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Articles from October 9, 2011

100 Is the New 80: Study to Unravel Secrets of Longevity
When Margaret Moninger was born 103 years ago, Henry Ford was preparing to roll out Model T's.Dubbed the "Tin Lizzie," the $825 car quickly became a hit with consumers. Moninger doesn't remember those early Fords, but she does recall the car her brother...
246 + 2013 = Luke Win?
Resistance is futile.Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl clearly is attempting to send that message to anyone thinking of challenging him in 2013. That's judging from the five-page campaign flier prepared in advance of his huge fundraiser set for Thursday...
Acme Student Engineers Unusual Summer Vacation
Planning on a career in biomedical engineering to specialize in prosthetics, Greensburg Central Catholic junior Kelsey Brown got an early start last summer.She learned how to solve a Rubic's Cube, which she laughingly admits to never having been able...
Airlines Shortening Paper Trail, but There's a Limit
Airlines say they are turning to technology to leave less of a paper trail, processing more boarding passes displayed on passengers' cell phones and allowing pilots to shed bulky paper flight manuals for electronic versions.But there's a limit to the...
Alex Ross' Comic-Book Art Shows Influences Including Norman Rockwell
It may seem an odd idea to see comic-book art in a museum. But one look at the work of Alex Ross and you will understand why it is featured in a major exhibit, "Heroes & Villains," at The Andy Warhol Museum.Truth is, there could be no better place to...
Antiques: Coin-Operated Fortune-Telling Machines
Zoltar the Fortune Teller is the coin-operated machine in the movie "Big" that changed Tom Hanks's character into a grownup.The publicity from the movie created a market for the machine and copies were made in the 1960s and '70s.Coin-operated fortune-telling...
Arpino Trattoria Offers Taste and Look of Italy
You'd never know this shopping center is near a busy throughway.Tucked off Cochran Road on the Mt. Lebanon-Scott border, Manor Oak Village is fronted by a large parking lot, a chain restaurant and a sports-type bar-restaurant.Step into the U-shape cluster...
Baird Closes in on First PGA Title
Briny Baird covered his final seven holes in 4-under par to move two strokes ahead of a tightly bunched leaderboard in Saturday's third round of the Frys.com Open.Bidding for his first PGA Tour title in his 348th start on the circuit, the 39-year-old...
Beauty Rises from the Ashes at Flight 93 Rose Garden
On Sept. 11, 2001, Clay Mankamyer rushed from his Shanksville home with his son to the field where United Flight 93 crashed, hoping they could help.The retired state trooper soon realized there would be no search and rescue effort."I was frustrated and...
Bloomfield's Columbus Day Parade Celebrates Cultural Roots
It may have been a sunny day in October, but it was "September" that had the crowd grooving on Liberty Avenue at the annual Columbus Day parade in Bloomfield on Saturday.As the Obama Academy band and dancers made their way down the street, playing the...
Bold Colors: Homeowners Bored with 'Neutrality' in Painting Walls
Use of bold, striking colors for interior home jobs is far more than a black-and-white issue.Dee Schlotter, the national color brand manager for PPG Pittsburgh Paints, says she believes homeowners are getting tired of the "boredom of neutrality" and...
Bosses Making More Demands of Workers after Hours
Have you ever gotten an e-mail from your supervisor's secretary late one afternoon, just as you were wrapping up for the day, saying: "The boss needs to see you now"? Or worse, the summons came late Friday when you had plans to enjoy the night with your...
Briefs: National Cathedral to Open in November after Fixes
There are plans to reopen the earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral on Nov. 12, it was announced on Tuesday, but to fully restore the building, tens of millions of dollars need to be raised.Three of the four spires of the gothic cathedral's...
Brownsville's Shashura Eyes PIAA Tennis Gold
Brownsville Area High School's Sue Shashura will compete in the state singles tennis tournament Nov. 4-5 at Hershey Racquet Club.The junior won the WPIAL Class AA title on Sept. 23 by defeating top seed Eva Sung of Sewickley Academy. Shashura won 12...
California (Pa.) Stretches Winning Streak to Five
It took the California (Pa.) offense awhile to get going against Gannon. When it did, the Vulcans put things on cruise control.Peter Lalich passed for 286 yards and three touchdowns -- two to Thomas Mayo -- and No. 15 California broke open a close game...
CD Reviews: Pianists Show Strengths of Play, Writing
'Orvieto'Chick Corea and Stefano Bollani"Orvieto" is not always easy, but it never gets too heavy to bear. The live recording is centered on two distinct styles of music. On the one hand is a collection of works that are like 21st- century concert music....
Commissions Face Challenge Trying to Keep Outdoorsmen Coming Back
The good news for the Pennsylvania Game Commission is that it picked up 143,781 new hunters in 2010-11.The bad news? It lost 169,543.Blame it on churn -- the movement of sportsmen into and out of the license buying pool -- that's become so evident across...
Decisions of the Westmoreland County Judges
The following is a list of defendants charged with a first offense of driving under the influence in Westmoreland County criminal court. These defendants receive a standard sentence that includes enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition...
Deer Scents One Man's Obsession
Paul Pollick is a bit of a mad scientist.The New Kensington man doesn't look it at first glance. He wears jeans rather than a long white coat, his hair is neatly combed instead of being Einstein-wild and his laboratory is a root cellar lined not with...
Diminished Clout
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has proposed to disenfranchise voters by changing Pennsylvania's method of allocating electoral votes from winner-take-all to a gerrymandered system of one electoral vote per congressional district, with the remaining...
Europe's Crisis Ricochets toward U.S
Europe's political, economic and financial problems have become headline news in America. Many are surprised that the economic woes of tiny Greece can affect the markets of the mighty United States. However, the European Union (EU) now is so large that...
Family's 4-H Tradition Spans Four Generations
As Kenneth McQuaide, 92 at the time, walked around the Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the state Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg in 2003, he couldn't help but chuckle at what he saw.His granddaughter, Marcy Gazda, of Ruffsdale,...
First Aid for the Ailing House: Proper Roof Installation Averts Ice Dams
Q: I am a contractor in Maryland. I work on quite a few ice- damming situations. Right now I am working on a four-valley roof, no overhang basically other than rakes. All four corners come to a point at the bottom of the valleys. The roof is cathedral...
Fumble Return Ignites WVU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Just when it seemed like West Virginia had no momentum, the defense came up big.Redshirt freshman linebacker Jewone Snow's 83-yard fumble return turned the tide and propelled the Mountaineers to a 43-16 victory over Connecticut in...
Greensburg Salem Overwhelms Derry
Greensburg Salem enhanced its WPIAL playoff standing Friday night, beating up on host Derry, 46-0, in a Class AAA Keystone Conference game that saw the Golden Lions take advantage of turnovers and score 20 first-quarter points.Michael Kizzie rushed for...
Highmark, UPMC Uncertainty Adds to Patients' Woes
Highmark Inc. tells members its health insurance is accepted everywhere.UPMC says that won't be true for UPMC-affiliated doctors after June 30, and encourages people to switch insurers.The only certainty in this monthslong dispute is the contracts between...
High School Soccer Defense Undergoes Radical Shift
Ron Fransko calls himself an old-timer.It's not a self-deprecating jab at the 45-year-old Ringgold boys soccer coach's age. He's just part of a shrinking list of high school coaches who still subscribe to a disappearing defensive foundation."Back in...
Independents Drive Strategy
NILES, OhioThe North Main Street building here marking William McKinley's birthplace reconstructs the famous front porch of a president who won what historians consider one of our most turbulent elections.Presidents become presidents by winning the country...
Like Old Times: Running Game, Defense Lead Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State's rare win Saturday over Iowa, 13- 3, in front of 103,497 at Beaver Stadium could have been considered a nod to Joe Paterno's 1986 national champions, some of whom were in attendance celebrating the 25-year anniversary of...
Mine Rescue Teams Hone Skills through Practice, Competitions
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- They replaced the canary with an intricate sensor to detect gases in mine air, and the lantern with an electric headlamp that produces light without heat.But just as it was 100 years ago, it takes someone like Todd DeWitt to volunteer...
Minor League Roundup: Injury Problems Find Veilleux Again
WILKES-BARRE -- Keven Veilleux, a second-round pick in the 2007 draft, is an intriguing prospect because he has a rare mix of hands and grit on a 6-foot-5 frame. At this rate, though, injuries may keep him from ever fulfilling his potential.Veilleux...
Modern Meltdown: Grilled Cheese Is in Again
This is a cheesy story about the resurgence of a favorite grilled sandwich.Most of us have fond memories of the classic Mom used to make -- a slice of American cheese melted between two slices of white bread. Margarine, not butter, was the grease of...
NFL Defenses Struggling to Keep Up with Offenses
The predictions not only were wrong, they were spectacularly wrong. The post-lockout NFL has been redefined -- so far, anyway -- and few saw it coming."The conventional thinking was that offenses would trail defenses, but we're seeing the flip side of...
Notes from the Outdoors
Around the Fish & Boat CommissionThe idea of raising smaller trout to save money doesn't look like it's going anywhere.Brian Wisner, chief of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's hatchery division, first floated the idea at a meeting of the board's...
Penguins Outwork Flames to Notch Season's Second Victory
CALGARY, Alberta - The Penguins earned a hard-fought, 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames but star center Evgeni Malkin might be questionable for Sunday night's game against Edmonton.Malkin barely played in the third period. In the second period, he...
Penguins' Veteran Core Makes It Tough for Youngsters to Crack NHL Roster
WILKES-BARRE -- If there's one thing Eric Tangradi has learned about the Penguins' organization since he joined it in February 2009, it's this: It's hard to stick on the NHL roster.Really hard."It's tough when you look at guys on other teams that you...
Pens Enforcer MacIntyre Not Interested in Changing
CALGARY, Alberta -- The debate about fighting in hockey intensified last week when Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry called former enforcers Chris Nilan, Stu Grimson and Jim Thomson "hypocrites and turncoats" for coming out against it.The Penguins...
Personnel Moves
BANKING, FINANCEFirst Commonwealth Financial Corp. named Deborah Robertson vice president and regional trust manager for Indiana, Pa., Greensburg and DuBois.First Commonwealth Advisors hired Felicia E. Santillan as estate settlement specialist.Bill Grubor...
Pittsburgh Steelers Hold Steelers Style 2011 in East Club Lounge
If you were wondering where a majority of the female demographic had disappeared to on Thursday evening, then you needn't have looked any further than the East Club Lounge of Heinz Field to find them."You can always fit more people in here!" mused The...
Pitt Set to Honor Another Mon Valley Native
For the second straight season, a Monongahela Valley native will be honored by the University of Pittsburgh.Charleroi's Dr. John Verkleeren is one of six recipients of the Pitt Varsity Letter Club's "Awardees of Distinction." The 51st annual banquet...
Preski Plea AG Probe's Latest Success
HARRISBURGThe Attorney General's Office notched a significant victory with the surprise guilty plea last week of the former top staffer for ex- House Speaker John Perzel.Brian Preski's guilty plea to 10 felony counts was a milestone in former attorney...
Protesters Fear Gas Drilling at Butler County Farm Will Spoil Milk
Marcellus shale drilling protesters, including two women dressed in cow costumes, descended on the Marburger Farm Dairy in Butler County on Saturday, charging that drilling and eventual fracking there will poison the environment and food supply. Operators...
Protest Wasted on Wall Street
A protest march is a terrible thing to waste.The people -- mostly young -- who've been trying for weeks but have yet to get up a decent ballpark crowd to "occupy Wall Street" seem awfully like a gang that can't shoot straight.They've clustered around...
Real Estate Notes
The HDH Group will move from U.S. Steel Tower beginning in October 2012 after signing a lease to occupy 18,300 square feet in K&L Gates Center, Downtown. About 70 employees will relocate. The space is designed to allow growth, and the lease provides...
Reality TV Producers Mine Pittsburgh Region for Relatable Personalities
Pittsburghers are known as the real deal.That's why casting directors make it a frequent stop when seeking participants for reality and other unscripted shows.From the genre's beginnings, national television audiences have seen the enthusiastic results...
Road Trip! Destination: Finger Lakes Region, N.Y
The rolling hills and reflective water of New York's Finger Lakes region is a relaxing destination anytime of year.But the best time to visit must be now, during the harvest season when brightly colored leaves stand out against farmland, vineyards and...
Roethlisberger Throws Steelers Past Titans
He left the media room at Heinz Field just as he had entered it late Sunday afternoon: without the hint of a smile.One has to assume that coach Mike Tomlin was more enthused behind closed doors after the injury-depleted Steelers drilled the Tennessee...
Rostraver Student Honored for Tenacity Wins Steelers Prize
A few months ago, second grader Gabe Grow didn't know Troy Polamalu's name.But now, he has the standout Steelers' autograph.The spunky, freckle-faced student from Marion Elementary School in Belle Vernon was one of three who won a contest the well-known...
Rotarian Ted Shaffer 'Embraced Humanity' in Travels
The Rotarian theme "Reach within to embrace humanity" clearly applied to the life of Ted Shaffer, a man who placed service above all.Among Mr. Shaffer's numerous humanitarian efforts were the trips that he and his wife, Patricia, took to the Dominican...
Roundup: Duquesne's Win Streak Ends at Albany
Albany scored on its first three possessions en route to a 38-10 victory over Duquesne that ended the Dukes' four-game winning streak Saturday in Albany, N.Y.Duquesne dropped to 4-2, 2-1 in the Northeast Conference. Albany improved to 3-2, 2-0.Albany...
Rutgers Roughs Up Mistake-Prone Pitt
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Pitt's 34-10 loss to Rutgers on Saturday underscored everything that is wrong with the team this season, from coaching to special teams, from offense to defense."There were breakdowns in all areas," senior linebacker Max Gruder said.Nine...
Saks, Santorum & Murphy
Hold the phone!It's bad enough that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County helped to put together a $10 million package in hopes of persuading Saks Fifth Avenue to not sack its flailing downtown Pittsburgh store.What's worse is that the principals of this supposed...
Self-Taught Bedford Basket-Weaver Puts Wares on Exhibit in Law Library
A Bedford artist's display at the Fayette County Law Library reveals the talent of a self-taught weaver.Loretta Radeschi was born and raised in Brooklyn and since the 1970s, she has been surrounded by artists and works of art in wood, glass, clay, metal...
Shaler's Defense Preserves Win over Erie McDowell
A balanced Shaler offense couldn't be stopped in the first half, producing nearly 400 yards and five touchdowns Saturday against visiting Erie McDowell.But Titans coach Neil Gordon saved most of his praise for the defensive unit.After what had been a...
Social Websites Replace Water Cooler Chatter
Christopher Cristwell, a 25-year-old Starbucks barista, became fed up with rude customers and their annoying orders for skinny vanilla lattes. So he did what young workers sometimes do these days: He vented online. He made a video rant about it in song...
Staal Returns to Lineup after Dehydration Issues
CALGARY, Alberta -- Penguins center Jordan Staal played against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night despite leaving the season opener in Vancouver two nights earlier with dehydration issues.Staal, who did not practice Friday, said he was fully recovered...
Stakes High for Steelers in Week 5
The Steelers are sometimes hard to find inside their locker room on the South Side. They were especially elusive, if not distant, this week.They did not want to relive their disjointed performance in Houston last Sunday. No one needed to remind them...
Starkey: Massive Challenge for Starks
Max Starks knew the calls would come.That is why he woke up every morning at 6:15 and hiked Pinnacle Peak (1,300-foot elevation) in Scottsdale, Ariz., during his unplanned vacation from the NFL. It's why he did all those tire flips and truck pushes and...
Steelers' Right Defensive Side Expects to Be Busy Today
Brett Keisel returns to the starting lineup today after missing the previous two games, and the veteran defensive end won't be surprised if the Tennessee Titans run right at the defense.Keisel returns to his right defensive end slot after missing time...
Stephenson Juggles Host of Characters in a Collection of Worlds in 'Reamde'
Neal Stephenson's new novel "Reamde" clocks in at 1,042 pages.It could have been longer.Stephenson, the Seattle-based author of "Snow Crash" and "Cryptonomicon," admits he is loathe to waste the meticulous research he puts into his work."Since it is...
Strong-Armed QB among Cal U Inductees
Strong-armed Bill Lee was California University of Pennsylvania's starting quarterback from the end of his 1963 freshman season into 1966. He becomes the first quarterback in 10 years to receive the university's most prestigious athletic honor.Lee is...
St. Vincent Storms Washington & Jefferson
District college football roundupFans stormed Chuck Noll Field on Saturday after St. Vincent defeated Presidents' Athletic Conference power Washington & Jefferson, 35-27, for arguably the school's biggest victory since the program returned in 2007.Aaron...
Subverting the Electoral College
WASHINGTONRepublicans supposedly revere the Constitution, but in its birthplace, Pennsylvania, they are contemplating a subversion of the Framers' institutional architecture. Their ploy -- partisanship masquerading as altruism about making presidential...
Surging Packers Roll into Atlanta
Aaron Rodgers should have fond memories of Atlanta. The last time he led the Packers into the Georgia Dome, they routed the Falcons in the second round of the playoffs. Rodgers was unstoppable then, and is playing even better in leading the defending...
Ten-Year Captive Kach's Book Details Her 'Unimaginable Ordeal'
After 10 years of silence, Tanya Nicole Kach has found her voice.Kach spent a decade as a captive in the McKeesport home of former middle school security guard Thomas Hose, who told her what to wear, what to eat, how to behave and when to speak.Hose...
University of Pittsburgh Finds Grass Greener on the ACC Side
The ACC could become an ATM for Pitt athletics.The University of Pittsburgh athletic department can expect a windfall in the millions of dollars annually from its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference from the Big East Conference.The difference between...
UPMC Solicits Some Unlikely Potential Donors
This maneuver we can label exceedingly tacky.UPMC, the technically nonprofit medical conglomerate known almost as much for its ubiquitous regional presence as for its unrelenting lust for money, needs your assistance.UPMC is having difficulty getting...
Verdi's 'La Traviata' Draws from a True Courtesan's Tale
Only some of opera's heroes and heroines are distant mythological figures.Many operas sought to portray real life. Some, such as Giuseppe Verdi's popular opera "La Traviata," are even based on a real people.Pittsburgh Opera music director Antony Walker,...
Volume-Based UPMC, West Penn Look into Performance Models
Western Pennsylvania's two largest hospital networks pay doctors based on the number of patients they treat -- and they want to add bonuses tied to quality.Like most hospitals, volume will remain a key part of the pay formula at UPMC and West Penn Allegheny...
Weekly Tips for the Area Outdoorsmen
New in equipmentYou can buy just about anything in camouflage these days, from rifles and shotguns to clothing, fishing rods and bags. But what if you want to camouflage something that you already own? That's where Camo Form Protective Fabric Wrap comes...