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Articles from December 10, 2006

14-Year-Old's Big Buck Highlights Slow First Week
The decision to switch hunting stands with his father Steve proved to be a good one for 14-year-old Troy Kowatch of Derry Township.They were hunting on public property along Derry Ridge on the first day of the firearms deer season when Troy, in his new...
Air Merger: The Ups and Downs
Passengers on a new Delta Air Lines, created by a proposed merger with US Airways, would see higher fares and fewer flight choices in some markets, travel experts say.But frequent fliers could combine their mile credits from each carrier and use them...
Airport Apprehensions
The hubbub over six Islamic imams being removed from a US Airways flight in Minneapolis for suspicious behavior is the latest in a string of incidents underlining one consistent thread in the war on terror: Muslim terrorists have never given up on the...
Armstrong's OT Goal Breaks Skid
ATLANTA - Penguins coach Michel Therrien asked one thing of his team going into Saturday's game against the Atlanta Thrashers: Score at least three goals, preferably more.The Penguins have not won this year when scoring fewer than three goals, and they...
Best of the Blogs
There should be a Presidential Commission convened to investigate how 10 seemingly serious people could issue such a muddled, delusional cornucopia of unadulterated tripe as the Iraq Study Group report.MartinFrom My Vast Right Wing ConspiracyIf there...
Blades Shares Accolade with Father
For Horatio Benedict Blades, the name was as inescapable as its football fame. He took calculated measures and went to great distances to avoid the inevitable comparisons.H.B. Blades could go by his initials and play linebacker for Pitt instead of safety...
Blowing Cold Air on Global Warming
Does hot air about climate change spewed in the U.S. Senate contribute to global warming? No one really knows for sure, since Al Gore didn't address that question in "An Inconvenient Truth." But we'll probably find out in January, when, thanks to the...
Briefs: Car Crash in Uniontown Kills Girl, 2
A 2-year-old girl died in a car crash in downtown Uniontown early Saturday. Kylie Renee Thomas, of Uniontown, was thrown from her child transport seat onto the adjacent seat and suffered fatal injuries to her head, face and neck, according to Fayette...
Briefs: Reel Tour Covers Berlin Film Festival
Get your fix of flicks from Hollywood blockbusters to foreign esoterica at the Berlin International Film Festival. The eight- night tour, Feb. 8-17, includes sightseeing and access to the festival, including film screenings, receptions, meetings with...
Business Calendar
MondayPittsburgh North Rotary Club -- 5:15 p.m., Max's Allegheny Tavern, North Side. Chapter meets each Monday. Contact Bryant Filter at 412-459-0203.TuesdayPittsburgh Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication WorkQuest -- 10 a.m. to noon, Panera...
Clairton Falls Short of Title Game
Clairton quarterback Leroy George ran out of spectacular plays, and the result was that the Bears will not play for their first PIAA championship.He was able to contribute a breathtaking touchdown before halftime, but he was not able to make score another...
Clean, Fun and Hip: Cheetah Girls Are It for Tween Crowd
Brenda Hentosz stood in line for about a half-hour when she showed up early at Mellon Arena, along with several friends and their young daughters, to snag tickets right when they went on sale for next week's concert by The Cheetah Girls.And still, the...
Clearing the Career Path
There's no place like home for the holidays, as the song goes. Unless you're a college student. Then you can probably look forward to a holiday ritual that might be likened to chestnuts roasting on an open fire -- being grilled by your parents about...
Couple Has Quilt-Making Covered
An area couple has taken the traditional form of quilting and elaborated upon it, creating works of wonder and beauty rivaling art masterpieces in their precision and intricacy.Fay and Merl Pritts, of Mt. Pleasant, began quilting many years ago and continue...
Cowher's Indifference Disheartening
Is the media buying Steelers coach Bill Cowher's bombastic rhetoric? Mike Prisuta's article "A Disgruntled Steeler Nation" on Dec. 5 admonishes Cowher of compromising his team by mailing it in. Of course Cowher's mailing it in. The further the Steelers...
Dan Onorato Building Up Huge War Chest
He is expected to face no more than token opposition next year, but that isn't stopping Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato from raising boatloads of money.Word on the streets we travel is that Danny O raised $600,000 last week at a luncheon...
Dems Prepare 'Operation Surrender'
The "bipartisan" Iraq panel has recommended that Iran and Syria can help stabilize Iraq. You know, the way Germany and Russia helped stabilize Poland in 1939.Now that Democrats have won the House, they can concentrate on losing the war. Despite all the...
'Donor Siblings' Taking Advantage of Chance to Meet
Sherra Basham doesn't even like "60 Minutes." But one Sunday evening in March, in an armchair nursing an achy back, and with the TV's remote control nowhere in sight, the North Hills software programmer let the CBS news program natter on for several...
Even Santa Rides the Rails
Every Saturday and Sunday from May to the end of December, residents of Dunbar and Uniontown hear the stirring sound of a train whistle as the Fayette Central Railroad's Budd car powers its way between the two communities.The Budd car takes passengers...
Football Awards, Bowl Games Grow Unabated
Jack Ham has four Super Bowl rings and is a member of both the college and pro football halls of fame. What he doesn't have is a Butkus or Bednarik award, or any other individual college trophy sitting in his trophy case.Current Penn State linebacker...
Garland of Fruit, Berries Provides Holiday Feast for Birds
Between nearby supermarkets and crops coming from distant growers, we don't have to think much about seasonal changes in our food supply. However, the changes in the landscape and the response by native species are interesting to consider.Mid- to late...
Gift Cards Are Easy, but Not without Risks
I've been called many things, but "great gift giver" is not one of them. Sad to say, I've often suspected my daughters of either returning, or just not using, a lot of the stuff I give them. This year, I just may make my life easier by giving gift cards....
Government Failed, but Buffalo's Citizens Responded
WASHINGTONWhile last month's elections already have brought major changes to the administration, in each and every branch of government there are many who follow orders and will always be there, ready and willing to do what they are told.No more and...
Hey, Guys, Grow a Spine
Ah, yes, the gift-giving season. So what do you get for the contemporary fellow who has everything? The Man Bag.The Man Bag is a high-style satchel -- a purse, though its creators hate when you call it that. It has pockets for the modern man's wallet,...
Holiday TV Guide
Here's a month and a week's worth of holiday programming. Grinches, elves and reindeer are covered, along with nostalgic film favorites and original movies debuting this season. Set your DVRs, TiVos and VCRs for your rollicking sleigh ride leading to...
Holi-Daze Hits Hard
Christmas is my wife's favorite time of year. Every December, Susan's heart overflows with joy, and she is eager to spread that joy throughout the civilized world, as well as large portions of the uncivilized world. She is exceedingly generous, and bestows...
Holy Land Journeys Fulfill Bishop Ackerman
You might think visiting the Holy Land would become old hat for the Right Rev. Keith Lynn Ackerman. Not so, says the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy (in Illinois)."I will never be jaded by going there," said Bishop Ackerman, former rector of...
Honeymoon's over for Mayor
Luke Ravenstahl feels guilty about how he got his job.To numb his regret, Pittsburgh's 26-year-old mayor hasn't allowed his first 100 days in office to slip by without speaking reverently about his predecessor, the late Mayor Bob O'Connor - who would...
Income Tax Backed in Kiski Area
Kiski Area School District's tax study commission recommended giving voters a choice of establishing a 1.1 percent personal income tax to reduce property taxes, but only because it was required to offer an option.Kiski Area's commission is the first...
Kerr's Career Has Covered Incredible Range
Having fostered my interest in movies in the 1950s, I observed the meteoric ascents of the biggest and most enduring icons of the period including Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day and Elizabeth...
Koppers Creates Overseas Positions
Ernest S. Bryon was appointed to the newly created position, vice president of business development in Asia, for Koppers Inc. He will relocate to China to be better positioned to grow markets in the company's two core businesses and develop new areas....
Lebanon: A Coat of Angry Colors
BEIRUT - At night, carloads of young Shiites cruise Hamra, a predominately Sunni Muslim section of this capital, honking horns and waving yellow Hezbollah flags. Recorded speeches of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah blare from their vehicles.Young Sunnis...
LeClair Not Considering Retirement, According to Agent
ATLANTA - John LeClair hasn't played for the Penguins in more than two weeks, and there hasn't been an NHL team willing to trade for him or pick him up on waivers.But the veteran left winger, who's scored more than 400 goals in his 967 games, is not...
Mellon, Bank of New York, Looked into Future
Quiet. Arcane. Pedestrian. Call it what you will - the processing, management and servicing of investments employ thousands of people in Pittsburgh.The growth prospects of those businesses are what drove Mellon Financial Corp. and The Bank of New York...
Minimum Wage Breaks No-Raise Record
Every year, PNC Wealth Management calculates the "Christmas Price Index" based on gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." PNC reports, "Maids-a-Milking, who are paid the minimum wage, were the only service providers not to see an increase this...
Mountaineers Dismantle Outmanned Dukes
There would be plenty of time for Duquesne to think about its latest loss. Coach Ron Everhart made sure of it.Long after hot-shooting West Virginia drubbed the Dukes, 85-54, on Saturday night at Palumbo Center, Everhart, a West Virginia native, made...
Move over, Herb
Clearly it's dangerous for historians to wield the "worst president" label like a scalp-hungry tomahawk simply because they object to George W. Bush's record. But we live in speedy times, and the truth is, after six years in power and barring a couple...
Museum Exhibit to Feature Greensburg Fisherman
Herb Ratner, a self-proclaimed "fishing bum," could tell a lot of tales.He's caught everything from big bluegills to monster makos. He's fished ponds in Rector, swamps in Florida and the Atlantic Ocean. He's been featured in newspapers and magazines,...
New in Equipment
Emmrod's fishing rods don't look like your typical fishing gear. The rod that's the centerprice of the new Packer Premium Combo, for example, is said to cast just as far as a conventional seven-foot rod, yet it's just 23 inches in length and looks like...
Odd Play Leads USC to Win over State College
ALTOONA - Upper St. Clair football coach Jim Render teaches his players to play through the whistle.But when a State College punt on the final play of the first half was about to roll dead, Render was yelling at his players to stay away.Good thing Taylor...
Oglebay Resort Keeps Families Busy in Winter
Every winter when I was growing up, my parents would take my brother and me away for a weekend at a hotel to help cure our cabin fever. The only prerequisites for our accommodations were a pool, a good restaurant and a short drive.I'm now reviving the...
Outdoors Notes
The Game Commission is not getting the hunting license fee increase it says it so desperately needs, at least not this year.State lawmakers brought their latest voting session to a close Nov. 28 without considering two bills that would have raised license...
Panthers Escape Buffalo with Narrow Win
AMHERST, N.Y. - Pitt knew this wasn't going to be easy.At some point Saturday afternoon, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon maybe even wondered if those coaching buddies who warned him against playing at Buffalo were right."We knew," Dixon said, "exactly what we...
Pedestrians Say City Gives Them 'Don't Walk' Signals
Walkers in Pittsburgh say they are underdogs."This whole country is built on the idea that the car is king," said Nick Thompson of Point Breeze, who walks nearly everywhere. "It's no different here." Thompson was one of about 60 people who attended a...
Photographer Brings Back a Piece of the 'Last Frontier'
In the spring of 2001, Subhankar Banerjee quit a lucrative engineering job at Boeing in Seattle, cashed in his 401(k) and headed for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Five months earlier, he had visited the northern Canadian town of Churchill as a...
Pitt Players Benefiting from Intense Conditioning
Tyrell Biggs climbed to the top of the Empire State Building four times a week this summer.The sophomore forward also attended "boot camp" and stopped eating a lot of junk food. He did most of that without leaving the steamy weightroom located next to...
Pitt Women Earn 10th Consecutive Victory
The Pitt women's basketball team gave coach Agnus Berenato a 50th birthday present -- a 10th consecutive victory.Pitt (10-0) defeated Ohio University (5-2), 77-69, in a nonconference matchup on Saturday at Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.Pitt, which...
Porter, Steelers Shouldn't Duck Issue
Regrettably, the Steelers are choosing to avoid comment on linebacker Joey Porter's foul outburst Thursday.Porter hasn't addressed it, either. He's letting his agent do the talking.Perhaps, both parties are hoping that because some mainstream news outlets...
Power Boat Fan Strove to Serve Community
Blake Parker's family and friends knew him as a go-getter who was always ready to take on a new challenge, while reaching out to those who needed a helping hand.As a past president of the Bethel Park Lions Club, Mr. Parker was involved in the Lions'...
Presidential Campaigns Are Lining Up Top Talent
While everyone talks about who is, who isn't or who shouldn't be running for president in 2008, what is flying below the radar for most of America is who will run these pageantries.The 2008 presidential campaign will be compelling. It is the first time...
Profiling
Holiday traffic is exposing lots of glitches in air travel security as infrequent fliers confront the ever-changing rules for carry-on baggage. Despite the United States-European Union agreement on provisional rules for passenger-data exchange, air travel...
'Quack Physician' Raided Mail Pouches in Uniontown
One of the most unusual mail robberies ever committed was in 1840 at Uniontown by what history calls "a notorious quack physician, Dr. John F. Braddee."A native of Kentucky, he came east as a stableboy with a horse dealer, took sick and was left behind....
Reader's Shares Ghost Story from His Childhood
Dear Dog Talk: I saw the article about dogs' reactions to the paranormal, so I wanted to share a story.I grew up in a house that was haunted (we have no other explanation). There always were noises at night, like a man walking up the stairs and through...
Real Estate Notes
* Carnegie Mellon University started foundation work this month for the Gates Center for Computer Science, an $88.6 million facility that is scheduled to open in the spring of 2009. The center, which received a $20 million grant from the Bill and Melinda...
Regional Police: The Beat Goes On
Regional police may represent the wave of the future, but for the moment the future seems way off.Donora Mayor John Lignelli is convinced mid-Mon Valley police departments -- such as Donora, Carroll Township and Monongahela -- are inexorably moving to...
Region's Farmers Pin Profit Hopes on Westmoreland Ethanol Plant
When he looks out over his 167-acre Mt. Pleasant Township farm, Duane Hutter sees a lot of work for little money.It's a grind, with days that start at dawn and end after dark six days a week. It's also disheartening because high fuel costs and low corn...
Remembering a Wonderful Life
This time of year, it is comforting to revisit the traditions that bring back the warm feelings of Christmases past.For some folks, it's a favorite carol played majestically on the church organ. For others, it's the sweet voices of a children's choir.And...
Savory Salmon
Michelle and Gene Cavaliere, owners of Bella Pasta, in Latrobe, hope customers keep coming back for the fried zucchini, house-made artisan breads, pizza, veal parmesan, lasagna, gnocchi and steaks, just a few highlights of their extensive Italian-focused...
Schenley Edges Quips
As the scoreboard clock ticked away in the game's final minute, Aliquippa and Schenley were separated by one point, as the showcase of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic had lived up to its colossal billing.Then, the tiniest player on the floor took over.With...
Shelter's Gifts Offer Comfort and Joy
Baby dolls, action figures, a Disney movie on DVD.These are the kinds of items on many children's Christmas wish lists.And children who live in the shelter or transitional housing provided by Washington Women's Shelter are no different.That's why the...
'Station' Conveys That Doing Good Police Work Is Fun
When Joe Wambaugh was a kid growing up in East Pittsburgh, police officers would hit their sirens when they saw him, in tribute to his father, who was the chief of police in the borough.More than 50 years later, sirens of another sort are being sounded...
Steamboat Resurfaces with Glimpse into Past
For the curators of a Missouri museum dedicated to a steamboat built in Brownsville, history isn't solely about the past.The guardians of the Arabia's 19th century cargo -- rescued from 45 feet below a Kansas cornfield almost 20 years ago -- expect to...
Taylor Battles through 'Growing Pains'
Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor already has experienced many of the proverbial highs and lows pro football has to offer.A little-known fourth-round draft pick in 2003, Taylor became a starter last season and quickly developed into one of the NFL's elite...
The Box That Rohred
The snail mails, e-mails and telephone calls have begun.It was a month ago that we started running a little box at the bottom of the daily editorials featuring a photo of PNC Financial Services Group CEO Jim Rohr and a succinct admonition, revised weekly,...
The Market for Teachers
My wife spent a few years teaching in a mostly low-income elementary school. The main thing I remember her telling me was that parental involvement was a near-perfect predictor of her students' performance. The kids with active parents did well; the...
The Mellon Move
There are some who believe that the only loss we will experience from The Bank of New York's takeover of Mellon Financial Corp. is one of sentimental value. Thus, that has become the basis of their criticism of those questioning the deal. They apparently...
The Next Bolton?
WASHINGTONZalmay Khalilzad, who was announced this week as leaving as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is the leading prospect to replace John Bolton as envoy to the United Nations.President Bush was reported by aides as looking for someone who approximates...
The Rest of the Story
If something in your gut tells you Big Media downplays the dislike in the Middle East for America and Jews, visiting the Middle East Media Research Institute Web site is a must.No one could blame you for thinking it's an elaborate politically incorrect...
This Week's Coming Attractions
Just as spices distinguish good pumpkin pie, variety is the overriding theme of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's new show, "Highmark Holiday Pops: The Magic of the Season," which debuts Wednesday evening and continues through the weekend. The programmers...
TJ's Season Ends with Stunning Loss
Thomas Jefferson was just one win away from the PIAA Class AAA championship game, but a state title had never seemed so far out of reach for the Jaguars.After capping an undefeated regular season with a WPIAL title, the Jaguars (14-1) entered their semifinal...
Twisted House
HARRISBURGTwenty-four hours after the libations, pork, sauerkraut, parades and college football games on New Year's Day, the hangover likely will continue in the state House. On Jan. 2, both Democrats and Republicans will be claiming the majority in...
Two Ships
Two big announcements last week were made on the same day; both were of at least general interest to the entire region. But each announcement was made as if the other was not happening.The bigger story of the two: Mellon Financial is merging with The...
Unions Could Make U.S. Autos 'Our' Cars
The fabulous gambler Kirk Kerkorian -- no insult by the way; he calls himself a gambler -- dramatically pulled his $1.7 billion stake out of General Motors Corp. and the stock sagged. Wall Street liked the excitement the Las Vegas billionaire brought.Kerkorian,...
Unity Twp. Group Seeks Sewage Fee Adjustment
About 60 Unity Township residents with functioning septic systems met Saturday at the Unity Township municipal building to mull the next step in their ongoing protest of the pending 14 Mile Run sewage project.The $18 million project would address projected...
Wagner Rallies to Top Robert Morris
Robert Morris (5-3, 0-2) squandered a nine-point first-half lead, as it fell, 72-60, to Northeast Conference foe Wagner (3-6, 1-0) on Saturday. Tony Lee paced the Colonials with 17 points, while A.J. Jackson and Derek Coleman each added 13 points. Wagner's...
We May Be at the Point of Diminishing Returns
A sign bearing the line "The buck stops here" adorned President Harry Truman's desk. It was his way of saying he was responsible for handling problems facing the nation, and in some the cases the world, that often fell into his lap. Lately, however,...
Working in Pewter, Artisan Shapes a New Career
When the Lenox glass plant in Mt. Pleasant closed in 2001, Uniontown native Robert Fleszar found himself out of work. A trained machinist and glass-mold maker, he decided to turn lemons into lemonade by using his mechanical skills to take a hobby and...