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  • Zelienople accident injures 2, causes traffic mess

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Interstate 79 was shut down just north of Zelienople after a serious accident near mile marker 90.The accident happened at approximately 2:40 p.m. and caused a traffic mess for hours.Police said a tractor trailer struck two vehicles and forced one into a semi-truck.Traffic on Interstate 79 and Route 19, where drivers were rerouted, was backed up for about a mile.Drivers told reporter Pamela Osborne they were at a standstill for an hour or longer. One person was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital via medical helicopter.  Another person was flown to Allegheny General Hospital.The…
  • Police: Man shot, killed in front of child

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    24 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    A father was shot and killed Thursday just moments after putting his baby in the car.
  • Ultimate Play Day lets kids romp in Schenley Plaza

    Pittsburgh News
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    The grass is greening, the sun is shining and "The Ultimate Play Day," a free event for children and their families, is sprouting on Schenley Plaza, Oakland, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Free gender neutral sewing workshop dispels stereotypes, promotes economic stability

    PopCity Media
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In an attempt to demystified the sewing machine and dispel gender stereotypes in crafts, a free gender neutral sewing class will be held at the Mattress Factory museum
  • Primanti Bros. coming to area

    Pittsburgh News
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    A popular Pittsburgh restaurant known for piling coleslaw and french fries on its sandwiches is making plans to open in Allegheny Township.
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  • Man injured, his mom unaccounted for after Heidelberg fire

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
    A woman is unaccounted for and her son is recovering from injuries after a fire at a Heidelberg home Thursday.“I tried to pull the door.  I couldn’t get into the house,” said neighbor Ron Mixter.When Mixter saw the smoke, he grabbed his 24-foot ladder and ran over to help.Mixter pulled Darren Walls off the roof and kept asking, "Where is your mom?"Walls never answered, Mixter said, and he was whisked away in an ambulance.Firefighters tried to look for Walls’ mom but were forced back when the front porch and the back of the home collapsed.Neighbors watched in…
  • Armstrong Co. K-9 officer needs help with medical bills to get back on job

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Recent threats at Armstrong County schools prompted evacuations.  K-9 officers from our region were called to help.   The extra help is always needed but now more than ever because Armstrong County’s only K-9 officer is off the job.Klif, an 8-year-old German shepherd, is off duty due to an injury.“He’s either got a ruptured disc or partially ruptured disc that’s causing an issue,” said Klif’s handler Mark Heider.Heider first noticed his partner had a problem earlier this month while responding to a threat at West Shamokin High School.  A…
  • Zelienople accident injures 2, causes traffic mess

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Interstate 79 was shut down just north of Zelienople after a serious accident near mile marker 90.The accident happened at approximately 2:40 p.m. and caused a traffic mess for hours.Police said a tractor trailer struck two vehicles and forced one into a semi-truck.Traffic on Interstate 79 and Route 19, where drivers were rerouted, was backed up for about a mile.Drivers told reporter Pamela Osborne they were at a standstill for an hour or longer. One person was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital via medical helicopter.  Another person was flown to Allegheny General Hospital.The…
  • Fundraiser scheduled for K-9 officer in need of vest

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    A fundraiser is scheduled for Ohio Township K-9 officer Rico on Saturday.Rico is in need of a custom police vest.The fundraiser will take place at Home Depot in Ohio Township and include a raffle and cookout. Facebook link
  • Police: Audio of bogus calls made by former mayoral candidate, his family released

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Former mayoral candidate AJ Richardson and his family are accused of abusing the 911 system, making more than 100 calls.Investigators said the calls came from his Sheraden home this March.The audio tapes were released on Thursday.Police said when they would respond to the home, the couple or their sons would be waiting on the porch, filming it.Police said it cost the city $10,000.The Richardsons have said they were set up.The couple’s children are also charged in the case.
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  • Johnny Rockets Coming To Kennywood, Other Changes Ahead For New Season

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Kennywood opens May 3, and you’ll notice some changes this year, including one that could save you money. For the first time in years, the park will have a sit down restaurant. Johnny Rockets will move into the historic carousel building. It’ll open in early June. The chain is known for burgers, fries and its entertaining wait staff. “Every 30 minutes or so, the servers take a break. They all come out into the center area, and they do a song and dance to entertain the guests,” said Jeff Filicko, public relations manager at Kennywood. The…
  • Woman Shot At Bar In New Brighton

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    NEW BRIGHTON (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a woman was shot at bar in Beaver County. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. at Jimmy K’s Bar on 11th Avenue in New Brighton. It’s not clear whether the shooting happened inside or outside the bar. According the emergency dispatchers, the female victim was flown to a hospital. There’s been no word on her condition or what prompted the shooting. Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story. RELATED LINKS: More New Brighton News More Beaver County News Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page Stay…
  • Woman Still Missing After Fire In Heidelberg

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    HEIDELBERG (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Fire Marshal and Allegheny County Police are heading up the investigation into the cause of a fast-moving house fire in Heidelberg. The home is located in the 600-block of Garfield Avenue. Firefighters began dousing the flames around 6:50 p.m. A woman who lived in the home, Patricia Walls, remains missing. Her son, Darren, was rescued from the rooftop of the burning home by neighbor Ron Mixter. He told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti he grabbed his ladder and ran across the street, and helped the man down from the rooftop. Mixter said he got hold…
  • Bishop Zubik Heading To Rome For Canonization Of 2 Popes

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Catholic Church is set to canonize Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday. They’ll receive sainthood for their accomplishments during their papacies. Pope John XXIII was pontiff from 1958 to 1963. He is credited with ushering in the modern Catholic Church in the ‘60s. Pope John Paul II won over the hearts of many Catholics during his time as pontiff from 1978 to 2005. Bishop David Zubik and some other local Catholics are making the trip for the canonization. Bishop Zubik told KDKA’s Brenda Waters, “A pilgrimage is not a vacation, it is a…
  • FDA Moves To Regulate E-Cigarettes

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Food and Drug Administration is taking the first step toward regulating electronic cigarettes. “It’s like the wild, wild west. Companies can do anything they want,” says FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. The battery-powered devices allow users to inhale vaporized nicotine. “We need to understand a lot more about how they’re being used and what are the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes,” Dr. Hamburg continues. Once the FDA proposal is approved, new regulations will prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone…
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  • Aspects of Manufacturing Software: Production Tracking

    Andy Quayle
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    You can use manufacturing software for many different things, but one thing that it is very useful for is tracking your production levels. If you use an assembly line, for example, it can track how many parts go onto the line, how long it takes for them to be assembled, and how many end products you get when the shift is over. This data is invaluable to your company, and you should pay a lot of attention to it. Among other things, it can help you make projections about orders that you can fill. If you know that you can make 1,000 units per day and you get an order for 9,000 units, you know…
  • 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…
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  • Man shot, killed in front of child in Elliott

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Michael Burkes, 32, was found on his front porch on Marena Street in Elliott. Pittsburgh's Action News 4's Sheldon Ingram has the latest with the investigation.
  • Derek Jones, FRHS Stabbing Victim talks about the incident

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    'I didn't want her to get hurt;' Franklin Regional High School teen stabbed protecting girlfriend. Derek Jones is home after spending two weeks recovering from stab wound.
  • Dealing Drugs in the ICU

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Pittsburgh's Action News 4 was there as the woman accused of selling drugs in a local hospital was escorted from the hospital to the Magistrate. Pittsburgh's Action News 4's Kelly Brennan has the latest.
  • Sky 4 Video: I-79 Accident in Butler County

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Sky 4 with Action Cam over the multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 79 in Butler County.
  • drowning husband speaks

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A Lawrence County man is in mourning after his wife drowned in a pond over the weekend.  Pittsburgh's Action News 4's Matt Belanger has their story...
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  • West Penn Allegheny Health System's 2013 losses more than double

    Kris B. Mamula
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Highmark’s West Penn Allegheny Health System had an operating loss of $386 million for the 12 months ending June 30, 2013, more than double the loss first reported in October, according to audited results released Thursday. The hospital network reported an operating loss of $153.1 million in October, but the loss rose to $386 million for goodwill impairment after the results were audited, Allegheny Health Network Interim CFO Elizabeth Allen said. The impairment was added to the balance sheet…
  • Revenue, net income drop at Federated during first quarter 2014

    Patty Tascarella
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Federated Investors Inc., Pittsburgh-based investment managers, Thursday reported first quarter net income of $35.2 million, or 34 cents per share, down from $43 million, or 41 cents per share, during the comparable period in 2013. Revenue for the three months ended March 31 was $211.5 million, down 7 percent from $228 million during the first quarter of 2013. Federated (NYSE:FII) said this was due to an increase in voluntary fee waivers related to certain money market funds and to lower average…
  • CMU computer club discovers unknown Warhol work on 1985 floppy disk

    Justine Coyne
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    A team of students from Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Club have helped to discover new, unknown work by pop artist Andy Warhol in an unexpected place--a 1985 Commodore Amiga floppy disk.  The 28 images depict some of Warhol's, best-known subjects, Campbell's soup cans, Botticelli's Venus, and a self-portrait, but were a challenge to recover.  The group had to rely on "forensic recomputing" to reverse engineer a way to access the images in the outdated and unfamiliar format. The works…
  • Westmoreland County Community College names new president

    Justine Coyne
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Westmoreland County Community College named Tuesday Stanley, vice chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, to serve as president of the college, effective July 1.  Stanley will succeed Daniel J. Obara, who is retiring after a five-year tenure as president.  Since 2006, Stanley has served as a vice chancellor at Metropolitan Community College, a comprehensive college with an annual enrollment of 18,000 to 21,000 credit students and several thousand noncredit students, according…
  • PPG shifts paint strategy, works with Home Depot to target pros

    Justine Coyne
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    With the company's $1.05 billion acquisition of Akzo Nobel NV last April, PPG Industries Inc. expanded its architectural coatings portfolio, adding brand names like Glidden, Flood, Sico and Liquid Nails. Now, the Pittsburgh-based company is looking at how to leverage this portfolio and better position itself in the professional consumer market.  One of the biggest changes is the renaming of the more than 600 company-owned paint stores in the U.S. Operating under the PPG Pittsburgh Paints, PPG…
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  • A really really really good day

    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.

    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

    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!

    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?

    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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  • 2014 Art All Night is coming to Pittsburgh this weekend

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Art All Night, Pittsburgh’s annual free art event, pops up in Lawrenceville this weekend for its 17th year. The completely volunteer-run event is held non-stop from 4pm on Saturday, April 26, 2014 until 2pm on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Never heard of Art All Night? The idea behind the censorship-free, non-juried event is to encourage participation from all types of artists. Everyone is welcome to come, share, and experience a variety of local art and activities. Besides original artwork, Art All Night features a live auction, various participatory and collaborative activities, live…
  • E-waste, Jobs Creation & The Green Electronics Challenge

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Since today is Earth Day, it is the perfect day for me to share a couple of green related things that I have been talking over the past month.  I hope you will take a moment to read through this post and learn more about the e-waste and Isidore recycling. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – TechShop will be hosting a launch party for the Green Electronics Challenge.  See below for the details on the Green Electronics Challenge Competition Green Electronics Challenge Launch Party Details: When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 6:30-8:30pm Where: TechShop Pittsburgh Cost: FREE…
  • “Fifth Wall: Transit Tales” Shares Perspectives on Transit

    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

    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

    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 &…
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  • UPMC, wounds and possible zombies

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Tony Dungy on local book-signing tour

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren will appear in the Pittsburgh area to sign copies of their new book, “Uncommon Marriage.” They will be at Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. Friday at the Waterfront in Homestead They will be at the Family Christian Store at noon Saturday in Cranberry Township, and at the Barnes & Noble 7 p.m. Saturday at Settler’s Ridge in Robinson. They will be at the Victory Family Church after the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday in Cranberry, and at the Books-A-Million from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday in Monaca.
  • Steelers have five night games, will open 2014 season at home

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Despite consecutive 8-8 records with no playoff appearances the past two seasons, the Steelers remain an obvious attraction for prime-time television as their 2014 schedule again contains the maximum of five nighttime kickoffs.
  • Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 4.23.14

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Gerry Dulac: We're getting close to chat time so get those questions ready. It's nice to be back.
  • Two different tales told at trial in stabbing of Steelers lineman Adams

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The prosecution says the three young men from Hazelwood were out to steal the 6-foot-8-inch Steelers offensive lineman's pickup truck -- that they threatened him with a gun and stabbed him in the abdomen.
  • Steelers exercise fifth-year option on Cam Heyward

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Defensive end Cameron Heyward, the Steelers’ first-round draft choice in 2011, finally earned a starting job last season and on Tuesday he was given a raise.
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  • Pirates-Cardinals Preview (The Associated Press)

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The Pittsburgh Pirates' offense has disappeared during a dismal stretch. They're hoping a matchup with Shelby Miller will help snap their slump. Pittsburgh has fared well against him in the past and will try to turn things around Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Pirates (9-14), losers of six of seven, have tallied two runs or fewer in four of five.
  • Gomez helps spark aggressive Brewers' hot start (The Associated Press)

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Brewers' new leadoff hitter can aggravate pitchers by slugging homers or stealing bases. Carlos Gomez is flustering foes, and his energetic approach has helped Milwaukee jump out to the best record in baseball.
  • Cingrani, Ludwick lift Reds over Pirates 2-1 (The Associated Press)

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Considering the Cincinnati Reds started the year at 3-8, however, they were happy to get their record to 11-11 on Thursday. Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1. ''Three series wins in a row, back to .500,'' Ludwick said. If we keep getting pitching like that, we're going to be back in this thing in a hurry.'' The Pirates have lost six of seven, scoring a total of 22 runs in that span.
  • Cingrani, Ludwick lift Reds over Pirates (The SportsXchange)

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    PITTSBURGH -- The last time the Cincinnati Reds left Pittsburgh, their season was over as they lost to the Pirates in the National League wild-card game last October. Left fielder Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run double and left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched six solid innings as the streaking Reds edged the slumping Pirates 2-1 on Thursday. Cincinnati won for the seventh time in nine games to reach .500 at 11-11 while sending the Pirates to their sixth loss in seven games. "Certainly a great series here," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
  • Reds 2, Pirates 1 (The SportsXchange)

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    PITTSBURGH -- Left fielder Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run double and left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched six solid innings as the streaking Cincinnati Reds edged the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Thursday. Ludwick lined his double to center field with two outs in the sixth inning to put the Reds ahead as first baseman Joey Votto and third baseman Todd Frazier -- who were both hit by pitches -- scored. Cingrani (2-2) allowed one run as he scattered six hits. Cincinnati won for the seventh time in nine games to reach .500 at 11-11.
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  • The Right Wing Web. Again.

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Mediamatters has an interesting piece up on the latest "blistering new report" on the Benghazi "scandal.In it they look at the birthers, anti-muslim activists and conspiracy theorists who put together the report.  Who are they?  The Dailymail has some info on that:The commission, part of the center-right Accuracy In Media group, concluded that the Benghazi attack was a failed kidnapping plot Ah, Accuracy in Media.  That would be the media watchdog that receives, according to the bridgeproject, 93% of its foundation funding from foundations controlled by Richard Mellon Scaife…
  • Teh (Latest) Birther Crazie

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:27 am
    Of course it's from World Net Daily and of course OF COURSE it's from Jerome Corsi.  (Either point, let us remember) is enough to undermine its credibility.  But here we go - let's go take a look at teh latest Corsi Crazie.From WND:Self-proclaimed international intelligence expert Michael Shrimpton plans to launch a vigorous defense on charges of making false claims to British government officials that a terrorist nuclear attack was under way during the 2012 Olympics in London, raising the possibility documents and testimony he plans to subpoena will embarrass the U.K., German and…
  • A History Lesson

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    An astute reader emailed me the other day with a link to this Mother Jones piece.  It begins thusly:In a 1995 internal memo, President Bill Clinton's White House Counsel's Office offered an in-depth analysis of the right-wing media mill that Hillary Clinton had dubbed the "vast right-wing conspiracy." Portions of the report, which was reported on by the Wall Street Journal and other outlets at the time, were included in a new trove of documents released to the public by the Clinton presidential library on Friday. The report traced the evolution of various Clinton scandals, such as…
  • 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…
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    Pittsburgh's Future

  • 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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    Burgh Baby

  • Blurred Lines and the Easter Bunny

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    It has been over two years since Alexis first reported that she saw the Easter Bunny in her bedroom. TWO YEARS. If you click over to the original post and watch the video, you'll see something that can be recreated today. Alexis still tells that story exactly the same way. The only explanation I can come up with is that Alexis saw him in a dream. It must have been one of those dreams that is so vivid that it sticks with you for months and months ... and in this case years. It must have been one of those dreams that blurs the lines between reality and the dream world and makes you question…
  • "Supposed To" Is In the Eye of the Beholder

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:16 pm
    I don't know if everybody does this, but I've realized that I form my ideas about how holidays are "supposed" to be celebrated based on how I celebrated them as a kid. Christmas Eve is supposed to be a big deal, for example, because early in life I spent it at my Aunt's house. Easter is supposed to be an even bigger deal. Fancy dresses, church, flowers, egg hunts at grandma's ... there's a whole Thing I have built into my memory that I use to compare to the now. The now, however, is very different. There are lots of reasons, but I think the main one is that Alexis and I usually fly solo for…
  • It Really Was a Great Easter

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
  • Kiara's Revenge

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I know it's impossible to believe it unless you see it happen for yourself, but if I grab the camera and walk into the dining room, Kiara magically appears from the depths of the house, jumps up on the dining room table, and poses. Max shows up, too. But, the very second Max spots any sort of shenanigans such as hats, clothes, or whatever, he's out of there. He checks to see if treats are going to be freely given, but if it's obvious they are going to have to be earned, he is GONE. Kiara stays. She purrs. She waits for me to dress her. I'm not kidding. That cat knows exactly what is coming,…
  • Grilled Strawberry Pizza

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    I don't know if it was the seemingly endless winter or what, but there is something extra sweet about spring this year. Every time the temperature has soared about 50, I've nearly passed out from The Happy. No matter what else is going on, SUN! WARMTH! ALL THE HAPPY! Today the temperatures soared past 70, so I pretty much morphed into that obnoxiously perky person who finds happiness in everything. Goodness, that child woke up WAY early. Yay! We get more time to be outside! Oh, look! There's a fly on my breakfast! YOU GUYS! IT'S WARM ENOUGH FOR FLIES! And on and on. Even I wanted to punch me…
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  • Nationwide Arena

    Indiana Pittsburgh Fan
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    I'm sure most of you know I was at the game last night. As well as last month. It was two totally different atmospheres. Last month was a home game practically. Last night it wasn't even close. There were not many Pens fans there. But it was fun that way. The Jackets fans are a good group of people from the sample I have had. I talked to a few in our section that were cool, and they were loud, which I like. They were passionate, and it made for a great atmosphere. The arena is awesome as well. It is absolutely the nicest road game I have ever been too. Sent from my Droid Ultra using Tapatalk
  • Kipper : Pittsburgh Sports Fans Have A Blaming Problem

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    After the Pittsburgh Penguins surrendered an early 3 goal lead to an inferior team talent wise, only to lose in Over Time, the blame game settled in. The fingers started pointing, Social Media was abuzz with who to blame and who to defend. It's moments like this that you can easily distinguish who the "Fan Boys" and "Fan Girls" are and who has a particular bias against particular player(s). This isn't just a Pittsburgh Penguins fan issue either, this is an issue the stretches across the board to all 3 sports teams. I've witnessed them for years. The pure number of people out there who…
  • Steelers 2014 Scheudle!

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    W1. Sunday Sep. 7 Vs Browns 1:00 CBS W2. Thursday Sep. 11 At Ravens 8:25 CBS, NFL Network W3. Sunday Sep. 21 At Panthers 8:30 NBC W4. Sunday Sep. 28 Vs Buccaneers 1:00 FOX W5. Sunday Oct. 5 At Jaguars 1:00 CBS W6. Sunday Oct. 12 At Browns 1:00 CBS W7. Monday Oct. 20 Vs Texans 8:30 ESPN W8. Sunday Oct. 26 Vs Colts 4:25 CBS W9. Sunday Nov. 2 Vs Ravens 8:30 NBC W10. Sunday Nov. 9 At Jets 1:00 CBS W11. Monday Nov. 17 At Titans 8:30 ESPN W12. Bye week W13. Sunday Nov. 30 Vs Saints 1:00 FOX W14. Sunday Dec. 7 At Bengals 1:00 CBS W15. Sunday Dec. 14 At Falcons 1:00 CBS W16. Sunday Dec. 21 Vs Chiefs…
  • Draft : Steelers bring in LB Barr, DT Allen for pre-draft workout

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    via ESPN PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers are meeting with a pair of defensive players Monday, including a potential first-round pick. UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr and Wisconsin defensive tackle Beau Allen are the Steelers' latest visitors as the team prepares for the upcoming draft. Barr is considered one of the best pass-rushers in the draft while Allen is a projected late-round pick after moving to nose tackle last season when Wisconsin switched to a 3-4 scheme. Barr is an intriguing prospect because of his production at UCLA -- the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder recorded 10 sacks last season --…
  • 2014 schedule being released tonight!

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tonight at 8 PM live on NFL Network and on NFL.com the 2014 team schedules will be getting released. I'll have the schedule up on here as soon as it comes out. I'll also have some analysis, predictions, etc. on it as well. The opponents will be: HOME: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Tampa Bay AWAY: Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Jacksonville, New York Jets, Tennessee 2014 SCHEDULE NOTES * There are five teams on the upcoming schedule that qualified for the 2013 playoffs: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New…
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