Police: WVU fraternity pledge had blood-alcohol level of 0.49

January 27, 2015 2:27 PM Share with others: Related Media: WVU mourns a tragedy WVU suspends Greek activities after ‘catastrophic medical emergency’ A West Virginia University freshman who died last fall after being found unresponsive in an off-campus fraternity house had a blood alcohol level more than six times the legal limit for driving, according […]

Co-owner of Italian Village Pizza chain sentenced to probation for tax evasion

January 27, 2015 3:04 PM Share with others: The co-owner of the Italian Village Pizza chain of about 20 restaurants was sentenced today to four years of probation for tax evasion and conspiracy for systematically under-reporting earnings from the chain along with his business partner. U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed that term on John R. Miller, 58, of […]

Pennsylvania nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

Mayor Bill Peduto blasted a proposed state Constitutional amendment on nonprofits Monday, decrying the bill as hurried — even as efforts mounted to slow it down. Senate Bill 4 would amend the Constitution to give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are public charities deserving tax exemptions. In a statement, Mr. Peduto denounced […]

National Weather Service to evaluate work after missed call on storm

January 27, 2015 9:11 AM Share with others: Related Media: Storm unleashes blizzard conditions on parts of Northeast Travel bans lifted in New York, New Jersey; subways to restart Pittsburgh region dodges worst of ‘weather bomb’ that pummelled Northeast MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A National Weather Service official says the agency will evaluate its […]

Ride-share company Lyft to launch in Philadelphia

January 27, 2015 9:55 AM Share with others: Related Media: Lyft cars still think pink, but streamline the ‘stache Lyft files compliance plan; Uber releases driver survey data Ride-share company Lyft will launch in Philadelphia later this week, after months of battling with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in the western half of the state. […]

Peters council forms group to study future of drilling in township

January 26, 2015 11:29 PM Share with others: Peters council members tonight voted unanimously to form a working group to study whether drilling should be allowed — or banned — in the Washington County municipality. Council debated the issue at length after more than 100 people, mostly opponents of drilling, testified at a public hearing […]

Cal U professor found dead in campus office

January 27, 2015 9:34 AM Share with others: CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — A longtime professor has been found dead in his office at California University of Pennsylvania. Burrell Brown was found dead late Sunday. He’d been on the faculty at the school in Washington County since 1989. University spokeswoman Christine Kindl says in a statement […]

Woman to stand trial on charges she stole police car while handcuffed

January 27, 2015 9:20 AM Share with others: ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges she stole a police car and led police on chase of at least 80 mph, all with her hands cuffed behind her. Center police say police pursued Roxanne Rimer in a car driven […]

Public defender arrested on charges he gave inaccurate information to judge’s staff

January 27, 2015 11:41 AM Share with others: An Allegheny County public defender was arrested Monday on charges that he gave inaccurate information to a judge’s staff about whether his client had appeared for trial in a sex assault case. Andrew Capone, 29, of Highland Park, was arraigned Monday night on charges of hindering apprehension […]

Ikea to open store in Columbus, Ohio

January 27, 2015 12:45 PM Share with others: The Pittsburgh region’s Ikea furniture store will soon be getting more competition for fans of the Swedish chain from eastern and central Ohio. Ikea today announced plans to add a location in Columbus, Ohio, which will be the chain’s second store in that state. Targeted to open […]

Citadel Sponsors Redesign of Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Lab and Study Spaces

Monday, January 26, 2015 Reconfigured Spaces Help CMU Train Students To Work in Teams By Byron Spice / 412-268-9068                                      Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science will dedicate the new Citadel Teaching Commons — a lab and study space that includes collaborative and high-performance clusters that will help learning and […]

National Briefs: Christie signals intent with PAC

January 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political action committee, or PAC, ahead of a likely bid for president, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. The PAC is the clearest sign yet that Mr. Christie, 52, is running […]

Federal debt will explode over next 10 years, CBO says

WASHINGTON — The federal debt is set to explode over the next decade even as the budget deficit is projected to reach its lowest level of the Obama presidency, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. The annual deficit should total $468 billion for the 2015 fiscal year, which will end Sept. 30, the nonpartisan budget […]

Pittsburgh nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

Mayor Bill Peduto blasted a proposed state Constitutional amendment on nonprofits Monday, decrying the bill as hurried — even as efforts mounted to slow it down. Senate Bill 4 would amend the Constitution to give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are public charities deserving tax exemptions. In a statement, Mr. Peduto denounced […]

Pittsburgh Public Schools program turns teachers into pupils

The first-graders weren’t the only ones learning in this classroom at Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5 in Bloomfield. The 11 children were learning how to recognize groups of five, and six visiting veteran teachers were learning more about teaching math. The six are among the 54 teachers at 36 schools who are Instructional Leader Teacher 2s, the […]

Wrenn, Burkley to run for Pittsburgh school board seat

January 26, 2015 10:35 PM Share with others: Related Media: Pittsburgh school board losing veteran members Two candidates for the Pittsburgh Public Schools board today officially declared their candidacy for the District 4 seat being vacated by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill who has served since 1999. They are Lynda Wrenn, 49, of Point Breeze, […]

Big Belly stations are trash cans of the future

January 25, 2015 10:42 PM Share with others: Two plastic coffee cups, several stray pieces of paper and a strawberry smoothie wrapped in paper napkins littered the sidewalk around a Big Belly waste and recycling station near the intersection of Smithfield Street and Sixth Avenue Downtown one day last week. It’s not uncommon to see […]

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. “They’ve decided that today was the […]

Development project uses art to control water flow in Larimer

Betsy Damon, an international water artist, was invited to Pittsburgh to create a museum exhibit several years ago but decided instead to find an amenable neighborhood. “Pittsburgh has buried most of its streams in huge pipes,” she said. “Finding the right place was a story in itself.” The plot twisted to Brooklyn, where a Pittsburgh native […]

Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, […]