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Articles from January 4, 2019

A Debt Now Due Battered Wells Fargo Should Show CEO the Door
The CEO of Wells Fargo & Co. should be forced to resign and he should be thankful he simply lost his job and not his liberty.Tim Sloan, at the helm of one of the world's largest banking institutions for more than two years, has seemed at best casual...
Aliens Galore in 'Project Blue Book' and 'Roswell'
This month two scripted series debut using Area 51 as a backdrop, History's "Project Blue Book" and The CW reboot "Roswell, New Mexico." Not all alien-themed series are created equal.'Project Blue Book'Imagine a more obvious, predictable version of "The...
American Charged with Espionage in Russia Files Appeal, Seeks Bail
A lawyer for Paul Whelan, an American citizen charged in Russia with espionage, said Thursday he has filed an appeal in court against Mr. Whelan's detention without bail, which he called unwarranted and excessive.Mr. Whelan, 48, a Michigan resident and...
Belonging in Nature Outdoor Recreation Brings People, Dogs and Horses to Hollow Oak Land Trust Conservation Areas
It would not be an understatement to say the Hollow Oak Land Trust has a presence in Pittsburgh's western and northern suburbs, and a very green one at that.Meadows and streams, hills and dales, forests and flood plains as well as wild flowers and wildlife...
Borough Sets Meeting to Discuss Proposal to Close Road near School Officials Also Will Address Zoning
Homestead will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at Barrett Elementary School to get input from residents on the proposed permanent closure of 12th Avenue in front of Barrett Elementary.Officials also will answer questions and address residents'...
Boyd's Best Season Cut Short
Tyler Boyd's breakout season ended more in heartbreak just as the Clairton native ascended the ranks of some of the NFL's best wide receivers.While the Cincinnati Bengals slogged through another disappointing season, Boyd was among their few bright spots...
By Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar, Who've ... [Derived Headline]
by Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar, who've snagged the past five and six of the past seven.Compare Crosby's numbers to the Selke Trophy winners of the past 10 years, and he's right there with all of them. In some cases, such as...
Caesars, League OK Sponsorship Deal
The NFL entered a partnership with Caesars Entertainment on Thursday, the league's first official casino sponsor. The multiyear deal, however, does not include sports betting or fantasy football.The arrangement begins with this weekend's playoffs and...
Celebrity Duos That Could Bring Right Stuff to Academy Awards
Hosting an awards show is one of Hollywood's most thankless jobs - Adam Samberg and Sandra Oh will surely be reminded if they dare to check their Twitter feeds while hosting Sunday's Golden Globes ceremonies. Taking swipes at the poor suckers tasked...
Connecticut Loses First Regular-Season Game since 2014
Kalani Brown had 20 points and 17 rebounds as the No. 8 Baylor women beat Connecticut, 68-57, Thursday night, handing the Huskies their first regular-season loss in more than four years.The Huskies (11-1) lost, 88-86, in overtime at Stanford on Nov....
Dan Petcash Pine-Richland Basketball
The past week: Petcash helped Pine-Richland win the championship of the Blue Division at the C.J. Betters Tournament at Community College of Beaver Country. He scored 28 points against Lincoln Park and 16 in the title game against Beaver Falls.Check...
Deaths for Friday, January 4, 2019
CLASSIFIED OBITUARIESABATE, Joseph Anthony Jr. "Joe," Bon AirAMATO, Montana E.BAGWELL, John "Bags," North StrabaneBECKER, Paul Werner, PetersBERKOWITZ, Morton I.BLISTAN, Donald D. "Dave," formerly BridgevilleBOEHLER, Fred R., ShalerBONCUK, Grace M. Hilliard,...
Ellwood City Hospital Delays Paychecks Financial Woes Cause Concern for Its Future
Ellwood City Hospital's financial woes have continued into the New Year. Employees say pre-Christmas checks still have not arrived, and previous paychecks have bounced.As of Thursday, the biweekly checks due Dec. 21 had not been distributed. Parent company...
Ex-Blue Devils Standout Is Cool with North Carolina
While certainly not to the level of a Mike Krzyzewski or Christian Laettner, there are few in college basketball more closely associated with Duke than Jeff Capel.He started as a freshman for the Blue Devils in the NCAA championship game in 1994. He...
Financial Fitness Presentation Civil War Lecture Series
The first of two sessions in a parenting seminar sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 in the church's Fellowship Hall. The session, "The Seven Desires of Your Child's Heart," will focus on...
Flynn Should Accept His Disgrace and Its Consequences
Michael Flynn was then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's foreign policy adviser and served as national security adviser early in the Trump administration. He recently plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with Russia in December 2016,...
Former Mayor Tom Murphy Gets Key to the City, Trail Honor Officials Note Positives in His Turbulent Tenure
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on January 9, 2019 Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy was the sixth recipient of the key to the city during current Mayor Bill Peduto's administration. A story Friday on Mr. Murphy's receipt of that honor...
Goodfellows Donations
Since 1947, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Goodfellows Fund has collected money to provide toys for needy children at Christmas. All donations are acknowledged in the newspaper.Latest donationsJohn Simon $500G. Basil & Judith C. Davies $500Anonymous...
Greek-Americans Mark Milestone in Pittsburgh Display Commemorates 125th Anniversary of Immigrants' Arrival in City
When Nick Giannoukakis received an unexpected phone call in the fall of 2017 from a University of Pittsburgh archivist, he had no idea of the historical wormhole he was about to enter.But as the communications coordinator of the American-Hellenic Foundation...
'Hamilton' Lives Up to the Hype in Debut Here
The revolution finally has reached the shores of the three rivers, and here's the declaration from the Benedum Center: "Hamilton" is the show that gives hype a good name.With a mix of musical genres and a diverse cast, the history-making musical tells...
Health Care Enrollment Stays Steady
WASHINGTON - About 8.4 million Americans signed up for coverage in 2018 under the Affordable Care Act, the government said Thursday, reflecting steady enrollment as supporters of the law appealed a recent court ruling declaring it unconstitutional.Thursday's...
How Much Data Would You Share for Better Credit Score?
Some people don't have a long credit history. Or their credit score falls below lending guidelines, so they won't be approved for that car loan.A new scoring system being tested in the new year could open the door to more loan approvals - if consumers...
Hunt Intensifies for Driver Who Killed Texas Girl
HOUSTON - Investigators on Thursday released a composite sketch of a suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl in the Houston area over the weekend.The shooting of Jazmine Barnes, who was killed as she was riding in a car with her mother and...
It's Awards Season for Pitt Seniors Departing Players Are Recognized for Talent, Perseverance and Humor
Pitt's 2018 football season is over - long over, it seems, given the way the news cycle turns over in Pittsburgh sports these days - and the sun has gone down from a 14-13 loss to Stanford in El Paso, Texas.As of this writing, five senior Panthers have...
Lawrenceville Distilling Co. Unleashes Its Absinthe
Lawrenceville Distilling Co. on Saturday is releasing an infamous old spirit: absinthe.The liqueur was long banned in the U.S. because of its alleged potency and the potentially poisonous nature of one of its many botanicals - wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)....
Local Actor Turned King the Man Who Would Be 'Hamilton's' King George: Sewickley Native Peter Matthew Smith
Peter Matthew Smith had just joined the tour of "Hamilton" a week earlier when he made his debut in Tempe, Ariz."It's a college town," he said of the home of Arizona State. "They were all college kids and really into 'Hamilton,' and they started applauding...
Losing Score Study Finds Food Safety Fouls at Sports Venues
Everyone knows that concessions at sports events are overpriced. What many may not know is that this food is often prepared or maintained in unsanitary conditions as well.ESPN recently published an analysis of food-safety inspection reports, finding...
Major Pittsburgh Sports Say Good Riddance to a Lousy Year
It couldn't have been much worse, the calendar year 2018 in Pittsburgh sports.The Steelers fell apart not once but twice. First in a home playoff loss to Blake Bortles on Jan. 14 last season, next in epic fashion to finish this season. They blew a 2½-game...
Megan Kallock Greensburg Salem
The past week: Kallock made the all-tournament team at the Mt. Pleasant tournament after she netted 34 points, including five 3-pointers, against Woodland Hills Dec. 27. She had another 18 points in a hard-fought game against Derry the following night.Check...
Miss. Trucker Charged in Fatal Crash on Route 28
Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Mississippi trucker in connection with a 2017 crash on Route 28 near the Waterworks Mall that killed a 29-year-old man.Investigators alleged in a criminal complaint filed Monday that Arther T. Wells, 70, of Mantee,...
Mitt Romney Is Wrong about the President He's Forcing a Counterproductive 'Love Trump or Leave Trump' Choice on Republicans
To open the New Year, newly minted Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, unleashed a broadside against President Donald Trump in the pages of The Washington Post (which appears above). His op-ed hit familiar notes: Mr. Trump's lack of character, his vacillating...
NBA Prospect Playing at Kennedy
Western Pennsylvania has a high school basketball player who will be an NBA lottery draft pick in two years.Go ahead and laugh. But that's what is being said of the talent, body, athleticism and potential that Oscar Tshiebwe possesses.Tshiebwe plays...
Netflix Boast on Huge Ratings for 'Bird Box' Could Backfire
It's nothing new for a network to publicize its successes. But when you've flouted TV conventions, as Netflix long has, suddenly crowing about ratings - as the streaming service did with "Bird Box," the apocalyptic movie starring Sandra Bullock - has...
Nlrb Closes Investigation at Mattress Factory
The Mattress Factory museum announced Thursday that the National Labor Relations Board has closed an investigation regarding complaints made against the museum by one current and three former staff members.In September, four women alleged sexual harassment...
Offer a Compromise to End Shutdown
Perhaps one of our presidential hopefuls would demonstrate some leadership qualities by offering a compromise to open the government. It might include the $5 billion for border security requested by the president, but make it conditional on the appointment...
ON THE RADAR // FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ... [Derived Headline]
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on January 6, 2019 The next program in the 2nd Saturday Civil War Lecture Series at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie will be at 1 p.m. Jan 12. Kenneth C. Turner will discuss...
ON THE RADAR // FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ... [Derived Headline]
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on January 6, 2019 The next program in the 2nd Saturday Civil War Lecture Series at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie will be at 1 p.m. Jan 12. Kenneth C. Turner will discuss...
On This Day, Jan. 4
1896 Utah was admitted as the 45th state.1908 Beechview Borough was annexed by the city of Pittsburgh.1949 Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. prepared to launch a $210 million postwar expansion program, including a new six-furnace, open-hearth shop at...
Penn State Back Sanders Gives Up His Senior Season to Enter NFL Draft
Miles Sanders didn't just succeed Saquon Barkley at Penn State.He followed Barkley's lead.Right into pro football.Sanders, a Woodland Hills graduate, announced via social media Thursday that he will forgo his final season of college eligibility to enter...
Penn-Trafford Much Improved from Last Season
With a win against McKeesport Dec. 28, the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team has already surpassed its win total from last season.The Warriors, who are 7-2 and undefeated against WPIAL teams, combined for an 11-32 record in 2016 and 2017, missing the...
Peters Twp. Wins at Line Makes 10 of 12 in Ot vs. Bethel Park
Bethel Park did the worst thing it could have done in overtime against Peters Township.It sent the Indians to the free-throw line.A lot.Makenna Marisa and Isabella Mills were a combined 10 for 12 from the stripe, and Marisa finished with 25 points and...
Pitt, Doctors Not Liable for Damages in Western Psych Shooting: Judges
The University of Pittsburgh and an associated group of primary care physicians are not civilly liable in the serious wounding of a receptionist during a shooting rampage at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in 2012, a Pennsylvania Superior Court...
PNC Appoints New Directors [Derived Headline]
PNC appoints new directorsPittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group appointed three new directors, increasing the size of its board to 14 members. Effective immediately, the members are Richard Harshman, chairman and former CEO of Pittsburgh-based...
PNC Bank or Banksville? Peduto Asks Who Would Benefit from Top Cops' Private Venture
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Thursday that the city's Law Department is reviewing a business formed by two of his police commanders to make money for providing the type of training they normally conduct for free as part of their jobs."Should their...
Prosecutors Want Death Penalty in Khashoggi Case
ISTANBUL - Eleven people accused by Saudi Arabia of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi attended their first court hearing Thursday in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, according to a statement by the country's general prosecutor that was...
Radio Host to Perform One-Act Play He Wrote in Tribute to Shakespeare
'Mrs. Shakespeare'also part of programMost people know radio host Charles David "Stoney" Richards from his successful radio shows on KDKA-AM and Y108-FM, but there is another side to Mr. Richards' smooth-voiced persona that may surprise many of his listeners.For...
Render Retires Upper St. Clair Football Coach since 1979, Winningest in Wpial History, Steps Down
The man who coached high school football for almost a half century and won more games than any football coach in WPIAL history won't walk the sidelines any longer.Jim Render has retired as Upper St. Clair High School's coach. He made the decision a few...
Rmu Holds off Knights Colonials Survive despite Turnovers
The first play of the game for Robert Morris, after winning the jump ball, resulted in a turnover.The Colonials had seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes and 24 turnovers overall, but overcame that to stave off a Fairleigh Dickinson comeback in to...
Sanford-Brown Students in Pa. to Get Loan Relief in Settlement
Career Education Corp. has agreed to wipe out $38.6 million in student loan debts for some 12,600 Pennsylvanians to settle allegations that it used deceptive practices to entice them into enrolling in the now-defunct Sanford-Brown College, according...
Saving Antibiotics, Our Miracle Drugs
An editorial from The Washington PostVery promising news about antibiotic use in farm animals has come from the Food and Drug Administration. The problem of resistance - the tendency of bacteria to adapt to antibiotic drugs - has been growing for decades,...
Should Be a Lot of Interest If Brown Is on Trade Block
The NFL has never been known for blockbuster trades, but if the 2018 season was any indication, the Steelers can receive value in return for disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown if they want to seriously explore their options.The Oakland Raiders traded...
Shutdown Spurs Claims, Lobbying, but No Fix
Sworn into Congress on the 13th day of a contentious government shutdown, members of Pennsylvania's new delegation could barely get their offices in order Thursday before an official from the largest federal employee union showed up.Phil Glover, national...
Slammin' Sammy North Hills Junior Wrestler Transforms into Phenom on Mat
Sam Hillegas looks to be a most unassuming student at North Hills High School. A 5-foot-6, bespectacled teenager who considers pottery one of his favorite hobbies, Hillegas hardly cuts an imposing figure."A lot of people call him Harry Potter," said...
S.S. Beaver Plays in Historic Gym
South Side Beaver is nicknamed the Rams, but for a few days last week they became Hoosiers.The team played in a tournament at historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind., home of the Hickory Huskers in the classic 1986 movie "Hoosiers." Built in 1921,...
The Unkindest Cut of All
Several weeks ago, Andrew Johnson, a wrestler from Buena Regional High School near Atlantic City, N.J., was given a startling ultimatum by a referee minutes before his match - cut your hair or forfeit.Decency and fairness usually dictate that potentially...
'The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge' We Need Discoveries with Few Practical Uses to Explore New Horizons and Save Our Souls
In October 1939, as Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin were plunging the world into war, an American educational reformer named Abraham Flexner published an essay in Harper's magazine under the marvelous title, "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge."Noting...
THURSDAY'S RESULTS [Derived Headline]
THURSDAY'S RESULTSBoys BasketballWPIAL CLASS 3ASection 2Freedom 66, Carlynton 62High scorers: (C) Chauncie Mickens 23, Dequay Canton 17, Maclaine Greiner 12. (F) Cole Beck 23, Tyler Borgman 13, Reiker Welling 11.WPIAL CLASS 2ASection 1Riverview 64, Northgate...
Top Stories of 2018 Leave Indelible Mark on Region
The year 2018 was one that saw triumphs and disasters, challenges and opportunities, successes and failures, both nationally and in every neighborhood of every community.Some of the year's biggest stories occurred in Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh. The...
Trump's Bottom 10 Here Are the Worst Things He Did Last Year
In his second year in office, President Donald Trump did many good things. I listed the 10 best in this space yesterday. Today, I offer my list of the 10 worst things he did in 2018.10. His comment about "sh--hole" countries blew up negotiations for...
Who Will Put on a Slam-Dunk Show?
What a play!That was The Dribbler's initial reaction Tuesday after witnessing one of the best plays he's ever seen in person.No, this wasn't some pretty inbounds play after a timeout or a brilliantly designed backdoor cut that led to a winning basket....
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