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A super statue for a super Mario

A super statue for a super Mario

2012-03-08 09:30:00

Count Mario Lemieux among those who wonder what kind of statistics he might have compiled if his Penguins career hadn't been pocked by back,


Democratic 'Icon of the Left' Dennis Kucinich ousted in Ohio primary fight

2012-03-08 09:13:00

Perhaps no other member of Congress has been willing to try to stop a war, to impeach a vice president, to admit seeing a UFO and to run for


Voter ID passes Pa. Senate

2012-03-08 08:29:00

Senate Democrats spoke for hours on Wednesday against a proposal requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.


Tests find immune therapy can curb AIDS

Tests find immune therapy can curb AIDS

2012-03-08 01:22:00

For the first time, researchers have shown that they can suppress the AIDS virus by bolstering patients' immune systems, while taking them o


Lawmakers pushing for cheaper gas prices in region

2012-03-08 00:20:00

Gasoline in the Pittsburgh area could get a little cheaper under a measure approved in the state Senate on Wednesday.


National briefs: 3/8/12

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Conservatives dominating the House are pushing to scrap last year's budget pact with President Barack Obama and impose new cuts on domestic


World briefs: 3/8/12

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Exactly 100 people were shot, some of them up to eight times, before the gunman surrendered to police.


More staffers testify against ex-boss Orie

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Michele Lantz said she spent about 30 percent of her time doing political work while a legislative assistant to state Sen. Jane Orie.


$25,000 of loot found in Munhall cemetery

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Kenneth John Konias Jr., the fugitive charged with killing a fellow armed security guard in a $2.3 million heist, stashed part of the loot i


Romney challenger role is still up for grabs

2012-03-08 00:01:00

After the continent-spanning competition of Super Tuesday, the Republican presidential race returns to a series of weeks and contests with m


Lawmaker faults U.S. military for the way it handles rape cases

2012-03-08 00:00:00

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier on Wednesday castigated the U.S. military for its policies in dealing with rape and sexual assault and repeated her


Adults told to interact with kids viewing TV

2012-03-08 00:00:00

When a young child is watching TV or a video, it's best if the child interacts with an adult instead of just watching passively, according t


Let's Talk About: Rover begins ninth year on Mars

2012-03-08 00:00:00

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently began its ninth year on the surface of the Red Planet.


McArdle Roadway trees were cleared in '08, '09

McArdle Roadway trees were cleared in '08, '09

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Documents released Wednesday show that trees were removed in 2008 and 2009 from the area above McArdle Roadway, closed since January.


Solar storms ramp up, take aim at Earth

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Since Sunday, the sun has launched a barrage of flares, particle radiation and blobs of plasma that have disrupted some radio communications


Deadly day for Brits in Afghanistan

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Britain, the United States' staunchest ally in Afghanistan, has suffered its worst single battlefield loss in six years, testing a strained


County health board fires Dixon

2012-03-08 00:00:00

In a move orchestrated by new County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, the Allegheny County Board of Health Wednesday voted to terminate the contra


Health care bill awaits Pa. Senate

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Another effort is under way in the state Capitol to prevent Pennsylvanians from being subject to the federal health care law.


Women say they blacked out in man's company, awoke to rape

2012-03-07 20:08:00

Aaron Duran, 36, is charged with rape and sexual assault involving two women


Dixon out at Allegheny County Health Department

2012-03-07 15:30:00

After 20 years in the job, he was the longest-tenured director in the agency's 55-year history.


More cuts to region's military

2012-03-07 12:24:00

Lawmakers seeking to stave off closure of the 911th Airlift Wing got another dose of bad news.


Report: No passive technologies like TV for young kids

2012-03-07 11:33:00

The recommendations include giving children more appropriate, interactive technologies.


Trooper fatally shoots man on turnpike after crash, fight

2012-03-07 10:35:00

The Maryland man beat the trooper with a flashlight and menaced him with Rottweilers.


Texting while driving ban just around the corner

2012-03-07 10:30:00

Come Thursday in Pennsylvania, text messaging while driving won't just be crazy -- it will be illegal.


Romney takes Ohio in close race with Santorum

Romney takes Ohio in close race with Santorum

2012-03-07 10:25:00

The agonizingly close Ohio results cast a shadow across any air of inevitability for the former Massachusetts governor.


Anonymous hackers busted when one turns informant

Anonymous hackers busted when one turns informant

2012-03-07 10:23:00

A key member of a loose network hacker network became a confidential informant, and five associates were charged Tuesday.


MSHA admits errors, not fault in explosion

2012-03-07 00:29:00

Federal mine inspectors fell short of their duties but their failures didn't cause the massive explosion that killed 29 miners in W.Va.


New board of health to vote on replacing Dixon

2012-03-07 00:11:00

Allegheny County Council approved four appointments to the county board of health Tuesday night, opening the way for county Executive Rich F


Council meets deadline to approve redistricting plan

2012-03-07 00:10:00

Allegheny County Council met a March 9 deadline for approving new council districts.


National briefs: Schools dispense unequal justice?

2012-03-07 00:06:00

African American students in large school systems are arrested far more often on campus than their white peers, new data show.


AIU to start new cyber charter school in fall

2012-03-07 00:05:00

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit will start a new cyber charter school in the fall.


Former state administrator heads environmental group

2012-03-07 00:02:00

A former state environmental department administrator, is the new leader of the statewide environmental organization Citizens for Pennsylvan


Lawyers: Amish sect leader prosecution is unconstitutional

2012-03-07 00:01:00

Lawyers for Amish sect leader Sam Mullet and one of his sons have challenged the constitutionality of the government's hate-crimes prosecuti


World briefs: Eastern Libya pulling away

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Tribal leaders and militia commanders declared oil-rich eastern Libya a semiautonomous state on Tuesday.


U.S. moves to aid Assad foes

2012-03-07 00:00:00

The Obama administration is moving to provide direct assistance to the internal opposition in Syria for the first time.


World Bank: Extreme poverty drops despite recession

2012-03-07 00:00:00

A World Bank report shows a broad-based reduction in extreme poverty -- and indicates that the global recession did not increase poverty.


Countries cutting Iranian oil purchases

2012-03-07 00:00:00

International sanctions on Iran are starting to pinch, and Tehran is scrambling to hang onto buyers for its crude oil exports.


Turnpike considering all-electronic toll system

2012-03-07 00:00:00

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will take the next steps toward an all-electronic toll collection system that eliminates cash.


Casino license row heads to top court

2012-03-07 00:00:00

When Fayette County lumber baron Joe Hardy won a state casino license for his Nemacolin Woodlands resort last April, he said it was "thrilli


Let's Talk About Birds: African grey parrots

Let's Talk About Birds: African grey parrots

2012-03-07 00:00:00

African grey parrots are a medium-size parrot native to the forests of central Africa.


Orie staffers give varying testimony of political work

2012-03-07 00:00:00

During the investigation and trial of former state Rep. Jeffrey Habay for political corruption, the staff in Sen. Jane Orie's office kept a


DEP leader testifies at tense House budget hearing

2012-03-07 00:00:00

There was no warm welcome for the state's top environmental official on Tuesday when he walked into his agency's budget hearing with House l


1976 murderer guilty in 2nd death

2012-03-07 00:00:00

A convicted killer serving a life term for a 1976 murder was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree homicide and conspiracy in relation to a s


Pittsburgh Public Schools board advised to reject charter of one school; renew another

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Review teams Tuesday recommended that the Pittsburgh Public Schools board renew City Charter High for an additional five years but advised a


3 on City Council nominate Shields for police review board

2012-03-06 12:15:00

The former councilman clashed with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.


Bill to alter superintendent contracts clears Senate committee

2012-03-06 11:23:00

The bill would limit contract buyouts and mandate student-achievement clauses.


County Health Department director Dixon expects departure

County Health Department director Dixon expects departure

2012-03-06 11:14:00

Bruce Dixon has served as director of the Allegheny County Health Department for 20 years, but Wednesday's Board of Health meeting is likely


Pa. Turnpike to move closer to eliminating cash

2012-03-06 10:24:00

Pa. Turnpike to move closer to eliminating cash


Protests break out, observers cite fraud in Russian election

Protests break out, observers cite fraud in Russian election

2012-03-06 08:19:00

A day after claiming victory in Russia's presidential elections, Vladimir Putin on Monday faced a range of challenges to his legitimacy.


GOP showdown arrives

GOP showdown arrives

2012-03-06 08:08:00

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio -- Super Tuesday could be remembered as the beginning of the end.


Voter photo ID bill heads to Senate floor

2012-03-06 00:00:00

A bill requiring photo identification at the polls heads to a Senate vote.


Housing activists warn of foreclosure reversals

2012-03-06 00:00:00

Sales of foreclosed properties eventually could be overturned by state courts, housing activists warned buyers at an Allegheny County sherif


Obituary: Sam Stearns / Took iconic photo at JFK funeral

2012-03-06 00:00:00

"One exposure on a roll of 36 exposures," Stan Stearns marveled decades later.


National briefs (3/6/12)

National briefs (3/6/12)

2012-03-06 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is moving one of two major world summits from Chicago to the presidential retreat near Washington,


Cato Institute locked in fight with Kochs over independence

2012-03-06 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- From its perch in a spacious new headquarters blocks from the White House, the Cato Institute has built on its


Tale of surviving a tornado

Tale of surviving a tornado

2012-03-06 00:00:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Latonya Stevens heard thunder and lightning in the distance, she knew the drill.


Holder justifies the killing of U.S. terrorism suspects

2012-03-06 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asserted Monday that it is lawful for the government to kill U.S.


Obama urges Israel to resist striking Iran

Obama urges Israel to resist striking Iran

2012-03-06 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- With Israel warning of a possible military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, President Barack Obama on Monday urged


Iran orders retrial for American sentenced to death

2012-03-06 00:00:00

TEHRAN -- Iran's Supreme Court ordered a retrial for a former U.S. Marine who was sentenced to death for spying, the country's national pros


Pittsburgh schools propose next round of cuts

2012-03-06 00:00:00

Superintendent Linda Lane Monday night presented to the city school board her plan to save $10 million to $13 million.


Egyptian lawmaker resigns after lying about nose job

Egyptian lawmaker resigns after lying about nose job

2012-03-06 00:00:00

CAIRO -- Call it the curious case of the nose job.


World briefs (3/6/12)

2012-03-06 00:00:00

BAGHDAD -- Assailants waving the battle flag of al-Qaida gunned down 25 policemen Monday in a brazen and well-orchestrated challenge to


Orie aide: 'Political work came first'

2012-03-06 00:00:00

An aide for state Sen. Jane Orie testified that the legislative work in the office sometimes suffered in favor of political work.


Veon, aide convicted of misusing grant funds

Veon, aide convicted of misusing grant funds

2012-03-06 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Former high-ranking Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon and his ex-aide were found guilty Monday


Limbaugh advertisers keep heading for the exits

2012-03-06 00:00:00

Rush Limbaugh's mouth is taking a bite out of his wallet.


Altmire survives Critz's ballot challenge

2012-03-05 16:23:00

The Democratic congressmen both seek nomination in the 12th District after Republicans redrew boundaries.


Pittsburgh students surveyed in teaching plan

2012-03-05 16:06:00

If you want to help teachers become more effective in the classroom, ask students what they think of their teachers.


Public education supporters ramp up rallies with call-ins

2012-03-05 16:01:00

As the state House Appropriations Committee today conducts a hearing on state education spending, parents, students and other taxpayers will


Children's Center Get Well Room reopens for business

2012-03-05 14:45:00

The Children's Center of Pittsburgh, 327 Craft Ave., Oakland, has reopened its Get Well Room for mildly ill children.


Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center to give its first Inclusion Awards

2012-03-05 14:45:00

The nonprofit Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center is awarding its first Inclusion Awards on Saturday.


Voter ID bill limits basic right, opponents say

2012-03-05 12:56:00

They say bill would disenfranchise voters who are elderly, poor or minorities.


U.S. views on the poor have deep, coiled roots

2012-03-05 11:00:00

Mary Childers has looked at poverty from both sides.


Airport section of Montour Trail set for opening

Airport section of Montour Trail set for opening

2012-03-05 07:54:00

The Montour Trail has scheduled the grand opening of a 6.3-mile segment connecting to Pittsburgh International Airport for the first day of


New connector trail puts runners in fast company

2012-03-05 07:41:00

While the latest addition to the Montour Trail will be a boon for bicyclists, runners might want to stick to the knee-friendly crushed limes


Study: Concussed athletes return to play too soon

Study: Concussed athletes return to play too soon

2012-03-05 05:28:00

Of 14,635 high school sports injuries reported during the 2008-10 school years, 1,936 (13.2 percent) were concussions.


Sample survey questions: Students on teachers

2012-03-05 05:22:00

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are being surveyed on how well they think their teachers teach.


'Our Bodies, Ourselves' co-author Judy Norsegian to speak

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Judy Norsegian, a pioneer in the women's health movement and co-author of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," will speak in Oakland this weekend.


Obituary: Maurice Andre | Transformed the trumpet

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Maurice Andre, a virtuoso credited with having transformed the trumpet from a workaday cog in the back of the orchestra into a seductive sol


Expected concussion recovery time is matter of guesswork

2012-03-05 00:01:00

When is it safe for an athlete who's suffered a concussion to return to the sport?


Obama assures Israel of support

2012-03-05 00:01:00

President Barack Obama said Sunday that he would use military action to prevent Iran from securing nuclear weapons.


Soldiers killed in Yemen

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Al-Qaida militants overran an army base near the city of Zinjibar in southern Yemen on Sunday.


Stargazing: Mercury joins the planetary parade

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Stargazers have been treated to an impressive array of planetary highlights in the evening sky this year.


Health Happenings: 03/05/12

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Alle-Kiski Medical Center is sponsoring a beginning t'ai chi class from 7 to 8 p.m.


Gambling addiction is a new problem for counties

2012-03-05 00:00:00

Counties throughout the region have begun localized efforts to call attention to potential gambling addiction problems.


Airline merger causes delays

2012-03-05 00:00:00

Passengers on United flights this weekend faced delays and long telephone wait times as United swallowed up Continental's operations.


China will top $100 billion in military spending

2012-03-05 00:00:00

China's Communist rulers plan to boost military spending by 11 percent this year, passing the $100 billion mark for the first time.


Poverty: Who is talking about it?

Poverty: Who is talking about it?

2012-03-04 23:52:00

In this election year, when the nation is debating its obligations to those in economic distress, the poor have two faces.


Environmental school fixes lottery process

2012-03-04 23:47:00

After a miscoding problem in the initial school lottery, the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park has decided to honor the names alrea


Reflections on poverty's causes and cures -- from the poor

Reflections on poverty's causes and cures -- from the poor

2012-03-04 16:36:00

The women in the Sojourner House MOMS program in East Liberty are near the bottom of America's economic ladder. So when it comes to the issu


Parents decry state education cuts

Parents decry state education cuts

2012-03-04 16:00:00

Morgan Coles plays seven instruments and is a believer in the power of music to stimulate the brain.


Local team designs video game based on transplantation

Local team designs video game based on transplantation

2012-03-04 15:56:00

Howard Degenholtz thought he had a good idea.


A family of three GOP delegates gets Santorum on ballot in an Ohio district

A family of three GOP delegates gets Santorum on ballot in an Ohio district

2012-03-04 08:18:00

The Republican candidates' pitched battle for Ohio's 66 delegates on Super Tuesday runs deeper than the blaring voices and glaring televisio


Super Tuesday pivotal for GOP hopefuls

2012-03-04 00:23:00

After some mild trash talk about the Cleveland Browns -- "I know, I'm trying to get votes here, not lose them, but I was a Steeler fan befor


Violent storms devastate Midwest

Violent storms devastate Midwest

2012-03-04 00:22:00

Rescue workers with search dogs trudged through the hills of Kentucky, and emergency crews in several states combed through wrecked homes in


Watch out for bacteria on the beach

2012-03-04 00:01:00

About 3.5 million people each year get sick enough to throw up or get diarrhea after splashing in water containing harmful bacteria, accordi


Syria pummeling Homs anew

Syria pummeling Homs anew

2012-03-04 00:01:00

Syrian forces launched a fresh assault on Homs on Saturday as the Red Cross pressed forward with efforts to deliver badly needed aid to thou


Altered flu virus not as dangerous as thought

2012-03-04 00:01:00

The scientist who made a deadly bird flu virus transmissible in mammals, touching off public fears of a pandemic, says the virus he created


Sen. Orie says politics was kept out of legislative office

2012-03-04 00:01:00

State Sen. Jane Orie's lawyer spent a second day Saturday trying to show that his client kept politics out of her legislative offices, but p


Pittsburgh's Episcopal diocese narrows its search for bishop

2012-03-04 00:00:00

Next month the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh will elect a permanent bishop to lead it as it continues rebuilding after a split


BP is moving closer to stem the financial damage from oil spill

2012-03-04 00:00:00

BP's settlement deal puts the oil company one giant step closer to containing the gusher of damage claims that arose from the huge Gulf of


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