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Articles from January 13, 2018

A Double Dose of J.K. Simmons
PASADENA, Calif. - Sometimes a TV show is more than the sum of its parts. Other times it's the parts that make the show. In Starz's sci-fi-tinged thriller "Counterpart" (8 p.m. Jan. 21), series star J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash," "Oz") is the show as he plays...
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ALLEGHENY COUNTY THREE FLU DEATHS REPORTED IN PAST WEEK Three people in Allegheny County have died from flu complications in the past week, health officials said Friday. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, said the...
Attorneys Seek Dismissal of Charges in Blaze That Killed City Firefighters
Attorneys for a man accused of setting a fire in East Hills on Valentine's Day 1995 that killed three firefighters argued to a federal court judge Friday that prosecutorial misconduct and the destruction of evidence ought to prohibit their client...
Black Bean Enchiladas
The cold weather is back, which calls for comfort food. Enchiladas are always a crowd pleaser, plus they're super-easy.The original recipe calls for vegan cheese, but I substituted a mix of mozzarella and sharp cheddar. It might seem as if you won't...
Brothers Ordered to Trial in Fatal Shooting over Drugs Homicide Charged in Penn Hills Case
Two brothers charged in the shooting death of a man in Penn Hills during a November drug deal were held for trial following a preliminary hearing Friday. Raymond Crumby III, 21, and Tyrelle Duncan, 19, both of Penn Hills, are charged with homicide...
Brown Sent Home Ill but Should Play
Several Steelers starters missed practice throughout this week, but it appears all of them will be available for the AFC divisional round playoff game Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown was sent home Friday morning...
Building Family Ties with Fly Tying
There's nothing like a shared challenge to bond a family. Fly tying instructor Bob Heil Jr. of Sewickley said something special happens when a parent and child share a creative endeavor and neither is in charge."What I see in the faces of kids and adults...
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FOREST DEVICES INC. CLOSES FUNDING ROUND OF $2.3 MILLION Forest Devices Inc. has closed an oversubscribed seed round of $2.3 million, which was led by the Grand Order of Successful Entrepreneurs of Texas. Veteran entrepreneur Ashok Rao of GOOSE has...
By the Time You Read This,quick-Moving Storm Could Be Gone
Good morning. If you slept in Saturday, you might have missed the ice and snow storm everyone was making a fuss about Friday. But you won't be able to avoid the expected aftermath. That's because the 4 to 6 inches of snow anticipated to fall over ...
Chiropractor to Seek Saccone's House Seat
An Elizabeth Township chiropractor hopes to replace Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone in the Pennsylvania House's 39th District. "I want to put my business and government experience to work for this community," Democrat Robert Rhoderick said in a...
Corrosion of Nation's Soul Feeds Opioid Crisis
Rich Lord let Pittsburgh know that Pennsylvania is among the four states hardest hit by heroin overdoses (Dec. 22, "Pennsylvania Among States Hardest Hit by Overdoses"). His subdued delivery of this news ends with a remark from the University of Pittsburgh's...
Corrosion of Nation's Soul Feeds Opioid Crisis
Rich Lord let Pittsburgh know that Pennsylvania is among the four states hardest hit by heroin overdoses (Dec. 22, "Pennsylvania Among States Hardest Hit by Overdoses"). His subdued delivery of this news ends with a remark from the University of Pittsburgh's...
Crystal Circus Cirque Du Soleil Picks Up Speed with New Ice Show
Cirque du Soleil is always looking for new worlds to conquer. So, it was only natural that the entertainment giant that has offered everything from a Beatles-themed Las Vegas show to an "Avatar"-inspired extravaganza should take to the ice.Cirque's arena-sized...
Dollars, Cents and Sadism There Is No Economic Rationale for Shredding the Safety Net
Democrats want to strengthen the social safety net; Republicans want to weaken it. But why?GOP opposition to programs helping the less fortunate, from food stamps to Medicaid, is usually framed in monetary terms. For example, Sen. Orrin Hatch, challenged...
Fitzgerald Mum on Armed Officers for Fare Collection
A coalition of groups against the proposed use of armed officers for fare enforcement on Port Authority vehicles came away dissatisfied from a meeting Friday with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Representatives from the Thomas Merton Center,...
Flaws Are OK
President Donald Trump's recent alleged vulgar characterization of Haiti and countries from Africa has prompted many of his opponents to accuse him of being greatly flawed and unworthy of his position. But being a flawed leader may not as harmful...
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FRIDAYBOYS BASKETBALLCITY LEAGUEAllderdice 65, Obama Academy 52High scorers: (A) Tyler Williams 22, Bobby Clifford 19. (O) Derrick Gordon 16.Carrick 92, Perry 31High scorers: (P) David Parks 15. (C) Lamar Lewis 16, Vernon Washington 16, Ernie Howard...
Grupo Corpo Dances Its Past and Future
When Grupo Corpo takes to the Byham Theater stage on Wednesday, it will celebrate both past and present. For over 40 years, the company whose name translates as "Group Body" has been a symbol of Brazilian generosity and ingenuity.The first of two pieces...
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...
Local Rescue Dogs Romp in Bowl
As football fans watch Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, animal lovers will be rooting for four puppies from local shelters in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XIV.Ninety puppies from 48 shelters were chosen to compete for the coveted CHEWY.COM "Lombarky" Trophy....
Luther's Absence Puts Pitt Frontcourt in Trouble
As a long-term play, Ryan Luther missing the remainder of the 2017-18 season makes enough sense for Pitt.The stress reaction in the senior's right foot hadn't progressed since it was first discovered in mid-December. If anything, it had gotten worse,...
Michael Malone' Dec. 17, 1952 -Jan. 9, 2018 Mccandless Insurance Broker, YMCA Board President Was Ultimate Salesman
Several weeks ago, Michael Malone's wife and daughters were remarking that throughout his battle with a cancer, he never really complained. His father, Robert Malone, chimed in to explain: "We Malones are doers, not talkers." Mr. Malone, an insurance...
New Tax Code Helps PNC Profits to Spike
PNC Financial Services Group kicked off a batch of earnings reports due from local banks for the fourth quarter, reporting Friday that profits more than doubled as it benefited from a $911 million boost from the new federal tax code. The Pittsburgh-based...
No. 1 Penn Hills Lets Win Do All the Talking
Crickets.That's all you'll hear from the Penn Hills boys basketball team after games. The school district has forbidden coach Dan DeRose or any players from talking to the media after contests.But if wins talk, Penn Hills can be heard loud and clear....
North Korean Nuclear Crisis Will Resume after Olympics
Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing its continuing confrontation with North Korea. President Donald Trump has paused...
Only Reliever Rivero Remains in Arbitration Cole, Mercer, Kontos Agree to New Contracts
The Pirates agreed to terms Friday on 2018 contracts with three of their four arbitration-eligible players.Gerrit Cole, Jordy Mercer and George Kontos avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts. According to sources with knowledge of the agreements,...
On the Job Committee to Protect Journalists Tabulates Bravery
2017 was a record-setting year for journalists facing persecution for doing their jobs. A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists revealed that an all-time high 262 men and women were imprisoned around the world last year for practicing journalism....
On This Day, Jan. 13
1794: President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13. 1873: Carnegie, McCandless...
On This Day, Jan. 13
1794 President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.1873 Carnegie, McCandless...
Penguins Rally around Kessel All-Star Snub for Winger Riles Teammates
There's been no shortage of high-stakes hockey for these Penguins the past two seasons, which makes freaking out over a meaningless exhibition such as the NHL All-Star Game, on the surface, seem a little silly.OK, it's probably worse than that, but have...
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concert Doesn't Quite Deliver
Friday's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance saw the orchestra in fine form but far from its finest.Guest conductor Juanjo Mena, last at the podium in Pittsburgh in 2015, led the orchestra in its first post-holiday concert with music by Debussy,...
Sounding the Alarm Gov. Wolf Is Right to Term Opioids an Emergency
Like any complex problem in society, the opioid epidemic does not have one simple solution. State government cannot take a direct action and wipe out the epidemic as if it were a virus controlled by a vaccine. Despite this fact, we welcome Gov. Tom...
State to Be Responsible for Safety of County Drinking Water
The state Department of Environmental Protection is taking over inspection responsibilities from the Allegheny County Health Department for 66 public drinking water systems. The change in oversight is effective Feb. 1, and the DEP said it has added...
Steel Makes Its Case on National Security Study Imports Are a Threat, It Tells White House
President Donald J. Trump has received a long-awaited report on whether steel imports pose enough of a threat to national security to do something about it. And domestic steelmakers are optimistic the White House will provide them with the relief...
Three Face Trial in Daylight Sheraden Shooting Grandmother Recounts Incident
Marilyn Black was watching her grandchildren playing with a football on a Saturday afternoon when the blue minivan pulled up. After that, the shooting began. "I said, 'why are you doing this? We don't even know you all,' " recalled Ms. Black, holding...
Time for Fresh Start Hornqvist, Penguins Enjoy off Week, but Hockey Rules Life Again
Patric Hornqvist spent the Penguins "bye week" doing one of the few activities potentially more exhausting than playing in an NHL hockey game.He took his four-year-old daughter, Isabella, to Disney World for the first time."She was excited, she met all...
Trump, Pence Visits to Support Saccone Reflect Gop Value of 18th District
Ordinarily, you'd expect pundits to be impressed by news that President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District next week. The visit, first reported by the online political magazine Politico Thursday evening, would...
Uniontown Native Still in 'Race'
If it's Wednesday, this must be Belgium. Or something like that."The Amazing Race" took its remaining teams from Iceland to Antwerp this week, where some struggled with the math of diamond appraisal and others had to handset type in a printing museum....
Usual Shooting Touch Still Eludes Mcconnell
After producing the two best games of his career in the Northeast Conference tournament last season, Matty McConnell knew he would have high expectations placed on his shoulders this season.Coach Andy Toole has put pressure on McConnell, the lone returning...
Westinghouse Seeks Fees, Protections for Firm Set to Acquire It
It will be months before the proposed $4.6 billion acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Co. by a Canadian asset management firm is hashed out. But some details of the sales agreement, Westinghouse's plan to emerge from bankruptcy, and the possibility...
What Else Could Happen? Stay Tuned
Something else is going to happen between now and the time the Steelers play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC divisional-round playoff game Sunday afternoon. It's just a matter of what.Here are some possibilities:* Antonio Brown is running...
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