http://www.post-gazette.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:55:46 GMT Libercus en hourly 1 Bob Smizik / How a winner was built http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2014/09/30/Bob-Smizik-How-a-winner-was-built/stories/201409300171 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:30:00 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2014/09/30/Bob-Smizik-How-a-winner-was-built/stories/201409300171 Even since Neal Huntington came on board as general manager of the Pirates, the message delivered was loud, clear and simple: The best way -- perhaps the only way -- for a small-market team in MLB to succeed was to procure good young talent, develop it through a well-run farm system and continually produce players who could replace those no longer productive or affordable. Even since Neal Huntington came on board as general manager of the Pirates, the message delivered was loud, clear and simple: The best way -- perhaps the only way -- for a small-market team in MLB to succeed was to procure good young talent, develop it through a well-run farm system and continually produce players who could replace those no longer productive or affordable.

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Oakland college students get lessons on traffic safety http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/30/Oakland-college-students-get-lessons-on-traffic-safety/stories/201409300051 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:54:37 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/30/Oakland-college-students-get-lessons-on-traffic-safety/stories/201409300051 As she crossed Forbes Avenue in the heart of Oakland on Monday, Sara Klein had her head down and her gaze locked on the screen of her cell phone. As she crossed Forbes Avenue in the heart of Oakland on Monday, Sara Klein had her head down and her gaze locked on the screen of her cell phone.

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Employers face unusual market for health insurance http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/Employers-face-unusual-market-for-insurance/stories/201409280017 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:26:25 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/Employers-face-unusual-market-for-insurance/stories/201409280017 Given UPMC’s recent announcement Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be part of the Pittsburgh hospital system’s new advertising campaign, it’s fitting that the checkered flag drops on Oct. 1. Given UPMC’s recent announcement Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be part of the Pittsburgh hospital system’s new advertising campaign, it’s fitting that the checkered flag drops on Oct. 1.

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Researchers find health risks lie hidden in the cleft palate gene http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2014/09/30/University-of/stories/201409220211 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:26:35 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2014/09/30/University-of/stories/201409220211 Cleft lips and palates in newborns can frighten parents at first, while at the same time the cause of such dramatic impacts on function and appearance has long mystified doctors and scientists. Cleft lips and palates in newborns can frighten parents at first, while at the same time the cause of such dramatic impacts on function and appearance has long mystified doctors and scientists.

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Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2014/09/30/Ron-Cook-It-was-a-dark-weekend-in-Pittsburgh-sports/stories/201409300129 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:27:41 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2014/09/30/Ron-Cook-It-was-a-dark-weekend-in-Pittsburgh-sports/stories/201409300129 On Dec. 5, 2009, Pitt blew a 31-10 lead against Cincinnati and lost, 45-44. The defeat cost the Panthers a Big East Conference championship and Bowl Championship Series game. The next day, the 3-8 Oakland Raiders stunned the Steelers, 27-24, with an 88-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes. The defeat went a long way toward keeping the Steelers out of the playoffs. On Dec. 5, 2009, Pitt blew a 31-10 lead against Cincinnati and lost, 45-44. The defeat cost the Panthers a Big East Conference championship and Bowl Championship Series game. The next day, the 3-8 Oakland Raiders stunned the Steelers, 27-24, with an 88-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes. The defeat went a long way toward keeping the Steelers out of the playoffs.

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Man, 19, must stand trial in assault of U.S. marshal http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/30/Man-19-must-stand-trial-in-assault-of-U-S-marshal/stories/201409300169 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:51:47 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/30/Man-19-must-stand-trial-in-assault-of-U-S-marshal/stories/201409300169 A judge on Monday ordered a Spring Garden man to stand trial on charges that he pulled down a deputy federal marshal’s shorts while she was jogging on a North Shore trail this month. A judge on Monday ordered a Spring Garden man to stand trial on charges that he pulled down a deputy federal marshal’s shorts while she was jogging on a North Shore trail this month.

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Pittsburgh City Council considers setting another sex assault suit http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/30/Pittsburgh-City-Council-considers-setting-another-sex-assault-suit/stories/201409300145 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:29:54 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/30/Pittsburgh-City-Council-considers-setting-another-sex-assault-suit/stories/201409300145 City Council will consider settling a lawsuit filed by another woman who accused Adam Skweres, a now-imprisoned former Pittsburgh police officer, of sexual assault. City Council will consider settling a lawsuit filed by another woman who accused Adam Skweres, a now-imprisoned former Pittsburgh police officer, of sexual assault.

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South Fayette commissioner charged with two felonies http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2014/09/30/South-Fayette-commissioner-charged-with-two-felonies/stories/201409300143 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:22:47 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2014/09/30/South-Fayette-commissioner-charged-with-two-felonies/stories/201409300143 A commissioner for South Fayette Township has been charged with two felonies that could bar her from continuing to hold elected office, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office said. A commissioner for South Fayette Township has been charged with two felonies that could bar her from continuing to hold elected office, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office said.

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Pitt football notebook: Wide receiver reverses direction quickly http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/2014/09/30/Pitt-football-notebook-Wide-receiver-reverses-direction-quickly/stories/201409300127 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:22:47 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/2014/09/30/Pitt-football-notebook-Wide-receiver-reverses-direction-quickly/stories/201409300127 Pitt receiver Manasseh Garner caused some waves Saturday after the 21-10 loss against Akron when he said the Panthers “don’t play for the fans,” in response to a question about the boos that cascaded down from the stands at Heinz Field. Pitt receiver Manasseh Garner caused some waves Saturday after the 21-10 loss against Akron when he said the Panthers “don’t play for the fans,” in response to a question about the boos that cascaded down from the stands at Heinz Field.

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Bumgarner looms as Giant obstacle in Pirates' wild-card game http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2014/09/30/Bumgarner-looms-as-Giant-obstacle-in-Pirates-wild-card-game/stories/201409300125 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:13:50 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2014/09/30/Bumgarner-looms-as-Giant-obstacle-in-Pirates-wild-card-game/stories/201409300125 The Pirates who were on the team for the wild-card game last year remember the atmosphere. They remember PNC Park coming to life, Johnny Cueto dropping the ball and the security of a five-game series after they won. They also are aware of the relative insignificance of those memories as they prepare to face the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night. The Pirates who were on the team for the wild-card game last year remember the atmosphere. They remember PNC Park coming to life, Johnny Cueto dropping the ball and the security of a five-game series after they won. They also are aware of the relative insignificance of those memories as they prepare to face the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night.

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Steelers admit the loss at home Sunday vs. Tampa Bay unacceptable http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/09/30/Steelers-admit-the-loss-at-home-Sunday-vs-Tampa-Bay-unacceptable/stories/201409300124 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:04:47 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/09/30/Steelers-admit-the-loss-at-home-Sunday-vs-Tampa-Bay-unacceptable/stories/201409300124 Antonio Brown, not in a celebratory mood, put the Steelers upset loss to Tampa Bay in perspective one day later. Antonio Brown, not in a celebratory mood, put the Steelers upset loss to Tampa Bay in perspective one day later.

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Uber stalled: The PUC should overrule its judges’ decision http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/Uber-stalled-The-PUC-should-overrule-its-judges-decision/stories/201409290016 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:05:38 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/Uber-stalled-The-PUC-should-overrule-its-judges-decision/stories/201409290016 If Uber were the name of little boy at a boarding school who hadn’t eaten his vegetables, he might be made to stand in a corner and miss the activities enjoyed by his classmates. But Uber isn’t a little boy — it is a highly innovative ride-share service that people in the Pittsburgh area are clamoring for after years of shabby and sometimes non-existent taxi service. If Uber were the name of little boy at a boarding school who hadn’t eaten his vegetables, he might be made to stand in a corner and miss the activities enjoyed by his classmates. But Uber isn’t a little boy — it is a highly innovative ride-share service that people in the Pittsburgh area are clamoring for after years of shabby and sometimes non-existent taxi service.

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New secession drive: Spain’s Catalonia seeks a breakaway referendum http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/New-secession-drive-Spain-s-Catalonia-seeks-a-breakaway-referendum/stories/201409300093 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:02:33 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/New-secession-drive-Spain-s-Catalonia-seeks-a-breakaway-referendum/stories/201409300093 Scotland's unsuccessful referendum for independence cannot be said to inspire similar movements in Europe, yet Catalonia in northeast Spain has been thinking about independence for some time and is building steam for a separatist break. Scotland's unsuccessful referendum for independence cannot be said to inspire similar movements in Europe, yet Catalonia in northeast Spain has been thinking about independence for some time and is building steam for a separatist break.

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Tony Norman: Christian extremism plagues world, too http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2014/09/30/Tony-Norman-column-for-Opinion-5/stories/201409300079 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:29:47 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2014/09/30/Tony-Norman-column-for-Opinion-5/stories/201409300079 Where does this incredible smugness come from? Last week at the Values Voter Summit, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told an ostensibly Christian, very pro-war-with-Islam crowd that, though it took a millennium or two, Christianity was officially not as bad as the forces of “radical Islam.” Where does this incredible smugness come from? Last week at the Values Voter Summit, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told an ostensibly Christian, very pro-war-with-Islam crowd that, though it took a millennium or two, Christianity was officially not as bad as the forces of “radical Islam.”

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Affordable car coverage still elusive, advocates say http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/Affordable-car-coverage-still-elusive-advocates-say/stories/201409300074 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:26:31 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/Affordable-car-coverage-still-elusive-advocates-say/stories/201409300074 Too many people with good driving records in low-to-moderate-income households can’t find affordable car insurance, according to a new report from the Consumer Federation of America, which called on state and federal regulators to step in. Too many people with good driving records in low-to-moderate-income households can’t find affordable car insurance, according to a new report from the Consumer Federation of America, which called on state and federal regulators to step in.

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Consulting firm finds niche advising small business owners http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/Consulting-firm-finds-niche-advising-small-business-owners/stories/201409300061 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:24:51 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/Consulting-firm-finds-niche-advising-small-business-owners/stories/201409300061 On the website for her Hudson, Ohio, integrated marketing agency, CEO Jan Gusich offers this description of what she does: “Ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization through non-stop innovation.” On the website for her Hudson, Ohio, integrated marketing agency, CEO Jan Gusich offers this description of what she does: “Ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization through non-stop innovation.”

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Hong Kong upheaval: China must honor its commitment to more freedom http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/Hong-Kong-upheaval-China-must-honor-its-commitment-to-more-freedom/stories/201409300057 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:55:54 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/Hong-Kong-upheaval-China-must-honor-its-commitment-to-more-freedom/stories/201409300057 Hong Kong is a small outpost of international free enterprise in the possession of a giant nation that practices capitalism while clinging to its founding communist principles. China has never grasped that political freedom is the next logical step to economic freedom, an essential ingredient to dynamism. Hong Kong is a small outpost of international free enterprise in the possession of a giant nation that practices capitalism while clinging to its founding communist principles. China has never grasped that political freedom is the next logical step to economic freedom, an essential ingredient to dynamism.

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UPMC physician designations come into question http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/UPMC-designations-come-into-question/stories/201409300056 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:53:57 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/30/UPMC-designations-come-into-question/stories/201409300056 Make that 1,599. Make that 1,599.

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Religious extremism is on the rise everywhere http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/Religious-extremism-is-on-the-rise-Middle-East-ISIS/stories/201409300046 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:07:10 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/09/30/Religious-extremism-is-on-the-rise-Middle-East-ISIS/stories/201409300046 Denunciations of “religious extremism,” always commonplace, have never sounded more persuasive as the Islamic State and Boko Haram go on murderous rampages and sectarian killers enjoy political respectability in places such as Pakistan. Denunciations of “religious extremism,” always commonplace, have never sounded more persuasive as the Islamic State and Boko Haram go on murderous rampages and sectarian killers enjoy political respectability in places such as Pakistan.

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Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Solid state drives taking the spotlight http://www.post-gazette.com/business/technology/2014/09/30/Ced-Kurtz-s-TechMan-Texts-Solid-state-drives-taking-the-spotlight/stories/201409300041 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:06:33 GMT http://www.post-gazette.com/business/technology/2014/09/30/Ced-Kurtz-s-TechMan-Texts-Solid-state-drives-taking-the-spotlight/stories/201409300041 Samsung has announced that it is beginning production on a 3.2-terabyte solid-state drive (SSD). Samsung has announced that it is beginning production on a 3.2-terabyte solid-state drive (SSD).

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