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Articles from October 3, 2010

Area Native's Career as Commercial Pilot Spans the Globe
Anyone trying to get in touch with Tammy Jean Barron might do well to check flight logs at airports in such exotic places as China, Afghanistan, India or South America."I really love the job -- the adventure of flying and seeing all the wonders of this...
Auctions Can Benefit Artists, Buyers
It's fall, and that means the fall auction season is underway here and abroad. And, as usual, the buying and selling of artworks will be a big part of it.In these recessionary times, most art is moved through auctions, either at high-profile sites like...
August Wilson Center Exhibit Looks at the Keeping of Memories
After being officially open for just one year, the August Wilson Center, Downtown, has launched its inaugural art exhibit, and it's an ambitious one indeed.A unique exhibit exploring Pittsburgh family life, "In My Father's House" features five rooms...
Big Band Would like to Score More Than Praise
What's a band to do when there are few places to perform, a dwindling audience and no financial remuneration?Practice, practice, practice.Every Tuesday night, the Tuesday Night Big Band (which also has an alter ego, the Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band) convenes...
Blimp Rides Aim to Lift the Spirits of Children Coping with Illnesses
Katie Sechrist could hardly stop talking. The 8-year-old from Irwin was awaiting her turn for a flight on Snoopy One, the MetLife blimp, that was at Rostraver Airport on Saturday to give rides to three kids whose lives have been affected recently by...
Bloodless Revolution
The tea party is not a party in the political sense. It has no elected leaders or representatives or administrative organization. Yet it is perhaps the most powerful grassroots force since the American Revolution.The tea party is a social movement which...
Briefs: Victorian Week at Cape May
Cape May will host its 38th annual Victorian Week Oct. 8-14. The picturesque New Jersey seaside town is known for its charming gas-lit streets and 600 Victorian-era landmarks. Devotees of the era can immerse themselves in Historic House Tours, food and...
Carnegie Mellon Runs over Hiram
Carnegie Mellon had three 100-yard rushers and gained a school- record 585 yards on the ground in a 62-31 nonconference win over Hiram.CMU improved to 3-2; Hiram dropped to 1-4.Justin Pratt carred 16 times for 146 yards and four touchdowns. Jake Nardone...
CD Reviews: Baritone Milton Suggs Shines on 'Things to Come'
'Things to Come'Milton Suggs (Skiptone)Young baritone Milton Suggs goes a long way to establishing himself as a voice to be aware of on "Things to Come." He does that by great performances on songs as familiar as " 'Round Midnight," but also by turning...
Childhood Mistake Now Just a Memory for Sto-Rox Linebacker
Marian Rowe isn't shy when telling the story about the days her grandson spent locked up at the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center. Three years later, she sees a happy ending."It was a hard decision, but I had to teach him a lesson," said Rowe, a longtime...
Chili Can Be Made Ahead a Day or Two Ahead
Some chefs like chili hot and fiery, while plenty of chefs prefer a milder taste of peppers. Vegetarians turn out meatless creations, while others opt for chicken or turkey as the primary ingredient. For most, however, nothing surpasses a bowl of perfectly...
Communities Struggling to Recover from Montcoal Mine Disaster
COAL RIVER VALLEY, W.Va. -- Stanley "Goose" Stewart spends most days sitting in a lawn chair, staring at the densely forested mountains surrounding his home.In the cemetery next door lie three of his closest friends, fellow miners who were killed April...
Corn Is More Than Ears on the Table
Halloween brings witches, mini ghosts, carved pumpkins, and my favorite, corn mazes.For those who experience the adventure of wandering, semi-lost, through a table-flat forest of maize, it may be the closest we physically get to an essential element...
Crosby Likely out for Exhibition Finale
DETROIT -- Arguably the NHL's deepest team when it comes to elite centers, the Penguins' 1-2-3 pivot punch at practice Saturday was Mark Letestu, Mike Comrie and Dustin Jeffrey.Injuries to centers Sidney Crosby (short term, hip) and Jordan Staal (long...
Division Battles Serve as Prelude to Playoffs
Winning the Stanley Cup has been labeled the most grueling conquest in all of sports.Winning the Atlantic Division isn't much easier.The Penguins will join two other Eastern Conference heavyweights and two potentially solid New York area teams in a battle...
Farrior, Lewis Continue to Ward off Father Time
The moniker was not just a nod to the popularity of the sitcom "Happy Days" in the 1970s. It also poked fun at the protruding belly that James Farrior carried around early in life."Potsie," given to Farrior by his parents, stuck -- and now ranks as one...
Get Variety, Balance on Your Side at Dinner
Does this look like you when you're making dinner?You come up with a main course, usually a meat. You pick a starch -- potatoes, rice, pasta.At the last minute, you realize you need a side dish. So you dump frozen peas or broccoli in boiling water, or...
GOP Turnout Key in Pennsylvania Governor's Race, Experts Say
HARRISBURG -- A final month of TV advertising and successfully getting voters to the polls Nov. 2 are among the keys to becoming Pennsylvania's next governor, experts say.The race between Democrat Dan Onorato and Republican Tom Corbett remains in play,...
Graham Rushes for 277 Yards in Pitt's Win
Ray Graham started against Florida International University only because Dion Lewis was out with a sore shoulder."I learned (I was starting) the day of the game," Graham said. "Since Dion was hurt, we didn't know if he would be able to play. Just play...
Hard Work, Patience Pay off for Walker
MIAMI -- On a Tuesday morning in May, as he made the two-hour drive down Interstate 74 from Indianapolis to Cincinnati, Neil Walker wondered about his future with the Pirates."I knew this was a huge year for me, but I don't think it was make-or-break...
House Issues Honor for Mon-Valley Hospital Service
Walter "Fuzzy" Anderson was surprised when he found a large white envelope in his mail box only a few days before his 82nd birthday."I didn't know what it might be," Anderson, a longtime resident of North Charleroi, said. "I knew it couldn't be a bill...
It's 'The Ted & Pat Show'!
Joe Sestak's people called it a "scheduling conflict."We prefer to label it "cheese and crackers with Teresa Heinz."We'd also call it a tactical error by Sestak that doesn't boost the Delaware County congressman's chances of defeating Republican Pat...
Jets Hubbub Reopens Debate over Women in Locker Rooms
Male athletes have evolved to the point that a female sports writer doing her job in the locker room is considered normal.No longer do they lob jockstraps at women media members, as happened with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. Sexually aggressive comments...
Joe Mama's Makes the Grade in Oakland
The cooks at Joe Mama's Italian Deluxe in Oakland go through 300 pounds of dry pasta every week.That's not hard to believe when you consider that the traditional yet funky Italian eatery is open every day until midnight, and sits in the heart of Oakland."We...
Lonely Hearts Club Not Restricted to Humans
The Fayette Friends of Animals has created a program to have long- terms pets in the shelter adopted for a lower adoption fee. The Lonely Hearts Club has been a part of Fayette Friends of Animals to benefit those dogs and cats that have been at the shelter...
Louisiana Tigers Subject of Roundtable
When West Virginia University's football team -- you know why they are called the Mountaineers -- traveled to meet Louisiana State University Sept. 25, you might have been wondering why LSU's nickname is the Tigers.Civil War historian Scott Mingus will...
Maine's Craggy Coast Is an Ideal Escape
SOUTHPORT ISLAND, Maine -- The Olson House is hard to find, but after you arrive, there is no mistaking it. We made a few wrong turns at first, my brother and his wife, my wife, Margie, and I. The four of us had taken this day trip to the village of...
McNabb's Return to Philadelpia Loses Luster
Donovan McNabb returns to where his career started today when the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles.But there's a catch.McNabb won't have the opportunity to prove Philadelphia coach Andy Reid made a mistake trading him to a division rival...
Mon-Valley Regional Chamber Extends Honors for Leadership, Service
Two longtime businesses, a community organization and a civic figure shared the spotlight at the ninth annual awards event of the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.Honored at the gathering in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center...
More Voices, Better Schools
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's new film "Waiting for 'Superman'" is a documentary that follows the lives of five children who attend some of the worst public schools in America. I have heard many people claim that America is the place where anyone can...
Native's Passion for Soccer Transfers to Washington Youth
Monongahela native Nicole "Nikki" Bartkus-Chapman is still making a difference in people's lives through soccer. Only now, she's doing it in another part of the country and with a younger age group.A 1992 graduate of Ringgold High School, Bartkus-Chapman...
Nemacolin Relies on Foreign Guest Workers
People from Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the Philippines, and other far- flung countries have been coming to the village of Farmington in Fayette County for years.They work as housekeepers, waiters and janitors at the posh Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in...
Nittany Lions Short-Handed on Defense against Iowa
Penn State was short-handed on defense Saturday night in its 24- 3 loss at Iowa. Redshirt freshman cornerback Derrick Thomas, sophomore defensive end Sean Stanley and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Ware did not make the trip, and coach Joe...
Note This
The original proposal by Pennsylvania House Democrats to levy a severance tax on Marcellus shale natural gas exposes the Chester the Wallet Molesters for what they are.As the Commonwealth Foundation figured it, these pocket-pickers designated the first...
Outside Groups Spend Millions on Pennsylvania Election
There's no mistaking the message."What would it feel like if someone broke into your home, or stole your credit card or ripped off your car? Would you be upset?" asks the narrator of a television ad running in Western Pennsylvania. The picture fades...
Pat Moynihan's Wisdom
WASHINGTONOn Jan. 9, 1969, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a memo to President-elect Richard Nixon, on whose White House staff Moynihan was to serve. Moynihan wondered whether the disintegration of "private sub-systems of authority" presaged "the ultimate,...
Pennsylvania Elk Herd among Nation's Finest -- but for How Long?
How much is it worth to have the opportunity to shoot a record- class elk?One Allentown hunter put a pretty high figure on it. The state's regular elk season runs over the first six days of November. But Bob Ehle spent $35,000 to buy the state's conservation...
Pirates Close Season with 5-2 Loss to Marlins
The Pirates closed out the 2010 season Sunday with a 5-2 loss against the Florida Marlins.The Pirates finish with a 57-105 record, their third-highest loss total. Their .352 winning percentage is sixth-worst in franchise history."A 100-plus-loss season...
Pittsburgh Fashion Week: Seen and Overheard
What you see on the runway is the polished product.But there's a lot of muscle, physical and mental, that goes into transforming something that's raw and dingy into a sparkling fashion show.Fashion Week Videos BelowMaking sure every strand of hair is...
Pittsburgh Public Theater Kicks off Season with Kaufman Classic 'Royal Family'
For producing artistic director Ted Pappas, beginning his second decade as head of the Pittsburgh Public Theater is a cause for celebration.To do that, he's launching the company's 36th season with a production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's...
Pre-Snap Penalties Continue to Be Problem for Pitt
Pre-snap penalties continued to plague Pitt on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers, who rank 115th in the nation in penalties, committed seven pre-snap infractions, including six in the first half and one that cost them a defensive touchdown. On third and...
Quarterback, Defense Lead Iowa Past Penn State
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The difference between Penn State and Iowa during the Hawkeyes' 24-3 victory Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium was this:Iowa had a senior quarterback who knew how to make big plays.Penn State (3-2, 0-1) asked a freshman to take the...
Remedies for Income Gap Merit Debate
If you believe the numbers, the "income inequality" gap is widening. "The rich are still getting richer, and the poor are falling further behind them," a news story said the other day, citing Census Bureau data. The top-earning 20 percent of Americans,...
Robinson Watchmaker Kobold Has Small Turnout, Big Reputation
Kobold Watch Co. is turning out high-end watches at its headquarters in Robinson at roughly half capacity these days -- which is perfectly fine with its owner and founder.Michael Kobold deliberately limits his handmade watch production to less than 2,500...
Shady Side Offense Heats Up in 56-0 Win
Shady Side Academy made the most of a sun-soaked Saturday afternoon and dismantled the West Shamokin Wolves, 56-0, as part of its Homecoming weekend.With the Allegheny Conference win, the Indians (2-3, 1-2) broke a three-game losing streak. The Wolves...
Soldiers & Sailors Time Capsule Contents Rotted
Days before a special ceremony in conjunction with this year's 100th anniversary of Oakland's Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, masons disinterred the copper time capsule sealed inside the building's 700 pound cornerstone. On Saturday, museum...
Staff Heads to Bradenton for Evaluations
MIAMI -- The Pirates will go their separate ways after today's season finale against the Florida Marlins. Some of the players might never again put on a Pirates uniform.That could be true for some of the coaches, too.General manager Neal Huntington and...
Stark and Goda Continue Success in College Sports
Belle Vernon Area High School graduate Cori Stark has again become a starter in her sophomore season at Youngstown State University.A 5-foot-5-inch midfielder, she has started and played in six of the Penguins' 10 games this fall. She is third on the...
Starkey: Graham Stakes His Claim
Clearly poised for the question, Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt jumped early, just like his players had done so often in a 44-17 victory over Florida International on Saturday.The storyline was sophomore tailback Ray Graham's sensational, 277-yard rushing...
Swedish Author Spins a Complex Tale in 'Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End'
The popularity of the trilogy of books by the late Swedish writer Steig Larsson has spurred interest in other Swedish mystery writers, notably Henning Mankel, Karin Fossum and Leif GW Persson, who has just released a new novel in the United States, "Between...
Terror Bulletin Warfare
HARRISBURGState Sen. Lisa Baker put on a clinic last week on how to run an investigative legislative hearing.The Luzerne County Republican chairs a Senate committee probing the contract awarded by state Homeland Security to a for-profit private contractor...
Uniontown YMCA Chief Takes Away 2 Decades of Memories
Executive Director Steve Cooper calls his retirement from the Uniontown Area YMCA bittersweet."I've got the best job in Uniontown," Cooper said as he paused while packing two decades worth of photographs and mementos."I love this job, but it's time for...
'Vatican Splendors' Debuts at Heinz History Center
Lena Parente, who moved from Italy to Pittsburgh 44 years ago, has pretty much seen it all when it comes to Italian art. But she still could not contain her excitement about Saturday's opening of the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit at the Senator John Heinz...
Wealthy Pittsburgh Donor's Mideast Role Eyed
A prominent Pittsburgh philanthropist has been drawn into a controversy over the funding for a non-profit group which advocates a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.William Benter, 53, who heads a foundation bearing his name, helped secure...
Whitehall Educator's Passion Enriched Students, Family
Harry Mavrinac was a teacher and administrator considered a role model by his peers and the legion of young people he taught through the years."It's hard to recall how many of Dad's former students would comment on how much my father contributed to their...
Wood Ducks Are a Hunter's Delight
Jason Mears is, first and foremost, a deer hunter, but you'll find him on the water next week looking for some smaller, more brightly-colored game, too.Prime time for wood ducks is here.Pennsylvania offers weeks of waterfowl hunting each fall. But wood...
Wow, It Really Is Easy to Be Green
The next solar panel I install on the job will be my first.That activity just doesn't fall within my primary occupational responsibilities. Those involve stringing together enough sardonic observations and cynical comments to annually render my living...