Joe Giansante, a math teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School, received two unsatisfactory evaluations and is contesting the district's action to dismiss him.

Joe Giansante, the teacher who's fighting his dismissal

“I can’t let something go, not when I know I’m right. ... Call me unsatisfactory? That’s a guy who doesn’t try,” says Mr. Giansante.

about 7 hours ago

 Pennsylvania is one of more than a half-dozen states that fund abortion-alternative programs with tax dollars.

State funds designated for groups that oppose abortion

A mix of state and federal funds is earmarked for organizations that oppose abortion and pledge not to recommend artificial birth control.

about 7 hours ago

 “We’ll be continually affirming the teaching of the church, and now we have to find ways to reach out and be there for people who have a great deal of difficulty living up to that teaching,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said.

Vatican synod on family builds on pope's visit

The pope today is convening a summit of bishops at the Vatican that runs through Oct. 25.

about 7 hours ago

 Even a short walk can make a difference.

WorkZone: Even short walks can help fight effects of sedentary work

Researchers at the University of Missouri found even 10-minute jaunts can help offset reduced blood flow caused by sitting.

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 The educational preferences of employers introduce a “potentially significant barrier to economic self-sufficiency” for those without a four-year degree, researchers wrote.

As employers demand degrees, high-paying jobs remain out of reach for many

The share of higher-wage jobs for workers without a four-year college degree has shrunk, although Pittsburgh ranks higher than many cities.

about 7 hours ago

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum on health care Sept. 22 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Teachers union endorses Clinton, but makes her work for support

National Education Association leaders said Hillary Rodham Clinton came to the board meeting at their request.

about 7 hours ago

 A picture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is splattered with eggs Saturday during a protest in Istanbul against Russian military operations in Syria. The picture reads both in Turkish and Russian: “Murderer Putin.”

Russia launches new wave of air raids in Syria

Meanwhile, an activist group said Russia’s air raids have killed 39 civilians over the three past days.

about 8 hours ago

 A few hours before high tide, wind-driven waves crash into a fishing pier this weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.

Storms batter the South as Hurricane Joaquin recedes

By Saturday afternoon, the White House said President Obama had declared an emergency in South Carolina.

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 Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, left, and his partner Eduard, surname not given, leave a restaurant Saturday in Rome after a news conference.

Vatican dismisses gay priest after highly public coming out

The monsignor called for changes in Catholic teachings against homosexual activity on the eve of a major church meeting on the family.

about 7 hours ago

Palestinian kills two Israelis in Jerusalem

It was the second fatal attack on an Israeli family in three days.

about 7 hours ago

Migrants evade security to enter tunnel in France

About 200 migrants broke through security Friday, forcing a temporary suspension of both passenger and freight rail services.

about 7 hours ago

 Michelle Cascino of San Jose, Calif., brings flowers Saturday in support for the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Ore.

Gunman in Oregon massacre committed suicide, officials say

Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College.

about 7 hours ago

U.S. pushed to find drugs compromise in Pacific trade talks

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership will create a free trade zone covering 40 percent of the world economy.

about 7 hours ago

World briefs: Second foreigner killed in Bangladesh

Plus: Death toll reaches 56 in Guatemala collapse; China cancels flights; Car bombs kill 18 in Baghdad; 15 die in Nigeria blasts

about 7 hours ago

National briefs: St. Louis police at fault, report says

Plus: New York City building blast kills 1; 20 hurt in roof collapse in North Carolina; UPS to change service

about 7 hours ago

 In eight years, only one of at least 120 line-of-duty shootings by a Pennsylvania state trooper has been ruled “improper.”

When state police shoot, it’s almost always ruled ‘justified’

Policing the use of force by their own troopers, the Pennsylvania State Police routinely come out of shooting inquiries without fault.

about 7 hours ago

 A sign that reads "Not in My Yard *No Bows & Arrows * No Hunting * No Way" sits in a yard near the intersection of Twin Hills Drive and Meadowcroft Avenue in Mt. Lebanon.

Details of Mt. Lebanon deer hunting remain private by law

Some residents want information on where archers are shooting deer in Mt. Lebanon.

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 The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen Saturday after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.

Apparent U.S. airstrike hits Afghan hospital

“This event is utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal," U.N. Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

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 A sign calling for prayer outside Umpqua Community College a day after the shooting there, in Roseburg, Ore.

Options for an active shooter: run, hide or fight

In the wake of a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, experts say action is sometimes needed.

1 day ago

 Student Michael Evans, left, and others work at Hopeworks ‘N Camden, in Camden, N.J. The group in one of the nation’s most impoverished places is planning its first hackathon to give teens and young adults in the city and professional programmers a chance to collaborate on solutions to local problems.

Camden craves a computer-led revival

Can youths in ‘hackathon’ help struggling city help itself?

1 day ago

 Construction continues Friday on the Frick Environmental Center at the Beechwood Boulevard entrance to Frick Park. The 15,000-square foot three-story structure uses the footprint of the former center, which burned in 2002, and will be a LEED Platinum and fully certified Living Building.

New Frick Environmental Center to feature water, energy savings

The $18.4 million Frick Environmental Center in Frick Park will be the world’s 6th self-sustaining Living Building when it opens next year.

1 day ago

Oregon gunman was Army dropout who studied mass shooters

Authorities said Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer wore a flak jacket and brought six guns and five ammunition magazines to the school.

1 day ago

U.S. hiring slowed in September as global economy weakened

The economy added just 142,000 jobs last month, depressed by job cuts by manufacturers and oil drillers.

1 day ago

Obama says he won’t sign another stopgap spending measure from Congress

The president instead called on Congress to join him in forging a longer-term deal.

1 day ago

U.S. military plane crashes in Afghanistan, kills 14

The dead included the six crew members, all American armed forces personnel.

1 day ago

Russia hits IS territory in Syria with airstrikes but ignores Western demands

The Russian aerial assaults, which began Wednesday, have surprised and angered the United States and its Western and Arab allies.

1 day ago

Hillside collapses on Guatemalan town, killing 26; hundreds missing

Tons of dirt and trees flattened dozens of flimsy houses when many residents had gone home for the night.

1 day ago

Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays

The Vatican said the only “real audience” Pope Francis had in Washington, D.C., was with a small group that included a gay couple.

1 day ago

New rules will protect homebuyers from last-minute surprises

Starting today, homebuyers will have access to new standardized forms to replace ones that might have varied widely from lender to lender.

1 day ago

Obituary: Arthur W. Ticknor / Longtime executive known for his creativity, people skills

Arthur W. Ticknor was an executive with firms including Union Switch and Signal and American Standard Inc.

1 day ago

World briefs: Education chief leaving in December

Plus: Death sentence commuted; 3rd Cleveland child killed; Va. suspect sentenced; Colorado prison site?

1 day ago

World briefs: Joaquin hits Bahamas; ship disabled

Plus: India vows carbon cuts; Israel deploys troops; VW notifies customers; S. Sudan repels rebels.

1 day ago

 Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, left, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the senior Democrat on the committee speak on Capitol Hill Thursday about the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

Bipartisan effort in Congress leads to comprehensive sentencing reform proposal

A bill advancing through Congress would give judges more discretion to sentence below the mandatory minimum for nonviolent offenders.

1 day ago

 Montgomery County prosecutors have charged Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane with perjury, obstruction and other counts.

Kane reverses timeline on porn emails

A state courts spokesman said today that it had hired a Pittsburgh law firm to look into the matter.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf this week vetoed a temporary stopgap budget Republicans had sent him that would have covered four months of state spending.

Wolf calls for hiring freeze, travel ban because of Pennsylvania budget impasse

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed cost-saving measures in light of a budget impasse that is now in its fourth month.

2 days ago

 Metal decking is installed on the new Hulton Bridge in April. The $65 million bridge is scheduled to open Oct. 20.

TRAFFIC: Hulton Bridge to close Monday; Parkway West this weekend

Also, PennDOT says there will be a full closure of Parkway West’s inbound lanes, weather permitting, from 9 tonight through Monday morning.

1 day ago

 Elizabeth Cox, 14, bows her head Thursday during a prayer at a vigil to honor victims of a shooting at Umpqua Community College.

Gunman in Oregon shooting was armed with six guns, left more at home, officials say

Officials today described the gunman as an alienated young man who appeared to have a particular animus against religion.

1 day ago

 Post-Gazette interns offer a reality check on college.

Reality Check: Fall 2015 Education Planning Guide

Post-Gazette summer 2015 interns offer a glimpse into what college is really like.

2 days ago

 All-star game red carpet

Baseball Lore: Reds-Bucs rivalry made for a fun mixed marriage

Red-Pirates rivalry goes way back and has provided interesting moments for one mixed marriage.

2 days ago

House approves bill requiring Iran to compensate U.S. victims of terror

The measure would require the president to certify that victims of terror receive compensation before Iran gets economic relief.

2 days ago

 Defense Secretary Ash Carter

House passes defense bill, defies Obama

Despite a veto threat, the House approved a multibillion-dollar defense policy bill.

2 days ago

 Cal McConnell, co-owner of McConnell's Farm in Independence, Beaver County, picks apples Sept. 16. The 200-acre farm has been run by the McConnell family since 1787.

Harvest of history: State's Century Farms a cornucopia of land, labor and legacy

Only 3 percent of the state’s 63,000 family farms qualify for the designation of Century Farm or Bicentennial Farm.

2 days ago

 Brittany Meixner of Carrick holds a piece  she created that will be displayed at the “We Live Here” exhibit tonight at 21st Street Coffee and Tea in the Strip District. She titled the piece “Dragon in the Night.” Some of the artwork will be accompanied by audio recordings.

Strip District exhibit features artwork of homeless young adults

The exhibit is titled “We Live Here.” Pieces will be auctioned tonight at an event at 21st Street Coffee and Tea.

2 days ago

 Kunduz chief of police, Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh, left, talks to U.S. and Afghan special forces in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.

Afghan troops push into Kunduz, Taliban in retreat

Government troops seized control of Kunduz on Thursday.

2 days ago

 In this photo made from footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official website on Thursday, a bomb explosion is seen in Syria.

Russia confounds U.S. with Syria military moves

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says, aims to establish a caliphate from “Portugal to Pakistan.”

2 days ago

Joaquin strengthens to Category 4

Hurricane Joaquin is seen as less likely to pose a major threat to the Eastern United States.

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 An honor guard opens the door Thursday as Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall at the Kremlin in Moscow to attend a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.

Russia defends chosen targets of Syria strikes

Russian expands its involvement in Syria’s civil war.

2 days ago

 North Hills High School students participate in an astronomy class in the new digital immersion theater.

North Hills High School upgrades its planetarium

The school’s planetarium can take students worlds away or bring them right out of the front door.

2 days ago

Elizabeth Forward School District to garnish wages of employees behind on taxes

About 12 employees of the district have been identified as owing back real estate taxes to the district.

2 days ago

Ohio Valley Hospital adds health focus to YMCA after-school programs

Ohio Valley Hospital is offering a healthy eating and exercise component in the Montour, West Allegheny and Brentwood districts.

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