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Articles from July 16, 2009

'30 Rock,' 'Mad Men' Lead Emmy Nominations
LOS ANGELES -- Tina Fey's urbane sitcom "30 Rock" received a record 22 Emmy Award nominations Thursday, while the 1960s retro series "Mad Men" led the drama pack with 16 bids.The shows were honored last year as best comedy and drama, and have a chance...
Americans Divided on Health Care Issue
WASHINGTON -- Americans are divided over how they want health care fixed and whom they trust most to do it, refusing to forge a consensus for or against President Obama as he and Congress march toward a historic overhaul.A new McClatchy-Ipsos poll released...
A Ploy to Clip Some Wings
WASHINGTONHow does the Obama administration love organized labor? Let us count the ways it uses power to repay unions for helping to put it in power.It has given the United Auto Workers majority ownership of Chrysler. It has sent $135 billion of supposed...
Apple Hill's 'Sleeping Beauty' Aims to Keep Kids Laughing
Apple Hill Playhouse presents a humorous twist to a classic fairy tale in its Johnny Appleseed Children's Theatre production of "Briar Rose -- The Tale of Sleeping Beauty."Nina Cotroneo of Delmont, an eighth-grade student at Franklin Regional Middle...
Army Corps of Engineers, Murrysville Council Discuss Turtle Creek Flooding
After surveying flood damage in Murrysville Wednesday, Army Corps of Engineers representatives invited the municipality to work with them on developing a flood abatement program.At the monthly meeting of Murrysville council, Army Corps spokesman Jeff...
Attitude Plays Role in Worker Savings
This person is white, that one is black, another Asian. But all are working here in America. Same economic system, same market choices and temptationsSo why do these groups save for the future so differently?It turns out there really are racial and ethnic...
Beechview Hoping for a Makeover
After leaving 25 years ago, Deborah Behun moved back to Beechview five years ago, only to find herself disappointed at how the area had deteriorated. And though the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is seeking federal funds to buy and rehabilitate...
Bleier Behind Heinz Field Fundraiser to Raise Money for Flight 93 Memorial
This Steelers season opens Sept. 10 with a home game against the Tennessee Titans -- one day shy of the eighth anniversary of the 9/ 11 attacks. "I thought about it for a while," said former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, "and decided it would be...
Bovard Still in Title Hunt in Indiana County League
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Bovard baseball team is in almost exactly the same position it was a year ago at this time.If Bovard (20-5-1) can win one of the final two games of a home- and-home series against Creekside, it will...
Chipping Away at Priorities
Like the writer of the editorial "Legislative 'priorities'" (July 8 and TribLIVE.com), all Pennsylvanians can agree that the current primary focus of the General Assembly should be the swift passage of a balanced state budget. However, the citizens of...
Clairton Community Church Picnic Encourages Unity through Fellowship
Fellowship, food and fun was the goal of the day at the 2009 Clairton Community Church Picnic.Four Clairton churches -- Gethsemane Church of God in Christ, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Morning Star Baptist Church,...
Community Mural Reflects History and Spirit of Blawnox
Adding to the ambiance and character of Blawnox is a mural more than 50 feet long depicting the history of the town and its people.In several weeks, the completed mural on the side of the Starlite Lounge at 364 Freeport Road will pay homage to the Hoboken...
'Copacabana' Lead Says Manilow Is Big on Passion
Broadway actor Tony Yazbeck already feels at home in Pittsburgh. He spent two years studying at Point Park University and has returned here often to perform in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera productions including "Doctor Dolittle," "Crazy for You," "West...
Council Rejects Plan for Plum Senior Apartment Complex
Plum Council has rejected developer Keith Nowalk's plan to build an apartment building for seniors on property he owns in the Unity section of the borough.Council voted 6-1 Monday night to reject Nowalk's request to rezone 7.5 acres of land off Leroy...
Crossing Guards Put Their Own Safety Last
Dave Mangus has seen it all.The Moon school crossing guard has dodged cars driven by motorists who are talking on cell phones, eating, getting dressed and reading the newspaper. He's watched speeding and distracted drivers cruise through crosswalks and...
Devotion to Family, Country Hallmarks of Trafford Trucker
Rich Walton was a fun-loving man who espoused old-fashioned values: hard work, love of family and devotion to country."Rich was a man who enjoyed having fun with his friends," said his wife, Michelle Zimmerman Walton. "He was the life of a party. We...
Donora-Webster Bridge Shut Down over Safety Concern
Traffic in the heart of the Mon Valley got more congested this week with the closure of the Donora-Webster Bridge.Like the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge in February, the Donora- Webster span was shut down because of safety issues. A routine inspection and...
Dow Rockets to Biggest Jump in Three Months, Rising 257 Points
Stocks rallied Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its best gain in three months, after Intel Corp. forecast sales that beat analysts' estimates and gauges of manufacturing improved. Treasuries fell for a third day and the dollar and...
Ex-Carnegie Science Center Director's Body Found in New Zealand Mountains
The adventurous former director of the Carnegie Science Center died while hiking in the New Zealand mountains, where his body and that of a hiking companion were recovered Tuesday.Seddon Bennington, 61, led the North Shore science museum from 1994 to...
Expense Payments Cost Taxpayers $33,000 Daily despite Stalled Budget
HARRISBURG -- Lawmakers have spent almost $300,000 during the budget impasse for food and lodging, a tab that will climb as rank- and-file legislators continue to wait for their leaders to reach agreement with the governor.It costs about $33,000 a day...
'Food, Inc.' Slices, Dices What America Puts into Its Mouth
Most people don't pay much attention to where the stuff we eat comes from, much less spend time pondering the politics of food production.In recent years, though, food writers and activists increasingly have questioned the consequences of how the typical...
Former Fayette County Corrections Officer Asks for Trial to Be Moved
The attorney for a former Fayette County corrections officer fired for allegedly smuggling tobacco and pain pills into the county prison Wednesday asked a judge to move his trial to another county and to remove District Attorney Nancy Vernon as prosecutor.Tim...
Frick Art & Historical Center Honors 26th President with 'Teatime & Teddy Bears'
Teddy bears will be the theme of a children's event Sunday at the Frick Art & Historical Center, which will be remembering the U.S. president for whom the cherished plush toy was named.Kids are invited to bring their own teddy bear or other stuffed animal...
G-20 Will Offers Chance to Show off City's Renaissance
Pittsburgh in 1984 was a city on the edge. Major industries had slashed thousands of jobs, and others were flocking to bankruptcy court or simply moving out of the Rust Belt. But a spirit of renewal born in that time transformed Downtown, and one of...
Galapagos Islands Adventure Thrills North Allegheny Students
Galapagos National Park is home to more than 3,000 plant and animal species, including many that can't be found anywhere else in the world.That's what attracted Jamey Pirring, a North Allegheny Senior High School teacher, to the island park about 600...
Gateway Center, Wood Street Stops Will Close on Weekends as Crews Install Track
Getting to Downtown events such as activities surrounding the G- 20 summit and Light Up Night might become tougher this fall. Port Authority plans four months of weekend T station closures connected to work on the North Shore Connector.Starting this...
Gold Star Mothers: Born of Sorrow, Rooted in Service
No one aspires to be a member of this club.It is a sorority born of sorrow. The American Gold Star Mothers is an association of heartache and understanding, as longtime members help new ones deal with the pain of losing a son or daughter in war. Then,...
Greensburg Streetscape Project Gets Past Cost Overrun Problem
Greensburg officials said a cost overrun of more than $836,000 for the second phase of the Streetscape project appears to be resolved, and an order to begin work could be issued this week."I think we're fine and moving forward," City Administrator Sue...
Head Covered, Heart Full: Muslim Uses Pageant Stage to Rally Girls
Wafa Koubaa, 18, wanted a stage to encourage girls to pursue science. She got her platform last weekend at the Pennsylvania National American Miss Pageant in Harrisburg.Koubaa was not only new to pageants, she also is a Muslim- American student who wears...
Health Reform Clears Key Senate Panel
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's ambitious drive to overhaul the nation's $2.3 trillion health care system cleared a key Senate committee Wednesday. But the administration was promptly buffeted by criticism from some of the industry players and moderate...
Homeless Man Arrested in Burglaries, Highland Park Rape
An anonymous tip led to the arrest Wednesday of a homeless man accused of raping and threatening to kill one woman in Highland Park and terrorizing another by burglarizing her home three times in the past 11 days.Terence Coulverson, 19, who has been...
Jazz Concert Will Spice Up the Day at Boyce Park
Four local performers will showcase their eclectic interpretations of jazz at this year's Monroeville Jazz Festival Saturday at Boyce Park.Rodney McCoy of Garfield can't recall the last time he performed locally. A national touring schedule has kept...
'Little Step' Documents 2006 Revival of 'A Chorus Line'
"One . .. . singular sensation, every little step she takes . . . ."Go on, just try to get that tune out of your head. It's from "A Chorus Line," the Broadway musical that's been dazzling song-and- dance-loving audiences since 1975. And now, it's at...
Mom Must Stop Wearing Black Knee-Highs with Sandals
Question: My mom wears a typical "mom uniform" all summer long. That means scoop-neck T-shirts, pastel cotton pants and sometimes a cardigan. She looks OK -- not stylish, but OK -- until she tries to dress it up with black patent-leather sandals and...
Month Likely Will Be Most Lethal for United States-Led Troops
KABUL -- July is shaping up as the deadliest month of the Afghan war for U.S.-led international forces, with the number killed already matching the highest full-month toll of the nearly eight- year conflict, according to figures compiled by The Associated...
Mt. Pleasant Woman Held on Vehicle Homicide Charge
A Mt. Pleasant woman will face trial on charges stemming from a two-vehicle collision last year that killed a Smithton man.Lisa Marie Brooks, 38, of 618 W. Main St., was held for court on homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide...
Music, Movies and Farmer's Markets
A variety of activities and events (many free) continue throughout the 'Burgh and beyond, as summer unfolds with a series of outdoor concerts, festivals, farmer's markets and theatrical events. Whether you lean toward jazz, trolleys, fresh green peppers...
MySpace Scam Passed to Malkin
First it was a fake Sidney Crosby shilling for money to fix up a Minnesota park. On Wednesday, it was Evgeni Malkin's turn.MySpace on Tuesday yanked a page claiming to be hosted by Crosby after lawyers for the Penguins' captain contacted the social networking...
NASCAR: Mayfield Again Tests Positive
Jeremy Mayfield tested positive again for methamphetamine, NASCAR said, igniting another round of denials from the driver, who angrily accused the sanctioning body of paying his stepmother to lie about his alleged past drug use.The positive result from...
Nintendo Scores Points as Unlikely Tool in Rehab
Karen L. Gillary suffered a stroke April 4. She struggles to make her mouth form the words that she can hear perfectly well in her head. Her husband, Robert, speaks for her. "She knows what to do," says Robert Gillary, of Plum. "Getting it out is the...
North Strabane Meteorologist's Work Used to Develop Weather Program
It started 25 years ago when Bob Davis started tracing watershed boundaries on a set of fishermen's maps in the National Weather Service office in Moon.His models and calculations led to a system that became the national standard for flash-flood detection.Now...
Oregon Wind Company Continues Fight with Fayette Zoning Board
An Oregon company that last month received a split decision on its request for special exceptions for 22 wind turbines filed an appeal Wednesday against Fayette County's zoning hearing board.Iberdrola Renewables, formerly known as PPM Atlantic Renewable,...
Parish Festival at Saints Simon and Jude Runs on Fun and Technology
The 38 game booths at the Saints Simon and Jude Festival in Scott Township are perfectly aligned using computer-aided design software, an electrical engineer and his crew of 10 make sure there is enough electricity, and parking attendants use walkie...
Paulson: Scuttling Merrill Deal 'Unthinkable'
Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said letting Bank of America Corp. scuttle its takeover of Merrill Lynch & Co. last year was "unthinkable," and his remarks about ousting management were "appropriate."Paulson "intended to deliver a strong message"...
Penguins' Mettle Will Get Tested out of Gates
In with the old and out with the new.A brand new Stanley Cup champions banner will be raised to the very old Mellon Arena rafters during the Penguins' Oct. 2 season opener against the New York Rangers. Since the NHL released the regular-season schedule...
Permit Next Step in North Huntingdon Sonic Approval
PennDOT has given North Huntingdon the green light to submit a highway-occupancy permit for a traffic-control device in connection with the proposed construction of a Sonic drive-in restaurant on Route 30, a township official said Wednesday.Township...
Pine Creek Photo Contest Hopes to Lure Shutterbugs
Bill Moul was working along Pine Creek last year when he happened upon a view that, he said, "knocked my socks off.""The sun was coming from the right direction over this particular tributary," said the president of the North Area Environmental Council,...
Pirates Waiting on Sano
The Pirates expect to hear by the end of this week or early next week whether Major League Baseball agrees with their conclusion that prized Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano is, in fact, only 16 years old.If so, expect other teams to jump into the...
Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon Impresses with FIBA Showing
Not even a malfunctioning airplane can stop Jamie Dixon these days.The Pitt men's basketball coach, who recently guided the United States Under-19 team to its first gold medal since 1991 at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) world championships...
Pittsburgh Corning Could Emerge from Asbestos Claim-Related Bankruptcy
PPG Industries Inc.'s joint venture with Corning Inc. called Pittsburgh Corning Corp. could emerge from an asbestos claims- related bankruptcy after nearly 10 years if a judge approves a third version of a reorganization plan.A hearing on the most recent...
Poor Drainage Causes Runoff Problems for Monroeville Residents
John and Lisa Babjak say they never would have bought a home on Vanderbilt Drive in Monroeville if they had known that their back yard would "turn into a lake" after just a few inches of rain."It takes a week of solid sunshine for the back yard to completely...
Psychologist: Teen Bomb Suspect Had Psychotic Episode
A South Fayette teen had a brief psychotic episode the night he tried to kill his family with bombs, a defense psychologist told an Allegheny County judge this morning during a hearing on moving the case to juvenile court.Christopher Janney, who celebrates...
Recount Ousts Monroeville Incumbent Councilman
In Allegheny County's only uncertified election from the May primary, a recount of 157 paper ballots in Monroeville has displaced a first-term councilman with a first-time candidate."I couldn't be more pleased," said Diane Allison, who secured the Democratic...
Red Star Agave Grille in Greensburg on Right Track
BackgroundThe Red Star Brewery opened in the renovated 1910 Greensburg Train Station in 1998. The brewpub restaurant under the direction of Ernie Vallozzi and chef Josiah Henry has been evolving ever since.Last winter, the restaurant in the station that...
Scottdale Woman Accused of Stealing Almost $2,000 from Neighbor
A Scottdale woman allegedly stole nearly $2,000 from her elderly neighbor while the woman was at a nursing home, according to police.Sandra Harmening, 54, of 119 Delaware Ave., was charged last week with seven counts of theft by deception and three counts...
Securities and Exchange Commission Moving Fast to Stop Financial Scams
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun moving far faster to stop financial scams and open investigations into potential wrongdoing than in the past, according to agency data, adopting an aggressive posture after it was sharply...
Sewickley Academy Star Chooses Davidson
Sewickley Academy basketball player Tom Droney carved his name among the most prolific scorers in WPIAL championship game history.But when the 6-foot-6, 196-pound combo guard accepted Davidson's scholarship offer Wednesday, he said the ability to find...
'Sir Steward' Sets Example for Members of Monroeville Church
With an array of tin can lids, pop caps and a little elbow grease, Hillcrest United Presbyterian Church Deacon Larry Novak built a suit of recycled armor for his environmental crusader and christened him "Sir Steward.""I kind of just liked the pun, and...
Sotomayor Responses No Comfort to Republican Senators
WASHINGTON - Sonia Sotomayor appears well on her way to the Supreme Court, but it's clear she can't answer certain questions -- about whether her gender and ethnicity will influence her decisions - - to the satisfaction of some Republican senators.The...
South Greensburg Boy Dies after Derry Train Accident
A 15-year-old boy getting out of the path of an eastbound train in Derry was struck and killed on his bicycle by a freight train coming in the opposite direction today."It's really a tragedy. From our interviews, it appears he thought there was only...
Starkey: No Price Hike, Pirates
Some of us are willing to give the Pirates' latest administration a chance.We happen to agree with their method of building from the bottom up. (Notice we did not say rebuilding, as that would imply something of significance had been built in the recent...
State Board Tells Authority, Casino to Settle Due Date for First Payment
The state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday gave Rivers Casino owners and the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority one week to settle a dispute over when the North Shore casino must start making payments for the new Penguins arena.The casino's lawyers...
State Historical Marker to Honor First Black-Owned Hill District Ballpark
Charles Greenlee remembers eating taffy and playing games at his uncle's professional baseball field when he was a little boy. Greenlee Field was a popular spot in the Hill District for the community to have fun on game days. "People would get all dressed...
State Universities Must Be Included in Stimulus Package
U.S. Department of Education officials told Gov. Ed Rendell he must include the state's four public-related institutions in Pennsylvania's application for stimulus money.But it's up to the governor whether the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple...
Summertime: Some Teachers Relax, Others Earn Extra Cash
Don Thomas has been a seventh- and eighth-grade art teacher at Pine-Richland Middle School in Gibsonia for 24 years.He would like to retire, but said in order to pay off his children's college loans, he not only plans to teach five more years, he took...
Sweaters Are Essential Part of Summer Wardrobe
The temperature is expected to be near 80 degrees today, so don't forget your sweater.The essential summer cardigan is a staple for any woman's summer wardrobe. It comes in handy when evenings turn cool, or when the air conditioning is a little too brisk.And...
Wanda Jackson Rocked Elvis Presley's World
If Elvis was the King (of Rock 'n' Roll), then Wanda Jackson is surely the Queen. She was there at the beginning, and still carries the flame of real rock 'n' roll with her customary fiery passion. Her raspy, sexy voice and raw, aggressive music was...
Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Tom Murphy Owes $71,000 in Back Taxes
Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Tom Murphy owes the federal government nearly $71,000 for unpaid income taxes dating back to 2007.The Internal Revenue Service last month filed a lien against Murphy, seeking to recoup delinquent payments. Last year,...
Westmoreland Manufacturer Plans to Expand Production, Create Jobs
A Westmoreland County solar power-products manufacturer plans to expand production and create about 375 jobs over the next three years, funded in part by $7.5 million from the state to help pay for equipment, the company president said Wednesday."This...
Why Take Great Pains to Numb Ourselves?
Last week, I applauded when a verdict came down in the case of Mt. Lebanon dentist Robert Boyda Jr., who was accused of sexual assault by 17 female patients who claimed the oral surgeon was up to no good while they were sedated.Boyda, 44, was acquitted...
Workman's Bar in Greensburg Pours Last Cold One
Workman's Bar has gone the way of the mom-and-pop grocery that preceded it on the corner of Shearer Street and Washington Avenue in Greensburg.The neighborhood bar, where working-class people strolled in for almost 60 years for a shot and a beer and...