From left, Maci Lee, 11, sits with her father, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee; mother, Kristen; and brother, Jaxon. Maci nearly died and her growth was stunted because of steroids for allergies and asthma.

Study indicates use of nasal steroids can stunt growth in children

The study led by an Allegheny Health Network researcher is to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

about 15 hours ago

PennDOT postpones Fort Pitt Tunnel lane closures

The work is being rescheduled due to the postponement of the inbound tunnel ceiling work, which is being delayed because of the weather.

about 3 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as some districts in the suburbs, including Penn Hills, are operating on two-hour delays today.

School delayed for dozens of Pittsburgh-area districts

The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 tonight.

about 9 hours ago

 Sister Daniela Bronka, principal at St. Bernard School, laughs this month as she greets students and parents before the start of school.

Principal strengthens school's 'Catholic identity' while proving nuns can be fun

Sister Daniela Bronka, principal of St. Bernard School, shows her students that nuns don’t have to be old or intimidating.

about 15 hours ago

 Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House today. A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, his spokesman said.

Secret Service: Small drone crashes on White House grounds

The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials could examine the drone.

about 7 hours ago

 Bill Isler, president of the Fred Rogers Co., has held the Pittsburgh Public Schools board District 4 seat since 1999.

Wrenn, Burkley to run for Pittsburgh school board seat

The District 4 seat is being vacated by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill, who has served since 1999.

about 3 hours ago

 Crawford Village public housing complex.

Budget cuts put a big hole in housing authority security

Second of two parts. Housing authorities nationally maintain police forces, guard contracts and pacts with police despite budget cuts.

about 15 hours ago

 A young man works hard to clean off a car as snow continues to fall this morning. The National Weather Service said southwestern Pennsylvania could see another 1 to 2 inches of snow today.

A couple more inches of snow on the way for Pittsburgh region

The National Weather Service extended its winter weather advisory until 7 tonight.

about 7 hours ago

 Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, said she has never been a proponent of performance pay. “Teachers do what they do because they love teaching,” she said.

Pittsburgh teachers’ pay schedule examined as contract talks begin

With the Pittsburgh teachers’ contract set to expire in June, talks are likely to focus on performance-based pay and other recent programs.

about 15 hours ago

 In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says

CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September.

about 1 hour ago

 All of the Pennsylvania Lottery's Pick games will be drawn twice daily.

New names, game on tap for Pennsylvania Lottery

The new game is Pick 2, and other longtime games also will bear the “Pick” name.

about 2 hours ago

 Francisco Mathurine clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York today. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm.

Blizzard warning threatens 250-mile stretch of Northeast

“This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

about 8 hours ago

Development project uses art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.

about 15 hours ago

 Kim Dennis of the Center for Educational Leadership works with student Gabriel Mantick as she teaches a demonstration math class employing math racks for first graders at Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5.

Pittsburgh Public Schools program turns teachers into pupils

Instructional Leader Teacher 2s are positions that provide extra pay and responsibilities for teachers.

about 15 hours ago

Activists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Syrian border town

Expelling the militants marks a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting ISIS in airstrikes.

about 8 hours ago

 Erik Arneson was appointed by former Gov. Tom Corbett days before Gov. Tom Wolf took office.

Lawsuit challenges Wolf's firing of open records director

The suit argues that the actions violate both the constitutional principle of separation of powers and the right-to-know law.

about 1 hour ago

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

The state’s elected officials oppose the proposal.

about 16 hours ago

Rebels press Ukraine offensive

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promises steps against Russian-backed “aggression.”

about 15 hours ago

In India, Obama aims to improve countries’ ties

The president was given a warm reception by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

about 16 hours ago

Reid’s eye surgery is a crucial moment in a long career

How he responds to the procedure could determine the future of his personal and professional lives.

about 15 hours ago

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

The violence comes amid U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the country Sunday.

about 16 hours ago

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party bitterly opposed the terms of the 2010 bailout of the country.

about 16 hours ago

Koch event draws 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

Some potential presidential candidates were on hand for a panel discussion organized by the powerful conservative donors.

about 15 hours ago

 A man de-ices a plane during a light snow at a gate at LaGuardia Airport in New York today. Airlines canceled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to 3 feet of snow barrels down on the region.

Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow

JetBlue, whose flights are largely in the Northeast, has already cancelled about a third of its entire schedule.

about 6 hours ago

California Supreme Court’s decision on Scout affiliation renews debate

Impartiality of the state’s judiciary comes under scrutiny.

about 15 hours ago

Obituary: Madeleine Hershey / Massage therapist was advocate for transgender youth

A woman who fulfilled her life’s purpose, Madeleine Hershey is celebrated for her authentic nature and attention to people.

about 15 hours ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: My fellow Americans, can you pass the America test?

If only we could all be forced to take a national civics/citizenship test...

about 15 hours ago

 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander at their headquarters in the Strip District.

CMU-Astrobotic team awarded $1 million in race to the moon

“We’re super excited about that,” Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said. “We were confident going into it. I expected that outcome.”

about 6 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders shortly after his swearing-in Tuesday.

Open government advocate urges Wolf to reconsider firing

A group says the governor’s action could lead to firings by future governors who dislike the agency’s rulings and erode its authority.

about 1 hour ago

National briefs: Northeast snowstorm looms

Plus: Boehner sets focuses; Two dead in store shooting; Gas prices due to rise.

about 15 hours ago

World briefs: Protesters killed on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Plus: Video changes demands; Talks to end crisis fail; Citizens offer allegiance.

about 15 hours ago

 A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. A Marine Corps pilot and Indiana, Pa. native Capt. Elizabeth Kealey died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Marine pilot from Indiana, Pa., dies in helicopter crash

Capt. Elizabeth Kealey was deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

about 16 hours ago

 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street near Sixth Avenue is one of 10 stations in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Big Belly stations are trash cans of the future

A $65,000 Alcoa Foundation grant funded 10 of the stations throughout Downtown in late November.

about 16 hours ago

Joe Biden's touch endears him to Tim Murphy's family

At the State of the Union, the vice president and GOP rep had a heart-to-heart talk. It was about Mr. Murphy's cancer-stricken sister.

1 day ago

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a Cabinet meeting early today at his official residence in Tokyo.

Japan’s PM seeks release of Islamic State captive

In recent years, Japan has moved toward the U.S. government's hard line against paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap Americans.

1 day ago

As Vatican revisits divorce, faithful long for acceptance

Pope Francis, who will make his first trip to the U.S. as pontiff in September, has acknowledged the concerns of divorced Catholics.

1 day ago

Anti-vaccine parents found to stick together as their ranks grow

More parents are leery about vaccinating their children.

1 day ago

Chaos in Yemen forces U.S. to halt fight against terrorists

American  officials say the growing chaos in Yemen has resulted in a steady erosion in intelligence-gathering efforts against al-Qaida.

1 day ago

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at a conservative forum

Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush were notably absent from the Iowa gathering.

1 day ago

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The trial hints at challenge facing colleges as they try to establish campuses where students are safe and everyone understands the rules.

1 day ago

Atlanta airport reopens after no bombs found on threatened planes

The planes were operated by Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The military briefly scrambled war planes into the skies over Georgia.

1 day ago

 Counter-demonstrators protest against a nearby gathering of pro-Pegida activists, who in Berlin call themselves "Baergida" and were demonstrating against the Islamization of Germany and other woes last week in Berlin.

New German far-right push against immigrants hits streets

Since the movement was founded in October, refugee advocates say the number of aggressive acts against foreigners has sharply increased.

1 day ago

The Next Page: Price of cyberattacks against America is like paying for 9/11 every year

Cybersecurity expert Christopher Mellon says that unless we do much better at prevention, the worst is yet to come.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Alabama seeks a stay on gay unions

Plus: “American Sniper” threats; militant teen sentenced; e-cigarette air warning.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Leftists lead final polls in Greece

Plus: Obama alters itinerary; 4 held in plot; Brits urged to stay in EU; Iraq’s Islamic State fight; ruling party’s pick wins; dozens freed.

1 day ago

Pizza driver robbed by gunman in East Allegheny

Pittsburgh police responded at 12:39 p.m. to Tripoli and Chestnut streets.

about 17 hours ago

 Frank A. Koren

Obituary: Frank A. Koren / Funeral director in Pittsburgh for over five decades

Mr. Koren had a full career at the prominent Pittsburgh funeral home H. Samson. Upon retirement, he joined Patrick Lanigan in East Hills.

1 day ago

 Photograph of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin. Used with Permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

Why Thomas Merton 'continues to captivate'

A century after his birth, Catholic monk Thomas Merton still exerts wide influence here and abroad.

1 day ago

Kids-for-Cash youth detention co-owner disbarred

One of the main figures in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has been disbarred from the practice of law.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Police Zone One Commander RaShall Brackney stands alongside Marcus Alvarez, 16, of Northview Heights.

Police, community meet in East Liberty for racism summit

When the police give you an order, you might want to consider not only your rights, but also certain realities.

2 days ago


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