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Rossi: Crosby's debt to NHL paid in full — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 10:42 p.m. Updated 8 minutes ago COLUMBUS, Ohio Sidney Crosby's first decade in the NHL is almost over. And here is what he needs to know: Being Sidney Crosby isn't his job anymore. Just being Sidney is all any of us should ask of "The Next One" who became "The One."
Jan 26, 2015

RT @Wrschgn: #Penguins star Sidney Crosby nears the end of his 1st decade in the NHL: Another fine piece by @RobRossi_Trib

Jan 26, 2015

#Penguins star Sidney Crosby nears the end of his 1st decade in the NHL: Another fine piece by @RobRossi_Trib

Jan 26, 2015

.@RobRossi_Trib writes the NHL is less dependent on Sidney Crosby as he nears his second decade as a pro…

Jan 26, 2015

Great read, as always, from @RobRossi_Trib: Crosby's debt to NHL paid in full

Jan 26, 2015

RT @RobRossi_Trib: *COMMENTARY* In first decade with #NHL, #pens, Crosby faced it all. That needs to change >> http:…

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Senate GOP, fired open records director file lawsuit against Wolf — HARRISBURG - A lawsuit filed Monday in Commonwealth Court seeks to block Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's firing of the state's Open Records Office director. The legal challenge by Senate Republicans and Erik Arneson is the first test of Wolf's administration, less than a week after he pledged bipartisanship during his swearing-in ceremony.

Astrobotic lands $1 million Google Lunar XPRIZE — Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 11:30 a.m. Updated 19 minutes ago Google Lunar XPRIZE awarded a Pittsburgh team from Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic $1 million Monday, making it the only team in the lunar landing contest to win all three Milestone Prizes.

Round it goes | Flowback — Two years ago, a critic of natural gas development warned about a revolving door in Pennsylvania government. Too many people moved too freely between positions in government and jobs at companies involved in the industry, the nonprofit Public Accountability Initiative claimed in a report, raising "questions about whether regulators are serving the public interest or private industry interests in their oversight of fracking."

'Free' wine kiosk initiative costs state Liquor Control Board $300K — How it happened 2008: LCB requests proposals for a self-service, wine-dispensing kiosk. Simple Brands LLC of Conshohocken, Montgomery County, is the only bidder. Jan. 29, 2009: LCB and Simple Brands sign a contract for 100 wine kiosks to be placed throughout Pennsylvania.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @JeremyBoren: Pennsylvania's dalliance with wine kiosks lives on as an expensive hangover for taxpayers.

Jan 26, 2015

Can't drink to that: 'Free' wine kiosk program costs #Pennsylvania $300K, @KariAndren reports.

Jan 26, 2015

Pennsylvania's dalliance with wine kiosks lives on as an expensive hangover for taxpayers.

Penguins recall 4 players — With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin ineligible to play against Winnipeg on Tuesday - and many other injured players expected to remain out of the lineup - the Penguins have recalled four players from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Forwards Bryan Rust, Andrew Ebbett and Scott Wilson, along with defenseman Scott Harrington, have been recalled and could play against the Jets.

Romero's son plans 'Living Dead' origins story — Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 2:57 p.m. Updated 18 minutes ago Radar Pictures has come on board to produce writer-director Cameron Romero's "Origins," the genesis story of his father's iconic "Night of the Living Dead." Production is planned for later this year.

Monday Mop-Up Duty: The new commish said what? — SOUTH HILLS - Rob Manfred conducted one of his first interviews as MLB commissioner over the weekend with ESPN. What he said was frightening. ESPN's Karl Ravech interviewed Manfred and the questioning got around to adjustments he would consider to improve the game.

Bloomfield bookstore owner bucks naysayers — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Updated 21 minutes ago When Lesley Rains decided to become a bookseller in 2011, she was bucking a few trends. Bookstores - especially small, independent bookstores - were closing in droves. Ebooks, convenient and easy to acquire online, seemed poised to threaten the physical book just as digital music was making CDs obsolete.

Yohe: 10 issues facing Penguins in second half — Good morning, everyone. Ready for the unofficial second half of the hockey season? Of course you are. But are the Penguins? That's a pretty good question, I'm sure you'll agree. Let's take a look at the 10 biggest issues facing a Penguins team that might be the X-factor of the Eastern Conference playoff picture come April.
Jan 26, 2015

I felt like blogging this morning. A look at the 10 issues the Penguins face entering the second half of the season:…

#TribHS roundup: A Classic weekend — Pittsburgh Basketball Club director John Giammarco (center) with his son, Steven, and former Pitt greats Kirk Bruce (left) and Billy Knight (right) What a wonderful weekend for a basketball junkie. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Basketball Club, run by John Giammarco, I spent Saturday listening to basketball stories at the PBC Hall of Fame banquet and Sunday watching basketball games at the PBC High School Classic at Montour.
Jan 26, 2015

New on #iPreps: A 'Classic' weekend for a hoops junkie; plus #TribHS basketball and wrestling links:…

Funeral for Joey Fabus, honorary police officer, Monday morning — Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 9:51 a.m. Updated 15 minutes ago Family, friends and an adopted brotherhood of police gathered Monday morning at St. Bernard Parish in Mt. Lebanon for the funeral of Joey Fabus, who became an honorary cop this summer while battling an inoperable brain tumor.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @TribLIVE: The South Hills are turning out for 8-year-old Joey Fabus' funeral procession.

Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow — Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 6:54 a.m. Updated 22 minutes ago NEW YORK - Northeast residents are girding for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow.
Jan 26, 2015

@ThePittNews See, here's proof newspapers can't die: Can't make frosty's nose with twitter, but you can w/ TPN! :)

Chips in pucks, jerseys could alter how NHL games are analyzed — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 10:30 p.m. Updated 2 minutes ago Welcome to the Stuffed Puck Era. The NHL debuted tracking chips inside pucks and jerseys over All-Star weekend here in Columbus. And although the experiment, spearheaded by sports technology giant Sportvision, is in its embryonic stages, it potentially could change the way hockey games are watched and analyzed.

Energy companies vie for experienced workers with skills in high demand — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Updated 23 minutes ago Specialized, experienced engineers are becoming a tough get in Western Pennsylvania as the gas drilling industry outpaces the growth of an experienced talent pool. Stock awards, sign-on bonuses, unlimited vacation and travel stipends are increasingly becoming necessary for companies looking to attract top candidates, recruiters say.
Jan 26, 2015

Energy cos competing for workers offering bonuses, stock awards and other perks via @katelynferral @TribLIVE

Study of vets supports PB pills, genetic variations linked to Gulf War illness — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 10:50 p.m. Updated 15 minutes ago A government-issued pill intended to protect troops from nerve agents may have made some troops more vulnerable to a chronic condition marked by headaches, cognitive problems, pain and fatigue, researchers say.
Jan 26, 2015

Study links U.S.-issued pills, genetic variations to #gulfwar illness: by @BrianBUpdate

Grandview development plan inches ahead in Mt. Washington — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 10:33 p.m. Updated 40 minutes ago Plans to redevelop the site of Mt. Washington's former Edge Restaurant appear to be back on track, with the property owners assembling a development team to tackle the long-awaited project.

Project to End Human Trafficking volunteers help Uganda — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 10:33 p.m. Updated 40 minutes ago Their eyes spoke to Maranie Staab more than their words. "Their situation is hard, but they are so strong, so resilient," Staab, 27, of Regent Square said of her recent trip to Uganda with the Pittsburgh-based Project to End Human Trafficking in Oakland.

Central Catholic's Petrishen says he enjoys hectic recruiting process — Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 10:10 p.m. Updated 4 minutes ago Sometimes, Central Catholic's John Petrishen just wants to get away from the rest of the world. "I lock myself in my room, turn my phone off and say, 'I really need to think about this,' " he said.
Jan 25, 2015

Central Catholic's Petrishen says he enjoys hectic recruiting process via @triblive