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  • Missouri woman pleads guilty to killing cousin in Upper St. Clair, sentenced to probation

    12/16/2014 10:03:46 AM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 16, 2014 | Lexi Belculfine
    A Missouri woman pleaded guilty this morning to fatally shooting her cousin at an Upper St. Clair home last month. "I truly am sorry for everything that happened, and I wish it wouldn't have happened," Stephanie Munizza, 28, told Judge Jeffrey A. Manning of the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. Ms. Munizza pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor, and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office withdrew a felony count of third-degree murder. She was in Pittsburgh visiting family when, on Nov. 1, she and her cousin, Joshua Poremski, were drinking and talking about Ms. Munizza possibly getting a concealed...
  • The Courier’s Crusade…With crime coverage, paper ‘challenging community’ (Black on Black Crime)

    12/14/2014 6:17:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Jesse Washington
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — At the start of every month, the same image of a pistol points from the same place on the front page of the New Pittsburgh Courier, above the same caption: Under Attack By Us! The only thing that changes is the number of the dead. “75 of 91 homicides Black lives,” read a recent headline in the renowned Black newspaper’s crusade against Black-on-Black violence. It was accompanied, as always, by a literal body count: The name, race and manner of death for every homicide in Pittsburgh in 2014 — with victims being overwhelmingly Black, as the headline...
  • Cyanide killed hospital employee, official says

    11/28/2014 1:48:08 PM PST · by wtd · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 11/28/2014 56 minutes ago | Joe Mandak
    Cyanide killed hospital employee, official saysPITTSBURGH (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employee found dead at work earlier this month was killed by cyanide poisoning, but the medical examiner who made the determination Friday said it's too soon to know whether the death was a suicide, a homicide or an accident.
  • In one classroom, a teacher makes Michael Brown the lesson of the day

    11/27/2014 11:49:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Post's Answer Sheet ^ | November 27, 2014 | Valerie Strauss
    On Nov. 25th, a grand jury in Ferguson voted not to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, last August in a case that has stirred civil unrest and accusations of racism by white law enforcement officials. The next day, Steve Singer, a teacher in suburban Pittsburgh went to school and realized that he could not carry on as usual but that he had to address what was transpiring in Missouri. This is his account of what happened that day. Singer is a husband, father, blogger and education advocate who teaches...
  • Conflict Kitchen closes indefinitely after death threat (Hates Jews; rec'd Heinz $$$)

    11/08/2014 2:17:09 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 17 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | November 8 | Staff
    Oakland restaurant Conflict Kitchen has closed until further notice after receiving a letter containing death threats, according to a post on its Facebook page... Conflict Kitchen recently has been the focus of controversy over its serving of Palestinian food with anti-Israel messages on the food wrappers.
  • Heroic boxing coach adopts two brothers learning they were in squalid conditions

    11/06/2014 2:36:46 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 6 November 2014 | Lydia Warren
    He's a city cop by day - but by night, Detective Jack Mook is working on his toughest case yet. Mook, a Gulf War veteran who also teaches boxing to Pittsburgh-area kids, fostered two of his young students after learning they were living in abusive conditions with a foster family. And now after two years, Mook and the boys, 11-year-old Jessee and his 15-year-old brother Josh, have finally become a legal family - after Mook adopted them in September. It means the bachelor, 45, is now adapting to a new routine of homework and healthy meals.
  • Anti-Violence Activists Charged in Vicious Attack ( Pittsburgh )

    10/31/2014 9:34:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KDKA ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    Two “Stop the Violence” organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said. The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the anti-violence group, and...
  • VA promotion for administrator stuns legislator

    10/26/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by cutty · 10 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Mike Wereschagin
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is promoting an administrator who advised against publicly disclosing a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at its Pittsburgh hospital system, the agency told Congress. David Cord, deputy director of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System since June 2012, will become director of the Erie VA Medical Center within 60 days, the VA informed Congress. The VA disclosed the Legionnaires' outbreak that killed at least six and sickened at least 16 others on Nov. 16, 2012 — two days after Cord told a VA spokesman not to alert the public about it, according to an internal email from the spokesman...
  • 3 Arrested At Wedding After Groom Allegedly Hits On Pregnant Reception Worker, Gets Into Fight

    09/02/2014 9:52:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 66 replies
    KDKA-CBS ^ | 9-1-2014 | Amy Wadas
    A woman who works for the Gateway Clipper told police the groom of the wedding party, Mark Williams, 33, was being “touchy feely” with her, while she was working nearby. She reportedly told her boyfriend the groom also tried to pour alcohol down her throat, even though she told him she was pregnant. Police say she called her boyfriend, Tyler Smith, 20, so he could come pick her up. At that time, Smith allegedly confronted Williams about his actions and a physical altercation began. Police say Williams’ brother, David Williams, 35, eventually got involved and became aggressive with police. A...
  • Quinn and Tennent say they rejected offer to host WJAS

    08/31/2014 4:59:52 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 27 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 8/30/14 | Elizabeth Bloom
    Conservative radio hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent, formerly of WPGB 104.7 FM, have said they turned down an offer to be hosts on the newly reconfigured WJAS-AM (1320), but the station’s ownership would not confirm their statement. “Note: we have declined the offer from WJAS. Terms offered precluded our ability to live stream to our audience which was essential,” the duo posted Thursday on their Twitter account (@warroom). On Friday, they wrote and then deleted a similar tweet. Frank Iorio, owner of Radio Partners LLC, which purchased the station earlier this month, said Friday that the company had been...
  • A Real Live Gnome in Pennsylvania?

    08/24/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 45 replies
    Earthfiles.com ^ | 23AUG2014 | Linda Moulton Howe
    August 23, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - In 1200 A.D., a Swedish man named Frederik Ugarph found a hard wood statue only about six inches (15 cm) high of a little person wearing a conical hat in what is now Trondheim, Norway. The statue was standing on a pedestal engraved with the words: “NISSE Riktig Storrelse.” That means, “Gnome, actual height.” Owned and housed today by the Oliv family in Uppsala, Norway, X-ray tests indicate the wooden statue is more than 2,000 years old, perhaps carved from a tree that is no longer known. Another historic account of a “miniature person”...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • WJAS completes news-talk format switch

    08/08/2014 3:54:34 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 38 replies
    Pitt Trib Review ^ | 8/7/14 | Patrick Cloonan
    Two widely expected format flips occurred Aug. 7 on Pittsburgh radio. WJAS (1320 AM) began picking up the former news-talk format of WPGB (104.7 FM) at noon, while at 3 p.m., WPGB flipped from news-talk to “Big 104.7” airing “Pittsburgh's New Hit Country.” The new “Big 104.7” opened with Florida Georgia Line's “This Is How We Roll” and pledged 10,000 songs in a row without commercials to start its competition with CBS Radio's WDSY “Y-108” (107.9 FM) and Keymarket's three Froggy FM stations, WOGG (94.9 FM), WOGH (103.5 FM) and WOGF (104.3 FM). WPGB alerted listeners to the format change...
  • WJAS to flip to talk

    08/04/2014 5:36:02 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | 8/4/14 | Lance Venta
    8:20 pm Update 8/4: Frank Iorio Jr. has closed on his purchase of 1320 WJAS from Renda. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the station will flip to Talk at some point in the future, but it is “a little bit yet” before doing so. Is the flip perhaps related to the possible move of Clear Channel’s 104.7 WPGB from Talk to Country? Original Report 5/29: Renda Broadcasting has announced the sale of Adult Standards 1320 WJAS Pittsburgh to Frank Iorio Jr.’s Pittsburgh Radio Partners for $1 million.
  • More Country in Pittsburgh's Future? (News talk 104.7 may flip)

    07/27/2014 6:04:37 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 25 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | Lance Venta
    (Am on smartphone now but link is above, speculation news talk 104.7 WPGB Pittsburgh may, may, flip to country...just a heads up)
  • Police hopeful man’s haircut will help lead to an arrest in Friendship sex assault (Shaved Star)

    07/11/2014 7:22:45 PM PDT · by equalator · 6 replies
    WPXI ^ | 7-11-2014
    Police said a man sexually assaulted a woman in Friendship Thursday, and they’re hoping his haircut will help lead to an arrest. The victim said she lives in the area and was confronted by the man as she returned to her home from a workout. “I screamed 'fire,' thinking somebody would come, but he had a hand over my mouth,” she said. He told me if I didn’t stop screaming that he would kill me and my animals.”
  • Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

    07/04/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. He had announced recently that he had cancer. Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions...
  • Report: VA Told Pittsburgh Hospital to Mislead Congress

    06/11/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11 2014 | Washington Free Beacon
    The Department of Veterans Affairs ordered a Pittsburgh VA hospital to block attempts by two congressmen to find out about hundreds of patients languishing on the hospital’s wait list, according to a CNN report. Congressional sources told CNN that Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Penn.) received a call from Pittsburgh VA director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf, who said that the hospital had passed an internal audit on patient wait times “with flying colors.” “It is my belief the purpose of the unannounced call was not to provide me the facts on patient wait times at the Pittsburgh VA, but was...
  • Author Says Earthquakes Are Predictable

    05/31/2014 2:35:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    cbs ^ | May 29, 2014 12:19 PM | Andrew Limberg
    Nabhan is a former teacher in California and now lives in Pittsburgh. He became interested in earthquakes while he was the earthquake preparedness coordinator for the school he worked at. He says he noticed every earthquake happened at dusk or dawn. “I realized this sort of conscience doesn’t happen in science. These dawn and dusk quakes during new and full moons are the paradigm on the west coast,” he said. “All six great quakes that have struck in Los Angeles that have killed people since the 30s, all of them, dawn or dusk [quakes]. How can earthquakes be predicted? Nabhan...
  • Too tired to care about VA scandal?

    08/04/2013 5:48:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 3, 2013 | Salena Zito
    An unknown number of U.S. military veterans are dead within 30 days of contracting Legionnaires' disease in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh. Aside from their family members, few people seem to be outraged. If that doesn't grab your attention, perhaps this will: VA officials in charge when those men were dying from a preventable illness received more than $100,000 in performance bonuses. The same bureaucrats who were paid handsomely for negligence and incompetence also refuse to answer reporters' questions about whether they've removed the deadly Legionella bacteria from hospitals that were built to heal, protect and serve those who...
  • VA official: Don't tell until asked about Legionnaires' outbreak among veterans (6 veterans died)

    05/22/2014 11:22:03 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | May 11 | Mike Wereschagin and Adam Smeltz
    Editor's note: This story is the second of two parts. A high-ranking official with Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System wanted the agency to keep quiet about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak rather than warn the public, internal emails indicate. ... The email is among nearly 7,000 pages of internal VA emails and documents the Tribune-Review obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • The crisis in Ukraine — America can be deferential no more

    03/09/2014 1:14:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 8, 2014 | Nile Gardiner
    The Obama administration's Russian reset, designed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was premised on the idea of Russia as a partner with the United States. Hand in hand, the former rivals would address the major international crises of the day. This initiative will be remembered as one of the biggest foreign policy follies of the modern era — a staggeringly naďve exercise in appeasement that emboldened Moscow at Washington's expense. From Damascus to Tehran to Kiev, the Russians have been running rings around a U.S. presidency that believes “leading from behind” is a serious strategy, rather than a policy...
  • Mention of Mass Stabbing Curiously Missing From Obama's Pennsylvania Speech

    04/17/2014 11:29:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday President Obama gave a speech in Oakdale, Pennsylvania with Vice President Joe Biden about skill training. Last week, just thirty miles away in Murrysville, a student went on a mass stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School. Twenty people were severely injured in the incident, making it one of the worst mass stabbing events in U.S. history. But despite being close to the scene of the tragic and horrifying event, Obama failed to mention the incident during his nearly 30 minute long remarks. I have a feeling if there had been a recent tragedy that involved a gun at...
  • Westmoreland Co. (PA) Woman (Patient) Sold Drugs from Hospital Room

    04/22/2014 4:54:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    CBS Local Pittsburgh ^ | April 21, 2014 | Ralph Ianotti
    GREENSBURG (KDKA) — Greensburg City police are expected to file charges as early as Tuesday against a woman from Youngwood who was leading two lives at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was not immediately identified by name. She was not only a patient at the hospital, but she was allegedly selling heroin from her hospital room. Jennifer Miele, Excela’s Vice President of Marketing, said staffers in the ICU saw numerous visitors coming and going, spending only a moment or two with the patient before leaving. “What the staff was noticing in our Intensive Care Unit, was that many visitors were...
  • Teen punk accused of killing Indiana dad-to-be smirks, laughs his way into courtroom

    04/12/2014 6:20:56 AM PDT · by heartwood · 88 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/10/2014 | Joe Kemp
    A 16-year-old punk accused of killing an Indiana man during an apparent robbery smirked and laughed in front of a pack of news cameras as he walked into a courtroom on Thursday. The hard-hearted teen, Simeon Adams, joked with another inmate as he was led before a judge at a Marion County courthouse to face a slew of charges in the senseless murder of Nathan Trapuzzano on April 1. Prosecutors say Adams put a gun to Trapuzzano, 24 — who was expecting a daughter next month with his newlywed bride — and ordered him behind a tire store in Indianapolis,...
  • New owners offer buyouts to Pittsburgh Heinz staff

    04/15/2014 4:00:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 12:23 PM ET
    The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn’t signal a plan to move the company’s headquarters. Instead, Heinz officials said the buyout is being offered because the new owners Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital recognize the company’s new culture might not be “the perfect fit” for longtime Pittsburgh-based employees. Heinz officials said any workers who quit will be replaced, leaving the company with the same number of workers in Pittsburgh. …
  • Lawyer of stabbings suspect Alex Hribal: 'All the students liked him'

    04/10/2014 9:36:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    cnn ^ | Thu April 10, 2014 | Dana Ford
    It would seem no one saw it coming -- not his parents, not students at his school. Described by his lawyer as "a typical young kid" who has "never been in trouble," 16-year-old Alex Hribal shocked the people in his life and the nation Wednesday when he allegedly went on a rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, stabbing or slashing 20 students and a security officer. No one knows yet what might have motivated the attack. But pieces of Hribal's story are starting to come together, so far painting a portrait of a teenage boy no one ever...
  • Up to 20 injured in Pennsylvania school stabbing

    04/09/2014 7:21:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 53 replies
    AP via NY Post ^ | April 9, 2014 | AP
    An official says four students were believed to be seriously injured at a high school near Pittsburgh, where a student with a knife stabbed or slashed others, injuring as many as 20. Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday morning.-
  • 1 in custody after Pennsylvania school stabbings

    04/09/2014 6:23:26 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 89 replies
    AP ^ | 4/9/14 | AP
    Several people were stabbed Wednesday morning at a high school near Pittsburgh, and a suspect was taken into custody, an emergency official said. Dan Stevens, the spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management, said five or six people were reported stabbed at about 7:20 a.m. at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. It wasn't immediately clear if the suspect and the victims are students, adults or a mix of both. It doesn't appear that any of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, Stevens said, though several helicopters were seen flying people from the scene to area...
  • STABBING at FRANKLIN/REGIONAL HS (Murrysville, PA)

    04/09/2014 4:55:38 AM PDT · by PennsylvaniaMom · 125 replies
    KDKA-TV PITTSBURGH ^ | PennsylvaniaMom
    Breaking news, via KDKA Pittsburgh. Six people (not sure all students or teachers or combination of the two) at Franklin Regional HS in Murrysville, PA. Live feed at link.
  • Terrifying moment father-to-be, 24, was shot dead in morning mugging (indianapolis)

    04/03/2014 6:21:48 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 39 replies
    mail online ^ | 4 3 14
    A 24-year-old man, shot dead during an early morning walk in Indianapolis on Tuesday, had been excitedly awaiting the arrival of his first baby. Nathan Trapuzzano was shot in the stomach during what police believe was an attempted mugging outside a tire shop at 5.50am. As police intensified their search for two suspects, seen on security camera footage running from the scene, it was revealed that Mr Trapuzzano's wife, Jennifer, is due to have a baby girl next month. Mr Trapuzzano, a computer programmer for Ivy Tech Community College, was found injured outside the Tron Tire Shop, Fox 59 reported....
  • Bald Eagles are nesting on all three of Pittsburgh's major rivers!

    03/31/2014 4:14:24 AM PDT · by galtman · 36 replies
    Audubon Society of W.PA ^ | March 2014 | Unknown
    Pittsburghers Rooting for the Eagles? Many people probably thought the day would never come when Pittsburghers would be cheering for the Eagles…Bald Eagles, that is! It has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. In the 18th century, suitable nesting habitat in the form of mature tall trees was stripped from the hillsides flanking the rivers to meet the lumber and fuel demands of a rapidly growing human population in the area; second, industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that...
  • Pittsburgh Bishop Says ‘No’ to Common Core in Diocesan Schools

    03/21/2014 4:23:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 3/20/14 | Kelly Conroy
    In a letter released Tuesday, Bishop David Zubik assured parents in the Diocese of Pittsburgh that the Diocese is not “using” the Common Core State Standards in its schools and has not participated in a controversial program to integrate the standards into Catholic schools. “The Diocese of Pittsburgh has not adopted the Common Core, nor have we adopted a curriculum based on it,” Bishop Zubik wrote. “Be assured that our Catholic identity is the core of our curriculum,” he added. “Our Catholic faith guides the selection of all curricula, goals, textbooks and other resources.” Bishop Zubik dismissed concerns that the...
  • ‘I’m a broken man’: Ex-Pittsburgh police chief sentenced to prison

    02/25/2014 11:30:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 25, 2014
    PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh former police chief Nathan Harper was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund from which he spent more than $30,000 on himself. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon handed down the sentence Tuesday morning. She also ordered 61-year-old Harper on Tuesday to repay $31,986 from the fund that he spent on himself. Target 11 investigator Rick Earle was in the courtroom for the sentencing hearing. Earle reported that Harper made an emotional apology moments before the judge handed down his sentence. “I am a broken man,” Harper said. “I...
  • Music for the Mullahs

    02/25/2014 8:52:04 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra sent a representative to Iran this week as part of an exploratory trip aimed at arranging the first official U.S. orchestra concert in Iran since the fall of the Shah. The concert tour is being considered for later this year, and the PSO, the American Middle East Institute (AMEI), Iranian officials, and the U.S. State Department are hammering out details, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettefirst reported in January. Representatives for the PSO and AMEI visited the Islamic Republic on a preliminary trip on Sunday, the groups confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon. If the effort moves forward, the...
  • Joe Greene feted by Fritz Pollard Alliance

    02/22/2014 7:05:34 AM PST · by mac_truck · 10 replies
    Steelers Digest ^ | 2/22/2014 | Bob Labriola
    Joe Greene has received a lot of honors during his professional career, but being honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance was special to him because of who Fritz Pollard was. Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard was the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl (1916) and the second to be named All-America in college football. In 1920, Pollard signed with the Akron Pros and led the team to the American Professional Football Association championship. In 1921, he was named Akron’s coach, and so when the APFA was re-named the National Football League in 1922, Pollard became the NFL’s first African-American...
  • Sister likely walked in on killing in East Liberty (Pittsburgh, PA)

    02/13/2014 9:27:53 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 36 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 11 | Megan Harris & Margaret Harding
    Police found the bodies of sisters Susan — naked and doused with chemicals — and Sarah Wolfe at the foot of their basement stairs about 12:45 p.m. Friday with single gunshots in their heads... ...Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the Port Authority that shows Susan getting off a bus at the same time as an unidentified man...
  • Local Psychologist A Former Skeptic, Now Trains Priests In Exorcisms

    02/11/2014 6:24:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    KDKA - Pittsburgh ^ | February 10, 2014 | Andy Sheehan
    Psychologist Adam Blai PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — So, exorcism might seem like fiction. But did you know that the Vatican has actually encouraged every Catholic diocese to have a trained exorcist on staff? A local psychologist is an expert who is traveling around the world to train those priests. Once he was a skeptic, but he tells KDKA’s Andy Sheehan, after assisting in nearly 100 exorcisms, his experiences have made him a believer. For the past 10 years Adam Blai has been on the front line. “Basically, it’s a war between heaven and hell,” says Blai. “That’s been going on since...
  • Teenagers Leave Church Picnic To Riot In East Liberty (PITTSBURGH)

    08/01/2011 4:32:50 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 44 replies
    Police had a rough night in East Liberty on Sunday. A large mob of teens damaged several stores along Penn Avenue. Our Channel 11 News crew was listening to the police scanner when they heard a call to 911 for hundreds of teens causing trouble in a strip mall. Police said they went inside the McDonald's, Trader Joes, and finally ended up at the new Target. Officials said it's fortunate that no one was hurt during the chaos. When reporter, Dave Bondy, arrived on scene, police were everywhere. At least a dozen officers were ordering hundreds of teenagers to leave...
  • Peduto's pick for Office of Management and Budget owes $83,000 to the IRS [Pittsburgh mayor]

    02/05/2014 6:27:05 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 5, 2014 | Moriah Balingit
    The man who Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto tapped to head his newly formed Office of Management and Budget owes the Internal Revenue Service tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes, records show. The mayor announced today that he was hiring Edward Kiely, who heads a consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, to lead the department, citing his extensive experience in helping businesses. Mr. Kiely was hired through Talent City, a foundation-backed initiative intended to take the politics out of hiring by using outside committees to cull top candidates for a position, giving the mayor the final word. Mr. Kiely owes...
  • Pittsburgh Center Honoring Playwright Finds Itself Short on Visitors and Donors

    01/31/2014 5:51:52 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 72 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/23/13 | Trip Gabriel
    The bank has sued to foreclose. The city’s philanthropic groups, with names like Mellon and Heinz, have withdrawn support. The $42 million August Wilson Center for African American Culture, a bow-front building inspired by a Swahili sailing ship, is high and dry. Named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who found a street-savvy poetry in the lives of poor Pittsburgh blacks, the culture center’s plight has been especially painful for those who had hoped it would enshrine the music, art and literature of the urban world he knew. Instead, it appears to be a victim of mismanagement by its senior staff...
  • Obama to visit West Mifflin steel plant on Wednesday

    01/27/2014 7:15:40 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 27, 2014
    Officials said President Barack Obama will visit a western Pennsylvania steel plant after delivering this week's State of the Union address. A White House spokesman said Sunday that the president will travel to U.S. Steel's Irvin plant in West Mifflin on Wednesday to deliver remarks on the economy. The company said the Irvin plant produces sheet metal products from the steel slabs produced at the Edgar Thomson plant in Braddock. Obama will also be visiting the Washington suburbs of Prince George's County, Md. on Wednesday and will go to Milwaukee and Nashville on Thursday.
  • Unruly Crowd Causes Commotion At Salvation Army Toy Distribution (Pittsburgh)

    12/22/2013 1:56:48 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 82 replies
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Organizers of a Salvation Army holiday toy distribution on Pittsburgh’s North Side planned to bring in more staff today after a crowd turned unruly Friday. It all happened just after 11:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army facility on North Avenue. According to police, people had been waiting in line for a while to pick up toys when they started getting angry. When the doors opened, officials say things turned chaotic. People were pushing, shoving and cutting in front of others. Staff at the facility told police that there wasn’t enough personnel to handle the crowd, so they...
  • Principal: Mom sneaks into son’s school, instigates fist fight among students, punches teacher

    12/19/2013 10:05:19 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies
    WPXI ^ | December 19, 2013
    PITTSBURGH — The principal of a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Pittsburgh said a mother snuck into the school Wednesday and instigated a fist fight among students. It was initially reported that the mother, later identified as Yvonne McMeans, was there for a parent-teacher conference; however the principal of Manchester K-8 told Channel 11 News that she actually snuck into the school through a back door with the help of her eighth-grade son. According to Principal Theresa Cherry, McMeans then proceeded to go to an upstairs portion of the school where her son began punching a classmate while being encouraged...
  • 1 Arrested After Nun Hospitalized Following Assault And Rape

    12/14/2013 12:23:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    EAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – An 18-year-old has been charged in the brutal rape and beating of an elderly nun in Aliquippa. Andrew Bullock, of Orchard Street, faces at least 10 charges in the Friday morning attack. The nun serves at St. Titus Church on Franklin Avenue. She was walking in a parking lot behind the church when she was approached by a man who choked her, punched her, then threw her to the ground where she was assaulted and raped.
  • Teen arrested for beating and raping a 70-year-old nun in parking lot of church where she serves

    12/14/2013 12:55:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | December 14, 2013
    Authorities near Pittsburgh have arrested an 18-year-old man who admitted to the brutal rape a nun in the parking lot behind the church where she serves Friday morning. The suspect, Andrew Bullock, faces at least 10 charges in the viscous attack. According to authorities, the victim was walking in the parking lot behind the Titus Church on Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa - about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh - when the suspect approached her and asked if she needed help. [Snip] 'The first thing you notice when you look up up where this horrific act occurred, is the statue of...
  • Snowstorm Expands: To Impact More Than 110 Million

    12/14/2013 7:07:15 AM PST · by george76 · 152 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | December 14, 2013 | Alex Sosnowski
    Heavy snow and travel disruptions will spread from the Midwest and into the Northeast as the day progresses on Saturday. The snowstorm will span more than 1,000 miles. Snow will fall on and impact every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City. The area encompasses about 110 million people.
  • Armed robbery case against Woodland Hills quarterback moved to juvenile court

    12/14/2013 5:16:23 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    An armed robbery case against the Woodland Hills High School starting quarterback will be heard in juvenile court. Harry Randall, 18, appeared before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani this morning for a decertification hearing on his charges. Mr. Randall's defense attorney asked that the case be moved to juvenile court, where the system's focus is on rehabilitation, and supervision must conclude by the age of 21. At the time of the crime, Mr. Randall was 17 years and 10 months old. According to Swissvale police, Mr. Randall and another man, E. W. Richardson, ordered two pizzas to...
  • Dozens of workers strike outside Downtown fast-food locations

    12/05/2013 8:40:49 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 59 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 12-05-2013 | James Knox
    Dozens of people gathered outside Dunkin Donuts and McDonald's locations Downtown on Thursday morning to protest low wages as part of a national campaign energizing fast-food workers. Carrying placards and shouting slogans such as “No justice, no doughnuts,” about 75 people rallied in front of the Dunkin Donuts in Market Square and the nearby McDonald's on Stanwix Street. The actions are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. President Obama says he would back a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, and on Wednesday addressed income equality in...
  • Mike Tomlin fined $100K; NFL could still punish Steelers with draft pick penalty

    12/04/2013 2:43:20 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 41 replies
    SI Wire ^ | 12/04/13 | Chris Mascard
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for his near-collision with the Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones on Thanksgiving night. The NFL is also considering downgrading one of Pittsburgh’s draft picks after the order is set, a source told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.