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Articles from March 30, 2012

7 Towns File Suit to Oppose Marcellus Shale Law State Is Intruding in Zoning, Claim Says
HARRISBURG -- The seven municipalities that banded together in recent weeks in opposition to the state's Marcellus Shale gas drilling law filed a suit Thursday, arguing that lawmakers unconstitutionally intruded on local zoning duties by mandating where...
A Comedic Love Letter to the Game
Jay Baruchel's love for the Montreal Canadiens could rival -- or surpass -- any teenage girl's obsession with "The Hunger Games." The actor, who played a Pittsburgher in "She's Out of My League," opened a second Twitter account just to tweet their games....
Adrienne Rich May 16, 1929 - March 27, 2012 Poet at the Forefront of Feminism
Adrienne Rich, one of the country's most honored and influential poets, whose finely tuned verse explored her identity as a feminist, a lesbian and an agent for political change, died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, Calif. She was 82.She had complications...
All Kale Breaks Loose
Kale is about as unlikely a food star as you can imagine. It's tough and fibrous. Bite a piece of raw kale and you'll practically end up with splinters between your teeth. Nevertheless, kale has become a green of the moment because, given a little special...
An Englishman Has Figured out How to Feel at Home Here
Now retired, I have time for personal reflection, and it occurred to me that I have lived in Pittsburgh for 37 years -- more than half my life, after the first 35 years in England. When I relate this, the usual response is, "You haven't lost your accent."...
Arizona among Mcconnell's Picks Duquesne
Point guard T.J. McConnell narrowed his choices to Arizona and Virginia from a dozen schools that expressed interest since he left Duquesne last week to pursue a higher level of basketball.McConnell visited Virginia last week and will visit Arizona next Thursday...
At 19, Douglas Booth Is a Pip of a Talent with His Own Great Expectations
PASADENA, Calif. -- Actor Douglas Booth says he's a terrible liar. That may seem a bit odd, since actors spend their lives fibbing on cue. "I can't lie for anything," he shrugs. "And lots of people think, 'You are an actor, you must be able to lie.'...
A Time for Peace
I write this in anger and in frustration. And I must begin with words better than my own: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies ... a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not...
Baylor's Mulkey Has Bell's Palsy
WACO, Texas -- Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis that she says won't change the way she coaches in the Final Four."When I smile it's crooked and when I talk, and talk loud, the hollowness in my hearing...
BBC Says Race Trumps Religion
The full-page New York Times advertisement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation was certainly blunt -- starting with its headline telling "liberal" and "nominal" Catholics that "It's Time to Consider Quitting the Catholic Church." Conservative Catholics...
Beaver County Man Held for Trial in 1979 Homicide
The case involving a Bridgewater councilman charged in the 1979 homicide of a Monaca woman will proceed to trial, a Beaver County judge ruled Thursday. Gregory Scott Hopkins, 66, was arrested Jan. 29 and charged in the death of Catherine Janet Walsh,...
Bin Laden Wife Details His Life on the Run
ISLAMABAD -- Osama bin Laden spent nine years on the run in Pakistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and during that time he moved among five safe houses and fathered four children, at least two of whom were born in a government hospital, his youngest...
Boomerang Kids There's No Place like Home for 20-Somethings Facing High Levels of Debt and Being Forced to Move Back in with Parents
In TV commentator Jean Chatzky's latest book on personal finance, "Money Rules," she has some advice for a generation of young adults already carrying record levels of college debt: Don't borrow more for college than you expect to earn your first year...
Brunner Wins Pa. Lottery Lands 5-Year, $185M Marketing Deal
Henry John Heinz was a risk taker, but he never played the Pennsylvania Lottery. The H.J. Heinz Co. founder died long before the games began.Still, the 57 varieties that he made world famous has tantalizing potential as fodder for a lottery game, in...
Buckeyes Turned Corner Early
NEW ORLEANS -- The season was spiraling away, the players didn't seem to care and Ohio State coach Thad Matta had had enough.So, as he watched his team stumble lackadaisically through practice on the eve of a big game, he snapped. Stop, day's over, head...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Housing construction contracts up 23 percentThe value of contracts for future construction in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area rose by 23 percent in February, McGraw-Hill Construction reported. Total value of nonresidential and residential contracts...
Calif. Doctor Says He Was 'Concerned' about Shick
The California doctor who forwarded what has been characterized as an email of warning to UPMC about John F. Shick spoke publicly for the first time Thursday, saying in a brief interview, "I was concerned about the content of his communication."Brennan...
Canadiens Fire GM for Team's Dismal Showing
The Montreal Canadiens fired general manager Pierre Gauthier after a dismal season and split with Montreal great Bob Gainey on Thursday, insisting such play will not be tolerated by a franchise long part of hockey history. "We need to remember that our...
Capitals Keep Pace with 3-2 Win
The Washington Capitals lost a goalie, a forward and a two-goal lead.And they still managed to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.Brooks Laich scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give visiting Washington a 3-2 victory against the...
Choreographer Hopes 'Blink' Piece Opens Eyes
Pittsburgh's burgeoning dance scene showcases a mix of artistry: There's Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the connoisseur of classics, modern risk takers such as Attack Theatre and the Pillow Project, international works presented by the Pittsburgh Dance...
City to Discipline Paramedic for Disregarding Brookline Man
The city of Pittsburgh will discipline a paramedic for improperly handling a 911 call from a Brookline man, who claimed that the ambulance crew summoned to his home Feb. 11 seemed more interested in having snow chains put on its vehicle than in treating...
Cmu Film Festival Goes Distinctly Dutch
Two "Distinctively Dutch" -- and diametrically different -- documentaries give deeper definition this weekend to the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival's "Faces of Others" theme and to the symbiosis of directors emotionally tied to their subjects."Position...
Common Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths
LONDON -- Bee colonies exposed to a common class of pesticides may produce fewer queens and the chemicals may lead to insects' deaths by impairing homing abilities, according to two studies in the journal Science.Bumblebee colonies fed doses of imidacloprid,...
Company Expands Internship Base
While internships were once thought of as value-added options for students seeking hands-on experience in their chosen fields, today's highly competitive jobs market has transformed them into necessities.Hoping to meet the needs of an expanding internship...
Contractor Denies Liability in Soldier's Death
A Shaler soldier's death in a shower in Iraq stemmed from U.S. Army decisions that can't be questioned by courts, lawyers for a top defense contractor argued in court today.Or maybe the death was the result of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth's own risky decisions,...
Convict Must Pay for Public Defender
Score one for U.S. taxpayers.A federal judge has ruled that a convicted sex offender who owns substantial property in Beaver County and controls $200,000 to $300,000 in liquid assets must repay the government for the cost of his public defender. Senior...
Cousin May Be Happy to Hear from Long-Lost Kin
DEAR HARRIETTE: I recently moved to the "big city." I have a cousin who lives here, but we haven't been in touch since we were children, more than 30 years ago. I want to reach out to her but am not sure if it will seem weird. We never had any beef with...
De Has Different Outlook of Game
Pitt defensive end Bryan Murphy always knew he loved football, he just never appreciated it as much as he does now and will for the rest of his career.It is funny how a year on the sideline has that affect on some guys."Last year gave me a lot of time...
Duplicate Downers Chances of Catching Rangers Slipping Away after Another Loss Islanders 5, Penguins 3
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- First place in the Eastern Conference still is a mathematical possibility for the Penguins. Fifth place, however, has become a clear and present danger. Being swept by the New York Islanders in a home-and-home series, including an...
Earl Scruggs Jan. 6, 1924 - March 28, 2012 Banjo Picker of Memorable Tunes
Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player whose hard-driving picking style influenced a generation of players and helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music, died Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 88.His son, Gary, said his father died at...
EAST/CITY/SOUTH [Derived Headline]
EASTTeacher's husband faces homicide trialThe man charged with strangling his school teacher wife to death last month should stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.David Stahl, 41, of Greensburg, faces one charge of criminal homicide for the death of his...
Everything's Bigger in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas -- As you read this, Austin's South by Southwest festival is over for 2012. The "Welcome SXSW!" signs have been peeled from club facades, movie marquees, hotels and gas stations. The handbills advertising movies, bands and the newest interactive apps...
Ex-Mine Boss Pleads Guilty
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The former superintendent of a southern West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 workers pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge.Gary May of Bloomingrose, the highest-ranking Massey Energy official charged in connection...
Fisher a Calming Influence for Thunder
LOS ANGELES -- The homecoming began with the national anthem. The fans couldn't even wait until it ended."Derek!" and "Fish!" they shouted during the song, interrupting the L.A. Delta Chorale in mid-red-glare.It always sort of felt patriotic to cheer...
For Children with Autism, Outlook 'Brighter'
A new report shows that more American children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, but Daniel Torisky, president of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, said the life prospects for those children are better than they have been in the past....
For Ewan Mcgregor, an Unusual Casting Call
Ewan McGregor's name has been mentioned quite a bit in 2012, largely thanks to Christopher Plummer. Mr. McGregor's co-star in last year's "Beginners" and winner of the Oscar for best supporting actor, Plummer made a point of mentioning his fellow thespian...
Foxconn Vows Improved Work Conditions
Foxconn, which manufactures more than 40 percent of the world's electronics for such companies as Apple, Dell, Amazon and others, has pledged to sharply curtail the number of working hours within its Chinese factories and significantly increase wages,...
Glaucoma Caught Early Stops Further Damage to Eyes
DEAR DOCTOR K: I was recently diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma. What can I expect in terms of treatment? Will the doctor be able to save my vision?DEAR READER: Our eyes are filled with clear fluid. In glaucoma, pressure builds up in the fluid. This...
Global Dealmaking Slump Temporary? as Recovery Gains Momentum, Mergers and Acquisitions Expected to Increase
Global dealmaking slumped for a third straight quarter as chief executive officers funneled cash into share buybacks and new products, a trend that may reverse in the coming months as the economic recovery gains momentum.Mergers and acquisitions so far...
Gods and Monsters 'Titans' Sequel Has Both, but Plot and Dialogue Are Missing
Any chance they could release the Kraken again, just for old time's sake? Although 2010's "Clash of the Titans" became a symbol of poorly converted 3-D, it had a catchphrase and advertising hook, a climatic confrontation, a sense of nostalgia because...
Health Insurer's CEO Faces Charges after Fight with Mistress's Husband
Vida Chieffo was headed to the grocery store Sunday when she heard a startling shouting match on her neighbor's porch in Oakmont.Two men she didn't immediately recognize were "screaming and yelling. Then one pushed the other into the door," Ms. Chieffo...
High Court Has Options on Health Care Law
WASHINGTON -- The arguments are done and the case has been submitted, as Chief Justice John Roberts says at the end of every Supreme Court argument. Now the justices will wrestle with what to do with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They...
Highmark Names New Leader after Sordid Scandal Is Made Public, Melani Is Put on Unpaid Leave
When Highmark Inc. employees arrived at work Thursday morning, many already had heard the thumbnail version of the news -- CEO Kenneth R. Melani had been arrested following a Sunday altercation in Oakmont. By lunchtime, almost everyone knew the fuller,...
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK [Derived Headline]
DOUG REVAKQuaker ValleyLast week: A senior goalie, Revak went 3-0 and stopped 44 of 48 shots in the Penguins Cup Class A semifinals and final and the Pennsylvania Cup state championship game.Check this out: Revak moved with his family from Ohio to the Quaker...
House Oks Plan for Spending That Sets Election Fight
WASHINGTON -- A fierce two-day debate over a Republican budget plan portrayed as either a path to prosperity or a road to ruin ended Thursday with House passage of a blueprint that would transform Medicare, cut domestic spending to levels not seen since World...
Intrigue at King's Landing 'Game of Thrones' Returns in Fascinating Form
So "Luck" didn't live up to its title, drawing too few viewers and too much scrutiny after three horses died on (or near) the show's set, leading HBO execs to cancel the drama after a single, little-watched season. But the premium network will get its...
In with the New You'll Be Saying 'Domo Arigato' after the Mr. Roboto Project Introduces You to These Bands
Life is so hard and we're all so busy. Who has time to go looking for new music played by young artists?Better to just flip on the radio and let the faceless corporations based in other cities pick the songs for us to hear. "Ahhhh, man! I love this song....
Keeping Fans in Stands Is Challenge
Everyone knows the No. 1 challenge facing the NFL is concussions and the long-term health problems they cause players. The lawsuits - - one after another -- from former players accusing the league of doing little or nothing to make the game safer are...
Kidz N the Hoodies Students Dress in Memory of Slain Florida Teen
As 14-year-old girls with cherubic faces, the trio of friends who attend Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 -- Amanda Ferreira, Angel Wheat and Kiya Turner -- aren't accustomed to having adults listen to them.But today, as students in Pittsburgh Public Schools donned hoodies...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
The Post-Gazette's comprehensive report of recent deaths includes three types of obituaries. News obituaries, prepared by our staff, are published at the discretion of our editors. Classified obituaries are paid death notices prepared by funeral home directors....
Lernerville Opener Pushed Back
The final Friday in March traditionally has been opening night at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway in Sarver.Not in 2012.World Racing Group, the owners of the Butler County oval, pushed back opening night to April 20."It is tradition," said Lernerville...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
4 more charged in Amish attacksThe Justice Department has charged four more Amish women in connection with hair- and beard-cutting attacks on other Amish in Ohio last year that the FBI says were directed by breakaway sect leader Sam Mullet Sr.Mr. Mullet...
Man Who Stabbed Bus Driver Sentenced Victim Doubts He'll Ever Drive Bus Again
The man who stabbed a Port Authority driver in June after being ordered off a bus for rowdy behavior will spend four to 10 years in prison.William Tyrice Holt, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and related charges Thursday before Allegheny County...
Mariners Lose, 4-1, Split Tokyo Series
Ichiro Suzuki came up empty in the finale of a two-game trip to Japan, and so did the Seattle Mariners.The Japanese star went 0 for 4 and the Mariners wasted a seventh- inning lead in a 4-1 loss to the Athletics that left them with a season-opening split.Bartolo...
Miami Continues Hot Streak James, Bosh Drive Heat Past Dallas
LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem scored 16 apiece and the Miami Heat extended its home winning streak to 15 with a 106-85 win against the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA Finals rematch...
MILLIONS SEEKING MULTIMILLIONS A KISS FOR LUCK [Corrected 04/07/12]
Susan Wagner of Friendship had never bought a Mega Millions ticket before. But tonight's record $540 million jackpot proved to be too tantalizing. "I saw it on the news, and I thought, 'I have to play. I have to take a chance.' Why not?" she said after...
Montour Lineman Commits to Connecticut
A third football player from the WPIAL class of 2013 made an early decision on a Division I college.Montour lineman Matt Barone, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound junior, committed to the University of Connecticut."Akron had offered him, too, and when Connecticut...
Morton Will Start Season on Dl
BRADENTON, Fla. -- As smoothly as Charlie Morton's rehabilitation has gone this offseason, he will not start the season on the active roster.The Pirates will place Morton on the 15-day disabled list, general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday, so...
Murphy for the Law He's the Better Democrat for Attorney General
Since 1980, when a constitutional change required voters to begin electing Pennsylvania's attorney general, no Democrat has won the office. Democrats can't afford to forget that in this primary season. Not only have Republicans consistently won the...
NATO Convoy Attack Kills 37
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A NATO supply convoy came under heavy attack by Taliban insurgents in western Afghanistan, with 37 dead reported in the firefight and NATO airstrikes that ensued, Afghan officials said Thursday.The victims included seven private...
New Kensington Police Chief Dies; Autopsy Set for Today
New Kensington police Chief Ron Zellers, known to fellow officials as a tough officer with a caring heart, died unexpectedly Thursday.The 58-year-old law enforcement veteran was pronounced dead at Excela Westmoreland Hospital at 2:25 p.m. Rumors that...
Nhl Western Conference Race Stays Tight
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata scored twice and Mike Smith made 38 saves to shut out the San Jose Sharks for the third time this season, leading Phoenix Coyotes to a critical 2-0 victory Thursday night.Vrbata, who missed the previous two games because...
Nuke Plant Damage Worse Than Thought
TOKYO -- The damage to the core of at least one of the meltdown- stricken reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant could be far worse than previously thought, raising fresh concerns over the plant's stability and gravely complicating the...
Obama Correct in Not Boasting about Health Care
Passage of his health care law is his proudest achievement, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, said she was told by President Barack Obama. But when the second anniversary of Obamacare rolled around last Friday, the White House hoped you wouldn't notice. Why?...
Olympic Champions Claim Ice Dance Crown
NICE, France -- Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won the world figure skating title Thursday, reversing last year's result by beating defending champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States.Virtue and Moir,...
On the Run, Bin Laden Lived in 5 Houses
ISLAMABAD -- Osama bin Laden lived in five safe houses while on the run in Pakistan and fathered four children -- two of them born in government hospitals, his youngest widow has told investigators.The details of bin Laden's life as a fugitive in Pakistan...
Preston's Petitions Contain Forged Names Lawmaker Still Has Enough Signatures to Run, Judge Says
Two residents of Allegheny County's 24th Legislative District said Thursday they had never signed nominating petitions for longtime state Rep. Joseph Preston, D-East Liberty.Carol Owens described herself as angry over what she called the forging of her...
Pulling Judge from Case Is Rare, Experts Declare Impeachment Is Even Rarer, However
It's rare for a federal judge to get yanked from a case, and twice in four years gets everyone's attention.The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was sending a message in its decision this week to remove U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab from the high-profile...
Race No Longer Just Black and White Florida Killing Shows Racial Profiling Can Be a Complicated Issue
WASHINGTON -- At first, the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white neighborhood watch volunteer was playing out like many previous tragedies that cut short the lives of young black men.Soon however, it became obvious that...
Rate of Autism Diagnoses Has Climbed, Study Finds
The likelihood of a child's being given a diagnosis of autism, Asperger's syndrome or a related disorder increased more than 20 percent from 2006 to 2008, according to a report released Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The...
Robinson, Withey Giving Kansas Big Post Presence
NEW ORLEANS -- Jeff Withey has had plenty of bloody noses. The big guy from Kansas has been whacked by flying elbows too many times to count. He's had bruises the size and color plums.That's just what he's gotten courtesy of teammate Thomas Robinson.The...
Rub Shoulders with History, Then Recharge
AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin has some very cool places to hang your cowboy hat. Two of the most notable are at opposite ends of Austin's timeline: the venerable Driskill Hotel and the recently opened Travaasa Resort and Spa.The Driskill is the oldest hotel...
Sabres Fighting for Playoff Spot
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Injuries played a contributing role in the Buffalo Sabres' midseason swoon. And the Sabres are going to have to deal with them again if they intend to complete a late-season playoff push.Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is out indefinitely...
'Salmon' a Charming Tale of Fish and Faith
Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) has no time -- or patience -- for what he considers a ridiculous and impossible scheme to introduce salmon fishing in the Yemen. "If you're a sheikh and want to pour money down the drain, why not buy yourself a football club?"...
Sandusky Trial Delayed until June 5 Rescheduling Necessary 'For Various Logistical Contingencies That Have Arisen'
A judge in the child sex abuse case of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on Thursday postponed the trial by three weeks to June 5, as prosecutors rebutted defense calls for dismissal of the charges.The order issued...
Sexual Abuse, Not Contraception, Damages Families
When I read the Post-Gazette article announcing that Catholic bishops were planning a day dedicated to "prayer and fasting" spurred by the current controversy over birth control ("Pa. Catholic Bishops Call for a Day of Prayer," March 16), I wondered...
Shanahan's Last Chance May Be Griffin's Success
Former Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb doubts whether Washington coach Mike Shanahan will be able to get the most out of Robert Griffin III if, as expected, the team drafts the Heisman Trophy winner.During an appearance Thursday on ESPN2's "First...
Sharapova Reaches Final
Maria Sharapova benefited from a chair umpire's overrule on the disputed final point Thursday and edged Caroline Wozniacki, 4-6, 6- 2, 6-4, in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. At 40-30 in the last game, Sharapova hit a second...
'Slap' Happy Raunchy 'Goon' Drops the Gloves
"Goon" borrows so much from 1977's "Slap Shot," the king of raunchy hockey films, that it seems to have skated right out of the 1970s. Add to that a dose of "Rocky" (1976), and the lone signs that it's set in contemporary Canada seem to be cell phones,...
Snow White Lite 'Mirror Mirror' Reflects Vivid Villain, Dull Heroine
No one trills "Some Day My Prince Will Come" in "Mirror Mirror" although the prince does arrive -- all 6 feet 5 inches of him, sometimes shirtless. "Mirror Mirror" is, as the evil Queen (Julia Roberts) clarifies at the beginning, her story, not Snow...
Stanford Starts Fast, Streaks to Nit Title
Stanford's young guards Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright each scored 15 points, and the Cardinal routed Minnesota, 75-51, to win the NIT title.Stanford forced two turnovers to open the second half to take a 10-point lead and stayed up by double figures...
Starting Goalie vs. Sabres Unclear
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Coach Dan Bylsma hasn't announced who will be in goal tonight for the Penguins when they play the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center.He even said Thursday that he "will consider" calling on Marc- Andre Fleury, who faced the New...
Sunni Leaders Shun Arab Talks in Iraq
BAGHDAD -- Sunni Muslim rulers largely shunned an Arab League summit hosted by Shiite-led Iraq on Thursday, illustrating how powerfully the sectarian split and the rivalry with Iran define Middle Eastern politics in the era of the Arab Spring.The crisis...
Top Court Quick to Decide Cases, but Then Slow to Tell Justices Sometimes Spend Months on Writing Opinions
WASHINGTON -- If the usual process occurs, the justices of the Supreme Court will gather around a large rectangular table this morning and, one by one, cast their votes on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law.They will let...
Trayvon's Death Claims Legitimate Attention
On Wednesday, ABC News broadcast police station footage of George Zimmerman stepping out of a squad car the night he killed Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.Bound by handcuffs, Mr. Zimmerman wasn't bleeding from the nose or head, limping...
Unique Opportunity for Panthers
Pitt and Washington State will play for the third time in five days tonight at the Petersen Events Center in the final game of the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series. Add in the 2008 contest between the two schools in the...
Upmc's Liability in Shooting Is Limited, Experts Say
Although UPMC personnel knew that John F. Shick was erratic prior to his March 8 attack on UPMC's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the hospital system may not face much liability under laws governing health care information, employee injuries...
Upmc's Response the Da Is Right to Probe the Western Psych Case
"Maybe this could have all been prevented if somebody called police. The more you think about it, the more it drives you crazy." - - Harry SchaabYou don't have to be the father of Michael Schaab, the young man killed in John Shick's rampage at Western...
Video Raises Doubts about Fla. Shooter Legal Experts Say It Could Be Significant in Case against Him
MIAMI -- Newly released police video of a handcuffed George Zimmerman may be important for what it doesn't show: No obvious cuts, scrapes, blood or bandages. No clearly broken nose. No plainly visible evidence of a life-and-death struggle with Trayvon...
Warm Bodies Won't Do Defendants Deserve Lawyers Fully Prepared to Defend Them
A defendant charged with a crime comes to court, but his lawyer does not. Can the judge order another lawyer -- even a lawyer from the same office -- to handle the case on the spot? No.This happened in Pittsburgh this month. A man charged with driving...
When Will the Nation Face Facts about Guns?
The death of Trayvon Martin was caused by a gun. No matter what else comes from this saga, without a legally owned and operated firearm in the holster of George Zimmerman, the indisputable fact is that Trayvon would be alive. Sometimes the simple truth...
WORLD/NATION [Derived Headline]
WORLDAfghan kills 9 fellow militia membersKHOST, Afghanistan -- A member of an Afghan militia promoted by the U.S. military to protect rural villages drugged his colleagues and killed at least nine of them as they slept today, the third deadly episode...
Yang Shoots 66 at Lpga Major
Amy Yang shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Lindsey Wright in the opening round Thursday of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Yani Tseng was third at 68, ending the top-ranked player's streak of eight consecutive rounds...
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