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Articles from February 22, 2008

A Perfect Tenn: Tigers, Vols Take State Rivalry to National Stage
Tigers vs. Volunteers used to mean bragging rights within Tennessee. Come Saturday night, this usually inconsequential state rivalry, struts across the national stage.No. 1 Memphis hosts No. 2 Tennessee -- the 38th game between teams ranked Nos. 1 and...
Approach Fragrant Office Situation as a Health Issue
Question : My supervisor douses herself in a very pungent perfume. My desk is right next to hers, and the smell sickens me. By the end of the day, I literally have a headache from the overpowering scent. How do I tell her she stinks, but nicely?Answer:...
Area Hit with Up to Four Inches of Snow
The first call Wendy Urbanic took this morning was a compliment about how clear the roads were."It's still early," Urbanic, the city's 311 response-line coordinator, said at 8:30 a.m., "but it seems like a much lower volume than last week."Between 2...
Area under Winter Weather Advisory
The first call Wendy Urbanic took this morning was a compliment about how clear the roads were."It's still early," Urbanic, the city's 311 response-line coordinator, said at 8:30 a.m., "but it seems like a much lower volume than last week."Between 2...
A Tax Reform We Need
The letter from Michael Mazerov of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities regarding the importance of reforming the structure of Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax was misleading, myopic and unhelpful as we consider how to improve the competitiveness...
Basketball Roundup
The Saltsburg boys' basketball team's season ended surprisingly early last Thursday with a quarterfinal loss to Bishop Carroll, 61- 53.A win would've sent Saltsburg to the PIAA playoffs for the second straight year.Thanks to some hot shooting early,...
Blairsville-Saltsburg Signs with Architect
BLAIRSVILLE--Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board Wednesday inked a contract with a new district architect as a former board member questioned selection of the consultant, citing past allegations against the firm by state and Allegheny County authorities.The...
Blairsville Traffic Stops Criticized
BLAIRSVILLE--Some town merchants told borough council Tuesday that overzealous traffic ticketing by borough police officers is driving away their customers.Drew Bowser, a notary public who operates a Market Street auto sales business, said close to 1,000...
Briefs: Starbucks Slashing 600 Field, Headquarters Jobs
Starbucks Corp. said Thursday it has laid off about 220 support staff who worked at the coffee retailer's headquarters and in field operations, and will leave about 380 open jobs unfilled. Chief Executive Howard Schultz announced the 600 job cuts in...
Briefs: Tights and Shoes Pair for Kickin' Combos
Legwear has blossomed into an "it" accessory in its own right. Fashion designers are getting in on the trend, with Tracy Reese and Tibi partnering with Hue to create dainty polka-dot tights and cozy cable-knit leggings.But how do you pull off tights,...
Briefs: USA Network Has Renewed 'Monk' for Seventh Season
Mr. Monk is on the case again.The award-winning series "Monk," which stars Tony Shalhoub as the obsessive-compulsive private detective, has been picked up for an additional 16 episodes for its seventh season."You might say we were obsessed with making...
Browns Tackle Jamal Lewis, Agree to Terms on 3-Year Deal
CLEVELAND - One great season earned Jamal Lewis at least three more with the Cleveland Browns.Set to become an unrestricted free agent next week, Lewis agreed to terms on a three-year contract Thursday with the club, a deal that could keep him in an...
Campus Clippings
Thiel freshman wrestler Alex Brown, a Plum graduate, won the 157- pound title at the Presidents' Athletic Conference championships last weekend.Brown pinned Waynesburg's Kevin Walsh in 2:15 to secure the crown.Brown and Thiel will compete in the Division...
Casey Stresses Health Program in IUP Visit
Pennsylvania's junior U.S. senator stressed the importance of extending health insurance coverage to all children in Indiana County at a roundtable discussion Thursday on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said the Children's...
'Claytronics' May Emerge from CMU Lab
A $10 million gift that Carnegie Mellon University will use to build a center for the most cutting-edge technology gives a special thrill to computer science professor Seth Goldstein."We're gonna get a bigger lab," said Goldstein, spreading his arms...
CMU Cheers Microsoft 'Icon' Gates, His Vision
Seventeen hours before Bill Gates arrived at Carnegie Mellon University for the final stop on his five-college "farewell tour" Thursday evening, computer science students were lining up outside Rangos Hall."He's a cult figure amongst geeks," said Suhas...
CMU in Race to Put Rover on the Moon
Carnegie Mellon University took another small step Thursday toward the technological big leap leaders hope to make in landing a rover on the moon next year.The X Prize Foundation and Google announced that a team led by Carnegie Mellon robotics professor...
Connellsville Agenda Changes Raise Ire
Once again, a last-minute agenda caused contention among Connellsville City Council members. Councilman Charles Matthews said he did not receive a copy of an agenda with names to be voted on for appointments to city authorities and boards until just...
Connellsville Area OKs Financing
The Connellsville Area school board will issue $37 million in general obligation notes to finance the $15.4 million renovation of the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center and to refund bonds from previous projects.The measure will not result...
Cranberry Pianist Was Moved by Need to Serve Others
Throughout her long life, Mary Talbott shared her talents as a classical pianist to entertain family, friends and Navy personnel in the Middle East."My parents spent two years in Karachi, Pakistan, where my father -- who was a ceramic engineer -- was...
Democrats' Gift to Veon Campaign Faces Growing Criticism
HARRISBURG -- The House Democratic Campaign Committee's $40,000 donation to retire former Rep. Mike Veon's campaign debt is a questionable campaign expense, a former deputy state attorney general said Thursday.Lawrence M. Otter, a Bucks County lawyer...
Disabled Athletes Learning to Adapt
HIDDEN VALLEY - It was a proud moment for Beth Arch.She smiled as her 8-year-old son, Alex, was helped onto the chairlift at Hidden Valley then ran ahead, camera in hand, to get a photograph of him on his way to the top of the mountain.It was his second...
District Funds Blairsville-Saltsburg Ball Again
BLAIRSVILLE--Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board Wednesday voted 5- 4 to reinstate baseball as a school-sponsored team for the upcoming spring season, allocating $12,000 to cover coach salaries, transportation and other associated costs. The move came...
Dogs and Their Owners Enjoy Evening of Socializing in Murrysville
Dog owners from across the area gathered together recently with their furry friends for a fun and interactive evening called "Puppy Love."The evening was jointly sponsored by the Murrysville Recreation Department and the Walkers Pet HoTail located at...
Donora Mayor 'Devastated' by Friend's Accidental Death
Donora Mayor John Lignelli was in anguish Thursday over losing a good friend from injuries in an accident involving the mayor's car. Manuel "Pete" Lorenzo, 70, of Donora died Tuesday at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Lorenzo, a retired Pennsylvania Department...
Estranged Wife Charged in Fatal Stabbing in Trafford
A Trafford man implicated his estranged wife in a call to 911 as he was bleeding to death from a stab wound on the couple's 25th wedding anniversary last year, according to evidence presented at a preliminary hearing Thursday.After the hearing, Penn...
Export Mayor Says Library Should Be a Priority
The old church on Roosevelt Avenue isn't the only potential home for the Export library.Mayor Bob Campagna recently told borough officials that it was possible part of the American Legion building on Old William Penn Highway could house the facility.The...
Feds Urged to Avoid Cuts in Student Loans
Political, financial and education leaders in Pennsylvania called on federal officials Thursday to provide short- and long-term aid to continue the state's student loan program.Lawmakers in Washington might not be willing to consider that request, said...
Fishing Report
Upper Twin Lake is covered in slush ice, but Lower Twin Lake has had some open water, and anglers fishing there have been getting trout, said Ron Evancho, a waterways conservation officer with the Fish and Boat Commission. The fish have been hitting...
Former Secretary Testifies 'L-I-M-O' Equaled Incidentals
A secretary to former Allegheny County Coroner Cyril H. Wecht testified Thursday that she feared her boss might have defrauded private clients, but that he allayed those concerns."We were charging mileage and limousine services ... and it bothered me,"...
Former State Transportation Chief to Lead Michael Baker Corp
Former state Transportation Secretary Bradley L. Mallory on Thursday was named chief executive of Michael Baker Corp., the Moon- based engineering and energy management company.Mallory, who joined Baker five years ago, replaces Richard L. Shaw, who was...
Four United Wrestlers Advance
Four United wrestlers have advanced to the Southwest Regional championships which begin next Friday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown.Each of the four placed in the top five in his weight class at last weekend's District 6 wrestling...
Gaul Returns Home to Face Robert Morris
Patrick Gaul is so appreciative of the opportunity to wear a USA jersey while skating with the U.S. National Under-18 Team that it bothers him to have to take it off."The feeling is kind of indescribable," Gaul said. "But I get mad after every game because...
Grushecky Documentary a Learning Process for Filmmakers
It's hard to measure success in rock 'n' roll. There's only one U2, one Jimi Hendrix, one Bruce Springsteen. If you don't become a household name like those guys, does that mean you've somehow fallen short? Yet, there's also something to be said for...
Handyman Sentenced to Death for Upper St. Clair Murder
An Allegheny County jury sentenced a former landscaper to death today after convicting him of first-degree murder in the strangling and stabbing death of an Upper St. Clair grandmother.Patrick Stollar, 29, of Washington, Pa., murdered Jean Heck, 78,...
Hotshots' Wishful E-Mails Imagined
The inquiring mind:To: Defense attorney Pat ThomasseyFrom: Former Pittsburgh Councilwoman Twanda CarlisleRe: Serving my sentenceI came up with a great idea that might convince Common Pleas Court Judge John Zottola to let me serve my sentence under house...
Jeannette Hopes to Erase Early Loss to Beaver Falls
Jeannette senior Terrelle Pryor smiled when he heard Beaver Falls junior Todd Thomas was pretty much predicting that the Tigers would win the WPIAL Class AA basketball title.On Saturday, Beaver Falls (22-3) gets its chance when it tangles with Jeannette...
Jury Mulls Punishment in Upper St. Clair Slaying
After hearing emotional testimony from the family of a slain Upper St. Clair grandmother, jurors could decide today if her killer should be put to death."My mother had a right to live," Andrea Kostella, the victim's daughter, told the jury Thursday....
Late Rally Falls Short for Homer in Semis
JOHNSTOWN--Bishop Carroll is no ordinary No. 8 seed.The Homer-Center boys witnessed that first-hand Tuesday when they fell to the Huskies 59-56 in the District 6 Class A semifinals at Greater Johnstown Senior High.The win for Bishop Carroll (14-13) came...
Latrobe Trio Holds High Expectations
It wasn't a great season for the Latrobe wrestling team. The team finished with a 7-8 record overall and didn't make the WPIAL team playoffs.But just because the team had a down year hasn't stopped Nathan Pennesi and the Walters brothers, Joey and Ryan,...
Learning the Ropes at Murrysville School
Nearly 40 students are learning the ropes at Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville.Each Monday about 38 children gather after school to learn new tricks and share their passion for skipping rope under the direction of coordinator Teri Pokol.A mother...
Legislators Solicit Ideas for Use of Mayview Property
The official effort began Thursday night to determine what becomes of state-owned land and buildings at Mayview State Hospital after the psychiatric hospital closes later this year.A legislative task force headed by state Sen. John Pippy, R- Moon, and...
Malkin Leads Pens' Late Charge
MONTREAL - It is way too early to send a message, make a statement or set a tone, at least that was the consensus among Penguins prior to a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.After all, the playoffs are a long way off....
Many Great Programs on the Net Are Free
I get hundreds of e-mail questions every week. Most are from people who have persistent computer problems. Often, they have bought some garbage program advertised on the Web that didn't work, and they don't know what to do.Maybe you've been down this...
Municipal Authority Member Questions Financial Oversight
The shadow of alleged spending improprieties by a former Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority member emerged briefly Thursday night when a board member questioned the board's responsibilities toward addressing suspected fraud.Newly appointed board...
Murder Suspect Takes Stand, Describes Robbery
Even as she maintained her innocence, Jennifer Vinsek told a Westmoreland County jury on Thursday that she knew her boyfriend and three other men planned a robbery just before William Teck was shot in the back on the nearby railroad tracks.Vinsek, 26,...
Musicians, City Show Appreciation for Roger Humphries
Saxophonist Javon Jackson says the work of North Side drummer Roger Humphries has helped create a jazz world "that allows people like me to play."That makes Saturday's events honoring the drummer a good reason for Jackson to join a special edition of...
NBC Universal Switches Up Ad Sales and Broadcasting Calendar
LOS ANGELES -- NBC Universal said Tuesday that it will shake up its ad sales and take a year-round approach to the television season, which has traditionally been tucked into nine months.A 12-month programming schedule will be announced in April to give...
New Stanton Man Charged with Sex Abuse
A New Stanton man is accused of having photographs of partially clad and nude teenagers on his computer, including some involving bikini wrestling with area teens.James W. Crise, 26, of West Pennsylvania Avenue was arraigned Thursday before Greensburg...
Non-Tax Filers Risk Forfeiting Rebates
If that tax-rebate check isn't in the mail, it might be your own fault.Hundreds of thousands of lower-income people in Pennsylvania who normally don't have to file income taxes will forfeit those economic stimulus checks of $300 or more if they don't...
O'Malley Suggests Jeannette Open Doubleheaders
WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said Wednesday that he will suggest to the PIAA that it schedule Jeannette basketball games as the opener of doubleheaders when the state tournament begins next week.With good reason: When Jeannette and Terrelle...
Outdoors Events
Calendar of eventsSaturday - The eighth annual Race to Any Place, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., U.S. Steel Tower. Come be part of the largest stationary bike race in Western Pennsylvania and help raise money for the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Chapter...
Pakistani Coalition May Be in Works
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Protests against President Pervez Musharraf's 2006 dismissal of the judiciary continued here and in at least three other cities Thursday, the fourth day since Monday's election defeat of Musharraf's ruling party.The protests occurred...
Peanut Allergy Alert Issued for Ice Cream Sold in Region
Ice cream sold in six states, including Western Pennsylvania, has been recalled because it may contain pieces of peanut butter candy or peanuts without indicating those ingredients on the label, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The FDA and...
Penguins Q & A Archives
Tribune-Review Penguins writer Rob Rossi answers questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins. The following are questions answered prior to December, 2007.Check out Chipped Ice Rossi's Penguins blog, for the latest on 2007-08 Penguins.Q: Wouldn't it make...
Penguins Q & A: Rob Rossi Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Penguins writer Rob Rossi answers questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read older questions in the archives.Q: I understand you are hesitant to discuss trade possibilities as the deadline approaches because you are not a fan of rumors...
Pennsylvania Superdelegate Endorses Obama
A retired union leader today became the fourth superdelegate from Pennsylvania to endorse Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and the second to do so this week.Leon Lynch of McCandless, retired vice president of the United Steelworkers of...
Penn-Trafford Students Spend Night at School for Cancer Fundraiser
Almost 300 Penn-Trafford High School students pulled an all- nighter recently, but not for any study or exam cramming sessions. Actually, these students signed up for a Friday night "lock-in" at the school, organized by the Student Union, and all for...
Pens' Therrien Insists There Is No Goalie Controversy
There is not likely to be a goaltender controversy when Marc- Andre Fleury returns from a conditioning assignment in the AHL.Coach Michel Therrien is adamant that "performance will dictate play," and goaltender Ty Conklin -- 16-4-3, 2.18 goals-against...
PIAA Southwest Regional Wrestling Results
Thursday's resultsWPIAL Class AAA championship/PIAA Southwest Regional at Canon- McMillan H.S.Pigtail round(loser eliminated)103: Kraig Esswein, North Hills t.f. Tim Dusch, Hopewell, 15-0 (4:50); Eric Tuck, Butler p. Andy Buttlar, Mt. Lebanon, :29; Kevin...
PIHL Teams to Play Outdoor Game
More than 70,000 people walked out of Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year's Day, dreaming of playing pond hockey after watching the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres in the winter Classic, the first NHL game played outdoors in the United States.Bethel Park hockey...
Pirates Owner Nutting Sees Positives in Staff Shakeup
BRADENTON, Fla. - Much has changed with the Pirates since Bob Nutting appeared at their spring training camp one year ago.When Nutting introduced himself during a meeting at Pirate City in late February 2007, he was barely a month into his tenure as...
Pittsburgh TV Deal Part of McCain Controversy
WQED-TV CEO George Miles offered nothing but praise Thursday for the telecommunications lobbyist at the center of the controversy surrounding presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain.Lobbyist Vicki Iseman was "terrific, very aggressive...
Prosecutors Want Ohio Township Suspect's Mercedes, $400K
A month after charging the owner of a Stowe-based Chinese food supplier with harboring illegal aliens, federal authorities are now after his car and cash.The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a forfeiture claim for a 2001 Mercedes-Benz and more than $400,000...
Red Carpet Glam
For Bridgeville resident Marie Milburn, designing Laura Linney's Oscar dress was an opportunity to exercise her creative side.Milburn, who works as the director of family life and adult catechesis for Our Lady of Grace Church in Scott Township, is this...
Region's Home Sales Down, Prices Up
Pittsburgh-area home sales dropped by 18.4 percent in January, the largest monthly decline in seven years, according to a report issued Thursday.There were 382 fewer sales -- 1,694 last month vs. 2,076 in January 2007 -- in five area counties, said RealStats,...
Review: Premiere of Percussion Concerto Delights
Heinz Hall was the scene Thursday afternoon for one of classical music's rarest events -- the premiere of a successful percussion concerto. "TriplePlay" by John Corigliano proved to be a brilliant compositional achievement, one blessed by a full-dimension...
RMU Extends Win Streak
Robert Morris extended its win streak to 10 games Thursday night, when it defeated Mount St. Mary's, 69-66, at Sewall Center.The Colonials' 10th consecutive victory tied a school-record set during the 1982-83 season and sets up a showdown for sole possession...
Saltsburg Girls Advance to Title Game
JOHNSTOWN--Less than three weeks ago, the Saltsburg Lady Trojans overwhelmed Blairsville in the first quarter of a 28-point win.Tuesday night, the Trojans needed all 32 minutes -- and a little help from a friendly roll -- to get past the Bobcats 41-40...
Saltsburg Woman Owns 'Gem' of a Shop
Saltsburg--Tucked away on the outskirts of Saltsburg is a gemstone mine bursting with treasures from Mother Earth. The shop isn't literally a mine, but visitors to Earth's Treasures will find plenty of eye-catching jewelry designs inside.That was what...
Schenley Snags City Championship
Deandre Kane promised Schenley first-year coach Kevin Reid that the Spartans' reign as City League champions would continue, even after their stars graduated.Kane kept his word, sinking seven 3-pointers and scoring 35 points to lead Schenley to a 72-63...
Schools Collaborate to Fix Doctor Shortage
Robert Morris University hopes a partnership with Drexel University and Allegheny General Hospital will attract students who eventually will practice medicine in the region.The Scholars-Articulation Program, to be announced at a news conference at the...
Scottdale Considers Reviving Downtown
Scottdale has considerable assets to draw upon if plans go forward to rejuvenate the downtown business district, community leaders were told Thursday."The good news is that the residents of Scottdale are well educated and the average income grew at a...
Seniors-in-Schools Program at Penn-Trafford Ready to Bloom
Penn-Trafford schools are planning a twist on going back to the future.A committee of senior citizens and school officials is planning a program to provide inspiration and support to students in all grades.The school district would like to see senior...
Sexual Abuse Charges Leveled against Seneca Valley Instructor
Six weeks after a teenage boy made his first accusations, police charged an assistant instructor in Seneca Valley High School's Junior ROTC program with sexually abusing two students on campus and during summer camps.Kevin B. Johnson, 50, of Portersville...
Steelers' Colbert: Easy Call on Starks
INDIANAPOLIS - What seemed like a puzzling move on the surface turned out to be a relatively easy decision for the Steelers, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said Thursday.The team put the transition tag on Max Starks because it didn't want...
Steelers Q & A Archives
Tribune-Review Steelers writer Scott Brown answers questions about the Pittsburgh Steelers. The following are archived questions and answers. Check out Scott's View from the Press Box blog entry for his latest take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.Q: 1. Do...
Steelers Q & A: Scott Brown Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Steelers writer Scott Brown answers your questions about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read older questions in the archives.Q: Why would the Steelers sign Travis Kirschke who is older and never been a starter? Why would you put a tag on Max...
Steelers, Zabransky Match Miracles
When the Steelers signed former Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky earlier this month, some people had to be thinking, "Hey, isn't that the guy who ... "Yup, that's him.The guy who beat Oklahoma on a behind-the-back handoff in the Fiesta Bowl two...
Tech Companies Find Fertile Ground on South Side
Entrepreneurs working on software, interactive game or Internet- related products now can look to a new Innovation Works program for help in getting their companies started. The state-funded nonprofit based on the South Side announced Thursday that its...
Thomas Returns as Homer-Center Director
HOMER CITY--It will take more than one person to fill all the roles that the late Dennis Buggey performed for the Homer-Center School Board.During last Thursday's meeting, the board unanimously chose Kim Thomas to fill the seat that became vacant when...
Westinghouse Wraps Up City Title
Westinghouse center Shawnice Wilson spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble. But all she needed was a good second half to give the Lady Bulldogs their second consecutive City League championship.Wilson scored 11 points after halftime,...
Westmoreland County Youth Hoops Circuit Boosts Competition
There are no standings, no championships. Just 315 boys -- and several girls -- from grades 3 through 6, representing 11 area school districts, divided among 34 elementary school-age basketball teams.Designed to foster a higher level of competitive skills,...
West Virginia AD to Retire in 2010
West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong plans to retire in 2010 after more than 20 years on the job.Pastilong said Thursday in announcing his plans that West Virginia's dispute with former football coach Rich Rodriguez over a $4 million buyout clause...
Who Is the NHL's Best Player Right Now?
That was the question posed to members of the hockey media throughout North America. The criteria were simple: Forget the past, ignore the future, and consider only the present. Who is the NHL's best player right now? The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review received...
Xavier Manhandles Duquesne
CINCINNATI - Duquesne learned Thursday night just how far it needs to go to compete with the Atlantic 10 Conference's elite, when the Dukes were handed a 75-48 loss by No. 10 Xavier at Cintas Center."We haven't really been faced with getting smashed...