Firefighters work Friday morning to extinguish the fire in Homestead.
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Firefighters work Friday morning to extinguish the fire in Homestead.

Investigation finds Homestead fire was set intentionally

Damages are estimated to exceed $2 million in the blaze that destroyed three buildings and damaged two others.


 Pittsburgh Police Zone One Commander RaShall Brackney stands alongside Marcus Alvarez, 16, of Northview Heights.

Police, community meet in East Liberty for racism summit

When the police give you an order, you might want to consider not only your rights, but also certain realities.



 Jessica Mancuso, from the North Hills, rides the tube at Boyce Park.

Snowsports: Boyce Park starts SnowFest

Celebration continues all weekend at the Allegheny County park.



 Marc-Andre Fleury speaks during Media Availability for the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend at the Nationwide Arena on January 23, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

NHL's all-star weekend missing Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin

The players on hand in Columbus, Ohio, aren't critical of the absence of injured Penguins stars.



Pittsburgh Housing Authority approves new contracts, salary increases

About 150 union employees at the Pittsburgh Housing Authority will receive raises of 2.5 percent a year under a three-year deal.



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Do you need a New Year's resolution reboot?

This week SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and style editor Sara Bauknecht talk fitness, fashion and tackling fears during a visit to The Climbing Wall in the East End. Plus, they spotlight styles from Pittsburgh-based designers Kiya Tomlin and Dona Jo Fitwear.

Check out the end of the show for the scoop on some of this weekend's top events in Pittsburgh.



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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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Kids-for-Cash youth detention co-owner disbarred

One of the main figures in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has been disbarred from the practice of law.



ISIS video claims beheading of one Japanese hostage

A Japanese hostage captured by Islamic State militants was said to have been killed.


 

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Pitt football lands 2015 commitment

The Panthers got their 14th verbal commitment for the Class of 2015 when defensive end Allen Edwards gave his pledge to coach Pat Narduzzi.



McKeesport boys basketball wins key section game against Plum

Perdue sparks McKeesport’s key 65-55 section win against visiting Plum.


 



Pennsylvania unemployment drop continues for third straight month

The seasonally adjusted rate in Pennsylvania dropped to 4.8 percent in December from 5.1 percent in November.



Job cuts and sale pay off for BNY Mellon in fourth quarter

The bank earned $807 million, or 70 cents a share. For all of 2014, the company earned $3.1 billion, or $2.67 per share.


 



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Crafters up-cycle wooden pallets into furniture

Doctor and third-grade teacher find inspiration in up-cycling wooden pallets into wine racks, end tables, picture frames and more.



New technology requires a whole new clean

Too much detergent can cause mold buildup and other things you never knew about front-loading washers. Dryer tips, too.


 



Concert review: Conductor James Gaffigan and PSO make for a solid team

Mr. Gaffigan, making his PSO debut, conducted a new work by Mason Bates, plus Ravel, Mendelssohn and “Good Friday Spell” from Wagner.



Reality check: Local recruiter having fun on 'King of Nerds'

Washington County’s Todd Landree makes the journey to “Nerdvana” for the TBS show “King of the Nerds.”


 

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Paul Krugman: For the love of carbon

Republicans flip-flop to push the Keystone pipeline for their fossil-fuel buddies.



Happy trails: Pa. lawmakers must make the state’s roads safer

The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety say reinstate mandatory helmets for motorcyclists and tighten restrictions on teen drivers.


 

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