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 Leslie Aizenman, director of refugee and immigrant services for Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, fields a question Thursday during “A Syrian Summit” held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. At left is event organizer Kevin Caridad, chairman of the southwest division of the Pennsylvania National Association of Social Workers.
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Leslie Aizenman, director of refugee and immigrant services for Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, fields a question Thursday during “A Syrian Summit” held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. At left is event organizer Kevin Caridad, chairman of the southwest division of the Pennsylvania National Association of Social Workers.

Pittsburgh agencies advocate for Syrian refugees

Four Syrian families already have settled in Pittsburgh. One of the women gave birth to a child Thursday morning.



 Pennsylvania treasurer Timothy Reese, was nominated by Mr. Wolf and confirmed by the Senate to replace Democrat Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania treasurer race may hold key in budget standoff

Does the treasurer have the authority to release funds not allocated by the Legislature?



 Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.

State appellate court orders resentencing of juvenile lifers

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. believes the Legislature or courts should set up a protocol for 480 cases in Pennsylvania.



 Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Pope, patriarch trying to heal old and new wounds

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will meet today in Cuba, the first time a pope has ever met face to face with the Moscow patriarch.



 Nisha Paige, 33, is a University of Pittsburgh graduate school student who met her fiance through OKCupid.

More people finding comfort in looking for love online

A Pew Research study indicates the youngest and oldest users are increasing their use of dating apps and services, even in Pittsburgh.



 Education Planning Guide

Education planning guide 2016: Follow important steps in choosing the right college

Many times, it’s a person’s first important life decision.


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 Using a smartboard, teacher Alexis Pavolik leads her preschoolers in counting numbers at Allegheny Intermediate Unit Head Start in Carnegie.

New regional network means higher speed, lower costs for schools

The program is one of many in the county that uses a regional computer network coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.



 Joseph Nocito Jr.

Edgeworth businessman sentenced to prison in complex fraud scheme

Judge orders Joseph Nocito, 44, of Edgeworth, to federal prison for 16 months and ordered him to pay $1.8 million in restitution.


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NO SAFE HARBOR: PRISONS AND MENTAL ILLNESS


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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 Juniors Cherisse Tompkins and Haydon Alexander pose in the library of the Winchester-Thurston H.S.

Students must decide whether to take SAT or ACT exams, or both

One expert suggests taking the college entrance exams as a junior, allowing time to re-take the tests to improve scores.



FAFSA form may be frustrating, but the results can be fruitful

The single most important step families can take to access financial aid is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.


 A GNC store in New York City. The company reported a net income drop of 5.7 percent for 2015.

GNC looks for better year in 2016

The focus now, CEO Mike Archbold told analysts, “is on longer term shareholder value. We’re in this for the long haul.”



 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher

Pitt's chancellor sees larger role for university within community

The university’s future includes an expanded partnership with the region’s corporate community, Patrick Gallagher said Thursday.


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  Nick Oddo used the Chemex with the filter to make two cups of gelana abaya at Commonplace Coffee in Larimer.

Commonplace Coffeehouse offers to help you improve brewing skills

The idea to hold classes at a coffee roaster’s warehouse in Larimer percolated after customers asked how to improve their cup of joe.



Funding arrives for Westmoreland Heritage Trail between Trafford and Murrysville

The grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will supplement a $1.8 million grant received last year.


 Ryan Reynolds is a most unconventional anti-hero in "Deadpool."

Movie review: 'Deadpool' gross and violent but nevertheless entertaining

Moviegoers may love and hate “Deadpool,” which allows star Ryan Reynolds to make amends for 2011’s “Green Lantern.”



 Bobby Cannavale stars in "Vinyl" on HBO.

Tuned in: HBO spins dark, dull ‘Vinyl’; ‘Better Call Saul’ gets better

“Vinyl” disappoints but “Better Call Saul” returns to AMC in fine shape; “The Good Wife” creators planned for the show’s ending.


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Businesses should consider self-insuring

The city of Pittsburgh expects to save a lot by paying employee medical bills.



Cultural comeback: The future is bright for the August Wilson Center

The survival of the August Wilson Center was an open question. But now it’s filled with culture and life, and on track to grow.


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