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Articles from August 12, 2016

14-Year-Old Organizes Swimming Fundraiser to Remember Her Aunt
A "Breaststroke 4 Breast Cancer" fundraiser Aug. 27 at the Mt. Lebanon High School pool will raise money in memory of Amber Abrams, who died last month.The fundraiser is organized by Ms. Abrams' 14-year-old niece, competitive swimmer Maddie Dorish, who...
6-Acre Hillsideto Become Demonstration Meadow
An underused six-acre hillside in Boyce Park will be converted to native grasses and wildflowers next spring to reduce the need to mow, to provide wildlife habitat and to reduce stormwater runoff into nearby streams. The site, Indian Hill - mile...
Antique Bathtub, Broken in Storm, Replaced on Trail Plumber Happy to Give Back to Park
If a tree falls on a bathtub in the forest, apparently a great many people will hear about it.That's what happened when a cast-iron antique bathtub that has been at the bottom of a trail in North Park for many decades was recently smashed by a fallen...
Blast Kills 21 at Chinese Power Plant
BEIJING - At least 21 people were killed by an explosion at a coal-fired power plant in central China on Thursday, according to official reports. The deaths occurred when a high-pressure steam pipe exploded at a plant in the city of Dangyang in Hubei...
Blue Chip Chat with . . . Paris Ford
DATA Year: Senior Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 Pos: WR-STHE SCOOP A starter on Central Catholic's basketball team as a freshman, then a two-year starter in football at Seton-LaSalle, Ford transferred to Steel Valley in...
Board Fires High School Math Teacher after State Officials Revoke Certificate
A man who had been hired in August 2006 as a high school math teacher for the Peters Township School District was fired this week because of allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a student in Virginia in 2001.The vote to terminate the...
Bocce Brings in Scholarship Dollars for Students
Robert Zitelli has managed to find a way to combine a favorite sport with a good cause. Last weekend, the organization he started - Athletes of Action - held its fourth bocce tournament in McKees Rocks to raise money to provide scholarships for graduating...
Borough to Ban Parking at 30 School Bus Stops Visibility Concerns Cited by Drivers
Parking restrictions are planned at 30 school bus stops in Plum to try to limit risks to children.In response to concerns from bus drivers, the school district has identified the 30 stops as "problematic," citing limited visibility and a tight turning...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Oakland tech firm partners with Yelp Oakland-based tech firm NoWait Inc. announced it has partnered with Yelp Inc. to allow consumers with the Yelp app to check wait times and electronically get in line at casual dining eateries. Yelp will be making...
Cardboard Sign Grabs Attention in Bridgeville
A hand-lettered cardboard sign became an unlikely prop in Bridgeville's efforts to replace crumbling sidewalks under the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway overpass on Washington Avenue.The sign read, "Mayor DeBlasio Please Fix Our Sidewalk!!!"Mayor Pasquale...
Cervelli's Left Wrist Feels Some Surgical 'Fallout'
Francisco Cervelli did not start Thursday after leaving the game Wednesday night due to a sore left wrist as he continues to deal with the fallout of surgery that removed the hamate bone in his left hand. Cervelli felt discomfort after a swing. "It's...
Clinton: Plan Is for All Touts Economic Revitalization, Pledges to Keep Jobs in U.S
WARREN, Mich. - Over the course of 47 minutes Thursday, Hillary Clinton delivered a series of sharp attacks on presidential rival Donald Trump and outlined an economic plan she vowed will make America's largest investment in jobs since World War II....
Common Decency in the Commonwealth Trump May Be in Trouble Even with Conservatives in Rural Pennsylvania
YORK, Pa.If Donald Trump doesn't carry Pennsylvania, his chances of becoming president reach the vanishing point. For now, he's in deep trouble in a place that, demographically, ought to be a Trumpian promised land.A poll released Tuesday, by NBC News,...
COMMUNITIES [Derived Headline]
SOUTH FAYETTE The township library on Millers Run Road will remain closed until mid-September for repairs and renovations. The library has been closed to repair flooring that was damaged when a drain overflowed due to heavy rains July 22. The closure...
Competition Ratchets Up a Notch for Many Teams
For some WPIAL boys basketball teams, next season will feel like the postseason almost from the get-go. With the PIAA's new alignment to six classifications, many schools have new opponents both within their classifications and even in their sections....
Cost Estimates Rise for Air Conditioning at District Middle, Elementary Schools at Least $1.5 Million More Needed
Mt. Lebanon school directors learned Monday night that a potential project to air condition the district's elementary and middle schools would cost at least $1.5 million more than originally thought. Most of the board members, though, didn't seem...
Diva Gets Her Due Meryl Streep Hits the Right Emotional Notes in the Off-Key 'Florence Foster Jenkins'
Her voice could shatter aluminum, as well as fine crystal. Brace yourself and your ears for "Florence Foster Jenkins," the inspirational true story of a New York heiress who was dead set on becoming a world-class opera singer, despite having the world's...
East Allegheny School Directors Discuss Forming School Board/teacher Committee
A member of the East Allegheny school board and the East Allegheny teachers union president agree it would be good to form a committee to discuss ways to improve Keystone Exam scores.At Monday night's board meeting, Robin Highlands, president of the...
Face Climate Facts
Changing our mix of energy sources can't be done overnight and will require investment, and we are obligated to assist all those who are negatively affected by the changes. But good grief! Virtually everything that Martin Hertzberg says in his Aug....
Failing to Address Climate Change Hurts the Poor
Martin Hertzberg's Aug. 9 letter ("Costly Carbon Control Promotes Inequality") compounds the economic inaccuracies of Morgan O'Brien's Forum piece ("Let's Innovate Rather Than Bicker," Aug. 7) by supporting it with incorrect science. Contrary to...
Feds Have Taken Thousands of Doctors' Prescribing Licenses Dea Cracking Down on Physicians Who Overprescribe Pills
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on August 13, 2016.The Drug Enforcement Administration accepted the surrender of 3,679 prescribing licenses and revoked 99 from medical professionals from 2011 to 2015. A headline on a story Friday incorrectly...
First Seven Teachers Hired after 40 Retire District Seeks 3-D Printer for Prosthetics
The Seneca Valley school board hired seven teachers on Monday and expects to hire more teachers next week.Superintendent Tracy Vitale said staff screened 236 candidates in person for initial interviews that lasted about 15 minutes each. She said 196...
Former Schenley Teammates Join Forces Kennedy, Kane Earn $2M First-Place Prize
D.J. Kennedy and DeAndre Kane have been close since they were little kids growing up in the Hill District. "We're like best of friends. We've known each other since we were 6 or 7 years old," Kennedy said. That in itself was a good reason for Kane...
Fowl or Foul? Chickens in the Suburbs Bring Challenges - along with the Fresh Eggs
Suzan Krauland looked over at the chicken house near her suburban home. "That clucking you hear," she said to a visitor. "Somebody just laid an egg." Mrs. Krauland is familiar with the sound. She has been raising chickens in Ross for the past three...
Freese's Value Is Simple to Measure
You need only a little more than one hand to count the Pirates' position players who have exceeded expectations. Gregory Polanco. Starling Marte. Jordy Mercer. David Freese. Matt Joyce. Sean Rodriguez. Freese has passed Rodriguez on my list to move...
Headaches Hamper Te Green
Tight end Ladarius Green, the Steelers' premier free agent signing this year, remains unable to even practice because of lingering headaches that might be the effects of concussions he had when playing for the San Diego Chargers. Sources told the...
Idlewild Closes Coaster to See Why 3-Year-Old Fell from It
Local police and state inspectors spent much of Thursday investigating how a 3-year-old boy fell from a roller coaster at Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park in Ligonier in one of several such incidents across the nation this week that have led to...
Killing 'Essential Pittsburgh' Is Foolish
I swear I'm not one of those people who's suspicious of change. Change is a good thing. Without it, individual and institutional vitality would be impossible. Stagnation is the enemy of everything. My problem is with the kind of change that encourages...
Library Park Envisioned on Steep Hill in Carnegie
The grassy lawn and old-growth trees that front the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall are being studied as the starting points of a new Library Park that would connect the historic building at the top of the Beechwood Avenue hill with...
Light of Life Rescue Mission Seeks City Permission to Move
The Light of Life Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in a dense commercial and residential area of the North Side, presented its case Thursday for moving to a vacant school and adding a satellite facility at a more remote site. Light of Life has been...
Luke Blanock April 1, 1997 - Aug. 7, 2016 Cecil Teenager Inspired with Fight against Cancer
Luke Blanock, a Cecil teenager whose 32-month battle with cancer inspired teammates and countless others, died at his home Sunday. He was 19 years old. "The last 2 years, he treated cancer like a minor inconvenience," his father, Kurt Blanock, said....
N.C. District Map Unconstitutional, Judges Say
RALEIGH, N.C. - The map that has twice been used to elect the North Carolina General Assembly is unconstitutional because many of the districts are racially gerrymandered, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday. Elections can proceed this year,...
Need for School Bus Drivers on the Rise, Survey Finds Charter Schools Add to Increased Demand
With the start of another school year just around the bend, transportation directors throughout the region are worrying if they have enough school bus drivers to transport their students. Worries expressed throughout the year by local school directors...
New Courts, Playgrounds, Pavilion Coming to Three Parks
New courts, playgrounds and a pavilion are coming to three parks in Bethel Park, and improvements will be made to the community center, too.Council on Monday accepted a $450,000 grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County for the park...
Newest 'Star Trek' Turnsback the Clock the Cw Picks Up Cbs's 'Supergirl'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The next iteration of "Star Trek" on TV, "Star Trek: Discovery," will have a female lead who will not be a captain. "We've seen six series now from a captain's point of view," said series creator Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies")....
Next Phase of Heritage Trail Set for Bids Leg Links Trafford to Murrysville
Contracts to build the third phase of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail may be awarded late next month.Bid requirements to build nearly 6 miles of new trail between BY Park in Trafford and Duff Park in Murrysville were expected to be posted online on Thursday...
No Man's Sky: Where No Man Has Gone Before
The expansive universe of "No Man's Sky" has grabbed headlines since the game was announced three years ago at the 2013 Video Game Awards. The space exploration game features 18 quintillion planets, each with its own unique lifeforms, ecosystems and...
ON THE RADAR / FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD [Derived Headline]
NORTHCAMP HORNE ROAD TO CLOSEThe Allegheny County Department of Public Works announced that Camp Horne Road in Emsworth will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Monday to rebuild a retaining wall about one-fourth of a mile north of the intersection of Camp...
Owner Vows to Rebuild Miniature Golf Course after Flood
A windmill, a lighthouse and a porta-potty were swept away in a rainstorm that caused extensive damage to the Red Carpet Miniature Golf course that has been in business in North Strabane since 1946. Longtimer owner John Goettler refuses to say the...
Panthers Expect Defensive Success Veteran Unit Has Eight Starters Back
Long before landing his first head coaching job, Pat Narduzzi was widely recognized as one of the foremost defensive minds in college football, presiding over physical and aggressive units befitting a man who looks as if he could still line up at...
Parent Sues District over Expulsion of 7-Year-Old Son
The parent of a boy who was expelled from the Mars Area School District when he was 7 is suing the district, several administrators and some school board members, seeking legal fees, damages and private school tuition.The lawsuit, filed in federal court,...
Parkway Center Mall's Demolition Making Way for New Development Structure Should Be Down by Late November
Once a thriving retail, restaurant and entertainment hub, the Parkway Center Mall soon will be little more than dust in the wind. Thirty-four years after it opened, the sprawling complex on a bluff just off the Parkway West is coming down. Kossman...
Pirates 4, Padres 0 Masterful Rookie Taillon's Adjustments Lead to Roll, Win
Jameson Taillon has done this before. This exact thing, actually. In his second major league start, June 14 against the New York Mets at Citi Field, he pitched eight scoreless innings, dominating the opposing lineup. Two four-inning, four-run outings...
Pit Flight Plan the Airport's Savvy CEO Is Showing Results
Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, has one eye on the sky and another on the ground. While she works to build Pittsburgh International Airport's portfolio of nonstop domestic and international flights, she's also looking...
Refinancing of Bonds Could Save $200,000 Council Also Seeks Grant, Eyes Loan
Wilkinsburg could save up to $200,000 by refinancing some of its bonds, according to borough officials.Council voted unanimously Aug. 3 to hire RBC Capital Markets to develop a plan to refinance the bonds. Wayne Gerhold was hired as bond counsel."We...
Report Flags Cheswick Power Plant for Its Lead Discharges
NRG Energy's Cheswick coal-fired power plant released 387 pounds of lead into the Allegheny River last year, the fourth-highest amount of lead from any power plant in the nation, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project. Those...
Rev. Jason A. Barr Jr. Jan. 30, 1955 -- Aug. 8, 2016 Led Revival of Macedonia Church
The Rev. Jason A. Barr Jr., who combined dynamic preaching, a powerful intellect and firm leadership to revive a dwindling Hill District congregation across a quarter-century of growth into one of Pittsburgh's largest and most influential Protestant...
RIO 2016 / THE DAILY REPORT [Derived Headline]
ON TODAY'S SCHEDULE Highlights of the day ahead in Rio:BASKETBALL: The U.S. men's and women's teams are back in action. The men take on Serbia and the women are playing Canada. In the women's matchup, USA and Canada each are 3-0 in Group B and...
RIO 2016 / THE MEDALS TABLE [Derived Headline]
THE MEDALS TABLE Medal standings through Thursday: NATION............G.....S.....B....TOT United States....16....12....10.....38 China............11.....8....11.....30 Japan.............7.....2....13.....22 Russia............4.....8.....7.....19...
RIO 2016 / THE STARTING LINE [Derived Headline]
MEDAL RACE Through Thursday's events: COUNTRY...........G.....S.....B....TOT United States....16....12....10.....38 China............11.....8....11.....30 Japan.............7.....2....13.....22 HOT LINES A...
Rmu Senior Makes Big Splash
Arden Fisher stood motionless on a towering cliff, 50 feet above the Adriatic Sea, and asked herself: "What am I thinking?" "It was insane," the former Riverview High School and current Robert Morris University volleyball star said. "The water below...
Roy Unexpectedly Quits as Avalanche Coach, VP
In a stunning mid-August shake-up, Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, citing disagreements with the organization. Roy made the announcement Thursday through a public relations ...
Russian Hackers Get NATO Secrets
Weeks before the Democratic convention was upended by 20,000 leaked emails released through WikiLeaks, another little-known website began posting the secrets of a top NATO general, billionaire George Soros' philanthropy and a Chicago-based Clinton...
SCHOOLS [Derived Headline]
PETERS The school board has voted unanimously to use eminent domain to acquire the former Rolling Hills Country Club property. The school district and township have been working to acquire the approximately 190-acre site along East McMurray Road....
Soccer Coach Gets Extension
Duquesne University athletic director Dave Harper announced Thursday that women's soccer coach Al Alvine's contract has been extended through the 2020-21 season. Alvine, who is entering his fifth season at Duquesne, guided the Dukes to their first Atlantic...
South Africa's Wake-Up the Anc, Anti-Apartheid Hero, Shows Its Age
Last week's local elections in South Africa provided a predictable wake-up call to the African National Congress, which has ruled the country pretty much without political competition since majority rule was achieved in 1994. The nature and quality...
Stars to Sit but Plenty to Watch Tonight
Thanks to Mike Tomlin's truth-in-advertising revelation, we are assured that tonight's preseason opener for the Steelers against the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field will lack serious star power. No Ben Roethlisberger, no Antonio Brown, no Le'Veon Bell,...
Superstar Simone Soars Far above All Her Rivals
RIO DE JANEIRO - If there's a quibble to make with Simone Biles, it's that she competes with such joy and such weightless effervescence that she does herself a disservice, in a way, by making gymnastics look so easy.You won't catch her grimacing. She...
The Few. the Proud. on a Mission Keystone Oaks Grad Is Taking His Game to Another Level
Some of Leo Palmer's best friends from Keystone Oaks High School are preparing for their first college football season this fall. Joe Kazalas and Stephen Kazalas-Kelley are busy preparing for their freshman season at Westminster College. Palmer could...
Trouble Related to Big Events Is Marring Our Neighborhood
A native Pittsburgher, I moved Downtown a little over a year ago. To date, I have loved (almost) every minute of it. I have become part of a vibrant neighborhood on Penn Avenue. I have enjoyed the restaurants, the night life, Picklesburgh and Pirates...
Woman Arrested in Attack on Boyfriend N. Hills Man Says He Was Abducted, Beaten
A North Hills woman accused of organizing the alleged kidnapping and beating of her boyfriend last month turned herself in Thursday at City Court, Downtown, a Pittsburgh police spokeswoman said. Court records show charges including attempted homicide,...
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