Alaina Smith, a Pitt sophomore, talks about a frustrating odyssey through Pittsburgh's fractured medical system as a Highmark Community Blue subscriber. Her father, Wayne, listens.
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Alaina Smith, a Pitt sophomore, talks about a frustrating odyssey through Pittsburgh's fractured medical system as a Highmark Community Blue subscriber. Her father, Wayne, listens.

For some Pitt students, UPMC could soon be out of network

A University of Pittsburgh sophomore’s broken ankle has exposed a new twist in the ongoing Highmark-UPMC contract dispute.


 Charter schools such as Lincoln Park could be in trouble athletically if the PIAA forces top players like Elijah Minnie to compete for their home public school districts.

Charter schools targeted by PIAA

The PIAA may ask for charter school athletics reform, which would have sweeping effects on the boys basketball landscape in the state.



 Comfort Tech outside their Oakdale home welcoming President Barack Obama with music Wednesday.

Local band Comfort Tech a hit with President Obama

The four band members can add "serenading and meeting President Barack Obama" to its list of accolades.



 Penguins winger Beau Bennett, left, celebrates his goal in the second period Wednesday night against the Blue Jackets.

Third-line dance likely to continue for Penguins

Game situations likely will determine the left winger on the third line for the Penguins throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.



 The new Boulevard Apartments at 5801 East Liberty Blvd.

Pittsburgh renting rates rising quickly

As a percentage increase, rent locally is rising faster than established high-rent cities such as New York and San Francisco.





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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, lowest since 2008

The rate for March fell for the right reasons -- more people working and fewer unemployed.



Ukraine, Russia aim to defuse crisis

President Barack Obama was skeptical about the agreement that called on activists in eastern Ukraine to stand down.


 

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High school highlights: Aliquippa softball ends 3,269-day drought

The Quips earned their first win on the softball diamond in almost nine years Thursday by edging Western Beaver, 10-9.



Pirates acquire Ike Davis

The Pirates traded for first baseman Ike Davis, sending minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to the Mets.


 



Chairman: PPG 'the largest coatings company in the world'

PPG, founded near Pittsburgh as a glassmaker,  has completed its transformation to primarily a coatings business, its chairman says.



Local Prudential Realty franchise moving to Berkshire-Hathaway HomeServices

The franchise owner touts new technology and market share as reasons for the switch.


 



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Christians commemorate Stations of the Cross on Good Friday

At Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School, the Stations of the Cross were installed as an Eagle Scout project about five years ago.



Several Allegheny County offices closing on Good Friday

Some county offices are closed or will be closing early today in observance of Good Friday.


 



Crowe, Seyfried, Fonda and Kruger lead cast of 'Fathers & Daughters' filming here

It was the leading man who drew some to the project in which Pittsburgh stands in for New York, including Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope.



BBC America's 'Orphan Black' returns

The show, an entertaining showcase for newcomer Tatiana Maslany, returns for season two with more clones than ever.


 

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Republicans are fine at diagnosing social problems, but their prescriptions don't work.



Costly compliment: A campus closes to give Obama a political prop

It’s nice the president has noticed Pittsburgh’s revival. It’s welcome that CCAC’s efforts are recognized. It’s all good except what isn’t.


 


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