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Articles from October 19, 2017

Bill Toms and Hard Rain Tap into Memphis Soul
When Bill Toms sings about "coming back to Memphis" on his new album, "Good for My Soul," you can bet that he's doing it on a train. The Pittsburgh singer-songwriter who spent 20 years in Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers and has been fronting Bill...
Branching into Cider Threadbare Cider House Opens in Spring Garden
When it opens with a public party Friday, the Threadbare Cider House will be serving several varieties of its own hard cider, but there also will be plenty of non-alcoholic cider for teenagers and children. "We are trying to make this very family-friendly,"...
Brewing Up a Cure Will Support Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Brewing Up A Cure, the 11th-annual beer fest to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, happens from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the PPG Wintergarden in Pittsburgh. Two of the scores of beers they'll be serving are collaborations between home brewers...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Kraft Heinz reaches deal to sell idled Wisconsin factory The Kraft Heinz Co. said it reached a deal to sell its idled Oscar Mayer factory in Madison, Wis., to Reich Brothers Holdings LLC. Reich Brothers said it would work closely with local officials...
Carnage in Somalia U.S. Involvement Is Not Helping to Build Peace
The progressively less fruitful U.S. involvement in Somalia, in East Africa, has continued in the past week. A visit by the U.S. military commander for Africa to Mogadishu was followed days later by an enormous truck bomb attack that killed more than...
Clean out Congress; They Don't Read the Bills
On Tuesday morning, I was watching CNN. The topic of discussion was the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, which was the focus of Sunday night's "60 Minutes" show about the opioid epidemic. When asked how this bill passed...
Edmc Completes $60M Sale of Schools to Foundation
Education Management Corp., a for-profit education company based in Pittsburgh, said it has completed the sale of 31 Art Institute schools and two other educational systems to the Dream Center Foundation. The $60 million transaction, proposed in March,...
Empty Homes Make for Bad Neighbors
I wrote a column a month ago about a Homewood homeowner who has lived for too long between two abandoned, city-owned wrecks. Unsurprisingly, her plight prompted contacts from folks in other neighborhoods facing similar eyesores. Richard Lintz Jr.,...
Getting Help Faster a Database to Help Psychiatric Patients in Crisis
State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Monongahela, and Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, are renewing their push to create an electronic database that would help doctors more quickly find inpatient beds for psychiatric patients in crisis. This legislation...
Gore Says Sustainable Energy Will Win If Given Enough Time Former VP Skeptical of Natural Gas Push
This might seem a tough time for environmentalists to be optimistic, what with President Donald Trump rolling back environmental regulations even amid mounting evidence of global climate change. But former Vice President Al Gore is trying. "The emphasis...
Harrisburg Hopes End to 4-Month Stalemate Is in Sight Gop Senators Consider Latest Revenue Plan
HARRISBURG - At the Pennsylvania Capitol on Wednesday, there was a sense that this may be as good as it gets. This is the latest revenue plan to pay for the state's $32 billion budget that emerged late Tuesday from the GOP-controlled House. It centers...
High Court Urged to Put Delayed Shale Drilling Rules into Effect
State environmental regulators urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday to allow a handful of postponed requirements for shale gas drilling operations to take effect like the rest of stricter fracking rules put in place last year. The delayed...
Highmark Plans to Build Five Hospitals
In a major step toward a long-stated goal of "making health care more affordable and keeping it close to home," Highmark Health president and CEO David Holmberg on Wednesday announced plans to build a 160-bed hospital in Pine as well as four small-scale...
Highmark Stadium to Increase Capacity
Highmark Stadium, which has 3,500 seats and a maximum capacity of 4,000, will expand in 2018 to meet guidelines of the United Soccer Federation. The United Soccer League was granted provisional Division 2 sanctioning at the beginning of 2017, but in...
Is There a No-Tipping Backslide among Pittsburgh Restaurants?
Casellula @Alphabet City ended its no-tipping policy on Sunday, just 10 months after the restaurant opened on the North Side. It's the first no-tipping restaurant in Pittsburgh to do an about face - maybe one of the few restaurants in the country to...
Last Call at the BBT Ploughman's Lunch Reunites for the Final Weekend at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
As longtime patrons know, the Frankowskis didn't just give regulars the occasional drink on the house at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. They would serve it with a back story that would leave the recipient pleased and a little puzzled. "They always...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ANDERSON, William R. "Boots," Ross, formerly Lawrenceville BELL, Michael Charles, Sewickley BICK, Donald C. BRAITHWAITE, Hilda A. "Pat," Mt. Lebanon CAMP, William, Pine CHAPPIE, Guy Anthony, Irwin CIPRIANO, Mary Grace, Mt. Lebanon...
Let Priests Marry
I am a lifelong Catholic who as a young man studied for the priesthood for seven years. I was impressed with Tasha Wheeler's letter, "Catholics Are Missing Out on Some Gifted Priests" (Oct. 16). She discusses the current reorganization occurring in...
Many Gold Star Families Say They Cherish Gesture from President
In most cases, it comes in the form of a letter. Shortly after a U.S. service member is killed in action, the letter is delivered to their family. It thanks them for their loved one's service, and typically is signed by the president. But for many...
Michigan, Ohio State Games Key for Psu
Pitt fans like to believe their team's win against Penn State early last season cost Penn State a chance to play in the College Football Playoff. There is some truth to that, but Penn State's 49-10 loss at Michigan two weeks later was much more damaging....
Ministry of Metal Industrial Band Goes on the Political Offensive
Before Eminem declared last week to choose a side, Al Jourgensen already had. He's been howling "We are the Antifa!" on a song that Ministry rolled out in the spring. It will appear on a new album coming out in March, "Amerikkkant," that is guaranteed...
MOVIE GUIDE [Derived Headline]
OPENING FRIDAY BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed. PG-13 for sexual references, drug content, language and some...
Munch Goes to the Pub at 333
These have been, as they say, the days that try men's souls. The news each day is stomach churning. Our institutions and the things we hold dear are seemingly under a relentless attack. The leaks from the inside paint pictures of worrisome instability...
New Ahn Hospital Would Add Capacity to Region Already Awash in Empty Beds
Highmark Health is planning to build a 160-bed hospital in Pine, plus "multiple" smaller hospitals at a time when more than a quarter of the Pittsburgh-based health system's hospital beds are empty. Allegheny Health Network's overall hospital occupancy...
Owners of Planned 'Mr. Rogers' Bar Told to Cease and Desist
It has been a less-than-beautiful day in the neighborhood when it comes to the opening of Mr. Rogers, A Neighborhood Bar, which is on track to open in the Clark Building, Downtown, in November. The Fred Rogers Company has issued cease-and-desist letters...
Pa. State System Universities Lose Enrollment for 7th Year in a Row Number Has Dropped 14 Percent since 2010
Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities collectively lost enrollment this fall for the seventh straight year, slipping by about 2 percent from a year ago and by 14 percent since 2010. Total headcount across the system stands at 102,301, compared...
Pediatrician: Children Need Protection from Lead Exposure
"How do we preserve the tomorrows of our kids?" asked Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Flint, Mich., pediatrician speaking at an event Wednesday during which she shared her ongoing advocacy for eliminating lead exposure in children, first sparked by her city's...
Pict's Juliet Meets Her Romeo in 1930s New York
"The Godfather" meets Shakespeare in PICT Classic Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet." The era is the 1930s, in the Little Italy section of New York City, where warring families are a distinct possibility and, as in Victorian times, theater's best-known...
Pittsburgh Ships Its Bid to Amazon
The hunt is on. Pittsburgh formally entered the race for Amazon's second headquarters Wednesday, filing its proposal - some 2 inches thick - well ahead of the midnight Thursday deadline set by the Seattle e-commerce giant. In doing so, the region...
Players Seek Perfection in Bid to Jump-Start Momentum
Each week, the Pitt football team strives for what it calls Perfect Thursday, "a really super-clean practice," according to left tackle Brian O'Neill. Surely, it's unrealistic to expect a "Perfect Saturday" this weekend when the Panthers travel to...
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]
OLD HENRY RIDES AGAIN On Oct. 10, circumstances beyond my control (wife!), left me to use my 1946 Ford for a doctor's appointment on Ardmore Boulevard. Almost immediately upon leaving the parking lot, old Henry suffered a fate unknown to modern fuel...
Rehab Counselor's Arrest Comes amid Regulation Efforts Houses Often Set Up without Oversight
Recovery houses are supposed to help drug addicts get sober and rejoin society. Many do. But others are little more than flop houses, say some state lawmakers, and some are shooting galleries. Case in point, law officers say, is Next Step Foundation,...
Stingy Defenses Should Be on Display Points, Yards Could Be Hard to Come By
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Some people might have been surprised when initial betting lines established Penn State as a 12-point or so favorite over Michigan. Not only because the Wolverines are a pretty fair team - after all, they're 5-1 and ranked 19th...
Suspect in Maryland Shooting Is Arrested
EDGEWOOD, Md. - A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded. Less than two...
Sustaining the Fury #Metoo: Short-Lived or a Sea Change?
WASHINGTONDepending upon one's distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we've been waiting for - or just another shark attack until the next one.If you're former Fox News anchor...
Te Has Gone Missing in Post-Miller Offense
From 2005-15, the Steelers had the great luxury of employing Heath Miller as their starting tight end. He had at least 500 yards receiving in each of his final eight seasons with the team before he retired. For quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Miller...
Tenants in Deteriorating East End Hud Homes Face Uncertainty Housing Standards Not Met, Government Says
Some of the more than 100 low-income East End tenants facing possible relocation from their federally subsidized homes told stories Wednesday of leaking roofs, broken doors and electric outages. They wanted to know why the U.S. Department of Housing...
THE HOT LIST [Derived Headline]
ALL WEEKEND Christmas fest Have you given a single thought to Christmas shopping? Family Festivals thinks you're ready because, while everyone else is focused on Halloween, this weekend (and next) it presents the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts...
The Rise of the Undead at 0-3, the Bengals Were Given Up for Dead. However Reports of Their Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated as They Prepare to Visit Heinz Field Sunday
Just in time for Halloween, the Cincinnati Zombies pop up in the home of the "Night of the Living Dead" this week. They were dead and buried as the Bengals last month after they started 0-3. Coach Marvin Lewis even extinguished his offensive coordinator...
They're Coming to Praise You, Romero ... Fans, Friends Set to Honor Director of Zombie Classic 'Night of the Living Dead' Sunday
Fans, friends and former colleagues will honor George A. Romero at the Evans City Cemetery chapel Sunday morning. There will be loving stories about the late director and some, no doubt, will come cleverly dressed for the occasion. There will be blood,...
Toole's Challenge: Make 11 New Pieces Fit Puzzle
It was a long offseason for Robert Morris basketball coach Andy Toole. He had to recruit, recruit and recruit some more to make sure the Colonials had a full roster this fall. The end result is 11 new players, all of whom are competing for minutes...
We All Must Work to Stop the Harvey Weinsteins
Is anyone truly surprised to see the numerous women coming forward documenting Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and potential abuse? This is one man who for decades took advantage of his power. This doesn't happen just in Hollywood; it happens...
XI Urges Greater Communist Involvement
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress....
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