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Articles from February 28, 2011

African-American High School Achievement Banquet Honors Students
Some of the most outstanding students in Westmoreland County were honored Tuesday at the 19th annual African-American High School Achievement Banquet held at Westmoreland County Community College. The teens and their parents were invited to campus by...
Aqueduck Helps Kids with Hand-Washing
Aqueduck -- a hygiene product by Peachy, LLC -- aims to make hand- washing easier for young kids who have a hard time reaching the faucet. Slip the Aqueduck onto the faucet, and the gadget brings the water closer to kids by extending the flow for several...
Beimel's Constant Reminder
BRADENTON, Fla. -- From wrist to shoulder, Joe Beimel's right arm is covered in tattoos. His left arm is bare."That's my money-maker," Beimel said, grinning.There's good reason Beimel gives that arm preferential treatment: He will make $1.75 million...
Bevy of Defensive Ends Could Intrigue Steelers
INDIANAPOLIS -- If the Steelers stay true to their drafting philosophy of taking the best player available, they could select a defensive end with their first-round pick in April.And there may be several enticing options for them at the bottom of the...
Bullskin Music Church Pursues Lawsuit over 2009 Drug Raid
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed by members of a controversial church should be allowed to proceed, according to an attorney for the Church of Universal Love and Music in Bullskin in Fayette County.The county wanted the suit dismissed or sanctions...
Burden of Retirement Saving Falls Heavily on Workers
Retirement planning is a whole new world when compared with the reliable three-legged stool that the World War II generation relied on."They had Social Security, pension plans and personal savings," says Robert Krakower, a financial planner and author...
Business, Staffs Work to Make Hospital Food a Little Better
Kimmi Campagna knows hospital food has a bad reputation, and she's on a mission to change it."Truly, traditional institutional cooking has been based on limiting and removing things," said Campagna, director of partnership development for Cura Hospitality,...
Carnegie Chief Harbin Multitasks as Borough Manager
Carnegie police Chief Jeffrey C. Harbin keeps the metal shell of the horn from a patrol car hanging in his office as a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong.One day in September 2008, Harbin, a 35-year veteran of the department, left the office...
Charleroi Home Tours Planned as Part of Improvement Project
Two of five rehabilitated homes being sold as part of a community development project will be open to the public for tours on Sunday.The Greater Charleroi Community Development Corp. and its parent company, Mon Valley Initiative, of Homestead, have been...
Children Are Perpetrators of 'Hidden Domestic-Abuse Problem'
One of the more heartbreaking consequences of the "psychological" parenting philosophy and style that American parents began adopting in the late 1960s is the epidemic of children of all ages who assault or threaten to assault their parents when they...
College Music Instructor Wants to Start Band Program in India
John Kuehn acknowledges that parlaying a $2,000 contest prize into $100,000 to start a wind band program at a school in India is an ambitious goal.A music instructor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kuehn, 65, has traveled six times to India,...
Curtain Call for Schenley, Peabody
Schenley guard Brandon Johnson remembers, as a middle-schooler, sneaking into the sold-out gym during big basketball games.A sympathetic security guard would usher him and his friends in through the back of the Schenley High School building, providing...
Dirt Bike Champ, Hurt in a Fight, Returns to Sport He Loves
Injuries are not new for Tyler Luft, an aspiring professional motocross racer who knows the risks of the sport.Luft regrets the four months he has not been able to ride, even more than the two weeks he spent in UPMC Presbyterian hospital, recovering...
'Disogni' Coming to Artspace105 in Homestead
"Disogni," an art show by Andrea Romano Meythaler, will be on display Wednesday through March 30 at artspace105 in Homestead. Gallery hours will be Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for the opening reception planned...
Don't Wait for Daughter's Wedding to Meet Her Mom
Question: My husband and I married three years ago. He has three daughters, one who's 21, and 29-year-old twins. I never have met his ex-wife. His youngest daughter was a junior in high school when he and I started dating, and I get along well with all...
Family Came First for Martial Arts Expert Tino Romano
He could splinter a wooden plank with one punch or buckle a man's knees with the right kick. But family members say the strongest part of Anthony "Tino" Romano's body was his heart.Anthony "Tino" Romano Jr. of North Versailles died Saturday, Feb. 26,...
From the Weird File
"Everything is funny as long as it's happening to somebody else," quipped Will Rogers.It was that kind of week.With a crazed look on his face and his country descending into chaos, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stepped out of his golf cart in Tripoli...
Jeannette Seeks Remedy for Sloppy Play
For two games, the Jeannette girls basketball team has pulled rabbits out of its hat and won its way into the WPIAL semifinals for the second consecutive year.How much magic the Jayhawks have left in their bag of tricks will go a long way toward determining...
Latrobe Engineers Question How Much Garage Work Is Needed
Latrobe city engineers said a report that only 50 percent of concrete slabs in a shuttered parking garage need to be replaced is not 100 percent accurate.Pittsburgh-based Carl Walker Construction last month submitted a report to city officials that recommended...
Letang Blossoms into Building Block
Alex Goligoski was traded to Dallas for many reasons, but Penguins general manager Ray Shero was able to orchestrate the move because of one man -- Kris Letang.Letang has escalated his game this season from quality to something approaching stardom.As...
Libyan Rebel Forces Dig in; Talks with Gadhafi Rejected
BENGHAZI, Libya -- Rebels in Libya's second-largest city put a civilian political face on their revolt as pro- and anti-government forces reportedly fought to control another city about 30 miles from Tripoli, the capital.A British Royal Navy frigate...
Louisville Slows Pitt's Title Push
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - And just like that, there is no margin for error.No. 4 Pitt, the runaway Big East leader for the past month, saw its cushion atop the conference whittled to one game following a 62- 59 overtime loss at No. 16 Louisville on Sunday afternoon.In...
Low-Wage Savers Can Get Rewards from IRS
You might be able to turn your 2010 job problems into a nice sum of money from Uncle Sam at tax time, especially if you've been lucky enough to find a job after being unemployed.When you sit down to do your taxes, pay attention to what's called the Saver's...
Mercury Thermometers to Vanish in Purge of Toxic Metal
BALTIMORE -- It was one of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit's most famous inventions, in 1714. But after nearly 300 years on the market, the still-common mercury thermometer appears headed for extinction.While many people probably still have them in their medicine...
Montour Aims to Finish Strong
Montour is hoping its season ends a lot like it started.The Spartans opened their season with an 8-4 victory over Erie Cathedral Prep -- the same team they'll close out the regular season with tonight in Erie. But this time, a section title is on the...
More Students to Be Sought for After-School Programs
Thanks to the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild after-school arts program, Yan Yang has made friends with whom she feels comfortable practicing English."Because class is so fast, I can't talk to a lot of people," said Yang, 20, an Allderdice High School student...
Newsmaker: Joseph F. Weis Jr
Joseph F. Weis Jr.Residence: Fox ChapelAge: 87Family: Wife, Peggy; an adult son and two adult daughtersEducation: Graduate of Perry High School in Perry North; bachelor of arts degree in 1947 from Duquesne University; law degree in 1950 from the University...
New Surface a Boon to College Baseball
Scheduling an early-season college baseball game in the Mid- Atlantic states offers long odds of actually playing the contest. The weather is too uncooperative.Not even Punxsutawney Phil's forecast for an early spring guarantees playable conditions in...
North Allegheny Thrives on Defense
North Allegheny hockey coach Jim Black doesn't watch Penguins games just to unwind after a long day -- he takes notes."As a high school coach, you can learn a lot by watching the professional teams and their coaches' philosophies," he said. "On defense,...
Orie Takes Stand to Defend against Corruption Charges
State Sen. Jane Orie took the stand in her own defense this afternoon as her trial on corruption charges entered a 13th day of testimony.An Allegheny County jury is deciding whether the McCandless Republican is guilty of using her taxpayer-funded staff...
Outdoors Notices
HikingAllegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead an intermediate hike covering about 11 to 12 miles March 6 on the Indian Creek Valley Trail, from Indianhead to Jones Mills and back. If the snow is deep, this will become a cross country ski trip at...
Pennsylvania Deficit Puts Spotlight on Hollywood Tax Credits
HARRISBURG -- Faced with a $4 billion state deficit, Gov. Tom Corbett will recommend next week whether state lawmakers should keep or cut $60 million used to lure motion picture productions to Pennsylvania.Corbett is reviewing all expenditures in the...
Pet or Partner? Humans Don't Always Win Out
JoEllen Rodgers of White Oak has a non-negotiable dating requirement: Any prospective boyfriend she meets must get along with her three Bengal cats, who are like her children.After all, the felines -- Tiffy, Oscar and Abby -- were there first, and they...
PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Wrestling Pairings Announced
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling pairings were announced Sunday.Of the 14 weight classes, eight WPIAL wrestlers are seeded first.Burrell and Derry Area each have two wrestlers seeded first -- Burrell seniors Dave Makara (35-3) at 130 pounds...
Pitt Impresses Pollsters despite Current Slump
Pitt took on a precarious posture in the national rankings today by retaining the No. 4 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll, sharing it with former No. 1 Duke.The Panthers, despite suffering a pair of losses in their past three...
Pitt Women Blow Early Lead
It should have been an easy win for the Pitt women on Senior Night.But nothing has been easy for the Panthers this season, and Monday night's game against Villanova was no exception.Leading the Wildcats by as many as 11 points late in the first half,...
Pledging 'No Gimmicks,' Corbett Budget Chief Warns of Cuts
HARRISBURG -- Saying the "day of reckoning has finally arrived," Gov. Tom Corbett's state budget secretary today suggested Pennsylvanians brace themselves for deep spending cuts in the governor's budget address next week."The magnitude of our fiscal...
Purdue Waxes Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- JaJuan Johnson and the Purdue Boilermakers are playing their best at the right time.Johnson had 20 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and seven blocks, leading No. 8 Purdue to a 67-47 win over Michigan State on Sunday.The Boilermakers...
Recently, Dukes Can't Take Flight
What once was an invincible attitude now is a feeling of despair for the Duquesne men's basketball team.Its 11-game winning streak is a distant memory. First place in the Atlantic 10 has come and gone.A woeful trip to Saint Louis that began to fall apart...
Red Reign Supreme during American Heart Association's Heart Ball
No big surprise seeing red reign supreme as the color du jour during the American Heart Association's Heart Ball on Saturday, although we were impressed at how many gents decided to throw their hat into the fashionista ring."I absolutely chose this...
Replacing adultBasic Health Plan Will Not Be Affordable for All
Cherri Lucas doesn't see how she can afford to pay for health insurance now that her cut-rate plan is going out of business.Today marks the end of the line for adultBasic, a state- subsidized insurance plan for the working poor offered by Highmark.A...
South Side Social Club Plans Raise Neighbors' Concerns
Perry Sigesmund isn't thrilled about plans for a social club just a couple of doors away from his South Side business."I think it's time to take a look at the block, take some time to see what they want to do with it," said the owner of the Perlora furniture...
Steelers' Ward Joins 'Dancing with the Stars'
Hines Ward has relied on sure hands to become the Steelers' career receiving leader. Now, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XL will show off fancy footwork on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."Ward, who turns 35 on March 8, found ballroom dancing a...
Unity Officials Say No to Matching Grant for Park Projects
Unity Township supervisors and the Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation Commission are at odds again.Commission Executive Director Jeanne Ashley sent an e-mail to supervisors on Feb. 1 requesting input on an application for a grant from the state Department...
Vendors, Speakers Highlight Fishing Show
One of the area's largest fishing shows is right around the corner.The annual Cabin Fever show, put on by the Penn's Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry. It will feature...
Wanamaker Shows Strong Numbers in Loss
Senior guard Brad Wanamaker totaled 13 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots in a season-high 41 minutes against Louisville. But Jamie Dixon stressed he had no issue with Wanamaker's decision to forgo a potential game-tying...
Western Pennsylvania Deals with Rain Aftermath
Flooded roads and sewer backups troubled the region today, but creeks rose without major damage in the Pittsburgh area on Monday.Most of Western Pennsylvania's counties except for Washington and Greene are under a flood warning until about 6:45 p.m.,...