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Articles from April 14, 2008

Adjustment Helps Norwin Start Strong
Norwin volleyball coach Al Warden considered running a 6-2 offense this season to accommodate the hitting skills of Bryan Guzewiez.But the Norwin junior, who was a right side hitter last year, told the coach that if he wanted him to be the team's setter,...
A Gagfest at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- If the millions watching from their living room couches weren't paying close attention Sunday, they might have thought this was quite a Masters.Trevor Immelman made a hole-in-one. Tiger Woods chipped one from nowhere and the ball hung...
A Green Jacket for Immelman
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Trevor Immelman has never felt better.Four months after he had a tumor removed from his back, Immelman handled the wind and pressure of Augusta National far better than anyone chasing him Sunday to win the Masters, the first South African...
Area College Students Competing at Kennedy Center
It is such detailed work making a third-degree burn look genuine and a head injury realistic, and causing a body to fall exactly as planned. "It is special effects," says Simone Marcus, a junior theater major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. "I...
Astros Beat Marlins, 5-1
HOUSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez has no explanation for his success at Minute Maid Park. No matter the reason, he did it again Sunday to help the Houston Astros get their first series win.Rodriguez worked seven strong innings, and J.R. Towles and Michael Bourn...
Beechview Inventor Pushes Flame Stopper
Bill Bridgeman wants to be remembered for more than the catchy advertising jingles he wrote for 20 years.The Beechview native penned a popular tune for the Castriota Chevrolet dealership in Brookline -- the one with the "You say tom- AY-to, I say tom-AH-to"...
Biron Shuts out Caps; Flyers Win Game 2
WASHINGTON -- Looking tired and frustrated, Alex Ovechkin had trouble simply getting his stick on the puck a couple of times as the game wore on. The Philadelphia Flyers had stymied him again, this time with no allowances for any late-game heroics.The...
Bruins Beat Canadiens, Finally
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins didn't just take a lead over the Montreal Canadians for the first time all season.They held the lead at the end of the game.Marc Savard came off the bench on a delayed penalty to score with 9:25 gone in overtime Sunday night...
Bucs' McLouth Thrives as Starter
The Pirates gave Nate McLouth the chance to get locked in, and he has made the most of it.During spring training, McLouth won the starting job in center field. It's the first time he's been an everyday player since the early part of 2005, when he was...
Carlin Still Calls It like He Sees It
In just more than five decades in show business, George Carlin has graduated from comedy's troublemaking Class Clown (the title of his 1972 Grammy-winning album), to one of its most respected deans, influencing scores of rising comics and quite a few...
Celebrity Chefs Serve Life Lessons
Several well-known Pittsburgh chefs are helping young adults with special needs shake and chop their way to independence.The Woodlands, a Bradford Woods nonprofit organization that offers enrichment activities for people with special needs, kicked off...
Cheap Clothes Make for a Bad Long-Term Investment
Shortly after a budget-minded Ginger Reeder graduated from college in 1981, she proudly bought four new suits for a total of only about $125. Her mother was horrified."She said, 'Oh, my God. Within six months, they'll be pilling, and the hems will be...
Cherilus Means Business
Boston College tackle Gosder Cherilus is really a linebacker at heart. An offensive lineman with the mentality of a defensive player, Cherilus (SHARE-uh-luss) has a budding reputation for being as tough as he is big (6-foot-7, 320 pounds).Welcome to...
Clinton, Obama at Convention Center This Morning
The biggest problem facing the next president will be preserving and creating manufacturing jobs in the United States, says United Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerard."To get the economy moving in the right direction again, we need to reinvest in our...
Dan Rooney Endorses Sen. Barack Obama
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in this open letter:Dear Fellow Pennsylvanian,Based on the experiences that I have had in my seventy-five years and my assessment of what I think our nation needs to make real the...
Designer Builds Empire on Exotic Handbags
MIAMI -- There is a universe in a single scale of a crocodile, if it's one of Nancy Gonzalez's.It ripples and glistens, melting into tiny slivers of gold, silver, salmon or scarlet.The Colombian designer can work wonders with a reptile. It's not for...
Disabled to Receive Transit Discounts in Indiana County
IndiGO, Indiana County's transit authority, will soon offer reduced fares to people with disabilities as part of a statewide initiative to increase transportation services for the handicapped.The program, Transportation for People with Disabilities,...
Father's Put between a Rock and a Hard Place
Question: My bonus daughter, age 14, came to live with us for the school year. Her mom has agreed to let her stay on for a second school year as long as my husband continues to pay child support. My husband has another daughter, age 11, who lives with...
Fayette Murder Filings Pile Up
Prosecutors have petitioned a federal judge for a month's extension to file their response to a convicted double murderer's request to be freed from prison, in part because they are up against another deadline involving a death-row inmate from Fayette...
'House' Star Laurie Shakes Up Image with New Role
LOS ANGELES -- Hugh Laurie is bleary-eyed and tired. It is late afternoon, and he has been awake since 5 a.m. shooting an episode of television drama "House M.D.," which has made him a huge star in the United States.His lead role as the cranky, brash...
Ionic Technology Hitting Consumers from Head to Toe
LOS ANGELES -- Whether you're cruising through a drugstore or surfing TV channels, you can't help but notice claims about ions. There are ionic hair dryers. Ionic air purifiers. Ionic foot pads. Even ionic clothes hangers.It sure sounds impressive. But...
IU Panel Explores Online Options
The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit is collaborating with its 17 school districts and three vo-techs on a possible countywide online curriculum that could help districts with the rising costs of cyberschool and expand learning opportunities for students.Each...
Johnson Takes Advantage of Knaus' Advice
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Ignore that talk about Hendrick Motorsports slipping into the pack.Jimmie Johnson, the two-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, gave Rick Hendrick's powerhouse team its first win of the year Saturday night at Phoenix International...
Kapler Sparks Brewers to 9-7 Win
NEW YORK -- Gabe Kapler has gone from minor league manager to major league hassle for opposing pitchers.Kapler, who managed in the Red Sox organization last season, homered for the second straight day, doubled twice and drove in three runs to help the...
Kentucky Guard Meeks Recovering from Surgery
Kentucky sophomore guard Jodie Meeks is recovering from surgery to repair a bilateral sports hernia.CurlingKevin Martin ended his long wait for a world title, guiding Canada to a 6-3 victory over Scotland in the World Men's Curling Championship.EquestrianKaren...
Learning to Live with Asthma
Running down the hall to math class at Bethlehem-Center Elementary School can leave eighth-grader Michael Gilmore gasping for breath.Michael has asthma, a chronic condition. When he encounters a "trigger," his airways narrow, causing wheezing, coughing...
Madden Nets OT Winner for Devils
NEW YORK -- John Madden scored 6:01 into overtime to get the New Jersey Devils back into their first-round series against the New York Rangers with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.New Jersey beat the Rangers for just the second time in 11 games this season,...
McKeesport Area Educator Brought Passion, Dedication to Career
Ronald Raymond Becket of White Oak, who retired from the McKeesport Area School District after a career as a teacher and administrator, was a lifelong educator."He enjoyed working with children," said his son, Shawn Becket of Pittsburgh. Ronald Raymond...
Mystery Surrounds Fatal Shooting of Penn Hills Man
Nearly six years ago, a Penn Hills man was chased down and shot outside his house, and investigators are still hoping someone will come forward with information to solve the case.Kevin Woods, 30, left his Frankstown Road home about 10:30 a.m. on Sept....
Obama Shoots Back at Clinton at Convention Center
Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to union members at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this morning, shot back at rival Sen. Hillary Clinton for her criticisms of comments he made to fundraisers in San Francisco, which she said are elitist.After his...
On the Job: The Thrill of It All
Even after decades of regularly attending performances at the Benedum Center, Ken Brannigan still gets a thrill when the house lights dim and the curtain opens.Especially when he's the guy opening the curtain."My family's been in the theater business...
Orpik, Gonchar Silence Senators' Snipers
Sidney Crosby and Marian Hossa have combined for zero goals through the first two games, but that hasn't been a problem for the Penguins in the NHL playoffs.Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley have combined for zero goals through the first two games, and that's...
Patriotic Mt. Lebanon Mom, Businesswoman Was 'Spitfire'
On Sept. 11, 2001, Mary Belle Clement joined other Americans in flying the flag in front of her Mt. Lebanon home.More than 30 years before, she had rallied more than 100 of her neighbors to fly the Stars and Stripes in support of American troops in Vietnam.Mary...
Penguins Defense Hits Postseason Stride
At this time last year, the Penguins' defense was a lightning rod for criticism.This year, it is helping to light the fuse for a potent offense that has scored nine goals in the first two games of an opening- round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.The...
Penguins Have No Reason to Alter Approach
Coach Michel Therrien remains pleased with his team's focus. And the players spoke on Sunday, as did Therrien, of the confidence the Penguins retained despite allowing a three-goal lead to evaporate on Friday night. The Penguins kept playing the same...
Penguins Q & A: Rob Rossi Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Penguins writer Rob Rossi answers questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read older questions in the archives.Do be sure to check out the re-vamped "Chipped Ice" blog - which is updated daily during the playoffs with links to stories...
Pens Insider: Pens in for Letdown?
Burning question: Can the Penguins match the Senators' desperation in Game 3?Breakdown: The Pens head to Ottawa with a 2-0 series lead. That makes tonight much more of a make-or-break proposition for the Senators than it is the Pens. And that makes the...
Pirates' Sanchez Takes Day Off
Freddy Sanchez, batting .200 and still bothered by shoulder pain, was given Sunday off."We're not going to continue to just run him out there every day," manager John Russell said. "It's a cold day, and it's a day game after a night game. Every day he's...
Pirates Trounce Reds, Complete Sweep
Tom Gorzelanny wanted to prove he is a better pitcher than he had shown in his first two starts this season.Gorzelanny took a huge step toward restoring his reputation Sunday afternoon by guiding the Pirates to a 9-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds."There...
Pope Faces Interfaith Conflicts
Amid tensions with other faiths, Pope Benedict XVI will be cautious and careful in meetings this week with other religious leaders, experts said. The pope, who will arrive in the United States on Tuesday, infuriated Muslims in a speech two years ago,...
Prognosis Optimistic for Export Pancreatic Cancer Patient
Yvonne Stimmell is recovering at her Export home after a diagnosis she didn't think she would live through.In July 2007, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the prognosis was not good.That has changed considerably. She's relatively cancer-free,...
Senators Offer Penguins Extra Motivation
A picture is worth a thousand words and, in this case, most of them are of the unprintable variety."Awful," was the way one Senators player politely put it Sunday.In what is surely one of the stupidest and most ignorant moves going, somebody with the...
Sens' Spezza Ailing, Might Miss Game 3
Jason Spezza's status for Game 3 tonight is a mystery.The Senators' center, who jammed his leg after hitting the boards trying to throw a check in Game 2 on Friday in Pittsburgh, was absent as the Senators went through a 40-minute workout Sunday at Scotiabank...
Shortlived '80S ABC Sitcom 'Reggie' Was Based on BBC Series
Question: I was reminiscing with an old friend the other day when we were struck (faintly) by a blast from the past.It was a TV show that we were enamored with as kids (20 years ago maybe), but it must not have lasted long, because we can't find anyone...
Steelers Q & A: Scott Brown Answers Your Questions
Tribune-Review Steelers writer Scott Brown answers your questions about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read older questions in the archives.Q: This draft seems to be deep in overall talent. I am concerned that the Steelers will reach with their first-round...
Sto-Rox Graduate DiMichele Hopes to Turn around Temple
Adam DiMichele's athleticism and desire have pulled him in different directions since starring at Sto-Rox.Arguably one of Pittsburgh's greatest all-around high school athletes, DiMichele gave baseball a go when he played two years at Okaloosa-Walton...
Teachers Talk Politics
The third annual Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg brought together great media minds of the region. Dr. Everette E. Dennis, a Distinguished Professor in Fordham University's Graduate School of Business...
Tears Say It All as Snedeker's Collapse Leaves Him Devastated
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Brandt Snedeker's voice shook as he tried to get the words out.He finally gave up, burying his head in a towel and letting the tears flow.If you'd told him at the beginning of the week that he would tie for the third in his first Masters...
The Cure for What Ails Your Hair? Ionic Hairdryers Have Lovers, Skeptics
LOS ANGELES -- The dreaded bad hair day, when those curls go flat before noon, your hair is as shiny as a '79 Plymouth, and your locks look as limp as a three-legged dog.Those days are gone for Kaitlin Ferrell, 24, an actress from Los Angeles who recently...
The Dirty Ball
Shall we say that the buzz from Saturday's Dirty Ball will be repeated at not-so-polite parties with hilarious abandon? And how ... and for a very long time.Attack Theatre, the plucky, modern dance company, took a naughty idea and bent it into the red-hottest,...
The Real Theft & Fraud
If the wrongful emptying of our wallets by a public servant is the issue, it's U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan who's the problem - - not Cyril Wecht.Tossing everything but the kitchen sink at Wecht, the government's initial case charged the former Allegheny...
Trib Tested: KouponKeeper
Catherine ArtmanMy first thought upon seeing the KouponKeeper was, "Why didn't I think of that?" This coupon organizer is a spiral notebook filled with clear-plastic pages with pockets. Some pages have baseball card- size pockets, but I prefer the ones...
Utley's Throwing Error Gives Cubs Win
PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Zambrano's hustle -- not his pitching or bat -- paid off in a rare appearance off the bench.Second baseman Chase Utley's throwing error on Zambrano's grounder allowed Ronny Cedeno to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and...
Westmoreland County Native Earns State Honor
The late James Laudadio was known as "Mr. Conservation" during his time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.Some day, Devin DeMario may be known as "Miss Conservation."She's certainly off to a good start. The 22-year-old Manor resident was named...
Women-Only Seder Held in Westmoreland County
Every year observant Jews gather with family and friends to celebrate the beginning of Passover with a Seder, a ritual meal of symbolic foods and wine. Throughout the meal, passages are read from the Haggadah, a book of prayers and stories.The Seder...
Yankees Remove Buried Red Sox Jersey
NEW YORK -- A construction worker's bid to curse the New York Yankees by planting a Boston Red Sox jersey in their new stadium was foiled Sunday when the home team removed the offending shirt from its burial spot.After locating the shirt in a service...