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Articles from July 4, 2008

A Fourth with a 'Mad Dog' Twist
Shrouded in mystery, the postcard arrived via airmail from England.Bearing a scenic rendering of the Thames with the British Houses of Parliament in the background, the card was addressed to me but bore no message.It was signed, "An American Mad Dog...
As a Perfume Ages, Its Signature Scent Fades
Question: I received a bottle of really expensive perfume for Mother's Day. I was planning to wear it only for special occasions, but my daughter says I should use it daily. She says it will spoil if I don't use it fast enough. I've never had a scent...
Bethel Park Native Mows Down First-Round Opponent
Marshall University, the alma mater of football stars such as Randy Moss and Chad Pennington, wants to be known for tennis, too.Leading the charge for Thundering Herd tennis is No. 1 singles player Kellie Schmitt, a native of Bethel Park who now lives...
Blinded Man Recalls Roadhouse Assault in Fayette County
A New Jersey man testified his eye was dislodged from its socket after he was kicked in the head outside a Fayette County bar, causing him to suffer permanent vision loss."Eventually, they'll have to remove the eye and put a glass one in," Robert Blakely,...
Bourbon's Rising Popularity Puts Makers in High Spirits
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. -- To Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell, the piercing sounds of a warehouse rising in the Kentucky countryside are the sounds of prosperity."As long as you see work going on -- and the construction, and increasing your size...
Brewers Hammer Pirates, 9-1
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers on Friday mashed six extra- base hits, including a pair of home runs, and hammered the Pirates, 9-1.Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny (6-7) lost for the third time in his past five decisions.Gorzelanny wound up with an ugly...
Briefs: Virtual Fashion Gets Real at H&M
It must be fun to design clothing on models that are thin and perfect, have no temperament or dietary issues, and can strut the catwalk without ever tripping.But these idealized models aren't real people -- they exist only in the virtual world of The...
Bucs' Maholm Continues Steady Season
MILWAUKEE -- Paul Maholm isn't into labels.Even though he's been the Pirates' steadiest pitcher this season, Maholm does not necessarily want to be tabbed the key in the starting rotation."I really don't care for the label of 'fifth starter' or the 'swing...
Church, Community Groups Offer Aid to Food Pantry, Food Bank
Pedal power works when you're hungry, too.About 25 families and individuals regularly visit the Loaves and Fishes food pantry at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church."We have one gentleman that's homeless, sort of," coordinator Judy Radcliffe said. "When...
City, County Will Evaluate Alcosan
Controllers from Pittsburgh and Allegheny County will work together to evaluate Alcosan and determine how much the public will have to pay for upcoming infrastructure upgrades, officials announced Thursday.The joint audit will examine the agency's performance...
Crumbling Locks, Dams Could Cause Catastrophe
Safe navigation of the region's rivers provides about 200,000 jobs and $10 billion in wages, according to the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.Yet the average Western Pennsylvanian probably isn't too concerned with the potentially catastrophic state of...
Cycling Events
ONGOING- Breathe Outside Yoga at SouthSide Works. All levels Hatha flow class with Breathe Yoga Studio, every Friday (Noon to 1 p.m. with Lori Grable) and Saturday (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with Kristi Rogers). In the park next to REI (SouthSide Works)....
Duquesne Professor Will Lead Darwin Celebration
Two centuries after his birth, Charles Darwin will be in Pittsburgh, answering questions on everything from his favorite food to how he reconciled his theory of evolution with his religious beliefs.It's not an evolutionary coup by the long-dead English...
Fireworks Have Become Inseparable from Fourth of July
Most Americans equate the Fourth of July with waving the red, white and blue and looking into the sky for the dazzling light displays.The tradition was first envisioned a couple hundred years ago by John Adams, the second president of the United States.In...
Fishing Report
- There's still some trout fishing to be had, apparently. One angler fishing the delayed harvest section of Loyalhanna Creek with flies this week landed seven trout, the longest, a 21-incher, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg....
Formula 1 Racers to Face Rough Waters
The Formula 1 ChampBoat Grand Prix Series is returning to the turbulent -- and potentially stormy -- waters of the Allegheny River today, and tour president Mike Schriefer couldn't be happier."It's fantastic," he said. "This venue is one of the most...
Intern Uses Internet to Spread Word about Irwin
Facebook, MySpace and YouTube may be great sites for social networking, but they're also good places for businesses to connect with new customers.That is the main reason why Mallori Barg is spending time in downtown Irwin this summer.The Irwin Main Street...
Iraq Veteran Gives Back to Soldiers
Tim Boots pointed to the logo of the Wounded Warrior Project, a silhouette in which one soldier carries another to safety.Three years ago, the Connellsville Area High School graduate was aided by a fellow Army National Guardsman after he was severely...
Junior Police Academy Gives Cadets a New Perspective on Police Work
The North Huntingdon Township Junior Police Academy was recently held at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County. The camp was host to 58 children ages reigning between 11 to 17 years old.Sponsored by the North Huntingdon Township police department...
List of Options for Summer Wear Just Got Longer
The latest looks for shorts are all over the leg.Not all shorts are created equal -- and that's good news for women of all shapes and sizes. Fashion designers offer shorts in many lengths, which allow women to stay in style while wearing the right length...
Minto Scores Big in Ring, at Gate
The standing-room-only crowd was such that fans outside Butler's Pullman Park watched from atop a factory catwalk and from buckets connected to cranes.That would have been awe-inspiring for some fighters, but hometown hero Brian Minto scoffed at the...
Modern Girls Might See Selves in 'Kit Kittredge' Movie
NEW YORK -- Despite her cloche hat, feed-sack dresses and obsession with a relic known as a typewriter, modern girls might see a lot of themselves in Kit Kittredge, the Depression-era living- doll in the new American Girl feature film.Blond-bobbed Kit,...
Modern Touches to Tell Tale of Historic Block House
Technology is helping to retell the many stories of Pittsburgh's oldest building.Starting in mid-July, a digital slide show on the walls of the Fort Pitt Block House will teach visitors about the history of the building, which has been used as a military...
Moon Rejects Wal-Mart's Plan for Store
Moon supervisors have put the brakes on Wal-Mart's planned move into their suburb.In a 3-2 vote early Thursday, supervisors denied the retailer's preliminary development plan for the West Hills Shopping Center at University Boulevard and Brodhead Road....
Naggy Helps Hempfield East to Division Lead
Most identify with Alex Naggy by way of his strong fielding and hitting skills.But there is another way to spot the Hempfield East standout.Just look for the player who wears his cap back and askew slightly to the left."I've never asked him why he wears...
National Retailers Continue Expanding in Pittsburgh
National retailers continue to expand in the Pittsburgh region, companies like clothing retailers Burlington Coat Factory and Dots LLC.The addition of stores counters the belief among some companies and developers that the Pittsburgh region is over-retailed,...
N.C. Teen Gets Life in Slaying of Mt. Oliver Clerk
An Allegheny County judge convicted a North Carolina teenager Thursday and sentenced him to life in prison for fatally shooting a Mt. Oliver convenience store clerk.Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning convicted Eric D. Hancock, 17, of Greensboro, of...
North Carolina-Based Cycling Team Loses Its Wheels Early
Editor's note:Trib reporter Karen Price rode along in the TIME Pro Cycling team vehicle June 26, Day 3 of the six-day Tour of Pennsylvania, for a behind-the-scenes look at the world of bicycle racing.It's Stage 3 of the Tour of Pennsylvania, and in the...
PayPal Marks Successful 10 Years Online
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The need was direct: how to facilitate the exchange of money and goods between a consumer and an online merchant.The concept was simple: A service that would allow the shopper to purchase an item without sharing financial information,...
Pens Lock Up Fleury for 7 Years
Moving forward, as general manager Ray Shero put it, suited the Penguins perfectly fine Thursday.About 24 hours after star right wing Marian Hossa chose one year with the Detroit Red Wings over seven in Pittsburgh, Shero completed his main offseason...
Personal Freedoms Strike Chord Today
This Fourth of July will find Ryan Howell clad in a maroon bedsheet, piloting his parents' 1991 Cutlass Ciera to a Harmarville toga party. After years of pestering family to drive him here and there, and enduring merciless ribbing by friends who got...
Rangers Sign Coveted Forward
NEW YORK -- Longtime Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund agreed to terms Thursday with the New York Rangers on a two-year deal.Naslund, who scored 25 goals and added 30 assists last season, leaves Vancouver after 12 seasons -- including eight as...
Restaurateur's Efforts Helped Kids with Epilepsy
Steve "Froggy" Morris was best known for his popular bars and restaurants, but he is also being remembered for his commitment to children with epilepsy. For 26 years, Mr. Morris sponsored Froggy's Golf Classic at the South Hills Country Club. The events...
Science Center's E-Motion Cone Resumes Watch
The Carnegie Science Center's iconic E-Motion cone will resume its weather-forecasting in a patriotic fashion this weekend.The cone was damaged severely during storms last summer. While repairing the cone, the science center upgraded its lighting system...
Scottdale's Pool Board Returns $121,000 to State
The Scottdale Community Pool board this week returned to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources nearly $121,000 it received from the state six years ago for major pool renovations that were never completed."We have a check in hand,"...
Sewickley Township EMS Exploring Options to Divide Monies
An advisory board will help determine how approximately $95,000 in tax fund money set aside for emergency services will be doled out in Sewickley Township.Supervisors approved two resolutions recently to establish procedures for groups requesting the...
Spy Gadgets Getting Smarter
Wireless spy cameras. Eavesdropping bugs. GPS tracking gadgets. All of these things may have once seemed far-fetched, the stuff of movies, but now they not only exist, but they're also becoming more sophisticated.Don't believe me? Do a Web search for...
Stand-Up Is Personal for '30 Rock' Star Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan is not Tracy Jordan, the character he plays on NBC's "30 Rock."But the comedian does have a few things in common with his wild and crazy alter-ego on the Emmy-winning sitcom.Morgan, a "Saturday Night Live" alumnus, and Jordan both seem funny,...
Traffic Restrictions in Place for Fireworks Show
The city of Pittsburgh will close certain streets and allow limited access to others on Mt. Washington for tonight's Independence Day fireworks celebration, scheduled for 9:30 p.m.No parking or stopping will be permitted on West Carson Street. Use garages...
USS Barb Sank Most Tonnage of Any U.S. Sub
In many respects, the USS Barb was identical to scores of other American submarines rushed into production in the early years of World War II.Like the 76 other Gato class subs, the Barb was nearly 312 feet long and a little more than 27 feet wide, accommodated...
U.S. Vets, Viet Cong Reconcile on New Span in Danang
Forty years passed between Ed Mihalacki's arrival in Vietnam as a young soldier and his return last spring.This time he went in peace, in the company of a humanitarian organization working to ease the lives of the residents of the seaport city of Danang.An...
WCCC, Board Learn Accreditation at Stake
County government and school officials have until Sept. 1 to devise a plan to remove political influence from the day-to-day operations of Westmoreland County Community College or face sanctions that ultimately could lead to the removal of its accreditation.The...
What Do Trendspotters See? Big Bold Eyeglasses
MIAMI -- The latest eyeglass frames aren't just for seeing. With bold colors, futuristic frames and sparkling embellishments, they are meant to be seen.About 145 million Americans were eyeglass wearers last year, according to industry analysts Jobson...
Whitehall Vet's Unit Blew Up Japanese Train in WWII
Darkness enveloped everything -- the men in small rubber boats, the bay, the coastline, even the peaks of a mountain that were glowing before clouds hid the moon.Neal Sever, 19, crouched in the lead boat with a flashlight and compass. Waves buffeted...
Woodland Hills Board Votes to Close School
The Woodland Hills School Board in split votes Thursday evening closed East Junior High School for at least one year and passed a budget for the 2008-09 school year with no increase in the property tax rate.In a 5-4 vote -- with Robert Clanagan, Colleen...