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Coptic victims recognized as martyrs

Written by Peter Smith on .

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The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt is officially recognizing as martyrs the 21 Copts who were beheaded in a video posted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State 

The Coptic Pope Tawadros II said they would be recognized on the Egyptian calendar on the equivalent of Feb. 15.

That recognition is richly deserved, said the Rev. Bishoy F. Mikhail of St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox in Ambridge, Pa., which has about 400 members, many of them natives of Egypt.

The impact of the killings hit the community hard, he said. 

"The church considers them as martyrs because they refused to deny their religious (faith) and to deny our Lord Jesus Christ," he said.

"We got very upset and furious about (their murders), but as a Christian we pray to God to change the behavior of those people who killed our children."

The church remembered them in their prayers last Sunday.

"The Coptic church also has a lot of martyrs in her history," he said. "They take a very high rank in the ranks of the saints. So we consider them in heaven now, but regarding their families, we pray to let our Lord comfort them."

Image based on the killings posted on terrasanta.net. It has been attributed to Wael Mories.

 

 

 

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Rock N Roll Legends Awards: 3 inductees is not enough

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

awardsThe discussion of the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends nominees hasn't calmed down, so it's worth revisiting another aspect of it: Trying to induct people while they're still alive!

Because we got a late start with this in Pittsburgh, at the rate of three inductees per year (one Modern Legend, one Legacy Legend, one Non-Music Professional), they'll be lucky to get through the '70s by 2035.

As it is now, we're choosing between Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky and Billy Price (along with Rusted Root) as Modern Legends. Ideally, those first two or three would get in now and we could quickly move on to the likes of Norman Nardini and Frank Czuri and someday maybe get to the rival punks: Carsickness, The Five, Cynics, etc.

At this rate, Czuri (of Diamond Reo, Silencers, Igniters) could be five years away because in the Legacy category, the Awards group -- created as a cancer charity by Mary Ann Miller Communications -- has nominated '50s/'60s acts the Skyliners, Del Vikings and Lou Christie and will still have to contend with the likes of the Marcels, the Vogues, the Jaggerz, etc.

Those people aren't getting any younger. In terms of non-professionals, when do we get to Dom DiSilvio? Johnny Banana? Manny Theiner?

So, why only induct three at a time?

Theresa Kaufman, an event planner also involved in the Awards program, said "First, honestly, it would diminish the focus on the honoree. Second, if we honor two from each category, then it becomes an issue of why not honor three or four? Where do you draw the line?"

Well, the beauty of these things is you can draw the line anywhere you want. If you drew it at two per category, for a total of 6, Donnie and Joe (or better yet, the Iron City Houserockers), for instance, could get their plaque together on April 23 at the Hard Rock Cafe and you would give them the exit music after 5 or 10 minutes. 

So, basically, this will be a long, slow (and potentially sad process) and they need to hit the accelerator.

Finally, people have wondered "who cares" and "who are these people are to come in and start their own 'hall of fame.'?"

Excellent point! The founders are from the society gala SEEN not the rock scene. And the Pittsburgh Rock N Roll Legends Awards has been created as a black-tie-type affair for the purpose of benefiting the Cancer Caring Center, with tickets ranging $150 to $200.

So, with apologies to Huey Lewis, its heart is not rock 'n' roll.

However, it's been legitimized, because last year the Pittsburgh Rock n Roll All-Stars (Iris, Grushecky, the Granatis, etc.) showed up and took part in the induction of Rich Engler. Until someone else comes along to do this -- The Heinz History Center? WDVE? The PG? City Paper? -- this is Pittsburgh's music hall of fame.

 

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Baldwin-Whitehall activist to seek seat on board

A parent activist who has served as a watchdog during the past year has tossed his hat into the ring for a seat on the Baldwin-Whitehall school board.

Lou Rainaldi Jr., 45, of Whitehall, announced his candidacy this week for the nine-member board -- the same body which took a monumental amount of criticism from taxpayers last year for its actions...

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#SEENonTV: Setting the SEEN Celebrates One Year!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Tonight Sara and I are gearing up for Setting the SEEN's interactive one-year anniversary special at Hotel Monaco! We stopped by Pittsburgh Today Live on Monday to chat about how the webshow began, its evolution, and what we are doing to celebrate! Catch all the excitement on Friday!

 

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Finally a commercial, natural control for fungus gnats

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog gnagnix"gantnix' stops fungus gnats without using chemicals. Photo by Doug Oster

There's nothing more annoying than fungus gnats buzzing around houseplants and this time of the year I get lots of questions about what to do about the pests.  Once they get going, it's hard to stop them. I often tell gardeners to let their plants dry out and that can really slow them down.

Fungus gnats love wet soil, so for most houseplants, restricting water will help. There are some plants, like cylcamen though, which need moist soil to keep blooming through the winter.

While visiting Soergel's Home and Garden in Franklin Park to film a Digging with Doug segment on seed starting, they had some "gnatnix," a non-toxic control for the gnats and it only costs seven dollars. When my boss looked over the video, she was overjoyed to see the product as her plants are plagued with gnats.

It's made from recycled glass and forms a barrier on top of the soil when applied. It prevents adult from emerging, the larvae from hatching and deters the females from laying eggs. By disrupting the fungus gnats life cycle, the pests can't survive.

I'm thrilled to have this product to recommend to gardeners so they don't have to use chemicals indoors to battle the gnats.

 

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