The Rev. Lou Vallone, pastor of St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent, says riding a motorcycle is who he is: "What you see is what you get."
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The Rev. Lou Vallone, pastor of St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent, says riding a motorcycle is who he is: "What you see is what you get."

Catholic priest is a biker with a message

The Rev. Lou Vallone enjoys getting on his 2003 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard and taking on two-lane blacktop.

  • Father Lou Vallone talks about his love for motorcyles


  •  Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County health department, smiles Tuesday as she presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a news conference.

    Officials draw up plan for a healthier Allegheny County

    The plan is the result of a yearlong community assessment that identified the county’s key health concerns.



     Saxonburg Mayor Pamela Bauman stands Tuesday in the doorway of her shop Mimi's Memories, Antiques & Gifts. Ms. Bauman says she supports the possible presidential candidacy of former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is scheduled to appear today in nearby Cabot.

    Santorum to return to his roots for ‘major’ announcement

    Will Rick Santorum announce tonight that he again is running for president?



     The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State.

    Penn State fraternity Kappa Delta Rho loses recognition for three years

    The fraternity has been stripped over a private Facebook page with photos of nude, semi-nude and incapacitated female students.



     Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a pressure-packed first day of OTAs Tuesday.

    Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ready for more pressure

    Ben Roethlisberger says he doesn’t concern himself with pressure of any kind, including the amount in an NFL football.



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    Food pantry hopes to look more like market

    Looking to double the outreach, the Northside Community Food Pantry has gone out of its neighborhood and the web seeking donations.



    Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

    The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.


     

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    The Long Journey Home

    A family photograph of Charles Johnston with Diana taken on an unknown date. On the back Diana wrote, "I am always thinking of you." He went missing when his B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese in New Guinea on April 10, 1944. It would take 70 years for his remains to be found and identified.
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    Summer guide to Pittsburgh

    "Flashes of Freedom" by Zambelli as seen from Grandview Avenue atop Mt. Washington.
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    Holiday weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma killed 14 people, with at least 13 still missing.



    Suicide rates increase sharply among African-American children

    As suicide rates of black children under 11 soar nationwide, city experts urge caregivers to ask children about suicide.


     



    There are lots of car insurance discounts out there — if you ask

    Roughly 4 in 5 motorists fail to ask their insurance company about qualifying for special discounts that insurers don’t automatically apply.



    Chromos founder donates free glasses to students

    Eyewear entrepreneur Daniel Childs says his company will give back by donating glasses to students in Pittsburgh Public Schools.


     





    Search a local theater to find 'Bigfoot'

    Made locally, “Bigfoot: The Movie” is turned loose in Western Pennsylvania this week.



    Stage review: 'Saints Tour' draws visitors into a communion with Braddock

    A guide leads a bus and walking “Tour,” melding fact and fiction to find a community’s saints in this Bricolage co-production.


     

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    David Brooks: New-age immigration

    Immigrants today are not like the immigrants of yesteryear.



    Bad medicine: The county had no choice but to dump Corizon

    It’s been obvious for a long time that the private health care company hired to run the jail’s infirmary has not been up to the task.


     

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