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Articles from July 29, 2009

Appeals Court OKs Charges of Vehicular Homicide against Penn Twp. Man
A state appeals court has reinstated the criminal prosecution of vehicular homicide against a Penn Township ambulance driver.In a unanimous decision made public Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that Westmoreland County...
Area Angler Hopes Invention Catches On
Joe Curcio will not win the $1 million prize that goes to the top fisherman at this week's Forrest Wood Cup in Pittsburgh.But he could walk away from the event with a brighter future.The Verona resident and registered plumber is the inventor of a fishing...
Artists Air Their Personal Struggles in Mattress Factory's Latest 'Gestures' Exhibit
Artist Lindsay O'Leary lives, works and plays in the Mexican War Streets. She has become one of those Pittsburghers who she swore she wouldn't become -- one who never crosses a river. And she is, mostly, at peace with this fact.O'Leary moved to Pittsburgh...
Ascension to Stardom Comes Naturally for Neko Case
Maybe there is hope for pop music.When Neko Case's latest album, "Middle Cyclone," was released earlier this year, it promptly went to No. 3 on the Billboard album charts. Which, given the dominance of Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift,...
Attorney General to Avoid Prosecuting Child Predators in Westmoreland
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett will no longer prosecute child predator cases in Westmoreland County because he believes a judge is too lenient in those cases, according to his spokesman.The state prosecutor's stance resulted from Judge Richard...
Bovard's Comeback Short against Indiana
Defending champion Creekside will have to wait at least one more day to find out its opponent in the championship series of the Indiana County Wooden Bat League.Bovard had an opportunity to lock up a spot in the finals series, but despite a furious seventh...
Catch That Wasn't Turns the Tide for Pirates
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was perhaps one of the greatest plays that never was.In the second inning Monday of the Pirates' 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, second baseman Delwyn Young made a diving, bare- handed catch of a ball fumbled and kicked by right...
City-Fied Good Eats Find Home at Casino
Peddling Mongolian food in Pittsburgh, a city that likes French fries on salads and cheesesteaks, is not without some risk.But the owners of a soon-to-open North Shore eatery have taken a novel approach to lure customers into sampling its eclectic fare....
City Maintains Parks with Help of Regional Asset District Funding
Pittsburgh maintains parks that receive Regional Asset District funding better than those funded by the city alone, City Controller Michael Lamb said Tuesday.Public Works officials "are doing a pretty good job," Lamb said. "But we need to find a way...
Consistency Should Determine FLW Champ
This was Clark Wendlandt's 13th year on the FLW bass fishing tour, and it was one of his most remarkable.The Texan, who's finished in the top 10 of more than 25 percent of the tournaments he's fished since 1997, was again a model of consistency on the...
Dance Parties Strike a Mix of Fun, Exercise
Exercise doesn't have to be done at a gym, and it doesn't have to be drudgery. In fact, it can be a lot fun -- especially for kids, who can jump around on a dance floor, goof off and have a blast.That is the idea behind the "We Can!" Family Dance Party...
Dormont Artist, Cookbook Author Shared Kitchen's Secrets
Like her father, who aired the first Greek-language radio program in Western Pennsylvania, Ann Petousis had the reputation of being a pacesetter. Upon completing art courses at what was then the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Mrs. Petousis, who emigrated...
Eagles Expecting Big Things from McCoy
BETHLEHEM, Pa. --He says that the young guys on the team call him Shady, but the older guys opt for LeSean, McCoy, yo, rookie or rook.His mother and father came to watch practice this week -- their first time at one of his training camps. Among other...
Export Man Accused of Stealing, Torching Vehicles
An Export man has been charged with stealing and setting fire to at least seven vehicles in Westmoreland and Indiana counties earlier this year.Jesse James Sisco, 18, of 779 Story Road, has been charged by state police with stealing golf carts and pickup...
Federal Officials Cite Stable Economy, Low Crime in Denying Funds to Hire Police
A low crime rate and steady economy prevented Pittsburgh from receiving a share of a $1 billion economic stimulus program intended to help cities hire police officers, a top city official said Tuesday.Yarone Zober, chief of staff to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl,...
Girl Talk Pushes Listeners to Broaden Horizons
Girl Talk has come a long way since the days of playing warehouses, basements and half-empty art galleries in semi- forgotten corners of Pittsburgh. Now a planet-spanning pop music phenomenon and one-man musical Zeitgeist, Girl Talk -- also known as...
Greenfield Baseball Field Case Heads for Courtroom
Little League parents warn a lawsuit could force their children off Bud Hammer Field in Greenfield if the city of Pittsburgh yields to the complaints of a resident.Citing noise, traffic and damage to his property from baseballs that fly over the 10-foot...
Greensburg Falls to Armstrong but Still Alive
Greensburg missed an opportunity to win the Junior American Legion Pennsylvania western regional.That does not mean, however, that it still can't win a state title.Armstrong Central scored two runs in the bottom of the first and made it stand up with...
Hilton Contractor Says It Still Hasn't Been Paid
P.J. Dick Inc., the prime contractor on the Hilton Pittsburgh Hotel's expansion project, said it continues to wait for the $317,273 it's owed by hotel owner Shubh Hotels LLC -- even though court documents state the bill was "satisfied in full."The company...
Hilton Hotel Owners Apologize for Delay in Finishing Addition
Owners of the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel apologized for not yet completing a major addition to the Downtown hotel near Point State Park."We would like to extend an apology to the mayor and the county of Allegheny for not finishing the addition in a timely...
Hot Picks: 'Murder at the Convent,' David Cook
Theater: Sister mysteryUnconventional behavior takes on a whole new meaning in producer Jude Pohl's latest offering."Murder at the Convent" invites audiences to help solve the mystery when a nun is found murdered.The show features five local performers...
Illinois QB Draws Inspiration from McNabb
CHICAGO -- When Illinois quarterback Juice Williams is feeling a little down, he can lean on an old friend who will understand.This old friend went to high school near Williams' Chicago Vocational. He, too, was a quarterback for a Division I school in...
Inspector General Report Cites Many Wiring, Grounding Issues at U.S. Bases
An April assessment of buildings occupied by U.S. troops in Afghanistan revealed dangerous electrical conditions similar to those found previously in Iraq, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Defense inspector general.Although...
'Into the Woods' Is One in a Long Line of Skewed Versions of Classic Fairy Tales
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera ends its season with a classic Stephen Sondheim musical -- "Into the Woods.""I think everybody loves this musical. It's a work of genius," says James Brennan, who is directing and choreographing the production that opens...
Jim Breuer: From 'Goat Boy' to Family Guy
Fans still confuse comedian Jim Breuer with the pothead he played in the 1988 film "Half-Baked."His eyes seem to rest at perpetual half-mast. There's that lizard grin and wardrobe consisting mostly of rock tour T-shirts. "They're still just not sure,"...
John Legend Evolves Past Vintage-Soul Typecast
Since the 2004 release of John Legend's debut CD, "Get Lifted," he has been seen as an artist who was bringing a classic soul sound back into today's music scene.Legend couldn't dispute that notion. A pianist and singer, his songs on "Get Lifted" drew...
Lower Project Costs Give PennDOT More Stimulus to Spend
Lower than expected spending on PennDOT projects that received federal stimulus funding has freed up money for more highway and bridge improvements in the region, state officials said Tuesday.PennDOT this spring received $1.026 billion for hundreds of...
Mickelson on His Way Back to PGA Tour
Phil Mickelson will return to the PGA Tour next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, his first tournament since he tied for second at the U.S. Open.Mickelson has been away for nearly two months because his wife, Amy, has breast cancer. She had surgery...
Options Wane for Washington Township Sewer Project
The Washington Township Municipal Authority board is giving one last shot to a search for millions of dollars to support a stalled sewer system project.The board will seek up to a $6.8 million low-interest loan from the Rural Utilities Service, a branch...
Pa. Does Worse in Parent Unemployment, Teen Pregnancy
Increases in parental unemployment and teen pregnancy are making life more difficult for children in Pennsylvania, which is ranked 23rd in a national report on child well-being released Tuesday.Pennsylvania's problems mirrored the rest of the country's...
Paris 66 Bistro Brings Casual French Dining to East Liberty
BACKGROUNDIn June, Frederic Rongier saw his dream of 15 years become reality as he and his wife, Lori, opened Paris 66 Bistro in East Liberty. Rongier, a native of Paris, comes from a family of restaurateurs. He wanted to open a casual French bistro...
Pa. Tax Burden Has Risen 49 Percent in 10 Years
HARRISBURG -- If you work, own a home, drive, smoke cigarettes, drink liquor or buy tires -- and even when you die -- there's a tax bill to pay to state or local governments in Pennsylvania.The per capita tax burden in Pennsylvania, 11th highest in the...
Personality Test: Actress Adrienne Wehr
Producer, filmmaker, actress, educator -- Green Tree native Adrienne Wehr tries to stay busy. She produced the independent film "The Bread, My Sweet" with writer-director Melissa Martin -- starring Scott Baio, filmed largely in the Strip District --...
Pirates Come Up Short against Zito, Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pirates had plenty of chances Tuesday night against left-hander Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants.Bases loaded in the second inning. A runner on base in the second and fourth. A leadoff singles in the fifth and a leadoff walk...
Pirates' Doumit Gets a Much-Needed Rest
Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit will not play today, his first day off since coming off the disabled list July 10."It's a good time (for it)," manager John Russell said. "Ryan's been going awfully hard."Doumit hit .250 with three homers and 11 RBI in 14...
Plum Legion Team Suffers Early Setback
BOYERTOWN -- A week ago, Plum's American Legion baseball team dropped its Region 6 tournament opener. It then tore through the losers' bracket to capture a second straight state bid.It's not a situation Plum wanted to face again at the Pennsylvania State...
Protesters Urge No Riot Gear at G-20 Summit
City leaders say they will meet with groups who plan to protest in the streets around the Group of 20 summit, some of whom argued Tuesday the police should leave the riot gear at home because it incites the kind of violent clashes seen elsewhere."It's...
PSU's Lee Eager for Return to Field of Play
CHICAGO -- Penn State, coming off a Rose Bowl season, has questions at wide receiver, offensive line and the defensive secondary.One of the Nittany Lions' strongest points should be at linebacker, especially if Sean Lee can return to all-conference form....
Rendell Looking to Budget Alternative Starting Monday
HARRISBURG -- If legislative leaders don't agree on a state budget, Gov. Ed Rendell said he'll start a plan Monday to sign a bare-bones budget and veto funding for public education and all appropriations for the General Assembly.The portion of the budget...
Report: Wages in Pittsburgh Don't Measure Up
The Pittsburgh region remained a relatively low-paying labor market for most job classifications last year, according to a wage compilation released Tuesday.Construction-related jobs accounted for three of the four declines in average annual wages among...
Review: 'MySims' Add Depth to Kart-Racing Genre
Those too-cute-for-their-own-good MySims have found a need for speed. And, for the most part, that's a good thing.Those who couldn't get enough of "Mario Kart" should be entertained. For the rest, well, "MySims Racing" is a decent kart- racer that is...
Rivers Casino Polishes Up for Test Run, Opening
With less than two weeks before the Rivers Casino opens, executives and overseers are combing through last-minute details to make sure customers are the only ones gambling.Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board members visited the casino throughout July....
Route 66 Crosswalk Upgrade Sought in Greensburg to Improve Safety
PennDOT will confer with Greensburg officials about a community organization's campaign to improve conditions for a crosswalk at a busy Business Route 66 intersection with Locust Valley Road, Executive Joseph Szczur said Tuesday.Szczur and an agency...
Sanchez, Wilson Still Pirates for the Moment
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pirates' lineup card was posted a couple minutes later than usual Tuesday afternoon. No big deal.But when it did go up, neither second baseman Freddy Sanchez nor shortstop Jack Wilson was listed among the starters.A few Tweets and...
Shake & Twist Keeps Tradition Alive for Ice Cream Lovers
One of the images that summer brings to mind is the old- fashioned, walk-up ice cream parlor, with outdoor picnic tables where people of all ages gather to enjoy their treats under the sun.Coraopolis has such a place with Shake & Twist, which also has...
Slayer Feels It's Firing on All Cylinders
When Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo hears the tracks his band has recorded for its forthcoming studio CD, he is reminded of Slayer albums like "Reign in Blood," "South of Heaven" and "Seasons in the Abyss."Lombardo knows he's dropping some bombs by name-checking...
South Huntingdon Man Counting Money Charged in Bank Robbery
A South Huntingdon man, who Greensburg police said was observed walking on a street while counting money, has been charged with the robbery Tuesday morning of First Commonwealth Bank in Greensburg.David Morgan, 35, of 177 Highway St., Yukon, was arraigned...
Steelers' Miller Signs Six-Year Extension
Tight end Heath Miller may or may not have been free to test the market at the conclusion of the upcoming season, but the Steelers weren't taking any chances.Prior to the new deal, Miller had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the...
Stop 'Reefer Madness': Legalize Marijuana
It's time to legalize marijuana.Note we did not say it's time to "decriminalize" marijuana. And note we did not say it's time to legalize marijuana nationwide for medicinal purposes only.It's time to flat-out legalize the production, possession, sale...
Study: Incarcerating Youths in Adult Prisons Leads to Abuse, Higher Costs
A new study criticizes Pennsylvania for its treatment of juveniles charged with serious crimes.Prosecuting juveniles in adult courts increases the odds of their abuse in jail or prison, and incarcerating them in adult prisons is more expensive than keeping...
Survey: 'Intensive' Program to Control Blood Sugar Reduces Complications
Dr. Patricia Bononi long has pushed patients with type 1 diabetes to stick with a regimented schedule of blood tests and insulin injections to control the condition.Now a 30-year survey, which included results from 161 Pittsburgh volunteers, gives her...
Two from West Virginia Sue over Fayette Fair Incident
A West Virginia man and his son have filed a lawsuit alleging a security guard unjustifiably detained one of them and pepper- sprayed the other after they reportedly had racing equipment stolen from them two years ago at the Fayette County Fair.Eugene...
Universal Stainless Reports Loss as Sales Plunge
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. of Bridgeville said today it lost $400,000, or six cents a share in the second quarter, as the recession pushed both sales and shipments down dramatically from a year ago.Universal Stainless CEO Dennis Oates...
U.S. Steel Drops $392 Million during Second Quarter
U.S. Steel Corp. on Tuesday posted a $392 million loss for the second quarter and said it anticipates that its business segments will lose money this quarter as well.CEO John Surma said in a conference call yesterday that the second quarter was very...
Westmoreland, Fayette Counties Left out of Federal COPS Funding
Funding for Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, was announced Tuesday by the Obama administration, and not a single municipality in Westmoreland and Fayette counties is on the list.Eighteen Pennsylvania police departments will take a portion...
Westmoreland Food Program for Children Receives Financial Boost
The Westmoreland County Food Bank and a discount store are hoping to end hunger in the county one bite at a time.Necla Ragins, a member of the Salvation Army in New Kensington, said she appreciates every morsel. Her two children, ages 11 and 14, are...
Wilson Wishes He Could Have Said Goodbye to Pirates Fans
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jack Wilson tried to smile as he walked up to Freddy Sanchez early Wednesday morning in the Pirates' clubhouse."I thought it'd be you saying goodbye to me, not the other way around," Wilson said.It took Sanchez a moment to register what...