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Articles from October 6, 2016

4th Title in Row for Na No. 1 Girls Team Tops Mt. Lebanon
Four years ago, the freshman on the North Allegheny girls tennis team set lofty goals for their high school career. Wednesday, the No. 1 Tigers exceeded all expectations with their fourth consecutive Class 3A WPIAL team tennis championship with a...
6 Regulars Return for 5-2 Defeat
The lineup the Penguins put out for their preseason game Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings was an indicator of how close the regular season is, with six regulars making their return to the ice. The performance, at least according to coach...
Addiction Claims 2 More Lives, Leaves 4 Children Alone
Rowen Lally put on her big girl pants Monday before she caught the bus to her school in McKeesport. At 7 years old, she was too young to understand that her parents - cold and unresponsive - were dead. But she realized she needed to change her infant...
A+ Schools Names New Director Interim Leader Wins over Board
A+ Schools named its interim executive director James Fogarty as the new head of the ??educational advocacy organization, it announced Wednesday. Thirty-two applicants put in for the position in a national search that began after longtime executive...
A Walk to Class Is like a Trek through Time
Attending a large university with more than 10,000 students has its advantages. With more students, faculty and staff around you, there's a larger alumni network from which to pull, especially come job-search time. This greater level of human capital...
Bear Truths Friction with Russia Is Not in the U.S. Interest
U.S. relations with Russia and its president, Vladimir V. Putin, have somehow become an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign, as evidenced in Tuesday night's debate between the two vice presidential candidates. What is for the most part lacking in...
Bucks County Pill Mill Doc Sentenced to 30 Years Prosecutor Says He Contributed to Opioid Epidemic
Prosecutors call William J. O'Brien III a pill mill kingpin - a doctor who led a multimillion dollar drug distribution network with help from strippers and an outlaw motorcycle gang. A federal judge called him a predator, who contributed to the nation's...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
DOLLAR BANK TO ACQUIRE BANK Dollar Bank announced its second acquisition of the year, with a deal to buy Progressive-Home Federal Savings and Loan. Terms weren't disclosed. Dollar, based Downtown, said it would retain all employees of the smaller...
Cornerback Reid Excels as Starter, Punt Returner
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - John Reid hasn't changed much since Penn State coach James Franklin encountered him as a recruit. Business-like. Mature. Still obsessed with watching film. "Not too many high school players that, while you're having a recruiting...
Dinosaur Jr. Keeps Cranking after 30 Years
Since reuniting in 2006, Dinosaur Jr. has now released four albums, one more than the original trio produced in its first era between 1985 and 1988. "Totally unplanned," says drummer Murph. "We didn't think we were going to do this. We just live...
Distance Does Not Mean Detachment
Most students can break up their trip home from college by sets of 40, 50, maybe even 60 miles; but what happens when those miles turn into hundreds? The trip home turns into a journey and life gets a little more complicated. Many students choose...
Downtown Study to Put Emphasis on Liberty Ave. Traffic Council Authorizes Two-Year Project
Downtown pedestrians may soon have an easier time crossing intersections on congested Liberty Avenue. Pittsburgh City Council this week authorized a two-year effort to analyze and better juggle all types of traffic on the thoroughfare, from walkers...
Emissions Stall Greenhouse Gas Needs to Be Reduced, or Else
At least one scientist says the United States deserves credit for trying to reduce emissions to below what they were more than a decade ago. But unless more is done, and the two political parties can come to a consensus on the matter, our nation will...
Ex-Rb Files Injury Lawsuit University Included Inconcussion Case
Former Pitt fullback Conredge Collins is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the NCAA and the American Athletic Conference for what is described as "reckless disregard for the health and safety of generations" of Pitt athletes on the part...
First Niagara Bank Set to Disappear Conversion to Keybank Expected to Be Done by Tuesday
Get ready to bid farewell to First Niagara Bank. Starting Friday and extending through the Columbus Day weekend, the bank's new owner, Cleveland-based KeyCorp, is set to convert customer accounts in Western Pennsylvania and elsewhere to KeyCorp's...
Five Questions to Ask on Every College Tour
The feeling you get while touring a college's campus is one of the most important factors in deciding where you'll be spending the next four years. When done right, a tour should show you all of the wonderful things that college has to offer; but...
Former Jail Guard Pleads Guilty to Official Oppression Sexual Assault Counts Dropped in Plea Deal
A former Allegheny County Jail guard accused of sexually assaulting female inmates under his supervision struck a plea deal Wednesday to lesser charges over the objections of one of his victims. Joshua Reber, 35, of Upper St. Clair pleaded guilty to...
In Defense of Heather Bresch She Did Everything Right as Mylan Ceo, but Still ?
Vilifying embattled Mylan CEO Heather Bresch over EpiPen pricing is especially easy in an election year.After all, her father is a U.S. senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and some say he got her her first entry-level job at Mylan. Then there's her...
Injuries Force More Patching of Offensive Line
The Steelers received some good news Wednesday when left guard Ramon Foster went through a full practice after missing the game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night with a chest injury. The bad news is they will be starting their third different...
It's No Illusion: Low-Budget Mirage Not Up to Speed
* 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT: Is this car as low budget as you've read? Or are journalists seeing things? * Price: $17,330 as tested (a base model could be had for as little as $12,995). * Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com notes the car has "impressive...
It's Not Every Festival That Books ESG as One Of. [Derived Headline]
It's not every festival that books ESG as one of its marquee performers, but VIA prides itself on being a little bit out on the fringe. The 7th annual VIA Festival, a blend of cutting-edge music, art and technology, takes up residence this weekend...
Lao Tizer Brings All-Star Fusion Band to Guild
The last time keyboardist Lao Tizer played Pittsburgh, he did so with his own band in 2009 at the South Park Amphitheater. On Friday he does the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, this time with an all-star cast including some heavyweights from the jazz-fusion...
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...
Let's Get Putin's Attention It's Not Just about Syria and Ukraine Anymore; He's Now Threatening Us
You may have missed this story, so I am repeating it as a public service: * MOSCOW - A previously unheard-of group called Hackers for a Free Russia released a treasure trove of financial records online today indicating that President Vladimir Putin...
Movies: Reelq Debuts Its 31st Season of Stars, Trans Film
This year's ReelQ LGBT Film Festival has cast a season of stars, including Bianca Del Rio, James Franco and Molly Ringwald, it opens at the Harris Theater tonight with a feature focused on one of the earliest LBGT allies - Madonna. In the early 1990s,...
Munch Goes to Roasted Barrelhouse & Eatery
"Hey buddy, where do you get a beer and a sandwich around here?" The question was innocent enough, but the source made me chuckle: a middle-aged, mustachioed man, built like a cantaloupe and wearing the official attire of 1970's football coaches...
Murray Advances at China Open
Top-seeded Andy Murray dispatched Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-2, 6-1, on Wednesday to set up China Open quarterfinal at Beijing against his British Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund. Both are playing their first tournaments since Britain's loss to Argentina in...
No Tax Hike in County Budget Plan Fitzgerald Touting $5 Vehicle Fee to Spur Public Works Projects
It is likely that Allegheny County taxpayers will see good news, not only in their 2017 tax bills, but in the county itself, where officials promise improvements in roads, bridges, parks, services and other areas. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald...
Obama's Policies on Syria Have Been Prudent
Fred Hiatt's Perspectives article ("A Soliloquy on Syria: Obama Wants to Avoid the Mess and Leave It to His Successor," Sept. 29) dissects the complexities of the decisions that any American president would face in the continuing and savage multi-way...
Packing for College: Let Your Suitcase Be Light
It is a time-honored truth that college freshmen, whether traveling to campus by car or train or plane, pack too much. This mistake is as much the fault of worried parents as of overzealous students. Luckily, it is a pitfall easily avoided and well...
Peduto's Budget Plan Approved by Ica
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's 2017 budget plans sailed to approval Wednesday from a financial oversight panel - with a single condition. The city has 120 days to verify it can secure at least $10 million in gaming revenue next year "so that the budget...
Penguins to Advise on Hunt Armory Project
The city has enlisted some high-powered help - the Pittsburgh Penguins - in its bid to revive a plan to turn the Alfred E. Hunt Armory in Shadyside into an Olympic-size ice rink. City officials have turned to the professional hockey team, which operates...
Piaa Makes Wr Eligible Powe Able to Play for Keystone Oaks
Keystone Oaks already had a good passing attack, but the Eagles might be better with the addition of a new player, thanks to the PIAA. The PIAA overturned an earlier WPIAL ruling and made Quran Powe eligible to play immediately at Keystone Oaks. The...
Pirates Pick Up Right-Handed Reliever Dragmire from Toronto
The Pirates purchased minor league right-hander Brady Dragmire from the Toronto Blue Jays. Dragmire, 23, acquired for an unknown amount of cash, received a spot on the 40-man roster. To clear that spot, the Pirates designated left-hander Phil Coke...
Poland Withdraws Abortion Ban
POLAND - After mass street protests, Poland on Wednesday backed off of a proposed blanket ban abortion. Women all over Poland went on strike Monday to protest the government's plans for a total ban on abortions. It was unclear how many women participated...
Pouncey, Roethlisberger Share Special Bond
There is a relationship between a quarterback and his star receiver. There is a relationship between a quarterback and his top running back. Then, there's a relationship between a quarterback and his offensive linemen, especially his center. "I wouldn't...
Quinnipiac Poll Shows Toomey Leading Mcginty Incumbent Senator Has Biggest Lead since July
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has his biggest lead in the Pennsylvania Senate race since July, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Fifty percent of likely Pennsylvania voters now support him over Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, who has the...
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]
A very generous police officer In August my husband and I drove 9 hours to return home from South Carolina. We were tired and very hungry so we went to Eat'n Park in Moon. As we drove there I saw a sign thanking our local police department for their...
Rowney Beefing Up His Resume
Carter Rowney is, by trade and by choice, a center. Oh, he can play the wing, if needed - he actually has experience on both sides -but Rowney prefers to make his living playing in the middle. Not a bad choice, because he has turned out to be pretty...
Samuel A. Nicotero JULY 6, 1941 - OCT. 3, 2016 NORTH SIDE ACTOR CULTIVATED CREATIVITY IN HIS FAMILY
Samuel Nicotero's fervor for pop culture, tied to his extensive experience behind the lens, on stage and on air, inspired his family to dabble in the arts. Mr. Nicotero's nephew, Greg, is executive director and special effects artist for AMC's "The...
Sane Lanes 'Round Old Allegheny Center
I live a half-mile from a dead mall. Make a right at the end of my block, a left at the first light, and you are there a couple of lights later. Go to deadmalls.com - yeah, that's a thing - and you can find Allegheny Center. It's been kaput for nearly...
'Serious' Subject' Indie-Rocker Andrew Bird Gets Personal on His Latest Album
Andrew Bird says that he often listens to music for tone and melody, so it makes sense that he wouldn't be considered in the realm of romantic or confessional singer-songwriters such as Sufjan Stevens and Father John Misty. But for his ninth album...
Simply the Best? the Names on the Stat Sheet Jump Out- Sanders, Payton, Faulk, and Le'veon Bell
The case easily can be made that Le'Veon Bell is the best halfback in the NFL. What about best back ever? It is too early to put him in that sphere in the early stages of his fourth pro season, but he has compiled such impressive statistics in the...
Small Schools Provide a Personal Touch
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on October 7, 2016.University Commons is located on the campus of Carlow University in Oakland. A photo caption in Thursday's editions misidentified the university associated with the building.Like many...
Small Seminar Classes Can Be Invaluable
On the first day of classes my freshman year, I walked into my second class of the day, picked a chair at the far corner of the table and counted the number of seats. And counted again. Then I started getting nervous. Coming from a larger public...
Something Fishy Quantum Brings the Mystery of 'The River' to Aspinwall
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on October 7, 2016. Quantum's "The River" will be performed between now and Oct. 30 at the following times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays on Oct. 18 and 25. The starting times were...
State System Enrollment Continues to Fall
A sixth consecutive yearly enrollment loss across Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has now dropped the total by 14,462 students or 12 percent since 2010 and reduced system's total headcount to a level not seen since 2003. Figures for the...
State System Universities Shouldn't Cost This Much
Our State System of Higher Education is overpriced. Kudos to West Chester for trying to keep costs as low as possible ("West Chester University Keeps Costs Down, Sees Enrollment Rise," Oct. 4), but our giant Legislature is not doing its job in funding...
Task Force: Opioid Crisis Fixes Include 'Hard Handoff' That Is 1 of 8 Ideas Urged in W.Pa. Report
Medics and police rush to save people from drug overdoses, only to have them refuse treatment and fall victim to their addictions again, experts from around the region said Wednesday as they released a blueprint for curbing the opioid epidemic. While...
The Better Memorial Make Washington Boulevard Floodgates Work
The city of Pittsburgh is considering the construction of a memorial playground to honor the victims of a 2011 flood that turned low-lying Washington Boulevard into a lake. That is a worthy idea, and the city is to be commended for exploring it. However,...
The Rep's 'I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard' Dazzles
We love our children, but do they love us? (Did we love our parents?) Peter Ustinov put it this way: "Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth." Children necessarily win in the end, but the parents' revenge is that the kids are...
Third Suspect in Shooting Death of Teen in Aliquippa Surrenders
Shortly after the third suspect in a double homicide turned himself in, Beaver County District Attorney David J. Lozier was placing some of the blame for last week's burst of violence in Aliquippa on video games and rap music. "You have a video game...
Trial Begins in Massive Mortgage Fraud Scheme Prosecutor Says Motive Was Greed
A federal prosecutor on Wednesday told a jury that the government will show that James Nassida orchestrated a massive mortgage fraud scheme at his company, Century III Home Equity, in the years before the housing bubble collapse of 2008 and used the...
Triple-A Verdi Pittsburgh Opera Opens Its 78th Season with a Popular Display Piece
If you have been paying close attention to the Pittsburgh Opera calendar for the last five years, you may have noticed that the company has presented a Verdi piece as its first opera each season. If you're paying really close attention, you may have...
Upmc: Payment Method Is Legal, Common Seeking Dismissal of Whistleblower Suit
UPMC's way of paying doctors is legal and commonly used throughout the health care industry, the Pittsburgh hospital system said Tuesday in seeking to have a whistleblower lawsuit filed by three former employees dismissed. In a lawsuit filed in 2012...
Welcome to Our Guide to College
Going to college is not just about getting an education; it's about learning.It's a place and a time in your life where you learn about yourself, you learn about your potential, and if all goes well, it's where you get a pretty good idea of what you...
When It Comes to Managing Your Time, Be Realistic about Expectations
I've never liked cheesy, inspirational quote collages, but a junior-year roommate thought differently. On move-in day, she showed up with a large silver poster filled edge to edge with sayings encouraging readers to "Dream big!" or "Dance in the rain!"...
When It Comes to Meal Plans, Plan Your Meals
Eating is a sensitive topic. Whether you're a foodie who has eyes for only the most gourmet-looking dishes, or someone who is constantly hungry, we all have opinions about food. In the spirit of transparency, I must admit that I will disappoint the...
Whose Country Is It? America Is at a Racial Tipping Point
Few would deny that part of Donald Trump's popularity arises from America's racial tensions. Some also argue that he has contributed to these tensions, and perhaps there is some truth to this. But with or without Mr. Trump, I believe our country still...
Wrigley Holds on to Win Title Match Barely Avoids Late Meltdown
Caroline Wrigley had no idea she had a three-shot lead heading to the final hole of the WPIAL Class 3A individual girls golf final. And that likely was a good thing. Wrigley had a tumultuous finishing hole, but the North Allegheny sophomore tapped...
Yahoo Given Secret Order to Scan Emails
Yahoo was ordered last year to search incoming emails for the digital "signature" of a communications method used by a state-sponsored, foreign terrorist organization, according to a government official familiar with the matter. The Justice Department...
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