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 Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel pushes for early childhood education opportunities during a stop at SCI Pittsburgh in Woods Run.
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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel pushes for early childhood education opportunities during a stop at SCI Pittsburgh in Woods Run.

Corrections chief wants prisons to include a youth educational program

John Wetzel says spending the money preemptively on children can help give the children ”a fair shot.”



 Steelers President Art Rooney II makes his way to the field before the Steelers' divisional round playoff game Jan. 17 against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.

Steelers are $2.5 million over projected salary cap

The Steelers find themselves with less financial flexibility than most public projections anticipated.



 The Elbow Room restaurant & Lounge in McKeesport.

Obituary: John 'Jack' Brusick / McKeesport restaurateur who who ran the Elbow Room for half century

”He was so down to earth. He was a great man,” said McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko.



 Audience members look at monitors displaying detected data, which scientists say is proof of gravitational ripples, on Feb. 11 during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.

Scientists say they have detected spacetime ripples

All-star team of astrophysicists says it has detected an Einstein-predicted gravitational wave from the distant crash of two black holes.



 Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, left, exits the Dauphin County Courthouse.

Ex-president sues Penn State, Freeh over Sandusky scandal backlash

Mr. Spanier accused Penn State of violating a non-disparagement agreement made when he resigned under pressure in November 2011.



 Roots Sports will televise the Pirates spring training home opener at McKechnie Field on March 4. The Pirates will play the Twins at 1:05 p.m.

Root Sports will broadcast 12 Pirates spring training games

The number of games is a network record, with coverage beginning on March 4 with a home game against Minnesota.


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Jury awards $200,000 in doctor's 2008 jail suicide

Jury finds that the chief medical officer for Allegheny Correctional Health Services had violated Nepalese doctor’s civil rights.



 EMS Deputy Chief Mark Bocian says he will retire in March after working for more than 40 years for the city of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh's EMS chief to retire in March

Robert Farrow says he will leave the job on March 2, after working more than 40 years for the city.


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The number of state prisoners classified as seriously mentally ill has quadrupled since 2013. Their treatment while in prison and follow-up when they are released devours increasing amounts of attention and money in the state.
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In the new episode of "Beer Me" Mike Pound visits "Smallman Galley" in the Strip District.
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 President Barack Obama enters the White House.

David Brooks: I miss Barack Obama

Unlike so many of today’s candidates, the president exudes grace under pressure.



The race is on: Trump and Sanders stand tall, for now

Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary proved an earthquake has hit the Republican and Democratic parties.


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