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Pittsburgh schools may close during G-20 summit
Administrators of Pittsburgh Public Schools are recommending that the district close all 66 schools during next month's Group of 20 economic summit.
Browns' problems return, and it's more than the QB
The coaching staff and uniform pants were new. The quarterbacks and the results were the same.
McNabb says he and Vick could pose double threat
Here's a scenario that must have defensive coordinators scrambling to their chalkboards: Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick on the field together.
Steelers' Ward would like to see Usain bolt to NFL
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward would love to see if Usain Bolt could make it as an NFL wide receiver.
Pat's or Geno's? Neither for the dieting Rendell
Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania's food-loving governor, has sworn off cheesesteaks, three-egg omelets and his beloved Starbucks coffee ice cream in the interest of better health, a newspaper said Monday.
Bostick wins big games, but can't win Pitt QB job
In his last two starts for Pitt, Pat Bostick defeated Notre Dame on the road and then-No. 2 West Virginia, also on the road. Few other quarterbacks in school history own such a resume.
Steelers defense not celebrating rookie's TD runs
The Pittsburgh Steelers fielded the NFL's best defense the last two seasons, so they don't like it when anyone scores against them. Even a teammate.
Fumo asks to delay start date for prison term
Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo wants to delay the Aug. 31 deadline to report to prison in his corruption case.
Pa. man killed in robbery due to language barrier
Police say a college student from West Africa was shot and killed in a robbery attempt because he did not understand the commands of a gunman who confronted him in a southwest Philadelphia park.
Dorsett's nephew pleads to drug charge in Pa.
A nephew of Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges related to a suburban Pittsburgh cocaine ring.
Pa.'s cheesesteak-loving governor goes on diet
Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania's food-loving governor, has sworn off cheesesteaks and ice cream as part of a personal campaign to lose weight.
Philly mayor plans cuts due to Pa. budget standoff
Philadelphia's mayor says he's going to have to cut about 30 city jobs, delay the start of a new class of police cadets and reduce the hours of the 311 call center because of the state budget impasse.
Pro wrestler Kurt Angle's hearing postponed in Pa.
A preliminary hearing has been postponed for pro wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle on charges he illegally possessed human growth hormone near Pittsburgh.
Penn St. LB Mauti out for season with knee injury
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will miss the 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a scrimmage Sunday.
Mistrial declared in JROTC sex abuse in W. Pa.
A judge has declared a mistrial for a former Army Junior ROTC instructor who is charged with molesting two boys at a western Pennsylvania high school.
Rendell shows support from children's advocates
Children's advocates rallied behind Gov. Ed Rendell on Monday even as dollars for preschool and day care are drying up because of the state government's budget impasse.
Browns release LB Bo Ruud
The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Bo Ruud.
McNabb and Vick could play together
Donovan McNabb says he has no problem with Michael Vick taking some of his snaps and warns opponents that the two quarterbacks could be on the field together at times.
Mangini won't declare leader in Browns' QB derby
Brady Quinn got the bulk of the work in the Browns' first preseason game, but coach Eric Mangini isn't declaring him the leader in Cleveland's quarterback derby.
Iowa Little Leaguers bound for Pa
The Urbandale Little League All-Stars appeared to have a spot in the Little League World Series all but locked up after jumping out to an early 6-0 lead in the Midwest Region finals.
Group proposes Antietam Creek water trail
A group in Hagerstown is proposing a water trail to guide paddlers on Antietam Creek.
States weigh benefits, risks of drilling in parks
State parks aren't just for hiking, camping and other recreation anymore. Increasingly, these lands are being used for oil and gas drilling as budget-strapped states seek new sources of revenue.
Pittsburgh museum wants black fife-and-drum group
A Pittsburgh museum wants to form a black fife-and-drum corps to commemorate black Civil War soldiers and to teach young people about their role in history.
Defense: Trio had no malice in Philly subway death
Three truant teens who allegedly beat a man on a dare on a Philadelphia subway concourse last year went on trial Monday in the victim's asthma-related death.
Poor game has Colts linemen seeking improvement
Longtime offensive line coach Howard Mudd has one goal for his final trip around the NFL: Get back to basics and play up to the Colts standards.
Pa. state library reduces hours due to budget cuts
The Pennsylvania State Library in Harrisburg slashed its hours Monday because of state budget cuts.
McNabb and Vick could play together
Donovan McNabb says he has no problem with Michael Vick taking some of his snaps and warns opponents that the two quarterbacks could be on the field together at times.
Brock to miss rest of preseason with broken hand
Colts defensive end Raheem Brock is expected to miss the rest of the preseason after breaking his left hand Friday night.
'Green' red lights: Philly gets LED traffic lights
Philadelphia is turning all its traffic lights green.
In Pa., Shinseki pledges to modernize VA system
The nation's top veterans affairs official says medical benefits for veterans will not change under the health care reforms being considered in Washington.
Service providers protest Pa. budget dispute
Human-services providers who say they are struggling to survive without Pennsylvania state subsidies are demonstrating on the statehouse steps.
Summary Box: Weekly Amish newspaper plods along
PAPER TRUMPS DIGITAL: The Budget, a weekly newspaper that caters to the Amish, is plodding along comfortably in the recession as other newspapers shed staff and reduce the frequency of print editions because of growing competition from the Internet. Subscriptions have dropped by just a few hundred in the past year. And its mostly Amish advertisers are not fleeing to the Internet.
Excerpts from Amish newspaper stories
Excerpts from the April 8 edition of The Budget:
Trial begins for 3 teens in Philly subway death
The trial is under way for three teens accused of beating a man to death on a subway concourse in March 2008.
Amish newspaper succeeds the old-fashioned way
The writers' grievances came in the form of angry letters, carried over bumpy rural roads to the newspaper office serving the Amish community.
Pittsburgh warns protesters may not get permit
Pittsburgh's Thomas Merton Center says it can't get a permit to march downtown during the Group of 20 economic summit because a security perimeter for the event hasn't been determined.
Carnegie Mellon student robbed in Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University police in Pittsburgh are warning students to be careful after one was robbed by gunmen in a minivan.
Pittsburgh museum wants black fife-and-drug group
A Pittsburgh museum wants to form a black fife-and-drum corps to commemorate black Civil War soldiers and to teach young people about their role in history.
Philly man dies days after police chase
A Philadelphia man arrested by Pennsylvania State Police following a traffic stop has died.
Trial set for JROTC sex abuse in W. Pa. school
A criminal trial is scheduled for a former Army Junior ROTC instructor who is charged with molesting two boys at a western Pennsylvania high school.
2 more arsons likely in fire-plagued W. Pa. city
Firefighters are investigating two more suspicious fires in vacant buildings in a western Pennsylvania city that has been plagued by more than 50 similar fires since last year.
Man falls 30 feet from cliff into Lake Erie
A man is hospitalized after falling about 30 feet from a cliff into Lake Erie, apparently while trying to find a spot to watch fireworks that capped the city's CelebrateErie festival.
Man drowns at western Pennsylvania reservoir
A deputy coroner says a man died in a western Pennsylvania reservoir where he had splashed into the water from a rope swing with some friends.
Autopsy set on western Pa. public pool victim
An autopsy is set on the body of a man found dead in a busy, county-owned swimming pool in western Pennsylvania.
2 Pa. children missing near Susquehanna River
Crews searching for two central Pennsylvania children missing since they went wading in the Susquehanna River have recovered two bodies, but the identities of the victims have not been confirmed.
Michigan Tech, Army Corps to study nation's shores
Researchers from Michigan's far north and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lab in steamy Vicksburg, Miss., have formed an alliance to improve tools for monitoring pollution along the nation's shorelines.
Howard, Happ power Phillies past Braves, 4-1
Ryan Howard likes what he's seen so far from J.A. Happ.
RHP Myers has no damage in eye
Philadelphia right-hander Brett Myers has been cleared by an ophthalmologist for a long-toss session on Monday, three days after injuring his eye.
Michigan Tech, Army Corps' Vicksburg lab ally
Researchers from Michigan's far north and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lab in steamy Vicksburg, Miss., have formed an alliance to improve tools for monitoring pollution along the nation's shorelines.
Brandywine Arts Festival leaving Wilmington
Brandywine Arts Festival organizers say the decades-old event will not be held on the banks of Wilmington's Brandywine River this year.
1st heat wave of summer coming to parts of Pa.
It's the first heat wave of summer for some Pennsylvanians.
Philly neighbors trap sex assault suspect
A man is charged with sexual assault after neighbors trapped him in an alley until police arrived.
Philly police commissioner: Disability is abused
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says it's "ridiculous" that on any given day, almost a tenth of the city's police force is unavailable for duty.
Philly subway death case set to begin
Opening statements are to begin in the trial of three teens accused of beating a man to death on a subway concourse in March 2008.
Pa. police say some thefts are up at colleges
Students heading back to college this fall should remember to keep a close eye on their laptops, iPods and other high-tech valuables.
Troy Berman named WVa GOP executive director
Troy Berman has been appointed as executive director of the West Virginia Republican Party.
Pa. pulls plug on Philly school safety watchdog
The state has pulled the plug on the Philadelphia school district's safety watchdog.
Howard goes deep twice to power Phils past Braves
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel knows Ryan Howard is a dangerous hitter even when he's not tracking pitches perfectly.
Vick says he cried in prison
Michael Vick says he cried in prison because of the guilt he felt about being involved in dogfighting, and was disgusted with himself for allowing it to happen.
Pirates-Cubs postponed because of rain
Shortly before rain postponed Sunday's game between the Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago manager Lou Piniella was given some encouraging news: His starting rotation may be healthy for the stretch run.
Woman, 78, dies in western Pa. house fire
Officials in western Pennsylvania say an apparent explosion and fire in a house in Fayette County killed a woman and injured her husband.
Pa. death row inmate gets lesser sentence
A death row inmate has been resentenced to five years to 123 months in prison after an eastern Pennsylvania judge concluded that his trial attorneys were ineffective _ and the only eyewitness was not credible because he was later convicted of another murder.
Vick gets extra work at Eagles' practice
Donovan McNabb took a knee on the grass and was joined to his right by Michael Vick.
Correction: Mid-Air Collision story
In an Aug. 14 story about the actions of air traffic controllers at the time of a midair collision over the Hudson River, The Associated Press erroneously reported a response by the airplane pilot. The pilot acknowledged an instruction to change radio frequency, not an instruction to turn his plane southwest.
Pa. ATV crash kills 2 18-year-olds, injures 1
Authorities in central Pennsylvania say two all-terrain vehicles collided in a field, killing two 18-year-old youths and critically injuring a 14-year-old.
MD Lottery
These Maryland lotteries were drawn on Sunday:
Wrestler arrested in Pa. on harassment, HGH counts
Authorities in western Pennsylvania say pro wrestler and Olympic medalist Kurt Angle has been arrested on charges of violating a protection from abuse order and possession of human growth hormone.
Specter: town hall ire not reflect public opinion
Sen. Arlen Specter says critics of the Democrats' health care proposals are not representative of the public's view on the issue.
Presidential honor is no joke for Pa. teacher
When Ruth Fried first received word that she'd been nominated for a prestigious national teaching award, she brushed it aside with a laugh.
Ronald McDonald tours Pa. man's Happy Meal shrine
David Bracken frequently shows his sizable McDonald's collection to neighbors and friends.
Pa. lawyer paid $20 a month to represent abused
In July, 1,500 frantic state workers rallied in Harrisburg to protest the state's budget impasse, which resulted in them receiving only partial paychecks.
At Pa. Trolley Museum, enthusiasts a driving force
Laura Wells is at ease at the controls of an old trolley car, even though she's just 20 and attending college.
Daughter's murder inspires Pa. woman's poetry
After the strangulation murder of her daughter in 2003, Kathy Sheeder Bonanno turned to poetry to reconnect with the world and pull herself back to humanity.
Infante, Braves rally past Lidge, Phillies 4-3
Brad Lidge is still confident in his abilities, even as he continues to accumulate blown saves.
Vick joins Eagles at practice and is throwing hard
Michael Vick flicked his wrist and fired tight spirals deep downfield.
Vick joins Eagles at practice and is throwing hard
Michael Vick flicked his wrist and fired tight spirals deep downfield.
Trial ordered in death of Pa. man hit by SUV
A western Pennsylvania man accused of running over another man after an argument has been ordered to stand trial on homicide charges.
Gorzelanny pitches Cubs to 3-1 win over Pirates
Tom Gorzelanny doesn't mind pitching close to home one bit, especially when he's going against his former team.
Feds, state to give $16.3 for G-20 security
The federal and state governments have agreed to provide $16.3 million to provide security at next month's Group of 20 global economic summit in Pittsburgh.
DE Lottery
These Delaware lotteries were drawn on Saturday:
DNA-based retrial bid rejected in 1977 Pa. murder
A judge has rejected a central Pennsylvania man's DNA-based bid for a new trial in the rape and murder of a waitress who was thrown from a highway bridge three decades ago.
Eagles RB Westbrook returns to practice
Brian Westbrook has returned to practice for the first time since offseason ankle surgery.
Pirates add Bixler and Bautista to roster
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled utility man Brian Bixler and purchased the contract of right-hander reliever Denny Bautista from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Phils RHP Myers hurts eye, will miss rehab start
The Philadelphia Phillies say right-hander Brett Myers has changed his description of how he sustained an injury that forced him to miss his first scheduled rehab start.
Steelers still not sure about Mendenhall
Last season didn't tell them. Their first exhibition game didn't tell them.
Pennywise-pound foolish for Pa. to slash services?
The waiting lists for Pennsylvania's human service programs all have a beginning, but, it seems, none has an end.
Vick at first NFL practice since prison
Wearing a No. 7 red quarterback's jersey, Michael Vick completed his first pass, shared a laugh with Donovan McNabb and got a handshake from the offensive coordinator.
Vick returns to NFL practice for first time
Michael Vick is on an NFL practice field for the first time since serving his prison sentence.
Prosecutor drops charge against Pa. chiropractor
An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor has dropped molestation charges against a chiropractor who had alleged that the accusations were retaliation for a lawsuit he filed.
Pa. man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter
A man charged in the death of a woman who was shot in the face as he played with a gun has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Pa. judges oppose ACLU bid to free 18 inmates
Judges in Berks County are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to deny an American Civil Liberties Union request to free 18 indigent inmates who were not represented by lawyers when they were sentenced for failure to pay child support.
Cubs fan apologizes for tossing beer from stands
The Chicago Cubs fan accused of pelting Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino with a beer says he's sorry, and hopes his fellow fans can forgive him.
Play it again: '39 Little League pioneers reunite
Bill Bair likes to tell people he was the very first batting champion of the very first Little League back in 1939.
Howard's homer carries Phillies past Braves, 3-2
Chase Utley went deep. So did Ryan Howard.
Controller bantering about dead cat before crash
The air traffic controller handling the small plane involved in a deadly crash with a helicopter over the Hudson River was chatting on the telephone about a dead cat at the airport and initially failed to warn the pilot of other aircraft in his path, officials say.
Colonial BancGroup, 4 other banks shut
Regulators on Friday shut down real estate lender Colonial BancGroup Inc. in the biggest U.S. bank failure this year and also closed four banks in Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Controller bantering on phone before crash
An air traffic controller bantering on the phone about a dead cat at the airport initially failed to warn a small plane of other aircraft in its path and then tried unsuccessfully to contact the pilot, officials said Friday. Moments later, the plane collided with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River, killing nine people.
Howard homer carries Phillies past Braves, 3-2
The Braves kept coming up just short of the fence. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard showed them how it's done.
Orange ready to shake mediocrity
Doug Marrone knows the task at hand is daunting, especially for a rookie head coach at his alma mater: resuscitate the Syracuse football program.
Vick signing draws mixed reaction in Philly
Michael Vick's return to the NFL with the Eagles is getting a mixed reaction in Philadelphia.