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Articles from April 18, 2010

A Glossary to Help You Understand Big Ben Roethlisberger
Put yourself in Big Ben's place.As distasteful as it might be, try to see the world through Ben Roethlisberger's eyes for a moment. That exercise is necessary to better understand how the Steelers quarterback could have disgraced himself so thoroughly.Roethlisberger...
Another Dem Way to Pad the Voting Rolls
WASHINGTONThe ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) continues to drop in the polls. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, his Cabinet and their policies have zero support. The Cabinet's rating has fallen below 35 percent, making it clear that Hatoyama's lack...
Aspiring Teen Chefs Vie for Scholarship from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Twenty-five high school seniors -- some inspired by grandma, others by television chefs -- sliced and diced their way yesterday in hopes of winning a culinary scholarship from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.Since its founding in 2003, enrollment in...
Author Tawni O'Dell Puts It All on the Page
Novelist Tawni O'Dell admits there are times when she's sitting at her keyboard laughing at what she just wrote. Other times she will cry, and occasionally she will bang on her desk in fits of anger -- and not because she has writer's block."My books...
Baseball Sunday: Bucs' Alderson on Target
One night before phenom Stephen Strasburg made his nationally televised pro debut in Altoona, another right-handed 21-year-old former first-round draft pick received much less fanfare.Altoona Curve pitcher Tim Alderson, only four months older than the...
Black Marks on Credit Reports Dog Job-Seekers
Michele Rodgers was only two hours into a "dream job" at Guardian Protection Services in Moon in 2000 when she got called into the boss's office."He threw my credit report in front of me, which said I once stole something from Gabriel's, so they were...
Briefs: Jefferson's Monticello More Kid-Friendly
Thomas Jefferson didn't like to waste time. The statesman, architect, inventor, writer and gentleman farmer had clocks in almost every room of Monticello, his mountaintop estate near Charlottesville, Va. So, it's no great leap to think that Jefferson...
Canonsburg Vet's Sacrifice to Be Remembered at Vietnam Memorial
Joanne Gump will complete one of the most difficult journeys of her life Monday when she visits the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington where her late husband will be recognized for his service in a war more than four decades ago. The 14 months U.S. Marine...
CD Reviews: Tchaikovsky Disc Showcases Pianist Hough's Skills
'Tchaikovsky: The Three Piano Concertos, Concert Fantasia'Stephen Hough, piano, Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, conductor (Hyperion)Pianist Stephen Hough, who gave a scintillating performance of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 earlier...
Coal Miners Are Well Aware That Any Day Could Be Their Last
Josh Napper came from a family of coal miners. He understood the dangers of working underground.Less than two months after taking a job in a Montclair, W.Va., mine complex, Napper wrote a letter to his mother, fiancee and baby daughter, whom he affectionately...
Cold Weather Slows First Day of Trout Season
Sometimes even catching fish isn't enough to keep an angler on the water.That was the case, at least after a while, for Tom Gilliam of Lawrenceville on Saturday, during the first day of trout season in Western Pennsylvania.He spent the first few hours...
Defense Takes Charge in Pitt's Blue-Gold Game
The deck appeared stacked against the Pitt offense in the Blue- Gold spring game Saturday at Heinz Field.The Blue team, ignited by the play of middle linebacker Dan Mason and defensive end Greg Romeus, racked up points in bunches, partly because the...
Dems' Stakes High in 12th
LATROBEOn paper, the nine Western Pennsylvania counties in the 12th Congressional District numerically favor Democrats by a nice margin.In reality, the 12th's people could not be more removed from the Democratic Party ruling out of Washington. More rural/suburban...
Don't Blame Right for Violence
I always read Oren M. Spiegler's letters with interest and frequently agree with the points he makes. His letter "Violence isn't debatable" (April 4 and TribLIVE.com) is no exception. I agree that acts of political violence deserve jail time. However,...
DUI Simulator Offers Belle Vernon Students Timely Lesson
When Belle Vernon Area High School senior Clint Skibo got behind the wheel of a safety simulator, he expected it to be easy, like playing a video game. But after four simulated beers and negotiating the roads through rough weather, it didn't take long...
Ecuador's Flora Factory: Mindo Is a Wonderland of Orchids
MINDO, Ecuador -- I've often fantasized about retracing the steps of such naturalists as Charles Darwin, Alexander von Humboldt and William Bartram, who saw exotic places and recorded, in detail, the plants and animals they encountered on their expeditions.But...
Embrace Asparagus as a Rite of Spring
If you want a concrete example of rebirth and the potential for new beginnings, just walk an asparagus field in early spring. What a few weeks before had been acres of brown raw dirt is now studded with hundreds of bright green asparagus spears poking...
Exxon's Oozing Oil Pits Haunt Texas as XTO Energy Deal Nears
Bo Vavrusa was heaping dirt into the path of a wildfire on a Texas ranch in October 2007 when his tractor rammed an Exxon Mobil Corp. natural-gas pipe hidden in a thicket. Flames engulfed the tractor, burning his face, arms and hands as he fled."I thought...
Gubernatorial Candidate Rohrer Slams 'Big Daddy Government'
HARRISBURG -- To chants of "Go Sam go!" from a friendly crowd, Rep. Sam Rohrer yesterday attempted to draw distinctions between himself and Attorney General Tom Corbett by saying he's the "independent, non-establishment Republican candidate" for Pennsylvania...
High-Level Tennis Brings with It Hefty Price Tag
Parents of high school tennis players want their children to grow up to be stars. They envision their children ripping forehands across the grass at Wimbledon or celebrating on the blue court at the U.S. Open.For now, they'll settle for WPIAL and PIAA...
Hoaxer Tells Families That Guard Members Are Wounded
COLCHESTER, Vt. -- Families of at least three Vermont National Guard members on deployment in Afghanistan have received hoax nighttime phone calls from a person who says their relative was injured and then hangs up."This behavior is totally unacceptable,"...
Idaho Star Guard Iupati Is No Couch Potato
In the past, the Idaho Vandals were an afterthought for NFL scouts visiting the Potato State, where Boise was the place to be.Mike Iupati changed that. The Idaho guard, who visited the Steelers earlier this month and figures to be a first-round pick...
If VAT, Ditch the Income Tax
WASHINGTONWhen liberals advocate a value-added tax, conservatives should respond: Taxing consumption has merits, so we will consider it -- after the 16th Amendment is repealed.A VAT will be rationalized as necessary to restore fiscal equilibrium. But...
Jump through the Looking Glass for Date with 'Alice'
Take a journey into the crazy, fast-paced world of the Mad- Hatter and the Queen of Hearts as Ballet Lafayette performs "Alice in Wonderland" Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale.Kelly Jenkins, director of Ballet...
Kahne Is the Center of Attention in NASCAR
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The buzz at Texas Motor Speedway had nothing to do with the spoilers, the weather or Jimmie Johnson's quest for his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup title.Instead, the focus has been on Kasey Kahne, who is 26th in points and has...
K&L Gates Brings New Art to New Home
Last year, when K&L Gates proposed the removal of two massive abstract murals that filled the main lobby at One Oliver Plaza, Downtown, the city's largest law firm came off looking like a bull in a china shop.Well, now that new homes have been found...
Longer Lives on Horizon for Children Born Old
STEVENSVILLE, Mich. -- Everyone stares at Cam.They look at the oversized forehead and the thick blue veins on his bald head, at the translucent skin, the tiny fingers. And they suddenly realize that the boy wearing green Crocs and a pig-print shirt looks...
Longterm Jobless Face Dim Prospects
WASHINGTON -- Despite optimism over recent job gains, one grim statistic casts a long shadow over the recovering economy -- a record 44 percent of the nation's 15 million unemployed have been out of work for more than six months.And the evidence suggests...
'Marriage of Figaro' Still Dazzles Even Its Performers
Labels are never adequate when dealing with masterpieces. Knowing something is great is nothing compared with experiencing its greatness.Most of the cast for Pittsburgh Opera's upcoming production of "The Marriage of Figaro" has performed Wolfgang Amadeus...
Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast Serves Up Laughs
Nothing better than firing up the grill for a little backyard barbecue with Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward served up as the main course and on Friday, more than 1,000 friends, fan-atics and footballers came hungry for the slicing and dicing of number...
Monessen Native on Air 24 Hours for Waynesburg Fundraiser
Waynesburg University senior Jordan Thompson recently was on the air for 24 hours on WCYJ-FM to raise money for cancer research. The broadcast was a fundraiser for the station's Mini-Relay for Life team. Thompson, a communication major from Monessen,...
More Fatal Conceit
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl made an interesting comment last week about economic development. Though it's far from clear he fully appreciates or understands what he said."The public sector is what leverages the private sector," Hizhoner noted.It...
New in Outdoors Equipment
Springtime and spinnerbaits go hand in hand, with the flashy wire- framed lures being an especially good choice for early season bass. Anyone who's ever used them knows it can be difficult to keep them straight in a tackle box, though. They get bent,...
Night Baseball and Softball a Growing Trend?
No longer are the bright lights and prime-time starts reserved for WPIAL football."We now have Friday night lights every night," said Joe Pereira, North Allegheny's softball coach.North Allegheny has joined a slowly growing trend around the WPIAL to...
Notes from the Outdoors
A notebook of goings on around the Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission:Around the Fish & Boat CommissionSteelhead and trout anglers could have more access to Crooked Creek if Fish and Boat Commissioners act when they meet in Brockport on Monday...
Penguins Look to Take Command of Series
The stage is set for a gutsy, gritty group of Ottawa Senators -- down three regulars -- to take command of their first-round playoff series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who have surrendered home-ice advantage in a best-of-seven...
Penguins' McKee Is Ready to Take His Shot
Jay McKee was a healthy scratch for many games late in the regular season, but he wasn't affected by sitting in the press box.After all, McKee signed here because he wants to win a Stanley Cup, and the playoffs have been his only focus for quite some...
Personnel Moves
BANKING, FINANCEMichael G. Smelko was promoted to executive vice president in his position of chief credit officer of Northwest Savings Bank. Robert D. Carter was named president and chief executive officer of Regency Finance Co. and its subsidiaries....
Pirates Pull out Broom on Reds
The Pirates needed no late-game heroics Sunday.Behind a quality start by Paul Maholm, a five-run fourth inning was all it took for a 5-3 victory and a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.Maholm (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits and...
Pirates Walk off as Winners vs. Reds Again
The Pirates were patient in the late innings Saturday, when they couldn't manage a hit and relied on their bullpen to keep things close against the Cincinnati Reds.They were patient again at the plate in the ninth, using three walks and two singles --...
Pitt Baseball Returns to National Rankings
The surging Pitt baseball team was back in the national rankings at No. 24 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll.In other national rankings, the Panthers (25-9) were on the fringe of the top 25.Pitt routed Duquesne, 21-9, in the annual City...
Pittsburgh Regional Charity Volunteers 'Like Miracle Workers'
Four to five times a month, Barb Benedetti's pager goes off at odd times of the day or night. "I sleep with the pager by my bed," said Benedetti of Ellsworth, one of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross's volunteers on call,...
Pitt's Stottlemyer among Those Honored
Fallowfield Township resident and longtime University of Pittsburgh head wrestling coach Rande Stottlemyer is one of this year's inductees into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's Pennsylvania Chapter.Stottlemyer is part of an eight-member class to...
Poll: 2012 near Dead Heat
The health care overhaul certainly doesn't seem to be enhancing President Barack Obama's re-election chances.A survey released Thursday by Virginia-based Public Policy Polling showed Obama virtually tied with four possible candidates for the 2012 Republican...
Race2Four: Back-Check a Big Hit in Playoffs
The message was sent loud and clear only five minutes into the first period, when Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik threw a shoulder into Jason Spezza that sent the Ottawa star center spinning and onto the ice.For good measure, Orpik took another shot...
Real Estate Notes
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center plans to demolish, starting in May, the DeSoto Street wing of the former Children's Hospital in Oakland and replace it with a lawn with trees lining the perimeter, Denise Rafferty, director of planning, design...
Retiring Waynesburg Director and Coach Leaves His Mark
Few names are more connected to Waynesburg University athletics than Rudy Marisa.For more than three decades, he led the Yellow Jackets men's basketball team and in 1983, he became Director of Athletics.After 41 years with the university, Marisa will...
Rostraver Chamber Honors Community Leaders
Nearly 100 years of community service and business excellence drew the spotlight at the annual recognition dinner of the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce on April 9.Helen Estok was honored for her community involvement and commitment to the chamber...
School-Bus Line Owner Joseph Schmitt Put Children First
Joseph Schmitt's concern for the safety of schoolchildren -- along with his entrepreneurial spirit -- prompted him to establish his own school-bus line in 1957.Joseph William "Poppyseed/JW" Schmitt Jr. of Ross, founder and president of the former JW...
Senators Still Attempting to Contain Crosby
The Senators' job has come down to this: Contain Sid the Kid ... or else.Tied 1-1 with the Penguins, as the series shifts to Ottawa Sunday for Game 3, the Senators probably woke up Saturday with visions of Sidney Crosby dancing in their heads after his...
Some Prosecutory History
HARRISBURGThe 66-page grand jury presentment against Sen. Jane Orie and her sister Janine is a seamless presentation of allegations that Orie used public resources for campaigns from 2001-09. That's not by any means to say the allegations will be proven...
Starkey: When Things Get Hairy, It's Talbot's Time
Max Talbot's playoff beard is in the stubble stage, nowhere near the Grizzly Adams look he sported last June.I'm betting it gets there.I'm also betting Talbot scores a critical goal or two in these playoffs because, like ol' Grizzly, he lives for the...
Steelers' Off-Field Woes Attributed to 'Entitlement' Jock Culture
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Over the past three years, off-the-field incidents tied to Steelers' players and young women have triggered police investigations of wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Cedrick Wilson -- both booted from the team -- and linebacker...
Steelers Veteran GM Colbert's Mind Matters
Low key would accurately describe a man who pedals around Steelers training camp every year on a bicycle that looks like it belongs in the Smithsonian.Kevin Colbert, the Steelers' director of football operations, has also been called laid back, although...
Surveying Waters for Wild Trout Big Challenge
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has set itself a tall task.Some help might be the key to tackling it.The 144-year-old commission has documented the existence of wild trout in 1,709 streams covering 9,317 miles across the state. All of the tributaries...
Tasser Brothers Make Wrestling Impact at Pitt
The University of Pittsburgh's wrestling team enjoyed a record- breaking season, and Belle Vernon Area High School graduates and wrestlers Donnie Tasser and P.J. Tasser played their part.Coached by 31-year head coach Rande Stottlemyer, a resident of...
Tea Partiers Gather in Greensburg to Hear Santorum's Call to Action
Former Republican senator Rick Santorum attempted yesterday to enlist tea party members in an electoral crusade against the Obama administration, which, he broadly suggested, was turning away from historic American values.Speaking to a crowd of more...
Tea Party Must Still Be Rockin' in November
Will the applause lines of April still keep the voters fired up in November? That's the challenge for the tea party movement. In bright downtown sunshine the other day last week, Pittsburgh area tea partyers came out by the hundreds to "take back America"...
Thousands in Allegheny Still without Power in Storm's Aftermath
Chainsaws buzzed in many neighborhoods yesterday as cleanup crews cut and removed trees and branches downed during a thunderstorm that blew through the region the day before packing winds of more than 80 miles per hour. Crews from Duquesne Light and...
Topping Adds Quick Zest to Salmon
Fresh fish, whether cut in fillets or whole, makes a quick and deliciously simple main course, especially for those who are pressed for time. The recipe for Roasted Salmon Fillets Topped with Mustard Herb Butter is a good example.A busy cook can prepare...
Tougher Pennsylvania Megan's Law Act May Hit Snag Because of Costs
Major changes could be coming to Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law, the statute designed to track sex offenders.The proposed change, based on a 2006 federal law, would place more stringent restrictions on Pennsylvania's Megan's Law offenders, including:setting...
Uniontown Band Back in the 'Swing'
Siblings Clare Huygens and Jim Tajc are hoping to resurrect the memory of their father, Wally Gingers, by reviving his band.The newly reorganized band will play its first show in more than 20 years on Friday at Duck Hollow Golf Club in Uniontown.The...
Uniontown Girl Scout Hits Pinnacle with Nursery Plan
A Girl Scout from Uniontown has achieved the highest ranking in the Girl Scouts organization after her project to incorporate a nursery into a church's new building was completed.When Rhiannon George was just 4 years old, she decided to join the Girl...
Warhol Exhibits Pin-Up Queen's Photographs
From Playboy photographer to Playboy model, Pittsburgh-area native Bunny Yeager has seen and photographed it all.Now 81 and living in Miami, she's writing her autobiography and working on three new photo books. Recently, The Andy Warhol Museum opened...
Westmoreland Nonprofits Turn to Social Media to Extend Reach
For 30 years, employees and volunteers for the nonprofit Redstone Highlands Senior Living Communities have raised funds by mailing fliers, making phone calls or knocking on doors.This year, Redstone turned to social networking sites like Facebook and...
Westmoreland Residents Begin Cleanup after Thunderstorm
The sound of chain saws were heard in many neighborhoods yesterday as cleanup crews cut and removed downed trees and branches and homeowners assessed roofs damaged by a thunderstorm that blew through the region Friday with winds topping 80 miles per...