Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Articles from March 30, 2017

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Upgrades Optimization
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport: Fun where you least expect it. Price: Starts at $21,650. Marketer's pitch: "Not just new. Better." Conventional wisdom: "Sport" Elantra. LOL, right? Reality: They're not kidding. It's better. And even kinda sporty. What it...
Bieber Song Puts Music Producer Steve James on the Fast Track
Steve James has a writing/production credit that sent him to the Grammys this year and should leap off his bio for some time to come. It's the piano ballad that serves as the closing and title track of Justin Bieber's chart-topping "Purpose." Now,...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Butler County chemical plant closes; had 220 workers Indspec Chemical Corp. said it has ceased production at its plant in Petrolia, Butler County, and will permanently close the facility on July 31. The plant, which employs 220 and had operated there...
Carter Aims to Emerge as a Leader in D-Line Ex-Lions Dt, Juco Transfer Arrives with Big Goals
When he arrived at East Mississippi Community College, Kamonte Carter had no idea it would soon become known simply as "Last Chance U." Since then, Carter has watched the eponymous Netflix show countless times. Later this year, there's a couple things...
Cash-Strapped Westinghouse Sees Hope in Service, Fuels
Westinghouse Electric Co,'s much-anticipated bankruptcy petition - filed in the wee hours Wednesday morning - describes a company in quicksand, where two money-sucking reactor projects in Georgia and South Carolina brought down the Cranberry-based...
Cheryl Burke Steps Up to Replace Abby Lee Miller on 'Dance Moms'
Former "Dancing With the Stars" judge Cheryl Burke will replace Abby Lee Miller on the hit Lifetime reality show "Dance Moms," according to "Entertainment Tonight." Ms. Miller, who started the show in her Penn Hills dance studio in 2011, quit Sunday...
Chinese Fears Rise after Killing
PARIS - Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community. Protesters gathered Tuesday in northeast Paris...
City Trying to Expedite Lead Water Line Upgrades
The very public political spat between Pittsburgh's mayor and Allegheny County's controller over removal of lead water service lines in the city turns out to be less about if it should be done and who should pay for it, and more about how fast. To...
Coaches Not Taking Roethlisberger's Retirement Comments Too Seriously
PHOENIX -John Harbaugh had a wry smile on his face when he was asked his reaction when he heard Ben Roethlisberger was contemplating not returning for the 2017 season. Harbaugh, who has had to face Roethlisberger and the Steelers twice a year as coach...
Court Clarifies 'Stripper' Wells, Says Shale Driller Does Not Owe Impact Fees
An oil and gas company does not owe annual Marcellus Shale impact fees for wells that produced a small amount of gas during some months, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled on Wednesday, reversing a decision by the state Public Utility Commission...
Credit-Card Fee Laws May Be Challenged
WASHINGTON - Merchants may soon have the right to tell customers they will pay a surcharge if they use a credit card rather than pay with cash. The Supreme Court cast doubt Wednesday on laws in California, New York, Florida and seven other states...
Dep Sues Townships over Bans on Fracking Waste Disposal Wells
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is asking a state court for immediate protection against two tiny townships whose local charters claim to allow the communities to fine DEP for issuing permits for oil and gas wastewater disposal...
Downtown National Forest Plan Would Festoon Skyscrapers with Trees, Shrubs
Imagine a Downtown skyscraper or apartment building festooned with trees, shrubs, and other greenery - not only to add color to the skyline but to make a difference for the environment. That's the idea behind an initiative being launched by the Pittsburgh...
Eileen M. Carlins Sept. 11, 1953 - March 24, 2017 Loss of Infant Daughter Led Her to Help Others
Eileen Carlins lost her daughter to sudden infant death syndrome in 1980, when Rachel was 2 months old. She spent the next 36 years helping similarly grieving families and educating mothers, nurses and students on the proper way to put a baby to bed....
Family Mourns Slain Teen at Vigil in Penn Hills Shooter's Attorney Says His Client Acted in Self-Defense
Family and friends on Wednesday began to mourn the 16-year-old boy who was killed in a parking lot outside Linton Middle School in Penn Hills, even as an attorney said the man who fired the fatal shots acted in self-defense. Deven Holloway, 16, was...
Fitzgerald Joins Airport Officials on Trip to China in Quest for More Flights Will Meet with Airlines and Tour Operators
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the CEO of the county's airport authority are among those who left for China on Wednesday in the latest quest to bring more flights to Pittsburgh International Airport. Accompanying Mr. Fitzgerald on...
Hall of Famer Sayers Battling Dementia
When Gale Sayers broke into the NFL with the Bears in 1965, George McCaskey was 9, a wide-eyed and immediate fan of the all-purpose playmaker who was showcasing his Hall of Fame talents then for McCaskey's grandfather, George Halas. "I remember if...
Hays Eaglet Hatches at New Nest Location Behavior by the Birds Indicates New Arrival
It took awhile to be sure, but the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania confirmed Wednesday morning that an egg has hatched at the Hays eagles' nest site, overlooking the Monongahela River. Views into the nest via the popular live feed-video camera...
Heisman Talk Is Not Fazing Rb Barkley Psu Star Is Only Motivated by Wins
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A lot of people talk about Saquon Barkley as a leading candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this year. Saquon Barkley isn't one of them. Oh, Barkley, who will be a junior running back at Penn State, is aware that he holds a prominent...
Late-Season Momentum Playoff Asset Penguins Learned Its Value Last Year
Several Penguins players said after the Wednesday morning skate that it's vitally important for the team to play well down the stretch in order to build momentum heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Is that accurate or simply a clich? Probably the...
Let Not the Oxford Comma Tear Us Apart
When I read that a punctuation mark might cost a Maine dairy company millions of dollars in overtime pay, I immediately thought of a Pittsburgh couple who fought over this same Oxford comma for countless hours at no pay. Yeah, I run with a fast crowd....
Looking for Value as Pittsburgh Mortgage Rates Go Up, Home Buyers, Owners Scope for Better Options
The Beaver Falls home that Linda Neely was raised in and inherited from her parents began showing its age in recent years, forcing her to make some expensive updates and repairs. "My dad built this house," said Ms. Neely, 70. "This house means the...
New Game Is Beat the Clock
One word, one glorious word, completely dissolved all the bad things that happened at PPG Paints Arena Wednesday night."Yes."That was Mike Sullivan's response when I asked him after the Penguins' 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks if he was confident...
New on Dvd: 'Beasts,' 'Patriots,' 'Women'
'FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM'Eddie Redmayne stars in this story based on the Hogwarts textbook. If you are looking for a fantastic movie and don't know where to find one, look no further than "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."This...
Opinions Divided on Internet Privacy Rule Change
The blowback - and the accolades - came fast and furious after Congress completed its overturning of the nation's strongest internet privacy protections for individuals. The House vote Tuesday allowing telecommunications companies to track and sell...
Pedestrian Deaths Rise 22
Despite improvements in vehicle safety equipment, it is getting more dangerous to travel on America's streets and highways whether you're driving or walking. And walking while drunk may be no safer than driving while drunk. A study released Thursday...
Peduto: Logistical Help Needed for Lead Filter Plan
Pittsburgh officials are looking for professional expertise to secure and distribute thousands of lead filters for water customers, Mayor Bill Peduto said Wednesday. Mr. Peduto said a request for proposals will solicit logistical help for the "Safe...
Penguins Must Get Healthy
This was going to be a column about the goaltenders. Seemed like a big night for Marc-Andre Fleury as he continued, against long odds, to try to build a case for unseating Matt Murray before the playoffs.But let's not fool ourselves. Goaltending isn't...
Pittsburgh Playwrights Production Slated for Two Summer Festivals
The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company production of Mark Clayton Southers' "Miss Julie, Clarissa and John" is hitting the road this summer, when the original cast will perform the play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem,...
Playing It Safe Proactive Steps from Da on Forensic Evidence
From various parts of the country over the years have come stories about prosecutors and courts reluctant to overturn convictions even when defendants' rights have been violated or when key evidence subsequently proved to be tainted. When the justice...
Plcb's Flexible Pricing Benefits Consumers and Pa.'s Budget
A recent opinion piece discussing liquor reforms ("Consumers on Ice: Pennsylvania's Liquor Reforms Haven't Addressed the Real Problem," March 31) warrants some corrections regarding Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board pricing and profit. To be clear:...
Plugging Holes, Leaks Becoming a Problem Chicago Routs Penguins with 4 Goals in First Blackhawks 5, Penguins 1
As the injuries have piled up over the past few weeks, the Penguins have largely been able to plug holes and avert disaster by fitting other players into the lineup. Over the past few games, though, the dam had begun to spring a few more leaks, and...
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]
TRIP BACK HOME HAS LASTING MEMORIES My trip back home to Pittsburgh as a "tourist" during Presidents Day weekend was exceptional in every way, but it will be the actions of an unknown good Samaritan and the aid of several police officers who work...
Safe for Hunting
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Game Commission approved the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting small game but not large game (deer, bear, elk or turkey), which was a good first step in the process of allowing them for all hunting activities. After...
State Senators Unconvinced of Health and Human Services Merger
Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to unify four Cabinet agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services by July was met with skeptical questions from unconvinced legislators at a Harrisburg hearing Wednesday. Mr. Wolf's administration has said the...
Stuck in Syria U.S. Forces Are in Middle of Turk-Kurd Tension
There are still many questions pending - including the one of why the United States is involved - in the long, drawn-out campaign by various forces to take Raqqa, considered the Islamic State capital, in the interior of Syria. Hundreds of U.S. Special...
Tough Call: Hughes out Bullpen Vet Is Given Release
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates will release Jared Hughes, severing ties with the right-handed sinkerballer who spent parts of the past six seasons pitching out of their bullpen. Hughes cleared outright waivers, the Pirates announced Wednesday, and...
Westinghouse's Struggles Do Not Dim Residents' Outlook for Community
If there are ripples emanating from Westinghouse Electric's filing for bankruptcy Wednesday, they haven't reached too many of the residents living near the company's Cranberry headquarters. And they certainly aren't causing any waves. "I haven't heard...
Williams Beats Kerber to Reach Semis in Miami
Venus Williams whacked a winner on her fifth match point, then spun and threw a celebratory fist toward her father, who watched from the front row while munching popcorn.The taste of victory never gets old. Venus and her dad have been coming together...
Williams' Goal: Pitch at Fenway He and Glasnow Last Two Standing in 5th Starter Race
BRADENTON, Fla. - Trevor Williams was granted seven major league appearances near the end of the 2016 season. He turned his main takeaway - big-league hitters hit more mistake pitches, and they hit them hard - into the mental approach that every pitch...
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