THE LONG JOURNEY HOME / MEMORIAL DAY SERIES


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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. On this Memorial Day, read about the honors accorded the memory and sacrifice of Army Air Corps Tech. Sgt. Charles L. Johnston Jr.

 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 Jack Rabbit at Kennywood 95 times on Sunday.

  • Vic Kleman rides Jack Rabbit at Kennywood 95 times



  •  Klaus Genuit, a psycho-acoustics professor at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, analyzes sounds in Point State Park on Wednesday. Mr. Genuit was in the city for the Acoustical Society of America conference at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown.

    Acoustics experts assess city’s ‘soundscape’

    A German acoustics expert says Point State Park and Market Square were designed with no regard for sound pollution.



     Jerry Greek helps his daughter Sage, 2, ride her Strider Bike, a type of toddler's bike with no pedals, outside and around their Troy Hill home.

    No-pedal bike race for toddlers coming to Station Square

    Strider Bikes, which teach toddlers balance on a no-pedal bike, will hold races at Station Square on June 6 for kids 2 to 5 years old.

  • Non-pedal bikes help toddlers make strides



  •  Kawthar Albe from South Sudan

    Odysseys: Pittsburgh reminds her of her native South Sudan

    The oldest of seven children born to a Muslim mother and Christian father, Kawthar came to realize that her future in Sudan was limited.



     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 with a diverse menu

    Country 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.



    3 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.

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    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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    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.


     

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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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