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Three Rivers' virtual afterlife

| Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

Surf the wrong website, and you might get the idea that today's AFC Championship game between the Steelers and New York Jets will be played at Three Rivers Stadium.

The old multipurpose facility was imploded on Feb. 11, 2001. But in the ensuing decade, someone forgot to take down the stadium's Internet site ( ).

"Three Rivers Stadium continues to be home to the region's most exciting attractions and biggest events," the site boasts. "If you're looking for all-around excitement, Three Rivers Stadium is the place to be!"

Some subtle signs exist that the thrills of Three Rivers, whose location now is occupied by Stage AE and several parking lots bisected by West General Robinson Street, might be a bit overstated.

The website bears a welcome greeting from former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, who left office five years ago. Also, the stadium hotline understandably has been disconnected, and the site apologetically notes that stadium e-mail no longer is being answered.

To clarify any confusion that may result from someone accidentally stumbling onto the site: The Steelers-Jets game will be held at Heinz Field, across from where Three Rivers once stood.

Hope that helps.


Walking along the ground level of the state Capitol minutes before taking the oath as governor Tuesday, Tom Corbett said with a smile that the reason he kept his swearing-in ceremony outdoors despite the wintry weather was simple.

"I didn't want to be called a wuss," he said.

Corbett was referencing former Gov. Ed Rendell 's recent nationally publicized spiel over the NFL postponing a Philadelphia Eagles game because of a snowstorm in that city. Rendell made the rounds on TV networks, saying the country has become "a nation of wusses."

At a fundraiser for the incoming governor the night before the inauguration, Corbett used Rendell's tirade as a friendly note to end his remarks, according to attendees. He said advisers were urging him to move the ceremony indoors but he did not want the outgoing governor to call them "wusses."

THE LAST WORD ON WUSSES. The following release from Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl 's office arrived Thursday in our inbox:

"Due to the severe winter weather predicted for this afternoon, the informational community meeting regarding the city's new Winter Storm Emergency Plan scheduled this evening at the North Side Senior Center has been cancelled."

We can't help but wonder what Rendell thinks about that.

FASHION STATEMENT. He didn't tailgate prior to Corbett's inauguration ceremony, but state Rep. Nick Kotik , D-Robinson, showed up at the event wearing a Steelers cap and a Steelers tie.

"We gotta celebrate something," he said.

Kotik was referring to the Steelers' win over the Baltimore Ravens in last weekend's AFC divisional playoff game, not the inauguration of a Republican governor.

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER. You wouldn't think state Rep. Bill DeWeese would have been interested in purchasing a $150 ticket to Corbett's inaugural ball.

Not because the Greene County legislator is a Democrat and Corbett is a Republican. Plenty of Dems were in attendance, including state Auditor General Jack Wagner .

DeWeese's presence was surprising because he's a defendant in one of the criminal cases Corbett pursued in his previous gig as state attorney general. DeWeese is awaiting trial on charges of using taxpayer-paid staff to work on his political campaigns.

Despite the allegations, DeWeese entered the lion's den of Corbett supporters and made the rounds, looking resplendent in his suit and bow tie. According to one highly placed source, DeWeese even approached senior officials in the Attorney General's Office and gave them hugs.

GUESS WHO ELSE IS COMING TO DINNER. We assume Chinese President Hu Jintao has a much broader understanding of the American ketchup industry after his state dinner at the White House on Wednesday.

Among the invitees to the soiree were none other than Pittsburgh's own ketchup heiress, Teresa Heinz , and her husband, Sen. John Kerry , D-Mass.

Also on the guest list was a curious collection of people not generally known for helping advance U.S.-China relations over the years.

They included uber-liberal entertainer Barbra Streisand and her hubby, actor James Brolin ; actor Jackie Chan ; Willow Bay , senior editor at the lefty Huffington Post website, and her husband, Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger ; Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour ; and jazz musician Herbie Hancock .

OUT OF THE RUNNING. Outgoing Greensburg Mayor Karl Eisaman said there is no truth to continuing rumors that he may run for Westmoreland County commissioner.

Eisaman recently announced he will not seek another term as mayor. Although he admitted that he has been approached by county Democrats to run this year for commissioner, Eisaman said he has no such plans.

Eisaman said he will concentrate on his business, McDowell Associates Inc. on South Main,which he purchased several years ago from his father.

As for potential Eisaman successors as mayor, a number of new faces have been showing up at council meetings. Among those in attendance was Nat Pantalone , a Greensburg Salem school director who said he was there only to watch.

BENCH MANEUVERS. Changes are coming in the Indiana County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Thomas M. Bianco , a Democrat, has announced he will run for the Common Pleas Court seat opened by the surprise retirement of longtime Judge Gregory A. Olson .

Bianco, a lifelong resident of Indiana County, graduated from Penns Manor High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned his law degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1993.

Bianco, who was elected district attorney in 2008, formerly worked as an assistant district attorney, assistant public defender and law clerk for former Judge W. Parker Ruddock and current President Judge William J. Martin .

First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Dougherty announced he will seek this year's Democrat nomination for the office his boss is leaving.

Dougherty, another lifelong resident of the county, graduated from Indiana Area Senior High School and IUP and earned his law degree from Duquesne University in 2000.

He also previously served as a judicial law clerk to Martin and Olson.

Indiana County Solicitor Michael T. Clark , a Republican, also will run for the judicial post. The IUP graduate, who previously worked as a county detective and assistant district attorney, is a graduate of Thomas Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Mich., and a partner in a private law firm in Indiana.

NEVER MIND. Irwin officials withdrew a citation alleging a property owner violated a sign ordinance by posting a message celebrating the Main Street program manager's departure in a storefront window. Tom Witman , owner of the historic McWilliams Building, was cited in December for "noncompliance" with the borough's sign ordinance after posting a yellow, 8 1/2-by-11-inch flier bidding "good riddance" to Donn Henderson at the end of Henderson's four-year tenure.

Witman claimed the citation was "selective enforcement" because he was critical of Henderson's revitalization efforts.

-- compiled by Tribune-Review staff

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