Lawrence Welk resort in California is ‘wunnerful’

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Grandma only let me watch two TV shows in her upstairs lair. Not her stories; those soap operas were far too risque for a tyke such as me. No, these two mid-1960s programs were so radically different in tone and content that, in retrospect, I guess you could call Grandma a Renaissance […]

Honoring Nellie Bly’s trip 125 years ago, a British woman retraces her steps around the globe

Nellie Bly wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. That trait was one key to her success in 19th-century journalism, writer Rosemary J. Brown says. Ms. Bly’s persistence got her a first job at the Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1885, when she was 20 years old. Within two years she had talked her way into an investigative […]

Petition drive seeks postponement of Bill Cosby show at Heinz Hall

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Bill Cosby’s scheduled appearance at Heinz Hall on Feb. 21 has prompted nearly 200 women to sign an online petition asking Heinz Hall management to postpone the show until sexual assault allegations against him have been addressed. Diana Fletcher of Murrysville mounted the petition drive on […]

Joe Biden’s touch endears him to Tim Murphy’s family

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: WASHINGTON — Iran sanctions? Federal spending? Trade deals? The talk appeared intense. Whatever U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy and Vice President Joe Biden were discussing before Tuesday’s State of the Union address looked important. And it was. But the conversation they had in the well of the House […]

American Girl dolls for all

Hayley Haldeman had only mild interest in attending the College of William and Mary. But she went on a college visit there anyway, compelled even as a high school student to trace the path of a cherished “friend” she had been thinking about since childhood. “I wanted to be Felicity so badly,” said Ms. Haldeman, […]

On the Steelers: Issues with footballs have simple solution

Only the NFL could come up with the convoluted system it has for delivering a football into the field of play during a game and the steps that lead up to it. Did they ask the IRS to help devise it? It is only exasperated for how they use footballs in the Super Bowl. Each […]

Steelers offensive line finds footing at long last

After years of underachieving, bad luck with injuries and a coaching carousel that never seemed to stop for very long, the Steelers offensive line finally found some footing in 2014. With a new coach, good health and continuity, a position group that constantly had been questioned is now on the upswing. With all five starters […]

Defensive coordinator Butler taught intricacies to many, now gets chance to do more

By the time the Seattle Seahawks drafted linebacker Dave Wyman in the second round in 1987, Keith Butler was in his 10th and final season of playing outside linebacker with the team. In that time, Butler had established himself as a master of his craft, a player who could dissect an offense’s intention an instant […]

West Virginia escapes in wild finish

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: West Virginia’s Jevon Carter can now add clutch shooter to his young resume. Carter sank two free throws with a second left in overtime to lift No. 18 West Virginia to an 86-85 Big 12 Conference victory against TCU Saturday at WVU Coliseum. Teammate Jaysean Paige bearhugged […]

Lady Panthers outlast Boston College

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Brianna Kiesel had 29 points and eight assists to lift Pitt past Boston College, 78-70, Saturday at Petersen Events Center. The Panthers (13-6, 3-3 ACC) used a 15-0 run in the final four minutes sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers by Kiesel and Monica Wignot, who finished with 18 […]

Duquesne man ordered to stand trial in wife’s death

The way James Karr told it to a detective, the death of his wife — found wrapped in wire and dead inside her charred home — was “an accident.” But parts of that story don’t align with physical evidence, according to testimony given in court Friday morning. Officials located Mr. Karr, 47, shortly after they […]

Garfield man to stand trial on charges that he killed potential witness

January 23, 2015 11:45 PM Share with others: The woman recalled clearly Friday the day when she said Charles Stevens confessed to killing a teenager whom he expected to testify against his brother. “His eyes were really red, like he had been crying. He just wasn’t himself,” she said. The woman, whom police asked reporters […]

State police raid bars, issue citations across the region

State police are blitzing bars and private clubs throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and the rest of the state, handing out citations for various alcohol and records infractions that have occurred over the last few months.  This week, the Pennsylvania state police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement issued citations to: • Italian Village Pizza on McKnight Road in Ross, […]

Leon Ford will not face second trial, DA decides

The Allegheny County district attorney announced Friday he would not retry a man shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh police, saying the decision was made partly to aid police-community relations. “It is my hope that not proceeding to a second trial will assist both the Chief and our community in this regard,” District Attorney Stephen A. […]

PWSA launches assistance fund for storm water repairs

January 23, 2015 4:21 PM Share with others: Nine years after the Pittsburgh City Council made it illegal to sell homes without evaluating them for storm water compliance, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board has launched a financial assistance program intended to help homeowners with what can be pricey repairs. The authority’s board approved […]

First round of snowfall hits region, more to come this weekend

January 24, 2015 2:28 PM Share with others: PHILADELPHIA — Forecasters have some advice for the Pennsylvania residents digging out from as much as nine inches of snow — don’t put the shovels away yet. City roads were mostly cleared this morning after the city received an overnight belt of snow, but the next few […]

Ex-COO of Indiana County drilling firm gets 8 years for $9 million embezzlement

January 23, 2015 4:22 PM Share with others: A former top executive of an Indiana County gas drilling company was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for stealing $9.2 million from the company over an eight-year span. As his adult children cried and hugged in the gallery, U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry imposed that term on […]

Former Indiana County gas drilling executive sentenced to prison

January 24, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: A former top executive of an Indiana County gas drilling company was sentenced Friday to eight years in federal prison for stealing $9.2 million from the company over an eight-year span. As his adult children cried and hugged in the gallery, U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry imposed […]

Police: Penn Hills man killed in Friday night shooting

January 24, 2015 9:07 AM Share with others: Police are investigating the fatal Friday night shooting of a 33-year-old Penn Hills man. The man, identified as Eric Hammond, was shot in the stomach, possibly inside his home, according to Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV. The shooting, police said, happened shortly before 11 p.m. Friday along Joan […]

Second arrest in Tarentum home invasion on New Year’s Day

January 23, 2015 7:28 PM Share with others: Related Media: Teen arrested in Tarentum shooting Dorian Smedley was looking for some “green” when he broke into a Tarentum home, hit two people in the head with a pistol and shot one of them in the stomach on New Year’s Day, according to a criminal complaint. […]