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Articles from January 4, 2009

2009 Is Another Chance to Get It Right
Tomorrow is the first Monday of 2009.That's the day when the new year actually begins.I know what some of you are saying -- "No, no, that was Jan. 1 which was three days ago."True.But I've always considered those days leading up to the first Monday as...
55th Carnegie International Has Been Most Viewed Yet
With "Life On Mars" slated to close a week from today, it's high time to head over to the Carnegie Museum of Art to catch this 55th installment of the legendary Carnegie International series of art exhibitions before it closes. After all, more than 246,000...
A Disastrous Day for the Penguins
Things are going so poorly for the Penguins that Sidney Crosby picked a fight and couldn't even get his opponent to respond.A humiliating, 6-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday took a wild turn with 2:59 left in the second period, when Crosby...
Area Residents Have the Chance to 'Treecycle'
It's time to say good-bye to the Christmas tree littering your living room floor with needles. But rather than hauling it away, try recycling."It's better to recycle trees than to send them to a landfill where it takes years for them to rot away and...
Area Residents Unite in Hope for Quick Peace in Mideast
As Israeli tanks rolled into Gaza Saturday in what officials said would be a lengthy battle, Pittsburgh-area people with connections to the region prayed for a quick solution and few civilian deaths.That appears unlikely.Even as thousands of Israeli...
Are We Ready?
WASHINGTONThose of us who live here are anticipating Inauguration Day with great apprehension.Each day that passes, we see new estimates of the number of guests that we can expect on Jan. 20. The organizing committees are trying to keep their estimates...
Auctions Feature Deep Discounts, but Buyer Beware
As the mortgage and credit crisis continue, the Pittsburgh region is likely to see more auctions of foreclosured properties like the one Real Estate Disposition Corp., of Irvine, Calif., conducted last month.REDC is planning a return engagement in the...
Bitter Temps Could Lead to Better Ice Fishing
The calls from eager anglers have become a standard part of Ron Anderson's days."My phone has been ringing pretty regularly, with guys wanting to know if and when there might be ice on Lake Arthur," said Anderson, owner of Appalachian Trails, a bait...
Black Pants Project: Dressing for Success
When Marsha Adams returned to the work force full time this year, she knew her wardrobe of jeans and sweatshirts would not make a good first impression."I didn't have anything professional," said Adams, 55, of Perryopolis. Adams turned to The Black Pants...
Black Pants Project Helps Women Avoid Crisis
When Marsha Adams returned to the work force full time this year, she knew her wardrobe of jeans and sweatshirts would not make a good first impression."I didn't have anything professional," said Adams, 55, of Perryopolis. Adams turned to The Black Pants...
Blair Leads Pitt Past Georgetown
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- DeJuan Blair heard all about how Greg Monroe toyed with Connecticut star center Hasheem Thabeet last week.Blair knows all about the NBA draft ratings that virtually guarantee Monroe, Georgetown's freshman center, will be a lottery...
Briefs: Napa Valley Fest Celebrates Mustard for 2 Months
The Napa Valley Mustard Festival, entering its 16th season, will take place Jan. 31 through March 28 in the region about an hour north of San Francisco. Events celebrate the California wine region's culinary and agricultural bounties and range from art...
Carnegie Museums President Earns Praise for Guidance
As president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, David M. Hillenbrand loves to roam the halls of the venerable Oakland institution.He observes researchers removing fossilized dinosaur bones embedded in stone or chats with an art curator.He visits...
CD Reviews: Ferraro Gives Familiar Songs New Shine
'Live at Fallingwater'Lisa Ferraro (Pranavasonic)On "Live at Fallingwater," singer Lisa Ferraro manages to stay on her feet with a program that could have put many singers face-down. In the session recorded at the Fayette County home designed by Frank...
Central Catholic Spreads the Wealth
Senior guard Lucas Mickens was supposed to single-handedly carry Central Catholic to a repeat of the WPIAL Class AAAA boys basketball championship.Mickens is averaging 15 points per game, but his teammates have shown they are anything but a one-man gang."We...
Chappell, Frontcourt Depth Pace RMU
Robert Morris basketball coach Mike Rice can be a tough man to please.But his team made sure the second-year coach was happy Saturday night at the Sewall Center.The Colonials (7-7 overall, 2-1 Northeast Conference) dominated all aspects of the game against...
Chicken Dish Will Get New Year off to Good Start
My husband suggested that we have a few friends over for supper to start the new year. All I needed was a quick and easy entree.This recipe takes only around 45 minutes to make and calls for readily available ingredients. A classic tapenade prepared...
Congress to Take on Significant Labor Bill
Organized labor and business groups are bracing for a battle this year in Congress over a controversial bill that would significantly change six decades of labor-management relations, observers on both sides of the bargaining table say."It can turn things...
Consequences Unintended
WASHINGTONLike pebbles tossed into ponds, important Supreme Court rulings radiate ripples of consequences. Consider a 1971 Supreme Court decision that supposedly applied but actually altered the 1964 Civil Rights Act. During debate on the act, prescient...
Crosby, Malkin Are Top Vote-Getters
Hockey-mad Montreal will have a Pittsburgh feel later this month, as Penguins centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were voted into the Eastern Conference starting lineup for the 2009 All-Star Game.Crosby (1,713,021 votes) and Malkin (1,585,936) were...
Dog Needs to Learn How to Leash Walk
Dear Dog Talk: Last week, we adopted a 7-month-old Labrador mix.The main challenge has been her fear of walking on a leash in our neighborhood. She is OK in the yard as long as she can stay by my side. Also, we are trying a "tie-out," which is not working....
Educational Tax Credit Program Reaches Out
A $75 million state program that helps fund school programs and private education thrives on person-to-person contact.The executive director of the REACH Foundation, which encourages school choice, touted the grassroots nature of the Educational Improvement...
Elder-Care Facilities Seek Tax Exemption
Tough economic times might get tougher for some municipalities and school districts if officials from local elder-care facilities win their battles to stop paying real estate taxes.A 2007 state Supreme Court ruling that nonprofit organizations passing...
Exercise Class Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
Vicki Furnier of California, who participated in the Pilates for Pink event, said she was eager not only to support her exercise facility, but also in honor of her friend, who is a breast cancer survivor.The chemotherapy. The hair loss. The heartache....
Food Trends for New Year ... and Some Resolutions
2009 is all about change. As a dietitian, one change I am thrilled about is that there appear to be no fad diets on the horizon, and the old ones (e.g., the low-carb craze) seem to be vanishing into the sunset.That's not to say we've lost our quest to...
Frail Elderly Vulnerable to Abuse
Police said one was beaten and tormented, another was duct-taped and kidnapped, and that a third wandered off alone and died in the cold after getting stuck outside. Each of the women in these recent incidents was older than 85, placing them among the...
Gateway Duo Impress at All-Star Event
Gateway wide receiver Corey Brown had to leap over two of the nation's best high school defensive backs to prove his point."I just went up and tried to show everyone that I could play with the best," Brown said.Brown made a leaping 34-yard touchdown...
Greensburg CC Tops Serra Catholic
Basketball always comes down to scoring and rebounding, and Greensburg Central was proficient at both Saturday afternoon in a 66- 54 victory against visiting Serra Catholic, the No. 1 Class A boys basketball team in the Tribune-Review rankings.Three...
Hamas Blasts Prosperity into Oblivion
Economic suicide bombing.What else can you call the launch of an utterly counterproductive war against Israel by Hamas terrorists in Gaza?And to think, Gaza -- under its new mantle of rubble -- could be one of the world's most prosperous places. You'd...
Hearing Set for Pair in Elderly-Kidnap Case in Hill District
An Ohio couple accused of kidnapping an 86-year-old Hill District woman were held overnight in the Allegheny County Jail and released on bond Saturday.Laura Stewart, 72, and Earl Cross, 76, face charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment...
Hempfield Family Loses 'Everything' in Fire
Gary Stewart, his house and belongings in ruins from a fire Friday night, said Saturday he was determined to get back on his feet."You don't give up," Stewart said yesterday in a low, quiet voice outside the charred remains of what had been the family...
High Local Incidence of Serious Asthma Target of Study
Dr. Fernando Holguin has fewer than five years to figure out why children in Western Pennsylvania are nearly 400 percent more likely than the national average to need emergency care for asthma -- and then solve the problem.He isn't daunted. And he intends...
Historian Examines Brilliant Killjoys -- the Puritans
Sarah Vowell has some unconventional thoughts about the Puritans - - not the Pilgrims who sailed from England on the Mayflower and ended up in Plymouth, but the other Puritans, the ones who settled Massachusetts a decade later."My Puritans," as Vowell...
'Little Guy' Rolls Big as Gambling Lobbyist
Casino companies worked long and hard to gain a foothold in Pennsylvania.Few know that better than Downtown restaurant owner Nicholas Geanopulos. Over the past decade, the proprietor of Nicky's Grant Street Restaurant has earned as much as $2 million...
Live and Learn
I used to smoke cigarettes. I liked the taste of them, the surge of energy I felt and the distraction they offered when I didn't know what else to do. Smoking looked attractive to me. I'm sure this had something to do with my sister Marian, who came...
Market Woes Boost Prepaid Tuition Plans
Michael and Linda Weiland of Bethel Park decided what they needed to do to save for their children's college education as the stock market was sinking like the Titanic."Looking at my trend line going in the wrong way with the majority of my investments,...
Millionaires, Billionaires & Simple Folk
"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." So goes the quotation from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Rich Boy." The last month of 2008 confirmed the rich/poor distinction. A slew of astute and rich investors had risked their...
No Better Place in NHL Than MSG
This fourth Madison Square Garden, which is advertised as "the world's greatest arena," is occupied about 320 nights every year, and will be Monday when the Penguins take on the New York Rangers.The NHL's leading scorer can't wait."New York," the Penguins'...
North Huntingdon Athlete Fought Illness to Follow His Dreams
As a member of the Norwin High School football team, Brandon Lewis looked forward to the day he could play college football.Although he was diagnosed with leukemia during football camp in his senior year, the 2005 graduate of Norwin High was determined...
Notes from the Outdoors
Around the Fish & Boat CommissionThe Fish and Boat Commission has kicked off its winter trout stocking program.Lake Rowena in Cambria County was stocked Dec. 5, as was Lower Twin Lake in Westmoreland. Butler County's Harbor Acres Lake will be stocked...
Novel Pivots on Quick, Acute Changes in Couple's Life
Writer Hallie Ephron loves going to yard sales, but her husband exceeds her affinity for bargain hunting. Call him a "yard sale lunatic" -- at one point, she had to forbid him from acquiring any more bedroom sets"So, instead, our basement is awash in...
On Cold Day, Runners Warm Up for Marathon's Return
Their breath making small white clouds in the 20-degree morning air, 80 runners set off Saturday from the Westin Convention Center hotel Downtown.The jog marked their first steps toward running in the 2009 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on...
Our Celebrity in Chief
Now that Americans have participated in an election that was pure political entertainment, how will they separate Barack Obama's perceived political coolness from the objectivity needed to evaluate leadership?And just how will American media cover a...
Outdoors Notices
Rifle/Trap leaguesMurrysville and Kittanning continue to run neck-and-neck in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League's A-team standings. Murrysville (7- 1), the defending champion, beat Kiski (4-4) 1184-1165, while Kittanning (7-1) beat Tarentum (1-7) 1181-1148....
Padre Pio Award Given to Monongahela Man
Walt Tabory recently received the third annual St. Padre Pio Award at St. Anthony Parish in Monongahela.The award is given to the individual who "gives of their time and talents to build God's kingdom on earth and for God's purposes to be served at St....
Panthers Make Statement with Big Win
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Levance Fields used the words. So did Sam Young and DeJuan Blair and Tyrell Biggs.Even coach Jamie Dixon let it slip."Statement game."One after the other, the Pitt players admitted respect was on their mind after routing Georgetown...
Partnership Puts Trash to Artistic Use
The message underlying "Animals in Your Trash," a project partnering Indiana University of Pennsylvania's art department and the Indiana County Recycling Center, is anything but garbage.As part of the project, IUP students made sculptural critter creations...
Personnel Moves
Manufacturing Transitions Optical Inc. appointed Eric Zaretsky chief financial officer. Michael T. Ruggeri was named business controller for the optical and specialty materials segment, PPG Industries.Banking and financeKraig Cawley joined the Sewickley/Franklin...
PG Fields a Key for Panthers
Levance Fields, the Big East's leader in assists, had another big game. He had eight assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes.In the past four games, he has 24 assists and two turnovers. Not bad for someone still playing through his recovery from two foot...
Pomegranate: Bright Light of Fresh Fruit in Winter
We don't normally think of making a fresh fruit salad in winter, but think again. You usually can find persimmons, fresh pineapple, oranges and blood oranges, grapefruit, apples, pears -- and pomegranates -- in the produce department at this time of...
'Poppies' Brings Color, Life to Indian History
India in 1838 was a steamy, festering, lucid dream that can hardly be captured in non-fiction today. So it's our good fortune that acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh depicts that exotic and squalid time and place in "Sea of Poppies," his brilliant...
Primanti's Tasty Target for UPMC in 2009
Although it's impossible to definitively predict the future, anyone who follows trends in the city can make fairly educated guesses about what likely is in store for 2009.JanuaryPNC chairman Jim Rohr says the city must provide the banking giant with...
Sadr City Breeds Business, Not Death
BAGHDAD -- Swooping over Iraq's capital in a Black Hawk helicopter, Brig. Gen. Robin Swan excitedly describes the change occurring here."See the manicured lawns and the people out in the neighborhood?" The Ford City native points down to Dora, once an...
Sausalido's Owner, Chef Credit Their Moms with Providing Skills, Inspiration
Nicholas Mineo has catered for The Rolling Stones, the Toronto Maple Leafs, state governors and even the staff of Google, but his greatest sense of accomplishment is owning Sausalido, a gourmet bistro in Bloomfield.The cozy restaurant opened Oct. 20...
Season's Insincerities (from the Kerrys)
by Tribune-Review staffIt's what one recipient called "the ultimate non-Christmas Christmas card."Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Heinz ketchup heiress wife Teresa used the famous statue of George Washington on horseback in the Boston Public Garden to...
Steelers: Defense Isn't Memorable Yet
They missed their Statistical Fearsome Foursome by 3.3 rushing yards per game.That's how far the Steelers finished behind the Minnesota Vikings in rushing defense.Minnesota, No. 1 in rushing defense, allowed 76.9 yards per game.The Steelers, No. 1 in...
Stoops Denies Candidacy for Broncos Job
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- It's becoming an annual event: A prime coaching job opens up, Bob Stoops' name lands on the supposed short list of candidates, only for him to say he's happy at Oklahoma.The latest supposed will-he-or-won't-he scenario: Stoops to...
Tax Credits Extend Educational Choices
A $75 million state program that helps fund school programs and private education thrives on person-to-person contact.The executive director of the REACH Foundation, which encourages school choice, touted the grassroots nature of the Educational Improvement...
The Villainous Fed
Walter Williams' column explaining the role the Federal Reserve bank plays in creating inflation and his call for reducing the Fed's power was the best article ever to be printed in the Trib ("Central banks are villains," Dec. 18 and PghTrib.com). That...
'Tis the Season for Residents to 'Treecycle'
With the holidays over and families beginning to take down the decorations, the biggest question looming is what to do with that live Christmas tree still standing in the living room.Instead of dragging the tree to the curb and sending it to a landfill,...
Tom Balya's Very Odd Admonition
There's one New Year's resolution that the chairman of the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners obviously didn't make (or, if he did, his fealty to it didn't last very long) -- not to use expletives to refer to constituents.On New Year's Eve, Bill...
Tomlin Coming of Age in Pittsburgh
Asking Mike Tomlin to reflect, especially when he is in the midst of an endeavor that is potentially super, is like trying to light a wet match.It just doesn't catch.And it's not that the only coach in Steelers history to win division titles in his first...
Vandals Hitting Hunters in Their Wallets
Chances are that, if you hunted on state game lands this past fall, you didn't take money out of your wallet and burn it there.But someone else did.Each year, vandals steal locks, destroy gates, tear down signs, and do more on the game lands, costing...
Wannstedt's Mandate: Win Bigger
Pitt's football season wasn't exactly an artistic success, but 9- 4 qualifies as a decent start for coach Dave Wannstedt.A late start, to be sure, seeing as we're four years into Wannstedt's tenure. But a decent start.The trick is to take 9-4 and turn...
Washington County Farm Wins Conservation Recognition
The farm has been in the Sargent family since 1811, said Rennie Stoy of the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. For the past 197 years, the 155-acre spread in West Bethlehem Township has served diverse duties.Stoy said the farm began originally...
West Virginia's Dolly Sods Offers Fantastic Vistas
LANEVILLE, W. Va. -- It was time to make a pilgrimage to Dolly Sods, a wild spot in northeastern West Virginia that has been described as one foot short of the tree line and two steps short of Arctic tundra.It is a rocky, high-altitude plateau with sweeping...
'What a Night' When 'Jersey Boys' Come to Town
How very apt.When "Jersey Boy" Steve Gouveia answers his cell phone for a scheduled interview he's hanging out in that New Jersey icon and landmark -- a shopping mall.But the mall isn't in Paramus, Morristown or Short Hills.Nor is Gouveia a Jersey boy...
Winter Lacks Green
Walking the woods at this time of the year reveals a scene of monotones -- muted browns and colorless grays. With the leaves off the trees and wildflowers dormant in the cold ground, it is a season lacking green -- except for the pines, hemlocks, laurels...
Wright Changing Meaning of Act Your Age
Here are six words no patient walking into Dr. Vonda Wright's office will ever hear: Grow up and act your age.As an orthopedic surgeon, Wright knows that many older patients with sports injuries receive that piece of advice from her contemporaries every...
Yough Girls Put Robotics to the Test
Wishing to encourage girls to broaden their horizons future- wise, the Greensburg YWCA began to offer ROBO classes, which are technically-based sessions that open up the world of engineering to young girls.When the sessions were first offered years ago,...