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‘Ghost of Bataan’ still gives back to veterans

By Darlene Natale Point Park News Service Abie Abraham, 98, worked in the jungles after World War II attempting to find the bodies of fallen comrades and elicited the moniker “The Ghost of Bataan.” His walls are papered with awards, citations, plaques, and certificates from presidents, politicians, clubs, church groups, and schools. Throw him a birthday party and some 300 people... Read More

Election Day 2011

Doors opened at polling places across Southwestern Pennsylvania this morning as voters considered candidates for a variety of local races, from county executives to judges to school board members. 6 p.m. More donuts than voters might be found at the West View polling locations but campaigners and volunteers aren’t discouraged. The aroma of sugar coated pastries and coffee floats in... Read More

Peters’ gas-ban referendum draws out voters

By David Singer Point Park News Service While many voting precincts across Pennsylvania are reporting low turnout this general election day, poll workers in Peters said a referendum that would ban Marcellus shale drilling in the township is attracting a surge of voter interest. Residents are voting on a referendum that would essentially make all natural gas extraction activity illegal — and supersede... Read More

Couponers clipping their way to extreme savings

By Debbie Ann Hilton Point Park News Service Every Sunday, Holly Wagner scours her local newspaper and searches the Internet looking for manufacturers’ coupons that could potentially save hundreds of dollars each month on her family’s grocery bill. Wagner, a stay-at-home mother of three, discovered the value of redeeming coupons after watching the TLC show “Extreme Couponing,” which focuses on the... Read More

Custom jeweler sells Steel City crafts to the world

By Emily Petsko Point Park News Service Christina Kapaun lives in Munich, Germany, but she still keeps Pittsburgh close to her heart. When she saw a contest posted on the “Jewelry N’at” Twitter page, she quickly entered – and won – a custom-made pendant to show her penchant for the Steel City. A hockey fan, she owns two Jewelry N’at pendants – one inscribed... Read More

Off the grid: Occupy Pittsburgh gets charged up the natural way

By Darlene White Natale Point Park News Service It looks like the scene from Gilligan’s Island in which the professor rigged a bicycle that washed ashore to create electricity. The Occupy Pittsburgh activists aren’t stranded castaways but they do frequently have someone pedaling a bike to generate electricity for their tiny island in the sea of Downtown skyscrapers. Deep-cell batteries are... Read More

High-flying fitness programs take workouts to new heights

By Emily Petsko Point Park News Service In what resembles a circus training camp, several spandex-clad women swing through the air on trapeze, leaping at every encouraging, “Up, up!” from the instructor. At Fullbody Fitness Club in Brentwood, Pa., the “Fit to Fly” exercise class has its participants soaring to new heights. Darieth Chisolm, owner of the Fullbody Fitness Club in Brentwood, works... Read More

Halloween shoppers scared about spending too much

By Colleen Ferguson Point Park News Service Brittany Martin scours racks of fake blood and fangs at Costume World in the Strip District for the perfect accessory to her Halloween pirate ensemble: a plush parrot. “Honestly, I haven’t purchased anything for my costume this year,” Martin, 23 from Pittsburgh, said last Monday. “I’m using my shirt from home; it’s all homemade.” Martin, like many, said... Read More