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Articles from July 20, 2013

Afghan Outrage Karzai's Government Squeezes the U.S. as It Exits
Afghanistan is trying to make money off the United States as it attempts to withdraw its forces and equipment after a costly, 12- year involvement.The United States went there, of course, in pursuit of its own interests in 2001 -- to drive out al-Qaida...
AROUND THE MAJORS [Derived Headline]
NATIONAL LEAGUE* Dodgers 3, Nationals 2: Andre Ethier homered off Rafael Soriano to lead off the ninth as visiting Los Angeles resumed play after the All-Star break with a win against Washington. Ethier hit the second ninth-inning homer allowed by Soriano...
AROUND THE MAJORS [Derived Headline]
NATIONAL LEAGUE* Dodgers 3, Nationals 2: Andre Ethier homered off Rafael Soriano to lead off the ninth as visiting Los Angeles resumed play after the All-Star break with a win against Washington. Ethier pulled a 1-2 slider just over the wall in right-center,...
Bed and Breakfast Pit Stop
DILLTOWN, Pa. Word that a bike trail would be built on the former right-of-way of the Cambria & Indiana Railroad through this Indiana County town prompted three friends to pool their resources and convert an old wooden house and a building dating to...
Best Buy Bets Big on Stores-within-Stores
The sign outside the big box in Richfield, Minn., says Best Buy, but the inside of the building looks more like a mall than a single store.The usual Blue Shirts and Geek Squad agents scurry across the sales floor, but Samsung, Microsoft, Pacific Kitchen...
Brooklyn Rider Puts a Charge into Folk Music
Brooklyn Rider's Pittsburgh debut on Thursday evening was all about the traditional, featuring folk songs and compositions inspired by them. But the string quartet's concert was far from conventional. Fresh off its latest album, "A Walking Fire," Brooklyn...
Buffett Gives Fans More Than a 'Cheeseburger in Paradise'
Arriving in everything from beat-up old cars dressed in Hawaiian leis and painted with slogans like "fins up" to limousines, thousands of Parrotheads came to the First Niagara Pavilion Thursday for Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band's annual visit...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
GE posts small gain in 2Q profit, sees U.S. pickupGeneral Electric posted a slight gain in net income in the second quarter and said its U.S. operations are picking up steam. GE said Friday that it earned $3.13 billion, up from $3.11 billion a year earlier....
CITY/EAST/NORTH [Derived Headline]
CITYWoman gets probation for cashing SS checksA Hazelwood woman who pleaded guilty to theft of government money for cashing a dead man's Social Security checks for 23 years has been sentenced to five years of probation.Roni Halsel, 56, of Hazelwood cashed...
City Expands Recycling Program
Pittsburgh is nearly finished expanding its recycling program from residential neighborhoods to the business districts. The city's Department of Public Works has installed about 110 of the 130 blue recycling containers in business districts and expects to...
Corn Palace Due for a Sweet Renovation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A quirky eastern South Dakota landmark dedicated to all things corn is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, including lit domes resembling ears of corn, in an effort to draw in more maize-curious visitors.The Corn Palace...
'Could've Been Me' Once President Obama, in Candid Address, Asks Americans to 'Do Some Soul-Searching' after Trayvon Martin Verdict
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday implored Americans to "do some soul searching" following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, speaking expansively and introspectively about the nation's painful history of race and...
Cyber School Probe Nearing an End Trombetta Focus of Federal Review of Pa Cyber School
A federal probe of former employees of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School appears to be reaching a conclusion, according to a letter sent by attorneys to employees of a key vendor of the Beaver County-based online educator.The recent letter from attorneys...
Doctor Faces Child Porn Charges
A family doctor was arrested Friday morning on charges that he possessed thousands of videos of child pornography.Mark Janosko, 47, a doctor at West Penn Medical Associates in Friendship, is being held in the county jail pending arraignment on one count...
Douglas J. Dayton Dec. 2, 1924 -- July 5, 2013 Founding President of Target Chain Stores
Douglas J. Dayton, who served as the first president of Target department stores when his family's retailing company created the chain 61 years ago, has died. He was 88.He died July 5 at his home in Wayzata, Minn., following a long battle with cancer,...
Ex-CIA Cheif Sent to U.S. after Panama Detention
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- A fugitive former CIA base chief detained in Panama this week is being sent to the United States instead of Italy, which wanted him to serve prison time in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect, the Obama administration said...
Experts Hopeful as Pa. Unemployment Holds Steady
Pennsylvania's June unemployment rate held steady at last month's 7.5 percent, but the fact that the state added more than 19,000 jobs to the economy since May bodes well for a continued recovery, experts say.Although goods-producing industries lost...
Froome Prepares to Make a Toast
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France -- Chris Froome can already taste the champagne and has only one more day of climbing remaining before mounting the Champs-Elysees podium steps as Britain's second consecutive Tour de France winner. The race leader preserved...
G-20 Finance Ministers Back Plan to Curb Tax Evasion by Large Corporations Companies Such as Apple, Starbucks Have Avoided Paying
MOSCOW -- The world's richest economies for the first time endorsed a blueprint Friday to curb widely used tax avoidance strategies that allow some multinational corporations to pay only a pittance in income taxes.It could be years before any changes...
Graphic Photos of Tsarnaev Capture Released
A Massachusetts State Police sergeant has been relieved of his duties after supplying Boston Magazine with graphic images from Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's capture, the magazine editor said. Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer,...
He Fixes Cool Cars, One Engine at a Time
To earn a living, geophysicist Rob Siegel thinks of ways to improve the technology that detects unexploded ordnance on shuttered military bases. To maintain his abiding passion for cars, the author of "Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic" recently bought a brown...
House Gop Moves to Sap No Child Left Behind
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans passed a bill Friday to reduce the federal role in public education and cede back to states decisions about how to deal with failing schools, how and whether to evaluate teachers and how to spend much of the money sent...
It Gets Better Second Time around at Stage Ae for Fun
When Nate Ruess wrote the anthem "We Are Young," he probably didn't think of young as 12 and under, but that demo was well represented Thursday night for fun.'s second trip to Stage AE.The first was a sold-out show indoors when "We Are Young" blew up....
Jeter Returns to Dl after Playing 1 Game Notebook
Derek Jeter, of course, said he expected to be ready Friday night to play against the Boston Red Sox.The Yankees were skeptical, though, so they sent their captain for a second MRI Thursday on his strained right quadriceps muscle.They didn't like what...
Jimenez, 49, Has the Most Fun
GULLANE, Scotland -- Miguel Angel Jimenez looked like the only guy who was having fun Friday at Muirfield. On a punishing day on this layout -- a course with a reputation as the fairest links of them all -- leave it to a 49-year-old Spaniard who enjoys...
Judge Torn over Lawsuit on Drone Strikes That Targeted Americans
WASHINGTON -- Courts cannot second-guess drone strikes that kill U.S. citizens overseas, an Obama administration lawyer argued Friday.A Republican-appointed judge sounded dubious about the expansive claim, saying she was "really troubled" by assertions...
Kerry Announces Meetings between Israelis, Palestinians but Neither Side Has Publicly Embraced Plan to Restart Talks
JERUSALEM -- In a surprise announcement, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday night that he would host Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington as early as next week in a possible renewal of long-stalled peace talks.But Mr. Kerry's...
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....
Leading Mon-Fayette Expressway Supporter Changes Lanes
A longtime proponent of the Mon-Fayette Expressway has given up hope that it will ever be built into Pittsburgh, offering an alternative that would put high-occupancy vehicles on the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway instead.Joseph Kirk, executive director...
Lilies -- Many, Many Lilies -- in a Field New Nursery in Economy Sure to Please Daylily Lovers
In what might be a good portent for the future of gardening in our area, a plant-specific nursery has opened in Economy (although it has a Baden ZIP code). Stacey Chalupiak is the owner of Daylily Valley Farm. Just 2 years old, this little nursery already...
Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, 87, Led U.S. Military Academy
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a highly decorated combat veteran of two wars who led the U.S. Military Academy during a turbulent period of the mid-1970s that included a cheating scandal and the admission of women, died July 1 in Kennett Square,...
My Summer of Hitting the Bottles
An idea, once planted in the soil of the mind, can remain dormant for years before suddenly germinating and sprawling into something you can hardly control.The idea of which I write was planted in late 2009, shortly after I wrote a story headlined "Litter...
NASCAR Ends Camera Use
NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems Friday, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped and injured fans and damaged some cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Ten people were injured during the Coca-Cola 600 when part...
Olympic Participation Alters Nhl Schedule
Sidney Crosby's date book just got filled, and how.The Penguins center no doubt will be considered the keystone of Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics now that there is an official agreement for NHL players to participate in Sochi, Russia.Closely tied to...
Opposition Leader Freed
KIROV, Russia -- A court's abrupt decision Friday to release Alexei Navalny, Russia's most charismatic opposition leader, less than a day after handing him a five-year prison sentence appears to reflect confusion in President Vladimir Putin's inner circle...
Penguins Prospects Camp Undrafted Forward Making a Big Impact
All week, the coaches and staff members most heavily involved in the Penguins' development camp have fielded many questions about the bevy of top defensive prospects. When asked about the forwards in camp, they voluntarily and quickly have gushed about...
Pirates Offense Stays Mostly on Futility Diet
CINCINNATIFast asleep for most of the first two hours of this hotly anticipated series, the Pirates stunned a packed house at Great American Ball Park by swatting three Mike Leake pitches more than 1,000 feet inside a three-minute slice of the sixth...
Pirates Offense Stays Mostly on Futility Diet
CINCINNATI Fast asleep in the Ohio humidity for most of the first two hours of this hotly anticipated series, the Pirates stunned a packed house at Great American Ball Park by swatting three Mike Leake pitches about 1,000 feet in a three-minute slice...
PIRATES REPORT [Derived Headline]
TODAY * Game: Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, 4:05 p.m., Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati. * TV, Radio: WPGH, KDKA-FM (93.7). * Probable starters: RHP A.J. Burnett (4-6, 3.06 ERA) vs. RHP Mat Latos (8-3, 3.53). * Key matchup: Burnett vs. Jay Bruce,...
Pitt Grad Joins Fray of Hgtv Contest 'Brother vs. Brother'
For Christy Biberich, a family feud turned out to be a golden opportunity.Not her family, of course, but that of HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott. Known as the "Property Brothers," from their show on the network, the identical twins are launching their...
Pretty in Pots Let Imagination Rule When Planting Containers and You'll Be Amazed by the Results
Planting containers for the garden or patio can be intimidating, but needlessly so. When it comes to pots, all that hard-won education about "planting with proper spacing" should be tossed out the window. Unlike a newly planted garden, the goal for a...
Reds 5, Pirates 3 Bad Math: Three Hrs, but No Win Rare Shaky Start from Liriano Puts Team in Hole That Proves Too Deep
CINCINNATI -- Francisco Liriano's shortest start this season wasn't the start to the second half the Pirates had in mind. Liriano failed to finish the fifth inning for the first time as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates, 5-3, Friday night at Great American...
Reds 5, Pirates 3 Bad Math: Three Hrs, but No Win Rare Shaky Start from Liriano Puts Team in Hole That Was Just Too Big
CINCINNATI -- Francisco Liriano's shortest start this season wasn't the start to the second half the Pirates had in mind. Liriano failed to finish the fifth inning for the first time this season as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates, 5-3, Friday...
Rescuer Killed Crash Survivor
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames.No one knows exactly how the 16-year-old Chinese...
'R.I.P.D. Fails to Rise to the Occasion
Most moviegoers will follow Jeff Bridges anywhere, and this time he leads them to the afterlife as first imagined by a Dark Horse comic. Even without the 3-D, Mr. Bridges would jump off the screen in "R.I.P.D.," a supernatural action comedy in which...
Rose Leads March of Stars to Miss Cut
GULLANE, Scotland -- Two weeks after enjoying the perks of a U.S. Open champion, from dining with the prime minister to watching the Wimbledon men's final from the Royal Box, Justin Rose led a parade of stars exiting the British Open.Rose shot a 6-over...
Ruling May Open Public Access to Data from State-Related Schools
Call it a loophole, an end run or a creative solution.Whatever the case, a Penn State University alumnus seeking records about how the school reacted to the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal won an appellate court victory Friday that could have broad open-records...
Scot Linked to Pitt Threats May Face Extradition to UK
Adam Busby, the Scottish resident of Dublin, Ireland, indicted last year for emailing dozens of bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh, should learn this month whether he will be extradited from Ireland.It won't be to the United States, however....
Si Cover Boy Grilli Gives Ailing Kid Signed Copy
CINCINNATI -- When he walked past the airport newsstand, Jason Grilli couldn't help but buy a copy of Sports Illustrated with his picture on the cover.But he didn't hold onto it for long.On his flight back from the All-Star Game, the Pirates closer found...
Silent Nights All Is Quiet Here in Swissvale
I sometimes think my street is too quiet.After more than 20 years in Shadyside I got used to street noise, then I moved to Swissvale and discovered I liked it.My old neighborhood was never quiet. Rumbling traffic, clattering trains, church bells, people...
Six Players Could Testify in Brent Case
Six current or former Dallas Cowboys players have been listed by prosecutors as potential witnesses for the intoxication manslaughter trial of former lineman Josh Brent.Safeties Danny McCray and Barry Church and cornerback Orlando Scandrick are on the...
Some Still Stock Controversial Rolling Stone
For local retailers, choosing whether to carry the most recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine has become a loaded decision.Many outlets such as CVS and Walgreens announced midweek they would not stock the latest issue on their shelves, after the magazine's...
Sprays Can Halt Hibiscus Sawfly
Q. My children gave me two hardy hibiscus shrubs for my birthday. They have been doing well and blooming gloriously, but now something seems to be eating the leaves. I just noticed the damage, but some of the leaves look like lace. I checked for bugs,...
State Police Hope to Improve Megan's Law
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police are looking at how to improve notification of local police when a Megan's Law offender fails to check in as required.That's what authorities say happened with Harold Leroy Herr, who was charged Wednesday with...
Study: Fracking Doesn't Affect Water
A federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a Western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated...
SUSAN R. WINICOUR MAY 14, 1939 - JULY 17, 2013 GIFTED ARTIST, TEACHER WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH [Corrected 07/23/13]
"Rather than put her thoughts into words, her figures express her thoughts," said artist Adrienne Heinrich of her longtime friend and fellow artist, Susan Winicour, and added, "She didn't promenade her work about. It was all very personal. She was a...
Suspect Killed as Police Storm House in Latrobe Trooper Injured in Exchange of Gunfire
In sweltering summer heat, state police tactical officers spent nearly 17 hours exhausting one option after another with a man who refused to come out of his Latrobe home.They negotiated, fired tear gas, deployed a robot to find the man, and played recordings...
Teachers: Tech Tools Aid Writing
Writing teachers nationwide agree that new technologies encourage students to write more and more often, share their work with wider audiences and collaborate on writing, according to a new Pew Research Center report.Conducted by Pew's Internet & American...
The Cat as Con Artist They Can Fool You with Disease Symptoms. Heartworms Are a Prime Example
"Your cat is a con artist" was the topic of an educational program we had at our office last month. The speaker discussed the frequency of heartworm disease in cats.Cats manifest heartworm disease differently than dogs. Spread by mosquitos, heartworm...
Top Draft Pick Absorbs Shot at Camp
Goaltender Tristan Jarry, the Penguins' top pick in the recent draft, had some discomfort Friday after taking a shot in the first of two practice sessions at development camp at Consol Energy Center."He got popped pretty good on the collarbone," assistant...
Tragic Numbers Local Efforts Address the Plight of Black Males
One in three of them can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. They have an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent. Fifty- seven percent come from single-parent households and 36 percent live in poverty. These are national statistics on African-American...
Upper St. Clair Looking into Hazing of Students
Male students beginning their freshman year next month at Upper St. Clair High School may have more than just a new school to be nervous about.Many of them have apparently been hazed this summer by upperclassmen who ordered them to pull down their pants...
Voter Id Campaign Called Ineffective
HARRISBURG -- A witness for challengers of Pennsylvania's voter ID law said Friday the state's campaign to inform potential voters about the new law and procedures for obtaining acceptable ID was ineffective.Diana Mutz, a professor of political science...
Wigan Athletic 4, Rivershounds 1 Not Athletic Enough Angulo Provided Early Fireworks, but English Club Had More Spark
After a short lightning storm delayed the start of the Riverhounds' match Friday night against Wigan Athletic, forward Jose Angulo didn't waste much time delivering a shock of his own to the visitors from England. Angulo scored in just the third minute...
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