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Articles from March 22, 2016

Andy Grove, Ex-CEO, Chairman of Intel [Derived Headline]
Andy Grove, ex-CEO, chairman of IntelAndy Grove, who escaped the ruins of postwar Europe to become one of the architects of Silicon Valley's growth into the world's center of technology creation, died Monday.He was 79."We are deeply saddened by the passing...
Apps Open Windows to Convenience
Sometimes you get something you don't know you need and find out that you don't want to do without it. That happened to me with a Mac app called BetterSnapTool. It allows you to easily manage window positions and sizes by either dragging them to one...
Bishop Zubik Issues Apology to Those Wounded by Church
There were no organ strains, no bursts of incense, only the sound of shoes echoing softly off the vast stone surfaces of St. Paul Cathedral as Bishop David Zubik paced down the center aisle with a small group of priests and acolytes bearing candles...
Boy, 13, Shot to Death; Friend Charged
When an ambulance whizzed by the Mount Pleasant fire hall Sunday evening during a meeting, borough fire Chief Jerry Lucia asked one of the firefighters to go outside to see where it was headed. That firefighter, Mark Gustafson, watched the ambulance...
Candidates to Watch
Coaches who most likely are - or should be - on Pitt's list of possible replacements for Jamie Dixon as men's basketball coach. Archie Miller Age: 37 Current job: Dayton head coach Coaching record: 115-54 Why it would work: While his older brother,...
Chess Lessons in Hazelwood from a Good Cop
I wrote a column in July 2014 about bumping into a friend at a Squirrel Hill eatery who had gone out and become a Pittsburgh police officer since I'd last seen him. Instead of using his full name, which is David Shifren, I referred to him as "DS"...
CITY/EAST [Derived Headline]
CITY Homewood man sentenced to prison in bar killing A Homewood man will spend 15 to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing one man and wounding four others inside a bar there in 2014. Cornell Poindexter, 30, on Monday admitted to one...
Congo Politician Convicted of War Crimes
PARIS - The International Criminal Court convicted a Congolese politician, Jean-Pierre Bemba, of war crimes and crimes against humanity Monday, finding him culpable for a devastating campaign of rape, murder and torture in the Central African Republic...
Cool for the Summer Students Can Sign Up for Camps, Jobs through New Summer 16 Website
This summer, 16,000 local schoolkids will have the chance to "Dream! Explore! Do!" The city, county and United Way's Allegheny Partners for Out-of- School Time (APOST) announced a partnership Monday - Summer 16 Dream! Explore! Do! - providing summer...
Dixon Bolts for Tcu Dayton's Miller, Valparaiso's Drew Top Replacement Candidates
TCU? Really? Good luck to Jamie Dixon. I mean that sincerely. Dixon is one of the true gentlemen in sports. Beyond that, he left a mark on Pitt basketball during a 13-year run that will be difficult, if not impossible, to match. Chances are...
Dukes Fall Short to Morehead State in Cbi
Duquesne went into Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. looking for a quarterfinal win in the College Basketball Invitational, but fell short in an 82-72 loss to Morehead State. The Dukes (17-17), coming off the school's fourth postseason win in 47 years...
Dukes Fend off Rout for Quarter Uconn Still Cruises to 71st Win in a Row Connectiuct 97, Duquesne 51
STORRS, Conn. - For just a shade over 14 minutes, Duquesne's impossible dream was alive. The Dukes were hanging around with No. 1 Connecticut. Through the first quarter, into the second. Maybe there was more than just bravado to Dan Burt and his players'...
Eagle Egg Hatches at Hays Nest First Eaglet Awaits Arrival of Two Siblings
The bald eagle baby jinx of 2015 ended at 6:55 a.m. Monday when an eaglet pushed through one of three eggs at the Hays nest site. The first pips indicating pecking from inside the shell were seen Sunday via a live-streaming video camera. Eagle watchers...
Frustrated by Selfish Friend? Sick of the 'L-Word'
DEAR NATALIE: I have one of those friends who just never stops talking. She makes the conversation all about her all the time and never even stops to ask me how I am or what I have been up to. I have (no joke) had phone conversations with her that...
GM Says Nicasio Could Open Season as Starting Pitcher
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Neal Huntington and Juan Nicasio have impeccable timing. Hours after the Pirates general manager said Nicasio has a chance to make the starting rotation, Nicasio strengthened his already impressive spring training resume with five...
Heinz Field Game in 2017 Now Scheduled for Feb. 25
The Penguins' game against Philadelphia at Heinz Field next season will be pushed back a week and will be played Feb. 25, 2017, not Feb. 18, as originally announced. The game is expected to be played in the evening, although no start time has been...
House Dems Scrutinize Natural Gas Incentives
HARRISBURG - State incentives worth $27 million that encourage the adoption of natural gas as a vehicle fuel will help replace the equivalent of 17 million gallons of gasoline burned in trucks and cars annually with a homegrown alternative. At a public...
Irish Land Central Dt
In two consecutive days, the Notre Dame football team landed two recruits from Central Catholic High School. Central Catholic defensive tackle Kurt Hinish made a verbal commitment Monday to Notre Dame, a day after Central linebacker David Adams chose...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES BAUER, Harold J. "Hal," Shaler BELL, Marion BLACK, Julia A., Cranberry BOEHM, Ann M. Smith, Ross BOLES, Charles N. BONDURANT, Darla Jean BRODIE, Kathleen Bourke, Mt. Lebanon BRUNNER, Joseph J. Sr., New Sewickley BUCKLEY, Lawrence...
Linx Device Ends Acid Reflux and the Need for Heartburn Meds
The problem was, the proton pump inhibitors he'd used for 15 years no longer were extinguishing the fire in his throat. "My heartburn was so bad I had to sleep on an elevated pillow but it would burn my esophagus and I would eat ice cream to try to...
Longtime Basketball Coach Dixon Leaves Pitt for Tcu in 13 Seasons, He Led Team to 328 Wins
University of Pittsburgh men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon accepted a job offer Monday to become the next coach at his alma mater, Texas Christian University. And, although it was mostly his decision to leave, Pitt didn't exactly beg Dixon to stay....
Man Charged in Deaths of East Liberty Sisters Withdraws DNA Appeal
A man accused of killing two sisters from East Liberty whose trial has been delayed has asked to withdraw an appeal pending in Pennsylvania's Superior Court. That means the trial for Allen Wade, 45, could begin soon. The appeal requested access to...
Maurice Levy Dec. 15, 1925 - March 14, 2016 'Master' Math Teacher, Music Historian
Maurice Levy, an influential Peabody High School mathematics teacher and co-architect of an oral history project on Pittsburgh music, died March 14 at his Schenley Gardens home of a viral infection. He was 90. The Charleroi native studied to be a...
Mckeesport Area Assistant Pleads Guilty to Having Sex with Five Male Students Her Husband Charged with Molesting 3 Girls
A paraprofessional on leave from McKeesport Area High School pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with five students and attempting to have sex with another. Michelle Mellinger, 49, of White Oak, admitted to five counts of institutional sexual assault,...
Mckeesport Councilwoman to Launch Write-In Campaign Hopes to Unseat Seven-Term State Rep
Tossed from the Republican ballot after a judge disqualified her nominating petitions, legislative candidate V. Fawn Walker- Montgomery now plans to mount a write-in campaign for the April 26 primary. The McKeesport councilwoman said she will continue...
Not Biting Pittsburgh Is Good at Early Funding for Energy Innovation, but Risk Averse at the Next Level
To be like Andrew Carnegie, you have to act like Andrew Carnegie, said Mark DeSantis, founder of an energy analytics firm in Pittsburgh that recently has begun to gain traction with some deep pockets. By that he meant that innovators and entrepreneurs...
Not Trump, Not Ever His Voters Are Hurting and Deserve Respect, but He Does Not
The voters have spoken.In convincing fashion, Republican voters seem to be selecting Donald Trump as their nominee. And in a democracy, victory has legitimacy to it. Voters are rarely wise but are usually sensible. They understand their own problems....
On This Day, March 22
1638 Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.1765 The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp...
Pianist's Estranged Wife Killed Their Daughters, Police Say
BENBROOK, Texas - The mother of two young girls who were found dead Thursday inside their Benbrook home is now being held on two capital murder warrants, police announced Monday. Sofya Tsygankova, the estranged wife of renowned classical pianist Vadym...
PIPELINE: ENERGY NEWS IN BRIEF [Derived Headline]
Gasoline prices increase to $2.06 a gallon here Pittsburgh-area gas prices rose 8 cents in the last week to average $2.06 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy.com, a price- tracking website. Local gasoline has risen 18 cents in the last month, ...
Port Authority Cop Had Crisis Training before Fatal Encounter
A Port Authority police officer's training in mental health crises wasn't enough to prevent an instance of public drinking from escalating into the Jan. 31 death of a man and a dog. Officer Thomas C. Adams is among five on the authority's force with...
Public's 'Disgraced' Expertly Builds toward Explosive Twist
An African American, a Jew and a WASP walk into a bar ... That's how the joke might begin, except in this case it isn't a bar, there's also a Muslim-American, and "Disgraced" isn't (as its title suggests) really a joke at all. There's humor early on,...
Revised Bill Would Lessen Marijuana Penalties City Council Again Considering Change for Small Amounts
A person busted with or caught smoking a small amount of marijuana won't be slapped with a misdemeanor in Pittsburgh - but also won't walk away without a record, per an amended ordinance going before Pittsburgh City Council this morning. "When we...
Saying Goodbye to Contractors Peoples Creating Its Own Construction Division
Facing a shrinking pool of workers and a steady stream of urgent pipeline replacement projects in Allegheny County, Peoples Natural Gas is done relying on construction contractors. In an unusual move, the North Shore natural gas utility this year is...
Sextortion Conviction Nets5 Years
ATLANTA - A former U.S. State Department employee was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to serve nearly five years in federal prison for accessing young women's online accounts from his computer at the American embassy in London and threatening...
Shazier's Playoff Tackle Spurs NFL Rule Change
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Steelers have had several league rules changed over the years because of incidents involving Mel Blount and Hines Ward.Add another to the list.Call it the Ryan Shazier rule. Shazier knocked Bengals running back Giovani Bernard...
Sheary's Consistency Further Enhances Stature
Conor Sheary got overlooked by a lot of teams when he was in college. And it wasn't necessarily just because he stands 5 feet 8. Sheary played for UMass-Amherst, which belongs to one of the college game's most prominent conferences, Hockey East. Trouble...
Speck of Proof to Check Your Home Air Quality, Go to the Library
This is not your father's library. When Dad and Mom were kids and went to the public library, they came back with books - and that was about it.Today patrons can borrow music on CDs and movies on DVDs. They can look for job openings or get in contact...
State of Disarray Divided Palestinians Hurt Their Own Cause
The government of the Palestinian Authority, aspiring to become an independent state, is in a lamentable position.This is important - and unfortunate -for several reasons. The first is it affects4.5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and...
Studies Warn of Side Effects from Heartburn Medications
For decades, people have spent billions on such drugs as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium to treat heartburn; in fact, Nexium's $6 billion in sales a year makes it one of nation's top-selling drugs. But stop the music. Stomach acid isn't a bad thing -...
Switched On: Tms Awakens Emotions in John Elder Robison
The naysayers told John Elder Robison, "You must be nuts! I would never do that, that's crazy." That was the reaction, among some, to his participation in experimental brain therapy called TMS or trans-cranial magnetic stimulation. But after decades...
The Puc Has Gotten It Wrong regarding Pa. Solar Limits
The Public Utility Commission, in its recent ruling limiting personal solar ("State's Net-Metering Caps Frustrate Solar Advocates," Feb. 23), has bought into FirstEnergy's and Duquesne Light's fiction that somehow paying owners of small solar arrays...
Tomlin's Prime Concern: Bryant's Future as Person
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was sitting poolside, reading a book, looking relaxed and not at all concerned about much around him. It is basically the same type of approach he is taking about having to play the 2016 season without...
Unhappy Customers Scores for Consumer Satisfaction Low for Highmark, Other Health Plans
Highmark scored near the bottom - below Spirit Airlines and Motel 6 - in a recent customer satisfaction survey by a Massachusetts- based marketing research firm that compared consumers' experiences with a range of different businesses. Highmark was...
Westinghouse Not at Fault Firm Denies Reports, Says Probe Aimed at Parent Company Toshiba
As its parent company's finances are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Westinghouse Electric Co. wants to emphasize it has done nothing wrong. The Cranberry-based nuclear power firm, which...
We, the People, Should Model Civil Discourse
Christopher Mellon's commentary "Let's Agree to Be Civil" (March 18) makes a lot of sense, but it ends with the observation that perhaps it is naive to believe that the two major parties and their respective candidates can agree to observe simple,...
Worth a Pardon Why to Forgive Old Crimes by a Recovered Addict a Former Addict Deserves Forgiveness of Old Crimes
Here's an easy call for Gov. Tom Wolf: Pardon a 64-year-old woman, Carol Ramsey, for the nonviolent crimes she committed more than two decades ago. A former drug addict who stole to support her habit, the Hill District resident turned her life around...
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