A portrait of George Washington Williams, who was a minister, historian, journalist, lawyer, Republican Party activist and the first African-American elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. His portrait hangs in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.

George Washington Williams told black Americans' story

A 1985 biography of George Washington Williams has helped inform a new generation of his contributions to African American history.

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Peter McKay: Send in the drones

Peter McKay is worried about drones, driverless cars and machines taking people’s jobs. But he’s OK with computers taking over his column.

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 Detailed facial expressions from "The Order: 1886," a new game for PlayStation 4.

Game review: ‘The Order: 1886’ offers stunning visuals, but little else

“The Order: 1886,” a PlayStation 4 exclusive, is high on presentation and story, low on player choices.

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 Patrick Perini, the CEO of MegaBits, a mobile game app, in its office on Baum Boulevard.

Monsters galore: Pittsburgh-based MegaBits creates a mobile game that feeds off your data

How to train your monster: The MegaBits gaming app mixes old and new gaming technology.

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 Members of the choir from left, Patricia Schenck, Shirley Fisher and Irene Hearn interpret the music during the Catholic Deaf Community Mass Jan. 25 at St. Mary of the Mount on Mount Washington.

Signing with spirit: Pittsburgh's Catholic Deaf Community gathers at St. Mary of the Mount

At a weekly Mass at St. Mary of the Mount, hearing and deaf persons worship bilingually — in English and American Sign Language.

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 Candice Buchanan, 35, of Castle Shannon holds a 1910  portrait of Emma Staggers, the daughter of her great-great-great-great grandmother. The two were hospitalized at Dixmont State Hospital in Kilbuck in the early 1900s.

Vanished mental-health archives stymie genealogists

Genealogists in Pennsylvania and beyond criticize restrictions on accessing old mental-health records to track down family members.

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 Post-Gazette Game Guy blogger Max Parker shows off Nintendo's New 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition to a gamer in Oakland.

Review: New 3DS XL provides more speed, extra control

Nintendo fixes stability problems present in the old version, allowing the handheld device to live up to its name.

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Speaker to give tips on finding African-American ancestors

Church records can assist in researching family history.

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 Mobile dating apps can get quite specific these days.

Technology offers modern-day romantics myriad ways to connect in Pittsburgh region

Virtual matchmaking has gone mobile, with free apps to download to smart phones and other devices.

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 Backwards Bob at Monster Truck Jam.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Monster trucks, Jackie Evancho and a zombie Valentine dinner mixer on the slate for this weekend.

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Lecture, websites, archivists can help find information on African American ancestors

Many churches and synagogues preserve documents and provide information useful to genealogists and historical researchers.

3 weeks ago

 Skiers enjoy a night-time run last month at Allegheny County’s Boyce Park.

Snow sports take on a different (and often cheaper) flavor at night

Many families ski at night at Pittsburgh-area resorts to improve their skills and have a little bit of breathing room on the slopes.

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Frenemies: A love story between a cat and a dog

When a clawless cat meets a gutless dog, he’s the winner.

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Old Economy Village to exhibit furniture, artifacts

Old Economy Village in Ambridge is exhibiting furniture and artifacts that highlight the craftsmanship of the Harmony Society.

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 The cast of CLO Cabaret's "Boeing Boeing," from left: Amanda Pulcini, Tony Bingham, Kelly Trumbell, Conor McCanlus, Elizabeth Ruelas and Lisa Ann Goldsmith. At the Cabaret at Theater Square Feb. 5-April 26.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend: Feb. 5-8

Sam Hazo’s play “Tell It to the Marines”; Trumpeter Chris Botti; Ronald K. Brown/Evidence dance company all hit town.

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 Donald C. Jefferson was 92 when he donned his World War I uniform again for a photograph in 1988. It still fit Mr. Jefferson was 98 when he passed away in 1994.

Black pharmacy student from Pittsburgh served nation, fought for equality in World War I protest

Donald C. Jefferson of Pittsburgh was among a small group of African-Americans to be commissioned as U.S. Army officers during World War I.

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 Frank Bingaman took this front-page picture of Private John E. Brown of Thornburg greeting his sweetheart Lucinda Brown -- no relation. Mr. Brown was a soldier in the segregated 351st Field Artillery when it marched through Downtown on March 7, 1919, following service in France.

Pittsburgh mobilizes 'classes, colors and creeds' to greet returning black soldiers

In 1919, the return of black soldiers and officers from 351st Field Artillery in World War I drew huge crowds in Pittsburgh.

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 Kate Bazis of Wilkinsburg walks her daughter Gaia Parrish's dog, Corazon, across Brereton Street in Polish Hill during an April evening, with Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in the background.

Brereton evolves: How Polish Hill's business district has changed in the past 85 years

This installment of the Storefront Project shows how Brereton Street has evolved as markets and shops have closed.

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 Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh holding its January meeting in the New Bohemian venue on the North Side. The assembly is a godless congregation that meets for the fellowship and sense of community of church.

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh: A ‘godless congregation’ that aims to do good

Sunday Assembly, launched in 2013, claims 65 chapters, with Pittsburgh’s opening last fall. It celebrates “the one life we know we have.”

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Trying final exam sends college students 'off the grid'

Professor Steve Hallock challenged his students to go 24 hours without technology. He says nearly everyone struggled.

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ShopSmart: What really happens in physical therapy

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