The Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?

about 5 hours ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drops back for a 94-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant against the Bengals in the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium.

On the Steelers: No-huddle offense could return

One way to slow Kansas City's pass rush is to play a hurry-up style on offense.

about 9 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Without support, Pederson fired

To the applause of many, and particularly an influential group of football lettermen, Pederson was ousted by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.

about 4 hours ago

 The Pittsburgh school directors' budget holds the line on the property tax rate of 9.84 mills.

Pittsburgh schools directors OK budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved a final budget Wednesday night of $556.8 million for 2015.

about 9 hours ago

 Penguins team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas announces Sidney Crosby has mumps.

Penguins dealing with adversity

Penguins refuse to give mentally while mumps, injuries ravage their roster.

about 9 hours ago

Penguins notebook: Mumps have ripple effect

Team cancels some charity events because of mumps outbreak, but visit to Children's Hospital apparently caused no problems.

about 9 hours ago

Brian O'Neill: Let’s not just laugh off N. Koreans’ anger

North Korean anger over “The Interview” is not very funny.

about 9 hours ago

 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle.

High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh Medical School study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.

about 9 hours ago

Save the rhinos: Science tries to rescue the northern white species

With the death of Angalifu the species is now five rhinos removed from extinction.

about 9 hours ago

Progress in Lima: Many nations now want to curb greenhouse gases

The Lima summit made progress, but the road ahead is still long and hot.

about 9 hours ago

 The 2015 Chrysler 200C borrows Dodge Dart design cues, and the result is a pretty sedan. But in a quick side glance, shades of the old oval Ford Taurus spring to mind.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Redesign for 2015 gives Chrysler 200C a lot to offer

An upgrade for the make’s bottom-of-the-line model is an all-around improvement, but the reliability reports are not in yet.

about 9 hours ago

Kane on trial: The Philadelphia DA opens her closed prosecution

Philadelphia’s district attorney filed criminal charges against two Democratic legislators.

about 9 hours ago

 Sir Paul McCartney, 72, delivered the best pop concert of 2014 at Consol Energy Center..

Best Pop Concert: Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, St.Vincent top list of best concerts in 2014.

about 9 hours ago

 From left, Fermin Suarez is Gabriele d'Annunzio, Robin Abramson is Luisa Baccara and Megan Mackenzie Lawrence is Tama de Lempicka in "Tamara," a Quantum Theater production.

Best Play: 'Tamara'

Quantum's ambitious play that moved throughout a building soared with top-notch, precision performances.

about 9 hours ago

 For Best of Munch 2014:  Clockwise from top right: Pierogies at the Dorothy Six Blast Furnace Cafe in Homestead; a platter of ribs and the "Hillbilly Club" sandwich at South Side BBQ Company; the Red Margherita pizza at Colangelo's in the Strip District; small plates of Duck Confit Steak Fries, House Made Sausage Links, Beer Braised House Pastrami and snifter of Helltown Idle Hands Double IPA at Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden at Sienna Mercato, Downtown.

The 2014 Munchies!

In 2014, the Munches visited restaurants new and old, traveling north, south, east and west in search of a good meal and a cold drink.

about 9 hours ago

Be a Goodfellow this holiday season

The Goodfellows Fund is a Pittsburgh holiday tradition that dates to 1947.

about 9 hours ago

 Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies (the lighter-colored ones) and Chocolate-Toffee Cookies (the darker ones). Christmas cookies

Kitchen Mailbox: More easy holiday cookies

Readers shared several recipes, which we share with you.

about 9 hours ago

 Farm Truck Foods founders Meredith Neel and Nicole Muise-Kielkucki at a planning meeting at Idea Foundry in Oakland.

Farm Truck Foods to get rolling this spring

Grant will help mobile grocery hit the road.

about 9 hours ago

 Shawn Culp putting the finishing touches on the ACF Culinary Team USA ' entrée of Roasted Beef Sirloin with Sweetbread and Smoked Tongue, Truffle-celeriac Dauphinoise, Woodland Mushroom Variety, Braised Carrot, Semolina Dumpling, Jus Lie.

The Food Column: While you're at the mall, check out 'Culinary Traditions'

Pittsburgh Technical Institute culinary photo exhibit gives a taste of foods from many nations.

about 9 hours ago

 "Bellevue Library" by Ron Thurston, who will teach a watercolor class at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in the winter 2015.

The art of gift-giving: Studio arts class is always the right size

For a holiday gift that begins after others have started to fade, consider a studio arts class in the Pittsburgh region.

about 9 hours ago

 Figs poached in wine, served along with an assortment of cheeses.

Figs and dates sweeten winter treats

Dried versions of the fruits are great in the off-season.

about 9 hours ago

 University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson, left, was fired Wednesday just as Pitt football coach Paul Chryst, right, announced he was leaving to become head coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Shake-up at University of Pittsburgh athletics: AD Pederson fired as Chryst leaves

Vice chancellor Randy P. Juhl becomes acting athletic director, and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph will coach for Pitt’s bowl game.

about 9 hours ago

 A street view of 233 Suncrest Drive, where the bodies of an elderly couple were found.

Police: Suspect in Penn Hills killings, dismemberings showed signs of violence

Frederick Harris III, 47, is charged with killing his mother and stepfather, and putting their body parts in garbage cans.

about 9 hours ago

 Cuban students march in a street of Havana Wednesday after Washington released three Cuban spies -- heroes in Cuba-- who had been in a U.S. prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo.

Change in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations ignites political debate over ties with communist nation

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.

about 10 hours ago

 William Gay steps in front of Atlanta receiver Harry Douglas and returns an interception for a touchdown in the Steelers' 27-20 win.

Gene Collier: Shaky Steelers defense covers up holes

Once again Sunday, the Steelers defense wasn’t great, but it did enough to help secure a victory against the Falcons.

3 days ago

 Columbus' Jordan Leopold, left, and the Penguins' Bobby Farnham fight in the first period Saturday night.

Blue Jackets top Penguins in shootout

The Penguins, whose power play began the evening in a 4-for-35 slump, failed to score on three tries during the first period.

4 days ago

 South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh holds the championship trophy after defeating Dunmore in the PIAA class AA championship at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

South Fayette defeats Dunmore, 28-16, for PIAA Class AA Championship

Hunter Hayes finished with 263 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns to help South Fayette win its second consecutive PIAA title.

4 days ago

 The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs "The Christmas Attic" at Consol Energy Center Saturday night.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra reveals hard-rock treasures in 'The Christmas Attic'

The holiday rock ensemble wows crowd with soaring metal talent, pyro, lasers and gadgets.

4 days ago

 Penguins star Sidney Crosby hasn't played the past two games.

Penguins notebook: Still no results from Sidney Crosby's mumps tests

Coach Mike Johnston also defended the decision to allow Sidney Crosby to practice with the Penguins Friday.

4 days ago

 This Craftsman-style home is for sale in Forest Hills.

Buying Here: Forest Hills

A Craftsman-style house in Forest Hills boasts lots of solid oak doors and woodwork -- even a water closet.

4 days ago

 The Penguins sent Jayson Megna to Wilkes-Barre.

Penguins recall Rust and Farnham, send Megna to Wilkes-Barre

Neither Rust nor Farnham has played in the NHL, but both could make their debut when the Penguins face Columbus tonight.

4 days ago

 Center Township's MRAP vehicle.

Little Pennsylvania communities get big weapons from U.S. military surplus

Law enforcement agencies throughout Pennsylvania have used the military surplus program to acquire guns, underwear and armored vehicles.

5 days ago

Bob Smizik: In defense of Pederson and the course Pitt must follow

The wrath of the Pitt fan base, always raining down on athletic director Steve Pederson, is in torrential mode today.

5 days ago

McArdle Roadway to be closed during weekend

The closing will occur so that guide rails can be installed.

5 days ago

 An official separates players as Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle teammates tussle at the end of the PIAA class A championship at Hersheypark Stadium Friday afternoon, December 12, 2014.

Emotions boil over at end of Class A title game

Clairton faces likely punishment in wake of ugly, fight-marred ending to PIAA title-game loss Friday afternoon against Bishop Guilfoyle.

5 days ago

 On National Signing Day Pitt head coach Paul Chryst names the students who intend to join the Pitt football team during a press conference on the South Side on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Ron Cook: If Chryst leaves, Pitt needs to get next hire right

Don’t knock Pitt coach Paul Chryst if he takes the same job at Wisconsin, but his departure would trigger many significant issues.

5 days ago

Penguins notebook: Power play gets needed help

Forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Kris Letang return from injuries and rejoin top power play unit.

5 days ago

Pitt finally returns home to Petersen Events Center

The Panthers could be in for a formidable challenge today at home against St. Bonaventure.

5 days ago

Duquesne-Robert Morris rivalry game heats up today

Dukes coach Jim Ferry continues to plug leaks; the Colonials' Andy Toole is searching for consistency.

5 days ago

 Martavis Bryant hauls in touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter in front of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Threat of the long ball supercharging Steelers offense

When rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant plays, the Steelers score a lot more points.

5 days ago

 Protesters carry banners depicting the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Statue of Liberty as they march Friday from Downtown to the Station Square office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to demand changes in the nation’s immigration system. Friday was the day Catholics honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, a holiday for Mexicans and many other Latin Americans.

Pittsburgh joins 13 other cities to promote citizenship among legal immigrants

Cities for Citizenship, which was formed by three cities, will expand to 13, including Pittsburgh.

5 days ago

Hindu temple sues Monroeville over permit denial

Monroeville council voted against allowing excavation needed for the Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Inc. to expand its temple.

5 days ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark in view with the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC, Downtown.

UPMC to launch outreach campaign targeting Highmark customers

On Thursday, UPMC will start a new retention program to encourage people with Highmark insurance to continue using UPMC care.

5 days ago

Pittsburgh’s real estate shows growth

The average home sales price increased over 12 months from $157,333 to $165,979 in the Pittsburgh region.

5 days ago

First Person: Pennsylvania wouldn’t let me help my father die

Ed Boito’s father succumbed to ALS as his lungs filled with fluid across eight days in an Altoona nursing home.

5 days ago

Saturday Diary: Christmas Village 2014 is life as it should be instead of as it is

Unsure of what to make it, Ann Belser’s Christmas Village is still boxed in the attic, less than two weeks before Dec. 25.

5 days ago

  The outdoor Winter Light Garden at  Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is part of the Winter Flower Show.

1934's 'Winter Wonderland' inspires 2014 Phipps’ Winter Flower Show design

The 80-year-old song and its lyrics by Dick Smith of Honesdale, Pa., guided the Phipps show’s designers.

5 days ago

Shop Holiday: Gifts for hunters and anglers

Help the hunter or angler on your gift list to gear up right with something new under the tree since they can never have enough stuff.

5 days ago

 Kim Cagni of Mt. Lebanon, who has Parkinson's disease, with her painted doors and other artworks for her exhibit "A Door It!" last year at Bicycle Heaven in Manchester. She and Dan McCarthy are planning a fundraiser in April at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.

Battling Parkinson's disease with chocolate and scarves

Local Parkinson’s awareness group has allies in chocolatier and knitter to raise money for research into prevention.

5 days ago

CMU, Fractraker teaming up to monitor crude oil trains through region

A study counted volatile shale oil tanker cars traveling through Allegheny County, but railroad officials dispute speed claims.

5 days ago


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