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Articles from October 21, 2017

America's Disaster
If I wrote a letter in opposition to something that President Donald Trump has said or done, which is about every day- on topics such as Obamacare, climate change, North Korea, the NFL- I would have writer's cramp. Just when I thought I was beyond...
A National Emergency the Opioid Crisis Deserves a Status Escalation
Efforts to rein in opioid addiction will get a much-needed infusion of energy next week when President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis to be what it is: a national emergency. Moreover, needed money will be brought to the fight for law enforcement,...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Amid acquisition, cost cutting, MSA reports jump in profits Cranberry safety products maker MSA Safety said a recent acquisition and cost cutting contributed to a 33 percent jump in third-quarter profits. Sales increased 6 percent. The company reported...
Charges Outlined against Mercer Co. District Attorney Accused of Using His Power to Aid Girlfriend
Mercer County District Attorney Miles K. Karson won't resign and will fight accusations that he used his power and influence to benefit his girlfriend, he said at a brief news conference Friday. Following a seven-month grand jury investigation, the...
Charleroi Takes 2nd in Century
Charleroi has come a long way. The Cougars (8-1, 5-1) clinched the No. 2 playoff spot out of the Century Conference after winning a shootout Friday night at Beth-Center, 49-44. Geno Pellegrini passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Pellegrini also...
Cmu Student Seeks Funds to Send Third Plane to Puerto Rico Total Raised So Far Exceeds $100,000
A Carnegie Mellon University junior who has raised more than $100,000 to pay for charter flights to and from Puerto Rico has a date and a plane - her biggest to date - for a third rescue flight. Rosana Guernica, 22, has chartered a plane for Oct. 28...
Death by Spite for Nafta?
MEXICO CITYEveryone here wants to know what's going to happen to NAFTA - the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has closely linked the economies of Mexico, Canada and the United States for more than two decades. Donald Trump has described NAFTA...
De Tuitt out, but Ilb Williams Due to Play
The Steelers will be without defensive end Stephon Tuitt again this week, but inside linebacker Vince Williams returned to practice Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Tuitt, who did not practice all...
Education Must Mean More Than Avoidance of Offense
WASHINGTONThe desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.The distinction between the language...
Eric Holzworth Died Oct. 14, 2017 Former Pitt Football Captain Drowns in Fla
A former University of Pittsburgh football co-captain died Oct. 14 after he was caught in the surf off the east coast of Florida. Eric Holzworth, 48, of Atlanta was a special teams captain at Pitt in 1990. "He just had an infectious personality, infectious...
Farm-Raised Arby's Venison Doesn't Taste like the Hunted White-Tails
When the company catch phrase is "We have the meats," it has to go a cut above. For the second consecutive year Arby's, home of roast beef burger-alternative, takes aim at the hunting crowd with a venison sandwich. Last year, the 5-ounce thick-cut...
Farm-Raised Arby's Venison Doesn't Taste like the Hunted White-Tails
When the company catch phrase is "We have the meats," it has to go a cut above.For the second consecutive year Arby's, home of roast beef burger-alternative, takes aim at the hunting crowd with a venison sandwich.Last year, the 5½-ounce thick-cut venison...
Fox Chapel Earns 1st Bid since 2002
Fox Chapel earned its first WPIAL playoff berth since 2002 with a 33-18 win at Chartiers Valley Friday night in an Allegheny Nine Conference game. The Foxes (5-4, 5-3) were led by Nick Gizzo and Micah Morris, who accounted for all five touchdowns. Gizzo...
Gators QB Tosses 3 Tds to Top Tigers
Much of the first half had the odd convenient store score of 7-11. At one point, there were five turnovers in eight plays. McKeesport scored 18 points in the game without an offensive touchdown.One week after Friday the 13th the McKeesport-Gateway game...
GATORS QB TOSSES 3 TDS TO TOP TIGERS VARSITY XTRA GAME OF THE WEEK: GATEWAY 21, McKEESPORT 18
Much of the first half had the odd convenient store score of 7-11. At one point, there were five turnovers in eight plays. McKeesport scored 18 points in the game without an offensive touchdown. One week after Friday the 13th the McKeesport-Gateway...
Gov. Wolf: More Narcan for Drug Users, but Then Treatment
Gov. Tom Wolf announced plans Friday to give 120,000 doses of the anti-overdose drug naloxone to emergency responders statewide, and also endorsed legislation that would allow relatives to force struggling users into substance abuse treatment. The...
Greek Orthodox Leaders Confirm Financial Crisis
Greek Orthodox leaders in the United States have acknowledged a "severe and complex financial deficit" that has led to the ouster of the national denomination's top financial administrators and cuts to its national staff and budget. They announced...
Judge Tosses Charge in Mom-to-Be's Overdose Butler County Woman Still Faces Other Counts
A Butler County judge on Thursday tossed out a felony assault charge against a woman who overdosed on heroin while pregnant and ruled that state law clearly protects pregnant women from such charges. Kasey Dischman, 31, was facing the charge of aggravated...
Kasha-Stuffed Italian Peppers
Roasted buckwheat kernels - also known as kasha - are a nutritious substitute for potatoes or rice. Buckwheat is the best-known source of plant protein, and it's gluten-free. That makes it perfect for vegetarians looking for a healthful meal. Kasha...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES BARTEK, Edward R., Brentwood BEATTY, Antoinette Vukotich "Toni," formerly Penn Hills BECHMAN, Harry J. Jr. BROWELL, Raymond Lee, Canonsburg CONNELL, Richard M. "Dick," Greenfield CORBIN, Edward D. Jr., Lower Burrell CRANE, John,...
Moms Can Code and Fizzpop Earn Invest in Her Top Prizes Winning Companies Serve Disparate Needs
On Thursday night, the 3-year-old Invest in Her pitching competition did just what its name suggests - put two $3,000 investments, among countless other perks, into the pockets of two women running early-stage businesses. And the anointed companies...
Mother Accused of Assaulting Teacher Is Arrested Police: Prior Dispute Precipitated Attack
The 29-year-old woman accused of attacking a Pittsburgh King PreK-8 teacher on Wednesday has been arrested. Daishonta M. Williams, of Perry South, was arrested Thursday and was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on a $50,000 bond. She is charged...
Murphy Will Be Gone, but His Staff Will Continue to Serve District
WASHINGTON - Aides will answer phones by saying something like "18th Congressional District" rather than "Congressman Tim Murphy's office." Other than that, constituents won't notice much change when they call their congressional office next week...
Nazdrowie! a Final Cheer to Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern was many things to many patrons during its nearly 32-year run, but it most decidedly was not a martini bar. Diane Melchitzky can attest. The Oakland stage and set designer has been a regular since the beginning and once...
Offense Still Searching for Some Balance
The Steelers have the highest-paid receiver and running back in the NFL. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell are making nearly $27 million in salary between them this season, and, through the first six games, they certainly are earning their paychecks....
Off-Field Woes Also Huge Factor for Pitt This Year Frustration Rises for Narduzzi, Staff
It was a relatively general question, posed from a football perspective, seeking a football answer to what has been most irksome this season for the Pitt Panthers. But coach Pat Narduzzi's response perhaps gave an unintended glimpse, however small,...
Pa. Unemployment Falls to 4.8 Percent
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent in September, largely because of people giving up looking for work rather than finding jobs, according to new monthly data released Friday. Over...
Penguins Get Arena Site Extension Move Ultimately Could Prove Costly to the Franchise
The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting a bit more time to start work at the 28-acre former Civic Arena site. But it ultimately could come at a hefty cost to the team. Board members of the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority...
Penn State Faces Suit for Snubbing 'Alt-Right' Speaker Richard Spencer a Security Risk, University Said
A student at a university in Georgia wanted white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at Penn State University, but PSU president Eric Barron said in August it would be a major security risk and deemed the speaker unwelcome. Now that Georgia State...
Perfect Atmosphere Franklin Loves the Scene, but Likes White-Out Night Wins More
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A collision of ranked teams - especially when those programs have long and storied histories - is always special. That means second-ranked Penn State's game against No. 19 Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Stadium was...
Peters Township Earns Playoff Berth
Jake Cortes propelled Peters Township back to the postseason, and Canon-McMillan's playoff chances took a serious hit in the process. Cortes threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 26 passing, leading Peters Township (6-3, 4-2) to a 28-14 road...
PET EVENTS [Derived Headline]
HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN Children and families can trick or treat from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Somerset Historical Center. Costumed children will walk on lantern-lit pathways and collect treats at 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset 15501. Admission...
Pollution Is Top Killer, Study Finds
NEW DELHI - Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. It kills more than smoking, hunger or natural disasters, and more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria...
Quaker Valley Stuns Seton-Lasalle
Friday night, Quaker Valley got its opportunity to play the spoiler. One week after the Quakers suffered their first loss this season against top-ranked Aliquippa, they bounced back and handed Seton-LaSalle its first defeat, surprising the Rebels with...
Rangers Have Hole in Middle and in Goal on Dismal 1-5-2 Start
The New York Rangers are off to a distressing 1-5-2 and two huge problems have surfaced. One is that the Rangers are badly missing Derek Stepan, their highest-scoring center from a season ago. He is now in Arizona. Without him, there is a huge hole...
Regent Square Theater Rises Again in Time for Halloween
The Regent Square Theater is set to reopen Friday with the five-day Halloween film showcase "Regent SCARE!" The Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts theater had been closed since May 28 due to problems with projection equipment. The...
'Scared Famous' Needs More Scares, Fewer Kinda-Famous People
If watching a bunch of "stars" run around a fake haunted house in the buggy backwoods of Georgia strikes you as quality entertainment, well, to each his own. "Scared Famous," which debuts on VH1 Monday (9 p.m.) is sooooooo drawn out and dull. It's...
Sewickley Heights Couple Donates $2M to Ahn to Fight Women's Cancers
Allegheny Health Network's Cancer Institute and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology announced Friday a $2 million gift from a Sewickley Heights couple, given in gratitude for cancer care received from noted gynecologist Thomas C. Krivak and his...
Shot Fired at Spencer Protesters
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -Three men were charged with attempted homicide after they argued with a group of people protesting a white nationalist's speech and fired a shot at them, police said Friday.No one was injured. About 90 minutes after Richard Spencer's...
Six Projects Honored by Architects' Group
The Ace Hotel in East Liberty, the Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill and a mobile coffee kiosk were among six projects honored Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Design Awards competition. The annual juried competition is organized by the...
Small to Spacious Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley Close to Realizing Dream of a New Facility
The small concrete-block building in New Kensington is plain and sturdy. It has no architectural character or charm, except for the "catio," a screened porch where several cats nap or play as they enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Inside the no-frills...
System Redesign the State Universities Need More Than Funding
One year ago faculty members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education staged a three-day strike to protest the lack of a contract for their services. It was the first strike in the system's history. By contrast, at this week's meeting...
The Music of My Life Looking Back, I See That I Had a Theme for Each Stage of Life
From 1997 to 2002, I dedicated one hour per week to watching "Ally McBeal," the television show about quirky lawyers I enjoyed meeting but would never hire. While the Dancing Baby did not appeal to me, the 1998 episode that introduced the concept of...
Time for Tombstones & Treats Allegheny Cemetery Hosts Halloween Prowl
All that separates Pittsburgh from the bones of 18th-century soldiers, smallpox and influenza victims, steel barons and common workers is 5 feet of dirt. On Oct. 28, days before Halloween, Venture Outdoors trip leaders will lead living locals on...
To Keep Carbon Down, Keep Three Mile Island Open
For many, the news that Three Mile Island may close prematurely in 2019 could end to one of the most recognizable names in nuclear history. Since 1979, Three Mile Island has been well known throughout the country and an indelible memory for an entire...
Tomlin Due Praise, but Don't Expect It
A good friend sent me a facetious text Sunday night about two minutes after the Steelers finished off the Kansas City Chiefs. "I'll bet a lot of people will give Tomlin credit for this win." I laughed. I got the joke. I'm still waiting for the first....
Toomey Needs to Weigh in on President's Behavior
Michael Gerson's Oct. 14 column ("America Urgently Needs Republican Vertebrates") should be read daily in the halls of Congress.I call our Sen. Pat Toomey almost twice a week. I want my senator to say or do something about the daily lies, threats, inappropriate...
TOPRUSHERS [Derived Headline]
TOPRUSHERS433 -- Dustin Shoaf, Yough294 -- Dominic Fundy, Beth-Center227 -- Lance Hill, Laurel215 -- Mason Kelly, Frazier214 -- Nicholas Mundell, Carmichaels198 -- Ryhan Culberson, Fort Cherry198 -- Zach Trusky, Bishop Canevin193 -- Skyy Moore, Shady...
Ugly Win Looks Pretty West Allegheny Finds a Way Past Woodland Hills West Allegheny 7, Woodland Hills )
Fumble, punt, four-and-out, interception, fumble, four-and-out, blocked field goal. The stuff of 7-0 wins. The defensive battle came to a close as West Allegheny running back and linebacker Nico Flati sacked Woodland Hills quarterback Daniel Jones...
Voting Machine Effort Facing Hurdles Proposal Calls for Review Commission
A grassroots effort to examine - and likely replace - Allegheny County's voting machines has itself been struggling for lack of a vote. Its latest challenge came Friday morning in the courtroom of Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph James....
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