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Articles from December 10, 2017

A Brutal Libido?
Regarding "The Brutality of the Male Libido" (Dec. 3 Forum): Wow. Where to begin. I'm sure we haven't heard the end of notable men sexually assaulting women, and it may be some time before we do, if ever, but that doesn't mean all men are guilty of...
And Now, on to Spending ... as the Senate and House Negotiate a Final Tax Bill, What Will Happen to Entitlements?
CHICAGO Suppose - just suppose - that your goal in politics were to defund the deep state, the entrenched Washington bureaucracy that is more interested in preserving its prerogatives than in serving the country. Suppose - just for another moment...
A Sad Truth the Steelers-Bengals Smackoff Was Probably as Ugly a Game as I've Covered in Going on40 Years in NFL Press Boxes
So here we are again, six nights later, readying for another dose of prescribed violence we label AFC North football, with all the thrills, pratfalls, and potential heartache it entails.Maybe the coin toss Sunday night between captains of the Steelers...
A Sad Truth the Steelers-Bengals Smackoff Was Probably as Ugly a Game as I've Covered in Going on40 Years in NFL Press Boxes
So here we are again, six nights later, readying for another dose of prescribed violence we label AFC North football, with all the thrills, pratfalls, and potential heartache it entails. Maybe the coin toss Sunday night between captains of the Steelers...
Best Use of Lifesavers a Good Step for Fairness in Liver Transplants
For five years, some of the best medical minds in America have pondered the question of how best to allocate the livers made available for transplants. Changes approved Dec. 4 are not perfect, but they are a potential improvement. While there will...
Brexit Breakthrough Eu Talks Yield Agreements; Tough Stuff Ahead
Whether Americans think the United Kingdom leaving the European Union to be a good or a bad development, it is interesting to watch the process unfold. On Friday, the two parties agreed to move from the first phase to the second phase of departure...
Building Hope Air Force Volunteers Assemble New Furniture at Homeless Veterans Shelter in Uptown
A semi-truck carrying new furniture to a homeless veteran's shelter in Uptown began leaking oil and a few volunteers laid down cardboard to soak it up. Brand-new steel furniture was being shipped from New York to Pittsburgh to update the rooms, but...
Butler Transit to Take over Service to Pittsburgh Authority Routes Set to Begin Dec. 18
After nearly 10 years of thinking about and planning to establish bus service between Butler and Pittsburgh, the Butler Transit Authority has scrambled to set up service in two weeks after a private contractor decided to drop the route.But the authority's...
Butler Transit to Take over Service to Pittsburgh Authority Routes Set to Begin Dec. 18
After nearly 10 years of thinking about and planning to establish bus service between Butler and Pittsburgh, the Butler Transit Authority has scrambled to set up service in two weeks after a private contractor decided to drop the route. But the authority's...
Confused by Pa Sales Tax? You're Not Alone in Quirky System, Soft Drinks Are Taxed, but Candy Gets a Pass
Chances are good you're keenly aware when the warm woolen mittens, diamond pendant or other important gifts on your holiday shopping list go on sale. But do you know which items are subject to Pennsylvania sales tax? Did you know leather clothing...
Cross-Party Endorsement Raises Some Party Flak
Politicians talk about the virtues of bipartisanship, but few take it as seriously as state Rep. Paul Costa. Before the November election, the Braddock Democrat recorded a robocall on behalf of a Republican, Oakmont borough council candidate Justin Lokay,...
Cross-Party Endorsement Raises Some Party Flak
Politicians talk about the virtues of bipartisanship, but few take it as seriously as state Rep. Paul Costa. Before the November election, the Braddock Democrat recorded a robocall on behalf of a Republican, Oakmont borough council candidate Justin...
Democratic Socialists Challenge Old-School Pittsburgh Political Family
At first blush, you might not figure any politician with the last name of "Costa" would have much to fear from Sara Innamorato or Summer Lee. Neither woman has run for office before, and both are members of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic...
Duquesne 97, Delaware State 48 Dukes Put Everything Together Dambrot Praises Effort for Third Consecutive Win
Yes, Delaware State is not very good. Yes, Duquesne's non-conference schedule is soft. Yes, it's hard to judge blowouts. But with three more bodies in the mix, 15 more assists than the team average and scrappier defense resulting in 27 points off...
Early Deaths for Sunday, December 10, 2017
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; call 412-263-1601 to suggest a news obituary.Classified obituaries are...
Eating Cheese Every Day Might Actually Be Healthy
A nibble of cheese a day keeps the heart disease away.A recent analysis of more than 200,000 people showed that those who ate a little bit of cheese every day were less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who rarely or never ate it at all....
Exhibit Explores Tales of Lake Erie Shipwrecks
ERIE, Pa - There are thousands of shipwrecks in the waters of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes. A new exhibition at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center aims to tell their stories - or at least some of them.Visitors will find artifacts recovered on...
Fear of Injury? Alejandro Villanueva Once Had to Brace for Much Worse
Pro football players face the prospect of injury every time they take the field, from muscle pulls, torn ligaments and broken bones to the danger of spinal cord damage, which happened Monday night to Ryan Shazier. How they approach the fear of such injury...
Fear of Injury? Alejandro Villanueva Once Had to Brace for Much Worse
Pro football players face the prospect of injury every time they take the field, from muscle pulls, torn ligaments and broken bones to the danger of spinal cord damage, which happened Monday night to Ryan Shazier.How they approach the fear of such injury...
Funding Approved to Buy Land near Eagle Nest
Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority was awarded a grant of $800,000 for its pending purchase of some 563 acres of undeveloped land above the steep hillside that holds the nest site of the Hays bald eagles. The endowment is part of a state Department...
Funding Approved to Buy Land near Eagle Nest
Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority was awarded a grant of $800,000 for its pending purchase of some 563 acres of undeveloped land above the steep hillside that holds the nest site of the Hays bald eagles. The endowment is part of a state Department...
Gerry Dulac's Week 14 Forecast
* LAST WEEK: 11-5 (.688) * SEASON: 118-74 (.615)Baltimore Ravens (7-5) at Steelers (10-2): 8:30 p.m. ... The Steelers can clinch the division title and sweep the season series for the first time since 2008 with a victory. The Ravens have won three...
Gerry Dulac's Week 14 Forecast * Last Week: 11-5 (.688) * Season: 118-74 (.615)
Baltimore Ravens (7-5) at Steelers (10-2): 8:30 p.m. ... The Steelers can clinch the division title and sweep the season series for the first time since 2008 with a victory. The Ravens have won three in a row, but the Steelers tend to be surprisingly...
Historic House Grew after It Became Gardener's Home
When a home is no longer suited to its location, it is usually torn down. Fortunately, that didn't happen to 324 Shields Lane in Edgeworth.Originally built in the 1800s as part of the Shields estate, the two-story, wood-frame structure was moved in the...
How the Muslim World Lost Its Freedom Pakistan Provides a Stark and Cautionary Tale for Other Countries about How Intolerance Gets Legitimized and Pluralism Dies, Explains BBC Correspondent Kim Ghattas
When national securityadviser H.R. McMasterwanted to convincePresident Donald Trumpthat Afghanistan was not hopeless, he whipped out a 1972 black-and-white picture of women in miniskirts on the streets of Kabul.The point was presumably to show that the...
Hunters Sharing Criticism Popular Venison Donation Programs Are Finding Themselves under Fire
It's hard to argue with a good meal. Since 1991 the nonprofit group Hunters Sharing the Harvest has coordinated the distribution of 1.2 million pounds of hunter-donated venison to more than 5,000 food assistance organizations in Pennsylvania. Each...
Hunters Sharing Criticism Popular Venison Donation Programs Are Finding Themselves under Fire
It's hard to argue with a good meal. Since 1991 the nonprofit group Hunters Sharing the Harvest has coordinated the distribution of 1.2 million pounds of hunter-donated venison to more than 5,000 food assistance organizations in Pennsylvania. Each year,...
Illinois Governor Says He Is'not in Charge'
CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner raised eyebrows, then questions about whether he misspoke after he declared "I am not in charge" of the state.The Republican is seeking his second term in 2018. He said last week he's "trying to get to be" in charge,...
In Our Image a Scholar Argues That God Is Humanity's Mirror
Reza Aslan has examined the integration of religion and culture in "No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam" (2010) and "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" (2014). His latest attempt surveys the human inclination to...
In Snow, All-Wheel Drive Beats Two-Wheel Drive
Dear Car Talk: I have a question for someone old enough to remember when rear-wheel drive was the only option and fishtailing was the norm in winter snows. Does front-wheel drive (versus rear-wheel drive) make a difference in handling for electric...
Intruder Shot, Killed in Lawrence County Home Invasion Was a Relative of Resident
The intruder who was fatally shot by an 84-year-old homeowner during a home invasion attempt early Friday in Lawrence County turned out to be the elderly man's relative, according to investigators. Ellwood City police said Dennis Mercadante, 49, of...
Iup's Season Ends with First Defeat Can't Overcome Big Early Deficit to West Florida
INDIANA, Pa. - Even before the coin toss, IUP had a lot of momentum Saturday going into a Division II national semifinal game.With a 13-0 record, the Crimson Hawks were the last remaining undefeated team in Division II. They were coming off of a run...
Iup's Season Ends with First Defeat Can't Overcome Big Early Deficit to West Florida
INDIANA, Pa. - Even before the coin toss, IUP had a lot of momentum Saturday going into a Division II national semifinal game. With a 13-0 record, the Crimson Hawks were the last remaining undefeated team in Division II. They were coming off of a run...
Karen J. Durham Nov. 1, 1946 - Nov. 23, 2017 Well-Read World Traveler Connected Well with People
Karen J. Durham's life celebration at the end of this month should be a real show, just as she would have liked it. The Mt. Lebanon woman died Nov. 23 while sleeping at home, possibly from a heart attack. She was 71. Her son, Glenn P. Durham of Plum,...
Late Deaths for Sunday, December 10, 2017
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIESACKERMAN, Kathryn A. "Cassie," West MifflinAHLSTROM, Joanne Kurtz, RossBAKER, Barbara Jane Kessler, Fox ChapelBOHL, Mary Jane, North Hudson, Wis., formerly Forest HillsBRENNAN, Margaret M. Tenney, BanksvilleBURDULIS, Ruth G. SaveikisCHRISTY,...
Lazy or Savvy? Millennials Use Tech to Learn Basic Skills
The turkey was oven roasted to perfection. The mashed potatoes were buttery and fluffy. There was pie, lots of pie. But something was awry.Fifteen people who barely missed the qualification of "family member," attended Mary Weidner's "friendsgiving"...
Lazy, Savvy? Millennials Use Internet to Learn Skills
The turkey was oven roasted to perfection. The mashed potatoes were buttery and fluffy. There was pie, lots of pie. But something was awry. Fifteen people who barely missed the qualification of "family member," attended Mary Weidner's "friendsgiving"...
Make the Choice Not to Buy into the Culture of Debt
Robert Szypulski's letter "The System for Credit Ratings Is a Scam" (Dec. 5) is correct. The problem with the letter is that it focuses on some poor soul's individual predicament but doesn't address the real problem: We worship at the altar of FICO....
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 3 Old Flaw Dooms Penguins Fall Behind, 3-0, Early to Toronto
Any lingering concern over poor starts had seemingly dissipated over the past half-dozen games, since the Penguins' Black Friday debacle in Boston. The Penguins had outscored their past six opponents, 10-1, in the opening 20 minutes and - no surprise...
Mayor Must Replace Key Player on Staff
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants someone willing to make a sacrifice. Most of his administrators took pay cuts to leave past jobs and work for the city, he has said. Now he needs a leader who also can grasp the entirety of city government - and...
'Me Too' in the Pews: Churches Not Immune to Harassment Female Clergy Telling Stories of Harassment
When United Methodists' Council of Bishops met recently, it held break-out discussions on the topic of sexual harassment and misconduct in their churches. The discussion had been scheduled before the Harvey Weinstein scandal unleashed a tsunami of...
Murray Says He's Close to Returning
Matt Murray undoubtedly is looking forward to his pending return to the lineup from a lower-body injury. But Saturday morning, he was just excited to have some friends on the ice with him. Murray skated with the team for the first time since being...
Nice to See You (and Other Things You'll Never Hear at These Opposing Arenas)
Visiting players know all about the gentle embrace of a Philadelphia hockey crowd. It seems about as enjoyable as being wrapped tightly in razor wire. A rusty coil that's been marinating in battery acid.OK, perhaps not quite that pleasant. But as disagreeable...
'Nutcracker' Nuts&bolts What Happens Behind the Scenes of This Holiday Ballet
The beloved holiday ballet "The Nutcracker" is in full swing this month at the Benedum Center, Downtown.This marks the 16th season that Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has danced artistic director Terrence Orr's Pittsburgh-flavored adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's...
'Nutcracker' Nuts & Bolts What Happens Behind the Scenes of This Holiday Ballet
The beloved holiday ballet "The Nutcracker" is in full swing this month at the Benedum Center, Downtown. This marks the 16th season that Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has danced artistic director Terrence Orr's Pittsburgh-flavored adaptation of E.T.A....
Old Flaw Dooms Penguins Fall Behind, 3-0, Early to Toronto
Any lingering concern over poor starts seemingly had dissipated over the past half-dozen games, since the Penguins' Black Friday debacle in Boston.The Penguins had outscored their past six opponents, 10-1, in the opening 20 minutes and - no surprise...
On This Day, Dec. 10
1520: Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant parts of his 95 Theses, or face excommunication. 1817: Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union. 1851: The Pennsylvania Railroad formally began business in the...
Penndot to Display Its Plans for I-70/route 51 Interchange Project to Start in 2022, Take 3 Years
Work is still about four years down the road, but the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants public input this week on an estimated $100 million project to rebuild the area around the Interstate 70 interchange at Route 51 in Westmoreland...
Penndot to Display Plansfor New I-70/route 51 Interchange Project to Start in 2022, Take 3 Years
Work is still about four years down the road, but the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants public input this week on an estimated $100 million project to rebuild the area around the Interstate 70 interchange at Route 51 in Westmoreland...
People on the Move
Accounting Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP promoted several professionals: Erika Deiseroth to senior manager and Ryan Misenheimer to manager in the assurance and advisory services group; Alecia Kidder, Paul Oris and Katie Sprow to senior associates...
Pine-Richland 41, St. Joseph Prep 21 Pine-Richland States Case as No. 1 Rams Come Alive in Second Half, Bury St. Joseph's in Snowy Final
HERSHEY, Pa. - When Pine-Richland burst onto the field before the game Saturday night, one of the Rams players carried the state flag of Pennsylvania with him. The player held it tight as he ran to the center of the field. Pine-Richland took it as...
Pine-Richland States Case as No. 1 Rams Come Alive in Second Half, Bury St. Joseph's in Snowy Final
HERSHEY, Pa. - When Pine-Richland burst onto the field before the game Saturday night, one of the Rams players carried the state flag of Pennsylvania with him. The player held it tight as he ran to the center of the field.Pine-Richland took it as a cue.A...
Pirates Moving Forward without Plans for Kang
The Pirates are operating under the assumption that Jung Ho Kang will not be able to enter the country and play in 2018. "The fact that we went into last offseason, it was just about a year ago today that Jung Ho had the DUI in South Korea, thinking...
Please Don't Feed the Vultures
Ripped from the headlines of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, here are a few horror stories that will remind investors that vultures are everywhere. * Houston, Texas, financial adviser James Tao agreed to settle charges that he defrauded...
Poetry Man Harvard Prof Explores Bob Dylan's Singular Mastery of Language and Song
Those who thank Bob Dylan for the soundtrack of their youth will love "Why Bob Dylan Matters," a lively work of scholarship by Richard F. Thomas, a classics professor at Harvard University whose Dylan course is one of the most popular on campus.Those...
Prosecutor Charges Trio in Terror Plots
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The U.S. war court prosecutor has issued new charges against the alleged leader of an al-Qaida affiliate in Southeast Asia, blaming him for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing and this time adding two Malaysian captives...
Quaker Valley 41, Middletown 24 Quakers Shake Up History Quaker Valley Seizes Opportunity, Rolls Past Middletown for State Crown
HERSHEY, Pa. - There was Quaker Valley holding a PIAA championship trophy. It might have been the unlikeliest scene in the history of the PIAA football playoffs. Quaker Valley is the team whose coach resigned in August, only days before the start...
Quirky Skill Sets Can Be Worth More Jack-of-All-Trades versus Specialist?
Recently, Carnegie Mellon University economist Kate Anderson found herself thinking about the intriguing employment history of a friend from college - a biology major who was also adept at bicycle repair, mountaineering and driving a forklift. He...
Rams'd' Overlooked in Title Run
HERSHEY, Pa. - Pine-Richland's defense certainly was overshadowed by the Rams' tremendous offense this season. But the defense certainly wasn't underappreciated. Pine-Richland won the PIAA Class 6A championship Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium...
Ravens Defense Is Larcenous, as Usual
It was no surprise the Steelers gave the Baltimore Ravens a heavy dose of Le'Veon Bell in the first meeting in October.The Ravens ranked near the bottom of the league in run defense after allowing the Jacksonville Jaguars to rush for 166 yards and were...
Ravens Defense Is Larcenous, as Usual Key Matchup: Ben Roethlisberger vs. Eric Weddle
It was no surprise the Steelers gave the Baltimore Ravens a heavy dose of Le'Veon Bell in the first meeting in October. The Ravens ranked near the bottom of the league in run defense after allowing the Jacksonville Jaguars to rush for 166 yards and...
Real Frank Advice about That Plan to Split the Equity Equally in That Exciting New Startup
So you and a couple of buddies want to start a business. Good for you. You decide to split ownership of the enterprise equally among the three of you, then pat yourselves on the back and go out for beers, celebrating your first decision together.Equally...
Rodriguez Questions Front Office Discusses Falloff from 98-Win Season
Pirates fans have no qualms about airing their complaints about the team with the front office, as the "Ask the Management" sessions Saturday at PiratesFest showed.Utility player Sean Rodriguez was not quite as critical as many fans were toward Pirates...
Rodriguez Questions Front Office Discusses Falloff from 98-Win Season
Pirates fans have no qualms about airing their complaints about the team with the front office, as the "Ask the Management" sessions Saturday at PiratesFest showed. Utility player Sean Rodriguez was not quite as critical as many fans were toward...
Show off Your Inspired Renovation
Western Pennsylvania is known for its affordable, older housing stock. It's one reason we top so many lists when compared to other cities our size. We're not as well-known for our ingenuity and hard work in making an old house fit a modern lifestyle....
Socialists Challenge Old-School Pittsburgh Political Family
At first blush, you might not figure any politician with the last name of "Costa" would have much to fear from Sara Innamorato or Summer Lee. Neither woman has run for office before, and both are members of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists...
Some Catholics Perplexed by the Pope Students at Religious School Want Clearer Message on Doctrine
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - The Catholic university overlooking the Ohio River here, with a campus abounding in images of St. Francis of Assisi and a replica of his medieval chapel, shares a namesake with the current pope.But a number of students and staff...
States - and 9 Million Kids - 'In a Bind' as Congress Dawdles on Chip
Last month, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.Nearly 9 million children are insured through CHIP, which...
States 'In a Bind' as Congress Dawdles on Chip
Last month, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.Nearly 9 million children are insured through CHIP, which...
Steelers vs. Ravens
Key performers: QB Joe Flacco, RB Alex Collins, RB Javorius Allen, WR Mike Wallace, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Nick Boyle.Who's hot (or not): After an inconsistent and sometimes horrid start to the season, Flacco had his best game of the season against the...
Steelers vs. Ravens
STEELERS VS. RAVENS 8:30 p.m., Heinz Field * TV: WPXI. * Radio: WDVE-FM (102.5), WBGG-AM (970) and? Steelers Radio ?Network/ * Favored: Steelers by 7 * * *11: Consecutive wins for the Steelers in prime time, including 4-0 ?this season. +14: Turnover...
Stumbling My Way through Berlin Artist Gunter Demnig Has Made It His Mission to Remind People of the Horrors of the Holocaust, One Victim at a Time, Writes University of Pittsburgh Professor Michael Meyer
On an otherwise gray Berlin sidewalk, the cobblestones shone like a pair of gold fillings, halting me in my tracks. The 4-inch brass squares were set flush in the walkway fronting shoe shops and a Starbucks. One square bore a carved inscription that...
Sweet Equity Perspiration, Inspiration Transform a Smelly Cat House
Steve Rodgers and Marah Hall always wake up with a smile, no matter how gloomy it is outside. Who could be glum in this blue, white and mellow gold master suite? The best part? They did most of it themselves, for $13,500.The couple's century-old Bloomfield...
The Best Dishes of 2017
It's a year to embrace diversity on the plate, from the green peppercorn-laced fish at Chengdu Gourmet, to the Persian love cake at Butterwood Bake Consortium. Here are the year's most memorable dishes from the Post-Gazette's food staff:Crispy whole...
The Hit Every Player Fears Ryan Shazier Is Not the First, Only the Latest, ?to Experience a Moment like Monday Night. Ravens and Steelers Know All Too Well the Sick Feeling of Injuries like This
Just like he had many times as a strong safety with the Baltimore Ravens, Dawan Landry came up to make a tackle on a running back who managed to get past the line of scrimmage and spring toward the secondary. Ironically, the player we was going to tackle...
The Next Revolution in Health Care Is Here Evidence-Based Holistic Medicine Has Been Proven to Save Lives and Make People Healthier,explains Nick Jacobs, a Leader in the Field
Pennsylvanians received good news recently when the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council reported that hospital readmissions and mortality rates continue falling locally and statewide.The report shows these rates declining for a number of...
These Powerful Men Failed to Follow a Societal Pact
Stephen Marche's Dec. 3 Forum article, "The Brutality of the Male Libido," makes something that is pretty simple unnecessarily complex. He proposes that the male libido's nature makes necessary "accepting our monstrosity and reckoning with it."One could...
Things Looking Upfor Mother of 5 but West Mifflin Family Needs Help with Gifts
For single mother Jennifer Cochran of West Mifflin and her extended family - five children under 10 years old plus her mother and the children's father - the arrow finally is pointing up. Ms. Cochran, 31, has regular employment managing the Shake &...
Title: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
ACROSS1 Wild guess5 Neon or krypton8 Taxonomic suffix11 In __: even15 Small bay16 Yodeler's peak17 Drawing room session?19 Auth. unknown20 With 27-Across, it was first published in December 173222 Masked warrior24 Gardening tool25 Actor John or comic...
Toronto Fc Claims MLS Cup with 2-0 Win
Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat the visiting Seattle Sounders, 2-0, Saturday in the MLS Cup to become the first Canadian champion in league history. Toronto avenged a penalty-shootout loss to Seattle a year ago...
TV Highlights
SUNDAY8 p.m. on WTAEMovie: FrozenThe Disney studio added another animated smash to its inventory with this 2013 fantasy, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and sparked by a woman (voice of Idina Menzel) with the gift - and curse...
Watkins' Double-Double Leads Penn State to Win
Tony Carr scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half and Penn State beat George Washington, 74-54, Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.Mike Watkins added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Shep Garner chipped in 12 points and Josh Reaves...
Watkins' Double-Double Leads Penn State to Win
Tony Carr scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half and Penn State beat George Washington, 74-54, Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Mike Watkins added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Shep Garner chipped in 12 points and Josh Reaves...
Well-Read World Traveler Connected Well with People Nov. 1, 1946 - Nov. 23, 2017
Karen J. Durham's life celebration at the end of this month should be a real show, just as she would have liked it.The Mt. Lebanon woman died Nov. 23 while sleeping at home, possibly from a heart attack. She was 71. Her son, Glenn P. Durham of Plum,...
West Virginia 69, Pitt 60 Spirited Comeback Attempt Falls Short Pitt Nearly Flips 18-Point Deficit
Pitt's game Saturday night against West Virginia, the renewal of the storied Backyard Brawl, was, on paper a Murphy's Law of a matchup for the Panthers. A young team with seven freshmen and nine first-year Division I players, one that struggled with...
West Virginia 69, Pitt 60 Spirited Comeback Attempt Falls Short Pitt Nearly Flips 18-Point Deficit
Pitt's game Saturday night against West Virginia, the renewal of the storied Backyard Brawl, was, on paper a Murphy's Law of a matchup for the Panthers. A young team with seven freshmen and nine first-year Division I players, one that struggled with...
We Tried to Turn Conservatives into Liberals and the Results of Our Experiments Say a Lot about America's Political Divisions, Reports Yale Professor John Bargh
When my daughter was growing up, she often wanted to rush off to do fun things with her friends - get into the water at the beach, ride off on her bike - without taking the proper safety precautions. I'd have to stop her in her tracks to put on sunscreen,...
What's Our Problem? We're Angry and Anxious Yet Life Is Good
The special conceit of the op-ed column is that the writer has some unique insight to share with the readers. As my friends and family would no doubt aver, this is an easy role for me to assume. I am not one to blanch from sharing my views!But today...
When Bad Books Happen to Good Writers Dennis Lehane's Latest Falls ... and Can't Get Up
"SINCE WE FELL"By Dennis Lehane Ecco (S27.99)I had seen "Shutter Island," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Mystic River" on the big screen, the latter of which, of course, basked in Oscar adulation, securing a Best Picture nomination and garnering a slew of...
When Did We Lose Our Minds? We Witness Mass Shooting after Mass Shooting, Followed by Talk, Talk, Talk
We had a copy of the Bill of Rights on the classroom wall when I was in the fourth grade. One day, our teacher took us through it, explaining what each amendment meant. When she came to the Second Amendment, she explained that our country had once been...
Women in Churches Are Saying 'Me Too' Female Clergy Telling Stories of Harassment
When United Methodists' Council of Bishops met recently, it held break-out discussions on the topic of sexual harassment and misconduct in their churches.The discussion had been scheduled before the Harvey Weinstein scandal unleashed a tsunami of revelations...
Wrapped in Boughs Tree Farms Offer More Than Just Cutting Your Own
Cutting your own Christmas tree is one way to make it less of a purchase and more of an experience.At several of the many farms in the region that offer cut-your-own trees, the scouting and the sawing are only part of that experience, which some places...
Yankees Not Used to Rejection Ohtani Move Won't Ruin Team's Plans
For once there was nothing the Yankees could do to sway a free agent.Their money couldn't help them. Their championship tradition didn't matter. Their location in the great city of New York turned out to be a non-starter because Shohei Otani apparently...
Yinzer, Grandma, Mayor on the 100th Anniversary of Sophie Masloff's Birth, Barbara Burstin Reflects on the Unlikely Career of Pittsburgh's First Female and Jewish Mayor
The late Sophie Friedman Masloff was born 100 years ago this month, the youngest of four children of poor Romanian immigrants. Her father died when she was 6, and Sophie grew up in poverty in the Hill District. Her mother, who never spoke English, struggled...
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