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  • Police: Friends were playing with gun before accidental fatal shooting

    MedleyStory
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Family and friends are mourning a young man who was accidentally killed while he and a friend were playing with a gun in Butler County.According to police, the incident happened at a mobile home on Robbie Way in Muddy Creek Township.Jeremey Bennear told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that he and his friend, T.J. Stockman, were playing with a rifle after watching a war scene of a movie.“We were just messing around.  As soon as he fell, I called the paramedic," he said.Bennear told detectives that the gun accidentally went off and a single bullet hit Stockman in the…
  • Warhol Redux

    Pittsburgh News
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Shiner, 41, now the museum's director, came across one box that was different - it contained an all-black ensemble: boots, jeans, T-shirt.
  • Drive-through prayer service set up in Penn Hills

    MedleyStory
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Parishioners who didn’t have time to go to church on Friday opted for a drive-through for prayers in Penn Hills.Laketon United Methodist Church set up a temporary drive-through.“My daughter is sick, and I saw this.  I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said a parishioner.Pastor J. Lavon Kincaid came up with the idea after hearing people say they couldn’t make it to church on Friday.“Many people have to work and don’t have time to go for a formal worship service, and the idea came to me – bring the church outside and have prayers in the parking…
  • Water Main Break Sends Crews To Bethel Park

    CBS Pittsburgh
    hlang84
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — A major water main break has sent crews to Bethel Park this evening. According to police, the break happened near the corner of Aljean Drive and Aniray Circle around 4 p.m. There’s no word yet on how many customers are being affected by the break. Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story. RELATED LINKS: More Bethel Park More Local News Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter
  • Tech Teach: How Technology Has Changed the Face of Education

    TechBurgh
    Andy Quayle
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Remember when you struggled to keep up while your teacher dictated notes? When you had to carefully pack your textbooks in a way that would keep your bag light? When colorful sticks of chalk and whiteboard markers were a common sight in classrooms? For a student in 2014, these concepts would be archaic at best and alien at worst. With most notes taken on tablets, textbooks read on e-readers and lectures recorded on mobile phone apps, technology has made learning much easier and more convenient. Technology in the Classroom Based on a CourseSmart and Wakefield Research study, Mashable reported…
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  • Warhol Redux

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Shiner, 41, now the museum's director, came across one box that was different - it contained an all-black ensemble: boots, jeans, T-shirt.
  • Show features ghost signs of Pittsburgh

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    In a city like Pittsburgh, history is inescapable. And that's no more true than at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries in Oakland where the current exhibit "Palimpsests: Ghost Signs of Pittsburgh" displays approximately 150 documentary photographs of fading signs captured in as many locations in and around the city.
  • Crazy in Love, Even at 40

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    'm turning 40 this month. Not to make this column all about me, but . . . WAH . I wish I could tell you I'm one of those women who embrace 40. They love it and say, "Forty is the new 25" - or some other lie - as they pluck gray hairs from their hairlines and chins.
  • Alleged victim says man sentenced in rape got what he deserved

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    A man linked to the rape of a Pittsburgh college student using DNA taken from him after an unrelated arrest is sentenced to 75 to 150 years in prison.
  • 10 Ways Pittsburgh's Medical Community is Changing the World

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:47 pm
    She imagines that the chocolate is moving toward her, coming close enough for her to take a nibble - and it does.
 
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  • Drive-through prayer service set up in Penn Hills

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Parishioners who didn’t have time to go to church on Friday opted for a drive-through for prayers in Penn Hills.Laketon United Methodist Church set up a temporary drive-through.“My daughter is sick, and I saw this.  I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said a parishioner.Pastor J. Lavon Kincaid came up with the idea after hearing people say they couldn’t make it to church on Friday.“Many people have to work and don’t have time to go for a formal worship service, and the idea came to me – bring the church outside and have prayers in the parking…
  • 'Holy Grail' of weight loss? New find could be it

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Most people desire to have as little body fat as possible, but researchers have found there may be one type of fat you want a little more of.  In what could be a major breakthrough for future obesity treatments, scientists in the United Kingdom have used an MRI scan to pinpoint brown fat in a living adult for the very first time. (Via CBS) What's brown fat? One of the study's authors tells Fox News: “What most of us imagine is ‘fat’ is actually white fat, which stores [excess] energy and increases in size, [leading to] obesity. But there is another…
  • Saudi tower enters race for world's tallest building

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Move over, Dubai. If Saudi Arabia's newest construction project goes as planned, the Burj Khalifa could be dethroned as the world's tallest tower. The planned tower has had delays since it was first proposed in 2011, but now construction for the skyscraper dubbed Kingdom Tower is reportedly set to begin next week along the Red Sea. (ViaVisualhouse) According to the Saudi Gazette, the building, which is designed by the same architects who designed the Burj Khalifa, is designed to have 200 floors, standing at more than than 3,200 feet — passing the Burj by more…
  • Police: Friends were playing with gun before accidental fatal shooting

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Family and friends are mourning a young man who was accidentally killed while he and a friend were playing with a gun in Butler County.According to police, the incident happened at a mobile home on Robbie Way in Muddy Creek Township.Jeremey Bennear told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that he and his friend, T.J. Stockman, were playing with a rifle after watching a war scene of a movie.“We were just messing around.  As soon as he fell, I called the paramedic," he said.Bennear told detectives that the gun accidentally went off and a single bullet hit Stockman in the…
  • Michaels hack compromises about 3 million credit cards

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    ​Arts and crafts retailer Michaels is now confirming about three million credit card numbers were compromised by a hack. The company warned customers of a possible cyberattack back in January. Turns out, the breach happened over an eight-month period from May 2013 to January of this year. (Via Newsy) After months of investigation into the issue, the company said it only affected about 7 percent of cards used during that period. The hack took credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Anthony92931) But Michaels' CEO…
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  • Water Main Break Sends Crews To Bethel Park

    hlang84
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — A major water main break has sent crews to Bethel Park this evening. According to police, the break happened near the corner of Aljean Drive and Aniray Circle around 4 p.m. There’s no word yet on how many customers are being affected by the break. Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story. RELATED LINKS: More Bethel Park More Local News Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter
  • Consumer Reports: How To Get Cash For Old Electronics

    sarbear1987
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Got an old computer stashed in a storage room? Or an ancient cell phone junked in a kitchen drawer? Just in time for Earth Day, Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine has some advice on what to do with your old electronics – and you could make some money in the process. Like many of us, Amy Werner has amassed quite a collection of old gadgets, including a tablet, a phone and a laptop. “The electronics in the basement are just collecting dust because we don’t know what to do with them,” she said. But that pile of used electronics could end up being worth something.
  • Bicyclist Recovering After Collision With Deer Sends Him To Hospital

    sarbear1987
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – He’s beat up pretty bad. Allen Kinkead, 65, has broken vertebrae in his neck and lower back – plus several cracked ribs, a slight concussion and an awful lot of road rash. “I’m not able to do much of anything,” he said. “I can walk, I can talk, I can stand. I can sit; although, the transition’s a little rough, and I’m not allowed to lift anything heavy.” The injuries all happened Sunday morning during a bicycle ride along Jones Road in Penn Township. Kinkead was about 20 miles into a trip with five other people. In an instant, and out of nowhere, a deer…
  • CBSSports.com: Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Starts And Sits

    cbskapost
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By Chris Cwik, CBSSports.com Each Friday the fantasy baseball experts at CBSSports.com break down who to start and who to sit for the upcoming week of fantasy baseball. When is the right time to pull the trigger on the waiver wire? It’s a question fantasy owners will struggle with early in the season. Do you drop one of your late-round sleepers for a possible surprise player two weeks into the season? Do you give up on the guy you researched for months for a player who pitched two good games? Knowing your roster, and knowing when an upgrade is necessary, is one of the biggest advantages…
  • Ethics Complaint Over Deer Lakes Fracking

    jessberardino
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – A group called Protect Our Parks has filed a formal complaint with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission about County Councilman Nicholas Futules’s involvement with the possible fracking lease at Deer Lakes Park. Timothy Ludwig of Etna filed the complaint through the coalition of over 30 grassroots groups, environmental non-profits and individual citizens, who together represent more than 30,000 residents of Allegheny County. Members of Protect Our Parks< commit themselves to keep drilling out of Allegheny County parks. Timothy Ludwig, Etna…
 
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  • Tech Teach: How Technology Has Changed the Face of Education

    Andy Quayle
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Remember when you struggled to keep up while your teacher dictated notes? When you had to carefully pack your textbooks in a way that would keep your bag light? When colorful sticks of chalk and whiteboard markers were a common sight in classrooms? For a student in 2014, these concepts would be archaic at best and alien at worst. With most notes taken on tablets, textbooks read on e-readers and lectures recorded on mobile phone apps, technology has made learning much easier and more convenient. Technology in the Classroom Based on a CourseSmart and Wakefield Research study, Mashable reported…
  • Episode 25 – Making Microgrant Magic with AwesomePGH

    Andy Quayle
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Mary We’re living it up downtown with Leah Helou and David Thor from Awesome Pittsburgh. We get into an enlightening discussion about the world of grant funding and the projects, culture, and initiatives that make Pittsburgh great. Also we learn about the importance of massaging your kale, commiserate about our ignorance of Pittsburgh sports, and Leah teaches us all about the wonder of Whirleyball. Recorded on location at Meat & Potatoes in Downtown Pittsburgh. For more information about Awesome Pittsburgh, visit their website. Leah Helou David Thor Mentioned in this…
  • Phipps to Celebrate Spring, Butterflies and Biophilia at Bowties & Butterflies Gala

    Andy Quayle
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    hello, orchid (Photo credit: ginnerobot) Pittsburgh, Pa. – On April 24, 2014, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will celebrate the return of spring and Butterfly Forest in grand style at Bowties & Butterflies. This elegant soirée, featuring select wines and themed cocktails, delectable hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment, will not only provide attendees with a chance to explore the gardens by evening light but also offer a sneak peek at a brand-new biophilic art exhibit being installed at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). Bowties & Butterflies — with Carol…
  • Common Home Maintenance Tasks in the Springtime

    Andy Quayle
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    When a person owns a home, there are plenty of tasks to be done in order to get the house ready for each season of the year. Here are just a few of the common home maintenance tasks that owners perform in the spring. First, many people make it a point to do some maintenance work on their furnace and air conditioning system. For instance, the filter needs to be changed in preparation for the new season. Dust and debris can build up in the filter inside the furnace and air conditioning system. This results in the system exhausting itself in order to accomplish its goal of heating or cooling a…
  • Hands On: Moto X For Verizon Wireless

    Ben Oaks
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Sometimes when your ready for a new phone you want something good but don’t want to spend a ton of money to get it. Verizon is offering the Moto X for free with a new 2 year agreement or for just $16.81 with the Verizon Edge Plan. Is it worth it? Lets find out. The Moto X was one of the last phones released by Motorola before Google sold them. The Moto X is powered by a Motorola X8 Dual Core processor running at 1700 Mhz. The processor keeps this little phone running at full speed even while your doing multiple things. Also the dual core helps to give the Moto X it’s 13 hour talk…
 
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  • Fish Sandwich Chronicles: A Review

    Patty Tascarella
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As we come to Good Friday and Easter, it's the final installment of this year's Fish Sandwich Chronicles from the Pittsburgh Business Times Senior Reporter Patty Tascarella. Here are links to this year's Fish Sandwich Chronicles and the photographs of the Pittsburgh executives she had lunch with for the feature: Dave Mawhinney, Carnegie Mellon University (Big Jim's) Havas PR's Katie McSorley (Penn Avenue Fish) Wall to Wall Studios' Larkin Werner (Nied's Hotel) Contessa's Donald Binotto (Roland's) Gatesman+Dave's…
  • Burns & Scalo Roofing Co. makes first acquisition

    Tim Schooley
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
     Burns & Scalo has bought David Hood & Sons, Inc., a 90-year-old roofing company based in Turtle Creek. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the first acquisition Burns & Scalo has made, the company reports it sought to buy the seven-employee David Hood & Sons to balance out its commercial business with more residential work as well as extend its territory into the eastern part of the region. The business will now operate as David Hood Roofing, a Scalo Co., out of its existing Turtle Creek…
  • Pittsburgh 2030 District ahead of schedule for energy-use reductions

    Tim Schooley
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a project to cut energy and water usage in a collection of downtown buildings by 50 percent by the year 2030, is ahead of schedule. So far, the project has achieved a 11.6 percent energy reduction in 2013, according to the first research report on the project by the Green Building Alliance. Originally, the district proposed achieving a 10 percent reduction in energy, water and transportation emissions by the end of 2015. The 2030 District has been able to recruit…
  • Megabus cancels route from Pittsburgh to Cleveland, Detroit

    Stephanie Novak
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Low-cost bus service company Megabus said Friday it was discontinuing its Pittsburgh to Ann Arbor, Mich., route, effective May 6. Stops along the route include Cleveland, Detroit and Toledo, Ohio. Megabus said it canceled the route because not enough people were booking tickets for it. "Unfortunately, due to insufficient ridership service on the Pittsburgh-Cleveland-Toledo-Detroit-Ann Arbor route, (it) will be discontinued after May 6," said Mike Alvich, vice president of marketing & public relations…
  • The top-scoring 5th grades in the Pittsburgh region

    Ethan Lott
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Here are the highest-scoring 5th grades in the Pittsburgh region, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times 2014 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools. Click on the photograph to the right to start the slideshow. You can find more rankings and stories in  the special Web section for the Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools.
 
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  • A really really really good day

    Virginia
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last Friday at 9:00 a.m., Make Room for Kids, an initiative of the Mario Lemieux Foundation supported by Microsoft and ALL OF YOU, arrived at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with the goal to provide a multimedia makeover for the CICU unit, the Cardiac Step Down unit, and the Trauma/Ortho unit. In addition, we delivered boxes of new games, movies, and other goodies to every unit we overhauled in years past … transplant, adolescent medicine, and oncology. Our most ambitious install day ever. The morning kicked off when the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Microsoft arrived with SUVs…
  • A rant.

    Virginia
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
      This morning, as the terrifying and tragic events (prayers for them) at Franklin Regional High School unfolded, my Twitter feed shit the bed. It didn’t just shit the bed, it shit the bed, puked in it, then left a horse head in it before lighting the bed on fire. If my Twitter feed this morning was an image, it would have been this: If it was a gif, it would have been this: If it was a cat, it would have been this: Events unfolded as every local media outlet began crawling over each other, pushing each other to be first on the scene. First with details. First with pictures.
  • I am dork; hear me snort

    Virginia
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Do you know that I am a big giant socially awkward dork? Do you? Do you need me to count the ways? Perhaps the time I gave David Conrad a ride in my filthy momdorkmobile? The time I met Mario Lemieux and talked for three minutes straight without inhaling once and then possibly proposed marriage to him like a hopelessly romantic Tourette’s sufferer? The time this Saturday when I walked around the Children’s Home Shake Your Booties event at Heinz Field for twenty minutes with my blouse awkwardly tucked into my Spanx? The time I walked around downtown all day with a size sticker…
  • Baseball!

    Virginia
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    (Taken by me. Top of the 10th inning. Opening Day 2014. INTENSE SPORTS MOMENT.) Remember in October when I put the totality of my medical knowledge to the task of understanding why I nearly passed out at the two postseason Buccos games I attended? I determined that, medically speaking, it was a combination of the noise, an inner ear thing, standing up too fast, not eating enough, screaming too loud, anxiety — all those things all at once = fainting. Well, at the home opener when Neil Walker hit the walk-off, it was super loud, I jumped out of my seat having eaten nothing yet having…
  • A little more help?

    Virginia
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    First, you’ll notice the Make Room for Kids thermometer is gone and the reason for that is I took it down ALL BY MYSELF using HTML and widgets and microtechythingamabobiggities and I didn’t break anything. Hashtag Jedi knight. Second, yesterday I spent a few hours at the Mario Lemieux Foundation offices in an effort to stalk Mario and steal stuff get the shopping done for this year’s Make Room for Kids phase. We shopped and shopped and bought and made Amazon Prime smoke a little. On and on we went until we totaled it all up and the adding machine displayed ,”JESUS,…
 
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  • “Fifth Wall: Transit Tales” Shares Perspectives on Transit

    breen
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Bricolage’s Fifth Wall series seeks to break down the barriers between scripted storytelling and current events in the world at large. The 2014 Fifth Wall Series continues, as part of the Transit Tales project, with a panel discussion on public transit in Allegheny County. Specifically, how (or if) public input should be included in planning for public transit. Panelists include: Lucy Spruill – Committee for Accessible Transportation Bonnie Young-Laing – Hill District Consensus Group Ben Samson – Architectural Designer Tom Conroy – Amalgamated Transit Union Grant…
  • Huffington Post Best Cake in America – Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte

    Lindsay
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    I was taking a brief break from work this morning to check the headlines on the Post-Gazette and Huffington Post.  Right below Don Draper and next to Bubba Watson is a picture of something that looks like it came from Pittsburgh…. I clicked through to find this post  - Thank You, Pittsburgh, For the Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made.  But then we got our hands on a cake from Prantl’s Bakery in Pittsburgh and we realized that we couldn’t be more wrong. No cake made in any of the five boroughs of New York holds a candle to Prantl’s amazing burnt almond torte. It…
  • Ben, Jerry, Dave & Andy – Let’s Talk Ice Cream

    Lindsay
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 is free cone day at Ben 7 Jerry’s Scoop Shops across the country. The Pittsburgh location of Ben & Jerry’s is located downtown at 936 Penn Ave.  This location is operated by the Pittsburgh non-profit Life’s Work and provides on-the-job training to youth who face employment barriers. From the Life’s Work website: Located at 936 Penn Avenue in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Life’sWork’s Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop is one of only three PartnerShops in the U.S. and is an important part of Ben &…
  • Lyft Expands Pittsburgh Coverage Area

    Lindsay
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Lyft (Photo credit: Spiros Vathis) Almost two months ago - I wrote a blog post about how the car service with the pink mustaches is launching in Pittsburgh.  It looks like Pittsburgh has embraced this transportation alternative. I was actually in the middle of writing a post about how Lyft is another transportation option to get from the city to the airport.  Until today the Lyft drivers would only pick up in the city coverage area.  But, that just changed with the announcement that Lyft has expanded their coverage area in Pittsburgh. Lyft Coverage Area Now Includes the Pittsburgh Airport…
  • Discounted Tickets for Banff Mountain Film Fest this Sunday!

    Lindsay
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    If you are a lover of the outdoors or a lover of outdoor documentary films – you don’t want to miss the Banff Mountain Film Festival which will be stopping in Pittsburgh this weekend.  Hosted by Venture Outdoors this is a great chance to check out the best in outdoor films and to support Venture Outdoors programming. This is the view of the Los Angeles river from behind my hotel in Studio City, CA Even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoor lover – I think you will enjoy these films – which include some spectacular cinematography.  I’ll admit that I…
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  • UPMC, wounds and possible zombies

    Mike
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    UPMC made it onto Nerdist News this week.  Jessica Chobot discusses the healthcare giant’s research into trauma treatment, specifically technology to help save a patient after a gunshot or stabbing wound: [youtube]OahEyZ3rsQE[/youtube] In case the video doesn’t show above, the link will take you there. The show displays a nice view of the Steel Tower, and they did mention what first jumped to my mind: the beginning of the zombie outbreak.  I mean, this is Pittsburgh after all.
  • Looking for lunch?

    Mike
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Nerve has an article up about the 31st Street Pub in the Strip District, which recently has added “Underwear Afternoons” each weekday. Four bartenders work the tavern during the afternoon and evenings throughout the week, and on the weekends, the tavern welcomes a myriad of bands. Check out the article over at Nerve, and if you’re in the area and looking for something different (as well as a bar that is still smoking, since they don’t serve food), check it out.
  • PATransit Tuesday: The future of PAT

    Mike
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:40 am
    We’re looking at the future, and actually, it’s looking good! Port Authority is working with the massive amount of data that they have to create a system to let riders know in real-time, if their buses will be late.  CMU’s app Tiramisu  aimed to do that, but was based on rider input.  If no one was on the bus ahead of you to record the data, it reverts to the timetables.  It’s still a really cool app and I love using it, but this is the obvious next step. And in even better news: no rate increases or service reductions are on the horizon!  For the first time in…
  • For the love of Joe DeNardo, help improve the Parkway East

    Mike
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:28 pm
    PennDOT is looking to improve the Parkway East.  Now, before you get too excited, they want to make sure we temper our expectations. Their first phase is to gather information.  They want to know how people use the Parkway, approximate destinations, use of public transit, alternate routes, etc.  The format is easy to use, and only takes about ten minutes.  In addition, they’re combining that data with traffic studies, community comments and outreach to publics directly impacted by the corridor, so all in all, it looks to be pretty comprehensive. And while we may not be getting an…
  • Malkin’s Mom is adorable

    Mike
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Even Puck Daddy agrees, Malkin’s Mom is freaking adorable. She was one of the Olympic torch-bearers, and she was in training over the summer for her jog: When I came back from Pittsburgh in the summer I started going to the gym, getting fit. Check out the entire story here.
 
 
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  • Born On This Date...

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Every now and then I peruse the "who was born on this date" lists that can be found here and there across the internets and sometimes I find some interesting (and completely coincidental) musical pairings.Today is just such a day - with two very important individuals from the history of music in 20th century America.First, Leopold Stokowski, born this date in 1882 in London.  Here he is conducting The Petrushka Suite in 1967:And then, Pigmeat Markham, born this day in 1904. Here he is rapping a decade or so before the Sugarhill Gang:
  • More Voter ID Hysteria From The Trib

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Take a look at today's Tribune-Review:Speaking of grove-variety pecans, “progressives” are in a tizzy-fit over a finding by Kim Strach, North Carolina's director of elections, that suggests nearly 36,000 people with the same names, birth dates and Social Security numbers voted both in the Tar Heel State and other states in 2012. Another 81 North Carolinians voted after they died, reports The Washington Times. But remember, voter fraud is a figment of the conservative imagination. [Bolding in original.]Still is.Here's the story:This week, officials at the North Carolina State Board of…
  • Yea...That Nevada Thing.

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    The Trib dutifully offers up it's confused editorial support.Why do I say confused?Oh where do I begin?  Let's start at where Scaife's braintrust ends its argument:This dispute should be settled administratively, in court, not at gunpoint in the desert. The price of such government bullying, even if it stops short of another Waco-style catastrophe, is too high to risk paying — for those endangered, for liberty and for the rule of law. [Emphasis added.]I might be getting ahead of myself - perhaps some of my readers don't know what's going on in Nevada.  Mother Jones has a good…
  • They're Not Even Trying To Be Scientific

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    From today's Tribune-Review:Its “science” increasingly has come under fire. And the court of public opinion more and more is not on its side. So what's the foundering United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to do? Why, go for broke, of course. After all, the world should be very, very, very, VERY afraid.On Sunday, the panel lamented that while not enough is being done to combat supposed “man-made” climate change ( n é, “global warming”), all is not lost — if only super-duper drastic measures are implemented now, now, NOW!The “scientists” of global…
  • How About NOW? Can We Prosecute The Torture NOW?

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    From McClatchy:A still-secret Senate Intelligence Committee report calls into question the legal foundation of the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, a finding that challenges the key defense on which the agency and the Bush administration relied in arguing that the methods didn't constitute torture.And:The investigation determined that the program produced very little intelligence of value and that the CIA misled the Bush White House, the Congress and the public about the effectiveness of the interrogation techniques, committee…
 
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  • Pittsburgh Is Losing Both Jobs and Population

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Three years ago, when the country was struggling to recover from the recession, the Pittsburgh Region had the sixth highest job growth rate of any major region in the country. In contrast, this year, when most major metropolitan regions are experiencing job growth rates of 2% per year or more, Pittsburgh is actually losing jobs. Between February 2013 and February 2014, Southwestern Pennsylvania lost 5,200 jobs, the biggest loss in percentage terms among the top 40 regions in the country.The loss of jobs wasn’t just something unusual that happened in February; the Pittsburgh Region has been…
  • More Industrial Sites Needed for Future Jobs

    2 Mar 2014 | 4:17 am
    As explained in a previous post, one of the region’s highest economic development priorities should be rebuilding our struggling manufacturing sector. But if a manufacturing firm wants to locate or expand in southwestern Pennsylvania, will it be able to find the land and buildings it needs?Site location consultants report that it’s much more difficult to find industrial land and buildings in Pittsburgh than in other regions. The fourth quarter 2013 industrial market report from commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank shows that Pittsburgh had less vacant industrial space…
  • More Immigration Would Help Our Region’s Economy

    2 Feb 2014 | 6:11 pm
    A previous post explained how our low rate of new business formation has been holding back the region’s job growth. One of the likely causes for our poor performance in entrepreneurship is how badly we do in attracting residents from other countries.National data show that foreign immigrants are more likely than U.S. natives to form small businesses. A study by the Fiscal Policy Institute found that nearly one in five small business owners (18%) in the U.S. in 2007 were immigrants and immigrant-owned businesses collectively employed 4.7 million workers. Another study done for the…
  • Pittsburgh Needs to Do More to Encourage Entrepreneurship

    5 Jan 2014 | 4:33 am
    A century ago, Pittsburgh was one of the most entrepreneurial regions in the nation, perhaps even in the world. Companies like Alcoa, H.J. Heinz, Mine Safety Appliances, PPG, U.S. Steel, and Westinghouse didn’t move here because of economic development marketing efforts, they were started here from scratch by entrepreneurs. Not only did they grow to become major employers in the Pittsburgh Region themselves, they spawned thousands of local jobs in supply firms.Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Region has now become one of the least entrepreneurial places in the country. Data released by the…
  • Regional Job Growth Increasing, But Not Enough

    1 Dec 2013 | 7:14 am
    The Pittsburgh Region’s economy has been on a bit of roller coaster ride over the past five years. The most recent data on jobs suggest that our economy may be on the upswing again, but our growth rate is still slower than we need it to be, and we’ve continued to fall behind the rest of the country in manufacturing.It was exactly five years ago, in November, 2008, that the Pittsburgh Region first started losing jobs as the recession swept across the country. By October 2009, southwestern Pennsylvania had 35,000 fewer jobs, and we had a total of 88,000 people looking for work, the highest…
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  • Surely I'm Not the Only One Who Has Projects that Take Years to Finish

    burghbaby
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Sometimes I post things just so I will do something about them. This is definitely one of those times. Way back when we moved into this house nearly five years ago, Alexis picked a bedroom. This bedroom, in fact. Except, when she picked it, it was a plain white box. In an effort to make the whole moving situation easier for her, we immediately let her pick out new bedding and a theme for the room. She obviously decided on rainbows and fairies, so I set out to paint some murals for her. The painting of the murals was going REALLY well from my perspective, right up until I got to the fairy…
  • Chachi Plays. Again

    burghbaby
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This is Chachi. I've known Chachi for a minute or two. It's been just long enough for him to learn to find joy in driving me crazy by taunting me via The Twitters, running up to me and hug-tackling me whenever I see him in person (Have I mentioned that I am anti-hug? I'm anti-hug. Yet, he's still alive ... ), and various other forms of torture. In other words, he's a pretty good guy. He's also a HUGE geek. The biggest. I've never met anyone who geeks out over video games as much as he does. Y'all, he has video game tattoos. Mention Zelda to him and you just might end up in a half hour…
  • Back Again Because It's The Cup

    burghbaby
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    (It's so shocking that The Toddler grew up to love cheerleading, isn't it?)
  • I Used to Love that Car

    burghbaby
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I've been doing a lot of laying low recently, but there was that ONE errand that couldn't wait and couldn't be delegated. Alexis and I piled into the car and headed out, with full intentions of taking care of that exact one thing and then heading home. It was a beautiful, sunny day -- the first day when shorts and a tank top were a good idea, but an open sunroof and windows rolled down were an even better idea. We were singing along with Pharrell's "Happy," Alexis' current jam, when she grew quiet. Quiet is never good. I should have known that. Just when the quiet lulled me into that happy…
  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    burghbaby
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    I made the mistake of mentioning Easter to Alexis. WHOOPS. I keep forgetting that she has a true and deep fear or the Easter Bunny. Since I mentioned it, she has spiraled into a crazy person hell-bent on either exacting her revenge or figuring out a way to make friends with him. On the day that she was trying the "friends" route, she thought it might be nice to make Carrot Cake for the giant creep. Which, why would I argue with making Carrot Cake? EVER? I've posted this recipe before, but it's worthy of a repeat because it is THAT good. I wouldn't change a thing (she says after she has…
 
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  • Ist Bullet Dodged

    exNCite
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Quote: Just imagine the field day the Philly headline writers would have had with it … PENGUINS WIN ON CROSBY DIVE Am I right? Would have been hilarious, too. Alas, one must conceive one's own drama when opening the Stanley Cup playoffs against the completely drama-free Columbus Blue Jackets, whose next postseason victory will still be their first after the home side held on, 4-3, Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. This opponent isn't much fun to beat, you know. And being extra candid here, it doesn't look to be any more of a threat to take this series now than 24 hours ago. The Flyers they…
  • Jones: 'It’s hard for a rookie'

    Skeeter
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Jones: 'It’s hard for a rookie' Teresa Varley Steelers.com http://www.steelers.com/news/article...a-da800ce834b4 :steelershelmet: Last year's number one draft pick Jarvis Jones looks back at his rookie season. One of the first things a rookie is handed when he first arrives with his team for the first time is his playbook. Not one that gives you a rundown of what life will be like in the league, but instead pages upon pages filled with plays, formations, tendencies that you are expected to know as well as the guy that lines up next to you, even if that guy is a 10-year veteran. Because if…
  • Steelers sign punter Podlesh

    Skeeter
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Steelers sign punter Podlesh http://www.fox16.com/story/d/story/s...Lk2FZJRMN4b6kQ :)  04/15/2014 03:06 PM Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the signing of punter Adam Podlesh to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Podlesh spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Bears. He participated in all 16 games a season ago, averaging 37.6 yards-per-punt over 68 attempts, including 27 inside the 20-yard line. The Maryland product has seen 107 games of NFL action with Jacksonville and Chicago since 2007, with an average of 38.7 yards per attempt over 467…
  • Polanco Tracking

    exNCite
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Player POS G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS E Gregory Polanco CF 11 43 9 20 2 2 2 11 32 3 4 1 2 .511 .744 .465 1.255 0 So far he is tearing up AAA. I'm impressed with the way Snider has been playing, but can the Bucs really afford to NOT have Polanco in RF? Yes it's only 11 games, but it appears this kid is a can't miss. There is so much money in baseball right now, what difference does that extra year of control really make. I also read DK's comments on Lambo, yet Polanco is way ahead. Time to move Tabata and get Polanco up here.
  • Vokun recalled from WBS Pens

    ManO'Steel
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    http://m.espn.go.com/nhl/story?story...61&src=desktop The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled goalie Tomas Vokoun from the AHL on Monday, the team announced, adding to their depth in net for the playoffs. Vokoun was on a conditioning assignment with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He played in two games over the weekend, going 1-1. It was his first game action since having emergency surgery to dissolve a blood clot in September. The Penguins open the postseason Wednesday against Columbus.
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