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Articles from January 20, 2017

2 Heritage Trail Sections Move Ahead on Two Fronts $1 Million Grant to Fund Leg to Export
Westmoreland County will be able to begin design work on the next section of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail this year while it builds the portion from Trafford to Murrysville. Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week the county will receive a $1 million...
Allderdice Iswilling to Do Whatever It Takes to Win
At Allderdice High School, a bulky high-jump mat is the centerpiece of most basketball practices. This is where players go crashing on their backs while mastering the art of taking a charge. Peculiar thing is, these Dragons not only accept coach Buddy...
Among the Best? Spencer Lee Has Never Lost a High School Match and Is Ranked No. 1 in the Country. Is He One of the Wpial's Best Athletes Ever?
When Spencer Lee leaves his bedroom for the day, the last thing he sees is a picture of a gold medal taped to his door. Before he shuts his eyes at night, the last thing this Franklin Regional High School senior sees is another picture of a gold medal...
Big Companies Wanted Lack of Anchor Tenants Reveals a Recruitment Need
While there has been high demand for office space in and around Downtown, there are few companies big and brawny enough to be anchor tenants in a major project. That has caused a delay in the Pittsburgh Penguins' development of the former Civic Arena...
Blackhawk Press Paves Way for Win Highlights
Blackhawk needed to change the tempo of the game, and that's exactly what it did in the second half. After being down by one at halftime, the Cougars (8-7, 7-0) outscored Ambridge (9-7, 5-2), 24-18, in the third quarter and never relinquished the lead...
Brown, Big Ben Wary of Patriots Star Cornerback
Malcolm Butler was a no-name rookie when he intercepted a Russell Wilson pass at the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX to secure the fourth Super Bowl title for the Patriots. Two years later, the Patriots cornerback has gone from unknown to one of the...
Bulgarian Pro-Russia Leader
SOFIA, Bulgaria - A day before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, another pro-Russian head of state was sworn in far to the east, in NATO member Bulgaria, as questions arise over the future of the alliance amid rising animosity with...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
PUC approves rate increase for West Penn Power customers The Public Utility Commission approved rate increases for customers of FirstEnergy Corp. utilities in Pennsylvania. For customers of West Penn Power, the typical monthly bill is projected to...
Carolina Next Stop in Boosting Road Mark
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Penguins are defending Stanley Cup champions and a team that appears to be capable of great things. But their immediate objective is pretty modest: To win a second consecutive game on the road. That might not sound like...
Center Grad Enjoys Title with Clemson
Dan Radakovich, the Clemson athletic director, stood at a lectern and scanned a sea of orange. An estimated 65,000 were packed into Memorial Stadium - college football's "Death Valley" - on Saturday, the day declared "Clemson Tigers National Football...
Chartiers-Houston Has Dynamic Duo
Chartiers-Houston's A.J. Myers is one of the WPIAL's top scorers at 26.2 points per game, so, naturally, teams playing the Bucs are going to focus heavily on stopping him, right? It's not quite that simple. You see, Myers isn't the only player on...
City Welcomes New Owner of Idled Tubular Steel Factory Hopes for Spinoffs from Dura-Bond Plan
Officials in McKeesport, which has seen a downturn in jobs in recent years, are excited about a new owner's plans to reopen the closed U.S. Steel Corp. plant in the city."We are talking about bringing around 200 jobs into McKeesport, including 100 new...
Coach's Contract Is Part of Rmu Vision
One morning in May 2014, Morgan O'Brien, president and CEO of Peoples Natural Gas, had breakfast at the diner Pamela's with Robert Morris men's basketball coach Andy Toole and Matthew Millet, the university's vice president for development and institutional...
Council Aims to Avoid Traffic Backups at Dunkin' Donuts
Irwin council has approved a new traffic plan for the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot along Route 30 to avoid vehicle backups onto the highway.The store serves about 400 customers between 8 and 10 a.m. and more than 750 people per day, borough officials said....
Cranberry Company, Steelmaker Feud in Court Federal Judge in Ohio Issues Split Decision
A federal judge in Ohio has issued a split decision in the legal brawl that began last year after Cranberry-based Pittsburgh Logistics Systems found out it was losing a customer that court papers indicate accounted for 32 percent of its business....
'Dance Moms' Star Seeks Probation Sentencing Begins in Bankruptcy Fraud
"Dance Moms" TV star Abby Lee Miller, convicted of hiding assets from bankruptcy court and sneaking cash into the U.S. to conceal it, says she shouldn't go to federal prison. Ms. Miller, whose real name is Abigale Miller, is asking U.S. District Judge...
'El Chapo' Extradited from Mexico to U.S
MEXICO CITY - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man, was extradited to the U.S. Thursday to face drug trafficking and other...
Firstenergy Sells Pa. Gas Plants, Va. Hydro Asset
FirstEnergy Corp. is selling several Pennsylvania natural gas plants and its hydroelectric assets for $925 million, the Ohio-based company said on Thursday. The buyer is LS Power Equity Partners III LP, a New York-based power developer which, according...
Fnb Chief Says Buying Frenzy Is over Latest Acquisition Raised Assets to Nearly $30B
Pittsburgh-based FNB, which has been on a buying binge in recent years, isn't looking to do any more major deals now that it has reached the size it needs to compete, CEO Vincent Delie Jr. told analysts Thursday. The bank is set to complete the previously...
For Love of Country
I am planning to go to the Women's March in Washington, D.C., this weekend with my daughter and several friends. I've been thinking about what I'd say if I were asked: Why are you here? This is my answer. I'm here - as a woman, a mother and a citizen...
Fresh to the Fight Rookies Know Brady Likely to Target Them
There was a time when members of the Steelers defense gleefully rubbed their hands together as they prepared to play a rookie quarterback. Up in Foxborough, Mass., that guy happily rubbing his hands together should be Tom Brady because one of the...
Garbage Collection Fee to Increase by $10 Residents to Pay $200 per Year
Wilkinsburg residents will pay $10 more for garbage and recycling collection this year.Council voted 8-1 to increase the fee to $200 per year, up from $190 in 2016.Wilkinsburg contracts with the city of Pittsburgh for garbage collection, and the fee...
Gia Thorpe Winchester Thurston Basketball
* The past week: Thorpe, a junior guard, scored 23 points in a win against Ellis School and has helped Winchester Thurston (10-0) remain the only undefeated team in Class 1A and one of just three in the WPIAL. * Check this out: With all the attention...
Guentzel Showing Intensity in His Return from Minors
RALEIGH, N.C. - Jake Guentzel's first stint in the NHL lasted only a couple of weeks. Just long enough for him to score three times in five games. And to learn a lesson that should serve him well for the balance of his career. "To be at your best...
Homeland Security Grants Pa. Extension on Federal Id Law State Has 5 Months to Show It Is Complying
Pennsylvania officials have won a five-month extension to show progress on complying with the federal REAL ID law, but they haven't developed a blueprint for meeting the federal standard. Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders announced Thursday the...
Jude Law Warms Up to Chilly 'Young Pope'
HBO's "The Young Pope" (9 p.m. Sundays and Mondays) feels timely but also may outrage and/or depress some viewers with its depiction of a cold, aloof, deeply conservative, fictional American pope formerly known as Lenny Belardo. "What truly made our...
Living out Her Dream Shaler Graduate Mcquade Playing Professional Ball
The distinctive sounds of drums, whistles and loud chants can be heard each time Val McQuade steps onto the basketball court for the ChemCats Chemnitz of Germany. Such is life in the Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL), the country's premier 12-team...
Making Sense of the Mood Project Welcomes Artwork as a Platform for Dialogue about the Nation's Future
A long-established local arts organization is launching a project today - Inauguration Day for President Donald J. Trump - that it hopes will encourage dialogue about the future of the nation. Called "Active Voice," the project invites people to create...
Mcavoy Shines in the Psych Thriller 'Split'
His trusted psychiatrist says she's never seen a case like this before: "23 distinct personalities live inside Kevin's body." That's equivalent to two football teams, or nearly six bridge tables. If she billed them all separately, she'd be rich. The...
Mclay's Actions Cleared Independent Review Finds No Misconduct in Former Chief's Convention Appearance
A private attorney found no wrongdoing in a former Pittsburgh police chief's appearance at the Democratic National Convention last July, Mayor Bill Peduto's administration said this week. The analysis by former Allegheny County Judge Bill Ward echoed...
Medicare Officials Warn 3 Pa. Health Plans Must Fix Physician Network Directories
Medicare has warned three Pennsylvania health plans that sell coverage for seniors to fix their physician network directories by Feb. 6 or face fines or enrollment bans. Highmark Health and its affiliate, Gateway Health Plan, both located Downtown,...
'Mercy Street' Returns; 'Beaches,' 'New Edition Story' Premiere
PASADENA, Calif. - The next few days in prime time mark the return of a popular historical drama, the debut of a music group biopic and the remake of a 1980s movie classic. 'Mercy Street' PBS's Civil War-era hospital drama "Mercy Street" (8 p.m. Sunday,...
Most Teams Have Been Greene with Envy
A loaded backcourt and relentless full-court defense that has earned them the nickname "Press Greene" has helped the West Greene Pioneers become one of the best teams in WPIAL Class 1A. Making their opponents see double has unquestionably played a...
Mt. Lebanon Pushing to Top Tough Schedule Has Readied Team for Section Grind
Typically, it is a four-team scramble for first place that comes down to the final game of the season in Class 6A Section 3. That won't be the case this year as two teams, Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township, have risen above the rest with Mt. Lebanon...
Part of Kane Center Land in Ross Will Be Up for Sale
Ross commissioners Tuesday approved the subdivision of the John J. Kane Regional Center property, which will allow part of the land to be sold for development.Allegheny County is dividing the 29-acre parcel into two lots and plans to sell about 9 acres,...
Pitt Adds Central Florida
Pitt added a two-year series with American Athletic Conference member Central Florida to its non-conference football schedule for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. On Thursday, Pitt announced the completion of its two-year non-conference slate, which include...
PPG Results Take Hit on Foreign Currency Rates
Global coatings maker PPG said its fourth-quarter results took a $100 million hit from weak foreign currency values, and it doesn't expect the effect of unfavorable exchange rates to improve anytime soon. For all of 2017, PPG expects sales could dip...
Pwsa Water Tests Again Find Lead Here Reinforces the Need to Update Service Lines
New test results show high lead drinking water levels continue to be a problem for some residential customers of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, a finding that reinforces the authority's mandate to step up replacement of lead service lines....
Raiders File for Move to Las Vegas
The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. The NFL and officials in Nevada confirmed Thursday that the team is asking league owners to approve the move, although the team made no immediate comment and a group that wants to keep...
Rams Dominate Lincoln Park Top-Ranked Team in Wpial 6a Rides Hot Shooting to Blowout of 3a's Best
If you took the No. 1-ranked boys basketball team in WPIAL 3A and matched it against the No. 1-ranked team in 6A, would there be much of a difference? Only 45 points. Lincoln Park, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 3A team, stepped up in class Thursday night...
Rams Pipeline Going Strong Maryland Reaping Wrestling Benefits of Pine-Richland
The University of Maryland wrestling team will have three Pine-Richland wrestlers on its roster next year. Brendan Burnham is a sophomore for the Terrapins. He will soon be joined by his younger brother Garret and Rams teammate Hunter Baxter, who...
Remedial Report Submitted for Star City Contamination
The site of the former Star City Cinemas in South Fayette contains contamination and will be cleaned up before a potential buyer moves forward with plans for a hotel and offices on the property.The Star City parcel, at the Interstate 79 and Route 50...
Removing a Despot W. African Troops Enforcing Gambian Election
A political crisis in the West African state of Gambia, population 2 million, raises again the much larger questions of why Africa continues to lag economically, with correspondingly sad implications in political and human-rights terms, and why the...
Response Continues to Swastika Incident Consulting Clergy among Steps Taken
In the nearly three months since a student scrawled a swastika into the mulch on a school playground, the Mt. Lebanon School District has taken steps to educate students and reinforce its policies of non-discrimination, superintendent Timothy Steinhauer...
Rivers Casino Plans to Start Building $35M Hotel in Spring Street Issue Resolved; City Panel to Be Briefed
A $35 million hotel is the latest roll of the dice by Rivers Casino. More than a year in the making, the 214-room hotel would be built on the east side of the North Shore property near the Carnegie Science Center. The casino is expected to brief the...
Riverview Children?s Center to Undergo $2.5 Million Expansion
An early learning and child care center in Verona is preparing to undergo a multimillion-dollar makeover, seeking to expand its offerings amid limited space and a long waiting list.Expanding and renovating the Riverview Children's Center has become a...
Robert Morris 74, Central Connecticut 67 Colonials Get by with Less Than Their Best
The Robert Morris men's basketball team didn't play its best game Thursday. On this night, against this opponent, the Colonials didn't need their best. Or even pretty good, for that matter. Robert Morris led from start to finish, but never by more...
Ryan Kingerski Central Catholic Hockey
* The past week: Kingerski had a goal and an assist Monday as Central Catholic defeated Seneca Valley, 4-3. He also scored a goal in a 6-2 victory against Bethel Park last Thursday. * Check this out: Kingerski, a senior forward from Monroeville, leads...
Samuelsson Learning to Lead in the Minor Leagues
Ulf Samuelsson interviewed to become head coach of the Penguins after the 2013-14 season - the job Mike Johnston eventually got - and by his recollection, it could not have possibly gone worse. "I had a terrible presentation," Samuelsson said. "Keep...
Shadyside Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution, Fraud
A Shadyside psychiatrist on Friday admitted that he distributed oxycodone to addicts for cash and submitted false claims for prescriptions to health insurance companies.Dr. Kenneth Stanko, 67, who had a practice on Shady Avenue, had been charged by direct...
Single Payer Would Help My Company and Workers
In response to Jim Cannon's Jan. 12 letter, "A Single-Payer Health System Isn't Realistic": Not only is single payer realistic, but it also is the only universal, equitable and affordable solution to our current broken health care system. Years ago,...
Special Education Students Get Real Business Experience at Mars Area High School Store to Sell Gear for Clubs, Classes
Special education students in the Life Skills class at Mars Area High School are getting some real-world experience, thanks to the Mars Planet Foundation.The foundation provided seed money to start a student store, which sells Mars Area merchandise and...
State Unemployment Workers Urge Funding Budget Dispute Closed Call Centers That Assist Jobless
With chants of "What do we want? Funding! When do we want it? Now!" and bearing signs reading "Unemployed workers matter" and "Unemployed citizens still have a right to services," demonstrators on Thursday called on state legislators to fully fund...
Suspected Leader of Large-Scale Drug Ring Due in Court Today
The reputed leader of a large-scale opiate, cocaine and crack ring in Pittsburgh whose Daytona Beach, Fla., property has been seized by the government in a forfeiture action is set to appear in federal court today for a detention hearing. Richard...
Taste of Dirt Temporary in a Democracy
This is not how I would have chosen to spend Inauguration Day 2017. A year ago, Democrats were fairly confident that Hillary Clinton would be the one reciting the oath of office today having narrowly dispatched either Gov. Jeb Bush or Gov. John Kasich....
TEAM RANKINGS [Derived Headline]
TEAM RANKINGS (Rankings include matches through Jan. 15.) WPIAL CLASS 3A 1. Kiski Area (11-0) 2. North Allegheny (4-0) 3. Canon-McMillan (4-1) 4. Belle Vernon (3-0) 5. Franklin Regional (4-0) 6. Waynesburg (9-2) 7. Butler (6-0) 8. Greensburg Salem (7-2)...
The Big Mac 'The Founder' Explores the Man Who, Sort of, Made Mcdonald's
The official McDonald's Corp. company history refers to a 1954 visit to San Bernadino, Calif., by then-salesman Ray Kroc, who was stunned by the speedy, effective operation of "a small but successful restaurant" run by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald....
This Stone Has Been Really'bad'
This is a rolling Stone who can't get no satisfaction, at least to himself. Asked to describe his play so far this season for Southmoreland, Brandon Stone used the word "bad." Every coach around the WPIAL would love to have such a bad player. This...
Time to Inaugurate Best Prognosticator
Today is a special day, one that comes just once every four years and draws the attention of the entire country. You mean, The Dribbler watching a hockey game is that important? No, not quite. Plus, that's every 10 years, not every four. It's presidential...
Tournament Features Showdown at 195
Upper St. Clair's Eli Grape is a returning champion at this weekend's Allegheny County Tournament, which began this morning at Fox Chapel High School, but he is not seeded No. 1 in the 195-pound weight class. North Allegheny's Jake Woodley, a runner-up...
Trump's Time the New President Deserves A'free Shave'
This editorial is addressed specifically to the numerical majority of American voters who did not choose the man who will be inaugurated today as the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The message to them is, get used to it. He...
Uber to Pay $20 Million
SAN FRANCISCO - Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car. The...
Upper St. Clair Is Focused on Goal of Wpial Title
Upper St. Clair is the only boys swimming team to defeat North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 3A championships in more than a decade. That victory occurred in 2011 when the Panthers' 400-yard freestyle relay team of Alex Hardwick, James Frauen, Nathan...
Urgent Care Center Sees Increase in Patients Facility Has Been Open for 1 Year
Since opening one year ago, the walk-in urgent care center in Pine operated by Genesis Medical Associates Inc. has seen a 20 percent increase in walk-in patients, and that number continues to rise."Through word of mouth, people are realizing that we...
West Allegheny Is Working on a Culture Change
Brian Boehm had a successful run at Serra Catholic before he took over as the head coach at West Virginia. Now back in the PIHL, he's working to build a successful program at West Allegheny. "We're trying to instill a culture change. Working with their...
Westbrook an All-Star Snub
Stephen Curry won a tiebreaker to join Golden State teammate Kevin Durant in the lineup, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving also gave Cleveland two starters in the NBA All-Star Game. Curry and Houston's James Harden beat out Russell Westbrook for...
Whitaker Cop's Case Dismissed Judge Tosses Lawsuit Alleging Da Violated Rights of Officer
A federal judge has ruled that the Allegheny County District Attorney's office and one of its detectives did not violate the rights of a part-time Whitaker police officer charged and acquitted of lying in a search warrant and extorting a young woman...
Win Would Be an Instant Classic
When you've won a league-record 36 postseason games, as the Steelers have, ranking them becomes a task as formidable as trying to wean Antonio Brown off social media. Obviously, the six Super Bowl wins belong in a separate category. That still leaves...
Wrestling Coach Fired after Incident on Team Trip
Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters was dismissed by the university Thursday after an investigation into an incident that occurred during the team's trip last month to Evanston, Ill., for the Midlands Championship at Northwestern University. The school...
You Can Make a Mattress Decision Lying Down
Is it time for a new mattress? Do you wake up tired or achy, or does your mattress look saggy or lumpy? Or maybe you sleep better at hotels? Consumer Reports offers these shopping tips: Lie down. If possible, lie on any mattress you're considering....
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