Mentors and students link arms as they recite their Manhood Statement at the beginning of the We Promise Scholars gathering Wednesday at Duquesne University.
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Mentors and students link arms as they recite their Manhood Statement at the beginning of the We Promise Scholars gathering Wednesday at Duquesne University.

Effort aims to help black male students qualify for Pittsburgh Promise

The We Promise program encourages students to improve their grades so they can qualify for scholarships, worth up to $40,000.


 Investigators on Thursday transfer evidence from Sherwood Towers on Craig Street in Oakland, where two people were found dead in an apartment.

CMU student, alumnus found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Oakland

Friends told police that Chalalai Chaihirunkarn, 26, and Bryan Springer, 29, had a “troubled” relationship.



 Snow laden trees in Downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Winter storm watch issued for Pittsburgh region this weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 6 inches of snow for Allegheny and surrounding counties.



 John McCain, R-Ariz., had proposed an amendment to the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL authorization bill.

McCain's quest to change maritime law could impact Pennsylvania shipping industry

U.S. Sen. John McCain is advocating for changes to the 95-year-old Merchant Marine Act, calling it “an archaic law.”



 Justin Dillner and his family plan their planting and buying schedule for Dillner Family Farm at the kitchen table of their Gibsonia home. Seated around the table are, from left, Jane Dillner, Marie Dillner, intern Jenalee Schenk and Jon Dillner.

Pennsylvania farmers regrouping ahead of growing season

Pa. farmers devoted 3.8 million acres to crops in 2014, an increase over 2013. Nationally the amount of acres grew from 2013 to 2014.



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London museum's Dippy, a gift from Pittsburgh, goes the way of all dinosaurs

London’s Natural History Museum sparks outcry with plans to remove Dippy the dinosaur, donated by Andrew Carnegie, from a prominent spot.



One killed in tractor-trailer crash in Fayette County

The crash occurred around 9 a.m. on Route 51, about a quarter-mile south of the Route 201 intersection in Franklin, officials said.


 

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This week, SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and style editor Sara Bauknecht beat the winter blues with food, fashion and fun in Lawrenceville.

Watch them make stops at Paint Monkey, La Gourmandine Bakery and No. 14 and Calligramme Pittsburgh -- two of the newest boutiques in the neighborhood.



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Xia, a 3-year-old red panda, plays in her animal exhibit on a cold January day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
Though the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is closed for routine repairs, the work of zookeepers never stops.

Follow along through Feb. 13 as the Post-Gazette takes a trip every Friday behind the scenes and inside the cages of Pittsburgh’s zoo animals.

This week's feature: Making the rounds with zoo veterinarians.

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Varsity Xtra: Cornell's Jackson among elite company for area athletes

Dane Jackson belongs in the same class of athletes as Western Pennsylvania legends such as Darrelle Revis, Terrelle Pryor and Major Harris.



Varsity Notebook: Rowan drawing national attention

Maverick Rowan is one of the most heavily recruited basketball players from Western Pennsylvania in the past few decades. Well, he is "sort


 



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Fresh citrus brightens winter meals

From oranges and tangerines to grapefruit, lemons and limes — they’re all available in spades now through late spring.



Voodoo opening pub in Homestead

The Meadville brewery is opening a pub to sell its brews closer to Pittsburgh.


 



Movie review: ‘A Most Violent Year' a tale of risky dealings in 1981 New York

“A Most Violent Year,” starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo, is set in gritty, crime-ridden 1981 New York.



Movie review: Tug of war over biracial child loses steam

“Black or White” is just that, a drama about whether a girl should stay with her white granddad or live with her African-American grandma.


 

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