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 In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium during Dec. 1914.

World War I soldiers took a real Christmas break

Men who for months had been trying to kill each other traded gifts, drank and even played soccer on the no man’s land between the trenches.

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 Artist Martin D. Leisser’s “A March Snow Storm: Sixth Avenue in 1902” belongs to the Duquesne Club’s art collection. The urban scene was likely inspired by a foot of snow that fell on the city in early March of that year. We bring this to you, in the ninth year of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tradition, to mark the blessings of the season and to wish our readers every happiness.

Artist captured Sixth Avenue in 1902 Pittsburgh snowstorm

The painting shows a Downtown street as it was a century ago, before construction of the current City Hall and Oliver Building.

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 Tony Marinho sautes beef inside PGH Taco Truck last year.

Restaurant scene: How can Pittsburgh dining improve in 2015?

The city’s growing economy feeds a dynamic food scene. Here’s how we can do better next year.

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Can you find Xante in this Pittsburgh holiday scene?

Xante, the four-legged friend of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom, is missing. Can you help us find him among the Pittsburgh luminaries?

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 Plantronics’ BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth earbud headphones feature a sweat-proof design for runners.

Shop Holiday: Last-minute gift ideas

If you have a little anxiety this Christmas Eve, stay calm: A trove of gift suggestions awaits, starting with “cocktail kits.“

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 The pilgrimage presentation at Salem Crossroads begins in a 19th century log cabin.

Quiet reflection of the season: Delmont transforms into 'Christmas in Salem Crossroads'

Many communities and churches produce Nativity scenes as a remembrance of what it may have been like on that first Silent Night.

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 Apple-Pecan Clafoutis.

What's for breakfast: Apple-Pecan Clafoutis

On Christmas morning, opening presents isn’t the only sweet treat.

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My Generation Essay: SparkNotes: a way to cheat or learn?

For years, kids have been using SparkNotes and similar academic resources to shortcut their way through classes.

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 A  penguin chick that was born previously at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: African penguin chicks

Last week Sidney and Bette, a nesting pair of African penguins at the National Aviary, had their third successful nesting in as many years.

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 Girl Talk will play a sold out New Year's Eve show at Stage AE.

An early look at New Year's Eve

Swon Brothers, Girl Talk, Harlan Twins all party on New Year’s Eve.

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Portfolio | Holiday Herald: Childless aunts symbolized spirit of Goodfellows

Aunts showed the true meaning of being “goodfellows.”

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 Pilot Maxime Tran Quan Tien guides his Parrot Bebop drone during a presentation to the press in Paris.

Drones become popular holiday gifts

Drones, flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers, have “taken off” as gifts.

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 Santa Claus

Santa Claus: A newsmaker you should know

Santa, that bearer of gifts and magic, has had many names, nationalities and shapes.

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 Visitors light candles Tuesday in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as Jesus' birthplace, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Jesus' birthplace grapples with modern traffic challenges

Bethlehem, jammed with traffic, mulls digging a tunnel under Manger Square.

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 Flight Time, left, and Hi-Lite of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Hot list of events for the coming weekend

A list of things to do after the Christmas presents are opened.

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 Pittsburgh Popcorn’s 2.5 gallon holiday tin.

Shop Holiday: Gifts made in Pittsburgh

Try Pittsburgh Popcorn Co., Simple Sugars Scrub, Boyd & Blair Vodka, cookies from Merante’s, Hip Modern Soap and Reg Henry’s “Wry World.”

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 Elephants take a stroll at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in September.

Pittsburgh Zoo to close for six weeks

The zoo will shut its doors from Jan. 5 to Feb. 13 for routine maintenance and construction of a new restaurant at Safari Plaza.

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 The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects 4 million drivers to take to the toll road system between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, with a possible record-topping 600,000 vehicles the day after Christmas.

Milder weather, falling gas prices greet holiday travelers this week

A record-breaking 98.6 million travelers are expected to hit the road starting today, and for the most part the weather will be cooperating.

2 days ago


 William Gay, left, his friend Carlos Rolle, center with hat, and Mr. Gay's brother Unrikay Hall chat with a community member as they hand out turkeys in November in Tallahassee, Fla.

With the loss of his mother, Steelers' William Gay steps up against domestic abuse

The Steeler has been helping a Pittsburgh shelter and groups in his Florida hometown years before domestic abuse was in the NFL spotlight.

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 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: Be flexible with food for party

Plan the menu for the holiday party based on the people who’ve RSVP’d, but buy a bit more just in case more people show up.

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Toys for Tots Foundation addresses Pittsburgh-area problems

The national Marine Toys for Tots Foundation sent a truckload of toys to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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 Photos celebrating Pittsburgh done by local artists are featured in an art installation along the fencing of the Downtown construction site where The Gardens at Market Square is being built.

Let's Talk About Art: Outdoor photo show

The Downtown construction site that will become The Gardens at Market Square is being spruced up with an art installation.

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 Recreational users have had limited access to the first half-mile of the popular Montour Trail since Dec. 15.

Parking lot cleanup complete at Montour Trail's Mile 0

The restored parking lot has reopened at Mile 0 of the Montour Trail, providing room for about 30 vehicles.

2 days ago


 What does Christmas taste like?

What does Christmas taste like?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food-section contributors share their must-have holiday flavors.

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#SEENPartyPreview: Things to do in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Two great party options for New Year’s Eve.

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 Paul Witkowski's grandfather and his four sons singing Polish Christmas carols -- a must after Wigilia dinner -- obviously with great gusto.  Also probably from the late 1960s.

It's not just Christmas Eve. It's Wigilia

For her and other Poles, the Vigil involves a meatless feast.

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 Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars in March wearing a pale blue Prada gown with a plunging neckline. She was among the fashion standouts of the 2014 awards season.

2014's top moments in fashion

From the runway to the red carpet, Lupita to de la Renta, here’s a recap of some of the year’s top style hits, misses and headlines.

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Stylebook: happy.merry.bright pop-up brings together Pittsburgh brands for the holidays

Plus: Shop for a cause at Primadonna Collection, Style Week seeks designers, trunk show at Glitter & Grit and more news and events.

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 A model wearing a Shawna Solomon design walks the catwalk at the kickoff event for the fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week at Highmark Stadium in September.

What are Pittsburgh's top fashion moments of 2014?

Here are some of the ways the Steel City flexed its style muscle this year.

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 These Steelers slippers are available for less than $15 at Target.

Shop Holiday: Gifts for the biggest Pittsburgh sports fans

Add to someone’s collection with this Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Pitt gear.

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 Billie Mullen, 46, of West View and her 4-year-old son, John William Mullen, cast their shadows to catch alphabet letters at the Children's Museum.

Art exhibits made to teach children a 'tough' challenge while learning

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh offers “Tough Art” that can stand up to kids.

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 Melanie Crockard.

Here’s looking at you: Pittsburgh's best dressed in 2014

Pittsburghers brought the fashion hits, one party at a time!

3 days ago


 Mentor Stephanie with mentee Kenay, who have been matched for more than a year, at Stephanie's graduate school graduation.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Amachi Pittsburgh

Amachi Pittsburgh aims to break the cycle of generational incarceration by supporting children who have a parent in jail.

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 A long exposure captures the standing stones in darkness during the evening of the Winter Solstice at the Castlerigg Stone circle on Sunday in Keswick, England.

Christmas Day: bikes in the morning, sleds at night

The winter solstice brings unexpected warm temperatures and not much chance for a white Christmas, at least in the morning.

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Goodfellows: Dad wants daughter to smile at Christmas

John Davis is a volunteer at the Hill District Center for Nurturing Families. He could use a hand this Christmas.

3 days ago


Stargazing: Red Planet and crescent moon

Mars has been a fixture in our evening sky since going into opposition and coming as close as 56 million miles to Earth.

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 Ellen Roth and Dr. Loren Roth.

'Ten Fingers Touching' book launch

More than 120 guests came out to celebrate Ellen Roth’s debut novella, “Ten Fingers Touching,”

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Urban Velo biking magazine ends production

Publishers Jeff Guerrero and Brad Quartuccio, both of the East End, launched the national publication seven years ago.

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 The medieval village of Vernon, located in the Normandy region.

A tour of France, from Paris to Normandy, at leisure

We let Viking Cruises handle the details: three days in Paris, followed by an 8-day journey on the Seine to Normandy and back. Magnifique.

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Holidays a good time to evaluate first-time donations

Forty-seven percent of Americans give to charities during the holidays they generally didn’t support at other times.

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 Cousins Corey Deasy, left, Joe Deasy in Dr. Stein's Laboratory, one of two "escape room" Pittsburgh attractions in Greenfield.

Logic and teamwork the key to Escape Room, Pittsburgh's new mystery adventure

It’s the newest form of entertainment to arrive in the region: a locked room where a group has to solve puzzles and clues to get out.

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 The interior of Number Fourteen boutique in Lawrenceville.

Stylebook Snapshot: Can Pittsburgh boutiques help whittle down the holiday list?

Check out the newest spots for unique fashion finds in Lawrenceville, South Side, Sewickley and Shadyside.

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 The Dramm Touch ’N Flow Pro Rain Wand

Shop Holiday: Gift ideas for gardeners

If you know an adventurous gardener who likes to cook, let them try growing mushrooms indoors.

4 days ago


Vermont ski resort trims prices

Vermont ski resort at Bolton goes against the tide by lowering lift prices for the 2014-15 season.

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 Silvia Givera with her dog, Diego, on the banks of Lake Como.

A walk around Lake Como unveils Italy's beauty

The region around the Northern Italian lake offers spectacular views and warm personal connections for a Pittsburgh family.

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 "Heritage" by Sean Brock, the owner of McCrady's and Husk in Charleston and Nashville, is the most popular new cookbook among local chefs.

Dine: Pittsburgh chefs share their literary inspirations

Local cooks share their favorite books, from standbys to new classics.

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 Lucy Briggs-Owen portrays Viola and Tom Bateman is Will in "Shakespeare in Love" at Noel Coward Theatre in London.

Theater tour to London set for March 8-15

The 2015 Post-Gazette's Critic's Choice theater tour in March to London features three plays.

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 An addition to Kate and Chris Eyerman's home resulted in a dining room that measures 18 by 15 feet with a 15-foot cathedral ceiling.

A dining room worth celebrating

Pine couple have the perfect addition to celebrate the holidays — or just a warm summer day.

5 days ago


Shop Holiday: Cook up these gifts for chefs

These suggestions may make life a little sweeter for the cooks in your life.

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Garden Q & A: Pruning best way to fight weeping fig thrips

Weeping fig thrips are likely reason that leaves on gift tree are curling. The good news is you can see them and get rid of them.

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