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Articles from February 7, 2010

After the Storm, a Quiet Run through the Streets
After two hours of shoveling snow, I would have preferred to take a nap.But the Pittsburgh Marathon is only three months away. I'm registered. A snowfall like the one that buried Pittsburgh under nearly two feet of snow is not going to change that.So...
Apple Opened Bonanza for App Developers
PHILADELPHIA -- In the fast-moving world of mobile computing, small is all, and apps for BlackBerrys, iPhones, Droids and other gadgets are the sultans of software.Which translates into a bonanza of business opportunities for app developers.App stores...
A Winter to Remember
When I was a kid, the snow began falling the day after Thanksgiving and didn't stop until March 21. School was never canceled, and we walked through 8-foot drifts. The building was two miles away, and it was uphill both ways. Temperatures were at least...
Bag Bourbon Street; Other New Orleans Streets Offer Festivities
NEW ORLEANS -- Stay off Bourbon Street.No, really. If you want more than the most obvious Mardi Gras experience, stay off Bourbon Street. On Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16 this year, and the gloriously chaotic days prior, that fabled party route is tacky, loud,...
Bauer's 'Blacklands' Looks at Abuse from Child's Point of View
The title of Belinda Bauer's debut novel, "Blacklands," refers to an area in southwest England that is relatively unknown. Exmoor abuts the Bristol Channel on a thrust of land that looks like it's broken off from the island nation. The landscape is rife...
Bella Sera, in Market Square, Opts for 'Italian-Pittsburgh Classics'
Jason Capps always knew he was going to be a chef. His first creation happened at the tender age of 8 while he was visiting at a friend's house.His friend's parents were out for the evening, leaving Capps and his friend the run of the kitchen."I made...
Big Easy Does It
MIAMI -- With completion after completion, Drew Brees was completely amazing Sunday night in his first Super Bowl appearance.His performance, combined with a daring decision by his coach, Sean Payton, allowed the New Orleans Saints to pull off a 31-17...
Breeders Dogged by Pennsylvania's New Laws
A Westmoreland County commercial dog breeder said the state's new regulation cracking down on dog breeders have cost her thousands of dollars in renovation bills and might force her to close her kennel.Shirley McClarran, who operates Dogs of Donohoe...
Briefs: The King Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood
After almost 19 months away from the spotlight, a new King Kong - - more grizzled and, definitely, ferocious -- is preparing to return to Universal Studios Hollywood.After the old animatronic Kong was destroyed in a 2008 fire on the theme park's back...
Cal U to Host Roundtable on Morgantown's Role in Civil War
Morgantown was a microcosm of the nation in the Civil War era.Kati Singel, the featured speaker at a Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Kara Alumni House at California University of Pennsylvania, will review the city's history. Doors will open...
CD Reviews: Singer Amy Cervini Proves to Be a Keeper
'Love Fool'Amy Cervini (Anzic)Amy Cervini shows again on "Love Fool" that she is a new singer not to be ignored. The album not only features her great command of song, but it also has a fine band built around the controlled drumming of her brother, Ernesto,...
Changes Might Be Coming to Bear Season
There was a time when the Pennsylvania Game Commission limited the number of people who could participate in the state's bear season.That's not the the case anymore.In fact, the most wide open bear season in the past 100 years could be coming in the...
Charleroi's Vanderveen Fills Need with Special Fitness Center
Fred Aland Vanderveen knows all about inspiration."We've been here for 17 years and I can't begin to put into words what an impact our students have had on the lives of so many people," Vanderveen, a 1970 graduate of Charleroi High School, said. "They...
Charles Rohlfs' Furniture Combines Complex Designs with Elegant Ornament
Furniture designer Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) thought of himself as an American original. Denying any connection to previous styles or present influences, he boldly stated in a January 1900 article in House Beautiful magazine, "My designs are my own....
Charting Our Way to Solvency
WASHINGTONIn 2013, when President Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor, is counting his blessings, at the top of his list will be the name of his vice president: Paul Ryan. The former congressman of Wisconsin will have come to office with ideas for...
Decisions of Westmoreland County Judges
The following is a list of defendants charged with a first offense of driving under the influence in Westmoreland County criminal court. These defendants receive a standard sentence that includes enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition...
DeLillo Ponders Time, Nature in 'Point Omega'
A Museum of Modern Art installation screens Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" at two frames per second, which is very slow. It's called "24 Hour Psycho."The art piece and one unnamed man's experience of it occupies 30 pages at the beginning and end of Don...
Dems, Disconnect & Dean
WASHINGTONThe realization that voters who live 15 minutes outside this city are completely disconnected from people who work and govern here at least is resonating with the brains who'll run campaigns to retain the Democrat congressional majority --...
Denim Fashion Offers an Update of the All-American Classic This Spring
Denim has evolved from rough-and-ready blue jeans to more sophisticated and tailored styles."Denim has taken on a stylish approach," says Susan Cernek, senior fashion editor for Glamour.com. "There are some pieces that are made of a lighter fabric and...
Disillusioned Administration Earns Itself a 'D' in Planning
Let's get rid of one uncertainty right away. Taxes won't get any simpler.The federal budget President Obama introduced the other day -- an absurd $3.8 trillion -- contains a swarm of tax tinkerings; some up, some down, some sideways. Much better for...
Dorsey's 'Gator A-Go-Go' Tosses Another Pie in the Face
The comic trio the Three Stooges -- in various incarnations -- managed to make their slapstick comic act last some 50 years. Not bad for a bunch of comedians whose main claim to fame was physical farce and extreme slapstick.Going by that calculation,...
Duquesne Endures Road-Trip Adventure
Count Duquesne University men's basketball coach Ron Everhart among the happiest to be back home from a longer-than-anticipated two-game road trip that was a little under the weather -- literally.The Dukes returned to their campus on the Bluff on Sunday...
Duquesne Women Close in on A-10 Leader Xavier
The Duquesne University women's basketball team closed in on No. 8 Xavier for a share of the lead in the Atlantic 10 Conference with its 66-64 victory over George Washington on Saturday at Palumbo Center.Vanessa Abel's two free throws for Duquesne with...
Good Luck, Congressman Plod!
WASHINGTONThe loyal, patriotic and distinguished Congressman Henry Waxman, 71, a very liberal California Democrat, is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Despite some 35 years in our D.C. hothouse, neither his 65 inches nor his disposition...
Gorman: Focusing on the Brains in Big Game
Surprisingly, the son of Steelers Hall of Fame center Mike Webster doesn't hate football, even though his father's final years were spent in a state of dementia, depression and dysfunction as a result of football-related brain trauma.Garrett Webster...
'Grief Journey' Has Place to Start in Uniontown
Our Caring Corner is a child grief support program hosted by East End United Community Center in Uniontown.The mission of the program, said program manager Rosemary Hardy, is to improve the lives of grieving children, adolescents and their families by...
Haiti's Tragedy Hits Close to Home at Waynesburg University
The Waynesburg University community has come together to aid ongoing relief work that follows the devastating earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti.A campus wide collection, an upcoming benefit concert and a celebration of hope fundraiser are planned...
Has Running the Ball Become Passe in NFL?
Just as the confetti that will fall after New Orleans tosses that last shovel of dirt on the "Aints," or Peyton Manning becomes the 11th quarterback to win multiple Super Bowls, footballs are sure to fill the South Florida air tonight.The last two NFL...
Historic Storm of Thanksgiving 1950 Remembered as 'Fun, Magical'
James Gray doesn't remember the city shutting down when the big snowstorm of 1950 hit Pittsburgh, but then again, most people he knew didn't have to rely on a car."My father worked at the mill on Second Avenue," said Gray, 73, on Saturday from his home...
Images Created with Scanner Pique Interest of CalU Gallery Visitors
Spectators from around the region are giving California University of Pennsylvania's latest art attraction rave reviews as the campus celebrates its third year as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution."Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer"...
Johnson Taking His Place Alongside Legends
CONCORD, N.C. -- If winning equates to wisdom, then Jimmie Johnson is the wisest of the dream quartet assembled by team owner Rick Hendrick.Hendrick is a man of keen insight, but even he couldn't envision that getting Johnson's signature on a contract...
Junior ROTC More Than Just a Class to Cadets
Andrew Hall parlayed his involvement in West Mifflin High School's Air Force Junior ROTC class into a college scholarship."My freshman year, I made a lot of new friends. It was like family almost," said Hall, 17, a senior, who was skeptical when he signed...
Kindergartners Show Promise for City Scholarship Program
Don't uncork the champagne just yet, but kindergarten enrollment rose 2 percent this fall in Pittsburgh Public Schools, the first increase in four years and a possible sign that The Pittsburgh Promise is working."Any uptick is hopeful, but 39 kids out...
Kunitz May Return for Game against Capitals
MONTREAL -- Chris Kunitz remained unavailable in the Penguins' 5- 3 loss at Montreal Saturday, but his return appears set for today.Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said following Saturday's game that Kunitz will likely play today in Washington. The winger...
Laurel Highlands Student Challenges Self with Relief Effort
A Laurel Highlands senior is doing his part to raise money for Haiti relief.Like many, Christopher Felix watched the devastation of the earthquake that struck the island nation and decided to do his little bit to help."I've been asking for donations...
LeBeau, Grimm Are Voted into Hall of Fame
Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Scottdale native Russ Grimm were bestowed football's highest honor Saturday.Former Steelers center Dermontti Dawson, meanwhile, will have to wait at least one more year to join them in the Pro Football Hall...
Libraries Fulfilled Andrew Carnegie's Vision
The 1847 classic "How to be a Man, a Book for Boys" by Harvey Newcomb resides in the William R. Oliver Special Collections in Oakland's Carnegie Library.But then so does "The Ladies' Guide to Needlework."Those books and several hundred others from the...
Monogahela Valley Hospital Plans Blood Drive
During February, many people try to think of a gift they can give to a loved one to show they are giving from the heart. However, there is a very simple gift that is truly from the heart and could help save a life at the same time: donating at a local...
More Homebuyers Begin Their Quest in Cyberspace
Dennis and April Newton are members of the e-commerce generation.When they decided it was time to buy a house, they searched for one on a Saturday evening on Coldwell Banker Real Estate Co.'s PittsburghMove.com Web site.Finding a home on the Internet...
More Pain, Little Gain
President Obama was soothing and hopeful on the economy during his State of the Union address. But reading between the lines, it was clear that Americans likely would suffer further pain but for little real gain.A defiant Obama reasserted his determination...
Murrysville to Spend $29,000 to Renovate Park's Sears House
Council will spend $28,990 to renovate the interior of the Sears House, where a caretaker will live at Murrysville Community Park.Council unanimously approved the interior improvements Wednesday. The money will come from the 2010 capital improvements...
Naccarato Leads Young Monessen Team
Going into her first season as head girls' basketball coach at Monessen, Gina Naccarato knew she was faced with a young team.After all, the Lady Greyhounds had more freshmen (three) than they did seniors (two) on the roster.And with the Lady Greyhounds'...
NASCAR 'Turns Corner' on the Business Side
CONCORD, N.C. -- A year ago, a surprisingly upbeat Brian France brazenly marched NASCAR forward even though a troubled economy threatened to side-swipe the largest spectator sport in America.France, chief executive officer of NASCAR, kept pushing a battered...
New in Outdoors Equipment
If you're thinking about spring gobbler season, know that Hunter's Specialties has introduced a new call. The Squealing Hen call reproduces the sound a hen turkey makes during breeding, "triggering an internal frenzied response from gobblers to seek...
Niche, Cash Stash Needed to Break out on Your Own
Question: Working in organizational development at a large employer, I am concerned about job security. Staff functions like mine are easily eliminated, and with more than 25 years' experience, my salary is high, so I know I am at risk. I have given...
Nonfiction Works Capture Historical Moments in Time
Three works of nonfiction -- including two that are ideal for Black History Month -- highlight our choices for February, along with a marvel of paper engineering by the King of the Pop-Ups to brighten up everyone's day."Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story...
No Pillar of 'Progress'
The "progressives" firmly are in control of Pittsburgh City Council. And the once grand city, beaten to a pulp for so long by one-party rule, pimps for "public purpose" and numbnuts of nugacity surely will pay with its very existence.The latest pillar...
Notes from the Outdoors
Around the Game CommissionAs expected, Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a proposal to close the hunting season on bobwhite quail starting this fall.Bobwhite quail were once a staple of the state's small-game hunting scene, said Scott Klinger,...
Notices from the Outdoors
Rifle/Trap leaguesMurrysville (11-0) remains unbeaten in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings, having beaten Crowfoot (2-9) 1187-1163 in their most recent match.Kittanning (9-1) kept pace by beating Fort Hand (1-10) 1181- 1159, while Kiski...
One in Every Family
Every family has its own Uncle Eddie: the one nobody ever talks about. Nobody that is, except Aunt Geraldine. In advance of every holiday, Geraldine would proclaim that she was saying a rosary with the special intention that Eddie would not show up....
Peltz's Heinz Profit Not Big
Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, who waged a nasty proxy battle over control of H.J. Heinz Co., has so far realized a profit of almost $50 million for himself and his partners from their investment in the iconic ketchup and food maker.They could make...
Penguins-Capitals Seemingly on at Verizon
The Penguins went the distance Saturday night to help the NHL potentially net capital gains today.A nationally televised game between the Penguins and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center -- NBC's lone opportunity to broadcast a regular-season Sunday...
Pens Powerless against Ovechkin
WASHINGTON -- The Penguins erased any worries about weary travel by racing to a three-goal lead Sunday against a rival in their building.Then the power play let the Penguins down again, and Alex Ovechkin brought his Washington Capitals back for a 5-4...
Pens Suffer 'Disappointing' Loss in Montreal
MONTREAL -- Unlike most Western Pennsylvanians, the Penguins hadn't been fatigued from shoveling snow all Saturday morning.It only looked that way.In fact, the Penguins were coming off their longest period of inactivity this season, but the four-day...
People Rise Up against Puritanical Discipline
The curtain loudly having crashed down on this unnecessary and ridiculous drama, Lori Walters should take a bow.Her performance in the proceedings helped rally a community to try to right a wrong, and helped steer back on track the swerving career of...
Personnel Moves
MANUFACTURINGNova Chemicals Corp. named William Mitchell vice president and general counsel.BANKING, FINANCESusan Baker Shipley, head of global trade finance in North America for The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, parent company of Citizens Bank, was...
Picchiarini Builds on Basketball Success in Florida
A 1983 graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School, John Picchiarini is the head coach of the Indian River State College Pioneers. Located in Fort Pierce, Fla., Indian River competes in the Southern Conference of the 20-school Florida Community College...
Pirates Admit 'Rumblings' about Tabata's Age
His birth certificate and passport say outfielder Jose Tabata was born Aug. 12, 1988, in Anzoategui, Venezuela. Yet, during a recent radio interview, general manager Neal Huntington admitted there are "a lot of rumblings" that Tabata might actually be...
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Goes Modern for Upcoming Program
The 40th anniversary season of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is a grand survey of dance repertoire. The company's upcoming production features two classics of 20th-century modern dance, which supplement the contemporary ballet "Light/The Holocaust and Humanity...
Pitt Shares Wealth, Ends Skid with Victory
With the rest of Pennsylvania under a disaster emergency, No. 22 Pitt halted its recent state of crisis.The slumping Panthers, playing in front of a half-empty Petersen Events Center, got a much-needed boost with an 83-58 thumping of Seton Hall on Saturday...
Pitt, Tuskegee Commander to Honor Aviators' Achievements
Growing up, Elaine Effort thought Tuskegee Airmen were everywhere. Her father, the late Sgt. Vernol Leapheart, was crew chief for then-Col. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., commander of the all-black 332nd Fighter Group that flew over North Africa and Western...
Real Estate Notes
The University of Pittsburgh trustees budget committee approved $3.2 million to renovate the ground floor and basement of a building on Thomas Boulevard, Point Breeze. The building will be used for the mailing services and central receiving.Glance &...
Retirees Burdened by Steep Medical Expenses
SAN FRANCISCO -- Health care is one of the biggest costs to plan for in retirement, even with the federal Medicare program providing basic coverage to Americans ages 65 and older.That's because Medicare beneficiaries can face substantial out- of-pocket...
River City Brass Band Facing Its Toughest Test
This has not been the best of years for the River City Brass Band, but its management believes the rudder is firmly in hand.But there is one bit of navigation that remains daunting: attracting a younger audience. Dave Wohleber, new chairman of the band's...
Robert Morris Finishes Sweep of St. Francis
Robert Morris didn't let the 21.5-inch snow storm derail its romp through the Northeast Conference on Saturday.Nor did the Colonials get slowed down by an 18-minute delay in the first half because of a power outage at the Sewall Center. The outage, however,...
Rossi: Mr. Q. Made Sense of 'The Trade'
Beat reporters make sacrifices for their jobs, and the one bouncing around this beat boy's brain over the past few weeks detailed the weeks before the NHL trade deadline, which were my favorite weeks of the hockey season before I started reporting on...
Saunders, Duquesne Storm to A-10 Victory
WASHINGTON -- Maybe it should snow like this every time Duquesne plays a basketball game.Damian Saunders produced another monster performance Saturday, scoring a career-high 27 points and adding 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots...
Say You Love Them with a Mousse
Chocolate, caramel and nuts! Is there a more celestial trinity when it comes to desserts? That's the winning combination in this delectable recipe from "The Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook," a recent book by Chris and Idie Hastings, owners and chefs at...
Seat Brown's, Desk Kerry's
We wouldn't dare suggest U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., swooped down like a vulture to take possession of the desk on the Senate floor that once belonged to his late colleague, Ted Kennedy.But Republican Scott Brown, elected last month to take over Kennedy's...
Seton Hall-Pitt Brave Brutal Wintry Weather
The games must go on -- at least in Big East basketball.Pitt's basketball game against Seton Hall was played as scheduled Saturday -- despite a state of emergency in Pennsylvania -- because the parties were already in Pittsburgh."It is Big East policy...
Stand Firm, Penn Hills
As a Penn Hills homeowner and taxpayer, I appreciated Tony LaRussa's story "Penn Hills parents make voices heard on teachers' strike" (Feb. 3 and TribLIVE.com). The teachers union said it would be irresponsible for the district not to raise taxes to...
Storm Disrupts Travel, Power, Water for Many in Western Pennsylvania
Nearly 2 feet of snow crippled most forms of transportation across Western Pennsylvania and cut power to tens of thousands of homes, leaving people cold, stranded or even dry.The worst snowstorm since 1993 took Pittsburgh International Airport, Port...
Stricker Takes Big Lead at Northern Trust
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Stricker hit enough crisp irons and made his usual share of putts to pull away from the field at Riviera and build a five-shot lead going into the final day of the rain-delayed Northern Trust Open.Stricker was at 14-under par and...
The Veon-DeWeese Saga
HARRISBURGFormer Democratic Whip Mike Veon is seated at the defense table but former Democratic Leader H. William DeWeese is the guy on trial - - at least by Veon's lawyers.The complex political relationship between the pair who ran the House Democratic...
Timing of Trout Tourney Drawing Controversy
Pennsylvania has hosted bass fishing tournaments for some timeTrout tournaments are something new -- and apparently much more controversial.That became clear after the United States National Fly Fishing Championship was held on the Little Juniata River...
Two CalU Undergrads Serve as Community Mayors
As the new year began, two undergraduate students at California University of Pennsylvania started their first terms as mayors of nearby towns.Ryan Belski, 21, a junior sport management major, is the new mayor of Rices Landing, a town with about 400...
Ushers Crucial at Concerts, Theater and Sporting Events
Tony Grieco practically bounces out of his seat as he talks about the things he's seen since he started working as an usher at Forbes Field in 1949 when he was 18. He was behind third base at the old Oakland ballyard when Bill Mazeroski hit his historic...
Utilities, Buses Slowly Restore Service
Utilities and transportation officials struggled to come back online today as the region continued to dig out from nearly 2 feet of snow."People really need to be cautious through today and the next couple of days, because it's going to take some warmer...
Vancouver Games a Long Time in the Making
One would expect it to take years to land an Olympic Games, but half a century?As early as the 1960s, there was talk of Vancouver offering itself as a Winter Olympics venue, paired with the ski slopes of Whistler -- then called Garibaldi.By 1970, the...
Weather Nearly Wipes out WPIAL Weekend
WPIAL and City League schools postponed or canceled almost all activity this weekend, including the Class AAA and AA team wrestling championships that were scheduled for Saturday night.One of 10 exceptions occurred Friday when the Greensburg Salem boys...
Western Pennsylvania Residents Clear Cars, Paths as Monster Snowfall Cancels Plans
Kim Bloom sat beneath a bank of flight information screens Saturday at Pittsburgh International Airport, her feet resting on a carry-on bag."It's depressing, but there's absolutely nothing you can do about it," said Bloom, 48, of Greensburg. Twenty-one...
West Virginia Town Marked Split between North, South
Morgantown was a microcosm of the nation in the Civil War era.Kati Singel, the featured speaker at a Civil War Roundtable, set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Kara Alumni House at California University of Pennsylvania, will review the West Virginia city's...
Wildlife Specialist from Saltlick Nurtured All Things Great, Small
Throughout her life, Gretchen Weslager was known for mothering back to health injured or abandoned animals brought to her home.In 1992, Mrs. Weslager and her husband, Gary Fred Weslager, purchased a 137-acre farm in Saltlick Township, Fayette County,...
Wilkes-Barre Prospects Look for Consistency
The Penguins have called up five forwards from Wilkes-Barre since Jan. 1. Three of them -- Luca Caputi, Nick Johnson and Chris Conner - - scored in their first games after being promoted.The common denominator among the three? All were immediately slotted...