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Articles from April 22, 2016

3 Gop Candidates Seek Nomination to Challenge10th District Incumbent
State Rep. Jaret Gibbons of Franklin, Beaver County, faces no opposition in the Democratic primary for the 10th District House seat he has held since 2007. On the Republican side, however, three candidates are vying for the nomination and the chance...
A Pause for Good Cause the City Halts Property Appeals amid Market Heat
As city neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville and East Liberty have attracted new investment, property values have soared. The downside: Long-term residents can be forced out of their homes by the real- estate taxes that climb with surrounding property...
Authorities Worried about Guns That Look like Cell Phones
WASHINGTON -Police across the country already have mistakenly shot cell phone-wielding people whose mobile devices were mistaken for guns. Now a Minnesota businessman is trying to bring to market actual guns shaped like smartphones. U.S. Sen. Bob...
Away from Home Moving the Mound Back Five Years Ago Has Made an Impact
This was a girls softball version of going yard - backward. Five years ago, the national governing body of high school athletics mandated that softball pitchers must not be so close to home. The pitching rubber was moved back one yard, from 40 feet...
Boutique Hotel May Come to North Shore N.Y. Firm Closing Sale on Burns White HQ
Spurned in its bid to buy the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, a developer is finding other ways to leave its imprint on the Downtown market. After finalizing a deal late last year to convert two floors of the former Macy's department...
Broadway Actor Loves 'Tru' Role
First, there's that voice. If you watched national talk shows during the 1960s, you may have been aware of Truman Capote as the writer of the seminal work of creative nonfiction, "In Cold Blood," or the stylish love story "Breakfast at Tiffany's."...
Bus Drivers Acquitted of Stiffest Charges but Judge Concludes They Raced on I-279
In the end, an Allegheny County judge bought only part of the explanation by two former Port Authority bus drivers for a 2014 accident and convicted them of summary offenses Thursday. But although Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning concluded that...
Charter School Standout among Wpial's Best
Micah Watts attends Propel Andrew Street, a charter school in Munhall that does not have a track and field team. But don't think for a second that a little detour will stop him from propelling to WPIAL and PIAA medals next month. Watts, a senior, is...
Citizens Group Opposes Drilling Ordinance Penn Township Plan Not Final, Officials Say
A citizens group that is opposed to an ordinance that would allow shale gas drilling in more than half of Penn Township says officials in the Westmoreland County community have not performed due diligence in the matter.The group, Protect PT, is circulating...
Cole, Pirates Pound Padres Pirates 11, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO - Gerrit Cole gave the Pirates what they desperately needed Thursday night. In the previous two games against the San Diego Padres, Pirates starters combined to pitch 7? innings. The team is carrying eight relievers, yet three of them were...
COMMUNITIES [Derived Headline]
WILKINSAt the request of Chalfant council President Chad Hoover, Wilkins will investigate the possibility of having its own electronics recycling program. Mr. Hoover said Chalfant has been receiving increasing amounts of electronics from outside his...
Conner, His Inspiration Meet on Set of 'Ellen'
During his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma the past five months, one of Pitt running back James Conner's biggest inspirations was Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry. Berry, who beat the same disease in 2015 and returned to the football field last season,...
Council to Spend Federal Funds on Streets, Sidewalks Also Passes New Landlord Regulations
Penn Hills council on Monday unanimously approved a plan for how to spend $644,876 in federal funding in 2016, with the two largest amounts going to street improvements and new sidewalks.The money, received each year from the Department of Housing and...
Crosby Is Living Up to His Star Status
NEW YORK -- Before the Penguins' stunningly lopsided Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers began, Sidney Crosby talked about what it's like to be considered the best hockey player in the world and the heavy expectations that go with...
District May Cut Staff, Raise Taxes but Retain All Academic Programs
A $62.3 million budget proposal before the Baldwin-Whitehall school board includes $2.1 million in proposed staff reductions and a tax increase but no academic programs would be eliminated.The 2016-17 spending plan, as outlined in detail to board members...
District Rejectsbudget Forcareer Center
Norwin school board Monday voted 8-0 to reject the proposed $8.22 million budget for 2016-17 for the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center.Board President Bob Perkins said he doesn't believe Norwin has voted down a career center budget in...
DRAFTING BACKUP QB IN MIDDLE TO LATE ROUNDS COULD HAPPEN Series: ON THE DRAFT CLOCK: NFL DRAFT 2016
The only three quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls have very different NFL draft resumes. Terry Bradshaw was the No. 1 overall pick in 1970. Joe Montana was picked in the third round in the 1979 draft, and Tom Brady was picked in the sixth round...
End the Scandal Vote Yes to Abolish Philadelphia's Traffic Court
Most Western Pennsylvanians don't know the colorful, notorious history of Philadelphia Traffic Court. Nevertheless, they along with other state residents will have a say next Tuesday in whether it stays or goes. All Pennsylvania voters - independents...
'Everybody Wants Some' Shy of MVP Performance
We've seen auteur director Richard Linklater pitch this game before: the Texas setting, the music and clothes that define an era, the baseball tie-in, the entire film played out over just a day or three and an ensemble cast of young, no-name actors...
Fedko Brothers Make a Strong Bond
Line up each member of the Vincentian baseball team, and it might take more than a few guesses to pick out which two are the Fedko brothers. Christian Fedko, with dark hair and around 5 feet 10, is the older one, a cerebral and well-spoken shortstop...
Fed League Faces Hard Times Again
In the late 1990s, the Greater Pittsburgh Federation League was a hotbed for district semipro baseball. Skilled athletes from around the region aspired to follow in the footsteps of alums such as Art Rooney Sr., Art Howe, Ken Macha, Dan Marino, John...
Foundry Fire Draws Attention in Post-Industrial Community Lawrenceville Plant Considered Mixed Blessing
Lauren Byrne, a resident of Lawrenceville, said the four-alarm blaze at the steel foundry tucked along the Allegheny riverbank couldn't be missed Wednesday night for the sound of sirens and the sight and smell of smoke. For some of the 11,000 or so...
George Ervin Trent Jr. Sept. 4, 1922 - April 18, 2016 Longtime Ben Avon Councilman, Wwii Veteran
George Trent was many things: a proud World War II veteran and chemical engineer; an outspoken six-term Ben Avon councilman and the borough's longtime judge of elections; a Scout leader and community volunteer; a French horn player and maker of Windsor...
Goalie Murray Stays Cool in Crease
NEW YORK -Two weeks ago Matt Murray was the unassuming backup goalie for the Penguins, overjoyed to be given a shot at the NHL at age 21. His potential had been long-documented, but this was Marc-Andre Fleury's team, even after a second Fleury concussion...
Government Is Not a Business; the U.S. Needs a Realistic Leader
I'm as angry as the next guy when it comes to America's economic outlook. For years, we've been fed phony job reports and inaccurate unemployment statistics. We've witnessed an automotive industry bailout only to see shuttered factories. In 2009,...
Gyrocopter Pilot Gets 4 Months
WASHINGTON - A Florida man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted U.S. airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington in 2015, was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail. Douglas Hughes, 62, was sentenced...
Hurdle Relies on Favorite Metric to Evaluate Offensive Progress
SAN DIEGO - Working hand in hand with manager Clint Hurdle's desire for a better on-base percentage, fewer strikeouts and a more connected lineup is a metric he has used since his days with the Colorado Rockies. The Pirates keep track of productive...
Ignore Trump's Whining the Rules Are the Rules, until the Next Time Around
One fine day, in a fit of euphoria, after he had picked up the telephone and taken an order for zero-coupon bonds that had brought him a $50,000 commission, just like that, this very phrase had bubbled up into his brain. On Wall Street he and a few others...
Inbound Project Starting Tonight Liberty Tunnel, Bridge Drivers Face Closure
The summer of traffic discontent for South Hills residents kicks into high gear tonight. The Liberty Tunnel and Bridge will be closed to all inbound traffic beginning at 8 p.m. so the contractor can make preparations for two years of traffic restrictions...
Injury Derails Mars' Chance of Defending Its Gold Medal
There was some doubt after last season whether the Mars doubles team of Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber would be able to defend their WPIAL Class AAA title. It wasn't just that the two happen to play in the same section with reigning state champions...
In the Fast Lane Malkin Gets Up to Speed with 4-Point Game Penguins 5, Rangers 0
NEW YORK -The Penguins are scheduled to convene in Cranberry for a practice this afternoon and, before they go on the ice, the coaches might show them video of all the things they did wrong Thursday night. Chances are it will take a lot longer to...
Keystone Oaks' Stingy Pitching Staff Shutting Down Opponents
Nick Riggle is the sure thing, Jerry Volpe the pleasant surprise and Josh Beck, well, all he has done is get a no-hitter under his belt already this season. Yes, Keystone Oaks coach Scott Crimone can't help but be happy with his pitching rotation...
Kirilloff Makes Bp an Event
As Alex Kirilloff tightens his hands around his bat, readies his feet in the batter's box and looks toward the pitcher, he can feel the eyes. They're all on him. Fifteen scouts representing Major League Baseball teams line the fence close to home...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES BETTS, Virginia R. Homer "Dolly," Scott, formerly Carrick BOBINSKI, Josephine BROWN, Annette Williams, McCandless BZOREK, Frank, Springdale Township COCHRAN, Thomas A., Oil City, Venango County COX, Ronald J., Freedom, formerly...
Museum Plans for Attack Popular Diorama Exhibit to Be Studied, Restored, Relocated
By year's end, the Arab Courier (Attacked by Lions) - arguably the most popular exhibit in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History - will be studied, restored then relocated with new signage to a more prominent museum location. The 151-year-old diorama...
N. Allegheny Coach Resigns
Dave DeGregorio has resigned as North Allegheny boys basketball coach.DeGregorio was highly successful in 12 years at North Allegheny. He was 232-76 and made it to the WPIAL playoffs every year except this season. His teams made the semifinals three...
NATO Official Says Migrants Decreasing
NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday the number of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea into Europe is "significantly down," one day after news emerged that as many as 500 migrants may have drowned last week in the sea between Libya and...
No More Lead PPG to Remove the Metal from All of Its Paints by 2020
PPG Industries on Thursday said it will phase out lead from all of its paints by 2020. Michael McGarry, president and chief executive of the Downtown- based coatings and glass company, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting that PPG's sustainability...
No Trains, but Historic Station May Be Brought Back to Life
The long-vacant Wilkinsburg train station may get a new owner and purpose.The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. wants to acquire the historic station, which was built in 1916 and has fallen into disrepair, "to ensure that the building's future...
Not the Fairest of Them All
This Snow White spinoff movie is dwarfed by its predecessors - hardly the fairest of them all. But not without its virtues. When we left her in 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman," Ms. White (played by Kristen Stewart) had been rescued from the clutches...
ON THE RADAR / FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD [Derived Headline]
NORTHPIE CREEK ROAD WORK STARTSWork began this week on a gas line relocation on Pine Creek Road in McCandless. PennDOT says single-lane, alternating traffic will occur as needed on the bridge over Pine Creek at the intersection with McKnight Road....
On This Day, April 22
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on April 23, 2016.The translation for the "Thought for Today" quote from Miguel de Cervantes on Friday was missing a word. It should read: "Too much sanity may be the worst folly, to see life as it is and...
Pg Columnist Is Wrong about Joe Sestak
In his April 20 column, "Vote Tuesday in Pa.," Dan Simpson describes Joe Sestak, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and a retired admiral, as a "living argument against military rule in the United States."This is unfair. Because of his military experience,...
Pirates' Caribbean Series in Doubt Players Worried about Exposure to Zika Virus
SAN DIEGO - Facing the risk of exposure to the Zika virus, the Pirates would prefer not to travel to Puerto Rico for their two- game series against the Miami Marlins in May. "Right now, no, we don't want to," said reliever Tony Watson, who has assisted...
PNC Bank Pulls Plug on Coin Counters
In the wake of questions concerning the accuracy of some coin-counting machines, PNC Bank has decided to remove all of its coin-counting machines from its branches. The Pittsburgh-based bank had begun phasing out in-branch coin counters last year for...
Port Authority: Proposed Flat Fare of $2.50 Could Help Riders in Low- Income Communities
Port Authority's new flat fare of $2.50, recommended by a committee Thursday for approval by the board next week, could be a boon for riders in disadvantaged communities, the authority chairman said. Under the new system that would begin in January,...
Prince, the Sign O' All Times
Getting through the 1980s would have been difficult without Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen or Madonna. It would've been inconceivable without Prince. When a buddy texted me shortly after 1 p.m. with news that Prince was dead, it was all I could...
Rachel Rohanna Lpga Tour Rookie, Wpial Hall of Fame Selection and Waynesburg Grad
What does the WPIAL Hall of Fame selection mean to you? I totally did not expect to get a phone call, I think it was back in February, that I was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I didn't think I was old enough [laughs]. I didn't know if...
Rangers Lw Stalberg Denies Getting Apology from Letang
NEW YORK - New York Rangers left winger Viktor Stalberg left Game 3 against the Penguins Tuesday night missing three teeth. He apparently also left without an apology from Kris Letang, the Penguins defenseman who swung and struck Stalberg's head with...
Regulatory Reviewers Approve Major Updates to Drilling Rules
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's Independent Regulatory Review Commission approved a wide-ranging update to the state's oil and gas drilling rules Thursday, voting 3-2 that the changes proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection are in...
Riverhounds' Branson Follows Familiar Path
Conor Branson always seems to be one step behind Rob Vincent. Branson followed his fellow Englishman to play for the University of Charleston in West Virginia, where the two were roommates Vincent's senior year, Branson's freshman year. Branson became...
Saudi Check-In Obama Has a Tense Chat with Strategic Partners
President Barack Obama completed Thursday a difficult visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he met with the leaders of the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.In addition to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, he met with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of...
School Board May Hike Taxes by 0.56 Mill
The property tax rate in the Mt. Lebanon School District could increase by 0.56 mill next school year.The school board Monday voted 6-3 to approve a $95.2 million initial budget with a tax rate of 24.11 mills, a 0.56-mill increase over the current rate.The...
Shaler Area's Dobson Is 'Complete Package'
Shaler Area pitcher Bri Dobson did something almost unfathomable - for her, at least - in the first inning of a showdown against rival North Allegheny last week. She gave up a run. No worries. When Dobson got her chance at the plate in the bottom of...
State Commission Levies Record $11.4 Million Penalty on Uber Dissenting Commissioners Question Fine Amount, Willingness to Settle
The Public Utility Commission on Thursday issued an unprecedented $11.4 million fine against Uber Technologies Inc. for giving rides in Pennsylvania without state permission in 2014. The penalty, approved in a 3-2 vote at the commission's public meeting...
Steel Valley Groups to Memorialize Philanthropist
Days after the death of beloved philanthropist and Homestead native William "Bill" Campbell, organizations in the Steel Valley School District are making plans to honor him.Munhall council President Rob Falce said he will devote part of a dedication...
Strong Senior Leadership the Catalyst for Mars
Nine games into the season, the unbeaten Mars Area boys lacrosse team has scored in double digits in every game. Going into today's non-section home game with Peters Township, the Planets have won all of their games by 10 or more goals. Among those...
Superintendent Resigns; Settlement Approved
The Gateway school board on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the resignation of its superintendent, Nina Zetty, effective June 30.The board in February voted not to extend Ms. Zetty's contract, which was to expire in June 2017.She has been on a leave...
Swinging into Retirement Local Golf Scene Says Goodbye to Two Longtime Executive Directors
Dennis Darak always remembered the question he was asked when he was interviewing for the position of executive director of the Tri-State section of the PGA of America. "I'm the president of the section, I get a flat tire on the way to a tournament...
Tax Rate Increase to Fund $1 Million in Road Upgrades
Nearly $1 million in road improvements in South Fayette are slated to begin in May.Of the 77 miles of township roads, 11 miles will be upgraded. "There will be some base repair as well as seal coating," township manager Ryan Eggleston said. "This year...
The Purple Reign Ends Prince: Rebel, Sex Symbol, Musician's Musician Dead at 57
We'd been waiting for news about Prince, because, in his typically unpredictable fashion, he'd been doing pop-up Hit N Run shows around the country and, just like every city, we were hoping to get lucky. The last thing we expected was news that...
Top-Ranked Ambridge, No. 2 Beaver C.C. Await Rematch
If Beaver County Christian's first encounter with Ambridge was an indication of what to expect in Tuesday's Class AA Section 1 rematch, another five-set marathon is in order. "Ambridge won the first two sets, we won the next two sets, and Ambridge...
Trump's Promises Pump Up Harrisburg Crowd Protesters Unable to Muffle Support for Front-Runner
HARRISBURG - Donald Trump found a receptive audience Thursday night in Central Pennsylvania, with supporters on a dirt floor of the Farm Show building cheering his promises and more people waiting outside throughout the speech. "We're going to win...
WHAT'S NEW / CATCHING UP WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES [Derived Headline]
Planet Fitness to open location in Cranberry A Planet Fitness franchise has been approved by the Cranberry board of supervisors for a 3.5-acre site on Dutilh Road. The 28,000-square-foot fitness center will be part of a nationwide chain that was founded...
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? / CATCHING UP WITH FORMER AREA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES [Derived Headline]
FORMER PG ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HOOKER EYES STARTING ROLE AT OHIO STATEIt looks like Malik Hooker is on his way to becoming a starting safety for the Ohio State football team. Hooker, a graduate of New Castle High School and former Post-Gazette athlete...
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