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Articles from April 10, 2011

11th-Hour Budget Deal Creates Winners, Losers
WASHINGTON -- Watching the 2011 budget agreement come together six months after its deadline was like trying to read tea leaves in a hurricane. There were no long-term winners in a process that proved how difficult the road to a balanced budget will...
$25M Project under Way at Monongahela Valley Hospital
Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll has embarked on an expansion program."Health care today is more complex than ever," said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and chief executive officer of the hospital. "Patients demand -- and deserve -- cutting edge...
Adding Lime Improves Clay-Based Soils
Q: Do you have any suggestions on lime? We have a drop spreader and have tried using this to dispense the finely powdered lime into the garden. Since it is so fine it will not come out properly. Usually we end up spreading by hand, which is hit and miss,...
Another City, Another Sport, Another Shafting
PHOENIXSuburban Glendale is less a community with professional sports facilities than a sports enterprise with a community held hostage to previous improvident decisions. Now Glendale's government might multiply its follies -- unless Arizona's Constitution...
Antiques: Uncomfortable Chairs Are for Collectors
Should a chair be a "conversation piece" or be comfortable? Twentieth-century designers' chairs can be either, but they're rarely both. A chair that looks like a huge cupped hand is hard to ignore or forget. It often is pictured but not identified. Pedro...
Artists to Display Talents at Brownsville Gallery
The New Horizons Artists, who have been perfecting their skills by taking a class offered at the Center in the Woods in California, will showcase their talents to the public during an upcoming exhibit at Capture Inc. Gallery in Brownsville."I think it's...
Author Looks at Baseball before Abner Doubleday
In 1791 in Pittsfield, Mass., a law was enacted that prohibited games such as "wicket, cricket, base ball, bat ball, football, cat, fives or any game with a ball" within 80 yards of the town meeting house.This was only 15 years after the Declaration...
Auto-Save Is What All Should Do
Deep psychological research is under way on why people save or don't save. This may or may not be reassuring.Imagine, for instance, a government able to play to a "pleasure spot" in the citizen's brain. Press the right button and he or she irresistibly...
Baby Pens' Hynes Named AHL Coach of Year
The best prospect in Wilkes-Barre might not be a player at all.John Hynes, who at age 36 is the youngest coach in the AHL, won the league's coach of the year honors Wednesday. As a rookie head coach, Hynes has led the Baby Pens to the best record in...
Baseball's a Family Business for Peters Township Senior
It might not be a stretch to say baseball is etched into Justin Bianco's DNA.His father, Matt, and three of his uncles played for Pitt -- a tradition the Peters Township senior plans to continue next spring. At the prep level, countless other Biancos...
Bidwell Center Graduates 190
Before the economic downturn hit Pennsylvania in the past few years, the state Legislature appropriated little more than $5 million annually to the Bidwell Training Center.After Gov. Tom Corbett's announcement of extensive cutbacks in state education...
Books Suggest That Lessons of the Civil War Remain Relevant
Can anything new be said about the American Civil War?Although the causes and campaigns have all been examined by ranks of historians, many books are coming this spring for the 150th anniversary of the war's start on April 12, 1861, when Confederate...
Browner Shade of 'Green'
It's difficult to see how Mary Conturo can survive the latest scandal over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. And make no mistake, the revelation that the highly touted "green" facility has been a power-hungry folly since it bowed eight years ago...
Bylsma's Tough Love Pays off with Fleury's Performance
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma didn't know what had happened to his franchise goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury.There were bigger problems than Fleury's numbers, though those were worrisome. So terrific during training camp, Fleury had started the season 1-6-0. He...
CD Reviews: Ray Charles Tribute Is a Delightful Blend
'Here We Go Again'Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones (Blue Note)Norah Jones, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis would seem to approach music in different ways. But, they all find the country- blues-jazz-folk vocabulary of Ray Charles to be...
Check out These Payouts
HARRISBURGSome eye-popping public salaries were in the news last week and the one that stands out the most is the taxpayer-funded salary of Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.Dubbed "Queen Arlene" by some, Ackerman is paid $348,000, almost...
Connellsville Library Tries to Resurrect 'Friends' Group
Everyone needs a friend, and that includes the Carnegie Free Public Library in Connellsville.A group of volunteers is in the midst of revitalizing the Friends of the Library group at the 108-year-old facility.A gift from steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie,...
Convenience Stores Find It Tough to Compete
Giant Eagle's new GetGo store in South Fayette bakes bread for its made-to-order subs. It sells 30 varieties of coffee, cappuccino and tea, frozen drinks in eight flavors and milkshakes from a self- serve blending machine with a touchscreen.Motorists...
Credit-Card Protection Fees Costly
American credit cardholders are known for running up debt. Now they are spending billions of dollars annually to make sure their monthly bill gets paid even if they lose their jobs or some other hardship strikes.But a new government report shows that...
Day of Fun at Uniontown Area YMCA to Focus on Health, Community
Children and adults will have a chance to participate in a fun run, tour the Uniontown Area YMCA and find out about other Fayette County nonprofit agencies during the first Healthy Kids Day.The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the...
Details Weaken Plot of Earth Children Saga's Finale
Prehistory comes to astounding life in "The Land of Painted Caves," the sixth and final chapter in Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series which began with the iconic "The Clan of the Cave Bear" in 1980."Clan" was groundbreaking as Auel deftly imagined...
Did Obama's Latin Trip Matter?
Said Woody Allen: "Eighty percent of success is showing up." If that's true, then, apparently, the president's recent trip to Latin America did matter.It was something new at least for President Obama, since, other than a trip to Mexico and a 34-nation...
Donora's Bowman Steps Down from Central Dauphin Position
Donora's Brian Bowman has resigned after one season as the head football coach at Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg.The former two-sport Ringgold standout and three-year starting cornerback at Penn State guided Central Dauphin East to a...
Drilling Opponent to Leave Pitt Post
A University of Pittsburgh researcher who is a vocal critic of Marcellus shale drilling said Saturday he is leaving his post because the university won't allow him to speak publicly about environmental issues, not because of online criticism of his work.Conrad...
Fayette Audience Learns No Dream Too Big for Little TV Star
The star of a cable reality television show recently spoke to a crowd at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus about the struggles of being a little person."It's never too late to lead an extraordinary life," said Matt Roloff, who's life started out...
Fayette County Law Library Artist of Month Comes out of His Shell
A Fairchance man with his own style of traditional Polish egg decorating -- pysanky -- has his talents on display at the Fayette County Law Library.When Joseph Borytsky of Fairchance was a child, he was into art so much that he once came in third place...
First Aid for the Ailing House: Heated Garages Promote Corrosion
Q: I have a two-car garage attached to my house. The garage is above ground and the outside is siding. The two-by-fours are all exposed, and I want to insulate and drywall them. Do I use paper- faced fiberglass insulation or unfaced and cover it with...
Four Medicare Misconceptions That Can Cost You
SAN FRANCISCO --The federal Medicare program is popular among older Americans, but that doesn't mean it's easy to navigate.Medicare is a complex web of health benefits serving more than 46 million senior citizens and disabled people.It's easy to get...
Garage Doors Take Center Stage
Garage doors are more than an open-and-shut case.The entry to what was designed as a home for the car has taken on other roles.It provides an opening to the home large enough to be a major element in heating and cooling bills, says Kerry Wible, who did...
Insecurity Can Trigger Blame Game
When you were a child and a lamp was broken at home, you may have pointed your finger at a sibling.Placing blame on someone else is hardwired into us and begins at an early age. But as we grow and mature we should stop the finger- pointing and look for...
Laurel Highlands Graduate among Rattlers' Top Receivers
Nate Forse is playing his third season of Arena Football this spring and summer and is doing so with a third different team.A Laurel Highlands High School graduate and former assistant football and basketball coach at Ringgold High School, Forse now...
Legendary Grouse Hunter King Tells His Story
George King never was one to rest.He years ago bought a rundown farm on the edge of Penn Township and, over plenty of dirty and sweaty summers, turned it into a neatly trimmed, working paradise. He planted fields, experimented with raising cattle, kept...
Many Needed to Make Opening Day a Success
Mid-April always meant one thing to Larry Furlong in his younger days: opening day of trout season.His father would take him and his brother each year. It was a tradition to wich they looked forward."We'd go to the same spot each year, on Indian Creek...
Marcellus Shale Gas May Head Overseas
Drilling companies rapidly expanding their U.S. operations in places such as Pennsylvania's vast Marcellus shale formation repeatedly tout they are providing American jobs and securing the nation's energy future.Yet, a Tribune-Review examination found...
Mattress Factory Installations Look at Process, Collaboration
Perhaps it's a side effect of having rational thought, but the cube has held a fascination for humans throughout history. The 20th century, particularly, was affected. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque began their avant-garde Cubist collaboration in 1907....
McIlroy's Charge Mirrors Tiger's Ascent
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- This is the tale of two golfers.One of them, Tiger Woods, once won the Masters at the age of 21.The other, Rory McIlroy, acts like he's about to.One of them, Woods, came to Augusta National on Saturday, intending to make the day his own.The...
New Chef at Paris 66 Bistro Is a Frenchman Who's at Home in Pittsburgh
It's never easy to fill the shoes of a dearly loved head chef, but Larry Laffont is doing that well at Paris 66 Bistro in East Liberty.Laffont, 36, took over Cesar Dubs' position as executive chef in January after the owners of Paris 66, Fred and Lori...
Not Syria He Knows
My wife and I own a company, Wunderley Inc., headquartered in Greensburg, that designs and imports unique handmade furniture and lighting products from Morocco and Syria. We founded this company 17 years ago and have been employing local people in Greensburg...
Nouveau Money
In 1944, the Bretton Woods Agreement established the "good as gold" U.S. dollar as the undisputed international reserve currency. Increasingly, the dollar is appearing no longer as good as gold. Its continued role as the reserve currency is being questioned....
Obama & Lincoln's Path
PHILADELPHIAOn a crisp February morning, President-elect Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad arrived at Independence Hall here for a flag-raising to mark the admittance of Kansas to the Union.They were swept into the hall and surrounded by city councilmen...
Ohlendorf Gets Painful Reminder of Last Season
A sore shoulder will keep Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf out for at least the next two weeks.The Pirates on Saturday placed Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list because of a right shoulder posterior strain. Righty Daniel McCutchen was called...
Paulk: Speeding Violation Draws Ire from Johnson
It's rare that Jimmie Johnson allows himself to get lathered up or lured into a controversial issue. He is as good a businessman as he is a driver, so he doesn't dwell on setbacks.But when the usually unflappable Californian took on NASCAR officials...
Penguins Cup Chronicles: Frank Pietrangelo
Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo may be best remembered for "The Save" in Game 6 of the Patrick Division semifinals against New Jersey.But with starter Tom Barrasso (right shoulder) injured, Pietrangelo made four starts in the playoffs that season....
Pennsylvania Legislative Payroll Is Bigger Than Ever
HARRISBURG -- During a time when most Pennsylvanians were forced to live on leaner budgets, the General Assembly's payroll soared 22 percent to $119.5 million, and the number of legislative employees paid at least $100,000 nearly doubled, a Tribune-Review...
Pens Close Regular Season with Win
ATLANTA -- Willing themselves to victory has become so contagious for the Penguins that they won Sunday when it hardly was necessary.Their fate as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference sealed and with many regulars out of the lineup, the Penguins...
Pietrangelo, Teammates Recall 'The Save'
When Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo threw out his glove hand and robbed the New Jersey Devils' Peter Stastny in Game 6 of the 1991 Patrick Division semifinals, it was just a save. A great one, to be sure, but it hadn't earned a name.But as the...
Pitt Fine-Tunes Revamped Passing Game
Tino Sunseri is the best quarterback on the Pitt roster, but that's not good enough.The 12th practice of the spring Saturday was a good example of how far Pitt needs to progress before coach Todd Graham is ready to take his high-octane, no-huddle offense...
Pittsburgh Ballet Celebrates the Genius of Balanchine
Some artists are in a class by themselves -- iconic figures such as painter Pablo Picasso, composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer George Balanchine -- but their creations live on in different ways.Picasso's paintings were complete when he laid down...
PNC Park Employee Found Dead
After knee surgery kept him from working at PNC Park during last year's baseball season, stadium usher Michael Schacht was delighted to be at work for Friday night's game."He was just so happy to be back. He loved baseball. We all do. That's why we're...
Power QB McCabe Goes on Injured Reserve List
Power quarterback Kevin McCabe said he has a partially herniated disc in his neck and will miss the team's next three Arena Football League games.He joins teammate Bernard Morris, the Power's original starting quarterback, on the four-week injured reserve...
Prep for the Nuptials with a Royal Film Festival
At some point, you may find yourself wondering: Why is the royal family interesting again? What makes these royals more compelling than, say, the Kansas City Royals baseball club?Well, the English monarchy have been among the world's major power brokers...
Progress on New Belle Vernon Area Track Moves to a Sprint
A volunteer effort to build a track for Belle Vernon Area School District athletes and the community has progressed to a steady sprint.What was a fledgling campaign launched last year by Fellsburg couple Mike and Judy Brewer to build a track facility...
Rahal, Kimball Add Power to Ganassi's IndyCar Team
Chip Ganassi resisted the temptation to expand his open-wheel organization the past three Indy Racing League seasons, in part, because of an unpredictable economy.But after a record-setting 2010 campaign in which his NASCAR and IRL teams captured the...
Real Estate Notes
Construction should begin this month on The Village at Sweetwater in Sewickley, consisting of 19 luxury brownstone houses by Heartland Homes. The all-brick homes will be in three buildings at the intersection of Beaver and Peebles streets. The end units...
Rebels Tell of Terror under Gadhafi's Rule
BENGHAZI, Libya -- When rebels seized this rundown coastal city in February, they torched the symbols of Moammar Gadhafi's 41-year reign of terror: a military base, secret police and "revolutionary committee" buildings.In one upscale Benghazi neighborhood,...
Residents Turn Smoking into Do-It-Yourself Project
Next to the tomato vines and pansies, Betty Hazuza set out some small tobacco plants for sale in her family's Rillton greenhouse two years ago."Whenever cigarette prices got to be out of this world, we figured more people would want to try and grow some,"...
Rockies Take 3 of 4 from Pirates
A big leap forward for James McDonald. A small step back for Mike Crotta.A bases-loaded walk issued by Crotta in the seventh inning Sunday allowed the Colorado Rockies to edge the Pirates, 6-5. It was the first run yielded this season by the rookie reliever."Tough...
Rockies Upend Pirates with Three-Run Eighth Inning
Jose Veras regrets only two pitches he threw in the eighth inning Saturday of the Pirates' 6-4 loss against the Colorado Rockies."Two pitches cost three runs," Veras said. "Two pitches cost us the game."The second was the most costly. It was supposed...
Rooney 'Optimistic' for Deal
NFL owners and players have yet to agree on where labor talks will resume, but Steelers president Art Rooney II remains "optimistic" the 2011 season will not be interrupted by the league's first work stoppage since 1987."It's only April, so there's certainly...
Rossi: Another Season to Remember
As the third season of Hockey Day in Pittsburgh wraps, this beat reporter looks back fondly on memorable moments from another season covering the Penguins:The Max Talbot Foundation launch party, where Pittsburghers were happy to bid big money on so many...
Some Cuts Just Don't Bleed in Harrisburg
All right, you crybabies. Quit your blubbering.There's been far too much complaining over Gov. Tom Corbett's call for shared sacrifice to help get the state out of its budget crisis.Tom the Barber wants to cut state subsidies for basic and higher education...
Starkey: Sit out the Playoffs, Sid
Sidney Crosby is 23. He is the best hockey player on the planet and could remain part of that conversation for the next decade.He is the fulcrum of a franchise built to contend for multiple Stanley Cups.Do you really want him thrown into playoff hockey's...
'Strolling Mandolinist' Devoted Life to Serving Others
Joe Bucciero was "The Strolling Mandolinist" who played and taught the mandolin, but he also aided the unemployed in Westmoreland County."My husband designed programs that would attempt to utilize the potential and the skills of the men and women who...
Surf's Up! Browsers Release Polished Upgrades
These are good times for Web surfers.The three leading browser makers have all released new versions of their software in recent weeks. The new versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome offer faster page loading,...
Tech Developer to Offer iPhone4 Users a Panoramic Experience
A company started by Carnegie Mellon University graduates is introducing a camera lens that will let users capture the world around them and revisit each scene from a new point of view.By June, EyeSee360 employees plan to make their newest product,...
These Baseball Flicks Remain Home Runs
It's that time, again -- the air suddenly lacks its familiar bite, green is returning to the hillsides, and the breeze from the Pirates' bats whiffing on breaking balls in the dirt blows steadily from the North Shore.Major league baseball may be a mess...
They Had Better Things to Do
Uh ... thanks, Mr. President. But no thanks.That essentially was the response President Obama received last week after attempting to round up Pennsylvania congressional Democrats to appear with him at a town hall meeting near Philadelphia.Politico reported...
Three Stalwarts Undeterred by No Show Clean Up Crew
A small group from Leisenring decided last week that it's the perfect time for a good spring cleanup.Leisenring resident George Zubeck was joined by Regina and Richard Palko, as the three donned gloves and grabbed bags and hit the streets of town."We...
Toby's Corner Pulls off Wood Upset
NEW YORK -- Uncle Mo is unbeaten no longer.Toby's' Corner surged past Uncle Mo and Arthur's Tale in the stretch to post a stunning upset in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday.Uncle Mo came into the Grade 1 Wood as the early favorite...
UPMC Fosters End-Life Discussion
Nearly five years after Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor died, his widow is urging people to talk with loved ones about their wishes should they become critically ill."We didn't have a chance to ask Bob any questions or anything," said O'Connor, 66,...
Weekly Tips for the Area Outdoorsmen
New in equipmentImagine taking your grandfather's favorite old brush-busting lever action deer rifle and chopping off most of the barrel and half of the stock. What would you have? Rossi's new Ranch Hand. Destined perhaps to find a niche as a gun that's...
Zanzibar's Rare Monkeys Popular among Tourists
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania -- A group of rare Zanzibar red colobus monkeys crashed recklessly through the trees, squealing as they pulled at each others' tails and raced across tree limbs that swayed precariously under their weight in the tropical island's only...