THE LONG JOURNEY HOME


Chief Petty Officer Jared Krueger stands near the wreckage of Tech. Sgt. Charles Johnston's B-24 in New Guinea in 2010. A special series by the Post-Gazette follows Johnston’s journey to the other side of the Earth to fight in World War II and the 70 years it would take for his remains to be found, identified and returned to the United States.

 Police said an 11-year-old boy was critically wounded when he was shot with a BB gun in McKeesport. Police charged a 312-year-old McKeesport man with the shooting. He told police the shooting was retaliation for the boy attacking his son.

Man charged with critically wounding boy with BB gun in McKeesport

A McKeesport man charged with the shooting tells police the incident on Sumac Street was in retaliation for the boy attacking his son.



 A Port Authority of Allegheny County committee last week approved a 30-day public comment period starting June 1 on the subject of a fee for ConnectCards, which currently are issued for free.

Port Authority considers charging one-time fee for ConnectCards

The Allegheny County agency will seek public input as it conducts a top-to-bottom review of its fare policies.



 Vic Kleman, 82, center right, embarks on 95 consecutive rides Sunday on the Jack Rabbit at Kennywood.

82-year-old fan of Kennywood's Jack Rabbit coaster clocks ride 5,000

Vic Kleman, 82, rode the roller coaster 95 times Sunday at the West Mifflin amusement park.



 Charlie Morton takes the ball tonight against the Miami Marlins for the suddenly soaring Pirates. It will be his first major league start since Sept. 16.

Ron Cook: Morton's job is to keep momentum rolling for Pirates

Charlie Morton returns to the mound tonight for a Pirates team that thoroughly dominated the Mets this past weekend at PNC Park.



 The Zac Brown Band has one foot in the country scene and the other one dancing with the jam bands.

Concert Review: Zac Brown Band throws a country music party at the Pavilion

The band covers Led Zeppelin, Queen, the Beatles and more, jumping through genres and jamming through 10-minute songs.



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Skinny Building mystery — and others — solved by researcher into Pittsburgh oddities

When the renovation of Downtown’s Skinny Building sparked comments about its mysterious origins last week, John Schalcosky went to work.



Three Homewood sites to redirect storm water runoff

The $1 million project is designed to prevent sewage overflows from eastern neighborhoods and suburbs into Nine Mile Run at Frick Park.


 

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The Long Journey Home


A special series by the Post-Gazette follows a Pittsburgh man's journey to the other side of the Earth to fight in World War II and the 70 years it would take for his remains to be found, identified and returned to the United States.

Read about Tech. Sgt. Charles L. Johnston Jr. and his homecoming.



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Summer guide to Pittsburgh

"Flashes of Freedom" by Zambelli as seen from Grandview Avenue atop Mt. Washington.
There's plenty to do and see around Pittsburgh during the summer.

From festivals to concerts, here's an index to help you plan all the fun in the coming months.

Setting the SEEN: Summer fun in Downtown Pittsburgh

On the Digs: Bombing of the USS Franklin


The Post-Gazette is excavating, curating and digitizing its photo library, which has been accumulating photographs for more than a century, and displaying the photos online with a peek into their origins.

Explore our most recent entry on the 1945 bombing of the USS Franklin, through the eyes of Pittsburgher John Steffora, who witnessed it first-hand.

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Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2

This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way.



Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them.


 

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James sparkles in end after slow start

Cavaliers 114, Hawks 111: Cleveland star starts 0-10 from the field but finishes strong as the Cavaliers take 3-0 lead in Eastern Finals.



Roster situation a tricky one for Rutherford, Penguins

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford says it’s possible to upgrade the current roster without hurting its future, but it won’t be easy.


 



Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.



Helping caregivers fill the gaps with the community's support

Through “I Care” initiative, United Way hopes businesses and others will keep watch on elderly citizens who may be on verge of crisis.


 



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#LetsMakeASEEN: Summer of Learn and Earn

Remember your first summer job? The city is teaming up with various organizations to provide 2,000 low-income students a paid internship.



Quantum Theatre Celebrates 25 Years

Quantum Theatre’s Karla Boos unveiled plans for the 25th anniversary season by inviting friends and supporters the Union Trust Building.


 


Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Bill Paxton

The actor plays his distant cousin, legendary Texan Sam Houston, in the epic new mini-series “Texas Rising” on the History Channel.



Obituary: Anne Meara / Actress, comedian, wife of Jerry Stiller and mom of Ben

She was a loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress.


 

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Maureen Dowd: Driving Uber mad

I’ve learned the ride-sharing app is judging me.



Rough country: Pennsylvania’s rural roads need more attention

Rural Pennsylvania roads and bridges rank among the most perilous in the country, according to a report issued last week.


 

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