2011 Pittsburgh News Year In Review

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Winter Classic At Heinz Field
January 1, 2011 - The New Year started off in Pittsburgh with the rainy Winter Classic at Heinz Field. Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins only goal, former Washington Capitals forward David Steckel hit Sidney Crosby and the Pens lost 3-1. Game Recap | More Winter Classic News
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Pitt Football Coaching Controversy
January 11, 2011 - Pitt formally introduced Todd Graham as their head football coach. Graham came in after the resignation of Dave Wannstedt and the dismissal of Michael Haywood following legal trouble. However, in Dec. 2011, Graham left Pitt for Arizona State. Links: Todd Graham In At Pitt | More Todd Graham News
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Icy Fallowfield Avenue
January 18, 2011 - It was shortly after 8 a.m. when Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview quickly began to resemble a junkyard. Icy conditions that morning caused multiple accidents. Links: Multi-Vehicle Accident | More Fallowfield Avenue News
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Wiz Khalifa's "Black & Yellow"
January 28, 2011 - Local rapper Wiz Khalifa's song "Black & Yellow" shot up the music charts, and also became the anthem for Steelers Nation leading up to Super Bowl XLV. Link: Black & Yellow Slide
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KDKA Bids Farewell To Patrice King Brown
January 28, 2011 - After more than three decades on the air, Patrice King Brown signed off for the last time on KDKA-TV. Links: Farewell To Patrice King Brown
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Steelers Lose Super Bowl XLV
February 6, 2011 - The Steelers headed to Texas to face the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. Fans were hoping for a seventh Lombardi Trophy, but in the end the Steelers fell 31-25. Links: Game Recap | More Super Bowl News
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February 21 Snowfall
February 21, 2011 - The area saw 7.2 inches on February 21st. It was so bad, cars were abandoned on the Parkway West. Links: Pittsburghers Cope With Snowfall | Biggest Local Weather Events Of 2011
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Avella Gas Well Fire
Avella Gas Well Fire
February 24, 2011 - The controversy over Marcellus Shale continued throughout all of 2011. But in February, three workers were hospitalized following an explosion and natural gas well fire in Avella, Washington County. Links: Avella Gas Well Fire Probed | More Marcellus Shale News
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
March 8, 2011 – A few weeks after being sworn into office on Jan. 18, Gov. Tom Corbett presented his first budget. Facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, he proposed some very deep spending cuts, most controversial to education. Links: Corbett Sworn Into Office | Corbett Presents Budget With Steep Spending Cuts | More Tom Corbett News
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Devastating Earthquake In Japan
March 11, 2011 - Pittsburgh’s small Japanese community closely monitored the events in their native country following a destructive earthquake and tsunami. Links: KDKA Assistant News Director Experiences Tsunami Warnings In Hawaii | Local Japanese Community Monitors Developments After Disaster
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Tornado Touches Down In Westmoreland County
March 24, 2011 – An EF2 tornado left behind a trail of destruction in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County. Links: Tornado Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Hempfield Twp. | More 2011 Tornado News | Biggest Local Weather Events Of 2011
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Police Officer Shot In Clairton
April 5, 2011 – Clairton Police Officer James Kuzak was shot twice in the chest and once in the arm while responding to a home invasion call in Clairton. Links: Clairton Officer In Critical Condition After Shooting | More Officer Kuzak News
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NRA Convention Comes To Pittsburgh
April 28, 2011 - The National Rifle Association’s 140th annual meeting was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Links: NRA Convention Opens | More NRA Convention News
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Royal Wedding Watch
April 29, 2011 – The world watch as Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey in London. There was even a local royal watch party at Altman’s Tavern in Pleasant Hills. Links: Royal Wedding Watch Party | More Royal Wedding News
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Osama Bin Laden's Death
May 2, 2011 - Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is killed in Pakistan. Links: Bin Laden Is Dead | U.S. Releases Bin Laden Tapes | More Osama bin Laden News
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First "Greensburg 6" Trial
May 19, 2011 – A verdict is returned in the first “Greensburg 6” trial. After four hours of deliberation, a jury found Angela Marinucci guilty on all counts in connection with the death of Jennifer Daugherty. Links: Jury Finds Greensburg 6 Defendant Guilty | More Greensburg 6 News
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KDKA Mourns John Cigna
May 20, 2011 - Longtime KDKA Radio talk show host John Cigna passes away. Links: Retired KDKA Radio Host Dies | Remembering John Cigna
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Armageddon? Nope.
May 21, 2011 - Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who founded a multi-million dollar Christian media empire, had been publicizing his apocalyptic prediction for months. But that time has come and gone and we all still seem to be here. Links: Judgment Day | More on the Doomsday Prediction
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Emma Watson Films "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
May 26, 2011 – Hollywood comes to Pittsburgh for the first time in 2011. Actress Emma Watson was spotted in front the Wyndam Grand Hotel in downtown shooting a scene for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Link: New Movie Films Downtown
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Devastating Tornado Rips Apart Joplin, Missouri
June 1, 2011 – Volunteers from Pittsburgh head to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. Links: Volunteers Lend A Hand | More News on the Joplin tornado
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New Castle K9 Officer Dies
June 6, 2011 – An internal investigation was launched at the New Castle Police Department after a police dog died in the back of a cruiser. Links: Police Dog’s Death Under Investigation | More News on Chico
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Arts Festival Microburst
June 7, 2011 - A complex of storms caused trees and power lines to go down. Right at 12:30 p.m., a microburst struck the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Links: Winds Disrupt Arts Fest | Biggest Local Weather Events Of 2011
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Richard Poplawski Convicted
June 25, 2011 - After about three hours of deliberations, a jury returned a guilty verdict for Richard Poplawski, the man on trial in the 2009 shooting and standoff that claimed the lives of three Pittsburgh police officers. Links: Poplawski Convicted | Poplawski Sentenced To Death | More Richard Poplawski News
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Hines Ward Wins "Dancing With The Stars"
June 30, 2011 – Another black & gold celebration! Crowds gathered downtown for a victory rally for Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward and his dancing partner Kym Johnson following their win on “Dancing With the Stars.” Links: Celebration Rally | More “Dancing With the Stars” News
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Casey Anthony Released From Jail
July 5, 2011 – Many around the nation, including Pittsburghers, were shocked when Casey Anthony was found not guilty in connection with the death of her young daughter, Caylee. Links: Local Attorney Weighs In | More Casey Anthony News
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American Idol Tryouts In Pittsburgh
July 15, 2011 – “American Idol” comes to Pittsburgh! Thousands of wannabe superstars converged on Heinz Field for the first round of auditions in hopes of eventually getting their hands on that famous golden ticket to Hollywood. Links: Hopefuls Pack Heinz Field | More American Idol News
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Ben Roethlisberger Gets Married
July 23, 2011 - Wedding bells rang in Ohio Township as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Ashley Harlan tied the knot. Links: Big Ben Ties The Knot | More Big Ben Wedding News
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Hottest Day Of The Year
July 22, 2011 – It was the hottest day of the year with a record-tying 96 degrees. Links: Heat, Humidity Taking Toll | Biggest Local Weather Events of 2011
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Pittsburgh Transforms Into "Gotham City"
July 28, 2011 - With pyrotechnics and snow in July, “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” transformed Pittsburgh into Gotham City this summer. Links: Batman Comes To Pittsburgh | More Batman News
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Washington Boulevard Flash Flooding
August 20, 2011 – Four people died, including a mother and her two daughters, during devastating flash flooding on Washington Boulevard. Links: Victims Identified | More Washington Boulevard News
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Earthquake Rattles Pittsburgh
August 23, 2011 - A moderate earthquake hit Virginia and the tremors were felt hundreds of miles away, including in the Pittsburgh area. Links: Tremors Felt From Virginia Quake | Quake Rattles Pittsburgh | More Earthquake News
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Evgeni Malkin Loses Friends In KHL Plane Crash
September 7, 2011 – Penguins star Evgeni Malkin was deeply effected when a plane carrying Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players and coaches crashed in Russia. The crash killed 44 people. Soon after, Malkin helped put together several fundraisers to help the victims’ families. Links: Pens, Caps Raise $ | More Lokomotiv Yaroslavl News
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10th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks
September 11, 2011 – The nation marked the somber 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Thousands gathered in Shanksville as the first phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial was dedicated. Links: Flight 93 Memorial Dedication | More 9/11: 10 Years Later
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Richard Baumhammers Back In Court
September 14, 2011 - A judge denied convicted killer Richard Baumhammers’ request for a new trial. Links: No New Trial For Baumhammers | More Richard Baumhammers News
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Civic Arena Demolition Begins
September 26, 2011 – After a lengthy battle to save the building, demolition of the former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins began. Links: Demolition Of Civic Arena Begins | A Look At The Demolition | More Civic Arena News
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Tom Cruise Films "One Shot"
October 6, 2011 – Film crews arrived in Pittsburgh once again. This time, Tom Cruise was in town to film “One Shot.” He and his family were spotted out and about during their visit, including at Soergel Orchards and at the PPG Place Ice Rink. Links: Filming Begins On North Shore | More Tom Cruise News
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Lower Burrell Police Officer Fatally Shot
October 12, 2011 – Lower Burrell Police Officer Derek Kotecki was shot and killed in the line of duty while trying to apprehend a suspect in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen on Greensburg Road. Links: Officer Killed In Shooting, Suspected Gunman Dead | More Officer Kotecki News
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Occupy Pittsburgh
October 15, 2011 - The Occupy Wall Street movement arrived in Pittsburgh as a crowd estimated around 2,000 people marched, rallied and protested against corporate greed and social inequality. Links: Occupy Wall Street Movement Comes To Pittsburgh | More Occupy Pittsburgh News
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Unrest In Libya
October 20, 2011 - People all over the world reacted to the death of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, including a local man who was born in Libya and later fled to the United States. Links: Local Man Reacts to Qaddafi’s Death | More News on Libya
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Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal
November 4, 2011 – Scandal breaks at Penn State as former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. Links: Retired PSU Coach Arrested On 40 Counts | More Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal News
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Joe Paterno Dismissed From Penn State
November 10, 2011 – In the aftermath of the sex abuse scandal, the Penn State Board of Trustees dismissed long-time, legendary football coach Joe Paterno as well as Graham Spanier, the university’s president. The move caused some students to riot in the streets of State College. Links: Paterno, Spanier Out | More Joe Paterno News
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Allegheny County Executive Race
November 8, 2011 – Democrat Rich Fitzgerald defeated Republican D. Raja in the race for Allegheny County Executive. Links: Fitzgerald Declared Winner | More Rich Fitzgerald News | More D. Raja News
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Syracuse Sex Abuse Scandal
November 28, 2011 - Syracuse University’s long-time assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine faces allegations from Zach Tomaselli that Fine molested him in a local hotel room in 2002 following a Pitt-Syracuse basketball game. Links: Syracuse Abuse Probe Has Pittsburgh Connection | More Bernie Fine News
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Mother, Kids Die In Homewood Fire
December 15, 2011 – A mother and three of her young children were killed when fire broke out overnight at their home in Homewood. Links: Fire Claims Lives Of Mom, Kids | More Homewood Fatal Fire News
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East Washington Police Officer Fatally Shot
December 18, 2011 – East Washington Police Officer John David Dryer was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-70 in Washington County. Links: 1 Officer Killed, 1 Wounded In East Washington | More Officer Dryer News
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Highmark-UPMC Fight
December 22, 2011 – Battling health care giants UPMC and Highmark agreed to extend a regional health care contract by a year. Links: UPMC, Highmark Buy Time With Extension | More Highmark News | More UPMC News
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Reassessment Rage
December 28, 2011 - Residents in the City of Pittsburgh and in Mount Oliver received their updated reassessments sending most into sticker shock. City Residents Receive Property Reassessments | More Property Assessments News
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