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Articles from March 30, 2015

2 Bodies Found after Explosion
NEW YORK - Rescue workers recovered two bodies Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan's East Village, police said. Authorities had been looking for signs of two missing men, both believed...
Aca Is a Godsend
March 23 marked the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and has anyone noticed the sky has not fallen? Although there are too many myths to mention in one letter, I want to list a few, including outright lies, about the law. Job killer...
A Different Kind of Disney Princess
The young princess characters in Disney animated films and TV shows are generally a rather conservative and quiet group. You're not going to find Sofia the First speeding around the kingdom on a sugar rush. Star Butterfly is about to change all that....
After Long-Serving Donkey Dies, Young Joey Leads Palm Sunday Walk
For more than a decade, Waylon the Sicilian donkey helped teach the story of Palm Sunday to members of McKeesport's Beulah Park United Methodist Church. Carrying "Jesus" - actually a teenage boy from the church's youth group - on his back, Waylon would...
A Leap of Faith Brought an Imam to Pittsburgh
In the autumn of 2007, a young man sat on a park bench in Windber, Pa., and kicked at the dead leaves. A sharp chill hinted at winter. Change was coming. The young man had to make a decision.Several months earlier, Atef Mahgoub had traveled from Egypt...
Americans Accept Semi-Public Digital Life
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The government can know about your phone calls, your emails, the way you use the Web. Private business tracks your clicks. Your boss knows your digital trail. Your online activity is more public than private. Almost all Americans...
A New Look for Your Passover Dinner
Passover is the Jewish holiday most centered around food. Family and friends get together around the dinner table to tell the story of their ancestors' escape from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. A number of foods with symbolic meanings...
Are We Driven by Distraction? Study Says Motorists Aren't Paying Attention
If you're reading this while driving, you ought to stop. Wednesday marks the start of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The observance begins with a study and a survey that underscore the fact that many of us - especially teens - are not...
Arsenal Park Plan Respects History, Backers Contend
Preserving historic structures is a key element in the master plan for rehabilitating Lawrenceville's Arsenal Park, its backers say. Lauren Byrne, executive director of the community group Lawrenceville United, points to at least four recommendations...
A Tale of Two Fundraisers Two Crowdfunding Campaigns - for a Dog and a Baby - See Drastically Different Results
Jason Wensel is trying to raise money through an online fundraising campaign to pay for hospital care and other expenses for his 8-month-old son, Leeland, who was born with serious health issues. Alyssa Truszkowski is trying to do the same to pay for...
Bank on It the U.S. Should Join China's New Asian Venture
The United States has unsuccessfully opposed some of its key allies' decisions to join China's new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China initiated and has put $50 billion in capital behind its effort to build a new development bank in Asia....
Bill Debates Definition of Taxable Charities
Eli Evankovich pays taxes on the Delmont day care center he and his wife run, so why, he asked last week, shouldn't the YMCA? As a state legislator who sits on the House Finance Committee, Mr. Evankovich, R-Murrysville, is at the center of the debate...
Bullpen Still Shaping Up Complementary Skills, Number of Options among Decisive Factors
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Sunday's game provided a snapshot of the Pirates' bullpen situation with one week remaining in spring training, illustrating the factors at play aside from performance and past production. Stolmy Pimentel, Radhames Liz and...
Case Questions School Barring American Flags on Cinco De Mayo
WASHINGTON - A California school dispute that arose when students wore shirts emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo could prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at the free- speech rules for high schools. Ever since students protested...
Chokehold the FDIC Was off Base in Shutting Bank Accounts
Two years ago, the U.S. Justice Department decided to help consumers by nudging banks to shut down the accounts of businesses it considered at high risk for perpetuating fraud. The program, called "Operation Choke Point," was administered by the Federal...
CINNAMON-BRINED CHICKEN WITH ORANGE CHERRY BARBECUE SAUCE [Derived Headline]
CINNAMON-BRINED CHICKEN WITH ORANGE CHERRY BARBECUE SAUCEYield: 3 servings (from a 3-pound chicken) to 8 servings (6- pound chicken)1/2 cup coarse salt, such as kosher, plus more for sauce2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar1 small onion, thinly sliced3...
CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON RULE CHANGES FOR NAMING PUBLIC SITES [Corrected 04/01/15]
For the more than a year, a plaque that cost city taxpayers nearly $2,100 has sat in a box in city Councilwoman Darlene Harris' office, nestled snugly against a radiator. The name emblazoned on the sign: "Ravenstahl." The revelation that Mrs. Harris...
Clothes Mentor Designer Resale Store Opens
High-end fashions just got easier - and more affordable - to find in the North Hills, thanks to Clothes Mentor, a upscale resale fashion chain that opened here this month under the ownership of Andrea Zabinski. Designer brands, including the likes...
Develop Consistent Habits to Achieve Weight-Loss Goal
DEAR DOCTOR K: One popular book claims that there are "7 habits of highly effective people." Do people who effectively lose weight and keep it off also have habits in common? DEAR READER: That's a very interesting question - and I think the answer...
East End Has First Contested School Board Race in Years
For the first time in more than two decades, there is a contested race for the Pittsburgh Public Schools board seat representing parts of Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze and other nearby neighborhoods. The District 4 seat is held by Bill Isler of Squirrel...
Even When Imperfect, Kentucky Wins
CLEVELAND - This Kentucky basketball team isn't perfect, coach John Calipari likes to say, just undefeated. The distinction was illuminated Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena, where the presumed inevitability of an unblemished Wildcats romp to the national...
Give the Pso a Chance to Update Your Perception
I'm writing in regard to the March 15 front-page article "Survey: PSO Out of Sync With Potential Audiences." The perceptions of the people surveyed of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and their attendees were boring, old and outdated. If I weren't...
Healing with Balance and Harmony Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Celebrates the First Anniversary of Its Holistic Healing Center
Twice a week, Joe Hardy heads over to the Holistic Healing Center for acupuncture treatments. As founder of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, he is as apt as the guests to take advantage of all his property has to offer. The center, which is celebrating...
Historic Find a Remnant of the Past Belongs in Public Hands
A time capsule found in the demolished Brashear Telescope Factory is at the center of an unseemly tug-of-war. The construction company that discovered the box claims ownership, as does the city of Pittsburgh, which owns the property on which it was...
Honoring the Brave 17 Inducted into 2015 Class of Soldiers & Sailors Hall of Valor
During Edward Mackey's tour in the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, he and his comrades in an Army artillery battalion could see North Vietnam from their sandbags and bunkers - and the North Vietnamese could certainly see them as well. Even as Mr. Mackey's...
In Indiana, Let Love and Freedom Ring
In the uninformed, preening or downright cynical outcry over Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted something more profound than she probably intended. "We shouldn't discriminate against people because of who they...
Ira Glass
Ira Glass, host of the weekly public radio program "This American Life," has taken his show on the road and is performing live with dancers. "Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host" was at Downtown's Byham Theater last month, and the curious entertainment...
Journalists Must Rediscover Skepticism
Some years ago, I had an interview with a homicide detective that got delayed. I used his office phone to postpone a tennis match. "Tennis, huh?" he said after I'd hung up. "I wondered." "Wondered what?" "Well, you've got an indoors, sit-down job," he...
Ken Burns' Cancer Film Highlights Pittsburgh Research
Ken Burns was 11 when his mother died of breast cancer, so the topic has been churning in his mind since childhood. But it took Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," to inspire his...
Kunitz Shows Signs of Shaking Slump
Here's a guess at the exchange Saturday between Penguins winger Chris Kunitz and linesman Steve Barton after a high stick from Kunitz bloodied Barton's mouth and knocked him out of the game against the Arizona Coyotes: "Sorry about that, Steve." "Why...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIES ADDAMS, Col. Merle J., Allison Park BISHOP, Arthur C., Whitehall BRACKENBURY, Linda A. Wolkiewicz, Penn Hills BRUCE, Lucy Coco, Mt. Lebanon BRUNO, Steve Sr., Bloomfield CARTON, Cora J. Jones, Avalon CASEY, James P., formerly of...
Letang's Injury Leaves Defense in Bind
The Penguins were down to five healthy defensemen Sunday against the San Jose Sharks after Kris Letang was diagnosed with a concussion. Letang slammed the back of his head into the boards after being hit by Arizona forward Shane Doan late in the second...
NATION [Derived Headline]
8 killed in church van crash MOORE HAVEN, Fla. - A church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early today in southwest Florida, authorities said. The...
NCAA IN :60 [Derived Headline]
First shotCOACHES CLUB: The one-and-done era has made it hard to win in the tournament without a collection of surefire future pros or one do- it-all player like Connecticut's Shabazz Napier last year. But the theme for this season? Good luck getting...
No More 'Mistake' by the Lake Pittsburgh's Komoroski Helps Cleveland Thrive as CEO of Cavaliers
CLEVELAND - LeBron James is back, the Cleveland Cavaliers are winning, every home game is sold out and merchandise is selling better than that of any team in the NBA. On top of that, Cleveland bustles on game nights, 53 percent more people are living...
No Serious Injuries after Crash-Landing
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Air Canada said all but one of the 23 passengers and crew admitted to area hospitals after an Airbus A320 crash-landed in a snowstorm at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport early Sunday were released after being treated...
Obamacare Is Full of Expensive Illusions
Your editorial "Got Coverage?" (March 23) is just another sad indication that you folks just don't get it. And that Obamacare remains what thinking people proclaimed it to be five years ago: a very, very expensive bill of goods forced on the American...
Penguins Grab Shootout Win Late Penalty-Kill Helps Save the Day
The circumstances were extenuating. Except, that is, for the times when they were downright excruciating. Seemed bad enough when the Penguins were forced to go with just five defensemen in what became a 3-2 shootout victory against San Jose Sunday...
Pittsburgh Aids Task Force Benefit
All the Party Details: Spirits ran high on Thursday night at the J. Verno Studios on the South Side. About 350 partygoers enjoyed cocktails, delicious treats and a live cooking demonstration by the Emmy-nominated chef Bob Sendall. The Elite Show Band...
Ready for 45? the Bushworld Tangle Shows Jeb Wants Things Both Ways
MIAMIJames Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice presidency in the Bush family.So it's a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Mr. Baker to task.At first Jeb Bush tried to distance himself from Mr. Baker distantly. He had his spokeswoman,...
Saban Dismisses Lineman Taylor
Alabama coach Nick Saban dismissed Jonathan Taylor from the team after the second domestic violence arrest of the defensive lineman's college career. Saban announced the decision Sunday, a day after Tuscaloosa police arrested Taylor when a woman reported...
Steelers' Tomlin Visits Pirates Cam
BRADENTON, Fla. - Mike Tomlin follows the Pirates like the rest of Pittsburgh, taking his sons to Sunday afternoon games during the summer. But the Steelers coach understands better than most just how hard it is to do what the Pirates have done in...
Stop the Barrel Bombs They Are the Deadliest Weapons in Syria's Civil War
No words can adequately describe what it is like to save a life. It is pure elation to find and rescue a baby from beneath mountains of rubble. But for us the elation never lasts because we are constantly under attack. In Aleppo, as in many Syrian...
Test Kitchen Recipe: Swiss Chard and Arugula Salad
Today's recipe pairs salad greens with toasted walnuts and a lemon-mustard vinaigrette. What's to like about this salad is the greens, which are a blend of peppery, spicy and hearty. Most grocery stores carry a variety of greens other than the standard...
The Clintons' Behavior Will Voters Really Go for More of Their Troubling Episodes?
WASHINGTONAn abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world's oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America's regulatory and redistributive...
Victim of Sex Assault, 8, Killed in Youngstown Fire [Derived Headline]
Victim of sex assault, 8, killed in Youngstown fire A prosecutor has asked that the trial for a man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl be postponed after the child and two others were killed in an overnight fire in Youngstown, Ohio....
When Coaches See Women as Recruiting Tools
In yet another sign that college sports recruiting has gotten out of hand, University of Michigan tight- ends coach Jay Harbaugh sent a hand-written note to a four-star prospect's girlfriend. Pick your adjective: inappropriate; unprofessional; desperate;...
Woman Wants to Buy Insurance for Daughter
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been married for five years, and my husband and I just had a baby. We are so excited, especially since it took us a few years to have this child. Our daughter is beautiful, and we could not be happier. The challenge is that...
Women's History Year
As Women's History Month wraps up at the end of March, there's something we want to know: Why should half of the human race be relegated to one month a year? Especially in American history, where we have molded our Founding Fathers into deities of...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
Rebels attack Yemen city SANAA, Yemen - Yemen's Shiite rebels and security forces loyal to the former president launched a fresh offensive today against the southern city of Aden, shelling it and battling local militias, but were pushed back by at...
Wrigley Construction Will Affect Players as Well as Fans
Cubs fans aren't the only ones wondering how the Wrigley Field renovation project will affect their day at the ballpark. Players also will have to make some adjustments thanks to construction delays that affect the bleachers, the outfield batting cages...
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