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Articles from January 18, 2018

2018 Schedule Features Five Top 25 Opponents
The ACC released its full 2018 football schedule Wednesday, and the slate for Pitt features a Friday night contest and five teams that finished in The Associated Press Top 25 last season - four of which placed within the top 13. Pitt will play host...
ALCOA Shares Slump after Q4 Results Disappoint
Alcoa on Wednesday reported a wider fourth quarter loss, as rising alumina and aluminum prices were offset by one-time charges for restructuring and taxes. The Pittsburgh company reported a fourth quarter loss of $196 million, or $1.06 per share,...
America Must Champion a Free Press the President's Cries of 'Fake News' Undermine Democracy at Home and Abroad
After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to recognize individuals who have fought to spread liberty worldwide. Nancy Reagan continued the tradition after her husband's death, and in 2008 she bestowed the...
Bethel Park Man Vying for 39th Seat
State Rep. Rick Saccone is vacating his 39th District seat to run for Congress, but a would-be GOP successor, Tom Kirsch, is mounting a campaign with themes that will be reassuringly familiar to Mr. Saccone's supporters. Mr. Kirsch, a Bethel Park...
Blood in the Balkans a Murder Illuminates Still-Simmering Disputes
The assassination Tuesday of moderate Kosovar Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic reminded the world again of how the unresolved problems of small Balkan states can continue to mar the reputation and development of Europe in the 21st century. Kosovo...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
PITTSBURGH TRAVELERS HAVE YET ANOTHER OPTION TO BOSTON Delta Air Lines will add a third daily flight to Boston starting June 8. The flight will leave Pittsburgh International Airport at 3:10 p.m. and arrive at Boston Logan International Airport at...
Christmas Tree Recycling Smackdown!
This past icy Saturday morning, when undermanned city crews were having trouble clearing snow from the roads, I was part of a tree-hauling crew that was badly outclassed by a bunch of Girl Scouts on the other side of town. Now there's a sentence I'd...
City Talks Snow Removal Plans, Timeline for Public Works Base
When significant snow blankets Pittsburgh again, residents should see more plow trucks, extended hours at the 311 call center and perhaps a more effective de-icer on the roads. "And we're going to make sure that every street in the City of Pittsburgh...
City to Pay Paralyzed Motorist $5.5M in Settlement Police Shot Leon Ford in 2012 Traffic Stop
The city of Pittsburgh will pay Leon Ford and his lawyers $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought over his shooting six years ago. Mr. Ford was shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh police Detective David Derbish in 2012 and sued in federal court the...
Coach Toole Looks to Adjust 'Feast or Famine' Approach
Robert Morris is once again one of the best teams in the country at forcing turnovers. Robert Morris is forcing 17.7 turnovers per game, the best mark in the Northeast Conference and 10th best rate in Division I. The guard duo of sophomore Dachon...
Defensive Coaches All Remain, but Why?
Ben Roethlisberger is the most important person in the Steelers organization, and it's not close. With him, the window remains wide open. Without him, the Steelers have no chance. Zero. None. So let's not complicate the decision to move on from offensive...
DUCKS 5, PENGUINS 3 Penguins' Four-Game Winning Streak Ends with 5-3 Loss to Anaheim Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. ? For large swaths of their game against the Ducks Wednesday night, the Penguins looked like the team they've been for most of January ? lethal on the power play and dominant in their offensive zone. But for the brief intervals when they...
Dukes Offense Struggles in Loss vs. Saint Louis
A 21-point performance from Rene Castro-Caneddy wasn't enough for the visiting Duquesne Dukes (13-6, 4-2 Atlantic 10) as Saint Louis' Jordan Goodwin posted a triple-double (13 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists) to lead the Billikens to 76-63 victory....
Dutch Firm Acquires Upmc Subsidiary No Change in Staffing Expected
A Dutch company with offices in Philadelphia has acquired a UPMC subsidiary, which developed step-by-step guidelines for doctors treating patients with cancer. Elsevier acquired Via Oncology, a UPMC subsidiary that provides decision support and...
Federal Lawsuits by Terminated County Jail Employees Mount
A former Allegheny County Jail guard has filed sexual harassment allegations against a onetime supervisor who himself has a pending suit alleging he was unfairly discharged after two other women filed complaints against him. Tanisha Ramsey, who was...
Fichtner Due to Follow Haley as Oc Team Source Says Move Will Happen Once Contract Details Are Approved
The Steelers are prepared to name Randy Fichtner as Todd Haley's replacement at offensive coordinator, pending final approval of his contract, a team source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The decision to name Fichtner, an original member of Mike...
Forgotten but Not Gone Pennsylvanians Collect $254M in Unclaimed Property from the State
Pennsylvania taxpayers retrieved a historic amount of money - in the form of old paychecks, utility refunds, stocks, bank accounts and the contents of safe deposit boxes - last year from the unclaimed property division of the Pennsylvania Treasury...
Gloves off in the Galleys Smallman vs. Federal Shape Up for a Showdown
With apologies to Michael Buffer, let's get ready to gobbbble!In a face-off between Smallman Galley and Federal Galley - both from Tyler Benson and Benjamin Mantica - which food hall would win? We've been tossing around the question in between visits...
Going out with a Bang Meteor Blazes through Sky over Michigan as Richter Scale-Registering Fireball
Thousands of people across Ohio, Michigan, and surrounding states asked the same question Tuesday night: What the heck was that? The answer: A larger-than-usual meteor plummeting from the sky just after 8 p.m. The American Meteor Society received 355...
Governor Seeks to Increase Number of Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay
About a year after a judge blocked a similar rule on the federal level, Gov. Tom Wolf plans to expand overtime pay for about 460,000 workers in Pennsylvania who currently make too much to qualify for the time-and-a-half pay for extra hours worked....
Haley's Combative Style Exits with Him Mike Tomlin Shuts a Door by Not Renewing Todd Haley's Contract as Offensive Coordinator, but That like Opens One for the Promotion of Quarterbacks Coach Rbandy Fichtner
Todd Haley's tenure as Steelers offensive coordinator ended Wednesday. Haley, 50, joined the Steelers in 2012 as offensive coordinator after they did not renew the expired contract of Bruce Arians, who was promoted from receivers coach to coordinator...
In 6 Acc Games, Freshman Stewart Emerges as Perhaps Pitt's Best Player
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - On Tuesday afternoon, hours before they would return for their game that night against Syracuse, Parker Stewart and his Pitt teammates walked into the Carrier Dome and soaked in the enormity of the largest venue in college basketball....
James G. Holland Sept. 20, 1927 - Jan. 16, 2018 Pitt Psychology Professor Left Legacy of Resistance, Kindness
James G. Holland was never one to mask his feelings, whether the conversation was about politics, behavioral sciences or the University of Pittsburgh, where he became an integral part of the psychology department in 1965. He also led with kindness...
Judge to Rule on Provision of Upmc, Highmark Agreement
HARRISBURG - Should Highmark's nearly 50,000 Medicare Advantage members get an extra year of in-network access to UPMC facilities beyond the June 2019 expiration date of the two parties' consent decree agreements? The final decision will depend on...
Killing Spree in the Phillippines Duterte Murders Thousands and Wants to Silence News Media Who Expose Him
An editorial from The New York Times*Even among that cast of illiberal leaders who rouse mobs with their ruthless policies and disdain for democratic protections, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines stands out for his viciousness. He has effectively...
Lady Antebellum/darius Rucker Added to Concert Lineup
Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker will bring their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour to the KeyBank Pavilion on Sept. 8 with guest Russell Dickerson. There are no details yet on ticket sales, but a national release for the tour says that tickets...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
LATEST DEATHS 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...
MORE TO DO [Derived Headline]
More to do: Music, comedy and other fun things* THURSDAY: Folk-rocker Dan Bern, who brings a touch of humor and politics along with influences that include Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen, plays Club Cafe, 56 S 12th St., South Side,...
MOVIE GUIDE [Derived Headline]
OPENING THIS WEEK CALL ME BY YOUR NAME In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio begins a relationship with the visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant. R for sexual content, nudity and some language. 132 min. AMC Mt. Lebanon, Waterfront...
Murray Will Take Leave Goalie Will Be Away from Team for an Indefinite Time after Death of Father
ANAHEIM, Calif. ? The Penguins announced Wednesday that goalie Matt Murray will take an indefinite leave from the team and return to his home in Thunder Bay, Ont., following the death of his father, James. Murray has not played in the team's last two...
New General Manager Named at Rivers Casino
Bill Keena shouldn't have any trouble remembering the name of the new casino he is running. Mr. Keena is taking over as general manager of Rivers Casino on the North Shore after last running a casino of the same name and owned by the same company...
New on Dvd: 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Happy Death Day,' 'Loving Vincent'
'Blade Runner 2049'Despite a gap of 35 years between the release of Ridley Scott's massively influential "Blade Runner" and the sequel, "Blade Runner 2049," from director Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival"), the new film suffers no problems with the time gap....
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Duke will open its 2018-19 college basketball season Nov. 6 against Kentucky, the school announced Wednesday. Opening night will be a few days earlier than usual. The NCAA Division I Council approved moving up the start of the men's and women's college...
On This Day, Jan. 18
1778 English navigator Capt. James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the "Sandwich Islands."1862 The 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71, shortly before he could take his seat...
Pa. Justices to Decide on Maps for Districts Gerrymandering Case Heard by Court
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices on Wednesday interrogated lawyers defending the way the state's congressional districts were drawn, a map opponents have challenged as illegally shaped to benefit Republicans, who hold a majority of...
Panel Urges Lower Blood-Alcohol Level for Driving Restaurant, Bar Owners Worry Patrons May Stay Home
Bar and restaurant owners are concerned that a recommendation to reduce the blood-alcohol level for drunken driving from 0.08 to 0.05 percent could have "a chilling effect" and cause patrons to stay home. The recommendation was part of a nearly 500-page...
Pbs, Keaton Celebrate 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' at 50
PASADENA, Calif. - Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton will host PBS's 50th anniversary "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" retrospective, "Mister Rogers: It's You I Like" (8 p.m. March 6, WQED-TV). Mr. Keaton, who worked as a stagehand and occasionally appeared...
Pittsburgh Pastime: Grouching on Snow Removal Tradition Has Continued over Past 40 Years
It may seem like Mayor Bill Peduto is taking an unprecedented level of heat for his city's icy roads, but Pittsburghers have always complained about snow on their streets. Whining over road conditions is a tradition in Pittsburgh that has continued...
Pittsburgh Singer Miss Freddye Nominated for 2 Blues Awards
Miss Freddye, aka "Pittsburgh's Lady of the Blues," is nominated for two awards at the prestigious Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. Miss Freddye, whose real name is Fredericka Stover, is nominated for best emerging artist album and for the Koko...
Pitt Student Board Endorses Effort to Trim Textbook Costs
An effort to cut textbook expenses facing thousands of University of Pittsburgh students through greater use of "open" educational resources in the classroom appears to be gaining momentum among campus leaders. A committee being formed by provost...
Pregame with the Groundhog
Punxsutawney Phil isn't just hibernating until his big day - Groundhog Day - on Feb. 2. This weekend, the weather-prognosticating whistlepig will be in Pittsburgh for at least three drinks events that lift him up before the Punxsutawney Groundhog...
Pso to Premiere 'August Wilson Symphony' in Special Program
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra used to perform an annual concert in the Hill District but discontinued the series in 2012, citing budgetary reasons. On Saturday, the PSO will launch a re-imagined partnership with the district in the form of a...
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]
HELP OF STRANGERS PROVES TO BE UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE On Nov. 29, 2017, my dad and I made our rounds to the cemeteries to place our Christmas flowers on the graves of our loved ones. After we were done, we were tired and I asked my dad if he wanted...
Restoring City's Oldest Park Is a Comprehensive Effort by Many
This is in reply to Joe Renckly's Dec. 29 letter, "Allegheny Commons Pathways Need Attention Now; Include a Fountain Later." The Allegheny Commons Initiative, a voluntary steering committee supporting the renovations of Allegheny Commons Park since...
The Roaming Social Club Takesyou Behind Closed Doors
Western Pennsylvania still has many ethnic, fraternal and other old-school social clubs that you can't get into unless you are a member or a guest of a member. But now there's another way to explore these places: The Roaming Social Club. It's a...
This Editorial Did Not Reflect Values We Hold Dear
Since 1927, our family has been involved with the Post-Gazette, shaped primarily by the nearly six decades of William Block Sr.'s socially conscious leadership. Some of us knew him as "Dad," some "Grandpa," and some "Bill," but we all knew him as a man...
Thousands Sign Petition Urging Pirates Owner to Sell the Team
A petition drive is underway, lobbying Major League Baseball to force the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates to sell the team. The drive on Change.org is seeking 25,000 signatures. It appeared the petition organizers were nearing their goal early Wednesday...
Trip to West Coast Never Easy
ANAHEIM, Calif. ? The Penguins are spending the week more than 2,000 miles from home, and the weather certainly makes it feel that way. While the temperatures hovered in single digits back in Pittsburgh, it was 70 and sunny in Southern California Wednesday....
War and No Peace Opera 'The Long Walk' Shines a Spotlight on Ptsd
"The long walk" is military jargon for Explosive Ordnance Disposal - the harrowing experience of a soldier defusing a possibly live bomb. In 2012, Iraq War veteran Brian Castner published a memoir of his experiences in the field and the post-traumatic...
Washington State QB Dies of Apparent Suicide
Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski died of an apparent suicide Tuesday in Pullman, Wash. Police were asked to check on Hilinski, 21, at his apartment around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after the quarterback did not show up for a workout earlier in the...
Weathering the Storms Peduto Pushes Sensible Cleanup Improvements
City snow removal has become the subject of public angst once again, with motorists and others telling Mayor Bill Peduto that crews needed to do a better job during recent storms. To his credit, Mr. Peduto has recognized the need for improvement and...
We Can't Ignore the Realities of Racism
The Post-Gazette has done our community and the cause of justice a grave disservice with its Jan. 15 lead editorial, "Reason as Racism," published of all days on Martin Luther King Day, when we as a nation commemorate the ongoing fight to end racism...
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