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Articles from June 13, 2009

Allegheny County Councilman to Stand Trial on Charges of Theft
An Allegheny County councilman will stand trial on allegations he stole $200,000 from an elderly widow, a county judge ruled Friday.Charles McCullough tried to use his power of attorney for widow Shirley H. Jordan, 92, to secure millions of dollars for...
Allegheny General to End Baby Deliveries, Transfer Services to West Penn
Baby deliveries at Allegheny General Hospital will stop within the next year as part of an overhaul that will move inpatient obstetrics and psychiatric services to other hospitals within West Penn Allegheny Health System, officials announced Friday.Inpatient...
Alternative, Healthful Foods Available for Allergy Sufferers
Christine Doherty's body won't tolerate wheat gluten. She's allergic to corn and eggs. And her daughter has soy allergies.They still eat. The Doherty family simply avoids processed foods - - which can be stripped of essential nutrients and contain excess...
American Adds Flights as Other Airlines Lose Traffic, Scale Back
Passenger traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport continued to decline through the spring, but American Airlines bucked that trend Friday and expanded service to Dallas/Fort Worth.Overall, passenger traffic fell 11 percent in May compared to May...
Amtrak in Connellsville Urged to Upgrade with Restrooms, Baggage Checks
Step off the Amtrak train in Connellsville and the area isn't very inviting.There's the drab glass and aluminum shelter station, a pay telephone and a sign describing Amtrak's routes. There are seats in the musty shelter, but no restrooms."Right now,...
Assessing North Korea's Threats
Bruce Klingner first butted heads with North Korea when he was named in 1993 as chief of the CIA's Korea Branch, which provided analytic reports on military developments during the nuclear crisis of 1993-1994. From 1996-2001, he was deputy division chief...
A Stanley Cup for Hossa? No, Sir
DETROIT -- Marian Hossa swears he has no regrets.The high-priced right wing stood by that, even after he watched his former team beat his current one and hoist the Stanley Cup. Even after he claimed that he left the Penguins for the Detroit Red Wings...
Battling-Robot Builders in Latrobe Gain Insight into Careers
Thirteen-year-old Jared Skoloda took apart a robot he spent this week building in a matter of minutes.The Greater Latrobe Junior High student wanted to get outside to launch the model rocket he designed this week.He and 27 other Westmoreland County seventh-graders...
Brandywine Heights Halts South Fayette
ALTOONA -- South Fayette coach James Barton said after his team defeated Mount Union that he would wait until after the pregame warmup to decide whether he would start senior Zack Fettig or junior Dylan Haviland in the PIAA Class AA championship against...
Camp Hill Thwarts Serra Catholic Comeback
ALTOONA -- There was no sense of sadness or anger as members of the Serra Catholic baseball team accepted their PIAA Class A silver medals at Blair County Ballpark on Friday.Instead, the Eagles seemed to take in the spectacle, looking like players who...
Candidates Not on Spring Ballot in Fayette's Primary to Appear on Fall Ballot
Several candidates who were not on the ballot in Fayette County's spring primary will appear on the fall ballot for the general election because they garnered enough write-in votes to earn nominations.Laurie Lint, election bureau director, said 10,000...
'Car-Free Fridays' Kicks off as Workers Ride Transit, Pedal Bikes
Bike Pittsburgh kicked off its first "Car-Free Fridays" yesterday, hoping that the city's recent accolades for livability, walkability and bicycle-friendliness might encourage more commuters to leave their vehicles at home and find other ways to work.Fifteen...
CD Reviews: Wild and Crazy Martin Delivers Crazy-Good 'Crow'
'The Crow'Steve Martin (Rounder)As a banjo player, Steve Martin is not funny at all. He's darned good, as he shows in "The Crow," an album that features 14 songs he also wrote. It also has guests such as Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs and Vince Gill, which...
Churchill Wants Taser Policy Kept Secret
Churchill wants an Allegheny County judge to overturn a state agency's decision that the borough's Taser policy is a public record.Tracey McCants Lewis, a Duquesne University law professor, said the university's Center for the Bill of Rights requested...
City Policeman Cleared by Judge Has Four Accusations against Him
If a suspended Pittsburgh police officer cleared of criminal charges in connection with an incident in the South Side gets his job back, he may have to deal with other complaints against him.Paul Abel, 35, an eight-year veteran of the force, was cleared...
City Suspends Public Works Employee Convicted of DUI
City officials Friday suspended a Pittsburgh Public Works employee who drove drunk when he left a city-organized golf outing in Butler County.John F. Barley, 57, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a drunken driving charge police filed against him Oct. 12, but...
Crisis Situations Test Communication during Possible Anthrax Threats
Using an 800-pound Jersey barrier to simulate a dead cow, emergency workers from 13 counties on Friday began learning how to respond to agricultural bio-hazards.The "cow" was a potential victim of anthrax. It fell dead at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds...
Cross-Country Model T Trip Is Drive of Lifetime
Ken Hummel is going for a drive. He will travel 3,961.9 miles. His speed won't exceed 40 miles per hour.He won't have windshield wipers, air conditioning, or a radio. He will pass through 12 states over 29 days.It's a trip that's been in the making for...
Dane's Debut Weaves Crime Fiction, Myth
The power of storytelling can never be underestimated, as Danish- born Christian Moerk proves in his enthralling "Darling Jim."In his American debut, Moerk shows how the various forms of storytelling -- myths, fairy tales, horror and crime fiction --...
Deals Reached to Sell Land for Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset
Chris Williams had her doubts, but a last-minute deal to sell the land she and her husband own in Somerset County avoided the necessity of the government seizing it for the Flight 93 National Memorial.Chris and Dale Williams and four other landowners...
Devout West Mifflin Woman Used Music to Serve God
There were never enough hours in a day for Lola Mae Bray's God- and family-centered life. As the wife of a Methodist minister, Mrs. Bray was respected for her commitments to the tenets of her faith and her desire to reach out to those in need of encouragement...
Dismissal of Hit-and-Run Charge against Indiana County Man Affirmed
An appellate court has refused to reinstate criminal charges against an Indiana County man accused of striking and killing bicyclist Sean Pearce in 2005.In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed Indiana Judge Gregory Olson's 2007...
Energy Company Buys Westmoreland Land for Possible $1 Billion Plant
A Nebraska-based energy company has quietly purchased 400 acres in South Huntingdon with an eye toward building a $1 billion natural gas power plant to serve eastern and midwestern portions of the United States.Officials with Teneska Energy of Omaha...
Game 7 Summary: Pens vs. Red Wings
FIRST PERIODPENGUINS 0, RED WINGS 0HIGHLIGHT: The Penguins narrowly missed two scoring opportunities in the ninth minute, when RW Tyler Kennedy shot wide from the right side. Kennedy got the rebound behind the boards and fed a pass to C Jordan Staal,...
Gorgonzola Tops off This Father's Day Sirloin
Is there a man around who will turn down a juicy, perfectly cooked steak? I doubt it. So, for anchoring a meal on Father's Day, what could be better than a charred, succulent beef sirloin topped with creamy slices of gorgonzola and a simple red onion...
Heading out to a Concert, Keep This in Mind
The outdoor concert season is in full swing. That means plenty of good music under the stars, and plenty of situations that only seem to happen when music is mixed with fresh air.For some reason, the atmosphere at an amphitheater or park causes a Jekyll-and-Hyde...
Iron City Brewing Moving Operations to Latrobe
The iconic Iron City beer, made at Pittsburgh's last commercial brewery, is leaving Lawrenceville for Latrobe in a move the owners say must happen in order for the beer maker to survive."We would not be viable in this plant much longer. It's a business...
Kathleen George's Latest Has Many Characters Battling 'The Odds'
Kathleen George has always been fond of books about children on their own in the world, be it the fable of "Hansel and Gretel" or more contemporary stories. In her new novel "The Odds," the North Side resident comes up with her own version of this theme,...
Mahler's 'Resurrection' Blazes with Power
The epic journey of Gustav Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony unfolded with exceptional breadth Friday night when Manfred Honeck led the first of the two final concerts of his first season as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The first movement,...
More Than 1.7 Million Area Residents to Benefit from Stimulus
More than 1.7 million residents in eight Pittsburgh-area counties will get tax cuts, access to health insurance or food assistance from the federal economic stimulus package.Pennsylvania expects to receive as much as $17 billion from the $787 billion...
New Deal's Norvelt Homestead Offered Help, Hope to Families
First lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited Norvelt on May 21, 1937, inspecting the town and several homes.In April 1933, a month into the New Deal, President Franklin Roosevelt penned a note to an ally, Sen. George Norris of Nebraska, asking him to add $25...
Pass the Cup
DETROIT -- Kids, they grow up so fast.The young Penguins grew into champions Friday night.Playing mostly without 21-year-old captain Sidney Crosby, they dethroned the veteran Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena with a 2- 1 victory to claim the Stanley...
Penguins Fans Pay Price to Watch History
DETROIT - They paid the asking price to be part of history, traveling from Pittsburgh to watch the Penguins play the Detroit Red Wings Friday in the game that would decide the Stanley Cup championship.For one Penguins fan, it was a matter of two words."Bucket...
Penguins' Fans Savor Team's 3rd Stanley Cup Title
After the last second ticked off the clock at Joe Louis Arena, the crowds spilled onto sidewalks around the city as Pittsburgh screamed for its new champions.Leaning out of windows above South Side bars, people banged pots and pans together, as the crowd...
Penguins' Malkin Takes Home Conn Smythe
Evgeni Malkin has the MVP that matters most.For leading the playoffs in points -- and the Penguins to the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 win on Friday at Detroit -- Malkin earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason Most Valuable Player.His 36 points were...
Penguins' Talbot Is a Game 7 Hero
DETROIT -- Maybe Max Talbot really is a superstar, just like he jokes in that car commercial.At the least, he is a Stanley Cup legend after scoring both of the Penguins' goals in a 2-1, Game 7 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night at Joe...
Penn Hills Woman to Donate Kidney to Man She Never Met
Nancy Murrell has a blurry digital photo of Anthony Cottman she can call up on her iPhone.Murrell has never met the 45-year-old Brooklyn resident and has only spoken to him a few times. Yet, later this month, she will undergo surgery in New York City...
Pens' Sykora Scratched for Game 7 of Final
It became obvious during practice Friday morning that Penguins RW Petr Sykora would not suit up for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.Sykora did not participate and wore a protective boot on his right foot, which was injured blocking a shot in Game 6."It...
Pirates' Bats Awaken in Win over Tigers
Pirates manager John Russell said he wanted hits."We're not very much of a home run-hitting team," Russell said. "We have to manufacture runs. When we get guys on base, we do a pretty good job. But we have to get some hits."He got 'em.Singles and extra-base...
Pirates Sign First-Round Pick Sanchez
Weeks of lively internal debates took place before the Pirates settled on catcher Tony Sanchez as their first-round draft pick.They needed less than 72 hours to get Sanchez's name on a contract.On Friday, Sanchez became the first of this year's opening-round...
Pitsburgh Civic Light Opera's New Show's Got 'Swing!'
With the experience from seven productions to draw on, Dana Solimando knows it don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing.That's why, as director and choreographer for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of "Swing!," she looks for performers...
Prisuta: Pens Follow Plan to Cup
DETROIT -- They turned a ton of grit into 35 pounds of silver.They did it one shift at a time and one period at a time and they did it together.They did it in Game 7.They did it on the road.They did it against the defending champions.And they did it...
Questions Raised in Firings of Workers at Shuman Juvenile Detention Center
Shuman Juvenile Detention Center may need new leaders, according to several Allegheny County Council members who plan to meet with officials next week about the center's ongoing problems.Council members questioned the leadership of director William "Jack"...
Scottdale Man Gets Up to Four Years in Online Sex Case
A Scottdale man convicted of traveling to Uniontown to have sex with a teenage girl he met online, only to discover she was an undercover police officer, will serve two to four years in a state prison. Four members of the family of Sean Patrick Stillwagon,...
Shaler's Dream Softball Season Ends
SHIPPENSBURG -- Shaler's young Titans had a remarkable run through the WPIAL and PIAA softball playoffs. Unfortunately, they have nothing to show for it.Two weeks after losing the WPIAL championship by one run, Shaler was upended in the PIAA Class AAAA...
Smart Choices Can Go a Long Way with Barbecue
Smart choices in the kitchen mean you can afford a big spread for a group. Make-ahead prep means time savings are big, too. So dig in!Three kinds of ribs, three lemonades, two salads, two appetizers and a creative dessert add up to a memorable meal....
Spice Island Tea House Owner Honors Father
Ron Lee is carrying on his late father's legacy with the Spice Island Tea House in Oakland.Although Richard Lee died in 2000, he was instrumental in the creation of the popular Southeast Asian restaurant."My family has always been in the restaurant business,"...
Starkey: The Impossible Penguins
DETROIT -- It's safe to call Pittsburgh the City of Champions again.It's also safe to call the Penguins' 2-1, Game 7 victory Friday night at Joe Louis Arena one of the great wins in Pittsburgh sports history, alongside bunch of others, including "The...
State Lawmakers Advised to Delay Health-Care Reform
HARRISBURG -- With President Obama's plan for a comprehensive overhaul of America's health-care system pending in Congress, some Republican lawmakers are questioning the necessity of recent reform initiatives in Pennsylvania.The state House spent a day...
Steelers Agree to Terms with Three Picks
The Steelers signed one of their three third-round draft choices, cornerback Keenan Lewis of Oregon State, and their two fifth-round picks Friday.Lewis is considered by the Steelers to be a physical cornerback who should complement starter Ike Taylor.Also...
The REP Stocks Season with Winners
A world premiere from a local playwright is among the four plays planned for the 2009-10 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theater company.Tammy Ryan's "A Confluence of Dreaming" (May 27-June 13, 2010) will close the season.The...
Tigers Pitcher Does Double Duty vs. Pirates
Not having the designated hitter was not a disadvantage Friday for the Detroit Tigers.Rookie pitcher Rick Porcello tossed seven strong innings and had a pair of two-out, RBI hits -- the first of his career -- to lift the Tigers to a 3-1 interleague victory...
Trail Town Program Aims to Link Businesses with Hikers, Bikers
Hikers and bikers crossing the Great Allegheny Passage into Maryland soon may find trail town business owners offering to ship their wares, or shopkeepers installing bike rack "welcome mats."Those were among several suggestions Trail Town Program director...
Unsettled Debts, Unfilled Promises Taint Iron City
Iron City Brewing Co. is leaving Pittsburgh to brew beer in Latrobe with unsettled debts to local governments and the water authority, as well as broken promises to workers.When Iron City Brewing President Timothy Hickman announced the move to City Brewing...
Waters Keeps the Creeps Coming in 'Little Stranger'
A reviewer probably shouldn't admit this, but while making my way through Sarah Waters' new novel, "The Little Stranger," I'd sometimes forget to take notes, so hypnotized was I by the spell of this completely absorbing book. "The Little Stranger" is...
Westmoreland Museum of American Art Goes Big with 'Modern Masters'
If you possess even a modicum of knowledge in regard to history of art, you likely know of the term "Abstract Expressionism." The phrase originally had been used in 1919 to describe the most indescribable paintings of Russian avant-garde artist Wasily...
Wings' Lidstrom Looks Back on Tough Series
DETROIT -- Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, a 17-year veteran, six-time Norris Trophy winner and four-time Stanley Cup champion, assessed the 2009 Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins as the "toughest" postseason series of his storied NHL career.It...
Wojnowski: Underdog Penguins Pressured Wings for Stanley Cup Win
Detroit -- They skated as if lugging the pressure, as if feeling the strain. All night long, the Red Wings kept digging for something that wasn't there, not enough at least, digging right down to the frantic finish. There was one final desperate shot...
WPIAL Runner-Up Chartiers Valley Settles for PIAA Runner-Up
ALTOONA - A slow start proved costly to Chartiers Valley's attempt at winning a PIAA Class AAA baseball title.The Colts (16-8), the WPIAL's runner-up, saw their seventh- inning rally come up short in a 3-2 loss to Abington Heights (20-3) on Friday at...