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Articles from October 9, 2016

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TUESDAY JazzLive presents drummer David Throckmorton at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, this music series showcases some of the region's finest jazz musicians each Tuesday. Information:...
3 Garden Products That Are All Wet
Watering is one of gardeners' least favorite things, and it's even worse when a dog does it. Two products we discovered this summer make watering a little easier and a third saves your lawn from your pet. The Apex zero-G hose and Hi-Rise Lifetime...
76ers Fans Finally Glimpse the Promise of Joel Embiid
AMHERST, Mass. -- His pregame shooting session finished, Joel Embiid lowered all 7 feet, 2 inches, and 275 pounds of himself into the chair in front of his locker, bending his knees, bending at the waist, ducking his head, all his parts moving in...
9 States Cut Registration Time
Nine states have shortened the time still allowed for voters to register for the November election, in some cases designating as the last day to register the federal holiday of Columbus Day when government offices are closed. Democratic Sens. Charles...
A Builder's Dream House in Pine
Lots of newlyweds dream of building their dream home together. Contractor Michael Blumer and his wife built 391 Manor Road in Pine Township in 1997. "My late wife Kathy and I designed it," he said. "She did all of my colors. We were married for...
Ardmore Couple Opens Hearts, Books to Kids
The wood post that Margit Novack had someone drill into her Ardmore lawn back in April was supposed to be a small memorial to a son-in-law who died of cancer - a bright red kiosk stuffed with books for children to take and enjoy. But Ms. Novack, 66,...
A System on Edge State Universities Need More Than a Funding Boost
Temperatures are rising in a dispute between faculty members and management of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the network of 14 state-owned universities. Last week faculty members protested outside the board meeting of the State...
Big Corner Likely to Shadow Bigger Wr Key Matchup: Cb Ross Cockrell vs. Wr Brandon Marshall
Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has never been a player who lacks confidence or braggadocio. He also appears to be consumed with the wide receiver he will see today on the other side of the field, Antonio Brown. Before training camp, Marshall proposed...
Big Macs Rout Host Shaler Canon-Mcmillan Rolls to Class 6a Win
For the first time in eight years, the Canon-McMillan football team is riding a winning streak. Whether on offense or defense, the Big Macs (3-4) produced big performances all around Saturday afternoon in a 43-7 Class 6A non-conference romp at Shaler...
Buyers Snap Up Things Airport Travelers Leave Behind Cars, Electronics, Even Golf Clubs Auctioned
It's a snapshot into the forgotten things that travelers leave behind while they wait to catch their flights: watches, phone chargers, fitbits, belts, umbrellas, even cars abandoned by their owners. This year, the Allegheny County Airport Authority...
Cal U Edges Iup at Home Vulcans Top Rival to Grab 1st Place
In a highly anticipated"Coal Bowl" Saturday night at Adamson Stadium, it was a field goal that made the difference. Will Brazill kicked a career-long 39-yarder with 55 seconds left and No. 15 California knocked off No. 6 IUP, 31-28, for a home win...
Casinos, Via the Courts, Are Reneging on Their Bet
I find it outrageous that Pennsylvania casinos sued to get out of the contract they made with the residents of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania ("Pa. Supreme Court Says Casino Taxing Method Not Constitutional," Sept. 29). Many...
Chicago Takes Game 2, 5-2; Arrieta Can Complete Sweep
CHICAGO - The Giants arrived here as the battle-tested wizards of October, owners of three championships in a five-year span from 2010-14 and a mystique seemingly tied to even-numbered years. They have traveled this road before. Now, after a 5-2 loss...
Clo Cabaret's 'Toxic Avenger' Puns Its Way to a Raucous Satire
Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey, where if the pollution doesn't get you, the aroma will. Even without the offensive olfactory sensations of driving through certain Jersey towns, you can sense what's fermenting from the first look around the Cabaret...
Coach's Wife Tends to Sideline Water Table Katharyn Richt Hydrates Miami
The game was done. The day was won. Miami players celebrated. Coach Mark Richt shook hands with Georgia Tech coaches and hand-signed a "U" as the band played the school alma mater. The watergirl wasn't celebrating just yet. "The work's not done,"...
Communication Short, Sweet, but Effective among Defensemen
"Wall," "net," "middle." Simple, one-word phrases that often make up part of the bedrock of a team's defense. Defensemen being in the right spot at the right time is often the only difference between allowing a goal and springing an offensive rush...
Companies Rethinking Severance Agreements after Action by Sec
Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are making companies rethink the terms of severance agreements they provide to departing employees. The actions concerned fairly commonplace clauses that prohibit former employees...
Consider the Consequences of Drug Sentence Commutations
I read in the Post-Gazette that President Barack Obama commuted sentences of 102 more nonviolent offenders, mostly drug dealers who "only" dealt methamphetamine and cocaine, bringing the total to 774 that he has let go under the guise of criminal...
Crosby a Surprise Scratch in 5-3 Loss to Columbus
Sidney Crosby was a surprise scratch Saturday for the Penguins' final preseason game. He wasn't all that was missing. Any real sense of urgency was a no-show, too, as most of the Penguins could have passed through a mettle detector without any concern...
Digging in Early Company Aims to Get State Approval to Supply Medical Marijuana
Denise Gargasz-Mueller and David Knepshield were checking out a 6.5-acre dirt lot at an Armstrong County industrial park last week, all the while envisioning a future in the cannabis growing industry. In a matter of months, this bare flat could...
Eagle's Nest Youth Programin Erie Looking to Grow
ERIE, Pa. - It was nearly 4:30 p.m. and Bishop Dwane Brock was growing impatient as he stood outside the new headquarters of the Eagles Nest Corp. A busload of students coming from Strong Vincent High School was running late for a new after-school...
Eyewitness 1916 'Fighting Tenth' Returns from the Mexican Border
Thousands of people waited for hours at the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad station for the "Fighting Tenth" infantry regiment to arrive back from service on the Mexican border in 1916. More than 1,300 citizen-soldiers from Western Pennsylvania...
Family of Bryan Kocis Not Looking Forward to Film Movie Details Kocis' Murder
WILKES-BARRE - It's billed as a "deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry," but not everyone is excited about an upcoming film about the notorious murder of Bryan Kocis. Starring James Franco and...
Fashion Community Fights Back Designers, Brands Repel Body-Shaming by Including More Diverse Models
In the wake of last month's presidential debate, "body-shaming" has become one of the media's favorite buzzwords. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton criticized her Republican opponent Donald Trump for calling Alicia Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe...
Foreign Nations Are Paying Plenty for U.S. Bases
WASHINGTON - Five years ago, Hillary Clinton made a little-noticed deal obligating Japan to continue paying nearly $2 billion a year to help defray the cost of U.S. troops stationed on its territory. The money is used to build housing and training...
From Small? Starts Big ?Things Come the Influence and Impact ?of the College Game's? Football Championship Subdivision (Fcs) ?on the NFL
There is a saying prospects from the lower levels of college football cling to every winter in the run-up to the NFL draft. "If you're good enough to play in the NFL, the NFL will find you." The Steelers were at the forefront of the movement to bring...
Gerry Dulac's Forecast
New York Jets (1-3) at Steelers (3-1): 1 p.m. ? CB William Gay, who is tied for the most interception TDs in the league (5) since 2013, might want to take note that Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown nine INTs in the past two games. * Prediction:...
Ground Game a Day of Politics and Campaigning across the State
Ed Snell has been arrested, jailed, threatened and cursed for more than three decades. It hasn't stopped him from displaying graphic anti-abortion signs among the hundreds he plants outside his brick house in Susquehanna Township on one of the busiest...
House Bill Offers Oversight or a Threat to Funding
The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Sportfish Restoration Act are the nuts-and-bolts funding mechanisms behind most of the wildlife, fish and habitat management that happens in American states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oversees...
How the NFL Is Killing the TV Cow the Reasons Are Many, but It Comes Down to Stupidity, Greed
The NFL has a problem it has not had in quite some time, if ever. Television ratings have plummeted. The league that has experienced nothing but success and growth for decades suddenly and unexpectedly is losing viewers. The reasons are twofold: Greed...
IN THE LAST WEEK [Derived Headline]
Another tragic story has been wrenched from the nation's opioid epidemic. In McKeesport, a 7-year-old girl and her three younger siblings were left alone for four days with their deceased parents, 25-year-old Jessica Lally and 26-year-old Christopher...
Jilted by Dodgers, Veteran Catcher Is High on Phillies Still, at 35, A.J. Ellis Knows There Won't Be Many More Postseason Chances
A.J. Ellis went home to Wisconsin this week, where he would no longer live out of a suitcase. He will regain lost time with his wife, his two daughters, his son, and it will all still feel bittersweet. Six weeks ago, Ellis was bound for the postseason...
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...
Lynx, Sparks Will Meet in Wnba Finals Today
All season long the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks have been the best two teams in the WNBA. Thanks to the new playoff format, the Western Conference teams will meet in the WNBA Finals. A year ago these two powerhouses would have played in the...
Manfred Clarifies Comments on Ortiz
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said his recent comments regarding David Ortiz and his positive drug test during survey testing in 2003 weren't meant as an implicit endorsement of the retiring slugger's induction in the Hall of Fame. But Manfred, speaking...
Mcginty-Toomey Winner to Get Say on Supreme Court Justices
WASHINGTON - An individual senator can't do much to change national policy on election law, immigration, gay rights, religious liberty or abortion. Although Pennsylvania incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty campaign on social...
Mideast Static Obama's Null Legacy in Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Any prospects for renewing negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians over the future of the two peoples suffered a major 15-yard penalty in the announcement by the Palestinians Tuesday that municipal elections scheduled for Saturday had been...
Munch Goes to Philadelphia (for 25 Hours) an Overnight Cross-State Trip Yields an Array of Culinary Delights
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA - Amid the narrow, rowhouse-lined streets bordered by cars parked so tightly their bumpers look fused together, we are careening down South Seventh Street, away from Lincoln Financial Field as the sun set on the Steelers worst loss...
New Translation of Jewish Mystical Text for a New Audience
For the past six years, Joel Hecker, an associate professor at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Montgomery County, has pored over a set of medieval writings to help unlock one of the most important texts in Judaism. Mr. Hecker,...
No Hurry to Rule on Steel Trade Charges
U.S. steelmakers eternally have complained about how long it takes to investigate complaints about foreign competitors dumping cheap, subsidized steel on U.S. shores. They say by the time the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International...
Norwegian Folk Art Connects Erie Woman to Ancestors
ERIE, Pa. - Shelley Kendall would rather be rosemaling. The daughter of a Norwegian mother (her father was German), she was the baby of six children, and the only one to learn the Norwegian folk painting skill. At the age of 16, she started taking...
Not-So-Pretty End Pretty Boy Floyd Died 82 Years Ago This Month in a Shootout with Police outside East Liverpool, Ohio, a Drama That Still Has Locals Talking, Writes Michael Hasch
The life of one of the most notorious desperadoes of the 1930s ended in a hail of gunfire on what is today a tranquil field in a northeastern Ohio park frequented by those who enjoy flying model airplanes and drones.Charles Arthur Floyd - better known...
Obama Coming to City to Talk Ideas Pitt, Cmu to Host Frontiers Conference
President Barack Obama is coming here Thursday, along with hundreds of the country's most prominent scientists, technologists and researchers. They're coming to take part in the White House-organized Frontiers Conference on Thursday at the University...
Old, Stinky Engine Needs to Be Brought Up to Date
Dear Car Talk: I live in California, and my husband has a '46 Ford. It has a terrible exhaust smell that permeates the area, and every time he starts the truck, I feel like it's harmful to our health. It comes through the windows in the house, and...
Online Voter Registration Surges in the State
Voter registration is surging in Pennsylvania ahead of Tuesday's deadline. The number of Pennsylvanians who registered to vote in September was nearly double the number in 2012 - another sign that the state's new online voter registration system...
Our Pso Glow
I've been a Pittsburgher for all of my 68.5 years and I've never attended a Steelers or a Penguins game. The number of Pirates games I've been to is fewer than a dozen. But I remember vividly the 1960 World Series, the six Super Bowl wins and the...
Penn Hills Hoodie Ban Lifted 'Temporary' Change Follows Rash of Suspensions
The Penn Hills School District announced a short-term lifting of its ban on hoodies in class that had resulted in 41 recent suspensions for violating the policy. But the about-face Friday afternoon seems to have left some even more puzzled. For one,...
Penn State 38, Maryland 14 Nittany Lions Chaotic in Win
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Like stopping the gas pump at an even gallon and dollar amount or sticking the USB drive into the port the right way on the first try, Penn State's win against Maryland Saturday was oddly satisfying. Because after a week of...
People on the Move
ACCOUNTING Andrew Olmo joined Grant Thornton LLP as a director, risk advisory services practice.BANKING FNB Corp. hired Scot Pflug as chief information security officer. CONSULTING GZA hired James Watson as an associate principal and as vice president...
Philadelphia a Living Textbook for Ursinus College Students They Spend a Semester Studying about and in the City
Alex Luben is a student at Ursinus, a small liberal arts college in the Montgomery County borough of Collegeville. But this semester, the junior psychology major is living on Drexel University's West Philadelphia campus and taking all her classes in...
Pigeons, Prejudice and Judge Ross Retired Jurist Honored for Pioneering Career
For someone who began her career at a time when many women who earned law degrees were offered jobs as secretaries, Judge Eunice Ross had to conquer one challenge after another on her way to becoming one of the first women to practice law in the Pittsburgh...
Pirates Final Report Card ?Mound' of Problems Brought Down 2016
With the first pitch of the season's final game minutes away, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington discussed a myriad of topics in the back of the press box at Busch Stadium. How might John Jaso and Josh Bell coexist on the same roster; why Starling...
Pitt Takes a Stand in Victory Defense Makes Vital 4th-Down Stop; Late Fg from Blewitt Leads to Win
Tyrique Jarrett expects to remember that stop for a long, long time. Pitt's burly defensive tackle - with help from linebacker Matt Galambos - stopped Georgia Tech on fourth-and-1 with 1:47 to play Saturday at Heinz Field, essentially handing the...
Priory Hospitality Group Spreads Its Wings to Shadyside
The Priory Hospitality Group's purchase of The Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside last week represents a major expansion of the North Side company's real estate empire, and its first attempt to operate more than one boutique hotel. John Graf, president...
Probing the Pellets Schools Invest Big Money in Crumb Rubber Fields, but Some Wonder If They're Safe
Dominic Kimmerle dives and slides across the field. Anything to prevent the other team from scoring against his Golden Eagles. He stops the soccer ball. He kicks it back to his teammates. Black pellets spray from the goalie's cleats.The pellets stick...
Quality at Issue in Pso Strike Musicians Nix Drop in Pay, Personnel
The management and musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are at odds over many aspects of the players' prospective contract - salary, retirement packages and orchestra size among them. But those quantitative matters give way to a qualitative...
Raftery Sees Potential in Panthers, Stallings
Bill Raftery's decorated broadcasting career was, in many ways, launched in Pittsburgh in 1988 by his now-iconic call of "Send it in, Jerome!" after a thunderous dunk from Pitt's Jerome Lane shattered a backboard at Fitzgerald Field House. The moment,...
REGION/WEST/EAST [Derived Headline]
REGION Columbus Day closings Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and federal government offices and courts will be closed Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. Post offices will be closed, with no pickup or delivery of regular mail. Banks will be closed....
Saluting Col. Sweitzer, North Sider in Gettysburg
I spent an hour listening to a man enthrall an audience with the story of how a previous owner of my North Side home came under heavy rifle fire. That attack didn't happen on the North Side. It happened at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Jacob Bowman...
Saudi-Led Airstrike Kills 82 at Funeral
SANAA, Yemen - An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition on Saturday targeted a funeral hall packed with mourners in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 82 people and turning the site into a "lake of blood," according to a senior Health Ministry...
School Districts Spending Big Bucks on Teaching Materials
FALSINGTON, Pa. - Pennsbury parent Cheryl Brito believes there are a lot of advantages to district elementary school parents now being able to access their kids' "Everyday Math 4" textbooks online. They can help their child review the lesson from earlier...
Sea Lamprey Control to Begin in Erie County
The black and red circles on the sides of thousands of Lake Erie fish are open wounds. Invasive sea lampreys latch on with suction-cup mouths and razor-sharp teeth and literally suck the life out of their hosts. As part of a broad Great Lakes program...
Seaworld Plans $175 Million in New Attractions for 2017
SeaWorld Entertainment is banking on a profitable summer next year as it prepares to spend $175 million on new attractions, including Florida's first virtual reality coaster at its Orlando marine park and a documentary-style orca encounter in San...
Shadyside with a German Accent after 14 Years in Munich, a Young Family Returns to Her Hometown
Last fall, the Yoder boys visited many houses in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill with their parents. They remembered this one for its "treasure chests" -secret places in the window seats of the third floor. Today, flipping the tops of their bedroom window...
Steelers Golson, Harris Will Join Dupree on Injured Reserve List
The Steelers placed cornerback Senquez Golson and offensive tackle Ryan Harris on injured reserve Saturday and signed cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz and offensive lineman Matt Feiler to the 53-man roster. Golson and Harris are the second and third Steelers...
STEELERS vs. JETS GERRY DULAC'S SCOUTING REPORT
STEELERS vs. JETS 1 p.m. Today, Heinz Field * TV: KDKA * Radio: WDVE-FM (102.5), WBGG-AM (970) ?And The Steelers Radio Network. * Favored: Steelers by 7 1?2.* * *1-9: Jets record in ?Pittsburgh. Their only win was in 2010 ?(22-17). 10: Interceptions...
Stepping Away from the Drama 'Dance Moms' Alumna Focuses on Choreography for Lifetime Show
Gianna Martello probably knows Abby Lee Miller better than anyone. As an alumna of the famed Penn Hills studio that is now featured on Lifetime's TV show "Dance Moms," she has spent 20 years with the often brash reality star who helped her transform...
Tackle Scores a Nostalgic Td
Pitt right tackle Brian O'Neill took a nostalgic turn as an eligible receiver on Saturday, running a lateral from quarterback Nate Peterman in 25-yards for a touchdown. O'Neill, who is a converted tight end, said he had been practicing it since...
The Coach & the Water Girl the Story of Mark Richt, His Wife and a Way to Spend Time Together
The game was done. The day was won. Miami players celebrated. Coach Mark Richt shook hands with Georgia Tech coaches and hand-signed a "U" as the band played the school alma mater. The watergirl wasn't celebrating just yet. "The work's not done,"...
The Tale of Trump Tape in Pennsylvania Is Yet to Be Known
The incendiary release Friday of a 2005 videotape in which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks lewdly about women could profoundly affect the presidential race in Pennsylvania, a key swing state, and down-ticket battles, including...
The Trio of Roethlisberger-?Brown-Bell Could Be on Their Way ?to Making NFL History
Call it sibling rivalry. But it's more than that, really. It's sibling jealousy. Mike Pouncey plays center for the Miami Dolphins, the same position his brother Maurkice plays for the Steelers. The Dolphins are 1-3 and facing another long season. The...
TOP STORY LINES [Derived Headline]
TOP STORY LINES 1.) OH-DELL!: Who isn't talking about Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.? Thoughts on his behavior even emanated from the Vatican this week. (Pause.) No, not from Him. Giants owner John Mara was there attending a conference on faith and sport...
To Replace Plasma Tv, Look to Oled
Q.: My 65-inch Panasonic plasma TV appears to be going. What TV of the same size would you recommend for the best picture quality? Flat or curved screen? - M.L., Beaver Dam, Wis. A.: I know a lot of plasma fans are still sad over plasma leaving ...
TRAFFIC WATCH [Derived Headline]
1. Liberty Bridge ?detours: The bridge has reopened to traffic with the following weekday restrictions : There will be two inbound lanes and one outbound from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; There will be one inbound lane and two outbound from 2 to 8 p.m.; There...
Truex Living a Fairy Tale on the Track Wins Two of First Three Chase Races
There was a time -it seems ages now -that Martin Truex Jr. was considered the nice kid of the block. You liked him, but you really didn't think he had the temperament to beat you up and steal your lunch money. Everybody may want to check their pockets....
Villanova Developing Plans for Better Court
Here's the highest architectural praise you can give the Pavilion: It's not the worst Division I arena in or around Philly. (Congratulations, Tom Gola Arena.) The Pavilion is, however, the least fan-friendly arena to house a defending NCAA men's...
Week #6 Sunday Morning Quarterback
Observations and instant analysis from the weekend in college football:WHAT WE LEARNED * Houston will not be our College Football Playoff party-crasher. The No. 6 Cougars went down to Navy, 46-40, ending their unbeaten season and hopes of reaching...
Wentz Back at Work after Week off Rookie QB Went to North Dakota, Took a Deer and Took a Few Bows
Carson Wentz returned to North Dakota during the bye week for the first time since he became a national sensation while leading the Eagles to a 3-0 start to the season. He went hunting, spent time with friends and family, and attended North Dakota State's...
Where the Deer Are a New State Program Shows Hunter Forest Regeneration Projects Are Providing Increased Hunting Opportunity
It's all about habitat. Successful hunters understand that deer go where there's food -sprouts, grasses, low-hanging leaves, tubers, fruits, nuts. They don't graze, they browse. A little of this, a little that and they move on. The state Game Commission...
Why Is There No Local News at 9 A.M. on Weekdays?
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: I wish that one of the local stations would have a local news program at about 9...
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