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Articles from November 4, 2016

Area Sites Shine in Film Featuring Local Actor
Director Ewan McGregor's "American Pastoral" was shot mostly in and around Pittsburgh last year, from September to November. While the novel's dramatic complexity is beyond the film's grasp, it is beautifully presented. Beyond lovely scenes of bucolic...
Big Macs Could Be without Key Player Injury May Force Bryan out of Final
All season long, Norwin and Canon-McMillan matched wins with each other from afar and were headed for a collision course at Highmark Stadium in the first WPIAL Class 4A championship game. When the two finally meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, though,...
Bmw X1 Fun and Versatile, but the Price Doesn't Feel Right
2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i: A fun little premium crossover? Price: $43,945 as tested. (A basic model could be had for $33,100.) Marketers pitch: "Versatility without limits." Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "class-leading cargo capacity; . interior...
Brakes on Brexit Leaving the Eu Just Got Stickier for Great Britain
The question of whether Britain will leave the European Union or not, believed settled by the June 23 vote to leave, has been thrown into a cocked hat again by a High Court decision announced Thursday. The three-judge panel ruled that Article 50 of...
Burns Due to Make First Start
Rookie cornerback Artie Burns is in line to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, and it could be the first step toward him taking over full time for veteran William Gay. Burns confirmed after practice Thursday his role will...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Volkswagen: Car owners signing up for $15B deal An attorney for Volkswagen says car owners eligible for a buyback or fix under a $15 billion settlement deal over the company's emissions cheating scandal are signing up and submitting claims at a high...
Catholic-Jewish Relations Strengthened by Efforts of Rabbi and Future Pope
Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires was out walking in March 2013 when he got a call from an old friend who had moved away to take on a new job. Rabbi Skorka asked someone if he could borrow a pen and paper to write down his friend's new email address...
Central 'Rb'makes a Big Contribution
The play call came in, and suddenly, it was time for Central Catholic's new 6-foot-3, 370-pound fullback to have his moment in the sun. Or, more accurate, his touchdown under the lights. "Hurry up and snap the ball," Jamain Stephens thought. "I'm ready...
Christmas House Tour to Feature Range of Styles
The Christmas in Crafton House Tour this year features eight houses, including an 18-room mansion and a house saved from the wrecking ball after sitting vacant for 20 years - except for the raccoons and other animals that lived there. A number of...
Cilic Seeking Elusive Upset
Marin Cilic ended a three-match losing streak against David Goffin at the Paris Masters Thursday to earn a spot at the ATP Finals.The former U.S. Open champion needs to stop an even worse run if he is to make it to the last four in the French capital....
City Will Wait to Fix Parkway Damage
The city of Pittsburgh and contractors replacing the Greenfield Bridge will have to reconstruct a portion of the Parkway East damaged by the demolition of the bridge in December. Guy Costa and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation confirmed...
Class Offers an Unusual Mix: Art History with Robotics Students Create Moving Masterpieces
What do you get when you combine art history with robotics?For at least two students at South Allegheny Middle School, the answer is their favorite art project ever.That was the reaction of Wesley DiGiorgio and Mason Thomas, who were among 30 eighth-graders...
Cleveland Would Win by Ditching Its Chief
Clevelanders mourning the loss of Game 7 of the World Series probably aren't in the mood to hear lectures about anyone else's feelings right now. They're still processing the fact that the Chicago Cubs were able to battle back from a 3-to-1 deficit...
Common Mistakes When Picking a Health Insurance Plan
Whether you get your health insurance through your employer, Medicare or one of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, there's a good chance you're paying more than you need to. According to a study last year by the National Bureau of Economic Research,...
COMMUNITIES [Derived Headline]
BRENTWOOD The borough manager says it would cost at least $1 million to repair the municipal building on Brownsville Road and four times that much to construct a new building. Council had authorized manager George Zboyovsky to look into the cost...
Cubs Parade Set for Today
Ecstatic Chicago Cubs fans are expected to amass downtown today for a parade and rally to honor the new World Series champions. The celebration of the Cubs' first title in 108 years will kick off when team buses leave Wrigley Field at 10 a.m. for an...
Custodians, District Agree on Contract Workers Praised by Board, Others
The North Allegheny School District and the union representing district custodians have signed a new five-year contract that gives the employees a 50-cent hourly raise each year and requires new hires to pay for family health insurance."The custodial...
David Harvey Mt. Lebanon Football
* Last week: Harvey posted 193 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, plus a long fumble-return score to help the Blue Devils beat Bethel Park. * Check this out: A senior running back-linebacker, Harvey has rushed for 776 yards and 12 touchdowns...
Derry Area Flipping at Success
With the high school football regular season ended and the playoffs now starting, I'm Just Sayin . What is going on at Derry Area High School this fall is one of the best renovation projects in the WPIAL in a long time. Coach Tim Sweeney didn't just...
Derry Unbeaten ... and Seeded 4th
Of the eight teams entering the WPIAL playoffs with unbeaten records, seven are seeded either first or second in their respective classes and are viewed as legitimate title contenders. Derry Area is the lone exception. Despite a 10-0 record, Derry...
Digital Dilemma How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?
As more of our lives are consumed with digital technology - social media, texting and smartphones - is it any wonder that our children are growing up with electronic gadgets as companions? A report on media consumption by the nonprofit Common Sense...
Dominant De Price Having Fine Final Season
Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price has a reputation that precedes him. He's the dominating pass rusher in shorts. While his pants - rolled up mid-thigh - might have had their 15 minutes of fame a week ago in Pitt's loss to Virginia Tech on national television,...
EARNINGS [Derived Headline]
Koppers income rises; sales fall Koppers Holdings said third-quarter net income jumped by 20 percent to $12.1 million, or 58 cents per share. Sales fell 14 percent to $371 million as Koppers continued to downsize its carbon chemicals business and...
Financing Ok'd to Renovate High School, Build Middle School
The Chartiers Valley School District has approved a $17.7 million bond issue for the final financing of its ongoing $92.4 million project to build a new middle school and renovate the high school.The board decided to vote on the bond issue on Oct. 25...
Former Peabody Standout among Best
Back when menacing figures such as "Mean" Joe Greene, Jack Youngblood, Harvey Martin and Carl Eller were demolishing NFL offenses, a kid from East Liberty was considered the best of the bunch. At least, that was the case in 1977. Mike Barnes of Peabody...
Former Substitute Teacher Pleads in Sex Case Victim, Then 15, Attended Plum High
A former substitute teacher at Plum High School faces prison time after pleading guilty Thursday to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and related counts involving a female student in the district. Michael Cinefra, 30, of Penn Hills will be sentenced...
Fox Chapel Senior Steps Up, Ready to Lead the Way in Doubles
Each of the past two years, Fox Chapel's Amanda Nord won WPIAL Class 3A doubles titles and played in the PIAA championship match, winning the title in 2015. During those years, though, she was the student, learning the game and its nuances from Laurel...
Franklin Regional Has Behr of Season
It was a rocky start to the season for Franklin Regional. The Panthers slumped to an 0-2 start, including a home loss to non-playoff participant Kiski Area. "Starting out 0-2 was not the path we wanted to go down," senior quarterback Simon Behr said....
Game of the Week: University Prep (5-4) vs, Brashear (4-5)
* Data: 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Cupples Stadium, South Side. * Coaches: Rick Murphy, 9th year at Brashear. Lou Berry, 6th year at University Prep. * Last meeting: University Prep won, 13-0, Oct. 20 in regular-season finale. * Last week: Brashear beat...
Gateway Rejects Energy Study
Gateway school board has turned down a proposal to have a company look at ways the district could save on energy costs. The board voted 5-4 on Oct. 18 to reject a proposed energy services contract with ABM Building Solutions of Pittsburgh. School board...
Gop Suit on Poll Watchers Rejected Judge Denies Bid to Cross County Lines
A federal judge in Philadelphia has denied the state Republican Party's bid to allow poll watchers to cross county lines on Election Day, calling the request a "judicial fire drill." As a result of U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert's 28-page opinion...
'Hacksaw Ridge' Tells Amazing Wwii Story
Mel Gibson is back in the director's chair - 20 years after an Oscar for "Braveheart," a decade after "Apocalypto" and a rash of ugly personal behavior that rendered him a Hollywood outcast - and he's made a quote-unquote important film that reminds...
Hard Work Pays off with Prestigious Win for Trra
Their alarms would awaken them at 4 a.m. By 5, their oars were plunging powerfully into the water, meticulously navigating the Allegheny River. Then it was time for school, which gave rowers Annika Christensen, Tessa Kimmy, Abbi Altman, Sophie Winbush...
It's Time for Teams to Make Memories
Every once in awhile, Chartiers Valley head coach Garrett MacKenzie and three of his assistants talk to the team about what it was like to win a WPIAL championship as players in 2001. "We reminisce about the times we had at Chartiers Valley and the...
Jen Berke Wpial Football Official
How did you get into the officiating world? I played for the Pittsburgh Passion from 2008-11, and one of the years, the NFL did a one-night officiating clinic. A few years later, the NFL emailed me letting me know there was going to be a summer-long...
Junior Helps Fox Chapel to Title
Fox Chapel's Abby Pitcairn has been in pressure situations before. That's what happens when you have competed on the national and international level in field hockey. So, when Pine-Richland's Sarah Metzmaier cut the Foxes' lead to 2-1 with 2:47 left...
Kessel's Early Results Show Unusual Trends
LOS ANGELES -Phil Kessel is a . playmaker? Kessel has averaged 30 goals per season for the past eight years, but through 10 games this season, he leads the Penguins in assists. And some of those have been really pretty. Specifically passes to Evgeni...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ALLEBACH, Margaret L. AMITY, Joan A. AMPFERER, Helen Elizabeth Simcik, St. Paul, Minn., formerly Lawrenceville AYINDE, Ethel Locke BACON, Linda J. Campbell BAILEY, Montie C., East Liberty BISBEY, Wayne E. Sr., Volant BRADLEY, Mary...
Lockheed Displeased with Contract
Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded a $6.1 billion Pentagon contract for 57 F-35 fighter planes, but the world's largest defense contractor is less than pleased. It was "not a mutually agreed-upon" contract, Lockheed spokesman Michael Rein said...
Making a Point Offense Continues to Surge as Teams Scoring at a Record Pace
Pittsburgh has Light Up Night on a fall Friday once a year. High school football teams across Western Pennsylvania have light up night every fall Friday. It happens on the scoreboard. If you haven't noticed, high school football has become downright...
Mayor Peduto Gets a Grilling Prepares Burgers as Part of Voter Drive
As mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto has been grilled under the hot lights and heard the occasional hiss of the electorate. Thursday, however, he was working under heat lamps, over a grill that hissed while he made hamburgers to help turn out the electorate....
Mckeesport Grad Has Wright Moves
As Allen Wright hauled in a short pass against Slippery Rock earlier this season, he heard the voice of his deceased uncle ringing in his ears. "Big-time players make big-time plays in big games." This was bad news for the Slippery Rock defense. "He...
Mifflin Estates Residents Want Buses to Return
Maria Green struggled to maintain her composure last Friday while she asked the Port Authority board of directors to resume bus service where she lives in the Mifflin Estates housing complex in West Mifflin. Ms. Green said it costs her about $80 of...
Missing the Mark 'American Pastoral' Loses Roth Novel's Complexity
"American Pastoral" is the story of a good man undone by others, including those he loves. Or perhaps it's about a generational failure between the child of hard-working immigrants and a coddled teen with misguided notions of revolution. Then again,...
Na Boys, Freedom Girls Win
Sean Atwater could not have picked a better time to go on a goal-scoring streak. After not hitting the back of the net the entire season, the junior midfielder knocked home his second overtime winner in as many matches, this time in the WPIAL 4A...
Netflix Has a Jewel in 'Crown'
Netflix's "The Crown," available on the streaming service today, is pretty much the most expensive-looking "Masterpiece" series you've never seen. Aside from one vulgarity uttered by King George VI (Jared Harris, "Mad Men") in a dirty limerick, the...
New Leadership Team Picked for Township's Police Force Library, Assistant Manager, Public Works Posts Also Filled
The Peters police department has gotten a new chief, two new captains and a new sergeant - all since August.Douglas Grimes was named chief Aug. 1 in advance of the Sept. 30 retirement of longtime Chief Harry Fruecht.Chief Grimes joined the department...
New Playoff Format Has Mixed Reviews
The WPIAL held its first girls volleyball championship in 1973 with all teams competing in one classification. In 1982, a second classification was added. The WPIAL crowned two champions for the next 18 years. In 2000, a third class was added....
Olivia Zambruno Greensburg C.C. Golf
* Last week: Zambruno, a senior, shot a two-day, 13-over 157 to win by two strokes at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York for her third consecutive PIAA Class 2A title. The next day, she helped the Centurions take second in the team championships....
ON THE RADAR // Four Things You Need to Know in Your Neighborhood [Derived Headline]
NORTHWILDWOOD ROAD REOPENSPennDOT announced this week that Wildwood Road in Hampton has reopened to traffic. The $2.6 million, two-phase project to fix three landslides on Wildwood began June 2. Crews from the Joseph B. Fay Co. were able to complete...
Parkway East to Be Closed This Weekend
If all goes well this weekend, the two large, curved pieces of green steel sitting along the outbound Parkway East near the Squirrel Hill Tunnel will look like a bridge by Monday morning. The Parkway East will be closed in both directions from 10 tonight...
Pence Returns to Region as Part of Final'sprint'
Rick Potter traveled from his home in Austin, Texas, to Western Pennsylvania six days ago in a search for energy. Not in the form of coal, oil or gas, but in getting Republican voters to the polls. "I came up here to elect Donald Trump president, and...
Pg Editorial Didn't Give Full Picture of Turzai
"Voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania - done," Rep. Mike Turzai, June 25, 2012. Pennsylvania and Mr. Turzai immediately became the laughingstock of social media and cable TV following passage and ultimate...
Plans Announced for City's Light Up Night
Mayor Bill Peduto remembers a time when Pittsburgh's Light Up Night meant driving up to Mount Washington, waiting two minutes until the lights in Downtown buildings came on, and driving home. As he noted in a news conference Thursday for the city's...
Police Charge Father of Slain Toddler Failed to Report Son Was in Danger
Police have charged the father of a 1-year-old boy who was smothered by a McKeesport woman late Tuesday because he failed to alert authorities that the toddler was in danger. Andre Price Jr., 23, of McKeesport was arrested by Allegheny County police...
Robert B. Wolf June 4, 1946 - Oct. 30, 2016 Attorney Who Specialized in Trust and Estate Law
Robert B. Wolf did something 20 years ago that his fellow attorneys say wasn't easy: he got lawyers and doctors to agree on something. He was part of a committee made up of members of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Allegheny County Medical...
SCHOOLS [Derived Headline]
MCKEESPORT AREA The board Oct. 26 approved issuing general obligation notes not to exceed $13.1 million to re-fund the district's series 2005 and 2011 bonds. "The savings, based on current interest rates, is about $800,000" over about four years,...
Seahawks' Sherman Seeking 'Simplified' Rules from League
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ripped into the NFL Thursday, questioning the league's officiating and saying the decline in television ratings is due in part to the league simply not being fun anymore. Sherman touched on a number of topics,...
Seneca Valley Boys Ready for Encore Performance
North Allegheny and Seneca Valley have run in the same section for many years and, during much of that time, the Tigers had done their fair share of damage to the Raiders. It wasn't like Seneca Valley was singled out. North Allegheny came into the...
Sidney Crosby Shines, but Penguins Can't Dethrone Kings in 3-2 Ot Loss
LOS ANGELES - One point for this one seemed to be a reasonable reward. It did not, however, appear to set off any alarm bells as the Penguins set off for San Jose to continue their West Coast swing.The Penguins' 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings...
Solar City, Eyeing Growth Here, Opens Operations Center Country's Largest Residential Solar Installer Takes Space in Emsworth
From a facility wedged between a competitive cheer and dance club and a volleyball association, SolarCity hopes it can do some winning of its own. The country's largest residential solar installer, which began sales in the Pittsburgh area in April,...
South Korean President Accepts 'Fault'
In an extraordinary display of abject apology during a moment of supreme crisis, South Korean President Park Geun-hye took sole blame today for a "heartbreaking" scandal amid rising suspicion that she allowed a mysterious confidante to manipulate...
South Side Pizza Shop Caught Hiding Health Alert
When two Allegheny County Health Department inspectors left the Pittzarella pizza shop on the South Side early last month, they slapped a bright yellow "Consumer Alert" sticker prominently on the front door warning patrons about unsanitary conditions...
Speedy Return Big Ben Will Start Sunday, Barring Snags
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs proved correct in his prediction - Ben Roethlisberger will start at quarterback Sunday for the Steelers barring any setback between now and their game in Baltimore. Roethlisberger practiced again Thursday, and a source...
Strength in Second Period Showing Signs of Return
LOS ANGELES - Strong second periods became one of coach Mike Sullivan's most identifiable imprints on the Penguins, rivaling his "Just Play" mantra that was printed onto T-shirts and the speed quotient they added to the NHL equation. The second period...
Students on a Mission to Bring Back Snacks
Some students at Mars Area's Centennial School want their birthday snacks back.A group of fifth- and sixth-graders presented the school board with a petition Tuesday, asking that students be allowed to bring in their own birthday snacks from a list approved...
Sundqvist Has Defense, Now for Offense Young Center Tries to Refine His Game
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Oskar Sundqvist is the Penguins' shutdown center of the future, and he should fill that niche nicely. After all, he is 6 feet 3, 210 pounds, plays with an edge and has been groomed to be responsible defensively. "That's how I got...
Teams Must Regroup Quickly Rematches Pose a Daunting Task
As far as Rich Bowen's concerned, Monday night was just about the most relaxed WPIAL football pairings meeting he ever attended. There wasn't much mystery as to who his Hempfield team would draw in the first round (which is also the quarterfinals)...
They Are Not Forgotten Three Veterans about Whom Little Is Known Receive'honorable and Dignified' Burials
Three nearly forgotten veterans with sparsely known service histories were buried in the rain Thursday after forlorn military ceremonies at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. No relatives were on hand for Bernard F. Mullan, Robert A. Harris...
Three Returning Champions Win Berths in Finals
Three returning champions entered the WPIAL girls volleyball semifinals Thursday night and each one earned a return trip to the finals Saturday at Baldwin High School. Baldwin, Freeport and Bishop Canevinposted victories. Baldwin, the No. 8 seed in...
Toomey for Senate the Republican Incumbent Deserves Another Term
If Washington is known for one thing these days, it is rank partisanship. As they prepare to cast their ballots Nov. 8, voters should be wondering what might be done about this. One step would be to re-elect Sen. Pat Toomey, a moderate Republican...
Township Oks Payment on Rolling Hills Property Sale Price of 90-Acre Portion Must Still Be Determined
Peters council has unanimously authorized a $5.5 million payment to buy about 90 acres, or roughly half, of the former Rolling Hills Country Club property.In September, council approved a bond issue not to exceed $9.76 million for the purchase of the...
Two New Faces Join Pittsburgh's Pack of Backs
A.J. Hines sat in his living room in Wilson, N.C., where his parents had to tell him it simply wasn't going to happen. Not right then. Despite his best efforts, his standardized test scores were close but not quite high enough for admission to the...
Waiting Is over, It's Time to Serve Up Playoff Winners
When it came time to pick out a Halloween outfit this year, The Fumbler didn't visit one of those costume stores and didn't race to his computer to place an order online. He simply took a trip down memory lane. The Fumbler was feeling nostalgic diving...
Ward Personification of Intense Rivalry
Hines Ward had a way of making people hate his guts, and nobody hated him more than the Baltimore Ravens. "I saw Ed Reed on a plane once," Ward told me Wednesday, describing a post-retirement encounter with his longtime adversary. "And he just rolled...
WHAT'S NEW // Catching Up with Local Businesses [Derived Headline]
PAINT MONKEY STUDIO OPENS AT THE WATERFRONT The Waterfront shopping center in Homestead has added Paint Monkey, an art studio that offers painting classes for both large and small groups. There are also Paint Monkey locations in Lawrenceville and...
WHERE ARE THEY NOW // Catching Up with Former Area High School Athletes [Derived Headline]
JUSTIN WATSON, SOUTH FAYETTE FOOTBALL SOUTH FAYETTE GRAD IS MAKING HIS MARK IN PENN RECORD BOOKS Justin Watson continues to add to his legacy as one of the best receivers in the University of Pennsylvania history. Against Brown last Saturday, Watson...
Wilson Leads Women's All-American Picks
A'ja Wilson admits that when she was young, playing basketball was the furthest thing from her mind. Now South Carolina's star is recognized as one of the best players in women's college basketball as a member of The Associated Press All-America team...
Wolf Signs Legislation to Help Seasonal Workers
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed legislation that will make more seasonal workers eligible for unemployment compensation while trimming benefits and increasing penalties for fraud. The law will make 44,000 additional workers eligible for...
Work Ahead for Boyce, Mayview Intersection $2 Million Project Scheduled in 2018
Improvements to the intersection of Boyce and Mayview roads in South Fayette are being planned for the 2018 construction season.To hear from those who will be affected by the work, the state Department of Transportation held a public meeting Oct. 21...
Work Completed to Make Steel Valley Restrooms Handicapped-Accessible
Renovations to make five restrooms handicapped-accessible in the Steel Valley School District are complete.Two of the newly renovated restrooms are in Park Elementary, two are in the high school and one is in the former Franklin Primary Center, which...
Wpial Products Reaching NFL Players Are Joining Tight-Knit Fraternity
It is a fraternity within a close-knit community. Some even wear hats that blare "412," because those football players in the NFL from the Pittsburgh area have a kinship that others may not understand. Some played in those WPIAL championship games...
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