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While criminals should not be coddled, solitary confinement is an affront to human rights and to liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.
How did America get from the more user-friendly police forces of yesteryear to the military-style, 21st-century version?
An internal LCB proposal to jack up the surcharge on wine and spirits provides one more strong argument for ending the state monopoly.
Pittsburgh will bid goodbye today to the city’s own beloved grandmother, Sophie Masloff.
Why are some legislators treating Pittsburgh like an outcast when it comes to Act 47?
Ghana has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.
The NCAA talked a good game on amateurism, but colleges can blame themselves for turning their sports into quasi-professional operations.
Andy Warhol was the kind of artist who knew how to stretch his 15 minutes of fame for all it was worth.
Egypt cannot broker a humanitarian cease-fire with any semblance of authority while refusing to answer for its own abuses.
When it comes to public-private partnerships, so-called “P3s,” the old adage — let the buyer beware — needs to be updated.
With the Emerald Mine closure, workers will face the hardships of unemployment. They might find opportunities in the natural gas industry.
Politics is usually no laughing matter, but politicians were yucking it up Wednesday night.
Nouri al-Maliki’s decision to step down as Iraq’s prime minister and to endorse Haider al-Abadi as his successor are positive developments.
Due to a shortage of judges, the black lung program has seen an 18 percent jump over nine years in the number of pending cases.
The Corbett administration has been having a tough time explaining what Ron Tomalis did in the last year to earn a $139,542 salary.
It would help if police were forthcoming with information about the tragic death of an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri.
Negative economic developments in the European Union are prompting concern over several countries’ state of health.
For Harrisburg to risk crippling police efforts that ensure public safety would be a crime of its own.
The U.S. and other donors are feeding the South Sudanese people while their leaders spend the country’s revenues fighting each other.
Even though Pol Pot died without being brought to trial, his top lieutenants will die in their jail cells
When casino gambling was first contemplated in Pittsburgh, critics predicted a litany of woe.
Developments in Libya continue to underline sharply the foreign affairs catastrophe in which the United States participated.
There will be tears for Robin Williams, but let them be tears of joy and gratitude for his immense talent.
The outbreak and spread of ebola in West Africa should serve as a warning to Americans.
Wilkins had such an identity crisis that it enacted an ordinance requiring businesses to say so in their advertisements.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is closing in on the ancient space traveler nicknamed Comet C-G.
Allegheny County’s Office of Property Assessment and Department of Real Estate are inextricably linked, so it makes sense to combine them.
Agents tasked with recruiting dissident Cubans intent on toppling the regime of Raul Castro assumed the cover of HIV prevention workers.
An online application is relying on facial recognition technology to help owners find their lost dogs.
This is the second flimsy report Public Accountability Initiative has issued against the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.
From now on foods labeled gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million gluten.
Steelers fans can visit a returned trophy, a 6,500-year-old human skeleton turns up at Penn, and cab charges might take a costly turn.
Apart from Americans’ humanitarian concern, it is hard to see why President Obama is re-engaging the United States in Iraq’s wars.
That egregious act showed a lack of respect for the dining public, who rely on health inspectors to ensure meals are safely prepared.
The state Department of Environmental Protection released its “After Action Review” of the fatal Chevron gas well fire in Greene County.
As a way to connect American CEOs with African leaders, President Barack Obama hosted a summit involving most of Africa’s 54 states.
The Intercept reports a classified government database of confirmed or suspected terrorists has doubled in size since a March 2010 listing.
The killing of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene by an Afghan soldier calls into question why the United States maintains a presence there.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection was faced with a swelling backlog of inspection requests due to mismanagement of resources.
His greatest accomplishment was struggling through his impairments to become a symbol of a movement that works to strengthen weak gun laws.
The Penguins and community leaders in the Hill District have been stuck for more than a year on details of a plan for the 28 acres.
Congress left for the summer last week after more bickering and poor results.
The Obama administration has not yet mastered the art of obtaining civilized behavior from Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin.
Gov. Tom Corbett made a feeble defense Friday of the work product of Ron Tomalis, his special adviser on higher education.
Nearly a month deep into what has become a war Americans are asking themselves what the U.S. role should be.
The Highway Trust Fund has reported a negative cash flow since the year 2000.
It approves additional funding to provide better, more timely health care through the VA
The Sept. 8 opening of Philadelphia’s schools is now in jeopardy.
Study shows fist-bumping more sanitary than hand-shaking or high-fiving
The region’s uninsured need better options for health care.