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Articles from July 2, 2016

A Corrected Resume Should Not Be Acceptable
I agree with Kathy M. Newman that all the fuss about new Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Anthony Hamlet regarding plagiarism is a distraction ("Plagiarism Hysteria: Let Hamlet Suffer the Slings and Arrows No More," June 30 Perspectives).After...
Alcosan Launches Water-Quality Alert System
Pittsburgh's water treatment system is a patchwork of interconnected sewerage pipes, water drains and pump houses built in bits and pieces over decades under changing regulatory guidelines. Under normal conditions sewage and rainwater drainages flow...
Back for More GM Rutherford Accepts a Deal to Keep His Role
General manager Jim Rutherford said repeatedly that he didn't expect the Penguins to make any high-profile additions on the first day of free agency. Like just about everything else over the past 12 months, Rutherford nailed it. But that doesn't...
Billy Joel Is Full of Surprises in Crowd-Pleasing PNC Park Show
Billy Joel gave the sold-out crowd at PNC Park a little of bit of everything Friday night , including AC/DC and Kenny Chesney.To be clear, AC/DC was there in form of his roadie, Chainsaw, stepping forth to belt out "Highway to Hell" as well as Axl Rose...
Blackhawk Star Honored
Blackhawk High School graduate Brendan McKay won college baseball's John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award for the second season in a row after a stellar sophomore campaign at Louisville. McKay was 12-4 with a 2.30 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 109?...
Brexit: Sovereign Kingdom or Little England?
WASHINGTONGiven their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels.Nonetheless, we would do well...
'British Baking Show' Returns
"The Great British Baking Show" is back on PBS - cheers! The wildly popular BBC program (where it is known as "The Great British Bake-Off") featured all of the oven-watching drama and cake-tastic thrills fans have come to expect. A new group of 12...
Card-Carrying Pghers a Bridge Id Card Could Serve Many in Need
The mayor's office is investigating the possibility of offering a municipal identification card to residents who lack valid identification to access basic services. They are calling the proposed card the Bridge ID.For those who routinely use a driver's...
Casey: Report Va Bonuses to Congress
Executive bonuses paid by the second-largest federal department may face annual scrutiny from Congress after a Legionnaires' disease scandal in Allegheny County. A Senate bill introduced this week would force the Department of Veterans Affairs to...
CITY/SOUTH/REGION [Derived Headline]
CITY Man charged in standoff with police in Hazelwood A two-hour police standoff Friday morning in Hazelwood in which a man held a woman and two children against their will ended without injury. A SWAT team was called to a home on Blair Street about...
Defensive Prospect Plays Withsome'bite'
Joseph Masonius was pretty busy a week ago. First, he had to help his uncle Tony build a new deck and paint the shed. There also was the business of being a sixth-round pick by the Penguins. "I was helping him build his deck in the back yard,"...
Diocese to Sell Buildings as Collateral for Lawsuits Altoona-Johnstown Hurt by Abuse Scandal
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, anticipating continued costs due to fallout from past sexual abuse of children by priests, is planning to sell its Hollidaysburg headquarters and relocate its offices to Altoona parish property. The...
Drug-Impaired Driving Increases Accounts for Half of DUI Arrests in Pennsylvania
While drunk driving remains a top concern of law enforcement, especially over the Fourth of July holiday, authorities say they are seeing an emerging trend in drivers who shouldn't be behind the wheel - an increasing number of them are impaired because...
Extremist in Spotlight for Istanbul Attack
ISTANBUL - Attention focused Friday on whether a Chechen extremist known to be a top lieutenant in the Islamic State group was involved in the suicide attacks that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman...
Finally, an off Day after Grueling Stretch
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Pirates couldn't have asked for a nicer place to spend their off day Thursday than San Francisco, where the team hotel is stationed for their three-game series at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. It was the Pirates' first no-travel,...
Grant to Revitalize Beechview's Broadway Ave
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $600,000 grant for a revitalization project in Beechview, city Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and state Sen. Wayne Fontana announced Friday. The grant will be used to fund a more than $1...
Hamlet Era Begins at City Schools Report on His Resume Details Inaccuracies, Lack of Clarity
Anthony Hamlet was sworn in Friday as superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and in conversations with reporters, he began outlining his vision of the district's future. But he also had to weather one last review of his past: an independent...
Indefensible Stop Animal Abuse in Militarymedical Training
Did you know that our government and our soldiers routinely torture and mutilate animals in the name of national defense? It's true. Moreover, this practice is completely unnecessary. Yet the Department of Defense has been inexcusably slow to respond...
Jerk Chicken
JERK CHICKENPG testedScotch bonnet peppers are the chilies of choice in Caribbean cooking, lending a fiery bite to sauces and marinades. Pureed with sugar, scallions and warm spices, the yellow-red pepper pods are an essential ingredient in jerk chicken,...
July 4th Fireworks and Food a Threat to Pets
The bottle rockets' red glare, the cherry bombs bursting in air ... fireworks are part of what makes this weekend perilous for pets and the people who love them. More pets go missing around July 4 than at any other time of year, according to PetLink,...
Legislators Leave Capitol for Holiday with No Deal on How to Pay for Budget
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled House and Senate left the Capitol building Friday - possibly for the entire holiday weekend - without having resolved how they are going to pay for the $31.5 billion budget they have sent to Gov. Tom Wolf. After...
Mayors' Wagers Benefit Local Charities Penguins' Win Brings More Than Stanley Cup
The Pittsburgh Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup on June 12, and now Mayor Bill Peduto has a few things to brag about, too. The mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and San Jose have paid off their bets. The Penguins met the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern...
Murrysville Native's Death in Self-Driving Vehicle Illustrates Technical Limitations
A former Murrysville man killed in the first fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle was using a car with less technology than the test vehicle under development at Carnegie Mellon University. Joshua Brown, 40, a graduate of Franklin Regional...
Neighbors Rush to Aid Couple Injured in Crash
When Gary Fisher Jr. and Michael Plish learned that their neighbors' car had tumbled about 40 feet over a heavily wooded hillside in Allentown, they ran to help clear a path to the wreckage for emergency responders Friday night. With saw and knife...
'No-Kill' Is an Insult to Open-Door Shelters
I believe the term "no-kill shelter" is insulting to open-door shelters that are faced with the grim reality of surplus animals relinquished to their care. There are many reasons that people are forced to relinquish a pet. Financial, restrictive housing...
Oakland Catholic Grad Qualifies for Rio in 400m
After winning the 400-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, freestyle phenom Katie Ledecky slithered over the lane line to hug her fellow Olympic qualifier. "We're going to Rio," she yelled as she grasped second-place finisher...
Pirates 7, Athletics 3 Locke Comes out on Top Early Visit by Searage Helps Settle Left-Hander
OAKLAND, Calif. - There was one out and two runs already in when pitching coach Ray Searage trudged to the mound in the first inning Friday night at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The first few pitches from left-hander Jeff Locke had portended poorly for...
Pitchers Make Big Step in Rehab Cole, Vogelsong Throw in Pregame Simulation
OAKLAND, Calif. - The biggest game at O.co Coliseum began at 2 p.m. Friday when right-hander Gerrit Cole stepped on the mound and fired his first pitch. The simulated game, featuring rehabilitating right-handers Cole and Ryan Vogelsong and catcher...
Pittsburgh and Open/closed Politics How the Pittsburgh Area Shows Economic Gains and Old Ills
Donald Trump has done something politically smart and substantively revolutionary. He is a Republican presidential candidate running against free trade and, effectively, free markets.By putting trade at the top of the conversation he elevates the issue...
Puerto Rico Adjusts to Historic Default
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico entered a new financial era Friday following a historic default as it prepares for the implementation of a federal oversight board that will have control over the island's dire finances and provide room to ease...
Pwsa Addresses Customer Lead and Service Concerns
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Mayor Bill Peduto teamed up Friday to provide an update on water quality and long-standing customer service and billing issues. The authority provides free lead testing at concerned customers' taps. Of...
Senate Confirms New County Judge Spurgeon Has Been Prosecutor for Da since '98
Less than three weeks after he was nominated to serve as an Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge, David Spurgeon was confirmed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate. Mr. Spurgeon, 45, of White Oak, will assume his seat on the bench in the...
Sweet Wines, Lofty Goals a New Meadery Blossoms and Gives Back to the Bees
A meadery takes honey from bees, mixes it with water and ferments that into mead or honey wine (often with fruit and other flavorings). So it's nice that a meadery is giving back something for the bees. KingView Mead, a new small producer in Pleasant...
Tests Show Patient Contracted Legionnaires' Inside Hospital
Allegheny General Hospital had a local laboratory dig into the DNA of bacteria found in a cancer patient who had Legionnaires' disease to find out whether the patient contracted it at the hospital sometime in May. The hospital said Friday that those...
Toomey Has Integrity
I recently read a letter from Daniel Wyse in which he criticized the safety efforts of Sen. Pat Toomey ("Safety Hypocrisy," June 22). Unfortunately, Mr. Wyse's letter was rife with misleading statements. First, Mr. Toomey is a leader in the U.S....
U.S. Judge Eases Pa. Ballot Rules for Third-Party Candidates
A federal judge has made it easier for third-party candidates to appear on the state ballot this November, possibly adding a new variable into an already dizzying presidential election. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel of the Eastern...
Victor G. Ball Jr. Died June 23, 2016 Highly Skilled Fly Fisherman Liked to Share His Methods
Some fly fishermen target big fish. Others tell fish stories. Vic Ball of Jefferson Hills just enjoyed the act of fishing and took pride in passing his skills to the next generation of catch-and-release conservationists. A lifelong member of Trout...
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