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 Peggy Zezza of Forest Hills uses her new smart phone Wednesday to take a picture of the PPG tree lit up and ready for today's Light Up Night.
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Peggy Zezza of Forest Hills uses her new smart phone Wednesday to take a picture of the PPG tree lit up and ready for today's Light Up Night.

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night to close streets, detour buses

Light Up Night begins at noon today with a tree lighting at the City-County Building, Downtown.


 Statewide results of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests show declines in every grade level in nearly every subject tested.

Pennsylvania student scores declined with reduced funding, test results show

State test results decline for all students and some subgroups, including economically disadvantaged and special education students.



 Officals relocate tape at the scene of an overnight shooting in Clairton.

Six wounded in Clairton shooting

Police responded to a report of a shooting at 3:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Miller Avenue, according to Allegheny County dispatch.



 Bob Dylan's concert Thursday night marked the 73-year-old's Heinz Hall debut and first Cultural District show in 34 years.

Review: Dylan leaves the hits behind in favor of more haunting recent material

The 73-year-old Dylan has shed most traces of nostalgia and embraced his own here and now, showing he’s still fully engaged in his craft.



 Highmark, which is battling UPMC for health insurance clients, said it will no longer cover services provided by the doctors in many cases.

Highmark to terminate contracts with 700 UPMC doctors at end of the year

Highmark, which is battling UPMC for health insurance clients, said it will clarify which UPMC doctors will be in-network next year.



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Flawed Milwaukee crime data raise questions about Pittsburgh consultant

Pittsburgh City Council last week approved a contract of as much as $32,340 for ESM Advisors LLC.



Crash of school mini-bus in Pleasant Hills injures two

The crash occurred on Route 51 south of the cloverleaf to Lebanon Church Road shortly after 8 a.m., county officials said.


 

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More than 150 Victorian characters, models of real Cambridge residents, populate 92 vignettes of Dickensian England along five blocks of Wheeling Avenue, the main street of Cambridge, Ohio.
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Weekend paving work scheduled on Route 19 in Ross, McCandless

A variety of traffic shifts and restrictions will be in place as a result, PennDOT announced.



Route 51 ramp in Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth to close for weekend

The ramp will close at 6 p.m. today and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday as crews remove a wall and work on signs.


 

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Varsity Xtra: Avonworth's opponent is Bearly believable

Clairton’s prolific offense will be on display again today against Avownorth in the WPIAL Class A championship game.



Steelers enjoy flying under the radar

It might not be exactly where they want to be, but Steelers like where they are at a late-season open week.


 



Point Park, city plan to preserve historic facades at new playhouse

Preservation groups, meanwhile, are considering nominations of three Forbes Avenue buildings featuring the facades for historic status.



Some Uber drivers feeling pinch in wallets

Fees from the company and an influx of drivers to the system are prompting some to re-evaluate their roles.


 





Visual feast of holiday movie season is underway

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday movie season, with family fare, musical extravaganzas and dramas on the road to Oscar night.



Movie review: 'Hunger Games' countdown gets off to slow start

“The Hunger Games” nears its final chapter as it splits the “Mockingjay” novel into two movies, one now and one due in November 2015.


 

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Nicholas D. Kristof / Do politicians love kids?

A poll over the summer found that 71 percent of voters supported a major federal investment in early education.



The argument peaks when the case for Keystone XL wanes

The Keystone XL pipeline is one of the nation’s most vexing problems because whatever happens is not likely to be good.


 

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