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Articles from September 17, 2016

Accelerant Indicated in Lawrence Fatal Fire Arson Suspected after 3 Siblings Die
A suspected arson that killed three brothers in their Lawrence County home started in multiple places in the residence, and a specially trained dog found indications that an accelerant might have been used, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday.Autopsies...
A Defeat for Backpage Let the Inquiry into Possible Child-Sex Ads Begin
The Supreme Court handed a major victory to Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, this week in their longtime battle against Backpage.com, an online advertising website and the subject of a child sex...
Ag's Office Subpoenas Diocese Files on Sex Abuse
The state attorney general's office has subpoenaed any documents relating to sexual abuse by priests from the Diocese of Pittsburgh and other Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania as part of a widening grand jury investigation.Pittsburgh Bishop David...
Allegheny County to Do More Foundry Emissions Tests
Clean-air activists and Lawrenceville residents living near the McConway & Torley foundry have urged the Allegheny County Health Department to act quickly to reduce toxic air pollutants from the plant, but the county will conduct another round of...
Ambridge Native Directs 'Horror Story'
FX's mystery-shrouded sixth season of "American Horror Story" kicked off Wednesday and finally confirmed rumors that the plot has something to do with The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island in what is today coastal North Carolina.Ambridge native Marita Grabiak,...
Barkley's Role Much Different Than a Year Ago vs. Temple
The previous time Saquon Barkley played Temple he wasn't the star running back, a Penn State record-holder or a household name throughout much of Pennsylvania.Nope, he was just another wide-eyed freshman hoping for a few snaps in the opener last season."I...
Belle Vernon Stays atop Conference with a Win
If no one believed them before, Belle Vernon made sure their statement was loud and clear Friday night ? they are a force to be reckoned with. The Leopards (3-0, 3-0) rolled into Joe Montana Stadium and handed No. 4 Ringgold (2-1, 2-1) a 31-10 defeat...
Bicyclist Chew Gets Bad News: Paralysis May Be Permanent
Nearly two weeks after he was paralyzed in a biking accident in Ohio, Pittsburgh biking legend Danny Chew and his family have learned that his paralysis from the chest down may be permanent."The paralysis has been confirmed," said Mr. Chew's sister,...
Brewer of Gluten-Free Beer Has 'Soft' Relaunch
Aurochs Brewing Co. lives!The local maker of naturally gluten-free beer started in 2012 with funds from Carnegie Mellon University and some fanfare, but so far, it's been closed more than it's been open. In December 2012 the little brewery moved from...
Butler County Man's Death in Jail Brings Lawsuit
The daughter of a Butler County man who died after a stint in that county's jail filed a lawsuit Friday, alleging that nearly two weeks of indifference to his head injury led to his demise at age 38.Richard D. Townsend, who was then living in Boyers,...
Carlynton Ends Losing Streak
Dallas Paolino's 8-yard touchdown run with 9:04 left in the game lifted Carlynton (1-2, 1-1) to a come-from-behind 27-26 victory against South Allegheny (1-3, 1-2) in the Three Rivers Conference that snapped a 24-game losing streak for the Cougars."It's...
Central Catholic Spoils Hempfield's Unbeaten Run
An undefeated season came to a screeching halt Friday night, as Central Catholic put a hurting on Hempfield, 55-6, to hand the Spartans their first loss. The Vikings, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 6A squad and the second-ranked team in the state, rolled...
Chocolate Stout Sundaes with Salted Caramel Beer Sauce
Each year, the PG Test Kitchen cooks up something delicious to serve to thousands of beer lovers at the Steel City Big Pour at Construction Junction. We always shoot for dessert, which isn't easy when you're determined to incorporate the event's signature...
CITY [Derived Headline]
CITYContractor tackles flaws in city surveillance camerasThree dozen cameras in a city-owned surveillance network aren't working properly, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's administration said Friday.Problems such as worn motors and poor resolution appear...
City Recognized for Its Commitment to Nature Pittsburgh Becomes a Biophilic City
Pittsburgh has joined a network of cities committed to putting nature at the heart of growth, development, maintenance and infrastructure projects.The newest Biophilic City, Pittsburgh was anointed Friday in an announcement at the Phipps Conservatory...
Costume Ball Gala Kicks off Exhibit of Ensembles From'the Wiz Live' at Wilson Center
When "The Wiz Live!" musical aired on NBC last fall, Demeatria Boccella immediately wanted to see its ornate costumes in person.Now Pittsburghers will get that chance, too, when the "Costumes of The Wiz Live!" exhibition presented by Fashion-AFRICANA...
County Judge Says No to Gateway Bid for Armed Officers
An Allegheny County judge has denied a request by the Gateway School District to arm police officers in its schools.Common Pleas Senior Judge Timothy O'Reilly issued a nine-page opinion Thursday saying "it's not a good idea" to implement an independent,...
Detention of Assange Upheld
STOCKHOLM - A Swedish appeals court has upheld a detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted by prosecutors in a rape investigation.The decision Friday by the Svea Court of Appeal means that the arrest warrant stands for the 45-year-old...
Don't Carry on at Supermarket
I hate going to the supermarket alone. I find it confusing, frustrating and full of neighbors I ought to know the names of but don't. I greatly prefer to follow my wife around the market. My main job is to push the shopping cart, following slowly behind...
'Drag Race' Queen Alaska Reigns Supreme
Like Mae West, when the drag queen Alaska is good, she's very good.And when she's bad, she's better.Killing it on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" (Logo, VH1, Thursdays), Alaska is perhaps the most evolved queen among some pretty talented...
Enforcer Sestito Fails to Agree with Protests
Tom Sestito's dad was a firefighter. His stepdad was a police officer. His grandparents and great grandparents were in the military.Suffice to say, Sestito, a Penguins enforcer, isn't thrilled with what San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick...
EpiPen Price Hikes Criticized [Derived Headline]
EpiPen price hikes criticizedAs he signed a bill Friday expanding the use of Mylan's EpiPen, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined the growing outcry over the skyrocketing cost of the allergy treatment. "State government cannot stop unconscionable price...
Fifa Hires New Auditors
FIFA appointed new auditors and hired its first dedicated compliance officer in efforts to rebuild after financial scandals.FIFA said accountancy firm PwC will oversee its billion-dollar annual accounts, which were audited for more than a decade by KPMG.This...
Finding Africa in Pittsburgh
While interning at the Post-Gazette over the summer, I found an African foods store in Pittsburgh. Two Ghanaian flags were painted on its walls. Some of the flag's colors resembled those of my own national flag -of Kenya. Green for the land. Black for...
Fox Chapel Man Works to Save Rhinos, Elephants
When Matt Bracken was 12, his grandfather took him on an African safari - the kind where no animals were shot or captured."I looked into the eyes of a wild elephant, and I have never been the same," Mr. Bracken said. "I got the Africa bug."Since graduating...
Jagoffs Gain New Status but Little to Boast about Pittsburghese Added to Oxford Dictionary
It is a day undoubtedly long awaited by Western Pennsylvania's untold number of largely anonymous jagoffs - recognition by one of the world's great authorities on language.The Oxford English Dictionary has added "jagoff" to the hundreds of thousands...
Jockeying for a Spot Steelers Games Create Parking Woes for North Siders
The Steelers will play their first home game of the new football season Sunday, a time of excitement for their fans. But for some residents of the North Side, it comes with a sense of dread as well.With the season comes an invasion of black and gold...
Kang's Big Night Sparks Victory Pirates Get 3 in 10th, Hold on to Beat Reds
CINCINNATI - Homers help erase mistakes. They create breathing room, widen margin for error. Thus far this season the Pirates haven't had that luxury. Friday night, the perfect combination of team and ballpark afforded it to them.The Cincinnati Reds...
Laffoon Leads Penn-Trafford Past Woodland Hills
Penn-Trafford and Woodland Hills began their clash Friday night as two of the top teams in the Post-Gazette's Class 5A rankings, with the Wolverines ranked No. 2 and the Warriors No. 3.Penn-Trafford (4-0) made its case to leapfrog the Wolverines (3-1)...
Lead Line Replacement Likely to Bring Rate Increases
Customers of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will probably see higher rates as the agency replaces its lead water lines over the next 15 years, the PWSA board president warned Friday.Alex W. Thomson said the replacement project is likely to...
Longtime Aspinwall Mayor Devoted to Town April 15, 1930 - Sept. 13, 2016
Bernard "Ben" Killian, mayor of Aspinwall from 1998 to 2014 and a basketball enthusiast who played until he was 80, died Tuesday. He was 86.Born in Lawrenceville, Mr. Killian was a star basketball player while a student at Central Catholic High School....
Media Outlets Sue FBI over Iphone Hack
The Associated Press, Gannett and Vice Media LLC sued the FBI on Friday to learn who and how much the government paid to hack into an Apple iPhone in its investigation into the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre.The suit seeks records about the FBI's contract...
More Light Shed on Corporate Subsidies
Pennsylvania taxpayers are providing $1.65 billion in incentives for Shell's Beaver County ethane cracker plant, but they will have to share benefits generated by the project with other states, according to an expert on government subsidies who spoke...
NFL Fines Brown Twice for a Total of $15,000
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was fined $15,000 by the NFL this week, and the Steelers haven't played the Cincinnati Bengals yet.Brown was fined $9,000 for his celebratory touchdown dance against the Washington Redskins. He also was fined $6,000 for...
Not a Textbook Problem: Reopening of Liberty Bridge Delayed Once Again Experts Worried about Integrity of Span That Crosses Monongahela
Repairing the fire-damaged Liberty Bridge has presented a unique problem for the team of engineers, designers and academic experts assembled to tackle it.In the 15 days since the fire, the experts have been unable to find another example of fire damaging...
Offensive Line Clears Path to Win for Rams
Apparently, no one told Jordan Crawford and his offensive line - not to mention Pine-Richland's defense - this game was supposed to be about the quarterbacks.Or if they did know, it didn't matter.In the first half alone, Crawford rushed for four touchdowns,...
Oklahoma State QB Will Test Pitt's Secondary It's a Hornets' Nest Cowboys' Mood Likely to Be Foul after Bizarre Loss
Pitt expects to be challenged vertically today, when the Panthers square off against quarterback Mason Rudolph and Oklahoma State.This is a Big 12 Conference opponent after all. And the Cowboys' up-tempo, spread offense has a bit more teeth than what...
Penn State Seeks Another Tuition Freeze
Penn State University has laid out an attractive scenario for tens of thousands of its price-hike-weary students -a plan to freeze base undergraduate tuition in 2017-18 at current-year rates for Pennsylvania residents.If that happens, it would be the...
Raise a Ruckus over the Cost of Inhalers, Too
I was recently diagnosed with asthma. It was an emergency situation at the doctor's office, and after giving me the proper care, they kindly gave me a free sample inhaler to help me through it. I then found out that there are two types of inhalers: "emergency...
Rams Take over Three Interceptions Help Shut out Vikings in Conference Matchup Rochester 27, Sto-Rox 0
After sitting out Rochester's win last week at Summit Academy, junior Caleb Collins made his team a promise."I told my defense that if they could keep the quarterback contained, I'd get an interception," Collins said. "I had to make up for everything...
Rested Taillon Set for Return to Mound
CINCINNATI - Jameson Taillon can tell the difference. The 88 major league innings have a more intense effect on his body than the 61? innings in Class AAA did, and not just because the former followed the latter."I got a little more sore early on in...
Ross Guides West Allegheny to Victory
Nick Ross completed 12 of 14 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown to lead West Allegheny to a 14-0 win against visiting Chartiers Valley in an Allegheny Nine Conference showdown. The No. 4-ranked Indians (3-0, 3-0) opened the scoring with a 5-yard...
Running Game in Time Warp, but It Works Well
Forty years ago, in the 1976 NFL season, Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier rushed for 100 yards or more in the same game three times. Now, it's notable when two running backs among 32 teams reach that mark in the same week.DeAngelo Williams of the Steelers...
See Something, Say Nothing? Confront Your Biases and Then Tell Me about It
After a tense summer of often-violent incidents across the country revolving around race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation - we could all make a long list - we are back in school again.I teach creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University and often...
Senatorial Support Bernie Sanders Campaigns for Katie Mcginty in Her Senate Race
Speaking before several hundred supporters of Senate candidate Katie McGinty at a Carnegie Mellon University gymnasium, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "The control over the United States Senate, and the future agenda of the United States of America,...
State's Jobless Rate Rises to 5.7
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased in August to 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent the previous month, as resident employment fell by 10,000 people and others gave up looking for work altogether.At the same time, the number...
State System Coaches Join Faculty in Backing Strike Authorization
First, it was professors.Now, a week later, hundreds of coaches employed by Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have voted to authorize leaders of their union, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and Univerisity Faculties, to call a...
Swedish Defenseman Shows His Skills
LONDON, Ontario - It wasn't really a first impression.Not when a few Penguins scouts had watched Swedish defenseman Lukas Bengtsson play before the team offered him the contract he accepted this spring.Still, the goal Bengtsson scored just 21 seconds...
Teacher Charged with Possessing Child Porn
A math teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested Friday on child pornography and drug charges.Adam Deutsch, 50, was charged in two separate affidavits with having and disseminating child porn,...
Trickle-Up Economics Please Notice: Obama's Policies Have Been Working
According to the just-released Census Bureau reports on income, poverty and health insurance for 2015, the economy partied last year like it was 1999. And this tells us that government can help make American society more equitable, improving the quality...
Trump Entertains Crowd after Backing off Birther Theory Says Obama American, Targets Clinton Security
MIAMI - Donald Trump spent much of the day embroiled in renewed controversy stemming from his long promotion and sudden retreat from birtherism, but there wasn't any naysaying Friday night at a campaign rally with thousands of adoring supporters."We're...
Trump's Brazen but Brilliant Rebranding Is Working
WASHINGTONIf you are the status quo candidate in a change election in which the national mood is sour and two-thirds of the electorate think the country is on the wrong track, what do you do? Attack. Relentlessly. Paint your opponent as extremist, volatile,...
Upmc Drops South Hills Location Considering Other Sites for New Hospital
UPMC has scrapped its controversial plan to build a hospital less than a mile from rival Allegheny Health Network's Jefferson Hospital as the health giant says it is now looking at other South Hills sites.Spokesman Paul Wood on Friday said the Pittsburgh...
Welcome, Newcomers a Logical Blueprint to Help Immigrants Thrive Here
According to historians, the foreign-born population of Pittsburgh doubled in the period from 1880 to 1900. Over a century later, immigrants are again increasing in numbers, helping to stem an overall loss of population in Allegheny County over the past...
Westinghouse Visits Westinghouse Firm's Engineers Spend the Day at Namesake High School
Before he became the entrepreneur whose inventions improved society, George Westinghouse was a "spunky teenager with a head full of ideas," said the nuclear energy company that shares his name.The same could be said of the roomful of kids at his namesake...
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