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Francis: Different priorities, not doctrinal change

Written by Peter Smith on .

From what I can tell from interviewing numerous people over Pope Francis' first anniversary in office, he still has a broad swath of admirers, and they tend to come in two categories: Those hoping he'll change some of the church's approaches to sexuality and those emphasizing that he hasn't done such a thing amid his conciliatory words.

In fact, the latter group argues, Francis is calling everyone to repentance, not affirming such things as gay unions. Yet according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, a stunning number of Catholics expect change in their church on hot-button issues. By the year 2050, more than half of Catholics say, the church will allow married priests and artificial birth control. And 42 percent expect woman priests. All those numbers are up at least a little from before Francis' papacy. Also, more than a third of Catholics expect the church to recognize gay marriages. And in all those categories, even more American Catholics think the church should do those things than think it will.

But Francis' own words would indicate those with such expectations should brace themselves for disappointment. I've been reading through his apostolic exhortation, the "Joy of the Gospel," which is filled with ringing phrases about identifying with the poor and evangelizing through the power of "attraction" rather than obligation.

But there's also this:

 

 

"All revealed truths derive from the same divine source and are to be believed with the same faith, yet some of them are more important for giving direct expression to the heart of the Gospel." Briefly put, it reflects how Francis may be putting some of these issues a little lower on the ladder of priorities rather than changing them.

Still, the shift in tone is notable. If anyone's going to get the fire-and-brimstone treatment from Francis, it's not going to be those who don't conform to the church's sexual and marital standards. Francis marshals the words of the ancient St. John Chrysostom to denounce the financial greed of modern globalization: "Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs."

 

 

 

 

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Trout stockings, Southwest Pennsylvania

Written by John Hayes on .

Southwest Pennsylvania counties will be added to this listing alphabetically by county Tuesdays through Fridays through March 28.

See complete statewide trout stocking schedules at www.fish.state.pa.us.

Allegheny County
Big Sewickley Creek: East Branch to Big Sewickley Creek Rd. bridge, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 15 brows/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 exit 22 Wexford; May 5 meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 exit 22 Wexford.
Bull Creek: Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, March 11 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Park and Ride lot off Rte. 28 Tarentum exit. Thompson Rd. bridge to mouth, March 11 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Park and Ride lot off Rte. 28 Tarentum exit. Week of April 14 browns/rainbows. Week of May 5 browns/rainbows.
Deer Creek: 300 meters upstream West Branch to Gibsonia Rd. bridge, March 3 browns/rainbows. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, March 3 browns/rainbows, April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Rte. 28 Harmarville exit. Below Rose Ridge Golf Course to big bend near Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena, March 3 browns/rainbows, April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Rte. 28 Harmarville exit, May 9 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office.
Flaugherty Run: Boggs Run to mouth, April 8 browns, meets 12:30 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22.
Long Run: Jacks Run to Versailles Borough line, April 1 browns/rainbows, meets noon Mammoth Dam
Deer Lakes (upper, middle, lower): April 4 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office; April 26 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office; May 9 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Deer Lakes Park Office.
Montour Run: Trout Run to Ewings Mill Rd. bridge, April 8 browns/rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22; May 5 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22.
North Park Lake: March 26 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 19 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; May 6 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House.
Pine Creek: North Park Dam breast to 375 meters upstream Montour Run, April 2 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House. Willow Run to abandoned railroad bridge off Bryant Rd., April 2 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, March 3 browns/rainbows; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House. Above Rte. 8 bridge to Butler Plank Rd. bridge, April 2 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; April 14 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. North Park Lake Boat House.
Turtle Creek: Saunders Station Rd. bridge to Brush Creek, April 8 browns/rainbows, meets 12:15 p.m. Pa. Turnpike exit 6 parking lot; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets noon   Monroeville Municipal Park on Abers Creek Rd.

Armstrong County
Buffalo Creek: Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11:45 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. Half mile upstream Craigsville Rd. bridge to Rte. 422 bridge, March 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422; May 1 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. Rte. 422 bridge to power line 2.9 kilometers upstream Rough Run, March 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422; April 23 browns/rainbows, meets 11:45 a.m. Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. Power line 2.9 kilometers upstream Rough Run to below Cornplanter Run at spur off Sarver Rd., March 1 browns/rainbows; May 1 browns/rainbows, meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422.
Cherry Run: Cherry Run Rd. bridge to North Branch, March 4 brooks/browns; May 14 brooks/browns, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rt. 210 Elderton. North Branch to mouth, March 4 brooks/browns; April 17 brooks/browns, meets 12:15 p.m. Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rt. 210 Elderton; May 14 brooks/browns, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rt. 210 Elderton.
Cornplanter Run: Moorehead Rd. bridge to mouth, April 4 brooks/browns, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte. 28.
Cowanshannock Creek: Huskins Run to Red Mill Rd. bridge, April 8 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Marsha’s Place Rte. 66 and Rte. 28, before Rte. 85; week of May 12 brooks/browns. Red Mill Rd. bridge to mouth, April 8 brooks/browns, meets 11:30 a.m. Marsha’s Place Rte. 66 and Rte. 28, before Rte. 85; week of April 14 brooks/browns.
Glade Run: Lemmon Hollow Rd. bridge to second tributary down from Pony Farm Rd. bridge, March 29 brooks/browns/rainbows meets noon Worthington Fire Hall parking lot Rte. 422. May 14 browns/rainbows, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rte. 210 Elderton.
Huling Run: Booher Rd. bridge to downstream Huling Run Rd. bridge, April 4 brook trout, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte. 28.
Little Sandy Creek: Knoxdale Rd. bridge to mouth, April 5 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Cool Spring Post Office. May 19 brooks/browns, meets 11 a.m. Cool Spring Post Office.
Mahoning Creek: Mahoning Lake dam to Pine Run, April 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Conemaugh Township Building Rte. 286.
North Fork Pine Creek: Rte. 66 bridge to mouth, March 11 brooks/browns; May 15 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Baum Pump Station at Rte. 66 and Rte. 28.
Patterson Creek: East of Pumpstation Rd. bridge to mouth, April 4 browns/rainbows, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte. 28; May 14 browns/rainbows, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rte. 210 Elderton.
Plum Creek: Confluence North and South Branch to mouth, March 12 browns/rainbows; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets noon Conemaugh Township Building Rte. 286.
Redbank Creek: North Fork to Little Sandy Creek, March 31 brooks/browns, meets 10:45 a.m. Plyler’s Buffet and Family Restaurant; April 30 browns/rainbows, meets 10:45 a.m. Plyler’s Buffet and Family Restaurant; May 14 browns/rainbows, meets 10:45 a.m. Plyler’s Buffet and Family Restaurant.
Scrubgrass Creek: Angus Rd. to Pine Township line, April 4 brook trout, meets 11:15 a.m. Rte. 66 and Rte 28; May 14 brook trout, meets noon Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop Rte. 210 Elderton.
South Fork Pine Creek: Confluence North and South Branch to mouth, March 11 brooks/browns; May 15 brooks/browns, meets 11:45 a.m. Baum Pump Station Rte. 66 and Rte 28.

Beaver County
Big Sewickley Creek: Big East Branch to Big Sewickley Creek Rd. bridge, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22; May 5 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexford exit 22.
Brady’s Run Lake: March 11 rainbows; April 26 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Brady’s Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; May 5 rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Brady’s Run Park Office Ice Arena.
Brush Creek Park Pond: March 25 rainbows, meets Brady’s Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; April 15 rainbows, meets 12:30 p.m. Darlington Post Office Rte. 551.
Mill Creek: Little Blue Rd. bridge to mouth, March 5 browns/rainbows.
North Fork Big Sewickley Creek: Downstream Hoeing Rd. bridge to mouth, March 1 browns/rainbows; April 15 browns/rainbows, meets 12:45 p.m. I-79 Wexfor exit 22.
North Fork Little Beaver Creek: Lawrence-Beaver county line to Rte. 551 bridge, March 6 browns/rainbows; week of April 14 browns/rainbows.
Raccoon Lake: March 28 rainbow trout, meets noon Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte. 18; May 3 rainbow trout, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte. 18; May 12 rainbow trout, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte. 18.
South Branch Brady Run: Grange Rd. bridge to Bradys Run Lake, March 25 rainbows, meets noon Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51. Bradys Run Lake to Brady Run, March 25 browns/raindbows, meets noon Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; April 26 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51; May 5 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Bradys Run Park Office Ice Arena Rte. 51.
Traverse Creek: Upper Raccoon Lake outflow to Raccoon Lake, March 5 browns/rainbows; May 3 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office  Rte 18; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte 18. Raccoon Lake outflow to mouth, March 3 browns/rainbows; May 3 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office  Rte 18; May 12 browns/rainbows, meets 1 p.m. Raccoon Creek State Park Office Rte 18.

 

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100 wins by the numbers - 03-13-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Tuesday's 2-0 victory by the Penguins against the Capitals marked a milestone in the rivalry. It was the 100th regular season win by the Penguins against the Capitals.

Despite the best efforts of Yvon Labre, Dennis Maruk, Petr Bondra, Don Beaupre, Joe Reekie, Alex Ovechkin and three lockouts, the Penguins reached 100 wins in just under 40 years.

Here's a look at every player who scored a game-winning goal in those 100 wins:

6 - Mario Lemieux, C

5 - Jaromir Jagr, RW; Jean Pronovost, RW

4 - Greg Malone (right), C

3 - Randy Cunneyworth, LW; Chris Kunitz, LW; Peter Lee, RW

2 - Phil Bourque, LW; Paul Coffey, D; Dave Hannan, C; Troy Loney, LW; Mark Recchi, RW; Ron Schock, C; Rod Schutt, LW; Kevin Stevens, LW; Martin Straka, RW; Ryan Whitney, D

1 - Colby Armstrong, RW; Chuck Arnason, RW; Wayne Bianchin, LW; Tom Bladon, D; Pat Boutette, LW; Rob Brown, RW; Mike Bullard, C; Colin Campbell, D; John Chabot, C; Sidney Crosby, C; John Cullen, C; Joe Dziedzic, LW; Bob Errey, LW; Ron Francis, C; Sergei Gonchar, D; Steve Gotaas, C; Dave Hunter, LW; Jim Johnson, D; Jussi Jokinen, LW; Hans Jonsson, D; Orest Kindrachuk, C; Milan Kraft, C; Jean-Guy Lagace, D; Pierre Larouche, C; Olli Maatta, D; Evgeni Malkin, C; Paul Martin, D; Shawn McEachern, RW; Ian Moran, D; Joe Mullen, RW; James Neal, LW; Peter Nedved, C; Matt Niskanen, D; Zigmund Palffy, RW; Barry Pederson, C; Ronald Petrovicky, RW; Dan Quinn, C; Luc Robitaille, LW; Michal Rozsival, D; Terry Ruskowski, C; Bobby Simpson, LW; Paul Stanton, D; Maxime Talbot, C; German Titov, LW; Rick Tocchet, RW; Brad Werenka, D

Notes:

-Three of the wins were by shootout. The NHL does not include shootout goals with regular scoring statistics.

-Eight of the wins have been in overtime. They were recorded by Lemieux (2), Gonchar, Jagr, Jonsson, Malkin, Recchi and Stanton.

-Lagace scored a game-winning goal in the first meeting between the Penguins and Capitals, a 8-1 win at the Civic Arena, Nov. 16, 1974.

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Here are the winning goaltenders in those 100 wins:

16 - Tom Barrasso (right); Marc-Andre Fleury

7 - Gilles Meloche; Wendell Young

6 - Denis Herron; Gary Inness

4 - Michel Dion; Ken Wregget

3 - Jean-Sebastien Aubin; Sebastien Caron; Johan Hedberg; Greg Millen

2 - Rob Holland; Patrick Lalime; Frank Pietrangelo; Michel Plasse

1 - Ty Conklin; Gary Edwards; Steve Guenette; Paul Harrison; Gord Laxton; Pat Riggin; Peter Skudra; Garth Snow; Jocelyn Thibault; Ron Tugnutt; Tomas Vokoun; Dunc Wilson; Jeff Zatkoff

Notes:

-There have been nine shutouts within these 100 wins. They were recorded by Fleury (3), Aubin, Barrasso, Herron, Inness, Millen and Wregget.

-Inness made 26 saves in the first win against the Capitals which was mentioned above.

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-Here is how the coaching wins are broken down:

17 - Eddie Johnston

11 - Dan Bylsma

9 - Michel Therrien

8 - Johnny Wilson

7 - Marc Boileau; Scotty Bowman

6 - Gene Ubriaco

5 - Bob Berry; Pierre Creamer

4 - Bob Johnson (right)

3 - Herb Brooks; Kevin Constantine; Rick Kehoe; Ed Olczyk; Craig Patrick; Ken Schinkel

2 - Ivan Hlinka

1 - Lou Angotti

-The Penguins have recorded 57 of the wins at home, 52 at the Civic Arena/Mellon Arena and five at Consol Energy Center. They netted 43 of the wins on the road, 29 at the Capital Centre/U.S. Air Arena and 14 at the MCI Center/Verizon Center.

(Photos: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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#SEENHotSpot: Grit & Grace

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

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(My dinner buddy and certified sommelier, Alyssa McGrath with executive chef and owner, Brian Pekarcik.)

 

Walking through the doors of the newly opened hotspot Grit & Grace on Liberty Avenue gave me the feeling that I was in New York and just entered the West Village. Rustic tables, chic patrons, and unique cocktails, like the O’shaku: gin or vodka, plum wine, housemade bread and butter pickles, awaited. The hostess, Jamie Tabb, was very friendly (the only reason I realized I wasn’t actually in New York), as was the rest of the hospitable staff. I am vegan, so it is challenging sometimes to enjoy food at a lot of the newer restaurants in the city, most of which are meat and dairy heavy.


But executive chef and owner Brian Pekarcik said, “I love the challenge. We try to create something for everyone here, and we do it with passion.”


I loved the delectable Asian-inspired food they served for me (an assortment of vegan dim sum including brussel sprouts with pickled peppers and lentils and quinoa with a red curry vinaigrette -- dim sum was $5), but I was even more delighted to see how crowded it was. Remember, this was a Tuesday night on Liberty Ave. Many people assume this city closes up after work hours, but the place was packed. That’s a hot spot, for sure!!


The restaurant has already catered to several of the Steelers, Arcade Fire, and local media celebrities (like WPXI’s David Johnson), but Mr. Pekarcik said they are just warming up. “Food can’t get into your heart and soul unless it is made with heart and soul,” he said.


And with a cozy, modern ambience, trendy clientele, mouth-watering food, and seamless service to match, I believe Grit & Grace has stolen my heart and soul!

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One day's difference, this is why they call them a snow crocus

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog snowy crocus side 31214The appropriately named snow crocus waits for the right day to bloom. Photos by Doug Oster

Yesterday the snow crocus emerged and reveled in the rain.

Today is a different story as the cold returned and the buds stayed tight, waiting for sun and warmth again.

Over the next couple weeks bulbs will be sprouting when it's warm and will be fine to take whatever cold is thrown at them.

No sense in trying to cover them, the plants have seen this type of weather for centuries.

It's fun to see things like a snow crocus bloom after sitting in the cold for a day or two.

blog snowy crocus 031214I can't wait to see these buds unfurl.

blog snowy crocus tight 031214If you look close you can see through the translucent purple petal to see the orange anther which will be on display when the flower blooms.

blog snowy crocus two 31214The snow sure sets off the color of the flower, don't you think?

 

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