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Articles from February 17, 2018

A Dehumanizing Analogy on Guns and Immigrants
After reading Nicholas Kristof's heart-wrenching column (Feb. 12, "How Is He a Danger?"), about the plight of Syed Jamal, I feel compelled to respond to a conservative acquaintance who, upon learning of my liberal bent, asked me the following question....
A Dehumanizing Analogy on Guns and Immigrants
After reading Nicholas Kristof's heart-wrenching column (Feb. 12, "How Is He a Danger?"), about the plight of Syed Jamal, I feel compelled to respond to a conservative acquaintance who, upon learning of my liberal bent, asked me the following question....
All aboard County Is Right to Stick with Bus Rapid Transit
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald vowed Thursday to build a Bus Rapid Transit System linking Downtown and Oakland regardless of whether the federal government kicks in the requested $100 million in aid. That's the right position to take. Progress...
Back-to-Basics Plan Is Key to Ending Slide
Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot says not even LeBron James is immune to slumps. And he would know."LeBron went six weeks where I thought he was mediocre," Dambrot, James' former coach, said of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 3-10 record from Dec. 25-Jan. 23. "His...
City Teachers, District Officials Negotiate into the Night but Reach No Agreement
Negotiators for Pittsburgh Public Schools and the union representing its teachers negotiated until about 11 p.m. Friday, trying to stave off a strike threatened by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.Ebony Pugh, a spokeswoman for the school district,...
City Teachers, District Officials Negotiate into the Night in Effort to Head off Strike
Negotiators for Pittsburgh Public Schools and the union representing its teachers negotiated late into the night Friday, trying to stave off a strike threatened by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.The PFT - which represents about 2,400 teachers,...
Clearance Procedure Overhauled
NEW YORK - Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging...
Deaths for Saturday, February 17, 2018
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIESADDISON, Willene Goode, East LibertyBAXENDELL, Charles R., BrentwoodBELL, Robert A., DuquesneBENSY, Michael C., Rimersburg, Clarion CountyBEVEVINO, Marguerite L., BeaverBICSEY, Janet M., Largo, Fla.BIGLER, Harold S.BILSKI, Anne Elizabeth...
Despite the Olympic Glow, Half of Korea Remains in Darkness
WASHINGTONWatching the media fawning over the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics, I recalled a picture that my old boss, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, kept under the glass of a table in his office - a satellite photo of the Korean...
Developer Working on More Clinton Projects Warehouses Planned at Air-Corridor Park
A Cincinnati developer is betting heavily on the Pittsburgh International Airport corridor.Al. Neyer LLC has reached a deal with the Allegheny County Airport Authority to build two more single-story warehouses at the Clinton Commerce Park.The new buildings,...
Dry-Fried Green Beans
Did you hear the birds this morning? I did, and it's a sure sign that spring soon will be on its way with its bounty of tender lettuces, asparagus and other green veggies.Green beans, which are readily available year-round, will help tide you over until...
EAST/REGION/SOUTH [Derived Headline]
EASTJURY ACQUITS MAN OF SHOOTING OFFICERA jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the trial of a man accused of gunning down a police officer who responded to a domestic violence call.KDKA-TV reported the Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court jury...
Family Seeks Transparency in Death of Man Shot by City Officer
A state legislator and others Friday joined with family members of a man who was shot by a Pittsburgh police officer Sunday to demand that authorities release more information about the fatal encounter."When government officials take a person's life,...
Family Seeks Transparency in Death of Man Shot by City Officer
A state legislator and others Friday joined with family members of a man who was shot by a Pittsburgh police officer Sunday to demand that authorities release more information about the fatal encounter."When government officials take a person's life,...
Freese: Environment for Winning Is Missing
BRADENTON, Fla. - David Freese made the strongest and most critical comments by a player at spring training Friday morning as he zeroed in on the state of affairs in the Pirates clubhouse and the team's poor performance the past two seasons."My opinion...
FRIDAY [Derived Headline]
FRIDAYBOYS BASKETBALLPLAYOFFSWPIAL CLASS 3APreliminary RoundCarlynton 70, Brownsville 55High scorers: (C) Dequay Canton 28, Ian Gallagher 14, Chauncie Mickens 13, Morgan Ault 11. (B) Shandon Marshall 32.First RoundAliquippa 62, South Side Beaver 45High...
Haley Fared Well Here, but Not as Well as He Says
Todd Haley did a good job here, just not as good as he thinks. I would give him a "B" or "B-" for his six-year run as Steelers offensive coordinator.Based on remarks from his introductory news conference in Cleveland, Haley would give himself an "A+++."Reflecting...
In Brief
Homewood upcycled bowtie company invited to Facebook HQNisha Blackwell, owner of the Homewood-based sustainable lifestyle brand Knotzland Bowties, has been selected as one of 12 companies nationwide for Facebook's Small Business Council. The council,...
It's Music to His Ears Relaxed Cole Finds New Surroundings Something to Savor
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Friday morning, Gerrit Cole texted Jameson Taillon. "We were going over what jams we were going to listen to in the morning on the way to the park, because we always set the tone with the same music," Cole said.This spring, Taillon's...
I Used to Be Handy Now Tool-Challenged, I Still Can Open a Bottle of Wine!
I am man. Hear me hammer! This is what separates us from the animals after all isn't it? Using tools.But that's not actually true. Scientists have learned that many animals use tools. Many of us have seen nature videos of otters using a rock to crack...
Journalists Get Life Sentences in Turkey
A court in Turkey sentenced six journalists to life in prison Friday for their alleged involvement in a failed 2016 coup attempt. The decision came shortly after another reporter whose imprisonment was controversial was conditionally released from custody.Ahmet...
Kessel Scores Big with Low-Key Style
Phil Kessel more than likely will score at least 30 goals for the first time since a career-high-tying 37 in 2013-14.On pace for 91, he is a similarly solid bet to produce the most points in a single season of his career.One thing Kessel won't do, however,...
Kraft Heinz Sees Fourth-Quarter Profit Surge Due to Tax Changes
At least three times during an earnings call with analysts on Friday, Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees patiently repeated his formula in choosing targets for acquisitions - things like strong brands that can move into new markets."So that being said, if...
La Gourmandine Bakery Brings Its Treats to Downtown
There's a new spot for croissants, baguettes, quiche, tarts and other pastries Downtown: La Gourmandine has opened at 308 Forbes Ave., the bakery's fourth outpost in the area since the first location debuted in Lawrenceville in 2010.Husband-wife team...
Local Cats and Dogs Show off Winning Ways
The judge made eye contact with each of the 12 contestants in the Household Pets class at the Steel City Kitties cat show last weekend. She picked up a cat named Willow and told spectators she liked the cat's lovely green eyes, long hair and sweet personality."This...
No Country for Old Men
A new report shows that a pretty sizable number of American men drop dead right around age 62, according to an article I read in the Wall Street Journal.The Cornell University researchers noticed that when men hit that age, a whole lot of them decide...
On Craig and Fifth: A Tribute
Roses, chrysanthemums, daisiescarnations and baby's breathpresided over by you, Miss So-Whatwho sits on cans and newspapersand whose name I finally learnwhen I, the nameless strangerstand guard one day after you hollerin the bitter December - Heyget...
On This Day, Feb. 17
1815: The United States and Britain exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.1925: The first issue of The New Yorker magazine, bearing the cover date of Feb. 21, was published.1933: Newsweek magazine was...
On This Day, Feb. 17
1815 The United States and Britain exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.1925 The first issue of The New Yorker magazine, bearing the cover date of Feb. 21, was published.1933 Newsweek magazine was...
Pittsburgers: Bad Spellers with Memory Issues There Are 13 Other Pittsburghs in the Country, but They All Have Dropped the "H"
Years ago, when I was a teenager in Pittsburgh, I firmly believed there was only one Pittsburgh in America and no one could tell me differently. It turned out that I was right.According to Rand McNally's Atlas of the United States, Wikipedia and various...
Pwsa Plans a Blitz of Community Meetings
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will join in a string of community meetings as it undertakes long-delayed system upkeep and faces additional oversight, the utility said Friday.PWSA's "Get to Know Your Pgh2o" blitz began Feb. 8 and will continue...
The Aftermath of Fla. School Shooting
POMPANO BEACH, Fla.- President Donald Trump came face-to-face Friday with hospitalized victims from Wednesday's school shooting in Florida and offered thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped the wounded, declaring "the job they've done is incredible."Asked...
The Party of Bad Faith Republicans Pretend to Care about Things They Don't
Over the past couple of months, Republicans have passed or proposed three big budget initiatives. First, they enacted a springtime-for-plutocrats tax cut that will shower huge benefits on the wealthy while offering crumbs for ordinary families. Then...
'The Pigeon Comes to Pittsburgh' Children's Museum Exhibit Features Author Mo Willems
A life-sized blue bus is visible even from the hallway leading up to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's newest feature, "The Pigeon Comes to Pittsburgh: A Mo Willems Exhibit."The children - and any stray pigeons that wander through - aren't allowed...
Three Local School Districts among Those Receiving Threats after Florida Shooting Franklin Regional Student Was Arrested
At least three local school districts - Franklin Regional, Gateway and Mt. Lebanon - were dealing with threats Friday following a fatal school shooting this week in Florida.A wave of social media threats, many on Snapchat, are spreading across the country...
Two-QB Rotation Works for Everyone Schultz, Letang Drive Power Play
Surely this qualifies as a good problem to have.On the best power play in the NHL, the Penguins, for myriad reasons, are paying more attention to their quarterback rotation - Kris Letang or Justin Schultz.There's a good chance Schultz assumes the point...
Weather Roller Coaster Pittsburgh Rides out Pounding Rain, a Tornado, Flooding, Snow and Next Week, Temps in the 70s
After a tornado Thursday night in Uniontown and flooding across the region, more typical February weather was expected to return to southwestern Pennsylvania this weekend.The National Weather Service is predicting snow on Saturday, with up to an inch...
Weather Roller Coaster Region Rides out Pounding Rain, a Tornado, Flooding, Snow and Next Week, Temps in the 70s
After a tornado Thursday night in Uniontown and flooding across the region, more typical February weather was expected to return to southwestern Pennsylvania this weekend.The National Weather Service is predicting snow on Saturday, with up to an inch...
White House Offers Alternatives Aimed at Curbing Imports Analysis Triggered by Seldom-Used 1962 Law
U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday outlined three courses of action the agency has recommended to President Donald Trump for targeting steel and aluminum imports that threaten national security.The recommendations - which range...
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