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Boys can be the most ghoulish thing on Halloween

One Halloween some ghoulish boys gave a tough lesson.

1 day ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Litter was heavy for her, but others gave her a lift

Also: Surprising young woman used smart phone wisely; return of MAC card made for a good day

2 days ago

Local Dispatch: Ghostly scares are overrated, at least till seeing one

When it comes to ghosts, seeing is believing.

3 days ago

Sharon Randall: Physical messes are the easiest kind to clean up

Some kinds of messes are easily to clean up than others.

4 days ago

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Run the ‘Life Expectancy Calculator’ and rejoice

There’s just so much good news about death in America.

5 days ago

Coyotes are hunt clubs’ elusive new prey

Hard-to-catch coyotes have supplanted disappearing foxes as hunting clubs’ quarry.

1 week ago

 Future Hall of Fame slugger Hank Greenberg with Pirates co-owner Bing Crosby in 1947.

Storytelling: Can a sports hero be a role model? Yes, thankfully

Over the past sev­eral years there has been much de­bate over whether ath­letes are, should be or want to be role mod­els to chil­dren.

1 week ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Women both helped to save turtle in road

Also: A patriotic waitress honored Vietnam vets; young woman quickly helped with car battery

1 week ago

Local Dispatch: This Halloween queen creates a web for her scene

This queen of Halloween spins one mean, but happy, web.

1 week ago

 Fans gather at the Forbes Field wall in Oakland to listen once more to the seventh game of the 1960 World Series.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Maz’s homer sounds just as good 54 years later

The rebroadcast of the Pirates’ 1960 World Series win proves you can turn back the clock and feel the joy anew.

1 week ago

 Do you know what helps stop uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds? Cured pork in the nose. The Ig Nobel's "Majordomo" Gary Dryfoos demonstrates.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: The Ig Nobels know what you want from science

Ever slipped on a banana peel? Gotten depressed by a cat? The Ig Nobel award committee has your interests at heart.

1 week ago

 CapCon 247

Caption Contest 247 ... and the winners of 246

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

1 week ago

 Satyen Das in Kolkata, India, this week, on the rickshaw that made the journey.

Indian rickshaw driver reaches his highest goal: a 17,600-foot Hi­ma­la­yan pass

Satyen Das’ goal was to promote the vehicle as an environmentally sound travel option.

2 weeks ago

 Peanut butter fishes, just like Beth Schmidt's grandfather used to make.

Grampap’s toast to happiness: peanut butter fishes

A grandfather’s rare ’peanut butter fishes’ had a way of making everyone happy.

2 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Friendly bicyclist helps quench runner’s thirst

Also: When sister fainted, she got quick assist; Stranger was willing to cover grocery bill; Someone reached down to retrieve her lost card.

2 weeks ago

Local Dispatch: In pumpkin vs. knotweed war, the gourd guys win

Great! Pumpkin could be the answer to stopping invasive knotweed.

2 weeks ago

 Schenley Park’s Panther Hollow Lake

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Restoring Panther Hollow Lake seems a slow slog

Group forms to advocate for Panther Hollow Lake to get some love.

2 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Candidates better have answer for these

The gubernatorial candidates need to be asked the hard questions -- or at least these ones -- at Wednesday’s debate.

2 weeks ago

Sharon Randall: If the moon asks, life provides abundant answers

What will you do with your one sweet life? Do you ever ask yourself that question?

2 weeks ago

 Adam Paterson, 15, strains to dump a barrel of discarded potatoes during a 12-hour work day in Mapleton, Maine.

Portfolio: Don’t stick a fork in potato breaks yet

In the gentle hills of northern Maine, teenagers trade warm classrooms for cold potato fields every fall.

3 weeks ago

Animal Tales: When finicky cat befriends you, you feel purrfect

Cats have their own ways, but even a neighbor’s can become an indispensable friend.

3 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Teen donated balloon to a distraught toddler

Also: She luckily received kind acts hours apart; even on busy interstate, couple stopped to assist.

3 weeks ago

Storytelling: Teen’s perception of mom all changed with a pizza

Never underestimate the power of pizza.

3 weeks ago

 The Neighborhood Flea bills itself as a high-quality flea market with vintage clothing, dinnerware and the best food trucks in town. This Sunday market was held in a parking lot at 23rd Street and Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Brookline woman's flea markets have been crafted to succeed

Crafter in search of opportunities to sell jewelry creates marketplace that grows to become her full-time job.

3 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Give foreigners a true ’Burgh education

Though the size of our international population remains paltry, The Morning File is a strong supporter of assisting their assimilation.

3 weeks ago

Sharon Randall: A nana’s heart feels bigger with young ones near

When a 4-year-old grandson spends the night, the magic happens in the most ordinary of events.

3 weeks ago

 Caption Contest 246

Caption Contest 246 ... and the winners of Caption Contest 245

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

3 weeks ago

 Terri Tacheny plays her harp for a gorilla at Como Zoo in in St. Paul, Minn.

Portfolio: Harpist pulls strings for zoo apes

“I don’t speak gorilla, but there’s a gorilla purr that occurs when I begin to play. And that’s their happy sound,” Terri Tacheny said.

4 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Elroy Face.

Baseball Lore: ElRoy Face strikes her as a savior, then and now

As a baseball-crazy girl in 1959, the gutsy ElRoy inspired me. And today, at age 86, he is handsome and funny, lively and courteous.

4 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Her teeth went flying, but others found them

Also: Store employee provided personal help for pendant, and someone’s help with keys enabled family to get home

1 month ago


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