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Articles from January 7, 2017

2nd Plum Student Files Sex Assault Lawsuit
A second teenage student who was the victim of institutional sexual assault by a teacher at Plum Senior High School has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the school district, the borough and four of their employees. The 41-page federal...
Attorney Fighting to Block Retrial of Former Philadelphia Monsignor
PHILADELPHIA - A judge has set a hearing for Wednesday to determine whether city prosecutors withheld evidence casting doubt on the credibility of a key witness in the 2012 trial that sent Msgr. William J. Lynn to prison for 33 months. Mr. Lynn, who...
Authority: Bus Riders Adjusting to Changes New Fare Policies Began This Week
Port Authority riders and drivers appear to be slowly adapting to the fare policy changes that began this week. The transit agency received fewer complaints each day as the week wore on, authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said. The authority changed...
Barnes: New Ad Walking into a Phenomenal Job
More than any coach hired, more than any logo changed, Scott Barnes believes his legacy at Pitt - though short in duration - is one of changing the culture in the athletic department. While replacing Jamie Dixon with Kevin Stallings might be his move...
Betting on Humans a New Frontier against Poker-Smart Computers
Humans and computers have been warily circling each other ever since IBM's Deep Blue began thrashing the world's greatest chess grandmasters, beginning with Garry Kasparov in the late 1990s.While computers have made inroads against human ingenuity when...
Brookline Animal Hoarders Face Criminal Trial
Because their Brookline house was filled with feces, urine and 186 birds, ferrets, cats, dogs and other animals, Barbara Courey, 70, and her daughter, Barbara Yogmas, 45, are headed to trial in a criminal court. They're charged with animal cruelty...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Murrysville's IQ to move Murrysville-based IQ Inc. is preparing to move to Monroeville, doubling its size to 7,000-square-feet and adding 10 employees, said Barbara VanKirk, founder and CEO. The software company, founded in 1994, employs 50 people,...
Can Suburban Dog Handle Owner's Move to the City?
Q.: We have a 4-year-old 60-pound German shepherd mix that has been living at our home in the suburbs. However, now my daughter is taking the dog to live with her in an apartment in the city. She will have a dog walker to take the dog out once during...
Carried Away New Year's Rescue Gives Cats a Second Chance
Animal Friends started the new year with Hope and Cheer and ended the old year with an 18-day adoption special that sent a record-breaking 222 dogs, cats and rabbits home for the holidays. On the day before New Year's Eve, 37 cats from two overcrowded...
CITY [Derived Headline]
CITY Subway service expanded for Steelers game Port Authority will operate two-car trains on all scheduled Light Rail Transit trips from the start of service Sunday until about 90 minutes after the Steelers playoff game at Heinz Field. Additional light...
City Ranks 7th for 'Active Lifestyle' in Survey
Dozens of surveys come out weekly trying to show which cities are the best or worst place to live, or have the best nightlife, or are home to the best sports fans. It is hard to tag any real relevance to many of them. But one survey that came out this...
CITY/STATE/EAST [Derived Headline]
CITY Man shot in Hill District A man was shot and injured Friday night in the Hill District, Pittsburgh police said. The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. in the 2000 block of Centre Avenue. Investigators believe two men were arguing inside a...
Cold War Relic, Present-Day Threat
WASHINGTONYou can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that "we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket," you are reaching the end of that road.Since...
Drug Deal Gone Awry Led to Fatal Shooting in Dormont, Police Say
A witness told Allegheny County detectives that a "drug deal gone bad" led up to a fatal shooting this week in Dormont. Timothy Bevan, 23, surrendered Friday to police and is charged with homicide in the death of 35-year-old Chaz Robinson, whose body...
Duquesne University Swimmers in Terminal When Attack Took Place
Three members of the Duquesne University women's swimming team were stranded for hours Friday inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a gunman opened fire in a baggage claim area. The swimmers were flying out after participating...
False Report Triggers Recoil in Germany
BERLIN -It was every God-fearing Christian's worst nightmare about Muslim refugees. "Revealed," the Breitbart News headline screamed, "1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany's Oldest Church Alight on New Year's Eve." The only problem: Police say...
Fellow Employees Testify at Trial for Suspended Postmaster
Four employees of the U.S. Postal Service testified this week that they never saw another employee open packages looking for drugs or other contraband until suspended Pittsburgh postmaster Daniel Davis arrived here from Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Davis told...
Following the 'Fences' Money Film Opens Strong among Play-to-Screen Adaptations
"Fences" already is well on its way to becoming one of the 21st century's top box-office successes for play-to-screen adaptations. The film, based on the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play and boasting acclaimed performances by Denzel Washington...
Following the 'Fences' Money Production Spent $9.4 Million Filming Here
The filming of August Wilson's "Fences" in Pittsburgh generated $9.4 million locally, including the hiring of more than 900 local workers and the payment of $5.6 million in wages, according to Paramount Pictures. The film spent 146 days on location,...
Home-Field Hazard Road Teams Snatching Wins on Wild-Card Weekend Quite Common
Welcome to the wildest weekend of the NFL playoffs. This is where a team that sneaks into the playoffs can start a run to the Super Bowl. It's also where a division winner with all the momentum in the world can watch their season end in a heartbeat....
Jailhouse Crime Sexual Misconduct by an Officer Is a Serious Offense
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski was right to sentence a former county corrections officer, Joshua Reber, to six to 20 months' confinement for his guilty plea to two misdemeanor counts of official oppression. Reber was accused of...
Jobs Here, Jobs There Small-Scale Interventions Won't Spur Economic Growth
Yesterday, roughly 75,000 Americans were laid off or fired by their employers. Some will find good new jobs, but many will end up earning less. Some will remain unemployed for years. If you're asking what economic catastrophe just happened, the answer...
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...
Local Dog Places Second in National Contest
When a puppy gets her head stuck in a coffee table, you'd think she'd be a shoo-in to win the Hambone Award for the most unusual pet insurance claim. Pine firefighters on June 9 helped load 8-month-old Ludmila and the coffee table into a car that...
Man Shot in Monroeville Mall Lot Victim Suffers Gunshot Wound to Leg, Police Question Two People in Incident
A man was shot Friday afternoon in the parking lot of Monroeville Mall, and police took two people into custody for questioning a short time later. A Monroeville police officer on patrol received a report at 4:11 p.m. that shots had been fired near...
Many Americans Optimistic about Their Finances Recent Surveys Mark Economic Confidence
After spending much of last year worrying about the outcome of the presidential race, a recent survey by one of the nation's largest life insurance companies found Americans are now making New Year's resolutions that reflect a hope that a brighter...
My Mother's Death, Revisited
On the first Saturday of last year, I visited this space and wrote of failed attempts to write my mother's obituary despite three years of trying. Today, on the first Saturday of this year, I return to pen its epilogue, to provide a bookend. Dozens...
New QB Browne Says Panthers Are 'Getting a Grinder'
Max Browne knew almost immediately where he wanted to take his final shot at being a starting college quarterback. The only reason he waited a few days to make his decision was to delay what he faced Friday, some of the tough questions about his ...
No. 4 Sewickley Ends Slide, 82-75 Highlights
With three of the top four teams in Class 2A coming out of Section 3, every game tends to be a must-win game. That was the approach No. 4 Sewickley Academy (6-2, 3-1) took in their 82-75 overtime win at home against No. 2 Bishop Canevin (7-3, 3-1). The...
Oakmont Gets No. 5 Ranking
Golf Digest ranked Oakmont Country Club the fifth-greatest golf course in the country. In its biennial list of 100 courses, the golf magazine remarked on Oakmont's thick rough, fiendishly difficult bunkers, sloping fairways, tree-less vistas and...
On This Day, Jan. 7
1789 America held its first presidential election as voters chose electors who, a month later, selected George Washington to be the nation's first chief executive.1850 Joseph Barker, an itinerant reformer, was elected mayor of Pittsburgh while serving...
Otto Harry Gruner III July 27, 1927 - Dec. 9, 2016 Machinery Firm's Co-Founder Would Rather Be Fishing
Otto Harry Gruner III only answered his telephone because he hoped someone was calling to invite him to go fishing. "That's a direct quote," said his son, Sam Gruner of Portland, Ore. One day in 1987, a friend called and invited Mr. Gruner and his ...
PET EVENTS [Derived Headline]
OWL PROWL National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill will lead a nighttime hike Jan. 18 for sightings of screech, barred and great horned owls in the Montour Woods Conservation Area in Moon. The Owl Prowl is one of many activities planned by the Hollow...
Pitt Aims to Attack Cracks in Syracuse's 2-3 Zone
Jamel Artis isn't shy when it comes to sharing his feelings on the kind of 2-3 zone his Pitt team will be facing Saturday against Syracuse - he hates it. Really hates it. To the athletic 6-foot-7 point guard, it's a scheme that fosters a certain...
Pittsburgh Has Always Valued Higher Education
Brian O'Neill's Jan. 5 column ("Why Envy Pittsburgh? An Educated Guess") highlighted what is special about Pittsburgh -the long respect for higher education. Yes, Andrew Carnegie and the Mellons put their money into our great schools, but the overriding...
Pittsburgh Prison on Wolf's List of 2 That Could Close Budgetary Move Would Save Millions
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on January 20, 2017.A Jan. 7 story about prison closures contained an incorrect figure for the peak prison population in 2012. It was about 51,700.HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania officials said Friday they will...
Players Warm Up during off Week "Bye Week' a Chance to Escape Cold Weather
Patric Hornqvist's Swedish complexion might have prevented him from returning with too much of a tan, but that doesn't mean he didn't enjoy his time in Cancun over the past few days. The Penguins' scheduled "bye week" ran from Jan. 1-5 and many players...
Quaker Valley Topples Tigers
The speakers in Beaver Falls' gymnasium didn't work during the playing of the national anthem. Then the game started and all the noise came from Quaker Valley. Quaker Valley came into Beaver Falls' old gym and made a statement loud and clear. Beaver...
Russian Interference
Considering the context, this statement -"I think we ought to get on with our lives ... The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on" - may be the most shortsighted statement ever heard in the free world. Especially...
Sala Udin to Run for City School Board Seat
Sala Udin, the former Pittsburgh councilman and co-chairman of the Hill District Education Council, announced Friday that he will run for the District 3 seat on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board. The news came a day after Thomas Sumpter, who has...
Shootout in Junior Final Leaves Some Unsatisfied
Team USA's 5-4 shootout victory against Team Canada in the world junior championship gold-medal game Thursday night at Bell Centre in Montreal was a popular topic of conversation Friday in the Penguins dressing room. The Americans, of course, were...
Sounds Drive This Car Owner Crazy
When it comes to cars, there are two different kinds of owners. There are the folks who drive newer cars and cruise happily and confidently down the highway, assured that they're getting where they're going. Then there are people, like my wife and me,...
Southern States Take Wintry Hit
ATLANTA - A winter storm stalking the South disrupted a new governor's inaugural ceremonies in North Carolina, triggered hundreds of fender benders in Tennessee and led shoppers to empty out shelves of bread and milk. Road workers manning 12-hour...
Sweet Potato-Crusted Quiche Lorraine
The holidays are over, folks. Time to get back to more healthful eating. This rustic quiche recipe is a good start. Easy to prepare, it uses sliced, fiber-rich sweet potatoes in place of a refined flour crust. Paired with a green salad and some crusty...
Take a Hike. Now! Class Offers Backpacking Know-How for Winter Adventures
On a night so cold that most people didn't even want to step outside, about 40 hardy souls trekked to the REI store at SouthSide Works to learn how to hike, eat and sleep out - for fun. The third-floor stockroom was full for Tuesday night's free...
Te Green Questionable for Playoff Game
Steelers tight end Ladarius Green did not practice Friday, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin listed him as questionable for the AFC wild-card game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. "He's in the protocol," Tomlin said after the Steelers went through...
'Top Model' Loses Some of Its Swagger
"America's Next Top Model" is three episodes into its comeback season, and here it is: We miss Tyra. She's still on TV, of course. There's that "New Celebrity Apprentice" gig on NBC, a guest stint on ABC's "black-ish," and the occasional drop-by at...
Transitioning to Retirement I've Been Lucky by Being Able to Ease Myself out of My Job
As I begin to write this article, I'm taking a break from a series of meetings at which I am introducing clients to the public-relations agency that purchased the operations of the Pittsburgh firm I have owned and operated since 1989. It's a wistful...
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