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As a child, Bill Mall, pictured, exchanged letters with his cousin Charles Johnston Jr., who enlisted in the Army during World War II and went to gunnery school. One day in April 1944, instead of a letter, there was a tersely worded telegram addressed to Bill’s aunt Mildred: Tech. Sgt. Charles L. Johnston Jr. of Pittsburgh, her son, was missing in action.

 Timothy Leininger, 27, an Allegheny County jail inmate, died at UPMC Mercy on Thursday afternoon.

Allegheny County inmate's death is third so far this year

Timothy Leininger, of Bellevue, was arrested Jan. 9 by University of Pittsburgh police and charged with terroristic threats.

 An artist's rendering of the interior of Nova Place.

Developer plans to turn North Side's Allegheny Center into technology hub

Faros Properties will renovate the 1.2-million-square-foot mall into a technology incubator, with plans for eateries and a fitness center.

 Lianne Danko.

Ringgold High School latest to be rocked by sex scandal

A former guidance counselor from Rostraver has been charged with three counts of institutional sexual assault.

 Randyland, the Mexican War Streets home of Randy Gilson, features colorful murals and street art. Original Filename: MH_randyland_01.jpg

Look past Pittsburgh's popular attractions for some off-the-beaten-path summer fun

From museums to a Robot Hall of Fame, the region is home to many hidden gems.

 Penn State president Eric Barron

Penn State's president puts fraternity life under microscope

PSU president Eric Barron wants the university to raise the stakes for fraternities to model better behavior.

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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.

Setting the SEEN: Summer fun in Downtown Pittsburgh


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.

Good reads and special projects

Yanlai Wu in front of the Point Park fountain in her traditional Chinese dance costume.
• Odysseys: Meet Pittsburghers from around the globe

• Irretrievably Broken: The story of Robert Ferrante and Autumn Klein

• Cultural Crossroads: High school students' perspectives on historically black colleges

• Derailments: Freight train derailments in Pennsylvania from 2005-2014

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Amtrak ordered to enforce speed limits in Northeast

The order requires Amtrak to enforce a 50 mph limit near the Frankford Junction curve, modify signals and enforce speed limits elsewhere.

Militants tighten grip on Palmyra, one of the Mideast's most renowned sites

Islamic State militants who seized the ancient Syrian city made control clear by leaving decapitated bodies of suspected foes in streets.


Sports »

Franklin hopes to use Penn State's high cost-of-attendance stipend to his advantage

Penn State’s cost-of-attendance stipend will be tops in the Big Ten. Does it give the school an advantage in recruiting?

WPIAL softball playoffs: Unbeaten Mohawk reaches final

In a battle of Class AA unbeatens, No. 2 Mohawk bested No. 3 Seton-LaSalle and star pitcher Lauren Zola to advance to the WPIAL final.


Wigle Whiskey bringing bourbon distilling back to Pa.

The Strip District distiller, is set to issue its first bourbon next week. It’s the first Pennsylvania-made bourbon in decades.

Corporate jet makers eye revival led by North America

As economies recover, jet makers expect more companies will see efficiency in owning their own aircraft.


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Somerset County sisters to bike, hike for cancer awareness

Two of the five women will ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., and their three sisters will complete all or part of a 76-mile hike.

After 40 years, Ligonier Country Market still going strong

The market, which sells both farm products and crafts, started in 1976 and has grown to include 182 vendors, most of them local.


Opinion »

The nukes of North Korea

At some point, Kim Jong Un will be able to hit the United States.

Airbag threat: The key safety device must be replaced ASAP

It’s been six years since a Virginia woman bled to death in front of her children after the airbag in her Honda Accord exploded.


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