Daily Archive: August 7, 2013



Magical Season Continues…Harrison homers, Pirates slip by Marlins 4-3

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison, second from right, is greeted by teammates as he crosses home plate after hitting a walk-off solo home run off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Mike Dunn during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The Pirates won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) – The last time Josh Harrison hit a walk-off homer, he was a high school senior in Cincinnati. The game was played in front of a few dozen people on a spring afternoon. Still the only homer of his prep career remains ingrained in Harrison’s memory. Now it’s got company.



Teacher effectiveness gains support

PPS Superintendent Linda Lane (Courier File Photo) This week, the Pittsburgh Public School District announced that 85 percent of their teachers demonstrated effective performance in the 2012-2013 school year, according to data from individualized Educator Effectiveness Reports. The reports are part of the district’s ongoing Empowering Effective Teachers Plan aimed at putting an effective teacher in front of every student.



Demand for gay-marriage licenses in Pa. is rising

Plaintiffs Dara Raspberry, left, and Helena Miller, holding daughter Zivah Raspberry, of Philadelphia, are among the speakers during the announcement of a lawsuit seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Dan Gleiter) HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official flouting state law shows no sign of slacking. A Montgomery County spokesman said 16 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses Monday, making it the highest single-day figure yet in the nearly two weeks since county officials began defying a state ban on such unions. Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, near Pittsburgh, told KDKA-TV that he performed a Monday night marriage ceremony for two men who were issued a license by Montgomery County. Fetterman called the Pennsylvania law that effectively bans same-sex marriage “a fundamentally unjust piece of legislation.”



Focus on foster care in Pa. yields falling numbers

Saunja Mayfield, a clothing specialist with Summit County Children Services, talks about her involvement in the pilot program called Connecting the Dots, during an interview in her office on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Akron, Ohio. The program tries to help foster kids who are aging out of the system with real life situations. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr.)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A six-year effort by the state court system and child welfare agencies has reduced by a third the number of abused or neglected Pennsylvania children in foster care or similar settings, a process that officials say has improved the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.