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Articles from March 31, 2016

Allie Harvey, Yough
Last week: Harvey was 6 for 8 with 2 triples, 3 doubles and 5 RBIs as the Yough softball team opened the season with two victories in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Check this out: Harvey is a senior catcher who has been a starter since her freshman year and led...
An Indie Comic Weekend in Pittsburgh
Cartoonist Bill Griffith will make appearances at a ToonSeum fundraiser Friday and at the Pittsburgh Indie Comix Expo Saturday. Friday: The ToonSeum presents "45 Years of Zippy the Pinhead: An Evening With Cartoonist Bill Griffith" at Bricolage Productions,...
Berenato Accepts Job at Kennesaw State Former Pitt Women's Basketball Coach Ends 3-Year Hiatus
Agnus Berenato always thought she would get back into basketball, but until last week she had no idea it would be as a head coach. "I think divine intervention smacked me on the head," Berenato said. Wednesday, the former longtime Georgia Tech and...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Sham cancer charities dissolved, state AG's office says State and federal authorities have obtained a permanent injunction dissolving two nationwide sham cancer charities that bilked donors out of at least $75 million, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's...
City Council Oks Amended Bill on Possession of Pot
Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a revised bill that would make possessing or smoking a small amount of marijuana a summary offense rather than a misdemeanor as state law mandates. Council voted 6-1-1 at its standing...
CITY/NORTH/EAST [Derived Headline]
CITY 2 Northview Heights men face charges in shooting Pittsburgh police have made arrests in connection with a Tuesday morning shooting in which people in two cars were shooting at each other on the North Side. Arrested Wednesday were James Williams,...
Clinton's Folly the Libya Debacle Undermines Her Candidacy
Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic nominee's principal credential, her service as secretary of state, is undermined by a debacle of remarkable...
Consultant Hired to Handle Conflict Resolution at Milliones
A consultant and retired Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher has been hired to provide conflict resolution and mediation at Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12, nearly a month after a large fight at the Hill District school. The school board voted unanimously...
Cost of Credit Iup's New System Charges Some Families More
Many students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania are going to be hit with a big tuition increase this fall when the second-largest school in the State System of Higher Education starts charging by the credit rather than by the semester.IUP floated...
Dea Takes Anti-Drug Drama to High School 'Off 'Script' Addresses Opioid, Heroin Abuse
High school theater isn't the most celebrated tool of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The agency is better known for informants and wiretaps. But no one should be surprised that the agency on Wednesday sponsored a one-hour drama about prescription...
Dorrance Dance to Bring Tap Dance to Pittsburgh
When Michelle Dorrance is on the road with her New York City-based tap troupe Dorrance Dance, she encounters plenty of people who aren't too familiar with the dance form. But for her, it's just about all she's ever known. "People aren't aware of...
Exemplary Officer
I read the story by the PG's Jonathan D. Silver? about now-Sgt. Tom Mignogna ("Mayor Orders Further Check Into City Officer's Promotion," March 25), and I am extremely disappointed. I was Sgt. Mignogna's lieutenant and then his commander for several...
Feeee-Ga-Ro! 'Barber of Seville' Opens with One of Opera's Most Famous Arias
"Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Feeee-ga-ro!" The name of Rossini's eponymous barber of Seville is familiar to lots of people who don't know or care about opera, and "Largo al factotum" - Figaro's rollicking entrance aria - is one of the world's best-known...
Former Plum Teacher Pleads Guilty Faces 18-36 Months in Prison for Sex Assault
It had been a difficult time for the Plum High School student. Her mother, grandfather and grandmother - who helped raise her and her sisters - all died within months of each other. Her father had heart surgery. Her boyfriend of two years broke up...
Hard Rain Drummer Still Thumping at 70
Bill Toms and Hard Rain will "give the drummer some" Saturday with a show honoring Bernie Herr on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The Harrisburg native, who has been behind the kit of Hard Rain since 1997, brought decades' worth of rhythmic savvy...
Highmark Paid $7M in Blue Cross CEO Salary Payoffs
Highmark Inc. paid the former president and CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania nearly $7 million in salary and other compensation last year after acquiring the Wilkes-Barre-based Blues affiliate. Denise Cesare, a 35-year employee of BCNPA,...
In the Ring Tool Frontman Maynard James Keenan Returns with Ambient-Rockers Puscifer
If Maynard James Keenan is on the road, that means there's a break in the Arizona wine season. For the past few months, the mercurial singer and vintner has been away from his winery dividing time between two of his three bands: Tool and Puscifer....
Israel Firm Said to Have Helped FBI on Iphone
The FBI worked with Israel's Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization to crack the iPhone used in the shooting last year in San Bernardino, California, according to people familiar with the matter. The FBI was already a Cellebrite client before this project,...
It's Up for Debate Shady Side Academy Hosts World Debate Championship
Abbie Minard talks to walls. "Everyone in the speech and debate circuit knows what that's all about," she said, laughing. "You go into a tournament, and it's before the thing has started, and everyone is lined up along the wall, practicing their piece."...
Katie May March 16, 1981 - Feb. 4, 2016 'The Queen of Snapchat' Was Pleasant Hills Native
Katie May never intended to become a model or "The Queen of Snapchat," with more than 2 million social media followers. The Pleasant Hills native and Thomas Jefferson High School graduate moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Ohio University in...
Larchuk's Name Might Stay on Ballot Democrat Wants off, but State Says No
Democrat Steve Larchuk, who almost succeeded in knocking opponent Erin McClelland off the primary ballot in the 12th Congressional District race, might be unable to knock his own name off. Pedro A. Cortes, Pennsylvania's secretary of the commonwealth,...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES BANKS, Joseph Martin, South Side BASALYGA, Sherri Toomey, Aliquippa BROCKINGTON, Earline Ethel BRYNER, Audrey Rantsch, Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Pleasant Hills CANTINE, Alice B., Brookline CLAY, Alvester de SILVA, E. Gregory...
Leaving with a Smile the Man Who Made Eat'n Park's Classic Cookie Famous Is Retiring
The Smiley cookie was a mere bit player on the Eat'n Park menu when Cliff Miller first noticed it. To hear him tell the story, the advertising executive was having breakfast in 1990 with the president of the regional restaurant chain - a client of...
Line Paves Way for Quick Adjustments to Faster-Paced Offensive System
With about two weeks' worth of spring practices done, Penn State is making steady progress with its new offense. And while the faster speed and quarterback battle between redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens are hot...
Looking to Dig Up a Trophy Bethel Park, Norwin Vie for Class AAA Wpial Title after Multiple Finals Losses
The boys volleyball teams at Bethel Park and Norwin have two things in common as they enter the 2016 season. Both have appeared in the WPIAL Class AAA final more than once, and both have yet to claim a championship trophy. Bethel Park made title appearances...
Malkin Back on Ice, but Far from Ready
Evgeni Malkin is back on the ice. But that apparently doesn't mean he's close to being back in the Penguins lineup. Malkin, injured March 11 in an awkward collision with Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout, went through an on-ice workout Wednesday ...
Mayor Peduto, Guster Exhange Tweets on Possible Duet
For a band that doesn't play here that often, Guster sure does have a sweet relationship with Pittsburgh and Mayor Bill Peduto. You may recall that the Boston alt-rock band did an impromptu acoustic show alongside a dumpster in a North Side alley when...
Michael Franti, Charles Bradley, Guster to Play Traf
Reggae-rock band Michael Franti & Spearhead will open the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which also features Charles Bradley, Guster and Beth Orton, among others. The 57th annual festival, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens...
MOVIE GUIDE [Derived Headline]
OPENING FRIDAY EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO Peter Greenaway explores Soviet filmmaker Sergie Eisenstein as he travels to Mexico to shoot a new film and faces love, sex, death and career-defining days. No MPAA rating. In English and Spanish with subtitles....
Munch Goes to Hidden Harbor
In 12 years of contributing to this column, it's a rarity that the entire thing can be summed up by the impromptu six-word impression of the author's dining and drinking partner for the evening, uttered immediately after crossing the threshold of...
Murder Solicitation Case Shifted Here from Ohio
A federal case in Ohio of murder solicitation against a felon linked to the 2014 killing of a witness has been transferred to Pittsburgh to be rolled into his pending heroin prosecution. A U.S. judge in Youngstown recently approved the move at the...
New Government in Myanmar
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - Myanmar's slow transition to democracy took a momentous step Wednesday as a trusted aide to ruling-party leader Aung San Suu Kyi took over as the country's president, officially ending more than 50 years of the military's control...
New Medicare Payment Plan for Joint Replacement
Medicare's bundled payment system arrives in Pittsburgh on Friday, the latest milepost in the still unfolding 6-year-old federal Affordable Care Act. The payment model is not particularly new: In a nutshell, it takes the Medicare reimbursements for...
New on Dvd: 'Concussion,' 'Point Break'
'Concussion'Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu in the filmed and largely set in Pittsburgh story of a Nigerian doctor who persisted until he learned what happened to Steeler great Mike Webster, who died at age 50 after a dizzying mental decline."Concussion,"...
Numbers Add Up Right for Defenseman Schultz
Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz was on the ice for two goals-against. That likely won't surprise many people in Edmonton, who might shrug it off as a slightly-worse-than-usual shift for him. After all, Schultz was a minus-78 in 248 games with the...
Obama Endorses Senate, Ag Candidates in Pa. Races
President Barack Obama waded into two hotly contested Pennsylvania Democratic primary battles Wednesday, endorsing Katie McGinty's bid for U.S. Senate and Josh Shapiro's campaign for attorney general. In a statement, Mr. Obama called Ms. McGinty "a...
Pitch Perfect Juan Nicasio's Sensational Spring Earns Him a Starting Spot and Also Pushes Ryan Vogelsong into the Bullpen Mix
BRADENTON, Fla. ? Despite the notion that spring training statistics don't mean much, Juan Nicasio's performance left the Pirates no choice.Nicasio earned the final spot in the starting rotation, manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday. Ryan Vogelsong will...
Pitt's Conner to Throw 1st Pitch Rb Honored for His Cancer Fight
Pitt running back James Conner, diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday when the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals open the regular season at PNC Park. Conner, an Erie, Pa., native, was the ACC player...
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]
Thanks to a stranger, my lost keys came back to me Last month, after one of our snowstorms, I had the misfortune of losing my house keys! I had done some errands, one of which was to shop at the Giant Eagle market in Bethel Park on Route 88. It wasn't...
Red Sox 4 Pirates 4
Game data Records: Pirates (7-20-2), Red Sox (12-16-1). Starter: Jon Niese ? 4 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 5 K. Hitter: Andrew McCutchen ? 3 for 4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI. Of note: Non-roster pitchers Cory Luebke and A.J. Schugel, who are among the options for the final...
Report: Rmu Loses Pryor
Rodney Pryor, a first-team All-Northeast Conference selection and the leading returning scorer for the Robert Morris men's basketball team, will graduate and transfer, according to Scout.com Pryor, a 6-foot-5 guard from Evanston, Ill., averaged 18 points...
'Something Better to Come' Highlights Cmu Film Festival
"What a dump!" Bette Davis famously said in "Beyond the Forest" - even more famously repeated by Liz Taylor in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" They should've seen Yula's place. That incredibly beautiful little 10-year-old girl lives in Europe's...
Study Finds Homicide Victimization Rates Falling
Homicide-victimization rates in the United States significantly dropped for white, black and Hispanic populations between 1990 and 2010, a new study has found, and the most significant declines occurred in the two minority groups. The study revealed...
Tanner Piechnick, Canon-Mcmillan
Last week: Piechnick had two doubles and was intentionally walked twice in Canon-McMillan's 5-4, season-opening victory Friday against Chartiers Valley. Check this out: Piechnick, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior, is considered one of the better catchers...
The Hawkeyes Rock like the 'Rust-Belt Truckers'
One of the more forceful singers on stage two weeks ago at Randall Baumann's Ramble at the Rex was Jay Wiley, who tore it up on "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Tell the Truth." "Randy, I swear, he always seems to throw these wildcards at...
THE HOT LIST [Derived Headline]
ALL WEEKEND Concert Band weekend The 28th annual convention of the Association of Concert Bands strikes up in Pittsburgh this week, bringing an expected 700 musicians and guests to the city. There will be a weekend of free performances at the Soldiers...
The Old Ballgame Is Good for Real Estate Home Values near PNC Park Are 33.6
PNC Park may be even friendlier to homeowners than it is to pitchers. Home values near the North Shore's ballpark, which has a reputation of being more favorable to pitchers than to hitters, are 33.6 percent higher, on average, than they are in the...
The Road Complaints Go on Forever
If you think the stupidest stoplights and most ill-considered intersections covered in Wednesday's column were as bad as things could get, you must be new in town. You'll have to decide whether this sequel is that column's equal, but I'm confident...
Tireless Letang Puts on Some Amazing Shows
Dan Bylsma coached Kris Letang with the Penguins from 2009-14. He knows everything about Letang's game, the good and bad, the highs and lows. He says there is nothing Letang does that surprises him. Well, almost nothing. "It's not possible," Bylsma...
Unzipped: Enter the Mind of 'Zippy' Creator Bill Griffith
If you have ever rolled your eyes and said, "Are we having fun yet?," you are quoting the cartoon pages' philosopher of the mundane, a grotesque clown credited with the phrase in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.' "Zippy the Pinhead" comes from the mind...
Upmc's Raise Higher Pay Will Make a Difference to Its Workers
The region's largest employer has decided to raise its starting wage to $15 an hour in five years. Whether UPMC was moved by outside pressure or by its own needs to maintain a talented workforce hardly matters - it's good for Pittsburgh.When any sizable...
Wtae-TV Fires Anchor Wendy Bell 18-Year Veteran Posted Remarks on Facebook after Wilkinsburg Killings
Wendy Bell, an award-winning journalist with WTAE-TV for 18 years, was fired Wednesday for comments she made on her Facebook page. A statement from Hearst Television, the station's parent company, said, "WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy...
Yemen's Future the U.S. Could Help by Ending Its Role in the War
Some signs of hope have surfaced for ending the brutal war in Yemen, waged in part by Saudi Arabia with American support.Fighting has been underway in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, for more than a year now. It has claimed an estimated...
Zoning Is Not a Popularity Contest
Regarding your March 29 editorial on the reversal of the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment's approval of the Trek Development plan for the Garden Theater block on the North Side ("North Side Saga: For the Garden Theater Block, Another Setback"),...
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