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Articles from October 20, 2013

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18th-Century Pa. Home in Need of a Savior
SNYDERSVILLE, Pa. -- One of the oldest homes in the county, sold at auction this summer, could be facing demolition if its new owner doesn't find a way to repurpose the building.But concerned neighbors of the 233-year-old home, located at the intersection...
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TODAY You may have heard of the hunchback of Notre Dame, but now you can hear its organist. Olivier Latry plays organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where he also teaches at the Paris Conservatory. Today at 4 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church,...
2nd Heisman Could Fall into Manziel's Lap Commentary
He was at it again late Saturday night. The sports craziness that unfolded at the Cotton Bowl and between the hedges at Georgia and in Fenway Park had been put to bed. And Johnny Football was at it again.It was not a perfect performance that Johnny Manziel...
4 Cambria County Sisters Share Cancer Diagnosis
ASHVILLE, Pa. -- When Gertrude Coleman Wirfel of New Germany was diagnosed with cancer after discovering a lump in her breast in 1983, her sisters all became more vigilant in their annual screenings and self-exams. Wirfel's cancer was found early enough...
Afghan Pullout Key to Gitmo's Prison
WASHINGTON -- The approaching end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan could help President Barack Obama move toward what he has said he wanted to do since his first day in office: close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Blocked by Congress from releasing...
Amaro Too Much to Handle Mammoth Tight End Leads Red Raiders to Comeback Victory in Fourth Quarter Texas Tech 37, West Virginia 27
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Perhaps it's poetic justice that it was Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro who not only drew first blood but also landed the final dagger against West Virginia Saturday, his touchdown catches bookmarking the Red Raiders' 37-27, come-from- behind...
Amazon Stalked by Wal-Mart, a Newcomer to Silicon Valley
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- A plucky Silicon Valley company, forced to compete for talented engineers, is trying it all -- recruiting billboards on Highway 101; workplace perks like treadmill workstations and foosball tables; and conference rooms named after celebrities...
A Rare Asset No One Else Plays Left Wing Next to Crosby on a Regular Basis, and That Enhances Kunitz's Olympic Chances
There are more skilled wingers in the NHL than Chris Kunitz.Faster ones, too.And some who are more physically imposing.But Kunitz, the Penguins' first-line left winger, can offer something nearly no one else can, and it might be enough to earn him a...
AROUND THE ACC [Derived Headline]
Conference OverallAtlantic__ W__ L__ Pct.__ W__ L__ Pct.Florida State__ 4__ 0__ 1.00__ 6__ 0__ 1.00Clemson__ 4__ 1__ .800__ 6__ 1__ .857Wake Forest__ 2__ 2__ .500__ 4__ 3__ .571Maryland__ 1__ 2__ .333__ 5__ 2__ .714Boston Coll.__ 1__ 2__ .333__ 3__ 3__...
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THE GOVERNMENT is no longer shut down, but Tea Party Republicans and their colleagues remain over- caffeinated. For a time during the crisis, Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Pat Toomey seemed a voice of reason. He said that he "never thought it was a...
A Street in Transition Bill Peduto Wants to Make Smithfield Street a 'Grand Boulevard' of Pittsburgh
Local boutiques, small shops, new sidewalks and lamp posts, perhaps even a dedicated lane for bicyclists.It's all part of city councilman Bill Peduto's vision for Smithfield Street, the 11-block thoroughfare -- even longer if you count the bridge over...
Attorney, Judge Seek Superior Court Post
HARRISBURG -- In the only statewide race on the November ballot, voters will select a new judge for the state's Superior Court -- Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jack McVay or Vic Stabile, a Harrisburg-area attorney.Mr. McVay, a Democrat from Shadyside,...
A Well-Behaved Woman Jill Lepore Paints a Full Picture of Jane Franklin, Ben's Sister, with Few Sources
' "BOOK OF AGES: THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF JANE FRANKLIN"By Jill Lepore.Knopf ($27.95).Well-behaved women seldom make history," historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once wrote. While women labored and lived alongside men, their lives were mostly forgotten...
Ballet Turns to Tharp to Open Season
A triple threat of 20th-century standouts in fashion, music and choreography will open Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 44th season when the company presents "An Evening of Twyla Tharp" at the Benedum Center next weekend.For the first time since 2010, audiences...
Baseball Focused on Players, Not Minors
Major League Baseball's No. 2 executive testified that the sport wasn't concerned if the head of a Florida clinic distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLB's sole interest was his relationship with players under investigation, a person familiar...
Bennett Rules in Victory Healthy at Last, Junior Tailback Runs for 240 Yards; 2 Tds against Monarchs Pitt 35, Old Dominion 24
For the past few games, it might have been easy to forget that Isaac Bennett came into the season expected to be Pitt's leading running back this year. He made sure everyone remembered Saturday night. With freshman James Conner nursing a shoulder injury,...
Bike Trails: Region a Destination for Bicyclists
Thirty years ago, about the only people on bicycles in Pittsburgh were messengers and a smattering of gung-ho pedalers seemingly oblivious to our unfriendly terrain, weather and traffic. Has that ever changed. The region now boasts an extensive network...
Boston Slams the Door, Faces St. Louis in Series Red Sox 5, Tigers 2
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the AL championship...
Broker's Record in Need of Repairs
One of the first things investors are urged to do before handing over their money is to investigate the track record of the person they are turning it over to.But that record could be missing some vital information, according to a study conducted by...
Buying Here: Verona
In the early 1990s, Barry Caprino wasn't having much luck finding riverfront property to build his dream home. He even tried knocking on people's doors but the answer was always "No." Then one afternoon he stopped at the riverfront park in Verona. Sitting...
Cardinals Ride Rookie Pitching into Series
ST. LOUIS -- At the trade deadline in July, the Cardinals appeared to be in the market for starting pitching. Instead, St. Louis stood pat and trusted their young arms.That trust paid off -- in a trip to the World Series.Michael Wacha capped a nearly...
Catching Up with Rushel Shell with 'Mountaineer Nation' Ex-Panther Gets His Second Chance
Sometime during those three days in April, as Rushel Shell and his mother breathed in the dreamy Southern California air, they began to envision their future: A new life for their family, nearly 2,500 miles away from their Beaver County roots; a football...
Cats: They're Just Not That into Us
Cats are the world's most popular pets, outnumbering dogs by as many as 3 to 1. This popularity is undoubtedly helped by the fact that cats are simultaneously affectionate and self-reliant: They need virtually no training; they groom themselves; they...
Curator Has Art at Heart
Art captivated Dan Byers as a boy, and that adolescent romance blossomed into a love affair."Art was the thing I did as a kid and a teenager. I made a lot of art. I was the art editor of my art and literary magazine in high school," said the Massachusetts...
Defense Smothers Bruins Offense Stanford 24, UCLA 10
STANFORD, Calif. -- Don't count Stanford out of the Pac-12 race just yet.The Cardinal's physical ground game and dominant defense showed they can still shut down new-age offenses the old-fashioned way.Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns,...
Detangling Downtown Bus Traffic Just May Defy Good Intentions
Bill Peduto wasn't thrilled when I called. The East End councilman attached to the phrase "presumptive next mayor of Pittsburgh" felt like he'd not only been thrown under the bus, but every bus.Negative blowback from headlines about the possibility of rerouting...
Devils Finally Get Win
All the New Jersey Devils needed to win for the first time this season was a game against the rival and injury depleted New York Rangers.Cory Schneider made 22 saves Saturday night for his first shutout with New Jersey, and the Devils become the last...
Dining: Today's Pittsburgh More Than Just Primanti's, Pierogies Those Date-Night Favorites ? Tambellini, Common Plea, Minutello's and Georgetowne Inn ? Have Closed. Younger Diners Are Demanding a Greater Range of Flavors, and the Region's Chefs Are More Than Happy to Oblige
Thirty years ago, Pittsburghers dressed up to go out to dinner at places such as Tambellini or Common Plea, Downtown; Minutello's in Shadyside; or the Georgetowne Inn on Mount Washington -- all of which closed this year. Families, dates or colleagues...
Dixon Notches Indycar Crown
Scott Dixon won the IndyCar championship, using a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., to deny Helio Castroneves his first title.Will Power won Saturday night's season finale -- a year after he crashed in this race to blow his...
EAST/SOUTH/NORTH/CITY [Derived Headline]
EASTWoman, 43, killed in Bedford County crashA woman died after crashing her sport-utility vehicle in Bedford County, state police said.According to police, 43-year-old Marsha D. Ryan was driving south on Route 326 in Southampton when she veered off...
Emu Honors Slain Teammate
It was only seconds after the opening kickoff that the Eastern Michigan football team found a fitting way to honor a fallen teammate.EMU's Tyler Allen returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown Saturday against Ohio at Rynearson Stadium. In...
Enhanced Landowner Protection Passes Hurdle
Hunting is permitted on most of Pennsylvania's 1.4 million acres of state game lands and 2.1 million acres of state forest land, as well as thousands of acres in state and county parks. But most hunting in Pennsylvania occurs on private property with...
Expand Medicaid Right Now Pennsylvanians Shouldn't Have to Wait for Health Care They Need
It's enough to make your head spin. For congressional Republicans, it was enough to hold the federal government hostage for more than two weeks.But when you cut through the political hype, the Affordable Care Act -- commonly known as Obamacare -- is...
Fleury Shrugs off Gaffe Delevers Key Saves after Fluky Goal Penguins 4 Canucks 3
Give Vancouver a do-over, and perhaps the Canucks would try something a bit different during the shootout.Maybe not rely on getting within a few feet of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, then trying to slide a puck between his legs or beyond the reach...
For the First Time in 15 Years, UCLA Could Have a Chance at a National Title
LOS ANGELES -- Terry Donahue is holding court in a back room of the Rose Bowl pavilion that bears his name. He has a Diet Coke in one hand, one of his three Rose Bowl rings not so subtly displayed on the other.He's telling old stories.It's one of those...
Freedom's Crossroads Canadian Stops on the Underground Railroad Provide Solace
LAKESHORE, Ontario -- In the cornfields of Ontario, one of Canada's most significant Underground Railroad sights is tucked behind tall grass and a red metal fence. Nobody would ever find you here. But of course, that was the original point. When former...
French Drivers: Speed Traps Boosting Revenue, Not Safety
PARIS -- French drivers call it "la guirlande de noel" -- "the Christmas wreath" -- but it heralds anything but good tidings.Near the town of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, on the Swiss border, an automatic radar detector emits a bright flash like a sparkling Christmas...
Frights Burgh All in All, It's Pretty Scary Stuff, Kids, at the Area's Haunted Houses
There was really only one question left. Would I scream "bunny"? In front of an unremarkable metal door well around the corner from where hundreds of people were lining up for the ScareHouse's main "haunt" last weekend, I had just come through an infinitely smaller...
From 'Hell with the Lid Off' to Most Livable City. after the Smoke Clears, a Vibrant City Shines through. How Pittsburgh Became So Darn Cool
How cool is Pittsburgh? Way cooler than folks would have predicted 30 years ago, when steel's collapse hit the region hard. At the time, many wondered if the city would ever recover from the loss of jobs, population and investment that underpin any thriving metropolis....
From Jamestown to Polish Hill: Carol Moessinger Highlights the Polish-American Legacy
In grade school, most of us learned that Columbus discovered America, although now we know he was not the first European to see the Western Hemisphere. We remember studying about the English settlement in Jamestown, the Pilgrims and the Civil War. Tucked...
GAME 6 MATCHUP: STEELERS VS RAVENS [Derived Headline]
GAME PLANWhen the Ravens have the ball: Stop if this sounds familiar. The Ravens brought in Juan Castillo to be their run-game coordinator and introduce more finesse and zone-blocking in the offense. But, after six games, they rank 27th in the league...
Gateway Tops Tigers, 2-1 North Allegheny Bounced from Playoffs to Upset
Early in its home contest against Gateway, heavily favored North Allegheny had an inkling this was not going to be an easy contest. Gators sophomore Kayla Trozzi scored 1:05 into the first half to propel Gateway (10-7-1) to an early lead. This goal,...
General Public Misled on Top Quality Products
Question: Everyone I talk to says to buy an LED/LCD HDTV. You seem to be the only person who says to buy plasma. Why should I believe you over everyone else?TRACY DENNY, West MifflinAnswer: I am far from the only person recommending plasma. In fact,...
George Washington Library Fills 216-Year Void
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- In 1797, carpenters were slathering Prussian blue paint on parlor walls, replacing mahogany paneling in the entryway and installing a stove in a sleeping chamber, but George Washington had something else in mind for his beloved Mount...
Giroux's Drought Hurting Flyers
In retrospect, Peter Laviolette was nothing more than a prisoner of the moment, an overexuberant coach making a proclamation that would never stand the test of time.He had watched Claude Giroux skate a shift for the ages at the start of Game 6 of the...
Grambling Forfeit Spoils Party
JACKSON, Miss. -- Grambling's decision not to travel to Jackson State for Saturday's football game did not stop the homecoming festivities on the Mississippi campus.The music was blaring, the barbecue roasting and there were good times all around outside...
Haiti's Digital World Even in a Nation Recovering from Recent Catastrophes, Its People Are Finding the Potential to Gain from Internet-Connectedness
SAINT-MARC, Haiti -- At the cusp of sunrise in Saint-Marc, Haiti, when laborers roused by a rooster's crow join farmers and merchants already hours into the work day, 17-year-old Servius Madsen begins his daily trek to school. Armed with the family laptop...
Heat Still on despite Cooler Rivalry
Apparently being unable to name every Baltimore Ravens defender the way you have for most of your life is entirely forgivable, but you'd better know this: Whoever that is playing defense for John Harbaugh, they're bringing every last degree of the customary...
Hostages Returned after Syrian War Deal Release Ends Ordeal That Began Year Ago
BEIRUT -- Nine Lebanese pilgrims abducted in Syria and two Turkish pilots held hostage in Lebanon returned home Saturday night, part of an ambitious three-way deal cutting across the Syrian civil war.Thousands of well-wishers greeted the Shiite pilgrims...
Hub's Halloween Cable Network Uses the Fall Holiday to Launch a Special and a Series
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- As cable networks grow and mature, they often seek to distinguish themselves from the pack.For 3-year-old Hub Network -- a children's channel that operates in the same space as Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and others -- an annual...
I Am Miley Cyrus It's Worth Asking How Much Each of Us Has Become a Commodity
Apart from a few surface differences -- I'm a middle-aged anthropology professor who grew up on "The Cosby Show," not "Hannah Montana" -- I am Miley Cyrus. So are my college students. You may be, too. My students say they need to choose how famous they...
Inactivity Foreign to Foote
Larry Foote does not know quite what to do with himself, and it has nothing to do with Mike Tomlin banning table games in the locker room, where Foote often held court with his pool cue."It's been 23 years since I've not played fall football," Foote said.That...
Interpreter of Families Jhumpa Lahiri's New Novel Traces Aftershocks of Violence on Bengali Indians in America
"THE LOWLAND" By Jhumpa Lahiri. Knopf ($27.95).It's been a few weeks since I finished reading Jhumpa Lahiri's novel "The Lowland," and my head and heart are still with the book. Ms. Lahiri is known for her careful, measured prose, and insights into the...
It Was Dark and Dreary, but Never Dull
After what happened in Boston last Sunday night, after Big Papi's grand slam and the poetic aftermath, fans of the Detroit Tigers think they know misery. Ha.Today is the 20th anniversary of what is in the running for the most miserable loss in World...
Iup Shocked by Edinboro Crimson Hawks Lose Second in a Row
With a 3-3 record about halfway through the 2013 season, Edinboro was still in search of a signature win. After Saturday, consider that feat accomplished.Quarterback Jon Girvin, a former Northgate standout, passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns as...
Jpmorgan Handed Record Penalty $13 Billion Settlement with Justice Tentative
JPMorgan Chase and the Justice Department have reached a tentative $13 billion settlement over the bank's questionable mortgage practices leading up to the financial crisis, a record penalty that would cap weeks of heated negotiating and underscore the...
Just Beachy in Dunedin
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- This is the way Florida is supposed to be. Caressed by a soft October breeze, we walk out on a long wooden pier and hop into the ferry. It's a 20-minute ride through the emerald blue coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico to Caladesi Island State...
KINGS OF THE NIGHT Series: RADIO DAYS
Aficionados of classic Pittsburgh talk radio remember the days of KDKA's "Party Line" -- the Kings, Ed and his wife, Wendy, were masters in the art of conversation.The show was a melange of topics and activities: puzzles, trivia, opinion, gossip, news...
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. Classified obituaries are paid death notices prepared by funeral home directors....
Looking at Pro Football in New Light
Josh Garnett, a sophomore offensive guard at Stanford, plans to be an emergency room surgeon. But first, he'd like to play in the NFL.Which means he's more likely to undergo an operation before he performs one."That's part of the job," he said. "You...
Malcolm Renfrew Oct. 12, 1910 - Oct. 12, 2013 Chemist Who Helped Figure out What to Do with Teflon
Chemist Malcolm Renfrew never imagined that his work would one day become synonymous with the nonstick frying pan. As a young man in the 1930s, he dreamed of acting and joined a traveling tent show.The tent, however, burned down, which sent Mr. Renfrew...
Male Nudes Have Their Day at Musee D'orsay in Paris
PARIS -- Naked men are invading the museums of Europe.Last fall, two shows exclusively devoted to male nudes opened in Austria in Vienna and Linz. Now it's Paris' turn. The Musee d'Orsay has come up with "Masculin/Masculin -- The Nude Man in Art from...
Mcvay Is Superior the Judge Has the Edge for an Appellate Court Seat
The only statewide judicial race on Nov. 5 -- not counting retention elections -- has attracted two good candidates worthy of the voters' consideration, which is what a vacancy on Superior Court deserves. As one of Pennsylvania's two intermediate appellate...
Medical Researchers Call for Fighting Ban
Researchers at a Mayo Clinic conference on concussions in hockey called Oct. 9 for a ban on fighting at all levels of the sport, eight days after a Montreal Canadiens enforcer was hospitalized because of a fight on opening night of the NHL season."Science...
Militants Strike in W. Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya -- More than a dozen people, including at least four Ethiopian soldiers, were killed Saturday in a suicide attack on a cafe in western Somalia, near the border with Ethiopia. Al- Shabab, the militant Somali Islamist group, claimed responsibility.The...
Moscow Scrambles to Placate Rioters Who Attacked Migrants
MOSCOW -- Defined by two rail lines and the outer ring highway, Moscow's Biryulyovo district is home to a factory making reinforced concrete slabs, a brewery, a cracker bakery and the city's largest wholesale produce market, which is staffed by more...
Muslim Brotherhood Facing Wave of Trials
CAIRO -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood faces a wave of trials unlike any it has seen in its history, threatening to put a large number of its senior leadership behind bars for years, even life, as military- backed authorities determined to cripple the group...
My Mastectomy, My Choice the Women in My Family Get Cancer, So We Have Decisions to Make
My bare chest is an open playbook. As I sit on the hospital cot, the plastic surgeon draws lines on my skin with a purple marker. He measures shoulder to shoulder -- mark here, mark there -- then nipple to nipple -- dash here, dash there. He moves quickly, adeptly,...
Napoli Unimpressed with Distance of His Home Run
If the American League Championship Series is, as the participants have frequently said, like a heavyweight bout, Mike Napoli landed the most impressive punch.Napoli's jaw-dropping 460-foot homer sent the Boston Red Sox on their way to a 4-3 victory...
Nordic Noir Jo Nesbo's 'Police' Is a Well-Plotted, Disturbing Detective Story about Cop Killings
"POLICE: A HARRY HOLE NOVEL"By Jo Nesbo.Knopf ($25.95).The Norwegian author Jo Nesbo is known and duly praised for his crime thrillers featuring the mightily flawed but extraordinarily instinctive detective Harry Hole (pronounced "Hoo-leh"). With his new...
Now in Parliament: Carnegie and Warhol Big Name Locals Being Featured in Scottish Literature
Last week in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, two famous Pittsburghers named Andrew -- Carnegie and Warhol -- got a lot more than 15 minutes of fame.The celebration, dubbed Andrew Carnegie's International Legacy Week, kicked off an ambitious, 16-week...
O.A. 'Bum' Phillips Sept. 29, 1923 - Oct. 18, 2013 Colorful Oilers, Saints Coach
O.A. "Bum" Phillips, a colorful Texan who served as head coach of the Houston Oilers for six years and the New Orleans Saints for the next five, died Friday at his ranch in Goliad, Tex. He was 90.Mr. Phillips coached for 13 years in high schools and...
Oden Still Working despite Setback
NEW YORK -- Miami Heat center Greg Oden missed two days of practice this past week because of swelling on his knee.That hardly meant Oden had days off from the job. Not a day goes by where he isn't doing activity to continue his slow recovery. Oden still...
On the Harrisburg Crime Watch
"Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider's View of a State Gone Wrong" by Brad Bumsted (Camino Books, $17.95). Brad Bumsted, the Harrisburg reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, didn't become one of the best journalists in the state by going...
Out for the Inbox Firm Has Zero Tolerance Policy for Email Folders
If just the concept of clearing out your email box every day makes you break into a cold sweat, then the thought of working for Evolution Finance might induce heart palpitations.The Washington, D.C.-based company -- which owns the Cardhub.com website...
Panel Must Erase All Suspicion of Bias
IRVING, Texas -- On paper, the credentials of the 13-member college football selection committee announced Wednesday appear above reproach.Yet even as the mechanics of their mission -- to seek a true Football Bowl Subdivision champion -- were rolled...
Panthers Goalie Faces Tough Loss
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The shot in the final minute wasn't much of one on Tim Thomas, a change-up compared to the bullets he had stopped most of Thursday night, a dribbler compared to the snipers he'd kept the Panthers in the game battling.That only added...
Pennsylvania Needs Immigration Reform It Would Strengthen Our Economy and Our Families
Families want to be together. We understand this in Western Pennsylvania. This powerful desire brought our immigrant grandparents and great-grandparents to the towns and neighborhoods that we still consider the family home. It keeps extended families living...
People on the Move
AdvertisingBrunner named Dan Wald, chief growth officer.ArchitectureAE Works Ltd. (AE Works) hired Diane Glarrow, senior project manager, and James Bischoff as a project architect.Associations & OrganizationsThe Pennsylvania Resources Council hired Justin...
'Peter Pan' Bursts with Childlike Imagination
When Theatreworks USA presents "Peter Pan" at six locations today through next Sunday to open Pittsburgh International Children's Theater's 2013-14 Family Series, the audience will be treated to a somewhat complicated but enjoyable presentation by six...
Pioneer Reflects on His Role Little-Known Kentucky Player Was First Black in Game between Sec Teams
We can rattle off, with ease, the names of those who went first: Rosa Parks wouldn't give up her seat on the bus, James Meredith registered for classes at the Lyceum, Thurgood Marshall was first to wear a Supreme Court justice's robe.Same with the pioneers...
Pnc, Bny Board Virtual Parley Train
In recent weeks, directors of two of the region's top financial institutions amended their company's bylaws so that instead of gathering with shareholders over coffee and sweet rolls for the traditional annual meeting, the mingling could be done from...
Poorer School Districts Feel at a Loss over New Common Core Standards
PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania's public schools have been waiting for three years to find out whether the state will move ahead with new national education standards intended to make students more globally competitive.Without official direction, many went...
Pope Starts Overhauling Vatican Bureaucracy
VATICAN CITY -- Seven months after ascending the throne of Saint Peter, Pope Francis is in the midst of a crusade against the sins of Vatican City.Since succeeding Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has publicly sought to transform the tone of his office,...
Problem with Blinker Could Be a Pricey One
DEAR TOM AND RAY: I have a 2006 Dodge Durango with 118,000 miles. Recently, the turn signals have developed a mind of their own. I turn on the left turn signal, and after faking me out by blinking left, it will, of its own accord, start blinking right,...
Protesters Rail against Drilling in Parks More Than 200 March Saturday to Allegheny County Courthouse
The outdoor courtyard at the Allegheny County Courthouse is usually a quiet, restful place, but on Saturday it was the site of some seriously raucous street theater.About 250 people marched from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to the courthouse...
Public Parks Greenspace Grows, Becomes More Accessible
Half a million people flock to Schenley Plaza in Oakland every year, spinning on the carousel, relaxing at outdoor concerts and squeezing into a busy sit-down restaurant -- making it one of the most visited parks in the nation. It's a far cry from...
Return to Returns Steelers PR Antonio Brown vs. Ravens Pr/kr Jacoby Jones
After watching video of Antonio Brown fair-catch two punts against the New York Jets, Mike Tomlin yelled across the room, "Antonio, you stop returning punts?" Even the coach noticed.Brown elected not to return two punts in the second quarter when it...
Right-Wing Spite Makes Wrong but Fanatics Don't Have to Win to Justify Themselves
In politics, it's bad form to crow about winning. Everyone knows there will be another battle in the offing, and the victors this time may be the losers next time. Gloating can always come back to haunt you, like the ghost of Richard Nixon.So when Republicans...
Rivalry: NFL Lite the Schedule Says Steelers vs, Ravens, but It Sure Doesn't Feel like It Did Even a Few Years Ago
Once upon a time, this was known around here as Ravens Week, a game between the Steelers and their most heated rivals that would take on a playoff atmosphere. * * * Sometimes it was better, like when Joey Porter chased after the Baltimore Ravens bus...
Rolling out Obamacare People Won't like It Long after They Forget the 'Shutdown'
The furor over the government "shutdown" has distracted attention from the Obamacare rollout.After support for the GOP plummeted to all-time lows in two polls last week, Democrats sent a fruit basket to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, its architect. "Thanks...
Rookie Maatta Scores His First Nhl Goal
Olli Maatta was heading back toward the Penguins locker room Saturday afternoon after his postgame ritual -- putting on some dry clothes -- when he was stopped by Penguins Hall of Famer and owner Mario Lemieux.The smile on the rookie defenseman's face...
Rudy Minarcin March 25, 1930 - Oct. 15, 2013 Major League Pitcher with Reds, Red Sox
Rudy Minarcin, a major league pitcher in the 1950s who threw a one-hitter against the Pirates at Forbes Field, died Tuesday in Cabot. He was 83.Mr. Minarcin's daughter, Michelle Solomon, said he died after having a hemorrhagic stroke."He was one of the...
Safety First Propels Dukes to Win Duquesne 21, Robert Morris 20
The first safety swung the momentum in Duquesne's favor. The second helped break the game open.The Dukes took points any way they could in their 21-point third quarter that made the difference Saturday night in a 21-20 win against Robert Morris at Joe...
Showdown Shut-Down No. 5 Seminoles, Star QB Winston Roll No. 3 Tigers for Signature Win Florida State 51, Clemson 7
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Florida State crushed No. 3 Clemson, 51-14, Saturday night, making a statement that should be heard from Alabama to Oregon.The Atlantic Coast Conference's game of the...
Showtime for Healthy Superstars
Don't you feel cheated?The Penguins are 5-0 at Consol Energy Center. Each win has been better than the one before it. The 4-3 shootout win Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks was better than the 3-2 win Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers, which...
Shutdown Misstep How the Obama Administration's Plan Put the Country at Risk
WASHINGTON -- It may be one of the most serious missteps of the federal government shutdown: After weeks of planning, the nation's spy chief sent home nearly three-quarters of the workers at the government's intelligence agencies when faced with the...
Simpson Leads by 4 in Vegas
Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdieing four of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.Making his first PGA Tour start since helping the U.S. win the Presidents Cup, the 2012...
Sixty Years Ago
Scant rainfall over the past few months and drying streams have hit Western Pennsylvania farmlands with the impact of a near- disaster.A state of emergency yesterday was declared by Governor Fine in drought-plagued Hyndman, Bedford County, after he learned...
Smartphone Security Tips
A smartphone can contain a lot of information that its owner would rather keep private. But 39 percent of the more than 100 million American adult smartphone owners fail to take even minimal security measures, such as using a screen lock, backing up...
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