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Miranda Rights

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The news in recent weeks has been filled with stories of fatal chokeholds, beatings and shootings by police. The common denominator is that the victims are all black. There are two sets of rules governing behavior in this country, one for whites and one for blacks. 

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Debbie Reynolds to receive SAG-AFTRA Life Achievement Award

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

Debbie Reynolds 51st SAGLifeDebbie Reynolds will be honored during the Jan. 25 broadcast of the SAG-AFTRA Awards. Here is part of the official press release: 
 
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 18, 2014) – Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. 
 
Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET).
 
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again. Congratulations, Debbie, on your life achievements.”
 
Star of more than 50 motion pictures, two Broadway shows, two television series, as well as dozens of television, cabaret and concert appearances here and abroad, the 82-year-old Reynolds is celebrating her 66th year in show business. 
 
Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas, she moved with her railroad worker father, mother and brother to Burbank, Calif., in 1939 and as a young teen performed with the Burbank Youth Symphony and in high school plays. 
 
At 16, she entered the Miss Burbank contest in hopes of receiving a free blouse and scarf, and not only won the title, but was seen by talent scouts from Warner Brothers and MGM, who flipped a coin to decide which studio would offer her a screen test. Warner won the toss. Mary Frances gained a studio contract and, courtesy of Jack Warner himself, a new first name, and a robust career that continues to this day. 
 
Among her more famous movies, of course, is “Singin’ in the Rain,” opposite star and co-director Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. She filmed “One for the Money” in Pittsburgh in summer 2010 alongside Katherine Heigl. 
 

 

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Rick Perry's vanishing endorsement

Just a few days after the state's primary election, Gov. Tom Corbett and a special guest showed up at an event in Washington County to talk about energy, jobs and taxes.

Corbett and his guest -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- tossed barbs at Tom Wolf, Corbett's newly minted Democratic opponent, and Mr. Wolf's plans to levy extraction taxes on the...

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Predictions: WPIAL Class AA playoff teams

Written by Mike White on .

One in a daily series on predicting playoff teams in each conference:

TODAY: CLASS AA

Century Conference

1. South Fayette - The defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Lions have reigning P-G Player of the Year Brett BrumbaughBrett Brumbaugh (pictured), a senior QB who likely will break the WPIAL passing record this season. Graduation definitely left some holes, but there is still plenty of talent. Besides Brumbaugh, FB-LB J.J. Walker, TE Logan Sharp and lineman Anthony Davidson were all-conference. Watch for RB Hunter Hayes.

2. Seton-LaSalle - Don't be surprised if the Rebels and first-year coach Damon Rosol make a run at South Fayette. Tyler Perone is back at QB and WR Danzel McKinley-Lewis has committed to Toledo. A number of other starters also return.

3. Quaker Valley - QB Dane Jackson is one of the best dual-threat QBs in Class AA.

4. Steel Valley - DeWayne Murray ran for over 1,000 yards as a freshman.

Allegheny Conference

1. Highlands - A move down from Class AAA should help the Rams. Five starters return on offense and six on defense. Nick Bowers

2. Kittanning - The defending conference champion Wildcats feature WR-TE-LB Nick Bowers (pictured). Plus the "Boy Toy" is back - 5-6 quarterback Braydon Toy.

3. Shady Side Academy.

4. Freeport

Midwestern Conference

1. Aliquippa - No more Dravon Henry. No more Terry Swanson. But these are still the Quips. Say no more. QB Darrien Fields is back as well as RB-LB Kazeon Pugh.

2. Beaver Falls - The Tigers lost a truckload of seniors, but still will finish near the top of the conference.

3. Beaver

4. New Brighton

Interstate Conference

1. Washington - This conference was weakened a little by Greensburg Central Catholic and Jeannette dropping to Class A. The Little Prexies return five starters on offense and defense, including QB Jonathan Spina.

2. McGuffey - This could be one of McGuffey's best seasons in a while as eight starters return on both offense and defense. QB Nate Whipkey is back and James Duchi is a 1,000-yard rusher.

3. Mount Pleasant - Only three starters return on both offense and defense, but the playoffs still are in the Vikings' future.

4. Charleroi - The Cougars are under new coach Donnie Militzer and could be playoff bound.

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Are your impatiens dying? Might be downy impatiens mildew

Written by Doug Oster on .

 

blog downy kills containerImpatiens in this container have succumbed to downy impatiens mildew. The disease can be prevented. Photos by Doug Oster

blog downy kills smallPlants infected with downy impatiens mildew will drop leaves and then collapse.The wet, humid summer has created perfect conditions for a disease called downy impatiens mildew. Even though it's been around since the 1800's, for some reason, it's become virulent over the last several seasons.

It only affects Impatiens walleriana and no other impatiens species. This story details how the disease is spread and how to deal with it before it strikes.

Basically it starts in the south as airborne fungal spores and works its way north to infect our plants. The weather has helped and now in my garden the plants are losing their leaves and collapsing.

I've planted the garden with plenty of other shade lovers including torenia, caladiums, begonias, New Guinea impatiens and more, but still plant standard impatiens and enjoy them until the plants give up the ghost.

I should have been treating them with an organic fungicide before signs of damage emerged, but hindsight is 20/20, right? One the plant is infected, it's doomed.

There are plenty of plants left in the garden and they will get sprayed with Serenade, my favorite organic fungicide.

The impatiens have put on a show since May and the only one to blame for their demise is this gardener.

Hopefully I'll save what's left.

 

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