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Articles from January 7, 2007

Already a Leader, Crosby Could Be Promoted Soon
Soon enough, Sidney Crosby will captain the Penguins.Whether he follows in the footsteps of Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh or in Kansas City remains a mystery. However, there is essentially no doubt among his teammates whether Crosby, 19, is ready for the...
Annual Big 33 Football Players Chosen
Max Suter of Greensburg Central Catholic, who led the WPIAL in rushing and scoring in 2006, tops an impressive -- and somewhat surprising -- list of players selected to the Pennsylvania roster for the 50th annual Big 33 football game, which will be played...
A Shiite-Sunni Stalingrad
WASHINGTONAs the president contemplates a "surge" of U.S. troops into Baghdad, a Vietnam analogy is pertinent. A surge might merely intensify a policy that is akin to Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's and Gen. William Westmoreland's policy in Vietnam.A...
Awards Schedule Packs January with Heavyweights
Charles Dickens hardly had 21st-century moviegoing in mind when he wrote in "A Tale of Two Cities" about the best of times and the worst of times. But that's how it works out every January in nearly all American cities. The residents of New York City...
Back to the Beginning
The back of Carl Robertson's 44-acre farm near Evans City, Butler County, has a sloped meadow capped by a forested hill. When Robertson looks at the hillside, he instantly envisions the re-created 18th-century American Indian village he plans to build...
Best of the Blogs
There's a new Congress in town ... and regardless of one's partisan predilections, it is an event from which all Americans should take pride. The swearing in of a new Congress means that democracy continues in the United States and a partisan transition...
Blue Hot
The restaurant is called Blue, but the kitchen is red hot.Only 5 years old, the McCandless fine-dining spot, tucked away at one end of Duncan Manor Shopping Center, has a faithful following who come for specialty martinis and the cooking of executive...
Books Moved, Rostraver Public Library Gets Ready to Open
When the doors at the Rostraver Public Library open later this month, a new chapter will begin."I am stunned by the generosity of people," said library director Ruth Ann Zupan. "It's just amazing."The $1.5 million project came to fruition through the...
Briefs: Housing Agencies Protest Cuts
The Housing Authority of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Housing Authority plan to protest federal funding cuts with a "Day of Silence" on Wednesday. The staff of both agencies will review the impending cuts during a 2 p.m. meeting at the Hill House,...
Briefs: Sicily Adventure Includes Greek Ruins, Seaside Stays
The Women's Travel Club, "designed by women for women," is offering a trip to Sicily March 9-17. Sicily is rich in classical sites, especially well-preserved Greek ruins. The group meets in Palermo March 10 and transfers to Cefalu, a charming seaside...
Bush 'Totals' Social Security
Don't read the next sentence if you want to believe (or if you need to believe) that the Bush administration is candid, competent (well, sort of), cares about the next generation of American retirees and comprehends the concept of American sovereignty.President...
Business Calendar
MondayPittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce -- Noon to 1 p.m., North Park Clubhouse, 1960 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson. Business Connections, a weekly networking event that provides exclusive opportunities to network in a non-competing format. Cost...
California Athlete on the Rebound
California High School senior basketball and softball player Amanda McKula now has a grand slam on her resume.But no, it wasn't a home run with the bases full. No basketball titles, nor any major golf titles to challenge Tiger Woods.Instead, beginning...
California Dreamin'
Pennsylvania's new clean vehicle standards will start to impact car buyers as early as this month, when the first shiny 2008 models roll into dealerships. State regulators approved tougher anti-pollution rules based on California's requirements in November,...
CD Reviews: Bassist Shows Many Facets of Talent on Discs
'Line By Line' John Patitucci (Concord) 'Wish List'Mike Holober (Sons of Sound Recorded Music)John Patitucci is such a talented bassist that he can be a quite different player on two widely varied projects. "Line By Line" is a striking display of the...
Cheapened Justice
Although I oppose the death penalty, I toyed for many years with the notion that all executions should be televised. The video of Saddam Hussein's hanging that has popped up on various Internet sights has disabused me of that notion. Too many viewers...
Cheery Mystery Mixes Fact, Fiction
In the "scabby wee town" he calls home in Northern Ireland, one of Ian Sansom's favorite places is the local library. It's an old red-brick building, built in the late 19th or early 20th century, a site that has seen better days."When you look at it,...
Collectors Are Gobbling Up Antique Lures
Bill May's plan to help a local charity and provide himself with a tax break at the same time didn't work out quite the way he had hoped.A few years ago, May, who lives in Butler, donated an antique fishing lure to WTAE-TV for an auction designed to...
Column's Financial Advice Had Recurring Themes
I began writing this column almost five years to the day. Originally, it was in conjunction with my radio series, "Stock Talk."Looking over my columns, I see certain patterns and advice that kept reappearing and hold true today. We all feel better when...
Commission Works to Get Fishing Easements
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is launching a statewide effort to guarantee public access to streams on private land for the benefit of anglers.The agency is preparing to hire two people to work on securing fishing easements all over the state....
Corley a Major Success at Helm of Monessen Girls' Basketball
While many more victories are expected at Monessen High School as the girls' basketball season progresses, the team's sixth victory will always be significant.Back on Dec. 14, Monessen defeated its WPIAL Class A Section 3 rival Serra Catholic, 60-51....
Cowher Fearless of Challenges
The kid from Crafton became a symbol of the area he left and later returned to in pursuit of his football dreams.Bill Cowher stepped down as head coach of the Steelers on Friday after 15 seasons, and his body of work with one of the NFL's most storied...
Cowher Hits the Road to See Daughters Play
PHILADELPHIA -- One day after becoming just a regular guy, a relaxed Bill Cowher dipped into a box of popcorn to watch his girls play basketball for Princeton.The Jaw is now Mr. Dad, and in the past two days, he logged 673 miles to spend more time with...
Della Vecchia's Wisdom
The little boy called for his grandmother to come quickly to the front porch. She had not heard such urgency in his voice before and wiped her hands on her apron as she shuffled from the kitchen toward him.In a moment, she was at his side and he was...
Devastatingly Stern
For Americans who aren't eager to open their W-2s yet and prepare for another laborious tax season, a new global warming report might make paying taxes all the more burdensome.The report wasn't issued by any among the litany of alphabet- soup agencies...
Disk Jockey and Station Owner Stan Wall Shaped the Region's Radio
Stan Wall was just like any high school student."I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself," the 68-year-old veteran broadcaster said last week.But a few nights visiting area haunts with neighbor and disc jockey Sid Dickler introduced Wall to the...
District Roundup: Rutgers Women Outrun Pitt
Kia Vaughn scored 12 of her 16 points in the final 10 minutes, and Rutgers (7-5, 2-1) closed with a 25-4 run to down No. 22 Pitt, 63-39 in the Big East.Shavonte Zellous scored 16 points, and Marcedes Walker had 11 rebounds for Pitt (12-2, 0-1). Essence...
Duquesne Revamping Basketball Program
A huge, green canvas protects workers from the elements at a massive construction site along Forbes Avenue, where Duquesne University is redeveloping an entire city block near the A.J. Palumbo Center.A towering, unfinished walkway spans the street, connecting...
Duquesne Turns Back Saint Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Duquesne University basketball coach Ron Everhart planned to return to Pittsburgh today with bright birthday wishes for his twins, Ronnie and Gianna, who turn 8.After witnessing his team's comeback victory Saturday night, he'll have plenty...
Engineer's Talent, Patriotism Helped U.S
John Simpson, a former resident of Upper St. Clair and a retired president of Westinghouse Electric Power Systems Co., died from complications of pneumonia on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, S.C. Mr. Simpson, a resident...
Fayette County 4-H Club Awards Initial Scholarships
Five 4-H Club members are the recipients of the first college scholarship awards presented by the Fayette County 4-H.Cathy Brady, a 4-H extension educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension, said 15 members applied for the scholarship, listing their...
Flurry of Coaching Interviews Continues
Inside a private jet Saturday night at Pittsburgh International Airport, Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was scheduled to interview with Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga about one coaching vacancy, while Whisenhunt's current team today...
Franklin Regional Sees Red in Future
First the bad news: The Franklin Regional School Board learned Saturday that it faces a 2007-08 budget gap of $481,635.And now the good: The board probably has half a year to whittle away at it.Yesterday's budget workshop, the first of any number of...
Furda Named County Conservation Farmer 2006
Ray Furda, born and raised on land now called Rolling Green Acres, was named Washington County Conservation District's Conservation Farmer 2006 during the district's December meeting.Furda's 280-acre farm rests half in Nottingham and half in Somerset...
Getting to the Truth on Global Warming
What is worse than telling a lie?Well, how about paying millions of dollars to scientists to back up your lie -- with phony scientific evidence? And if you engage in this sort of disinformation, are "good" scientists justified in trying to bully you...
Gridlock! Glorious Gridlock!
The ghost of James Madison is smiling -- a little. America has a gloriously divided government again. After six embarrassing years of Republican monopoly misrule inside the Beltway, federal gridlock has returned -- at least on paper. No more is Congress...
Hazelwood Fire Victims Assess Loss
Shock, gratitude, apprehension and anger resonated in Hazelwood Saturday, the day after a devastating row house fire on Path Way that critically injured one man, destroyed 12 houses and left about two dozen people homeless.It was a day for victims, including...
He's an Odd Fellow, and Proud of It
Uniontown attorney John S. Cupp Jr. has been an Odd Fellow for nearly 32 years.He now heads the state organization, as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.Membership is a family tradition. His grandfather, Charles Victor "Vic" Cupp, joined...
Hillary's Chinks Exposed
Of all the provocative thoughts about a Barack Obama presidential candidacy, the one no one talks about is how Obama has exposed -- earlier and more vividly than anyone thought possible -- the weakness of Hillary Clinton as a candidate.Obama has demonstrated...
In Football, Retirements Aren't Always Permanent
A fiery Pittsburgh football legend enjoyed a successful coaching career and won a Super Bowl.That is where the parallels between Mike Ditka and Bill Cowher end, since the former was fired from his dream job, while the latter walked away from his.Cowher...
Java Experience Jolts Routine
The Saturday started out like any other. I went to my favorite coffee shop to read the daily news while enjoying my morning iced Americana. As I was reading, a dear friend called to wish me a happy birthday and invite me to join her for a cup of coffee....
Kids Flock to Tri-State Chess Meet
Several hundred students descended upon Carnegie Mellon University to participate in the Tri-State Junior Chess Open.Alex Zhang, 7, has played chess, an intricate game that he says never bores him, for two years. "It's a great game," said the O'Hara...
Lichen Represents Symbiotic Relationship
What a great season for a hike!Yes, it might be cold, but it's a chance to bundle up in boots, a warm sweater, windbreaker and gloves, and with something snuggly and toasty on your head, for a jaunt on your favorite trail. There are no bugs now, and...
Local Football Postseason Honors Continue
Several significant postseason honors for area players took place at the end of 2006.Earning one of more impressive postseason football distinctions was California Area High School's two-way standout Donte Valentino.Diminutive in size at 5 feet 7 inches...
Long Arm of the Law Keeps Stretching
The long arm of the law has grown a few inches longer.New state and local laws affecting everything from snow- and ice- encased autos to puffing a Pall Mall in public to the fine art of political persuasion as practiced by Pennsylvania lobbyists, took...
Meet Viktor Bout
WASHINGTONThis, the first column for a new year, traditionally begins with listing new resolutions and ends in self-abasement with an account of failure. But, fortunately, this is from Washington, where defeat and collapse are spun into "limited victories"...
Miner Put Sons on Path to Careers in Music
As a man who spent his working days in the coal mines of Western Pennsylvania, John Tady wanted a better life for his children."When Dad was old enough and strong enough to go into the mines, he spent 50 years working in the mines in Creighton and Russellton,"...
Monessen Memories Found on eBay
The majority of the historic items on display at the Monessen Heritage Museum were found in the attics and treasure troves of those who were born and raised in the city.But the newest acquisitions to the museum came from an unlikely source -- eBay.Known...
NCAA Calls for More Black Coaches
ORLANDO, Fla. -- NCAA president Myles Brand asked member schools to offer more opportunities to minorities when hiring coaches and administrators and wants them to do a better job educating athletes about sportsmanship.Speaking at the opening of the...
New in Equipment: 'A Whitetail Retrospective' Book
Pennsylvania sportsmen are close to entering the dreaded "cabin fever" season when there's little to do outdoors. If you're going to be stuck inside, though, a new book from the Boone and Crockett Club called "A Whitetail Retrospective: Vintage Photos...
Novel Writing Not for the Faint of Heart, Authors Say
It's a situation every writer faces at one time or another. At a book signing, reading or other literary function, a person approaches. They hesitate, smile, then state their purpose:"I want to write a book."Which is akin to an out-of-shape, middle-aged...
Obedience Training Needed to Solve Behavior Problem
Dear Dog Talk: Our dog, a 7-month-old Labrador poodle mix, has been growling and biting us when there is no reason for an attack. We've been reading and following your "Puppy Preschool" book, but she is still showing this aggressive behavior.Can you...
Oklahoma City Plots Penguins Invitation
Oklahoma City is considering extending an invitation to the Penguins to visit the Ford Center this week.Bob Funk, founder and CEO of Express Services Inc. and owner of the minor-league Oklahoma City Blazers hockey club, told The Oklahoman on Saturday,...
Once upon a Time, We Had Real Glory Days
Remember the heady days when Pittsburgh's sports teams generated headlines based on how athletes performed?Nor do I.There has been plenty of news lately regarding the city's professional franchises. Unfortunately, little of it had anything to do with...
Our Public Service: Sorting out the House Speaker Pyrotechnics
So frequent were the fireworks in Harrisburg Tuesday that you still may be blinded as to just who the winners and losers were in the epic political battle over who would become the new state House speaker.We're happy to help out here, and don't worry...
Penguins Don't Leave Luck to Chance
If it's 6:30 on a game night at Mellon Arena, it means Penguins center Maxime Talbot is on the ice in sneakers, shorts and a T- shirt. His gloves are his only piece of equipment. He's all alone, and he's shooting pucks into the net.Talbot is in his own...
Personal Voyage
Mention Vietnam to most Americans, and it likely will conjure more than just an image of a Southeast Asian country. Most think of the country only in terms of the American conflict that ended more than 30 years ago, especially veterans of that war and...
Pipitone Group Brings 3 More on Board
Advertising, public relationsPipitone Group hired Michael Maskarinec as creative director, Christopher Cruz as interactive account supervisor and Nicole Zeller as account supervisor. Maskarinec previously was design director and director of creative...
Pitt's Time to Meet New Big East Foe
Even with the aid of a 2006-07 Pitt basketball schedule, it's hard place South Florida in the Big East.But there it is, right among Syracuse, DePaul, Georgetown and Connecticut."This is different for a league game, no question," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon...
Pitt Wins Ugly against USF
For a while Sunday afternoon, it looked as if Pitt had joined Conference USA, rather than their opponent had recently joined the Big East.The Panthers missed 18 of their first 23 shots, their leading scorer had 11 points, and they trailed South Florida...
Police, Responders Discard Confusing Archaic Codes
Medicine and crime-fighting are more sophisticated these days, but when it comes to calling for help, old-fashioned plain speaking is back in vogue. Across the country, emergency responders are phasing out the use of codes when communicating on police...
Port Authority Looks to Avoid Detours
Port Authority of Allegheny County must win union concessions, an overhaul in the state subsidy and plug a projected $80 million hole if it wants to avoid future deficits."Those are the three things that have to happen," Port Authority spokesman Bob...
Program Offers Tips on Transfers of Family Farms
Good communication and thoughtful planning will be stressed when Pennsylvania Farm Link and Penn State Cooperative Extension serve as co-hosts of a workshop called "Passing on the Farm."The program will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Gander...
Region Does Well in Forbes Housing Survey
Fortune magazine is the latest to give the Pittsburgh region a relatively positive ranking among the nation's housing markets.In addition, the report provides further evidence of the dramatic difference in the cost of housing locally versus some other...
Return to Dick-&-Jane Prudence
It's called "pay as you go," or in abbreviated Washington parlance, "pay-go."Regardless of what you call it, "pay-go" clearly is the way to go if the fiscally reckless Congress and White House are ever to get serious about addressing federal budget deficits...
Rewriting Ford's History
The passing of President Gerald Ford drew a dignified, even warm, farewell from the national press. There was near-consensus that he would be remembered for his decency and the risk he took, pardoning Richard Nixon from Watergate prosecutions in an effort...
Ringgold's Ingram Has Future in Mind
Ringgold High School senior Brooke Ingram chose the main campus of Penn State University to study elementary education and psychology.Her favorite subject at Ringgold is psychology "because the human mind is fascinating," she explained.Ingram enjoys...
Robert Morris Races to 10th Win
Robert Morris senior guard Derek Coleman moped into the postgame media room as exhaustion had taken over his body.The feeling of fatigue was worth it, though, as the defensive efforts of Coleman and the Colonials led Robert Morris to a 64-48 victory...
Rudy's Missing Dossier
WASHINGTONPublication of Rudy Giuliani's secret campaign plan has so embarrassed Florida's new Gov. Charles Crist that supporters of Sen. John McCain fear it might backfire against their campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.The 140-page...
Sadly, Investors Tend to Forget They're Company Owners
The recent resignation of a CEO of a high-profile U.S. company raised some interesting questions about executive performance standards and compensation.It also raised what may be a more important question about the way investing is practiced these days.When...
Senior's First Love: Motocross Racing
Ben Saxton, a senior at Laurel Valley High School, is always on the move.The son of Robert and Kannie Saxton, of Bolivar, Saxton has been a member of the boys varsity basketball team since his sophomore year. He plays guard and forward for the team.Saxton...
Sons Give Podlucky $56M Mortgage
As federal investigators continue to unravel LeNature's Inc.'s tangled finances, the bankrupt company's reclusive chief executive has received a new line of credit -- from his children.Gregory Podlucky's three sons -- two of them teenagers -- have given...
Star Defensive End Picks Pitt
Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt is putting the finishing touches on another strong recruiting class, as the Panthers landed a highly rated defensive end Saturday.Tony Tucker, of St. John's College in Washington, announced his verbal commitment to Pitt from...
Star-Spangled Singer Plays Basketball, Too
Prior to Mt. Pleasant Area High School's girls home basketball games, junior Marley Kozar, wearing uniform No. 40, reports to the scorer's table.Rather than report to the scorekeeper, though, Kozar picks up a microphone and takes a position at mid-court...
State Might Not Consider Wild Turkeys as Big Game Anymore
Wild turkeys may be about to lose their status as big-game animals in Pennsylvania -- at least on paper.Last spring, hunters approached the Game Commission and asked that they be allowed to hunt turkeys with dogs. That's prohibited now by rules stating...
Steelers Should Stay In-House
When searching for a coach, it is rarely a good idea to follow the Craig Patrick Method, which went something like this:Crack the office blinds and hire the first breathing mammal that walks past your door.But the Steelers shouldn't stray too far from...
Take on the 'Lieberals'
To fully comprehend liberalism, one must fully understand deception. For that is what contemporary liberalism has become -- one long series of clever deceptions.Liberals -- more "progressives" and rank socialists than anything remotely resembling liberalism's...
The Fight for Speaker
HARRISBURGI promise this isn't a Zen riddle.But how do you replace one moderate Republican pay-jacker from Philadelphia with another -- as speaker of the House - and believe you are on the road to reform?That's what happened last week when Rep. Dennis...
This Week's Coming Attractions
Super Grover hasn't been so super lately, but his friends will come to his rescue in Sesame Street Live's latest stage production, which kicks off Wednesday for a five-day run at Mellon Arena, Uptown. "Super Grover! Ready for Action," a Broadway-style...
Toledo's Pavilion Peers Inside Glass History
Hidden deep in the rusty, post-industrial flatlands of northwest Ohio, lies one of the American art world's hidden treasures -- in Toledo. It's not really hidden, but unless you've been there, Toledo is fairly coy about its significant charms.As the...
Trans Fat Monkey on My Back
This is hard for me to admit publicly: I'm addicted to trans fats.My addiction started innocently enough. I loved butter. I used it generously on toast and in recipes of every kind. I loved lard, too, and smattered my skillet with it every time I made...
U.S. Steel Continues to Explore Options
U.S. Steel Corp. still is eyeing Middletown, Ohio-based AK Steel Corp., or it could go shopping for a raw materials supplier in Central or Eastern Europe as steel industry consolidation continues, analysts said.Merger mania was resurrected when Nucor...
When Ford Lost, So Did Dems
Gerald Ford's defeat in the 1976 presidential race might have been one of the worst things that ever happened to American liberalism.Liberals, of course, detested Ford for his pardon of Richard Nixon. Indeed, the pardon was a pretty rotten act. In the...
Why Is Latin America Going Red?
MOSCOWThe Chinese are said to have 13 words denoting different shades of red. Maybe we should use them in debates about the reddening (or left-leaning) of Latin America.The "moderately pink" Brazilian president, Lula da Silva, and the "radically red"...
Workouts Help Seniors Stay Fit
Health experts say exercise can help reduce and prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol.It also can help to maintain and build healthy muscles, bones and joints, and can even help reduce depression and anxiety.Nancy Koller, of the Connellsville...