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 Pirates season ticket holders had the opportunity to take photos with their favorite players this morning at PNC Park. Several fans snapped a selfie with Andrew McCutchen.

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Pirates season ticket holders had the opportunity to take photos with their favorite players this morning at PNC Park. Several fans snapped a selfie with Andrew McCutchen.

 VisitPittsburgh favors a hotel tax hoping that it will make the creation of the sports commission possible, which would attract big events to Pittsburgh.

Hotel tax proposed to lure big events to Pittsburgh, maybe even Super Bowl

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



 Allen Carter, 14, gets help from his English teacher, Wendy Koval, at the Rankin Promise program in Rankin.

System breakdown leaves student trapped in alternative program

Allen Carter spent more than a year in Rankin Promise, an alternative education program in which students spend an average of 230 days.



 Olivia Anderson, 4, plays in the sand as her brother Elliott Anderson, 5, does cartwheels at the Travel to the Beach Kids Korner of the EQT Three Rivers Regatta in Point State Park on Friday.

Cancellation of water activities puts a damper on Regatta crowds

Many cited a difference in the celebratory atmosphere of the event after the last-minute cancellation of the popular boating races.

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

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



     John Jamison of Jamison Farm in Latrobe, Pa. walks the field as his dog herds the flock. Here, a lamb he and his wife Sukey bottle-fed stays close.

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    Jamison Farm in Unity, Westmoreland County, lists the ways this is the season for lamb in Pennsylvania.



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    Pennsylvania dentists have been asked to choose alternatives to Vicodin and Percocet in an effort to prevent addiction that leads to heroin.



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    Jan Hus was burned at the stake 600 years ago, but his influence continued over the centuries.


     

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    The Pirates claimed Ishikawa from San Francisco, who waived Ishikawa after he recovered from a lower back strain.



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


     



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



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    According to etiquette expert Demetria Pappas, more than 65 percent of business is conducted over a meal.


     



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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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