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 Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.
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Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?


 Steve Pederson spent 12 years over two tenures as Pitt athletic director.

Gene Collier: Hiring right coach is what Pederson never got right

For all the good Steve Pederson did for Pitt athletics, hiring the right football coach always eluded him.



 Looking west from the 16th Street Bridge in the Strip District, this is a view of the land that the Buncher Co. is developing as part of its $450 million Riverfront Landing project that will stretch from 11th to 21st streets.

Hundreds of housing units planned for Strip District development

A Cleveland developer is teaming with Buncher to build the complex, which will feature townhouses and penthouse lofts, among other spaces.



 President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday.

Mixed reactions in Pittsburgh to Cuba normalization

Cuban-Americans, experts and advocates discuss the impact of President Obama’s announcement on Cuba.



 A bald eagle sits in a nest in Hays on March 27.

They're back: Bald eagle cam returns to nest in Hays

The camera was removed in September after the fledgling of three eaglets.


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Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved a final budget Wednesday night of $556.8 million for 2015.



North Huntingdon man found guilty of bankruptcy fraud

Michael J. Free, former owner of Electra Lighting and Electric, hid the assets by filling out false documents in a 2010 bankruptcy filing.


 

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ALL ABOUT THE ARTS

"Bellevue Library" by Ron Thurston, who will teach a watercolor class at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in the winter 2015.
Looking for a gift that keeps giving after the holidays are finished?

Consider a class or two at one of the Pittsburgh region's many arts centers. Visual arts, music and culinary classes are just a few of the options.

More stories from our weekly suburban edition

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PG Interactive: A Wide View

The Smithfield Street Bridge, opened in 1883, is a National Historic Landmark. On its northern end, the bridge connects with Fort Pitt Boulevard.
The Golden Triangle is truly a sight to see, especially under the nighttime sky.

Follow along here as the Post-Gazette's Steve Mellon captures wide view images of people, landmarks, bridges and more in Downtown Pittsburgh throughout the holiday season.


Federated Investors predicts stock rise in 2015

Federated analysts say the solid economic recovery, low inflation and historical indicators point to double-digit gains in the stock market



Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Redesign for 2015 gives Chrysler 200C a lot to offer

An upgrade for the make’s bottom-of-the-line model is an all-around improvement, but the reliability reports are not in yet.


 



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Gingerbread and cookies: A spicy holiday tradition

Celebrating the rich, beloved flavor of gingerbread. Share photos of your holiday sweets with the PG.



Figs and dates sweeten winter treats

Dried versions of the fruits are great in the off-season.


 



Best Pop Concert: Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, St.Vincent top list of best concerts in 2014.



Best Play: 'Tamara'

Quantum's ambitious play that moved throughout a building soared with top-notch, precision performances.


 

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