http://www.post-gazette.com Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:25:13 GMT Libercus en hourly 1 Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest in Ferguson http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2014/11/25/Obama-No-excuse-for-destructive-acts-in-Ferguson/stories/201411250231 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:55:38 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2014/11/25/Obama-No-excuse-for-destructive-acts-in-Ferguson/stories/201411250231 CHICAGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager. CHICAGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.

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Deal between Uber, Airport Authority concerning fines falls through http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/25/Deal-between-Uber-Airport-Authority-falls-through/stories/201411250204 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:10:01 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/25/Deal-between-Uber-Airport-Authority-falls-through/stories/201411250204 An agreement that would have fined 21 Uber drivers $500 each was scuttled at the last minute this morning after an attorney for the Allegheny County Airport Authority objected. An agreement that would have fined 21 Uber drivers $500 each was scuttled at the last minute this morning after an attorney for the Allegheny County Airport Authority objected.

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Tomlin: Polamalu and Taylor to return to Steelers lineup against Saints http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/11/25/Tomlin-Polamalu-and-Taylor-to-return-to-Steelers-lineup-against-Saints/stories/201411250195 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:14:36 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/11/25/Tomlin-Polamalu-and-Taylor-to-return-to-Steelers-lineup-against-Saints/stories/201411250195 The Steelers are expected to have two veteran starters return to their secondary for Sunday’s game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints – safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor. The Steelers are expected to have two veteran starters return to their secondary for Sunday’s game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints – safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor.

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Bob Smizik: Predicting the Final Four http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2014/11/25/Bob-Smizik-Predicting-the-Final-Four/stories/201411250156 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:30:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2014/11/25/Bob-Smizik-Predicting-the-Final-Four/stories/201411250156 The College Football Playoff -- a four-team single-elimination competition to determine a national champion -- has ramped up the interest in an already popular sport several notches. There’s no telling how much college football would profit from an eight-team playoff. Of course, a 16-team field, with games beginning in December, would be the ultimate format for determining a champion. The College Football Playoff -- a four-team single-elimination competition to determine a national champion -- has ramped up the interest in an already popular sport several notches. There’s no telling how much college football would profit from an eight-team playoff. Of course, a 16-team field, with games beginning in December, would be the ultimate format for determining a champion.

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Pittsburgh’s New Immigrants: For 60 years, America officially excluded Chinese people http://www.post-gazette.com/newimmigrants/2014/11/25/For-60-years-America-officially-excluded-Chinese-people/stories/201411250020 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:22:39 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/newimmigrants/2014/11/25/For-60-years-America-officially-excluded-Chinese-people/stories/201411250020 Most Americans know about our nation’s sad history of slavery and the later internment of Japanese-Americans in special camps during World War II. Most Americans know about our nation’s sad history of slavery and the later internment of Japanese-Americans in special camps during World War II.

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For some Highmark customers, UPMC doctors could be out of network http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2014/11/25/UPMC-doctors-for-some-HIghmark-customers-could-be-out-of-network/stories/201411250057 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:04:13 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2014/11/25/UPMC-doctors-for-some-HIghmark-customers-could-be-out-of-network/stories/201411250057 It’s possible that Pittsburgh-area seniors who subscribe to Highmark Health’s Freedom Blue or Security Blue Medicare Advantage plans and who visit a UPMC hospital may find that hospital is still in-network — but the physician who treats them there is not. It’s possible that Pittsburgh-area seniors who subscribe to Highmark Health’s Freedom Blue or Security Blue Medicare Advantage plans and who visit a UPMC hospital may find that hospital is still in-network — but the physician who treats them there is not.

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Pittsburgh schools superintendent calls for changes in state education funding formula http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/11/25/Lane-calls-for-changes-in-state-education-funding-formula/stories/201411250074 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:50:25 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/11/25/Lane-calls-for-changes-in-state-education-funding-formula/stories/201411250074 Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane has told a state panel that without the district’s “healthy” fund balance and “major, painful reductions,” Pittsburgh would have joined Duquesne, Chester-Upland and Philadelphia as a distressed district. Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane has told a state panel that without the district’s “healthy” fund balance and “major, painful reductions,” Pittsburgh would have joined Duquesne, Chester-Upland and Philadelphia as a distressed district.

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Port Authority fareboxes not always charging correctly http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/25/Port-Authority-to-update-automatic-fareboxes-next-year/stories/201411250024 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:15:37 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/25/Port-Authority-to-update-automatic-fareboxes-next-year/stories/201411250024 Port Authority riders who use electronic farecards might want to play a little zone defense to prevent being overcharged. Port Authority riders who use electronic farecards might want to play a little zone defense to prevent being overcharged.

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After bye week, Steelers defensive lineup gets a boost http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/11/25/Steelers-defensive-lineup-gets-a-boost/stories/201411250098 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:29:19 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/11/25/Steelers-defensive-lineup-gets-a-boost/stories/201411250098 At various times this season, the Steelers defense has had the look of a patchwork unit. Injuries ravaged the unit early, and the lineup the defensive coaches envisioned in training camp hasn’t been available since the third week of the regular season. At various times this season, the Steelers defense has had the look of a patchwork unit. Injuries ravaged the unit early, and the lineup the defensive coaches envisioned in training camp hasn’t been available since the third week of the regular season.

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Magnesium deficiency linked to several health problems http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2014/11/25/Publicity-has-led-to-overconsumption-of-the-calcium-with-most-Americans-deficient-in-magnesium/stories/201411250004 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:14:34 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2014/11/25/Publicity-has-led-to-overconsumption-of-the-calcium-with-most-Americans-deficient-in-magnesium/stories/201411250004 This scenario occurs often in American health care:  This scenario occurs often in American health care: 

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Penguins notebook: Morrow finds home, niche in Boston http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2014/11/25/Morrow-finds-home-niche-in-Boston/stories/201411250104 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:51:48 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2014/11/25/Morrow-finds-home-niche-in-Boston/stories/201411250104 BOSTON — Joe Morrow was a Penguins first-round draft choice in 2011, and once was part of their stable of promising young defensemen. BOSTON — Joe Morrow was a Penguins first-round draft choice in 2011, and once was part of their stable of promising young defensemen.

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W.Va. veteran with cancer gets wish to see son lecture at Pitt http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/25/Veteran-with-cancer-gets-wish-to-see-his-son-lecture/stories/201411240209 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:47:31 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/25/Veteran-with-cancer-gets-wish-to-see-his-son-lecture/stories/201411240209 The speeches, the handshakes, the red-white-and-blue cake -- it was all a surprise, and a lot more public acclamation than retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeffrey Raymond Wheeler, a Vietnam War veteran with terminal lung cancer, was used to receiving for his service in Da Nang in the mid-1960s.  The speeches, the handshakes, the red-white-and-blue cake -- it was all a surprise, and a lot more public acclamation than retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeffrey Raymond Wheeler, a Vietnam War veteran with terminal lung cancer, was used to receiving for his service in Da Nang in the mid-1960s. 

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Mario Lemieux's 30 years of highlights: Dec. 27, 2000 http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2014/11/25/Mario-Lemieux-s-30-years-of-highlights-Dec-27-2000/stories/201411250077 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:14:27 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2014/11/25/Mario-Lemieux-s-30-years-of-highlights-Dec-27-2000/stories/201411250077 This winter marks 30 years since Mario Lemieux first arrived in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is marking the milestone with a series of trivia questions and stories from the archives leading up to Thanksgiving Day, when the Post-Gazette will publish a special section on Lemieux's three decades in the city. The story features exclusive interviews with Lemieux, his friends and his teammates. This winter marks 30 years since Mario Lemieux first arrived in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is marking the milestone with a series of trivia questions and stories from the archives leading up to Thanksgiving Day, when the Post-Gazette will publish a special section on Lemieux's three decades in the city. The story features exclusive interviews with Lemieux, his friends and his teammates.

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Medical exclusion: UPMC and Highmark must focus on clarity http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/11/25/Medical-exclusion-UPMC-and-Highmark-must-focus-on-clarity/stories/201411250068 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:33:40 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/11/25/Medical-exclusion-UPMC-and-Highmark-must-focus-on-clarity/stories/201411250068 As multitudes of patients in Western Pennsylvania get used to the notion that UPMC and Highmark are going their separate ways beginning Jan. 1, it’s time for the two health care giants to get used to it, too. As multitudes of patients in Western Pennsylvania get used to the notion that UPMC and Highmark are going their separate ways beginning Jan. 1, it’s time for the two health care giants to get used to it, too.

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Peters dog wins big prize, TV appearance http://www.post-gazette.com/life/pet-stories/2014/11/25/Peters-Twp-dog-wins-big-prize-TV-appearance/stories/201411250066 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:18:57 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/life/pet-stories/2014/11/25/Peters-Twp-dog-wins-big-prize-TV-appearance/stories/201411250066 At home in Peters, Ray and Kathy Harrington call their bearded collie Zack. In the dog show world he is Canadian and American Grand Champion Dunhill’s Steeler Nation. At home in Peters, Ray and Kathy Harrington call their bearded collie Zack. In the dog show world he is Canadian and American Grand Champion Dunhill’s Steeler Nation.

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Pittsburgh Foundation president touts Fred Rogers' legacy http://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2014/11/25/Pittsburgh-Foundation-president-touts-Fred-Regers-legacy/stories/201411250063 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:28:54 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2014/11/25/Pittsburgh-Foundation-president-touts-Fred-Regers-legacy/stories/201411250063 Max King, president and chief executive of the Pittsburgh Foundation, urged a gathering of regional nonprofit officials Monday to follow the lead of the late broadcasting legend Fred Rogers as they make their case for funding and support for issues ranging from basic human services to the arts and education. Max King, president and chief executive of the Pittsburgh Foundation, urged a gathering of regional nonprofit officials Monday to follow the lead of the late broadcasting legend Fred Rogers as they make their case for funding and support for issues ranging from basic human services to the arts and education.

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Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: A community gathers to give thanks for friendship http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2014/11/25/Diana-Jones-Walkabout-for-Page/stories/201411250038 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:20:25 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2014/11/25/Diana-Jones-Walkabout-for-Page/stories/201411250038 My assignment was to make mashed potatoes for 10. As I was buying the spuds, it dawned on me that I had never made mashed potatoes. How was that possible? My assignment was to make mashed potatoes for 10. As I was buying the spuds, it dawned on me that I had never made mashed potatoes. How was that possible?

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Elusive exit: Obama mistakenly keeps the U.S. in Afghanistan http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/11/25/Elusive-exit-Obama-mistakenly-keeps-the-U-S-in-Afghanistan/stories/201411250030 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:19:40 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/11/25/Elusive-exit-Obama-mistakenly-keeps-the-U-S-in-Afghanistan/stories/201411250030 President Barack Obama’s decision, codified in a secret order, to prolong U.S. troops’ combat role in the Afghanistan war by another year is difficult to understand from the perspective of America’s best interests. President Barack Obama’s decision, codified in a secret order, to prolong U.S. troops’ combat role in the Afghanistan war by another year is difficult to understand from the perspective of America’s best interests.

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Stage review: ‘L’Hotel,’ an ambitious treat of a world premiere at Pittsburgh Public Theater http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2014/11/25/Srage-review-Pittsburgh-Public-Theater-stages-on-ambitious-treat-of-a-world-premiere/stories/201411250029 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:31:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2014/11/25/Srage-review-Pittsburgh-Public-Theater-stages-on-ambitious-treat-of-a-world-premiere/stories/201411250029 It starts with the bustle of farce, as a self-effacing French waiter scurries about to placate the demanding inhabitants of a grand hotel. Its default mode is wit, but the comedy turns intermittently serious, revealing a sentimental heart. Out of nowhere it discovers a hero, ending with a double apotheosis. It starts with the bustle of farce, as a self-effacing French waiter scurries about to placate the demanding inhabitants of a grand hotel. Its default mode is wit, but the comedy turns intermittently serious, revealing a sentimental heart. Out of nowhere it discovers a hero, ending with a double apotheosis.

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Opening act: Point Park U. should keep the facades in place http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/11/25/Opening-act-Point-Park-U-should-keep-the-facades-in-place/stories/201411300022 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:31:55 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/11/25/Opening-act-Point-Park-U-should-keep-the-facades-in-place/stories/201411300022 Point Park University took a wise course when it made moving the Pittsburgh Playhouse from Oakland to Downtown a priority in its long-term planning. Now it has a chance to make an equally smart decision to retain and preserve a lovely piece of city history. Three pieces, actually, the terracotta facades of the former Honus Wagner sporting goods store and two adjacent buildings. Point Park University took a wise course when it made moving the Pittsburgh Playhouse from Oakland to Downtown a priority in its long-term planning. Now it has a chance to make an equally smart decision to retain and preserve a lovely piece of city history. Three pieces, actually, the terracotta facades of the former Honus Wagner sporting goods store and two adjacent buildings.

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