THE LONG JOURNEY HOME


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A special series by the Post-Gazette follows Tech. Sgt. Charles Johnston’s journey to the other side of the Earth to fight in World War II and the 70 years it would take for his remains to be found, identified and returned to the United States .

 Police said an 11-year-old boy was critically wounded when he was shot with a BB gun in McKeesport. Police charged a 312-year-old McKeesport man with the shooting. He told police the shooting was retaliation for the boy attacking his son.

Man charged with critically wounding boy with BB gun in McKeesport

A McKeesport man charged with the shooting tells police the incident on Sumac Street was in retaliation for the boy attacking his son.



 John Schalcosky, founder of Odd Pittsburgh, and holding a copy of a photo from 1934, stands in front of the Skinny Building on the corner of Wood and Forbes, Downtown.

Skinny Building mystery — and others — solved by researcher into Pittsburgh oddities

When the renovation of Downtown’s Skinny Building sparked comments about its mysterious origins last week, John Schalcosky went to work.



 Vic Kleman, 82, center right, embarks on 95 consecutive rides Sunday on the Jack Rabbit at Kennywood.

82-year-old fan of Kennywood's Jack Rabbit coaster clocks ride 5,000

Vic Kleman, 82, rode the roller coaster 95 times Sunday at the West Mifflin amusement park.



 Penguins' Scott Harrington is one of the Pens' young defensemen who manager Jim Rutherford believes is capable of making the transition into the NHL.

Roster situation a tricky one for Rutherford, Penguins

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford says it’s possible to upgrade the current roster without hurting its future, but it won’t be easy.



 One of Bridgeville artist Toby Atticus Fraley’s designs.

Where will this Pittsburgh artist’s robot world land next?

The Lonely Robot from a Downtown art exhibit several years ago will soon have a new home at the Pittsburgh International Airport.



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The Long Journey Home


A special series by the Post-Gazette follows a Pittsburgh man's journey to the other side of the Earth to fight in World War II and the 70 years it would take for his remains to be found, identified and returned to the United States.

Read about Tech. Sgt. Charles L. Johnston Jr. and his homecoming.



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Summer guide to Pittsburgh

"Flashes of Freedom" by Zambelli as seen from Grandview Avenue atop Mt. Washington.
There's plenty to do and see around Pittsburgh during the summer.

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On the Digs: Bombing of the USS Franklin


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.

Explore our most recent entry on the 1945 bombing of the USS Franklin, through the eyes of Pittsburgher John Steffora, who witnessed it first-hand.

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