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June 15, 2008 | By Mark Roth
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE PITTSBURGH - Viewed from its starting point, the new Port Authority tunnel looks like an ivory umbilical cord beneath the Allegheny River. How much new life it will nourish between downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore remains to be seen, but there is no doubt its engineering progress has been impressive. This first of two 2,240-foot transit tunnels has passed the halfway mark as a $10 million German boring machine chews its way through 35 to 45 feet of soft rock each day, 25 feet below the riverbed.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KENNERDELL, Pa. - The death of a Delaware County man who fell out of his kayak and drowned in the Allegheny River has been ruled an accident. William Root, 56, of Aston, was pulled from the river Sunday after a fellow kayaker called 911 to report he had fallen out of his boat. Root was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital in Seneca. Ruling the death and accident, Venango County Coroner Tyler Best said an autopsy Monday determined Root had drowned. Windy conditions contributed to the rough water that caused Root to fall into the water.
NEWS
March 29, 1993 | Daily News wire services
PITTSBURGH HE'S 'DISTRAUGHT' AFTER ROBBERY A white man who said he was distraught because he'd just been robbed by black youths of his last two dollars climbed down from a bridge after a black policeman offered him $5. The man, identified by authorities only as Louis, climbed atop the Seventh Street Bridge over the Allegheny River around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Officer George Phillips, who is black, volunteered to join a medic and firefighter on a ladder 100 feet above the river.
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March 13, 1990 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
River otters, absent from Western Pennsylvania waterways since the turn of the century, will return to the tributaries of the Allegheny River this summer. About 25 of the freshwater otters, purchased from New York with money dedicated by Pennsylvanians on their income-tax returns, will be placed in northwestern streams in June, said Frank Felbaum, executive director of the Pennsylvania Wild Resource Conservation Fund. The fund is sponsoring the project. Some of the animals may be turned loose only to risk an early death from fur-trapping in the area.
NEWS
March 13, 1986 | Inquirer Wire Services
The city is creating a new, larger river rescue unit to replace the police patrol that came under fire last week when a man who officers had assumed was dead was dragged by his ankles for a half-mile through the Allegheny River. Peerce Platt, 58, a Pittsburgh advertising executive who jumped from the 62d Street Bridge, was dragged through the 37-degree water for more than an hour March 4 when officers could not lift him into the boat. Platt was revived on shore by paramedics but died three hours later in a hospital.
NEWS
June 8, 1995 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim Bashline, 63, whose writings on the outdoors taught generations of newspaper, magazine and book readers how to fish and hunt, died Tuesday after a heart attack at his home in Spruce Creek, Pa. Like many others who practiced his craft, Mr. Bashline was always able to share why it was he loved the outdoors - by recalling the first flyrod that his father bought him as a preteen, or writing vividly of the creatures he hunted and the places he...
SPORTS
April 8, 1999 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eat your heart out, Philadelphia. The Pirates broke ground yesterday for PNC Park, a majestic, $228 million steel-and-limestone baseball stadium expected to lead the team to modern-day profits while evoking nostalgic memories of smaller, more intimate arenas such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy, Gov. Tom Ridge, Mayor Tom Murphy and other dignitaries grabbed silver shovels and turned a pile of dirt at the North Shore site, marking one of the most important days in the city's fabled sports history.
SPORTS
July 7, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Florida outfielder Cliff Floyd expects to be traded by the all-star break, but the Marlins haven't given him an indication when or if it will happen. Floyd said last week the Montreal Expos were one of the six teams listed in a no-trade clause in his contract, but corrected himself yesterday, realizing that he had removed the Expos from the list last winter. He replaced the Expos with the San Francisco Giants because he feared that the Giants might seek him as a replacement for free agent Barry Bonds.
SPORTS
May 2, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The New York Mets' Mike Piazza hit a two-run home run in a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros last night for his 900th and 901st career RBIs. The homer also was the 4,600th in Mets' history. The Mets placed reliever Rick White on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right rotator cuff. For the first time this season, Kansas City started a game without Carlos Beltran in center field. He was scratched just before a 13-2 loss to Cleveland with flu-like symptoms. Tampa Bay's Greg Vaughn, who went 0 for 3 with a walk, is in an 0-for-18 funk.
NEWS
May 5, 2013 | By Michael A. Fuoco, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
The 5K race kicked off Pittsburgh's marathon weekend without a hitch as the starting gun firing precisely as planned at 8 a.m., unleashing more than 2,000 runners. With the statue of Honus Wagner and a sparse but upbeat crowd looking on, it took all of the runners nearly two minutes to get to the starting line near PNC Park on West General Robinson Street between Tony Dorsett Drive and Mazeroski Way. The last of the runners to get underway in the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run was a man who juggled three balls, apparently needing more of a challenge than the 3.1-mile course.
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November 15, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Legislation to remove the historic authority of the state fish and game commissions to designate endangered species cleared its first hurdle Wednesday over the objections of outdoorsmen and environmentalists. By a bipartisan 16-8 vote, the House Game and Fisheries Committee approved a bill to give an appointed regulatory panel the final say as to which species of wildlife and aquatic life are listed. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) said Wednesday he was "looking to run" the bill next week.
SPORTS
June 3, 2013
The Pittsburgh Pirates got by the Reds on Sunday, 5-4 in 11 innings at PNC Park, and the blame for Cincinnati's loss should be squarely pinned on a familiar name to Philadelphia fans: Jonathan Broxton. Ahead by 4-2 in the eighth, the Reds brought in the big guy (who is best remembered around here for giving up a monstrous and decisive homer to the Phillies' Matt Stairs in the 2008 NL Championship Series vs. the Dodgers) to preserve the lead for Mat Latos, who was looking to improve to 6-0. Broxton promptly plunked Starling Marte but then temporarily redeemed himself by getting Neil Walker to hit into a double play.
NEWS
May 5, 2013 | By Michael A. Fuoco, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
The 5K race kicked off Pittsburgh's marathon weekend without a hitch as the starting gun firing precisely as planned at 8 a.m., unleashing more than 2,000 runners. With the statue of Honus Wagner and a sparse but upbeat crowd looking on, it took all of the runners nearly two minutes to get to the starting line near PNC Park on West General Robinson Street between Tony Dorsett Drive and Mazeroski Way. The last of the runners to get underway in the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run was a man who juggled three balls, apparently needing more of a challenge than the 3.1-mile course.
NEWS
August 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Fuoco, Diana Nelson Jones, and Lillian Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH - A total of 2.1 inches of rain fell in an hour Friday during the evening rush in Pittsburgh, said Rihaan Gangat, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. But an earlier storm meant the region was drenched by three to four inches of rain overall, causing flash floods that killed four people. Kimberly Griffith, 45, of Plum, and her daughters, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, were trapped in their vehicle and drowned in water that rose as high as nine feet on Washington Boulevard, which runs between Highland Park and Lincoln/Lemington.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KENNERDELL, Pa. - The death of a Delaware County man who fell out of his kayak and drowned in the Allegheny River has been ruled an accident. William Root, 56, of Aston, was pulled from the river Sunday after a fellow kayaker called 911 to report he had fallen out of his boat. Root was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital in Seneca. Ruling the death and accident, Venango County Coroner Tyler Best said an autopsy Monday determined Root had drowned. Windy conditions contributed to the rough water that caused Root to fall into the water.
NEWS
July 5, 2010 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - It is one of the biggest public-works enterprises in Pittsburgh history, a $529 million project to build a light-rail tunnel under the Allegheny River, connecting the downtown area with the sports stadiums on the other side. Delayed for years and way, way over budget, the North Shore Connector has been controversial and criticized as too costly. State Auditor General Jack Wagner called it "a waste of taxpayers' resources. " Gov. Rendell termed it "a tragic mistake.
NEWS
June 15, 2008 | By Mark Roth
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE PITTSBURGH - Viewed from its starting point, the new Port Authority tunnel looks like an ivory umbilical cord beneath the Allegheny River. How much new life it will nourish between downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore remains to be seen, but there is no doubt its engineering progress has been impressive. This first of two 2,240-foot transit tunnels has passed the halfway mark as a $10 million German boring machine chews its way through 35 to 45 feet of soft rock each day, 25 feet below the riverbed.
NEWS
March 1, 2004 | By Thomas Hylton
Editor's note: The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a proposal from the Rendell administration to borrow $2 billion for economic development and $800 million to clean up polluted sites, preserve farmland, and improve parks. At the same time, Gov. Rendell is seeking substantial increases in funding for public schools. The lack of a coherent state policy means that some of this funding could be wasted - or worse, harm the very region it's supposed to help, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.
SPORTS
July 7, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Florida outfielder Cliff Floyd expects to be traded by the all-star break, but the Marlins haven't given him an indication when or if it will happen. Floyd said last week the Montreal Expos were one of the six teams listed in a no-trade clause in his contract, but corrected himself yesterday, realizing that he had removed the Expos from the list last winter. He replaced the Expos with the San Francisco Giants because he feared that the Giants might seek him as a replacement for free agent Barry Bonds.
SPORTS
May 6, 2001 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer off Tim Drew yesterday in the Devil Rays' 9-4 loss to Cleveland. Crime Dog has homered off 299 different pitchers. Only five players - Mark McGwire, Eddie Murray, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Reggie Jackson - have hit homers off 300 different pitchers. Atlanta Braves righthander John Smoltz threw four shutout innings in a rehab start for double-A Greenville. The 1996 Cy Young Award winner limited the Tennessee Smokies to two first-inning singles, and then retired the last 10 batters he faced.
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