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Articles from September 6, 2010

Attendees Urged to Arrive Early for Flight 93 Service
With thousands of spectators expected to descend on four major events in Somerset and Westmoreland Saturday morning, at least one event organizer recommends spectators arrive at least 1 1/2 hours early.The commemorative service of the Flight 93 National...
Back-to-School Tutorials
My first recommendation about the start of school is elementary. Don't cut. As Woody Allen stated, "Eighty percent of success is just showing up."And show up on time. Remember the old Tibetan proverb: "Man who comes to work early and leaves late ends...
Dan Onorato Says He Forged Efficient Rule in Allegheny County
NOTE: The Tribune-Review profiles Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett on Tuesday.When Dan Onorato ran for Allegheny County executive in 2003, he promised a drop in spending and 10 percent tax cut. Seven years later, the county budget has grown...
Decorated Veteran Robert off Oversaw Carnegie Hero Fund
Robert Off rarely spoke about his military service during World War II. But amid the rubble, smoke and broken bodies, he saw what it took to make a hero.So it seemed only fitting that he would be the one chosen later in life to head a nonprofit organization...
Do-at-Home Projects Can Spark Kids' Interest in Science
So often, cool and thrilling activities come with a stern warning for kids: Don't try this at home.Yet, with many science experiments for young ones, that's exactly the point: Please do try this at home. Use everyday household items, like vinegar, cloth,...
Driver of SUV That Killed Mt. Lebanon Jogger Turns Himself In
A 20-year-old Mt. Lebanon man turned himself in yesterday, and was arraigned on charges of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who was jogging near her home with her two young children.Benjamin T. Cope appeared before...
Ex-Paratrooper Ray Shimkus Stayed Active in Golden Years
Most people try to slow down when they hit their golden years.Not Ray Shimkus. He parachuted from a plane to celebrate his 75th birthday.Ray Shimkus of Duquesne died on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, in UPMC McKeesport. He was 80.The former Army paratrooper...
Export Multiple Sclerosis Patient Needs More Help
For about 13 years, John Orsingher of Export has dealt with multiple sclerosis, trying numerous medications that have slowed the progression of the inflammatory disease to various degrees. Now, his battle is taking him out of the country.On Oct. 27,...
Greensburg Salem Comes Up on Top of Rival Hempfield
As a player and a coach, Greensburg Salem's Casey Cavanaugh had never beaten a Hempfield Area football team.But after nine tries, two as a player, two as an assistant coach and the previous five as the head coach, Cavanaugh can finally mark that off...
In Latest Loss, Charlie Morton Sees Improvement
Charlie Morton threw more fastballs yesterday afternoon than he did in his previous start. He fired plenty of first-pitch strikes, too.That's proof, Morton said, he's a different pitcher than he was at the start of the season.Yet the results were the...
It's Been a Very Hot Summer, That's for Sure
Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer, brought relief and lower temperatures, but don't let those recent cool days fool you.Summer has been a scorcher.Through yesterday, the temperature hit 90 degrees or higher on 15 days, almost double the...
Lady Gaga Takes Command of the Stage Even before She's on It
Lady Gaga takes command of the stage even before she's on it.Stylized images of Gaga flickered across a curved screen that ringed the edge of the stage before the show (and during set and costume changes). Then a larger than life silhouette came to life...
Malayaka House Documentary Screened at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center
It began with a newborn discarded in a garbage can.While working in Uganda in late 2005, native Californian Robert Fleming tried to help a very pregnant, homeless and mentally-ill woman.After delivering a baby girl in a hospital bathroom, the woman fled,...
Mazeroski Immortalized with Bronze Statue
Playing second base for the Pirates en route to the Hall of Fame, Bill Mazeroski could field just about anything hit in his general direction. What tied him up, and still does, are the accolades and the attention, trying to explain how he hit the most...
Neil Walker's Two-Run Homer Lifts Pirates to Win over Braves
Brian Burres gave up two soft singles and seemed to be tiring in the sixth inning Monday, so Pirates manager John Russell went out to the mound.Burres, who started in place of injured Jeff Karstens, already had lasted longer -- and fared much better...
New Hampshire Assistant Returns Home
New Hampshire assistant coach Joe Conlin won't have any torn feelings when he returns to Pittsburgh on Saturday."I think it will be exciting to line up against my alma mater at Heinz Field," he said. "The kids will get a kick out of it. But I don't think...
No Passing Fancy in AFC North
Ozzie Newsome presided over a busy offseason. The acquisitions made by the Ravens' general manager looked to be aimed at a team that slipped to the middle of the pack in pass defense in 2009.The Bengals assured they will at least be entertaining when...
Ongoing Lead Battle Hooks Anglers
Where the shooting industry won, the fishing industry is preparing to do battle.The Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition calling for a ban of production and distribution of lead ammunition. The ban had been sought by the Center for Biological...
Penn State Uncovers a Gem
As far as anyone can see, Penn State senior wide receiver Brett Brackett has only one problem - he's not perfect.After helping lead the No. 19 Nittany Lions to a 44-14 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday with eight receptions for 98 yards and two...
Potential Rising Rates Could Devalue Bond Holdings
You can lose money in the safest of bonds -- even U.S. Treasury bonds and general-obligation municipal bonds.I'm not talking about the potential for the world's debt problems leading to governments collapsing and failing to pay interest. Rather, I'm...
Several NFL Teams Make Roster Moves
- The Tennessee Titans added two linebackers to the 53-man roster after being awarded waiver claims on the players. Former Chicago Bears linebacker Tim Shaw and Steelers linebacker Patrick Bailey will join the Titans. Bailey played in all 16 games for...
Social Media Helps Politicians Get Messages to Voters
City officials are quickly becoming popular people in virtual Pittsburgh.From mundane posts about their personal lives to updates on how a City Council meeting is going, many local politicians are turning to social media sites Twitter and Facebook to...
Take a Trip through the Pittsburgh's Celluloid Past
Pittsburgh has played host to zombies, action heroes, Mafiosi -- even God. They're just a few of the characters in films that have shot here, beginning with "The Perils of Pauline" in 1914. Since then, according to the Pittsburgh Film Office website,...
Teaching Manners Doesn't Have to Be Dull
When you've asked your preschooler for the 50th time to sit still at the table, it's easy to get frustrated. Teaching table manners can be challenging, but learning them is a necessity when preparing kids for success in the future. "No matter how smart...
Tree Fossil Found by Delmont Man Nearly 300 Million Years Old
Shaun Blackham was paddling his kayak on the Kiskiminetas River in Armstrong County in July when he spotted a snapshot of history imprinted on a rock. "There it was, staring me right in the face," said Blackham, 45, of Delmont.It was a plant fossil,...
Tributes Heaped on Humble Hero Bill Mazeroski
While Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski is best known for his 1960 World Series winning home run, his humble persona helped endear him to Pittsburghers.William Stanley Mazeroski was born in Wheeling, W.Va., and grew up in a one-room house in Ohio...
Troopers Expand Charity; Seek Help with Shop with a Cop
Trooper Stephen Limani often meets children as they are going through terrible circumstances."The kids we see, we see them at the worst times in their lives," said Limani, the public information officer for the state police Greensburg station. "We're...
Universities Push to Turn out Cyber Guards as Demand Explodes
U.S. agencies face a shortage of professionals to protect America's computers and networks from assault, warns the head of Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute."The government needs 1,000 people every year," said Carnegie Mellon's...
Victory Eludes Canonsburg Golfer Sisk
Geoffrey Sisk has labored for years on the Nationwide Tour in hopes of securing an elusive victory.On Sunday, he appeared poised to break through at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg. The 45-year-old veteran strolled confidently up the 17th fairway...
Woman Does Not Want to Live in 'Their House'
Question: I'm engaged to a man who has been divorced for three years. He has two boys and his ex lives five minutes away, so both parents share the kids equally. While I very much want to get married, I'm not comfortable moving into the house he and...
Woman's Videos of Meetings Shake Up Blawnox Council
A Blawnox woman is winning fans as she turns up the heat on Blawnox officials through videos posted on YouTube.In a video titled "Obama and Ron Paul Told Me I Can Record Public Meetings of Local Government ...," resident Melina Brajovic argues with council...