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Articles from February 22, 2017

After Slow Start, Norwin Rolls On
After winning two consecutive WPIAL titles, Norwin has a pretty good idea how to jump-start the team. So, when the Knights needed a boost Tuesday night in the second quarter of their first-round playoff game against Butler, it was junior Magen Polczynski...
Art History Classes Set
A series of art history classes spanning the ancient Mediterranean to contemporary Carnegie International exhibitions will be offered by Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland, beginning March 8. The classes are required for people who plan to enter the...
A Sticky Situation Warm Weather Has Syrup Flowing Early and Maple Farmers Concerned
INDIAN HEAD, Fayette County - On the rocky Laurel Highlands knob that is Duck's Maple Farm, long, spaghetti-like strands of blue plastic tubing criss-cross the woods, linking more than 2,200 maple trees to Don and Sherry Hess' syrup cooker. The maple...
Bruno Feels Lucky after Recent Loss of Two Icons
The sad news broke late last week. George "The Animal" Steele died Thursday in Florida at 79. Ivan "The Russian Bear" Koloff passed Saturday in North Carolina at 74. Two pro wrestling icons were gone. Two of my all-time favorite sports characters....
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
PNC to buy segment of ECN Capital for $1.25 billion PNC Financial Services Group agreed to pay $1.25 billion in cash to buy the U.S.-based commercial and vendor finance business of Toronto-based ECN Capital Corp. The deal includes a $1.1 billion ...
Butterbeer Is Pouring in Lawrenceville
For its epic Harry Potter Film & Culture Festival this week and next, Lawrenceville's Row House Cinema had to serve Butterbeer. Especially because the connected business of Bierport was being transformed into a tavern in the fictional village of Hogsmeade....
Calling on Cuba a Pittsburgh Delegation Goes beyond Goodwill
The delegation of about 65 Pittsburghers in Cuba this week has a chance to set the stage for big opportunities. Not often is a country- even a small one- suddenly and dramatically opened in new ways to American business, culture and tourism. That's...
CITY [Derived Headline]
Council OKs directors for two departments Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday approved Mayor Bill Peduto's nominees to lead two city departments. Jennifer Presutti, 38, of Carrick is the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, succeeding...
Composer Stephen Flaherty Strikes a Chord for 'Ragtime'
"Ragtime" seemed like an impossible dream of a musical for the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama until its Tony Award-winning composer, Stephen Flaherty, pointed out that the award-winning musical comes in all shapes and sizes. The original...
Dispute Mounts between City and Penn Plaza Developer
A dispute between Pittsburgh city officials and the developer of the Penn Plaza site in East Liberty continues to escalate. A letter last week from city solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge to Jonathan Kamin, attorney for Pennley Park, an affiliate of ...
Etna Entices a Skate Fest Shows a City Neighbor on the Move
Officials in Etna get high marks for ingenuity. They're putting a portable rink right on Butler Street for the inaugural Etna Winter Street Ice Skate, to be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event will overlap with another outdoor skating spectacle,...
Ex-Constables Challenge Conviction in Appellate Court
Two former constables convicted of official oppression and simple assault stemming from a 2014 incident in which they were serving a warrant over an unpaid parking ticket have asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court to reverse their convictions. An...
Firstenergy: Assets Worth $9.2 Billion Less Than Last Year Company Faces Volatile Market
About a dozen FirstEnergy Corp. coal, nuclear and gas power plants, its nuclear fuel, and other assets are now worth $9.2 billion less than this time last year, the Ohio-based company disclosed on Tuesday. The Akron company's decision to sell or close...
Forbes Nursing Home Penalized Harshly by State for Substandard Patient Care
The Forbes Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Larimer has been hit with unusually tough sanctions from state regulators for instances of substandard patient care last year, which included treatment of an individual who died of a head injury...
Heinz Field Ice Fine despite Warm Spell
Dan Craig wakes up and checks his phone. National Hockey League vice presidents of facilities operations - they're just like us. Except Craig isn't up at 7 a.m., checking his texts or Twitter. He's up at 2:30 a.m., looking at a custom-built app designed...
Hines Ward to Uncork 3rd Wine Label in Seven Fields
Join Hines Ward in person to celebrate the release of his new Red Blend produced by Engine House 25 at Vines Wine Bar in Seven Fields, Butler County. The Napa Valley Red Blend, which is 80 percent zinfandel and 20 percent cabernet, is the Super Bowl...
Illogical about Media
After President Donald Trump's only stand-alone press conference to date, we are left with still more absurd charges from his own lips and tweets ("the fake news media is the enemy of the people"). This was just one of many inane comments made during...
Kang's Trial Starts Today in Seoul Outcome Could Play a Major Role in How Season Plays out for Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. - Jung Ho Kang was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for the first day of his trial for a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Seoul, South Korea. The trial was expected to begin at 4 p.m. locally, according to ...
Kuhl Hopes to Ride'inside Track' to Spot in Rotation
BRADENTON, Fla. - Before right-hander Chad Kuhl walked into the clubhouse at Pirate City a year ago for the first day of his first major league spring training, he never had met Gerrit Cole or Francisco Liriano. They had coveted corner lockers, while...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ADAMS, Lorraine C. "Pretzel" ANCHORS, James M., Plum BITTLE, Loretta Lewis, Elizabeth Township BONIFIELD, Betty Jean, Upper St. Clair BOYKO, Samuel John Sr., Carrick BOYT, Catherine, formerly Ambridge BRNILOVICH, Mildred Draskovich,...
Lawmakers Question Wolf's Budget Dispute Need for Tax on Natural Gas Drilling
HARRISBURG -Three weeks of budget hearings kicked off Tuesday with legislators scrutinizing Gov. Tom Wolf's proposals to enact a new tax on natural gas drilling and raise the minimum wage. Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees ...
Man Asks Pa. Court to Vacate Kidnapping Conviction
The defense attorney for a man convicted of kidnapping his own daughter argued Tuesday that he never should have been charged with that count and that the resulting sentence that he received, 8 to 22 years, is excessive. The three-judge panel of the...
Man Charged with Plotting Terror Attack
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Missouri man is accused of plotting a Presidents Day jihadi terrorist attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 25, of Columbia, was charged in U.S. District Court of Kansas City with...
Mardi Gras Where Cake Is King, and Purple, Green and Gold Reign
During the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, one treat reigns supreme in New Orleans. It's the king cake, a centerpiece of the Carnival season that began on Jan. 6 and runs through midnight on Fat Tuesday. Made with a sweet dough that's been shaped into...
Mckeesport Outlasts Armstrong
Armstrong barely qualified for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs and needed a win against Kiski Area in its final regular-season game to earn a spot. Yet despite sneaking into the tournament the River Hawks nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the first...
Missile Mischief Russia's Violation of 1987 Agreement Bodes Ill
Russia's secret deployment of a new cruise missile in violation of a 1987 agreement with the United States calls into question the whole value of making deals with President Vladimir Putin, particularly if they involve selling off pieces of America's...
More Balanced Scoring Translates into More Wins for Pitt
As the final seconds ticked away Saturday in Pitt's win against Florida State, senior forward Sheldon Jeter stood and listened while much of the surrounding student section chanted his name. He played the role of hero in Pitt's 80-66 victory, scoring...
More Immigrants Targeted for Deportation Local Voices Promote Benefits of Immigration to Region
On a day when the Trump administration unveiled new policies to intensify the hunt for and deportation of immigrants without legal status, numerous Pittsburgh-area voices mobilized to send a different narrative. Civic, religious and immigrant-community...
Pakistan Shells Border with Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD - An escalating border conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan is threatening to undermine their cooperation on terrorism and peace talks with the Taliban as the Trump administration begins weighing its options to spur progress on both...
Peoples Inks Deal to Buy a Kentucky Gas Utility
With its third acquisition in as many years, Peoples Natural Gas, the North Shore-based gas utility, is expanding its footprint in Kentucky by acquiring Delta Natural Gas. And it's always looking for more, according to Peoples' CEO Morgan O'Brien....
Pittsburgher Creates CSA Day Promotion
From an office on the North Side, Simon Huntley runs Small Farm Central, a company that helps small farms with technology and software issues such as websites, customer retention and marketing. A few years ago, Mr. Huntley discovered that among the...
Pittsburgh Must Pursue Public Solutions to Pwsa Problems
As a city resident I concur with the sentiment expressed in the article "Privatizing Pittsburgh's Water System Is Not a Good Idea, Officials Say" (Feb. 17). I know that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is currently facing serious problems...
Players Know It's about Time They Shift to High Gear
RALEIGH, N.C. - There's just a week to go until the NHL trade deadline. Once that passes, the stretch drive will begin, albeit unofficially, with the Stanley Cup playoffs to follow. The Penguins are in a pretty good spot - they were second in the ...
Porter Pleads Guilty to Summary Charge
Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter pleaded guilty Tuesday to summary disorderly conduct over a confrontation with a police officer at a South Side bar, and all other charges filed against him were withdrawn. Defense attorney Robert Del Greco said...
Practice Pays off, at Last Barrage of 3s Paves Way to Win in Playoff Opener Franklin Regional 80, Trinity 69
Nate Leopold says he and his Franklin Regional teammates are often terrific shooters in practice. But that marksmanship hasn't always transferred to games. Franklin Regional opened the WPIAL playoffs Tuesday night, and the Panthers might as well have...
Pwsa Line Fix to Cost $400,000, Could Take 2 Months
The leaky water main that had been losing some 10,000 gallons every minute has a break that's about 8 feet long, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said Tuesday. PWSA confirmed that contractors found the break late Monday after excavating the...
Rmu Aims for No. 7 Seed as Nec Tournament Nears
Though the road to get there might have been a little bumpy, the Robert Morris men's basketball team managed to accomplish one of its most immediate goals. With a 74-64 road win Saturday against Central Connecticut, the Colonials (11-18, 7-9) clinched...
Robert Kavanaugh April 30, 1937 - Feb. 16, 2017 Fox Chapel Accountant 'Set the Bar for All of Us'
Robert Kavanaugh's list of employers has only one entry. After graduating from Boston College in 1958 with a degree in accounting, Mr. Kavanaugh joined the Arthur Andersen accounting firm, where he remained throughout his entire 38-year career including...
Russian Roulette Don't Lose Sight of the Need to Investigate Russia's Role in the Election and to See Donald Trump's Tax Returns
Amid the large and small problems of the administration of President Donald J. Trump so far, there are two - his taxes and the role of Russia - that Americans mustn't lose sight of in the dust of what could become the crumbling of the republic. First...
Rustic Fare, Amari Bar on Talia's Menu
A new Italian restaurant with familiar roots is coming to Downtown Pittsburgh in the former Alcoa Building at 425 Sixth Ave., across the street from the Hotel Monaco. Talia Cucina & Rosticceria will open its doors on March 13, serving traditional...
Spirit Airlines to Add 7 Destinations from Pittsburgh International Airport It Plans to Continue Flights from Latrobe
Spirit Airlines is touching down in a big way at Pittsburgh International Airport. Starting this spring and summer, the ultra low-fare carrier will start flights to seven destinations - Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Myrtle Beach, Fort Lauderdale,...
State Oks Expansion for Charter School at Frick Park City Schools Solicitor Says He Will Appeal
The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park won its case before the state Charter School Appeal Board on Tuesday for an expansion that includes a high school and a second K-8 school. But Ira Weiss, solicitor for Pittsburgh Public Schools, called...
Survival Mode Penguins Overcome Early Penatlies, Misplays to Beat Carolina Penguins 3, Hurricanes 1
RALEIGH, N.C. - The first two periods of the Penguins' 3-1 victory against Carolina Tuesday night at PNC Arena were, as hockey games go, a work of art. The kind a sleep-deprived first-grader might produce if working with a limited selection of broken...
Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Supplying Cocaine Ring
The Texas supplier for a Pittsburgh cocaine ring pleaded guilty Tuesday as his trial was about to begin in U.S. District Court. Dante Lozano, 41, of Brownsville, Texas, pleaded to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to launder the proceeds...
The Party's over after 60 Years, Mike Feinberg Co. in Strip District to Close in April
The legendary Mike Feinberg Co., one of Pittsburgh's favorite stores for party supplies, Steelers gear and souvenirs, will be shutting its doors the end of April after 60 years at its location on Penn Avenue in the Strip District. Marcia Feinberg,...
The Wisdom of Keeping Time on Paper
As a member of a generation that knew no computers or personal devices, I think I have adjusted fairly well to the electronic marvels that people take for granted today. But there is one convenience that I cannot embrace. I still depend upon a paper...
They Should Have Worked to Improve the Aca
As a health professional I respectfully take issue with the inaccurate portrayal of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid as "broken" and "historically failed" in the Feb. 19 Forum article by U.S. Reps. Keith Rothfus, Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster ("Relief...
'Town Halls' Grow Contentious Public Puts Pressure on Gop Lawmakers
It was supposed to be a chance to "Join Representative Tim Murphy as he discusses his Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." But Mr. Murphy, an Upper St. Clair Republican, canceled a workshop scheduled at Duquesne University's student union...
Trial to Begin in Forgery Case Involving Late Judge
Testimony will begin Wednesday in an unusual federal trial born of marital strife that judges in Pittsburgh could not hear because it involves the forged signature of their dead U.S. District Court colleague. Steven Grados, a retired state trooper,...
Wabtec Cautions Investors amid Disappointing Earnings
Wabtec Corp. disappointed investors on Tuesday with a 21 percent drop in profits during 2016, as a downswing in the freight market sapped demand from its largest base of customers. But the Wilmerding-based company, which manufactures products for ...
White House Website's Obama Data Removed Watchdogs Concerned about Accessibility
WASHINGTON - If you wanted to know who visited the White House, how much the president's secretary is paid, or which state has the most federally funded teaching positions, the information was just a few clicks away. With a bit more technical knowledge,...
Yeshiva Schools Teacher Investigated in Sexual Assault
The Pittsburgh police bureau's sex assault unit is investigating claims of sexual assault involving a teacher at the Yeshiva Schools in Squirrel Hill. It was not known if the incident under investigation involved a student or where it might have occurred....
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