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Volume 32 Issue 17

Judge rules for Pitt in same-sex benefits case >

April 27th, 2000

Attorneys from the ACLU said yester- day that they haven't decided how to proceed following an Allegheny County judge's ruling that Pitt does not discriminate by denying health benefits to employees' gay and lesbian partners. Pitt officials, meanwhile, weren't saying whether they plan to file for a permanent injunction in a further effort to kill […]

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Pitt statement on Gallo's ruling >

April 27th, 2000

The University of Pittsburgh is gratified that the Court of Common Pleas, after hearing arguments from both sides and carefully reviewing the extensive record in this case, has prohibited Deborah Henson and the other six complainants from proceeding with the action against the University pending before the Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission. Pitt respects the Human […]

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Plaintiffs vow to continue fight >

April 27th, 2000

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging that the University discriminates by denying health insurance to its employees' gay and lesbian partners expressed disappointment with an Allegheny County judge's ruling against them. But they said they expect that an appeal will be filed, and they vowed to go on with the case. "The judge's decision seemed convoluted […]

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Observatory director hopes to be working with, not competing against, space satellites >

April 27th, 2000

As satellite telescopes supersede ground-based astronomy, Pitt's Allegheny Observatory has largely been eclipsed as a center of basic research. The North Side landmark's federal grants dried up two years ago. Last month, the observatory laid off its chief technician, Tim Persinger. Chief observer Tom Reiland will be let go at the end of June. But […]

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Wages, health care stumbling blocks in negotiations between Pitt, custodians >

April 27th, 2000

Contract negotiations continue between the University and Pittsburgh campus custodians, who have been working without a contract since Jan. 1. According to representatives from both sides, health care costs and wages remain the biggest stumbling blocks to a settlement. The two sides have met twice this month, with the next bargaining session scheduled for today, […]

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OBITUARY: Ernst Knobil >

April 27th, 2000

Ernst Knobil, who was Richard Beatty Mellon Professor of Physiology at Pitt from 1961 to 1981 and chairperson of the medical school's cell biology and physiology department, died of pancreatic cancer April 13, 2000. He was 73. Knobil died at The Hospice of the Texas Medical Center in Houston. A pioneering endocrinologist, Knobil located the […]

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Strobe Talbott lecture honors retiring UCIS research professor >

April 27th, 2000

There was nothing preordained about the orgy of ethnic cleansing, genocide, rape and bombing that tore apart Yugoslavia during the 1990s, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott said in a lecture here April 20. "I realize that's not the conventional wisdom, but I think the conventional wisdom is wrong," Talbott argued. "For years, we've […]

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