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Articles from May 2, 2011

67 Vehicles, Homes Damaged in Vandalism Spree
BB- or pellet-gun wielding vandals caused thousands of dollars in damages to at least 67 cars and homes during the weekend, according to state police at Greensburg.A Hempfield woman whose house was damaged by the March 23 tornado was among those who...
9/11 Families Relieved but Say Fight's Not Over
The dead are still gone, the wars continue, but a measure of justice has come to the families who were torn apart on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.Osama bin Laden is dead."It's been a long time in coming," said Gordon Felt, 47, of Remsen, N.Y. The president...
'Antony & Cleopatra': Ultimate Power Couple Still Makes Good Drama
Ask Helena Ruoti how she sees Cleopatra and a cornucopia of adjectives tumble forth -- vivacious, intelligent, educated and cunning."She was a Mata Hari type and that's what made her so exciting," says Ruoti, who will play Cleopatra in Pittsburgh Irish...
'At My Direction, the United States Launched a Targeted Operation'
Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who`s responsible for the murder of thousands of...
Books Open for Visually Impaired
Zaynee Malik wants people who are visually impaired to hear another good book.So the Shadyside girl has donated time each week for the past four months reading aloud as part of a new partnership between The Ellis School in Shadyside and the Carnegie...
Business as Usual for Pittsburgh Airport, Regional Transportation
Federal authorities say Osama bin Laden's death hasn't resulted in specific terror threats against the United States that will alter security measures already in place at airports and other transportation facilities."We remain at a heightened state...
CD Reviews: Corea Set Shows Piano Trios Don't Have to Be Boring
'Forever'Corea, Clarke & White (Concord Jazz)Piano trios can be among the most boring outfits in jazz, perhaps in any form of music, as they crank out hotel-lobby classics. But Chick Corea and two Return to Forever compatriots prove that does not have...
Endangered Reptile Gets Assist from Pittsburgh Zoo
For Henry Kacprzyk, there's no such thing as too many snakes.The curator of Kids Kingdom and reptiles at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is closely watching four Louisiana pine snake eggs, keeping them at the proper light and temperature, and waiting...
For Former Governor Ridge, Hunt for Bin Laden Was Personal
For Tom Ridge, the United States' first secretary of Homeland Security, the hunt for Osama bin Laden became personal.He was Pennsylvania governor on Sept. 11, 2001, when United Airlines Flight 93 slammed into a rural area in Somerset County in a series...
For Those Not Drafted, an Anxious Wait
The first thing Dom DeCicco thought after he realized he wouldn't be selected in the NFL Draft: "What a horrible situation."The former Thomas Jefferson and Pitt safety was among about a dozen players with local connections who weren't one of the 254...
Free-Agent Penguins Make Pitch to Stay
Forward Max Talbot was the last player to depart the ice at Consol Energy Center following the Game 7 loss to Tampa Bay last week. He looked like a guy begrudgingly saying goodbye to Pittsburgh.Seemingly all of the Penguins' free agents want to remain...
Holocaust Stories Recited at Remembrance Service
When Seton Hill University Professor Michael Cary studied at the National Holocaust Center in Israel several years ago, he heard a speech from a Holocaust survivor that he can't forget.The woman and her infant were in line to board a transport train...
How Do I Talk to My Daughters about Their Father's Addictions?
Question: My ex moved out six years ago. We have two daughters he saw every other weekend. They are now 18 and 20. My ex remains a "functional alcoholic" but his more debilitating addiction is pornography. Since my daughters only saw their dad every...
IUP Scene Transforms from Festive to Fearful
Patrick Krupper was among a group of college students waving to a low-flying helicopter as it circled a parking lot in Indiana Borough"After it did two spins, it literally dropped out of the sky," he said on Sunday. "As soon as it crashed, we had to...
Jury Selection Set to Begin in 1st Torture-Slaying Trial
The torture slaying of a mentally challenged woman in Greensburg has made headlines and news broadcasts ever since police discovered the victim's body near Greensburg Salem Middle School on Feb. 2, 2010.Court officials will try to discern today whether...
Keeping Rein on Withdrawals Key to Planning for Retirement
People feel fragile after watching, during the financial crisis, a vicious bear market destroy half the money they had in the stock market.Twice in the last decade, stocks ravaged savings, destroying 49 percent in the stock market in 2000-02 and then...
Make Oldest Sibling Responsible for Keeping the Peace
Question: Our 7-year-old son and 32-month-old daughter squabble with each other constantly, mostly over taking and playing with each other's toys.The problem is our daughter, really. She will hit, scream and throw things when she is angry. She wants...
Migration Causing Pittsburgh Congregations to Dwindle
The enormous stones that make up West End AME Zion Church in Elliott look like clumps of burnt sand.Years of soot stained the 124-year-old building, giving the Romanesque church located off the West End's main drag a distinguished look.Eight-foot red...
National Public Gardens Day Highlights Area Greeneries
In the bustle of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, public gardens can provide people a nice place to escape and enjoy the calm and scenery.On Friday, National Public Gardens Day, nature enthusiasts have a chance to visit and learn about the role some...
New Eagle Planning Centennial Celebration
When Linda Hall called a few residents for help with organizing a centennial celebration of the borough's founding, many could not believe it has been nearly 25 years since the community's diamond jubilation in 1987.That event brought the community together...
North Versailles Veteran's Life Was Enriched by Grandchildren, Bowling
Despite eyes blurry from glaucoma and war wounds, and two toes missing on his left foot, Edward Kustra just missed bowling a perfect game by one pin on the last ball of the tenth frame."It was dead on, and the 10-pin wouldn't go down," recalled daughter...
Outdoors Notebook: Grants to Boost Grassroots Conservation
A local Trout Unlimited chapter and a conservation district are among the groups that will share $60,000 in grants.The Coldwater Heritage Partnership a" a cooperative effort of Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission,...
Outdoors Notices
Hiking-- Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead a six-mile hike through the North Woods area of Forbes State Forest on May 14. Meet at McDonald's on Route 31 in Donegal at 1:30 p.m. Call Diane Neely at 724-459-3012.-- Powdermill's Avian Research...
Paul Went into Game Wanting to Have Fun
Discussing his 2-for-4 performance with the Pirates on Sunday, left fielder Xavier Paul said he went into the game just wanting to have fun. "To be able to help the team win and come up with a big hit feels great," said Paul, who had a two-run triple...
Pirates Win Fourth Road Series This Season
DENVER -- Teams had to love when the Pirates came to town last season.The Pirates managed just 17 wins in 81 road games and made life easy on most opponents, who could rest easy knowing that, while they may drop a game, they likely were going to win...
Pitt Grads Urged to Be Great by Serving
Fifty years after the founding of the Peace Corps, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin urged 6,400 graduates of the University of Pittsburgh to lead a life of service."Don't just see the light," he said. "Be the light."Cardin, 67 and a 1964 Pitt graduate and admirer...
Pitt Recruit from Ford City Keeps Priorities in Order
Though they played for rival baseball teams throughout their high school careers, Ford City senior Dylan Wolsonovich and Burrell senior Dave Yakopec spent a portion of the past year hanging out together and talking about their futures with the Pitt baseball...
Pittsburgh Opera Concludes Its Season with Heavenly Performance
Once again Pittsburgh Opera concludes its season with an outstanding presentation of a 20th-century masterpiece, which provides a welcome supplement to the repertoire of beloved standard repertoire operas. Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites"...
'Prophets of Funk' Takes the Audience Higher with Rhythm
David Dorfman Dance brought the sounds, the moves and the funk of the '70s to the Byham Theater on Saturday.A presentation of Pittsburgh Dance Council, Dorfman's latest work, "Prophets of Funk," uses the music of Sly and the Family Stone to celebrate...
Salt and Light Award Dinner Sponsored by Catholic Charities
The afternoon skies were bright Thursday as a whopping 462 people filed into Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.The 13th annual Communities of Salt and Light Award Dinner sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg, was held...
Scoreless Debut Pleases Moskos
DENVER - Daniel Moskos' demeanor Saturday didn't betray the fact that he was making his major league debut. He exuded confidence as he strolled to the Coors Field mound to pitch the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies.The result was a 1-2-3 inning...
Smaller Stocks Maintain Performance Lead over Blue Chips
Smaller stocks far outraced their blue-chip brethren in the last decade. Now, they're sprinting well ahead once again, defying predictions that big-name shares would take the lead in market performance.Mutual funds that own stocks of small-cap and mid-cap...
So Much for 'Moral Purpose'
After doing nothing during his first two years in office to deal with the debt tsunami that's clearly visible on the horizon, President Obama delivered a 2012 budget plan that, as Investor's Business Daily accurately reported, "proposed spending $252...
Star Power Adds Sizzle on Last Day of NRA Convention
After an estimated 75,000 visitors swarmed through the Downtown Convention Center this weekend, the National Rifle Association wrapped up its 140th annual convention on Sunday.Long lines of autograph seekers snaked through the halls to see celebrities...
Steelers Rookies: 'They're Going to Be So Lost'
If this were a normal NFL offseason, the Steelers would gather Friday for a three-day minicamp during which draftees and rookie free agents would practice and study alongside veterans.The newcomers would leave Pittsburgh overwhelmed, as rookies do, following...
Teen Wants Parents to Back His Summer Business
Hey, Cherie!I'm a guy in 10th grade, and I don't have to tell you that it's still almost impossible to find a summer job. I have started to go around and put in my applications at all the usual places, such as fast-food restaurants and the mall. I get...
Tours to Show State's Role in Civil War
A confrontation in December 1864 between federal troops and rural Pennsylvania lumbermen opposed to a civilian draft during the Civil War ended in a gunfight and deaths on both sides outside a log cabin home in Clearfield County.The story was part of...
Trib Tested: Vaska Spotoff
I ended up using the Vaska Spotoff cleaner to remove old yogurt stains (don't ask) from a light-colored recliner in my living room. I was a little worried the cleaner would leave a mark, too, but it took the yogurt stain off beautifully with just a little...
Up to the Challenge
After opening the season with 12 consecutive victories, Sewickley Academy was on the verge of clinching a spot in the "A" bracket in this week's Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association tournament.That was before a 14-4 loss to Worthington Kilbourne...
Visitors Gather at Flight 93 Site in Shanksville
Draped in an American flag and wearing a red, white and blue bandanna, Jeff Ray of nearby Berlin was one of the first people to arrive Monday morning at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County to pay respects to the passengers...
Wave of Storms in State Appears to Be Precursor
Severe weather might keep Chuck Mills busy during the next few months."We are expecting a more brisk-than-usual summer," said Mills, 40, a ham radio operator who serves as emergency coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in Westmoreland...
Young Couples Should Bank on a Financial Heart-to-Heart
When it came to the royal wedding, no detail was off-limits: the bride's weight, who's making her dress and who didn't make the guest list.Even the couple's finances are open to scrutiny. Did Prince William break with tradition and ask bride-to-be Kate...