Daily Archive: October 8, 2012

Sports

Mendenhall gives Steelers lift in return

by Will Graves PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rashard Mendenhall’s surgically repaired right knee is just fine. So too it seems is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running game. Cutting with authority and showcasing the explosiveness that made him a vital part of Pittsburgh’s offense, Mendenhall rolled up 101 total yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 16-14 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. HE’S BACK–Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall smiles after their 16-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 7, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Altoona Mirror, J.D. Cavrich) “Our savior is back,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joked. “We’ve been teasing him all week. It was great to see him out there and he did a great job.”

National

Presidential race rumbles into final 4 weeks

by Ben Feller LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rumbling into its final four weeks, the presidential campaign is playing out on both coasts and multiple fronts, with Republican Mitt Romney seeking stature on foreign affairs and President Barack Obama raising political cash by the millions. Negative ads, charges of dishonesty and dwindling time are all setting the tone. RAISING CASH–President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Nokia Theater, Sunday, Oct. 7, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Joining celebrities for fundraising in Los Angeles on Sunday, Obama for the first time needled himself over a poor debate performance. But he declared he had the right focus and “I intend to win.”

Metro

When is a street not a street? Cyclists find that shortcuts can be dangerous, too

by Emily DeMarco, Public Souce In Pittsburgh’s late summer, Charles Carthorn and his son, Chuckie, rode their bikes over a favorite shortcut, a path sandwiched between the former Reizenstein Middle School and The Ellis School. “We commute here by bike every day to football practice,” said Charles Carthorn, 42. “And this is our little shortcut.” AVID BIKER–Charles Carthorn, 42, began teaching his son to ride a bike when he was small. Today, the pair often use the paper street as a shortcut to football practice, something 12-year-old Chuckie prefers because they can avoid dangerous main streets. (Public Source Photo/Emily DeMarco) But he worried that 12-year-old Chuckie might be tempted to jump over a five-foot wide sinkhole on the path that looks as if it would gobble up about one-third of an adult bike.

Sports

White football players who put noose on Black teammate expelled

WYNNE, Ark. (AP) — The Wynne School Board has expelled two junior varsity football players who were accused of placing a noose around the neck of a Black student.. The board met in executive session Wednesday and decided to expel the two students for the rest of the semester. The Jonesboro Sun reports that it’s a lesser punishment that the one recommended by Superintendent Carl Easley, who supported expulsion for the rest of the school year. Easley says five students were originally suspended. He declined further comment.

Metro

Fulfilling the Promise… City graduation rate on the rise

Celebrating the work of its first four-year graduates, the Pittsburgh Promise released its annual report that highlighted increased graduation rates in city schools and greater college retention rates for Promise scholars. The Promise report, released Sept. 27 at sponsor American Eagle Outfitters’ offices on the South Side, shows the program is succeeding on all fronts, but most importantly, said Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril, the students are succeeding. LINDA LANE The high school completion rate for Pittsburgh Public Schools has risen from 63 percent to 71 percent in the four years since the Promise started, he said.