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Articles from May 15, 2016

2016 WEEKLY LOG SHORT HOPS [Derived Headline]
SaturdayExclaims Mets TV announcer Gary Cohen after Bartolo Colon, 42, becomes the oldest player to homer for the first time in a 6-3 win vs. the Padres at Petco Park: "This is one of the great moments in the history of baseball. Bartolo Colon has gone...
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TUESDAY JazzLive presents electric bass guitarist Dan Wasson at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, this music series showcases some of the region's finest jazz musicians each Tuesday....
A $16 Million Tip the County Taxes for Transit Gather a Surplus
The drink tax and rental-car tax have generated $16 million more than Allegheny County needs to meet its funding obligations to the Port Authority. That's a good problem to have, but it raises the question: Should officials spend the sum or sit on...
A Big Gulp of America Brought to You by Bud?
Anheuser-Busch InBev, which has enlisted Clydesdales, frogs, and puppies to whet the thirsts of sophisticated beer drinkers, is resorting to the ultimate sales gimmick: America. The Belgium-based brewer, ruled by parsimonious Brazilians, announced...
Abuse of Medicaid
I agree with LeadingAge PA's Ron Barth regarding abuse of Medicaid nursing home benefits ("Medicaid Loopholes for Long-Term Care Are Wrong," May 8 letters). The "eldercare" financial and legal professions have long presented this as not only acceptable,...
Academics vs. Athletics Is All in the Brand
University of Pittsburgh athletic director Scott Barnes often says that his department is like the front porch of the university. It's not the most important room in the house, but it usually is the most visible. If the athletic department is the...
A Dam's History
The South Fork Dam's checkered construction history and inadequate maintenance combined to make it a "ticking time bomb." A brief history: 1830s: The Pennsylvania Mainline Canal was built from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to move freight over the Appalachian...
A Kitchen Worth the Wait Renovation Inspiration Contest, Winner, Houses 25-50 Years Old
Scott and Joanne Kovaloski are careful people. When they bought their third house together in 2005, they were in no hurry to take on a kitchen renovation. "You don't jump in too fast. You learn things after you've lived there for a couple years,"...
Allderdice Junior Takes 1st in Three Individual Events
It's hard to catch Amadou Diallo standing still. "He's never not run," Allderdice coach Ed Flynn said. "He joined the team in November of his freshman year and he hasn't stopped running since." Diallo did some of his best running Saturday in the...
A Shot across the Bow Bowfishing Is Fast-Paced and Exciting under City's Night Skyline
Bright lights flood Pittsburgh's sports stadiums at night, but Jordan Miller of Washington, Pa., said the real action is on the rivers. Bowfishing, he said, "is the most exciting sport on the water today. . Last year I started going out around the...
A Survivor and a Savior Victor Heiser Lost His Family in the Johnstown Flood, but Many Lives Were Saved Because He Lived
SOUTH FORK, Pa. - The Johnstown Flood National Memorial appropriately commemorates the deaths of 2,209 people, but also includes an amazing tale of one of the survivors. His name was Victor Heiser. And in the visitors center's life-sized depiction...
Basking in Improbability of a Colon Hr "He Takes Pride in His Hitting. He Really Wants to Get Better."
Bartolo Colon's epic and historic first career home run May 7 in San Diego wouldn't have elicited such unbridled joy if not for the almost joke-like character of the 42-year-old's previous career as a hitter. Colon's at-bats had been one of the Internet's...
Bhutanese Refugee Finds Meditation Brings Peace
Ashok Gurung was a shepherd in southern Bhutan when, at age 11, he and other young boys were warned by a government representative in their village that they should guard the perimeter at night because marauding Indians might cross the border to hurt...
Blast from the Past Steel's History Salvaged in Homestead's Dorothy 6 Bar
When Tom Kazar decided to buy the former Karma on East Eighth Avenue in Homestead and remodel it into a bar and restaurant, his friends and family thought he was crazy. "Everyone tried to talk me out of it," he says. And really, who could blame...
Book'em a Judge Takes a Wise Chance on Creative Sentencing
In March, when he appeared in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on a probation violation and a weapons charge, Youri Whindleton faced the prospect of five to 10 years in prison, followed by the difficulties of readjusting to life in society. His...
'Brain Dress' Weaves Together Science and Fashion
A special occasion calls for a special dress. When Carnegie Mellon University's Marlene Behrmann, the Cowan professor of cognitive neuroscience, learned she was to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences - and the first female scientist...
Break Time May Not Mean off the Clock
There is a fine line between whether or not an hourly employee should be paid for taking periodic breaks during the work day. A federal court in Pennsylvania recently determined that it comes down to a time limit of 20 minutes. A court decision stemming...
Bus Crash Kills 8 in Texas
LAREDO, Texas - A charter bus headed to a casino crashed in far South Texas on Saturday, killing eight people and injuring 44 others in a one-vehicle rollover, officials said. Seven people died at the scene on U.S. Highway 83 about 46 miles north...
Can Brazil Brave It? Political Chaos and Zika Virus Make a Fine Mess
Brazil has now suspended President Dilma Rousseff and is functioning with an unpopular acting president, pending Ms. Rousseff's impeachment and likely eventual replacement in elections. What is happening matters a lot to Brazil, but also matters...
Cole Hopes It's Right Time, Place Today against Cubs
CHICAGO - Gerrit Cole has been in the right place at the right time a few times lately. First there was his proud performance May 4 at a Penguins playoff game, then an incident at the Art Institute of Chicago earlier this week when Cole met his mirror...
Contract Conundrum Tension over Long-Term Deal for Arrieta Could Mar a Special Summer for Hopeful Cubs
Once upon a time, shortly after the Cubs committed $155 million over six years to left-hander Jon Lester, president Theo Epstein revealed what factors he weighs when considering such an investment. Epstein mentioned pitching mechanics, work ethic,...
Cowboys Wishing on a Star Talented Running Back Ezekiel Elliott Brings His Own Brand of Celebrity into the NFL Spotlight
ST. LOUIS -At Ezekiel Elliott's table at the NFL draft, in the final minutes before the Cowboys made the running back their presumed next superstar, eyes were darting around the Chicago auditorium. The duration between opening picks is really just...
Defenseman Schultz Could Be Next Man Up for Game 2
Justin Schultz didn't dress for the Penguins' 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 Friday night of the Eastern Conference final. Nothing unusual about that. After all, Schultz has spent nine of the Penguins' first 12 games in these playoffs in street clothes....
Dolphins Have Plans For'bama Backup
Kenyan Drake, the Dolphins' next great hope at running back, had exactly 1 rushing yard in January's national championship game. And yet there's a sporting chance that Clemson, not Alabama, would be champs if Drake wasn't on the field that night. That's...
Donald Trump: Big in Appalachia (and Lots of Places)
Rare is the county among the 420 in Appalachia, stretching from New York's southern tier to eastern Mississippi, that didn't support Donald Trump in the primaries. That includes every Appalachian county in Pennsylvania, from Greene in the southwest...
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EASTIndiana boy struck by car after prom diesA 16-year-old boy walking home from a prom afterparty was killed early Saturday in Pine Township, Indiana County, when a driver struck him, Pennsylvania State Police report.The driver, a 20-year-old man, was...
Finding Divinity in Empty Spaces Paintings of the Vast Canadian Landscape Evoke a Lost Frontier and the Power of Nature
BOSTON We sometimes roll our eyes at the mention of Canada, thinking of it as a bleak, cold and empty place, and the vast territory that sits above the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon and Edmonton mostly is. But step inside a gallery of the...
Hard Hits in Wrigley Arrieta Strikes out 11, Moves to 7-0 as Chicago Clubs Its Way to a Win Cubs 8, Pirates 2
CHICAGO - For 12 tantalizing minutes, unbeaten Jake Arrieta appeared beatable. That illusion, however, was smashed by a baseball off the bat of Anthony Rizzo which crashed into the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field for a go-ahead three-run homer...
How Film Nonprofit Lost Focus Merger of Arts Groups Led to Fiscal Problems for Filmmakers
For 23 years, Charlie Humphrey ran Pittsburgh's best-known film and photography school. Wealthy and unconventional, Mr. Humphrey developed a reputation as a mender of finances for struggling arts groups and enjoyed the coveted favor of foundation...
Hunter Fined for Spreading Deer Disease
Chronic wasting disease more than doubled its foothold in Pennsylvania in 2015, prompting the state Game Commission to expand CWD defenses and levy a fine against the hunter whose illegal actions contributed to the spread. The Centers for Disease...
In Search of Car's Crazy Gas Consumption?
Dear Car Talk: I live in Kigali, Rwanda. I have a 1995 Toyota RAV4 two-door with an automatic transmission with 132,000 kilometers on it. It had, at some point, been converted from right-hand drive to left-hand drive, before being imported. It has...
IN THE LAST WEEK [Derived Headline]
The development projects keep bursting around the city, and not just Downtown. In fact, they largely represent an extension of Downtown. That was the message of an annual report released last week by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. It took note...
Jason Day Looks out for No. 1
Jason Day has spent the past 11 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world, according to the Official World Rankings. Since the rankings were introduced in 1986, he is the 59th different player to hold the top spot. That means some players don't spend...
Jefferson Hills at a Glance
Website: www.jeffersonhillsboro.orgInside out: Jefferson Hills was incorporated in 1828 as Jefferson Township. Named for founding father Thomas Jefferson, it was formed from parts of Mifflin and St. Clair townships. In 1860, more than 1,600 residents...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ARTHUR, the Rev. David BARNETT, Diane L. Pienta, Export BERNSDORFF, Mary Jane, Robinson BLATTNER, Edie, Squirrel Hill BRYANT, Gordon E. Jr."Junior," Avalon CARTIERI, Frank C., Highland Park CAVOLO, Joseph John, Bellevue, formerly...
Liberals vs. Diversity Progressives Have Troubleaccepting Conservatives and Evangelicals in Academe, Laments Columnist Nicholas Kristof
We progressives believe in diversity and want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table - er, so long as they aren't conservatives.Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard...
Lightning Gets 'Much Better' News on Injury to Top Goaltender Bishop
While the injury sustained by Lightning goalie Ben Bishop Friday night certainly looked bad, his prognosis might not be as poor as originally thought. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Bishop, who had to be carted off on a stretcher after apparently...
May 15, 1941: This Date in Baseball History Streak Still Stands 75 Years Later Joe Dimaggio's Epic 56-Game Hit Streak Provided a Distraction for a Nation Agitated about the Economy and the War Raging in Europe
It started on May 15, 1941, with a single against Eddie Smith of the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Seventy-five years later, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak remains baseball's most iconic record. The Yankee Clipper's Summer of 56 captivated a nation...
New Cable and Streaming Shows Pop Up for Summer
Summer TV means a few certainties, including the return of Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" June 26 and the premiere of Syfy's latest "Sharknado" (subtitle: The 4th Awakens") at 8 p.m. July 31. And, of course, there are plenty of new cable and streaming...
New Downtown Player Could Spike Office Rents
The new owner of One Oxford Centre is seeking to go where no landlord has gone before, at least in Downtown Pittsburgh. San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties, which acquired the 45-story skyscraper in January, is asking $34 a square foot for the...
No Discipline for Hard Hit on Letang
Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Callahan escaped supplemental discipline by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit from behind in Game 1 that drove Penguins defenseman Kris Letang face-first into the glass. The Penguins, who had off on Saturday,...
On This Day, May 15
1776 Virginia authorized its delegation to the Continental Congress to support independence from Britain.1837 All Pittsburgh banks suspended gold payments as the result of nationwide inflation caused by overexpansion of business and "disorderly currency."1911...
People on the Move
Architectural Richard M. Rogers was named regional director for the energy division at Larson Design Group's Morgantown, W.Va., office. Associations and Organizations The Three Rivers Rowing Association elected five new members to its board: Kelly...
'Plain' Ranch Now a Woodsy Beauty
Kathy and Chuck LoPresti bought a "plain" three-bedroom ranch house in 1997, then spent 18 years transforming it into a showplace. Now they have put 855 Coal Valley Road in Jefferson Hills on the market for $299,900 (MLS No. 1220976) with Susan...
Play of Maatta Not the Only Issue Nagging at Penguins
According to the unrelenting conversation starters at Bovada.lv, a sports wagering engine, the Penguins were the favorites to win the Stanley Cup Friday at lunchtime. Their odds were 9-5 officially, slightly better than the St. Louis Blues at 2-1,...
'Power of Pink' Rallies Voters Abortion Rights Supporters Meet Here to Strategize
Someone says it every four years: This may be the most important presidential election of a lifetime. But for reproductive-rights advocates, it may be true. That's why Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, appeared at the David L....
Program Connects Farms to Food Banks Legislature Approves $1 Million in Funding
From apples to cabbage to sweet corn, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's efforts at connecting local farmers and their fresh produce with hungry families got a boost recently in the long-delayed state budget. The Legislature appropriated...
Riding out the Storm Stress, Anxiety Are Common among Allegheny County's Newest Refugees
Posters at the Squirrel Hill Health Center advertise childbirth classes in Nepalese, warn in Spanish about eating too much sugar and offer words of "welcome" in multiple languages. The center can call on translators who speak 120 tongues. With more...
Riverhounds Lose Again
The Riverhounds (0-4-3) are still winless this season, dropping a 1-0 decision to FC Cincinnati (5-2-2) Saturday before a United Soccer League record crowd of 23,375 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.Jimmy McLaughlin's goal in the 27th minute proved decisive...
SALES SNAPSHOT [Derived Headline]
CLAIRTON ........................2015...........2016 SALES....................112............112 MEDIAN PRICE.........$18,000........$19,000 HIGHEST PRICE.......$179,400.......$240,000DRAVOSBURG ........................2015...........2016 SALES.....................12.............28...
Savages Keeps Intensity High on Second Album
The first sound we hear on "Adore Life" is a harsh guitar squall from Gemma Thompson, followed by Jehnny Beth exhorting, "If you don't love me, don't love anybody." With that, the British group Savages introduces a second album of dark, brooding...
Slowing Down All along the Rail Line Pittsburgh Suppliers Feeling the Drag
For more than a year now, prolonged downturns in the coal, oil and steel industries have meant much less traffic on freight railroads. The largest rail carriers in Pennsylvania have seen coal revenues cut by more than a third. What's become apparent...
Still No Deal for Acc TV Some Feel League Falling Behind
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - After four days' worth of meetings drew to a close, ACC commissioner John Swofford sat in a chair, faced the eight reporters in front of him and spoke about his league in a syrupy drawl that feels like it would be best served...
Student Volunteers Get into Spirit of Special Olympics Games 'Being Here Is a Lot Better Than Being Home on the Couch Watching Tv'
Hope Hines' cheering section erupted in loud yells and embraced her when she crossed the finish line of the 25-meter assisted walk Saturday morning at Baldwin High School. Then they had to hustle across the gymnasium to watch her compete in the 50-meter...
Symphony to Kick off European Tour This Week
Watching a Pittsburgh Symphony concert on a screen at Heinz Hall isn't that different from cheering on the Steelers or the Penguins at a sports bar. At least that's how the PSO sees it. The orchestra embarks on a 14-concert tour of some of the great...
Taliban Cut off Key Road
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents have cut the main highway that links the capital with northern Afghanistan and neighboring countries for the past three days, according to Afghan officials in the area. After the Taliban ambushed police forces...
Thank You, Parents, for Your Calls to Reduce Class Sizes
I read Arsenal PreK-5 parent Jennifer Pelling's letter about the importance of smaller class sizes with interest and relief ("Arsenal and Other Students Should Have Smaller Classes," May 9). The members of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers know that...
Toomey's Hypocrisy about Judges Is Clear
As was reported by Tracie Mauriello on Thursday ("Toomey Presses to Get Pa. Judicial Nominees Fast-Tracked for Vote," May 12), Sen. Pat Toomey, feeling the pressure from constituents, decided to try to save political face by attempting to move two...
Too Soon to Think about a Triple? Nyquist May Cure Pharoah Hangover
It's too soon, isn't it? We shouldn't be talking about this, right? Not yet. Horse racing suffered through 37 long, hard, grueling, frustrating, puzzling, crazy years before the prayers for a new Triple Crown champion finally were answered, so it seems...
Tour a Chance to Market City Abroad
Piggybacking on the Pittsburgh Symphony's upcoming European tour - and the orchestra's ambassadorship for Western Pennsylvania - will be the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, VisitPittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport. The three entities will...
Waiting for Their Closeup the Major Leagues Have Often Been Referred to as 'The Show.' but the Show in Class AAA Indianapolis So Far This Season Has Been Pretty Good Too
The performance of the Class AAA Indianapolis rotation is not lost on its members."Front row seat to @KuhlWhhip_11 [Chad Kuhl] last night and @TGlasnow [Tyler Glasnow] tonight?" Jameson Taillon tweeted Thursday. "What did I do to deserve this life? Raining...
West Coast Games Require Hard Choices
Stephen Curry! There I said it, and why not start with the most click-friendly name among people who are not running for president of the United States and/or are not Noah Syndergaard? Actually, Curry and Syndergaard have something else in common this...
What the Lightning Learned in Round 2 Win vs. Islanders
Halfway there. Two rounds complete. Two more to go. The Lightning is halfway to a Stanley Cup after dispatching the Red Wings and Islanders in the opening two rounds of the playoffs. Both series ended in five games, though they were very different...
Where the Earth Gave Way the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Is All about What's Missing and Missed
SOUTH FORK, Pa. - If you stand down in the middle, at the base of the dam where the earth gave way, there's an overwhelming sense of emptiness and loss. That's how it still feels deep in the gaping hole that was cleaved into the face of the...
Why Do Local Stations Tease Stories Ad Nauseum?
Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here's a selection of recent queries. Q.: More of a pet peeve than a question, why do news stations, KDKA in particular,...
Window Pain the Battle over Whether People Should Be Allowed to Open'em Up
Ah, spring. If you can see the outside world through the window of your office, you might be looking wistfully at the trees outside and wishing to breathe in the breeze that sways them. But you're in a modern office building. Your windows don't open....
Women Slow to Enter Trades, Even Though Jobs Are Plentiful New Castle School Has Few Women
Being a woman welder can be lonely, as Raquel Diaz, 37, of Youngstown knows. She is one of only a few female students at New Castle School of Trades. Ms. Diaz, in fact, is one of the few women entering the technical fields traditionally filled by...
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