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Articles from March 25, 2017

American Democracy: Not So Decadent after All
WASHINGTONUnder the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly...
A Pipeline of Skilled Workers Western Pennsylvania Needs Newer, More Robust Approaches to Education, Training and Hiring
The Tri-State area is undergoing an exciting period of growth and opportunity. Over the next decade, the region's workforce will be entirely transformed by a wave of retirements, new growth and occupational transitions, creating multigenerational opportunities...
Boyerstown 46m North Allegheny 35 Tigers Fall to Boyertown North Allegheny Falters in 2nd Half in 46-35 Defeat
HERSHEY, Pa. - With a silver medal dangling from his neck, North Allegheny coach Spencer Stefko had a simple message for his team after its 46-35 loss to Boyertown in the PIAA 6A girls championship Friday at Giant Center. "I tell them that I love...
Brenna Wise to Transfer from Pitt Panthers' Top Women's Star Gets Release
Brenna Wise has been the face of the Pitt women's basketball team since stepping on campus in 2015, but now this former WPIAL standout will transfer out of the program. Wise, a former WPIAL champion and Post-Gazette co-player of the year at Vincentian...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Abbott reduces stake in Mylan Abbott Laboratories sold 44 million shares of Mylan on Thursday at $41.60 per share, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. It reduced Abbott's stake in the local generic drug company...
Chartiers Valley Student to Stand Trial
A Chartiers Valley High School student will stand trial on rape and other charges after a girl accused him of assaulting her in his pool house this month. Ross Wilkerson, 18, a senior and standout basketball and baseball player, is charged with rape,...
CITY BREW TOURS NEW TO PITTSBURGH [Corrected 04/08/17]
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on March 26, 2017. PA Brew Tours still offers tours for private groups of 15 or more. Saturday's story about brewery tours was incorrect.Capitalizing on and further boosting Pittsburgh's rise as a craft...
Cold War Kids Play Lukewarm Show
All of the ingredients for a hipster band's success were on the table Thursday night at Stage AE. It had a simple, floral backdrop and equally plain red and magenta lighting, an infusion of funky percussion pieces like the tambourine and the maraca,...
County Revokes Liquor License at Athletic Association
The Allegheny County sheriff ordered the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland to stop selling alcoholic beverages Friday for failure to pay the county's 7 percent tax on drinks. County Treasurer John Weinstein initiated the action, saying the...
Dead on Arrival: Trump's Version of Health Care Bill Pulled in House Ryan Says Obamacare Remains Law of the Land, at Least for Now
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump may be an artful deal-maker in real estate, but his strongarm tactics don't work in Washington.That became clear Friday after Republicans pulled a controversial health care vote that was central to presidential and...
DEAD ON ARRIVAL: TRUMP'S VERSION OF HEALTH CARE BILL PULLED IN HOUSE RYAN SAYS OBAMACARE REMAINS LAW OF THE LAND, AT LEAST FOR NOW [Corrected 03/28/17]
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on March 26, 2017. A story Saturday listed the incorrect political party for U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle. He is a Democrat.WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump may be an artful deal-maker in real estate, but his...
Dukes' Woes Still Mounting Freshman Star Has Eye on Transfering
Within the same hour Friday, Duquesne freshman point guard Mike Lewis II announced via Twitter that he had asked for permission to contact other schools, and reports circulated that yet another coach would not be filling the Dukes vacancy. That about...
E-Zpass Signal Lights Disappearing from Pa. Turnpike
Along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, E-ZPass users may face some confusion in coming months as the familiar feedback signal lights prompting a yellow "Low Bal" or a green "Thank You" begin to disappear across the 550-mile system. As part of a project...
Former Egyptian Leader Mubarak Freed
CAIRO - Six years after his overthrow, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was freed from detention Friday, dashing the hopes of many who saw his downfall as a sign that Arab leaders could be held accountable for corruption and repression. Mr....
Ganassi Driver Leads Points Race Larson Is Owner's First atop Series in Seven Seasons
It took a little patience, but Kyle Larson has lifted decorated car owner and Fox Chapel resident Chip Ganassi back to the top of the stock car racing world. Larson, 24, enters the Auto Club 400 Sunday in Fontana, Calif., as the Monster Energy NASCAR...
'Harry Potter' Play Focuses on Parent-Child Relationship Sequel to J.K. Rowling's Work Is Broadway Bound
LONDON - The blockbuster here is "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," as big since it opened last July as "Hamilton" is on Broadway, with tickets sold out more than a year in advance and all the resulting frenzy, that famed British reserve notwithstanding....
Hike 100 Miles ... but You Can Take Your Time
The Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy is inviting people to take up a quest: Hike 100 miles on its trails, and the nonprofit will give you a patch. And while the group is known for its grueling 34-miles-in-one-day (this year on June 24) Challenge...
House Panel Reeling over Trump-Russia Probe Top Democrat Accuses Committee Chair of Keeping Information from the Public
WASHINGTON - A week that began with a public hearing by the House Intelligence Committee that confirmed the FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia ended...
Is Chiropractic Care Right for Your Pet?
As a traditionally trained veterinarian, I initially had reservations about alternative treatments such as chiropractic care. The science behind adjusting vertebra especially on a horse did not make sense to me. I knew a number of chiropractors but did...
Islanders 4, Penguins 3 Shootout Losses Pile Up Quickly Is Glass Half Full or Half Empty? That Is Penguins Riddle
Make no mistake, the Penguins appreciate the point. They realize it could help to make a division championship possible, or maybe secure home-ice advantage for the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. So while they would have liked to have squeezed...
Just You Wait the Sensational 'Hamilton' Is Coming to Town
The hottest ticket on Broadway for the past two years is coming to Pittsburgh. This week, PNC Broadway announced that a "Hamilton" touring production will touch down here in the 2018-19 season. Of course, season ticket subscribers will get first dibs...
Lack of Visa Keeps Kang out of Usa; Future Still Uncertain
BRADENTON, Fla. - Jung Ho Kang is not at Pirates spring training. That much we know. When he'll get here or whether he'll get here at all, remains to be seen. A South Korean media report Friday seemingly added some clarity to the situation but also...
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; call 412-263-1601 to suggest a news obituary. Classified obituaries...
Mccutchen, Harrison Savor WBC Gold Medals
BRADENTON, Fla. - Wearing his gold medal around his neck and a baseball cap with an American flag velcroed to the front, Andrew McCutchen was in the Pirates clubhouse shortly after it opened to the media at 7:30 a.m. Friday. Before he spoke, though,...
Mt. Oliver Man Ordered to Stand Trial Charged in Fatal Heroin, Fentanyl Overdose
Twelve hours before 30-year-old Leonard Bilski died from an overdose in a home in Brentwood, he texted a contact in his phone and arranged to buy drugs. And hours after he died, a police officer used Mr. Bilski's cell phone to set up a fake drug deal...
Pa. Unemployment Rate Slides to 5 Percent
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5 percent in February, as more people found jobs while others gave up looking for work altogether, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry's...
PETS CALENDAR [Derived Headline]
Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows next week About 1,000 purebred dogs representing as many as 177 breeds will compete in two annual Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows April 1-2 at the Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd....
Pg Has Strong Showing in Statewide Contest for Best of Journalism
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won seven first places, seven second places and six honorable mentions in the annual Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association's Keystone Awards contest, the largest journalism competition in the state for print and digital news...
Rooney II Favors Faster Pace of Play
Concerned about the pace of play for its regular-season games, the NFL will urge its owners to eliminate some unnecessary delays when they get together for their annual meeting next week in Phoenix. And Steelers president Art Rooney II is all for it....
Sewickley Academy 68, Constitution 63 Sewickley Overcomes Mystique Panthers Earn 2a Title with Overtime Victory vs. Constitution, 68-63
HERSHEY, Pa. - After the starting lineups were introduced, every Constitution player got close together in front of their bench and one teammate acted like he threw a bowling ball at the group. The entire team fell in unison like pins and broke into...
Sniff School Nose Work Is Funfor Dogs of All Breeds and All Ages
Five dogs wagged their tails, and some barked with excitement. Each was eager to get to the "work" of using their noses to sniff every inch of a fenced indoor course randomly strewn with dog toys and other items. One at a time, each dog entered...
South Carolina 70 [Derived Headline]
South Carolina 70Baylor 50(New York)Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points and No. 7-seeded South Carolina cruised past No. 3 Baylor, the Bears' worst NCAA loss. The Gamecocks (25-10) were in control from the middle of the first half on, mixing defenses and...
Spanier Could Face Prison over Sandusky Ex-Psu President Guilty of One Count
HARRISBURG - Graham B. Spanier, the former Pennsylvania State University president once considered among the nation's most prominent college leaders, was convicted Friday of endangering children by failing to act on signs that Jerry Sandusky was a...
Spicy Green Beans with Pork and Garlic
SPICY GREEN BEANS WITH PORK AND GARLIC PG tested Maybe you're recovering from a head cold. Or you're staring down a pile of dirty laundry the size of a small pony that you know will take hours to wash, dry and sort. Perhaps you just want to settle...
Star Parties Return with Spring at the Wagman Observatory
Stars are born and galaxies spiral into unusual clusters in a region of space that is coming into view as Earth tilts on its axis, wobbling into spring. On March 31 and April 1 - several nights before the moon's first quarter forms a smile in the...
Study Claims Physical Exertion a Boon to Elderly Heart Patients
As people with heart disease live longer, a new emphasis on physical activity will improve the quality of their lives, especially as they get into their 80s and 90s, according to an American Heart Association statement published Thursday in the journal...
Sullivan Defends Crosby Big Time
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan came to his captain's defense before a game Friday night against the New York Islanders, defending Sidney Crosby after some disparaging comments from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on a Canadian radio station. Melnyk...
Supersized Sabbath Orthodox Jewish Organization Brings 1,000 Together in Expression of Peace, Unity
They began their Sabbath observances with candle-lighting, Hebrew blessings and other traditional activities. Less traditionally, they set a thousand places for dinner, and virtually all the seats were filled. The Friday evening event was called Shabbat...
Sweet 16
EAST REGION South Carolina.....70 Baylor.............50 (New York) Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points and No. 7-seeded South Carolina cruised past No. 3 Baylor, the Bears' worst NCAA loss. The Gamecocks (25-10) were in control from the middle of...
Syfy's 'Face Off: All-Stars' Gives Creepy Families Their Due
"Face Off: All-Stars" (Syfy, Tuesdays) created two "super teams" of four this week for a return-to-horror challenge. Each team had to come up with three related characters who might have stepped out of a "lost tourist" film (lesson: never ask creepy...
Tantrums Not Dialogue: Sounds like the President
Wow! Val DiGiorgio's "Crybaby Politics" (March 21 Perspectives) is the most "spittn' mad" commentary I've read in quite a while. I am on the cusp of 68 and have always been politically active. My grandparents came to this country in the very early 1900s...
Teams to Hit the Streets in Fight to Stem Gun Violence, Provide Help
Teams from the Allegheny County Health Department soon will be on the ground in neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence to try to stymie what officials see as a public health crisis. The health department has started the process to give a total of...
The Doctrine of Infallibility the People Now Ruling America Never Own Up to Their Mistakes - or Learn from Them
Two weeks after President Donald Trump claimed, bizarrely, that the Obama administration had wiretapped his campaign, his press secretary suggested that GCHQ - Britain's counterpart to the National Security Agency - had done the imaginary bugging. British...
The Specter of Flint a Worst-Case Example of Losing Faith in Water
The ongoing Flint, Mich., water crisis should serve as both an indictment and a warning: Lose a stable and reliable water supply and you lose a city, maybe a region. It has been nearly three years since Flint, under the control of a state-appointed...
The Strip District Was Everything to Mike Feinberg
The party's been planned, the streamers are hung, a celebration for 60 years of good Pittsburgh fun. Super Bowls, bridal showers, backyard cookouts and more, this is finally goodbye to Feinberg's party store.The Mike Feinberg Company, as just about every...
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