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Articles from April 5, 2010

American Girl Magazine Has Party Ideas
The spring issue of American Girl magazine includes tips on how to come up with original party ideas. The magazine dedicated to girls age 8 and older invited readers to send suggestions. Party themes included: a pretend hotel sleepover with travel- size...
Canonsbug Churchgoer Hit, Killed on Easter
Throughout Holy Week, Shirley M. Howarth was hard at work behind the scenes at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church."Shirley's been here a long time, and I'm not even sure how long," said the Rev. Tom Hamilton, 47, pastor of the West Pike Street church...
Commodities Aren't Quite So Attractive to Investors
With investors on the lookout for higher interest rates, the knee- jerk response would be to buy oil and other commodities as a hedge against inflation.Typically, the Federal Reserve raises rates to try to ward off inflation, so investors sometimes use...
Ebanks' Decision Will Impact WVU
INDIANAPOLIS - After playing in their first Final Four since 1959, the West Virginia Mountaineers' chances for more success next season may depend on Devin Ebanks' big decision.The Mountaineers will lose three seniors from this season's team: star forward...
Ex-Point Park Goalkeeper Signs with Riverhounds
Steve Fabian has connections.During the final three years of his four-year soccer career at Point Park University, Fabian impressed coach Jeroen Walstra enough to get a professional gig this season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, who signed Fabian to...
Gaming Furniture Makes the Move into Family Rooms
Furniture makers long have made pieces for storing gaming consoles and their accompanying equipment in children's rooms. Now they're starting to offer more stylish varieties for other parts of the house."Gaming consoles have really moved out of kid's...
Grandma: Baby Sitter Fixated on East Liberty Child
A woman who took an East Liberty toddler to North Carolina was a longtime friend of the child's mother, relatives of the child said Sunday.Belinda Collins of Brookline, grandmother of Eyairra Collins, 3, said she saw signs that baby sitter Belinda Boswell...
Hampton Matriarch Sues to Try to Regain Lost Land
Just because she's 92 doesn't mean Gladys Auld is ready to give up fighting for what she thinks is right.As far as she is concerned, suing Hampton officials over land the municipality obtained from her family through eminent domain last year is a battle...
Harris: Butler Looks to KO 'Goliath'
INDIANAPOLIS - Whose team is playing the best college basketball west of the Big East and south of Tom Izzo?Say hello to Brad Stevens, coach of the amazing Butler Bulldogs.Entering tonight's national championship showdown against Mike Krzyzewski's storied...
Health Care Overhaul Impacts Wide Range of Citizens, Industries
Tracy Collar-Mirich isn't quite sure who's paying for the $938 billion health care law, but she has a sneaking suspicion she is.A health care system that recently charged her and her husband $22 for an adhesive bandage (retail price: $2.30) and $239...
Homework Needs to Strike Right Balance, Educators Say
Matt Selzer thought he'd have a lot of homework in junior high. But the North Hills seventh-grader never thought that homework would be fun."I'm a bit of a procrastinator, so having a deadline you have to meet isn't fun," said Selzer, 13, of Ross. "But...
Hundreds at Easter Mass Remember Fallen Officers
Amid the pain, the healing continues.One year after a gunman fatally shot three city police officers and wounded a fourth, more than 500 people attended an Easter Sunday Mass at Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Church in Bloomfield dedicated to the memories...
'Leave Well Enough Alone' Advised for Oppositional Son
Question: My almost-3-year-old has started saying things to me that border on disrespectful. Overall, he's a very obedient little boy who knows he's not in control of our home. First, when I begin to do something, he will yell, "I will do it!" When it's...
Losing Weight Becomes a Spiritual Goal
Ginny Dougherty has lost about 20 pounds since October, but said she had help -- from a higher power.Dougherty, 63, belongs to a Catholic-based weight-loss program in West Deer called "The Light Weigh," which teaches people to turn to God for support...
Make a Date to Pamper a Friend -- and Yourself
Invite your significant other and spend a date getting pampered. National Spa Week is April 12 to 18. It's a chance to experience spa services at discounted rates.Participating spas are asked to offer at least three services which cost more than $50...
NCAA Tourney Awash in Cash
Robert Morris University played one game in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament but likely earned millions of dollars from the exposure. Although the team lost its opening round game in overtime to second-seeded Villanova University, traffic...
No Longer Sold on Gold
ORLANDO, Fla. -- At least one-third of Kimberly Sterling's clients have sought her advice in the past year about investing in gold. The Orlando financial planner has successfully discouraged all but one of them from doing so.That one investor insisted...
Not a Single Dime More?
President Obama's big promise is that the vast majority can get tons of free stuff from the government and it won't cost a single dime. They can just force "the rich" to pay.Here's how President Obama said it in his February 2009 State of the Union speech:...
Organizers Reschedule Children's Outdoors Show
One victim of this past winter's major snowfall is making a comeback.Local sportsmen had planned to hold a Youth and Family Outdoors Show at Twin Lakes Park in February. The blizzard wiped that out.The event has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m....
Parenting Via an Online Connection
When Rachael Olbeter's son, Alex, was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, she wasn't satisfied with the information the doctors gave her."I started Googling like crazy. It scared me to death," says Olbeter, 29, of Greensburg. She sought out numerous Web...
Penguins' Gonchar Makes Immediate Impact
The Penguins were certainly excited to see Evgeni Malkin make such an impressive comeback Saturday against Atlanta.His countryman's return shouldn't be discounted, either.Sergei Gonchar might not return to Pittsburgh following this season, but it can...
Pine-Richland 9-Year-Old to Sing National Anthem at Pirates Opener
Jackie Evancho, a 9-year-old singer from the North Hills, says she loves getting butterflies before going onstage."I know I'm nervous, but I know it's going to do me good," says Jackie, who released a CD, "Prelude to a Dream," in November. "After I get...
Pirates Cut Ties with Ramon Vazquez
The Pirates on Sunday designated infielder Ramon Vazquez for assignment, parting ways with their sixth-highest paid player.The team has 10 days to trade, release or waive Vazquez. If another team signs Vazquez, it will pay him the major-league minimum...
Pirates Pummel Dodgers at PNC
The Pirates tore up the usual script for this season opener.On an afternoon in early April, PNC Park was drenched in unlikely sunshine. Guys who some had tagged as flukes, castoffs or has-beens played like all-stars. And the Pirates -- owners of a 17-year...
Port Authority Changes Cause Schedule Shortages, Long Waits
Many riders experienced problems with Port Authority's new bus and light-rail routes this morning, and information about the changes was in high demand and short supply. Monday marked the first weekday commute after Port Authority cut 23 routes, added...
Regent Square Herb Expert Shared Knowledge of Nature
"Franciscan" is the word Nancy Kelly uses to describe her friend Kathryn Giarratani."We used to walk in Frick Park," said Kelly of Point Breeze. "Kathy knew the name of every bird, tree and wildflower. She cared for everything that God made in nature."Kathryn...
Residents Vent to Pittsburgh Council over February Snowstorm
About a half-dozen Pittsburgh residents expressed their anger and frustration to City Council members over the response to February's snowstorms."I live right behind a senior citizens center and for three weeks the streets were not cleaned," said Wanda...
Retirement Planning Should Consider Alzheimer's
BOSTON -- When it comes to retirement, there are lots of things to consider: tax rates, earthquakes, and drug interactions to name a few. But experts say there are two big elephants in the room with which many of us will have to deal, sooner or later.One...
Russell's Goal? to End Pirates' Lengthy Skid
Of all the questions that come with Zach Duke's first pitch today, whether or not this Pirates season will be any different from the previous 17 is the biggest.Among the others is whether or not John Russell can be the man to manage the Pirates to their...
State Police Search for Pittsburgh-Area Escapees
State police are looking for two drug and gun offenders who escaped local halfway houses Thursday, in separate, unrelated incidents, state police announced today.Davon Tirell Gibson, 23, originally from Hazelwood, hasn't returned to his work release...
Teen Girl Says: I'm Prepped for Anything -- and Exhausted
Hey, Cherie!I'm a sophomore at a high school near Pittsburgh, and I am one of those girls who is ready for anything. Let me explain what I mean.When some people prepare for a test, they study their notes or the book. I study the notes, the book, and...
Trib Tested: Ekoh Pre-Party Prep
ekoh Pre-Party Prep is lovely, and I believe anyone who ever has used a facial scrub with polishing granules would agree with me. Admittedly, this is one of those products that would give me pause before purchase, due to the $35 price tag, but after...
Two Suffer Gunshot Wounds in Mt. Washington Car Chase
Two people suffered gunshot wounds and a Pittsburgh police officer needed medical treatment after gunfire led to a car chase that ended in a crash in Mt. Washington.Police said they will charge three suspects in connection with the incident:Bruce Smith,...
Virtual Interns Become Reality
Paul Furiga seldom can pinpoint the workday whereabouts of his newest employee, Miles Ritenour, but he doesn't mind."Miles might be at school, or at his apartment, or with his family," said Furiga, president and chief executive officer of the Cranberry-based...
West Newton Printer Puts His Own Collection in Book
When Carl F. Lander Jr. decided to write a history book, he didn't have to look far for his research and illustrations.A book collector since the fifth grade, he owns nearly 5,000 volumes, some more than 100 years old.Filled bookshelves create a maze...
Work Schedules Could Use More Flex
Where's the flex?More than half of employers report having periodic flexible hours for at least some workers, though less than one-third of full-time employees reporting having such freedoms, according to a report from President Barack Obama's economic...
WVU Star Da'Sean Butler's Career in Doubt
INDIANAPOLIS - West Virginia star Da'Sean Butler's once- promising pro career may not be over, but it has been seriously damaged.The senior forward tore the ACL in his left knee, a WVU spokesman said Sunday. The MRI also revealed a sprain of the medial...