Fireworks launch over Pittsburgh Saturday for the Fourth of July celebration, as seen from the top of the Carnegie Science Center.
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Fireworks launch over Pittsburgh Saturday for the Fourth of July celebration, as seen from the top of the Carnegie Science Center.

Fabulous fireworks light up the Point as Pittsburgh celebrates the 4th

“Nothing compares to this,” said one woman of the annual fireworks display over Point State Park in Pittsburgh.

 Former Pine-Richland standout Meghan Klingenberg is one win away from completing a most life-changing goal with the rest of the U.S. women's soccer team.

Pine-Richland grad Klingenberg on cusp of realizing lifelong dream

As a starting defender on the U.S. women’s soccer team, Meghan Klingenberg takes the field for the FIFA Women’s World Cup final today.

 Concertgoers dance before Nick Jonas’ performance June 13 during Pittsburgh’s Pride celebration, Downtown. Some are asking for a clearer picture of the finances of Delta Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit that organizes the annual Pride event and works on behalf of the region’s LGBT community.

Critics say Delta finances lack transparency

Delta Foundation’s Pride events have been a success, but there are questions about how the nonprofit spends its nearly $1 million budget.

 Friends and family surround Sylvia Wofford Burnett in her room at St. John's Specialty Care Center in Mars on Friday. From left are friend Chari Frederick, brother Gregory Wofford, Sylvia, and friends Wendy Volpe and her son Tino, 6.

Brian O'Neill: Sylvia Burnett dying to host one final blowout

She knows the best time to throw her last party — sometime before she dies. But don’t call it a “funeral party.”

 John Massari, a member of the VFW Post 33 honor guard in Greensburg.

Is it time to play taps for live buglers?

John Massari plays taps at military funerals next to a device that plays a digital recording. What happens when the live buglers are gone?

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    Summer 2015 Dining Guide

    Bacalao en Aceite with cauliflower catalan, left, Cynar cured Laural Hill Trout with rose pickled rhubarb, artichoke chips and honey-pepper honey by Aaron Hoskins at Cure in Lawrenceville.
    Restaurants reflect how Pittsburgh is changing, with so many openings pointing to a city on the rise.

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    Professional sports franchises like the Penguins are increasingly acquiring development rights to the land near their venues.

    Quiet holiday for Penguins, but Rutherford's work continues

    The Penguins roster is forming to the liking of general manager Jim Rutherford, he said, but his offseason efforts aren’t finished.


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    The market prescription medication and medication dispensing industry is seeing significant growth in the specialty realm.

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    VisitPittsburgh is backing the plan designed around luring big events, such as the Super Bowl, to the city.


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    More than 300 accessories and space-related ephemera are on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History through early 2016.


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    Book review: Joseph Ellis shows how the Revolutionary War was only the beginning

    Author explains how four of the Founding Fathers helped forge a nation in “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution.”


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