Jocelyn Washington of the West End receives ashes from Sister Diane Matje at Pittsburgh Mercy on the South Side. Sister Matje was distributing ashes to Pittsburgh Mercy employees and others on Ash Wednesday.
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Jocelyn Washington of the West End receives ashes from Sister Diane Matje at Pittsburgh Mercy on the South Side. Sister Matje was distributing ashes to Pittsburgh Mercy employees and others on Ash Wednesday.

 Items are boxed and waiting to be loaded onto a moving truck bound for Bradenton, Fla., for the Pirates' spring training.

What do Pirates pack for Florida as they head off to spring training?

The Pirates equipment staff packed up the Buccos’ locker room this morning as the team prepares to convene in Bradenton, Fla. next week.

  • Bradenton or bust for Pirate gear

  •  Gov. Tom Wolf, center, delivers his budget address for the 2016-17 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, as the speaker of the state House of Representatives, state Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, left, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, right, listen and applaud at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.

    A day after presenting proposal, Wolf defends his 'responsible' budget

    While touring a Clairton elementary school, the governor says the alternative to his plan would create a $1B education funding deficit.

     Clairton teammates celebrate with their trophy after defeating Jeannette in the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field. A steering committee has determined that this season's Class 2A and 1A games will not be played at Heinz Field.

    Two of WPIAL's 6 football championships will not be played at Heinz Field

    The Class 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A title games at Heinz; Class 2A and 1A games will be played on a different weekend at an undetermined site.

     Bakers should remember that cocoa and chocolate bars are not interchangeable when it comes to making treats for Valentine's Day.

    A primer on chocolate for Valentine's Day

    Cocoa and chocolate bars need to be used in specific recipes, and are not interchangeable.

     Scott Schuchert, of North Huntingdon, shovels snow off of the sidewalks along Main Street in Irwin Tuesday.

    Winter weather advisory issued for today for Pittsburgh area

    The National Weather Service advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. today until 7 a.m. Thursday for Pittsburgh.

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    Judge to decide whether police violated homicide suspect's Miranda rights

    Judge must decide whether Desmon Wilson voluntarily spoke to the police about a 2014 homicide.

     Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

    Pa. Senate begins debate on effort to remove AG Kane

    A two-thirds Senate vote and action by the governor is all that’s Constitutionally needed to remove the embattled attorney general.



    The number of state prisoners classified as seriously mentally ill has quadrupled since 2013. Their treatment while in prison and follow-up when they are released devours increasing amounts of attention and money in the state.

    BIG Beer choices

    In the new episode of "Beer Me" Mike Pound visits "Smallman Galley" in the Strip District.

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     Steam rising from the coke quenching process at U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke operation looms in the distance at the bottom of Clairton's Maple Avenue.

    CMU project would measure Mon Valley air pollution

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have proposed a model for better air pollution tracking around U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works.

     A spokeswoman at Penn State University says it is not planning to raise tuition mid-year despite not receiving its appropriation while state budget standoff continues.

    PSU: Despite lack of appropriation, no plan for mid-year tuition hike

    Spokeswoman says the school is coping with the ongoing budget stalemate, and the governor’s plan for a 5% bump in funding is welcomed.

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     The Steelers' Brandon Boykin waves to fans as beer cans fly onto the field after the Steelers defeated the Bengals in an AFC wild-card playoff matchup in January.

    Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 2.10.16

    Steelers beat reporter Gerry Dulac answers reader questions on Brandon Boykin, Shaun Suisham and more.

     Dayton got an upset scare Tuesday night from Duquesne, but edged the Dukes for an Atlantic 10 win.

    Duquesne lets one get away at Dayton

    The Dukes were close to closing an impressive road win against a Top 25 opponent, but then the Flyers stormed back for a win.

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     Chef Michael Gulotta.

    New Orleans chef serves a fine blend of fusion

    Michael Gulotta will feature cuisines from the Big Easy and Vietnam at Carnegie Museum of Art’s Feast on Friday.

     Matt Falenski looks at some of his Laurel Highlands Meadery traditional honey wine, in the light of his new shop in Irwin.

    A new place to taste and buy mead

    Laurel Highlands Meadery opening a tasting room in Irwin.

     A scene from the "Funny or Die" about Donald Trump.

    'Funny or Die' takes aim at The Donald

    The 50-minute film began stream today as a faux TV movie version to Donald Trump’s bestseller, ”The Art of the Deal.”

     Aiden Lassell Ripley, "The Young Nursemaid," not dated, watercolor on paper.

    Last chance to see Scaife art bequest all together

    The exhibition “Selections from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest” closes Sunday at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

    Opinion »

    New territory: Gov. Wolf refuses to grasp the state’s fiscal reality

    Gov. Tom Wolf is caught in a time warp. It’s February 2016, but he thinks it’s November 2015.

    Park and pay: Kraus is on to a good idea for South Side revelers

    City Council President Bruce Kraus is seeking to make his district’s South Side Flats a pilot for “parking enhancement districts.”

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