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  • Wendy’s Serves Up Big Kiosk Expansion As Wage Hikes Hit Fast Food

    05/12/2016 7:36:05 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies ^ | May 11, 2016 | Jed Graham
    Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion. It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost...
  • Andrew Shaw Suspended One Game for Use of Homophobic Slur During Hawks Game

    04/21/2016 6:28:51 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 46 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | April 21, 2016 | Lauren Petty
    Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for one game after using a homophobic slur twice during Tuesday night’s playoff loss against the St. Louis Blues. The league announced the suspension Wednesday along with a $5,000 fine for "directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials" during the game. Shaw will also be required to undergo sensitivity training, according to the NHL. The suspension means Shaw will miss Game 5 of the team's series against the Blues, where they are facing elimination.
  • R.I.P. Doris Roberts, 'Raymond' mom and 'Remington Steele' star

    04/19/2016 11:30:23 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 23 replies
    MeTV ^ | April 19, 2016 | uncredited
    Doris Roberts, beloved mother on Everybody Loves Raymond, died on Sunday of natural causes at the age of 90. An actress of film, stage and television, Roberts will be remembered as an instantly recognizable character actor who had portrayed many memorable roles. Though born in St. Louis, Missouri, Roberts spent her childhood in the Bronx in New York City. Her acting career began during the 1950s on Broadway and in television with a 1952 role in Studio One. Roberts landed more television roles in the early 1960s, appearing in episodes of Suspense (1952), Way Out (1961), The Naked City (1962,...
  • Rick Scott vetoes contentious alimony bill

    04/15/2016 12:22:30 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a controversial alimony reform bill, saying in his veto letter the legislation had the potential to put the “wants of a parent before the child’s best interest.” [snip] In his veto letter, Scott commended the bill’s sponsors — Sens. Tom Lee and Kelli Stargel, and Reps. Colleen Burton and Ritch Workman — for their efforts to reform the state’s divorce and alimony laws. However, Scott expressed concerns that the legislation would have an adverse effect on children.
  • Police: 78-year-old nun shoplifted coffee, soap, snacks

    03/17/2016 6:40:23 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 42 replies ^ | March 17, 2016 | uncredited
    BERWICK, Pa. — State police say a 78-year-old nun was caught shoplifting $23 worth of coffee, snacks and toiletries from a store in central Pennsylvania. Troopers say Sister Agnes Pennino was seen shoplifting the items from the Surplus Outlet near Berwick on Monday afternoon. WNEP-TV reports police determined the woman captured on surveillance video was the nun who lived about 20 miles away at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Convent in Danville. Store manager Zane Kishbach says he "couldn't believe it that a nun would actually do something like that."
  • 30 girls involved in large fight at University Prep in Pittsburgh

    02/29/2016 12:01:10 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 79 replies ^ | February 29, 2016 | uncredited byline
    PITTSBURGH — Police reponded to reports of a large fight at University Prep High School in Pittsburgh’s Hill District Monday morning. Officers were dispatched to the school at about 9:45 a.m. Ebony Pugh, a spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, said 30 female students were involved in the brawl that began with an argument over a boy. Pugh said they were sent home and will face charges from a magistrate.
  • Kasich, Cruz ballot paperwork challenged in Pennsylvania

    02/26/2016 6:47:22 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 33 replies ^ | February 25, 2016 | uncredited byline
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Court challenges seeking to knock Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich off the Pennsylvania primary ballot have been scheduled for hearings in March. The challenge to Kasich was filed by a Marco Rubio activist and will be heard March 9. It questions the signatures collected to get Kasich on the April 26 ballot. Two Cruz challenges will be heard March 10. One was filed by Carmon Elliott, a Pittsburgh Republican, who says Cruz isn't qualified to run for president because he was born in Canada. The other challenges the signatures collected to put Cruz on...
  • FBI joins probe of Flint, Michigan's lead contaminated water

    02/03/2016 12:21:20 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 2, 2016 | David Shepardson
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it was joining a criminal investigation of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention. Federal prosecutors in Michigan were working with an investigative team that included the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said. An FBI spokeswoman said the agency was determining whether federal laws were broken, but declined further comment.
  • Lobbyists Declare Victory After Visa Reform Measure Dies Quietly

    12/18/2015 6:26:02 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 6 replies
    ABC News (via Yahoo!) ^ | 12/17/2015 | Matthew Mosk
    A bi-partisan attempt to reform a little-known immigration program that offers wealthy foreigners access to visas and U.S. Green Cards but has been beset by allegations of fraud and abuse. The EB-5 program, called so due to its visa designation, allows rich foreign nationals a shortcut to a Green Card as long as they invest $500,000 in a designated job-creating project in the U.S. Designed to spur the American economy, the program is also feared to have been exploited by spies, money launderers and other criminals, as revealed in an ABC News investigation earlier this year. "There are well-documented national...
  • Police make arrests, issue citations after incident in Downtown Pittsburgh (BLM Strikes Again!)

    12/17/2015 6:51:55 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies ^ | December 16, 2015 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 News has learned that several people were arrested or issued citations after an incident in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon. According to Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph, the incident started in the Wood Street T Station around 3:30 p.m. Brandolph said two Port Authority police officers "attempted to identify a Brashear High School student who was tampering with escalator equipment when the student kicked them." According to Brandolph, four other people attempted to intervene in the initial arrest. He now appears to be in bigger trouble than any of those who were apprehended. One adult was taken...
  • Feel the Bern! UFC champ Ronda Rousey endorses Bernie Sanders for President

    11/11/2015 11:20:40 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 11, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Mixed martial arts' Ronda Rousey's mind may be focused on her upcoming bout but she has already weighed in on the 2016 presidential race ahead of her weigh in for a fight on Saturday. The undefeated UFC champion, 28, has said that she is supporting Vermont's senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination and the White House. Rousey told Maxim that she voted for comedian Roseanne Barr for president in 2012, and is supporting the democratic socialist this election because he does not take corporate money for his campaign.
  • Allegheny Co. public works supervisor accused of stealing 11,000 lbs. of aluminum

    11/03/2015 8:04:15 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | uncredited
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA - Channel 11's Joe Holden confirmed Monday that a regional maintenance supervisor for Allegheny County Region 1 has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property. According to the criminal complaint, James Schrott is accused of stealing more than 11,000 pounds of aluminum signs. County police said the signage is valued at more than $21,000. Schrott has been suspended without pay, a county spokeswoman said. The criminal complaint named Steven Beswick as Schrott's accomplice. According to arrest papers, county workers set up a sting and were able to track the aluminum to a local scrap yard. Investigators...
  • Amish man challenges photo ID requirement to buy firearms

    10/26/2015 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 90 replies ^ | Oct. 25, 2015 | uncredited
    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An Amish resident of central Pennsylvania is challenging the photo identification requirement to purchase a firearm, saying his religious beliefs prevent him from being photographed. Andrew Hertzler argues in a suit filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court that the requirement violates his religious freedom and his constitutional right to possess a firearm. Hertzler said his beliefs as a member of an Amish community in Lancaster County bar photographs being taken of him, but he was prohibited from buying a gun in June for self-defense purposes.
  • Pennsylvania launches online voter registration

    08/27/2015 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 15 replies ^ | 08/27/2015 | Myles Snyder
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – State officials have launched Pennsylvania’s online voter registration system. The online registration application, hosted by the Department of State, is available for use by eligible citizens at The new site also allows registered voters to easily update their voter record with a change of name, address or party affiliation, and voters may use the site to ask for help at their polling place. Governor Tom Wolf, who promised online registration when he ran for the office last year, said it will make the voting experience more convenient and accessible.
  • (PA)Attorney General Kane charged with crimes for leaking grand jury material

    08/06/2015 9:48:45 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 4 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 8/6/2015 | Brad Bumstead
    Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged Thursday with crimes related to leaking secret court documents to embarrass a political foe and covering up her directive to do so. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said she'll prosecute Kane for violating grand jury secrecy laws and lying about her actions under oath to a statewide grand jury in November. Kane leaked information to a political operative to pass to a Philadelphia newspaper “in hopes of embarrassing and harming former state prosecutors she believed, without evidence, made her look bad,” Ferman said at a news conference announcing the charges. Kane is...
  • Report: Tom Brady destroyed phone, suspension to be upheld

    07/28/2015 9:46:57 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 63 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/28/2015 | Steve Del Vecchio
    The NFL is going to reject Tom Brady’s appeal and uphold the four-game suspension he is facing for his alleged role in Deflategate, according to one report. Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday morning that a source told him Roger Goodell will not reduce or overturn Brady’s suspension. Perhaps more shocking, Smith cited a separate source who told him Brady actually destroyed his own personal cell phone rather than just refusing to turn it over.
  • Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Think Your Cable TV Bill Is Too High, And They Want The FCC

    07/10/2015 12:28:36 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 40 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | Christopher Zara
    Attention, voters: Bernie Sanders is just like you, which is to say he’s tired of paying too much for cable. The independent Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful joined three fellow senators Thursday in asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the “ridiculous prices” charged by pay-TV and broadband services. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Sanders -- along with Democratic Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts -- said American consumers are being burdened by ever-increasing monthly bills and a thicket of hidden fees. Citing lack of competition and increased...
  • NBC Cancels A.D., The Bible Continues (may live elsewhere)

    07/06/2015 10:13:35 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 60 replies
    NBC has canceled A.D. The Bible Continues after just one season, Deadline reports. The miniseries, created by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, was a follow-up to their record-breaking miniseries The Bible, and chronicled the early days of modern Christianity. A.D., which premiered on Easter, was positioned as an event series at NBC, but Downey, Burnett and the network had indicated that subsequent seasons were part of the plan. It's possible that the show will continue on another platform
  • Kennywood employee arrested at park on child porn charges

    06/23/2015 9:22:51 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies
    WPXI ^ | June 23, 2015 | uncredited
    Authorities confirm to Channel 11's Rick Earle that a man who worked at Kennywood was arrested last Wednesday on child pornography charges. Agents with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office arrested Nicholas Lancos at the amusement park with the help of Kennywood police. Investigators say they found child pornography on a computer owned by Lancos at his Greenfield Avenue home. Lancos was a seasonal employee who worked in the park's rides department.
  • Students at Pittsburgh-area school allegedly organize “Anti-Gay Day”

    04/17/2015 12:54:19 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 29 replies ^ | April 17, 2015 | uncredited
    A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District,...
  • Up to 44 years for man in fatal Pittsburgh police dog stabbing

    03/10/2015 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies ^ | March 10, 2015 | uncredited
    A man convicted of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog has been sentenced to 17 years, 9 months to 44 years in prison. A judge said Tuesday that John Lewis Rush must also serve 8 years of probation following his release. Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic reports the judge sentenced John Rush on each charge and the sentence will run consecutively. The 22-year-old Stowe Township resident was convicted in December of torturing a police animal, aggravated assault on the dog's handler, who was stabbed in a shoulder, and three other officers and other offenses. Police say Rush stabbed the dog in...
  • Police: 2 anti-violence organizers beat ex-roomie in Washington (PA)

    10/30/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 30, 2014 | uncredited
    Two “Stop the Violence” organizers in Washington County allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said. The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the...
  • Pa. legislator exchanges gunshots with would-be robber near Capitol

    10/15/2014 11:49:56 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies ^ | 10/15/2014 | uncredited byline
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg, city police said Wednesday. Rep. Marty Flynn and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner with other legislators when two males accosted them and demanded their wallets just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Flynn is a former Lackawanna County prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun. He drew his pistol and fired during the attempted holdup. At least one of the two would-be robbers was armed, police said, but neither Flynn nor the...
  • Here’s how every college student can graduate debt-free (MSM proposes FREE tuition like Germany)

    10/08/2014 6:57:16 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 68 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Rick Newman
    For decades, free high-school education helped strengthen the middle class and generate prosperity. So isn’t it time to extend the same thinking to college? The idea might seem impractical, since college costs more than high school and higher education isn’t for everybody in the first place. Yet it’s also obvious that a high school education alone isn’t nearly as valuable as it used to be, which is why some researchers and policymakers are now studying ways to make college as accessible as high school for those who want it. College is free in Scandinavian countries and highly subsidized in much...
  • Being 23: The meteoric rise of Millennials a powerful force (Millenials steer us leftward)

    09/08/2014 6:30:27 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 47 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | Sept. 7, 2014 | Alexis Wilkinson
    Right now in the United States, there are more 23-year-olds than people of any other age. This seemingly trivial fact of demographics is an anomaly more than 50 years in the making. According to U.S. Census data, since 1947, the most represented age in the United States has always been a member of the group born in the 20 years after WWII, the baby boomers. In 1950, it was age 3. In 1990, it was 29. In 2010, it was 50. [snip]
  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    09/02/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | September 1, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption. [snip]
  • 'Dating Naked' contestant sues for $10 million after blur failed

    08/22/2014 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 115 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/22/2014 | Jason Hughes
    <p>According to the suit, Nizewitz signed on to the show before it had a name. She claims she was advised of the nudity, but was assured that all frontal and genital nudity would be blurred. During one brief moment, though, during a "wrestling takedown" of her date, her crotch was allegedly flashed on the screen without blurring.</p>
  • Deadly home invasion in Carrick reported near set of Hollywood film (2nd. Amendment triumphs again)

    07/22/2014 6:05:48 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 26 replies
    WPXI ^ | 07/22/2014 | uncredited
    CARRICK, Pa. — A deadly home invasion was reported in Carrick early Tuesday morning near the set of a Hollywood movie being filmed in the area. Police said the invasion happened around 2:20 a.m. on Merritt Avenue. Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported that the victim opened fire on the two men accused of breaking into his home, killing one and critically injuring the other. Detectives said the men demanded the victim’s belongings, but instead he pulled out a shotgun and opened fire. Investigators said one of the men tried to run away after he was shot, but fell as he...
  • Block Communications to lay off hundreds at newspapers in Pittsburgh, Toledo

    06/04/2014 8:49:19 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 3, 2014 | John D. Oravecz
    Block Communications Inc. said it will lay off 136 people at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and 131 at the Blade of Toledo, a decision that will help cut costs at the two money-losing dailies where the company has been wrangling with unions for more than a year over concessions. [snip] Negotiations with the unions over a new contract have been ongoing for a year, with Block asking for wage and benefit concessions after years of losses. In March, members of the Newspaper Guild “celebrated” their 3,000th day without a raise with a pie party in the newsroom. Block told employees in...
  • NBC asks viewers for better sitcom ideas

    04/09/2014 6:35:11 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 149 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | April 8, 2014 | James Hibbert
    The broadcast network announced “an unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices” on Tuesday by launching a national campaign offering aspiring comedy writers from around the country the chance to pitch their sitcom ideas. [snip]
  • Security, tensions high as students return after shooting; Shooter, 16, ‘planned ambush’

    11/14/2013 7:25:07 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 9 replies
    WPXI ^ | November 14, 2013 | Uncredited Byline
    PITTSBURGH — Students at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh will return to school Thursday, less than a day after a shooting outside the school injured three students. (snip) The shooting happened just blocks away from the campus Wednesday. Investigators said the 16-year-old charged in the shooting “planned the ambush” as retaliation to a fight that happened at the school last month. A.J. Willet was taken into custody shortly after the incident. Channel 11 News was there as he was taken from Pittsburgh police headquarters to the Allegheny County Jail late Wednesday night. As of Thursday morning, two of the victims...
  • Mountain Dew spill forces major traffic backups on I-70

    05/09/2013 12:43:12 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 17 replies ^ | 5/9/2013 | uncredited
    Traffic remains backed up for miles on Interstate 70 in Washington County after a tractor-trailer carrying Mountain Dew jackknifed Thursday morning. [snip]
  • 4 Pittsburgh firefighters sue over hearing loss from sirens

    04/23/2013 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 23, 2013 | uncredited byline
    Four Pittsburgh firefighters are suing seven companies that manufacture fire trucks or sirens, claiming they've lost hearing due to the blaring sirens. (snip) They're claiming that Mack Trucks Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and five other firms "knew or should have known the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing." The men claim they've suffered irreversible hearing loss "due to exposure to the intense noise." The firefighters are seeking unspecified monetary damages
  • Wheels Come Off the Obama Bus

    09/05/2012 6:51:17 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 20 replies
    KDKA-TV ^ | Sept. 4, 2012 | Uncredited Byline
    EAST LIBERTY (KDKA) – A routine bus ride for kids heading to school became anything but Tuesday morning. A wheel on a bus transporting students to Pittsburgh Obama Academy came loose on Route 28. {snip}
  • Wilkinsburg man detained, accused of promoting anti-American violence (Jihadi near Pittsburgh)

    03/16/2012 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 10 replies ^ | March 16, 2012 | uncredited byline
    WILKINSBURG, Pa. — Police are detaining a man accused of promoting anti-American violence, although there is no direct link to any terrorist groups at this time. On Thursday, federal agents raided Khalifah Ali Al-Akili’s Wilkinsburg apartment and took him away in handcuffs. (snip) Jennings said investigators pulled Jihadist literature from Ali Al-Akili’s apartment and computers. So far, no charges have been filed.
  • Yahoo! Begins Online Propaganda Series "Remake America"

    03/08/2012 6:50:13 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 5 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | March 8, 2012 | Yahoo!
    Heavily promoted on their front page, a new six-part video series "Remake America". Looks like a freebie series of Obama campaign ads to me. A steady stream of what Reagan used to call "the poor suckers from South Succotash someplace". Boy is there a need for a Conservative search engine!
  • Democrat State Legislator Wants Rush Pulled from 570 WKBN

    03/07/2012 2:34:54 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 36 replies ^ | March 6, 2012 | Tom Lavery
    State Representative Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) wants Limbaugh's show pulled from Youngstown's WKBN-AM (570) where Limbaugh's show has aired for years. Hagan felt called to start a petition against Limbaugh's "most recent on-air attack against women" on behalf of his three daughters and seven sisters.
  • Fitzgerald, Raja will face off for county exec in November (Left vs. Right in Pittsburgh)

    05/18/2011 7:26:00 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 18, 2011 | unattributed byline
    Former County Council President Rich Fitzgerald legged out a victory over County Controller Mark Patrick Flaherty in the Democratic primary for Allegheny County executive on Tuesday night. Fitzgerald will face Mt. Lebanon entrepreneur D. Raja, who handily beat former County Councilman Chuck McCullough in the Republican primary (snip) The winner in November will inherit a county with a structural deficit of about $50 million, a cash-strapped transit system and a state Supreme Court order to conduct a property reassessment that's certain to wallop some homeowners with huge increases
  • A Broad-Based Solution to Our Energy Problem(Leftist Brave New World)

    04/21/2011 8:48:54 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 1 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 20,2011 | Ben Adler
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  • US sings conciliatory tone on outsourcing row (Obama duplicity on outsourcing, again)

    09/29/2010 12:35:17 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Times of India ^ | September 29, 2010 | uncredited byline
    NEW DELHI: A day after Senate Republicans blocked passage of an anti-outsourcing bill, Democrat-led US made a conciliatory tone, stating the issue, which was an "irritant" in with India, can be "managed". (snip) Sanchez would conclude his three-day India visit today. He said protectionism is not good for any country which, "President Obama knows better than anyone in our country". Sanchez said the US market is "most open market in the world". "But the key is not to focus on any specific conflict or irritant but how we manage those and how we take advantage of that opportunity," Sanchez said.
  • Laid-off Uniontown firefighters called back, get raises (can't fire GovUnion types)

    09/27/2010 10:04:36 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 27, 2010 | uncredited byline
    UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- Firefighters in financially struggling Uniontown not only won't be laid off, they'll get raises and a new four-year contract. (snip) Instead, the firefighters sued and a three-member arbitration panel has instead issued a binding order giving the firefighters a new contract through 2014. Under the order, the firefighters laid off last year will also be recalled immediately, and all firefighters will receive 3.5 percent annual raises. Mayor Ed Fike wanted to cut the department to save money. Now he says that the department will be partially funded by a $633,000 federal grant.
  • California Police Chief Put on Leave (California, PA Police Chief Can't Prove She is US Citizen)

    09/15/2010 1:00:13 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 44 replies
    The Valley Independent ^ | Sept. 10, 2010 | Chris Buckley
    CALIFORNIA — Acting Police Chief Tracy Vitale has been placed on administrative leave amid questions over her citizenship. (snip) Vitale's attorney, Chuck LoPresti, said the acting chief was adopted in Germany by her American parents, and brought to the U.S. at age 3. She has always felt that her parents completed all of the paperwork needed to insure her citizenship. When she applied for any police job, she has answered "yes" to the question of whether she is a citizen because she has always believed that's the case. But in this case, someone has asked the borough to question Vitale....
  • 30 Post-Gazette Employees Stage Walkout (Dinosaur Media Alert)

    08/09/2010 11:03:55 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 25 replies
    KDKA-TV ^ | August 9, 2010 | no byline
    The economy and the Internet have taken their toll on newspapers around the country and after years of layoffs and cutbacks, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is no exception. Now, the paper is saying they need more cuts just to stay afloat. At 11:15 a.m., 30 editors and reporters staged a walkout in protest of concessions that the company now wants. Those concessions include 30 reporters and editors taking voluntary retirements by the end of the week, or else they will begin laying off people themselves. (snip)
  • Weather service warns of excessive heat this weekend

    07/22/2010 8:09:51 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 22, 2010 | no byline
    The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh this morning issued a special weather statement that warns residents across the region to be prepared for extreme hot and humid conditions Friday and Saturday. (snip)
  • 2 Pittsburgh TV stations using anti-Sestak ads again

    07/16/2010 2:13:02 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 5 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 16, 2010 | Daniel Malloy
    WASHINGTON -- Two Pittsburgh-area television stations have put ads attacking Senate candidate Rep. Joe Sestak back on the air after yanking them earlier this week. [snip] Mr. Miller called the flap "one of the most ludicrous attempts to try to stifle our ability and our First Amendment rights to inform the people of Pennsylvania." [snip]
  • Port Authority budgets for 30% service cut, 500 layoffs (Gov Unions put gun to head of taxpayers)

    06/15/2010 1:48:12 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 8 replies · 279+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 6/15/2010 | John Schmitz
    Port Authority expects to cut service by 30 percent or more and lay off at least 500 employees as of Jan. 1 if it doesn't get state help to close a $50 million deficit [snip] Gov. Ed Rendell has convened a special session of the Legislature to deal with a transportation funding crisis brought on by the federal government's rejection of the state's plan to collect tolls on Interstate 80. [sni]
  • Mount Lebanon schools budget hikes taxes by 10 percent (Schools spend like drunken sailors)

    05/25/2010 6:52:19 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 15 replies · 432+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 25, 2010 | Bob Williams
    The Mt. Lebanon School Board voted last night to approve a $79.4 million budget for 2010-11 that will raise property taxes 10 percent. [snip] The increase would help pay for the renovation of the high school, increased pension responsibilities and costs related to a new teachers' contract. The district expects to spend more than $15,000 per student next school year, up nearly $1,400 from this year.
  • Exploring the ‘right to health care’ (Catholic Bishops have buyers remorse on Obamacare)

    05/24/2010 12:52:36 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies · 459+ views
    The Pittsburgh Catholic ^ | May 21, 2010 | Fr. James Farnan
    There has been much talk lately claiming that “social justice” is a Catholic imperative. But just as Jesus taught about justice, he also issued a warning: “Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15). By this he meant that evil sometimes presents itself as a good. Undoubtedly, words like “social justice” can be deployed in very dishonest ways. It is possible that people could use such words to cloak a very wanton intent. [snip] Catholics are compelled by Christ’s teaching to look at things like the recent health care legislation — cloaked as it is, at least in the minds...
  • Study finds soda pop sales tied to obesity in Allegheny County (Academia working to raise taxes)

    05/06/2010 6:35:41 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 38 replies · 472+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 6, 2010 | Sally Kalson
    If Allegheny County added a tax of 1 cent per ounce on sugary soft drinks, it would cut consumption up to 8 percent. It would also produce an extra $54 million in revenue that could be plowed back into anti-obesity efforts. That's the conclusion reached by 21 undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University, mostly seniors in the departments of Engineering and Public Policy or Social and Decision Sciences. (snip)
  • Penguins co-owner to help bail out Philly newspapers

    04/26/2010 1:40:25 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 10 replies · 287+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | April 26, 2010 | Tom Barnes
    Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle, a wealthy businessman, is stepping in to help a local Philadelphia ownership group retain control of that city's two major newspapers. Gov. Ed Rendell said today that he had asked Mr. Burkle to help the current owners {snip}