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Articles from June 29, 2008

'7Th Heaven' Creator Might Have Hit in 'American Teenager'
This was a long-shot audition, barely worth trying.The show was "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," from "7th Heaven" creator Brenda Hampton. The role was a high school womanizer (well, girl-izer), cool and handsome.And trying out was Daren Kagasoff....
Ambridge Hosts a 'Family Reunion' for Harmonist Descendants
Helene Headley wishes she had listened more closely and asked questions when her father spoke of his family's roots in Western Pennsylvania.Saturday, the 58 year-old Morgantown, W.Va., woman got a chance to explore those roots first hand when she joined...
Arizona Man Built $500,000 Observatory in Backyard
June 30 marks the 100th anniversary of an asteroid that exploded over Tunguska, Russia, with a force 1,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that leveled Hiroshima at the end of World War II.David Healy, by day an auto analyst with New York-based...
Art History, Pennsylvania Style
One cannot experience the current Carnegie International, "Life on Mars," on display through Jan. 11 at Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland, without engaging a bit in the history of what widely is known to be the oldest exhibition of international contemporary...
Bay's Blast Leads Pirates over Rays
After a four-year wait, Pirates right-hander John Van Benschoten finally got his second career victory.Minutes after Jason Bay swatted a solo home run Saturday night -- giving the Pirates a 4-3 victory in 13 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays -- Van...
Bird's-Eye View: Bald Eagles Coming to Allegheny County
When Jim Valimont started birding during the 1970s, there were only three nesting pairs of bald eagles in the state, and they were only found in the Geneva Marsh and Pymatuning State Park areas in Crawford County."The birds weren't reproducing yet, because...
Briefs: Jagr Weighs Options about Hockey Future
With the free-agent market set to open at noon Tuesday, Jaromir Jagr, the enigmatic Czech superstar who played for the Penguins from 1990-2001, said he wants to play in the NHL for two more years.But, he remains unsure whether that will be with the Rangers,...
Briefs: Wisconsin Ranch Offers Camping Adventures for Families
Camp isn't just for kids these days. At Wisconsin's Wildman Whitewater Ranch, the "Fabulous Family Four-Day Adventure Camp" entices the whole gang, from grandparents to children as young as 7, to try out whitewater rafting, a ropes challenge, rock climbing,...
Canadian Takes Tour Lead in Wild Finish
Keven Lacombe was just 59 seconds behind the leader going into Saturday's Stage 5 of the Tour of Pennsylvania, but 59 seconds might as well be 59 minutes when a yellow jersey is at stake.Furthermore Kelly Benefit Services teammate and fellow Canadian...
Carroll County, Md., Entices with Quiet Rural Charm
Millions of tiny white flowers along the trail promise a bountiful crop of wild raspberries in the weeks to come. A strong scent of pine overwhelms the sweet smell of honeysuckle. Diamond T, a big gelding, flicks his head toward the right, sensing before...
Catalonia Has the Hots for Saucy Romesco
Sometimes a sauce is more than, well, just a sauce. Discovered for the first time -- on the menu of a restaurant, amid the pages of a cookbook -- it looks ordinary enough. But in one bite, such a sauce transforms the dish, then the meal, then the diner.If...
Cathedral of Learning Trumpets Education
The Cathedral of Learning was constructed of Indiana limestone and built with the pennies, nickel and dimes of area schoolchildren.John G. Bowman, then chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, came up with the idea for a tower in 1921."He wanted a...
CD Reviews: Jamal Continues to Produce 'Magic' at the Piano
'It's Magic'Ahmad Jamal (Dreyfus) (out of four)The title of Ahmad Jamal's current album certainly is appropriate. "It's Magic" what he does with a piano. By blending melody with bits of silence and percussive effects at the keys, Jamal, for decades,...
Character Judgment
By all accounts, Barack Obama should win this election. He and his brand control the image, the message and, to a large extent, the media of this election cycle.Yes, the media. He has enough money to buy ads every day from now to election day, glossy...
City Officer Charged in South Side Street Shooting
The gun of an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer discharged as he allegedly pistol-whipped an innocent passer-by early Saturday morning following a scuffle with two other men, city police said. Paul Abel, 34, an eight-year police veteran stationed in...
Connellsville Rock Band Finding Place in Local Scene
It started as a three-member band that performed at graduation parties. Now, Connellsville-based Make Them Bleed is a five-member metal band that competed in the Exposure Music Festival earlier this year in Millvale, Allegheny County.The foundation for...
Crossbows Being Considered for Year-Around Hunting
Could hunters who use crossbows to take deer in places like Allegheny County get the opportunity to lug them off to deer camp someday soon?Maybe so. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will look into the possibility of allowing hunters to use crossbows...
Deadlock Continues between Port Authority, Union
Port Authority of Allegheny County and its 2,100-member drivers union agree the agency must find ways to contain spending to keep buses rolling. They just disagree on how to do it. The transit agency and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 have failed...
Decisions of Westmoreland County Judges
The following is a list of defendants charged with a first offense of driving under the influence in Westmoreland County criminal court. These defendants receive a standard sentence that includes enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition...
Demand High for Campus Housing in California
Downtown California is a quiet place during the summer months, but the residents know that changes when college resumes in the fall.There may be even more students living in the borough, as all of the campus dorms at California University of Pennsylvania...
Dog Can Learn to Deal with Genetic Eye Condition
Dear Dog Talk: My husband and I have two dogs, and both are a Labrador-shepherd-collie mix. Barney and Lucy are littermates and are 5-1/2 years old. We've had them since they were 6 weeks old.Both have a genetic eye disorder that is found in shepherds....
Dominica Offers Ecological Escape from Everyday
DOMINICA, West Indies -- Rumor has it, once you've mastered driving on Dominica, you can drive anywhere in the world.It's easy to see why. It is, literally, a jungle. Its roads, most of which are no wider than a Chicago alley, crawl over mountains and...
Drive Less, Pay Less with Usage-Based Insurance
For years, drivers paid less for auto insurance if they reported low mileage. Now, insurers are using high-tech devices to track customers' habits and offering deep discounts to those who not only drive less, but cautiously.In the United States, Progressive...
'Eve' a Sympathetic, Thorough Retelling of Nesbit's Story
One needn't look further than Paula Uruburu's overloaded subtitle to see both the enticements and excesses of her impassioned new book about Evelyn Nesbit, the original "It" girl who found herself in the middle of a murderous love triangle with two rich...
Exiled Writer's Novel Leavens Horrific Recollections with Humor
Writer Horacio Castellanos Moya feels like he's been in exile "all my life." Three times, starting in 1979, he's had to flee El Salvador, fearing for his safety. It was not a matter of being on the right or wrong side, as much as refusing to participate...
Fireworks Aren't Just for July 4
When John Adams suggested in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that the newly born United States of America celebrate its independence with pomp, parades and explosions, he probably didn't intend for a fortnight of fun. More than two centuries after Americans...
For a Few Days, the City Was a True Jazz Town
One recent stretch of five days gave jazz fans in Pittsburgh the chance to brag about this being "a great jazz town."On the one hand, there was Anthony Braxton here for three days of concerts, recording sessions and two musical "chats" with birds in...
From Hummers to Hondas
On June 6, the price of crude oil rose $11 in a single day. It rekindled fears of a damaging recession in America. With unemployment rising, house prices falling, credit tightening and food prices escalating, America is bracing itself for a possible...
Gen. Forbes' Colorful Entourage Begins Critical Journey West
This series of occasional articles is presented in conjunction with this year's Ligonier 250 Celebration and follows the Gen. John Forbes Campaign as it marched across Pennsylvania in 1758. The series is written by Burton Kummerow, author of a new book...
Handgun Ruling Painful for Victim
They sell a lot of guns at Ace Sporting Goods, so the revelry was understandable.The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision on Thursday unequivocally unholstered the Second Amendment. It affirmed an individual's right to own guns.No wonder the upbeat...
Home Run Numbers Seem to Be in Dormant Stretch
The topic is home runs, so let's have Mr. Peabody and Sherman set the dials on the wayback (pun intended) machine to 1982.That's the last season the majors didn't produce a single 40- homer man. Reggie Jackson and Gorman Thomas shared the American League...
InBev Moves Forward with Anheuser-Busch Bid
ST. LOUIS -- Nearly two decades ago, Jose Dedeurwaerder, chief executive of a small Belgian brewer called Artois Piedboeuf Interbrew, made a brash prediction: Interbrew would become one of the few truly global brewers in the 1990s."That is a tall order,"...
Incoming Prioress at St. Benedict Strives to Work as a Team
A Benedictine sister who joined the order 50 years ago is the new leader of St. Benedict Monastery in Ross.Sister Benita DeMatteis, 67, principal at St. Sebastian School in Ross since 2007, will be installed today during a ceremony at St. Benedict. DeMatteis,...
International Ingredients Flavor Isabela's Menu
Daniel Leiphart has come a long way from toasting garlic bread in his youth.As executive chef of Isabela on Grandview restaurant, Mt. Washington, he and sous chef Mike Lefever brainstorm dishes such as waluu (a Hawaiian fish) with green mango-radish...
Jumonville Cross Still a Beacon for Retreat Center
In the trees on Dunbar's Knob is the cross at Jumonville, a massive, steel symbol of faith visited each year by thousands."People come from all over the world to see the cross," said Jaye Beatty, administrative assistant for the Jumonville Christian...
'Land of Afghans' Continues to Challenge Those Trying to Master It
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The "land of the Afghans" has long bedeviled invaders and would-be conquerors. As a local proverb holds: "It is easy to enter ... but very hard to leave."Slightly smaller than Texas, it is a landlocked country of jagged, snowcapped...
Lightning Strikes for Malone, Roberts
Ryan Malone first suspected his days with the Penguins were numbered in late March, when his hometown NHL team's contract extension offer provided only a modest raise on his roughly $1.38 million annual salary.Three months later, Malone had no choice...
McCutchen Eager to Join '05 Mates in Majors
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gregg Ritchie, the Pirates' minor-league hitting coordinator, was filling a cup with water in the Indianapolis Indians' dugout during batting practice Monday when a visitor piped up.The visitor wanted to talk about five-star center fielder...
Mingo Creek Campers Learn Wilderness Survival Skills
Kathy Hubert's eyes nearly popped out of her head when her son showed her a plaster of Paris impression of an animal track when she picked him up from Wilderness Survival Camp."I got a bobcat," Harrison Hubert, 10, told his mother."From where?" she asked,...
Monongahela Center Provides Resources for Moms, Infants
It started out modestly, in a farmhouse on a country road where women could go for help and counseling during a crisis pregnancy.When that setting didn't fit with the need, the ministry moved to Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon, with an emphasis on...
Murovich Makes Most of Opportunity with Pens
Given Mt. Lebanon product Ty Murovich's background, it's no surprise he scored an invite to the Penguins' prospect camp. But it's also not shocking that the 5-foot-9, 175-pound center was in awe of the opportunity."It was awesome to walk into the locker...
National Slump Evident Here
A prolonged slump in sales appears to have brought the residential real estate market in the Pittsburgh region more in line with the national downturn, new figures show.Home sales in five area counties in May fell 21.5 percent compared to sales during...
New in Equipment: Pontoon Float Tube
The Trout Unlimited Togiak pontoon float tube was built for the mobile angler who likes to pack into remote lakes. It comes with backpacking shoulder straps so you can get it to the water. Once there, its hydrodyamic hull shape delivers improved tracking...
Notebook: Beam, Van Benschoten Rejoin Bucs
Right-hander T.J. Beam left town early Thursday morning after the Pirates optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.A day later, he drove back to Pittsburgh."It was nice to see those guys (at Indy)," Beam said Saturday afternoon as he unpacked in the Pirates'...
Notebook: Study to Figure Stocked Trout's Value
Around the Fish and Boat CommissionJust how much does it cost to raise and stock a trout, and how much of a return does the Fish and Boat Commission get for that investment?A proposed study may figure that out.Members of the commission board have asked...
Nuns in Uniontown Share Story of 'Concentration Convent' Survivors
From the rise of communism in Europe in the wake of World War II until its fall in 1990, Catholic religious women endured appalling persecution.Margaret Nacke and Mary Savoie, Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kan., are sharing the untold story of...
Offer to Work with Boss Struggling in New Capacity
Q: I am the human resources manager of a family-owned company. Our longtime president has retired, and his youngest son "Tim," who formerly was vice president of sales, is now running the firm. Tim was good at sales, but he needs help in this new role....
One, Two, Three ... a Great Song Is Born
A list of great songwriting teams includes Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hart, Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards.The first lines are obscure to all but the most devoted of musical scholars:"Katie Casey was baseball madHad the fever and had it...
On Second Thought
The New York Times, in its front-page story Friday on the Supreme Court's landmark gun-rights ruling, said the 5-4 majority "embraced the long-disputed view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun for personal use ... .""Long-disputed"?Talk...
Panfish Regulations Bring Mixed Reviews
Bigger is better. Size does matter. It's great to live large.We've been hearing those sayings for years. But do anglers think that way when it comes to their panfish?The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is trying to figure that out.The commission...
Pascarella a Hit at W&J
Neil Pascarella, a sophomore first baseman from Ringgold High School, was Washington & Jefferson College's top hitter this past baseball season.He played in 40 of the Presidents' 41 games with 35 starts and batted a team-best .363 with 45 hits in 124...
Passion Records Easy Playoff Victory
Playing their first playoff game in the Independent Women's Football League, the Pittsburgh Passion easily defeated South Atlantic division champion Orlando, 41-6, Saturday night at Cupples Stadium."It was one of those games that was a little unexpected,"...
Personnel Moves
Banking and finance* Susan M. Rhodes joined HBK Sorce Financial LLC as director of marketing.* Ben Greenfeld, an assistant advisor at Legend Financial Advisors Inc., obtained the accredited wealth management advisor designation. Accounting Hunter R....
Pirates' Future Waits for Chance
INDIANAPOLIS -- The precipice can be a hard place to keep one's balance.Third baseman Neil Walker will vouch for that. The former Pine- Richland High School star is a step away from realizing his dream of suiting up for the hometown Pirates -- but how...
Poet's Workshop Focuses on Black Writers Ages 18 to 90
Poetic get-togetherA meeting of brilliant minds and an exchange of beautiful thoughts filled the halls of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg last week, during a week-long poet's workshop called Cave Canem, which focuses on bolstering the craft...
Regatta Revs Up for Return of Grand Prix Racing
We won't know for sure until it happens, but it looks like the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta -- after last year's less-than- ideal sojourn at Station Square -- has found a new, possibly permanent home on the North Shore. "We feel it's an ideal location,...
Retailers in Step with Trend Shift Focus to Web Commerce
Retailers struggling in a weak economy are looking to boost Internet sales. Sometimes, they're closing stores, delaying store openings or simply paying less attention to them.Some national chains, such as technology retailer CompUSA, have shuttered dozens...
Roasted Beets: Deep Flavor on a Small Plate
The flavor of roasted beets is difficult to describe. I usually don't even try. I just roast them, dress them with some of their most compatible colleagues, and let the finished product speak for itself. The language is always clear, expressing the beauty...
Robert Morris' Panepinto Still Dominant
Becoming a good ballplayer is a challenge, but maintaining that status is perhaps an even greater challenge. Brooke Panepinto, junior center fielder with Robert Morris University's women's softball team, has accomplished both heading into her 2009 senior...
Rogers Ends College Career at Bucknell with Record Javelin Toss
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player Ted Williams ended his career by hitting a home run on his final at-bat on Sept. 28, 1960.On May 30 Beverly Rogers concluded her fine collegiate career in the javelin at Bucknell University by setting a new school...
Service to Country Hallmark of Woman, Family
Betty McKnight's support for worthy and humane causes was one of the cornerstones of a busy and productive life.As an active volunteer who spent years at both Shadyside and Presbyterian hospitals and with the Red Cross, Mrs. McKnight opted to serve as...
Signs of Mortgage Weakness Surfaced
Chapter VThe mortgage executives who gathered in a blond-wood conference room in Southern California studied their internal reports with growing alarm.More and more borrowers were falling behind on their monthly payments almost as soon as they moved...
Smock Couple Sees Home Renovated
In today's society of self-preservation, it's refreshing to see individuals who give of themselves without any thought of a payback.Jon and Bobbi Robinson of Flatwoods are one such couple. They raised money and spent a weekend remodeling the home of...
Steelers Cut Ties with Davenport
The Steelers' backfield is a little less crowded following the release of veteran running back Najeh Davenport.The Steelers also created some financial room by cutting Davenport, whose $1 million salary won't count against the salary cap.Davenport was...
Superficial 'Dinosaurs' Can't Support Own Weight
There are a number of terrific ideas rattling around in David Rabe's cavernous new novel, "Dinosaurs on the Roof."Unfortunately, they're ideas that -- properly honed and focused to an appropriate scale -- probably would have made a fascinating play....
Supreme Court Rulings: One Helps Obama, One Hurts McCain
Two of Thursday's Supreme Court rulings -- both decided 5-4, and with the same alignment of justices -- concerned the Constitution's first two amendments. One ruling benefits Barack Obama by not reviving the dormant debate about gun control. The other...
Supreme Disappointments
We are often told that the predominant ideology of our Supreme Court is conservative, that it believes in law and order, and that it is a body that believes in states' rights rather than in centralizing power in the hands of the federal government. If...
Tapping Retirement Accounts Won't Solve All Financial Problems
NEW YORK -- Investors' anxiety about the economy and rising prices for gas, food and most other things has some thinking about tapping retirement savings to ease their financial troubles.It appears that the number of investors who are hitting up their...
The Battle for Afghanistan
DURAGI, Afghanistan -- Early morning, and 14 U.S. soldiers stand in a semi-circle for a mission briefing. Four Humvees, engines running, rumble beside them."We're going to Warshallah today," Army Capt. Sam Karr, 28, of Manhattan, Kan., tells his platoon....
These Are Dark Days for Detroit's Big Three
Should we "buy American" after all? In its season, years ago, the slogan seemed so square. And now, the United States auto industry is taking an awful drubbing. It is losing money, losing market share, losing stock market value. The Big Three is a Big...
Touchstone Reaches out to Kids
Bridget Mayak, art teacher for the Somerset School District, wants to give children the knowledge and the confidence that they need to create their own works of art, not just for now, but for life. Mayak will be conducting a series of summer classes...
Tour of Pa. Makes Strong Impression
All along Route 982, people lined the streets to wave, take pictures, cheer and ring cowbells as the Tour of Pennsylvania caravan passed by Saturday.A sign in front of St. James Lutheran Church in Youngstown read, "Welcome Tour of Pennsylvania riders,"...
Two Pairs of 12s
Summer has arrived, and although I promised myself on Jan. 1 that, when I saw spring, I wouldn't be hanging onto those extra holiday pounds, I'm still looking at them. I have a closet full of clothes that just won't fit, but I cling to them like a life...
Video Poker a Big Gamble for Clubs, Fire Halls
It's a Friday night at a private Greensburg club and several members are standing at a row of flashing video poker machines, seemingly mesmerized by the tumbling wheels and bright colors. A machine stops. An elderly man turns to the bartender and nods...
Waiting for Bonusgate Charges
The conventional wisdom at the Capitol is that Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett must charge Republicans as well as Democrats for his investigation of legislative bonuses to have credibility.There's no doubt it would be better from a public relations...
What's More American Than Corn Pudding?
Corn Pudding with Bacon, White Cheddar, and Chives is a creamy mixture of corn, onions, cheese and bacon.When I learned at the last minute that good friends would be in our town for a few days, I immediately invited everyone for a summer cookout. Our...
Where the Blame Rests
We have all seen the graphic and frightening pictures of flood and wind damage in the Midwest and South and read and heard stories of rapidly rising waters with thousands being evacuated ahead of the storms.We also are feeling the pinch of rising food...
WTF at the DMV?
What the (heck) were the folks at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles thinking?Last year, they notified nearly 10,000 holders of license plates with the letter combination WTF of a free replacement plate after being alerted that the letters...
WWI Comrade Nations Send Envoys to Rededication
Diplomats from around the world who gathered Downtown on Saturday in preparation for the rededication of the Boulevard of the Allies stressed the importance of international cooperation."A lot has been said about French-American relations, but from a...