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Articles from November 17, 2006

2-Vehicle Crash Kills Scottdale Star Athlete
A senior and star athlete at Southmoreland High School died early Thursday evening in a violent two-vehicle crash on Route 119 in East Huntingdon Township.Christopher Kiefer, 17, of Scottdale, was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle...
Airline CEO Works System
US Airways Chief Executive Doug Parker knows from experience how to make a bankruptcy process work.And the use of the federal bankruptcy law is the linchpin of Parker's strategy to buy bankrupt Delta Airlines for $8.6 billion and create the nation's...
A Question of Some Questions
Trust, privacy and competence are some of the disturbing problems about a letter Allegheny County sends to new property owners. Anger might be another after the public learns what the county has been doing for about a decade.The only good news about...
Backyard Brawl Notebook
West Virginia tailback Steve Slaton scored three touchdowns in the first half -- despite rushing for just 7 yards on 6 carries. Slaton made a career-high six receptions in the half, including his first receiving touchdown catch of the season on an 11-yard...
Bechtel to Settle in Monroeville
With plans to relocate 290 employees from Schenectady, N.Y., to Pittsburgh, Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc. plans to set up its local headquarters in Monroeville.The vacant three-story Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Co. building in Monroeville would be...
Briefs: Cork Factory Complex Finally Being Occupied
After two decades of trying by a series of developers, the former Armstrong Cork factory site in the Strip District is now being occupied by apartment dwellers. The first tenants moved in Wednesday and by the end of the month, nearly 50 units are expected...
Briefs: Deputies Find Body While Serving Warrant
Allegheny County sheriff's deputies serving a bench warrant Thursday found the body of a Highland Park man in a Mellon Street house, police said. Deputies arrived at the house in the 1400 block of Mellon shortly after 8 a.m. and found the man in the...
Briefs: 'High School Musical' Concert Tickets Available
Tickets for the Pittsburgh performance of the concert tour of "High School Musical" begin Internet pre-sale at 10 a.m. today at www.ticketmaster.com. The live stage concert featuring many of the original stars of The Disney Channel's wildly popular movie...
Briefs: Hoodies Great Cold-Weather Cover-Ups
It's not quite time to bundle up in thick, cozy duds, but when cool weather arrives there's one casual wardrobe item that works well for both guys and gals -- the hoodie.Hoodies have been a popular surf style for a long time. A hoodie doesn't always...
'Casino Royale' Keeps 007's License to Thrill
You'll find in the new "Casino Royale" the resurrection of a more life-size James Bond. For traditionalists, this may be the best aspect. Not only do we see Bond's first two kills -- indifferently staged -- necessary to achieve his 007 status, but we...
CMU, Millsaps in District Spotlight
The MatchupNo. 7 Millsaps College (7-3) at No. 4 Carnegie Mellon (10-0)Prediction: CMU 24, Millsaps 17When/where/radio: noon, Saturday, Gesling Stadium; WRCT-FM (88.3)What to expectAfter posting its first undefeated season in 16 years, Carnegie Mellon...
Commission Backs State Gas Tax Increase
The head of Western Pennsylvania's top highway planning agency Thursday backed a state recommendation to increase the gasoline tax by 11.5 cents.Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Chairman J. Bracken Burns endorsed the hefty gas tax increase recommended...
Conference Title Games Don't Seem to Make Difference
Add to the eternal debates -- chocolate or vanilla? cats or dogs? boxers or briefs? -- the matter of conference football championship games or no conference title games?The six Bowl Championship Series conferences with automatic BCS bids to their winners...
Davenport Fills Role Nicely for Steelers
Najeh Davenport didn't welcome a change of scenery as much as he did a change of culture.That may seem odd, considering the running back went from one franchise with a storied history and fanatical fans -- Green Bay -- to another when he signed with...
Derry Residents May See 3 1/2-Mill Tax Hike
DERRY--Borough property owners may be asked to pay an additional 3 1/2 mills of real estate tax next year, to help support a proposed 2007 general fund budget totaling $757,664.95. Derry Council Monday agreed to advertise next year's tentative spending...
Ex-Deputy Superintendent Gets New Job
Former Deputy Superintendent Lynn Spampinato's new job as paid consultant to Pittsburgh Public Schools is her eighth in six years.The city school board agreed Wednesday to change her status after 11 months as deputy superintendent and to pay her up to...
Ex-Michigan Coach Schembechler Dead at 77
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Bo Schembechler, the winningest coach in Michigan football history, died Friday after collapsing during the taping of a television show, according to three Detroit TV stations. He was 77.Schembechler's death was reported by WXYZ,...
Fast Food Nation
Profits mushroom at Mickey's, a McDonald's rival whose president has one concern: reports of fecal matter in the fat-laden beef patties. Solution: Send marketing vice president Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear) to Cody, Colo., to investigate. Mickey's has...
Fee Hikes Eyed to Offset Minimum Wage Increase
The 2007 Greensburg budget calls for fee increases for recreation activities, in part because of two planned hikes in the minimum wage next year, city officials said.This week, council proposed keeping millage at 20 with the 2007 budget -- 11 mills for...
Gamers Strike Up Camaraderie
They're strangers, but they've been looking out for each other. They know Dana Williams and her husband, Mike, are first in line - - been there since Tuesday at 2 p.m. Then come Vince Lynn and his buddies who arrived later that day. When a man poked...
Gamers Weather Long, Wet Wait
The quest for Sony's new video game console began a day and a half before the Best Buy store in Ross even put them on sale.Devoted gamers and budding entrepreneurs eager to snatch up PlayStation 3 machines started raising tents Wednesday afternoon outside...
GCC Confident about State Title Chances
There was a surge of confidence from most of the Greensburg Central Catholic players after they defeated Slippery Rock to earn a return trip to the PIAA Class AA championship game."Villa (Joseph Marie) is not in it, so I'm pretty sure we could beat any...
Gem Show Offers Pearls of Wisdom
You can skip breakfast at Tiffany's this weekend. Instead, opt to spend the day at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Ninth Annual Gem & Mineral Show for a celebration that would make Holly Golightly go wild. This year's show is themed around pearls.Top...
Greensburg Hospital Previews Cardiovascular Center
Louise Coole couldn't help but recall when she and other nurses at the former Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg were caring for 10 cardiac patients in two rooms on level 1D.That was in 1966. On Thursday, she was among a group of doctors, nurses and...
Greensburg Natives Leading Virginia Team
When Greensburg native Josh Just was named interim football coach at Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Va., two weeks before the 2005 season, he said some people thought he was crazy for taking the job.Just, however, thought differently. Even though...
Group Keeps Jeannette History Alive
Most people know that Jeannette was once home to a booming glass industry. According to Terry Perich, Depression-era glass made in Jeannette is some of the most collected glass nationally and worldwide.With several glass companies operating in the same...
Horse Lover, 100, Took on Business Ventures
Their love of horses brought them together and created a partnership respected by horse lovers throughout the Eastern U.S."I first met Milt when my father took me to his riding stable in Squirrel Hill," said Dr. Sheila Selznick, a veterinarian and business...
Hoyer Wins Majority Post
Some political observers believe John Murtha's ties to a 26-year- old scandal and questions over his ethics might have cost him the post of majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.Others say it might have been his polarizing position on...
Indiana Artist Draws from Her Art-Infused Past
INDIANA--Julie Bernstein Engelmann has been immersed in the art scenes of both Los Angeles and New York City.So she was pleasantly surprised when she and her husband, Chip, moved to Indiana in 1991 and found that this small college town has its own thriving...
Inquiry Winding Down in Teen Death
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Thursday a decision will be made "within a week or two" on whether to prosecute anyone in the death of 14-year-old Louis Farrell, of Hempfield Township.Peck's statement comes just a day after his office...
Interest in Golf, Volleyball Gauged at Indiana
INDIANA--Indiana Area School Board member Ronald Airhart reported Monday that the athletic department will conduct a survey to see if there is enough student interest to field a girls' golf team and a boys' volleyball squad. If there isn't enough interest...
Irwin Police Cuts Worry Some
The elimination of part-time police positions at the end of this year will save Irwin money and will not compromise the safety of officers or residents, borough council members said.But the mayor and officers fear safety will indeed be compromised with...
Jury Visits Scene in 2003 Homicide Trial
An Allegheny County judge Thursday refused to throw out homicide charges against an East Liberty woman accused of intentionally slamming her car into another vehicle on Route 28, killing her romantic rival and the victim's young son.Jamie Upshur, 26,...
Kennel Owner Leaving Dog Days Behind
After 34 years in the dog kennel business, Linda Kesler will be riding into the sunset at the end of the year on a Suzuki 650 motorcycle.The 54-year-old Murrysville resident is selling her Murry Valley Boarding Kennel on Mamont Road.Kesler began studying...
Laurel Valley Gridders among Heritage All-Stars
BLAIRSVILLE--It has been said that the heart of any football team begins up front in the the trenches, with the play of the offensive and defensive lines.Local seniors proved that theory relevant, as five area lineman from four teams were spotlighted...
Many PSU Seniors Have Bright NFL Futures
Twenty-three Penn State seniors, who during their careers have been through decided ups and downs formerly not associated with Penn State during the Joe Paterno era, are leaving on a relatively high point.A win Saturday over Michigan State would give...
Meadows Begins $200M Racino Makeover
The Meadows is in for a total makeover. New owners of the Washington County harness track completed their $200 million purchase Wednesday, and plan to open a temporary casino with 1,700 slot machines in May. They held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday....
Murrysville Woman Leaving Mark on St. Vincent Campus
As president of St. Vincent College's Student Government Association, Kim Stevens serves as an advocate for the entire student body.In her one-year term as president, the daughter of John and Leslie Stevens, of Murrysville, led the SGA in making improvements...
Odds 3:1 against Landing Open Seat
WILKES-BARRE - The Bellagio, it's not.But for the thousands of gamblers who poured into the state's first casino Tuesday morning, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs offered something new -- a chance to play the slots in their own backyard. After a short tribal...
Official Charged with Kidnap, Assault
A North Versailles commissioner is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman he met in a Strip District bar and firing two gunshots toward her.Kash Snyder, 36, was arrested about 5 a.m. Thursday when Forest Hills police stopped his car.Monica Hanner...
One Voice, One Vote
When Anna Bevington realized her 18th birthday fell one day before Election Day this year, she wasted no time in applying for her voter registration card."I've been looking forward to it," she said. "I know most kids don't."Indeed, according to the U.S....
Panthers Prepared for Weekend Tournament
Maybe it's a coincidence, but a team named Oakland will play at Pitt this weekend.That's not the only curious aspect of the round-robin, four-team basketball event beginning today at Petersen Events Center.The official name of the tournament? The First...
Pearls Shine as among the Most Versatile of Jewels
Queen Elizabeth I, Jackie O. and Madonna all had a passion for pearls -- and wore them for different reasons. Whether draped to signify purity, clasped in a single strand for an air of sophistication or piled on for a party look, pearls come in enough...
Pens' Thorburn Familiar with Next Foe
Chris Thorburn got very familiar with the Penguins during the last week of training camp, even though he was not yet on the team.The rookie forward was in camp with the Buffalo Sabres, who faced the Penguins three times in the final week of the preseason.Thorburn...
'Picasso' Ponders the Power of Art
It's October 1941. The Nazis have occupied Paris.Deep below its streets in a claustrophobic vault a struggle with emotional, sexual, political and philosophical dimensions is about to take place.Facing off in "A Picasso," Jeffrey Hatcher's 75-minute...
Pitt Men Land Top-25 Recruiting Class
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon hopes the national recruiting services got it right this time.The Panthers' Class of 2007, officially released Thursday, is ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation.The class includes two consensus top-100 players, two other top-...
Pitt Professor Scores Science Double-Header
Anna Balazs is becoming a Science celebrity.The University of Pittsburgh engineering professor published her second article of the month in the international weekly magazine Science -- a peer-reviewed journal in which scientists strive to get their work...
Pittsburgh Getting into Wilkinsburg's Trash
If you spot a Pittsburgh garbage truck rumbling around the streets of Wilkinsburg, it's not lost. It's on the job.Pittsburgh is getting into the trash collection business with the borough of 20,000 residents to test how the city could offer basic municipal...
Point, Counterpoint: Should Steelers Worry about Offense or Defense
It didn't come easy, and there are still plenty of questions surrounding the defending Super Bowl champions. The Steelers did a break a three-game losing streak, despite another poor defensive effort, with a virtuoso performance by the offense. In the...
Point Park Buys Building
This story was corrected at 8:24 p.m. Nov. 17, 2006.Point Park University has purchased the former Pittsburgh Stock Exchange building on Fourth Avenue as it continues to expand its Downtown campus.In addition, it is looking at two Downtown buildings...
Proposed Referendum Could Result in Tax Levy Reduction for Indiana
INDIANA--Qualifying homeowners in the Indiana Area School District will receive a reduction in their property taxes if a referendum question proposed for the May 2007 primary election receives support from the school board and voters. The Indiana Area...
Recreation Renovation
To walk through the Sewickley Township High School Annex in Herminie is to step back in academic time, to the days before schoolhouse designs included skylights, computer labs and planetariums.The walls are plain, the floors uncarpeted. One stairwell...
Retired Teacher Puts a Lot of Stock in Skate Park
When James Peach finished his tour of duty in the Army a half- century ago and returned home from serving in Japan, he had $900 to his name. He took his sister's advice and invested his cash in a New Jersey company named Standard Oil.Earlier this year,...
Riverhounds Won't Field Team This Season
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team won't play in 2007, according to team president and managing partner John Swiatek.The franchise has lost money the past two years and plans to take time to re-evaluate the business side of the team. It also hopes...
RMU Coach Schmidt Faces a Familiar Face
Marshall coach Ron Jirsa recalled the time his team played against Robert Morris coach Mark Schmidt's squad when both were assistants in the Atlantic 10 Conference.Schmidt was at Xavier. Jirsa was at Dayton.Both will meet as head coaches at 7 tonight...
Single-Strain Vaccine India's Best Polio Hope
Some parts of India could benefit from new vaccination strategies to end a worrisome resurgence of polio, scientists said Thursday.The polio virus, which emerged as a global menace more than 50 years ago, has been wiped out in most of the world except...
Sleeping Beauties
The approach of winter, with its prospect of blustery weather, provides the anticipation of certain pleasures: the flickering flames of a fire, the aroma of a steaming cup of hot chocolate and the caress of warm, cuddly pajamas.As Gail Gross, owner of...
Southern Huntingdon Shuts out Rams, 43-0
THREE SPRINGS--It took five minutes and two third-quarter breakdowns for Laurel Valley's season to come to an end last Friday night. The area's top-ranked defense did its best to contain the high- powered Southern Huntingdon Rockets offense through two...
South Side Puts the Economics in Cash Bar
When he opened Mario's South Side Saloon nearly a quarter- century ago, Bob Pessolano didn't have much competition nearby."The neighborhood was a ghost town back then," Pessolano, 55, of Ross recalled. "Down by Mario's, the only bars that were open were,...
Sportsmen's Alliance Keeps Murrysville Clean and Green
Carl Patty Jr. and a handful of other residents in the Murrysville area saw a pattern developing back in 1975 with housing plans crowding into the area.To combat issues these housing developments could have potentially caused for farmers and sportsmen,...
State Championship Capsules
BoysCLASS AASouth Park (19-3-3) vs. Manheim Central (21-2-1)2 p.m. Saturday, Hersheypark StadiumAbout the game: South Park is the defending state champion, but it was sent to the brink of elimination by District 10 champion North East before eking out...
Trout Movement Causing Problems
The Fish and Boat Commission will make some changes to its spring trout stocking schedule because of research conducted earlier this year.The commission stocked fish in all of its usual waters this past spring. It then sent biologists back to roughly...
United Commission Urges Tax Increase to Help Relieve Real Estate Rates
ARMAGH--A seven-member tax study commission has recommended that United School District consider increasing its earned income tax by .4 percent to help offset a proposed reduction in real estate tax bills for qualifying homeowners and farmers.Commission...
Voters May Get Voice on Sheriff
Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato said Thursday he hopes to let voters decide in May whether they should stop electing a sheriff and allow him to appoint one, as he seeks to eliminate another row office."I'm proposing consolidating the Sheriff's...
Why Trent Lott?
Who says the Republicans are the Stupid Party?Huge numbers of voters told exit pollsters that they were disgusted with the nigh-upon-Roman excesses of the GOP; the self- dealing, the pork-barrel spending, the aloofness -- it was all just too much. Meanwhile,...
WVU's White, Slaton Double Trouble for Pitt
For nearly 31 minutes, the 99th Backyard Brawl lived up to its name. Pitt and West Virginia came out swinging, and each wild blow was answered by a haymaker in an endless and breathless display of offense.Then, reality intervened, as did Pat White and...
WVU Way Too Powerful
Pitt senior linebacker H.B. Blades doesn't want to hear all the negative talk about defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads."It's not his fault," Blades said late Thursday night, after the Panthers were shredded like ticker tape in a 45-27 loss to West Virginia....
YMCA Eyes Move Elsewhere Downtown
Officials of the seven-story Downtown YMCA building are preparing to place the building on the market, but said the "Y" will remain Downtown at an unspecified location.Members were notified of the plan by mail this week.In his letter to members, John...
Your Guide to Light Up Night 2006
All-day affairsNoon. US Steel Plaza. The Pittsburgh Creche Dedication is an actual replica of the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy. Visit Pittsburgh's own symbol of Christmas.Until 6 p.m. PPG Place Wintergarden & Two PPG Place. Fourth...