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 University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson, left, was fired Wednesday just as Pitt football coach Paul Chryst, right, announced he was leaving to become head coach at the University of Wisconsin.
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University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson, left, was fired Wednesday just as Pitt football coach Paul Chryst, right, announced he was leaving to become head coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Shake-up at University of Pittsburgh athletics: AD Pederson fired as Chryst leaves

Vice chancellor Randy P. Juhl becomes acting athletic director, and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph will coach for Pitt’s bowl game.


 Cuban students march in a street of Havana Wednesday after Washington released three Cuban spies -- heroes in Cuba-- who had been in a U.S. prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo.

Change in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations ignites political debate over ties with communist nation

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.



 A street view of 233 Suncrest Drive, where the bodies of an elderly couple were found.

Suspect in Penn Hills killings, dismemberings showed signs of violence

Frederick Harris III, 47, is charged with killing Olivia Gilbert, 73, and Lamar Gilbert Sr., 76, and putting their bodies in garbage cans.



 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drops back for a 94-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant against the Bengals in the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium.

On the Steelers: No-huddle offense could return

One way to slow Kansas City's pass rush is to play a hurry-up style on offense.



Shop Holiday: Religion-themed gift suggestions

If music is your thing, you can pick up the 15-track CD “Chanukah Is Tops!” by Jewish recording artist Paul Zim.



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North Huntingdon man found guilty of bankruptcy fraud

Michael J. Free, former owner of Electra Lighting and Electric, hid the assets by filling out false documents in a 2010 bankruptcy filing.



Man, 46, killed in Armstrong County crash

Police say alcohol and speed were factors in the crash that killed Robert P. Sweet in Burrell.


 

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PG Interactive: A Wide View

The Smithfield Street Bridge, opened in 1883, is a National Historic Landmark. On its northern end, the bridge connects with Fort Pitt Boulevard.
The Golden Triangle is truly a sight to see, especially under the nighttime sky.

Follow along here as the Post-Gazette's Steve Mellon captures wide view images of people, landmarks, bridges and more in Downtown Pittsburgh throughout the holiday season.

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Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?



High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh Medical School study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.


 



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Figs and dates sweeten winter treats

Dried versions of the fruits are great in the off-season.



Best dining: Unexpected trends

The best of Pittsburgh dining in 2014 includes the rise of international cuisine and a dominance of beer, coffee and cocktails.


 



Best Pop Concert: Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, St.Vincent top list of best concerts in 2014.



Best Play: 'Tamara'

Quantum's ambitious play that moved throughout a building soared with top-notch, precision performances.


 

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