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Pittsburgh among Top 10 cities for romance

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(Robert J. Pavuchak/Post-Gazette)

We Pittsburghers are quite the romantics.

Or so Amazon says.

In its annual list, Pittsburgh ranked eighth among the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.

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So how did we get that ranking? According to Amazon, "The list is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of romance novels and relationship books (both Kindle and print); romantic comedy movies (DVDs and digital); a curated list of romantic music, including artists like Barry White, Maxwell, Miguel, and Luther Vandross (CDs and MP3 format); as well as the sales of sexual wellness products."

While the list doesn't say anything sports-related — let's face it, this is a sports-heavy town — we'll assume taking a date to the state's most Instagrammed place would count as a romantic gesture for some.

After all:

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Not to mention these Steelers, Pirates and Penguins Valentine's Day cards couldn't hurt.

But back to the list: Taking the top spot is Alexandria, Va., followed by Miami, Fla., Knoxville, Tenn., Orlando, Fla., and Vancouver, Wash., to round out the top five.

Our friendly neighbor to the west — Cincinnati, Ohio — takes the No. 6 spot.

So while we rank pretty high for cat ladies in this city, all you single people stay positive!

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Just think, when you *do* find that special someone, they'll have no excuse for not being romantic.

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So keep on ordering those romance novels/movies/music n'at.

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About the Hurricanes - 02-12-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Hurricanes.

When and where: 7 p.m., EST, Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena RBC Center PNC Arena.

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio.

Record: 24-21-9, 57 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Defenseman Justin Faulk, 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 road shootout loss to the Canadiens Sunday. Goaltender Cam Ward made 33 saves for the Hurricanes.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-0 road loss Jan. 17. Goaltender Eddie Lack made 27 saves for the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center Eric Staal (right). He has 45 points in 46 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Pro scout Jeff Daniels, general manager Ron Francis, Jordan Staal.

Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Center Matt Cullen, defenseman Brian Dumoulin (Domoulin was a former Hurricanes draft pick but never played for the organization), vice president of hockey operations Jason Karmanos, player development coach Mark Recchi, general manager Jim Rutherford.

Useless Hurricanes Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Cullen had secondary assists on the Hurricanes' first two goals in Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, a 3-1 win against the Oilers.

The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened: 

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-13-5, 2.41 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Cam Ward (15-11-6, 2.38 GAA, .908 SV%) for the Hurricanes.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Trevor Daley ("upper body") is probable. Center Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is out. Right winger Beau Bennett (right shoulder), Pascal Dupuis (blood clots), centers Nick Bonino (hand), Eric Fehr ("lower body") and defenseman David Warsofsky (concussion) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, defensman Justin Faulk (leg) is questionable. Defensemen Brett Pesce ("lower body") and James Wisniewski (knee) is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and pairings at today's morning skate are

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
62 Carl Hagelin - 7 Matt Cullen - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 17 Bryan Rust
43 Conor Sheary - 11 Kevin Porter- 23 Scott Wilson

58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
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Trevor Daley - 8 Brian Dumoulin 
12 Ben Lovejoy - 51 Derrick Pouliot

-The Hurricanes lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:

32 Kris Versteeg - 12 Eric Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
42 Joakim Nordstrom - 11 Jordan Staal - 15 Andrej Nestrasil
53 Jeff Skinner - 49 Victor Rask - 34 Phillip Di Giuseppe
14 Nathan Gerbe - 18 Jay McClement - 25 Chris Terry

74 Jaccob Slavin - 65 Ron Hainsey
26 John-Michael Liles - 54 Brett Pesce
5 Noah Hanifin - 47 Michal Jordan

Notes:

-Right winger Patric Hornqvist has 297 career points.

-Rangers center Derek Stepan has 98 career goals. 

-The referees are (No. 9) Dan O'Rourke and (No. 6) Francis Charron. The linesmen are (No. 76) Michel Cormier and (No. 82) Ryan Galloway.

(Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Date night with Marco Rubio

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. greets the crowd after speaking at a town hall meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday Feb. 11, 2016. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Having a hard time coming up with ideas for a Valentine's Day gift? Here's a suggestion: Pick up your sweetie, write a $5,400 check and hang out with...

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Empty Netter Assists - Daley a game-time decision - 02-12-16

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-If Trevor Daley's "upper-body" injury keeps him sidelined tonight, defenseman Ian Cole is ready to fill in. Daley is a game-time decision.

-"I've got quite a bit of confidence right now. The coaching staff seems to like me. I've been playing pretty well." - Right winger Bryan Rust.

-The Penguins are doing their "dads trip" this weekend.

-Head coach Mike Sullivan speaks:

-Cole speaks:

-Right winger Patric Hornqvist speaks:

-Left winger Conor Sheary speaks:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins right winger Tyler Biggs is poised to return to the lineup after being sidelined since early December due to an undisclosed injury.

-Defenseman Jakob Chychrun, son of former Penguins defenseman Jeff Chychrun, is expected to a first-round pick in this year's NHL draft.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins right winger Rico Fata. Acquired prior to the 2003 trade deadline along with defensemen Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and right winger Mikael Samuelsson in a trade that sent defensemen Mike Wilson, Janne Laukkanen, right winger Alexei Kovalev and left winger Dan LaCouture to the Rangers, Fata spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2002-03 by playing in 27 games for the Penguins and scoring 13 points. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 2003-04. He played in 73 games, scored 34 points and compiled a staggering minus-46. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Fata played in 20 games for the 2005-06 Penguins and failed to record a point. Midway through that season, he was claimed off waivers by the Thrashers. In 120 games for the Penguins, he scored 47 points.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Russ Anderson (right). A second-round pick in 1975, Anderson spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1976-77, Anderson appeared in 66 games, scored 13 points and recorded 81 penalty minutes. He played in three postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1977-78 by appearing in 74 games, scoring 18 points and collecting 150 penalty minutes. In 1978-79, Anderson saw action in 72 games, scored 16 points and compiled 93 penalty minutes. He played in two games that postseason and failed to record a point. During 1979-80, Anderson played in 76 games and set a career high with 27 points and netted 150 penalty minutes. The 1980 postseason saw him appear in five games and record two assists. Anderson was limited to 34 games and 17 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 1980-81. After 31 games and one assist in 1981-82, Anderson was traded to the Hartford Whalers along with a draft pick in exchange for center Rick MacLeish. In 353 regular season games with the Penguins, Anderson scored 92 points (94th-most in franchise history) and recorded 684 penalty minutes (11th-most). Anderson also holds the franchise's single-game record for penalties (nine) and penalty minutes (51).

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Brad Werenka. A free agent signing in the 1997 offseason, Werenka spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 1997-98, he played in 71 games and scored 18 points. In six postseason games that season, he played in six games and scored one goal. Werenka set career-highs in 1998-99 with games (81) and points (24) and led the team with 93 penalty minutes. During that postseason, he saw action in 13 games and scored points. After 61 games and 11 points in 1999-2000, Werenka was dealt at the trade deadline to the Flames in exchange for left winger Rene Corbet and goaltender Tyler Moss. In 213 regular season games with the Penguins, Werenka scored 53 points. In 19 postseason games, he had three points.

-After the Jump: R.J. Umberger finally scores.

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Greensburg teacher to challenge Ward in 39th

Greensburg teacher Carol Mintus announced today she will challenge state Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield for her 39th District seat.
 
Ms. Mintus was a Republican until last year, when she switched her registration to Democrat "and has made it her mission to deliver on several issues that remain concerns among her constituency, education funding,...

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