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Articles from November 8, 2017

2 More Charged with Real-Estate Fraud
An accused member of a conspiracy among African nationals charged with using fake emails to rip off parties in real estate deals in several states was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh and released pending trial. Akintayo Bolorunduro,...
911th Celebrates Construction Start and Its Ensured Survival
The 911th Airlift Wing in Moon held a groundbreaking Tuesday to mark the start of construction to accommodate eight huge C-17 cargo aircraft. The ceremony also marked the long-term survival of the base and the end of the threat of a potential closure....
Another 1st for Montour Boys Build on Wpial Title by Winning a State Playoff Game for the First Time
The Montour boys soccer team continues to break new ground. Just a few days after claiming the first WPIAL championship in team history, the Spartans earned their first PIAA playoff win with a 3-0 triumph over Hollidaysburg in a Class 3A matchup at Hampton....
Bob Dylan Heinz Hall Show Doesn't Deliver
If someone had told you the day would come when Bob Dylan would be singing Frank Sinatra standards at Heinz Hall, you would have thought they were stoned. Actually, it may have required hallucinogens to wrap your head around that concept. Dylan is...
Boil-Water Advisory Continues 100,000 Are Affected; Water Buffaloes Set Up
The boil-water advisory for about 100,000 Pennsylvania American Water customers in southern Allegheny and Washington counties that began Monday because of cloudy tap water will last at least until Wednesday morning, but it could extend into the afternoon....
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Mylan plans more restructuring moves Generic drug giant Mylan on Tuesday said it was expanding a restructuring plan aimed at streamlining its global operations. The actions are expected to result in pre-tax charges totaling between $375 million and...
Coach Calls for More Flair on Field
The Steelers lead the NFL with nine completions of at least 40 yards. They had a 97-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, the longest pass play in team history, in their most recent outing in Detroit. But coach Mike Tomlin...
Coghill Wins in Pittsburgh's District 4
Roofing contractor Anthony Coghill overcame three prior defeats to win a Pittsburgh City Council seat Tuesday, topping volunteer and activist Cletus Cibrone-Abate. Mr. Coghill, 51, of Beechview, captured the Democratic nomination in May for the council...
COUNTY/CITY [Derived Headline]
COUNTYPort Authority to name new chief executivePort Authority is expected to name a new chief executive officer Wednesday.Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the authority's board have called a news conference for 10:30 a.m. to make an announcement...
David Crosby Puts on a Breathtaking Show in Munhall
David Crosby stepped to the mike to sing "In My Dreams," and from the first notes of the opening song, he took our breath away. The rest of the song was divine, delivered as beautifully as CSN would do it. "This could quite possibly be a very good night,"...
Deal by Pens, City for Arena Site Has Its Critics Ura, Sea Boards to Vote on Thursday
It might not be all smooth ice for the tentative deal that gives the Penguins more time to redevelop the former Civic Arena site while freeing the city from potentially owing the team millions of dollars. Jim Ferlo, a Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment...
Democrats Make Gains, but Lose Pa. High Court Seat
While voters in New Jersey and Virginia put emphatic blues on the electoral map, Pennsylvania had no 2017 race that would point the way to how red, blue or purple the Commonwealth will be in 2018. But there were hints in Tuesday's election results of...
Districts Can Now Lay off Teachers Based on Performance
A new law that went into effect earlier this week will allow financially pinched school districts to lay off teachers based on their performance in the classroom, rather than their years of experience. It marks a major upheaval in the realm of Pennsylvania...
Election Results: Democrats Make Gains, but Lose Pa. High Court Seat to Mundy
While voters in New Jersey and Virginia put emphatic blues on the electoral map, Pennsylvania had no 2017 race that would point the way to how red, blue or purple the Commonwealth will be in 2018.But there were hints in Tuesday's election results of...
'Figaro' Is Everything an Opera Should Be
There are no big-name stars in Pittsburgh Opera's "The Marriage of Figaro," at the Benedum Center, Downtown this week, although every performer - right down the line - sings well and acts his or her role with conviction. With David Paul's imaginative,...
Gop's Mundy to Retain Her Seat
Sallie Mundy is poised to remain on the state Supreme Court, having defeated Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff to win a full 10-year term Tuesday. Justice Mundy held a narrow but seemingly solid lead, according to unofficial polling...
Hate Cooking for Thanksgiving? Then Dine Out
Thanksgiving often conjures up the Norman Rockwell image of a family around the dining table with the turkey as the centerpiece. But about one in 10 Americans eats out at a restaurant on Thanksgiving Day, according to 2016 statistics from the National...
Homecoming Kyle Abraham Returns to His Roots
Celebrated choreographer Kyle Abraham is from Pittsburgh, but these days home is wherever the movement takes him. Part of the year, he lives in California, where he teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles. Other times, he lives out of...
Humans vs. Climate
As climate change impacts America more and more, we need political leadership that will address the issue. Last Friday, 17 federal agencies simultaneously released a peer-reviewed fourth National Climate Assessment Report representing the highest-quality...
Judge to Decide If Suspect's Interview Allowed as Evidence
An Allegheny County judge held an hours-long hearing Tuesday to decide whether recorded statements made to police by a suspect in the slaying of five people and an unborn child in Wilkinsburg ought to be allowed as evidence at trial. Common Pleas...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
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Law Firms Find Their Niche Aiding Men in Divorce Cases Some Believe a Bias Exists in Settlement and Custody Battles
It took seven years for Don Morchesky to get a divorce. The conflict between husband and wife became so volatile during the marital separation that in 2013 it led to a house that they both owned burning down. Their divorce dragged on because of a...
Lebanon in Limbo High Stakes in the Prime Minister's Resignation
The announcement Saturday by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that he was resigning from the Beirut government was an unhelpful shock - both for the well-being of Lebanon, a precariously balanced country at best, and overall equilibrium in the...
Let's Get Rid of Our Two Major Parties Neither One Is Offering Adequate Leadership; It's Time to Restructure the System
Looking at America's two allegedly major political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, on the national level, I conclude that both of them are dead as a doornail in terms of organization and ability to wage coherent election campaigns. Thus,...
Lions Hope Home Field Cures Some of Their Ills
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State has a few glaring needs as it enters the final three weeks of the regular season. It needs an offense that can sustain a drive when the Nittany Lions are trying to protect a late-game lead. It needs a defense that...
Malkin, Kessel Do Some Heavy Lifting Duo Celebrates Its Reunion with Three Points Apiece as Penguins Snap out of 5-on-5 Funk
Like any great duo, sometimes Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel might just need some time apart to remember what it is that makes them such a good pairing in the first place.After being split up for most of the team's five-game road trip out west, Malkin...
Mccutchen's Situation Hangs over Free Agency
Most teams enter free agency, which officially began Monday, with a shopping list. The San Francisco Giants need outfielders. The Boston Red Sox need a first baseman. Texas could use some starting pitchers. The Pirates need . well, it depends. They're...
Oyster Stuffing Isn't Just for Seafood Lovers
Stuffing is one of those time-honored Thanksgiving dishes that most cooks hesitate to mess with. Where it's perfectly acceptable to be fussy about the bread - Southerners apparently prefer cornbread while we Northerners opt for stale, crusty cubes...
Penguins 3, Coyotes 1 Malkin, Kessel Do Some Heavy Lifting Duo Celebrates Its Reunion with Three Points Apiece as Penguins Snap out of 5-on-5 Funk
Like any great duo, sometimes Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel might just need some time apart to remember what it is that makes them such a good pairing in the first place. After being split up for most of the team's five-game road trip out west,...
Ppt's 'The Humans' Serves Up a Haunting Thanksgiving
When "The Humans" begins a national tour Nov. 17 in Seattle, the 2016 Tony Award-winning best play will open here the same day, courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Theater. The local company is among the regional theaters that couldn't wait to put its own...
Protection from Abuse Numbers Set Record Several Factors Cited for Spike in County
When Alina Sheykhet got a restraining order in September against her ex-boyfriend, the University of Pittsburgh student joined thousands of other Allegheny County residents employing an increasingly popular tool to try to keep abusers away. In 2016,...
Psu: Student Conduct Investigation Completed University Punishes Beta Theta Pi Members in Death of Pledge
Seven Penn State University students received sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion stemming from the February hazing death of a sophomore fraternity pledge, while 19 other individuals withdrew from the university before the discipline process...
Reaves Turns Kessel T-Shirts into Hot Item
If you liked Ryan Reaves' Phil Kessel-as-Michael Jackson-from-Thriller T-shirt he wore after the game Saturday in Vancouver - and, really, how could you not? - Reaves has some good news. There's more coming. "I'm working on making more," Reaves said....
Republicans Looking to Maintain Majorities
With voting results still being tabulated late Tuesday night, some seats on the state's intermediate appellate courts were still being contested. But it seemed safe to say that both the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court would retain their...
Restaurants to Offer Free, Discounted Meals for Vets
Several local restaurants and fast-food chains in the Pittsburgh area are offering free and discounted meals for current and former military members in observance of Veterans Day. Most establishments require proof of service, such as a military ID...
Sample Wine, Cheese, Beer at Festivals
Festivals Wine and Cheese Festival: Compare and rate commercially produced wines and enjoy food. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Blueberry Hill Park Activity Center in Franklin Park. $30; $25 for Franklin Park residents; ages 21 and up only. Benefits...
Screaming to Sky about Trump? Nice Try
Certain right-wing readers in a state of gloating agitation - their normal demeanor - alerted me early on that liberals are planning to scream helplessly at the sky today to protest the election one year ago of President Donald Trump. How thoughtful...
Senators Launch Bipartisan Push to Enforce Existing Background Checks Law
WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic lawmakers who remain bitterly opposed about expanding gun-control measures are banding together to demand that federal agencies comply with existing ones, after reports indicated that the gunman who killed 26...
Some Homewood Residents Continue to Voice Opposition to Kelly Hamilton Development
A group of Homewood residents are continuing to raise concerns over a planned 58-unit mixed-income housing development and community center in their neighborhood.The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh hosted a public hearing Tuesday where about...
Spurgeon, Connelly Win Seats on Bench
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court will add to its elected ranks in January an already-sitting judge and a civil attorney. David Spurgeon, appointed to a vacancy on the court last year by Gov. Tom Wolf, won one of two 10-year seats on Tuesday. Joining...
State Trooper Shot during Traffic Stop
Pennsylvania State Police said a trooper was shot Tuesday morning near Allentown in Northampton County, prompting a massive pursuit south to Easton Hospital, where police said they apprehended a suspect. The trooper was shot during a traffic stop...
Successful Night for Democrats
Tuesday was a good night for local Democrats. Among the four competitive races for Allegheny County Council, two GOP incumbents were close to being toppled while a two Democratic incumbents cruised to easy victory. An upset was brewing in the northern...
Suns Trade G Bledsoe to Bucks for Monroe
The Phoenix Suns traded disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for big man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks. The deal was announced Tuesday, hours before the Bucks played in Cleveland.Bledsoe has not been with the team since Oct....
Teachers' Contract May End Performance Pay City Schools, Union to Vote Today on Arbitrator's Report
The last contract for teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools linked pay for newcomers to how well they performed in the classroom. But that key provision is likely to disappear in the next collective bargaining agreement that the district and its...
The One-Party System Is Bad for Pittsburgh
What do North Korea, Pittsburgh, Iraq under Saddam Hussein and the former Soviet Union have in common? Yesterday was Election Day and the only choice for mayor of Pittsburgh was Bill Peduto or nothing. Is 80-plus years of one party rule not the definition...
The Route to Sustained Economic Growth
Americans have become growth deniers, believing we can no longer achieve a 3 percent-plus economy. After eight years of Obamanomics, many have given up on the American Dream. And recent polls overwhelmingly conclude that younger workers believe they...
Too Early to Worry about Penguins
I spent two minutes Tuesday wondering if that tired, old hockey axiom that says a hockey club has to struggle in its first home game after a long trip has any validity. It didn't Tuesday night for the Penguins, who beat the Arizona Coyotes, 3-1, at...
Turkey Done Right Thanksgiving's Main Act Can Be Basted or Glazed
On the Thanksgiving mornings of my youth, I would awaken to the smell of stuffed turkey roasting in the oven. The aroma was a combination of bird and butter, celery and onion, sage and rosemary. I'd patter barefoot to the kitchen to see Mum in her...
Turnpike Commission Moves Ahead with Design of Expressway
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission authorized nearly $34 million in final design contracts Tuesday for an 8-mile stretch of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from Jefferson Hills to Duquesne. If final design goes as expected, construction could begin in...
Urgency Might Be Missing in 2nd Half Division Lead Could Bring Complacency
The Steelers' most difficult opponent in the second half of their season might not be the New England Patriots or any other team on the schedule. It just might be complacency. That's because at 6-2 they have a 2-game lead in the AFC North Division.It's...
U.S. Alone against Paris Deal as Syria Joins In
President Donald Trump has put America at odds with the rest of the world when it comes to the goal of combating climate change. At an international climate conference in Bonn, Germany, on Tuesday, Syria announced its plans to join the Paris climate...
U.S. House Votes to Cut Red Tape on Telemedicine
WASHINGTON -The Department of Veterans Affairs has robust technology that would allow its patients to get remote medical care from specialists anywhere in the country if not for red-tape restrictions put in place long before telemedicine was an option....
Vanka Relative Is Soprano at Murals Event
A personal dimension will be added to an already intimate evening Nov. 17 when Maxo Vanka's great-niece takes the stage as the night's soloist. Amy Stetten moved to Pittsburgh with her family when she was 12 and as a child visited St. Nicholas Croatian...
Warning Signs the Texas Killer Was Big Trouble in Plain Sight
There were lots of signs that Devin Kelley would commit more violence, and that makes his rampage at a rural Texas church Sunday all the more tragic. The 26-year-old Kelley, who fired as he walked up and down the aisle, killing at least 26 and injuring...
Which Tar Heels QB Will Pitt Face Thursday Night?
Nathan Elliott. Brandon Harris. Chazz Surratt. Not exactly a who's who or a murderers' row of quarterbacks, but as the Pitt coaching staff plans for struggling North Carolina, variety is the spice of preparation. And while the Tar Heels (1-8, 0-6...
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