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Articles from February 17, 2017

All-Star Game Gives Youth a Glimpse of Future?
Plenty of local fans got their first up-close look at women's hockey at the NWHL All-Star Game in Cranberry last weekend. For a few local players, it may have been a glimpse at their future, too. A number of girls from the Penguins Elite program...
A Viable Pwsa Option
For Pittsburgh to remain an attractive, livable city, it must have a stable water system. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as evidenced by the recent boil- water alert that impacted a large part of the city. Yet some want to take options for...
'Best' Team Catches an Unfortunate Deal
The best team in the WPIAL did not make the playoffs, and The Dribbler can't believe nobody is talking about it. A case can be made that the Yough Cougars - Yes, 1-21 Yough! - have caught a raw deal. Hold up. A team that lost their final 16 games...
Bidwell Training Center Prepares People for Employment
I'm writing on behalf of Bidwell Training Center in regard to the article "Ready to Work, But Where? Rise in Pa. Unemployment Tests Workforce Agencies" (Feb. 5), highlighting the need for new employment strategies in the region. Bidwell Training Center...
Boroughs Join Forces to Make South Braddock Avenue More Friendly for Pedestrians, Cyclists
Heeding recommendations to improve road safety, Edgewood and Swissvale plan to make a busy stretch of South Braddock Avenue more accommodating for pedestrians and cyclists.The project will involve distinctive crosswalks and new crossing signals featuring...
Brighter Traffic Lights Coming to Monroeville
Monroeville has received $40,000 from PennDOT to put brighter bulbs in traffic signals on Route 22, Route 48 and Route 130."This is replacement of first-generation LED lights," said Paul Hugus, director of building and engineering. The new bulbs will...
COMMUNITIES [Derived Headline]
SOUTH PARK Supervisors have continued a public hearing to March 13 on a proposed 95-lot housing development off Snowden Road. The board opened the hearing Monday, although few people attended. The hearing was continued at the developer's request....
Controller Cautions Pwsa on Turnover City Auditors Ran into Problems'at Every Turn'
A revolving door of management has left the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority without long-term improvement plans, even as the agency faces profound infrastructure failures, city Controller Michael Lamb warned Thursday. In a year-long routine audit,...
Counseling Program Recognized at Evans City Elementary School
Evans City Elementary School is receiving national recognition for its school counseling program.Only 14 other schools in Pennsylvania have been designated an American School Counselor Association model program, Evans City principal Lauri Pendred told...
COUNTY/REGION/CITY [Derived Headline]
COUNTY GOP committee removes executive director The Republican Committee of Allegheny County announced Thursday evening that it has removed John Schnaedter as its executive director. The action came the same day that a preliminary hearing for Mr. ...
Crosby, Fleury Cogs in a Special Night
This was one of those save-the-ticket-stub nights. An evening to remember. Maybe for two very different reasons. First, Sidney Crosby turned a crappy anniversary into a happy one when he notched the 1,000th point of his illustrious career 6:28 into the...
'Cure for Wellness' Could Use a Cure for Bad Moviemaking
After spending 146 minutes witnessing the goings-on at the hilltop castle spa in "A Cure for Wellness," a viewer might feel like undergoing a therapeutic cleansing. That's what happens from enduring visual depictions of incest, masturbation, a girl's...
D.C. Lab Botched Zika Tests
WASHINGTON - Health officials in Washington, D.C., mishandled Zika testing for hundreds of residents last year, including two pregnant women who were incorrectly told they did not have the virus when in fact they were infected. The mistakes, made...
District Puts Two Playing Fields Up for Sale Filo, Borland Sites No Longer Needed
Two playing fields for sale by the West Mifflin Area School District could provide a financial injection at budget time.Filo Field along Glencairn Road and Borland Field along Noble Drive, both in West Mifflin, are being sold "as is.""We are selling...
Edinboro University Endangered by Finances, Dropout Rate Transformative Action Needed, President Says
Edinboro University president H. Fred Walker gave a blunt assessment of campus enrollment, academics and finances Thursday, telling an audience that subpar graduation and retention rates and other woes require transformative action for the school...
Escape Room Center Adds Game, Partners with School Newest Adventure Involves Time Travel
Imagine stepping through a portal into a Civil War-era saloon and finding yourself on a mission to save history.The newest crime-solving game at IQ Escape in the North Hills invites visitors to do just that - all while remaining a few steps from McKnight...
Ex-QB Young Planning Comeback
Leigh Steinberg, the agent for NFL quarterback Vince Young, is talking to the Saskatchewan Roughriders about his client playing in the Canadian Football League. Young is on Saskatchewan's negotiation list, giving it CFL exclusivity to the former University...
February 16, 2017: PPG Paints Arena One Grand Night with Three Points vs. Winnipeg, Sidney Crosby Becomes? the 86th Player in Nhl History to Surpass 1,000 Points in His Career
Few things on this planet mean as much to Sidney Crosby as his mother, Trina, but there's no way he planned this. While Sidney was stuck one or two points shy of 1,000 for his career since Feb. 7, Trina was stuck in Nova Scotia, unable to get out...
Financing Extended for Women's Shelter Center Expects to Add 10 Beds
Wilkinsburg council has taken a step to help the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh add more beds.Council last week voted to extend the term of a note approved last year for the borough's Industrial and Commercial Development Authority...
Firefighter, Police Officer Honored for Saving Woman
A Bridgeville firefighter and police officer who saved a woman from a burning car before it exploded were honored Tuesday at the Bridgeville council meeting.Assistant Fire Chief Ray Costain and Officer Matt Haley rescued the 78-year-old woman Dec. 6...
Gas Station May Be Built on Vacant Site
A swath of wooded land in Edgewood that the borough has tried to sell for years is in the middle of changing hands, with a developer expected to close on a contract in the spring.The borough this month awarded a contract to Giant Eagle, which plans to...
Geneva Game, Scuffle Online Hit
A hotly contested men's basketball game Wednesday between Geneva and Westminster colleges involved a late scuffle that went viral online. Deadspin published an article on the incident, which happened with 1:10 left in the game between the Presidents'...
Gnc Says Losses Are Not Indication of Where'new' Business Is Headed
GNC officials on Thursday took pains to distance the company from the "old" GNC after reporting a $433.4 million fourth-quarter loss, marking the end of a dismal 2016 that saw a 64 percent decline in the Pittsburgh health supplement retailer's share...
Going to Pot Communities Here Prepare for Cannabis Cultivation
Just about every week, Cranberry's planning and development office gets a call from someone interested in locating a business related to medical marijuana in the township, Ron Henshaw, director of the office, said."It's mostly about dispensaries, but...
Good Players Have Moon Shining
Some items that fell off my laptop just before the start of the high school basketball playoffs: It's not as if Adam Kaufman has figured out how to coach again. It's more a case of he has talented players again. Kaufman's story this season is a prime...
'Good Wife' Begets Promising 'Good Fight'
Spinoffs are always a dicey proposition. Is this new series even close to as good as the show that birthed it? After two episodes, "The Good Wife" spinoff "The Good Fight" seems poised to answer that question in the affirmative, but it will take more...
Government Management of Pwsa Has Failed
In response to the letter "Privatizing the PWSA Is Not the Solution" (Feb. 9): Privatizing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is not the only answer, but it is certainly worthy of consideration. Government management obviously has not worked to date...
History Lesson Wpial Basketball Playoffs Look Mighty Different from Years Past
The Mars and Moon boys basketball teams tied for a section championship, but both teams will go to the WPIAL playoffs as top seeds. If this were decades ago, Mars and Moon would have to play off for the section championship, possibly in front of...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ADAMS, Katherine E., Ross AMMELL, John Kenneth ATWELL, Elizabeth Gilbert, West View BATTISTA, Elaine A. Grzelka, Knoxville BECK, Elizabeth Miller, Hampton BERNOT, Paul Steven, Cranberry BOCH, Richard "Dick," Ross BURIK, Olga CANTELLA,...
Man Receives 20 to 40 Years in Killing
A Penn Hills man will serve 20 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to third-degree murder. Charles McKinney, 41, told Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos that he didn't mean to shoot Janese Jackson Talton, 29, early...
Mars Area Reaps 'Windfall' from Sale of Old School
The Mars Area School District received a "windfall" when two bidders kept raising the stakes for the purchase of the former Middlesex Elementary School.During a hearing last Friday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, Claddagh Properties of Butler saw...
Mideast Mish-Mash So, Trump's OK with a One-State'solution'
President Donald Trump on Wednesday during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington casually offloaded a couple of decades of bipartisan American policy. He abandoned the consistent approach of advocacy of a two-state -...
More Water Woes a Big Leak, Dep Finding and Bad Audit for Pwsa
Leave it to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to prove the maxim that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. For the second time in less than three years, the state Department of Environmental Protection has rapped the PWSA...
New Deal in Works for Wr Brown, Bell Could Be Next NFL Combine
The Steelers are so far under the salary cap even general manager Kevin Colbert admits it's a different world, a nice place to be. Good thing, too. They are going to need that extra space to keep two of their prized offensive stars -- wide receiver...
New Member of Council, New Police Officer Fill Posts Railroad Avenue Traffic Discussed
A new member of Carnegie council took her seat and a new borough police officer was sworn in at borough council's meeting Monday.Regina Popichak is filling the council seat formerly held by Patrick Catena, who resigned to run for Allegheny County Council.A...
N.Y. Jets' Revis Faces Felony Charges Following Fight
An attorney for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said the former star football player at Aliquippa High School and the University of Pittsburgh looks forward to speaking with Pittsburgh police and will turn himself in to face felony charges...
Officials Link Earthquakes to Fracking Dep Finishes Review of Lawrence County Tremors
A series of small earthquakes in Lawrence County last year appear to have been linked to hydraulic fracturing operations at nearby Utica Shale wells, Pennsylvania regulators said Thursday. The state Department of Environmental Protection said several...
Ones to Remember
ONES TO REMEMBER Post-Gazette hockey writer Sam Werner sifts through the career of Sidney Crosby for his 10 most memorable points: 10. -- 104th point in 2014 ... April 12, 2014, assist vs. Flyers ... This one might not stand out too...
ON THE RADAR // FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD [Derived Headline]
NORTH SEWICKLEY THEATER OPENING The Tull Family Theater, Sewickley's long-awaited independent movie house, is opening its doors today. The theater on Walnut Street has two screening rooms and is showing"The Eagle Huntress,""La La Land" and"Fences"...
Pa. Audit Raps Moon for 'Sloppy Oversight' on Schools Cites Safety Issues, Wasted Tax Dollars
The former superintendent of the Moon Area School District frequently acted without appropriate oversight from the school board, resulting in wasted tax dollars and potential risks to student safety, according to a state audit released Thursday. Pennsylvania...
Palmer's Grandson atop Genesis
This is the starring role Sam Saunders prefers. Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer who so famously kept his composure during a heartfelt eulogy of The King at Saint Vincent College in October, rolled in birdie putts and kept a clean card at ...
Pittsburgh Blues Festival Will Return with New Name, Location and Message
The Pittsburgh Blues Festival, which went silent last year after a 21-year run, will return July 22-23 as the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival with a new location at the Syria Shrine Center in Harmar.The Blues Festival, which had been running annually...
Pittsburgh Firm Wants to Grow Medical Pot in Mckeesport
In the new age of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, McKeesport could be the site of a cannabis cultivation and processing facility that, if approved, likely would be the only one in Allegheny County. The 11-county region that includes Allegheny is...
PNC Renovating Two Buildings Downtown Former Headquarters, Which Opened in '71, Gets Extensive Upgrade
The former headquarters for PNC Financial Services Group is in the midst of its first major overhaul in more than 50 years. PNC is spending millions of dollars to totally remake 24 of the 29 floors in One PNC Plaza, which opened in 1971 and served...
Poplawski Gets Stay of Execution, New Attorneys
A judge on Thursday stayed the March 3 execution date for the man convicted of killing three Pittsburgh police officers in 2009. Richard Poplawski, 30, appeared in court for just a few minutes as Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning,...
Port Authority Ridership Holding Steady Bucks National Trend of Significant Losses
Port Authority seems to be bucking a national trend of declining use of public transportation. Authority CEO Ellen McLean told a board committee Thursday that the agency's ridership was down by 0.6 percent last year, which she attributed mostly to...
Privatization of Water System Not a Good Idea, Officials Say
Despite his scathing draft audit of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's water-supply operation and management, city Controller Michael Lamb still sees much to like about the publicly owned system and said recent talk about selling it is a bad...
Rich Ingold May 15, 1963 - February 15, 2017 Former High School Football Superstar
The very first Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 all-star high school football team was published in 1980, with a full-page spread that featured the cream of the crop in the WPIAL and City League. A quarterback from Seton-LaSalle was on that first team, and...
School Districts Engaging Parents, Students on Opioid Dangers
School districts are reaching out to both students and their parents to address the opioid addiction problem. Riverview School District presented a free program last month called "Addiction Has No Face, A Must See for Every Parent." The program,...
Schools Consider $800,000 Worth of Projects
Mt. Lebanon school directors on Monday reviewed more than $800,000 in capital projects anticipated for this year, including $185,000 in upgrades to the Jefferson Middle School running track. The project to renovate and recoat the surface of the 11-year-old...
SCHOOLS [Derived Headline]
MONTOUR The board has accepted the resignation of superintendent Michael P. Ghilani and appointed Christopher Stone acting superintendent, effective March 3. Mr. Ghilani was recently hired to lead West Jefferson Hills. Mr. Stone has been an administrator...
Schools Vie for Two Titles Obama, Allderdice Play for Boys and Girls City Crowns
This certainly is a different Allderdice boys basketball team than the one that lost only two games and went to a PIAA championship game last year. Just listen to the statistics the Dragons track. "Instead of how many dunks we had in a game last year,"...
Sewer Rate Increase Prompts Complaint
The recent increase in sewer rates in Penn Hills prompted a complaint to council.Robert Larko told council last week that the increase can be a hardship for senior citizens on fixed incomes and for young families.The sewer service charge in the municipality...
Steelers Sold on Rapidly Improving Tackle Villanueva
The Steelers have been busy signing their own exclusive rights free agents to one-year contracts with one notable exception: Alejandro Villanueva. They would prefer instead to sign Villanueva, their starting left tackle, to a long-term deal rather...
STUDENT PARKING, DEER ONCE AGAIN CAUSE A STIR [Corrected 02/21/17]
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on February 21, 2017.Data about the location of deer kills was confused with hunting areas in a story Friday about the results of a controlled archery hunt in Mt. Lebanon. Archers harvested 16 deer on public...
Taking Center Stage Marte Believes Switch Will Work for Him, of Pals
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates center fielder smiled and strode into the Florida sunlight. On the first day of his first spring training as the Pirates' starting center fielder, Starling Marte stowed his gear in the clubhouse, one locker down from Gregory...
The Furious Eloquence of James Baldwin
There's a scene in Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated James Baldwin documentary, "I Am Not Your Negro," that most African-Americans will recognize from personal experience. In a 1968 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show," Baldwin, who told the host earlier...
Third Suspect Arrested in Airport Killing
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -Three people have now been arrested in connection with the apparent fatal poisoning of the half-brother of North Korea's leader, with a Malaysian man held to "assist" in the investigation, police said Thursday. The man, 26-year-old...
Toomey Answers Constituents' Questions in Tele-Town Hall
It wasn't the town hall that some of his critics have been demanding, but Sen, Pat Toomey spoke with constituents online and over the phones for more than 45 minutes Thursday afternoon, a "tele-town hall" his office said was virtually attended by...
TUNED IN [Derived Headline]
WQED special Next week WQED-TV debuts "Come by Here: A History of Five Churches" (8 p.m. Thursday). The program profiles five African-American churches in Western Pennsylvania: Mt. Ararat Baptist Church (Larimer), Ebenezer Baptist Church (Hill District),...
Upmc Teaming Up with Microsoft Goal Is to Cut Doctor Time on Computers
Health care system UPMC is partnering with software giant Microsoft in a research and product development project, the latest collaboration between a major tech company and a Pittsburgh institution. Few details of the agreement were disclosed Thursday,...
Upprize Finalists Try to Solve Social Problems
Ten finalists have been selected for UpPrize, a competition that challenges organizations to come up with technologies and solutions to help the needy in the Pittsburgh region. All 10 will receive a $10,000 grant and will compete for final awards...
Watson Loses in Arbitration Pirates Notebook
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Closer Tony Watson was relieved to discover Wednesday his salary arbitration hearing wasn't as uncomfortable as he anticipated. The bad news came Thursday when a three-person arbitration panel ruled in favor of the Pirates, so Watson...
What Set the Runways Buzzing
NEW YORK - Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but there's still plenty to buzz about. The action kicked off a week ago Thursday at venues across the city. Most shows previewed trends for next fall and winter, although some featured collections...
Who Will Watch the Banks?
An editorial fromBloomberg ViewNearly a decade after a devastating financial crisis, the U.S. remains poorly prepared for a repeat. So it's unsettling that Daniel Tarullo, the Federal Reserve official who has done the most to make the country's banks...
Wilkinsburg Shooting Victim Pleads to Assault
The man who was the alleged target in the Wilkinsburg mass shooting last year pleaded guilty Thursday to simple assault in an unrelated case involving his sister, who was later killed in the ambush-style attack. Lamont Powell, 25, will serve four...
Winnipeg's Laine Prefers Winning to Personal Goals
Winnipeg winger Patrik Laine says he is isn't concerned about winning the Calder Trophy, presented annually to the top rookie in the NHL. "I don't really care," he said. "I just want to win as a team. That's my biggest goal." An admirable sentiment,...
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