A view down Smithfield Street, Downtown.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Upgrade of Smithfield Street could be a dream come true

CMU design students hatch a grand boulevard plan for Smithfield Street Downtown.

27 minutes ago

 Some poker face: Professional poker player Douglas Polk up against a mere machine at the Rivers Casino.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Playing poker against a computer does not compute

No thanks to CMU, poker with computers somehow doesn’t sound like as much fun.

1 day ago

Utah test site might as well be on Mars

A rocky corner of Utah bears such a resemblance to the red planet that it has become a hot spot for scientists and engineers.

3 days ago

I Remember Mama: Mother’s work, rather than words, showed her love

Mom didn’t speak of love as much as she showed it.

4 days ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Man crawled beneath car to help

Plus: Someone took time in Ohio to return glasses to owner; and a large group of do-gooders assisted an injured woman.

5 days ago

 Spectators encourage the participants in the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon.

Local Dispatch: Marathon motivates the crowd as well as runners

As a member of Steel City Greyhounds, the Pittsburgh Marathon has become an event I look forward to each May.

6 days ago

 Jeff Wateska, left, and Marty Schiff are partners in UKnowme, a global media distribution company.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: A little Spring Hill activity is enough to cause a stir

A video distribution company has turned the lights back on in one of Spring Hill’s few commercial properties.

1 week ago

 Caption Contest 261

Caption Contest 261... and the winners of 260

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

1 week ago

Kids’ smiles at hospital are due to tutus

Doctors, nurses, technicians and receptionists don the colorful layers of tulle as they go about the business of tending to patients.

1 week ago

I Remember Mama: Mother of grace taught so much despite no training

Though never trained, mother full of grace knew how to teach a lot about life.

1 week ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Pizza delivery driver became hero

Plus: a couple offered their help to a befuddled motorist, and a stranger’s gift made her feel great for the holiday.

1 week ago

Local Dispatch: A search through family history can be unsettling

The small, nondescript tombstone sat unobtrusively in Chartiers Cemetery. “Robert 1928-1929” was all it said.

1 week ago

 The Joncaire Street steps are "an important [link] from Junction Hollow [trail] to the central campus" of Pitt, said Pat Hassett of city’s Department of Public Works.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Joncaire Street steps project in Panther Hollow makes a bike-friendly link

The 135 steps will be wider and include runnels — flat channels alongside for bikes to be walked up and down. It’s a model for the future.

1 week ago

 Britt McHenry on the job last year, courteously interviewing a Baltimore Raven after a Steelers game.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Beware when Pretty Skinny Blond Women attack

Pretty Skinny Blond Women are ruining the world, one rant at a time.

2 weeks ago

 Monica Martinez of San Francisco’s La Cocina sorts meal worms prior to baking them.

Bugs start to crawl into Americans’ diet

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

2 weeks ago

Animal Tales: Flightless robin became a curious guest one spring

We named him Rothchild. He set up shop in our garden’s birdhouse for weeks, grounded but proving a good companion for my coffee hour.

2 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: A Pittsburgh commuter offers to share needed umbrella

Also: Leaving purse in restaurant was not a disaster, thanks to a customer and staff; and an Easter gift from a kind waitress.

2 weeks ago

Biography: Farmer Ben’s passion for land had few equals

The task of being the family’s ambassador to close the book on its farm life fell ultimately to Ben, and he did his family proud.

2 weeks ago

 A line forms for the “meat and greet” food giveaway at the former Michelle’s Diner in Allentown.

Diana Nelson Jones: Allentown diner benefited Pittsburgh community one last time

The Allentown property owner gives away to the neighborhood all the food that’s fit to take from the former diner.

3 weeks ago

 Gerrit Cole

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Have a nice home opener, Gerrit Cole

Good luck with the season, Gerrit Cole, and with making it through security in time.

3 weeks ago

Eyewitness 1983: Reagan sidestepped hostile reception during downtown visit

The president avoids Pittsburgh protesters and jokes about his own risk of “dislocation.”

3 weeks ago

 CapCon 260

Caption Contest 260 ... and the winners of 259

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

3 weeks ago

China rules golf courses out of bounds

Two-thirds of its fairways were allegedly built in violation of a moratorium, and Beijing is no longer willing to look the other way.

3 weeks ago

Baseball Lore: She shed sandals to teach boys a baseball lesson

The day a young woman joined the neighborhood baseball practice remains memorable, more than a half-century later.

3 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Ring turned up in trash

Also: Cold couldn’t prevent hardy act of honesty; woman went extra mile in donation of groceries

3 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: It’s dangerous being oldest person alive

Gertrude Weaver of Camden, Ark., had quite an up-and-down start to April.

3 weeks ago

Warm Memories: If not for the wine, tree house had vintage potential

The tree house would have been great, if the wine didn’t interfere with young work crew.

3 weeks ago

 Students in Pitt's urban skills seminar researched the South Side last fall.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: University of Pittsburgh students see South Side in a different light

Pitt urban studies students have taken on South Side nightlife excesses in research that they will present to city council today.

4 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: International jet-setting is now a bad line to get into

Notes from the first international trip in 30 years: Such as,  passengers look and act like the Greyhound crowd from back in the day ...

4 weeks ago


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