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Articles from March 13, 2017

Allegheny County Could Get 4-6 Inches from Snowstorm
The first day of spring may be only a week away, but don't stash those puffy coats and ice scrapers just yet. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a winter weather advisory for Allegheny County from 8 p.m. Monday through 11 p.m....
An Evening of Influence with the Alaquivas
* #SEENPowerCouple: Emmai and Patrice Alaquiva have become one of Pittsburgh's young power couples. Using their influence, they hosted an event Thursday night at Bar Marco in the Strip District to raise awareness about a few of their favorite charities...
A New Boar War Big Radioactive Pigs Overrun Fukushima Site
Six years after Fukushima became a cautionary tale about the tragic collision between the unfettered forces of nature and technology, it is providing yet another ominous metaphor for our troubled times - wild radioactive boars. Northern Japan has...
Authorities Id Two Men Killed in Knoxville Homicide-Suicide
The two men who died Saturday evening during a shooting in a Knoxville home were victims of a homicide-suicide, authorities confirmed Sunday. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Christopher Dancy, 46, of Ambridge was killed by...
Basketball Fever Climbs, but Not Here No Fanfare Greets Selection Sunday
We have no right to complain. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup last season and look as if they can repeat if they can keep 18 skaters healthy. The Steelers made it to the AFC championship game and are a Super Bowl contender most seasons. The Pirates,...
Batuman's 'The Idiot' Is a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
In the epigram to author Elif Batuman's new novel, "The Idiot" (Penguin Press, $27), Marcel Proust notes that, "Adolescence is the only period in which we learn anything." Our teen years are such a dramatically formative period: it's when you feel...
Become a Part of the Digs Add Your Story to Pittsburgh's History
Do you own a dusty scrapbook filled with old family photographs? Or a shoebox stuffed with black-and-white or color pictures of family gatherings and events from years past? If so, you can help us out. We want to expand The Digs to tell the story...
Bourdais Goes from Last to 1st in Indycar Win
Sebastien Bourdais pulled off a major upset Sunday by driving from last place to win the IndyCar season-opener at St. Petersburg, Fla. Bourdais made an offseason move to Dale Coyne Racing, convinced he could help turn around the small team. The French...
Breaking Ground? Legal Experts: Pine-Richland Transgender Ruling Likely to Affect National Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court last week decided it wasn't ready to weigh in on the issue of transgender students' rights in public schools. But attorneys said a federal judge in Pittsburgh, who in February granted an injunction allowing three transgender...
Bring on the Brt a Promising Rapid Transit Vision Gets Underway
Better connecting the city's neighborhoods, particularly Downtown and Oakland, is critically important to Pittsburgh's future. The city, Allegheny County and the Port Authority are moving in the right direction with their decision Thursday to file...
Colonials Defeat Bryant to Earn NCAA Bid
Moments after the final buzzer went off, Sewall Center turned into a haze of loud cheers, students rushing the court, and players jumping in celebration. In the midst of the ruckus, Charlie Buscaglia shared an embrace with Anna Niki Stamolamprou near...
Expanding Jail Oversight Debated Some Board Members Cite Recent Lockdown
Suicides, treatment of pregnant inmates and health care staffing shortages have all been problems at the Allegheny County Jail in recent years. But how involved the county's Jail Oversight Board should be in fixing them is a matter of debate. The...
Expanding Jail Oversight Debated Some Board Members Cite Recent Lockdown
Suicides, treatment of pregnant inmates and health care staffing shortages have all been problems at the Allegheny County Jail in recent years. But how involved the county's Jail Oversight Board should be in fixing them is a matter of debate.The issue...
Fix It Now Pittsburgh Can and Must Replace All Lead Service Lines in the Water System
I was encouraged to finally see Mayor Bill Peduto take a step in the right direction in response to our drinking water crisis. The provision of filters to all residents is a necessity, one for which community members have been calling for months....
Get the Facts, Senator
I have written Sen. Pat Toomey numerous times regarding the need for a select committee or independent commission to investigate Russia's interference in our election and any potential collusion between Russian officials and Trump associates. Last...
Health Overhaul Worries Advocates as One Disability Advocacy Group Puts It, 'This Legislation Ends Medicaid as We Know It.'
A Republican-crafted bill that would overhaul the Affordable Care Act has begun making its way through Congress. But in addition to changing then-President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the legislation also proposes major changes to the...
Holmes' Comeback Gains Speed in Camp Pitcher Keeping Focus on Future
BRADENTON, Fla. - If ever you've wondered, as perhaps the Pirates front office did six years ago, what would convince a high school valedictorian to abandon a full scholarship at Auburn, a million bucks might be a good start. In Clay Holmes' particular...
Injuries Mount, but Fail to Undermine Latest Surge Organizational Depth Continues to Pay off as Wins Mount, Too
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The first three games of the Penguins' Western Canada road trip this week have had a few things in common. First, they've all been wins. That's the good news for coach Mike Sullivan and company. The other common theme,...
Katherine Everette Johnson Feb. 3, 1923 - March 8, 2017 Civil Rights Advocate and a Friend to All
Those celebrating the life of Katherine Everette Johnson on Thursday will share stories of a tiny woman with a big heart, an unshakable trust in God and a passion for social justice. "Scripture says there were giants walking the earth in those days....
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...
Lawmakers, Don't Turn Back the Clock on the Environment
Drain the swamp. That's what Trump supporters chanted during the campaign. Who knew that his (their?) vision was that the swamp would be replaced by toxic waste dumps? As a longtime Pittsburgher and scientist at the University of Pittsburgh, I have...
MEN'S NCAA TORUNAMENT BREAKDOWN [Derived Headline]
EastFavorite: No. 2 seed Duke is fresh off winning perhaps the most difficult ACC tournament in recent memory. Some thought that would land the Blue Devils a No. 1 seed, but instead their ultra-talented team will face a difficult road, including the...
Mitzvah Bash!
* #MazelTov: The Ace Hotel Pittsburgh in East Liberty, was hit with a jolt of youthful energy on March 5 as kids and families alike flooded the gym and channeled their inner party animals in the second floor ballroom for Pittsburgh's first ever Mitzvah...
No Quit in Kostopoulos, Not Even at 38 Wbs' Top Scorer Also Leads in Many Other Ways Again
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - It should be an easy decision. After all, Tom Kostopoulos is 38 years old, and has absorbed the punishment of playing more than 1,300 pro hockey games. Finally walking away from the game - and doing it as briskly as possible - after...
Philippines, Rebels to Resume Talks
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed to resume peace talks and restore separate cease-fires after an escalation of deadly clashes, officials said Sunday. Government and rebel negotiators will resume talks...
Pirates 4, Twins 3
Game data Records: 12-4. Starter: Trevor Williams: 3 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 3 K 1 HR. Hitter: Chris Stewart: 2 for 2. 1 2B, 3 RBI Of note: On his weekly radio show, general manager Neal Huntington said Pirates athletic training coordinator Bryan Housand,...
Pittsburgh's Black Honors
* When and where: North Side's CCAC-Allegheny Campus, Foerster Students Service Center, Saturday night. Stop the Violence Pittsburgh and CCAC presented Pittsburgh's Black Honors, a History of Black Pittsburgh from 1755 to present, honoring distinguished...
Pittsburgh Soaks in Charms of March Basketball Ticket Sales Surpass $1 Million, Setting an Event Record
It didn't take a winning season by Pitt, Duquesne or Robert Morris for Pittsburgh to have a major impact on college basketball this March. There was plenty of madness to be had the past five days at PPG Paints Arena, where the Atlantic 10 Conference...
Rangers Down Detroit
Ryan McDonagh scored twice and Kevin Hayes added a goal and an assist as the visiting New York Rangers downed the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1. Derek Stepan also scored for the Rangers, who won their NHL-leading 25th road game of the season and improved...
Stealing a Victory Rhode Island's Timely Theft Seals NCAA Bid after Battle of Rams
Leading by five points with 26 seconds left, Jared Terrell stole the ball from JeQuan Lewis and Rhode Island rode out the clock to beat VCU, 70-63, in the Atlantic 10 Conference championship game Sunday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena. E.C. Matthews,...
Swissvale Property Has History on Its Side, but Little Else
A magnificent piece of Civil War history is hiding in plain site in Swissvale along Woodstock Avenue. It is below the grade of the sidewalk, and if you notice it, you see it from the back - just another big old piece of blight. It is so oddly obscure...
The Next Steps the Trump Agnostics Are Central to America's Political Future
WASHINGTONFor opponents of President Donald Trump, his first seven weeks in office went about as badly for the country as they expected. The pleasant surprise is their own capacity for resistance and political resilience. What some feared might be a...
The President's Behavior Calls for Public Outrage
Where is the moral outrage and indignation? We have a sitting president who recklessly and irresponsibly accused his predecessor of wiretapping his building and refuses to provide any evidence whatsoever to support his allegations. And then he unleashes...
Think Spring: 5 Fashion Must Haves
NEW YORK -It's time to shake off the winter blues and wake up your wardrobe for the warm weather ahead. At New York Fashion Week's spring shows, designers previewed whimsical prints, uplifting palettes, fun accessories and DIY beauty tricks for...
UAE on Mars a Next Space Frontier Is Fueled by a Gulf Vision
Humans may not have ventured to the moon in more than four decades, but that doesn't mean we've lost our ambition for visiting other worlds. Serious plans are now underway to put two space tourists in a commercially launched rocket that will circle...
Upmc Targets Harrisburg, Central Pa. for an Ambitious Expansion
Health care giant UPMC would stare down an old rival on a new battlefield if the Downtown-based health system is successful in a big expansion into Central Pennsylvania. UPMC is pursuing an ambitious deal to affiliate with Harrisburg-based PinnacleHealth...
Video Adds Wrinkle to Ferguson Case
Since Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the case has been parsed in intricate detail. The police released a security video from a nearby store that showed Mr. Brown pushing a worker...
Why Football Fumbles Its Future
Sunday afternoons used to be something of an event for me. I'd curl up on the sofa with three of my favorite pastimes - the New York Times crossword puzzle, bowls of salty snacks and a Steelers game. The television would be on, but muted, so I could...
Wolf's Early Retirement Plan's Savings Raise Doubts
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to help balance the Pennsylvania budget by offering some state workers an incentive to retire early is an approach that has been tried throughout the United States. Such proposals do not always accomplish their...
Worthy Regulatory Reform the Trump Plan Appears to Have a Reasonable Aim, Not Deconstruction
In one of his few statements since joining government, presidential adviser Stephen Bannon announced that one of the Trump administration's principal goals was "the deconstruction of the administrative state." Given the critical role of federal...
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