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Articles from June 21, 2017

Carnegie Museum of Art Adds to Photography Collection
The Carnegie Museum of Art has acquired five photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77), a pioneer in the photographic medium. An inventor as well as a practitioner, Talbot was instrumental in the rise of paper-based photography. The museum...
Casey, Manchin Say Rolling Back Medicaid Would Worsen Opioid Crisis
Few things are more complicated than health care policy, but if Republicans in Congress succeed in rolling back the expansion of Medicaid, Colleen Hughes says the outcome on people with drug addictions is easy to predict. "I believe more people would...
City Council Agrees to Tax Abatement Extension
Pittsburgh City Council agreed Tuesday to extend several tax abatement programs that would have expired at month's end, allowing them extra time while the city plans an overhaul for such assistance. The six-month extension could help as many as nine...
Corps of Engineers to Hold River Safety Meeting Session Asks Public for Suggestions in Wake of Women's Drownings
A month after two women died in a boating accident at Dashields Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Sewickley, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting its waterways partners and the public to a meeting to identify ways to reduce the risk to...
County, Former Probation Officer Sued
A lawsuit was filed Monday against Allegheny County and a former probation officer for civil rights violations after the plaintiff said the officer sexually assaulted her. The complaint, filed under the name Jane Doe to protect the woman's identity,...
Explosion in W.Va. Claims Fire Chief Mcdonald's Albertini Dies at Contracting Job at Industrial Site
The chief of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department died Tuesday in an explosion at an industrial site in West Virginia while working a contracting job. Scott Albertini, 53, had been a member of the fire department for about 35 years. "Very sad day...
Fearlessly Face to Face Toads, Turtles and Snakes Delight at Alcosan Summer Camp
April Claus dangled a worm over the tank of her garter snake. The couple of dozen fourth- and fifth-graders in front of her were rapt as the thin reptile lifted itself several inches up, almost to the top. Then, in a flash, it snatched the worm. The...
Feast on Farm-to-Fork Dinner amid Flower Fields
Destiny Hill Farm is rolling out a feast for the eyes and palate. The Washington, Pa., flower farm is hosting its first Field to Vase Dinner on Saturday and will feature a multicourse farm-to-fork meal on white-linen tables decorated with floral arrangements...
Finding Key to House Mccutchen, Osuna Homer to Lead Way to Another Win in Milwaukee Pirates 7, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE - What has happened to the House of Horrors? The Pirates batted around in a six-run first inning Tuesday at Miller Park and breezed to a 7-3 win, ensuring them at least a series split against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. They have ...
Firewall Dance Theater Aims to Empower
Beauty, sex, predator culture, feminism - potent subjects don't faze fireWALL Dance Theater. This week, the Carnegie Stage's contemporary dance troupe premieres "Stroking Its Ego," an unapologetic rally cry for stripping away societal expectations...
Food Trucks, Vendors, Restaurants Battle in Sandwich Showdown
A certain restaurant has claimed a great deal of fame and acclaim for its french fry- and coleslaw-topped sandwiches. But is it really the best Pittsburgh has to offer? The new food festival, Strip Search 2017: Sammich Showdown, is itching to find...
Fracking Protesters Target Conference Activists March against Planned Shell Plant in Beaver County
Environmental and health activists protesting "fracking and cracking" marched Tuesday afternoon from the National Petrochemical Construction Conference at Station Square on the South Side to the Developing Unconventional Gas conference at the David...
France Advances a New Era with an Assembly Filled with New Faces
After choosing the relatively unknown Emmanuel Macron, 39, as president on May 7, French voters gave Mr. Macron's political coalition a victory in the first and second rounds of parliamentary voting, completed Sunday. In effect, they dispatched the...
Goodwill Gestures Galore Fleury Bids Fans Farewell in Style and on His Own, High-Class Terms
Marc-Andre Fleury's farewell to Pittsburgh could have come nine days ago. His final public appearance as a member of the Penguins could have been handing the Stanley Cup off to Matt Murray - itself a remarkable gesture - on the ice in Nashville, Tenn.,...
Guns in Europe
In the June 7 letter "Anti-Gun Assertions," Matthew Burk says that American citizens not involved with gangs or the drug trade have the same chance of being shot as in most Western European nations. That is patently false. The total number of homicides...
Hospitals, Others Work to Decrease 'Super Utilizers' These Are People Who Are Hospitalized Often
Only 3 percent of hospitalized patients in Pennsylvania qualify as "super utilizers" - patients who are hospitalized five or more times in one year. But that group generates 10 percent of all hospital payments, about $1.25 billion in all, according...
How Can This Be? Sullivan Not a Finalist Two Top Coaches Think He's Nhl's Coach of the Year
LAS VEGAS - Mike Babcock occupied one set of risers Tuesday on a steamy Las Vegas afternoon. Across a vast ballroom inside the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas was Todd McLellan. Earlier, John Tortorella stood a few feet down from Babcock's perch. Three great...
Joel Ivan Abrams Sept. 7, 1928 - June 4, 2017 Former Chairman of Pitt's Civil Engineering Department
Joel Ivan Abrams, a longtime chairman of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Civil Engineering and founding director of its program in Public Works, died this month in Florida. Mr. Abrams was chairman of the Pitt department from the mid-1960s...
Joseph Michael Fryz Jr. Oct. 27, 1958 - June 18, 2017 Standout Basketball Player at Wvu, Moon Inspired with Attitude on Als
A month ago, John Calipari visited Joe Fryz at his home, and Mr. Calipari was able to carry Mr. Fryz's frail body and put him in a chair lift. Mr. Fryz was battling ALS, and for Mr. Calipari, it felt like helping a family member. "His wife [Linda]...
Judge Sides with Review Board over Police Union
For the second time in a month, an Allegheny County judge on Tuesday sided with the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board in a dispute between the board and the city police union. Common Pleas Judge Terrence O'Brien indicated he would order Officer...
June 13-19
Every Wednesday, Pirates writers Bill Brink and Stephen J. Nesbitt provide a recap of the performances of the Pirates' top 10 prospects ? according to Baseball America ? over the seven days from Tuesday through Monday.1 Austin Meadows * OF * Class AAA...
Juror Furor No Reason to Hide Names of Cosby Jury Members
Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill is showing favoritism to the prosecution in the Bill Cosby case. He's also showing favoritism to the defense. By keeping secret the names of the jurors in Mr. Cosby's mistrial, he's giving the case a VIP status...
Korean-Style Pulled Pork Pizza
I love pulled pork. I love Sriracha. I love that the following recipe makes enough to serve the pork as a main dish one night and the leftovers for pizza the following night.1 pork butt (about 4 pounds)2 tablespoons saltcup black pepper2 tablespoons...
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 Come Up with a Plan to Tackle Opioid Crisis
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House lawmakers have devised a plan they say will attack the state's worsening opioid epidemic on a new front: the state's workers' compensation system. Opponents of the measure call it a poorly disguised handout...
Leaders Play Beat the Clock Obremski, Howe Lead the Field after the Third Round
Dan Obremski Jr. and T.J. Howe are running away with the $200,000 Frank B. Fuhrer Invitational, but only in the figurative sense. Their pace in the third round Tuesday at Pittsburgh Field Club was more like a crawl slow enough in the final twosome...
Let's Not Get Carried Away the Russia-Collusion 'Scandal' Is Getting Wildly Overblown
I was the op-ed editor at The Wall Street Journal at the peak of the Whitewater scandal. We ran a series of investigative pieces "raising serious questions" (as we say in the scandal business) about the nefarious things the Clintons were thought to have...
Let's See Fairness in Congressional Districts' Shapes
I am in my late 80s. But as long as I'm still breathing, I'll keep working to get our democracy working as it was meant to be - with each vote really counting. Congressional districts, if fair, should consist of adjoining geographical areas. Our Pennsylvania...
Middle Schooler Was Illegally Restrained, Federal Suit Alleges
The parents of a middle school student in the Hempfield Area School District filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that teachers restraining their son broke his foot and caused kidney damage. The parents, who are identified only by initials, say in the ...
Murray Loses at Queen's in Day Filled with Upsets
Top-ranked Andy Murray headed a list of high-profile departures in the first round at Queen's Tuesday in London, with the Wimbledon champion losing to a player who found out he was competing only on the morning of the match. Murray put in a sloppy and...
Not Even Drafted by Vegas Yet, Fleury Is a Hit
LAS VEGAS - The Vegas Golden Knights team store was selling customized jerseys Tuesday morning, and Shawn Murray wanted in on the action. Murray, 46, a Penguins fan from Winston-Salem, N.C., asked to have Marc-Andre Fleury's name and number on his....
Pa. Ag's New Office Costs Taxpayers Extra $300K Security Issues Cited for Move to the Strip
The move of the Pennsylvania attorney general's office in Pittsburgh from Downtown to the Strip District will be a costly one for the state's taxpayers. They will be paying several hundred thousand dollars more a year to house workers in the attorney...
Pa. Supreme Court Ruling on Gas Leases Supports Conservation
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that royalties from oil and gas leases on state forest land must be dedicated to conserving the commonwealth's public natural resources, not for general budgetary purposes, in a decision...
Penndot Rolling out New Driver's Licenses
You know that picture you hate on your driver's license? Well, it's about to get bigger. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Tuesday released the design of the next generation of state driver's licenses featuring a larger photograph, new...
Pizzas That Taste Just like Summer Whether the Pie Is Made with a From-Scratch Shell or Slice of Italian Bread, It Can Accommodate Any Type of Seasonal Topping
It doesn't take much to transform a workaday weekday into one that feels like a notable weekend. The smell of marinated meat searing on the grill makes Wednesday night feel like Friday night. The vision of a crisp, cool salad with fruit and greens...
Police Video Released in Minn
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota police officer who pulled over Philando Castile politely told the driver that his brake lights were out and calmly instructed him not to pull out his handgun before drawing his own weapon and firing seven rounds into the...
Portrait of American College Presidents Study: Most Are Older White Men
They typically are white, male and in their early 60s. Most hold doctoral degrees and fret over matters such as campus politics, faculty resistance to change and - most commonly - a feeling there is never enough money. Every five years, the American...
Pso Won't Retain Conductor of Fuse Series Concerts Are Aimed at Younger Crowd
Before last Wednesday, Frances Todd Stewart had never started a petition. But there she was, standing in the rain outside Heinz Hall, leading a charge to - of all things - keep a conductor in Pittsburgh. Even classical music breeds activists. Ms....
Reps, Don't Use Alexandria as an Excuse to Be Less Accessible
In his weekly newsletter, U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, who represents the 12th District, stated that the terrible events in Alexandria, Va., last week remind us of the dangers of dehumanizing and demonizing our political opponents. While this may be true,...
Russia's Gay Propaganda Laws Illegal
LONDON - Russia's prohibition of what it considers the promotion of homosexuality is discriminatory and violates freedom of expression, Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday, in a strong rejection of laws that rights groups say have been...
Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Give the kids Toll House cookies, and save these tahini-enhanced cookies for the grown-ups. The flavor is nutty and subtle and when you get a hit of salt, it's absolutely fabulous.4 ounces unsalted butter at room temperaturecup tahini, well stirred1...
State Awards Medical Pot Licenses Purepenn to Grow Marijuana in Mckeesport; Greene County Firm Also Gets One of 12 Permits
Gabriel Perlow was picking up his daughter from summer camp Tuesday afternoon while listening to a state Department of Health news conference on his mobile phone. "They didn't say at the news conference but then my phone blew up with congratulations,"...
State Awards Medical Pot Licenses Purepenn to Grow Marijuana in Mckeesport; Greene County Firm Also Gets One of 12 Permits
Gabriel Perlow was picking up his daughter from summer camp Tuesday afternoon while listening to a state Department of Health news conference on his mobile phone."They didn't say at the news conference but then my phone blew up with congratulations,"...
State Title Format Debated Piaa Has No Plans to Split Postseason
Gene DiGirolamo, chairman of the Pennsylvania General Assembly's PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee, started off a hearing on whether the PIAA should separate boundary (public) and non-boundary (private) schools in the playoffs by plainly stating...
Steelworkers in the Spotlight at Pump House Discussion
Banners depicting steelworkers from the past 100 years will be the backdrop for "Steelworkers: Then and Now," a panel discussion set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pump House in Munhall. The free program is one of a series of events planned by the Battle...
Swap, Don't Shop Event to Help Families Who Can't Afford Backpacks for School
While most students are fresh out of school, Jacklyn Orefice and Gisele Fetterman are already collecting backpacks, school supplies and clothes for the coming school year. They're not keeping any of it for themselves. They're donating everything to...
Tahini Is Nutty, Versatile; Give It Some Love
I like "eeny" words. Bikini, martini, blini, fini, that sort. My current ear worm is "itsy bitsy teeny weeny gooey tasty tan tahini." Tahini is a paste of toasted, ground, hulled sesame seeds. Most of us know it as an ingredient in hummus, baba ghanoush...
The Stakes Are High U.S. Military and Foreign Policy Are Going Haywire
It is difficult this week to get beyond the unaddressed death-by-opioids epidemic at home and the world setting a new record for number of refugees - 65 million - to focus instead on U.S. external policies, but it is necessary, given what is happening.President...
U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Russia on Tuesday, unveiling sanctions on more than three dozen additional individuals and organizations that have participated in the country's incursion in Ukraine.The Treasury Department...
Walking Every Street in the City, in No Hurry
Lisa Valentino left some of her coffee behind at Kelly O's diner and we set off Tuesday morning to slice another healthy piece from her quest to walk every street in Pittsburgh. She's two years and one month into it. She has walked hundreds of miles....
Woodall Follows Path Chosen Early in Basketball Career Former Pitt Standout Ready for Robert Morris
As an eighth grader, Tray Woodall attended a coaching clinic led by legendary St. Anthony High School coach Bob Hurley Sr. The future Pitt standout diligently took notes, preparing himself not only to play at St. Anthony, but for the coaching journey...
Young Starters Seek Niche
MILWAUKEE - There's a certain level of consistency one comes to expect from a veteran starting pitcher. The Pirates are familiar with Matt Garza, 33, who pitched Monday for the Milwaukee Brewers, and the next five starters they will face - Junior...
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