Daily Archive: February 9, 2011

Sports

Steelers fumble away chance for ‘Seven’

Three critical turnovers and penalties at critical times led to the Steelers losing their second Super Bowl in eight tries 31-25 as they handed the Green Bay Packers 21 of their 31 points via two interceptions and a fumble. Take away the turnovers and its 25-10, a blowout. With 25 players with Super Bowl experience, most felt the Packers would struggle early but it was the Steelers who choked, handing the Packers a 21-3 halftime lead. COMEBACK FALLS SHORT—Steelers’ running backs Isaac Redman (33) and Rashard Mendenhall walk off the field after the NFL Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6, in Arlington, Texas. Green Bay won 31-25. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sports

Revenge of the Confederacy

Super Bowl XLV brought back eerie reminders of Super Bowl XXX, the first loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was the first Super Bowl that Pittsburgh participated in, post “steel curtain” era. That was also the game that seriously questioned the optometrist of Neil O’Donnell, the ex-Steelers quarterback who believed in the art of gift giving. Well darned if we did not hit rewind baby. O’Donnell threw two interceptions to Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown in Super Bowl XXX to set up short touchdown drives in the second half.

Sports

No. 4 Pitt holds off No. 25 West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP)—Pittsburgh had a solid Plan B for West Virginia in the absence of injured guard Ashton Gibbs—spread the ball around inside to the Panthers’ other playmakers. The fourth-ranked Panthers overcame an awful start by shooting 61 percent from the field in the second half and beat No. 25 West Virginia 71-66 on Monday night. COMING UP BIG—Pittsburgh’s Nasir Robinson (35) shoots over West Virginia’s Dalton Pepper (32) during the second half, Feb. 7, in Morgantown, W.Va. Robinson had 15 points to lead the Panthers. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

Lifestyle

Church Circuit

Dumping debt FEB. 8—The Rodman Outreach Dollars & Sense of Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, 6111 Rodman St., East Liberty, will host a Dumping Debt Workshop at 6:30 p.m. There will be budget worksheets presented and more. The second session will be held Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email Paul ­Jacobs at pjj8849@msn.com.

Lifestyle

Tasty ways to your heart

Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. But did you know that it also falls during American Heart Month? A perfect time to start taking care of your heart and the hearts of the ones you love. You might think that a heart-healthy diet is boring or flavorless. Actually, eating for your heart can add a lot of flavor, and some of it may come from surprising sources — such as watermelon.

Metro

Warden Rustin resigns to face new challenges

After six years of running the Allegheny County Jail, Warden Ramon C. Rustin has resigned from his position of Director of the Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections and Warden of the jail to accept the job of Chief of Corrections in Bernalillo County, N.M. His resignation will be effective Jan. 14. “I am feeling mixed emotions (about leaving) I am sad to leave Allegheny County and my staff. There are great people that I’ve worked with in the county,” Rustin said. “But I’m also excited to start working at a new facility.” Rustin said he is looking forward to the change in environment. RAMON RUSTIN

Metro

Pharmacy opens in Hill District

April 22 of 2010 was a historic day when Duquesne University officials announced that its Mylan School of Pharmacy had plans to open a pharmacy in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The plans became a reality Dec. 20 when the Duquesne University’s Center for Pharmacy Services officially opened its doors to the community in the Triangle Shops complex at 1860 Centre Avenue. Excited that it’s in full operation and ready to service the community, Terri Kroh, director of the pharmacy says that she and the staff are prepared to focus on the patient and to provide pharmaceutical care that is most appropriate. “Patients will be at the heart of our pharmacy services which include patient counseling, health screenings, drug therapy review and disease management, among others.” The facility will be staffed by Kroh, a licensed pharmacists, Duquesne pharmacy faculty and student pharmacists. FILLING PRESCRIPTION—Pharmacy Tech Vanessa Bridges of Swissvale is pouring pills into a bottle to fill a prescription. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Metro

Rev. Burgess challenges city democrats

In response to controversy and indecision surrounding the city’s parking authority and pension fund, District 9 City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess challenged democrats, who overwhelmingly control city government, to return to their core values. “What have democrats done here in Pittsburgh? For 70 years, democrats have run this City. For 50 years, we didn’t fund the City’s pension fund, which is why we are where we are today. We certainly didn’t invest in poor communities, even though Congress gave us nearly $750 million in (Community Development Building Grant) funds over the past 40 years to do just that,” Burgess said. “For 50 years, the city’s democrats have made Pittsburgh ‘America’s Most Livable City’ for the rich and the well-off. We have been the party that promotes and protects the interests of the rich in this city. We might as well be republicans, that’s what they do. How did this happen? Our party has controlled this city for 80 years.” REV. RICKY BURGESS

Metro

African-American among Corbett cabinet nominees

Even though Democrats continued to criticize Governor-Elect Tom Corbett for a lack of diversity on his transition team, he named John Wetzel, an African-American, to head the state’s Department of Corrections. “John Wetzel has shown to have just the kind of experience we need right now in Pennsylvania,” Corbett said during the Dec. 18 announcement. “He successfully managed the finances at Franklin County Jail, keeping expenditures below their budget despite operating a facility that was running at 175 percent capacity.” JOHN WETZEL

Metro

Vibrant Pittsburgh launches new diversity initiative

True to it’s name, Vibrant Pittsburgh made a colorful splash with more than 200 attending the unveiling of its new diversity and workforce initiative at the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture. Part of that splash was due to the heavyweight partners and board members joining CEO Melanie Harrington for the Dec.16 press conference, including board co-chairs Alex Johnson, CCAC president; and Sunil Wadhwani, co-founder of iGate Corp.; U.S. Steel CEO John Surma; and Chatham University President Esther Barazzone. MELANIE HARRINGTON, Vibrant Pittsburgh CEO. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart)