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Articles from September 20, 2013

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Actors Give 'Drug War' a Cinematic High
There are times during "Drug War," Chinese director Johnnie To's version of "The French Connection," that you half expect Gene Hackman's Popeye Doyle character to wander into a scene nervously fingering the rim of his hat.Everything about "Drug War"...
After Slow Start, Brown Warms Up University Prep 51, Brashear 6
It was close in the first quarter. Then, Ron Brown found his groove.The University Prep quarterback threw for three touchdowns in the second quarter and the defense added a fourth to break the game open for a 51-6 win against Brashear Thursday night...
Allegheny Health Network Executives 'Want Action'
As state legislators get ready to reconvene in Harrisburg, executives for Highmark's Allegheny Health Network have a message for them:"The one thing we want is action," said Judy Zedreck, interim president at Allegheny General Hospital. "We want to see...
Appeal Those City Parking Tickets Online
Today, if you believe you've unjustly received a ticket from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, contesting it means scheduling a hearing and a potentially hassle-filled trip Downtown to the Pittsburgh Parking Court to face a district judge.But on Oct....
Ashley Leto, North Allegheny Post-Gazette High School Athletes of the Week
* Last week: A senior outside hitter and reigning all-state player, she has helped lead North Allegheny to the No. 1 ranking in Class AAA volleyball. * Check this out: Leto started playing volleyball in fourth grade and began to take it more seriously...
AUTO RACING [Derived Headline]
When the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series rolls into Lernerville Speedway on Saturday for the Commonwealth Clash, all eyes will be on points leader Daryn Pittman and on Donny Schatz, who is second. Schatz, a five-time series champ is 70 points...
Basement Transformation Fills a Prescription for R&r
Dr. Nick works in the emergency room of a busy downtown hospital. After his shift, the doc retreats to his home for some much-needed R&R. But the peace and tranquility of Dr. Nick's castle was shattered by a massive flood that brought 4 inches of water...
'Battle' Is the Same Old Dance and Song
Editor's note: "Battle of the Year" was not previewed for Pittsburgh critics.Dance battle movies -- "Step Up" and its ilk -- have become the musicals of their generation. They may be formulaic in the extreme, generic in their romances and be peopled...
Beano's Legacy Lives on at Kiski
Kiski School is preparing to turn on the lights for the first time on a Friday night and is ready to christen new stadium turf and a refurbished press box.Thanks, Beano.Carroll "Beano" Cook was best known as a college football analyst and historian for...
Bennett Making His Move on Roster Winger Nails Winner in Preseason Shootout
CHICAGO -- Left or right? Who cares?"I think people really make way too big of a deal of left and right," Penguins winger Beau Bennett said Thursday before a preseason game against the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at United Center."If you're...
Bishop Zubik Should Reorder His Priorities
The view expressed by Bishop David A. Zubik in his Sept. 15 piece ("When Two Become One," Forum) represents exactly why I have given up on the Catholic Church, despite having attended Catholic schools and having the utmost respect for the priests, nuns...
'Blacklist' Stands out from Monday Debuts
Although some new series have already premiered, the 2013-14 TV season officially starts next week with returning series offering new episodes and newcomers making their debut, including NBC's "The Blacklist" and CBS's "Hostages" and "Mom" on Monday...
Boyd Lifts Clemson to Victory
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tajh Boyd threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State, 26-14, Thursday night at Carter-Finley Stadium.Boyd's second scoring pass, a 30-yarder to Martavis Bryant, capped a critical third-quarter...
Brazil's Retort Its Leader Snubs Obama over NSA Spying
Brazil's anger over National Security Agency spying on its officials and oil company Petrobras prompted President Dilma Rousseff to cancel her October state visit to the United States.Classified information released by ex-NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden...
Browns Go from Richardson to Mcgahee
Cleveland signed free agent running back Willis McGahee, giving them a capable veteran after trading last year's first-round draft pick, Trent Richardson.McGahee, 31, who spent last season with Denver, passed his physical Thursday while the Browns practiced....
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Wendy's hires former Heinz executiveFast-food chain Wendy's has hired a former H.J. Heinz Co. executive who lost her job when the Pittsburgh food company was acquired in June and a new chief executive put in his own team. Margaret R. Nollen has been...
Central Valley Suspends Football Coach
Central Valley High School blew the whistle on itself, and now football coach Mark Lyons is suspended.Central Valley, located in Beaver County, decided Thursday to suspend Lyons for two weeks because of his alleged contact with the parents of Tyler Beatrice,...
Characters in Addiction Romcom Could Use a Little More Support
Addiction movies inevitably go one of two ways: toward despair and doom, or heading for cautious triumph. Throw a love story on top, and it's the same thing: self-destruction and betrayal, or wary hope -- a rosy future clouded by the possibility of relapse,...
Chicago Inside and Out
CHICAGO -- The Penguins played a preseason game Thursday night at United Center, but things will be vastly different the next time they visit the Blackhawks.The Penguins will appear in the third outdoor game in franchise history March 1 when they face...
CITY/REGION/SOUTH/STATE [Derived Headline]
CITYEx-appraiser guilty of mortgage fraudA former property appraiser was found guilty Thursday of five counts of wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in the latest of a long series of federal criminal cases stemming from the past decade's...
Cmu Grad to Join 'Hunger Games' Cast
Carnegie Mellon University grad Patina Miller has been cast as Commander Paylor in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 and 2." She tweeted the news and said she was "so incredibly grateful and so excited!"Ms. Miller, who won the Tony as lead actress...
Connor Slomka, Pine-Richland Post-Gazette High School Athletes of the Week
* Last week: Slomka rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pine-Richland to a 49-19 win against Butler. * Check this out: Only a junior, Slomka (6 feet 1, 205 pounds) is among the top two-sport standouts in the WPIAL. In addition to being a...
Couple's Fight Leaves Sibling Cold on Love
DEAR HARRIETTE: I witnessed a huge argument between my brother and his wife when we last visited. It was uncomfortable, to say the least. But what was weird is that the next day they acted like nothing had happened. I am single, because this kind of...
Court Overturns Delay's Conviction in Donation Case
Tom DeLay was the very symbol of congressional power and, in the view of his detractors, excess. His political career collapsed in 2005 when Mr. DeLay, a Texas Republican who was the House majority leader, was indicted on money-laundering charges that...
D.C. Doctor Speaks out about Gun Violence
For too many years, Janis Orlowski has seen the victims wheeled into her hospitals. First in Chicago and now in Washington. Young men killed or wounded in gun violence. "I can't tell you the number of times I've walked into the emergency roo m and...
Defense Could Profit off More Offense
The Steelers defense has not forced a turnover and has recorded just one sack in the first two games of the season. One important factor in the defense being subdued is the Steelers did not hold a lead in the second half against Tennessee or Cincinnati.When...
Desperate Measures
The Steelers will do anything to avoid 0-3, and that means doing things Sunday night they have not yet done, not used much or not done very well. Most of that will occur on offense, where their 19 points are third fewest in the NFL and which coach Mike...
Driving Distance: Central Senior Can Shorten Almost Any Course
Brent Rodgers always goes deep. That's why when it comes to hitting golf balls, no one on the high school level resides in Mr. Rodgers neighborhood. Rodgers is a senior on the Central Catholic golf team and is the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion....
Duquesne Disputes Claims over Death of Adjunct Professor
An op-ed piece Wednesday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recounting the death of a longtime Duquesne University adjunct professor fueled online anger nationally over conditions facing low- paid temporary instructors but was criticized by the school as misleading...
Egyptian Museum Falls on Hard Times Violence Has Cut Tourism
CAIRO --Yasmin el Shazly, an Egyptologist, last gave a VIP tour through the Egyptian Museum two years ago, before the uprising just outside the museum doors in Tahrir Square led to the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak. Before that, Ms. el Shazly...
Fall Flourishes for Occasional Tables
Want to thread the beauty of fall through your home decor? Try tricking up a few tabletops. Whether it's your living-room coffee table, your dining-room buffet or the little tables nestled between the chairs in your den, occasional tables are a perfect...
Family Ties Gorilla, Now 5 Months Old, Reunited with Pack at Zoo
The baby gorilla born in April at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is back.After zookeepers noticed his mother was having problems nursing him in May, they removed him from her and the public exhibit, and began a 24-hour care and bottle-feeding program...
First Baseman Hart Prefers to Stay with Brewers
Injured first baseman Corey Hart is eligible for free agency after the World Series but said he wants to remain with the Milwaukee Brewers.Hart, who had surgery on his right knee in late January, is making $10 million this year, the final season of a...
Football Spotlight: University Prep City League QB Sets a Torrid Pace
The quarterback threatening to put up the biggest passing numbers in Pennsylvania high school history is not a five-star recruit.He is not a towering figure with a cannon for an arm.He isn't a four-year starter on his varsity team.And if you're out looking...
Former Us Skier Finding Success as Kicker at Utah
Former U.S. ski team member Andy Phillips once skied off a cliff and snapped his femur in half. So kicking a football is easy. The 24-year-old redshirt freshman had never played in a football game at any level when he nailed three field goals in the...
Fox Chapel Student Surrenders Knife, Suspended
The attorney for a Fox Chapel Area High School student suspended for 10 days for turning over a knife he says he accidentally brought to a football game has asked the district to vacate his suspension and erase it from his academic record.Attorney Phil...
Frey Earns 2nd Title in Row
In 2012, Callie Frey became the first Mt. Lebanon girls tennis player to win a WPIAL singles title since Kelly Kolankiewicz won her third consecutive championship in 1984. Frey enjoyed it so much, she decided to win another Thursday afternoon.But it...
Golf Center's Garage Burns in Bethel Park Property Was to Be Up for Sheriff's Sale Oct. 7
Just days after it closed for the season and weeks before a scheduled sheriff's sale, a financially unsteady recreation center in Bethel Park caught fire Thursday morning, and investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze. No injuries were...
He Just Wants to Make an Entrance
With Lil Wayne rapping beside him and Justin Bieber just steps behind, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather made his entrance to the ring last Saturday night for a fight that could earn him in excess of $100 million.Only in Vegas.The Fumbler is a big Mayweather...
Herculean Task Duke Coach Is Making Progress in His Bid to Put Blue Devils on College Football Map, but It Is Not Easy
In 1982, a 27-year-old David Cutcliffe had just wrapped up his second season as the head coach at Banks High School, his alma mater, with a regional title. The former Alabama player and Birmingham native was living the good life in his hometown.Then...
Here's to Our Health the 'Healthy Pennsylvania' Plan Is Commonsense Reform
This week I traveled the commonwealth to talk about "Healthy Pennsylvania," my plan to make sure every Pennsylvanian has access to quality, affordable health care.From the Riverview Health Clinic in Harrisburg to the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrenceville,...
Hiroshi Yamauchi Nov. 7, 1927 - Sept. 19, 2013 Helped Nintendo Gain Video Game Dominance
Hiroshi Yamauchi, who transformed his great-grandfather's playing- card company, Nintendo, into a global video game powerhouse, died Thursday in Kyoto, Japan. He was 85.The cause was complications of pneumonia, the company said. Mr. Yamauchi, who led...
Hitchcock's 'Man Who Knew Too Much' on Blu-Ray
Alfred Hitchcock didn't become Alfred Hitchcock overnight. Starting out in the British film industry in the 1920s as a sketch artist, he became within a decade England's most celebrated director of sophisticated thrillers. The film that got the ball...
Hitting the Road Duke Hosts Pitt in Panthers' 1st Acc Road Game
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke wants to give Pittsburgh a warm welcome to life on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Panthers make their first road trip in the ACC on Saturday when they visit a Blue Devils team looking to get past a discouraging...
House Votes to Cut $4B a Year from Food Stamps
WASHINGTON -- The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.The 217-210 vote was a win for conservatives after Democrats united in opposition...
House Votes to Derail Obamacare, Fund Government
WASHINGTON -- The GOP-controlled House voted today to cripple President Barack Obama's health care law as part of a risky ploy that threatens a government shutdown in a week and a half. The fight is coming on a stopgap funding measure required to...
How to Choose Mums and Keep Them Coming Back
They're advertised as "hardy" mums; some are and some aren't. Confused yet? Hardy mums usually don't come back next spring because they are forced into bloom and expend so much energy with all those flowers, they can't establish roots. Some varieties...
Informants Initiated Trombetta Probe School Funds Bought Plane, Homes, Travel, Prosecutors Claim
Federal agents probing the dealings of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta started with two informants, expanded to review interactions among some 20 companies and nonprofit entities and turned up a trove of details about the perks...
Inside the Program: Beaver Falls
Standing tall at the top of Class AA, just as it was last year and the year before that, is Aliquippa, the two-time defending WPIAL champion that has not lost to a WPIAL team since 2010. Right behind the Quips is Beaver Falls. Through their first three...
Investors Question Bernanke's Inaction on Bonds
NEW YORK -- Wall Street paused Thursday, as investors tried to figure out what to do next following the Federal Reserve's decision to keep its economic stimulus in place.Stocks and government bond prices pulled back from their record- setting levels...
Iran Seeks Nuclear Accord to End Sanctions Tehran Responding to Obama Overture
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's leaders seized on perceived flexibility in a private letter from President Barack Obama and have decided to gamble on forging a grand bargain over their nuclear program to end crippling sanctions, a prominent adviser to the Iranian...
It Has Makings of Perfect Match Game of the Week: Upper St. Clair vs. Penn Hills (3-0)
Only one Class AAAA conference has two 3-0 teams, and those Southeastern Conference foes face off tonight when Upper St. Clair visits Penn Hills in the Post-Gazette Game of the Week.USC is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA and hasn't been scored on this month,...
JOLLY GOOD ALL AROUND TOWN, THEY ARE RAISING THE JOLLY ROGER. WHO KNEW PIRACY COULD BE SO LUCRATIVE? [Corrected 10/05/13]
As the Pirates enter the last weekend of home games, play-by- play announcer Greg Brown's signature call, "Raise the Jolly Roger" - - based in dark pirate history -- is raising the jolly spirits of the new Pirates Nation. Fans are buying Jolly Rogers...
Jpmorgan to Pay $920 Million Fine Admits Oversight Failure in $6B Loss
WASHINGTON -- The financial penalty is staggering. JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $920 million for trading losses that shook the financial world last year.But the bigger price may be a few words rarely uttered in settlements with U.S. regulators: The...
Jury to Decide Fate of Mother Whose Son, 2, Died in Bathtub
Sharon Flanagan told a jury Thursday she was lost in thought last year when she left her 2-year-old son in a foot of water playing in a hotel bathtub. "When I realize I don't hear him playing anymore, I go in and find him facedown in the tub," the 34-year-old...
Lemon Cheesecake Is Tangy Treat
DEAR SOS: I would love to have the recipe for the lemon cheesecake we had recently at the Dutch Frontier.-- Shirley Eide, Ducor, Calif. DEAR SHIRLEY: Lemon fans, rejoice! Not overly sweet and with just the right amount of tang, the lemon cheesecake...
Letters to the Editor
TIME IS NECESSARY FOR PARKS DRILLING DECISIONSYour Sept. 16 editorial "Delay Tactic: The County Doesn't Need a Park Drilling Moratorium" incorrectly portrays Allegheny County Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko's legislation as "kicking the can down the...
Little Depth Makes for a 'Fresh' Start
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Thursday mornings during the season, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and his staff meet for a discussion that mashes up freshmen football players with the basic concepts of traffic etiquette."We look at where we're at injury-wise...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
LAWYERS GIVE CLOSINGS IN BATHTUB DEATH In the court of public opinion, defense attorney Blaine Jones told the jury, Sharon Flanagan, accused of drowning her 2-year-old son in a hotel bathtub, was guilty almost immediately. But, Mr. Jones continued,...
Loni Gives Pittsburgh Love Comedian Loni Love Brings Her Routine to the Pittsburgh Improv
The audiences for Loni Love's shows are starting to look sort of like the buffets that the plus-sized comedian enjoys so much - There's a little bit of everything. "I get a good mix of females now and the dudes are finding out about it," she said...
Lori Greiner's Drive Prepared Her to Swim with the Sharks
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Although she's an agile swimmer among the sharks in ABC's "Shark Tank," Lori Greiner never wanted to be in business. Entrepreneurship was something that didn't cross her mind, she says. "I hated business. I didn't really have...
Medal of Honor Winners Gather
GETTYSBURG, Pa. The autograph hounds waiting expectantly in a hotel lobby weren't drawn by actors, musicians or politicians, but by a few dozen men whose rare and distinguished achievements have earned them the nation's highest military honor. Nearly...
Melissa Leo Worked Hard to Look Older
TORONTO -- No one in "Prisoners" looks the least bit glamorous. Hugh Jackman's panicked furious father, hunting for his missing 6- year-old, has dark circles under his eyes, and Maria Bello didn't wash her blond hair for days, in keeping with her character...
Mexico Toll 97; Dozens Missing
MEXICO CITY -- Rescue teams were searching Thursday for dozens of people believed buried in a mudslide after two tropical storms battered large swaths of the country, killing nearly 100 nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless.While much...
NATION [Derived Headline]
13 WOUNDED IN CHICAGO ATTACK CHICAGO - A 3-year-old boy who was among 13 people wounded in a late-night attack on a southwest Chicago park. The attack late Thursday in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood left three victims in critical condition....
New Researchers Boost Upmc's Sickle Cell Fight
UPMC, in a push to achieve advances in sickle cell research and treatment, has recruited three national leaders in the disease, the medical center announced this week. "It is pretty unprecedented to have this many people focused on sickle cell come...
Next Fed Chairman Should Be a Banker
Now that Lawrence Summers has taken himself out of the running to become the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, President Barack Obama should look for a truly "post-crisis" candidate who can reassert the Fed's independence and move away from the...
Obama Pressing Ahead with Carbon Limits
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration today announced that it was not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and would press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation's power companies. The proposed regulations,...
Obese Cancer Patients Shorted on Chemo Doses
Obese people are less likely to survive cancer, and one reason may be a surprising inequality: The overweight are undertreated.Doctors often short them on chemotherapy by not basing the dose on size, as they should. They use ideal weight or cap the dose...
Parker Wins MVP Award
Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA MVP Award, making her the fifth player in league history to win it twice.Parker received the award Thursday night in Los Angeles before the Sparks play Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference...
Penguins Send Down Goalie Harzell
The Penguins have sent goaltender Eric Hartzell to Wilkes-Barre/ ?Scranton of the American Hockey League, reducing their training camp roster to 45. Hartzell, 24, is entering his first pro season after signing with the Penguins out of Quinnipiac University....
Penn State Plans Another Tuition Increase
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State plans to ask the state to boost the school's funding by 5.1 percent - and even that much won't be enough to stave off another tuition increase. And the athletic department - usually a moneymaker - may need to borrow...
Penn State, West Virginia Agree to Meet in 2023-24
Penn State and West Virginia announced they will renew their football rivalry with matchups in 2023 and 2024.The Nittany Lions will entertain the Mountaineers in the first meeting Sept. 2, 2023, at Beaver Stadium, and the two will meet Aug. 31 the following...
Pitt Helping Its Own Cause in Recruiting
Pitt is playing a lot of freshmen this season, and at least one of the WPIAL's top uncommitted seniors has taken notice. Gateway safety Montae Nicholson would be a major pickup for Pitt. Rivals ranks Nicholson as the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania. He...
Poised Stenson Opens with 64; Tiger Stumbles
Henrik Stenson changed his attitude and chose a different target at the Tour Championship.Instead of smashing a driver and a locker, he demolished the front nine Thursday in Atlanta with five birdies over a six-hole stretch that carried him to a 6-under...
Polished Rookie Baffles Padres While Pirates Turn Up Heat on Offense after Long Drought and Cut Cardinals' NL Central Lead to One Game
The future ace is starting to look more and more like an ace. Rookie starter Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 12 batters and helped the Pirates put an end to a three-game skid with a dominant pitching performance in a 10-1 victory Thursday against...
Politics and Medicine Pa. Legislators Are out of Their Depth on New Drugs
Several big health care issues are pending in Harrisburg -- the overhaul of Medicaid, the availability of health insurance for children and the battle between local giants UPMC and Highmark.One idea, though, seems to be pure mischief and, if enacted, could...
Pontiff Faults Church Focus on Dogma in Rare Interview, Says He Envisions a 'Home for All'
Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not...
Postal Service Needs Big Changes, Panel Told
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service is facing financial disaster, and resolving it could require an emergency rate increase, Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told a Senate panel Thursday."The Postal Service, as it exists today, is financially unstable,"...
'Prisoners' Actors Tell How They Prepared for Roles
TORONTO -- Actors latch onto many things when creating a character, from clothing to tics to the timbre of their voices.During the Toronto International Film Festival, the cast of "Prisoners" (except Viola Davis, who was absent) and director Denis Villeneuve...
Psu Trustees May Create Salary Panel
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State University Board of Trustees' committee on governance and long-range planning Thursday recommended a compensation committee be set up to decide salaries for high-level administrators, such as the university president, athletic...
Putin Engages Critics at Forum in Russia President Has Not Ruled out Running for Another Term
VALDAI, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin made a highly unusual gesture to his political opposition Thursday: He spoke to them at a public forum. Maybe next time he'll even give some ground.He made no concessions to critics either at home or abroad,...
Quiet Little Funeral Offers Opportunity to Reflect upon Life
In retrospect, it was the best damn funeral I never attended.There was no corpse at the mortuary, only a container of cremains on a table shared by a burning candle and two photographs.No register to record my attendance. No take-away prayer cards with...
Rachel A. Freund Feb. 26, 1959 - Sept. 18, 2013 Tenacious Fighter for People with Mental Illnesses
Rachel A. Freund, with a tenacity for organizing and passion for the underdog, promoted the causes of people with mental illness in ways few others envisioned or tried in recent years.Through advocacy and educational work with a variety of organizations,...
Rand Paul Gets It Right on Drugs, at Least
We've all heard the old saying that even a broken clock is right twice a day. We've all nodded our heads -- sometimes vigorously -- in agreement with someone we're at odds with most of the time. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has always been that person for...
Research Uncovering the Way Our Brains Remember
DEAR DOCTOR K: How do our brains create memories? Are our memories stored in some sort of "memory bank"? DEAR READER: A memory is not a single entity, like a book on a shelf. It is more like a cloth that weaves together multiple facets of sensory,...
Residents' Input Spurs Grandview Revisions
After scrapping a grandiose hotel and condo project on Mount Washington in favor of apartments, a developer once again is tinkering with plans for the development.The 300 apartments won't be changing, but developer Beau Beemsterboer is adding an overlook...
Rising Rates Pushing Early Retirement Age 'Works Against' Those with Lump Sum Payouts
Workers with pension plans that offer a lump sum payout watched their balances grow as low interest rates helped push up bond prices over the last few years. Now that the pendulum is swinging in the other direction, those same workers are starting to...
RUE21 APPROVES SALE TO LONDON COMPANY [Corrected 10/05/13]
In a special meeting that took only eight minutes to complete, Cranberry teen clothing retailer rue21 officially tallied the votes of its shareholders on a $1.1 billion deal to sell the company to London-based Apax Partners, which is already invested...
'Salinger' Engrossing but Overproduced
How typical -- no, stereotypical -- of your generation could you possibly be? When I read "The Catcher in the Rye" at age 15 in 1963, I wrote J.D. Salinger a fervent letter, c/o his paperback publisher Signet, proposing and outlining a movie version...
Sanchez's Tumbling, Dugout Catch Priceless Gem
It will read X2 or perhaps F2 on the scorecard -- an eighth- inning out on a sunny, afternoon in September.But Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez made the kind of play Thursday in a 10-1 win against the San Diego Padres that doesn't fade from memory.Sanchez...
Senator Demands City Housing Authority Data Grassley: Pittsburgh Spending Too Much
Decrying "steep price tags and an increasing number of contracts" at the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley this week asked federal overseers to provide him with documentation of the agency's salaries, consulting...
Senior Egyptian Police Officer Killed during Raid on Islamists Militants Were Trying to Take over Town
CAIRO -- Gunmen killed a senior police officer and wounded 10 other officers Thursday when security forces raided a bastion of Islamist support on the outskirts of Cairo, redoubling fears of a violent backlash against the recent military takeover.The...
Snowden, Alexis Vetted by Usis
WASHINGTON -- The director of the FBI, James B. Comey, provided Thursday the most up-to-date account of the gunman's rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, saying that he was "hunting people to shoot" as he made his way through the building but did not...
Soccer Giants End in Tie
Two of the top boys soccer teams in the WPIAL split four meetings a season ago.Thursday, they found themselves deadlocked once again.No. 3 Canon-McMillan and No. 5 Peters Township played to a 0-0 draw in a Class AAA Section 5 showdown.Christian Snatchko...
Strategy to Rescue Harrisburg Finances Gets OK from Judge
HARRISBURG -- A plan to help rescue Pennsylvania's capital from the brink of bankruptcy won an important stamp of approval Thursday from a judge whose support is necessary for the sprawling deal to go forward under an unprecedented state takeover of...
Texture Goes 'Wild'
Texture Contemporary Ballet is about challenging norms. Think ballet is all pointe shoes and port de bras? The troupe's dancers, under the direction of founding artistic director Alan Obuzor and associate artistic director Kelsey Bartman, turn these expectations...
Thieves Hit Pet Store in Regent Square Third Time in 3 Years
Three years, three robberies, and a passel of terrified animals. That is what the kindly owners of an animal nutrition store on the border of Regent Square and Wilkinsburg had left as they again picked up the pieces from a smash-and-grab break-in Thursday.The...
Trapped by Revenge 'Prisoners' an Intense Clever Thriller That Shakes Characters' Core Beliefs
In "Prisoners," Pennsylvania carpenter Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) lives by the motto, "Pray for the best, prepare for the worst." He believes in being ready for any disaster and has survivalist supplies for his family stockpiled in his basement. But...
Walker Gets Intentional Pass Locally
We beat up Pedro Alvarez without giving it a second thought. If the Pirates are struggling to score runs, it has to be Pedro's fault, right? He chases too many breaking balls. He strikes out too much. He goes weeks between hot streaks. Heck, he wears...
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