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Articles from October 25, 2007

2 Convicted in Oklahoma Borough Home Invasion Sentenced
Two men convicted in August for their involvement in a brutal home invasion in Oklahoma Borough were sentenced Wednesday to a maximum of 77 years in prison.Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway sentenced Kevin Britt, 33, of Vandergrift, to 38 1/2 years...
2 Seek Council Seat in Monroeville
The race for Monroeville's 4th Ward council seat is being contested in the November election by Democrat Janice Olszewski, a political newcomer, and Republican Jim Brown, a former council member.Janice OlszewskiOlszewski, a Natrona Heights native and...
A Crying Towel for Picks' Rival
Last week: 27-4 (87 percent)Season: 196-55 (78 percent)H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review high school football prognosticator, spent the weekend defending his record.He got an email from Picks Jr., who was whining that Picks didn't attempt to pick the winners...
After 2 Losing Seasons, Symphony's in the Black
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra finished the 2006-07 season in the black after two consecutive seasons of million-dollar deficits.Symphony President Larry Tamburri trumpeted the news Wednesday, but he was mute when it came to the details."I can say...
Alleged Intruder's Vehicle Rolls over on Penn Twp. Man
A Penn Township man was hospitalized Wednesday after a confrontation with an intruder at his home that ended with the suspect's vehicle rolling over the man, township police said.The suspect, Christopher M. Lewis, 40, of Wall in Allegheny County, was...
Allegheny County Health Department Marks Its Golden Moments
When the Allegheny County Health Department was created 50 years ago, milk pathogens and polio dominated public health concerns, and cleaning up the 'smoky city' was a new concept.Today the challenges are less visible -- overseeing repair of miles of...
Allegheny County's Neighbors Fear Predator Influx
Some officials worry that a law restricting where registered sex offenders can live in Allegheny County will push "stranger danger" problems into surrounding counties.Legal experts question whether the measure will work at all."I'm generally in favor...
Allegheny Technologies' Profits Jump 21 %
Allegheny Technologies Inc. on Wednesday said third-quarter profit jumped by 21 percent, spurred by higher demand and rising prices for its nickel-based alloys used in aerospace, oil, gas and electrical industries.The Pittsburgh-based specialty steelmaker...
'Annie's' Optimism, Perseverance Inspire All Ages
The redheaded, spunky, lovable orphan named Annie will bring her orphanage friends, Daddy Warbucks and the rest of the classic show's cast members -- most of whom are children -- to the Byham Theater this weekend. This version of "Annie" is professionally...
Band Members to Join Players in Army All-American Bowl Spotlight
Talk about learning under pressure. Two Mt. Lebanon High School students who were named to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band will have just three days to master the half-time show they'll perform during a nationally televised bowl game featuring...
'Beautiful Katamari' Slows Series Roll
It's hard to put into words the immense satisfaction of rolling stuff up into a ball. Is it primordial instinct? A compulsive retentive disorder? An overwhelming urge to please the unpleasable King of Cosmos?Let's just say, it's one of life's mysteries."Beautiful...
Bengals' Passing a Challenge for Steelers Defense
CINCINNATI - Carson Palmer called Dick LeBeau the best defensive coordinator in the NFL. T.J. Houshmandzadeh said the Steelers haven't faced an offense like the one the Bengals will trot out Sunday, but he quickly added that Cincinnati probably hasn't...
Blue Man Group Bungles Its Way to Stardom
Give a man a fish, and you've fed him for one day. Give a Blue Man a fish, and he might dip it in pink paint and use it to wallop the keys on a piano.The Blue Man group, a trio of mute, bald aliens, have made a career out of conducting their education...
BoxHeart Branches out with Landscapes Exhibit
The blustery winds, the harvest moon, the leaves skittering across the landscape -- these are all qualities that beckon the landscape painter outdoors to paint the lay of the land as it turns from various shades of green to yellow, orange and crimson.Yet...
Brentwood Residents Watch Trees Come Down So Field Can Go Up
Kerry Huffman was sickened by the sight.Borough officials cleared more than 20 trees and numerous benches out of Brentwood Park to make room for a sports practice field."In high school, none of my friends drove, so we spent most of our nights playing...
Charges Refiled in Off-Campus California Shooting
Criminal charges have been refiled against a former California University of Pennsylvania student accused in the shooting of a fellow student at a Washington County bar.Vikram Yamba, 22, of Turtle Creek in Allegheny County, is charged by California Borough...
Cheap! Enjoy Arts Scene without Breaking Bank
We like to spend our entertainment dollars wisely.Sure, we're willing to splurge on big-ticket items we really care about -- perhaps the $75 ticket to the touring Broadway production of "Lion King," $195 for Pittsburgh Opera's "Aida," a close-up $200...
Choppers Likely Wouldn't Fly Here
I was invited earlier this month to test-ride a line of motorcycles being manufactured at the Newburgh, N.Y., headquarters of Orange County Choppers. For the unfamiliar, Orange County Choppers is a small, family- run custom motorcycle firm whose members'...
Clarion Industry Fears Toll Losses
Clarion County would lose its ranking as the state's manufactured housing capital if tolls are charged on Interstate 80, county leaders said Wednesday.County officials sharply criticized state officials for failing to study how the tolling plan would...
CMU Gets Intel Tech Demonstration
If it can be dreamed up, it has a chance at appearing in Intel Research Pittsburgh's annual open house at Carnegie Mellon University.Seventy presentations on Wednesday included research about creating morphing objects from thousands of computers, each...
Connellsville Bridge Job Will Include New Deck
The renovation of the Memorial Bridge in Connellsville will include replacing the bridge deck, PennDOT officials and design team members of DMJM Harris told a handful of area residents Wednesday.Steve Hoyer, project manager with PennDOT, said the beams...
Consolidation, Renovation Crux of North Hills School Board Race
An elementary school consolidation and renovation project is at the heart of a highly contested North Hills School Board race.Incumbents Arlene Bender, Jeff Meyer and Ed Wielgus, along with newcomers Robert Barto, Tara Howey and Lou Nudi are vying for...
Democracy Poisoned
WASHINGTON -- The speech policeman's lot is not a happy one, as the University of Montana at Missoula is learning. Herewith a tale about the mess that institution has made by regulating political speech.Perhaps the university noticed the praise that...
Dems Got 1st Dibs on Westmoreland Absentee List: GOP
Westmoreland County Republicans have accused Democratic commissioners Tom Ceraso and Tom Balya of exerting influence on elections bureau officials to get a head start in contacting absentee voters for their support in the Nov. 6 election. But the county's...
East Police Blotter
Penn Hills* Justin Riley Mosley, 20, of Faybern Court, Penn Hills, waived a hearing Oct. 15 on charges of aggravated assault and carrying a gun without a license. Mosley was arrested Oct. 10 after Penn Hills police responded to a call for shots fired...
Educators Urge Legislature to Fix System
The Legislature needs to provide more funding for public schools, according to the Education Policy and Leadership Center and several educators who testified at a public hearing Wednesday. Pennsylvania covers 36 percent of public school budgets, much...
Ending Sad in Story of 'The Store'
It is an obsolete commercial building on the North Side, 100 years old if it's a day. Pittsburgh has countless store spaces like this, about 20 feet wide by 100 feet deep. They line the main streets in many old neighborhoods. What one family called "the...
Favorite 'Peaceful' Spot in Etna Gets Grant to Grow
In the background is the sound of traffic, and the hustle and bustle of daily life.But before the eyes is a wide, clear stream flowing gently at the base of a tall cliff. There's the sound of water flowing over small natural dams, and a Y-shaped tree,...
GCC Looks to Slow Down Jeannette
Everyone wants to know how to slow down Jeannette, perhaps the best Class AA football team in the WPIAL and the state.Eight opponents have failed to solve that dilemma, and now it confronts Greensburg Central Catholic (7-1, 6-1) and its coach Muzzy Colosimo...
Greensburg Salem Teachers Push for Progress
The president of the Greensburg Salem teachers union said it will take a lot of progress at today's negotiating session to avoid a strike.Matt King said the Greensburg Salem Education Association, whose 200 members have been working without a contract...
Halfway House Testimony Ends in Fayette
Testimony ended Wednesday in a variance case before the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board for an adult halfway house on rural land in Jefferson.William G. Milliron and Another Way Inc. propose to establish the facility at the former Dainty's Personal...
Hempfield Bows out of Soccer Quarterfinals
The Hempfield boys soccer team spent the entire season fighting off nagging injuries.The team couldn't overcome another Wednesday night and its season ended in a 1-0 loss to Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals at Martorelli Stadium...
Hot Picks: Randy Napoleon, Peabody Trio, D.L. Hughley
Guitarist Randy Napoleon is more than willing to tackle the demanding aspects of what he calls his "labor of love."The New York City jazz player says he is concentrating these days on "keeping his own group going" rather that leading a musical life as...
Hyeholde Adds Taste of Old World Opulence
When Hyeholde Restaurant first opened its doors to customers in 1937, it was surrounded by fields of corn and cows.Seventy years later, the restaurant and its Norman-style manor house remain an island of calm and elegance in a rapidly developing area...
Indians, Tigers Meet in Quad North Showdown
The stakes are high, but very different for North Allegheny and visiting North Hills heading into Friday night's game.Following the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, North Hills (4-4, 2-2) will fight for a playoff berth while No. 2 North Allegheny (8-0, 4-0) will look...
Intramurals Get Kids Going in Plum
Rachael Frye gets plenty of exercise from playing basketball and running track at Plum Senior High School. So Frye, 18, a senior, participates in the school's intramural program just for the fun of it."Everyone comes out, and there's school spirit with...
Jury to Consider Death Penalty Today
Florence Pokorny was sobbing even before an Allegheny County jury convicted a Knoxville man of murdering her son."I want my son back," she whispered Wednesday after a deputy sheriff handed her tissues to wipe away her tears.Today, jurors will begin to...
Kennametal Sets Records, Starts 2-1 Stock Split
Kennametal Inc.'s fiscal first quarter was a record-breaker, as the Unity-based industrial toolmaker set marks for sales and earnings per share, and raised its dividend by 14 percent. The company declared a 2-for-1 stock split and boosted its full-year...
Key Player Matchups of the Week
Edgar Banks of Montour vs. Jared Rains of HopewellAbout BanksBanks is having a breakout junior season for undefeated and Parkway Conference champion Montour. An extremely mobile quarterback, Banks is a threat in the backfield along with running back...
Less Would Be More for Pens' Recchi
Some grist for the mill ...* Mark Recchi still plays with incredible passion at age 39, but there's no way he should be third among Penguins forwards in ice time and power-play time, behind only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Recchi's power-play time...
Local Teen Gathering Embraces Differences, Urges Diversity
Anna Hale is tired of hearing her classmates call each other gay.A senior at Baldwin High School, Hale, 16, of Baldwin Borough knows her generation isn't referring to one another's sexual orientation. Instead, they are saying something is stupid or unfortunate,...
Loreena McKennitt Aims for 'Corners of the Soul'
The muse of Loreena McKennitt's music always has been the Celtic people and their history. McKennitt has studied the migrations, the battles, the literature of the Celts and consequently taken journeys of her own.As a result, her music is "more of an...
Michigan, Minnesota Covet Little Brown Jug
Minnesota is 1-7, coming off a humbling 27-21 loss to Division I- AA North Dakota State, and sure to be home for the holidays.But there is excitement in advance of a Saturday game at Michigan, where the Gophers and Wolverines will play for the Little...
Monroeville Mayor: Redevelopment Agency Not the Answer
Supporters of a proposed redevelopment authority see the agency as a necessary step to growing Monroeville's economy now that most of the municipality's useable space is developed.Opponents fear the agency would use eminent domain powers to take private...
Mt. Lebanon Mother Leads Way in Lead Testing
When they adopted Maia from China as an infant, Leeann and Lee Anderson thought they'd rescued her from a toxic environment.Then Leeann Anderson discovered that several metal Thomas the Tank Engine toy trains that Maia, 4, and her son, Evan, 5, have...
Neighbor 'Certain' Suspect Was at Scene of Killing
The loud rapping jarred Elizabeth Pioth from sleep at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday."It was so loud I thought someone was at my door, so I went to see," said Pioth, 86, who lives on Duquesne Avenue in Trafford. "It just went on and on."What Pioth found was what...
New Backer Bets Big on Pittsburgh Casino
The main financial backer for Majestic Star Casino's Pittsburgh slots parlor has changed, analysts said Wednesday. Wall Street investment firm Jefferies & Co. told state gambling regulators last year it would put up $455 million in financing for the...
North Police Blotter
Cranberry* Paul Jarasiewicz, 49, of Cranberry, waived a hearing Oct. 17 on charges of reckless endangerment and discharge of a firearm. Jarasiewicz is accused by Cranberry police of firing a gun toward a large crowd at a neighbor's house on July 4. Charged...
Ohio State Continuing Where It Left Off
Backup fullback Tyler Whaley summed up the Ohio State football philosophy nicely this week."We're going to reload," he said. "We're not going to rebuild."That was true in 2006, when the loss of linebacker A.J. Hawk and friends gutted the defense, but...
Opponents Fear Nepotism Would Result from North Hills Hiring Policy Change
North Hills School Board members are continuing to delay voting on a policy that board President Arlene Bender called an example of "micro-management and nepotism" when it first was introduced.The policy would alter the district's hiring policy to allow...
OVC Provided River of Memories
Big isn't necessarily better.That notion proved to be true during the days of the original Ohio Valley Conference, which lasted from 1946-79. The conference was comprised of schools in the smallest enrollment classification - Class B until 1972, Class...
Parades Aplenty on Saturday
Trick-or-treat, SouthBaldwin Borough, Baldwin Township, Brentwood, Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills and Whitehall will have trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Oct. 31.Trick or treat, WestCoraopolis, Neville, Moon and Crescent: 6:30 to 8...
Parades, Trick-or-Treat Events Scheduled
Communities and organizations have announced dates for trick-or- treat, parades and other Halloween events. They include:SaturdayDerry: parade, 3 p.m. downtown; trick-or-treat, 4-7 p.m.Irwin: trick-or-treat, 1-3 p.m. at participating downtown businesses;...
Pediatric Research Incubator Born
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on Wednesday announced the creation of a one-of-a-kind institute for pediatric research that officials said could change the way doctors treat children's illnesses...
Penguins Q&A: Rob Rossi Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Penguins writer Rob Rossi answers questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins.Q: As I look at the Penguins' plus/minus, I noticed that our top lines are leading the pack in the minus category. Is the Penguins' overall inability to prevent...
Pens' Fleury Thinking outside Crease
Last week, Marc-Andre Fleury was struggling so badly that he had a half-hour workout with Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche to discuss ways to improve his game.The marked improvement has been uncanny. In his past two games, Fleury is 2-0-0 with...
People Person from Dormont Found Niche as Travel Agent
As a travel agent, Katherine Nee was able to combine two of her favorite things -- people and travel."She loved people and loved to see the world," said her husband, Thomas Nee. "She loved to help people and was so easy to get along with. It was a good...
Personality Test: Dancer Beth Corning
Beth Corning moved to Pittsburgh in 2003 to take charge of Dance Alloy, the modern dance company which was renamed Dance Alloy Theater in 2005. Born in Washington, D.C., Corning establishing herself as a solo dancer in the United States and Europe before...
Picks Jr. Prepares for Scary Weekend
Last week: 10-3Overall: 76-27, 73.8 percentIt's so wide-open, it's scary. Like Halloween scary.In Week 9, some football teams will disguise themselves as playoff teams, while others will buy candy, stay home and brace for the onslaught.With all the big...
Pitt Men's Hoops Team Picked to Finish 4th
NEW YORK - Big East coaches confirmed Wednesday what Pitt fans have suspected for a long time.The Panthers look better as a team than they do as individual parts.The Big East coaches picked Pitt to finish fourth in the conference, despite losing three...
Pittsburgh Ballet Turns First Profit in 6 Years
Appearing to regain its financial footing, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre said Wednesday it ended the year with its first surplus in six years and with a 26 percent jump in ticket sales, reversing an 11-year slide.The upbeat financial news was announced...
Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra Divides to Conquer
One of the best ways to showcase an orchestra is to feature its elements separately before pulling them all together for a grand finale.That's the form of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra's subscription series debut tonight and Saturday evening...
Players to Watch
CHRISTIAN TOTERA, North AlleghenyClass: SeniorPositions: WR/CBHeight, weight: 5-9, 170Dream teammate: (Steelers strong safety) Troy Polamalu, because playing next to him at cornerback, as intense as he is with all the different things he can do, would...
Police Arrest North Side Woman in Animal Cruelty Case
Police arrested a Perry Hilltop woman Thursday after her landlord discovered corpses of two dogs locked in a home's bedrooms. Kehyra Kenney, 27, of McClintock Street was arrested by police at a residence on Carrington Street and taken to the Allegheny...
Port Authority Union Benefits among Highest
Port Authority of Allegheny County will pay four times as much for retiree health care this year than the much larger transit system serving the Philadelphia region, according to a study released Wednesday.The two-year study, by the Pennsylvania Economy...
Q&A with Lousaka Polite
Lousaka Polite may seem like just another player to go through the Woodland Hills football factory, but he may be the most unlikely player to have made it all the way to the NFL.There isn't much call for fullbacks in today's game that is dominated by...
Rivals Weigh in on Pittsburgh Fire Cuts
Candidates for Pittsburgh mayor said Wednesday they want to see the results of a study about Pittsburgh fire and emergency medical services before deciding whether to close stations. If the final report keeps a preliminary recommendation to cut five...
'Rocky Horror' Connects with Its Fans
For those who missed the original stage version in the '70s, the movie it inspired or the hundreds of reprised performances that followed, "The Rocky Horror Show" is unconventional theater fare where even the audience has lines and props -- and both...
Ross Commissioners' Contest Centers on Fiscal Responsibility
The battle for seats on the Ross Board of Commissioners is centering on a debate over fiscal responsibility.Two incumbents, Democrat Dan Kinross and Republican Grant Montgomery, seek re-election on Nov. 6. In the 3rd Ward, Kinross faces opposition from...
Safety Concerns Trump Local Trick-or-Treat
Jimmy Prude remembers spending his childhood Halloweens running from house to house on the North Side."It's a lot different than when we were kids," said Prude, 69. "It just isn't safe for the children out there without the adults."Indeed, the number...
Salvation Army to Relocate
The Salvation Army announced Wednesday it has decided to move its Western Division headquarters based Downtown to a 36,500-square- foot office building along the Parkway West.The nonprofit, Christian-based organization has entered into an agreement to...
Science Backs Up Tired Teens Who Say School Should Start Later
Scientists are telling school officials what teenagers often claim: 7:30 a.m. is too early for learning.Growing evidence shows that teens are biologically programmed to stay up later and wake up later than younger children and adults. Some school systems...
Shaler Student Thanks Hospital for Twin Cousins' Lives
Rebecca Acri wanted to give something back to the Pittsburgh hospital where her premature twin cousins were born.Maggie and Emma Rooney were born at 29 weeks, weighing just over 2 pounds each. "They were much sicker than normal premature babies. Many...
Slapstick 'Rumors' Weaves Web of Tales
At a traditional 10th wedding anniversary celebration, guests typically arrive with gifts of tin or aluminum in hand, looking forward to recalling stories about the happy couple's marriage.But there's nothing traditional about the four well-to-do couples...
Steelers All-Time Team
Here are the players selected to the Steelers All-Time Team:QuarterbackTerry Bradshaw: (1970-83)Winning championships is what distinguishes the great NFL quarterbacks, and that's why Terry Bradshaw was a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee...
Steelers Name Best of Their 75-Year History
L.C. Greenwood never envisioned a 75th season celebration when he was drafted by the Steelers out of Arkansas AM&N in the 10th round in 1969. "I can remember we couldn't give away tickets," Greenwood said. "I mean, seriously, I tried to give somebody...
Steelers' Point/counterpoint: New Confidence in Bengals?
Steelers columnist John Harris and beat writer Scott Brown go back and forth about whether the Steelers losing in Denver gives new confidence to the Cincinnati Bengals, their division rival and Sunday's opponent.Harris: The Steelers taking the gas pipe...
Steelers Say Team Pays Enough Taxes
The Pittsburgh Steelers, a team known for its five Super Bowl victories, claimed the less celebrated distinction Wednesday as "one of the highest-taxed sports franchises in the country."Team officials wouldn't say where the Steelers fall among the league's...
Teamwork Pays off for Pitt Backs
When LaRod Stephens-Howling scored the winning touchdown against Cincinnati on a 7-yard fourth-quarter run, he celebrated by unleashing the emotions that had been bottled up inside him all season.The first player to congratulate him was none other than...
The Abortion Wars
WASHINGTON -- National anti-abortion leaders Wednesday put finishing touches on a letter to be sent to all members of Congress urging suspension of more than $300 million in federal funding of Planned Parenthood until a massive criminal case brought...
The Kids List
"Alice in Wonderland": Through Nov. 11. 8 p.m. Fri., 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sat., and 2:30 p.m. Sun. $7. Rauh Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. 412-621-4445.Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania - Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve: 6:30...
Tough Love Streams through WPIAL Bloodlines
New Castle coach Frank Bongivengo Jr. admits that he's tough on his quarterback.He's more critical of him than anybody else and blames him for things that aren't his fault.That's because the quarterback, Michael Bongivengo, is his son. Michael is a third-generation...
Tranghese Concerned about Big East Snub
Mike Tranghese has a good memory. It's been seven months since the NCAA selection committee snubbed Syracuse, and the Big East commissioner still is riled.As part of his opening remarks at the Big East media day, Tranghese reiterated his concerns."I...
Twists Bring Thrills to 'Deathtrap'
Heading into the opening weekend of The Theatre Factory's production of "Deathtrap," director Michael E. Moats has a warning for theatergoers: "This show is not for the squeamish or young kids. There's a lot of killing."Fans of Ira Levin's highly successful...
Walker to Wolves; Heat Get Davis, Blount
The Miami Heat traded three-time All-Star forward Antoine Walker to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday in a five-player deal that came one day after Miami completed a winless preseason.Walker, backup center Michael Doleac, oft-injured forward Wayne...
Week 9 Preview Capsules
Class AAAAQuad EastNo. 9 Penn Hills (4-4, 3-1) at Woodland Hills (3-5, 3-1)7 p.m. FridayThis is always an interesting game between these two regional rivals, but this one has a bit of added interest this season. ... The winner clinches second place in...
Week Nine Schedule
All games are 7:30 p.m., unless notedTodayCity LeagueWestinghouse at Allderdice, 7 p.m.WPIALClass AAInterstate ConferenceJeannette at Greensburg C.C., 7 p.m.FridayCity LeaguePeabody at Oliver, 3:30 p.m.; Perry at LangleyWPIALQuad AQuad East ConferenceFox...
WVU Defense in for Big Test
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's defense hasn't given up a 100- yard game to any rusher this season, but that streak could be in jeopardy Saturday against Rutgers' Heisman Trophy hopeful Ray Rice.Rice leads the Big East with 1,034 rushing yards this...
Xavier A-10 Favorite; Duquesne Tabbed 11th
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- For the second consecutive year, Xavier was the overwhelming choice today to win the Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball championship, according to a poll of the league's coaches and media.The Musketeers, coached by Beaver...