Metro Beat…Pittsburgh Marathon winner Mary Akor banned for doping

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Pittsburgh Marathon winner Mary Akor has accepted a two-year ban from USADA after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

USADA announced the ban Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Akor, from Gardena, Calif., tested positive for Clenbuterol in an in-competition urine sample collected in December 2012 at the Gobernador Marathon in Mexico.

Akor has been disqualified from all competitive results from Dec. 6, 2012, the date her sample was collected, and Nov. 5, the day she accepted the ban. Akor won the Pittsburgh Marathon in May, collapsing in exhaustion after finishing.

Steelers LB Garvin fined for hit on Huber

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh linebacker Terence Garvin has been fined $25,000 for his hit on Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber in the Steelers’ victory over the Bengals on Sunday night.

Huber sustained a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae when Garvin decked him near midfield during Antonio Brown’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Garvin was not penalized on the play. Huber lay still on the field for several minutes before walking off under his own power. He was scheduled to have surgery on his jaw Friday and is out for the year.

Garvin said Wednesday the play happened very quickly and didn’t have time to think about it before hitting Huber just below the chin. Garvin added he plans to speak with Huber at some point and is hoping for Huber’s eventual return.

Trial for Pa. man charged with threatening officer

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A man who allegedly tried to run over a Pittsburgh police office is scheduled to stand trial.

A judge on Wednesday ordered that 26-year-old DL Timothy Fullum, of Wilkinsburg, should be tried on 15 of the charges that were filed against him, including attempted homicide.

Defense attorney Chris Rand Eyster notes that the judge dismissed five other counts, and says that’s because the some of the charges are overblown.

Authorities allege that Fullum hit at least three pedestrians in October at about 2:15 a.m., then drove toward a police officer while holding a pistol out the window. Officer Brendan Nee opened fire, and a passenger in the car was critically injured.

Fullum is being held in the Allegheny County jail, unable to post $300,000 bond.

3 small 2-year colleges in Pa. abruptly close

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. (AP) – Three small two-year colleges in Pennsylvania have suddenly closed, leaving students wondering what to do next.

The schools are Oakbridge Academy of Arts in Lower Burrell, near Pittsburgh, and the Newport Business Institute, which has locations in Lower Burrell as well as Williamsport in central Pennsylvania.

Staff and students say they received word of the closure Monday afternoon and the schools were locked tight Tuesday morning.

The for-profit schools are owned by Michelle and John Bryant Mullen. Court documents indicate they have been tied up in contentious divorce proceedings for the past several years.

In an unsigned statement provided by the schools, the closure was attributed to “challenging economic times.”

A spokesman for the state Education Department said a total of about 120 students are enrolled at the three schools.

Jimmy Stewart Museum in Pa. is rebounding

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Jimmy Stewart Museum in western Pennsylvania is rebounding, after flirting with disaster.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1bQadVl ) reports Wednesday that the museum was considering closing in 2010 due to a funding shortfall. But like the 1947 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” some good Samaritans stepped in to help the small museum, which is located in Stewart’s hometown of Indiana, Pa. That’s about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Museum director Tim Harley says that in 2012 Ken and Carol Schultz began donating $25,000 per year to help keep the museum open.

The museum showcases artifacts from Stewart’s family, including his childhood bed, movie memorabilia, costumes, scripts and the front door from his Beverly Hills home.

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