2012 Pittsburgh News Year In Review

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Allegheny County Reassessments
Jan. 3, 2012 -- Homeowners in Allegheny County scurried to appeal their house assessments after many property values skyrocketed. 2012 Reassessments & Appeals
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Baldwin Standoff
Jan. 12, 2012 -- Police looked for the ex-boyfriend of murdered Baldwin woman, Karissa Kunco, and surrounded his grandmother's house, only to find out the house was abandoned. State Police Surround House In Washington County
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Joe Paterno Dies
Jan. 25, 2012 -- Mourners line the sidewalks of College Avenue on the campus of Penn State, as the procession carries former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno from the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to his burial site, January 25, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. Joe Paterno Dies At 85
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Todd Haley Hired
Todd Haley Hired
Feb. 7, 2012 -- Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers shares a laugh with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley during their rookie minicamp at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility on May 4, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Steelers Hire Haley
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Whitney Houston Dies
Feb. 11, 2012 -- Whitney Houston performs at the O2 Arena on April 25, 2010 in London, England. She died at the Age of 48 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Whitney Houston Dies
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Shooting At Western Psych In Oakland
March 8, 2012 -- A shooter shot nine people, killing two at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic on O'Hara Street. Western Psych Shooting
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Hines Ward Retires
March 20, 2012 -- Hines Ward’s time with the National Football League came to an end on March 20, 2012, when Ward announced his retirement. Hines Ward Retires
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Flyers Beat The Pens
April 22, 2012 -- Joe Vitale #46 of the Pittsburgh Penguins tries to stop Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 22, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers won the game 5-1 to eliminate the Penguins from the playoffs. Flyers End Pens’ Season
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April Snow Pounds The Region
April 23, 2012 -- Kids were home from school, sled riding in the yard and building snowmen at the end of April this year, after a late snow storm left as much as 12 inches of the powdery white stuff in some areas. April Snowstorm
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African Painted Dogs Escape
May 5, 2012 -- Prior to November's tragic toddler mauling at the African painted dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, several of the rare dogs managed to escape from their main exhibit and end up in a backup enclosure. African Painted Dogs Escape
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Parkway Pig
May 30, 2012 -- The Parkway West was backed up, but not as usual. A pig somehow got loose, causing lots of traffic delays, but even more buzz on social media -- the piggy even got its own Twitter account @ParkwayPig. Parkway Pig Blocks Up Traffic
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Bovines In Love
June 1, 2012 -- After the "Porkway Pig," two amorous cows halted traffic in Kittanning. A lovelorn red bull and a hefty heifer threw caution to the wind, giving in to a romantic impulse at the busy intersection. Cows In Love
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Tornado Hits Westmoreland County
June 2, 2012 -- A tornado touched down in Westmoreland County in June. Westmoreland County Emergency Management said the tornado caused major damage, destroying several buildings. Tornado Hits Westmoreland County
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Jerry Sandusky Sentenced
June 22, 2012 -- A jury in Centre County found Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts in a child sex abuse case. In this photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at his child sex abuse trial at the Centre County Courthouse on June 21, 2012 in Bellefonte. Sandusky Verdict
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Freeh Report Released
July 12, 2012 -- The highly anticipated report from FBI Director Louis Freeh was released. It read in part, "Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State." Freeh Report Released
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Aurora, Colo. Movie Theater Shooting
July 20, 2012 -- Former grad school, James Holmes, student killed 12 people and injured 58 others during a shooting spree at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Dark Knight Premier Shooting
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James Kuzak Verdict
Aug. 16, 2012 -- On the second full day of deliberations, the jury reached a verdict in the trial of two men accused of shooting a Clairton Police officer. Marcus Andrejco was found to be not guilty and Emilio Rivera was found guilty on some charges, but none related to the shooting of Officer James Kuzak. James Kuzak Verdict
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Gateway Center Hostage
Sept. 21, 2012 -- Klein Michael Thaxton was taken into police custody following a more than five hour hostage situation at Gateway Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Around 8 a.m., Thaxton held a man hostage inside Gateway 3 Downtown. Gateway Hostage Situation
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Great Race
Sept. 30, 2012 -- An estimated 15,000 people took part in the Great Race. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl fired the starter’s pistol, opening the flood gates for the thousands of runners making the 10 kilometer trek to Downtown Pittsburgh. 15,000 Participate In Great Race
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Sandusky Sentenced
Oct. 9, 2012 -- Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday morning after being found guilty on 45 of 48 charges in a child sexual assault case earlier this year. In this photo, Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the fourth day of his child sex abuse trial on June 14, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children. Sandusky Sentenced
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Toddler Zoo Mauling Death
Nov. 4, 2012 -- Two-year-old Maddox Derkosh was mauled to death, after falling into the African painted dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Police had to shoot one of the endangered dogs in the attack and the painted dogs exhibit has been indefinitely closed since the incident. Zoo visitors have left flowers and tokens at a makeshift memorial for Derkosh. Boy Mauled At Zoo
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Newtown, Conn. School Shooting
Dec. 14, 2012 -- The small town of Newtown, Conn. was taken by surprise when 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary, killing 20 children and six adults, before killing himself. Lanza also killed his mother prior to going to the elementary school. The shooting was the second worst in U.S. history, after the Virginia Tech massacre that left 30 dead. Sandy Hook Shooting
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