October 10, 2006
It wasn't long ago that Pittsburgh's largest bank, PNC Financial Services Group, was considered a takeover target during rampant industry consolidation. Now its name is replacing a Baltimore institution. PNC's proposed $6 billion purchase of Baltimore's Mercantile Bankshares Corp. would make it the nation's 11th largest in terms of deposits and 16th in terms of assets, with more than 1,000 branches from Ohio to Washington. Those rankings were widely touted by business leaders back home yesterday, who say the bank has played a key role in the Pittsburgh's revitalization, underwriting arts and educational programs and investing in downtown real estate.
January 27, 2002
Q. How does a chef know when a piece of meat is properly "Pittsburgh"? Can I do this at home? A. You do not have to be a chef to burn a piece of meat and set off the smoke alarm, which is what you will be doing if you are "Pittsburghing" a steak. It's interesting how terms for the same type of food are different in various parts of the country. If you were to travel down South, say to New Orleans, you would see "blackened steak" on the menu. On your return trip, you'd be offered "Pittsburgh" steak.
February 28, 2006
Those of us in the column-writing business are accustomed (well, almost) to the reactions our comments generate from readers, and we get to be pretty good at predicting which of our opinions will light up the board. But sometimes we are so wrong about the public's interests that we'd be better off selling newspapers than writing for them. For instance: On Super Bowl Sunday, I wrote what I thought was a sweet, sweet Valentine to my hometown, Pittsburgh, which happened to have a football team in the big game that day. I expected the same response from my readers that the column generated in me: I was weeping sentimental tears by the time I finished writing it. And, recently, I wrote a column about abortion in which I welcomed a revisiting of Roe v. Wade, not because I oppose abortion, but because I thought it might force this country to come to honest terms with alternatives.
March 7, 1991
Once in love with soccer, always in love with soccer, says Bernie Mullin, the former Pittsburgh Pirates vice president who resigned last summer to pursue a Major Soccer League franchise for the city."
July 7, 1991
If you ask Maribeth Rizzuto, the trash recycling coordinator for thecity of Pittsburgh, why the city's recycling program has such a highcompliance, she sums up the reason this way: "The program is very simple."And it's that thought that Harford County government administrators have tried to keep in mind in drafting a plan to get Harfordresidents to sort recyclables out of their trash for pickup. They'vemodeled their proposal, in part, on the highly successful Pittsburghprogram.But simplicity isn't all of the magic in the Pittsburgh program.
January 26, 2006
Pittsburgh has waited 26 years for a ring for its thumb. I was not born when they last won the Super Bowl. I grew up a Steelers fan, and while most people in Baltimore cringe when I admit that, I can't help but grin. Although I have lived in Maryland the majority of my life, I spent my summers and every major holiday in Pittsburgh with my grandparents. Many ask me why I never relinquished my devotion to the Steelers. The answer is simple. The Colts escaped in the middle of the night in 1984.