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Articles from September 25, 2018

After near Meltdown, Defense Shuts off Rally Roethlisberger's Passing Show Nets Just Enough Tunrover-Fueled Points in First Half to Provide Cushion for Second-Half Implosion
TAMPA, Fla. - The Steelers defense still has some work to do, but it produced four turnovers to help propel them into a big first-half lead and then held on for a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night.The Steelers' first victory of...
An Emphasis on Sack Rule Has Upset Players
The Associated PressLANDOVER, Md. - Surely does seem as if "When is a sack just a sack?" is quickly becoming the NFL's new "Did that player lower his helmet too much?" or "What, exactly, is a catch?"It's a fundamental element of football - how a pass-rusher...
A Pinch-Off at the Pierogi Fest
Matt Wallace hadn't even planned on going to Sunday's Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival at Kennywood Park, let alone take part in its signature food contest.Yet there he was in front of a long table with dozens of other contestants come midafternoon, stuffing...
Baseball Umpires Aren't Blind, They're Breathless, Study Says Data Shows Air Quality Affects Their Accuracy
Earlier this month, when an umpire in a Pirates-Brewers game called a pitch just off the outside corner of the plate a strike, the batter, Francisco Cervelli, vigorously shook his head no, and, following an animated discussion, was ejected from the game.Fans...
Big Brothers Big Sisters Changes Screening Process to Align with Local Policy
The partnership between Pittsburgh Public Schools and the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters remains intact, after the youth-mentoring organization promised to stop asking volunteers questions about such things as their sexual orientation and...
Blood Bank Gets New Name: Vitalant Rebranding Effort Aimed at Attracting Younger Donors
The Central Blood Bank has changed its name as part of a national rebranding and joint effort with affiliated blood donation operations to reach younger donors.Vitalant Pittsburgh became the new name Monday for the local nonprofit that has operated since...
Blood Bank Gets New Name: Vitalant Rebranding Effort Aimed at Attracting Younger Donors
The Central Blood Bank has changed its name as part of a national rebranding and joint effort with affiliated blood donation operations to reach younger donors.Vitalant Pittsburgh became the new name Monday for the local nonprofit that has operated since...
Build Homewood a Natural Grass Field
Curtis Martin's homecoming gift to the Homewood community is an exciting opportunity to give kids and their families a safe place to play and get fit. It would give the Homewood community another asset to be proud of. For these reasons, I applaud Mr....
Build Homewood a Natural Grass Field
Curtis Martin's homecoming gift to the Homewood community is an exciting opportunity to give kids and their families a safe place to play and get fit. It would give the Homewood community another asset to be proud of. For these reasons, I applaud Mr....
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
FRIO CREAMERY REOPENS AFTER SEWAGE LEAKFrio Creamery on Butler Street in Lawrenceville was cleared by the Allegheny County Health Department to reopen Monday after being shut down Friday because of a raw sewage leak. "Sewage pooling [in] basement from...
Carnegie Science Center Co-Directors Retiring
Having accomplished all the goals they helped map out in a strategic plan a decade ago, Carnegie Science Center co-directors Ron Baillie and Ann Metzger will retire by the end of the year, the science center said Monday.The decision they reached on Thursday...
Carnegie Science Center Co-Directors Retiring
Having accomplished all the goals they helped map out in a strategic plan a decade ago, Carnegie Science Center co-directors Ron Baillie and Ann Metzger will retire by the end of the year, the science center said Monday.The decision they reached on Thursday...
CITY [Derived Headline]
TEN HURT WHEN BUS, VEHICLE HIT HEAD-ONINHOMEWOODTen people were injured early Monday when a Port Authority bus and an SUV collided head-on in Homewood.The bus driver had to be extricated from the wreckage and was taken to UPMC Mercy, where she was in...
City School Board Oks Tax Diversion Plan for Strip District Development
The proposed tax increment financing plan for upgrades in the Strip District took another step forward Monday as it received formal approval from the Pittsburgh Public Schools board.The board voted unanimously to approve the plan, or TIF, which would...
Declassify the Documents Americans Are Still Waiting for Answers
President Donald Trump's decision to allow the Justice Department's inspector general to review documents related to the ongoing Russia probe is a smart step toward transparency in this lengthy, opaque investigation.Mr. Trump announced last week that...
Denzel Washington to Attend August Wilson House Event
Denzel Washington will be in Pittsburgh Wednesday as a leading fundraiser for the August Wilson House, where invited guests and Hill District residents will gather for a previously announced "ground blessing" ceremony.The two-time Oscar winner won a...
Double Trouble for Brett Kavanaugh Only a Russian Novelist with the Skill of Fyodor Dostoevsky Could Do Justice to the Brett Kavanaugh Affair
There's a point in every political scandal where mere punditry fails because the depravity and bad faith on display requires a literary imagination to do it justice.Ever since high school, I've enjoyed dipping into 19th-century Russian literature. The...
Dungy Is Newest Member of Buccaneers Ring of Honor
TAMPA, Fla. - Has an NFL team ever honored a coach it fired?The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did just that Monday night when it honored Tony Dungy at` halftime, inducting him into their ring of honor.Wonder who Dungy rooted for between the Buccaneers and Steelers?...
Duquesne's Roster Now Fully Stocked Dukes Take on Different Look, Mindset
Of all his teammates, who is the toughest to guard?Duquesne freshman Lamar Norman Jr. couldn't name just one player, calling out three of his fellow Dukes - junior guard Mike Lewis II, sophomore swingman Eric Williams Jr. and junior guard Leonard Randall...
Findings on Alleged Racial Slurs Due Wednesday
The WPIAL board of directors had a closed hearing Monday with Connellsville and Penn Hills high schools over an incident in a boys soccer game a few weeks ago when Connellsville players and fans allegedly used racial slurs against Penn Hills.The hearing...
Freakin Rican's Red Curry Chicken Is among This Week's Best Dishes
You know those restaurant visits, when a single dish stands out from the rest? It's the one your tablemates wish they'd ordered because it's super flavorful, Instagram-worthy or rivals a favorite home-cooked version.From Brookline to Bloomfield, Shadyside...
Frio Creamery Reopens after Sewage Leak [Derived Headline]
Frio Creamery reopens after sewage leakFrio Creamery on Butler Street in Lawrenceville was cleared by the Allegheny County Health Department to reopen Monday after being shut down Friday because of a raw sewage leak. "Sewage pooling [in] basement from...
God Save the Queen Burying Homecoming Crown Won't Chasten Bullies
Last school year, a young woman at a Michigan high school was nominated for homecoming queen, against her will and without her permission.It was, to the people who nominated her, a funny joke, for she was not the homecoming queen "type."It wasn't a joke,...
Handling Hazards Underwater Robotics System Could Help Navy Divers Tasked with Dangerous Missions
"If I think of what is the most dangerous job you can do, it probably would be a Navy diver," said Jorgen Pedersen, CEO of RE2 Robotics."You're going down into sometimes murky waters, where you can't see, you have limited visibility, you're feeling around...
Handling Hazards Underwater Robotics System Could Help Navy Divers Tasked with Dangerous Missions
"If I think of what is the most dangerous job you can do, it probably would be a Navy diver," said Jorgen Pedersen, CEO of RE2 Robotics."You're going down into sometimes murky waters, where you can't see, you have limited visibility, you're feeling around...
Honeck Extends Pso Contract; Pso Board Elects New Chairman
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that music director Manfred Honeck has extended his contract two more years, through the 2021-22 season.Simultaneously, the PSO board of trustees elected Tony Bucci - chairman and CEO of the marketing...
Hong Kong Bans Small Political Party
The Hong Kong government used a colonial-era public security ordinance to ban a small pro-independence political party Monday, a move that rights advocates said would threaten free expression and association in the city.The Hong Kong National Party has...
Luplow Preps for 2019 Role
CHICAGO - Jordan Luplow started his first professional game in center field Monday, filling in for Starling Marte and gaining experience there for a possible role as a fourth outfielder next season.Marte left a game Sunday because of left calf tightness....
MONDAY'S RESULTS [Derived Headline]
MONDAY'S RESULTSBoys GolfWPIAL CLASS 3ASection 1Latrobe 191, Penn-Trafford 204Section 3Seneca Valley 186, North Hills 221Section 6Mt. Lebanon 205, West Mifflin 286Section 7South Fayette 208, Trinity 251Upper St. Clair 192, Peters Township 197WPIAL CLASS...
Ones to Watch ABC Scores with Two Winning New Comedies for Fall Lineup
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.- Fall 2018 is unlikely to go down as a remarkable start to a TV season. It's won't be like, say, 2004, which produced both "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."But ABC does have two of the best new comedies in "Single Parents" and...
On This Day, Sept. 25
1789: The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.1855: The first public high school in Pittsburgh - Central - was opened in...
Penguins Get Bigger, and It's by Design
Under coach Mike Sullivan, the Penguins identity always will be predicated on speed and playing fast. It's how they took the NHL by storm once Sullivan grabbed the reins in December 2015. Their roster is loaded with skaters who not only move their legs...
Pittsburgh Seeks to Hire an 'Anti-Litter Specialist'
The city of Pittsburgh's anti-litter specialist position is open, and the starting salary is $35,104.What does an anti-litter specialist do, exactly? While the title might bring about visions of a uniformed authority - maybe armed with litter-identifying...
Pitt's Defense Will Face a Stern Test
Pitt's defense has only had two real chances to prove its worth in 2018, but the upcoming stretch of games leading into an off week next month will tell plenty about how much progress is being made - or not made - under coach Pat Narduzzi.The opener...
Protect Humans
I am a lifelong surfer, swimmer, fisherman, kayaker and all-around outdoor enthusiast who has vacationed on Cape Cod since I was in my mother's belly.As someone who has spent a significant amount of time on the same beach where Arthur Medici was tragically...
Putin's War in Ukraine Is Backfiring the Fighting Continues and Drives the Country to Identify More and More with the West
LVIV, UkraineWhen they first arrived in Lviv, a university rector told me, the students who came from Donetsk walked around in packs, speaking loudly in Russian. They didn't want to speak Ukrainian, as most inhabitants of this city do; they didn't want...
Quantum's 'Chatterton' Can Be Difficult to Grasp
It's a mystery, or rather, several. A biography, or maybe three. A romantic narrative. A workout!It's Quantum Theatre's multidimensional, sometimes daunting new "Chatterton," a play by Karla Boos now having its world premiere among the sanctuaries, stalls,...
Reckless Journalism Victimizes Due Process the New Yorker Piece Dredging Up Another Kavanaugh 'Accuser' Never Should Have Seen Print
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh labels The New Yorker report a "smear, plain and simple." He should be applauded for his restraint. I am struggling to remember reading a less responsible piece of "journalism" in a major outlet.The piece starts...
Shady Side Academy Graduate to Become Private School's Next President in July 2019
A Shady Side Academy alumnus will become the school's next president, effective July 1, 2019.Bartley P. "Bart" Griffith Jr., a 1993 Shady Side graduate, currently is assistant head of the Gilman School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore.Amy Nixon is...
Six Mars Area Students Injured in Bus Accident
Six students were injured Monday afternoon when a Mars Area School District bus went off the road and down an embankment along Route 228 in Butler County.The district said in a statement that the six injured students were taken to a hospital by ambulance....
Sprong Absorbs Letang's Lessons Summer Workouts Lead to New Habits on and off the Ice
Daniel Sprong felt pretty good after one or two sets.It was everything else that proved problematic.This past summer, while working out with Kris Letang in Montreal, Sprong couldn't resist the temptation to test one of the NHL's fittest players.Occasionally...
Spy Learns Game of Deception in New Novel
In the early years of World War II, Juliet Armstrong, a spy for Britain's MI5 Security Service and the protagonist of Kate Atkinson's "Transcription," took a pearl necklace off a dead woman. She notes upon doing so that, inside each pearl, "there was...
State House Moves to Extend Statute of Limitations for Victims of Sex Abuse
HARRISBURG - After protesters flocked to the Capitol on Monday, the state House of Representatives advanced a measure that would allow more victims of child sex abuse to sue their attackers decades after being assaulted.The House voted, 171-23, to amend...
State House Moves to Extend Statute of Limitations for Victims of Sex Abuse
HARRISBURG - After protesters flocked to the Capitol on Monday, the state House of Representatives advanced a measure that would allow more victims of child sex abuse to sue their attackers decades after being assaulted.The House voted, 171-23, to amend...
Steelers Win, but It Was Not Pretty
TAMPA, Fla.No truth to that story about the Steelers' flight to Florida Sunday being delayed due to an excess of baggage, but, yeah, the Le'Veon Bell stuff and the continuing Antonio Brown drama felt like enough to ground a flight and a maybe a franchise.The...
Students Ask Edinboro U. to Reconsider Decision on Care for Those with Disabilities
An Edinboro University student who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair is asking the school's interim president to rescind a decision to replace a university staff of care attendants with private service providers from off campus.Alyssa Briglio,...
Students Ask Edinboro U. to Reconsider Decision on Care for Those with Disabilities
An Edinboro University student who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair is asking the school's interim president to rescind a decision to replace a university staff of care attendants with private service providers from off campus.Alyssa Briglio,...
Students First Devos Is Protective of the Wrong People
The value of an independent American judiciary was proven again recently when a federal judge threw out the attempt by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to eviscerate the protections for former students of for-profit colleges.U.S. District Judge Randolph...
Taillon Shines Again as Pirates Beat Cubs Cervelli Belts His Career-High 12th Home Run in First Inning
CHICAGO - Francisco Cervelli appeared to have no doubt the ball was gone, given the way he dropped his bat and hopped out of the batter's box. The question was whether it would stay fair.It stayed fair. It did not stay in the stadium.Cervelli's first-inning...
Trial Continues for Teen Accused of Killing His Son
The mother of a 4-month-old boy who died last year testified Monday that the child's father wanted her to terminate the pregnancy.De-John Johnson, 18, of McKeesport, is charged with homicide in the death of his son, Isaiah Brooks-Leonard, who died early...
Troubled Penn Hills Complex to Have Water Service until Mid-January
Water service will remain on in a Penn Hills apartment complex until at least Jan. 15, according to an agreement negotiated Monday by attorneys representing tenants, the Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority and Penn Hills.Tenants at the Valmar Gardens...
Troubled Penn Hills Complex to Have Water Service until Mid-January
Water service will remain on in a Penn Hills apartment complex until at least Jan. 15, according to an agreement negotiated Monday by attorneys representing tenants, the Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority and Penn Hills.Tenants at the Valmar Gardens...
United to Add Flight to Las Vegas - for a Day
Pittsburgh officially has arrived as a tech town - or at least United Airlines is gambling on it.The carrier will offer a special one-time flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Las Vegas on Jan. 7 based on anticipated demand for travel to the...
United to Add Flight to Las Vegas - for a Day
Pittsburgh officially has arrived as a tech town - or at least United Airlines is gambling on it.The carrier will offer a special one-time flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Las Vegas on Jan. 7 based on anticipated demand for travel to the...
Woods Still Locked out of Twitter
Since joining Twitter in 2009, actor James Woods has posted more than 24,000 tweets - 24,028 to be exact. It is not unusual for Mr. Woods, a two-time Oscar nominee known to espouse his conservative views on the social media platform, to tweet upward...
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