News Obituaries


Obituary: Dr. Robert Pontius / Pioneering heart surgeon at Children's Hospital

A year after coming to Children's Hospital in 1957, he performed the first successful open-heart operation using a pump-oxygenator.


Obituary: Gerald E. Hart / Super salesman, NFL official was football fanatic

Gerald E. Hart, who officiated NFL games for 10 years after playing football at Notre Dame and West Point, died of natural causes at age 83.



Obituary: John R. 'Jack' McCartan / Key figure in cultivating growth at Robert Morris University

John R. "Jack" McCartan had a vision of accessible, career-focused post-secondary education, and he spent his life implementing that vision.


Nation


GOP's next wedge issue emerges

The national education standards have incited intense resistance on the right in the belief that it will lead to a federal takeover of



Abbie Hoffman's presence echoes decades later

They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women.


 

World


Pro-Russian forces tighten grip

Pressure mounted on political dissenters and the media in ways that are commonplace in Russia but had not been in Ukraine until now.



Disputed enclave with Soviet mentality is dreaming of entering Putin's embrace

Trans-Dniester, also known as Transnistria, is a sliver of territory that runs along the border of Moldova and Ukraine.


 
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State


Search continues for bodies in Lake Erie

Both Amy Santus and Paige Widmer died of drowning, according to autopsies by the Lucas County coroner.



Man vs. train: Winner is never in doubt

Four people have been hit and killed by freight trains in the Pittsburgh area in the past month.


 

Early Returns


WashPost back Murphy bill

Rep. Tim Murphy is getting more recognition of the mental health care bill he's crafted.  The editorial board of the


Corbett enlists Thornburgh

The Corbett administration has long been counting on an improving jobless numbers to reverse the daunting poll numbers that have



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