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Sony hack signals new, public front in cyber warfare — Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, 12:01 a.m. Updated 21 minutes ago Even if Sony's movie "The Interview" was as unspeakably bad as some reviewers suggest, it would have been every American's patriotic duty to go see the opening on Christmas Day, a top cyber-intelligence expert told the Tribune-Review.

Almost forgot, there is a game to play — It's strange to admit, but true. Paul Chryst is becoming yesterday's news. The next chapter of Pitt football is still being formulated in the minds of the coach search committee, but in the meantime there is a game to play in less than two weeks.
Dec 20, 2014

Pitt locker room blog: Don't forget, there is a game to play.

Starkey: Chryst a miserable failure at Pitt — Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 10:42 p.m. Updated 4 minutes ago Not to be lost amid the upheaval in the Pitt athletic department: Paul Chryst did a lousy job here. Astoundingly, Chryst, upon his departure, came off as a sympathetic figure who "left the program in a better place."
Dec 21, 2014

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Pitt football fights to overcome steppingstone status — Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 10:42 p.m. Updated 4 minutes ago Stored in old boxes in Darren Rovell's home are several sports magazines from the 1970s and '80s. Rovell, a sports business analyst for ESPN who makes his living studying the health and wealth of athletic programs, occasionally leafs through them.

Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches' firings — Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 10:42 p.m. Updated 11 minutes ago Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen remains miffed at how the Penguins handled last offseason's coaching changes, and he made no secret of it. "The organization can say whatever it wants, that it wasn't sure what it wanted to do, all that stuff," he said.
Dec 20, 2014

Matt Niskanen sounds off on the way the Penguins handled Bylsma:…

Lifesaving risks: Thorough evaluations coming for potential organ donors — Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m. Updated 4 minutes ago Before she donated a kidney, friends and relatives questioned Amy Mowry's decision to put herself through risky surgery. "A lot of people told me I was crazy," said Mowry, 34, of Penn Township, Butler County.
Dec 21, 2014

“How can we tell them about risks if there's no database with long-term information?” My latest on organ donation…

Still missing her dear friend Dick — Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m. Updated 24 minutes ago I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife - Dick, as he insisted I call him - fills my thoughts.

Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down — Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m. Updated 24 minutes ago C oming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures' decision not to release the movie "The Interview": "Hello everyone, and welcome to the premiere episode of 'Yeonghwa Eseo' - or, as you Americans would call it, 'At the Movies.'

Real estate union: Howard Hanna buys Langholz Wilson Ellis — Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m. Updated 52 minutes ago Howard Hanna Real Estate Services made a big push into the commercial brokerage market Friday with the acquisition of Langholz Wilson Ellis, a firm known for its involvement in high-profile deals such as PNC Park, Consol Energy Center, Heinz Field and the Waterfront retail center in Homestead.
Dec 21, 2014

Howard Hanna's Hanna Commercial in OH gained an ally thru merger announced Friday in PA.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @TribLIVE: Real estate union: Howard Hanna buys Langholz Wilson Ellis via @followthemoney

Charities scramble to fill need for toys to close Toys for Tots gap — Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, 11:00 a.m. Updated 30 minutes ago Some Pittsburgh charities are scrambling to find gifts for underprivileged children following an apparent paperwork mishap at Toys for Tots.

8 Western Pennsylvania hospitals penalized over infections — Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 10:39 p.m. Updated 4 hours ago Eight hospitals in Western Pennsylvania were penalized by the federal government because patients were infected while being treated at their facilities. The hospitals are among more than 700 across the country whose Medicare reimbursement rates will be cut by 1 percent for not reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAC), the Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @LuisTrib: Eight hospitals in Western PA penalized by Medicare over high infection rates, reports @followthemoney @TribLIVE…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BreakingNewzman: 8 Western Pennsylvania hospitals penalized over patients who got infections there via @TribLIVE's @followthemoney

Dec 19, 2014

Eight hospitals in Western PA penalized by Medicare over high infection rates, reports @followthemoney @TribLIVE…

Pitt: Football coach hire comes 1st, athletic director 2nd — Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, 7:42 p.m. Updated 30 minutes ago Football comes first at Pitt, at least in terms of the two key vacancies at the top of the athletic department. Acting athletic director Randy Juhl said the university will hire a football coach to replace Paul Chryst before naming its next AD.
Dec 20, 2014

Pitt: Football coach hire comes 1st, athletic director 2nd via @TribLIVE

Michigan State defensive coordinator a Pitt coaching candidate — Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is a candidate to become the next football coach at Pitt, a source close to the search told Trib Total Media. Narduzzi, 48, has led the Spartans defense to a top-seven national ranking in each of the past four seasons.
Dec 20, 2014

Michigan State defensive coordinator a Pitt coaching candidate via @TribLIVE

Retiring official taking love of Leetsdale with her — Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, 9:01 p.m. Leetsdale residents with questions about community programs, their streets or taxes over the last 23 years likely saw or talked first with Elizabeth Petalino. But the borough secretary and treasurer familiar to many won't be there after Friday.

Pirates sign Corey Hart to 1-year deal — The Pirates on Friday signed free-agent first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Hart can make up to another $2.5 million in performance bonuses. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, right-hander Preston Guilmet was designated for assignment.

Fleisher: The repo man rideth — We're sharing our favorite stories of 2014 on Backstory. Business reporter Chris Fleisher's top moment came in August when he headed out with repo man Jay Johnson, looking for cars to reposses. Here's his backstory... I had a front seat view of the problem from Jay Johnson's tow truck.

Homer City native's handmade cards bring new dimension to holiday cards — Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 10:05 p.m. Updated 6 hours ago Those who receive season's greetings from Ron Fabin have come to expect a special treat when they open the mailbox. Each year, the Homer City native sends more than 100 handmade Christmas cards to his family and friends.
Dec 19, 2014

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Heyl: Kane should've used evidence - or brain — Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 11:30 p.m. Updated 4 hours ago A prosecutor ignoring evidence is like a firefighter failing to unroll the hose. Both are potentially career-killing abdications of professional responsibility. No firefighter has been in the news recently for casually scrolling through sports scores while on the scene of a five-alarm lumberyard blaze.
Dec 19, 2014

Ignoring evidence one of @PaAttorneyGen Kathleen Kane's unusual prosecutorial practices...…

Newsmaker: Gregory Reed — Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 11:33 p.m. Updated 4 hours ago Noteworthy: Reed was appointed director of the Center for Energy at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. Age: 51 Residence: Adams, Butler County Family: Wife, Chantal, and children John, Caitlin and Corinne. Occupation: Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Pitt.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @Pittengineering: Newsmaker: Gregory Reed, new director of Pitt's Center for #Energy via @TribLIVE & @followthemo…