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Articles from January 6, 2017

Another Calif. Firm Buys Prime Real Estate Downtown Liberty Center Sold to Cbre Global
Another California company has jumped into the Pittsburgh real estate market in a big way. Los Angeles-based CBRE Global Investors has completed its acquisition of the 27-story Liberty Center, a prominent Downtown office tower that is home to Federated...
As Goes Romania? Election Results as Preview for Other Eu Nations
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on January 7, 2017.Romania borders former Soviet states. The editorial "As Goes Romania?" on Friday incorrectly stated that Romania borders Russia.The parliament of Romania named a new prime minister on...
At 40, Cullen Thinking Cup, Not Retirement
Penguins center Matt Cullen isn't quite ready to commit to playing a 20th NHL season in 2017-18. He also has heard it said and seen it written that he's automatically going to retire after this year, and Cullen, 40, said that's not entirely accurate,...
Beaver County to Hold 54th Annual Race on Snow Shovels All Ages Invited to Take 165-Foot Ride
For the 54th year, children and adults will hop onto their snow shovels and race 165 feet down a hill in Old Economy Park in Economy. The 2017 Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship is scheduled for Jan. 14. Contestants will register the day...
Big Mac Senior Defends His House Brendan Furman Adds Powerade Title to Impressive Resume
Canon-McMillan wrestling coach Jason Cardillo reminded Brendan Furman of one thing before he stepped onto the mat for his title match at the 50th Powerade Christmas Tournament Dec. 29-30. "He told me 'This is your house. Go out there and defend...
Both Lineups to Have New Faces Sunday
The AFC wild-card game between the Steelers and Miami Dolphins is a rematch from the regular season. But the players who will participate in this game should go through a handshake line beforehand to introduce themselves to one another. That's how...
Brothers, Teammates Bonding
Walter and Julian Bonds still catch themselves looking for dad. In the middle of a home game, the brothers might glance up to the top row of the bleachers at Bishop Canevin's gymnasium. That was where Leon Bonds sat. Always. Every game. "He never missed...
Buying Generators Requires Preparation
Hurricanes and tornadoes get the most play in the media, but any extreme weather - heavy rain, wind, hail or snow - that knocks out your power can cause turmoil in your household. Generator sales tend to spike right before those storms land and once...
Carl M. Kaplan Aug. 29, 1929 - Jan. 2, 2017 Compassionate Mercy Hospital Radiologist
Growing up in the Bronx as the son of a tailor, Carl Kaplan showed the dedication that would later lead him to a long career in medicine. He was one of three children. His parents emigrated from a town near the Russia/Poland border in the early 1900s....
Chartiers Valley Enjoying Drop in Class
If there was ever a team that needed to drop down in classification it was the Chartiers Valley hockey team. And, thanks to the PIHL's annual realignment, the Colts are now a resurgent program that came into the week in first place in its division...
Cold Enough to Throw Passing Game Said to Shrivel When Temperatures Fall; History Disagrees
Ryan Shazier wasn't sure whether he would yank off his shirt at pregame warm-ups Sunday at Heinz Field, the way he went shirtless before a kickoff in 15-degree wind chill in Cincinnati nearly three weeks ago. He came down ill last week and missed...
Dep Review Reveals Flaws in Oil and Gas Permit Applications
Pennsylvania environmental regulators have been criticized for years over delays in issuing permits for earth-moving activities at oil and gas sites. But in a review released this week, the state Department of Environmental Protection found that companies...
Did Cop Use Excessive Force? Man Sues Elizabeth Borough, Two Officers
An East Pittsburgh man has sued Elizabeth Borough and two police officers in federal court, claiming that one used excessive force against him while he was under arrest and shackled at the police station and the other didn't protect him during the...
Dietary Silliness
Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, it seems as if few major improvements have been made. At least the public at large is not aware of improvements. But my impression is that a system as intricate as this has a future if the sides cooperated...
Difficult Schedule Paying Dividends Lincoln Park Primed, Ready for Run at Title
Try to find a team with a more brutal non-conference schedule than Lincoln Park. You won't. Before section play even started, the Leopards - ranked No. 1 in Class 3A - faced Penn Hills (No. 2 in Class 6A), Ralston Valley, Colo., Homewood, Ala., Highlands...
'Emerald City' Fails to Sparkle
With the exception of Friday night mainstay "Grimm," returning for its final season tonight at 8, NBC rarely excels at fantasy. Just look at all those awful Robert Halmi Sr. miniseries from the 1990s - "The 10th Kingdom," most notably - for an idea...
Federal Officials Show off Latest in Mine Rescue Technology Here
A new seismic technology system that can digitally pinpoint trapped miners. A better communications system among rescue workers who previously had to play a game of telephone. A "snake robot" that can slither down a 4-inch-wide bore hole to gather...
First-of-Its-Kind Campaign Raises More Than $500,000 for Libraries across County
The Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have raised $530,910 through their fall "Love Your Library" fundraising effort, a first-of-its-kind, countywide campaign that encouraged residents to donate to their local...
Food Pantry and Firefighters to Meet Groups to Discuss Use of Space in Hall
A miscommunication may have prompted the Central Volunteer Fire Company in Elizabeth Township to set a deadline for the local food pantry to respond to a letter or move out of the fire station."I think it is a miscommunication and a lack of communication...
Four Charged in Hate Crimes
CHICAGO - Four black people were charged with hate crimes Thursday in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to drink from a toilet.The...
Freedom Caucus May Play Role in Alternate Timeline
WASHINGTON - The House Freedom Caucus, a key to Republican efforts to get things done, is known as an aggressive group unafraid to defy House leadership in pursuit of its conservative goals. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., sought to tap into that rebellious...
'Giving Circle'simplifies Funding of Nonprofits Philanthropy Placed on a Fast Track
Paying it forward has become a common concept, but a McCandless woman has taken it a step further.Debra Dion Krischke has founded an organization called Inspired Women - Paying It Forward, which describes its mission as "simple, fast philanthropy at...
Haley Deserves Second Look as Coach
Every postseason, quite obviously, is critical. But this one feels unusually so for several Steelers players and coaches. Mike Tomlin can quiet the "one-playoff-win-in-five-years" critics - and if he doesn't beat a 10-point underdog, he might never...
Hate Crimes Come in Many Varieties
There was a time when the most depraved citizens at least made an effort to disguise the depths of their sadism publicly. They didn't do so out of shyness or guilt. They were motivated by self-interest. They didn't want to get caught or have to suffer...
Highmark Offering Incentives to Doctors Urges Larger Effort in Managing Care
Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark has begun the new year by implementing an incentive payment program for primary care physicians that could significantly change the size of performance bonuses paid, as it encourages doctors to take a larger role...
Impeachment Arguments Underway
SEOUL, South Korea - Oral arguments began on Thursday in the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, with one of her lawyers saying she was a victim of mob justice and comparing her trial with those of Christ and Socrates. "Socrates...
Jenna Lafko Hampton Basketball
* Last week: Lafko scored 38 points in two games and was named MVP of the Hampton tournament. * Check this out: Lafko is a 5-foot-3 point guard for one of the top teams in WPIAL Class 5A. Hampton was 7-0 entering the week, and Lafko is a senior spark...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ADAMS, Randy T., Bloomfield ALTENBAUGH, Elizabeth J. "Betty Jean," Clermont, Fla., formerly Point Breeze BACHA, Josephine Lubas, Washington Township, Fayette Countycq BECKER, Albert P. Jr., Lawrenceville, Ga. BROWN, Beverly A....
Liu Brooklyn 65, Robert Morris 54 Colonials' Effort Questioned in Loss
Andy Toole stood behind a table at his postgame news conference, impersonating his players after a string of solid second-half defensive possessions. "I think if you saw at the end of that stretch there was a baseline out-of-bounds possession, and...
Long-Vacant Property Bordering Edgewood Towne Centre Up for Sale
A piece of borough-owned real estate in a busy part of Edgewood is up for sale once again, with the borough seeking to turn over the long-vacant property to a commercial developer.Encompassing a little more than 7 acres, the largely undeveloped land...
Man Gets 20- to 40-Year Term for Homicide in Mckeesport
Winnie Gricar has counted the days. As of Thursday, when James Husok was being sentenced for killing Ms. Gricar's son, Michael Welsh, it had been 475. "My world just suddenly stopped. My heart broken, shattered. It will never be whole. It can never...
Nick Smith North Hills Basketball
* Last week: Smith broke a 50-year-old school record by scoring 44 points in a 99-89 win vs. Hampton in the title game of the Hampton tournament. * Check this out: Smith is one of the top players in the WPIAL. A 6-foot-1 senior guard, Smith is...
ON THE RADAR // FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD [Derived Headline]
NORTH WOMAN TO SPEAK ON WEIGHT LOSS Casey Foreaker of Cranberry, who was on the cover of People magazine last January after losing 105 pounds, will discuss her weight loss journey at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cranberry Public Library. Ms. Foreaker, who is...
Peanut Foods Now OK for Babies Government Reverses Advice on How to Avoid Allergy
Once upon a time, schoolchildren all over the land brought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to school and lived happily ever after. With the rate of peanut allergies quadrupling in the last 15 years, those days now seem like a fairy tale. On Thursday,...
Peters Resident Honored as He Turns 102
World War I was raging when the Rev. Joseph Rodgers was born.In his 102 years of life, he has seen both triumph and tragedy: the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, school desegregation, first human in space, and the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations,...
Peters Township Is Looking for Strong Individual Efforts
Peters Township is like every other Class 3A team in the WPIAL this season. Because North Allegheny is so strong on both the boys and girls sides, the Indians are looking for individual swimmers to make waves and perhaps bring home a few WPIAL...
Pine-Richland Wins Battle of Unbeatens Highlights
On a night when snow made for some unfavorable travel conditions, Pine-Richland used another form of precipitation to pull out a huge win. The Rams made it rain. With the help of a season-high 11 3-pointers, No. 2 Pine-Richland went on the road and handed...
Pitt Never Trails, Holds off Bc for First Acc Victory
Destinie Gibbs scored a little more than a minute into the game, and Pitt never trailed as it defeated Boston College, 56-43, Thursday night at Petersen Events Center. The Panthers (10-5, 1-1 ACC) led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter and 28-14...
Plenty of Action This Weekend with Key Tournaments
Three wrestlers who won titles at the Powerade Christmas Tournament will be in action again this weekend at the 64th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Tournament, which begins today at Franklin Regional High School. Franklin Regional's...
PNC Expects Economy to Continue to Grow Chances of Recession Low, Forecasters Say
Economists at Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group on Thursday released a rosy forecast for the next two years, calling for a continued growth in the U.S. economy, jobs and wages despite "a great deal of uncertainty" posed by the incoming...
Providence Point II Retirement Community Expansion Approved Scott Also Oks Budget for 2017
Scott commissioners have approved an expansion of the Providence Point II retirement community, subject to engineering, stormwater management and easement conditions.The plans, approved Dec. 27, call for the construction of another residential tower,...
Residents Launching Community Conversation on Diversity Families at Risk Also Major Focus
A group of South Hills residents hopes to harness community resources for its new initiative called The Year of the Family. The effort, set to launch in September, will hold community forums and other gatherings to address topics such as diversity,...
Richland Woman Ods on Heroin; Son, 3, in Apartment
A Richland woman died Wednesday in her apartment from a suspected heroin overdose, leaving her 3-year-old son alone until police found him. The woman was identified as Lauren Wilson, 34, of the Thomas Village apartments in the 5600 block of Community...
Sewickley Preparing for Deep Run Panthers Hoping Difficult Non-Section Schedule Has Them Ready for Shot at Title
Many coaches give a familiar answer when asked to assess the expectations they have for their teams. "We're taking it one game at a time," they'll say. Don't count Sewickley Academy's Win Palmer among those who use this "coach-speak." Palmer admits...
SOUTH/STATE [Derived Headline]
SOUTH Body of gunshot victim found in Dormont yard A man who was found dead Thursday in Dormont might have been shot Wednesday night, police said. Dormont police were called to the 2700 block of Espy Avenue shortly before noon for a report that a man...
Sumpter Won't Seek Re-Election to Pittsburgh School Board
Thomas Sumpter, a longtime member of the Pittsburgh Public Schools board of directors, said Thursday that he will not run for re-election this year. "I thank God for the opportunity," he said in an interview. "I've served for over a decade, and it's...
'Talking It Out' Is Helpful in the Healing Process for Veterans
In response to the Dec. 30 editorial "Talking It Out: Study Gives Hope to Troops With PTSD" (Dec. 30): When veterans of military service "tell it like it was," they feel better. Men and women dealing with PTS (post-traumatic stress) find relief from...
Tax Increase Dedicated to Township Fire Departments, Police Force New Manager to Lead Growing Town
Collier commissioners last week approved a $7.9 million operating budget for 2017 that includes a tax increase to fund emergency services.The property tax rate was set at 3.13 mills, which consists of a general rate of 2.73 mills and a new emergency...
Team Rankings
TEAM RANKINGS WPIAL CLASS 3A 1. Kiski Area (8-0) 2. North Allegheny (2-0) 3. Canon-McMillan (2-1) 4. Belle Vernon (1-0) 5. Franklin Regional (2-0) 6. Waynesburg (7-1) 7. Butler (4-0) 8. Greensburg Salem (2-0) 9. Norwin (6-1) 10. Hempfield...
The Man on Moon Jarrod Simmons Has an Been Out-of-This-World Addition for the Suprising Tigers
When Jarrod Simmons first started practicing with his new teammates, Moon coach Adam Kaufman could see what was happening. Sometimes they didn't cut to the hoop when Simmons expected them to cut. They weren't always ready for some of his passes. But...
The Parties Should Cooperate to Improve the Aca
Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, it seems as if few major improvements have been made. At least the public at large is not aware of improvements. But my impression is that a system as intricate as this has a future if the sides cooperated...
These Top Games Warm Things Up
This is the time of year when The Dribbler sounds like a cranky old man. He hates cold weather and everything that comes with it. When he goes to a restaurant, the hostess addresses him as "Bitter, party of one." It's the bitter cold that does it....
This Family Is Wrestling with Plenty of Success
The Mizia boys could be a handful for mom Carrie. They competed with each other in everything from wrapping Christmas gifts to eating contests to battle royale wrestling matches. Their trips to the grocery store in Bentleyville would often lead to...
Township Oks Tax Breaks for the Block Northway One Measure Funds Infrastructure Work
Ross commissioners Monday approved two tax breaks for The Block Northway.The Tax Increment Financing District, or TIF, covers the retail development in the former Northway Mall building and the outparcels.Tax abatement under the Local Economic Revitalization...
Trinity Emerging as Team to Beat Hillers Haven't Missed a Beat Behind Kotchman
Star player? Check. Strong supporting cast? Check. Impressive early-season wins? Check. Big-game experience? Check. The Trinity Hillers can claim all of those qualities while perhaps adding a check to one other question - Best team in Class 5A?...
West Virginia to Open in 2021 against Florida State
West Virginia will play Florida State in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game to start the 2021 season, WVU athletic director Shane Lyons announced Thursday. The game will be played Sept. 5 in Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and be televised nationally by...
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? // CATCHING UP WITH FORMER AREA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES [Derived Headline]
MARY DUNN, TRINITY BASKETBALL DUNN NOT FINISHED -- ONLY GETTING STARTED AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE For the Youngstown State women's basketball team, it is a job well Dunn by a freshman forward. Mary Dunn, a graduate of Trinity High School, has twice been...
Where Impact Fees Go Municipalities Need More Clarity from State
With the natural gas industry in a slowdown, it's especially important for Pennsylvania municipalities to get the biggest possible bang from impact fees generated by drilling operations. A recent report by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale indicated...
Women Who Write Madwomen in the Attic Program Addresses 'Cultural Invisibility' of Female Writers
Madwomen in the Attic, a writing program at Carlow University that embraces generations of women, got its name from a book and is the catalyst for more books by female authors.In December, the women launched "Voices from the Attic," the group's 22nd...
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