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Articles from March 20, 2016

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TODAY The Pittsburgh Concert Society presents the winners of its Young Artist Auditions at 2 p.m., Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University. Tenor Colin Aikins (with pianist Brother Don Alger), violinist Joseph Comella (with pianist Sung-Im Kim),...
30 Years Ago
Rift Spurs Churches to Adopt New RitualsCatholic Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua's traditional interpretation of women's role in Holy Thursday services is fostering new rituals and raising expectations for more participation by women in the church.In McKees...
After More Than 40 Years, All the Bids Are Closed East Liberty's Royal York Auction Gallery Sold Its Final Antique on Saturday, Marking the End of an Era of a Beloved Shop for Regular Customers
The Royal York Auction Gallery, operated for more than 40 years by business partners Bob and Janet Simon, sold its last antique Saturday, including folding chairs that longtime regulars usually reserved with bidding cards. "It's sort of sad," said...
Aliquippa Enjoys Perfect Ending Quips Crush Mastery Charter North to Go 30-0, Win Class AA Title Game
HERSHEY, Pa. - Aliquippa wasn't blushing, but the Quips turned completely red over their mistake. Aliquippa mistakenly brought its red road jerseys to Hershey for its PIAA title game when the Quips were supposed to wear their home whites. But it really...
All Bets Are off for This Year's Gop Convention Delegates 71 Representatives from Pennsylvania Will Travel to Ohio to Cast the State's Votes for Presidential Candidates
The title may be the same, but the job description couldn't be more different. Every four years, Pennsylvania sends scores of delegates to the Republican National Convention, there to perform a ceremonial and statistically insignificant task: cast...
Are Religious Orders Policing Themselves? Jurisdictions Overlap with Catholic Dioceses
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - Even as the leadership of a Hollidaysburg- based Franciscan province is called to account in criminal court for its handling of a sex offender, the case is raising a broader question: Just how accountable are male religious orders...
Avoiding 'Pink Slips of the Tongue' at Work
Now you've done it. Maybe you aired workplace frustrations through Facebook, venting in a colorful complaint that a co-worker shared with your bosses. Perhaps you lost your cool in a meeting. You broadcast a few expletives on a conference call,...
Balancing Act for Irish Junior Hunter Busy with Football and Baseball
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -Torii Hunter Jr.'s Wednesday started with a 6:30 a.m. football meeting. The wide receiver then caught passes and ran drills in Notre Dame's first spring practice, which wrapped up at 9:45. After an afternoon in the classroom, his...
BELL: ASSET OR DILEMMA? Series: STEELERS SPOTLIGHT: TODAY RB
The past three times the Steelers made the postseason, their starting running backs have been Isaac Redman, Ben Tate and Fitzgerald Toussaint. What might have been if Rashard Mendenhall were healthy for the wild-card game in Denver after the 2011 season, or...
Berkshires Deliver a Cultural Bounty
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. - While I visit Western Massachusetts every summer, it always finds new ways to surprise me. West Stockbridge is one of a handful of towns in Berkshire County that bring together the bucolic beauty of New England with cultural...
Breen Nets 27 Points in Title Win Trojanettes Beat Lourdes Regional, Earn 8th Piaa Championship, 56-33
HERSHEY, Pa. - In the beginning for Sam Breen, it was frustration. In the end, it was elation. In between, it was a whole lot of domination. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's star junior racked up 27 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals - just...
Colonials' Buscaglia Ends Run Robert Morris Can't Stop Connecticut in Retiring Coach's Final Game at Helm
STORRS, Conn. - Sal Buscaglia kept it together through his opening statement to the media. He kept it together through his players answering questions. But when asked what he told his team in the locker room following his final game as a head coach,...
Concert Guide
TITUS ANDRONICUS/CRAIG FINN: Cattivo, today, 7 p.m., $16-$18; ticketfly.com. VANCE JOY: Stage AE, Wed., 6:30 p.m. doors, $27.50/$30; ticketmaster.com. BONNIE RAITT: Heinz Hall, Wed., 8 p.m., $49.50-$89.50; heinz-hall.org. G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE:...
Conservatives Are Charitable, but They Have These Concerns
Regarding"What's a Christian to Do?" (March 6 Forum) by the Rev. N. Graham Standish: The author argues that Christians who espouse conservative values are hypocritical because they ignore Jesus' command to be compassionate. The author has ignored...
Critics Don't Understand His Satire, Spike Lee Tells Cmu Audience
Spike Lee defended the use of satire in his latest film "Chi- Raq" at an event Saturday in Oakland, saying the movie contained the "one true message" condemning the glorification of guns and violence that festers in American culture. "It's not cool...
Deaths Elsewhere
Joe Santos, star in 'Rockford Files'Joe Santos, who played Lieutenant Dennis Becker on "The Rockford Files," has died at 84.Mr. Santos died Friday in Santa Monica, Calif., after a heart attack earlier in the week, according to his agent Alicia Beekman.Mr....
Democrats Trump Gop on Economy, Wall Street
One market wag warned CNBC last week that the stock market will fall 50 percent if Donald Trump is elected president. History indicates the chance of one person, even if that person is Herr Drumpf, wreaking so much havoc on Wall Street are small. But...
Depth Tested without Malkin
PHILADELPHIA - The Penguins have had to lean on their depth more than a few times this season, but the stakes are higher now that the club must play through the stretch run without center Evgeni Malkin, who is not expected back from injury for a first-round...
Dixon's Decisions Defensive
ST. LOUIS - Pitt played one of its best defensive games of the year Friday night against Wisconsin, and yet, it wasn't enough to beat the Badgers. And that's mostly because the Panthers, once again, failed to score for long stretches. In the aftermath,...
Djokovic Tops Nadal
Novak Djokovic continued his recent mastery of Rafael Nadal on hard courts, winning 7-6 (5), 6-3 on his sixth match point Saturday in Indian Wells, Calif., to reach the BNP Paribas Open final for the second consecutive year. The world's top-ranked player...
Dragons Run Ends in Defeat Allderdice Loses Final to Roman Catholic
HERSHEY, Pa. - Allderdice was the best team from the Pittsburgh City League in almost a decade. The Dragons had some size, shooters, guards who could handle and a certain swagger that helped them make a state championship game for the first time in...
Dream Home after 10 Years, Their $2.3 Million House Got Even Dreamier
Call it Dream Home 2.0. After living in their new home for a decade, the owners of 1540 Fox Chase Lane in Upper St. Clair decided to undertake a major renovation, adding a professional dance floor, kitchen and home theater on the lower level and a...
Dukes Cash in on 1st Trip with a Victory March Madness Opens the Door for Brief Lifespan in Pop Culture
STORRS, Conn. - Duquesne is still dancing. Just six days after earning its first NCAA tournament bid in program history, the Duquesne women's basketball team made sure that its time in the tournament wouldn't be limited to just one game. The Dukes...
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EAST Indiana County teen dies after pickup flips over An Indiana County woman died Saturday after the pickup truck she was driving slid across two lanes of traffic on Route 85 in South Mahoning and rolled over several times. Jessica Marie Gess, 17,...
Equipment Now Takes Center Stage Seattle Startup Aims at Building Better Helmets
Watching Ryan Smith at work is enough to trigger a migraine. At a Seattle startup that aims to build a better football helmet, Smith and his colleagues spend their days strapping prototypes onto dummy heads and slamming them into things. "We want to...
From Houses to Highways: It's the 'Right-of-Way Man'
I'm driving around with Jim Broadbent, and he's saying things like "that's the bank I took the drunk into" or showing me where a gorgeous stone angel once blocked a front door. You collect strange stories when you're Right-of-Way Man, the guy tasked...
Grammar Police Needed for TV News?
Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here's a selection of recent queries. Q: Do TV news anchors, ad/commercial writers, radio talk show hosts, et. al. intentionally...
Hand to the Chief? Candidates Gestures Vary Greatly
Long before the size of his hands - or anyone else's for that matter - were an actual topic during a Republican Party presidential primary debate, before he asked Michigan rally attendees to raise their hands and swear an oath that made many observers...
Hebrew Free Loan Fund Provides Borrowers with Interest-Free Loans
As she browsed IKEA for desks, chairs and filing cabinets to furnish a co-working space she launched in Sharpsburg last year, Jessica Strong thought about charging the purchases on a credit card. She wanted to keep her savings account flush with accessible...
Hurdles Help Put Face on Rare Genetic Disorder
BRADENTON, Fla. - As twilight set on Clint Hurdle's first season as Colorado Rockies manager in 2002, he found himself searching for a sign, for answers to the questions that had begun Aug. 7 when his daughter, Madison Reilly, was born and something...
Increasing Turnpike Speed Raises Safety Concerns Limit to Be 70 MPH in Most of the State
Increasing the speed limit to 70 mph an hour this spring on the Pennsylvania Turnpike - and likely on other state highways - doesn't come without safety concerns. The concern isn't that higher speeds may cause more accidents but that the accidents...
Injury Forces Bookser to Fill Void at Center Hunter Busy with Football and Baseball
Nearly six months separate the Pitt football team from its 2016 season opener against Villanova, but, as is natural for college football coaches, worries have already arisen. The Panthers continue spring practice without their top three players at...
IN THE LAST WEEK [Derived Headline]
It can be hard to find good news on the health front, what with the constant reports about what's bad for us and how poorly we take care of ourselves, but an annual evaluation that spans the nation contained some positive information about Allegheny...
Laroche Will Come to His Senses
I can't shake the feeling Adam LaRoche will rejoin the Chicago White Sox and be with the team Opening Day in Oakland. I got to know LaRoche a bit when he played for the Pirates from 2007-09. I don't believe he will be so stubborn that he will walk...
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...
Less Snow Predicted
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Forecasters are now predicting less snow as a weekend storm bears down on the Northeast, but some parts could still see several inches of accumulation on the first day of spring. Philadelphia and New York could get 1 to 2 inches....
LIVING ON THE MARGINS RELOCATION OF RESIDENTS CONTINUES FROM PENN PLAZA APARTMENTS Series: DISPLACED
In a continuing series, the Post-Gazette follows residents displaced from East Liberty apartments, most from East Liberty altogether.Howard Scott and Ruth Wooding grew up as neighbors in East Liberty. After working hard jobs for much of their lives,...
Long-Sought Pardon Could Open Doors for 64-Year-Old Carol Ramsey's Story Cuts to the Heart of a Debate over Social Justice
Nearly 25 years have passed since Carol Ramsey left heroin, cocaine, booze, theft, halfway houses, rehab programs, prison and broken promises behind her. She insists that she's no longer the person depicted in the yellowing court records, the woman...
Mars Junior Wins Diving Title Hockenberry Gets 2nd Title in a Row by a Slim Margin
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Taylor Hockenberry was never more grateful that running scores are not posted during the PIAA Class AA diving finals. "I watch my scores, but I don't watch anyone's total scores or anything," Hockenberry said. "Otherwise you start...
Megaludis Celebrates Individual, Team Titles Franklin Regional Product Anchors Another Penn State Championship
Franklin Regional graduate Nico Megaludis celebrated two titles Saturday at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships in front of a sellout crowd of 19,720 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Megaludis, a redshirt senior, was one of five Penn State wrestlers...
NCAA: ROUND OF 32 WINNERS & LOSERS [Derived Headline]
A scoreboard of second-round games played Saturday.EAST REGIONIndiana 73 Kentucky 67 (Des Moines, Iowa) Thomas Bryant scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, Yogi Ferrell had 18 and No. 5 seed Indiana (27-7) beat No. 4 Kentucky (27-9). The Hoosiers...
New Coach, a New Look Mark Richt Returns to His Alma Mater with New Approach to Miami Football
Mark Richt is a veteran coach who has worked at several high- level programs. He has taught Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks and won conference championships. Richt has seen pretty much everything there is to see in big- time college football,...
New Must-See Shopping Destinations in New York City
NEW YORK - Swapping swimming for shopping this spring break? How about trading the beach for the Big Apple? There's no doubt about it that New York City is the shopping capital of the East Coast, thanks to streets such as Madison and Fifth avenues...
Nomination Fight Goes to Airwaves
WASHINGTON ? President Barack Obama called again Saturday for Senate Republicans to consider his nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.Republicans countered by warning Democrats not to "seek to further divide our nation" by using the Supreme...
No Need to Turn off AC When Driving on Steep Grades
Dear Car Talk: I'm hoping you can settle a family dispute. You see, my wife and I have come a long way since our college days at UC Davis, when we drove a 1967 Mercury Cougar. It was a great car, especially since gas was 75 cents a gallon, except...
Panthers Concede 6 Goals in Title Loss Bayard Rustin Routs Franklin Regional to Win 3rd Championship Game in a Row
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After enduring six losses in the PIHL Penguins Cup finals over the years, Franklin Regional finally broke through and had an opportunity to win the school's first state hockey title. Only one thing stood in the Panthers way....
Pa. Primary to Decide Many Races Gop Expected to Retain Wide Margins in State House and Senate
HARRISBURG - Most Pennsylvania legislative districts don't have a primary contest. But for some that do, the April 26 election is the big day. That's because in a fair number of state House and Senate districts, the November ballot will not list both...
Penguins Smother Rivals for Victory Penguins Move into Third Place after Flyers Fail to Match Flurry of Second-Period Goals
PHILADELPHIA - In the storied history of the Penguins-Flyers rivalry, there has been no shortage of dramatic games and edge-of- your-seat endings. The Penguins sucked the drama right out of the game Saturday, with stifling defense and opportune goals...
People on the Move
Accounting Herbein + Co, Inc promoted Joshua Grafton; Nelson Warner, IV; and Kimberly Jones, CPA, to advanced staff. CrawfordEllenbogen announced that Susan C. Delzell joined as a senior manager. Association and Organizations The Western Pennsylvania...
Picture of Health on Many Fronts, Allegheny County Gets in Shape
Allegheny County is feeling pretty good, and it's not just because spring is approaching. The annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows that Allegheny County has improved steadily since 2010....
Pirates Twins Ppd
Game dataRecords: Twins (9-7-1), Pirates (5-11-1).Of note: Outfield prospect Austin Meadows, a first-round pick in 2013, had eye surgery Thursday to repair an orbital fracture of his right eye. His estimated time of return to full baseball activity is six...
Pitt Band Pitches in to Play Dual Role
The Pitt pep band gained some new fans Friday, filling in for fellow college musicians from Weber State University at the NCAA tournament in St. Louis. Although disappointed about Pitt's loss to Wisconsin earlier in the day, the band was ready to...
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's Annual Plant Sale Has Something for Everyone
For the novice, choosing hardy plants for the garden can be overwhelming. For the experienced gardener, the trick is finding a special plant. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's annual plant sale can make their lives easier. Each year, the non-profit...
Rebels without a Clue the Sound and Fury of the Replacements
In "Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements," the new biography of the highly influential 1980s band, Bob Mehr sums up their legacy by the second page of his introduction: "They had become 'legends' without ever really becoming stars."It seems...
Sign the Budget Reform Is Fine, but Wolf Must OK Spending First
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a series of ethics reforms for state officials, and he probably has backed any Republican opposition into a corner because they are sensible. In an atmosphere of public exasperation with Harrisburg, who would ...
'Sound of Music' Is Heard Again in New Tour
"The Sound of Music" is among musical theater lovers' favorite things. Now more than 50 years strong, the movie version attracts sing-along screenings, putting it in a rarefied fandom group with "Grease" and "West Side Story." When we look back on...
Spring's the Best Time of Year for Selling Home School Calendar Also a Big Factor That Families Consider
After it appeared this year's snow and ice storms had run their course, Matt and Rachel Grossman got busy staining their backyard deck and putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of their Mars townhome - in time for the spring buying season....
State Growing Bigger, Better Whitetails
Pennsylvania deer are getting older. That's the takeaway from last week's report on the 2015-16 deer harvest, which suggested that antlered deer are surviving longer, growing healthier and sporting bigger racks. Fifty-nine percent of bucks killed during...
Stepping Up a Welcome Effort May Help Redd Up City Stairs
Before he became a celebrated World War II correspondent, Ernie Pyle traveled the United States as a roving columnist. Alighting here in 1937, he dubbed Pittsburgh "the cockeyedest city in the United States." He was baffled by the roads, tunnels,...
Take the Bait What's in That Dirt and Water? the Live Bait Business Gets Serious about the Environmental Impact of Its Products
You haven't had a hit all day. The guy across the creek has released three nice trout, and you have no idea what he's putting on the hook. That's why fishing vests have so many pockets. Every bait angler has a favorite. But the trick to successful bait...
Tell Cussing Colleague to Clean Up His Language
Q: I have a co-worker who curses loudly whenever he gets upset. "Nick" uses highly offensive language describing various sexual acts and bodily functions. Because we work in a large cubicle farm with 5-foot walls, Nick's ranting can be clearly heard...
"The Catch"
Thursday "The Catch," 10 p.m., ABC. The latest from hitmaker Shonda Rhimes, "The Catch" follows Los Angeles private investigator Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos, "The Killing") as she seeks payback on her fiance (Peter Krause, "Parenthood"), who cons...
The Day No. 12 Got Away Storied Camden Loses in State Final
As usual, volunteer assistant coach Arthur Barclay was the last one on the bus. He walked through the cold rain from the back door of the Rutgers Athletic Center to the yellow vehicle that would carry the Camden High School basketball team home after...
Titans Rout Crusaders Bishop Canevin Falls Apart, Loses in State Final
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For a moment, it appeared Bishop Canevin was about to put a stranglehold on its first Class AA Pennsylvania Cup title in five years. Moments later, the Crusaders were staring down the barrel of their second state finals loss...
Two Good a Look at Five Wins That Are Worth More Than Two Points
Even the best teams absorb a handful of perplexing losses over the course of 82 games, and even bottom-feeders feast on a superior opponent now and then. Last week in this space, we reviewed some of the Penguins' most deflating defeats this season. Now,...
U.K. Minister Resigns over Benefits Cut
LONDON - Smoldering tensions within Britain's ruling Conservative Party have exploded as a prominent minister resigned over the government's plans to cut benefits for the disabled while giving tax breaks for the better off. Iain Duncan Smith quit...
Upper St. Clair at a Glance
Website: www.twpusc.org Inside out: Located 10 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, the 9.95- square-mile township has more than 19,000 residents, many of them attracted by its award-winning school district, recreational opportunities and proximity to malls...
Warriors Are Destined to Break Record Barring Any Sort of Collapse, There Is Plenty of Motivation to Post 73 Wins
OAKLAND, Calif. -The Warriors are going to set the NBA record for wins in a season. Barring significant injury, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' mark of 72 wins is going down. Here is a wild thought: the Warriors could get to 75 wins. They had 15 games remaining...
What Do We Value More: Health or Money?
The PG's editorial board got itself all twisted in a knot in "The Dimock Effect: Cabot's Loss in Court Warns the Drilling Industry" (March 13) by trying to have things both ways. Yes, unconventional natural gas development has made some money for Pennsylvania,...
What's Next for the Nfl? League Cannot Turn a Blind Eye Now That Link to Cte Is Established
Harry Carson was heartened to see the admission from NFL senior vice president for health and safety Jeff Miller acknowledging a link between playing football and developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) during a roundtable discussion Monday...
White Oak Man Held in Molesting of 3 Girls He Is Former Worker at Mckeesport Schools
A former McKeesport Area School District employee faces several criminal charges in the alleged molestation of three young girls. William Mellinger, 50, of White Oak, was charged Wednesday and arrested Friday by Allegheny County Police with aggravated...
Who's Ready to Rumba? Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown Appears Monday on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Steelers Nation helped Hines Ward secure the very shiny Mirrorball Trophy in 2011, but five years is a long time between making it to The Big Dance. (With apologies to the NCAA tournament, this really is The Big Dance.) Antonio Brown and partner Sharna...
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