Saturday, July 31, 2010
The district's explanation is described as an attempt to "somewhat respond to the reports" of the incident, in which another student alleges she was raped.
The district also indicated it believes the lawsuit filed by the "bait" victim should be dismissed . . . as should the lawsuit filed with respect to a third (and related) rape alleged to have occurred on school property.
(The district apparently is not offering current comment concerning a fourth student's allegation that she was sexually assaulted in a school hallway.)
The Upper St. Clair School District -- which wants everyone to understand that it ""remains committed, first and foremost, to the safety and well-being of its students" -- appears to have an exceptional amount of alleviating to do.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
That was in 1991. Twenty years later, the site is a surface parking lot.
It could have been worse (East Liberty; Allegheny Center; etc.). But Pittsburgh lost a gem, and still doesn't have a good, midsized concert hall for anything more energetic than a Marvin Hamlisch-interprets-ABBA show.
Bonus Question: Was Jim Ferlo arrested while protesting the Syria Mosque's demolition?
Infinonytune: Soul To Soul, Stevie Ray Vaughan (Syria Mosque soundcheck, 1986)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ever wonder how many cranky old-timers who idolize Dean Wormer and mutter about "race music" are still around?
California's taking a poll.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The 12-Kids-Still-Stuck-In-Orphanage Angle Is Apparently Less Newsworthy Than 'Pittsburghers Save Haitian Earthquake Orphans ' Story Was
If any local newsgatherer wishes to begin to cover this story, it might check whether religious discrimination tainted screening of prospective adoptive parents; whether any false declarations were made in attempting to arrange clearance to depart Haiti; or whether Haitian authorities have threatened criminal charges.
Infinonytune: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty
Your (borrowed) tax dollars at work, folks.
Masters of War deserves another spin on Infinonytunes (center column).
Monday, July 26, 2010
Remember when those who enacted the drink tax claimed they were doing it to save Port Authority transit? A few years -- and a number of casualties -- later, PAT is collapsing financially, begging for a "reliable funding source."
Sunday, July 25, 2010
One First Street N.E.: Obama 2012.
Morality: Re-Elect President Obama.
Pittsburgh, 2015: Coming to a city near you.
Bell, CA: The $800,000 city manager (with $600,000 public pension).
Fallujah: American record in Iraq just keeps getting better.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
For a small-time public official in a nondescript town, Thomas DeRosa appears to generate more than his share of headlines, none of them flattering.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Here are some other things that are predictably a part of Ms. Doven's future:
1) She will join the list of those interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents concerning events associated with the mayor's office.
2) She will write a resume describing work for a "Mayor of Pittsburgh" but omitting identification of that mayor by name.
3) She will wonder why people keep mentioning Kevin Bacon's final scene in Animal House (on the sidewalk: "All is well"), and chuckling, as she walks away from them.
4) She will receive an invitation to her college graduating class' five-year reunion, at which gathering she will ask the recent law school grads to explain "qualified immunity."
5) She will encounter less competition for space on downtown sidewalks, for tables at InsolvenCity restaurants (suggested press release: "Why wait 45 minutes for a table in the suburbs when you can be seated at any downtown restaurant immediately"), and for parking spots in city business districts as Pittsburgh empties out.
Infinonytune: Shout, Otis Day & The Knights
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
You start by scoring nine runs in the first inning, then . . .
Infinonytune: Centerfield, John Fogerty
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The next time a conservative starts yapping about the size, cost, competence or accountability of government, show that person this article about the overpriced outsourcing of core government functions to inappropriately motivated contractors by overmatched and frightened federal officials in the wake of the September 11 attack, then show him the color-coded deficit chart, then ask whether that conservative has anything to say other than, "I apologize -- for everything Republicans inflicted on this country and our world in seven disastrous years."
Monday, July 19, 2010
Ever wonder what Hollywood would do with a script obviously inspired by a session in which Pittsburgh's mayor addresses council?
It opens July 30.
(That must be Luke on the right; could that be a young Doug Shields on the left?)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Afghanistan: It ain't over, but we lost, but that's O.K.
Holywood: The Passion Of Mel Gibson, the Sequel.
Wasilla, AK: A Shakespearean call on Muslims to refudiate.
Rock Bottom, AK: Fighting over a Jerry Springer star?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
(Of course, it isn't the first time. Or the second. Or the third. Or . . .)
Infinonytune: It Wasn't Me, George Thorogood / Delaware Destroyers
Infinonytune: Cocaine Blues, George Thorogood / Delaware Destroyers
Infinonytune: I'm Wanted, George Thorogood / Delaware Destroyers
Infinonytune: Wanted Man, George Thorogood / Delaware Destroyers
Friday, July 16, 2010
The synergistic effects of Dan Onorato's regressive assessments and the school directors' inbreeding system produce two obvious Infinonytips for McKeesport residents:
UPDATE: Breaking news from the Inbreeding Desk: West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin reportedly has overcome the instinct to appoint his daughter -- creative resumeist Heather Bresch -- to the United States Senate, instead choosing his 36-year-old former mouthpiece, Carte Goodwin.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Infinonytune: I Fought The Law, Bobby Fuller Four
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The stain, however, remains.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
First, the Post-Gazette recounts information concerning a competitor without slant, slight or rancor.
Second, the woman recounted was the type of person who makes some journalism admirable.
Infinonytune: Daily Records, The Who
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Michael Lanese -- who asked his nine-year-old twins to clean his guns without supervision after he attended a gun show with them, then fled the country after one child blew the other's brains out -- was before Judge Rangos for sentencing after police arrested him in Vietnam.
Judge Rangos sent Mr. Lanese home this afternoon, "time served," after observing:
"The damage here is done and it's not repairable."
That description covers merely 99 percent of criminal prosecutions and defendants (100 percent of homicides). Unless Judge Rangos has a soft spot for lethally negligent gun nuts with a lengthy reported history of poor parenting, today's decision is inexplicable.
Judge Rangos, never among the county's better judges, should not count today among her better on the bench.
A similar courtroom performance:
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Infinonytune: Burning Down The House, Tom Jones