Wensel Family in front of their computer website, Becky holding baby Leeland, with daughter, Kaylee, 6, and husband, Jason, at their home in Leechburg, Pa.
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Wensel Family in front of their computer website, Becky holding baby Leeland, with daughter, Kaylee, 6, and husband, Jason, at their home in Leechburg, Pa.

Two crowdfunding campaigns — for a dog and a baby — see drastically different results

Success in online fundraising depends on many factors, as the story of efforts on behalf of a sick dog and a sick child shows.

 A study found that nearly six of 10 crashes involving teen drivers were preceded by distractions — interactions with other passengers, cell phone use, grooming or looking at something other than the road ahead.

Study says motorists aren’t paying attention

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes came after a distraction.

 Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 4 debates definition of taxable charities

A proposed change to Pennsylvania’s constitution could open a Pandora’s box of questions about tax exemptions.

 Filmmaker Ken Burns

Ken Burns’ cancer film highlights Pittsburgh research

Pittsburgh breakthroughs are highlighted in Ken Burns’ “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” to air today through Wednesday.

 Atef Mahgoub at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

Odysseys: A leap of faith brought an imam to Pittsburgh

Sheikh Atef, born in Egypt, found a community in Pittsburgh.

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Pittsbugh City Council ready to change rules on naming of public property

The bill, which comes up for a final vote Tuesday, cuts the number of members on the  Commission on Naming Public Properties to three from

Soldiers & Sailors Hall of Valor inducts 17 servicemen

The Hall of Valor recognizes Pennsylvania veterans who have received medals for bravery.



Cultural Crossroads

Left to right, Langston Brentley, junior at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12; Saroyah Johnson, junior at Penn Hills High School; Margaux Wilson (sister to Liza behind her) junior at Oakland Catholic High School; Liza Wilson sophomore at Oakland Catholic High School; Javar Wilson, junior at Imani Christian Academy.
Education writer Clarece Polke is joining a group of Pittsburgh-area high school students to tour 13 historically black colleges as they decide on their futures.

The Post-Gazette will document the reactions and growing perspectives of five of these students as they experience -- some for the first time -- a glimpse of the black college experience.


Who would you draft?

Ryan Shazier of the Ohio State Buckeyes poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked No. 15 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Steelers have the 22nd pick in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, which begins April 30 in Chicago.

Beat writer Ed Bouchette currently has 13 players he thinks the Steelers could take in the first round.

Explore Ed's analysis, vote on who you think the Steelers will most likely select on our interactive draft poll and share your opinions in the comments section.

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Arab League unveils joint military force

The force is intended to thwart growing Iranian influence in the region.

Nuclear talks with Iran deadlocked

Both sides looking for leverage as they struggle to reach framework for a deal.


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Spring training report: Pirates 4, Braves 2

Stolmy Pimentel showed a strong curveball in two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out one.

With season nearing, Pirates still sorting through bullpen options

Though players — including Stolmy Pimentel, Radhames Liz and John Holdzkom — fight for roles, factors out their control might decide things.


Pittsburgh charities rethink the value of galas

Big charity galas may raise significant dollars for some organizations but some nonprofits shun them because of time and expense.

Benefits of health information exchanges still unclear

Are health information exchanges really saving money and improving patient health? Perhaps — but there’s not much evidence of that so far.


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Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force hosts benefit at J. Verno Studios

More than 350 partygoers attended the event raising more than $153,000 for research and support for those with HIV.

Great Futures Gala held on the Gateway Clipper

More than 200 guests attended the The Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania fundraiser and raised about $66,000 for the organization.


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Maureen Dowd: The Bushworld tangle shows Jeb wants things both ways

He’s being yanked in a tug of war between his father’s side and his brother’s side, which publicly demands that Jeb go full-hawk.

Bank on it: The U.S. should join China’s new Asian venture

The United States has unsuccessfully opposed some of its key allies’ decisions to join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.


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