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Articles from September 20, 2014

A Magical Garden the Extensive Gardens of Winterthur Brim with Amazing Colors
WILMINGTON, Del. -- One day, gardener Chris Strand was working at the edge of Winterthur, a former du Pont estate that covers 982 acres. A man walked by and Mr. Strand asked if he was lost. "No, I grew up here," the man replied. "I have to tell you...
Annual Report Gives State's Roads a Bumpy Grade in Performance Pennsylvania's 41st Ranking Marks a Steady Slide toward the Bottom
Motorists from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and all points in between are prone to suspicions that their high-travel state is a web of bumpy, winding roads decorated with potholes, orange cones and bridge-out signs. A new study says they're right....
Apollo-Ridge 46, Shady Side Academy 20 Victory Run Is Twice the Fun QB Tandem of Tipton, Brown Keep Cruising for 4-0 Vikings
Surely, there needs to be a nickname for this most unusual quarterback combo at Apollo-Ridge. The "T.D. Express" fits for Tre Tipton and Duane Brown. You could combine their names for the "A-R Trane." Or maybe just one word fits best. Unstoppable. Tipton...
Around the Majors [Derived Headline]
Around the majors* Cardinals 2, Reds 1: John Lackey (14-9) powered back into the St. Louis postseason rotation picture with 72/3 dominant innings, and Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday hit consecutive homers in the first inning of a victory against visiting...
Artists Mark 5th Anniversary Event Aims to Muster Support, Prevent Sale
The fifth anniversary of the grand opening of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture was marked Friday with dozens of artists dancing, singing and performing on the Liberty Avenue sidewalk outside the center's locked doors. Supporters...
Avonworth Remains Unbeaten
Avonworth might not be ranked among the top five teams in Class A, but the Antelopes have made a strong case for joining the WPIAL elite. Avonworth remained perfect with a victory Friday night, routing host Shenango (2-2), 42-14. Josh Drwal scored on...
Bank Urges Court to End Delays, Allow Sale of Wilson Center 980 Liberty Partners Awaits OK for Hotel
An attorney for Dollar Bank on Friday urged an Allegheny County judge not to forestall the possible sale of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture any longer. Dollar Bank holds a $7.9 million mortgage on the building, and total debt...
Big Rally Carries New Brighton
In a span of 18:09 Friday night, New Brighton turned what seemed to be a convincing loss into a convincing win and, in the process, shook up the WPIAL Class AA rankings and Midwestern Conference standings. Trailing No. 5 Beaver Area, 27-10, in the second...
Business Briefs
Median home price rises in metropolitan Pittsburgh The median price of a home in metropolitan Pittsburgh rose 1.8 percent in August to $147,500, up from $144,900 a year earlier, according to RealStats, a South Side-based real estate information service....
Carolina Quarterback Tough Test for Defense
No one in NFL history threw for 10,000 yards and rushed for 2,000 yards in their first four seasons before Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did it in three. Newton's start also included 92 touchdowns (throwing and rushing), second most for an...
Challenges Lie Ahead for U.K., Scotland
EDINBURGH - In the end, it was not as close as had been predicted. Scotland voted to reject independence by a clear 10 points. Across the United Kingdom, there was a collective sigh of relief. A record 84 percent of Scotland's electorate turned out...
CITY/STATE/EAST/NORTH/COUNTY [Derived Headline]
CITY Judge refuses to remove gag order in Ford case A Common Pleas judge on Friday refused to lift a gag order in the case against an East Liberty man who was paralyzed after attempting to flee a traffic stop nearly two years ago. On Monday, a jury...
Colonials Looking to Rebound
Since taking over as Robert Morris football coach, John Banaszak has prided himself on the idea that his team is making progress. For the first couple weeks of the 2014 season, the Colonials first-year coach sold that mindset to his players, particularly after...
Congress Heads Home to Face Voters
WASHINGTON - Congress heads home this weekend leaving a slew of unfinished business waiting until after the November elections for a lame-duck session and doing little to improve this Congress' reputation as one of the least productive ever. The 113th...
Cooling Earth on the Cheap Action on Climate Change Needn't Slow Economic Growth
This just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news?I've just been reading two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change: a study by a blue-ribbon New Climate Economy Project and...
Crosby Skates in 1st Practice
Sidney Crosby wasn't wearing a no-contact jersey. Didn't have a cape on, either. Skill level aside, he didn't look much different from the other 50-plus guys who went through their first on-ice workouts of training camp Friday at Consol Energy Center....
Decisive Outcome the Scottish Vote Ends Well for Great Britain
Americans can congratulate the people of the United Kingdom, and in particular, Scotland, on the outcome and process of the referendum on Scottish independence. The results Thursday night were a clear 55 percent to 45 percent affirmation of the Scots'...
Fire Destroys Historic Oakmont Church Home to Boroughs's Oldest African-American Congregation Razed
Exactly a month after its pastor of 43 years died, a Friday afternoon fire destroyed a historic Oakmont church. "It's a double tragedy," said the Rev. Shane Austin, but the St. Paul Baptist Church congregation is resilient. "My father always used to...
Goodbye, Terrible Towel If the NFL Can't Support a 4-Year-Old, I'm Done with It
Although I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, I can't say I always bled black and gold. As young children, my brother and I found Sundays to be a bit scary. My mom was and still is a huge Steelers fan, but I remember her yelling a lot in those days...
Green Tree Conference Examines African Immigrant Health Issues
Four years after a similar national conference on African immigrant health, a wide variety of groups and individuals have gathered this weekend in Green Tree to continue their efforts to help community- and faith-based organizations eliminate health disparities...
Higher Aluminum Prices Help ALCOA
One of Alcoa's biggest initiatives in recent years has been shuttering outdated, inefficient smelters and focusing on more lucrative downstream markets like aerospace and automotive. Just as that strategy is bearing fruit with the introduction of the...
Homicide Arrest Uncovers Alleged Heroin Operation
Allegheny County sheriff's deputies and members of a federal drug task force earned an unexpected bonus on Thursday when their arrest of a homicide suspect also cracked an extensive heroin-dealing operation, according to the sheriff's office. Members...
How to Help Cannas Make It through Winter
Q. I planted cannas this year for the first time. I understand that they will not survive outside through the winter. When should I dig them up and how do I store them? A. Cannas are not typically winter hardy in our area. Let a light frost or two...
Mighty Martin Drives Momentum Three-Run Homer in Eighth Inning Erases Gallardo's Stellar Outing
Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings -- a defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate pursuit of the Pirates;...
Morton Has Setback, Will Not Start Sunday
Charlie Morton will not start Sunday because of new and increased pain resulting from his sports hernia, a development that could end his season. Vance Worley will start Sunday. Morton will have another evaluation next week, general manager Neal Huntington...
North Hills Recovers to Remain Unbeaten Class Aaaa Roundup
Nick Santucci scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and Jacob Seiler hit the all-important extra point as undefeated North Hills (4-0, 3-0) came from behind to defeat winless Seneca Valley (0- 4, 0-3) in the Northern Eight Conference at Martorelli...
Pa 529 Plans Can Alleviate Future College Costs
Every semester students come to me with an all-too-common problem: They need money - $1,000, $2,000 or more - to continue their Point Park University education. And they are desperate. The reasons run the gamut - a parent's lost job, a reduction in financial...
Panthers-Iowa about Giving Up on Ground
When Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik talked about what to expect from the Panthers today against Iowa, he made two fists and bumped them against each other. That visual told just about all there is to say about this matchup. Pitt (3-0) will try to keep...
Penguins Present Plans for Former Arena Site
Houses, townhouses, office and apartment towers, a 150-room hotel, sidewalk cafes, retail and a huge outdoor plaza with a large video screen to watch playoff hockey games or movies - it's all part of the Penguins' $440 million vision for redeveloping...
Penn Hills 41 Mt. Lebanon 21 Mathis Sparks Potent Offense
As the Penn Hills players left their locker room Friday night after a 41-21 victory against Mt. Lebanon, two assistant coaches waited by the door, checking each individual to see if the team's postgame dress code was being upheld. Malik Mathis walked...
Pict Theatre Adds 2 Shows and a Venue
PICT Classical Theatre is branching out from its Oakland digs to Downtown and expanding its productions from five to seven for the 2015 season. The season will launch with the inaugural production of a work by local actress-writer Lissa Brennan and...
Pirates 4, Brewers 2 Mighty Martin Drives out a Winner Three-Run Homer in Eighth Inning Erases Gallardo's Stellar Outing
Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 at PNC Park roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings -- a looming defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate...
Progress Fund Gets New Grant
The Progress Fund, which has financed 29 businesses along the Great Allegheny Passage, has received a $2 million federal grant that will be used to make more loans in 2015. "We're batting 1.000," said David Kahley, president, chief executive officer...
Ringgold Tops West Mifflin
Chacar Berry and Nico Law each rushed for two touchdowns to lead Ringgold to a 40-6 road upset of West Mifflin Friday night in the Big Nine Conference. West Mifflin (3-1, 2-1) was ranked No. 4 in the Post-Gazette's Class AAA rankings. Berry rushed for...
Ross H. Musgrave Aug. 28, 1921 - Sept. 12, 2014 Modern-Day Renaissance Man
As a plastic surgeon, teacher, actor, director, painter, mentor and sports fan, Ross H. Musgrave can legitimately be called a modern-day Renaissance man. One of the 126 surgeons he trained during his distinguished career at the University of Pittsburgh...
Sanctions Hit Exxon's Arctic Plans
MOSCOW - Exxon Mobil announced Friday that it was winding down its $700 million exploration in Russia's Kara Sea, the first major sign that Western sanctions are biting into the company's ambitious plans to explore for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean....
Self-Borrowing Corbett's Spending Plan Shouldn't Require a Loan
Politicians will make political hay of whatever they can, and with the Nov. 4 election ahead this is certainly the season. By the same token no one should use politics as an excuse to dismiss the fact that the state and its budget are in some difficult...
Seton-Lasalle 14 Steel Valley 7 Rebels Defense Clamps Down Superb Rb Murray Thwarted in Victory
Most people associate Seton-LaSalle with offense, but it was a nasty defense that was the Rebels' calling card Friday. Seton-LaSalle forced four turnovers and locked down the WPIAL's sixth-leading rusher on its way to dialing up a 14-7 win at Steel Valley....
Shots Exchanged near Ambush Suspect's Home State Police Warn Township Residents to Stay in Their Houses
CANADENSIS, Pa. - For the second night in a row Friday, police shut down roads and told people to stay in their homes near a house that Eric Frein, suspected of killing one state trooper and wounding another in an ambush last week, shared with his...
Show Terrorists That Drawing Us into Combat Is a Big Mistake
WASHINGTONWhat was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) - sure to inflame public opinion?There...
Snakes Foil 'Face Off' Contestant
As Indiana Jones complained: "Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?" Trying to create a super soldier/snake hybrid turned out to be the downfall of "Face Off" contestant Keaghlan Ashley, who is a graduate of the Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects program...
Sooners Pose Major Threat to Mountaineers
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett could hardly have imagined a better start to his senior season, considering the non-conference slate featured No. 2 Alabama, Division I-AA runner-up Towson and a grudge match against Maryland....
Special Teams a Work in Progress Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- James Franklin calls Penn State's special teams the "we-fense." The coordinator in charge of special teams, Charles Huff, asks them to play with nekton mentality, which refers to the activities of all the organisms that move freely...
Survivalist Search Leads Police to Distant Areas Manhunt Continues for Suspect in Ambush of State Troopers
SCRANTON, Pa. - If there is a ground zero in the manhunt for alleged cop killer Eric Frein, it's Barrett Township, Monroe County, where he lived with his parents before his alleged assault on a nearby state police barracks. Five times in less than...
The Upsides of Stuttering
I always tell people my job's more complicated than it sounds. It's a sentiment I chuckle at sometimes because that's not the case. I get paid to write about sports. It's a serious profession, but one that affords me the opportunity to immerse myself...
The U.S. Is on a Disastrous Path to War
A terrible thing is happening while we obsess about criminals among NFL owners, employees and players. I'm not talking about a two- game suspension for some running back on your fantasy team. I'm talking about another United States of America war in...
This Phone Will Self-Destruct in
The other day, Apple CEO Tim Cook made the long-awaited announcement that the company was releasing its newest smartphone, the iPhone 6. This was huge, breathtaking news because ... wait. I don't know, why, exactly, this was big news, but it was the...
Uncertainty Exists about No. 3 Goalie
Determining who will be the No. 2 goaltender is fairly simple. Barring injury or other unforeseen circumstances, incumbent Jeff Zatkoff or free-agent signee Thomas Greiss will claim that role. Figuring out who will be the organization's No. 3 goaltender...
Week 4 Saturday Game Day
SPOTLIGHT GAMES NO. 22 CLEMSON (1-1) AT NO. 1 FLORIDA STATE (2-0) 8 p.m., Tallahassee, Fla. * TV: WTAE * Why watch: What will the defending champs look like without the reigning Heisman winner? It's an early showdown between ACC favorites,...
When Puppies Take the Plunge
The blue eyes of Brando, an 8-week-old pit bull puppy, are open as he calmly watches air bubbles stream out of his nose. By contrast, the enormous brown eyes of 6-month-old Monty look wild and excited as the Cavalier King Charles spaniel chases a...
Woolslair Magnet Prospect Hasn't Lost Steam Proponents Won't Give Up on Smallest School
Supporters of Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5 are disappointed the Pittsburgh Public Schools board won't consider a plan to turn the tiny school into a magnet school this month, but Superintendent Linda Lane said the prospect is still alive. Last year, Mrs....
Workforce Exits Push Down Recent Jobless Rate
There are months when the unemployment rate rises for a good reason. That's not been the case these last two months. A good reason is that workers who had taken themselves out of the job market are so encouraged by the economy, they jump back in to...
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