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Articles from July 17, 2019

After a Week, Chicago Nabs Loose Alligator
CHICAGO - Chance the Snapper, the elusive alligator that mesmerized a mostly alligator-free Midwestern city, has been caught.A hunt for the animal, which was first spotted a week ago in a city park lagoon on Chicago's West Side, had gone on day and night....
Amateurs Enjoy Golf, Talk during West Penn Open Obremski, Gee in Lead at 4 Under
There's a lot two men can talk about during 18 holes of golf.The amount of time dedicated to chatter also increases when a three-person grouping turns into a two-person pairing, as was the case for amateurs Alex Lawson and Sasha Lobel on Tuesday at Valley...
Amateurs Enjoy Golf, Talk during West Penn Open Obremski, Gee in Lead at 4 Under
There's a lot two men can talk about during 18 holes of golf.The amount of time dedicated to chatter also increases when a three-person grouping turns into a two-person pairing, as was the case for amateurs Alex Lawson and Sasha Lobel on Tuesday at Valley...
Assist and Listen to One Another
The Legislature recently approved a bill to de-fund the cash assistance program as a part of the larger budget (June 29, "Wolf Signs a Budget that Lacks Some of his Priorities"). The Pennsylvania Cash Assistance Program offered eligible individual recipients...
A Sweet Feat This Wedding Cookie Table Will Be One for the Record Books
Leona Cole knows cookies.She baked about 2,600 of them for her granddaughter Emily Giovannucci's wedding a few years ago, and her Italian biscotti, pinwheels, tassies and so many other varieties are always the centerpiece of any family get-together,...
At Last, Thunderbird Cafe Is Ready to Rock
Prepare to be amazed.The Thunderbird Cafe on Butler Street in Lawrenceville closed for renovation and expansion three summers ago, and now we see why it took so long.Owner John Pergal and his team, who worked wonders with the Roxian theater in McKees...
Billy Porter, 'Pose' Nab Prime-Time Emmy Nominations
It has been a special year for Pittsburgh native Billy Porter, and an Emmy nomination makes it even shinier.Porter was announced as one of the six candidates for best actor Tuesday morning. He stars as Pray Tell, an HIV-positive man who not only emcees...
Blueger Agrees to New Deal Likely to Replace Cullen on 4th Line
Early this month, hours after the Penguins signed another hard-working late-bloomer in Brandon Tanev, general manager Jim Rutherford mentioned that Teddy Blueger had "established himself as a regular NHL player." Now the 24-year-old center has a contract...
Blueger Agrees to New Deal Likely to Replace Cullen on 4th Line
Early this month, hours after the Penguins signed another hard-working late-bloomer in Brandon Tanev, general manager Jim Rutherford mentioned that Teddy Blueger had "established himself as a regular NHL player." Now the 24-year-old center has a contract...
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
DOE, PITT DEVOTE $1 MILLION TO TURBINE PARTS PROJECTThe U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Pittsburgh have awarded three researchers, including two at Pitt, $1 million to develop a quality assurance platform that can be used to evaluate...
City Council Members Question Raising Taxes for Parks
Several members of Pittsburgh City Council expressed apprehension Tuesday about a ballot initiative to raise property taxes to rehab city parks.The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, with support from Mayor Bill Peduto, is collecting signatures in an effort...
Downtown Crime Disturbs Cultural Trust
The CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is raising concerns about what he calls a "declining level of public safety" in the Downtown Cultural District, citing not only the July 4 double shooting but other issues, including aggressive panhandlers and...
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CAMPER WHO DIED FTER FALL IDENTIFIEDA 15-year-old North Huntingdon boy has been identified as the camper who fell to his death Monday during an outing near YMCA Deer Valley Camp in Somerset County.Nathan William Kanczes, a Norwin High School sophomore,...
Giant Eagle, Calif. Startup Develop New Way to Skip Checkout Line
Giant Eagle shoppers are already able to pick up a bag of groceries at the curb or have their order delivered to their door, but they may soon have another way to skip the line inside the store.The O'Hara-based grocer is testing out technology that would...
Hard Rock Cafe's 24k Burger Glitters but Does Not Shine
Hard Rock Cafe wants you to eat like a rock star with its new 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger announced as part of a revamped menu celebrating the chain's 48th anniversary.It sure looks glamorous. The 8-ounce patty is covered with a layer of edible gold,...
Hershey's No-Bake Cookie Truffles
These no-bake cookies are super-easy and very versatile. I topped mine with chopped pecans, sanding sugar, Himalayan pink sea salt and crushed cookies.36 (14-ounce package) chocolate-vanilla cream sandwich cookies, crushed8-ounce package cream cheese2...
Hershey's No-Bake Cookie Truffles
These no-bake cookies are super-easy and very versatile. I topped mine with chopped pecans, sanding sugar, Himalayan pink sea salt and crushed cookies.36 (14-ounce package) chocolate-vanilla cream sandwich cookies, crushed8-ounce package cream cheese2...
Hill House Closes on Sale of 4 Hill District Properties New Owners Say Buildings Will Continue to Contribute to Community
Hill House Association has closed on the sale of four Hill District properties, including its headquarters facility on Centre Avenue, in a deal that will allow it to pay down debt as it dissolves operations.The buyer, a partnership of Lawrenceville-based...
Hurdle Keeps Marte in Lineup
Clint Hurdle was never going to bench Starling Marte for failing to run out a double play ball Monday night.Nor should the Pirates manager have considered it.For a millisecond.While many Pirates fans clamored for Hurdle to send some sort message - the...
Lawrenceville Added to U.S. Historic Places List
After a yearslong nomination and authorization process, the U.S. Department of the Interior added Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places this week.The city announced Tuesday that Lawrenceville had been added...
Longtime County Elections Manager Was Ready for Any Situation Died July 14, 2019
For 17 years, Mark Wolosik was Allegheny County's go-to person on Election Day.Mr. Wolosik spent almost five decades with the county Elections Division, beginning when he was in high school, and became manager of the division before he retired last fall.Mr....
Lunar Lessons in New Book, Brinkley Celebrates the Possible
Historian Douglas Brinkley, a native of Perrysburg, Ohio, is on a whirlwind book tour this summer as the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing approaches."American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race" was released in April, and in...
Lunar Lessons in New Book, Brinkley Celebrates the Possible
Historian Douglas Brinkley, a native of Perrysburg, Ohio, is on a whirlwind book tour this summer as the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing approaches."American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race" was released in April, and in...
Men Literally Died for That Flag They Risked Everything for It, Not for Some Idea or Abstraction but for the Piece of Fabric Itself
The American flag's place in our culture is beginning to look less unassailable.The symbol itself is under attack, as we've seen with Nike dumping a shoe design featuring an early American flag, Megan Rapinoe defending her national anthem protests (she...
No Way to Run Hospitals Va Supply Shortages Threaten Veterans' Care
The Veterans Health Administration should be ashamed.At least two of its hospitals - right here in Oakland and in Aspinwall - are failing in their most basic duty to their patients.Some supplies are in such short supply that patient safety is being threatened....
Perot's Selflessness He Quietly Helped an Injured Soldier in Need
The nation remembers Ross Perot for his success in business, his two independent White House bids and his no-nonsense, straight Texas talk. His love of country, larger-than-life personality and generosity are all part of his legacy that will live on....
Pirates Earn Critical Win Rookie Agrazal Pitches Well, and Moran, Newman Drive in Runs in Ninth-Inning Rally
ST. LOUIS - Thanks to Dario Agrazal and an opportunistic offense, it's not yet time to start penning the Pirates' eulogy.In what was sort of a sneaky-big game in their season, the Pirates turned to Agrazal, a 24-year-old Panamanian-born pitcher making...
Pirates Earn Critical Win Rookie Agrazal Pitches Well, and Moran, Newman Drive in Runs in Ninth-Inning Rally
ST. LOUIS - Thanks to Dario Agrazal and an opportunistic offense, it's not yet time to start penning the Pirates' eulogy.In what was sort of a sneaky-big game in their season, the Pirates turned to Agrazal, a 24-year-old Panamanian-born pitcher making...
Pirates Earn Critical Win Rookie Agrazal Pitches Well, and Moran, Newman Drive in Runs in Ninth-Inning Rally
ST. LOUIS - Thanks to Dario Agrazal and an opportunistic offense, it's not yet time to start penning the Pirates' eulogy.In what was sort of a sneaky-big game in their season, the Pirates turned to Agrazal, a 24-year-old Panamanian-born pitcher making...
Playing Ball with Swine the Recent Leak of a UK Ambassador's Private Analysis of Trump Is a Major Problem
Having served as American ambassador for eight years, to the Central African Republic, Somalia and Zaire, which became the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the recent experience of Sir Kim Darroch, the outgoing British Ambassador to the United States,...
Plotter, Shooter Plead Guilty to Murder 'Woman Slain for Her Income Tax Refund
Two of three people charged with killing a woman last year during a plot to rob her of her tax refund will spend decades in prison, while a third man - the accused getaway driver - saw his chance for a plea deal fizzle when he fired his attorney on the...
Police: Deceased Suspect in Penn Hills Killing Had History of Robbery Charges
The man who was shot dead by a Penn Hills police officer had prior charges of robbery - a crime that seemed to repeat itself Sunday night in the death of a Mount Oliver resident.Police were gathering evidence after Joshua Antonio Makhanda-Lopez, 30,...
Pouncey Deserves Hall Call 'I Can't Put It into Words What He Means to Us, I Really Can't'
NFL training camps open next week. That means it's time for lists. Best this. Worst that. All 32 quarterbacks ranked. Coaches most likely to get fired.You get the idea.Two lists caught my attention. One is from Pro Football Focus, the other from Sporting...
Pouncey Deserves Hall Call 'I Can't Put It into Words What He Means to Us, I Really Can't'
NFL training camps open next week. That means it's time for lists. Best this. Worst that. All 32 quarterbacks ranked. Coaches most likely to get fired.You get the idea.Two lists caught my attention. One is from Pro Football Focus, the other from Sporting...
Run Benefits Pulmonary Fibrosis Research
While some runners might become short of breath at the Violet Rippy 5K Walk/Run for Pulmonary Fibrosis on Saturday, breakthroughs made by their partners at UPMC and the Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC will...
Senate Confirms Phipps to U.S. Court of Appeals
WASHINGTON - The 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals has a full bench for the first time since 2012.Judge Peter Phipps of the Western District of Pennsylvania was confirmed Tuesday to the appellate court based in Philadelphia, making it the first court that President...
Some Doctors Object to Treating Anxiety with Marijuana Medical Pot Option Will Begin Saturday
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on July 19 Dr. Antoine Douaihy is a member of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup. A story published Wednesday about medical marijuana qualifying conditions listed him in the wrong group.It's...
Support Resounds for Affordable Housing Plan in Lawrenceville Approval Seems Likely for Zoning Measure
A chorus of supporters filled Pittsburgh City Council chambers Tuesday in support of an affordable housing measure for Lawrenceville.Noticeably absent: opposition.Of the roughly 40 housing activists and residents who took to the lectern at the two-hour...
Taste and Tour Amish Country, Just an Hour North
br data-css-regions-fragment-source="13" data-css-regions-cloning="true">There's a new food tour in town - well, actually just an hour outside of town - where foodies can learn about Amish life and cuisine. Simple Life Amish Tours in New Wilmington,...
Texas Coach Is Bullish on Old Rivalry
Tom Herman is on board with the Texas Longhorns renewing their rivalry with Texas A&M. br data-css-regions-fragment-of="5854">The third-year Texas coach was asked about the prospect of playing the Aggies again Tuesday at the Big 12 media days...
Texture 'Flying&falling' into New Season
While many dance companies take a break from their regular seasons in the summer, Texture Contemporary Ballet is just getting started.This week, the Pittsburgh-bred dance group will open its ninth season with the mixed repertory program "Flying&Falling,"...
The Freedom to Be Wrong You Can Believe What You like If You Do Not Act to Harm Others
Conservative religious believers, of whom there are perhaps 4 billion in the world today, mostly Christians and Muslims, still suppose that homosexuality is sinful. Sometimes their belief is an expression of genuine hatred; sometimes it is an unconsidered...
Turnpike Tolls to Rise in January Route 130 Interchange Added to 10-Year Plan
The Pennsylvania Turnpike plans to raise tolls for the 12th year in a row, but in a boon for motorists, some of the money could be used to build an interchange between Monroeville and Irwin.The turnpike commission Tuesday approved the 6% toll increase...
Upmc Needs a South Hills Hospital
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has done an excellent job reporting on UPMC's efforts to dominate regional health care services, but an equally serious issue is the uneven availability of those services. br data-css-regions-fragment-of="4689">UPMC has...
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