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Articles from January 24, 2008

Allegheny County Purchase of Liens Opens Doors to Development
Doug Van Haitsma looks at a three-story apartment building in Swissvale and sees the heart of a revitalized neighborhood.Now that Allegheny County has bought back the lien -- a legal claim for unpaid taxes -- on the Monongahela Avenue property, Van Haitsma...
Apple CEO Takes $1 Salary, Gets $14.6M Options Gain
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs continued his tradition of taking home only $1 in salary in 2007, when he also gained $14.6 million on paper by exercising stock options that were about to expire, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange...
As Thermometer Dips, So Do Casino Profits
Winter doldrums are taking their toll on casino profits in Pennsylvania, with monthly gross slot machine revenue down $6.6 million from July to December, according to the state Gaming Control Board.Gambling profits typically fall with the mercury in...
ATI Remains Upbeat for '08
Allegheny Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it expects a healthy performance in 2008 because of demand for its specialty metals products from the aerospace and defense industries, despite a nearly 9 percent decline in fourth-quarter sales."We expect a...
Avalon Manager a 2-Town Man
As Avalon's manager for the past several years, Harry Dilmore has helped shepherd projects resulting in a new library, a new municipal building and major upgrades to the community pool.He might now be facing his biggest challenge to date: running two...
'Big Bang' Actors Embrace Many Characters
Jed and Boyd have a dream.A pair of aspiring musical theater writers, they have just 80 minutes to sell their musical to an audience of potential investors."They are fans who have grown up listening to musicals. They think they have written the next...
Boyfriend Charged in Robert Morris Slayings
A man arrested on charges of killing two men and critically wounding his girlfriend told investigators he "wished he could have those couple of minutes back" when he opened fire on the trio after finding them in his apartment, police reported Wednesday.H....
Briefs: WSO Activities Begin for Adults, Students
Adult and student activities through the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra start Jan. 30 at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center on Old Salem Road.The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra begins its Wednesday rehearsals that day. It is open mostly to...
'Burnout Paradise' Delivers with Brilliant Graphics, Gameplay
I left my heart in Paradise City, and, as soon as the smoke from the burning rubber clears, there you'll find it, racing along the city's hazardous downtown corridors and the hilly outskirts' winding, treacherous passes."Burnout Paradise" lives up to...
Business as Usual for GOP
WASHINGTON -- When House Republicans convene behind closed doors today at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., they have a chance to make two bold moves to restore their reputation for fiscal responsibility. First, they could declare a one-year...
Business Provides Alternative to Charter Schools in Penn Hills
A private company has come up with a way for the Penn Hills School District to offer its students cyber education without signing up for one of the state's cyber charter schools.VLN Partners, a company that provides cyber school programs for districts,...
Carnegie Exhibit Has 'The Scoop on Poop'
Excrement might be the butt of many children's jokes and objects of fascination, but a solid science lies behind it. Really."The Scoop on Poop!," a new exhibit opening Saturda at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, aims to educate visitors about...
City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks Make Area Towns More Livable
A recent lunchtime trip across the street was harrowing for four out-of-towners trying to get Primanti's sandwiches.With a car turning into a parking lot and trucks zooming by, crossing four lanes of traffic on University Boulevard in Moon felt like...
Clinton Receives Rendell Backing
Hillary Clinton just got the most-valuable Rolodex in Pennsylvania.Gov. Ed Rendell, a longtime Clinton ally and prominent member of the national Democratic Party, endorsed the New York senator Wednesday.Rendell's backing likely won't sway many votes...
Companies Invest $398M in Westmoreland County
Economic development officials in Westmoreland County said 2007 was a good year as companies invested an estimated $398 million to expand or modernize their businesses."It was a dramatic year for Westmoreland County," said John A. Skiavo, CEO of Economic...
Dale Jr. Makes Himself at Home
CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson, two-time defending champion in what is now NASCAR Sprint Cup, couldn't help but notice Wednesday that across the room, a guy who hasn't won a Cup race since May 2006 was being mobbed by a media horde that dwarfed Johnson's."I'm...
Dance Moves Ross 3rd-Graders to Learn Other Cultures
There's a lot to remember at the center of a tight circle of women celebrating their heritage through dance. Shuffling to the beat of a drum, accompanied by tribal chants, makes being inside an Iroquois circle dance tough, especially for the uninitiated....
Deal Draws near to Replace Problem Bridge in Etna
Etna officials anticipate reaching an agreement with Allegheny Valley Railroad to replace a low bridge that crosses Pine Creek.The bridge replacement, part of a plan sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection, will help prevent flooding...
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...
Dem AG Candidate Alleges 'Conflicts'
HARRISBURG -- Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett won't step aside from investigating GOP leaders, despite a political opponent's accusation that Corbett's "conflicts of interest" could jeopardize a grand jury investigation into legislative bonuses.Corbett...
Dining Notes: Bigelow Grille Chef in Super Bowl Event
Blue Prawn Kielbasa, Seaweed Sauerkraut, Blue Potato Pierogie and "Caraway Bubbles" will grace the plates that represent Pittsburgh in the 17th annual Taste of the NFL, beginning at 6 p.m. (VIP event) and 7 p.m. (main event) on Feb. 2 at the Phoenix...
Drug-Coated Stents Get Boost from Study
Using drug-coated stents to open cholesterol-clogged arteries is safer and more effective than using uncoated stents in patients with complex heart disease, according to a locally led analysis published in today's New England Journal of Medicine.An international...
Duquesne Professor a Top Contender for State Court Vacancy
Duquesne University law professor Ken Gormley and Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Scanlon are among those being considered for interim appointments to the state Supreme and Superior courts.Gormley, 52, a constitutional law expert and one-time...
Duquesne Races Past St. Bonaventure
The 10/40 is back.For now.After switching to a more conventional substitution system, Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, despite being without leading scorer and rebounder Shawn James, went back to the style, known at Duquesne as, 10/40 -- a 10-man, two-lineup...
Eclectic Cala Lily Cafe in Full Bloom
Since opening in 2001, Cala Lily Cafe and chef Rick "Chico" Rivero have caught the attention of foodies and neighbors in a most unlikely locale.The Route 8 strip of businesses is hardly conducive to discovery by drive-by traffic. But it is a testimony...
Emmy-Winning Actress Nettleton Dead at 80
LOS ANGELES -- Lois Nettleton, an actress who went from Broadway plays to roles in movies and on popular television series, has died. She was 80.Nettleton died Friday of complications from lung cancer at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital,...
Ex-DA Case Focuses on Inmate Sex
A federal grand jury heard testimony Wednesday in the two-year public corruption investigation of former District Attorney John C. Pettit, one of Washington County's most powerful politicians until he lost a bid for a seventh term in November. The U.S....
Father Bears Grief of Toddler's Death
Joe Scrutchins said Wednesday he realized the news would be grim when hospital staffers didn't immediately take him to his childrens' bedsides. The New Brighton man arrived at Children's Hospital in Oakland Tuesday after learning his family's sport utility...
Fe Gallery Exhibit Leaves Paper Trail
"Everything here is on paper, hence the title," gallery owner Jill Larson says about "Good on Paper," the latest exhibition at Fe Gallery in Lawrenceville.More than a double entendre, the show's title is appropriate because the two dozen or so works...
'Flight' of Refugee Gets a Musical Take
The reaction of singers and others preparing for the local premiere of Jonathan Dove's "Flight" falls into two categories -- the exhilaration of new love or delight in returning to something they adore.Jim Lowe will be conducting his first "Flight" for...
For Marc Cohn, It's about Making a Connection
Marc Cohn doesn't particularly like that he struggles to write songs on a consistent basis. Counting his 1991 self-titled debut, he has released a mere four studio albums, including last year's "Join the Parade."That record was triggered by events that...
Former Pitt QB Flacco Flourishes after Risky Transfer
MOBILE, Ala. - In his first day of practice at the Senior Bowl, Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco struggled with the center exchange.The problem was correctable. Flacco, who operated from the shotgun his final two years in college, was fine the next day.It...
Former Stray Cats Bassist Has Found His Own Path
Unless it's Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee or Gene Simmons, most bassists stay in the background.Consider, then, Lee Rocker, formerly of the Stray Cats, presently a solo artist who performs Wednesday at the Thunderbird Cafe. With his custom-made upright basses...
Fuel Cell Firm Gains Market Power
Using a fuel cell technology and even some equipment developed by Westinghouse in the 1980s, HydroGen Corp. jokingly has been called the world's oldest startup company. No matter. The venture is ramping up production of hydrogen fuel cells in Versailles...
Grant Keeps O'Hara Ready to Sniff out Trouble
O'Hara emergency volunteers soon will be able to detect dangers such as chemical warfare agents, radiation and toxic industrial gases.For the second consecutive year, the township will receive assistance from the federal government to help respond to...
Group Leads High Schoolers toward Pittsburgh Careers
The Pittsburgh Regional Compact wants to show young people there are jobs in this area.About 20 North Allegheny Senior High School students spoke with leaders earlier this month at the American Eagle Outfitters corporate office in the South Side and...
Hempfield Drafts Crime Questionnaire
A Hempfield public safety task force has finalized a draft of questions to seek input from residents during an upcoming phone survey.Supervisors have appointed a 12-person committee to review policing needs in Hempfield, which is served by state police...
High School Classic Features Top Squads
Johnny Higgins is getting a sneak preview of his new basketball home.The versatile guard from Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep was the first recruit to sign with Duquesne for next season. He will make his first playing appearance in Pittsburgh on Sunday at the...
Hot Picks: Go-Go's, Gallery Crawl, 'The Consul'
Theater: It's 'Dreamcoat' weather"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Andrew Lloyd Webber's first and possibly most enduring musical, begins a seven- performance run today at the Byham Theater, Sixth Street at Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Downtown.The...
In 1863, Pittsburgh Fortified against Confederate Army
From mid-June through early July of 1863, the citizens of Pittsburgh prepared for an invasion by the Confederate Army under Gen. Robert E. Lee. It marked the only time that Pittsburgh would become militarily involved in the Civil War.The "Emergency of...
Jefferson Hills Students Get Up Close and Personal with Chosen Careers
Brittany Pawlikoski wanted to get a better idea of what it's like to be a teacher.Evan Burns wanted to learn how to be a good father.Bekka Patton wanted preparation for a career of helping children with autism.The three juniors at Thomas Jefferson High...
Kids List
"Alice in Wonderland": Through Feb. 3: 1 and 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $9. Gemini Theater, 7501 Penn Ave., Point Breeze. 412-243-5201.Barnes & Noble at The Waterfront: Story time, 11 a.m. Sat. Story time, 11 a.m. Tues. 100 W. Bridge St., Homestead. 412-462-5743.Borders:...
Landmarks Lends $885K for East Liberty Project
An East Liberty project has received an $885,000 boost from a nonprofit corporation formed last year by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation to spark community revitalization.The loan, the first announced by the Landmarks Community Capital Corp....
Late Basket Propels WVU Men
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Da'Sean Butler's jumper in the lane with 6 seconds left lifted West Virginia to a 66-64 win over Marshall on Wednesday night.Butler finished with 18 points for the Mountaineers (15-4). Leading scorer Alex Ruoff had 11 points and 11...
Ligonier Shade Tree Campaign off to Healthy Start
It can be safely said Ligonier is rife with tree-huggers.The borough's shade tree commission has raised about $23,000 from myriad agencies and individuals in its campaign to replenish streetscapes with lush, healthy lineage, said Councilwoman and commission...
Local EMS Groups in a Financial Emergency
It's a busy time at Ross/West View Emergency Medical Services Authority.When the company's 20 paramedics and EMTs aren't running out to care for the sick in their 25-square-mile coverage area, they're focused on raising the money needed to keep the ambulances...
Local Jazz Scene Has Fading Legacy
Jazz in the Pittsburgh area seems best described by the Rolling Stones.You can't always get what you want.Jazz, which is a proud part of the city's legacy, is featured in a number of ways at a variety of night spots. But the law of supply and demand...
Mackall's College Basketball Insider
It's anybody's gameParity often becomes a hot topic because of the incredible balance among teams. Sure, there's always those early-season upsets, but when conference play heats up, it's anybody's guess who wins on a given night.Losing on the road in...
Matchup: Central Connecticut State vs. RMU
Robert Morris (13-6, 4-2)at Central Connecticut State (9-10, 5- 3)Line: NoneGame Time: 7 tonightWhere: Sewall Center, MoonRadio: WPIT-AM (730)Series: Central Connecticut State leads, 11-10What to expectWith Robert Morris sitting in fourth place in the...
Newsmaker: Paul Cosentino
It can be argued that Paul Cosentino is the most recognized musician in Pittsburgh. Certainly the best-known clarinetist, at any rate.He is the leader of the Boilermaker Jazz Band, which makes him the front man for one of the busiest bands in the area....
Norwin Superintendent Receives Music Honor
Norwin School District Superintendent Jack Boylan's commitment to the arts is music to the ears of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.The group recently named Boylan its "Superintendent of the Year" based on his push to have as many students...
Nursing Home Residents Return after Evacuation
Repairs to a heating unit at a Murrysville nursing home were completed Wednesday night after 24 residents and staff members were examined for carbon monoxide poisoning at area hospitals.At about 9 p.m. Tuesday, staff members at the Golden Living Center,...
Obama Surging but Clinton Maintains Solid Lead, Poll Shows
WASHINGTON -- New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton maintains a solid lead in her party's presidential race among Democrat voters nationwide, despite a surge in support since late December for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg...
Part-Timers Man More of Pa.'s Police Departments
For three years, Bill Hanlon carried no health insurance while working as a police officer. "That's a risk, especially for a police officer, to have no insurance. I had it for a while. Then the price just skyrocketed, and I was in school," said Hanlon,...
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: Mario Lemieux often...
Penguins Q&A: Rob Rossi Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Penguins writer Rob Rossi answers questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins.Q: Is it possible that with Sidney Crosby out there could be a silver lining to this horribly dark cloud? Is there a chance Evgeni Malkin needs to establish himself...
Penguins Rely on AHL Call-Ups
Michel Therrien spent more than two years coaching at Wilkes- Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League before replacing Eddie Olczyk on the Penguins' bench on Dec. 15, 2005.Over the past few days, he may have looked around to make sure he hadn't...
Penn-Trafford Slips Past Norwin
Penn-Trafford celebrated senior night before Wednesday night's Section 1-AAA match against Norwin.Then, seniors Steve Werner and Drew Theys cemented the Warriors' 33-30 victory over their neighboring rivals, keeping them from qualifying for the WPIAL...
Pens Lose to Flyers Again
PHILADELPHIA - Georges Laraque normally uses his fists to pump up the Penguins.Had he used his head late in the second period Thursday night against Philadelphia, however, the Penguins may have won for the first time in four games against the Flyers...
Pens' Nice Surprises
Another day, another "out indefinitely" for the Penguins, although they at least broke even Wednesday, as Colby Armstrong's return from a hip injury canceled out Tyler Kennedy succumbing to mononucleosis.With this team, it's always something.Yet while...
Pittsburgh Primed to Land Bass Event
When Pittsburgh hosted the Bassmaster Classic in 2005, it was a stunning success in every way but one.The city -- still seen by some as the dirty, smoky place once described as "hell with the lid off" -- recast itself as an outdoor playground on national...
Plan to Bus All Baldwin-Whitehall Students Passes
Greg Zeman's torn over the Baldwin-Whitehall School District's decision to bus all of its students to school starting in February."I was up in the air about it," said Zeman, who has a son in kindergarten who rides district transportation to school. "In...
Port Authority Garage in South Hills Finally Makes Money
A little-used garage operated by Port Authority is starting to fill up now that a free lot next to it has been closed.The 2,200-space garage in Bethel Park averages about 1,100 cars a day after seeing dismal use since its 2005 opening, mostly because...
Ravenstahl, Philly Mayor Confer on Pensions
Turnpike diplomacy could bring Pittsburgh and Philadelphia closer to rebuilding anemic pension funds, which a report Wednesday rated as two of the nation's worst.Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he traveled Tuesday to Philadelphia to confer with Mayor Michael...
Regola Seeks Perjury Dismissal
The attorneys for state Sen. Robert Regola told a Westmoreland County judge on Wednesday that perjury charges against the lawmaker should be dismissed because there is no evidence to prove he lied when he testified at a coroner's inquest last year.Defense...
Retiring West Jefferson Hills Superintendent Gives Credit to Students, Staff
When this school year ends, so will the career of West Jefferson Hills School Superintendent John Lozosky.Lozosky, who has led the district since October 2001, will retire June 30."It's bittersweet going," he said. "My inspiration is the students, and...
Self-Defense Expert in Whitehall Puts Teachings to Print
After a decade of teaching self-defense techniques, David Loshelder decided to spread his knowledge to a wider audience by writing a book.Loshelder, 37, of Whitehall expects to see 18 months of work come to fruition at the end of the month, when copies...
Society Reborn after 2 Decades to Enlighten Ross on Its History
Unlike many North Hills residents, Grace Stanko knows stories of the days when McKnight Road cut through farmland, rather than a mecca of retail shops.The face of Ross has changed over 50 years, and Stanko does not want the old days forgotten."Ross Township...
Solicitor's Hiring Leads to Debate in Jefferson Hills
After fighting to trim legal costs for more than a year, Jefferson Hills Council started 2008 by hiring a lawyer who charges almost 50 percent more per hour than the borough's previous solicitor.In a 4-2 vote with new member James Weber abstaining, council...
Solutions Resolve Parking Space Conflict in Bethel Park
The installation of signs banning parking on one side of Florida Avenue in Bethel Park has created additional problems in the area of Benjamin Franklin School, residents complain.The signs were put up in early December between West Munroe Street and...
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: I have...
Steelers Q&A: Scott Brown Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Steelers writer Scott Brown answers your questions about the Pittsburgh Steelers.Quick question on Lawrence Timmons: I didn't hear much about him, and I never saw him when I was watching the Steelers games. I am a Pittsburgh native and...
Steelers' Tomlin Reiterates Position on Assistants
MOBILE, Ala. - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin defended his decision to retain all of his assistants and predicted that familiarity will create a better staff in 2008.Amid media and fan criticism of poor special teams play and worrisome pass protection, Tomlin...
This Time, It's Not So Personal for Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin often refers to her previous CD, "Whole New You," as her "pop" album. And pop, in this case, might as well be a four- letter word.That 2001 CD followed a commercial breakthrough for Colvin. Her 1996 CD, "A Few Small Repairs," gave Colvin...
Tijuana Flats Takes Carefree Approach Seriously
On the wall mural to the left, an anime army of Godzilla-esque monsters is wreaking havoc with power lines.To my right, painted flames are curling toward the slogan "Give heat a chance."Rock music bounces off the tropically colored walls bathed in shades...
Trooper Wrestles Inner-City Prejudices
In her crisp, pressed Pennsylvania state trooper uniform, Robin Mungo doesn't look evil or intimidating.Mungo, 38, a public information officer at the state police Moon barracks, has spent considerable time teaching local children that she's anything...
Unending Presidential Campaigns Harass Us All
Here's a recession-proof industry: the presidential election industry. It's not just "seasonal" anymore. The industry boomed all the way through 2007, jumping the gun shamefully, like retailers pushing Halloween and Christmas. And business can only accelerate...
US Airways Still Losing Baggage
US Airways remains the worst major airline for bag-handling performance, consistently trailing the industry average, government figures show. The consolation for US Airways passengers here is that since the airline dropped Pittsburgh International Airport...
Water Washes out Fridley Field Bleachers in Hampton
Where the Hampton class of 2008 will receive diplomas is uncertain because of a problem with bleachers at the district stadium.Half of the seating capacity at Fridley Field -- about 1,200 -- was lost to erosion from runoff that undercut the concrete...
Wecht Trial May Last until Spring
The dozen people who will decide the fate of renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht will be indoors until the weather warms, a federal judge said Wednesday."The good news is when we're done, it will probably be spring," U.S. District Judge...
Where There's No Well, There's a Way for Hampton Student
A Hampton Middle School seventh-grader is working to fill empty water jugs with money, so that people in Africa can fill cups with clean water.Dan Grzybek, 13, wants to raise $5,000, the cost to drill a well by World Vision, a relief and development...
Wilkinsburg Clothier Inspired Customers to Look Their Best
For nearly 40 years, clothier Sidney Berkey operated his House of Sidley in Wilkinsburg where he served men and women who wanted to look good."In a way, Dad inspired his customers," said his son, Scott Berkey. "He was an impeccable dresser himself. There...
Woodland Hills Students Unite against Vandalism, Racism
Nov. 6 was a tumultuous day at Woodland Hills High School.The school received a bomb threat, a fire alarm was pulled and several students were arrested after fights in a hallway.In the wake of the chaos, a group of about 30 high school students has been...
Young Wills Pitt to Win over St. John's
NEW YORK - Sam Young hurdled the Madison Square Garden scorer's table en route to the locker room at halftime Wednesday.All night, he soared above them all.The junior forward had the most complete game of his career, and No. 13 Pitt routed St. John's...