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Articles from August 1, 2007

$10K Reward in Fatal Somerset Hit-and-Run
Rachel Davis, of Latrobe, said she and her fiance, Clarence J. Mehalic, had been planning their Sept. 9 wedding for several months until a hit-and-run driver tragically ended their dreams."This is all so horrible; I still can't believe this happened....
Bengals Look to Rebound from Mediocre Season
A closer look at the 2007 Bengals:Head coachMarvin Lewis, 48, is 35-29 in his first four seasons and has the second-best regular-season winning percentage (.547) in franchise history. He's also the only Bengals head coach to never have a losing season....
Big Ben Hasn't Been Perfect, but He's Been Close
Ben Roethlisberger's first interception of training camp didn't occur until Wednesday morning, as good an indication as any of the type of training camp Roethlisberger has been having."He's been amazing," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said."Feelin'...
Big Ten Expansion Not a Priority
CHICAGO - Big Ten conference commissioner Jim Delany characterized the topic of expansion as "not a front-burner issue" on Tuesday at the preseason media days.It had been reported recently that Delany had discussed expansion in a newspaper interview,...
Book Sheds Light on Southern Portugal's Wine Industry
In southern Portugal's Alentejo region, the starkly beautiful landscape of cork trees, gnarly grape vines, silvery olive groves, and sleepy, sun-baked villages provides the canvas for British author Monica Ali's supremely entertaining novel "Alentejo...
Brentwood House Explodes; Man Hurt
A badly injured man, burned and bleeding, managed to stagger out of his Brentwood home Tuesday evening, moments after it was rocked by an explosion and seconds before it was engulfed in flames.The man -- identified by his landlord as Tim Welsh -- told...
Briefs: Health-Conscious Dairy Drinkers Have Milk Version
UltraPure milk makes local debutHealth-conscious dairy drinkers in Pittsburgh can now have the milk version of bottled spring water. UltraPure milk, which debuted last week at more than 100 Giant Eagle stores in the tri-state area, is further clarified...
Bucs Clobber Cards
With one swing of his bat Wednesday, Ronny Paulino chased away some of the dark clouds that had gathered around the Pirates.One day after being jeered for his defensive blunders, Paulino swatted a first-inning grand slam to propel the Pirates to a 15-1...
Celtics Complete Trade for Garnett
All-Star Kevin Garnett was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to Boston on Tuesday for five players and two draft picks, a deal that transforms the Celtics into an instant contender.The Celtics -- who have 16 championships but none in more than two...
Cookies Bear Similarity to Archways
Archway Chocolate Cake CookiesFor Janice Tokarsky of Lowber, Westmoreland County, from Carol Richardson, who sends a recipe from a cookbook by Meta Given. For health reasons, Richardson has changed the recipe over the years to suit her family's likes....
Court Discards Suit Disputing State Bonuses
HARRISBURG -- Commonwealth Court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Harrisburg activist Gene Stilp that claimed $3.65 million in staff bonuses given by state legislative leaders during the 2005- 06 session were illegal.Stilp said he "definitely"...
Deal or No Deal in Fayette? Cavanagh Says No
An attempt by Fayette County to force former political candidate Michael Cavanagh to sign a release authorizing a $75,000 settlement agreement to close a federal lawsuit is premature because there is no such agreement, according to Cavanagh.The county...
Detractors Were Once I-80 Toll Backers
HARRISBURG -- Two Pennsylvania congressmen trying to block the state's attempt to toll Interstate 80 voted for federal legislation in 1998 that authorized pilot programs to toll interstate highways - - and specifically referenced I-80 as a potential...
Districts File Suit Challenging Duquesne Plan
As the last families trickled into the former Duquesne High School on Tuesday to pick their children's new schools, the districts that promised to welcome those students filed a lawsuit challenging the transfer.The West Mifflin Area and East Allegheny...
Downtown Business Wins $85M in Lawsuit
The world of online bond auctions once again can call Pittsburgh home after a federal judge on Tuesday doubled penalties against a Wall Street company to nearly $85 million and ordered it to stop infringing on the software patent rights of a Downtown...
Dynamite Was for Tree Stumps, Brookline Driver Says
A man caught driving with explosives in his car told Mt. Lebanon police he got the devices from a friend and was using them to blow up tree stumps, investigators said Tuesday."The devices appear to be homemade," said Mt. Lebanon police Lt. Ken Truver....
Elizabeth Twp. Teen's Fate May Hang on '89 Ruling in Abuse Case
The fate of an Elizabeth Township girl accused of fatally shooting her father, claiming he sexually abused her, could hinge on a 1989 ruling by the state Supreme Court.Prosecutors and the defense attorney for Rachel Booth, 13, say they are examining...
Equitable Could Bolt to Butler County
Two years after moving into its $35 million headquarters on the North Shore, Equitable Resources Inc. might move to Butler County. The company says the headquarters on North Shore Drive will not be big enough if it completes a deal to acquire Dominion...
Ex-Restaurateur Might Be Force-Fed More Prison Time
The former owner of a popular McKees Rocks eatery might get a second serving of jail time for stiffing the Internal Revenue Service on a tax tab in excess of $400,000.Joseph Costanzo Jr., 53, who sold The Primadonna Restaurant five years ago after learning...
Family of Honduran Diplomat Recalls Fatal Crash
Pablo Miranda Nigro watched helplessly as his new wife died in the back seat of a crumpled Volkswagen Jetta that had been rammed by a tractor-trailer along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Arona.Nigro and his wife, Nuria Ortiz Navarro, 31, a trade and...
Fatal DUI Cases Tough to Prosecute
In the days after a driver who had been drinking killed her son, Rosellen Moller said she was warned by then-Butler County District Attorney Tim McCune that the woman responsible might avoid jail.Jennifer Langston, 30, of Winfield, eventually was sentenced...
Fayette Crowbar Attacker Finishes Jail Time
A Fayette County man convicted of simple assault in a crowbar attack on a woman will serve no additional time in jail, angering relatives who have created a Web site detailing the victim's ordeal.Robert A. Karwatske II, 23, of Masontown, was sentenced...
Ganging Up on Ralph Nader
In the July 15 editorial "Pay up, Mr. Nader," the Trib accuses Ralph Nader of fraud, deceit and lacking principle. Nader's audacity -- how dare he challenge an order to pay $81,102.19 to Reed Smith, the law firm that sued to remove his name from Pennsylvania's...
Greensburg Police Booking Center Gets Grant
Greensburg police may have a new regionalized booking center in place by fall.Chief Walter J. "Wally" Lyons said his department has received approval for a state Chiefs of Police Association grant to help pay most of the $75,000 expense for related equipment."We...
Grocery to Open Downtown
Downtown's new grocery store, Vidalia Fine Foods Market, is expected to open on the ground floor of the Encore on 7th Street apartment building at Seventh Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard in October.Fresh and frozen seafood from Robert Wholey Co. in...
Inside the Ropes: Aug. 1
The secondary shone in 11-on-11 play, making four interceptions during the morning session. That included a spectacular, leaping pick of a Brian St. Pierre pass by free agent Grant Mason (Michigan). Fittingly, the session ended with an interception by...
LifeFlight Chopper to Base in Canonsburg
The LifeFlight emergency medical helicopter based at Allegheny General Hospital will move to Canonsburg General Hospital by the end of August, officials announced Tuesday. The move from the North Side mirrors several others made in the past year to improve...
Like Father, WWII Seaman from West View Wanted to Serve
Like their father who volunteered to fight for his newly adopted country during World War I, Bob Klimko and his five brothers reported for duty during the next great war.Robert M. Klimko, of West View, a retired career Duquesne Light Co. employee, died...
'Little Prince' Entertains Kids, Has Adult Message
"The Little Prince," the last production of the season at Johnny Appleseed Children's Theater at Apple Hill Playhouse, isn't necessarily for all kids -- especially young ones and those lacking strong parental support.It hardly can be considered typical...
Munhall Artist Known for Steelers-Related Paintings, Gets Presidential Commission
It's not easy making a living as an artist, even in a relatively inexpensive place like Pittsburgh. But South Side-based artist Johno Prascak simply does it by the numbers -- like 12, 36 and 88, the jersey digits of the Pittsburgh sporting legends covering...
Pa. Court Blocks Company's High-Fee Loans
Advance America's 101 storefront loan centers in Pennsylvania no longer can offer the company's high-fee Choice Line of Credit product, under a Commonwealth Court ruling Tuesday. The decision could affect tens of thousands of customers who borrowed small...
Pa. Cyber Schools Balk at Flat-Rate Tuition
Pennsylvania Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak is proposing a single tuition rate for the state's 11 cyber charter schools that would save taxpayers more than $25 million. Cyber school operators say the move, which would pay each school $5,800...
Pa. Gambling Chairman Expected to Resign
The state's top gambling regulator plans to announce today that he's stepping down, officials said Tuesday. State Gaming Control Board Chairman Tad Decker called board members in recent days to let them know he would not seek a second term, said member...
Paulino's Gaffes Costs Pirates
Manager Jim Tracy isn't sure how many throws to home Pirates catchers have dropped this season."It's a bunch," he said.Ronny Paulino added to the total - whatever it might be - and the reeling Pirates fell to the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-4, on Tuesday...
Peach Crisp Makes Use of Summer Flavors
Summer desserts are meant to celebrate the season. Fruit pies, cobblers, buckles and crisps are made from the glorious sweet fruits of summer. These casual, yet intensely satisfying, fruit desserts depend upon the best seasonal fruits, usually topped...
Pirates Acquire Pitcher Morris from Giants
The Pirates made another trade deadline deal involving a high- priced veteran for a cheaper prospect.But this time they weren't on the business end of a salary dump.The Pirates carried out the rare trade deadline move of taking on a costly veteran when...
Prosser Was Pure Pittsburgh
The way Dr. Robert Cross remembers it - and how could he forget? - he and his fellow fifth-graders were invited to stay after school on Oct. 13, 1960, on the chance they would witness history.Or at least hear it.Breathlessly, they gathered around a radio...
PSU's Paterno Likes Press Box View
CHICAGO - Joe Paterno raised eyebrows Tuesday at the Big Ten's football media days when he extolled the virtues of coaching -- from the press box."I'm not so sure that's not the better way to do it," said Paterno, who got the chance to try it during...
QB Palmer Declares Bengals the Best
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The pain gnawed away at Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer throughout the offseason.No, not his surgically repaired left knee damaged on a hit by former Steelers defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen in the 2006 AFC Wild Card...
Religious Supremacy
After 2,000 years of scientific advances, the recent Roman Catholic pope's endorsed return to masses spoken in Latin symbolizes a resistance to the adoption of enlightened human progress, such as fostering stem-cell research.Remember St. Paul's words:...
Roasted Wild Salmon Shows off Flavorful Fish
Roasted wild salmon with a hint of curry shows off this flavorful fish, which is only available fresh from mid-May until mid- September. King Salmon (also called Chinook), coho and sockeye are some of the varieties to look for. Farmed salmon can also...
Steelers' Minor Injuries Mount
Willie Parker watched the morning practice with his left knee wrapped in ice. James Harrison didn't participate in either practice Wednesday and said he will not play in the Steelers' first exhibition game Sunday.Training camp is slowly taking its toll...
Steelers' Reed Makes Pressure Kick
Jeff Reed proved he could keep a secret and make a money kick Tuesday afternoon, connecting from 42 yards out and earning his teammates an early exit from practice.Head coach Mike Tomlin had informed Reed on Monday night of his plan to attempt a make-it-or-keep-practicing...
Steelers' Simmons Not Worried about Contract
Kendall Simmons is in the final year of his contract but the right guard said he is focused more on retaining his starting job than securing a contract extension that will keep him with the Steelers beyond 2007."I'm going to keep performing the way I...
Steelers Trainers Stress Hydration to Beat the Heat
Position battles won't begin sorting themselves out until the Steelers start playing exhibition games.That means the battle coach Mike Tomlin will perhaps monitor closest this week -- until the team's first preseason game Sunday -- is one that is familiar...
Street-Cleaning in Philly
More than 15 years after long-struggling Philadelphia elected sometime reformer Ed Rendell mayor, the City of Brotherly Love has more murders per year than New York City, with just one-sixth the population. But now it looks as if Philly may at last be...
Summer Thirst Quenchers
Got plenty of ice?Summer is all about cool drinks, but water is too plain Jane when you could have blueberry-flavored iced tea instead.Or premium whiskey sweetened with a fresh rosemary simple syrup infusion.Or a decadent chocolate ice cream milkshake...
The Hazleton Ruling: When Illegals Flood a City
A telling irony shines through last week's ruling by a federal judge that found only Congress can set immigration law. The judge knew full well that half the plaintiffs in the case were in the United States illegally. But he let them challenge a city...
The SWFs Are Coming!
WASHINGTON -- The Iraq war has probably killed the idea of using U.S. troops to intervene in the name of Mr. Bush's "world democratic revolution." The Middle American revolt that killed amnesty for the 12 million illegal aliens has buried the idea of...
Trib 30 Dips 3.3 Percent in July
Just as July sent folks to amusement parks, the month sent the Trib 30 on a roller coaster ride.A dizzying 12 local stocks shot up to 52-week highs during the month. Four others plunged to new lows. By the end of trading Tuesday, the index of local stocks...
Union Switch & Signal CEO Kenneth Burk Resigns
Union Switch & Signal Co. in South Oakland is searching for a new leader in the wake of Tuesday's resignation of Kenneth R. Burk as president and chief executive. The company would say only that Burk "will be pursuing opportunities in the engineering...
Valley Players Hope Audience Has Appetite for 'Little Shop'
In the language of flowers, forget-me-nots speak of true love, yellow roses translate to friendship, and daisies mean innocence. But when a blood-sucking, flesh-eating plant called Audrey II says "Feed me," its message is loud and clear.The Valley Players...
Wal-Mart Vows to Stay and Fix Sliding Kilbuck Site
A Wal-Mart official apologized to a crowd of Kilbuck-area residents for the September landslide at its construction site and pledged not to leave the Route 65 property until it stops sliding."I am committing to you here tonight that Wal-Mart will do...
Weapons, Inspection Stickers Seized from City Employee's Home
A Pittsburgh police raid turned up a cache of firearms and stolen motor vehicle inspection stickers at the home of a city public works employee who has been suspended without pay and could be fired, officials said today.Paul Grguras, 47, of Brighton...
Westmoreland Farm to Cease Dairy Bottling Business
When other dairy farmers in Westmoreland County were moving away from processing and bottling their own milk, Gib Hutter took a different tack. "He figured he could sell the milk directly to the customer and cut out the middleman, which it did," said...
Westmoreland, Fayette and Indiana Police Blotter
WestmorelandCharges* Nicholas Beck, 23, of 787 Menock Manor, Hempfield, by city police with possession of a controlled substance. Police said they found two stamp bags of heroin in Beck's possession after a traffic stop on South Main Street. Charges...
West Point 11-12s Close to Elimination
ALBANY, N.Y. - The West Point Little League 11-12 girls softball team's march to the softball World Series took a major step backward Tuesday with an 8-2 loss to Hughesville (Md.) at the U.S. East Region Tournament of Champions.West Point's record drops...
W&J Picked to Repeat in PAC
Seated at a table adjacent to the podium, Bob Colbert, his arms folded and his legs crossed, witnessed a clear view of his younger brother, Kevin, the personable director of football operations for the Steelers.During a brief address Tuesday to the sizeable...
Young Coach Leads Duquesne Women's Soccer
Duquesne University has turned to youthful Tim Zundel to lead its women's soccer team.Next up for the 29-year-old is his honeymoon this weekend, which continues a hectic run that began Friday, when Zundel was named interim women's soccer coach of the...