Highmark / UPMC  signage

UPMC, Highmark advance different messages about access

Highmark says 80 percent of UPMC doctors will stay in network when their contract ends; UPMC says the figure is “no more” than 56 percent.

about 2 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay addresses the Citizen Police Review Board during a meeting Tuesday in the City Council chambers of the City County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh.

New Pittsburgh police chief meets with citizen review board

Pittsburgh’s police chief-designate, Cameron McLay, said the intent was part of his goal of “developing relationships.”

about 2 hours ago

 James Harrison is stoic as he announces what would end up being a short-lived retirement at the Steelers headquarters on the South Side earlier this month.

Steelers spoke with James Harrison about domestic violence

Coach Mike Tomlin discussed with newest Steelers linebacker James Harrsion the changing domestic-violence climate in the NFL.

about 2 hours ago

 Scene starring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara.

An Appreciation: Why 'Gone With the Wind' was and is a phenomenal film

After 75 years, “Gone With the Wind” still packs a wallop on the big screen.

about 2 hours ago

 Tony Watson pitches against the Marlins at PNC Park on August 6, 2014.

Pirates notebook: No need to dig deeper on Tony Watson’s season

Clint Hurdle says Tony Watson has been “all business” on the mound for the Pirates this year, and now he has another honor to show for it.

about 2 hours ago

 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald presents plans for coming months to county council

In two weeks, Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald presents his proposed county budget, which he said will not include a tax increase.

about 2 hours ago

 The August Wilson Center.

Coalition, expresses confidence in 980 Liberty purchase of August Wilson Center

The Rev. William Curtis, coalition spokesman, stressed Tuesday that the group was not formally endorsing the August Wilson Center bid.

about 2 hours ago

 Former Allegheny County Health Department building in Oakland.

Former Allegheny County Health Department building in Oakland to be replaced with apartments

The city approved plans to erect a complex that will include 389 apartments and street-level retail space on Forbes and Fifth avenues.

about 2 hours ago

Reg Henry: Obama faces a one-sided blame game

Yes, it does matter that the president inherited a rotten situation in Iraq, created by his predecessor, who shall be named: George W. Bush.

about 2 hours ago

 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg.

Effect of new inversion rules on Mylan's deal with Abbott unclear

A day after the U.S. Treasury Department announced plans to crack down on inversions, analysts are unclear of the impact on pending deals.

about 2 hours ago

A wonder above: NASA triumphs with Maven’s mission to Mars

When it comes to exploring the planet Mars, a half-billion-dollar investment can go a long way.

about 2 hours ago

 Tom Krandel of Advance Sign guides the new sign at Temple Sinai on Forbes Avenue to a soft landing after is lifted off its base for adjustments on Monday, in time for the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year,  which begins at sundown today.

At High Holy Days, rabbis focus on Israel, spiritual shifts

On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, rabbis plan to talk about the Gaza war, spiritual trends and timeless themes of repentance and renewal.

about 2 hours ago

 Ray Ozzie of the new startup Talko hopes to orchestrate voice’s comeback through Talko, a mobile application that sends the equivalent of text messages in the form of a spoken word.

Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones

Technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the human voice to phones through Talko, an application being released Tuesday for iPhone.

about 2 hours ago

 David Goldberg, left, chief excutive of Highmark Health, and David Parda, system chair, Cancer Institute of Allegheny Health Network, tour Allegheny Health Network’s new Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion in Pine on Tuesday. The medical facility will open next Wednesday. In the background is a linear accelerator for cancer treatment.

UPMC rival ups North Hills presence

With AHN set to open a new medical pavilion in Pine township next week, one of the medical system’s most obvious needs has been addressed.

about 2 hours ago

Infrastructure spending may create jobs, advocates say

The NAM urged Congress and the White House to take a bipartisan, long-term approach to funding infrastructure improvements.

about 2 hours ago

Risky business: Air attacks in Syria may harm instead of help

There are risks involved in escalating America’s military involvement in the confused and confusing Middle East fray.

about 2 hours ago

  A model wearing a Shawna Solomon: Exotic Hush design walks the catwalk at the kickoff event for the fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week, held at Highmark Stadium on Monday.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week raises stakes in fifth year

Pittsburgh Fashion Week organizers have upped the stakes by inviting buyers from local retailers and a casting director scouting talent.

about 2 hours ago

Local Dispatch: The painful thing about root canal is ... everything

It’s easy to see the humor in a root canal … long after it’s over.

about 2 hours ago

Steel prices gap currently bucking conventional wisdom

A near-record gap between high U.S. steel prices and the low prices being seen in every other part of the globe has analysts puzzled.

about 2 hours ago

Hidden costs: Health care surprises must come to an end

The United States spends almost twice as much of its gross domestic product on health care as other industrialized countries.

about 2 hours ago

 Pirates first base coach Rick Sofield celebrates in the locker room after the Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2.

Pirates clinch second consecutive postseason berth

The Pirates took care of their end Tuesday night. Gerrit Cole dealt, Travis Snider homered and Andrew McCutchen filled in the blanks.

about 1 hour ago

 Emergency crews work the scene Monday where a bus drove off the southbound side of Interstate 279 in the North Hills, flipped down a hillside and finally came to a rest on Evergreen Road.

Bus drivers may have been racing before crash off parkway

Surveillance video shows the drivers gesturing to each other, possibly in a joking manner, as they raced down the Parkway North on Monday.

about 2 hours ago

 James Harrison announced his retirement at the Steelers' headquarters on the South Side earlier this month. Today Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin confirmed James Harrison is back.

Tomlin confirms Harrison's return to Steelers

James Harrison was re-signed to replace Jarvis Jones, who was placed on the short-term injured reserve list after surgery on a broken wrist.

about 13 hours ago

 Turtle Lagoon at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes,  Phipps Conservancy & Botanical Gardens.

RADical Days 2014 begins in Pittsburgh region: 20 days of free events

The Regional Asset District, now in its 20th year, showcases places that get RAD funding with hikes, tours, museum visits and more.

about 16 hours ago

 An artist’s rendering by Astorino for Josh Gibson Park’s proposed Gateway view.

Station Square park would honor Negro Leagues stars in Pittsburgh

Josh Gibson Park in Station Square would teach about the Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Negro Leagues in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

 Andrew McCutchen follows through on his sixth-inning home run Monday night in the Pirates' 1-0 win against the Braves in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Andrew McCutchen still your Pirates, NL MVP

Russell Martin and Josh Harrison have been remarkable, but Andrew McCutchen showed once again Monday night why he’s still this team’s best.

1 day ago

 DEP inspector John Sengle prepares to take water samples from Hawk Run near Philipsburg.

Pennsylvania inspectors key to Marcellus regulation

Inspectors are the front line of the state’s effort to ensure development in Marcellus is done right and with little environmental impact.

1 day ago

 DEP inspector John Sengle prepares to take water samples from Hawk Run near Philipsburg.

A day in the life of a longtime Pennsylvania DEP inspector

Inspecting an active gas well site means hours of walking, talking and testing.

1 day ago

 Dale Sleva of Kennedy stands with one of the two-car taxis in the Cindy's Carriages company, which he manages while his wife, Cindy, acts as owner. They operate in the west suburbs.

Startup taxi company targeting South Side draws protest

Cindy’s Carriages, a two-car taxi company, is trying to expand, but has had efforts blocked by Classy Cab and Yellow Cab.

1 day ago

 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of the Monday debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey.

Corbett, Wolf spar in first of three gubernatorial debates

While the civil debate featured no bombshells, Mr. Corbett was often the low-key aggressor and Mr. Wolf was unfazed by the criticisms.

1 day ago

 Barbara Walter,  67, of Fairview, Erie County was cured of hepatitis C that she contracted from a blood transfusion in 1976. Diagnosed in 2000, she was cured last summer with a dual-drug combination that cost $144,000.

Could hepatitis C eventually be a rare disease?

New drugs can cure hepatitis C, but their prohibitive cost makes them unavailable through Medicare and health-insurance plans.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Where have all the bats gone?

The bats that carried the Pirates to where they are today have handed off the heavy lifting to the pitching staff.

about 20 hours ago

Fantasy Fools: Rookies step into the spotlight, for better or worse

If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014.

1 day ago

Pirates notebook: Altoona manager Carlos Garcia is fired

Pirates notebook: Former Pirates player and coach dismissed after second year at the helm of the Class AA minor league club.

1 day ago

 Councilman Dan Gilman is one of two city council members proposing legislation protecting pregnant women.

Pittsburgh City Council considers protections for pregnant women

Measure would require “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant city employees and companies that do business with the city.

1 day ago

 Shonda Rhimes is  "far more interested in being a consummate entertainer whose agenda is high ratings and memorable stories."

Tony Norman: Shonda Rhimes miscast as angry black woman

NYT TV critic Alessandra Stanley’s crude and baseless stereotyping of Ms. Rhimes as an “angry black woman” is just plain pernicious.

1 day ago

Post-Gazette honored for religion coverage

The Post-Gazette was honored by the Religion Newswriters Association.

1 day ago

Pittsburgh’s Brashear, Sci-Tech celebrate AP gains

There’s a particular emphasis on taking AP science, math and English courses.

1 day ago

 Phat Man Dee will celebrate the release of "Hey Phat Chick!" during a dual release party with her husband, Tommy Amoeba, at Mr. Smalls Wednesday.

Musical couple Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba promise wild CD release party in Millvale

The longtime performers with different styles get their freak on with a pair of new albums and a release show Wednesday at Mr. Smalls.

1 day ago

Afghans agree: A settlement is approved for a new government

But it's still a mystery as to why the United States wants to troops there after this year.

1 day ago

Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Turning it off, on may be what doctor ordered

Also: An expensive slip of the tongue; it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Googlecast; and the founder speaks.

1 day ago

Close the gap: Congress must address the gender gulf on pay

It should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

1 day ago

Steel Advice: Remember son, block out his callous widow

Parents should ignore the accusations of their deceased son’s wife and seek comfort in his memory.

1 day ago

 A canoe passes under early-turning fall leaves at North Park Lake last year.

Almanacs predict fair fall, wicked winter for large parts of U.S.

For now, relax and enjoy what will be a colorful, crisp fall season.

1 day ago

Better air: A consent order seeks to cut Clairton’s emissions

That's fine, but the whole process should have been transparent to the public.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's budget proposal for 2015 reflects $23.2 million in additional spending.

Bill Peduto's proposed budget for Pittsburgh includes property tax hike

The proposed budget includes a 0.5-mill real estate tax increase that would generate an additional $8 million.

1 day ago

 The Rev. Shane Austin of St. Paul Baptist Church outside the burned church before Sunday worship held at a community center across the street.

Congregants of Oakmont church destroyed by fire soldier on

Members of the St. Paul Baptist Church gathered at a community center following a blaze Friday that destroyed their church, built in 1874.

2 days ago

 “We’re not New York yet, but we aspire to become that grand at some point,” Miyoshi Anderson says of Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week aims to make history in fifth year

Approximately 340 models and 20-plus designers will take part in the fifth Pittsburgh Fashion Week, with many events at Highmark Stadium.

2 days ago

 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announce Live Well Allegheny, a long-term program to encourage proactive steps to improve residents' health, in January.

Allegheny County begins health assessment meetings tonight

The Allegheny County Health Department will hold 13 public meetings for the public to provide input on health issues.

2 days ago

 The Steelers' Cameron Heyward pressures Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson late in Sunday's game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense gets banged up, but shines anyway

All of a sudden, the immediate future looks bright for the Steelers, who showed up on offense and defense for a full game Sunday night.

2 days ago


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