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Articles from October 12, 2010

$4 Bus, T Fares Scrapped by Port Authority of Allegheny County
The Port Authority of Allegheny County has scrapped plans to impose $4 base fares on 13 suburban express bus routes and its T light-rail service."There's really too much uncertainty right now with state funding for transportation to move ahead with premium...
ACLU Claims Blawnox Violated Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Blawnox in federal court Tuesday, claiming its borough council violated the constitutional rights of two residents.The lawsuit contends council must allow public comment during its nonvoting agenda meetings and...
Aliquippa Extends Streak of Playoff Berths
Add another WPIAL record to Aliquippa's list.The unbeaten Quips have secured a spot in the WPIAL football playoffs, which will be their 16th straight trip to the postseason. That streak surpasses a string of 15 playoff berths by Jeannette from 1994-2008."The...
Allegheny Valley School District Teachers to Return as Law Mandates
Classes for all Allegheny Valley School District students resume Thursday in accordance with a state-appointed deadline, bringing an end to a 20-day teachers strike and sending the union and district to nonbinding arbitration.Butch Santicola, an official...
BBethel Park Teachers Set to Walk Out
Bethel Park teachers plan to walk off the job Tuesday because they remain "far apart" in contract negotiations with the school district on salary, benefits and other issues, a union spokesman said.The district received written notification Monday that...
Biden: Reports of Democratic Party's Death 'Greatly Exaggerated'
Before what's expected to be a bruising election for Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden visited Pittsburgh yesterday to raise money for Democratic congressional and gubernatorial candidates.Paraphrasing Mark Twain, Biden told donors at the Rivers Club...
Children Learn to Do Their Best Sans Parental Intrusion
One of the differences between parents of the 1950s and today's is that the former did not care what grades their children made in school. Mind you, they insisted that their children do their best, but if a child's best was average, his parents accepted...
Chile Mine Drama Stirs Emotions in Somerset County
The South American desert is a long way from the hills of Somerset County, but for Tom Foy, the story of 33 trapped Chilean miners hits close to home."A miner's a miner," he said Monday, as rescue workers prepared to bring the Chileans to the surface...
CMU Alumnus Shares Nobel Prize in Economics
As a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University in the 1960s, Dale Mortensen rubbed shoulders with two future Nobel laureates in economics: Herb Simon and Robert E. Lucas Jr."I was exposed to ideas, particularly Herb Simon's ideas, about economics,"...
Councilman Declares Parking Privatization 'Dead' in Pittsburgh
Members of City Council on Tuesday urged Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to end his bid to privatize parking assets to shore up the city's ailing pension fund, even as they introduced legislation to sell some assets to the Pittsburgh Parking Authority."The mayor's...
DA: AWOL Soldier Intended to Kill Ligonier Businessman
Anthony Blaine Mowry went to the Ligonier home of retired businessman William McMichael Jones with a plan to kill him, Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck told jurors during the opening of Mowry's first-degree murder trial Tuesday.In a 35-minute...
Disabled Vet Wins Case; May Lead to Contracts for Others
A disabled veteran who runs a Station Square engineering firm won an appeal that could open the door to millions of dollars in contract opportunities for disabled veterans who own businesses across the country.In a decision last week, the Government...
DVD Reviews: 'I Am Love' Reaches Electrifying Heights
"I Am Love" (Magnolia Pictures)Authentic European film has arrived on DVD with "I Am Love," an Italian feature thick with arresting settings, flashy faces and oodles of flamboyance. The film reunites Oscar winner and major talent Tilda Swinton with director...
Foreclosure Freeze Clouds Pittsburgh Region's Housing Market
The good news for hundreds of troubled homeowners in the region - - that major banks put a freeze on foreclosures -- is having a chilling effect on the Western Pennsylvania housing market, industry experts said yesterday.Sales of foreclosed homes account...
Give Grilled Cheese Sandwich a Spanish Flair
"Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic" is a helpful primer about switching to organic ingredients without being preachy. Getty makes a reasoned argument for changing to a green pantry, and explains what is organic and how to decode labels on food packaging....
Greensburg Approves House Sale for Flood Control Project
Greensburg City Council last night approved a second sales agreement related to the Northmont Flood Control Project.In a 5-0 vote, council agreed to pay $38,000 to Steve Fella for an unoccupied home at 454 Roosevelt Way in Hempfield.Plans are to demolish...
Guidelines to Protect Groundwater Set for Vote Today
HARRISBURG -- Gas drillers would have to provide more information about chemicals they use and improve casings to protect groundwater from contamination under rules state environmental regulators plan to vote on today. The rules, which would take effect...
Heading to South Side? Be Careful Where You Park It
Marc Adams inadvertently chased away two customers this weekend from a neighboring South Side business when he warned them about police cracking down on illegal parkers."They said, 'We're going somewhere else' and left the whole South Side," said Adams,...
Humbling Loss to Browns Haunts Steelers
The worst loss of the Mike Tomlin era took place on a bitterly cold night last December.It figures to help on several fronts this week as the Steelers prepare for the renewal of their turnpike rivalry with the Browns.The defeat will -- or at least should...
It Took Three Tries, but Derry Approves a Stop Sign
Derry Council narrowly approved installing a stop sign meant to improve safety at Second Avenue and South Chestnut Street, near the entrance to the borough's downtown business district.Council Vice President Chris Holnaider last night cast a tie- breaking...
Jeannette May Need a Loan to Get through the Year
An advisory agency classified Jeannette's financial picture as dismal and said a loan may be the only way to get through the remainder of 2010.Representatives of Delta Development Group, which has a regional office in Cranberry, addressed council Monday...
Judge John Brosky Served Country, Family, Community
Superior Court Judge John G. Brosky collected accolades for his legal ability over his nearly four-decade judicial career, but always had time for his community and family."He told me there should always be a sense of compromise. There was always middle...
Justice: Keep Spot on Washington County Bench Vacant
The chief justice of the state Supreme Court and the Washington County Bar Association are asking legislators to halt the confirmation process to fill a vacancy on the Washington County bench.Gov. Ed Rendell nominated attorney Phil Melograne, 49, of...
'La Ronde' Provides a Thoughtful Look at Lust, Relationships
Love may make the world go round, but it's lust that powers the circular action of "La Ronde."Arthur Schnitzler's play may not be as shocking today as it was when it was banned after its 1903 publication. Nevertheless, the production that's being performed...
Love Letter to Theater Gets the 'Royal' Treatment
Pittsburgh Public Theater has kicked off its 36th season with an opulent production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's show-biz comedy "The Royal Family."The play takes us inside the opulent home of the Cavendishes, a flamboyant, multigenerational...
Luring Attempts Put South Hills Parents on Alert
School districts in the South Hills are asking parents to warn children not to interact with strangers because police received three reports of attempted child-lurings in two weeks.At about 8:15 a.m. yesterday, a 12-year-old girl said, she was walking...
Men Knock at Police Station, Are Arrested for Drunkenness
Two Fayette County men were cited for public drunkenness after they went to the Uniontown Police station and knocked on the door, according to city police. One of the men tried to run from officers when told he was under arrest, forcing an officer to...
New St. Vincent President Urges Reliance on Hope to Achieve
When Brother Norman W. Hipps, president of St. Vincent College, strolls through Melvin Platz on the campus near Latrobe, he thinks of the hope that surrounded the planting of the grove of trees more than 30 years ago.Hope led Benedictine Father Melvin...
Part of North Side Building Falls, Burying Worker under Rubble
After years of dealing with people breaking into the vacant, yellow-brick building in the 800 block of Spring Garden Avenue, neighbors were happy to see that the city was finally tearing down the eyesore.But at about noon yesterday, efforts to rid the...
Paterno Has No Explanation for Penn State's Injuries
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Joe Paterno leaned back in his chair behind the dais, legs crossed, simply at a loss to explain how five of his players left Saturday's 33-13 defeat to Illinois with an injury."To try to answer the question about why we have so many...
Penguins Exorcise Devils for First Win of Season
NEWARK, N.J. -- The Penguins didn't get their slumping superstars on track, didn't get Marc-Andre Fleury back in the thick of things after a shaky weekend and most certainly didn't get any healthier.They'll settle for two points in the most unlikely...
Penn State Forward out for Season
UNIVERSITY PARK -- The Penn State men's basketball team received its first blow of the season Monday, as it learned sophomore forward Sasa Borovnjak will miss the entire 2010-11 campaign with an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee."I feel...
Pitt Looks to Salvage Season
Pitt will bring a losing record into Big East play for only the third time in 18 seasons.But rather than wiping the slate clean and starting fresh, coach Dave Wannstedt said the Panthers need to remember what went wrong during their disappointing start."We...
Products for Babies Spark Imagination
Evenflo has developed two new products in its ExerSaucer line for babies. The ExerSaucer Jump & Learn and the ExerSaucer Double Fun, are designed to engage a baby's senses, spark the imagination and encourage the baby to interact with others. The Double...
Projects Pump $10 Million in to Wilkinsburg Homes
With gaping holes from its broken windows, the fenced-in brick building at Rebecca and Kelly avenues in Wilkinsburg is an eyesore, one that's too big to ignore.People moved out of the three-story fixer-upper a long time ago, before Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson...
Rendell Blasts Utility Merger as Job-Killer
Gov. Edward Rendell on Tuesday called for state regulators to reject FirstEnergy Inc.'s proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Greensburg-based Allegheny Energy Inc., but the utility companies countered that the merger would help the state's consumers...
Rendell, GOP Still Split on Gas Tax
HARRISBURG -- Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell and Senate Republicans remained "worlds apart" on a natural gas severance tax after a meeting Tuesday, and prospects for its approval diminished with two Senate voting days remaining in the 2009-10 legislative...
Roethlisberger Respects Browns' Defense
Monday served as an extra day of practice for the Steelers, who normally practice three days a week but will go four days because of the bye week. Returning to their regular schedule, the players will be off today before practicing Wednesday, Thursday...
Sales Offer a Bit of History, Glamour
An international explorer and Russian royalty provide the back stories for a pair of auctions beyond Allegheny County. Closer to the city, Concept Art Gallery drops the other shoe with an early Andy Warhol illustration. Mark Ferry AuctioneersBurt Todd...
Satisfying Cheesecake Can Be Made with Lighter Ingredients
A love of cheesecake is easily soured when you look at what goes into it. Many versions have 30 or even 40 grams of fat per slice and can call for a pound of full-fat cream cheese in addition to sour cream, half a dozen egg yolks and half a stick of...
Sell High Fliers Now; Go for Solid Bargains
It's time to unload some of this year's hottest stocks. There are still good buys, though, among less glamorous equities.Here are three stocks that in my opinion should be sold before year-end or as soon as you have held them for 12 months so you can...
Sestak Claims Opponent Favors Corporations over Workers
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak, during what could be his last major campaign event in Pittsburgh, accused his GOP rival yesterday of favoring corporations over workers and sought to distance himself from unpopular Democratic leaders.With...
Silver Star Founder Richard Rzaca Made Mark with Innovation
In 1970, Richard Rzaca came up with an idea that transformed Silver Star Meats, but a lot of people just found it laughable at the time. Yet, his idea for low-salt ham helped turn his family-run company with a few employees into a Pittsburgh institution...
South Side Business Owners Worry about Parking Blitz
Marc Adams inadvertently chased away two customers this weekend from a neighboring South Side business when he warned them about police cracking down on illegal parkers."They said, 'We're going somewhere else' and left the whole South Side," said Adams,...
Spring Turkey Remains Dangerous Season
Cars didn't offer seatbelts in 1931, household cleaners didn't come with warning labels telling you not to drink them and there were no bans on smoking in the workplace, in schools or anywhere else.Hunting wasn't bound by very many safety regulations...
Steelers Brace for Browns' Blitz
It was a bitter cold Thursday night last December, so cold that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recalls not warming up before facing the Cleveland Browns."We didn't go out and warm up. It was cold and windy," Roethlisberger said Monday.Roethlisberger...
To Live with Dad, to Live with Mom
Hey, Cherie!I am a 14-year-old girl. My parents are in the middle of a divorce after being married for almost 18 years. That's a long time. They are not in a divorce where they are throwing things at each other, but it is still a divorce. I am an only...
Tomlin Expects Fans to Welcome Back Roethlisberger
Rust and fan reaction are two things Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is not fretting about when it comes to his starting quarterback.Ben Roethlisberger makes his much-anticipated season debut Sunday against the Browns at Heinz Field. It will be the seventh-year...
Two Perryopolis Women Killed in East Huntingdon Crash
Two elderly women were killed yesterday when their car collided with a triaxle truck on Route 119 in East Huntingdon.Ravenna Swetts, 72, and Marguerite Swetts, 84, both of Perryopolis, were pronounced dead by the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office...
Two Pittsburgh Councilmen Want State to Run Pensions
Two city councilmen said yesterday that they favor turning control of the city's beleaguered pension funds over to the state, though by different means.Bill Peduto said a state takeover would result in a 30-year plan to fix the underfunded pension. "It's...
Vicki Lawrence and Alter Ego Mama to Play the Palace
There actually are two stars of Vicki Lawrence's one-woman show coming to The Palace Theatre for two performances on Friday.There's Lawrence, whose singing career includes her 1973 hit single, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," and whose acting...
Wannstedt: Running Backs to Share Load
Coach Dave Wannstedt said there are no plans to give a vast majority of the workload to either of his running backs, Dion Lewis and Ray Graham. Lewis averaged a season-best 4.8 yards per carry against Notre Dame, gaining 63 yards on 13 carries. One week...
Westinghouse Chief Decries Hurdles Facing Nuclear Power Plants
Power companies that need federal loan guarantees to build nuclear power plants are stymied by government regulations that are "too cumbersome and too time-consuming," with financing fees that are "too difficult to arrive at," the CEO of Westinghouse...
WVU Hoping to Solve South Florida
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - If West Virginia is Superman, South Florida is the Mountaineers' kryptonite.West Virginia has a losing record against South Florida, going 2- 3 in meetings with the Bulls. The two programs have met every year since 2005 when the Bulls...