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 A street view of 233 Suncrest Drive, where the bodies of an elderly couple were found.
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A street view of 233 Suncrest Drive, where the bodies of an elderly couple were found.

Man charged with dismembering his mother and step-father in Penn Hills

Frederick Harris III, 47, is charged with killing Olivia Gilbert, 73, and Lamar Gilbert Sr., 76, and putting their bodies in garbage cans.


 President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation from the White House today. The shift in policy follows Cuba's release of American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana.

President Obama: Time to boost travel, commerce with Cuba

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.



 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drops back for a 94-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant against the Bengals in the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 7.

On the Steelers: No mystery in game plan for Chiefs

Keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright will be the challenge against superb pass-rushing Kansas City linebackers.



 Mark Brentley Sr. was elected in District 8 in 1999.

Pittsburgh school board losing veterans

Will Pittsburgh’s Board of Education face a steep learning curve in 2016 with incumbents deciding not to run for re-election next year?



 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is one of three players tested for mumps "as a precaution."

Penguins announce three more players tested for mumps

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta are being tested “as a precaution” as they were “not feeling well.”



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Pa. state police background check, firearms systems back up

The state police Internet system and background check databases were out of commission for about two hours.



Florida man wins Carnegie Award for heroism a second time

Mr. Carbonell is one of only five individuals to receive the Carnegie Award for two separate acts of heroism in 2007 and 2011.


 

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Goodfellows Holiday Toy Fund, founded in 1947, is designed to do one simple thing: Make sure every child receives a toy for the holidays.


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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.

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Auditor General's report on Cheyney University paints a 'bleak' outlook

A 54-page report is likely to heighten ongoing concern, not only about Cheyney, but also some of the other 13 state-owned universities.



Tunnel closures snarl Parkway West

PennDOT issued a statement around 10:30 a.m. announcing the closures, lasting up to 10 minutes in both directions, through 2 p.m.


 

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Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 12.17.14

This week’s questions cover Pitt’s coaching drama, Martavis Bryant of the Steelers and the NL Central’s off-season moves.



WVU athletic director Oliver Luck resigns, will join NCAA

Luck, 54, will serve as executive vice president of the NCAA, second-in-command to president Mark Emmert.


 





'Foxcatcher' brought long days for Steve Carell as John du Pont

In a monumental departure from “The Office,” “Despicable Me” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” Mr. Carell plays John du Pont.



Ceramics shine and challenge at Society for Contemporary Craft

“Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics.” is a wonderland of the unexpected at the Society for Contemporary Craft.


 

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David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren the warrior

The fighting senator from Massachusetts actually has a chance to win



Budget fireworks: Politics aside, Congress shows an ability to agree

The government won't shut down but last-minute maneuvers revealed some of the sinkholes ahead.


 

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Treasure Hunt - 12/17/2014
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Quinto (DAY) - 12/17/2014
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Big 4 - 12/16/2014
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Treasure Hunt - 12/16/2014
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