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Articles from September 22, 2007

49ers' Davis Is Latest Tight End to Challenge Steelers
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is 6-foot-3, 253 pounds and runs like a wide receiver. So far this season, Davis feels like he's running in place.After meeting with 49ers coach Mike Nolan last week to state his case, Davis will meet a Steelers...
Arson Ruled in Second Fire at Derry Twp. Plant
Six weeks after it was leveled by a raging blaze, a Derry Township company had a small fire at its temporary location early Friday morning.The owner of the Keystone Foam Corp. said yesterday's fire was ruled an arson."It makes me sick," said Jerry Quinn....
Authority Wants to Increase CMU, Pitt Fares
Port Authority of Allegheny County on Friday proposed charging two of the city's largest universities more for student and faculty bus fares as it recommends new ways to make money and cut costs.The authority's board plans to vote Friday on the new agreements...
Briefs: Cultural Events in the City
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents "My Fair Lady" at 2 and 8 p.m. Performances continue through Sunday at the Benedum Center, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue, Downtown. $20.50-$62. 412-456-6666.Pittsburgh Public Theater presents "The Chief" at 2 and 8...
Bucs Could Raid Indians to Replace Littlefield as GM
CHICAGO -- Cleveland Indians advance scout Neal Huntington appears to be the frontrunner for the Pirates' general manager position.An announcement could come as early as next week."It really makes me happy to hear, because he's such a quality guy," said...
Burn's 'War' Hits All the Right Notes
World War II has generated plenty of interest in the film industry since it was fought over 60 years ago. Filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks have all touched upon the bloodiest conflict in world history. It's Ken Burns'...
City's '08 Budget at $423.8 Million, but No New Taxes
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl proposed a 2008 city budget with no tax increases, about $4.3 million in additional spending and about $11.2 million in increased revenue.The proposed $423.8 million spending plan, released on the last business day before a state-mandated...
Cubs 13, Pirates 8: How They Scored
Pirates first inning (Jason Marquis pitching)Nyjer Morgan singled to center field. Morgan stole second base. Nate McLouth walked. Freddy Sanchez filed out to right, Morgan to third. McLouth stole second base. Adam LaRoche was intentionally walked, loading...
Cubs Slam Pirates
CHICAGO -- After their 13-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, the Pirates grumbled about Wrigley Field's bumpy, beat-up outfield."It's not major-league caliber," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said."It's terrible," left fielder Nate McLouth said. "It's...
CV's Option Too Much for Trinity
Chartiers Valley quarterbacks Santino Coury and Justin Burda ran an option offense that was too much for No. 5 Trinity to handle, and host Chartiers Valley defeated the Hillers, 44-17, on Friday night in a WPIAL Class AAA Big Seven matchup.Coury rushed...
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...
East Allegheny Dominates Yough
Running back Monte Ashby rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns, as East Allegheny roughed up host Yough, 52-30, on Friday night in a Interstate Conference game at Cougar Mountain.East Allegheny quarterback Darrelle Dunn contributed to three touchdowns,...
Express Financial's Shutdown Wallops Real Estate Contractors
AnnMarie Lincoln received a jolt Monday when she called Express Financial Services in Green Tree with the results of 10 appraisals she had performed for Express at a cost of about $1,100.No one answered."I was shocked," said Lincoln, a Philadelphia-area...
Fall Is Prime Time for Planting
Question: I see signs at nurseries saying "Fall is for Planting." Won't newly planted shrubs die during the winter?Answer: Those nursery signs are right -- fall is indeed a great time for planting trees and shrubs. In fact, many gardeners consider late...
Fayette Firm Is the World Leader in Explosion Welding
A horn bellow followed by three shorter signals warns of the coming blast. The cry of "fire in the hole" rings out, followed by a muffled boom.The ground vibrates, and a gust of wind and dust blows out of a hole carved in a hillside of a former limestone...
Ford City Clobbers Valley in Ugly Game
Ford City scored four unanswered first-half touchdowns and held on for a 34-14 Allegheny Conference victory over Valley on Friday night.The Sabers (4-0, 3-0) won their homecoming game despite being penalized 10 times for 75 yards. But Ford City's penalties...
Four Will Receive County Historical Society Awards
The Westmoreland County commissioners are among the recipients of the 2007 Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards from the Westmoreland County Historical Society.Other recipients are the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, Glenn Smeltzer and Dr....
Franklin Regional Routes Hampton
Hampton likely will have nightmares about the Friday night's second quarter.Hampton allowed Franklin Regional to score 28 points during the period and ended up losing its Greater Allegheny Conference opener, 35-7."This was the first game of the year...
Gators Return Three Kicks for TDs in Victory
Cameron Saddler could not have picked a better time to return to the Gateway lineup.Saddler scored three touchdowns, including two kickoff returns, and Brian Williams saved the game with a 62-yard kickoff return for another score with 14.1 seconds to...
Great Scott! Township to Curb Geese Non-Lethally
Protesters, lay down the placards and put away the petitions.Officials don't plan to kill any Canada geese to control the birds' growing numbers at Scott Park. Instead, they have hired border collies to let the geese know who's boss.The township will...
'Hoyt West' Mansion Reopens for Tours
On a quiet street in New Castle sit two elegant early 20th century mansions, set deep off the curb, as if to say leave us alone. Standing in front of them -- one is in the Tudor Revival style and the other Greek Revival -- you would swear that they are...
'Hurricane' Dan Still a Blowhard
In 2004, at the height of the Dan Rather Memogate story, I wrote in National Review: "Across the media universe the questions pour out: Why is Dan Rather doing this to himself? Why does he drag this out? Why won't he just come clean? Why would he let...
In Days of Yore, Traffic Police Ruled the Road
Pittsburgh could have used a little help Friday from Vic Cianca.The hundreds of motorists stuck in traffic jams citywide might have yearned for the sight of the retired Pittsburgh police officer, who for years tooted his whistle and waved his white gloves...
Jeannette, Pryor Dismantle Southmoreland
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 3,000 fans jammed into Russ Grimm Field to see if upstart Southmoreland could handle quarterback Terrelle Pryor and No. 1 Jeannette.And while Southmoreland (2-2, 2-1) was able to do some good things on offense,...
Judge Doesn't Believe City Officer Issued Threat to Driver
An Allegheny County judge acquitted a Hill District woman Friday of disorderly conduct, but said he did not believe her claims that a Pittsburgh police officer pointed a gun at her children and threatened to kill one.Pamela Lawton, 37, was convicted...
Kiski Area Comes Back to Beat Hempfield
Hempfield was in control for most of Friday night's non- conference game against Kiski Area at Vandergrift's Davis Field.But a 55-yard punt return by sophomore Tyrique Godson and a subsequent 2-point conversion run by Bret Gunn was enough to lift Kiski...
Latkanich Gets Probation despite Plea by Victim
Washington Township Supervisor Chuck Yusko appealed to Fayette County Judge Steve Leskinen to "serve a dose of reality" Friday in sentencing Michael Latkanich for beating Yusko two years ago.Yusko read from a three-page, victim-impact statement yesterday...
Latrobe Falls Just Short against Fox Chapel
Pat Murray looked very much like a man who had just witnessed something very important slip away. The Latrobe coach looked that way for a very good reason Friday night after his Wildcats dropped a 27-23 decision to visiting Fox Chapel at Memorial Field.With...
McKeesport's Big-Play Offense Punishes Penn Hills
You didn't dare blink when McKeesport's offense began operating Friday night.If you did, you might have missed one of many big plays.McKeesport, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA by the Pittsburgh Tribune- Review, shocked Penn Hills in the first half, scoring...
McKees Rocks Store to Carry Wright Furniture Line
Starting Thursday, Linder's Fine Furnishings in McKees Rocks will begin carrying the Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture Collection.The collection, made by Copeland Furniture of Bradford, Vt., includes pieces for the dining room, living room and bedroom. It...
Methodical Approach Keys Vikings' Victory
Mt. Pleasant coach Mark Lyons said, for him, patience was a key component in Friday's Keystone Conference matchup against Belle Vernon. Lyons used up a good bit of that patience, but it was worth it. The Vikings scored 10 unanswered points in the final...
Moonda Gets Life without Parole in Husband's Murder
AKRON -- Donna Moonda tearfully vowed Friday to spend the rest of her life proving she had nothing to do with the murder of her husband."I am not a murderer ... I stand here innocent, as God is my witness," Moonda, 48, of Hermitage, said a few moments...
Much at Stake for Pitt, WVU, Penn State
The college football season has been highlighted by the unimaginable (Appalachian State over Michigan) and the laughable (Notre Dame going 0-fer as far as wins and offensive touchdowns are concerned), but, for the most part, has played out as anticipated...
N.Y. Mayor to Speak at Sept. 11 Exhibit
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will give opening remarks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Tribute Exhibition on Pittsburgh's North Shore at 11 a.m. Sunday.The traveling exhibit, which tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of survivors...
Organizers in Your Car Keep Clutter under Control
After the birth of their second child, Jerel Valderrama, of Mt. Lebanon, decided he and his wife needed something to keep their van neat on bimonthly trips to visit family in New York.Valderrama found a car organizer at Target with compartments to corral...
Pair Files Suit after County Withholds Marriage License
Even if Mary Jo Knelly and David Huggins-Daines say, "I do," their marriage might not be legal.The Allegheny County Register of Wills rejected the Bloomfield couple's request last month for a marriage license that would allow them to wed without an officiant....
PBS' 'War' Taps into Shared, but Undiscussed, History
Clarence "Code" Gomberg, of Stanton Heights, witnessed so many things serving in the 3rd Army's 343rd Medical Battalion during World War II. While he was crossing the Atlantic in May 1944, his flotilla of ships was attacked by German U-boats. Stationed...
Penguins' Brent Battling for Roster Spot
DETROIT -- Tim Brent had a week's full of chances to impress Penguins officials prior to the Penguins' exhibition game against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.The problem, Brent assessed, was that only "the first three days went well.""I have...
Pilots Sick, 30 Flights Canceled by US Airways
US Airways canceled 30 flights on Friday because 110 pilots called in sick, or six times more than normal, said the airline. Most flights affected were shuttles, and none involved Pittsburgh service, said spokeswoman Andrea Rader. On a given day, 15...
Retiree Refuses to Leave Latrobe Meeting
As an officer with the United Steelworkers of America for more than three decades at Latrobe Specialty Steel Co., Bill Ehman always advocated retirees' rights. Today, Ehman, 65, now a retiree of Local 1537, is still dumbfounded that he was arrested and...
Roundup: Central Catholic Stomps Woodland Hills
Class AAAACentral Catholic 45, Woodland Hills 7 -- No. 1 Central Catholic (4-0) handed host Woodland Hills (0-4) its fourth loss, as quarterback Tino Sunseri completed 11-of-15 passes for three touchdowns and a career-high 198 yards in the non-conference...
Shaler Stops Canon-McMillan
The official box score will read "Shaler: Dan Wirkowski 1-yard run" with 24 seconds left in the first half.It also could read, "Game over."No. 7 Shaler used a 16-play, 97-yard drive late in the first half to catapult itself to a 28-13 manhandling of...
Stop LOST
Ronald Reagan rejected the United Nations' Convention on the Law of the Sea 25 years ago, but the 202-page treaty generally known by its acronym LOST will not die. Reagan didn't like LOST -- which its conservative critics say would compromise U.S. sovereignty...
Swissvale Woman Was Known for Kindness, Scones
Whether one was a relative or simply someone in need of a hot meal, the door to Mary Folan's Swissvale home was always open."And for over a 16-year period, my parents always had foster children living with us," said her daughter, Maggie Folan.Mary Theresa...
Target Stays Focused on East Liberty Store
East Liberty may soon have a major national retailer -- possibly a Target discount store -- at the site now housing the Penn Circle Apartments.Before any retail development begins, residents must be relocated from the Penn Circle complex, which is scheduled...
The Matchup: No. 10 Penn State vs. Michigan
When: 3:30 p.m. TodayWhere: Michigan Stadium, Ann ArborTV/Radio: ABC/Penn State radio networkPrediction: Penn State 24, Michigan 17Line: Penn State by 2 1/2SERIES: Michigan leads, 9-3THE SETUPFor all their protestations to the contrary, the Penn State...
The Matchup: No. 5 West Virginia vs. East Carolina
When: Noon TodayWhere: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, W.Va.TV/Radio: ESPN2/ WAJR (1440 AM), WVAQ (101.9 FM) and the Mountaineers Sports Network; Sirius Ch. 123.Betting line: WVU by 24 1/2Prediction: West Virginia 44, East Carolina 14SERIESWest Virginia...
The Matchup: Pitt vs. Connecticut
When: 7 p.m. Today.Where: Heinz FieldTV/Radio: ESPNU; 3WS 94.5 (WWSW-FM), Fox Sports Radio 970 (WBGG- AM); the Pitt ISP Sports Network; Channel 119 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio; Panthers All-Access.Line: Pitt by 9Prediction: Pitt 27, Connecticut 14SERIESConnecticut...
Township-Honored 'Pet' Chicken Ordered off Property
You can pet it.You can name it.You can even think of it as part of the family.But under North Huntingdon's zoning ordinance, a chicken belongs on a farm.And the family of 13-year-old Melissa Hensler is crying foul.For six years, Melissa has cared for...
VW Tries to Steer Away from Costly Past Errors
You really have to wonder what Volkswagen AG's move to the Washington, D.C., area from suburban Detroit -- billed as a fresh start in the United States for Europe's biggest automaker -- possibly can fix.This is the same automaker, after all, whose German...
West View Family Adrift after Apartment Blaze
Lori Pasteryk isn't sure where she and her 12-year-old son will sleep Monday night.That's the deadline for Pasteryk, 40, of West View to find housing, since her apartment was destroyed in a fire this week. "I've lost everything," Pasteryk said. "It's...
WVU Rolls over East Carolina
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Fifth-ranked West Virginia broke loose for 599 total yards and coasted to a 48-7 victory over East Carolina Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.Quarterback Pat White ran for two touchdowns, and threw a pair of scoring passes to wideout...