Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic in Pittsburgh

The good news is that people are gathering to discuss ways to grow goodwill between the police and African-American communities. We all know the bad news — people in authority sometimes kill people who have not picked a fight with them and are not armed. It should be our national anguish that this is true […]

Peter Leo: Cholesterol’s comeback story inspires

One bright spot in an otherwise dreadful year is the exoneration of cholesterol. This is great news for us, not to mention for cholesterol itself. Cholesterol has spent the last 40 years under house arrest as the food world’s Public Enemy No. 1, forcing millions of people to take drugs to get all those confusing […]

Latin American delusions

Venezuela and Argentina stick with leftist policies as their economies fail March 6, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: For about a decade, Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and, to a lesser extent, Argentina under the Kirchners were popular models for leftists seeking an alternative to the neoliberal consensus. The Chavez program of dramatically expanding social […]

The Saudis reward an extremist

King Salman celebrates an Islamic scholar who says 9/11 was an ‘inside job’ March 6, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman awarded a prestigious prize to Zakir Naik, a televangelist and religious scholar from India, heralding him as “one of the most renowned non-Arabic-speaking promulgators of Islam.” Mr. […]

The rising risk of train explosions

America’s crash course in the virtually unregulated dangers of transporting crude oil by rail added a new chapter last month when a 109-car train hauling more than 3 million gallons of highly volatile Bakken crude derailed along the Kanawha River south of Charleston, W.Va., destroying a home and forcing hundreds of families to evacuate. The […]

Blowing smoke: Restrictions on e-cigarettes are long overdue

March 6, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Four years ago, the Food and Drug Administration said it would begin regulating electronic cigarettes, the battery-powered devices that emit inhalable vapors. Eleven months ago, the FDA proposed its regulations. Yet, for enactment, the nation still waits. Pennsylvania waits, too, for a long-overdue law that would prohibit […]

Unintelligent design: Partisan House districts tie the hands of voters

March 6, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Why should Pennsylvanians care how the U.S. Supreme Court decides a case challenging the authority of Arizona’s independent election reapportioning commission? Because the outcome could kill any hope that Pennsylvania or 49 other states will eliminate political gerrymandering from the process of setting up congressional districts. On […]

The Petraeus deal: Sharing top-secret documents calls for prison time

March 6, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Retired U.S. Army general and former CIA chief David H. Petraeus appears on his way to receiving light punishment for taking home and handing to his mistress, who was writing his biography, highly classified intelligence documents. The law prohibits Mr. Petraeus from carrying such documents around or […]

Pitt’s screening falls short, auditor says

Flaws in screening employees who work with children have been found at another higher education institution in Pennsylvania — this time the University of Pittsburgh — and a state official said Thursday it should serve as a wake-up call. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said that for years, Pitt did not adequately ensure that athletic […]

Pitt women run into worst nightmare

March 5, 2015 11:28 PM Share with others: Related Media: Pitt has poor defense to blame for sour season GREENSBORO, N.C. — Pitt made a fast and surprising exit from the ACC women’s basketball tournament Thursday, losing, 51-45, against Virginia Tech on a night when little went right for the Panthers. “We missed layups, we […]

Pitt has poor defense to blame for sour season

Pitt’s Jamie Dixon is regarded as one of the best defensive coaches in the country, and by extension, the Panthers have been one of the toughest teams to score on each year. That hasn’t been the case this season, and that is a major reason the Panthers are likely going to miss the NCAA tournament […]

Nittany Lions raising the bar during winter strength testing

March 6, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: UNIVERSITY PARK — Players huddled around Penn State offensive lineman Derek Dowrey, climbing around the equipment and peering between weight plates to cheer on the redshirt junior. Dowrey, sporting a ripped up, sleeveless T-shirt that showed off all 323 pounds, didn’t disappoint them.  In between shouts and […]

Robert Morris star Jones doesn’t consider himself ‘Lucky’

Lucky Jones never had that milestone first birthday party. He spent most of the first year of his life in and out of hospitals, diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease when he was a few weeks old. The condition, a result of poorly-formed nerve cells, affects one of every 5,000 births, causing bowel obstructions and other serious problems. […]

Senior Lucky Jones keeps Colonials moving forward into NEC tournament semifinal

Lucky Jones is playing as if his whole basketball career depends on a single win. Because, well, it does. This senior forward tied his career mark for points with 27 in Robert Morris’ 91-68 victory against Wagner Wednesday night in a Northeast Conference tournament quarterfinal at Sewall Center. Jones, the last four-year player still on […]

Red Flash surprises Mount St. Mary’s

Roundup March 5, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Senior Lucky Jones keeps Colonials moving forward into NEC tournament semifinal Earl Brown scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help fifth-seeded Saint Francis (Pa.) to a 73-58 upset victory against No. 4 Mount St. Mary’s Wednesday night in a Northeast Conference quarterfinal […]

Ed Bouchette’s Steelers chat transcript: 3.3.15

Ed Bouchette: Good afternoon, let’s begin Alan: If we dont resign Worilds how high of a pedigree FA OLB might we pursue. I think Orakpo has a lot of talent if he can overcome injuries. Former all pro. Ed Bouchette: The Steelers are not going to throw that kind of money at someone who has […]

Gerry Dulac’s Steelers chat transcript: 03.04.15

WC: Good aftenoon Gerry. Do you think it might be time for the Steelers to move on from Ben? Maybe bring in Bryan Hoyer or Zach Mettenberger and look into drafting someone like Christian Hackenberg in ’16? I think why wait til he’s too old? Gerry Dulac: Good question. No. Tommy Tuna: Isn’t the possibility of the […]

Raiders release LaMarr Woodley, will court Ndamukong Suh

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Ndamukong Suh may be coming to town, but one person he won’t be see at the Raiders facility is running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The news as reported by the NFL Network that the Raiders were “planning” a visit next week with Suh, an All-Pro defensive lineman, was followed by Jones-Drew’s announcement on […]

Pervasive Chemical Potentially Alters Levels of a Pregnancy Hormone that Influences Sex Development

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wats:ON? Festival Features Visual, Sound, Performance and Tactile Arts That Engage the Senses

Thursday, March 5, 2015 “POW” Begins Thursday, March 19 By Katie Ellis / 412-268-1047 / kellis@andrew.cmu.edu / and Pam Wigley / 412-268-1047 / pwigley@andrew.cmu.edu The 2015 Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts (wats:ON?), celebrating the creative accomplishments of the late Jill Watson, will begin at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the Great Hall of […]