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Articles from May 23, 2011

Armstrong-Bred Mastiff Nears Championship Status with Win
Yoi! Double yoi! Like all mastiffs, he's "yoi" big -- more than 200 pounds of big. And yes, this massive mastiff's official American Kennel Club name is "StiValley Yoi! Double Yoi."However, his owners, Jeremy and Julie Densmore of Arnold, and breeders...
Benefit for Children of University Staffers Tops $20 Million a Year
Pennsylvania's financially strapped state-related and state- owned universities provide more than $20 million a year in tuition breaks to the offspring of university staff, records show.The tuition waivers are a time-honored perk in higher education,...
Briefs: Kids' Education, Health Benefit from Program
This season's Kohl's Cares program features author Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama and his mama books and plush toys, which sell for $5 at Kohl's Department Stores and at Kohls.com. The books are intended to keep kids interested in reading all summer long.The...
CD Reviews: Eliane Elias Lights Strong 'Fire'
'Light my Fire'Eliane Elias (Concord Picante)'Mi Bossa Nova'Carmen Cuesta (Tweetyrecords)Timing can be a blessing or a curse. Singer Carmen Cuesta could have captured any number of Brazilian music fans with her "Mi Bossa Nova." But she has the misfortune...
Challenges of His Own Past Helps Man Steer Clients to Work
Reggie Good spends most of his waking hours helping former neighbors in the North Side find work.Good, 38, of Perry Hilltop, who grew up on the streets of Manchester, wants them to avoid the kind of trouble that trapped him as a younger man."He's here...
Commentary Oprah's Long Afternoon Reign Comes to an End
Get out your hankies. The end is near.After 25 years of radiance, the Sun Queen is abandoning the air. The final episode of "Oprah," shrouded in secrecy, will be broadcast Wednesday.At this point, if you're not living your best life, the fault lies not...
Danica Sneaks into Indy Field
INDIANAPOLIS -- Danica Patrick didn't blink Sunday when rain rushed in to seemingly deny her one last run at making the field for the 95th Indianapolis 500.For Patrick, it was one thing or another throughout qualifying weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway....
Debate Looms over $3.7 Billion the State Owes the Feds
HARRISBURG -- Lawmakers from both parties appear intent on preserving 13 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits for jobless Pennsylvanians.But the move is likely to renew debate over how to repay the state's $3.7 billion debt to the federal...
Divorce Devastates Teen, Learns Dad Was Unfaithful
Hey, Cherie!I am 13 years old. I just found out yesterday that my parents are getting a divorce. It feels like I am in some terrible nightmare and can't wake up. I thought my parents loved each other. They always held hands and stuff. They taught me...
DVD Reviews: 'I Am Number Four' Lacks Originality
'I Am Number Four'This science-fiction thriller, adapted from the novel of the same name from Jobie Hughes and James Frey, was filmed in and around Pittsburgh including at Franklin Regional High in Murrysville last year. Directed by D.J. Caruso, "I Am...
Elmo Helps Lead Children to Right Street
Do you want your child to end up being good with money?Some parents assume that unless they are savvy about business and the stock market, they won't be able to position their children on the right course. But it turns out that the basics that build...
E-Magnify Winners' Circle Awards Luncheon Held at Four Points
A who's who of Westmoreland County businesswomen, and their male counterparts, attended the 16th annual Seton Hill University E- Magnify Winners' Circle awards luncheon on Thursday at the Four Points by Sheraton in Greensburg.The awards are presented...
Gas Prices Putting the Squeeze on Volunteers Who Must Drive
Every Friday for 24 years, Harris Wachter has driven from 40 to 50 miles to deliver dozens of meals to homebound people who are often much younger than he is.Like most of this country's 1.7 million Meals On Wheels volunteers, Wachter, 93, of Moon has...
Greensburg Native Brings a Taste of Britain to Pittsburgh
The pasty, one of Britain's great portable foods, has arrived in Pittsburgh.When Greensburg native Chris Johnston returned home after a dozen years working in London, he brought with him his love of British foods, particularly the pasty.Pronounced with...
Guns, Games and Goodbyes on the Block This Week
Small but sweet best sums up a trio of sales on tap at local auction houses in the next few weeks. And bittersweet is the only word to describe the onsite sale that will liquidate the estate of Jack Dill and Bob Hanks.BHD AuctionsThe emphasis is on fun...
Hard-Luck Maholm Loses Again
Usually, the Pirates merely fail to score runs when Paul Maholm pitches.But Sunday, facing Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, they took their offensive futility to a new, more disturbing level.Porcello held the Pirates hitless for the first five...
Lineup Set for Greensburg SummerSounds Concert Series
Gene James and other organizers listened to hundreds of CDs before picking the groups to appear at Greensburg's first SummerSounds concert series more than a decade ago.That's no longer true.The Internet has changed how bands are selected for the series,...
Master Woodworker Frank Inesso Enhanced Many City Landmarks
Frank Inesso and his brother, Richard, were known for their ability to make any type of architectural woodwork a client could imagine."People who would see something they liked in a castle in Europe would bring it to us to copy, and we could do it,"...
Minister Not Seen after Failed Apocalypse Prediction
The religious broadcaster who predicted the world would end Saturday -- and convinced hundreds he was right -- was nowhere to be seen publicly Sunday after his prediction didn't come true.Minister Harold Camping, 89, founder of the Family Radio network,...
More College Students Seek Counseling to Deal with Issues
Lori Arend says she could use a revolving door some days for her office at the La Roche College student counseling center."I have kids lined up outside my door," said Arend, interim director of La Roche's office of Counseling and Health Services. "I...
'Mystical, Magical' Financial Jargon Can Trip Up Investors
Along with the efforts to make Americans more financially literate, I'd like to add another goal: to have more financial service companies and advisers talk in plain English.Many are already doing this, and that's good. But more -- a lot more -- needs...
New Baby Complicates Adjustment in Shared Parenting
Question: For three years, I've been a bonus mom to a wonderful 5- year-old boy. His mom and bonus dad now have a 6-month-old baby. My bonus son has had a hard time adjusting. He has recently begun saying that he's sad that his mom and dad don't live...
Outdoors Notices
Hiking-- Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation will hold a free nightwalk from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 3 at Mammoth Park. Participants will look and listen for wildlife and enjoy a campfire snack. Space is limited. Call 724-830-3950 or visit www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/parks.--...
Parenthood Doesn't Come Up Short in Long Run
Joe DeVita of Oakmont, who became a grandfather at age 42, describes his life satisfaction like this: "If I were any happier, I think I'd have to be twins now."DeVita enjoys his adult daughters -- Courtney, 20, and Jessica, 24 -- and Jessica's daughter,...
Parents Get an Earful Listing to Son's Conversations
Question: Our 16-year-old son is respectful to our faces. He does what he is told and generally is a good kid. On a number of occasions, I have overheard him speaking with his friends or girlfriend on the phone, and he is horribly disrespectful concerning...
Pelosi's San Francisco Treat
Remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got all wound up in March 2010 about the passage of ObamaCare and told the assembled conventioneers at the National Association of Counties that the bill's reforms were going to make health care in America "very,...
PNC Announces Plan for 40-Story, $400 Million Tower
PNC Bank plans to build a 40-story tower in the heart of the Golden Triangle, CEO Jim Rohr announced today."We're here to talk about probably the worst-kept secret in the city," Rohr told a room of more than 100 guests gathered in the Fairmont Hotel...
Police: Four Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Shaler
Four members of a Shaler family were shot to death late Sunday in what police believe is a triple murder-suicide.Shaler police Chief Jeff Gally confirmed that a man, his wife, their infant daughter and a daughter of 7 to 9 years of age were killed. Authorities...
Police ID Four Who Died in Shaler Triple Murder, Suicide
Police today were trying to determine what caused a man to fatally shoot his girlfriend and her two children before killing himself in their Shaler home.Barry Hardesty, 43, and Lynette Gasparre, 38, were found dead last night in a house in the 400 block...
Potential Civic Arena Developer Has 'Truly Special Proposal'
A group that preservationists tout as a potential developer of the shuttered Civic Arena hasn't visited Pittsburgh, hasn't seen the inside of the building and hasn't talked with any city officials about it.Even so, members of the Apostolopoulos family,...
Prank Could Get Montour Students Banned from Graduation
At least eight seniors at Montour High School in Robinson may not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies after being suspended for 10 days because of a senior prank, school board president Ron Smith said Monday.Other students got less than...
Ridership to Determine Fate of Pittsburgh's Nonstop Paris Flights
Will we always have Paris?A two-year deal that Delta Air Lines struck with local and state officials to fly nonstop between Pittsburgh and Paris was to end June 1. In November, citing improved sales, Delta opted to extend the service through Aug. 31...
Scant Evidence Remains of the Civic Arena's Long-Time Tenants
Words are scrawled in white chalk across a gray concrete block wall: "Good-bye old girl!"Others nearby read, "There's no place like 'Dome!'"With the clock ticking on demolition of the Civic Arena, someone - - perhaps former workers -- found a moment...
Smaller Projects, like Housing, Can Transform Pittsburgh Neighborhoods
When Rebecca and John Winters moved their family into their freshly built Garfield home in 2008, they initially felt a bit out of place.Other residents of the neighborhood, which has many older, run- down homes, must have thought the family was rich,...
State Teachers Union's New Chief Wants to Bolster Coalitions
The new president of the state's largest teachers union said he wants to work with the governor and other state officials to improve public education."I think it's so easy and popular to beat up the system that we lose sight of the really good work that's...
Tagged Fish Could Earn Anglers Millions
The names are in.The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and outdoors retailer Cabela's have announced the eight waterways that are a part of the "Wanna Go Fishing for Millions" giveaway. The list includes three Western Pennsylvania waterways: Lake...
Texas Rangers Interested in Hanrahan
-- A team source confirmed Sunday that the Texas Rangers have inquired about a possible trade for closer Joel Hanrahan. However, the Pirates rejected the overture and are not actively shopping Hanrahan. The right-hander has converted all 13 of his save...
Toms Rallies to Claim Colonial Crown
FORT WORTH, Texas -- David Toms made a big comeback at Colonial, winning on the PGA Tour for the first time since 2006 with a closing 3-under-par 67 on Sunday to win by one stroke over Charlie Wi.A day after blowing a seven-stroke advantage to go into...
Top Lacrosse Teams Hanging Tough
The WPIAL lacrosse playoffs are headed to the final stages this week with few surprises in sight.In three of the four divisions, the No. 1 seed -- Division I Mt. Lebanon and Division II Hampton for the boys and Division II North Hills for the girls --...
Trib Tested: 3LAB Perfect Cleansing Foam
Your face will be squeaky if you use this cleanser. And, probably for months. A teeny dab of the product soaps up amazingly, more than 2X concentrated detergent. 3LAB wants $50 for a 4.4-ounce tube, an ouch at first blush, but, perhaps, a bargain in...
Ward Ready for Final Steps toward Dancing Championship
LOS ANGELES -- Not long after her plane touched down Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport, Judy Lipcsak pulled a pristine Terrible Towel out of her carry-on bag and smiled.To the Beaver Falls resident, the famed cloth had been as much of a travel...
WCCC Shut Down, Knocked Out
TYLER, Texas -- Ray Angelucci had no problems with the Westmoreland County Community College lineup Sunday.The Wolfpack struck out 15 times in eight innings against the right-hander, as top-ranked Suffolk (N.Y.) County Community College- Selden won,...