Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2012 Shaping Up to Be as Strange as Last Year

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2012 Shaping Up to Be as Strange as Last Year

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Here's what we see ahead in the first six months of 2012, with the second half of the year to be covered in The Morning File on Monday:

Jan. 3: On his first day on the job as Pitt football coach, Paul Chryst sees the new property assessment notice for his recently purchased home and abruptly resigns.

Jan. 10: Fresh off a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum uses a surprise victory in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary to bolster his call for the U.S. to declare war on Iran, North Korea, Iceland and Massachusetts.

Jan. 19: Pittsburgh city school officials announce that due to budget cutbacks, the CAPA choir will be limited to tenors only.

Feb. 5: The Steelers are forced to forfeit their Super Bowl rematch against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter after James Harrison runs onto the field and sacks Aaron Rodgers, ignoring a suspension the linebacker received throughout the playoffs for a very aggressive tackle against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 1.

Feb. 17: A mistrial is declared in the retrial of state Sen. Jane Orie and her sister after the prosecution alleges that other Orie sisters have falsely been posing as them throughout the trial, so that the defendants could spend time at their office preparing fundraising letters.

Feb. 24: Penn State officials confirm that they are indeed looking closely into additional allegations against former coach Jerry Sandusky, and that due to the seriousness of the charges, he will have to gas up his car himself henceforth instead of using a university fuel depot.

March 4: The Occupy Pittsburgh protesters Downtown threaten to break up camp and leave unless someone opens a legitimate grocery store in the Golden Triangle.

March 16: Port Authority officials warn they will have to eliminate half of all routes unless philanthropist William S. Dietrich II gives them a sizable contribution, but the ploy fails when they are told that Mr. Dietrich died the previous year.

March 29: UPMC officials erect an electric fence around Oakland in an effort to keep anyone associated with Highmark from entering any of the medical center's facilities. …

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