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Local Dispatch: Volunteer gene boosts rewards of retirement

Retirement brings all kinds of fulfilling options, once you’re tired of watching TV.

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 Coal wagon (1907): The Vesta Coal Company, a subsidiary of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, employed various types of rolling equipment in their mines. A coal car known as a “wagon” was used to haul raw coal from the mines to the coal breaker. These cars also transported rock from the tunnels below to the surface. Some company mine cars were equipped with side hand brakes. The brakes were always on one side of the car and were applied easily by depressing the brake handle. The Vesta No. 4 Mine, once the largest bituminous coal mine in the world, contained over 100 miles of track. Each trip of loaded cars arriving at the tipple contained approximately 500 tons of coal. Transportation of the cars was handled by an elaborate system of tracks within the mine. All trips throughout the mine were controlled by an automatic signal system similar in design to the contemporary railroads of that time. A dispatcher was present day and night to dispatch the empty and loaded trips into and out of the mine.

Natural gas, coal have defined Pittsburgh's history

Coal and natural gas have vied for the same ground for many years.

about 3 hours ago


Controller seeks more information on county vehicles

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said she has not received a complete inventory of county-owned and leased cars, as requested.

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Wilkinsburg School District plans to fire human resources director

The district would not specify why it was terminating its contract with Andrea Williams, who has been on full-time leave since March 28.

about 3 hours ago


Dispute over Tomalis emails may not be resolved soon

The state Department of Education moves to block the release of emails of former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis.

about 3 hours ago


State, corrections union investigate health at prisons by coal sites

The reviews come after two human rights groups found substantial cancer rates at SCI Fayette, built next to a fly ash dump.

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Consultant raps city on payroll audit data

The meeting detailed the latest chapter in the clash between Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority and the city over a new payroll system.

about 3 hours ago


Obituary: Richard Leo Welsh / A “giant” in the field of vision services

Richard Welsh left the seminary to spend a lifetime helping the blind and vision-impaired, becoming a nationally recognized leader.

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 President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

about 3 hours ago


Ground forces an option in Iraq

Joint Chiefs chairman leaves door open if a U.S.-led coalition with “no U.S. boots on the ground” proves insufficient to defeat ISIS.

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Child mortality falling short of two-thirds reduction

Six-point-three million children died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday.

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U.K. official at center of child sex scandal quits

Shaun Wright had clung onto his job as police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire in the face of the almost-universal criticism

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Iraq parliament rejects picks for defense, interior

The move left crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against the Islamic State.

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Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

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Ukrainian president travels to U.S., leaving a raft of problems back home

President Petro Poroshenko’s country chafed at the tentative cease-fire and the slow pace of change.

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 Frank Van Den Bleeken

Belgium grants jailed rapist-murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the nation doesn’t have the death penalty. Confused?

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U.S. poverty declines in 2013

The U.S. poverty rate dropped in 2013 for the first time in seven years, and child poverty rate fell for the first time in 13 years.

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CDC finds Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines are known to run a higher risk of obesity-related ailments.

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Number of prisoners in U.S. grew in 2013

Combined state and federal prison inmate ranks rose slightly because of more state incarcerations after a three-year decline.

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Federal auto regulators draw lawmakers’ wrath on ignition switch defect

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had sufficient information to identify the flaw as early as 2007.

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World Briefs: Car bomb kills 3 soldiers in Afghan capital

PLUS: Mortar fired from Gaza; atrocities in Syria; reprieve for Uber; Uighur prof on trial

about 3 hours ago


National Briefs: 2 firms win pacts to ferry astronauts

PLUS: Fourth casino goes belly up; immigrants lose insurance; nuclear waste action; 20 years for gun battle; rail service restored

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 Terri Thieret, holding the family cat Nutmeg, spent three months in the hospital after contracting a severe case of H1N1 flu last winter.

Dramatic treatment saves nurse's life from H1N1 flu

Allegheny General Hospital nurse Terri Thieret spent nine months recovering from the flu, aided by ECMO and a medically induced coma.

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New Castle-based Jameson Health System to become part of UPMC

As part of the deal, UPMC will invest $70 million to develop services at Jameson’s 25 facilities.

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 Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan speaks today at a news conference in Blooming Grove. Commissioner Noonan identified Eric Matthew Frein, 31,  as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.

Pa. State Police name suspect in barracks ambush that killed trooper

Commissioner Frank Noonan identified the suspect as 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein of Canadensis.

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 West Penn Hospital is now offering low-dose computer tomography screening for free.

Screening may detect lung cancer in its earliest stages

West Penn Hospital is offering free lung cancer screening to long-term smokers as part of a pilot study on its life-saving effects.

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Pennsylvania bill would allow teachers, school staff to bring guns to work

The measure would authorize school boards to permit teachers, administrators and other staff members to arm themselves to protect students.

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Post-Gazette sues state to change email practice

The newspaper wants the state to preserve emails for at least two years instead of the current practice of destroying them after five days.

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 Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will prohibit its employees from using tobacco products of any kind during work shifts effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Pittsburgh Mercy toughens stance on workers' tobacco use

Officials say the policy is meant to improve employees’ health rather than exact punishment.

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Pennsylvania to lend itself up to $1.5 billion because of low cash flow

Legislative Democrats say the borrowing is a bad sign for the state’s fiscal health.

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 Traffic snakes through a construction zone on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills. A Connecticut construction company was ordered Monday to pay $15.8 million in damages to the family of a Finleyville woman injured in a Route 51 crash five years ago.

Jury awards $15.8 million to work-zone crash victim from Finleyville

Brenda Gump-Schragl was on her way to her daughter’s wedding-rehearsal dinner when the crash occurred on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills.

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 Brittany Brown, left, a rehab aide at UPMC Sports Medicine who was in a recent bicycle accident, is examined by Anne Mucha, clinical coordinator of vestibular therapy for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The test is for visual motion sensitivity.

New test detects concussion impairments that may be overlooked

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a new test for diagnosing concussions called vestibular/ocular motor screening.

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 Janet Bungard, 64, sits next to her Cardiomems in her home in Harrison. The machine works with an implanted censor in her pulmonary artery to manage heart failure by monitoring the buildup of fluid in her lungs.

Implanted sensor helps heart failure patient manage serious condition

Allegheny Health Network is part of a new clinical trial investigating if remote monitoring of heart failure can cut hospitalizations.

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 Dr. Joel Nelson, head of prostate-urology at UPMC, joined Drs. Jian-Hua Luo and George Michalopoulos as principal investigators in a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study that has identified eight gene mutations known as gene fusions that signal aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

Pitt study uncovers prostate cancer mystery

Pitt study identifies gene mutations that signal aggressive form of prostate cancer.

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Health happenings for September 16. 2014

A list of health- and fitness-related events for the coming week.

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Pennsylvania House Republicans seek new limits on spending for debt projects

They are trying to limit the state’s capital debt spending, and said Harrisburg now has a “blank check” when it comes to big projects.

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 Hank Kuzma, 2009

Obituary: Henry J. Kuzma / He coached storied 1965 Midland basketball team

His 1965 team, considered one of the greatest in Western Pennsylvania history, contained future pros Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.

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Obituary: Paul M. Bernstein / Psychologist and counselor who loved his profession

Mr. Bernstein for many years maintained a private psychology practice Downtown, moving it to Aspinwall in more recent years.

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Enrollment losses drive Cal U to lay off 16

The university will leave another 14 vacant positions unfilled.

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 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland. He issued a warning that Thursday’s referendum is a “once and for all” decision as he made a last-ditch trip north to urge voters to save the union.

Patriotism could play large role in Scottish referendum

Scots living in Scotland will go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

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 A view from the first floor of the Paramount Film Exchange.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Paramount building’s sequel is a new start Uptown

The sturdy building, where theater owners saw previews of films, was vacant for years. Saved and restored, it’s filled with new businesses.

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Kerry wooing Iran on Mideast

Iran wants no part of any anti-Islamic State coalition that won’t have it as a charter member.

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700 feared dead at sea migrating from crises

Two loaded boats wrecked in past week, killing 700 people trying to flee Africa for Europe.

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GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

GM’s compensation chief confirms 19 wrongful death claims in faulty ignition switch cases are eligible for payments.

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 President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Medals of Honor given to two Vietnam-era soldiers, one posthumously. An act of Congress was needed to honor them both so belatedly.

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No D.C. gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

Two liberal causes that have moved forward during President Barack Obama’s tenure are gay marriage and legalization of marijuana.

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Maker to cut cost to Third World for its hepatitis C drug treatment

Generic deal will bring cheaper hepatitis C treatment to poor nations.

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 Mexican soldiers Monday try to stop people from looting a convenience store, which was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico peninsula

Baja California in Mexico is hit hard by a Category 3 hurricane, leaving behind disaster zones and crumbled resorts.

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Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Qatar has pivotal role in struggle against global terrorists.

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National briefs: Bond firm agrees to Detroit deal

Plus: ’Net neutrality’ comments; 3 states pass on food aid; Georgia minority voting push; shooting range death

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