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Articles from October 21, 2010

12th District Hopeful Has Uphill Fight
Democrat Zack Byrnes has spent weeks knocking on doors in the state's sprawling 12th House District, which has been represented by Republican Daryl Metcalfe since 1998. Byrnes, who is 25, a graduate of Butler High School and attended Cornell University,...
14th District Incumbent Appears Safe
Rep. Mike Doyle knows what it's like to win in a midterm election year."I was first elected in 1994, the year of the Republican Revolution in Congress," Doyle said, "Only I came in as a Democrat."Doyle was one of 13 new Democrats elected during President...
2 Draw Criminal Charges in Hacking of Facebook Page
Two Glassport men were charged Wednesday with illegally accessing a social-networking website and adding a pornographic picture to one woman's site, Greensburg police said. Joseph Leonard Borrelli, 18, of 905 Delaware Ave. and Kameron Dean Lloyd, 19,...
3 Wounded in East Liberty Shooting
An argument involving a group of young men turned bloody Wednesday afternoon when one of them began shooting, critically wounding a teenager and leaving two others with less-serious gunshot wounds, Pittsburgh police said.The shootings took place at 3:25...
Ambridge Church Hosts Slavic Food Festival
Preparation for the annual Slavic Food Festival at Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Ambridge begins months in advance. In August, 10 to 20 women from the church spent their weekends making food for the Oct. 30 event.Almost 300 pierogies and 500 halupki,...
Ardera Endangerment Case Ordered to Go to Trial
A district judge refused Wednesday to dismiss a reckless endangerment charge against a 59-year-old woman accused of leaving a drunken 16-year-old girl along a road near Oak Hollow Park after the girl drank with the woman's grandson and other teens.Rejecting...
Art on the Edge Made in Macabre Sharpsburg Studio
There's nothing remarkable about the rather nondescript industrial box of a building tucked away on a side street in Sharpsburg. Until you get inside, you don't know that it contains a nightmarish panoply of ghoulish things. In a good way.Every nook...
Attorney: Jury Pool in Greensburg Murder Case Tainted by Publicity
The attorney for a Greensburg woman accused of ganging up with her five roommates to torture and kill a mentally challenged woman cites high interest in the case on Internet sites as proof that she will not be able to get a fair trial in Westmoreland...
Bellevue 'Dry' Status Again Challenged
A group of Bellevue residents and business owners has resurrected a drive to permit alcohol sales in the historically dry borough. Proponents, who favor limiting liquor licenses to restaurants, say the idea is to spur economic growth in the town of 8,770...
Bioterrorism Lab Open; Awaits Fed Clearance
More than two years overdue and at least $2 million over budget, the Allegheny County Health Department bioterrorism lab still is waiting for federal clearances, but it is open and operating.County officials hope that by the end of the year, the lab...
Braddock Hospital Demolition Awaits Judge's Ruling
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will try to put to rest any chance of its former Braddock hospital's survival today when its lawyers ask an Allegheny County judge to sanction its demolition.In a petition filed Wednesday in Orphan's Court, UPMC...
Briefs: Trunk Shows Feature Jewelry, Hats, Hair Accessories
Choices in Shadyside is having a Ray Griffiths trunk show from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. He has been creating jewelry for more than 30 years, drawing on inspiration from architecture and art. Griffiths is known for his exquisite metalwork,...
Brits Can Show U.S. How to Slash Dole
Easy for an American to say -- but go to it, Brits! The United Kingdom has a government that seems finally intent on doing what everyone talks about -- cutting the spending. And taking a chance on the social unrest that leftists tell us to tremble over.Sacred...
Brumbaugh's Success on Court Carries over to Gridiron
When asked about quarterback Christian Brumbaugh's performance this season, South Fayette head coach Joe Rossi didn't hold back."He is the best quarterback in the WPIAL," Rossi said.He backs that up with key stats: a 65 percent completion percentage...
Cal U to Remember Student Killed by Gunfire
Students at California University of Pennsylvania will host a candlelight vigil today for an 18-year-old Pittsburgh man who was shot and killed Sunday during an off-campus party.The vigil and a procession will be in memory of Jeron X. Grayson, Uptown,...
'Chicks' Use Sticks to Help Beaver Library
Members of the Chicks with Stix knitting group at the Beaver Area Memorial Library in Beaver, Beaver County, have been busy making items to be sold Saturday at a library fundraiser."What they sold last year was so popular we've given them their own knitting...
Clarion Eyes Turnaround through Scouting Success
Clarion University hasn't had the strongest football program over the past few years and wanted to recruit players to change that.The Golden Eagles' coaches found athletes from perennial WPIAL powers, but the team went winless in 2007, linebacker Joe...
Coal-Country Rage
WHEELING, W.Va.In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state by seceding from some secessionists: 50 counties, with few slaves, left Virginia, almost all of which have seams of coal. Barack Obama has a remarkable hostility to coal. For example, in 2008...
Color Them Special: The 'Libero'
When Elderton girls volleyball coach Dan Spencer scouts an opponent, the first thing he watches is the team's defense.He especially pays attention to the one player who is wearing a different colored jersey. That player is called the "libero," and Spencer...
Competitive Ballroom Dancer from White Oak Kept on His Toes
John Majors could cut a rug and tile a floor.A competitive ballroom dancer who worked as a used-car salesman and spent his free time helping relatives make repairs at their homes, Majors was a positive influence on everyone he met."John was a super guy...
Corbett Backs Privatizing State's Liquor, Wine Sales
HARRISBURG -- Attempting a historic change in the way Pennsylvania sells liquor and wine, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett proposes to end the state's monopoly and allow sales at private stores.Corbett, if elected Nov. 2, would attempt...
Credit Card Offers Resume for Some Applicants
If your mailbox is starting to fill up again with credit card offers and you're tempted to apply, be realistic about your chances of qualifying.Increased credit card solicitations are an indication that things have gotten much better for card issuers,...
Doncaster on Fifth Offers Sophistication, Personal Touch
Another addition to Piatt Place, Downtown, is Doncaster, a woman's clothing line that draws inspiration from both contemporary trends and timeless classics."We are thrilled about the new location, because women can make it a day of pampering -- shopping,...
Downtown Visitors Hub Returns to Roots: Tourism Climbs in Region
VisitPittsburgh has quadrupled the size of its Downtown information center with the opening of a new location on the first floor of Fifth Avenue Place. Workers have been answering questions and handing out the brochures, maps and guides that fill much...
Fantasy: Ward Plays Quiet Caddy
Derrick Ward is as sexy as a pimple peeking out of a tobacco- stained T-shirt.Yet suddenly, he has snuck back to fantasy relevance. Ward's late preseason signing with the Houston Texans -- Sept. 4 - - barely made a ripple in the fantasy world, overshadowed...
Fayette Commissioners Expect to Hold Tax Rate Steady
As Fayette County commissioners continue meeting with department heads this week to hear their 2011 budget requests, they anticipate a balanced budget with no tax increase.The board this year faced an unexpected $500,000 increase in outside jail rentals...
Franklin Regional Maintains High Level of Play
When Franklin Regional played in the Greater Allegheny Conference, the Panthers usually were contenders for the conference title.Nothing has changed since Franklin Regional's move to the Keystone Conference this season.Franklin Regional (6-1, 5-0), ranked...
Goo Goo Dolls Not out in the Musical Cold
Every year, John Rzeznik, lead singer and guitarist for the Goo Goo Dolls, returns home to his native Buffalo. Not in summer, when the weather in Western New York can be sublime, but in the dreary months at the end and beginning of the year when the...
Greensburg Board Rescinds Curb-Cut Permit
A Greensburg board on Wednesday backed a city official's decision to rescind a curb-cut permit issued to an apartment building owner, forcing him to move two large trash receptacles he put along Oakland Avenue.In a 5-0 vote, the city's zoning heard board...
Happy Hauntings: Scary, Spooky and Silly Events Abound
If you can't find something to do this Halloween season, you aren't looking that hard. Our area abounds with scary and not-so- scary activities throughout the month. Adults may want to check out Etna's award-winning haunted attraction, the Scarehouse....
Honoring Veterans Helped Heal Forest Hills Woman's Heart
Delia Kreiling of Forest Hills is taking a little bit of Pennsylvania with her to the Far East this fall.Pennsylvania-made souvenirs for the dignitaries and prime ministers she'll meet include that most-Pittsburgh of mementos: the Terrible Towel."People...
Hood, Eason Fight Nagging Injuries
Defensive end Ziggy Hood hasn't lived up to expectations of his No. 1 draft status from 2009 to the point where he can't get on the field ahead of journeyman defensive end Nick Eason. One reason is Hood has been hampered by an ankle injury for a large...
Hospital System Readies for New Health Care Law
The recipe for a more stable future at West Penn Allegheny Health System includes building more accessible, low-cost ambulatory care centers that provide quality care, its CEO said Wednesday."We deliver care in a very high-cost environment," Dr. Christopher...
Il Pizzaiolo Offers Comfy, Cozy Italian Charm
There's a deliciously secretive feel to the wine bar at Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon.The main dining room is open, expansive and brightly lit with big plate glass windows that make it open to inspection from passers-by on busy Washington Boulevard. It's...
Jeannette, Police Chief Settle Suit
Jeannette's police chief received $15,000 in a settlement stemming from a lawsuit filed against the city in 2007 while he was a patrolman.Brad Shepler, a city police officer since 1988, filed suit against the city, former mayor Michael Cafasso; former...
Legislature Candidates in 23rd District Spar over Spending
Squirrel Hill Republican Dan Wiseman is hoping voter concerns over ballooning government spending and deficits will help him defeat the Democrat who has held the 23rd District House seat for the past dozen years.Incumbent Dan Frankel, also of Squirrel...
McCandless Facility Offers Best of All Worlds
Cumberland Woods Village independent living center in McCandless was in the planning stages for years before construction began several years ago.Located on a hilltop at the UPMC Passavant campus, the 300,000- square-foot facility is the first of its...
McCandless First Responders Take Advantage of Free Legal Services
They rush into burning buildings. They respond to violent crimes. They go to places as part of their job that most people would avoid.They are first responders, and many of them don't have wills.After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Wills for Heroes...
Moon Teachers Give Notice of Intent to Strike
Bruce Heisler's daughter, a senior at Moon Area High School, came home Tuesday afternoon and told her father the fall play had been moved up in anticipation of a possible teachers' strike Nov. 8.To Heisler, rescheduling is a minor concern. The economics...
Morningside Nurse Still in the Healing Business
For 35 years as an operating room nurse, Mary Lou Shimshock worked to heal the body.Today, she heals the soul -- as a nun.At a time of life when others are eyeing retirement, Sister Mary Lou professed her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in September...
Mt. Lebanon Boys, Girls Get Top Seeds
The top of the WPIAL boys soccer Class AAA playoff bracket has a familiar look.After Wednesday's seeding meeting, the Mt. Lebanon boys soccer team was awarded the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL's highest classification for the third season in a row. The Blue...
New Big East Coaches Familiar with Surroundings
Half of the new coaches in the Big East have a familiar look to Pitt basketball fans. Kevin Willard of Seton Hall and Mike Rice of Rutgers are part of the Big East coaching fraternity after either playing or coaching for the Panthers. Willard was a guard...
New Playing Fields at Woodland Hills Get off to Soggy Start
The baseball and softball fields at Woodland Hills High School were usually full of water and ducks during past seasons. It seemed only fitting, then, that rain fell throughout the entire ribbon- cutting ceremony for the new fields.The $1.1 million renovation...
North Huntingdon Eyes Solutions at Norwin onto Route 30 West
A consultant has suggested ways that North Huntingdon can alleviate traffic stacking for drivers wanting to turn from Norwin Avenue onto Route 30 West, but township commissioners are directing staff to continue to explore cheaper options.The best possible...
Norwin Boys Team Prepares for Another Playoff Run
Members of the Norwin boys soccer team fell one game short of the WPIAL finals last season after a devastating 4-3 loss to Mt. Lebanon in the semifinals.Those memories are part of what is driving this year's team, especially a talented group of seniors...
Opponent's Staying Power Motivates Challenger in 25th District
A Plum insurance manager interested in bringing jobs to Pennsylvania will try to unseat a 28-year veteran politician from Monroeville who has never missed a voting session in the Nov. 2 election.Plum council President Mike Doyle, a Republican, will face...
Pastor Seeks Information in '09 Death of Son
A Fayette County pastor whose son died from injuries from a vehicle accident last year and an investigator the family has hired issued a plea Wednesday for witnesses to come forward.Ewing Marcus Marietta II, 18, of South Connellsville died July 15, 2009,...
Penguins Defenseman Goligoski Lends Stability
Don't call Alex Goligoski Mr. October. The defenseman is having a second consecutive strong start to a season, and this time, there is a belief inside the Penguins locker room that his elite level of play might stick."He got points last year," Penguins...
Pension Plight: Hurry Up and Wait?
City Council started moving Wednesday on a plan to bolster Pittsburgh's underfunded pension system, but some leaders said they've run out of time.The state will take over management of the municipal pensions in 72 days if the city doesn't invest at least...
Pens Survive Tough Game against Predators
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators carry themselves as though they have something to prove this NHL season.They played Thursday night with a combination of speed, determination and physicality that are hallmarks of clubs that stick around for...
Pitt Men Ranked No. 4 in Preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll
The Pitt men's basketball team will open its 2010-11 season ranked No. 4 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. The poll, released today, is voted upon by 31 NCAA Division I coaches.West Virginia, a Final Four participant last season, did not...
Pitt Overwhelming Big East Favorite
NEW YORK -- The reasons why Pitt is picked to win the Big East this season are as abundant as the coaches in the league itself.Jay Wright of Villanova credits Pitt's consistency. Mick Cronin of Cincinnati points to their fundamentals.Buzz Williams of...
Pitt Remembers 2008 Loss to Rutgers
Even though Pitt snapped a four-game losing skid to Rutgers last season with a 24-17 win in New Jersey, the Panthers still vividly remember how quarterback Mike Teel had his way during Rutgers' 54- 34 win in 2008 at Heinz Field. "We still have that game...
Pittsburgh Female Spotlight Athlete: Hannah Famili
Hannah FamiliSchool: AllderdiceClass: FreshmanSport: TennisClaim to fame: Hannah Famili won the City League individual tennis championship on Oct. 13 at the Schenley Oval. Famili won the title by defeating teammate Lizzy Haynes, 6-0, 6-1, in the finals....
Pittsburgh Male Spotlight Athlete: Tyler Graziani
Tyler GrazianiSchool: West AlleghenyClass: JuniorSport: SoccerClaim to fame: Coming off the bench, Tyler Graziani scored 29 goals as a sophomore, helping West Allegheny complete one of its finest seasons in school history with trips to the WPIAL semifinals...
Pittsburgh Native Wuerl Elevated by Pope Benedict to Cardinal
Donald Wuerl's senior class photo sits in a hallway of St. Mary of the Mount School in Mt. Washington, the words "born leader and orator" alongside it."You never know about those high school predictions," he said.Wuerl, 69, who grew up in Mt. Washington...
Pittsburgh Parking Prospects Promote Pedaling
This is serious, people!How serious? There's a "Countdown to State Takeover" clock on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's website. There are 71 days until the state brings the pain. City Council on Tuesday turned down Ravenstahl's plan to lease parking garages and...
Pitt's Lindsey Prepares for Triple Threat
Pitt's Brandon Lindsey had some reservations about moving from linebacker to defensive end last season. He expected to play sparingly with NFL prospects Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard ahead of him.Then, when Romeus was lost indefinitely after back surgery...
Port Authority, Union Split on Holidays
New Year's and Christmas fall on weekends next year, but the cash- strapped Port Authority of Allegheny County says observing them on weekdays instead could save $250,000 in operational costs.Its employees union, however, says doing so would violate...
Programs Taking over for Parents: An Education in Character
Tom "Terrific" Schenck answers his phone in character, "Are you a superhero ready to crush some villains?"In Schenck's realm, the evil-doers are negative thinking, bullying and low self-esteem. He implores teachers, parents and school-aged "superheroes"...
PSU Hopes Players-Only Meetings Work
Penn State's season appears to be spiraling out of control, but the players refuse to sit back and watch it unravel.The seniors have called two players-only meetings -- one before the 33-13 loss to Illinois and one after -- and senior right guard Stefen...
Randolph, Family Band Sing Praises of Musical Connections
Robert Randolph is much too young -- 32 -- for his current release to be called the album of a lifetime.Someday, perhaps in 10 years, perhaps 20, "We Walk This Road" might be viewed as a landmark collection of songs. For now, it merely marks a pivotal...
Renovated Westmoreland County Juvenile Center Opens
Westmoreland County officially opened a renovated $4.2 million Juvenile Center in Hempfield on Wednesday that breaks ground with the introduction of an on-site behavioral health unit.The new unit will end the practice of shackling some young people for...
Representative Race Focuses on Jobs, Drilling Tax
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Perry North, will need to defeat two challengers to get his first break from campaigning in nearly a year.The 25-year-old brother of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in May won the Democratic primary and a special election...
Residents near Heidelberg Park Oppose Sewage Holding Tanks
Free sodas did little to soften the sales pitch from the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority to about 50 people gathered Monday in Heidelberg's fire hall.Many attended to oppose Alcosan's proposal to bury a 5 million- to 9 million-gallon sewage overflow...
Review: Quiet, Powerful 'Hereafter' Meditates on Mortality
A tsunami looms both realistically and as a metaphor for the overwhelming surge of emotion rising from below the surface in the haunting "Hereafter."A meditation on mortality, the movie deftly interweaves the stories of three people in different countries,...
Review: Slatkin, Pittsburgh Symphony Provide at Four-Part Treat
Four distinctive pieces combined for a very rewarding Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert Thursday afternoon that was led by principal guest conductor Leonard Slatkin and featured the impressive debut of pianist Olga Kern.Slatkin began with two contrasting...
RMU Gets Largest Gift to Date
The largest financial gift in Robert Morris University's history will benefit its School of Business and a center that serves nonprofit organizations."We're very proud and very excited," said President Gregory G. Dell'Omo of the $5 million donation Wednesday.Discussions...
Rocco Honored for Scholarship Dedication
With or without a whistle around his neck, Frank Rocco has made a difference in the lives of thousands of student-athletes over the past 50 years.First, he was a football coach at six Pennsylvania high schools, including Fox Chapel from 1972-78.Later,...
Sewickley Township's Crabapple Pool Gets Go-Ahead for Repair
Sewickley Township supervisors voted Wednesday to hire a temporary worker to complete repairs to Crabapple Pool in the coming weeks.Work has begun to repair leaks in the lines that return water from the filtration system to the pool, which was costing...
Sharing Parking Lot in Mt. Lebanon May End Holdup
An agreement to formally share a parking lot in Mt. Lebanon Park could resolve zoning problems holding up the renovation of nearby Mt. Lebanon High School, but not before the municipality and school district spent nearly $27,000 taking the zoning issues...
Son: Pitt Fireworks Noise Scares Parents
Fighting a battle it appears he can't -- and won't -- win doesn't deter Carlino Giampolo.The Oakland native wants University of Pittsburgh officials to move the annual homecoming weekend fireworks show they've launched from Mazeroski Field for more than...
Starkey: NFL Players Must Rise Up
We could delve into the James Harrison situation, but that would require taking his threat to retire seriously.Like he's going to kiss the rest of that $51 million contract goodbye and settle down in Florida for endless rounds of golf and early bird...
State Agents Sweep Up Suspects in Sales of Heroin
For the second time since May, a state drug detail has arrested suspected heroin dealers in Indiana and Clearfield counties as part of an ongoing investigation into heroin trafficking in rural areas. Armed with arrest warrants, agents searched Wednesday...
State-of-the-Art Salon Izzazu Opens Downtown
Stylists Emilio Cornacchione and Gino Chiodo envisioned a salon experience that would give Pittsburgh a new head-turning look. The two traveled across the country, visiting state-of-the-art salons before creating the one-of-a-kind Izzazu Salon, Spa &...
Steelers' Harrison Returns, Won't Change Style of Play
Steelers linebacker James Harrison said he played within the rules but that his comments following Sunday's above the shoulder tackle on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi resulted in him being fined $75,000 this week by the NFL.Harrison...
Steelers QB Roethlisberger Not Fan of Potential Changes
Ben Roethlisberger has suffered numerous concussions over his playing career as well as a number of knee injuries.In the wake of Tuesday's announcement that the NFL will begin to suspend players who disregard the rule of helmet-to-helmet hits, some Steelers...
Suit Says Dynavox Misled Investors
A shareholder lawsuit claims DynaVox Inc. violated securities laws by failing to tell investors until five months after it first sold stock that demand for the company's speech devices and software was weakening. The news sent the South Side-based company's...
Upper St. Clair Lawmaker Gives Challenger Run for Money
If the political prognosticators are correct, it's another sweet election season to be U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy.The four-term Republican has out-fundraised political neophyte Dan Connolly, a Democrat, by a 7-to-1 margin so far in a rural congressional district...
Upset Harrison Expected Back for Steelers
Is James Harrison really contemplating retirement?The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year felt so strongly about not being permitted to play football the way he always has, thanks to fallout from knocking out receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi,...
Volleyball's Liberos Key to Team Success
When Elderton girls volleyball coach Dan Spencer scouts an opponent, the first thing he watches is the team's defense.He especially pays attention to the player wearing a different color jersey. That player is called the libero, and Spencer wants to...
Week 8 WPIAL Preview
Allegheny/AAABurrell (4-3, 3-2) at Deer Lakes (5-2. 4-1)Friday, 7:30 p.m.About Burrell: Although the Bucs are in the thick of the WPIAL Class AA playoff hunt, they need to win one of their final two games to qualify for the postseason. This is a must-win...
Week 8 WPIAL Primer
The WPIAL certainly has saved the best for last.During these final two weeks, there could be as many as seven games between ranked teams with unbeaten conference records. They begin with tonight's matchup of No. 2 South Fayette and No. 3 Seton- La Salle...
West Allegheny Remains AAA Power Even without Star Caputo
Many thought this season was a lost cause for West Allegheny when the Indians lost their star senior, Mike Caputo, to injury in the opener. But, apparently, nobody told them."We were so busy here that I don't know what other people thought," coach Bob...
Western Psych to Be 1st Inpatient Center for Bipolar Disorder in Nation
Pittsburgh is becoming a leader in diagnosing and treating a pediatric disorder that, 30 years ago, psychiatrists didn't think existed in children.The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Western Psychiatric Institute will become home to the nation's...
Wilkins Pet Owner Feeling Constricted
Cory Hoebel and his fiancee say "Pink," a 6-foot-long red-tailed Colombian boa constrictor they bought from a pet shop in Plum earlier this year is as much a part of his family as a dog or a cat would be to other people. But Wilkins officials say the...
WPIAL Games and Players to Watch: Week 8
CENTURY CONFERENCE No. 2 South Fayette (7-0, 5-0) as No. 3 Seton-La Salle (7-0, 5- 0)Today, 7 p.m.TV: FSN PittsburghIt's hard to believe how far these two programs have come in such a short amount of time.In 2009, Seton-La Salle entered the season as...
Wuerl Tackled Priest Sex-Abuse Crisis, Church Closings
Whether weeding out priests who are sexual predators or closing century-old parishes, then-Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl did not shy away from controversy."He never backed down from a problem, no matter how embarrassing it might be or how serious it...
WVU Earning Defensive Reputation
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- With former players such as quarterback Pat White and running back Steve Slaton, West Virginia has been known for its offense in recent years.But that trend is starting to change. This year's Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Big East Conference)...