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Articles from December 8, 2017

A Brother Falls and the Team Plays On
It's what most of us do, I suppose, when something terrible happens. We forge ahead in a grim new reality. We go back to work. We take care of our families. What else can we do? There is nothing heroic or amazing about that. Or maybe there is. Either...
Airport Wins in State's Gambling Expansion
Pennsylvania's gambling expansion has proven to be a stroke of good fortune for Pittsburgh International Airport. As part of the bill enacted in October, legislators reauthorized $12.4 million a year that now goes to the airport for economic development...
A Little Goes a Long Way with Goodfellows
Since 1947, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Goodfellows Fund has collected money to provide toys for needy children at Christmas. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program works with over 100 agencies to identify families to receive toys. Here is a continuing...
America Alone Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is Not a Very Good Idea
All of us are saying, 'Hey, United States, we don't think this is a very good idea'," said Jordan's King Abdullah II in 2002, when it became clear that President George W. Bush was going to invade Iraq. But Mr. Bush didn't listen, and it turned out to...
A Public Servant without an Enemy Died Dec. 3, 2017
Tony Pokora, who worked for decades in local politics and government and seemingly did not make one public enemy, died of cancer Sunday.Mr. Pokora, of Brighton Heights, was 61.The son of a former steelworker who later became a South Side district judge,...
Australia Legalizes Gay Marriage
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's prime minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelmingly endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take place in...
Beer&chili Night at the Library Community Blood Drive
The choral music department of Fox Chapel Area High School will present its "Sounds of the Season" concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the high school, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara. A reception will follow. The concert will be preceded by a recital by the Carnegie...
Books Donated, Delivered to Young Patients
When two Bethel Park fourth-graders began a holiday book drive for patients in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, they hoped to collect 200 volumes.In a little over a month, more than 350 books - 135 by local authors - have been delivered to...
Breakaway Speed: That's Henry Thing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ? Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry says he didn't want to be caught from behind and promises he'll be even faster the next time he breaks out into the open. The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner took a quick flip from Marcus Mariota...
Brother's Memory Drives Gateway Grad
Jaquan Brisker loves his highlight reel, figures it's a big reason why major colleges have come calling with scholarship offers. But there's one thing he wishes he could change about it. At the end of some plays, the clip cuts off before you can see...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
ATI AWARDED $30M CONTRACT TO PROVIDE NICKEL-BASED ALLOY Allegheny Technologies said it has received a contract worth an estimated $30 million to provide a nickel-based alloy for an oil pipeline repair project. The metal will be produced at the Pittsburgh...
City League [Derived Headline]
City League1. Allderdice (19-9) - The Dice continues to roll. Winners of four consecutive City League titles and seven of the past eight, Allderdice is the heavy favorite again as it brings back most of its top players. Four starters return for coach...
Class 1A [Derived Headline]
Class 1A1. Vincentian (19-6) - Zach McDonough is the top returning scorer in Class 1A and might be the best player in the class, too. A 6-3 senior guard, McDonough averaged 22.7 points per game for a team that reached the WPIAL semifinals. New coach...
Class 2A [Derived Headline]
Class 2A1. Sewickley Academy (25-4) - Coach Win Palmer's team is on quite a run, winning 73 games over the past three seasons. Last season they won a WPIAL title and were the only district team to capture a PIAA title. The outlook again appears bright...
Class 3a
1. Lincoln Park (25-6) - It's hard to say what life without Nelly Cummings will be like, other than a lot of points to replace. The fifth-leading scorer in WPIAL history is now getting buckets at Bowling Green, but Mike Bariski's cupboard is far from...
Class 4a
1. Quaker Valley (25-4) - The only team in 4A with a Division I recruit, and Coletrane Washington (Drexel) isn't even the leading returning scorer. That's fellow senior Ricky Guss, who made a name for himself on the football field this season but...
Class 5a
1. Mars (17-10) - The 5A classification might be the strongest in the WPIAL, as far as depth of good teams. There are three or four other teams that could easily be in the top five. But when picking a preseason No. 1 team, Mars is a good choice -...
Class 6a
1. Pine-Richland (28-2) - The Rams have won two consecutive WPIAL titles and many believe they are the favorite to become the first to win three in a row in the largest class since New Castle in 1997-99. But a major question is when will Phil Jurkovec...
Clean the Slate for Nonviolent Offenders Nonviolent Offenders Should Be Able to Clear Their Records after 10 Years
For the past 20 years, my office has prosecuted hundreds of thousands of criminal cases, and we have always operated under the philosophy that, when appropriate, the criminal justice system should be not only punitive but also rehabilitative.Thousands...
Courts Must See Small Businesses, like Bakeries, as Individuals
Corporations, especially a publicly traded corporations, are granted certain dispensations and protections by governments on all levels, a quid pro quo that bestows limited liability in exchange for respecting the laws and civil rights of all individuals...
Deaths for Friday, December 8, 2017
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIESANTONELLI, Joseph F. "Joe," South ParkBAILEY, Marjorie June Griffith, HamptonBEYER, Thomas E., Zelienople, formerly Ellwood City and MiddlesexBOGOVICH, Robert M. "Bob," ChurchillBRUCE, Robert "Bob," Andover, Minn.BURKLEY, Louise...
Ending the Era of Boorish Male Privilege
While resigning from the U.S. Senate because of multiple allegations of groping women, Al Franken made a parting shot at President Donald Trump that's difficult for any fair-minded person to dispute. "I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape...
Ex-Officer Gets20 Years Forfatal Shooting
The former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, following a traffic stop was sentenced Thursday to 20 years behind bars in a federal case stemming from the fatal encounter.Michael Slager, who had been...
Fall and Rise Penguins Blow Lead Late but Get Win in Ot Penguins 4. Islanders 3
The Penguins got some offense from the usual suspects Thursday night - Jake Guentzel, Phil Kessel - but the two biggest goals of the night came from decidedly less-likely sources. Riley Sheahan scored in the third period, and Matt Hunwick netted the...
Family Will Be among First to Be Evaluated for Medical Pot
Diana Briggs sees this as the start of the end of a four-year battle to persuade politicians, and now doctors, to help her son.Friday morning, Ms. Briggs, 47, husband Michael, 48, and daughters Alexis, 21, and Hailey, 12, will drive from their home in...
Family Will Be among First to Be Evaluated for Medical Pot
Diana Briggs sees this as the start of the end of a four-year battle to persuade politicians, and now doctors, to help her son. Friday morning, Ms. Briggs, 47, husband Michael, 48, and daughters Alexis, 21, and Hailey, 12, will drive from their home...
Fayette County Man Found Guilty of Soliciting Two Teen Boys Online
The defense attorney told the jury his client did nothing illegal - that he never propositioned the two teen boys, and that just because he questioned them about their genitals and offered oral sex does not mean he committed a crime. But the prosecution...
Finally! No. 1 vs. No. 2 Pine-Richland Gets Matchup It Wanted: St. Joseph's
Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz has appreciated the focus of his team this season. He believes the Rams have been swell in following the clichd philosophy of don't look past the next game. But in reality, these have been Rams with double vision....
Finals Are a Feather in the Hat
Instead of putting up Christmas lights and watching football this past Saturday, The Fumbler was at the dry cleaners getting his suit cleaned and putting together his wardrobe for the PIAA championships. Don't get it twisted, The Fumbler would much...
GMC Yukon XL Denali Drives like a Beast
2018 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4WD: Like Granddaddy used to drive 'em.Price: $80,900 as tested (as tested in a 2017 configuration). The trim level started at $71,665. Open Road Package added power sunroof and rear seat entertainment for $2,895; 22-inch aluminum...
Governor Touts Choices under New Long-Term Care Initiative
Gov. Tom Wolf says he believes all Pennsylvanians in their later years should have the ability to continue living at home like his 94-year-old mother, even if they become frail and develop disabilities. In touting his Community HealthChoices initiative...
Injured Linebacker Ryan Shazier Has Surgery to Stabilize His Spine Steelers: Life More Important Than Football
The news that linebacker Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery hit the Steelers in different ways, but one thing they did not want to talk about Thursday was the linebacker's football future."I'm not worried about him playing for us again, I'm...
Injured Linebacker Ryan Shazier Has Surgery to Stabilize His Spine Steelers: Life More Important Than Football
The news that linebacker Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery hit the Steelers in different ways, but one thing they did not want to talk about Thursday was the linebacker's football future. "I'm not worried about him playing for us again,...
I Was Sexually Harassed. Be Skeptical Questioning Victims Is the Only Way to Address Our Prejudices and Policies
When I decided to go public with my sexual-harassment experience involving my academic mentor at the University of Southern California, I joined an ever-growing number of women who have recently come out with similar stories. Like so many others, my...
Jeannette Cruises Past Homer-Center Jeannette 42, Homer-Center 12
HERSHEY, Pa. - Robert Kennedy found his rhythm at quarterback. And the game was over. Well, not quite - Jeannette and Homer-Center still had about three quarters to play Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium. The senior do-everything star broke the game...
Lifelike Lesson Mock Crash in Vivid Detail Gets Avonworth Students Talking
Avonworth High School students saw a frighteningly realistic portrayal of the aftermath of a deadly car crash - complete with an ambulance, medical helicopter and participation by a funeral home.The staged event Monday was organized by three students...
Local School Boards Seat New Members, Elect Officers at Reorganization Meetings
School boards throughout the region are seating new board members and holding their reorganization meetings where they appoint new officers. Below is a roundup of reorganization meetings from throughout the area. BETHEL PARK Donna Cook was re-elected...
'Love, Love, Love' Examines Generational Affections
You may get that the title, "Love, Love, Love," is borrowed from the Beatles' song where it is insistently celebrated as "all we need." But the sour intelligence in Mike Bartlett's sharp new British comedy reports that love is really not enough, not...
Marlins Ship Gordon to Mariners
Miami second baseman Dee Gordon was traded to the Seattle Mariners for three prospects Thursday in a deal that marks the start of the Marlins' latest payroll purge, this time under new CEO Derek Jeter. The Marlins want to cut their payroll by more than...
Men Have Helping Hand in Women's Basketball
At practice last Friday, the Pitt women's basketball team was busy preparing for its upcoming game at Fordham. When a player made a nice defensive play or scored a basket, her coaches and teammates cheered her on. When she messed up, her coaches let...
MINNEAPOLIS PARKS CHIEF TO HEAD CITY CONSERVANCY [Corrected 12/11/17]
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on December 9, 2017.Meg Cheever, who is retiring as president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, was paid $209,000 in salary in 2015, the latest year for which such information was available....
Neither Vermin nor Pests Allegheny County Judge's Ruling on Raccoons Allows Criminal Case to Proceed
Raccoons are not vermin or pests, an Allegheny County judge has found, and therefore are protected by Pennsylvania's enhanced animal cruelty laws that took effect in August. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning issued a written opinion Thursday...
NFL Will Consider Targeting Review Rule
The NFL is considering a new rule that could make targeting a player's head or neck area a reviewable offense for ejection during a game. The NCAA adopted this rule a few years ago, and Troy Vincent, the NFL's football operations chief, said the league...
Pac-12 Considers Scheduling Changes
No Pac-12 football team that plays a Saturday road game will be required to play away from home again the following Friday in a revamped 2018 schedule. Commissioner Larry Scott said Thursday that the Pac-12 Conference has discussed scheduling changes...
Peduto Chief of Staff Acklin Stepping Down
Kevin Acklin, the high-octane, influential aide who shepherded Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's policies and priorities over four years, will step down in January.Mr. Acklin, a quick-witted chief of staff who once ran for mayor, will leave just as the...
Peduto Chief of Staff Acklin Stepping Down
Kevin Acklin, the high-octane, influential aide who shepherded Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's policies and priorities over four years, will step down in January. Mr. Acklin, a quick-witted chief of staff who once ran for mayor, will leave just as...
Pensions and Perps Widen Forfeiture for State Workers Turned Criminal
If the Legislature needs to be reminded of shortfalls in the pension-forfeiture law covering state employees, it need look no further than fresh news stories about the undeserved retirement bonanzas of Robert Mellow and Gary Schultz. A retirement...
Perennial Power Stands in Way of Gateway Capturing Its Title
Gateway enters the PIAA Class 5A championship in a role it's unaccustomed to - a slight underdog. At least, that's what the teams' recent history would suggest. The Gators face Archbishop Wood, which has won three of the past four PIAA championships,...
Pitt, Wvu to Renew Rivalry Last Meeting More Than 5 Years Ago
Pitt and West Virginia haven't played in men's basketball for more than five years, a stalemate that seems unnecessarily complicated given the extensive history between the programs and the 75 miles that separate the two campuses. In Kevin Stallings'...
Prince Fans Will Adore Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year
The color gods at Pantone have spoken - the shade to sport in 2018 will be ultra violet. The blue-based purple aims to take "awareness and potential to a higher level," Pantone said in its announcement Thursday morning. "From exploring new technologies...
Proposed Town Houses Generate Controversy Opponents Cite Traffic, Loss of Wooded Hills
When Hiller Hardie moved to Indiana Township five years ago, he was drawn to its rural nature, with hilly woods separating neighborhoods.If the township supervisors approve a planned development by Ryan Homes, a section of those woods off Dorseyville...
Rep or Roadblock?
I am a constituent of the 12th Legislative District and a supporter of two proposed legislative bills languishing in State Government Committee. House Bill 722 seeks to end gerrymandering and create fair, competitive, statewide elections. HB 39 proposes...
Ruhwedel to Step in for Injured Schultz
Defenseman Justin Schultz will miss several weeks with a lower-body injury. What does that mean for the Penguins? For one, talk of an Ian Cole trade has cooled considerably, a source confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday night. With...
Self-Righteous Politicians Have a Bad Playbook
Recent comments by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, once again point out how intolerant, myopic and bigoted this so-called representative is (Dec. 6, "Metcalfe: 'I'm a Heterosexual . Keep Your Hands to Yourself'"). He is an embarrassment not only...
Shazier Absence a Reality Defense Must Deal With
The Steelers have dealt with the emotional part of losing Ryan Shazier to a spinal injury. Soon they must deal with the reality of not having him in the middle of their defense. Shazier, perhaps the most vital member of the NFL's fourth-ranked defense,...
Shortage of Blue Bags Sparks Call for Recycling Bins
Giant Eagle's temporary loss of the blue bags it uses to hold groceries may have created a recycling snag for some consumers, but those little bags cause other snags that have recycling advocates calling for an end to plastic bags altogether.Giant Eagle...
Shortage of Blue Bags Sparks Call for Recycling Bins
Giant Eagle's temporary loss of the blue bags it uses to hold groceries may have created a recycling snag for some consumers, but those little bags cause other snags that have recycling advocates calling for an end to plastic bags altogether. Giant...
'Snow Bowl' Remembered as an All-Time Piaa Classic
Neil Walker has played in Major League Baseball playoff games, hit a walk-off homer to win on opening day at PNC Park and had numerous other unforgettable moments in his baseball career. But that football game he played in a snowstorm 14 years ago,...
Specialty Drug Costs Racked Up Millions for Region's Employers, Analysis Finds
Specialty prescription drugs cost $84 million for a group of southwestern Pennsylvania employers who covered employee medical and pharmacy benefits during the past year, an analysis found. The most expensive prescription drug that the region's employers...
State Approves Rate Hikes for Paw Customers in '18
State utility regulators approved a rate hike Thursday on Pennsylvania American Water customers to help the utility finance about $1.3 billion in infrastructure projects. The hike increases a typical monthly residential water bill to $60.85 from $55.63,...
Sto-Rox Graduate Blossoms at Iup Williams Sparks Playoff Run at QB
When Lenny Williams Jr. transferred from Temple to IUP before the 2015 season, he did so for two reasons. First, he wanted an opportunity to become a starting quarterback. That probably wasn't going to happen at Temple, where the coaching staff auditioned...
Street Renamed to Honor Scout Troop
The motto of the Boy Scouts is always be prepared.Members of Bridgeville Boy Scout Troop No. 2 are preparing to have a street named in their honor.Bridgeville council in November voted to rename Locust Alley, located between Chestnut Street and Gregg...
Student Wins National Award for Robot Invention
Meghna Behari is only 15, but she already has a pending patent and a national prize for an invention that will make water testing easier.The North Allegheny freshmanwon the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation for her Aquabot, an automated testing...
'The Disaster Artist' Is a Hoot, in a Good Way
"The Disaster Artist," James Franco's charming love letter to one of the most fabulously awful movies ever, earns "Hi Marks," indeed. Based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell's 2013 nonfiction book of the same name, "The Disaster Artist" serves up a...
The Jerusalem Gambit the Calculated Risk of Calling It Israel's Capital
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Various factors were behind his decision - domestic American...
Township's OK Allows Work at School, Stadium
The Upper St. Clair commissioners on Monday granted a request by the school district for a conditional use that will allow for the renovation of the high school natatorium and construction of a 47-foot-high community complex building at the high school...
Township's OK Allows Work at School, Stadium
The Upper St. Clair commissioners on Monday granted a request by the school district for a conditional use that will allow for the renovation of the high school natatorium and construction of a 47-foot-high community complex building at the high school...
Township Taxes Remain Unchanged Alcosan Rate Hike to Raise Sewer Bills
Ross property owners won't see an increase in their township tax bill next year, but they will see an increase in their sewer bill.Township commissioners Monday approved a final 2018 budget of $21.3 million that keeps the property tax rate at 2.7 mills.The...
Trump to Take Physical after Slurred Speech
The day after President Donald Trump slurred through part of a speech, the White House announced that he will undergo a physical exam.Mr. Trump will take the exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., early next year and...
Western Pa. Natives Write Songs for Disney Channel Series
Thornburg native Christopher Dimond made the jump from stage to TV screen this fall alongside his songwriting partner Michael Kooman, an Altoona native, with Disney Channel's new animated series "Vampirina" (11 a.m. weekdays, Disney Channel; 7:30...
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? // CATCHING UP WITH FORMER AREA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES [Derived Headline]
CHASSIDY OMOGROSSO, BLACKHAWK BASKETBALL BLACKHAWK GRAD'S FAST START TRANSLATES INTO SUCCESS FOR DUKES Omogrosso is off to a fast start for the Duquesne University women's basketball team. Omogrosso, a junior guard from Blackhawk, scored a career-high...
Wolf: More Crimes Should Trigger Loss of State Pension
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday called on legislators to send him a bill that would expand the list of crimes that cause state employees to lose their pensions. "Providing pensions to those who have committed crimes related to their elected...
Women Face Complicated Financial Challenges amid Divorce
When her marriage fell apart and Lacey Plummer decided to move out of the home she shared with the father of her two children in June 2016, she had no job, no money and nowhere to live except with her parents. "I completely 100 percent see why women...
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