News Brief: Carnegie Mellon’s Adam Feinberg Earns Grant To Study Electrical Interaction Between Heart Muscle Cells

Friday, August 22, 2014 Contact: Daniel Tkacik / 412-268-1187 / dtkacik@andrew.cmu.edu       PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University professor Adam Feinberg has received a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to support research on cellular synchronization in the heart, the failure of which can lead to irregular heartbeat, or worse, sudden cardiac arrest. The three-year, $750,000 award […]

Pirates’ woes in Miller Park could extend slide

The Pirates’ struggles at Miller Park are well documented. Miller Park has been, as many fans lament with heavy frustration, a house of horrors through the years. The Pirates have not played well in the shadow of Bernie’s slide, going 13-53 in Milwaukee since 2007. This weekend the Pirates […]

McKeesport native gets ‘Big Break’ in golf

GOLF NOTEBOOK August 20, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: McKeesport native Brian Cooper, a mini-tour professional in Phoenix, was selected as a competitor for the Golf Channel’s “Big Break Invitational.” The tournament is Sept. 28-Oct. 4 at the Reynolds Plantation Resort in Greensboro, Ga., and televised live on the […]

Brian O’Neill: Sophie shrewdly summed up city

Sophie Masloff loved this city and it loved her back. Love is rarely so perfectly requited. Yet even as I type that the morning after her funeral, I can see the old mayor rolling her eyes and saying in her extraordinary cats-in-a-microwave voice (which pretty much every Pittsburgher was mimicking by the time […]

Brian O’Neill: It’s still too rocky to begin new housing at arena site

The Consol Energy Center was built on threats, so it should surprise no one that development around it is progressing in much the same way. As you recall, the arena opened in 2010 after Penguins owner Mario Lemieux threatened to take his hockey team to Kansas City, a smaller metropolitan area […]

Ruth Ann Dailey: The phone rings, and Peter’s destiny’s on the line

The dog days of Au­gust ha­ven’t been ter­ri­bly hot, but I still sense a gen­eral de­sire to es­cape and loll about. Or am I pro­ject­ing? Either way, some­thing light is in or­der. So let me share with you the “Tale of the Wrong Num­ber.” Per­haps you can res­cue a star-crossed cou­ple. […]

Education Secretary Duncan: Too much focus on testing

August 22, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicks off preschool grant competition in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Public Schools’ state test scores inch higher Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis has heard the complaints about standardized testing across the country, just not from U.S. Education Secretary […]

Criminal complaint details marijuana citations for Steelers Blount, Bell

August 22, 2014 12:06 PM Share with others: Related Media: Steelers struggle in 31-21 loss to Eagles Ron Cook: Bad day on field for Steelers; worse off it Steelers Bell, Blount charged with marijuana possession When a Ross motorcycle cop told Le’Veon Bell that he could be facing a DUI charge after […]

Federal judge ‘rubber stamps’ subpoenas against UPMC, but stays own order

August 22, 2014 1:52 PM Share with others: A federal judge today blasted the National Labor Relations Board for a series of subpoenas it served on UPMC in a bitter labor dispute, then granted the agency’s application to enforce them, while giving the medical giant time to appeal. U.S. District […]

Wildlife: Toxic algae blooms not likely in Lake Erie’s waters near Pennsylvania

August 17, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: During the first four days of August, the western basin of Lake Erie made national news. A harmful algal bloom, which scientists call an HAB, threatened the water supply near Toledo, Ohio. Wind and water currents pushed a bloom of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) to […]

Miriam’s Garden: Powering up with plants

I first met Sharon Palmer, the “Plant Powered Dietitian,” at a food journalists conference in the pork-and-seafood-centric town of Charleston, S.C. She’s mostly vegan, eating a little dairy and egg. We sat together during an incredible Southern lunch at Husk. Dish after dish arrived at our table, some veg-centered, such as raw dragon […]

Let’s talk about art: Alternative photo processes

August 19, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: This is a biweekly series about art and artists in the region. Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts serves the community through arts education, exhibitions and artist resources. As most smartphone users know, photographers these days can push a button to create […]

Local gymnasts get to see some of the nation’s best in Pittsburgh

August 22, 2014 12:10 AM Share with others: Related Media: P&G Gymnastics Championships: Underdogs lead junior women Male gymnasts perform in shadow of their female counterparts Emily Cypherus, 13, is used to watching elite gymnasts compete on television. The young athlete from Cranberry has been training in the sport for seven years, […]

Federal judge ‘rubber stamps’ subpoenas against UPMC, but stays own order

August 22, 2014 1:52 PM Share with others: A federal judge today blasted the National Labor Relations Board for a series of subpoenas it served on UPMC in a bitter labor dispute, then granted the agency’s application to enforce them, while giving the medical giant time to appeal. U.S. District […]

Tariffs approved on steel pipe imports; boost for U.S. Steel, other producers

August 22, 2014 12:42 PM Share with others: The U.S. International Trade Commission today approved imposing tariffs on imports of steel pipe from South Korea and five other countries, providing relief to U.S. Steel and other domestic producers. U.S. steelmakers filed a complaint in July 2013 against nine countries that […]

Tuned In: ‘Intruders’ a tough nut to crack

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In the post-“Lost” era, it’s not unusual for a drama series to get introduced like a giant jigsaw puzzle that’s missing a lot of its pieces. But most dark mythology-heavy shows at least offer something for viewers to grab onto. Maybe you get all the border pieces and enough of […]

Today’s Springfield Moment …

August 22, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: “Marge Vs. the Monorail” (9 p.m. on FXX) Former writer Conan O’Brien’s fascination with “The Music Man” has been well documented. In “Marge Vs. the Monorail (written by Mr. O’Brien), the town is bamboozled by a visiting salesman who convinces them they need a […]

FXX to air every ‘Simpsons’ episode ever

August 20, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: FXX is running a marathon of every “The Simpsons” episodes ever? (Tent fingertips together and reply in a sinister Mr. Burns voice): “Excellent….” From 10 a.m. Thursday until the close of Labor Day, the venerable animated Fox comedy series will air all of its […]

Bloomfield’s Little Italy Days draws mix of old and new

Little Italy Days started in 2002 with a mission to celebrate Bloomfield’s Italian heritage. Event planner Sal Richetti was involved from the start. As owner of Big Day Entertainment and a Bloomfield native, he booked the entertainment for the festival. That all changed three years ago. “The festival was going to fold and […]

Pittsburgh’s Stage AE ranked among the 25 most popular clubs

August 21, 2014 10:34 AM Share with others: Pittsburgh never got a House of Blues, the national club franchise owned by concert giant Live Nation. Instead, the city got a Stage AE, owned and operated by the Rooney family and Columbus promoter PromoWest Live, and it has worked its way into the Billboard list of “The […]

Family Film Guide: ‘When the Game Stand Tall’ and ‘If I Stay’

August 22, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Movie review: Darkness overshadows ‘If I Stay’ Movie Review: ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ is a solid, winning effort The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective: ‘When the Game Stands Tall’  Rated: PG.  […]

Family Film Guide: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ and ‘Into the Storm’

August 8, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Movie Review: ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ goes on a so-so trip Movie review: ‘Into the Storm’ buffeted by twisted plot The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:  ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Rated: PG. Suitable for: Mature […]

Family Film Guide: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Get on Up’

August 1, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is a summer sensation ‘Get On Up’ feels good ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rated: PG-13.  Suitable for: Roughly 10-year-olds and up.    What you should know: Marvel Studios taps into […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … Gayle Forman

Since she began her career writing for Seventeen magazine, Gayle Forman’s evolution to author of best-selling young adult novels was not a stretch. Her latest book, “If I Stay,” has been translated to the big screen and is in theaters this Friday. It is the story of young Chole and Adam’s love, music […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … Marshall Goldberg

Lawyer turned writer Marshall Goldberg was working as counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights when in 1979 he decided to leave it all behind for Hollywood. The Pittsburgh native became a scriptwriter for popular television shows including “L.A. Law,” “The Jeffersons” and “The Paper Chase.”   His most recent creative endeavor is a fictional […]

Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … Dr. Len Girardi

Cardiac surgeon Dr. Leonard N. Girardi is one of the doctors featured on ABC’s “NY Med,” which takes place at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He grew up in Sewickley before going to Harvard and graduating in 1985. At Cornell University Medical College, he did his residency in cardiothoracic surgery. The show, which is in […]

‘The Bear’: A terror-filled ordeal of kids on their own after an attack

Claire Cameron’s novel, imagining the aftermath of a real bear attack, is an intriguing concept but maybe not scary enough August 20, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: In October 1991 on Bates Island on Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park, a young couple were the victim of a bear attack. The most […]

‘The Little Green Book’: Going green goes to the extreme in a sci-fi eco-thriller

August 20, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Ever wonder how wildlife feels when the forest is destroyed by developers? Imagine waking up to the sound of wrecking balls smashing through the walls of your home. You scream, but the demolition crews ignore you and your family crawling through the rubble treating […]

‘And the time is’: The sonorous voice of poet Samuel Hazo, 1958 to 2013

Book review August 17, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Long before I knew the man’s poetry, Samuel Hazo was a voice. Working at Jay’s Bookstall in Oakland, I was accustomed to picking up the phone and hearing voices that were instantly recognizable — Mister Rogers, Rick Sebak, Patti Burns. Samuel Hazo, […]