Moira and Andrew Brennen of Highland Park pose for a portrait in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.
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Moira and Andrew Brennen of Highland Park pose for a portrait in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Patients struggle to sort out networks and affiliations in a post-UPMC-Highmark world

Moira Brennen’s due date is Saturday, and she still doesn’t know for sure if her delivery at Magee will be in-network or out-of-network.


 The hip joint

Knee, hip replacement costs a bargain at Pittsburgh area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.



 Physical therapy resident Pam Dunlap evaluates Gaige Pavlocak's balance

Allegheny County school districts’ occupational, physical therapists in jeopardy

A $1.1 million deficit has caused the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to turn therapists into independent contractors, some of whom may quit.



 The bill is opposed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Controversial proposal for nonprofit amendment advances in Pennsylvania

The proposal could lead to a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature more authority over determining tax exemptions for nonprofits.



 Pirates outfielder Travis Snider makes a between the legs catch during morning workouts at Pirate City in Bradenton Florida.

Pirates trade outfielder Snider to Orioles

The Pirates sent Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league left-hander Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later.



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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary bequeathed $20 million

Robert Thomson gave no indication such a bequest was in the works, said William Carl, president of the seminary.



Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak pushes for city-paid parental leave

The cost of the program proposed by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak would be negligible, a Pittsburgh personnel official said.


 

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Weekend review

Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler stands on the sideline during the Steelers' wild-card game against the Ravens in January.
Defensive coordinator Keith Butler gets his chance to do more

State police raid bars, issue citations across Pittsburgh region

Joe Biden's touch endears him to Tim Murphy's family

31st Street Studios reeling in big flicks



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Animal adventures

Zookeeper Kesha Phares trains a female sea lion Jan. 13 at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
Though the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is closed for routine repairs, the work of zookeepers never stops.

Follow along through Feb. 13 as the Post-Gazette takes a trip every Friday behind the scenes and inside the cages of Pittsburgh’s zoo animals.

First up: An up-close look at sea lion training.

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High school basketball highlights: No. 1 Mars holds on with free throw

Alex Gruber made 1 of 2 free throws with one second left to lift No. 1 Mars to a 61-60 win against visiting Highlands in Section 1.



No. 17 West Virginia wins on road

The Mountaineers won at Kansas State to improve to 5-2 in the Big 12.


 



Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection changes rules for oil and gas sludge at landfills

The state agency said it has been underestimating the radioactivity in frack fluid sludges for the past several years.



Commission clears way for Station Square housing deal

City planning  approved plans by Station Square owner Forest City Enterprises to build 300 apartments on the east side of the complex.


 





Fascinating and flawed Women cast as antiheroes on TV saddled with irritating quirks

Why are women the ‘weaker’ sex when it comes to portraying characters on television dramas?



Meissen porcelain collector to speak at Maridon Museum

The purchase of a rare Meissen table service turned Fritz Theil into a collector. He’ll give a talk at Maridon Museum.


 

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Obama cozies up to dictators

The president is making the same old short-term calculations that backfire in the end.



The fire next time: Homestead’s loss is a warning on mental health

There are no easy answers, but there is one comprehensive remedy on the table that deserves attention from Congress.


 

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