behr of Delmont was skiing on the Wagner Trail near the main lodge when...
Fat Ot Pay Erodes the Respect Police Deserve
Dear Pittsburgh Police Officers: I am on your side. I have counted on you more times than I can count, and you have been uniformly terrific. When our house was broken into, when trespassers were on our roof, when vandals shattered windows on every...
Former Psu De Nassib Defies Odds in Pro Journey
INDIANAPOLIS - Carl Nassib eased his long frame into a chair at Lucas Oil Stadium, taking a break at the NFL Scouting Combine before taking another step toward his goal of playing in the NFL. Not too many people believed that would ever happen. Not even...
For Two Maryknoll Sisters, a Life of Service without Boundaries
Some people might describe the most remote, desolate and dangerous parts of the world as being "godforsaken." But that's where the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic come in. And that's where they go. These 427 Roman Catholic nuns from around the world...
GM Ponders More Trades Rutherford Open for Dealingbefore Deadline Expires
Jim Rutherford's priority as today's NHL trade deadline closed in was to add a defenseman. Ideally, one who could skate and move the puck. Rutherford, the Penguins' general manager, figures he checked that off the list Saturday by sending a third-round...
Holding on for Winter's End for Region's Elderly, March Always a Welcome Beacon to Step Outside
As calendars prepare to flip to March, with more warm-weather days imminent like those early this week, the change of seasons buoys more than the region's impatient gardeners, golfers and grillers. The approaching end of another Pittsburgh winter -...
How Dixie Rules the Gop Ddddddddd
MADISON, Wis.The Super Tuesday primaries underscore how super Southern our presidential nominating process has become. This makes our way of picking standard-bearers unrepresentative of the country as a whole. In particular, it sharply reduces the influence...
Human Services Groups Still Feel Impact of Budget Stalemate
Human service organizations are getting months-delayed payments from the state, but many say interest payments, layoffs and other disruptions mean they are still feeling the impacts of Harrisburg's long-running budget dispute."The budget impasse has...
Individual Wrestling Rankings
WPIAL Class AAA106- 1. Job Chishko, Penn-Trafford, 2. Louis Newell, Seneca Valley, 3. Jacob Dunlop, Belle Vernon, 4. Darren Miller, Kiski Area.113 - 1. Gage Curry, North Hills, 2. Logan Macri, Canon- McMillan, 3. Cam Conner, Kiski Area, 4. Vincent Distefanis, Hempfield.120...
Injured Vonn Extends Lead
Hampered by a fractured left knee, Lindsey Vonn managed to extend her overall World Cup lead by placing 13th in an Alpine combined event Sunday in Soldeu-El Tarter, Andorra, while Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada took the win. Wearing braces on both...
Interfaith Sharing
The voices of Leila Richards ("Who's Afraid of Interfaith Dialogue?" Feb. 10 Perspectives) and Samuel Hazo ("Holy Land Travel," Feb. 14 letters) are raised at a critical time when fear among people of various religious backgrounds seems to be growing....
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; call 412-263-1601 to suggest a news obituary. Classified obituaries...
Lawrenceville Middle School Honored for Growth in Learning
Many students at Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 arrive at the Lawrenceville middle school already behind grade level. Dozens of children from immigrant and refugee families are learning English as a second language at varying levels, some coming and going throughout...
Lights! Glamour! Action!
#HollywoodoftheEast: Pittsburgh is really making a name for itself in the film industry, and so what better way to celebrate the Oscars than with the largest red carpet the town has ever seen? Partygoers were greeted on Sunday night at the Pittsburgh...
Michael "Mickey" Walko Aug 1, 1925 - Feb. 25, 2016 Dance Instructor Kept Up with Trends
Movies and television shows that sparked new dance trends were boons to Michael "Mickey" Walko's Dance Studio in Monroeville. After "Saturday Night Fever," it was disco. After "Urban Cowboy," it was country western. And after "Dirty Dancing," the...
Mistake That Trimmed Cole's Salary Corrected
BRADENTON, Fla. ? When negotiating Gerrit Cole's contract for 2016, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday, the club made a mistake, offering Cole a contract that would have represented a pay cut after a tremendous season. The mistake changed...
Murray Poised to Take No. 2 Goaltender Role
If Jeff Zatkoff is losing his role as the Penguins' backup goaltender to Matt Murray, he shares some of the responsibility. "He was probably one of the biggest factors in my development last season," said Murray. "He was like a big brother figure...
Panthers Give Jamie Dixon a Much-Needed Victory
Don't minimize what Pitt did Sunday in any way, romping past No. 15 Duke, 76-62, at Petersen Events Center. When you bury the defending national champion just two weeks before Selection Sunday, it is a significant accomplishment. Jamie Dixon, fully realizing...
Penn Plaza Building Empties out with Help from Volunteering Vets Some Residents Face Another Move in 2017
A crew in blue T-shirts filed past bags of trash and a couch propped lengthwise in a hallway in Penn Plaza's building 5704 in East Liberty on Sunday morning. Out of open doorways crew members carried boxes, lamps, tables, shelves, plants, mattresses,...
Pitt 76, Duke 62 Statement Game NCAA Resume Enhanced, Another 20-Win Season Achieved
Pitt had to prove itself worthy of an NCAA tournament bid when No. 15 Duke visited Petersen Events Center, and that's exactly what it did Sunday. The Panthers played easily their best game of the season, took a big lead early and never looked back...
Police Defend Response after Calif. Clash
LOS ANGELES - As three were stabbed when counterprotestors attacked Ku Klux Klan members Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., police officers were able to respond quickly enough to arrest all but one of the main participants, Chief Raul Quezada said, with...
Q25
#QuantumTurns25: Quantum Theatre turned 25 and celebrated with what likely will be one of the coolest parties of the year at the Fireman Creative's Engine House in Point Breeze on Saturday night. Karla Boos, the founder and artistic director of Quantum...
Revisiting City's Romance with Trolley Transportation
Good things come to an end. But sometimes in Pittsburgh, good things are replaced by better things - better as in more efficient, but not necessarily better for the environment.Streetcars, the romanticized predecessors of today's much-hated- by-motorists...
Route 30 Traffic Challenge Targeted Penndot Seeks Ideas for Congested Stretch in Westmoreland
"Difficult" and "challenging" are the words officials keep coming back to when they describe a six-mile corridor of Route 30 in Westmoreland County from just across the Allegheny County border to Irwin. The area - from Route 48 in North Versailles,...
Rubio Focuses on Virginia Campaign Fla. Senator Makes Tracks through the State Ahead of Super Tuesday
PURCELLVILLE, Va. - America's eyes are on Texas, where presidential candidates are competing for a mother lode of delegates, but Republican Marco Rubio is focused on Virginia. The Florida senator spent Sunday traversing the state for back- to-back...
Spotlight: A Red Carpet Event
HollywoodinPgh: A red carpet awaited guests on Tuesday night as they entered the SouthSide Works Cinema in anticipation of a chance to meet (Pittsburgh's own) actor Michael Keaton at a special VIP reception presented by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,...
'Spotlight' Shines at the Oscars; Dicaprio, Larson Take Home Statuettes
"Spotlight," starring Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton as a Boston newspaper editor who helped expose a cover-up of serial sexual abuse by priests, was named best picture at Sunday night's Oscars. It had been the front-runner until "The Revenant" and...
The U.S. Should Get out of Afghanistan Now
Thank you, Dan Simpson, for writing the column "Vietnam Redux?" (Feb. 24). I felt like I'd taken a three-credit course in international politics after reading your words. You're the voice that tells us about the heroin connections; the Russian and other outside...
Troubled No More Rad's Trust Returns to the August Wilson Center
In October 2013, the Allegheny Regional Asset District served notice that it would stop funding the then very troubled August Wilson Center. The Downtown arts and cultural venue was threatened with foreclosure, and it looked as if its days of receiving...
Ura:blight Designation Could Bolster Parcel in Squirrel Hill
A report prepared for the Urban Redevelopment Authority recommends that a portion of Squirrel Hill near the Parkway East be certified as blighted in the interest of its redevelopment. Such certification could tap several pools of money to leverage...
Where Old Tvs Go Pennsylvania Must Fix Its Electronics Recycling Act
Low oil prices have unexpected side effects. The stock market gyrates. Venezeula runs out of toilet paper. And in Pennsylvania, it's tough to get rid of that big old broken TV.The market for recycled materials from electronics has collapsed in a period...
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