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Articles from May 29, 2016

11 Struck by Lightning in Paris Park
PARIS - Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children's birthday party, a spokesman for Paris' fire service said. He credited an off-duty firefighter...
25 Years Ago
The board of Giant Eagle Markets Co. decided yesterday not to close any of the 31 stores where workers have been on strike for more than five weeks, and the company negotiator said he was optimistic that a contract settlement would be reached soon."The...
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MONDAY Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' Shakespeare Slam/BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") presents "Cowboy Shakespeare" at Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, at 7:30 p.m. Romeo courting Juliet in a cowboy drawl. Marc Anthony's funeral oration...
A History with the Cup
Fueled by Bryan Rust's two goals in Game 7, the Penguins advanced to their fifth Stanley Cup final Thursday night after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1. ?Here's a look back at their previous four Stanley Cup final appearances.1999 * Opponent:...
Airman Defended His Country by Never Dropping a Bomb 'He Was a Patriot' Who Sought Equality
Second Lt. Mitchell Higginbotham never bombed an enemy position in World War II. But he struck a blow for freedom just the same."He was a patriot who wanted to defend his country," said Michael Higginbotham, the lieutenant's nephew. "But it was also...
Austin Dillon's No. 3 Gains Momentum in Sprint Cup
In the years between Dale Earnhardt's death on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 and 2014, no one drove the No. 3 car at NASCAR's top level. Still, Earnhardt fans showed up to races decked out in his gear. The No. 3 has been back on the track in...
Cancers Onamerica Clinton and Trump Both Spell Disaster
I'm delighted to be writing my column again for the Post-Gazette, but my heart is heavy. The danger is greater now than it was in July of 1863 that government "of the people, by the people, for the people" may perish from the Earth. I've survived...
Cavaliers Enter Finals at Full Strength Unlike a Year Ago, Cleveland's Stars Healthy for Attempt T Win a Crow
TORONTO -- LeBron James isn't just going back to the NBA Finals. He's returning with a team that's healthy and whole, which makes this trip unlike last year. Maybe it will lead to a different result. James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points...
Chasing Spring Local Communities Grow More Comfortable with Having the Appalachian Trail as a Neighbor
BOILING SPRINGS, Cumberland County - On a late April morning under a robin's egg blue sky, Matthew and Amy McGroarty had just finished filling water bottles at the outdoor spigot behind the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mid-Atlantic Regional Office...
Comedian Murray Slays Them in Texas
Carl Spackler was out on the golf course, but this time, he wasn't trying to blow up gophers. Bill Murray, who played the famous grounds keeper in the 1980 movie Caddyshack, joined 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth, the No. 2 player in the world,...
Considering TV News Buzzwords
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.: Might KDKA-TV have some sort of reward system for the news/weather person who...
DATELINE PITTSBURGH [Derived Headline]
Accounting Brunner, Blackstone & Associates, PC promoted Alicia R. Arbuckle to audit manager; Michael J. Sacco, JoAnn M. Schmidley and Richard C. Smallwood were hired as staff associates. Associations & Organizations Kate Lewis Stoy was elected...
Don't Let Co-Worker's Painkiller Use Go Unchecked
Q: Our human resources director has been using prescription painkillers for a very long time. "Lisa" often appears foggy and dazed and occasionally falls asleep at her computer. She readily admits to taking this medication at work, so she's not trying...
Fast Facts Things to Know the Greatest Day in Racing:
RACE DATA* What: 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.* When: Noon.* TV: WTAE.* TV announcers: Allen Bestwick, Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.* Pole: James Hinchcliffe.* Forecast: The weatherman is calling for sunny skies...
Ferocity in Pursuit of . What? This Election Will Be among the Angriest Ever but Will Have Little Ideological Content
This will be the most contentious, most bitter, most polarizing and most unappealing race for president since James G. Blaine and Grover Cleveland competed in 1884. But it may be the least ideological presidential campaign since 1820, when the Federalists...
Five Things to Know San Jose Sharks
Here are five things you need to know about the San Jose Sharks, the Penguins opponent in the Stanley Cup final: #1.: Sharks defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun have served as a shutdown defensive pairing this regular season and postseason....
Four More to Go the Penguins Don't Play San Jose Often but Know That What They Can Do To?the Sharks Is More Important Than What the Sharks Can Do to Them
The hatred will come, eventually. Probably in 55-gallon drums. And perhaps before too much longer. "Probably when you see those guys in warm-ups," Penguins right winger ?Patric Hornqvist said Saturday. Hornqvist was smiling ? and likely joking ? but...
Get the Facts about Good Gardening
Years ago, gardeners relied almost solely upon the knowledge of previous generations. Today, information about the optimal cultivation of plants comes from traditional print, websites and blogs, podcasts and television shows. Advertisements tout ...
Helping Us to Remember War Memorials, Monuments Abound, but Some Are Ever in Danger of Being Forgotten
"Lest We Forget" begins the carved inscription atop the imposing gray granite monument where Sandusky Street meets the North Side's Allegheny Commons, the city's oldest park. The rectangular monument was erected "by the people of the 23rd Ward"...
Indianapolis 500: The 100 Running Improbable Return for Hinchcliffe Race Pole-Sitter Was Nearly Killed a Year Ago in a Crash in Practice
James Hinchcliffe was sitting in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday, sitting in Indianapolis 500 race cars from 1962 and 1986, and marveling at what used to be considered state of the art. "It's very weird, like stepping back in time," the...
IN THE LAST WEEK [Derived Headline]
Horrific crimes dominated the news much of the week, whether by verdicts or settlements of old cases or new violence in which elderly individuals died or were injured. An Allegheny County jury found Allen Wade guilty of the 2014 murders of two sisters...
It's Time for You to Speak out against Trump Each of Us Must Stand Again His Misogyny, Xenophobia and Racism
Earlier this week, a friend of many years signed on to Facebook and surprised me - and surely many others who know her - by writing a short but powerful post about politics.Specifically, she addressed that small and vocal percentage of Bernie Sanders...
It Was a Stinky Job but Dad Made Him Do It
Retired senior PNC Bank executive Joe Guyaux recalls years ago being eager to tell his father about a job he had lined up as a page at a Downtown brokerage firm during his summer break from Brown University. "I proudly announced, 'Look at this great...
Javelin Star Earns 3-Peat
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Madison Wiltrout certainly isn't at the same level as when she set a national high school record in the javelin a year ago. Having Tommy John surgery on her right elbow last summer has a lot to do with that. But Wiltrout is still...
Jobs Decline Helps to Make Ford City Trump Country Manufacturing Has Been Taking a Hit, Turning Residents to the Gop
FORD CITY, Pa. - Between Ford City Memorial Park and 13th Street, the Armstrong Trail carries you past the old tunnel through which thousands once streamed to industrial worksites along the Allegheny River. It passes the town clock, whose four different...
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. Classified obituaries are paid death notices prepared by funeral home...
License Fee Control Gets a Second Look
Ask John Arway how Pennsylvania's semi-autonomous wildlife agencies will remain solvent in the not-so-distant future, and his answer might not be what you would expect from the executive director of the Fish and Boat Commission. "We don't know,"...
Long Wait for W.Va. Addicts to Get Help
At the largest opioid addiction clinic in overdose-ravaged West Virginia, just getting in the door can take more than a year. That won't be fast enough for some addicts on the waiting list, which topped 530 names this spring. "Most of them will never...
Loss of Injured Daley Opens Doors for Other Defensemen
The loss of Trevor Daley to a broken left ankle has created more opportunity for the Penguins' other defensemen. After being a healthy scratch for three games in the Eastern Conference final against the Lightning, defenseman Olli Maatta returned to...
Maatta Stands Tall after Being Benched Early in the Tampa Bay Series, Defensemean Olli Maatta Has Returned and Reclaimed His Place at the Playoff Table
The game was on the line. The Penguins led the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, Thursday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final with little more than a minute to play. The crowd noise in throbbing Consol Energy Center was deafening, but Penguins coach...
Manchin Won't Stop until Culture Changes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Joe Manchin is late. They're waiting for him now on the Senate floor, because, as usual, he's got something to say. When it comes to the issue of prescription opioid abuse, Mr. Manchin, the U.S. Senator from West Virginia and the...
'Matilda the Musical' Brings on the Magic
Paula Brancati is still attending school, but Degrassi Community School and Crunchem Hall are as different as the dreadlocks sported by Jane Vaughn and the prim blond wig atop Miss Honey's head. "Matilda the Musical" is hitting reset with its cast...
Mccutchen Seeing Strikes but Isn't Able to Hit Them
ARLINGTON, Texas - Andrew McCutchen has a pretty simple explanation for why his strikeouts are up so far this season. He's just not hitting the ball. "I'm getting pitched to, I'm getting pitches to hit, I'm just missing those pitches," he said. "That's...
Meet the New Boss the Taliban Get a New Leader. Now What?
The Taliban on Wednesday named a new leader and two deputies to succeed Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, whom the United States had killed in a drone strike in Pakistan a few days before.There had been some thought on the part of Washington that the assassination...
Modern Design Shines in Builder's Home
Bryan Grejtak started may have started as a baseball player, but a tour of the home he built at 1320 Woodbridge Drive in Unity shows he was born to be a builder.. He graduated from Derry High School and attended the University of Oklahoma. After...
No Need for Hb 805
Regarding Gov. Tom Wolf's veto of House Bill 805 concerning teacher layoffs ("Wolf Vetoes Teacher-Layoff Change," May 19): I want to be very clear - there is a mechanism already in place to dismiss underperforming teachers. I have been a teacher for...
Not Content to Be a Victim a Search for Justice That Spans Two Decades
Jane Doe January is called Jane Doe January because she was raped in January. There is also a Jane Doe November. Both women were raped in Shadyside in 1992 by the same man, a stranger to them. Mystery writer Emily Winslow is Jane Doe of "Jane Doe...
Obama Academy Actress Captures Third Kelly Award
Marnie Quick of Pittsburgh Obama Academy was crowned Best Actress for the third straight year at Pittsburgh CLO's Gene Kelly Awards, sending the senior to the National High School Musical Theater Awards for the third time. She will be joined in New...
Our Society Should Be Rejecting Hatred and Violence
Our universe is 13.8 billion years old. Our recorded human history is less than a blink of an eye. It also could disappear with a press of a button. Our species sadly has not been programmed and wired to be kind and gentle. Evil, unimaginable cruelty...
Pain Cannot Be Treated as The'fifth Vital Sign'
We commend the Post-Gazette for the series "Overdosed" focusing attention on the misuse of opioid pain medication and its relationship to the growing use of nonprescription narcotics. This is a complex issue, as noted in the series. The majority...
Papi's Shadow Gregory Polanco Would Never Put Himself on the Same Level as Fellow Dominican David Ortiz. but There's No Denying We're Seeing Some of the Venerable Boston Slugger on Display at PNC Park
Gregory Polanco was 5 years old when David Ortiz broke into the big leagues with the Minnesota Twins. Polanco, like Starling Marte and so many other kids in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic, cheered as the native slugger Ortiz, dumped...
Pelican Guard Fatally Shot
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday. A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Dallas Police Senior Cpl....
Penguins-Sharks Matchup
PG hockey writer Dave Molinari breaks down the Stanley Cup final between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks and predicts the winner.SEASON SERIES: 1-1DIFFERENCE MAKERS Penguins RW Phil Kessel scored four goals in the final six games of the Eastern Conference...
Pens' Midseason Coaching Changes Yield Results
With eight words back in December, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford changed the course of his team's season. "The Pittsburgh Penguins have made a coaching change." Seven years earlier, former Penguins general manager Ray Shero made a similar...
Picturesque Reader Fish Photos Show the Thrill of Landing Lunkers,?the Joy of the First Catch and the Beauty of Wildlife Art
This year, half the pictures in the Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest show smiling anglers with golden rainbow trout. So many goldens were submitted, it prompted a call to the state Fish and Boat Commission to find out if more of the popular fish had...
Pittsburgh-Grown Streetwear Brand Gld Is on the Move
Growing up in Shaler, Jake Sieber, Dan Folger, Christian Johnston and Evan Francen were inseparable. They'd bike through the city, with Mr. Folger documenting their adventures on a Flip Video camcorder, and hang out in each other's basements. Nowadays,...
Powerful Music from a Concentration Camp
Last fall, violist Tatjana Mead Chamis recruited three of her colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to help her regenerate degenerate music. Entartete Musik, or degenerate music, was a term used by the Nazis to discredit or suppress composers,...
Pso Gives Berliners a Glimpse of Pittsburgh
After the Pittsburgh Symphony performed Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 at the Berlin Philharmonie, cellist Mikhail Istomin gave Manfred Honeck a towel. "I guess most of the people thought, 'Oh, the conductor needs a towel to clean his face'" after a...
Rains Leave 2 Dead, 5 Missing
HOUSTON - At least two people are dead and five others are missing after this week's torrential rains in Texas and Kansas, officials said Saturday, noting that though the threat of severe weather had lessened in Texas over the long holiday weekend,...
Rangers 5, Pirates 2 Streak Broken at Five Darvish Makes Successful Return, Allows 3 Hits and Strikes out 7 in 1st Start since August 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - Even though it had been almost two years since Yu Darvish previously took the mound at Globe Life Park, it didn't take long for him to offer a reminder as to why a full house showed up to watch his return. Darvish flummoxed the...
Renovation Inspiration Contest, Best in Show an Arsenal of Creativity Abandoned Lawrenceville Bank Becomes a Showcase for Restaurant and Residents
Brian Mendelssohn's fingerprints are all over Lawrenceville, in commercial and residential projects both big and small. The creative force behind the single-screen Row House Cinema and adjoining Atlas Bottle Works, which opened in 2014 on Butler...
Rev. Kenneth E. Bailey Nov. 24, 1930 - May 23, 2016 Described 'Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes'
His writings shaped a generation's worth of Sunday sermons on the Prodigal Son, and they challenged the old Christmas-pageant trope of the barnyard birth of Jesus. The Rev. Kenneth E. Bailey, who spent his career as a Presbyterian minister in the...
Richard Lewis Hasn't Curbed His Passion for Comedy
Richard Lewis will visit the Heinz History Center on Thursday as the keynote speaker for the Jewish Association on Aging's "Art of Aging" fundraiser, and while the comedian's not sure exactly what's on his agenda, having done stand-up for 46 years,...
Safer Headphones
Q. You recently wrote about amplifying sound through headphones to drown out airplane noise. It would have been helpful for you to point out that high volume levels can damage hearing. Wouldn't some kind of noise-canceling headphones be a better and...
SALES SNAPSHOT [Derived Headline]
DELMONT .........................2015.............2016 SALES......................48...............44 MEDIAN PRICE.........$155,000.........$150,000 HIGHEST PRICE........$425,000.......$1,500,000GREENSBURG .........................2015.............2016...
Secret of Oakmont Greens
John Zimmers is more than just the course superintendent at Oakmont Country Club. He is more than just the man who oversees the condition and maintenance of the course that will host the 116th U.S. Open in three weeks. Zimmers is responsible for nurturing...
Settle It the Jordan Miles Case Was Painful All Around
Joel Sansone, the attorney for Jordan Miles, is right. It is time for Mr. Miles to settle his federal civil-rights lawsuit against Pittsburgh police officers and move on with his life.Mr. Miles is 24 now. He is a manager at a retail store and, despite...
Social Workers the Unsung Heroes of Elder Care
The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors." In the area of elder law, we find that a competent social worker (or...
Some Behaving Badly out in the Woods
This year, more than 2 million people will set foot on "America's Trail," most for a short stroll or day hike. And about 2,000 more will attempt to "thru-hike," that is walk the trail end-to-end. Both of those estimates are higher than the user numbers...
Spineless Beware: Oakmont Begins to Sharpen Its Teeth
When W.C. Fownes, son of the founder of Oakmont Country Club and an accomplished player in his day, heard complaints how difficult the course played, he sniffed at the whining with these biting words: "Let the clumsy, the spineless, the alibi artists...
Stanley Cup Final: Penguins vs. Sharks
2016 LEADERS NHL postseason scoring leaders through Tuesday: PLAYER, TEAM...............G.......PTS Couture, Sharks............8........24 Pavelski, Sharks..........13........22 Burns, Sharks..............6........20...
Stanley Cup Final: Penguins vs. Sharks
2016 LEADERS NHL postseason scoring leaders through Tuesday: PLAYER, TEAM...............G.......PTS Couture, Sharks............8........24 Pavelski, Sharks..........13........22 Burns,...
Staying out of the Market Foster, Gay Find Comfort Zones
Steelers guard Ramon Foster enjoyed the best season of his seven-year NFL career last season. And it just happened to be in the final year of his contract. NFL players wait their entire lives for the chance to cash in on free agency, and Foster had...
The Demographics of Death When a Funeral Home Closes, It's a Reflection of Disruption in the Community It Serves
The old Schellhaas Funeral Home building on East Street with its distinctive green marble facade could be considered a relic of a bygone era in Pittsburgh's North Side community. It was one of more than a dozen funeral home businesses that prospered...
The Fall of the Summer Job Teen Employment Declining, but Notat Kennywood
On a steamy Friday afternoon this month, busloads of schoolchildren emptied into Kennywood Park for an annual day of fun that only the West Mifflin amusement park can provide. Barely registering with the energetic visitors - who gathered at the Potato...
The Goaltender No More Questions Penguins Rookie Goaltender Matt Murray Has Played His Way into the Starter's Role?for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks
Three rounds into the postseason, Penguins goalie Matt Murray is finally the unquestioned starter for Game 1 for the Stanley Cup final. There were no cheekily worded questions for coach Mike Sullivan after practice Saturday looking for hints, no goalie...
Thirty Years Ago ... Bobby Rahal Remembers a Gamble That Paid off in Trip to Victory Lane
Bobby Rahal had two fears as he waited through a late-race caution at the 1986 Indianapolis 500. The first was that the race would end under caution while he still sat in second place. The second was that, even if it started back up, he'd run out...
Three New Windshields in Three Months Is Too Many
Dear Car Talk: Let me start off by saying I'm a scientist. I graduated from Boston University with a science degree. It was there that I met my wife, who also is a scientist. When we come across a problem, we attack it scientifically. Our problem:...
Tigers Senior Perretta Makes History Beaver Falls Star Wins 800, 1,600 Runs Again
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. ? To celebrate, Dom Perretta was going to binge. He was going to dig into something he rarely allows himself to eat during track season.Ice cream. Chocolate."Three bowls," Perretta said. "With a lot whipped cream."And the cherry on...
Turning Things around His Hallmark Head of City Schools Worked on Culture
PALM BEACH, Fla. - The new superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools has spent most of his career in a sprawling, diverse district in South Florida, where he has staked a claim on turning around troubled schools. Anthony Hamlet, a director in...
Twilight for a Superstar Phillies Will Soon Be Forced to Relieve 1b Ryan Howard from His Daily Duties
The final and perhaps most telling test of Ryan Howard's career isn't about his ability to play baseball at an elite level with a professionalism and drive that few can match. Howard passed that exam a long time ago, and nothing about what will transpire...
View from Tampa Lightning's Special Season Ends Tampa Bay Players Concede Penguins Deserve Trip to Cup Final
One by one, starting with captain Steven Stamkos, Lightning players slowly and somberly skated over to embrace goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, the only reason Thursday's riveting Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final was even close.It began to sink in: Their...
Where Staff Sgt. William Kittiko Rests
Casualties of war aren't limited to those who die in battle, and Monday in Ft. Myers, Fla., a McKeesport airman whose plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico in November 1942 will be honored along with his five crewmates. Staff Sgt. William Kittiko, the...
Williams Outlasts Downpour in Victory
PARIS ? Serena Williams was ahead, yes, but hardly at her best, when claps of thunder and a heavy downpour interrupted her third-round French Open match at a critical juncture. So during what turned out to be a delay of more than 2 hours right before...
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