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Articles from June 10, 2012

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2012 WEEKLY LOG [Derived Headline]
SundayMarlins P Carlos Zambrano homers in a 5-1 win vs. the Phillies. It is the 24th of his career, tying him with Bob Gibson for the second-most among pitchers in the expansion era behind Earl Wilson (33 from 1962-70).Texas' Nelson Cruz hits the longest...
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FRIDAY Mark Neville, one of the artists in The Andy Warhol Museum's upcoming exhibition "Factory Direct: Pittsburgh," will discuss his ideas for the show at 6 p.m. at the museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. He'll also screen, for the first time, films...
96-Year-Old Knitter Still Clicking Along
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- When Orpha Querry tells you she never thought it would come to this, she sounds surprised.About 8 years ago her eyesight failed her enough that she couldn't knit like she used to -- a skill she'd been refining since she was 11 years...
A Debacle for Public Unions They Must Learn to Live within Our Means
If after 17 months of turmoil during which you spent upwards of $50 million and are left only with the taste of wormwood and gall, you should be more careful about the fights you pick.The news media downplayed the blow labor unions and Democrats suffered...
An Idea That's Ahead of Its Time
Dear Tom and Ray: Say I have an electric car (one that runs on nothing but electricity) that can be charged by plugging into any outlet. But for cross-country trips or long trips outside my car's range, I carry a 120-volt Honda generator and a gas can...
Argentine Grandmothers Running Short of Time to Find Missing Kin
BUENOS AIRES -- She's now 87, frail and a little hard of hearing. But after all these years Elsa Sanchez de Oesterheld still has vivid memories of the husband and four daughters she had in the 1970s."I had a spectacular family," she said, sitting on...
Asides
ONE OF THE BIGGEST stories last week is destined to be one of the biggest this week: the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach who is charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys over 15 years. Over...
As Newspapers Cut, Analysts Ask If Readers Will Remain
The news waits for no one. But newspapers might start asking readers to -- at least for print copies.Just more than two weeks ago, on May 24, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, owned by Advance Publications, announced that it would cut back its print...
Barry Unsworth Aug. 10, 1930 - June 5, 2012 British Writer of Historical Fiction
Barry Unsworth, considered one of the foremost historical novelists, died Tuesday in Perugia, Italy. He was 81 and had lived in the Umbria region of Italy for many years.The cause was lung cancer, said Lois Wallace, his literary agent in the United States.Mr....
Belmont Chart
BELMONT PARK11th Race -- 1 1/2 Miles. Purse $1,000,000-Added 3 Year OldsThe Belmont Stakes 144th Running.Stake Value Of Race $1,000,000. Value To Winner $600,000; Second $200,000;Third $100,000; Fourth $60,000; Fifth $30,000.Horse__ PP__ 1/4__ 1/2__...
Best Western Tackles Grime
One of the world's largest hotel chains, Best Western International, is attacking the assumption that mid-scale hotel rooms are often beset by unseen germs and filth.Under a new program, housekeepers at more than 2,100 Best Western hotels in North America...
Blackhawk Coach Weighs Odds of Using His Horse in Semifinal
Bob Amalia calls sophomore pitcher Brendan McKay his "horse." The biggest question Amalia faces heading into the PIAA semifinals is how much should Blackhawk ride McKay?Blackhawk (22-2) will play West York (21-4) Monday afternoon in a Class AAA semifinal....
Blu-Ray Player's, Hdtv's Ports and Slots Quite Useful
Q: I have an iPhone 4, and I like to use it to make short video clips of friends and family. Is there an easy way to play the movies back on my HDTV? I have some recordings that I would like to play and share on a bigger screen. Right now the movies...
Bradley Awarded Split vs. Pacquiao
Timothy Bradley didn't need big power to beat Manny Pacquiao after all. Bradley won a contested split decision over Pacquiao Saturday night, ending the Filipino fighter's remarkable run and handing him his first defeat in seven years. It didn't come...
Brodeur's Devilishly Good Play Keeping New Jersey in Series
NEWARK, N.J. -- There is a Peter Pan quality to New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, a blend of old and young that makes him a perfect teammate to weather the ups and downs of a long NHL season.The Devils were down 3-0 in games to the Kings in...
Buying Here: Downtown
Helen Sobehart and her husband, Joe, always have lived in houses they built from the ground up. So when the Troy Hill native took a job as interim executive director of graduate education at Point Park University earlier this year, requiring a move from...
Casinos Use Countless Ways to Thwart Card Counters Blackjack Method Isn't Illegal, but Players Doing It Are Asked to Leave
It doesn't matter whether it's at the just-opened Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio, or The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County. There's one class of gambler who won't be welcomed -- those who have proved they can beat the house.They are...
China Reports a Second Month in Row of Poor Economic Growth
HONG KONG -- The Chinese economy, widely seen until the last few weeks as the strongest remaining locomotive that could drag the global economy back from the brink of recession, showed a second month of anemic growth in May and performed even worse than...
Cincinnati Comes Back to Its Ohio River Shoreline
CINCINNATI -- The shoreline of this Ohio River city, which in the 19th century hummed with 30 steamboat visits a day but faded in the 20th as pollution and industrial disinvestment pushed people and businesses inland, is emerging again as a hub of civic...
Closing the Deal Isn't Always Easy
Michelle Wolfe of Halo Branded Solutions has good business relationships and can easily set up a meeting with South Florida hotel executives or attorneys to talk about her 300,000 promotional products. But when it comes time to closing the deal, she...
Club Donates Minnows for Muskies
Aquatic wildlife management involves complicated sets of variables and interacting elements, and every juncture opens a new can of worms. Scientists quip that managing human involvement is one of the hardest parts of the job.That's why an unusual donation...
CONCERT GUIDE [Derived Headline]
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT: 31st Street Pub, Mon., 9 p.m. $8-$10; 412- 391-8334. tUnE-yArDs: Mr. Smalls, Tues., 7 p.m. $17; 1-866-468-3401.SCOTT H. BIRAM: Club Cafe, Tues., 8 p.m. $12. 1-866-468-3401.BOWERBIRDS: Mr. Smalls, Wed., 8 p.m. $15. 1-866-468-3401.HOLY...
Conditions for Workers Improve at Amazon.com Warehouses
This time last year, online retailer Amazon.com had ambulances parked outside its Breinigsville warehouse complex on hot days, with emergency medical personnel ready to take workers suffering from heat injuries to nearby hospitals.Today, Amazon warehouse...
Courts More Restrictive for Reporters
What exactly is Pennsylvania's judiciary afraid of?That is the question on some minds, many of them inside the heads of members of the media, as they face an increasingly restrictive atmosphere in the state about real-time reporting using social media from...
Crew Chief Finding Way with Stewart
Steve Addington insisted he's not naturally drawn toward working with volatile, abrasive drivers. It's just the nature of the job in the Cup garage."Somehow it works out that way," said Addington, laughing. "That's just part of it. You just take what...
Crime Court Staffers Held
AMSTERDAM -- The International Criminal Court says that four of its staffers have been detained in Libya and is demanding their immediate release.The war crime court says that the four were part of a mission in Libya sent to meet with deposed dictator...
CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]
BIG MONEY WINSPeter Dreier at AlterNet: "Here's a headline you won't see, but should: 'Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote.'"Political pundits will spend the next few days and weeks analyzing the Wisconsin recall election, examining...
Defending Champ Lehman on Top at Tradition
Defending champion Tom Lehman shot a 4-under 68 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Regions Tradition, a Champions Tour major in Birmingham, Ala. Lehman had a 10-under 206 total at Shoal Creek. Peter Senior, a playoff loser...
Despite Her Age (69), Karolyi Says She May Not Retire after All
Hold off on that retirement party for Martha Karolyi.Heading into the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which began Friday, Karolyi was sounding as if she would like to continue as women's national team coordinator rather than step down after the London...
Devils Stay Alive with 2-1 Victory, Head Back to L.A
NEWARK, N.J. -- Bryce Salvador scored on a deflection off a defenseman and the New Jersey Devils derailed Los Angeles' Stanley Cup coronation for a second time, beating the Kings, 2-1, in Game 5 Saturday night at Prudential Center. Zach Parise ended...
Eastern Pa. Twins Take School's Top Honors
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Identical twins Sean and Joseph Leone say they do practically everything together.In perhaps the perfect twin sport, Sean and Joseph, 18, were two- time Mountain Valley Conference champions as tennis doubles partners.At East...
Elizabeth II Is the Very Image of a Queen
Though it is something the Red Queen might have said, it was actually uttered by Elizabeth II. "I have to be seen to be believed," the queen of England remarked, according to her most recent biographer, Sally Bedell Smith. Far from being a goofball tautology,...
Ethnic Hostility Rattles City in Germany
BONN, Germany -- The people who live in the trim row houses with well-tended gardens that line the streets of this spa town along the Rhine like to boast of their city's tolerance, which dates to its time as the capital of West Germany and home to dozens...
Family Music Makers Mom, Dad, Daughter to Play Rare Concerto
Musical talent grows well on family trees. There's the Bachs, the Mendelssohns, the Carters, the Jackson Five and many more.Closer to home, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has several musical families, not counting music director Manfred Honeck's (his father...
Fisher Feeling like a King with Thunder NBA Playoffs
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Derek Fisher had just finished buttoning his dress shirt at his locker when he shot a sideways glance at a reporter from Los Angeles."Kings win?" the Oklahoma City Thunder guard asked late Wednesday night.Informed they had lost to the...
Fishing for Dollars as Costs Rise for the Fish and Boat Commission, a New State Law May Give the Agency More Financial Control
In April, John Arway was crossing his fingers. The executive director of the state Fish and Boat Commission was waiting to see if a 20 percent increase in fishing license sales (compared to figures from the same period in 2011) was a real reflection...
Good Vibrations St. Augustine and Its Beach Attract Sandpipers, Dolphins and Happy Beachcombers
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- Tiny sea birds scurry across sand along the coast of this North Florida seaside town, a small community bordering St. Augustine. The sandpipers are synchronized with the ebb and flow of the surf, looking like little wind-up...
Heat Moves on to Face the Thunder
MIAMI -- LeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try.Next up, the NBA Finals -- and his third try at that elusive first championship.James had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Bosh hit a career- best three 3-pointers -- the last sparking...
Historical Society Contains Thousands of Family Secrets 21 Million Items in Its Archives Help with Genealogy Research
PHILADELPHIA -- Behind several locked doors and metal shelving units at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a nondescript book is nestled next to a draft of the Constitution and a printer's copy of the Declaration of Independence.Like its neighbors,...
Hoping to Catch on Small-College Players Know the Odds, but That Doesn't Diminish the Dream
It was the helmet. For Andre Freeman, a kid from Penn Hills who grew up worshiping the Steelers, who toiled his way to a standout career in the small- school ranks of NCAA Division II football at Slippery Rock, who got a last-minute call last month for...
Hunters, Anglers Fund 75 Years of Conservation
Later this year, the conservation community will celebrate the 75th anniversary of federal legislation that keeps state wildlife agencies afloat. On Sept. 2, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. More...
If It's the Olympic Club, a Surprise Must Be in Store
Nothing ever turns out the way anyone expects when the U.S. Open goes to The Olympic Club.Instead of a record fifth U.S. Open for Ben Hogan, Olympic delivered Jack Fleck in one of golf's biggest upsets. Arnold Palmer turned his pursuit of a record score...
If You Need a Cart, Just Ask
Q.: My 78-year-old dad is taking a flight by himself for the first time in many years. He has to make a connection at a relatively large airport. He'll have plenty of time to do so, but walking long distances is tough for him. I was thinking of requesting...
Ihome Speaker Docks Target Different Groups
I first became aware of iHome Audio products years ago at a Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Its clock radio with a built-in iPod dock looked good, worked well and didn't cost a fortune. I bought one and used it for years.Since then, iHome has been great...
I'll Have Another Gets Treated like a Winner Belmont
NEW YORK -- Trainer Doug O'Neill gave his horse three friendly slaps on the flank, removed his saddle, and I'll Have Another was led out of the Belmont Park winner's circle into retirement. I'll Have Another never got a chance to try for a Triple Crown...
INJURED CLAIRTON POLICEMAN NAMED OFFICER OF THE MONTH [Corrected 06/ 27/12]
Instead of basemen and pitchers, police officers and community members gathered around third base on the historic West Field in Munhall Saturday. They weren't there for love of the game -- they were there to support Clairton police Officer James Kuzak,...
In 'The Hole': Pa. Prisons' Solitary Confinement Policy
The 5 percent of Pennsylvania prison inmates who are in restricted housing, typically for bad behavior, get one hour per day out of their cells, five days a week. They initially get no radio, television or personal phone calls, but can earn those after...
Israel Asks Arab Visitors to Open Emails to Search
JERUSALEM -- When Sandra Tamari arrived at Israel's international airport, she received an unusual request: A security agent pushed a computer screen in front of her, connected to Gmail and told her to "log in."The agent, suspecting Ms. Tamari was involved...
JEWISH THEATRE OF PITTSBURGH RETURNS TO RODEF SHALOM [Corrected 06/ 27/12]
Tito Braunstein had a rough spell with his health that put the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh on hold for five years, but as soon as he was feeling up to it, the 83-year-old gathered a group that shared his passion for theater and relaunched the company....
Jobless Pay the Price for Collecting Early on Social Security
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- This retirement oasis in the desert has long beckoned those who want to spin out their golden years playing golf and sitting by the pool in the arid sunshine. But for Clare Keany, who turned 62 last fall and cannot find work,...
Karzai: U.S. Failed to Consult Afghans on Unilateral Airstrike
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's president said Saturday that the United States has put the two countries' security pact at risk with a unilateral airstrike that killed 18 civilians, while a Taliban suicide bomber killed four French soldiers responding...
Kings, Devils at Ease in Series Notebook
LOS ANGELES -- There were two schools of thought as the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils made their way east to continue the Stanley Cup Final.1. The Kings are in good shape. They take a 3-1 series lead back on the road, where they have a 10-0...
'Knee High by the Fourth of June' for Better or Worse, It's Been a Strange Start to the Growing Season, but Farmers Are Used to Unpredictabilities of the Weather
Above average temperatures and below average rainfall this spring brightened the days of homeowners who didn't have to mow the lawn much, but farmers who grow hay saw no silver lining in the lack of clouds."When something's going on with your lawn, think...
'Kreepy Dolls' a Part of Arts Festival's Fun
Today is the last day of the 52nd annual Three Rivers Arts Festival, but there remains a packed schedule of art happenings and entertainment that will be capped tonight with the improvisational genius of Bruce Hornsby and his Noisemakers and later the...
Lack of Controversy Lets Sports Be Focus
Quick: Name the biggest controversy that has swirled for years around the upcoming London Olympics.Exactly.Unlike the 2008 Beijing Games in China, no endless barrage of international disputes has surrounded the London Games as they draw near. No charges...
Locks, Dams May Get Boost Corps Talks of Diverting Funds from Project Downstream to the Mon
Long-delayed work on modernizing crumbling locks and dams on the Monongahela River could accelerate under proposals being considered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.But speeding up the pace of work in Pittsburgh would mean further delays and higher...
Longer, Higher, Faster after 200-Foot Climb, Hersheypark's New Coaster Hits Speeds of 75 MPH
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Hersheypark's new Skyrush "super roller coaster" doesn't take long to give its 32 riders stomach-churning thrills. Right out of the gate, it goes straight up at 26 feet per second along its bright yellow track. It needs just a few seconds...
Longer Walk to T Frustrates Some as 13 Stops Are Cut Fitzgerald Seeking Speedier Service
Nick Salmen and his family rented an apartment in Beechview because it was close to the Traymore stop on Port Authority's Red Line. Having no car, they use the T to get around, sometimes riding up the line to the Hampshire stop in the neighborhood's...
Looking to Strike Oil 'Dallas' and Its 3 Stars Take Up Where the Show Left off in 1998
PASADENA, Calif. -- TV is rife with remakes and reboots, from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to a new "Beauty and the Beast" (based on the 1980s CBS show) due to air on The CW this fall. But a continuation of a long- running hit that picks up 21 years...
Mariners' No-Hitter Is One for the Books
Still giddy from one unlikely no-hitter, Seattle catcher Jesus Montero went around the clubhouse on Saturday searching for autographs.Montero printed pictures of the six pitchers involved in Friday's combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers,...
Mayweather Is Jail Mail Athlete of Year
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn't expected to be able to see rival Manny Pacquiao's pay-per-view fight Saturday night against Timothy Bradley.But he would have time to read his mail.As inmate No. 1363917 at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas, Mayweather...
Memes R Us at First Glance, Internet Memes Are Funny Stuff on the Internet, Repeated Bazillions of Times. Noah Levinson, College Student, Studies Them. a Lot. He Just Got Back from Their Conference: Roflcon. It's at Mit. It's Not a Joke
Remember the first time you received a text message, email or chat with the acronym "LOL" or "ROFL" in it? How about when someone first said it to you in casual conversation? Get ready to add another term to your lexicon: one that defines that experience...
Mickelson Strikes Angry Pose for Cellphone Photogs
The biggest distraction Jack Nicklaus has faced on a golf course was from a helicopter.It's an old story, but Nicklaus chuckled while recalling the time he lost his concentration when a chopper flew over Cherry Hills in the 1960 U.S. Open and he three-putted...
Mixed Doubles Back at Games
John Isner relishes the notion of serving for an Olympic gold medal against a woman, and it could happen at the London Games.Mixed doubles is back in the Olympic mix for the first time since 1924, and many top players want to take advantage of the additional opportunity...
Mobile Technology Is Changing Dining Out
In more than a few local restaurants, notepads are being replaced with iPads, coupons are going virtual, and you can pay your bill with your smartphone. Computers infiltrated restaurants long ago, but the rise of mobile technologies has created a surge...
Mr. Cromwell's Dirty Work Hilary Mantel's Sequel to 'Wolf Hall' Shows 'A Master Novelist at Work,' Making the Palace Intrigues of 1500s England Strangely Contemporary
"BRING UP THE BODIES"By Hilary Mantel.Holt ($28).The exercise of political power is timeless. Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power," his fourth installment on the life of Lyndon Johnson, describes how LBJ wielded it effectively in 1964. In "Bring Up the...
Muslim Brotherhood Still Can't Sway Revolutionaries
CAIRO -- A campaign play for the votes of Egypt's taxi drivers by presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik says much about the final days of this country's first democratic presidential election."Did you hear Shafik's announcement? He is going to win the...
New San Francisco Tech Boom Brings Jobs but Also Worries
SAN FRANCISCO -- When Twitter moves into its new headquarters in downtown San Francisco this month, it will occupy three floors of an 11-story, 1937 Art Deco building that has sat shuttered for five years. Outside, its blue bird logo will replace the...
Nolan Miller Jan. 8, 1933 - June 6, 2012 Designer Who Created '80S 'Dynasty' Look
Nolan Miller, the fashion designer whose strong-shouldered dresses and power suits established the over-the-top look of glamour on the television series "Dynasty," died Wednesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 79. Mr. Miller learned he had lung cancer...
Nuns' Leader Seeks Dialogue with Vatican to Plead Case
Sister Janet Mock, a Pittsburgher at the center of the dispute between the Vatican and an umbrella group for nuns, is perplexed at the order for an archbishop to oversee her work. She acknowledges that a few sisters have moved so far outside church tradition...
Obama Stood Alone
I take issue with PG letters from Thomas Walman ("Jack Kelly Is Right," May 28) and Richard M. Carpe ("The Stupidest War," May 31) and a Jack Kelly column ("Obama Claims Undue Credit," May 6) parroting the notion that President Barack Obama had nothing...
Pandora Offers Good, Hassle-Free Tunes
Two of the hottest apps for both smartphones and computers are Pandora Internet Radio and Spotify, both applications that bring you what purports to be your favorite music or favorites of your friends. This week, I'll cover Pandora, and the next column...
Phila. School Initiative Looked at as a Model Charter Operators in County May Use It for Troubled Sites
PHILADELPHIA -- To walk the halls of Mastery Charter Schools' Harrity Elementary in southwest Philadelphia, where 94 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, a visitor would never guess that the school in recent years was one...
Phillies Stymied by Injuries, Inconsistency
PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are taking swings in Florida. Roy Halladay isn't supposed to throw for three weeks. Cliff Lee is winless.No wonder the Philadelphia Phillies are last in the NL East.The five-time defending division champions...
Phillip Tobias Oct. 14, 1925 - June 7, 2012 South African Expert on Early Man
Phillip Tobias, a renowned South African paleoanthropologist and expert on early man and hominids, died Thursday. He was 86.Tobias died in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness, according to South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, where he...
Philly Policy Lets Police Transport Trauma Victims City Police Instructed to Transport Victims in Emergency Situations
PHILADELPHIA -- Dominique Seward heard the shots, three loud pops coming from behind as she walked toward her West Philadelphia home. Ms. Seward was six months pregnant on the night of May 24, 2011, and as she started to run, hands holding her belly,...
Pirates Salute Negro League Stars
Whenever Ted Toles Jr. returns to Pittsburgh, he finds himself reminiscing about one of his most successful seasons in baseball. Toles spent the 1946 season pitching well enough for the Pittsburgh Crawfords of the Negro League that he earned an invitation...
PITTSBURGHERS GO SOUTH TO TEND TO THE WOUNDED [Corrected 06/30/12] Series: EYEWITNESS
When citizens of Pittsburgh financed two relief ships to care for casualties after the Battle of Shiloh, the doctors and nurses on board "recognized every soldier of the army of the Union as our own." That policy contrasted the medical efforts sponsored...
Pressure Lingers, Rises for Hospitals
The U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps as early as Monday, will rule on whether the Obama administration's initiative to overhaul the nation's health care system is constitutional, in whole or in part.But make no mistake -- regardless of what the justices decide,...
Prisoner's Death in Cell Raises Questions Family Calls on Activists, Sets Up Petition, Hires Attorney
John Carter had many disputes with prison staff during the half of his life spent behind bars, but it was a clash over food that led to his death six weeks ago.Carter, 32, of the North Side, was expecting to be switched from despised "food loaf" to unblended...
Quitting at Age 20 Nearly Broke Her Four Years after Health Forced Her out, Golovin Finally Coping with Lost Dream
PARIS -- The former rivals arrived at Court Philippe Chatrier last week, both tall and thin and young and blond, both once ranked among the best players in the world.One was Maria Sharapova, a player still very much among the world's best. She won her...
Raindrops Don't Swat Down Mosquitoes That Newly Discovered Fact May Do Little to Swat Away a Pest, but May Go a Long Way toward Better Products in Robotics, Aerodynamics
A mosquito buzzes its way toward an open window, its unsuspecting victim sleeping peacefully in bed. Suddenly, a raindrop weighing about 50 times as much as the mosquito plummets straight down toward the insect. The drop should have the impact of a bus...
REGION/EAST/NORTH/WEST [Derived Headline]
REGIONRoethlisberger, wife expecting first childSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley, announced Saturday that they are expecting the birth of their first child, a baby boy."Ashley and I are proud to let you all know that we are...
Republicans Poised to Retain Control of House Could Possibly Win Majority in Senate
WASHINGTON -- Five months before Election Day, Republicans are poised to retain control of the House of Representatives and inch close -- and perhaps win the majority -- in the Senate.The outlook in Congress is driven by local factors rather any kind...
Research Assistance Sought for Doves, Bats
Mention "hunting" and most modern sportsmen and sportswomen assume you're talking about deer. But back in the day -- fewer than 15 or 20 years ago -- young people learned vital woodland skills through hunting for groundhogs, small game and other abundant species...
Return to Southfork
Dialogue in the script for TNT's continuation of 1980s soap "Dallas" sounds like it may have been written back in the show's heyday, sealed in amber and then chiseled out just for this revival.Viewers willing to bask in the familiarity of the aged Ewing characters...
Right Question Can Land Job Picking Interviewer's Brain May Result in Callback
You've got a big job interview coming up, and you're ready. You've spent days researching the company, rehearsing answers to questions you might be asked and selecting the perfect thing to wear.Still, if you haven't brushed up on some questions you should...
Russian Fans Spark Violence
UEFA charged the Russian soccer association Saturday after fans were filmed fighting with stadium stewards after a European Championship match in Poland. UEFA also is seeking more evidence to investigate reports of "alleged abuse directed at Czech Republic...
Sale of Coyotes Nearly Done Deal
With the major hurdles cleared at last, former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison still needs to work out a final deal with the NHL and gain approval from the league's board of governors to take control of the Phoenix Coyotes and end the franchise's difficult three-year...
Scientists Believe High Oxygen Levels in Paleozoic Era Led to Super- Sized Bugs
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Irked by irritating insects? Be glad you didn't live in the late Carboniferous period.Three hundred million years ago, jumbo bugs zipped along with 2 foot-wide wingspans -- nearly the size of a crow's. Now, scientists think they know...
Scoreboard Watching OK at This Point
Scoreboard watching in June anyone?Well, not only is it perfectly legal, I highly recommend it.Take for example the first out-of-town score appearing on the broad and bulbous Clemente Wall electronics display as the Pirates hair-pulled the Kansas City...
Sea of Heartbreak Blog Post by Parents of Killer John Shick Leaves More Questions Than Answers
From the moment we learned that Larry and Susan Shick are avid sailors who've spent a good deal of their retirement on a sailboat while their grown son, John, was in the states grappling with schizophrenia, I wondered about their removed posture.Was...
Sensible Limits a House Bill Would Reform Charter School Funding
Charter schools don't offer interscholastic athletics. They don't contribute to the cost of competing charter schools. And they can get their own state reimbursement for teacher retirement costs.Nonetheless, when school districts are figuring out how...
Sharapova Earns Career Slam First Final Win at Roland Garros Comes after Shoulder Injury, Struggles to Master the Red Clay
PARIS -- Sidelined in 2008 by a right shoulder that needed surgery, putting her tennis future suddenly in doubt, Maria Sharapova decided to use the free time to study a new language, the one spoken at the only Grand Slam tournament she had yet to win."I...
'Silent Ninja' Steals National Title Orozco, Leyva Lead Gymnastics Team with Gold Potential
ST. LOUIS -- The meet was over. Done. Danell Leyva had flown too high, scored too well and avoided too many mistakes for John Orozco to track him down.Heck, even Orozco thought so.When Orozco ended his floor exercise routine during the final event of...
Son's Sport Not His Father's
ST. LOUIS -- Growing up in Boonton Township, N.J., Travis Tripucka wanted to play basketball. Specifically, he wanted to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame, just like his dad.His dad is Kelly Tripucka, among the more celebrated athletes ever...
Spain Oks Europe's Assistance to Save Banks $125 Billion Offered to Fourth Eurozone Nation to Get Bailout
MADRID -- Responding to increasingly urgent calls from across Europe and the United States, Spain on Saturday agreed to accept a bailout for its cash-starved banks as European finance ministers offered an aid package of up to $125 billion. European...
Steelworkers Given New Benefit Option
More than 45,000 displaced steel industry workers who are concerned about getting health insurance, or about the cost and benefits of existing coverage, have another option.A federal bankruptcy court judge in New York approved creation of a retiree benefit...
Still Waiting for Our First Black President Barack Obama Has Done Little for Black America So as Not to Scare White America
The speaker's voice boomed like a preacher's as he addressed a crowd of black churchgoers in a college gym. He was talking about a "miracle baby" whose mother, still pregnant, had been shot in the stomach on her way to the grocery store during the 1992...
Strategy Changes with High School Players
In past years, the Pirates were able to nab highly touted high school prospects in later rounds and lure them away from college with seven-figure signing bonuses.But new draft rules that limit what teams can spend on draft picks made the Pirates take...
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