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Articles from December 17, 2018

15th Annual Reindeer Ball
When and where: Dec. 9 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown.#AllForTheLittleOnes: It was a festive occasion indeed for more than 200 children along with their families and friends who welcomed Santa's circus to town at Pittsburgh Mercy's 15th...
Amid the Obamacare Uncertainty, Dems Remain Divided on Health Care
The decision by a federal judge in Texas to side with Republicans to strike down the Obama health law has opened up a new front in the long political fight over the transformative health care law.While Democrats across ideological lines are in lockstep...
A New Meaning to 'Love Thy Neighbor'
In recent weeks, we have seen a number of "#LoveThyNeighbor (No Exceptions)" signs appear throughout Pittsburgh, including a large banner outside of the Giant Eagle in Squirrel Hill. They echo the spirit of our community coming together in the aftermath...
A Pittsburgh Exile, Heartbroken like the Man without a Country, I Cannot Let My Hometown Go. and I Cannot Ignore Its Pain
When I was growing up on Pittsburgh's South Side in the 1950s, my favorite comic books were Classics Illustrated. I loved "The Three Musketeers," "Ivanhoe" and "The Count of Monte Cristo," the first three books in the series, but my favorite was Edward...
A Posturing Law Ohio Pastors Already Have Religious Freedom
The Ohio Legislature is coming to the rescue of . religion.The "Ohio Pastors' Protection Act" was approved by the Ohio House of Representatives in June and is awaiting action in the (thankfully) fast-expiring lame-duck session of the Ohio Senate.The...
Boswell Bounces Back to Nail Key Kick after Missing Another
The collective scream from the 65,280 fans at Heinz Field with 8:32 remaining in the third quarter Sunday afternoon wasn't the well-worn 'Here We Go' chant. It was 'Here We Go Again.'And it was heard all over Steelers Nation.That was the time left when...
Bottom Two Lines Get Offensive
This is, Matt Cullen insisted late Saturday night, exactly how it's supposed to work.Matt Murray returned from injury to make several key stops and Phil Kessel picked up the game-winning goal in overtime to down the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3, but the Penguins...
Collins Open to Trump Challengers
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday she welcomes potential Republican primary challengers to President Donald Trump while also declining to endorse the president's 2020 re-election bid.Ms. Collins, who helped defeat Republican attempts to repeal...
Cost Savings Drive Police Mergers, but Not Everyone Supports Them
Early last month, just one week after the East Pittsburgh police force disbanded, the borough's council president convened nine nearby municipalities to discuss regionalizing the police departments that dot the Mon Valley.East Pittsburgh's police department...
Daya Joins Bill for Fundraiser Her One 2018 Pittsburgh Date Is Tree of Life Show
It's been a whirlwind for Daya since she hit the charts in 2015 with "Hide Away," a single that's been streamed 15 million times on YouTube.The 20-year-old singer from Mt. Lebanon, born Grace Tandon, jumped right into touring and working on her 2016...
Defense Finally Rewrites Ending against Brady
Show of hands: How many of you, given the opportunity, would have walked into Rivers Casino and put your entire 401K (or what's left of it) on Tom Brady covering the necessary 75 yards with 2:30 left and the Steelers ahead by a touchdown?You sir, in...
Defense Finally Rewrites Ending against Brady
Show of hands: How many of you, given the opportunity, would have walked into Rivers Casino and put your entire 401K (or what's left of it) against Tom Brady covering the necessary 75 yards with 2:30 left and the Steelers ahead by a touchdown?You sir,...
Fourth Win in Row Lifts Dukes to 8-2
With a dominant start in the first half and 31 points off of turnovers, Duquesne beat Maine, 72-46, Sunday at Palumbo Center for a fourth consecutive victory.The Dukes had 11 steals and capitalized on 25 Maine turnovers, 17 in the first half. Maine shot...
Friend's Boyfriend Is a Serial Cheater
DEAR NATALIE: My best friend's boyfriend is a serial cheater. She has taken him back countless times, and he always promises not to do it again. Well, a few months after he makes these promises, he breaks them, and then she comes crying to me. I'm really...
Giant Eagle Announces Recall of Red and Green Leaf Lettuce E. Coli Suspected in Produce from Calif. Supplier
Giant Eagle has removed a specific brand of red and green leaf lettuce from its stores' produce departments and advised any customers making recent purchases to dispose of the lettuce, due to concerns about potential E. coli contamination.The regional...
Gun Laws Will Make Our City Safer
Matthew Burk in his letter (Dec. 12, "City Gun Laws") seems to think that the only gun violence that takes place in this country is when "some maniac or criminal commits an atrocity."Unfortunately, far more deaths and injuries occur daily because of...
Haden-Led Defense Exorcises Demons Much-Maligned Unit Seals a Big Deal with Fourth-Quarter Heroics That Prevent Tom Brady from Playing Superman Again
The worm finally turned.The Steelers tugged on Tom Brady's cape, spit into the wind and did what Ben Roethlisberger said two years ago they needed very much to do. They slayed the dragon.They still might need to do it again this season, but the Steelers...
Haden-Led Defense Exorcises Demons Much-Maligned Unit Seals a Big Deal with Fourth-Quarter Heroics That Prevent Tom Brady from Playing Superman Again
The worm finally turned.The Steelers tugged on Tom Brady's cape, spit into the wind and did what Ben Roethlisberger said two years ago they needed very much to do. They slayed the dragon.They still might need to do it again this season, but the Steelers...
Haden's Pick Comes Right on Time with Desperate Steelers Needing a Win, Cb Makes Game-Changing Grab
Joe Haden did not play against the New England Patriots a year ago because of a fractured fibula that caused him to miss five total games.The Patriots probably wish he didn't play against them this time around, either.There was certainly nothing wrong...
Hopes of Traditional Christmas in Jeopardy
In the cozy house on a Homewood hill, the Christmas tree always goes up on Dec. 1. It's a tradition. On Christmas Eve, the family goes to Mount Carmel Baptist Church over on Brighton Road. That's a tradition, too. The next day, they feast on country...
Hopes of Traditional Christmas in Jeopardy
In the cozy house on a Homewood hill, the Christmas tree always goes up on Dec. 1. It's a tradition. On Christmas Eve, the family goes to Mount Carmel Baptist Church over on Brighton Road. That's a tradition, too. The next day, they feast on country...
How Did Pantone Pick Living Coral as Its 2019 Color of the Year (and Why Should We Care)?
December means lots of things to lots of people: holidays, the start of winter, the end of the year. For fans of fashion and design, though, it's also time for color experts at Pantone to announce their pick for the new year's hottest hue.For 2019, meet...
Indiana, Pa., Senior Couple Hits the Road Logged the Most Trips in Excursion Program
It's hard to pin down retired Indiana, Pa., professors Gerald and Karen Ready on what was the most special memory from nearly 300 education-oriented, experience-based trips they've taken around the Western Hemisphere.Would it be watching Inuit villagers...
It's All in the Details for Pitt Good Habits Still Work in Progress for Young Team
Ever a worrier, by his own admission, Jeff Capel sat at his postgame news conference Saturday a victorious man, but through whatever joy came from that were two moments that gnawed at him.The first came with about 12 minutes remaining in Pitt's 78-43...
Justice on Two Fronts Supreme Court Decision Both Confuses and Clarifies
By deciding to keep secret certain details of an explosive report on clergy sexual abuse, the state Supreme Court may have undercut the grand jury system and the people's right to know.But the court also raised important questions of due process.As the...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
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; call 412-263-1601 to suggest a news obituary. Classified...
#Letsmakeaseen: Scent with Love
#LetsMakeASEEN: Scent with LoveAn occasional piece for the SEEN column that focuses attention on small nonprofits in our city doing great work.Founder: Shannon Haldeman, 26, of Harrison City.Occupation: Research specialist at Montefiore Hospital in Oakland...
Low Cut Connie Returns for Tree of Life Concert
Having worked its way up the chain of clubs in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia rock 'n' roll band Low Cut Connie headlined a packed show at Mr. Smalls on a Thursday night in October."We get on stage and we do what we can to lift people up, make people feel...
Machado Talks in N.Y. Yankees, Shortstop Will Meet This Week
Brian Cashman has said since early November the New York Yankees have an interest in free-agent Manny Machado. This week brings the logical next step of that interest.The All-Star infielder, this winter's headliner free agent along with Bryce Harper,...
Matriarch of Strip District Italian Food Market Dec. 18, 1931 - Dec. 10, 2018
For more than 30 years, Ann Sunseri was a familiar face at her sons' Italian food market and wholesale business in the Strip District. A cashier when Nino and Jimmy started their namesake store in 1985, she eventually did everything from manage the books...
New Literacy Pittsburgh CEO Has 'A Lot to Build On'
A longtime advocate for students and quality education has taken over leadership of Literacy Pittsburgh, the region's largest provider of adult basic education.Carey Harris, previously the executive director of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment...
On This Day, Dec. 17
1777 France recognized American independence.1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned flight in a powered airplane near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.1958 John Dearden,...
Penn Hills Chief Says Mergers Could Help Some Towns
Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton scanned his ID badge in the department's $12 million building, and a set of doors slid open with a click.He walked from room to room on a gray mid-October day, greeting some of his officers and pointing out the building's...
President Feckless Democrats Must Model Good Governance
The democratic world is burning, and we have a president obsessed with a purely symbolic, trivial and politically manipulative fight over a wall - a giant mass of concrete that he laughably promised would be paid for by Mexico.You can surely be entertained...
President Feckless Democrats Must Model Good Governance
The democratic world is burning, and we have a president obsessed with a purely symbolic, trivial and politically manipulative fight over a wall - a giant mass of concrete that he laughably promised would be paid for by Mexico.You can surely be entertained...
Rankin's Police Chief Favors Consolidation
The front door to Rankin's tiny police station was wide open, as it often is, despite the presence of a just-arrested man within. Roughly between the door and the holding cell sat Chief Ryan Wooten, deep in conversation with the 25-year-old suspect."I...
Riding the 54d, a World in a Whirl
I climbed onto the 54D bus on a recent morning to a cheerful "Good morning!" from the driver, Tim Sheerer. A young woman in a knit cap with a pompom on top followed me on board. Several blocks later, across from Allegheny General Hospital, several more...
Rookie Samuels Grows Up Fast as Running Back
When James Conner was tearing up defenses earlier this season and leading the Steelers to a six-game winning streak, he heard often from Le'Veon Bell on Twitter."damn James" with a flexing bicep emoji was my favorite Bell communication and, I'm guessing,...
#Seencommunitybuilding: Lead Now Pittsburgh
Change happens at the pace of trust. That was the statement that Aradhna Oliphant, president and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., wanted to be reflected in the newest program at the organization. What better way to uplift a community than to support...
Some in Elizabeth Borough Puzzled by Absence of Police Chief
It came as a shock in early December to many of the people in Elizabeth Borough's downtown business district when they learned that police Chief Tim Butler had been placed on administrative leave.On Thursday, in this small riverfront community that's...
Step Gently into the World of Gene Editing
An editorial from Bloomberg OpinionA Chinese scientist's claim to have edited the genes of human embryos has provoked condemnation from scientists worldwide, and rightly so. He Jiankui barged ahead without ensuring that the genetic changes he says he...
SUNDAY [Derived Headline]
SUNDAYGirls BasketballShe Got Game ClassicAt Washington, D.C.North Catholic 61, Cardinal O'Hara 58Penn Hills 63, Medgar Evers, N.Y. 44MONDAY'S SCHEDULEBoys BasketballWPIAL CLASS 6ASection 3 -- Penn-Trafford at Connellsville.WPIAL CLASS 5ASection 3 --...
TRAFFIC WATCH [Derived Headline]
Highights from major construction projects around Pittsburgh and surrounding areas this week1. Fort Pitt Tunnel: Overnight work possible.2. Route 50/Bridgeville:Single-lane restrictions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 20 on Washington Avenue (Route...
Trump Will Review Afghan Murder Case
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he will review the case of a former Special Forces officer and Afghanistan war veteran who was notified last week that he will face a murder charge in the death of a detainee suspected of being a Taliban bombmaker.Army...
Watt Turns Up Pressure vs. Brady
Usually, the key to beating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is pressure up the middle. The Steelers got some of that Sunday from Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, who combined for four quarterback hurries. But the best and most consistent...
Watt Turns Up Pressure vs. Brady
Usually, the key to beating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is pressure up the middle. The Steelers got some of that Sunday from Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, who combined for four quarterback hurries. But the best and most consistent...
White House Brawl over the Wall the Absurd Thing Is, Democrats and Republicans Mostly Agree on Border Security
The media are still buzzing about last week's televised 17-minute confrontation between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders over a possible shutdown if Congress doesn't approve additional funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.Yet people...
Wvu Tripped by Rhode Island
Rhode Island broke West Virginia's press and broke down the Mountaineers defense in the second half at the Hall of Fame Showcase in Uncasville, Conn.The Rams' Jeff Dowtin and Fatts Russell each scored 18 points as Rhode Island (5-3) pulled away from...
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