Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

And in the Second Half of 2013: More Fun and Games

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

And in the Second Half of 2013: More Fun and Games

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The following completes The Morning File's local news predictions for 2013, which started Sunday with the first six months of the year:

July 14: Buoyed the return in June of their best players after management imposed an extended spring vacation to keep them fresh at season's end, the Pirates complete a franchise-record winning streak before the All-Star break to grab first place in the NL Central.

July 24: The National Hockey League lockout is settled, with the league announcing a condensed eight-game regular season to start in mid-August, followed by a 24-team playoff to extend into early October.

July 25: At the Penguins' first practice, Sidney Crosby suffers a concussion and ACL injury, is diagnosed with rickets and hurts the sole of his foot in the locker room stepping on a Lego belonging to a teammate's kid. He says he hopes to be ready for the playoffs, however.

Aug. 1: Less than two months after it was turned back on, the Point State Park fountain is shut down again for repairs of the repairs it just underwent. Officials estimate it will be back in operation by July 2017.

Aug. 12: A new blockbuster epic disaster film, "When Pierogies Attack," starring Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, begins filming in Pittsburgh, with the city's 307,000 residents forced to evacuate their homes for 17 days in order to accommodate the production schedule.

Aug. 30: At the Best Buy in Monroeville, the first Black Friday Christmas sale shoppers begin camping out.

Sept. 8: Unable to expand Heinz Field on the timetable they wanted because of a legal dispute with the Sports & Exhibition Authority, the Steelers open their 2013 season at Heinz Field by charging 3,000 additional fans to watch the game overhead from MetLife's Snoopy One blimp, which begins lurching precariously close to the Fifth Avenue Place spire.

Sept. 25: After suffering a franchise-record losing streak spanning most of September, the Pirates guarantee themselves a 21st consecutive losing season.

Oct. 3: In a rare kind of prison ceremony, convicted ex- legislators Bill DeWeese and Jane Orie -- who say they never realized previously how much they had in common -- obtain permission to wed in the exercise yard at SCI-Somerset, where they begin sharing a cell. …

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