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Articles from September 10, 2006

16-Year-Old Makes Solo Flight
As 16-year-old Jayson Krepps attempted to land a four-seat Cessna 172 at Rostraver Airport, he went through a mental checklist of procedures his flight instructors had gone over with him many times."I just didn't want to wreck the plane," Krepps admitted.Krepps,...
Air Travel: Safer, but at What Cost?
Every time he goes to the airport, David C. Nelson has to prove he is not a terrorist.But an extra 10 minutes of questioning at the ticket counter is a necessary price to pay in the post-9/11 age, said Nelson, 68, of Harrisburg.Nelson, a retired auditor...
Americans Died; Patriots Were Born
When Steve Matlin set out to see America, there was nothing to stop him.There were no guards, no fences, no rules to keep him from wandering east to west, north to south. So he packed up his motor home and hit the road on Sept. 11, 2003.After all, America...
Am I Another Bob? Pretty Close
It doesn't bother Corey O'Connor in the least that his hair might turn silver in his late 30s.That happened to his father, Pittsburgh's late Mayor Bob O'Connor, and it only enhanced his political career. The mayor's thick, white mane became one of his...
An Essay for This Day
There is something about the near silence that helps drown out the sounds and images that haunt them. Sails rippling in the wind, the boat cutting the clear blue water and a seagull here and there are hardly noticed. Each sailor is lost in his own thoughts...
Are We Safer? Do We Feel Safer?
Five years after the terrorist attacks, the United States is more secure, yet Americans feel more vulnerable. That's the legacy of terror."In very broad terms, we are quite a lot safer than during the height of the Cold War when thousands of nuclear-armed...
Around the Fish and Boat Commission
The Fish and Boat Commission will use more than $365,000 received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's state wildlife grants program to study and manage rare or declining species and their habitats. Penn State University researchers will get $132,000...
Attacks Change Face of Politics
Republican candidates have had an advantage on the issue of terrorism since the 9/11attacks on America, but that might change in elections for Congress in November, pollsters and others say.Turning airplanes into missiles that slammed into the World...
Bay Proves His Worth in Bucs Win
CINCINNATI - Were Jason Bay the quarterback of a championship football team, he would command the attention of an entire region.Were his arrival in Pittsburgh to have followed contractual controversy and a cloak-and-dagger escape to America, he would...
Best for Last: Course at Its Toughest for Event's Finale
One of the oldest cliches in sports is that if a player ever thinks he has "arrived," he's actually nowhere.The same can apply to golf courses and golf tournaments.This week's fourth and final edition of the 84 Lumber Classic at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort...
Best of the Blogs
On September 10 and 11, ABC is planning to air a "docudrama" called "Path to 9/11," billed as "an objective telling of the events of 9/11." In fact, the film was written by an unabashed conservative who twists the facts to blame President Clinton.JuddFrom...
Black Box Data's Role in Courts Disputed
Investigators found a palm-sized tattle-tale under Michael J. Wilson's hood in an effort to show a jury that the Arnold man should go to jail for the crash that killed his pregnant wife and another driver.The device is called an event data recorder,...
Bloomsburg's Quick TD Strikes Surprise California (Pa.)
Bloomsburg (1-1) scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns in less than eight minutes, two after special teams turnovers, as the 13th- ranked Huskies rallied for a 24-19 nonconference football victory over 17th-ranked California (Pa.) (1-1). Bloomsburg...
Briefs: Bugs in Spotlight at Penn State's Great Insect Fair
What creepy crawlies can bite, suck, sting, spray, stab and chew? Find out at "Bugs Bite," the theme of this year's Great Insect Fair at Penn State's main campus in University Park, Centre County. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' entomology...
Briefs: Checkpoint Nets 13 DUI Arrests
Pittsburgh and state police arrested 13 motorists on charges of driving under the influence overnight Friday during a DUI checkpoint on the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh.The checkpoint also snagged two people on drug charges and two people on underage...
Briefs: Landis Lawyer Wants Case Dropped
Floyd Landis' lawyer wants U.S. doping authorities to drop their case against the Tour de France winner, contending there were "inconsistencies" in the way the drug tests were handled.Attorney Howard Jacobs said he planned to submit a formal request...
Buried in the Rubble
NEW YORK -- Pain seeped through the cozy morphine cocoon protecting Joe Torrillo's brain from his crushed body.He awoke in a sterile, unfamiliar room, lying atop the taut, clean sheets of a hospital bed. He saw a cast encasing his left arm and felt a...
Bush Requires an LBJ Moment
Spare us another White House campaign to convince the American people that it's absolutely necessary to continue the same effort in Iraq. The situation has deteriorated so badly in Iraq that rhetoric will not make a difference. The only way Bush is going...
Business Calendar
MondayPennsylvania Professional Employment Network, North Chapter -- 9 a.m., Hampton Presbyterian Church, 2942 East Hardies Road, Gibsonia. Geri Puleo, of G.A. Puleo & Associates, will present "Selling the Sizzle in a Job Interview." E-mail papen@papen.us...
Busy Sports Time Continues
With a busy summer having transformed into an even busier fall, an abundance of noteworthy local sports tidbits need to make the transformation from notes to print.BVA youth wrestlersFour Belle Vernon Area youth wrestlers placed in the Pennsylvania Amateur...
Casey's Achilles' Heel?
HARRISBURG U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is drawing blood on the issue of the state pay grab.In recent public appearances including his first debate with Democrat challenger Robert P. Casey Jr. on national TV, Santorum, R- Penn Hills, has effectively hammered...
Casinos on Track to Debut Early '07
HARRISBURG -- More than two years after lawmakers approved a slots law, Pennsylvania appears likely to get its first casinos by early 2007 -- whether people are ready or not. With the first gambling licenses expected to be awarded Sept. 27 to racetracks,...
Coach: There Was No Padding of Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Coach Rich Rodriguez said West Virginia's No. 6 ranking in the AP poll had no impact on the final margin of victory in a 52-3 blowout over Eastern Washington on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.West Virginia dropped a spot, to sixth,...
Community Band South to Perform Sept. 17
The Presbyterian SeniorCare campus at 830 S. Main St. in Washington, Pa., will hold a Concert on the Lawn at 3 p.m. Sept. 17. Community Band South (CBS), a 70-piece orchestra comprised of members from the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh, will perform.Scheduled...
Confessions of a Wal-Mart Addict
I'm a sick man, doc. You got to help me.Tell me about it, Tom.I'm addicted, doc. I got addicted the first time I walked through their doors.Whose doors, Tom?Wal-Mart's doors, doc. As I strolled down the aisles I spotted a can of mushrooms for only 50...
Cookbook Author's Recipes Tell a Story
For Joan Nathan, a recipe is not a recipe. It has to be a story, about people and a place.The prolific cookbook writer, PBS television host and expert on international Jewish cuisine, 63, spent five years searching for material for her latest book, "The...
Council Vacancy Breeds Speculation
Luke Ravenstahl has only been Pittsburgh mayor for little more than a week, but speculation already has begun on who will fill his former City Council seat.Ravenstahl represented District 1, which includes many North Side communities. He became mayor...
Defense Comes Up Big for Duquesne
Duquesne High School students faced the possibility of the school closing during the offseason, but the football program didn't miss a beat.The defending WPIAL Class A champion is 2-0 after a hard-fought, 14-6 nonconference victory over Monaca (1-1)...
Dems on a 'Path' to Shame
To mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on America, ABC Entertainment is presenting a six-hour miniseries titled "The Path to 9/11," a forceful, compelling docudrama chronicling the struggles faced by America's counterterrorist experts between...
Deputy Sheriffs Form Procession to Visit 'Hallowed Ground'
When Tom Wynkoop and several of his buddies roared out of the Greensburg-area hotel parking lot on Saturday, they wore smiles a mile wide. With a gentle breeze at their backs, Wynkoop's crew of motorcycle riders expected a smooth but exhilarating ride...
Disciplining Dog Requires Getting His Attention
Dear Readers: Last week, A long and interesting letter from a volunteer in an animal shelter was published. The volunteer was motivated to train a large, boisterous, year-old male German shepherd.It was clear the pup needs what all dogs need: discipline,...
Does Swann Really Want to Be Governor?
Fast Eddie Rendell is cruising toward re-election. Pennsylvania voters seem addicted to returning incumbents to the mansion in Harrisburg. But this year should be different.Remember the infamous pay raise? His Excellency first called it "good legislation."...
Doorknobs Playing Bigger Role in Home Improvement
Replacing a doorknob once was a job that meant a simple trip to a hardware store.Now it can be part of a major house renovation and run into thousands of dollars."As interest rates go up, people say, 'Well, let's just stay here a few more years,'" says...
Dove Tale: Fewer Hunters Are Targeting the Game Bird
Joe Firtz may find himself in a quandary someday.He's a deputy wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, so it's his job to enforce the state's wildlife laws. One of those rules says that hunters aren't allowed to shoot more...
Dukes Back on Track
Losing to Bucknell in its opener may have made a lasting impression on Duquesne, as the Dukes displayed a determined approach Saturday in a 27-7 rout of Robert Morris at Joe Walton Stadium."The loss last week at Bucknell might not be forgotten for a...
Engineer Defied Doctors' Bleak Prognosis
Fifteen years ago, doctors told James Osten he had three months to live."He was overwhelmed by that news in the beginning," said his wife of 41 years, Josephine Osten. "But after he got over the initial shock, he developed a positive attitude." After...
Essayist's Search for 'Lost' Family Finds Its Mark
"The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million," by Daniel Mendelsohn. HarperCollins, $27.95. 528 pages.Daniel Mendelsohn's meditative family memoir, "The Lost," is, as its subtitle indicates, a search for six of the 6 million Eastern European Jews who died...
Flying & Reflecting 5 Years On
More than 1,400 miles. Five takeoffs, five landings. And all in about 38 hours.What's air travel really like these days, five years after Sept. 11, 2001 (but prior to revelations Aug. 10 of an expansive new terrorist plot targeting U.S.-bound flights...
From Unity to Acrimony
Sept. 11, 2001, was primary day in New York City, and Democrat candidate Mark Green was poised to become the city's next mayor.Were politics affected by the terror attacks of that aborted primary day?Ask Green. He went from cruising through primary day...
Fuhrer Makes It His Business to Help Others
It's not a rags-to-riches tale. It's not the story of a man born to a life of philanthropy, a life consumed with the desire to help others.But both of those things have played a part in the evolution of Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. -- businessman, father and...
Hard Work Made Business, Garden Thrive
Paul C. Karwatsky was a workaholic with a green thumb, a love for hunting and a soft spot for children."He was very outgoing," said Jean Lewellen Karwatsky, his wife of 38 years.Mr. Karwatsky, of Connellsville, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at home....
Homecoming Sweet Music to the Ears of the Man They Call 'Coach'
They're older now, some 40 years removed from their days as the Red Raiders of the Charleroi Midget Football League. But even time hasn't diminished the love and respect these men, no longer boys, have for the man they fondly call "Coach."That was evident...
Home Prices in Region Decline in 2nd Quarter
A new government report seems to indicate an easing of home prices in the Pittsburgh area.Prices during the 2006 second quarter in the region dropped 0.24 percent, according to the report issued by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise in Washington....
How Safe Is Investment in War-Torn Israel?
TEL AVIV, Israel -- In this beautiful city by the blue Mediterranean, the illusion comes easily. Everything looks peaceful, undamaged and prosperous -- for now. The crowds on the beach and its seaside promenade, and traveling the streets by foot, motor...
How to Read in a Politician's Language
Welcome, class, to Interpretive Political Dialogue 101.Today we will dissect the fascinating -- and often ugly -- remarks uttered during last week's Pittsburgh City Council power struggle. The battle for the council presidency occurred after former president...
Hundreds Juggle Ideas in Spirit of Late Mayor
In death, Bob O'Connor still inspires Pittsburghers.The late Pittsburgh mayor obviously inspired some of the more than 250 people who gathered at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Downtown on Saturday to generate ideas...
Inferno Below
Dianne Clark paced for more than an hour, shuffling through the backyard grass. A minister walked beside her, speaking softly about God and hope.She needed water. Family, friends and unease had packed into her house after an airplane hit Brian Clark's...
Joe Wilson: End of an Error
As National Public Radio described the story behind Joe Wilson's amusingly titled book, "The Politics of Truth," in May 2004:"Last July Wilson wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times saying that this particular intelligence regarding Iraq was false....
'Kissing Bridges' Disappearing
Once a common part of the rural countryside, the "kissing bridges" are a dying breed.Covered bridges, nicknamed kissing bridges for romantic couples who took advantage of the privacy to steal a kiss, dot the countryside throughout Pennsylvania, with...
Let There Be Light
Come Friday night, if you drive by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, you might think something's not right. For starters, the front lawn will be filled with a cascade of colors that emanates from the basement windows in an unearthly glow.And if you...
Life as Usual Unshaken
Caretaker Linda Clover, of Cawker City, Kan., watches as Paul Alexander, of Vancouver, Wash., adds several feet of twine to the world's largest ball of twine. Alexander and his wife, Janet, stopped at the attraction on their way home during their trip.William...
Lighting the Way
Every day, products made at an Elk County factory provide artificial light at American homes, businesses and other locations.And it's been that way for 100 years.What began in St. Mary's in 1906 as the Novelty Incandescent Lamp Co., producing novelty...
Local Players Contribute at Notre Dame and WVU
Autumn is a season of change and that certainly seems true at the University of Notre Dame where Travis Thomas, the second-leading rusher for the Fighting Irish last season, will try playing linebacker.At the start of preseason training camp, second-year...
Making It Up as He Goes Along
Edward P. Jones is not a writer who looks at a person walking down the street and imagines them as a character in a story. He does not listen to chitchat in cafeterias or restaurants, hoping to steal a snippet of dialogue. His family's history rarely...
Malkin Making Good First Impressions at Camp
Penguins coach Michel Therrien hasn't been on the ice for any of the rookie practice sessions, but he's been watching closely from the stands at Mellon Arena.And he likes his first glimpses of Evgeni Malkin."I'm really impressed," Therrien said with...
Miller's Bitter Beer Face
Schlitz is "The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous." The Miller Brewing Co. is making Milwaukee infamous. London, too. That's where SABMiller, the second-largest brewery company in the world by volume, is based.Should foreign companies such as SABMiller...
Modern Jihad Draws Strength from History
CAIRO, Egypt -- The ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, Mohammed Atta, left behind a letter that told his fellow hijackers what to do, right up to the moment their attacks changed the world.His instructions, based on religious rituals dating to the Prophet...
Monessen Church Shows Nearly 100 Years of Community Service
The Rt. Rev. Bishop Basil, leader of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Wichita and Mid-America, has more than a passing interest in the history of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen. He's very much a part of the heritage there.The...
More GOP Sleaze
Republicans say government is a cesspool of waste, fraud and abuse led by profligate liberals. They're certainly doing their part to make sure that's true.Meet Kenneth Tomlinson, the former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and current...
MSM Scare Stories
What is it about the nature of the mainstream news media? Why is it always so negative? Why is it so quick to go apocalyptic? Why is the MSM so often 180 degrees wrong -- especially when its disparate but generally liberal pack members achieve consensus...
Murtha's Pelosi Connection
WASHINGTONIn expectation of a Democrat takeover of the House in this year's elections, advocates of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Rep. John Murtha are engaged in a fierce backstage battle for their candidate to become majority leader.Minority Leader...
New in Equipment
Rocky Outdoor Gear has come out with a new line of hunting boots that are said to be rugged, yet still lightweight. Buck Light boots weigh less than 2 1/2 pounds per pair. There are three models: an uninsulated six-inch boot, a seven-inch boot with 600...
Notebook: Rookie Pitcher Won't Be Nervous
CINCINNATI - The mighty Cincinnati Reds' lineup of big bashers has no chance of unnerving Pirates' rookie Shane Youman during his first major-league start today.The fact that Youman's family will be in attendance at Great American Ball Park will not...
Notebook: Skating Coach a Hit with Fans
It isn't often that a skating instructor draws cheers from a crowd of spectators, as Besa Tsintsadze did Saturday when he ran power-skating drills at the end of Penguins practice.But not every skating instructor is a former competitive figure skater...
Notices
Hunter safety courses* Midland Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50. Pre-register by calling Jake Edmiston or Dick Ward at 724-643-1561 or 724-643- 4553.* Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's...
Old 'Tudes, Smart Women
Writer Michael Noer, in an article published on Forbes.com, claims recent social science research supports his advice to readers of Forbes: "Don't marry career women."Well, I'm a social scientist and my research suggests the underlying reality is better...
Pitt's Tradition of Wide Receivers in Good Hands
Pitt's search for a player to carry on its tradition of game- breaking wide receivers has turned up a most unlikely candidate.Derek Kinder was expected to be a reliable target, one who could make the routine catch without turning it into an adventure....
Pre-Nuptial Agreement Not Romantic, but Essential
Question: My 75-year-old mother is remarrying this fall. I want her to have a pre-nuptial agreement drawn up to avoid any confusion if she is widowed again. Mom is resisting, saying her new husband will provide for her and she's not worried. In the meantime,...
PSU Spotlight
Best run: Tony Hunt shook loose for a 30-yard gain in the first quarter that carried to the Notre Dame 17-yard line.Best fake: Notre Dame running back-turned-linebacker Travis Thomas took a direct snap on a fake punt 43 yards in the third quarter, a...
Renaming Links Would Fit O'Connor to a Tee
After dinner, as the sun dropped beyond the horizon, Bob O'Connor often retreated to Schenley Park Golf Course, where he found solace, not to mention the bottom of the holes on the practice putting green.For as long as he could, O'Connor lagged putts...
Road Projects Updated
1. West Smithfield Street/Mill Hill Road, Elizabeth and Lincoln: Traffic on both routes will be reduced to a single lane alternating use between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily (Monday-Friday) through early October.2. New England Road, between Amblers and...
Savory Soup
A plaque above the mirror behind the bar at the 17th Street Cafe on the South Side announces that the establishment has been named 2006 "Best Upscale Casual" by Best Independent Restaurants Association.Proprietors Pat and Brigette Joyce are duly proud...
School Finally Getting Play Area
Before fall turns to winter, students at Charleroi Elementary Center should be scaling a rock climbing wall and descending a spiral slide.That's because a playground at the school -- long awaited and planned -- is finally set."We wanted to give the kids...
Sept. 11 Recovery Is Testament to Economy
Many people associate Dec. 7 with the line, "The day that will live in infamy," as President Roosevelt characterized the day when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. This Monday, the fifth anniversary of another infamous event will be remembered when...
Serra Tops Canevin
Isaiah Jackson rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns to help Serra Catholic (2-0) defeat visiting Bishop Canevin (0-2), 24-18, in a non-conference WPIAL Class A game Saturday night.Matt Walter led Bishop Canevin with 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns.Class...
Smaller Airport Has Big History
Allegheny County Airport has no airport mall, no food courts and no long security lines. In fact, today's visitors easily could imagine Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman emerging from the airport's art deco terminal in hats and trench coats to bid each...
Snapping Turtles Demand Respect
Bob Lindsay had reeled his catch in. Now, the real fun was to begin.It wasn't a fish he had on the end of his line Thursday, but a snapping turtle. On the small side -- it weighed maybe six pounds -- it still had the potential to do some damage.Snappers,...
Spamalot
It's easy to spot Monty Python fans at performances of the musical "Monty Python's Spamalot.""Sometimes they yell out the punch lines," says David Turner, who plays Sir Robin. "It's definitely an occupational hazard."Turner understands their enthusiasm....
Special Teams Seeks to End Struggles
They are the mistakes that turn field position into fraught position. The Steelers' special-teams miscues carried over from the preseason into the regular-season opener, leaving only the promise of improvement. "We've always had great special teams,"...
Stark Reminders of Nation's Loss
Kendall Gildersleeve scanned the engraved monuments on the sloping field before her and turned to her mother. "What happened here?"Susan Gildersleeve told her 11-year-old daughter about the morning five years ago when 40 passengers and crew of United...
The Man Behind
If it looks like a conservative duck, acts like a conservative duck and quacks like a conservative duck, then it must be Mallard Fillmore.The web-footed star of the hard-hitting and unremittingly conservative strip by that name, which runs in about 400...
The 'Ugly American,' Reborn
WASHINGTONThe place: a boarding gate at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The time: one hour before an aircraft is to take off for the United States. The incident: four dark-skinned 20-year-olds are holding a cell phone, looking at papers while apparently...
They Will Follow
When William Michalowski walked away from an Allegheny County halfway house last year, he picked up a gun, stole a car and robbed two banks in as many days, netting more than $45,000. Michalowski, 24, a Pittsburgh resident on parole at the time, became...
This Week's Coming Attractions
Country music star Randy Travis -- who has won several Grammy Awards and had more than 20 No. 1 hits -- will be at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown on Saturday. Travis -- known for hits including "Three Wooden Crosses," "Whisper My Name" and...
Time Flies and Yet Stands Still
I was so busy caring for our newborn son, I didn't even notice the new neighbors settling in. In fact, it wasn't until warm temperatures led me to the porch that I realized I wasn't the only mother on the block worrying about constant feedings and growing...
Unearthed Video Recordings Have Strong Pittsburgh Influence
An upcoming series of DVDs of jazz legends also offers a great look at some of Pittsburgh's biggest names in the music.The first nine recordings of "Jazz Icons" will be released Sept. 26. It is the work of Reelin' in the Years Productions LLC, a San...
Westinghouse Taps Architectural Engineering Chief
ManufacturingTom Weir joined Westinghouse Electric Co. as director of architectural engineering and engineering alliances. He is responsible for driving further development and growth of the company's worldwide architectural-engineering global strategy,...
West Virginia's Bench-Clearing Blowout
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia All-American center Dan Mozes compares the BCS bowl race to a heavyweight title bout."It's a 12-round fight," Mozes said following round two, in which the Mountaineers decked lightweight Eastern Washington, 52-3, on...
What's Happened to the Business World, Post-Sept. 11?
In the weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans struggled to understand what had happened. The economy, too, was stunned.U.S. stock markets were closed for a week, only to reopen with the deepest week-long decline since the Great Depression,...
Where Was God on Sept. 11?
On Sept. 17, 2001, David Letterman returned to the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theatre on Broadway and to the airwaves. Four shows the previous week had been canceled in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Rather than attempt a comedy monologue,...
WVU Spotlight
Eastern whatitsname: With 18 seconds remaining in the first half, referee Tom Tomczyk signaled an Eagles timeout by announcing "Time out, Eastern Michigan."Short work: West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez pulled his two irreplaceable players, starting...