President Barack Obama making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia.
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President Barack Obama making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Obama laid out his opening offer to Congress during remarks in Philadelphia, where House Democrats were gathered for their annual retreat.


 Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid possible federal inquiry

After a career in venture capital, Rob McCord won the treasurer’s office in 2008.

  • PDF: Rob McCord's resignation letter



  •  Highmark and UPMC have been dueling about access to Magee-Womens access for several weeks.

    Highmark agrees to terms on UPMC Magee access for 2015

    Highmark customers who learned of their pregnancies in 2014 will have access to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.



     Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order banning gifts for employees of the executive branch earlier this month.

    Gov. Wolf signs order banning new gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania public lands

    “This is a beautiful state and this is one way we can promote that and protect it,” the new governor said.



     Robert Ferrante and Autumn Klein were married at the historic Old North Church in Boston in May 2001.

    Irretrievably Broken: A preview to the Robert Ferrante sentencing

    “Irretrievably Broken,” a series chronicling the lives of Robert Ferrante and Autumn Klein, begins Sunday. Take a first look at their story.


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    Animal adventures

    Zookeeper Kesha Phares trains a female sea lion Jan. 13 at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
    Though the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is closed for routine repairs, the work of zookeepers never stops.

    Follow along through Feb. 13 as the Post-Gazette takes a trip every Friday behind the scenes and inside the cages of Pittsburgh’s zoo animals.

    First up: An up-close look at sea lion training.



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    What's old is new

    A 1929 photo of the Mon Wharf. The event for which the thousands of people have gathered remains a mystery.
    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.

    We hope The Digs will be of interest to readers, history buffs and those interested in photojournalism, and ignites some memories of Pittsburgh's storied past.


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    Fresh citrus brightens winter meals

    From oranges and tangerines to grapefruit, lemons and limes — they’re all available in spades now through late spring.



    Voodoo opening pub in Homestead

    The Meadville brewery is opening a pub to sell its brews closer to Pittsburgh.


     



    Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas wanted to see 'My Fair Lady' — so he's putting it on stage

    The actors playing Higgins and Eliza in PPT's "My Fair Lady" find joy in the big and small moments of a classic musical.



    Movie review: It's 'Survivor' on the job in 'Two Days, One Night'

    Marion Cotillard tries to save her job at a Belgian factory in a new work from the Dardenne brothers.


     

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    Thomas L. Friedman: Will Czar Vladimir invade Ukraine or other neighbors?

    Putin’s intervention in Ukraine is the ugliest geopolitical mugging in the world today, and it could get a lot worse.



    Field of security: Should a sheriff’s officer be in the Steelers’ lineup?

    Officers in the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department can work up to 30 hours a week at a second job.


     

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