June 15, 2008 |
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.
April 19, 2011 |
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.
March 29, 1993 |
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.
March 13, 1990 |
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.
March 13, 1986 |
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.
June 8, 1995 |
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...
April 8, 1999 |
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.
July 7, 2002 |
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.
May 2, 2001 |
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.
May 5, 2013 |
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.