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Articles from June 2, 2008

5 Survive When Boat Capsizes on Monongahela River
A woman and child swam to the Mon Wharf parking lot and three others were rescued after their boat capsized on the Monongahela River on Sunday.The 31-year-old, 17-foot fishing boat capsized in about the middle of the river near the Gateway Clipper Fleet...
5 Wounded in Shooting at North Versailles Bar
Allegheny County police arrested a McKeesport man Sunday on charges of shooting five people, including a former Steelers player, in a North Versailles restaurant.No one was killed in the shooting at 1:30 a.m. in the bar of Nigro's Restaurant in the 3500...
Bethel AME Marks 200th Birthday
Katie Everette Johnson's pastor asked her to accompany him to a meeting with then-Pittsburgh Mayor David L. Lawrence because she took meticulous notes. It was a difficult assignment, recalled Johnson, now 85, of Schenley Heights.To make way for the Civic...
Bucs' Doumit Eyes Return This Week
ST. LOUIS -- For the first time since going on the disabled list, Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit tested his injured thumb by catching a bullpen session Sunday morning.The verdict?Thumbs up."It felt good," Doumit said, smiling. "I feel like I'm days away."Doumit...
Bucs Rebound, Beat Cards, 5-4
ST. LOUIS -- Tom Gorzelanny grew stronger as the game went on Monday night.That gave the Pirates time to shake off their collective batting funk against St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright and rally for a 5-4 victory.Gorzelanny pitched six innings,...
Busch Continues Hot Streak at Dover
DOVER, Del. -- As is the case at most NASCAR tracks, Kyle Busch heard the boos at Dover International Speedway.The driver NASCAR fans love to hate no doubt had them even more exasperated when he arrived in Victory Lane -- again.Jeers and victories, they're...
Captain from Hampton One of 'Burgh's Original River Men
Charles "Charlie" Zubik Jr. earned his iron will and early fortunes on Pittsburgh's three rivers, where he gained a reputation as a dauntless towboat captain."He was one of Pittsburgh's original river men," said daughter Dana Cammarata, 46, of McCandless....
City Witness Protection Unit Has Perfect Record
Witness protection billboards like this one along Perrysville Avenue in the North Side are part of Pittsburgh's successful program.Few people believed Pittsburgh police could protect witnesses in the aftermath of a daylight slaying in Hazelwood of a...
Corn Price Is Factor in Rising Movie Ticket Prices
KANSAS CITY -- The rocketing price for corn already is hurting Americans at the grocery store and the gas pump. Now, it's going to hurt us at the multiplex, too.Partly because of the rising price for popcorn, on Thursday, Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment...
Crosby's Playing Time an Issue
Burning question: Is captain Sidney Crosby playing enough for the Penguins?Breakdown: He skated 25 shifts and totaled 22 minutes, 39 seconds of ice-time Saturday in Game 4. He had played no more than 21:01 in the Cup final, and his average ice-time in...
Crowd Expected at Hearing on Murrysville Zoning
Murrysville officials expect a packed house and hearty debate Wednesday at a public hearing on a proposed business district.The hearing, at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, will focus on a proposal for a so-called "overlay district," which would keep...
Cynthia Fee Sung Opening Theme to 'Golden Girls'
Question: My boyfriend swears to me that Rue McClanahan sings the opening song to "The Golden Girls." Is this true? If not, who sings it?Answer: And this came up how, exactly? The theme is sung by Cynthia Fee, not McClanahan.Q: I'm hoping you can help...
Decisions of the 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...
Designer, 96, Plays His Course Again
CLAYSVILLE -- Forty years ago, Bill Ely stood on a hilltop overlooking his parents' 250-acre farm in Washington County.Surveying the steep hills and deep valleys unfolding below him, he decided it would be an ideal spot to build a golf course.So that's...
Doctors Remove Tumors through Eyelid Incision
The thought of having a tumor extracted from her brain through an incision on her eyelid terrified Bettie Saunders. "I was scared to death my eye would be messed up and I wouldn't be able to see," said Saunders of Richland. "I just had to keep on praying...
Early Crash Knocks out Chase Drivers
DOVER, Del. -- Tony Stewart stood with a hand on his hip, looking grim faced as his crew worked on the No. 20. Kevin Harvick folded his arms and could only watch the rest of the field speed around the track.Both drivers were helpless in the garage after...
Five-Run Fourth Dooms Snell, Bucs
ST. LOUIS -- Not a one of them was hit with much authority.Two balls dropped softly into the outfield. Two skipped slowly up the middle, as infielders vainly gave chase. One was hit just a few feet off the ground and eluded outstretched arms.In rapid...
Guests, Not Gifts, Get Short Shrift at Shower
Question: I'm paying a great deal of money to fly to Dallas from California in order to attend a baby shower of the daughter of an old friend. This is the daughter's second marriage -- first marriage was a disaster -- and she is having a child with her...
Hillary Bombshell a Dud
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called it "yet another fake Clinton scandal."He was referring to the orchestrated hysteria regarding Hillary Clinton's meeting with the editorial board of Argus Leader in Sioux Falls during which she said that nomination...
Holland's Faith in Babcock Pays Off
DETROIT -- This is as much a story about getting your guy as it is getting the prize.Red Wings general manager Ken Holland got his guy, Mike Babcock, on July 14, 2005. Babcock had last coached in Anaheim in the pre-lockout season of 2003-04, when the...
Hopwood Man Charged with Killing 20-Year-Old Woman
Jury selection is expected to begin this morning in the three- year-old homicide case of a Fayette County man accused of pushing a woman into a creek, then covering her body with rocks to hide her death.Eric Lee Bowser, 33, of 148 Bennington Road, Hopwood,...
Kareem Was a Celtics Fans during His High School Days
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rooted for the Celtics during his high school days in New York.Honest.He would later be involved in one of the most intense rivalries in sports, going against Boston three times in the NBA finals as a Lakers...
Man Lands Large Trout in Local Derby
A total of 225 people took part in the fishing derby May 25 at Northmoreland Park, with David Forsythe taking catch-of-the-day honors with a 14 1/2-inch rainbow trout.Stacie Novitsky of Latrobe took first place in the adult category for longest trout...
Medal of Honor at a Glance
The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest award for bravery in combat. Only the president, in the name of Congress, bestows the award.To earn the medal, the recipient must have acted "above and beyond the call of duty" and have risked his or her life,...
Mother of Slain Student in Shadyside Disputes Reported Insult
A Pennsylvania Culinary Institute student stabbed to death inside her Shadyside apartment last week will be buried Tuesday in Erie.Lisa C. Maas was killed the day before her 19th birthday. "She wanted to own a restaurant in New York City or another big...
Nature Calls
Anyone who's ever taken a spade to dirt has been seduced by the promise of a just reward. Rewards like those that were justly displayed at Thursday's Party in the Garden. Or rather two beautiful gardens surrounding homes across from one another on a...
New Kensington Students Find Truth in the Middle
Chris Pujol and Joey Staniszewski took the average eighth-grade school history paper a step further when they interviewed the Henry Clay Frick's great-granddaughter, Fidel Castro's daughter and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.Recent graduates...
Noth Loves This Mr. Big Character
NEW YORK -- Chris Noth is back in the big leagues.He returns as Carrie Bradshaw's sexy, sardonic boyfriend Mr. Big in "Sex and the City: The Movie." Big fits Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) like a shoe, but in the film, he gives her plenty of blisters....
On the Job: Sculptor Peers into Subject's Soul
Sculptor Michael Kraus fixes his attention on the unfinished bust of Etna native and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Novosel."I want to show the man," Kraus says inside his McCandless studio. "He has to be in there."Novosel flew in three wars, including...
Penguins Profile: Malone
Ryan MalonePosition: Left wingAge: 28Hometown: Upper St. ClairSeason: FourthNotable: A fourth-round selection (No. 115 overall) in 1999, Malone is the NHL's first Pittsburgh-born and -trained player and first to play in the Stanley Cup final. The 6-foot-4,...
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.Do be sure to check out the re-vamped "Chipped Ice" blog -- which is updated often during the playoffs with links to stories...
Penguins Role Players Watch, Wait
Some playful games of two-on-two hockey broke out Sunday morning in an otherwise solemn Mellon Arena during the Penguins' optional skate.Only seven players and two coaches opted to take part. It was enough, though, to put one goaltender in each net and...
Penguins Running out of Time
About 20 minutes after a crushing Game 4 loss on Saturday, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby interrupted a reporter's question.Crosby felt obliged when the reporter said, "You have to win three in a row ... ""We have to win one," Crosby said. "We have to...
Pens Have Reason to Be Optimistic
The Penguins held an optional skate Sunday at Mellon Arena before traveling via charter plane to Detroit for Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena tonight. Despite the Penguins' failure to score a goal at Joe Louis Arena in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final,...
Pens' Power Play Has Cooled
CUP MEMORIESFormer champions recall how the Cup changed everything:Petr Sykora (Devils, 2000)"There is nothing better or bigger. Nothing compares to the Cup. I am so proud that I won the Cup. It stays with you for the rest of your life. There is no other...
PIAA Baseball Previews
PIAA Baseball ChampionshipsClass AAAA (Bracket)First-round games to watch: Canon-McMillan (18-4) vs. Allderdice (12-5), 4 p.m. Monday at Shaler; Plum (19-4) vs. Central Mountain (12-6), 6 p.m. Monday at Shaner Field, Boalsburg; and Peters Township (18-6)...
PIAA Softball Previews
PIAA Softball ChampionshipsClass AAAA (Bracket)First-round games to watch: Latrobe (19-2) vs. Allderdice (10- 8), 5 p.m. Monday at Gateway and Shaler (16-5) vs. Erie Strong Vincent (17-3), 4:30 p.m. Monday at Penn State-BehrendPlayers to watch: Alexa...
Pittsburgh Trib Fans Compose Odes to Pens
We asked Pittsburgh Penguins fans to celebrate the Pens' drive to the Stanley Cup by writing a hockey fight song to the music from a popular TV show.Participants could choose the TV theme song of their choice and add the new words.What a response!You...
President Awards Medal of Honor to Local Soldier Posthumously
President George Bush presented the Medal of Honor to the parents of U.S. Army Spc. Ross A. McGinnis during a ceremony at the White House this morning.McGinnis, 19, of Knox died Dec. 4, 2006, from wounds he suffered when he threw himself on a grenade...
Publishers Expect Book Sales to Stay Flat
LOS ANGELES -- As publishers pray for a new children's series to equal Harry Potter and await the next novel by "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown, a report released Friday predicts a tight market for at least the next few years.The Book Industry Study...
Red Wings Calmly Pursue Clinching Victory
The following is a story by guest columnist Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News.DETROIT -- You can see it in their unblinking resolve, in the way they're chasing every puck, in the way they're coolly making key plays at clutch times. There's no satisfaction...
Red Wings Profile: Lidstrom
Nicklas LidstromPosition: DefensemanAge: 38Hometown: Vasteras, SwedenSeason: 15thNotable: Considered one of the greatest defenseman of all time, he's a three-time Stanley Cup champion, a five-time winner of the Norris Trophy and a 10-time All-Star. Lidstrom...
Rising Costs Hurt Schools
When Southmoreland school officials decided to raise lunch prices for next year, the plan was to bring their charges in line with surrounding districts.But as food prices continue to soar, the district superintendent, Dr. John Halfhill, worries that...
RMU's Institute for Black Students Inspires Leaders
Larry Hailsham isn't setting his sights low.The City Charter High School ninth-grader, who participated this weekend in the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, plans to become a lawyer, get active in politics and eventually be elected president."It's...
School Districts Get Lesson in Rising Costs
Families already hit by rising food and fuel costs might find themselves paying more to schools that are struggling with the same problems.Many districts are raising lunch prices for the first time in years. Higher fuel and heating costs are forcing...
Serbian Stars Surge in French Open
Nursing a sore shoulder, Jelena Jankovic won one point with broken strings, another after falling down and the last one despite blowing a big lead.Ana Ivanovic had a much easier time, sweeping every game.And when the tennis turned tense for Novak Djokovic,...
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: Dick LeBeau is probably the greatest defensive coordinator ever. The man is a genius when it comes to schemes and...
Survivor Pushes to Raise $140,000 in Triathlon
On July 20, Jim Galvanek will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles, hoping to complete in the Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid triathlon in New York in 15 hours or less.In the process, he intends to raise $140,600 -- $1,000 for each mile --...
'Swingtown' Openly Explores the '70S
In the middle of the 1970s, it seems, Americans decided it was time for recess.Vietnam and Watergate had passed. It was party time.That's the backdrop for CBS' "Swingtown." It starts in the summer of 1976, as Chicago suburbanites ponder the Bicentennial,...
Taylor Wants to Play 1 More Year, Is Open to Trade
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Jason Taylor wanted to clear the air on numerous topics.No, he did not demand a trade from the Miami Dolphins. Yes, he wants to play one more season before moving on to an acting career. No, he still hasn't spoken with new Dolphins...
The Jury's In
Artists from Maine to California and many points in between are represented in the Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, on display through June 13 in Founders Hall at Westmoreland County Community College.The show is...
Trib Tested: Pledge Furniture Polish
Alice T. CarterFor longer than I care to remember, a spray can of Pledge has been my weapon of choice in the war on dust. In addition to sniffing its mild and pleasant lemony fragrance, there's the satisfaction of watching your rag forge a shiny, but...
V-8 Modified Show Lives Up to Its Billing
It took a few weeks for the V-8 Modifieds to get their first big race of the season, and the fans were not disappointed by what transpired Friday at Lernerville Speedway.The BRP Modified Tour's 30-lap feature was a terrific show that featured some of...
Wings Gliding on Veteran Leadership
The following is a story by guest columnist John Niyo of the Detroit News.DETROITTonight could be one of those Polaroid moments in Hockeytown.The Red Wings will take the ice for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals with a chance to lay claim to the championship,...