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Articles from July 11, 2018

After an 80-Year Run, Carbone's Is Closing
Days are numbered for an Italian-American feast at a white-tablecloth, sit-down family restaurant born of a bygone era: Carbone's Restaurant in Crabtree announced it will close July 28 after an 80-year run.Owner Natalie Carbone Mangini says that no other...
Age of Miracles Celebrating a Thai Soccer Team's Biggest Victory
"These are the days of miracle and wonder," croons the troubadour, though much of the time we do not feel that way. Our days are filled, it seems, with conflict and controversy.But good news, miraculous news, unites people, just as tragedy does.Americans...
Aliquippa Assistant Chief Faces Another Charge
Aliquippa Assistant Police Chief Joseph Perciavalle III is facing a second criminal charge in connection with content found on his cell phone as part of the investigation into the death of teacher Rachael DelTondo, according to court records.Assistant...
BLT Features Summer's Best between Slices
I was plucking lettuce and planting tomatoes in the pots and old green recycling bins-turned-planters that I consider a backyard garden when The Hub arrived with a question:"You've got lettuce and tomato. When are you going to put in a bacon plant?"I...
Brits Using Old Song to Tease Trump
LONDON - Ahead of Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom this week, some Brits are attempting to "annoy" the U.S. president by launching a campaign to catapult the 2004 hit "American Idiot" to the top of the U.K. music charts.The Green Day song popped...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
ENTERCOM NAMES SPACCIAPOLLI TO OVERSEE KDKA RADIOMichael Spacciapolli will oversee KDKA and three other CBS Local radio properties as part of Entercom's emergence in Pittsburgh. He succeeds former CBS Local chief Michael Young, who left the company in...
Candidate Wagner Distances Himself from Controversial Pastor
Scott Wagner's campaign for governor is sharply denouncing a controversial pastor who gave the invocation this past weekend at his meet-and-greet event in Pike County.A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee, who was criticized...
Chill out with Ice Pops, the Mexican Way
Pittsburgh now has a paleteria.That's a shop that specializes in paletas, or housemade Mexican ice pops. The word translates literally as "trowels," for the shape of these stick-handled frozen treats, which can be milky or creamy (paletas de leche or...
Clergy Try to Scuttle Report on Sex Abuse
Priests and other unnamed petitioners are claiming a grand jury and those involved with it breached medical confidentiality and made accusations without adequate evidence in a sealed report on sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses.About two dozen people...
Clinton, Sanders, Warren to Address Teachers Here
Thousands of educators from across the country will be joined this weekend by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as they converge on Pittsburgh for the biennial convention of the American Federation...
Controller Criticizes City Realty Tax Hike
An increase in Pittsburgh's realty transfer tax appears to be slowing both property sales and prices in the city, Controller Michael Lamb said Tuesday, citing a roughly 25 percent decline in municipal revenue from the levy."I still maintain that was...
County Council Takes First Step to Create Civilian Police Review Board
Allegheny County Council on Tuesday approved legislation allowing its members to begin the process that would lead to the creation of a countywide citizens police review board.The board would be staffed by civilians and could independently examine officers'...
Crick's Spring Work Pays Off
Reliever Kyle Crick likely made a poor first impression on any Pirates fans watching spring training.Crick, the only major leaguer acquired in the Andrew McCutchen trade, allowed seven runs on 13 hits in 11 innings in the spring.But the right-hander...
Deaths for Wednesday, July 11, 2018
LATEST DEATHSThe 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...
Echoing Trump
In regard to the Post-Gazette editorial "Shave ICE?" (July 6), I have a suggestion for PG editorial director Keith Burris: It might be easier just to publish transcripts of Donald Trump's rally rantings than have the PG editorial board take the time...
FDA Issues Warning on Jeannette Company's Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert for patrons of a Westmoreland County compounding laboratory, warning not to use products labeled as sterile from Ranier's Compounding Laboratory in Jeannette "due to a lack of sterility assurance."A...
Feast at a 'Storytelling Dinner,' Summer Dinner, Caribbean Brunch
Multicourse mealsBreaking Bread - A Storytelling Dinner: Chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson of Lost Creek Farm serve a six-course dinner as the culminating event for an oral history project, "Babka and Beyond: Bread, Grains, and Baked Goods in Western...
Firstenergy Selects Buyer of Retail Business Chicago Firm Makes Deal for $140 Million
FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., one of the bankrupt subsidiaries of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., has picked Exelon Generation Co. as a buyer for its retail business.If the deal goes through, it would give Chicago-based Exelon the accounts of thousands...
Focus Already Has Turned to Football
There is a lifeline in the sea of sports despair created by another Pirates miserable season. It comes from Pro Football Focus and gives us something to discuss in a slow time of the year with the local baseball team so irrelevant again. It also is a...
Gas Firm:landslide Caused Pipeline Explosion
Columbia Gas Transmission has told federal pipeline regulators that a landslide was the apparent cause of the rupture and explosion of a new natural gas pipeline in Marshall County, W.Va., last month.The site of the break was at the bottom of a steep...
Glass Glass Center Show, Award Honor the Late Ron Desmett
If you think you've seen it all when it comes to contemporary glass, a surprise awaits at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Garfield and its exhibition "Making the Ordinary Extraordinary."The exhibition honors the late Ron Desmett, who with his wife, Kathleen...
It's Easier to Make Vichyssoise Than Say It
The name is the fanciest thing about this summertime soup, and you don't even say it the fanciest way.Vee-she-swah usually the way to go when it comes to French - is, in this case, incorrect. It's vee-she-swaazz. After I said it recently, a friend of...
I Was Wrong; Kavanaugh Looks Great
Hard as it is to admit this, Donald Trump is right and I was wrong.The president's decision to bypass Amy Coney Barrett in favor of Brett Kavanaugh for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court would surely end up in my Top Ten List of the worst decisions...
Let's Stop the Military Meddling in Africa While Our Heads Are Turned, Problems Mount on a Continent Where We Should Be Doing More Helpful Things
Americans have more or less lost sight of U.S. policy in Africa given the Trump administration's public focus on throwing a monkey wrench into relations with Europe and Asia through tariffs and insults while reaching out to North Korea and its rotund...
Letter to Inmate Could Be Evidence It May Be Linked to Teacher's Slaying
A letter sent to an inmate in the Beaver County Jail days after the May 13 slaying of Aliquippa teacher Rachael DelTondo is under forensic evaluation to determine its authenticity and could prove to be important evidence in the case, Beaver County District...
Local, National Chefs to Use Summer Faves at Fl.2 Dinner
Fl.2 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown, is hosting a Guest Chef Dinner with local and out-of-town chefs, who will show off specialties using their favorite summer ingredients.Local participants are the coordinating chef, Julio Peraza of Fl.2,...
More Apartments Approved for the Strip
Users of parking lots along the Allegheny River in the Strip District are in for a change of routine, after Pittsburgh's planning commission on Tuesday approved a plan to building apartments on the sites.Representatives of NRP Group LLC, a Cleveland-based...
Officiated at Local High School Basketball Games for Decades Sept. 25, 1926 - July 7, 2018
The "Greatest Generation" got its nickname because of people like Walter "Lud" Yaworski.A well-known high school basketball official for decades, Mr. Yaworski was a beloved father, grandfather and World War II veteran who left nothing undone and had...
On This Day, July 11
1804: During a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J., Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, who died the next day.1859: Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time.1908:...
'Open Borders' Lie
The Post-Gazette's editorial on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, in the well-established tradition of President Donald Trump, asserted the lie that the Democratic Party was for open borders, stating explicitly that Democrats are providing...
President Pardons 2 Ore. Ranchers
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands....
Proposal Would Prioritize Accessibility in Renovations
Doorways accessible to people with disabilities could become a city-ordered priority for many large building renovations in Pittsburgh.Councilwoman Deborah Gross introduced legislation Tuesday that would prioritize accessible entryways, common areas,...
Quiet Offense Finds Little Traction in Loss Musgrove Mistake Leads to Homer; Brault Wild out of the Bullpen
Joe Musgrove's finger did not seem to bother him Tuesday night. He commanded his pitches well enough to generate swings and misses. That same command, though, might have contributed to the Washington Nationals fouling off nearly a third of his pitches.Musgrove...
Roe Won't Go Down without a Fight Here's What the Pro-Choice Movement Should Do Post-Kavanaugh Nomination
President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is bad news for reproductive rights.That Judge Kavanaugh's record on abortion and contraception is slim will be used by his supporters to paint his...
Roommate Is Arrested in Slaying of Instructor
Authorities Tuesday arrested a 35-year-old man in the grisly death of a longtime Point Park University instructor and his dog in the Carrick home that the two men shared.Police said the suspect, Joseph Martin, who has a history of mental illness, shot...
Secondary Draft Set for Wednesday
The NFL supplemental draft will take place Wednesday with five players eligible to be selected by any of the league's 32 teams. Just don't count on the Steelers being active participants.The supplemental draft has been around since 1977, and the Steelers...
Shale Firm: Restore 'Rule of Capture' Asks Pa. High Court to Take Milestone Case
A Marcellus Shale company is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up a case it says could disrupt a century of oil and gas law by defining fracking that drains shale gas from a neighboring property as a form of trespassing.A decision by the...
State Failed to Spend $5.4M in Energy Funds to Aid Poor, Auditor Says
Pennsylvania failed to spend more than $5.4 million of federal weatherization funds intended to help low-income households due to the 2015-16 state budget impasse and changes in federal standards, an audit released Tuesday found.The unspent funds, which...
Staying Sharp National Bioskills Expands to California, Creating Learning Opportunities for Doctors
A Downtown-based surgical training center is opening a third location in San Francisco - its biggest so far - as it expands learning opportunities for doctors outside the hospital.National Bioskills Laboratories was founded in 2014 by Douglas Hampers...
The Choice Kavanaugh Is Highly Qualified but Also Political
If confirmed, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be President Donald Trump's second appointment to the Supreme Court. It is an odd choice.Judge Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, has neither the pizzazz of Judge Amy Coney Barrett nor the...
The Test for Kavanaugh Is He a Mainstream or 'Movement' Conservative?
So, President Donald Trump's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court is D.C. Circuit of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh. There will be time enough to explore the nominee's views and record. Let's step back a bit and get some perspective on the national debate...
Tower of Voices
STONYCREEK, Pa. - Before United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, passengers and crew members, forced by hijackers into the back of the plane, phoned family and friends. Some called to let loved ones know of their situation. Others just wanted to...
Tower of Voices
STONYCREEK, Pa. - Before United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, passengers and crew members, forced by hijackers into the back of the plane, phoned family and friends. Some called to let loved ones know of their situation. Others just wanted to...
Unfurled Braciole
This recipe is from my dear departed friend, Barb Burch of Oil City, who used to make this for my birthday each year. Braciole can be served without sauce or topped with your favorite jarred or homemade tomato sauce, a can of crushed tomatoes or mushroom...
Vintage Grand Prix Marks 36 Years of Fundraising
Now in its 36th year, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix continues to raise money to benefit children with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year's charity event began on July 6 and will conclude Sunday, with the signature...
We Need an EPA Chief Who Respects Science
As a voter for whom climate change is the No. 1 issue, I couldn't be more pleased by your July 9 editorial pages.In "Pruitt Was the Swamp," the editorial board calls for a new Environmental Protection Agency administrator who supports the agency's mission...
YMCA to Close 3 More Branches, Lay off Staff CEO Cites Continuing Financial Difficulties
Kevin Bolding arrived in Pittsburgh a decade ago as a district executive director to oversee the opening of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh's then-new Downtown facility on Fifth Avenue.He had years of experience working for the nonprofit in Detroit and...
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