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Articles from September 14, 2018

$10M Plan for Affordable Housing Moves Forward
Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority on Thursday approved an allocation plan for the city's $10 million affordable housing trust fund for the remainder of the year.The plan, which still must be approved by Pittsburgh City Council, calls for allocating:*...
'A Club That Doesn't Need Any New Members' the Mother of Antwon Rose II Reflects on Her Loss
Michelle Kenney is a self-described news junkie.She leaves the television in her Rankin home tuned to CNN all the time and vividly remembers the stories about Michael Brown getting shot and killed by officers in Ferguson, Mo., and Trayvon Martin in Sanford,...
Amazon Has Patented a System That Would Put Workers on Top of a Robot
A patent Amazon has received would pair humans and machines. In this case, the humans would be in a cage.Illustrations that accompany the patent, which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in 2016, show a cage-like enclosure around a small...
Amazon Hq2 Could Create Apartment Crunch Rental Inventory in Region Deficient
If Amazon HQ2 lands in Pittsburgh, it could create an unprecedented apartment crunch, with nearly 2,000 units required to be built each year just to meet demand and keep rent growth steady.That's the conclusion of HotPads, a Zillow Group-owned apartment...
America's Most Contrarian College St. John's College Makes Higher Education Preparation for Life - All of It
SANTA FE, N.M.Have I got a college for you. For your first two years, your regimen includes ancient Greek. And I do mean Greek, the language, not Greece, the civilization, though you'll also hang with Aristotle, Aeschylus, Thucydides and the rest of...
Ben Sits Again, Dobbs Prepares to Play
Ben Roethlisberger did not practice again Thursday, but there is some expectation he will do so Friday and be ready to play Sunday against Kansas City.Roethlisberger wore a protective sleeve on his bruised right elbow during practice but removed it once...
Boyd&blair Potato Vodka Turns 10
It's been 10 years since Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries, working in part of the old Glenshaw Glass factory in Shaler, turned Pennsylvania potatoes into Boyd & Blair potato vodka.Now the company is celebrating the anniversary with a limited-edition...
Cmu Opens Its 'Front Door,' Home to New Business School Tepper Quadrangle at Heart of Campus
As the public tours Carnegie Mellon University's futuristic new business school complex, with sweeping views of Oakland and amenities from smart-looking classrooms to an espresso bar, some may be moved to ask: "What exactly is supporting all this?"One...
Council Oks Ordinance Allowing Chickens New Law Willl Be Revisited in 2019
Bethel Park residents now will be permitted to keep chickens on their property.Council voted 7-1 on Monday to establish an ordinance that allows chickens to be raised in residential districts.Members Joseph Consolmagno, Jim Hannan, Don Harrison, Mark...
Data: 7 P.M. Friday at Mars. Game Will Be Televised ... [Derived Headline]
Data: 7 p.m. Friday at Mars. Game will be televised by 22 The Point (WPNT).Coaches: Jon LeDonne has an 11-4 record in two seasons at Penn Hills. Scott Heinauer is 183-101 in 27 seasons at Mars.Last week: Penn Hills throttled host Fox Chapel, 46-0, while...
Dems to Push for Police Reform Efforts Prompted by Shooting Death of Antwon Rose II
Democratic state lawmakers called Thursday for law enforcement reforms in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Antwon Rose II in June.They plan to introduce between six and eight bills calling for a statewide database to track police misconduct,...
Despite the Perception That Roethlisberger Plays Poorly Away from Heinz Field, Statistics Don't Bear That Out
Ben Roethlisberger proved once again Sunday in Cleveland that he's terrible on the road. Right?Not so fast there.Roethlisberger did not play well in Cleveland, as his five turnovers will attest, along with his 60.5 passer rating. There have been other...
Destination Verona Town Works for New, Hip Image
When Verona Borough Council decided to host a monthly food truck event in town this summer, there was a "let's see what happens attitude" about the event. Nothing like it had been done before, so officials figured it was worth a shot to find out.What...
Dickerson Trying to Battle Way out of Slump Hamstring Injury, Time on Dl Spoiled Timing, Ended Hit Parade
MILWAUKEE - Corey Dickerson lined out to begin the game July 21 against the Cincinnati Reds and headed into the cage. He fired up the breaking-ball pitching machine and took two or three swings while tapping his right toe. It felt really good.In his...
Dinucci Leads James Madison's Win Ex-Pitt QB Throws for Three Tds, Runs for Two More in Rout of Rmu
Ben DiNucci, the former Pitt and Pine-Richland High School quarterback, accounted for a career-high five touchdowns and James Madison rolled past visiting Robert Morris, 73-7, in a game played early because of Hurricane Florence.James Madison (2-1),...
District Dysfunction Law Enforcement Should Look into West Mifflin Woes
The accusations of improper behavior against West Mifflin Area School District superintendent Daniel Castagna, including that he hired members of a motorcycle gang to provide "intimidation and security," have reached the stage where they require more...
Duquesne Still Has Top-Notch Players
It has been 11 years since Duquesne High School closed, but the city is still producing standout football players, especially at the running back position.The biggest star among them currently is Parrish Parker, a senior at West Mifflin who has committed...
Ex-Cabinet Member Lands at Cmu
Two years ago, when he was U.S. transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx came to Pittsburgh to review the city's application for a $50 million Smart Cities grant. Many of the grant's technology components were developed at Carnegie Mellon University.Now,...
Facebook Needs Focus Block Explicitly Illegal Content before Policing Speech
Few companies have had a rockier 2018 than Facebook. Accusations of mishandling user data and enabling the spread of "fake news" resulted in the company's market cap taking a record $120 billion tumble in just one day.Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
Facebook Needs Focus Block Explicitly Illegal Content before Policing Speech
Few companies have had a rockier 2018 than Facebook. Accusations of mishandling user data and enabling the spread of "fake news" resulted in the company's market cap taking a record $120 billion tumble in just one day.Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
Federal Funds Flow to Lower Mon Work
Long-delayed work to replacing aging locks and dams on the Monongahela River received a boost Thursday when Congress overwhelmingly approved a spending measure that contains money for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The appropriations bill includes...
Firm Plans to Add Lagoon, Ice Rink to North Side Riverfront Development
A beach - and much more - is coming to the 'Burgh.Millcraft Investments has reached a deal to build a man-made lagoon on the Ohio riverfront on the North Side as part of an ambitious mixed-use development in Chateau known as the Esplanade.The two-acre...
Forged from Steel Sons of Steelers Feel the Pressure of Expectations
Joey Porter Jr. was all of 8 years old when he got smacked in the face by great expectations - and we're not talking the Charles Dickens novel, either. Porter remembers his very first midget-league football practice in the state of California and the...
Former City Officer Acquitted in Alleged Road Rage Incident
A former Pittsburgh police officer accused of pointing a gun at a motorist during an alleged road rage incident was found not guilty Thursday.Robert Kramer, 29, of Crafton Heights, was charged with one count of simple assault. A jury deliberated about...
Freshman Olb Makes Impact Fast
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State coach James Franklin doesn't have to look hard to see the flaws in Micah Parsons' game."There's a lot of things, from a fundamental standpoint, that he's got to get better at, even just stance and start," Franklin said....
Gnc Deal No Threat to National Security Federal Panel Approves Firm's Partnership with China's Harbin Pharmaceutical Group
What do vitamins and supplements have to do with national security?Apparently, more than one might think.Early Thursday, Pittsburgh health and wellness retailer GNC said the federal panel that reviews investments by foreign entities in U.S. companies...
Goldman Sachs Reshuffles Top Leadership [Derived Headline]
Goldman Sachs reshuffles top leadershipGoldman Sachs, which is getting a new CEO next month, announced it is overhauling the rest of it leadership team. The company said insider John Waldron will become the firm's president and chief operating officer...
Gunman Kills 6 in Bakersfield, Calif., Rampage
LOS ANGELES - A gunman in Southern California fatally shot his ex-wife and a man at a trucking company before chasing after another man, killing him, and then driving to a home where he shot dead a father and daughter during a nearly 40-minute rampage,...
Healthy Mcdonald Back on Practice Field
It was smiles all around Wednesday and Thursday when Steelers tight end Vance McDonald took part in his first full practices since the start of training camp. After McDonald stretched out his arms and made a fingertip catch along the sidelines Wednesday...
Hollis Mathis Penn Hills Football
The past week: Mathis completed 9 of 12 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a 46-0 win against Fox Chapel.Check this out: Mathis is one of the WPIAL's top passers, completing 43 of 64 passes (67 percent) for 637 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has...
Hundreds Fill Mattress Factory in Tribute to Founder
About 500 people gathered Thursday at the Mattress Factory to pay tribute to Barbara Luderowski, the late founder of the North Side museum.The event to celebrate her life was a party and a fundraiser, as she had requested. But it was also an opportunity...
Iron Born Pizza Expands to Millvale for 2nd Location
Grant Achatz's restaurant Alinea in Chicago is among the most decorated in recent American history. To work there is to be in the most rarefied air of restaurant kitchens. So, it's unlikely that it's ever before been the steppingstone to owning a takeout...
It's a Great Pumpkin Festival, Charlie Brown
With pumpkin puns including "gourd almighty," 1,500 to 2,000-plus pounders will sprout on the Great Lawn of North Shore Riverfont Park on Oct. 20-21 for the Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival.The first-time free family fest is funded by Colcom Foundation...
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...
Light Rail System's Blue Line- Library May Reopen on Sunday
Port Authority said Thursday it expects to test its closed Blue Line-Library on Saturday, and if it passes inspections, the light rail line will reopen with the start of service on Sunday.The line has been closed from Lytle Station to Library since June...
Medicare for All: Less Costly for Most and More Humane
Milton Ezrati's Sept. 3 commentary, "Medicare for All = Sticker Shock," is full of distortions and unnecessary fear-mongering.There is no mention of the cost of supporting the private health insurance industry, which does not deliver health care but...
Mets Wright Will Return for Maybe His Last Game
New York Mets captain David Wright will return for the team's final homestand, making what will probably be his last appearance as a big leaguer.The Mets said that they plan to activate Wright when they return to Citi Field on Sept. 25 against Atlanta....
Moth Returns with Lineup of 5 Storytellers
The Moth, a storytelling juggernaut with a radio hour, a podcast and hundreds of live performances nationwide, returns to the Byham Theater on Monday with five storytellers.They are Zeb Baccelli, owner of Clarion River Organics; Erin Marie Williams-Hatala,...
New Garbage Contract Will Bring Changes to Municipality
Bethel Park Council on Monday unanimously approved a five-year $11.6 million garbage and recycling contract with Waste Management that will bring a lot of changes for residents when the contract takes effect in January.Municipal Manager Shawn Arbaugh...
Nothing Cheesy about This Week's Predictions
Every now and then, someone calls The Fumbler cheesy.In some ways, they're right.The Fumbler loves cheese. He spends more cheddar on it than he would care to admit. Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Who is he to dis a brie?Politics don't interest The...
No Walker? No Problem for Gateway
If this was Madden and player ratings popped up next to Brendan Majocha and Brady Walker's names, the two quarterbacks' grades would look a bit different, Gateway coach Don Holl said.Walker, Gateway's three-year starting quarterback who finished his...
Pitt Center Will Face Huge Test Georgia Tech Ng a Giant Nightmare
Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey isn't like Panthers tight end coach Tim Salem, who Tuesday said he barely had slept since the Saturday night loss against Penn State."I need sleep," Morrissey said, with a laugh, after practice Wednesday, "or I can't function."He...
Pitt Faces Rugged Acc Start Capel's First Team Opens with N.C
As Pitt prepares for its first season under coach Jeff Capel, the schedule for ACC games is now set.A conference slate featuring home games against Duke and North Carolina will begin with a home matchup against the latter, a noon tipoff Jan. 5 that will...
Recommendation Could Affect Upmc Plans
The Jefferson Hills Planning Commission recommended Tuesday that council remove hospitals as a conditional use in two zoning districts.The planning commission's recommendation affects R-1 residential-agricultural and R-2 low density residential districts....
Rolling Back Methane Regulations Harms Everyone
As a physician, I pledged a solemn oath to protect the lives of my patients. The Environmental Protection Agency seems to have forgotten that its mission is also to protect.The EPA's proposal to roll back regulations on methane emissions from the shale...
Steelers 'D' Faces Tough Test
Debate raged over the Steelers defense after the tie in Cleveland - and when the subject is Steelers defense, always remember this: Good isn't good enough.Dominance is the goal here.So, did it play really well or just OK Sunday? Did it convince you that...
Steelers 'D' Faces Tough Test
Debate raged over the Steelers defense after the tie in Cleveland - and when the subject is Steelers defense, always remember this: Good isn't good enough.Dominance is the goal here.So, did it play really well or just OK Sunday? Did it convince you that...
Strong Storms Fuel Residents' Fears regarding Proposed Development Stormwater Runoff a Growing Concern
In a secluded area of the borough, in what locals refer to as the original Fox Chapel, 20 acres of vacant land sit along a ridge off of Mill Dam Road.A developer sees this site as perfect for luxury homes.Neighbors view it as adding to the costly water...
Super Typhoon Nears Philippines
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine authorities were evacuating thousands of people from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides, and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's...
'The First' Is an Earnest Hero Story
There's no better proof that the antihero age of modern television finally may be waning than Hulu's new astronaut drama "The First," which is now streaming.Created by "House of Cards" showrunner Beau Willimon, "The First" is as earnest as "House of...
The Sad Attempt to Bully Susan Collins Those Hoping to Derail Kavanaugh Nomination Turn to Abhorrent Tactics
An editorial fromThe Wall Street JournalAfter the undignified theatrics at Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings last week, it was hard to imagine that the opposition to this competent Supreme Court nominee could get any more embarrassing. Well, how...
Throwing Trust Away the Media Is in a Crisis of Credibility
SAN DIEGO -- It used to be the media would fact-check a story. Now, many people feel they need to fact-check the media.That's not a bad idea. In the Trump era, much of the media - a vast landscape of newspapers, broadcast networks, talk radio, news sites,...
THURSDAY [Derived Headline]
THURSDAYFootballWestinghouse 28, Allderdice 22Scoring summary not reported.Boys Cross CountryNON-SECTIONBurgettstown 15, Keystone Oaks 50Girls Cross CountryNON-SECTIONBurgettstown 15, Keystone Oaks 50Field HockeyNON-SECTIONMt. Lebanon 3, Ellis School...
Tom Hanks Filming to Distrupt Flow of Traffic in Downtown
"You Are My Friend," the film starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, is filming in Downtown this week, with road closures through Wednesday.The screenplay is based on the close relationship between Mr. Rogers, the creator/host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,"...
Uso, Octoberfest Show Festival of the Bands
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church will hold its Harvest Fair Sept. 28 and 29. One of the region's largest church rummage sales, it features everything for the house and/or garden. Friday's pre-sale event will be from 5 to 9 p.m.; admission is $5 plus an...
Wheeling Bishop Removed Pope Immediately Accepts Resignation, Oks Investigation
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., on Thursday and launched an investigation of allegations of sexual harassment of adults against him.The pope accepted Bishop Bransfield's resignation almost...
Who Gets to Say Where It's Safe to Build a Natural Gas Pipeline? in Some Cases in Pa., the Operator Decides
Among the swirl of questions following the pipeline explosion Monday in a residential area of Center, Beaver County is who gets to decide where it's safe to build a high-pressure pipeline.For a pipeline like Energy Transfer Corp.'s Revolution, a 24-inch-diameter,...
Willie Nelson, Van Morrison Record Together in Overbrook
The Church Recording Studio in Overbrook doesn't get many requests for studio sessions from people in Belfast, Ireland, so the team was quizzical when the call came in a few months ago for a three-day booking in early September."We didn't take it too...
Workers of the World (Including Celebrities), Unite!
What started out as a sly attempt at job shaming by Fox News on its website last month has had the opposite effect. The headline on the Aug. 31 news item gave away the game immediately: "'Cosby Show' actor Geoffrey Owens spotted bagging groceries at...
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