http://www.post-gazette.com Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:16:49 GMT Libercus en hourly 1 Bob Smizik: Rotation not Pirates strength By Bob Smizik / Special to the Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2015/03/30/Bob-Smizik-Rotation-not-Pirates-strength/stories/201503300103 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:30:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2015/03/30/Bob-Smizik-Rotation-not-Pirates-strength/stories/201503300103 It would not be outrageous to suggest the Pirates are a team without a weakness. Sure, they have question marks at several positions, but, for example, Pedro Alvarez and Gregory Polanco would hardly be considered weaknesses. If they were on the market, multiple teams would be interested. It would not be outrageous to suggest the Pirates are a team without a weakness. Sure, they have question marks at several positions, but, for example, Pedro Alvarez and Gregory Polanco would hardly be considered weaknesses. If they were on the market, multiple teams would be interested.

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Two crowdfunding campaigns — for a baby and a dog — see drastically different results By Mahita Gajanan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/03/30/A-tale-of-two-fundraisers-dog-receives-more-money-than-sick-baby-in-online-fundraiser/stories/201503190007 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:26:17 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/03/30/A-tale-of-two-fundraisers-dog-receives-more-money-than-sick-baby-in-online-fundraiser/stories/201503190007 Jason Wensel is trying to raise money through an online fundraising campaign to pay for hospital care and other expenses for his 8-month-old son, Leeland, who was born with serious health issues. Jason Wensel is trying to raise money through an online fundraising campaign to pay for hospital care and other expenses for his 8-month-old son, Leeland, who was born with serious health issues.

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Study: Just how distracted are motorists? By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2015/03/30/Study-Many-of-us-especially-teens-are-distracted-when-driving/stories/201503300008 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:32:18 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2015/03/30/Study-Many-of-us-especially-teens-are-distracted-when-driving/stories/201503300008 If you’re reading this while driving, you ought to stop. If you’re reading this while driving, you ought to stop.

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Pennsylvania bill debates definition of taxable charities By Chris Potter and Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2015/03/30/Pennsylvania-Senate-Bill-4-debates-definition-of-taxable-charities/stories/201503300012 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:29:16 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2015/03/30/Pennsylvania-Senate-Bill-4-debates-definition-of-taxable-charities/stories/201503300012 Eli Evankovich pays taxes on the Delmont day care center he and his wife run, so why, he asked last week, shouldn’t the YMCA? Eli Evankovich pays taxes on the Delmont day care center he and his wife run, so why, he asked last week, shouldn’t the YMCA?

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Ken Burns’ cancer film highlights Pittsburgh research By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2015/03/30/Ken-Burns-cancer-film-highlights-Pittsburgh-research/stories/201503300005 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:12:03 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2015/03/30/Ken-Burns-cancer-film-highlights-Pittsburgh-research/stories/201503300005 Ken Burns was 11 when his mother died of breast cancer, so the topic has been churning in his mind since childhood. Ken Burns was 11 when his mother died of breast cancer, so the topic has been churning in his mind since childhood.

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Odysseys: A leap of faith brought an imam to Pittsburgh By Steve Mellon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/newimmigrants/2015/03/30/Odysseys-A-leap-of-faith-brought-an-imam-to-Pittsburgh/stories/201503290188 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:14:55 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/newimmigrants/2015/03/30/Odysseys-A-leap-of-faith-brought-an-imam-to-Pittsburgh/stories/201503290188 In the autumn of 2007, a young man sat on a park bench in Windber, Pa., and kicked at the dead leaves. A sharp chill hinted at winter. Change was coming. The young man had to make a decision. In the autumn of 2007, a young man sat on a park bench in Windber, Pa., and kicked at the dead leaves. A sharp chill hinted at winter. Change was coming. The young man had to make a decision.

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Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force hosts benefit at J. Verno Studios By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/seen/2015/03/30/Pittsburgh-AIDS-Task-Force-hosts-benefit-at-J-Verno-Studios/stories/201503300056 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:51:37 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/seen/2015/03/30/Pittsburgh-AIDS-Task-Force-hosts-benefit-at-J-Verno-Studios/stories/201503300056 All the Party Details: Spirits ran high on Thursday night at the J. Verno Studios on the South Side. About 350 partygoers enjoyed cocktails, delicious treats and a live cooking demonstration by the Emmy-nominated chef Bob Sendall. The Elite Show Band kept guests on their feet, and the 50/50 raffle helped raise more than $153,000 for PATF. Sisters Clare Meehan and Barbara Richey Chait co-chaired the 29th annual event, which has been close to their hearts for many years. “We are passionately committed to the work being done by this organization,” said Ms. Meehan. Added Ms. Chait: “The money raised goes right back into the services that support our community and friends.” All the Party Details: Spirits ran high on Thursday night at the J. Verno Studios on the South Side. About 350 partygoers enjoyed cocktails, delicious treats and a live cooking demonstration by the Emmy-nominated chef Bob Sendall. The Elite Show Band kept guests on their feet, and the 50/50 raffle helped raise more than $153,000 for PATF. Sisters Clare Meehan and Barbara Richey Chait co-chaired the 29th annual event, which has been close to their hearts for many years. “We are passionately committed to the work being done by this organization,” said Ms. Meehan. Added Ms. Chait: “The money raised goes right back into the services that support our community and friends.”

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Soldiers & Sailors Hall of Valor inducts 17 servicemen By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/03/30/Soldiers-Sailors-Hall-to-induct-17-servicemen/stories/201503230018 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:52:36 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/03/30/Soldiers-Sailors-Hall-to-induct-17-servicemen/stories/201503230018 During Edward Mackey’s tour in the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, he and his comrades in an Army artillery battalion could see North Vietnam from their sandbags and bunkers — and the North Vietnamese could certainly see them as well. During Edward Mackey’s tour in the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, he and his comrades in an Army artillery battalion could see North Vietnam from their sandbags and bunkers — and the North Vietnamese could certainly see them as well.

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Ron Cook: Chris Kunitz shows signs of shaking slump for Penguins By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2015/03/30/Ron-Cook-Chris-Kunitz-shows-signs-of-shaking-slump-for-Penguins/stories/201503300045 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:18:19 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2015/03/30/Ron-Cook-Chris-Kunitz-shows-signs-of-shaking-slump-for-Penguins/stories/201503300045 Here’s a guess at the exchange Saturday between Penguins winger Chris Kunitz and linesman Steve Barton after a high stick from Kunitz bloodied Barton’s mouth and knocked him out of the game against the Arizona Coyotes: Here’s a guess at the exchange Saturday between Penguins winger Chris Kunitz and linesman Steve Barton after a high stick from Kunitz bloodied Barton’s mouth and knocked him out of the game against the Arizona Coyotes:

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Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Park plan respects history, supporters say By Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/03/30/Lawrenceville-s-Arsenal-Park-plan-respects-history-supporters-say/stories/201503300022 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:42:34 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/03/30/Lawrenceville-s-Arsenal-Park-plan-respects-history-supporters-say/stories/201503300022 Preserving historic structures is a key element in the master plan for rehabilitating Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Park, its backers say. Preserving historic structures is a key element in the master plan for rehabilitating Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Park, its backers say.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: In Indiana, let love and freedom ring By Ruth Ann Dailey http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/ruth-ann-dailey/2015/03/30/Ruth-Ann-Dailey-In-Indiana-let-love-and-freedom-ring/stories/201503300020 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:50:41 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/ruth-ann-dailey/2015/03/30/Ruth-Ann-Dailey-In-Indiana-let-love-and-freedom-ring/stories/201503300020 In the uninformed, preening or downright cynical outcry over Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted something more profound than she probably intended. In the uninformed, preening or downright cynical outcry over Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted something more profound than she probably intended.

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Pittsbugh City Council ready to change rules on naming of public property By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/03/30/Councilwoman-holding-onto-Ravenstahl-Field-plaque/stories/201503300018 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:51:28 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/03/30/Councilwoman-holding-onto-Ravenstahl-Field-plaque/stories/201503300018 For the more than a year, a plaque that cost city taxpayers nearly $2,100 has sat in a box in city Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ office, nestled snugly against a radiator. For the more than a year, a plaque that cost city taxpayers nearly $2,100 has sat in a box in city Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ office, nestled snugly against a radiator.

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Bank on it: The U.S. should join China’s new Asian venture By the Editorial Board http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/30/Bank-on-it-The-U-S-should-join-China-s-new-Asian-venture/stories/201503280054 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:41:21 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/30/Bank-on-it-The-U-S-should-join-China-s-new-Asian-venture/stories/201503280054 The United States has unsuccessfully opposed some of its key allies’ decisions to join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The United States has unsuccessfully opposed some of its key allies’ decisions to join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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Stylebook: Clothes Mentor designer resale store opens in North Hills By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2015/03/30/Stylebook-Clothes-Mentor-designer-resale-store-opens-in-North-Hills/stories/201503300011 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:35:20 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2015/03/30/Stylebook-Clothes-Mentor-designer-resale-store-opens-in-North-Hills/stories/201503300011 High-end fashions just got easier — and more affordable — to find in the North Hills, thanks to Clothes Mentor, a upscale resale fashion chain that opened here this month under the ownership of Andrea Zabinski. High-end fashions just got easier — and more affordable — to find in the North Hills, thanks to Clothes Mentor, a upscale resale fashion chain that opened here this month under the ownership of Andrea Zabinski.

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Historic find: A remnant of the past belongs in public hands By the Editorial Board http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/30/Historic-find-A-remnant-of-the-past-belongs-in-public-hands/stories/201503280037 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:52:06 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/30/Historic-find-A-remnant-of-the-past-belongs-in-public-hands/stories/201503280037 A time capsule found in the demolished Brashear Telescope Factory is at the center of an unseemly tug of war. The construction company that discovered the box claims ownership, as does the city of Pittsburgh, which owns the property on which it was found. A time capsule found in the demolished Brashear Telescope Factory is at the center of an unseemly tug of war. The construction company that discovered the box claims ownership, as does the city of Pittsburgh, which owns the property on which it was found.

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A look inside Nemacolin's Holistic Healing Center By Patricia Sheridan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2015/03/30/Nemacolin-s-Holistic-Healing-Center/stories/201503250223 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:22:11 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2015/03/30/Nemacolin-s-Holistic-Healing-Center/stories/201503250223 Twice a week, Joe Hardy heads over to the Holistic Healing Center for acupuncture treatments. As founder of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, he is as apt as the guests to take advantage of all his property has to offer. The center, which is celebrating its first anniversary April 10, was the brainchild of lead acupuncturist and massage therapist Alik Minikhanov. Twice a week, Joe Hardy heads over to the Holistic Healing Center for acupuncture treatments. As founder of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, he is as apt as the guests to take advantage of all his property has to offer. The center, which is celebrating its first anniversary April 10, was the brainchild of lead acupuncturist and massage therapist Alik Minikhanov.

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Chokehold: The FDIC was off base in shutting bank accounts By the Editorial Board http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/30/Chokehold-The-FDIC-was-off-base-in-shutting-bank-accounts/stories/201503280032 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:36:09 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/30/Chokehold-The-FDIC-was-off-base-in-shutting-bank-accounts/stories/201503280032 Two years ago, the U.S. Justice Department decided to help consumers by nudging banks to shut down the accounts of businesses it considered at high risk for perpetuating fraud. The program, called “Operation Choke Point,” was administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the agency that regulates 4,500 U.S. banks. It seemed an extraordinarily effective way to stunt morally dubious ventures such as Ponzi schemes and pornography. Two years ago, the U.S. Justice Department decided to help consumers by nudging banks to shut down the accounts of businesses it considered at high risk for perpetuating fraud. The program, called “Operation Choke Point,” was administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the agency that regulates 4,500 U.S. banks. It seemed an extraordinarily effective way to stunt morally dubious ventures such as Ponzi schemes and pornography.

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City calendar: Events this week in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/03/30/City-calendar-72/stories/201503300004 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:47:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/03/30/City-calendar-72/stories/201503300004 MONDAY MONDAY

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Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Ira Glass By Patricia Sheridan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/breakfast/2015/03/30/Patricia-Sheridan-s-Breakfast-With-Ira-Glass/stories/201503300003 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:36:13 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/breakfast/2015/03/30/Patricia-Sheridan-s-Breakfast-With-Ira-Glass/stories/201503300003 Ira Glass, the host of the weekly public radio program “This American Life,” has taken his show on the road and is performing live with dancers. “Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host” was at Downtown’s Byham Theater last month, and the curious entertainment value of combining radio and dance has proven a success for the 56-year-old. The Baltimore native began his career as an intern for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. “This American Life” airs locally on 90.5 WESA on Saturdays and Sundays. Ira Glass, the host of the weekly public radio program “This American Life,” has taken his show on the road and is performing live with dancers. “Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host” was at Downtown’s Byham Theater last month, and the curious entertainment value of combining radio and dance has proven a success for the 56-year-old. The Baltimore native began his career as an intern for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. “This American Life” airs locally on 90.5 WESA on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Sharon Randall: Principal showed principles behind a life well lived By Sharon Randall / Tribune News Service http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2015/03/30/Sharon-Randall-Principal-showed-principles-behind-a-life-well-lived/stories/201503300002 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:50:58 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2015/03/30/Sharon-Randall-Principal-showed-principles-behind-a-life-well-lived/stories/201503300002 Memorial services are not my idea of a good time. But a life well lived is cause to celebrate. Memorial services are not my idea of a good time. But a life well lived is cause to celebrate.

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