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9:53 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Toddler at Zoo Was Mauled By Dogs

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium will reopen tomorrow after being closed today, a day after a Pleasant Hills toddler was mauled to death by dogs. The zoo will quarantine the African Painted dogs but they will not be euthanized.

Pittsburgh Zoo President Barbara Baker said there was nothing zoo personnel could have done to save a two-year old boy who fell into the African Painted Dogs exhibit shortly before noon Sunday.

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Health
8:37 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

New Program Aims to Get 200 Adaptive Bikes to Kids with Disabilities by Christmas

The newly-launched “My Bike” program provides specially-adapted bicycles to children with disabilities in the 10-county greater Pittsburgh area.  As of Monday morning 51 bikes were ready to go to children in need, by mid-afternoon, funding had been secured for 6 more. The bikes will go to kids like Kody Conley. His mother, Kim Conley, said when they moved into their neighborhood a year and a half ago, Kody was “just a kid in a wheelchair.” When he first rode his specialized bike, the whole neighborhood went outside to watch, and some kids hopped on their own bikes to ride with him.

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Government
8:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

President Clinton Touts Obama in Market Square

Former President Bill Clinton came to Pittsburgh Monday for some last-minute campaigning on behalf of a fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama.

Mr. Clinton’s campaign stop at downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square came as Pennsylvania is suddenly flooded with political ads for both the president and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

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Arts
11:40 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Paige McKenzie

Paige McKenzie, from Penn Hills, is a fan of travel writing and memoirs.

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Government
8:53 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Third Party Candidate Taking on Incumbent in 20th State House District

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Constitution Party candidate Jim Barr said he decided to run for the 20th State House seat in the North Hills because he feels the whole country is in bad shape, and he wants to start affecting change on the state level. This is Barr’s second time running for state office, having run as a Republican the first time.

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Government
8:53 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Casey v. Smith, Politics 101

Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey wasn’t supposed to have to break a sweat to win re-election but Republican challenger Tom Smith has mounted a come-from-behind campaign that just might work.  He has done it on a wave of resonant TV ads funded in part with his own personal money. 

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Education
8:52 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Robert Morris President Gets another 5 Years

The Robert Morris University (RMU) Board of Trustees approved a new five-year contract with President Gregory Dell’Omo Thursday.

Taking over as President in 2005,  Dell’Omo oversaw the university’s transformation as its campus and academic programs grew.

Dell’Omo said his predecessor began the process of moving RMU away from primarily being a business school towards a more comprehensive university.

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Science & Technology
8:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Effect of Hurricane Sandy on Migratory Birds

In the past, hurricanes have blown migrating birds from the East Coast all the way to the Great Lakes and into Canada, according to Peg Abbott, owner of Naturalist Journeys.  As Sandy hit, she said the warblers and smaller birds had already gotten where they were going, and it was the eagles, hawks and larger birds of prey who were on the move.

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Economy
8:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

LIHEAP Ecouraging Early and Online Registration For Heating Help

A state program designed to help low-income households with their energy bills has started accepting applications.

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides grants especially in the winter months.

Donna Morgan, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, said the department is urging people to register early. 

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Local
2:01 am
Mon November 5, 2012

2-Year-old Mauled to Death at Pittsburgh Zoo

A 2-year-old boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo was killed Sunday morning when he fell off a railing that his mother had put him on top of to view a pack of African painted dogs, who pounced on the child and mauled him, police said.

It was not clear whether the boy died from the fall into the wild dog exhibit area or from the attack, said Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

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Government
10:58 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Candidates for PA 22nd District Share Priorities – Differ on Solutions

Two candidates with similar priorities are vying for the 22nd state House district seat, which was vacated by Chelsa Wagner when she became Allegheny County Controller.

Democrat Erin Molchany said she’s running for the seat because she feels more can be done to encourage state government and the non-profit sector to work together to improve quality of life. Her main priority is public transportation because she said an unreliable or unstable transit system hurts the state.

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Government
9:26 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Matt Smith vs D. Raja for Open Senate Seat

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On Tuesday, residents in the 37th district will decide on a new state senator.  For the last 32 years, Republicans have controlled that district that includes southern and western suburbs in Allegheny County, but the seat has been vacant since July, when Republican John Pippy resigned and entered the private sector.

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Government
7:45 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Senate Candidates Making Last Push Before Elections

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The candidates for U.S. Senate are making a final campaign push before the election on Tuesday. Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey repeatedly refers to Republican Tom Smith as having a radical agenda.

“What we can’t do is have folks buy into a radical agenda that says that the only way you can balance a budget is to take away the guaranteed benefit of Medicare.  That is radical, it’s wrong,”  said Casey who is seeking a second six-year term.

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Government
7:03 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Compromise Key to Successful Future of Pittsburgh Waterways

State Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny)  welcomed Jim Good as the director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  The lawmaker also opened a dialogue with PWSA, ALCOSAN, and other community leaders and organizations about the future of area water systems.

“If we don’t act constructively and be progressive and proactive, individuals and businesses are going to be devastated with rate increases that would be in the hundreds of dollars on one’s bill. We have to plan smarter and think more creatively and more boldly,” said Ferlo.

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Government
5:39 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Return to Paper Ballots?

The effect of Hurricane Sandy could impact voting in Pennsylvania Tuesday.  The Corbett administration says between 250 and 300 polling places in the commonwealth remain without power just four days before the presidential election.  

However, Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman won't say which voting locations have no electricity.

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Sandy
4:31 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Hurricane Deductibles Don't Apply to Sandy Insurance Claims

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Superstorm Sandy’s destruction has homeowners wondering about claims, deductibles, and insurance policies since some sources say winds were strong enough for hurricane status, and others say it was not hurricane at the time of landfall.

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Science & Technology
4:17 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Change Your Batteries When You Change Your Clocks

Public safety officials in Pittsburgh are encouraging residents to participate in the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” program. In efforts to promote fire safety in the home, residents are encouraged to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they turn the clocks back early Sunday Morning November 4.

Colleen Walz, the Deputy Chief of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau, said technological improvements have greatly helped the program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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Government
3:16 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Penn State Scandal Investigation Might Not Be Over

Despite Thursday's  indictment against former Penn State President Graham Spanier, the Attorney General’s office isn’t calling the investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal a closed case. 

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There are other things that probably require some attention and further investigation, and I’m not going to comment further,” said Attorney General Linda Kelly.

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Government
6:44 am
Fri November 2, 2012

The Race for Auditor General

The auditor general is Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal officer, responsible for gauging the financial strength of state departments and agencies, and determining whether local entities are living up to their budgetary obligations.  The office oversees the spending of everything from school districts to liquor stores to pension plans.

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Government
6:44 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Freed and Kane Square off in State Attorney General Race

The race for the office of Attorney General has had all the plot points of a great pulp novel: unproven allegations of a scandal within a scandal, blatantly false attacks, and hints of cronyism.  At the center of the story the reader finds two well-pedigreed candidates.

One is a prosecutor with the backing of the Republican-establishment….

“Why should you care that I’ve been a tough, no-nonsense prosecutor for 15 years?” asked Republican Dave Freed.

The other is a prosecutor with the backing of the Democratic establishment and a heck of a lot of money.

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Arts
7:01 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

First "Alternative Homecoming" Dance Has Big Screen Inspiration

“We accept the love we think we deserve," is perhaps the most famous line from the recently released movie, “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”.  The film was the inspiration for Pittsburgh’s first “Wallflowers and Wildflowers: An Alternative Homecoming”.  The event welcomes local high school students who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school dances and will be held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Saturday, November 10.

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Arts
6:53 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Halloween’s Over, Time to Start Planning for Light Up Night

With Halloween passed, for those of us not trick-or-treating, people are looking to move on the the next holiday. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will kick off the Christmas season with the 52nd annual Light Up Night.

With the CAPA (Creative And Performing Arts) high school choir performing, organizers and officials met in PPG Place’s Wintergarden to announce this year’s events.

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Government
4:44 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Former Penn State President Charged in Sandusky Investigation

Former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier was charged Thursday with hushing up child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky, making him the third school official to be accused of crimes in the alleged cover-up.

Prosecutors also added counts against the two former underlings, Timothy M. Curley and Gary C. Schultz, who were already charged with lying to the grand jury that investigated the former Penn State assistant football coach.

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Economy
4:35 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Funding for More Seats at Heinz Field at Center of Legal Action by Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have filed an intent to sue the stadium authority over funding for additional seats in Heinz Field.                                                               

A stalled plan to add 3,000 end zone seats and a new scoreboard would cost up to $39 million. The Steelers want the city-county Sports Exhibition Authority to pitch in about two-thirds of that – which the team says is required under a lease agreement. SEA officials want to contribute less.

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Economy
2:52 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Pittsburgh Unemployment Deceptively Rises To 7.4 Percent

In the last unemployment report to be released prior to the November 6 elections, Pittsburgh’s jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in August to 7.4 percent in September. However that percentage doesn’t tell the entire story according to Doug Heuck, the Director of the regional benchmarking website PittsburghTODAY.

“When you actually look at the change in actual employment and the number of jobs added in that period, Pittsburgh actually had the third highest rise in jobs [among peer cities] in terms of percentage change over that year,” he said.

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