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Articles from May 31, 2007

3 North Hills Departments Add Tasers to Arsenal
Three police departments recently added Taser stun guns to their arsenals, but have yet to fire them.Officers in Etna, O'Hara and Sharpsburg have found that just the threat of using a less-lethal gun is enough to get an unruly person to surrender."In...
Allegheny County Officials Plan 128-Mile Greenspace along the Region's Rivers
Allegheny County officials are planning what they call the longest urban linear park in the world, touching more than half of the county's 130 municipalities.The 128-mile riverfront park would cover the banks of all four rivers -- the Allegheny, Monongahela,...
'Amelia Bedelia' Takes Slapstick to Fox Chapel Elementary School
Elementary students in the Fox Chapel Area School District have entered the wacky world of Amelia Bedelia, where the phrase "dress a chicken" means putting the bird in a tuxedo.Herman Parish -- author of some of the popular "Amelia Bedelia" children's...
Area Watchmakers Keep on Ticking in Dwindling Hobby
Horologists tinker in a world of precision, of elegant machinery and painstaking predictability, of minute mechanics and the measure of moments.They are watchmakers and clockmakers, a dwindling but devoted group who immerse themselves in the intricacies...
Ari Hest's Easygoing Sound Reflects Personality
Ari Hest admits that a lot of his songs start out "on the dark side" only to end up having an uplifting resolution. He specifically refers to "Big Ben," a tune from his most recent album, "The Break-In," with the lyric "Big Ben don't go down that easy."...
Art Festival Exhibits Make Subtle Locale Shifts
This year, the art in the Three Rivers Arts Festival will be pared down to a minimum compared to most festivals of the past. Sure, visitors will be able to browse works of fine art and craft on display and for sale at the Duquesne Light Artists Market...
Artists Market Paints City with Color and Creativity
The Three Rivers Arts Festival returns for its annual June engagement with the city, but it's moving away from its longtime location at Point State Park.The festival of professional exhibits, the artists market, daily music, performance art, and booth...
Arts Festival Opens Up Magic Garden
Kids long have had their own special area to play at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, but this year, festival officials say youngsters have something even bigger and better: The Magic Garden.The Magic Garden, this year's Family Festival in the 17-day...
At the Warhol, Legendary Guitarist Lou Reed Exhibits His New York Photographs
Dean Wareham of the band Luna didn't expect much when he went to see a collection of Lou Reed's photographs two years ago.That preconception was quickly altered."I was actually really impressed," Wareham says, "and I was ready not to like it. When somebody...
Baldwin Grad Sues City Schools over Flag Flap
A former Baldwin High School student has sued Pittsburgh Public Schools, claiming he was illegally detained after his classmates displayed a Confederate flag at Brashear High School.Daniel Campbell, 18, of Baldwin Borough, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in...
Belmont Decision for Street Sense Due Today
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense put together a solid workout Wednesday at Churchill Downs, and a decision whether the colt will run in the Belmont Stakes was expected Thursday.Street Sense breezed four furlongs in 49 seconds, his...
Blairsville-Saltsburg Consolidation OK'd
After years of discussion and months of legal wrangling, the consolidation of the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District can move forward, an Indiana County judge ruled Wednesday.Judge Gregory A. Olson decided the school board acted properly when it voted...
Brentwood Middle School Gets Kids Pumped for Fitness
Abby Stubenbort and Crystal Goettler know the importance of physical activity. But the seventh-graders at Brentwood Middle/High School think working out in a weight room can be intimidating, and outdoor sports aren't for them.So the equipment and activities...
Briefs: Cultural District Welcomes Palate Bistro
Palate is the name of the latest restaurant to open along Sixth Street in the Cultural District, Downtown. The theme is a Parisian bistro, offering French fusion cooking with a flair, by executive chef Ryan Racicot and owner John Valentine, at 212 Sixth...
Briefs: FedEx Donates Mobile Units
FedEx Corp. has helped The Salvation Army with a charitable donation that included the largest mobile feeding unit in The Salvation Army's fleet of mobile vehicles, plus four other units for cities across the country, FedEx said Wednesday. FedEx, whose...
Briefs: Shaler Area Schools Proposed Budget Includes $840,000 Deficit
The Shaler Area school board has approved a $65.9 million proposed budget for the 2007-2008 that includes a deficit of about $840,000.Superintendent Donald Lee said school officials hope to reduce the deficit to avoid increasing the property tax rate,...
Brownsville Residents Beg for More Police
Several Brownsville residents, outraged by juvenile crime, reckless quad drivers and open drug-dealing, are pleading for more police coverage in the cash-strapped borough that just called back its laid-off officers in March.The anger projected at borough...
Bucs Mindful of Being in Public Eye
The gang of media that stalked through the Pirates' clubhouse early Wednesday evening was larger than usual for a weekday.Xavier Nady looked around and started having flashbacks to his days with the New York Mets."Those guys are under a different kind...
California Snake Bit in WPIAL Title Game
California center fielder Brandon Rossi experienced an interesting day.Before the Trojans left for the WPIAL Class A championship game Wednesday, they took in a light practice at their field when a 6- foot long black snake fell out of a tree, landed...
Can't Dress It? Don't Take It Out
I'm trying not to stare, but the couple in the airport standing beside me are nearly naked. Their traveling attire consists of two midriff T-shirts bearing Penn State logos, tiny, matching gym shorts and rubber shower thongs.Being of what appears to...
Carlin's Influences: Family, Love of Language
If anybody is qualified to perform a post-mortem on the sick and twisted 20th century, it's George Carlin. Carlin, who performs two shows at Heinz Hall on Saturday, has satirized five decades of life in these United States. He was born in 1937 in New...
Carnegie Police Chief Disappointed Council's Vote Not to Hire Another Officer
Carnegie council's decision to leave a police officer position unfilled puts in jeopardy a long-running crime education program for kids and will raise overtime costs, the police chief said.Chief Jeff Harbin said he might have to cancel Camp Cadet, which...
Carrick Wins City League Baseball Title
Carrick pitcher Ted Fricke was worried his three-run lead was about to disappear when Brashear's Brandon Tardio smacked a shot off the left-field fence.Carrick outfielder Andy Gibson dived for the ball but landed awkwardly, and the 240-pound Tardio appeared...
Carrie Newcomer Blends Country, Folk Styles
Carrie Newcomer has discovered a bit of wisdom about music that applies to virtually everything."There is nothing more powerful than a true statement," she says.It's a truth that can be connected easily to the work of the singer who opens this year's...
Charges on Uniontown Man May Hinge on Autopsy Report
Fayette County prosecutors say they are waiting for autopsy results before deciding whether to file homicide charges against a man accused of violently shaking an infant who died two days after the alleged assault.James Ray Morrison, 27, of 202 Woodview...
Chief of Ross Fire Police Celebrates 50 Years of Service
Paul Hoffman wasn't a firefighter the first time he picked up a hose in 1957, but that didn't stop him when he was asked to help extinguish a fire at his neighbor's home."Getting up close to that building was tough, and I couldn't breathe," he said....
CMU Picks New Computer Science Head
Local and global money-making partnerships will be a major focus of Carnegie Mellon University's new computer science department head.The university announced Wednesday that Peter Lee -- a professor and vice provost for research at Carnegie Mellon, who...
Crafton and Crafton Heights: A Mile, and a World, Apart
Although only a mile separates the borough of Crafton and the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Crafton Heights, the differences are stark.In Crafton, residents trumpet their community spirit and enduring small-town atmosphere. While they were shocked by two...
Despite Great Source Material, 'Dawn of Mana' Misses Target
Nothing ruins a game faster than a bad bout of the stomach churn. No, not from lukewarm potato salad, but from atrocious camera controls.Two chapters into Square Enix's "Dawn of Mana," I couldn't take it anymore. No pseudo role-playing game is worth...
Dormont Library Hoping to Turn Page with Refurbishing
People didn't mind public libraries with cinder block walls and tile floors in the 1960s. But today's patrons prefer the kind of ambience they might find in their own homes.The Dormont Public Library closed Saturday for about three weeks of refurbishing,...
Downtown YMCA to Move to Market Square Building
The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh said today that it will move to the vacant G.C. Murphy building on Fifth Avenue on the edge of Market Square.The Y, which disclosed to members last November that it planned to sell its current seven-story headquarters building...
Dunbar Man Held for Trial in Friend's Death
A Fayette County man accused of causing a car wreck that killed his friend of more than 20 years will face a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Fayette County Court.Emmett Cooke, 48, of Memory Lane, Dunbar, pulled the car's emergency brake from the...
Duquesne Professor Will Help Stuttering Children
Susan Felsenfeld helps stuttering children in the Pittsburgh area smooth their speech. She's hoping to do the same in Burkina Faso, a nation in west Africa."I want to meet with some families and give them some hope because I think we can help them help...
East Police Blotter
Penn HillsDistrict Judge Leonard HRomyakJonathan Gerenyi, 23, of Forbes Trail Road, Murrysville, waived a hearing May 21 on charges of possession of 10 stamp bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Gerenyi was arrested by Penn Hills police.Michael Reynolds,...
Festival's Theater Offerings Focus on News-Making Events
If you're interested in politics -- whether local, national or international -- theater artists are making a play for you this week.Three regional playwrights have created a trio of plays that focus on unfolding and current events. Each of the plays...
Freedom vs. Equality
WASHINGTONConservatism's recovery of its intellectual equilibrium requires a confident explanation of why America has two parties and why the conservative one is preferable. Today's political argument involves perennial themes that give it more seriousness...
GOP Mayoral Candidate DeSantis Unfazed by Obstacles
Mark DeSantis sat in his sparse South Side office Wednesday, cradling his company's latest investment -- a plastic sphere of tiny wireless cameras called a "MobileFusion Ball."The prototype might one day help soldiers or police officers safely survey...
Health Care Advisory Committee Tackles Health Care Concerns in North Hills
Peter DeComo sees problems surrounding health care at his business. He has a way to help find solutions, too."There's a lot of important issues in health care that go unrealized," said DeComo, CEO of Renal Solutions, a Cranberry medical device company....
Hempfield Woman Confesses to March Bank Robberies
A Hempfield woman, described by friends as a soccer mom, has admitted that she was the black-hooded robber who held up three banks in March by passing a chilling note to tellers claiming to have a bomb strapped to her body, according to police. Heather...
H.J. Heinz Profits Jump Nearly 8 Percent
The H.J. Heinz Co. this morning reported what it called "solid" fiscal fourth-quarter financial results, with net income climbing 7.8 percent to $181 million from $167.9 million one year ago.For the three months ended May 2, sales grew 0.6 percent to...
Industrial Chemical Found in Ohio Feed
A Toledo manufacturer added the same industrial chemicals that sickened and killed pets nationwide to an ingredient used in livestock and fish feeds, federal officials announced Wednesday. It's the first time a U.S. company has been accused of intentionally...
'Intellect' Star Promises 'Equal Opportunity' Laughs
Actor Ben Evans says the fun of performing "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" is the opportunity to play seven different male characters -- none of whom resemble him.Created and written by Robert Dubac, "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" is a 70-minute,...
Leechburg Wins Class A Softball Consolation
Leechburg's Emily Batiz called the first inning Wednesday "a warm- up."In the top of the first, Batiz walked two batters and Neshannock's Casey Reiber, who got on board thanks to an error, scored from third when Leechburg catcher Karlee Fisher tried...
Man Faces Charges in at Least 3 Theft Cases
A Fayette County man charged with the assault and robbery of a New Kensington woman also stole a wallet from a Jeannette grandfather, police said.Enrico Buccigrossi, 35, of Brownsville, is accused of grabbing a wallet out of Frederick D. Deluzio's hands...
Meakem: Youth Not Being Served
Western Pennsylvania's lagging business climate has failed to create job opportunities for young people -- and that hurts not only those who end up leaving town, but those who stay behind, former FreeMarkets Inc. Chairman Glen T. Meakem said Wednesday.Meakem...
Mickelson Wary of Oakmont Bunkers
DUBLIN, Ohio - There has been plenty of conversation in the months leading up to the U.S. Open concerning the difficulty of the rough that awaits the players and their wayward tee shots.But in an interview late Tuesday afternoon, Phil Mickelson said...
Mixed-Media Exhibit Interprets August Wilson's 10-Play 'Pittsburgh Cycle'
On Wednesday, renowned Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson (1945- 2005) was to have been commemorated with the unveiling of a Pennsylvania historical marker at the site of his childhood home at 1727 Bedford Ave. in the Hill District. The new marker,...
Mom: God Gave Shot Wilkinsburg Baby 2nd Chance
The mother of a 3-month-old girl struck by three bullets in a Wilkinsburg park is relieved that her daughter is expected to recover."I'm just happy that she is home from the hospital," said Ebony McWright, 24, as a relative gave the baby a bottle on...
Monroeville Gold Star Post 820 Seeks Donations to Help Iraqi Children
Children in any war zone can pay the heaviest price of the conflict, but people in the Monroeville area have a chance to reduce that cost for Iraqi children by donating school supplies, an American Legion official said.Bob DeMarcki, spokesman for Gold...
Murrysville Athletes Prepare to Play Ball
Just in time for summer, four new sports fields are ready for use at Murrysville Community Park -- offering teams better and safer places to play, officials said.The fields -- a $1.4 million investment paid for by a bond issue - - will be dedicated at...
Newsweek's Fineman Gives Insider's Insight in Oakland
Howard Fineman had the crowd rolling as he accepted the Human Rights Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Jewish Committee on Wednesday night. Fineman, the chief political correspondent for Newsweek and a regular on television political...
Nixon Fondly Remembers Duquesne
The Duquesne Dukes were headed for March Madness after unexpectedly winning the Eastern 8 Conference Tournament championship behind a splendid guard named Norman Nixon.The year was 1977.Thirty seasons after Nixon led Duquesne to its most recent NCAA...
North Hills High School Student to Study Abroad in Germany
Jackie Ogden says she'll always remember the first time she set foot in Germany. While on a trip with the North Hills High School German Club, Ogden fell in love with the country and knew that visit wouldn't be her last."As soon as I stepped off of the...
Official to Propose City League, WPIAL Merger
The WPIAL and the City League would be one entity if Allegheny County Council President Rich Fitzgerald had his way.He will propose the idea of the City League (District 8) joining the WPIAL (District 7) at a 10 a.m. news conference today at the Allegheny...
Padres Shut out Pirates
This time, at least, the Pirates got the suspense out of the way early.Would they be no-hit by San Diego Padres right-hander Chris Young? He come close twice last year, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning and another into the ninth.On Wednesday...
Pa. Roads Taxing Drivers
HARRISBURG -- With the public and lawmakers split on the idea of leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike, legislative leaders are looking to pay for roads and mass transit by raising taxes and tolls and by streamlining transportation management."The only alternative...
Penguins Make Crosby Captain
One cannot spell Crosby without a "C." Sidney Crosby will finally get his Thursday.In a move discussed within the organization since before Christmas, Crosby will be named captain of the Penguins at a noon news conference at Mellon Arena.At 19 years...
Penn Hills Parish Collaborator Follows Urge to Serve
Sister Dorothy Pawlus doesn't recall the exact moment she felt the call to religious life.But when she reflects back on the road that led her to join the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth more than two decades ago, she remembers signs."Back when...
Pleasant Hills Farmers Market Open for Business
A farmers market opening today in Pleasant Hills will offer fruits and vegetables on Thursdays through fall.The brainchild of the Lions Club, the market will help the club raise money for vision-related charities and local nonprofit organizations. "We...
Plum Employee Pleads Guilty
A Plum public works employee charged with taking a brass bell from a borough home while he was on the job pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.Plum police charged Joseph Pietropaolo, 39, of Renton Road, Plum, with theft and...
Police Seek Ex-Head of Indiana Arts Group
The Indiana Arts Council will begin replenishing its allegedly plundered coffers by helping to park cars for monetary donations at the annual Art on the Farm Festival on June 16-17.Indiana Borough Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the organization's...
Port Authority Riders Face Reality of Transit Cuts
Kizzy Rowe gets a full day's work between her two jobs at a Robinson collection agency and the TJ Maxx store at Robinson Town Centre.That might end June 17. To get from job to job, Rowe, 22, of Moon, rides one of 30 bus routes that Port Authority of...
Pounding Pavement Pays off for New Butler County District Attorney
Rich Goldinger estimates he knocked on about 3,000 Butler County doors between February and May. Only one was slammed in his face. "That surprised me. I thought more people would tell me to get lost. Some people even asked me for legal advice," said...
Quilts on Display at McCandless Library
Depicting the theme of a housewife in the 1950s, a red, white and black quilt displayed in the lobby of Northland Public Library reminds Trina Boyd of a "large, hanging mobile.""All of the quilts are very colorful, and the designs draw your eye to them,"...
Ragtag Tow Tips off Police to Illegals on Parkway West
Six immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras who told police they were living here illegally as subcontractors for Verizon were arrested Wednesday morning during a traffic stop on the Parkway West.Police said the workers called attention to themselves...
Remodeled Oakmont Plaza Drawing Double-Takes
John McLachlan approached the newly renovated Oakmont Service Plaza along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and stopped, taking a good look around."It's really modern, clean and spiffy," said McLachlan, 71, of Wooster, Ohio. "It is beautiful."McLachlan was en...
Rock: Shot at Stardom
Pittsburgh's latest rock 'n' roll contender for a national breakout is Black Tie Revue, which has a new album out, "Code Fun" on Gearhead Records -- and just about all the pieces are in place. First off, the band has a bright, bouncy power pop sound...
Run, Randy, Run: Mt. Lebanon Doe Didn't Back Down
A day after an apparent encounter with a doe left a Mt. Lebanon woman's dog bloodied and in surgery, wildlife officials said deer rarely pose a physical danger to humans or their pets. A deer attack "is not completely unheard of, if a doe is seeking...
Section 4-AAA Rivals Evenly Matched
WPIAL Class AAA championshipElizabeth Forward (17-3) vs. Belle Vernon (18-5)When, where: 5 p.m. today -- Lilly Field, California UniversityBreakdown: Both teams have qualified for the PIAA playoffs, which begin on Monday. The winner goes as the WPIAL...
Shock Wave Injuries Top Pitt Symposium
Body armor worn by U.S. soldiers has done more than save lives -- it has revealed a type of brain trauma caused by explosion shock waves that was hidden from doctors by more obvious injuries.Body armor protects most of a soldier's internal organs, but...
Slaying of Connellsville Wife's Boyfriend Nets 7-20 Years
A Fayette County engineer integral to a Uniontown theater renovation was sentenced Wednesday to seven to 20 years in prison for the execution-style shooting of his estranged wife's ex-con boyfriend at her Connellsville apartment.Raymond M. "Mike" Prinkey,...
Springdale Wins WPIAL Class A Title
Fifty-three years is a long time to wait for a baseball championship. But as Springdale can attest, it was well worth it.Dynamos junior pitcher Mike Devine threw a five-hitter and hit a two-run homer, as Springdale posted a 5-2 win in the WPIAL Class...
Steelers' McFadden Waiting in the Wings
Deshea Townsend is the Steelers' starting right cornerback until further notice.If 2007 is going to be season that Bryant McFadden finally replaces Townsend in the lineup, McFadden's going to have to prove he's equally stout against the pass and run....
Steelers' Ward Eager to Expand Playbook
This time of year is as good as any for NFL teams to tinker, which might explain tight end Heath Miller's lining up as a wideout and Hines Ward's lining up as a slot receiver.But such a formation represents more than experimentation during the organized...
Tax Breaks Get Preliminary Approval
Pittsburgh City Council Wednesday preliminarily approved Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's plan to give 10-year tax breaks to those who build housing Downtown and in 28 city neighborhoods. Ravenstahl originally proposed the tax breaks for 20 neighborhoods and...
Texan Chosen to Lead Mt. Lebanon Schools
This summer, Mt. Lebanon School District will get its fourth superintendent since 2003.School board members voted unanimously Wednesday to hire John Allison, a deputy superintendent with a Fort Worth, Texas-area school district. He will earn $150,000...
The Church Brew Works Continues to Impress with Its Menu, Beers
The Church Brew Works has been around long enough for most of us to avoid the gasp-inducing shock of walking into a church-turned- brewery.It's been 11 years since the former St. John the Baptist church was refurbished into a restaurant that has become...
The Kids List
Barnes & Noble at The Waterfront: Story time, 11 a.m. Sat. Story time, 11 a.m. Tues. 100 W. Bridge St., Homestead. 412-462-5743.Borders: Story times.11 a.m. Wed. 1775 N. Highland Road, Bethel Park. 412-835-5583; and 1170 Northway Mall, Ross. 412-635-7661....
This Week's Arts Fest Schedule
All events free unless otherwise notedFridayNoon: Matt Harkness and the Blessed Few, Stanwix Triangle StageNoon and 12:40 p.m.: "splash!," PPG Place5:30 p.m.: Devilish Merry, Ballyhoo Bridge Stage, The Magic Garden Family Festival5:30 p.m.: Rock & Roll...
Walgreens to Replace Westmoreland Fixture
A Westmoreland County landmark, Chesterfield's Restaurant & Lounge, located on Route 30 in North Huntingdon, is being sold to Walnut Capital Development, a Pittsburgh development group.Walnut Capital plans to develop a 14,465 square-foot Walgreens Drug...
Washington Co. Slots' Trial Run Delayed
A temporary slots parlor at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington County will not open as planned Tuesday because the operator needs more time to increase security. A spokesman for Las Vegas-based Cannery Casino Resorts, which owns the North Strabane...
Washington County Bottling Family Moves to Wines
Eight years after selling their Coca-Cola bottling company in Washington County, members of the Pittsburgh-area Cameron family are jumping into the wine bottle business on the Pacific Coast.Cameron Family Glass Packaging Inc. announced Wednesday the...
West Allegheny Remains Undefeated, Wins Title
West Allegheny started the year without a loss and ended their WPIAL season the same way.The top-seeded Indians and star junior Zak Sinclair continued their undefeated season with a 6-3 victory over Blackhawk on Wednesday night in the WPIAL Class AAA...
Western Pa. Sewage Overflow Deal to Be Filed, Detailed
County, state and federal officials today are expected to sign a landmark agreement to fix the worst sewage-dumping problem in the United States -- caused by Western Pennsylvania's aging sewer system.Repairs, deadlines and fines should be spelled out...
Westinghouse Exec Kept Active despite Cancer
David Knapp's 20-year battle with lung cancer was a testament to his faith in God and his integrity as a man who put a priority on fulfilling the commitments he made through the years."My father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1987," said his daughter,...
Why Fred Thompson?
WASHINGTONFred Thompson sat at the end of a long table in The Monocle restaurant on Capitol Hill Tuesday night for dinner with some 20 fellow conservatives, mostly journalists. He sent two signals. First, he sounded like a man who has decided to run...
Writer Sees Values as Path out of Racist Molds
Success is chancy enough in the first place. Nobody needs extra psychological baggage trying to get there.African-Americans in particular start with a bulky carry-on, says Joseph C. Phillips. In aiming high, are they truly being "black?" Or just acting...