http://www.post-gazette.com Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:03:39 GMT Libercus en hourly 1 Pittsburgh schools teachers earn higher grades in new ratings By Eleanor Chute / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/07/02/Pittsburgh-schools-teachers-earn-higher-grades-in-new-ratings/stories/201507020032 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:14:27 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/07/02/Pittsburgh-schools-teachers-earn-higher-grades-in-new-ratings/stories/201507020032 Once again, about 97 percent of teachers in Pittsburgh Public Schools have been rated proficient or distinguished, but this time twice as many — nearly half of the teaching force — were rated distinguished, the top level. Once again, about 97 percent of teachers in Pittsburgh Public Schools have been rated proficient or distinguished, but this time twice as many — nearly half of the teaching force — were rated distinguished, the top level.

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Governor, legislators plan new round of budget talks By Karen Langley / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/07/02/Governor-legislators-plan-new-round-of-budget-talks/stories/201507020029 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/07/02/Governor-legislators-plan-new-round-of-budget-talks/stories/201507020029 HARRISBURG — A day after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a GOP-crafted state budget, the governor and legislative leaders emerged from a closed-door session Wednesday with plans to resume negotiations on a spending plan for Pennsylvania. HARRISBURG — A day after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a GOP-crafted state budget, the governor and legislative leaders emerged from a closed-door session Wednesday with plans to resume negotiations on a spending plan for Pennsylvania.

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Three Rivers Regatta takes over the Point this weekend By Amy Brooks / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/Three-Rivers-Regatta-takes-over-the-Point-this-weekend/stories/201507020082 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/Three-Rivers-Regatta-takes-over-the-Point-this-weekend/stories/201507020082 With music, art, games, shows, food and boating, it’s hard to decide which part of this weekend’s EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is the most popular. The schedule is jam-packed with events, and there is something for everybody. With music, art, games, shows, food and boating, it’s hard to decide which part of this weekend’s EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is the most popular. The schedule is jam-packed with events, and there is something for everybody.

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Twenty years on, revisiting the Appalachian Trail By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/Twenty-years-on-revisiting-the-Appalachian-Trail-1/stories/201507020021 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/Twenty-years-on-revisiting-the-Appalachian-Trail-1/stories/201507020021 HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — It is 54 degrees on a Thursday morning in late May, and a light rain is falling as our hiking crew scrambles out of three vehicles and begins loading daypacks in the Weverton parking lot, a stone’s throw from the Appalachian Trail. HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — It is 54 degrees on a Thursday morning in late May, and a light rain is falling as our hiking crew scrambles out of three vehicles and begins loading daypacks in the Weverton parking lot, a stone’s throw from the Appalachian Trail.

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Gene Collier: Kessel trade will determine Rutherford's legacy as Penguins GM Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/gene-collier/2015/07/02/Gene-Collier-Phil-Kessel-trade-will-determine-Rutherford-s-legacy-as-Penguins-general-manager/stories/201507020140 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/gene-collier/2015/07/02/Gene-Collier-Phil-Kessel-trade-will-determine-Rutherford-s-legacy-as-Penguins-general-manager/stories/201507020140 No truth — absolutely none — to this story that the Toronto Maple Leafs had no choice but to trade Phil Kessel because they could no longer afford both his $8 million salary and the extra baggage fees the airlines were charging to get him from one NHL city to the next. No truth — absolutely none — to this story that the Toronto Maple Leafs had no choice but to trade Phil Kessel because they could no longer afford both his $8 million salary and the extra baggage fees the airlines were charging to get him from one NHL city to the next.

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Penguins acquire high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2015/07/02/Penguins-acquire-high-scoring-winger-Phil-Kessel-from-Toronto/stories/201507020134 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2015/07/02/Penguins-acquire-high-scoring-winger-Phil-Kessel-from-Toronto/stories/201507020134 Critics have questioned his conditioning. Critics have questioned his conditioning.

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Munch goes to Shelly Pie Pizza By Dan Gigler / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/munch/2015/07/02/Munch-goes-to-Shelly-Pie-Pizza/stories/201507020113 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/munch/2015/07/02/Munch-goes-to-Shelly-Pie-Pizza/stories/201507020113 For the past few decades the conventional wisdom (at least among the hockey set) has suggested that if you’re making a call to Turtle Crick, the person of record to ask for is of course, one Arnold Slick. For the past few decades the conventional wisdom (at least among the hockey set) has suggested that if you’re making a call to Turtle Crick, the person of record to ask for is of course, one Arnold Slick.

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New to DVD this week http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movie-reviews/2015/07/02/New-to-DVD-this-week-54/stories/201507020100 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movie-reviews/2015/07/02/New-to-DVD-this-week-54/stories/201507020100 ‘Get Hard’ ‘Get Hard’ 2stars

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Preview: Boys of Zummer Tour features Wiz and Fall Out Boy By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2015/07/02/Preview-Wiz-and-Fall-Out-Boy-combine-forces/stories/201507020096 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2015/07/02/Preview-Wiz-and-Fall-Out-Boy-combine-forces/stories/201507020096 It has been almost 30 years since the rap and rock worlds collided on the Aerosmith/Run-DMC remake of “Walk This Way” and a dozen years since those two titans toured together. Those genres have mixed in other places, as well, including the old Lollapalooza tours and the modern-day major festival. It has been almost 30 years since the rap and rock worlds collided on the Aerosmith/Run-DMC remake of “Walk This Way” and a dozen years since those two titans toured together. Those genres have mixed in other places, as well, including the old Lollapalooza tours and the modern-day major festival.

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West Virginia AD: Renewing Backyard Brawl a top priority By Craig Meyer / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/wvu/2015/07/02/West-Virginia-AD-Renewing-Backyard-Brawl-a-top-priority/stories/201507020091 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/wvu/2015/07/02/West-Virginia-AD-Renewing-Backyard-Brawl-a-top-priority/stories/201507020091 MORGANTOWN, W.Va — A son of Parkersburg, W.Va., and a recipient of two degrees from West Virginia, Shane Lyons grew up with the Backyard Brawl and understands what the Mountaineers’ annual football game against Pitt once meant. MORGANTOWN, W.Va — A son of Parkersburg, W.Va., and a recipient of two degrees from West Virginia, Shane Lyons grew up with the Backyard Brawl and understands what the Mountaineers’ annual football game against Pitt once meant.

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Obituary: Joan K. Glickstein / She was a pioneer in studying, raising awareness of Alzheimer’s By Gary Rotstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2015/07/02/Obituary-Joan-K-Glickstein-She-was-a-pioneer-in-studying-raising-awareness-of-Alzheimer-s/stories/201507020074 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2015/07/02/Obituary-Joan-K-Glickstein-She-was-a-pioneer-in-studying-raising-awareness-of-Alzheimer-s/stories/201507020074 Joan K. Glickstein inhabited many roles in her perpetually active life — gerontologist, speech pathologist, businesswoman, consultant, writer, mentor, mother, traveler and more. Joan K. Glickstein inhabited many roles in her perpetually active life — gerontologist, speech pathologist, businesswoman, consultant, writer, mentor, mother, traveler and more.

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The Hot List of event for the coming weekend http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/The-Hot-List-of-event-for-the-coming-weekend-4/stories/201507020104 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/The-Hot-List-of-event-for-the-coming-weekend-4/stories/201507020104 ALL WEEKEND ALL WEEKEND

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On the Table: Tako reaches out to the adventurous By Melissa McCart / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2015/07/02/On-the-Table-Tako-reaches-out-to-the-adventurous/stories/201507020061 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2015/07/02/On-the-Table-Tako-reaches-out-to-the-adventurous/stories/201507020061 Named for the Japanese word for octopus, Tako opened in April Downtown as a riff on a Mexican taqueria from partners Rick DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik. In spite of, or because of, this cultural fusion, Tako comes together as something that's unique for the city -- and it works. Even though it is the smallest among sibling restaurants Butcher and the Rye and Meat & Potatoes, it debuted with an energy that's impossible to ignore. Named for the Japanese word for octopus, Tako opened in April Downtown as a riff on a Mexican taqueria from partners Rick DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik. In spite of, or because of, this cultural fusion, Tako comes together as something that's unique for the city -- and it works. Even though it is the smallest among sibling restaurants Butcher and the Rye and Meat & Potatoes, it debuted with an energy that's impossible to ignore.

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Scott Sturgis/Driver’s Seat: Female technicians going full throttle in automotive industry By Scott Sturgis http://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2015/07/02/Scott-Sturgis-Driver-s-Seat-Female-technicians-going-full-throttle-in-automotive-industry/stories/201507020027 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2015/07/02/Scott-Sturgis-Driver-s-Seat-Female-technicians-going-full-throttle-in-automotive-industry/stories/201507020027 When Kristen Breslin faces an obstacle, she turns it into an opportunity — not the easy way out. When Kristen Breslin faces an obstacle, she turns it into an opportunity — not the easy way out.

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Preview: A Fare Thee Well for The Dead By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2015/07/02/Preview-A-Fare-Thee-Well-for-The-Dead/stories/201507020035 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2015/07/02/Preview-A-Fare-Thee-Well-for-The-Dead/stories/201507020035 The lingering discussion from the first weekend of final Grateful Dead GD50 concerts, aside from Trey Anastasio's playing, was about the rainbow. The lingering discussion from the first weekend of final Grateful Dead GD50 concerts, aside from Trey Anastasio's playing, was about the rainbow.

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Preview: Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival offers variety of musical, artistic attractions By Mary Thomas / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/Preview-Westmoreland-Arts-Heritage-Festival-offers-variety-of-musical-artistic-attractions/stories/201507020033 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2015/07/02/Preview-Westmoreland-Arts-Heritage-Festival-offers-variety-of-musical-artistic-attractions/stories/201507020033 The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival returns to Twin Lakes Park, east of Greensburg, today through Sunday, with free family friendly entertainment, 190 craft booths, an art exhibition and 35 food vendors. The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival returns to Twin Lakes Park, east of Greensburg, today through Sunday, with free family friendly entertainment, 190 craft booths, an art exhibition and 35 food vendors.

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Jennifer Graham: Ban cars Downtown By Jennifer Graham http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/jennifer-graham/2015/07/02/Jennifer-Graham-Open-Streets-Pittsburgh-is-great-Let-s-do-it-all-the-time/stories/201507010092 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/jennifer-graham/2015/07/02/Jennifer-Graham-Open-Streets-Pittsburgh-is-great-Let-s-do-it-all-the-time/stories/201507010092 The success of Open Streets Pittsburgh leads to a question: Who needs cars Downtown, anyway? The success of Open Streets Pittsburgh leads to a question: Who needs cars Downtown, anyway?

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Random Acts of Kindness: Helpful return of passport preserved big trip abroad http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2015/07/02/Random-Acts-of-Kindness-304/stories/201507020025 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2015/07/02/Random-Acts-of-Kindness-304/stories/201507020025 Helpful return of passport preserved big trip abroad Helpful return of passport preserved big trip abroad

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Pittsburgh International Airport waits often not worth it for Uber drivers By Kim Lyons / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2015/07/02/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-waits-often-not-worth-it-for-Uber-drivers/stories/201507020020 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2015/07/02/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-waits-often-not-worth-it-for-Uber-drivers/stories/201507020020 Tim Tran has been driving for Uber since last year, and he picked up passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport before the ride-sharing company was “official” there. But since new rules went into place last month, he says, the airport run has become a much less lucrative opportunity. Tim Tran has been driving for Uber since last year, and he picked up passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport before the ride-sharing company was “official” there. But since new rules went into place last month, he says, the airport run has become a much less lucrative opportunity.

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Brian O'Neill: Pension mess rooted in bad 2001 bill By Brian O'Neill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2015/07/02/Brian-O-Neill-Pension-mess-rooted-in-bad-2001-bill/stories/201507020018 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2015/07/02/Brian-O-Neill-Pension-mess-rooted-in-bad-2001-bill/stories/201507020018 Yet another group of workers is about to lose their pensions. Many are cheering, but not me. Yet another group of workers is about to lose their pensions. Many are cheering, but not me.

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