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Articles from July 24, 2018

AIRPORT COMMUTE STARTUP LAUNCHES IN PITTSBURGH MARKET [Derived Headline]
AIRPORT COMMUTE STARTUP LAUNCHES IN PITTSBURGH MARKETAxle Travel, a New York City-based startup using a combination of ride-hailing services and private shuttles to and from the airport, launched service in Pittsburgh Monday. Pittsburgh is the company's...
An America Too Absurd Even for Sacha Baron Cohen
I woke Monday morning to news that the president of the United States had threatened Iran on Twitter with a message in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. In the Trumpian age, things that were once too outlandish to imagine are now routine.Take Georgia state Rep. Jason...
An Offer Well Refused Never Send U.S. Officials for Questioning in Russia
It is a relief to know that President Donald Trump disagrees with a proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin to make American former diplomats and businesspeople associated with businessman Bill Browder available for questioning by Mr. Putin's...
Appellate Court Rules against Whistleblower
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has reaffirmed earlier decisions stipulating that the state's Whistleblower Law does not apply to employees of the judiciary.In a 6-0 opinion Monday, a panel of judges that heard arguments in May found that a former...
Artists Carefully Layer Mosaic at Museum's Hall of Sculpture
Call it an industrial mosaic, a giant quilt of local history or a geometric sand painting.Whatever the terminology, installing an artwork in 2,000 square feet of space takes time. On Monday, Kade Twist balanced giant chunks of steel and metal into three-dimensional...
As Training Camp's Start Looms, Browns Wr Gordon Is Still Out
Days before training camp opens, the Cleveland Browns learned Josh Gordon will be missing again.The troubled wide receiver said Monday on Twitter that he will be continuing his recovery from addictions that have derailed his career and threatened his...
Election Blame Game
Just two weeks prior to the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton was beating Donald Trump, and it appeared she would win the presidency. At that time, President Barack Obama scoffed at the notion that America's election could be rigged. Mr. Obama...
Five Points Artisan Bakeshop in Squirrel Hill Is Expanding
By October, Pittsburghers will be able order chocolate croissants and cappuccino at Five Points Artisan Bakeshop, which is expanding to make room for seating and joining forces with Lawrenceville-based Espresso a Mano for specialty coffee at 6520 Wilkins...
Get in the Game Soccer, a Global Sport, Needs a Boost for U.S. Youth
Youth interest in soccer in America is showing a decline in participation after the sport appeared to be gaining a toehold in this country. It's a disappointing development because of soccer's global status and because the game is so accessible.The decline...
Girl, 7, Drowns in Pool Group Trespassed While Neighbors Were on Vacation
A 7-year-old girl was trespassing with a group of other people Thursday when she drowned in a neighbor's pool, according to Baldwin Borough police.Jessica Basnet, of Carrick, was among several people partying in Janell Loman's yard in the 5000 block...
Glasnow's Confidence Soars in Relief Role
CLEVELAND - At the conclusion of a long answer Monday about pitcher Tyler Glasnow's recent improvement, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn't hesitate to make a bold comparison to a player just down the hallway in the home clubhouse of Progressive Field."I...
'Good Omens' Has Frances Mcdormand Playing God
We all know Frances McDormand is a heavenly actress, and her next role seals the deal. The two-time Oscar-winning actress, who lived in Monessen during her high school years, will go from her acclaimed role as a grieving mother in "Three Billboards Outside...
Heed Youth Message on Climate
Kudos to the participants in the Youth Climate March (July 21, " 'We Are Tired of Accepting the Worst From Our Leaders.' Young Marchers Push for Climate Action") for demanding the future that they deserve. With a clear scientific consensus that human...
Insurers Seek 'Modest' Rate Increases for 2019 Aca Plans
Individuals in Western Pennsylvania shopping for a health plan on the Affordable Care Act marketplace for next year may see an average 2.26 percent increase for UPMC Health Plan subscribers and a 5.4 percent rate increase for plans offered by Highmark.Those...
It's All about Votes Open Borders Help Democrats Import Voters
San Francisco is permitting "undocumented immigrants," as political correctness demands we label them, to register to vote this November in local school board elections. Who doubts this is the first step by the left and Democrats toward full voting rights...
Jordan Brown, Exonerated in Shotgun Slaying, Faces Cameras but Stays Silent
Five days after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court exonerated Jordan Brown of committing double homicide as an 11-year-old, his father sat in front of a line of TV news cameras in Beaver County and recalled the events of Feb. 20, 2009.That day, Christopher...
Jury: Man Guilty in Shooting Deaths of 2 Sisters
A Monroeville man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty Monday in the shooting deaths of two sisters in McKeesport last year during a home invasion.Kylee Lankford will be formally sentenced Oct. 18 by Allegheny County Common...
Just Ducky Owner Says Company Is 'Conservative' about Safety
In 21 years of operation involving more than 50,000 trips and 1.7 million passengers, Pittsburgh's Just Ducky Tours has never had a serious accident operating its fleet of amphibious vehicles around the Point and the Golden Triangle.Owner Chris D'Addario...
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...
Livers as Indicators Drinking Yourself to an Early Death Is on the Rise
Alcohol abuse is on the rise, and is contributing to a huge jump in liver disease. That is news that should sober us, quite literally.It should lead to stronger measures from the federal and state levels against the pervasiveness of alcohol consumption...
Making the Right Moves Crowdfunding Could Boost Plans for Coffee Shop and Moving Venture in Mckees Rocks
While scouting sites to open a second location, the owners of Black Forge Coffee House toured many communities in and around Pittsburgh. They settled on a spot in McKees Rocks.The borough along the Ohio River just west of Downtown has some of the same...
New Plan for Hazelwood Site to Be Presented Planning Commission to Be Briefed on Use of Former Ltv Works
The latest plan for the former LTV coke works in Hazelwood envisions a more robust urban design, mixed uses ranging from office to residential, a concerted effort to connect the 178-acre site to the neighborhood, and cutting-edge sustainability standards.Almono...
N. Fayette Gun Dealer Claims Medical Mistreatment at Allegheny County Jail
A man whose heart functions at only 12 percent of its capacity claims that he is being denied medical treatment by staff at the Allegheny County Jail.In a complaint filed Friday in federal court, the sister of Gary Guyaux claimed that the lack of medical...
NFL Owners Look Bad as Anthem Plan Goes on Hold
There are 23 NFL owners who are billionaires, according to Forbes Magazine. The latest to join that exclusive fraternity is Carolina's David Tepper, an Allderdice, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon graduate who is worth an estimated $11 billion.There also is...
Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave Kills Dozens in Japan
The Northern Hemisphere is seeing record-setting heat waves worldwide, including a third week of punishing temperatures that have killed dozens in Japan.The mercury soared to 106 degrees in Kumagaya on Monday, which is about 40 miles northwest of Tokyo,...
North Side Florist, Mr. Optimism, Mayor of Western Avenue July 29, 1957 - July 20, 2018
Kerry Kennedy, the North Side florist whose infectious optimism kept him at his craft through fire and illness, died in his Fineview home Friday, his beloved dog, Desi, at his side. Mr. Kennedy was 60.His older sister, Kim Zuccarini, often talked of...
North Siders Advised: Boil Water
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is asking about 4,600 North Side households to boil their water after a 16-inch main burst Monday beneath Brighton Road.That advisory will remain in place until Thursday morning - at the earliest - following the...
(Not So) Far out Watch Mars Come Closest to Earth over the Next Week
Over the next week, Mars will be the closest it's been to Earth since Aug. 27, 2003. It will be brighter than all of the stars in the sky as it reaches opposition on Friday and will be at its closest point to Earth at 3:50 a.m. on July 31.In 2003, the...
NPR Host Says Restaurant Didn't Welcome His Children
So much for Pittsburgh hospitality: NPR "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep was apparently in town and took to Twitter to inform his 229,000 followers that he wasn't welcome at a restaurant - because it does not allow children.His tweet resulted in...
Officials Aim to Rid Public Land Statuses
In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence that these public lands boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according to documents the department released this month and retracted...
One Day after Bus Crash, Almost All Pbt Students Released from Hospital
A day after two buses carrying Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre students collided, injuring more than two dozen people, all but one of the victims had been released from a hospital, the ballet company said Monday.The one student who remained in the hospital...
On This Day, July 24
1866: Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.1915: The SS Eastland, a passenger ship carrying more than 2,500 people, rolled onto its side while docked at the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River; an estimated...
Pa. Regulators Can't Locate Pension Advance Company
Pennsylvania regulators have gone to court to force a pension advance company that promised refunds and other compensation to comply with the agreement.But the company, Future Income Payments of Irvine, Calif., and its owner, Scott Kohn, can't be found.A...
Putin Endangers U.S.-Funded News Outlets the Russian Dictator Falsely Tries to Equate Respectable Journalists with His Propagandists
An editorial from The Washington PostA central pillar of Vladimir Putin's political strategy is the propagation of false equivalences. The Kremlin tries to convince Russians, and the world, that there is really no difference between its autocratic and...
Rays Place Snell on Dl
The Tampa Bay Rays put All-Star left-hander Blake Snell on the 10-day disabled list with fatigue in his throwing shoulder.Snell had an MRI Monday that showed no structural issues. The team is hopeful that Snell will miss just one start.Snell, 25, had...
Steel Importers Question Tariff Decisions Relief Denials Leave Many Frustrated
McMahon Steel Supply's Ronnie Smith is "discouraged, frustrated" by the U.S. Commerce Department's decision to deny the company relief from the 25 percent tariffs President Donald Trump slapped on imported steel in March.The family-owned Houston, Texas,...
Swingin' in the Rain Once Again Win Streak Reaches 10 as Pirates Pound Cleveland Ace Kluber
CLEVELAND - The Pirates' nine-game win streak came as a surprise virtually to everyone outside of their clubhouse, a tantalizing run that, in a span of two weeks, sent a once-floundering team from 42-49 six days before the All-Star break to the subject...
Their Secrets to Longevity: Chocolate, God, Good Genes
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on July 25, 2018 Ruth Musser and Esther Kroh were misidentified in captions in a Century Club story on Tuesday.Can eating chocolate help you live longer? Mary Fallon says so.Mrs. Fallon, who turned 100...
The Struggle to End Subscriptions Is Real
In the current frenzy of federal deregulation, sometimes the states step up to defend the consumer, which is the case with California's amended law making it easier to quit online subscriptions.The amendment provides that consumers who accept a subscription...
Three Key Tests Top Pitt's Non-Acc Slate
What will come from Jeff Capel's first season as Pitt's men's basketball coach is unknown, but the teams the Panthers will play along the way no longer is.Pitt unveiled its non-conference schedule Monday for the 2018-19 season, a 13-game slate highlighted...
Toronto Shooting Kills 2, Injures 13
TORONTO - A man whose family said he suffered from psychosis and depression fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in Toronto's lively Greektown district Sunday night, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 others in...
Trump Threatens to Revoke Security Clearances Former Officials Critical of President, Russia Are Targeted
WASHINGTON -President Donald Trump threatened to revoke the security clearances of former top officials who have raised alarms about Russian interference in the 2016 election or questioned the president's fitness for office.White House press secretary...
Use County Clean Air Money to Clean the Air
I'm deeply disturbed by the Allegheny County Health Department's plan to raid the Clean Air Fund and use it for renovations to its offices in Lawrenceville. Not only is this irresponsible, some have claimed that it is unlawful.For over a decade, the...
Vikings Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano [Derived Headline]
Vikings offensive line coach Tony SparanoEAGAN, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died Sunday at the age of 56, the team said.The team announced Mr. Sparano's death in a statement that did not provide a cause. Mr. Sparano had...
Wag the Dog, Threaten Iran Trump Diverted Attention from Russia, but Probably at the Cost of War or U.S. Credibility
In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran." That was Donald Trump tweeting in 2011.This was President Trump tweeting late Sunday night:"To Iranian President Rouhani: "NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER...
WEST/EAST [Derived Headline]
WESTPOLICE, FBI SEEKING HELP TO IDENTIFY BANK ROBBERThe FBI and Aliquippa police were seeking the public's help Monday in identifying a man who robbed a bank on Broadhead Road.The FBI said the man, about 5-foot-8 and carrying a black bag that looked...
West End Seniors Await State Rent Rebates Reason for Delay of Checks Is Unclear
Without her annual rent rebate check, which typically arrives the first week of July, Marjorie DiPerna has had to cancel more than one appointment with doctors. She doesn't have money for the $35 co-pay."I had to cancel two of them today," she said Monday...
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