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Travelers check scheduled arrivals and departures today at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Hundreds of flights have been canceled today as rain and snow move across the East Coast.

 Highmark announced last week that it was severing its contracts with nearly 700 UPMC doctors.

Highmark, UPMC battle complicates Medicare open-enrollment for seniors

Seniors who picked a Highmark Medicare Advantage plan two weeks ago may now find that their UPMC doctor is now out-of-network.

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  •  Protesters gather Tuesday night at the corner of Bigelow Boulevard and Forbes Avenue after marching around Oakland to protest the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

    Pittsburgh rallies held to highlight ‘broken’ justice system

    Calls for unity and action in Pittsburgh’s black community continued Tuesday night in the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision.



     In this Nov. 18, 2014, photo, a researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, at the FBI’s criminal justice center in Bridgeport, W.Va. NICS did about 58,000 checks on a typical day in 2013. That surged to 145,000 on Black Friday.

    Black Friday gun sales 'a perfect storm' for background check system

    On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly 2 checks a second, testing limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.



     The former Civic Arena sits next to its replacement, the Consol Energy Center, in September 2010.

    Penguins eye entertainment venues for former Civic Arena site

    Possibilities for the site include a movie theater, bowling alley, a fitness center, a music venue, restaurants, cafes and a food market.



     Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik fumbles the ball against Georgia Tech in the fourth quarter Oct. 25 at Heinz Field.

    Gene Collier: Rivalries beat bowl games

    Forget pursuit of a bowl, the region’s middling college teams are better off piling on each other than piling on a meaningless sixth win.



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    No holiday for hunger

    Elisa McDonnell, right, 28, of McKeesport receives a bag of dried cherries from volunteer Tricia Scott, 43, of Port Vue at Founders' Hall Middle School in McKeesport.
    The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which on average assists 360,000 people in 11 counties annually, saw the need for its services increase by 14 percent this year.

    How does the food bank take on its mission? The Post-Gazette's Linda Wilson Fuoco examines the logistics.

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    Mario Lemieux: 30 years in Pittsburgh

    Mario Lemieux has won the Stanley Cup as the Penguins' captain and owner.
    This winter marks 30 years since Mario Lemieux first arrived in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is marking the milestone by publishing a special section Thanksgiving Day on Lemieux's three decades in the city. Until then, we're testing your knowledge of "Le Magnifique."

    Today's question: Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby played together on the ice for the beginning of the 2005-06 season. How many times did one assist on a goal for the other?

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    Pitt sputters offensively in loss to San Diego State

    San Diego State used its defense to beat the Panthers, 74-57, in an EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinal at Lahaina Civic Center.



    On the Steelers: Tomlin comfortable with inexperienced backups

    With LeGarrette Blount waltzing out of the picture, untested Dri Archer and Josh Harris are next in line behind Le'Veon Bell.


     



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    Food banks busiest during holidays, but help is needed year-round

    The need for food is greater during the holidays, in part because people must spend more on heating bills. More volunteers are needed, too.



    Shaler's Cancer Fighting Princess delivering holiday dinners

    Melissa Adams has raised funds the past three years to help women undergoing cancer treatment enjoy a less stressful Thanksgiving meal.


     

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    Unhappy lessons from Ferguson

    St. Louis County officials show how to outmaneuver a protest movement.



    After Ferguson: Police and residents must seek understanding

    The grand jury’s decision must be accepted and, while disagreement is understandable, people must speak out within the confines of the law.


     

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