John Timko of Monongahela talks about his health care and insurance and how he almost was prevented from seeing the UPMC cardiologist he credits with saving his life.
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John Timko of Monongahela talks about his health care and insurance and how he almost was prevented from seeing the UPMC cardiologist he credits with saving his life.

Highmark members face a minefield for UPMC care

After years on UPMC, restaurant owner John Timko switched to Highmark, only to learn he could no longer see his UPMC physician.


 Steelers safety Troy Polamalu signs an autograph for a "look-alike" before practice at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe last year.

Steelers training camp: A pilgrimage of sorts for the many 'black-and-gold' faithful

Joint practices with the Buffalo Bills will be the newest feature when the Steelers begin training camp today in Latrobe.



 Rich Fitzgerald , Allegheny County Executive, talks to a group local officials and housign advocates as part of the “Blight to Bright: A Comprehensive Anti-Blight Toolkit” program.

Municipal officials schooled in ways to end blight in region

A ’tool kit’ prepared by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is designed to teach officials which approaches have worked to battle blight.



 Willie Baronet looks for homeless people while walking around Downtown Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Professor buys signs from homeless for art project

Southern Methodist University professor comes to Pittsburgh for his  “We Are All Homeless” project to spread awareness of the problem.



 Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. says the city police department must use suggested best practices in eyewitness identification techniques when making arrests.

District attorney demands changes in Pittsburgh police ID procedures

Otherwise, he said, the identification may be considered as establishing a suspect but not “in and of itself for charging purposes.“



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Drug dealer to plead guilty for escape from Morgantown prison camp

Eugene Cobbs, 43, filed notice yesterday that he will plead guilty Aug. 11 to charges related to his escape last year.



Texas man sentenced to 11 years for supplying cocaine to Monongahela Valley drug ring

Dominique Jackson, 26, of Denton, was found guilty at trial in March of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Clairton and elsewhere.


 

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SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and style editor Sara Bauknecht preview this weekend's One Whirl Yoga Fest in Point State Park and take their downward dog to new heights with aerial yoga at Verve 360, Downtown.




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Luc Besson’s “Lucy” features Scarlett Johansson as a woman whose brain power is out of this world.



Jack White is ready to pounce

Blues-rocker Jack white returns to Pittsburgh for the first time since 2008.


 

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