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Articles from August 25, 2019

1. Homestead-Duquesne Road/West Mifflin: Short Traffic Stoppages 6 A.M.-6 P.M. ... [Derived Headline]
1. Homestead-Duquesne Road/West Mifflin: Short traffic stoppages 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays through the end of August between Homeville Road and Grant Avenue.2. Interstate 79/Ohio Township: Single-lane restrictions in each direction 7 p.m.-6 a.m. weeknights...
2020 Will Be about Everything This Coming Election Offers No Facile Handle
The 1996 presidential election, pitting President Bill Clinton against Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, was sometimes dubbed the "Seinfeld election" - an election about nothing. The 2020 election is an entirely different affair. It is an election about everything.American...
Additional Passenger Rail Would Be Pricey Penndot Studies Cost of Expanding Service
After more than 10 years of discussing, studying and lobbying about more passenger rail service from Pittsburgh to the east, only one thing is settled: If there is more service, it will be costly.The push for more passenger rail service began almost...
Aliquippa-Clairton Pits Storied Teams
There's no shortage of high-profile games slated for Week 0 as the 2019 high school football season gets underway Friday night, but the WPIAL saved something special for Saturday.The showdown between reigning WPIAL champions Penn Hills and Pine-Richland...
Aliquippa Rolls Past Clairton 19p-17-2 19p-17-2
Zuriah Fisher gave Aliquippa an early lead on a 48-yard first-quarter fumble return for a touchdown, then returned another fumble 45 yards for a score in the third quarter to seal the Quips' 35-14 victory over host Clairton in the season opener for both...
An Interview with a Cockatoo
Resume in hand and sweating through your best suit, you trudge into an office - waiting for someone to ask you to describe who you are and why you'd be a good fit for their company.Intense stuff.But with improvements in technology and new recruiting...
An Interview with a Cockatoo
Resume in hand and sweating through your best suit, you trudge into an office - waiting for someone to ask you to describe who you are and why you'd be a good fit for their company.Intense stuff.But with improvements in technology and new recruiting...
Award to Be Named after Bill Fralic
Player of the year awards in football most often go to the guys who get the glory, the touchdowns, the statistics. But starting this season, one player in the trenches will be recognized in the name of arguably the greatest lineman to ever play high...
Basketball Was a 'Passion' for Former Pitt Assistant, NBA Scout Feb. 5, 1948 - Aug. 17, 2019
A local basketball legend, longtime assistant basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and retired NBA scout, Cleve Edwards counted himself as a lucky man who was able to craft a career from his lifelong...
Bethel Park QB Chiccitt a Role Model
Even when Anthony Chiccitt was going through the chemotherapy treatments for three months this spring, when he had to push himself through the fatigue to continue to play baseball and still hit .300 for Bethel Park, he never complained, never said to...
Big Plays Spark Sluggish Olsh Past Westinghouse
With only three seniors on the roster, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart wasn't expecting to be as strong as the 2018 WPIAL Class 1A championship team. At least not yet.Then again, the Chargers weren't expecting to be trailing City League member Westinghouse...
Big Plays Spark Sluggish Olsh Past Westinghouse
With only three seniors on the roster, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart wasn't expecting to be as strong as the 2018 WPIAL Class 1A championship team. At least not yet.Then again, the Chargers weren't expecting to be trailing City League member Westinghouse...
Big Plays Spark Sluggish Olsh Past Westinghouse
With only three seniors on the roster, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart wasn't expecting to be as strong as the 2018 WPIAL Class 1A championship team. At least not yet.Then again, the Chargers weren't expecting to be trailing City League member Westinghouse...
Brownsville's Dellarose to Play for College Soccer Power
Tessa Dellarose plays soccer at Brownsville High School, a small Class 2A program that has only 14 players on its roster this season.But just a few years from now, Dellarose will be playing for a college soccer giant.If you're a football player and Alabama...
Cervelli, Braves a Reality Catcher Said It Was Hard to Leave Town
When Francisco Cervelli walks to home plate at SunTrust Park for his first at-bat as a member of the Atlanta Braves, the accompanying sound will be a little different.At PNC Park, Cervelli used Dean Martin's "That's Amore," and the fan favorite made...
Cervelli, Braves a Reality Catcher Said It Was Hard to Leave Town
When Francisco Cervelli walks to home plate at SunTrust Park for his first at-bat as a member of the Atlanta Braves, the accompanying sound will be a little different.At PNC Park, Cervelli used Dean Martin's "That's Amore," and the fan favorite made...
Cervelli, Braves a Reality Catcher Said It Was Hard to Leave Town
When Francisco Cervelli walks to home plate at SunTrust Park for his first at-bat as a member of the Atlanta Braves, the accompanying sound will be a little different.At PNC Park, Cervelli used Dean Martin's "That's Amore," and the fan favorite made...
Champion of the Other America
If you Google Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's trade guru (he is actually called "assistant to the president and director of trade and manufacturing policy,") you might read that he is considered a "heterodox" economist. We suppose this means...
City Police: 'Missing' Child Found among Heroin Bundles
A police response to a report of a missing child led to the mother's admission that she was manufacturing narcotics in her Penn Hills home, according to a criminal complaint filed late Friday.Pittsburgh police were dispatched to a Family Dollar store...
District to Provide Buses for Activities Students to Have Ride after School
Starting this school year, West Mifflin Area High School students who stay after classes for activities will be able to take an activity bus home.After a motion by board member Janice Gladden at the Aug. 15 meeting, the West Mifflin Area school board...
Donations Help Offset Loss from Canceled Festival Threat Raised Safety Concerns
When an anonymous letter written in block letters with a magic marker arrived in late July at the Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral Center that said, in part, "Cancel August 14-17 Festival Security Problem is Huge," the only parish scheduled to hold a festival...
E. Liberty Doctor Takes a Flat-Fee Approach to Family Medicine
Family physician Timothy Wong's new iHealth Clinic in the heart of East Liberty won't accept your health insurance and it doesn't deal with co-payments or deductibles.He will, however, treat your cold, manage your blood pressure or remove a callus for...
Fannie Sellins, the Labor Union Martyr 100 Years after Her Death, Howard I. Scott Jr. Recounts the Organizer's Essential Work and Brutal Murder
Southwestern Pennsylvania is the cradle of the American labor movement. It was the epicenter of the nationwide 1877 railroad strike and also the site of the 1892 Homestead Steel strike, pitting union workers against the might of Andrew Carnegie's industrial...
Finding the Will to Have a Will
It's been estimated that as many as 60% of us die without a will or other estate planning documents. The number is even higher for younger Americans (70% of those aged 45-54) than for older Americans (54% of those aged 55-64).You certainly don't have...
First Days on the Job Don't Always Go as Planned
The first day on the job can be nerve-racking. You don't know where your desk is, you don't know anyone's name, they don't know yours, you can't find the bathroom, and all you really want to know is where they keep the coffee.And sometimes things don't...
First Renters' Union Meeting Aims to Help Residents Displaced by Fire Long-Awaited Forum Follows Oakland Blaze
Mishelle "Mickey" McMillan stood in a room full of housing advocates Saturday and yelled until her voice cracked."You see what I got? I ain't new to this. Whoever got our affordable housing money, I'm coming to get you," said the De Ruad Street Tenants'...
Food Security Programs Are Essential
The Trump administration is again attempting to gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from millions of children, seniors and hardworking Americans. In addition, the proposed rule would result in hundreds of thousands of children losing their...
Good People vs. Bad Science Anthropologists Frank Boaz, Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston Challenged Scientific Orthodoxy
Not all that long ago, reputable authorities in America and abroad firmly believed in a racial hierarchy with Northern Europeans on top. Civilizations reflected their races' innate advantages and shortcomings, and racial limitations prevented some from...
Having Faith in Happy Hour Theology on Tap Fosters Relationship between Young Adults and Catholicism
Nearly 50 years ago, when Debra Classen was just 21, her mother left a San Francisco restaurant at which they had dined to retrieve their car.She never returned. Later the 42-year old mother was found raped and murdered.Mrs. Classen recalled being "devastated...
Her Grace Queen Anne in Sewickley Village Priced at $1.69 Million
Real estate agent Liz Fecko lives on Grant Street in the village of Sewickley. Her house is a short stroll from the Beaver Street business district and not much farther from Sewickley Academy and other excellent schools."It is a lifestyle you live here,"...
Horoscope: Eugenia Last, Aug. 25, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Do what's best for you. An educational experience will encourage you to make personal and physical adjustments this year. Making your life more affordable so that you can do what brings you joy should be a priority. A change of location,...
How a Poet Dwells within a Shelter of Words
The title poem of Sharon Fagan McDermott's superb collection "Life Without Furniture" is badged with an epigraph by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard: "Housed everywhere but nowhere shut in, / This is the motto of the dreamer of dwellings ..."...
How Is Technology Changing Your Workplace Culture?
Technology is influencing the culture of your workplace. The question is, will it create intended positive results or sidetrack the organization's mission?Powerful tools are giving leaders deeper understanding of their organization's culture and work...
How the Top Workplaces Are Determined
How does a company make the Top Workplaces list? By inspiring employees."Top Workplaces put the employee at the center of things and focus on creating the right environment to unleash potential and inspire performance," said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage,...
Hurdle Explains Why He Wears 'Not Done Yet'
Given the Pirates' tailspin since the All-Star break, the club losing 30 of its 39 games before Saturday, it has been easy to turn the phrase on the back of manager Clint Hurdle's Players' Weekend jersey - "Not Done Yet" - into some sort of referendum...
If Execs Spend Half Their Time in Meetings, No Wonder They Dread Bad Ones
Anyone who has spent too long in a meeting that could have been handled by email or, say, one that gets derailed by overly chatty or excessively critical co-workers, understands how a poorly run meeting can inspire dread.For Scott Krebs, a software manager...
Iranian Oil Tanker Heads for Turkey
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations...
It's an Old War
The hysteria of much of the commentariate and the national media over the economy should not panic the average American. The economy is not in recession and the so-called Trump trade wars are not being lost. They have barely begun.The stock market surely...
Jay-Z's Deal with NFL Is All about the Money
Whether you're coach, player, owner, fan, or sports pundit, you can usually gear up for an imminent NFL season without giving much thought to Jay-Z, rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, billionaire.I hadn't thought about Jay-Z at all since 2011,...
Jay-Z's Deal with NFL Is All about the Money
Whether you're coach, player, owner, fan, or sports pundit, you can usually gear up for an imminent NFL season without giving much thought to Jay-Z, rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, billionaire.I hadn't thought about Jay-Z at all since 2011,...
Jay-Z's Deal with NFL Is All about the Money
Whether you're coach, player, owner, fan, or sports pundit, you can usually gear up for an imminent NFL season without giving much thought to Jay-Z, rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, billionaire.I hadn't thought about Jay-Z at all since 2011,...
Lamb Avoids Partisanship in Run-Up to 2020 He Sticks to Center of His Divided District
Conor Lamb stood at attention, cool and collected, listening patiently as the woman wearing an "Impeach Trump" shirt grew steadily more animated at the microphone, blaming the president for recent mass shootings and for "degrading" his office "every...
Late Deaths for Sunday, August 25, 2019
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. Classified obituaries are paid death notices prepared by...
Let Residents Improve Abandoned City Properties
In our years as North Hills residents, there have been many occasions when I have read in wonder about some of the decisions made by the powers that be in the city of Pittsburgh, which seemed very far from benefiting the citizenry.Never more so than...
Louise Penny's 'A Better Man' Could've Been a Better Book
The teaser for "A Better Man," Louise Penny's 15th novel about crime in the fictional Quebec town of Three Pines, promises "a deeper mystery, a darker current.""What would you do if . your child's killer might walk free?" is the question posed. Sounds...
Loving the Work Sometimes Keeping the Business Is More Fun Than Heading off into Retirement
Working at Brunner's Garage on the South Side is the only job 76-year-old George Dorfner has ever had other than being drafted into the Army for a few years after he left St. Basil High School in Carrick in 1964. He and his older brother ended up buying...
Mcguffey's Cole Multi-Sport Star
McGuffey senior and three-sport standout C.J. Cole still remembers the last time he got picked last for a game of pick-up on one of his AAU teams."I can still remember the exact gym," Cole said. "It was at Trinity High School. It was in fifth grade for...
New Partnership to Combat Wildlife Diseases
The greatest danger facing Pennsylvania wildlife is disease. Thousands of bats that hibernate here have died from white-nose syndrome. Populations of ruffed grouse, designated the state bird, have been ravaged by West Nile virus. Outbreaks of epizootic...
No Rush to Join the 'Little Old Lady' Club
I have a 2011 Toyota Corolla with 45,000 miles. The service adviser at my car dealership has recommended replacement of transmission fluid ($160), coolant ($145), brake fluid ($110) and power steering fluid ($110).Are all of these necessary - all at...
Nothing like a Good Camping Trip to Get Ready for Football
Two hot dogs.That's what The Fumbler had Tuesday night.The one in his left hand was topped with ketchup. The one attached to the leash in his right hand was sweating while watching the Pirates game at Pup Night at PNC Park.Hey, they're called the dog...
People on the Move
ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONSThe Turnaround Management Association, Pittsburgh, announced its 2019 officers and board of directors. President: David Duffus, Baker Tilly LLP; treasurer: Mary-Jo Rebelo, Burns White LLC; and executive director: Kelly...
Pittsburgh Public Marks First Day of School with Several New Features
The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on August 28, 2019. Pittsburgh Public Schools dedicated a new playground at Langley K-8 in honor of Evelyn Neiser, a graduate of the former Langley High School and a longtime school board member. A story...
Pittsburgh Public Marks First Day of School with Several New Features 17 Pt. 2 Lines Subhed Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Nearly all of the 27,000 students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will return to the classroom Monday for a busy new year of learning.The Post-Gazette has compiled a list of new things happening this year, as well as things to watch as PPS rolls out new...
Public Sector Union Chiefs Claim They're in Good Shape Court Ruling on Fees Had a Mixed Impact
The fate of public sector unions seemed in peril just over a year ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-anticipated decision making it illegal for unions to collect fees from government workers who choose not to join a union.Before the court's...
Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail - Pittsburgh's Commute Workers Say Flexibility by Employers Can Alleviate the Stress of Getting to Their Jobs
Barbara Konopski spends almost two hours a day commuting to MSA Safety, a Cranberry-based safety product company.For her, carpooling with a co-worker helps cut down on costs and keeps things lively - and it can be especially helpful when inclement weather...
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RegionNLRB dismisses complaint against Post-GazetteA three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled unanimously in favor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by dismissing an unfair labor practice complaint filed by six unions that represent...
Residents Voice Their Concerns about Nursery's Plans to Cull Deer
Peters council has waived the township's right to appeal a decision by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to allow a deer cull at McMurray Nursery, located near Elm Grove Park.Council's vote was 5-1, with members Frank Kosir Jr., David Ball, James Berquist,...
SATURDAY [Derived Headline]
SATURDAYFootballWESTERN PA VS. EVERYONE SHOWCASENational Christian, Md. 70,Imani Christian 6IC -- Adrian Nanji 38 run (run failed)NC -- Brown Anglin 7 run (Anglin run)NC -- Tristan Armstrong 24 interception return (E.J. Core pass from Jalen Lee)NC --...
Special Teams Will Factor into Difficult Cuts at Wr
The arithmetic of the Steelers wide receiver position is more algebra than basic math, more calculus than pure counting.If they keep six receivers, who are the odd men out? If five is the number - could they possibly want seven? - then who gets the final...
Special Teams Will Factor into Difficult Cuts at Wr
The arithmetic of the Steelers wide receiver position is more algebra than basic math, more calculus than pure counting.If they keep six receivers, who are the odd men out? If five is the number - could they possibly want seven? - then who gets the final...
Special Teams Will Factor into Difficult Cuts at Wr
The arithmetic of the Steelers wide receiver position is more algebra than basic math, more calculus than pure counting.If they keep six receivers, who are the odd men out? If five is the number - could they possibly want seven? - then who gets the final...
'Star Wars' Land Opens at Walt Disney World
ANAHEIM, Calif. - May the Force be with visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., Thursday as Walt Disney World debuts Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.It's an identical twin of the same land that opened at California's Disneyland in May.Although...
St. Joseph's Prep Loaded with Talent
ESPN television tells you how good St. Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia is expected to be this season.The Geico ESPN High School Football Showcase is an 11-game schedule set for this fall that features only top teams and top players around the country....
Summer Congestion Pennsylvanians Struggle with Traffic Jams, Roadway Courtesy
A short time after I crossed from Ohio into Pennsylvania last weekend, returning from vacation, I encountered the day's first traffic jam - a sudden and complete standstill on I-70. After long, long minutes of stop-and-barely-go, I crested a hill and...
SUNDAY [Derived Headline]
SUNDAY7 p.m. on OXYGENKiller MotiveEmmy-winning journalist Troy Roberts ("48 Hours Mystery") and NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk will alternate as hosts of this new true-crime series that pursues a deeper understanding of horrific murders by uncovering...
Survey Says ... Poll of High School Players Reveals Some Favor Separate Playoffs for Public and Private/catholic Schools
Should there be separate playoffs for public high schools and Catholic/private schools?What about the PIAA and WPIAL rules for student-athlete transfers? Are they appropriate?Adults are the ones who answer these questions. Everyone from school administrators...
Technology Can Solve - and Create - Problems
Technology can be a blessing and a curse.For manufacturers, equipment is a lifeblood that lets the business keep producing.But companies that have long depended on specialized equipment can get in serious trouble when those machines break down, said...
Thai Beef Salad
Steak salads in Pittsburgh often come topped with french fries. That would ruin this tangy Thai beef salad, which is much lighter and fresher than your typical steak salad. It's also incredibly easy, in that skirt steak - a thin long cut of beef from...
The Amish Vote and What It Means for 2020 Election
A political action committee building support for President Donald Trump's re-election bid is gearing up in southeastern Pennsylvania to once again reach out to an often overlooked group of conservative voters - the Amish.Most people don't think of Lancaster...
The Curious Case of the Clicking Water Meter at Least One Pittsburgh Man Claims His New Pwsa Meter Is Malfunctioning, Causing Him Lots of Headaches
A man from the South Side Slopes wrote to say the new meter installed by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority this past May had gotten his kitchen faucet gyrating like it had enrolled in an aerobics class.When I walked into Greg Fitzgerald's kitchen...
The Show Goes on for 80-Year-Old Mountain Playhouse
JENNERSTOWN, Somerset County - The bats that inhabit Mountain Playhouse don't usually bother with people, but there was that one time .. It was during "The King and I," and a bat that had been swooping through the audience crashed the stage during the...
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Celebrates 150 Years
In the summer of 1868, historical documents state that "a little deaf and dumb colored boy was brought" to the Mission Sabbath School connected to the Third United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Staff didn't know how to educate the boy, Henry Bell,...
Top Transfers Look to Stand Out
Nahki Johnson and Devin Whitlock had breakout seasons in 2018, Johnson at Steel Valley and Whitlock at Monessen.Two of the offseason's most noteworthy transfers will soon debut at their new schools, ones that actually compete in the same conference.Johnson,...
Tropical Storm Dorian Forms, with Another Likely
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Dorian, the fourth named storm of the season, formed Saturday evening in the Atlantic, and a low-pressure system with a high chance of strengthening into the fifth named storm remains hovering over South Florida, according...
Two Lives Lost Two Cities Grieve Pain Remains despite Arrest in Cold Case Murders of Penn Hills Women in Virginia Beach
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A terrible scream of anguish pierced the stillness of the last afternoon of June 1973 in Penn Hills."Janice is dead! Janice is dead!" a trembling Lucille Pietropola shrieked. A Virginia newspaper reporter had just called to talk...
Western Pa Is a Hot Spot for Summer Theater
One of the country's best-known professional summer stock theater companies is Pittsburgh CLO, which has just concluded its 73rd summer season of producing musicals and presenting national touring companies. Summer theater has a lively tradition not...
What Companies Do When the President Visits the Shop Floor
Two years ago just after Christmas, Patrick Koch, general manager of H&K Equipment Group, got a cryptic call from the White House. An advance team was scouting locations for a "high level visitor" from the administration.H&K, which sells large...
When: 7 P.M. Friday at Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia. [Derived Headline]
When: 7 p.m. Friday at Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia.Coaches: Eric Kasperowicz is in his seventh season at Pine-Richland and has a record of 64-16. Jon LeDonne enters his second season at Penn Hills with a 16-0 record.History: It's defending WPIAL...
Where the Bucks Are Hang Your Tree Stand Where the Big Boys Hide
The perfect tree stand hangs 30 yards from a well-worn trail with a clear view of what is approaching from the left and right.Or does it?Stands are being hung all over Allegheny County with the opening of early archery deer season in Wildlife Management...
Whipple Aims to Instill His Magic in Pitt's Offense
On the surface level alone, Pitt's attack was bad in 2018. Shawn Watson's unit averaged 25.6 points per game, 94th in the Football Bowl Subdivision. In a 7-7 season, the Panthers managed 20 total points against Penn State and UCF in the non-conference...
Wilmerding Community Center Gets Ready to Open Building Previously Housed Longtime YMCA
Residents in Pittsburgh's east suburbs can get back into their workout routines next weekend when the former Wilmerding YMCA officially reopens as the Wilmerding Community Center."When this building closed, you can say it drove a spike through the heart...
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