Gov. Tom Wolf said he is open to expanding the availability of wine and beer into more locations, such as supermarkets.

Wolf vetoes GOP liquor privatization bill

The governor’s veto of the high-profile Republican priority comes after Tuesday veto of a GOP-crafted state budget.

about 1 hour ago

 President Barack Obama and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush both tweeted that green peas have no place in guacamole.

Don't declare a war on peas! PG food editor tries 'controversial' guac recipe

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Jeb Bush even chimed in, noting peas have no place in guacamole.

about 4 hours ago

 Crew workers from Interstate Amusements of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., install the "Wheel of Light," in Point State Park on June 30, 2015. The attraction will be open to the public Thursday thru Sunday and cost $5 per ride.

Three Rivers Regatta takes over the Point this weekend

America’s largest inland regatta is back on Pittsburgh’s shores for its 38th year.

about 14 hours ago

 The Tako -- grilled octopus, harissa aioli, preserved lemons, mizuna and pickled red onion prepared at Tako on Sixth Avenue Downtown.

On the Table: Tako reaches out to the adventurous

Tako Downtown offers a top-notch staff and creative dishes.

about 14 hours ago

 Shelly Farren, proprietor of Shelly Pie Pizza in Turtle Creek, presents a pepperoni and mushroom pizza just our of the oven.

Munch goes to Shelly Pie Pizza

The pizza student becomes the Jedi Master in the Mon Valley.

about 14 hours ago

 Don Jones, with his Jones Robo-Works dogs, will be at the Westmoreland Arts  & Heritage Festival this weekend at Twin Lakes Park.

Preview: Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival offers variety of musical, artistic attractions

The annual festival Twin Lakes Park runs today through Sunday with music, crafts and food booths.

about 14 hours ago

 Illustrator Walter Cumming and his Malamute Tanook take a break near the sign posts at Weverton Cliffs along the Appalachian Trail near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Twenty years on, revisiting the Appalachian Trail

Twenty years after a group of journalists hiked the Appalachian Trail end to end, the trail is different in many ways, but still the same.

about 14 hours ago

 Emma Bowser, 10, holds back 700-pound Jersey cow Rapunzel, from entering the judging ring too early during a previous Big Butler Fair. Rapunzel, from Rocky Maple Farm in Slippery Rock, went on to win two blue ribbons. This year's fair opens Friday and runs through July 11.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

The Big Butler Fair, Kennywood fireworks, comedy and the Symphony are all on the slate for the coming holiday weekend.

about 14 hours ago

Let's talk about science: Hand sanitizer

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes, but what do you do if a sink and water aren’t available?

about 14 hours ago

Let's learn from the past: Mitchell Paige

A Marine sergeant from Charleroi earned his spot in history with his heroic efforts during one of the most important battles of WWII.

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 Nine of the original hikers for the Appalachian Adventure project reunite on the rocks of Weverton Cliffs overlooking the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers along the Appalachian Trail near Harper's Ferry, W.Va. From left:  Chris Hunt, Steve Grant, Scott Huler, Robin Rombach, Don Hopey, Martha Ezzard, Bo Emerson, John Ezzard and Walter Cumming with Tanook.

Profiles of the journalists who reunited for another hike on the Appalachian Trail

Thumbnail bios of the “Appalachian Adventure” journalists who returned for “Appalachian Adventure 2.0.”

about 19 hours ago

 Eliane Coates, an intern at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., takes a photograph of thru hiker Ryan Carpenter. All thru hikers who stop at the conservancy have their photo taken and placed into a binder for other hikers to see. Jean Cashin, an information specialist who regularly greeted hikers at the conservancy, died in 2013.

Some trailblazers who have passed on

Some Appalachian Trail stalwarts who’ve left their boot prints on the trail are remembered by those who have walked the trail.

about 19 hours ago

 Hikers on the Appalachian Trail walk along the C&O Towpath leading to Harper's Ferry, W.Va.

Day hikes around Harpers Ferry

There’s good day hiking in and around the AT and Harpers Ferry.

about 19 hours ago

The Next Page: Illustrations of life on the Appalachian Trail

As part of a package on the AT, we present these sketches of people and scenes encountered on a recent visit reprising our 1995 adventure.

about 19 hours ago

 A plaque marks the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at the summit of Springer Mountain.

From the archives: March 5, 1995 / Hiking America's trail

A dozen writers and photographers from 5 eastern newspapers stand on top of Springer Mountain, southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

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 Debbielyn Mills and her son, James Milton, 12, fix biscuits and gravy for dinner on Big Cedar Mountain near Woody Gap. It was their third day out on the Appalachian Trail.

From the archives: March 12, 1995 / Rains, pains, gains along the trail

Our weary and wet band of nine hikers slogged off Blood Mountain's 4,458-foot summit through 30 mph wind and sideways rain last week.

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 Rappellers descend the rocks of Stony Mountain, which overlooks Shenandoah National Park.

From the archives: June 11, 1995 / Close encounters in Shenandoah National Park, nature and civilization cross paths

Today, the baton is passed to Don Hopey and Robin Rombach, who will share their observations in this relay for the next five weeks.

about 19 hours ago

 Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, the former Arizona governor, is concerned about congressional proposals that would scale back federal acquisition of land for parks.

From the archives: June 12, 1995 / Hiking the trail with the top granola guy

Three days into the forest-green tunnel that is the trail in mid-spring, we found the secretary of the interior in his natural habitat.

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 Since 1979, it has been a ritual for thru-hikers to have Jean Cashin take Polaroid pictures in front of the Appalachian Trail Conference building. Tony Dus, in blue shirt, and Rich Sprow joke with Cashin after their picture session.

From the archives: June 18, 1995 / Trail's own Earth mother bestows humor, wisdom on weary hikers

If this Civil War shrine is Oz for wayfarers on the Appalachian Trail, and it is, then Jean Cashin must be Glenda.

about 19 hours ago

 Hikers leave the woods to cross Interstate 70 in Maryland, near Washington, D.C.

From the archives: June 25, 1995 / Halfway point inspires hikers to reflect on miles past and future

It's all downhill from here. That's a thru-hiker's joke.

about 19 hours ago

 Mark Lentini of Duncannon kisses PT-40, a baby hawk that was nursing back to health, in the Doyle Hotel in Duncannon, where hikers pay $10 for a room.

From the archives: July 2, 1995 / Catching up with the first thru-hiker

We were supposed to hike lily-bedecked valleys and rocky ridgetops with Earl Shaffer, but he never showed.

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 After climbing over many of the famous rocks of Pennsylvania, Post-Gazette staff writer Don Hopey reaches to the sky on top of Bear Rocks. Under clear skies, the spot has almost 360-degree visibility.

From the archives: July 9, 1995 / Rocksylvania is a real boot-buster

Rocky Raccoon. Rocket man. Rock Lobster. Crocodile Rock. Rock and Rye. Roxanne. Ouch! Damn rocks!

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 Rob Adams, 44, of Sheffield, England -- whose trail moniker is "Rob of Loxley" -- climbs a 900-foot-high barren wall of stone that stretched over a mile and a half out of Lehigh Gap.

From the archives: July 16, 1995 / A respite that ministers to body and soul

It is a summer Thursday, and the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain's weekly dinner for hikers on the Appalachian Trail is in full swing.

about 19 hours ago

 Andy and Jan McClain of Moon stop on the I-80 bridge over the Delaware River. The bridge carried them into New Jersey.

From the archives: July 16, 1995 / When Warren Doyle leads the way, you hike without a 50-pound pack

It was easy to spot Warren Doyle among the dozen or so thru-hikers who strolled off the Appalachian Trail in the Delaware Water Gap.

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 Post-Gazette reporter Don Hopey, left, and photographer Bill Wade pose with the sign for Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

From the archives: October 8, 1995 / The Maine event

I have made the five-mile ascent from Katahdin Stream campground to the peak that is the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.

about 19 hours ago

 Traditional Picnic Basket filled with fried chicken, herbed potato salad, lemonade and chocolate sheet cake.

Go Fourth with a picnic: Some star-spangled ways to celebrate the holiday

Make a classic American, Pittsburgh or melting pot basket for a festive picnic.

1 day ago

 Penne with Asparagus and Goat Cheese.

Yes, you can eat pasta -- and book shows the smart way to do it

“Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food” is a new book by Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali.

1 day ago

 Baked Salmon Cakes Headshot: Jessica Zapadka. Credit for both: Jessica Zapadka

Food column: New blog advocates clean eating

Jeet Clean? offers recipes, shopping tips for a more healthy lifestyle.

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Upcoming food events in the Pittsburgh region

Food-related events scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

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Checklist of other essentials for a good picnic experience

A few handy things to include with the picnic basket.

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6 ways to make pasta healthy

Here are some easy ways to make pasta more healthful.

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 The merger of the H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group is expected to close Thursday after shareholders today approved the deal.

End of an era nears as Heinz merger OK’d by Kraft investors

The deal to create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America is expected to close today.

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 The liquor privatization plan would allow about 14,000 beer-sales license holders — retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and others — to pay a higher fee for permission to also sell wine, liquor or both.

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget, liquor privatization bills

The Senate passed a budget bill late this afternoon, after earlier approving a bill that allows privatization of liquor sales.

1 day ago

Muddy Waters Oyster Bar to open in East Liberty late fall

The eatery will feature a Cajun-inspired menu, with craft cocktails, bourbon, beer and wine.

2 days ago

 One brokenhearted man has been seeing different women recently, but he's still secretly heartbroken from the friend that he lost in his ex-girlfriend.

Ask Natalie: Brokenhearted guy should say what is in his heart

A man who held back his true feelings about an ex-girlfriend finds out it may be too late to reconcile with her.

2 days ago

 Janet McKee, with freshly picked strawberries,  and farm manager Kevin Keslar have started a "veganic" farm on a historic property in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County.

Holistic health counselor aims for better nutrition through vegan-inspired farming

Veganic farming is rare in America, but Janet McKee uses it to maximize nutrition on her Westmoreland County farm.

2 days ago

 Portobello Soft Tacos are low in fat but at the same time provide a satisfying meat substitute.

Hungry Biker: Portobello Soft Tacos

Thick enough to slice and naturally low in fat and calories, portobello mushrooms are a very satisfying meat substitute.

2 days ago

 Joan Davies Havekotte will turn 101 on Thursday.

Century club: Centenarian cherishes travel memories

Joan Davies Havekotte has seen the world and is now celebrating her 101st birthday.

2 days ago

 Eastern garter snakes can live up to 10 years, and they commonly grow to about 18 to 26 inches in length.

Let's talk about parks: eastern garter snakes

One of the most common snakes found in Pittsburgh’s parks is the eastern garter snake.

2 days ago

 The exhibit of the fashions of Marjorie Merriweather Post in the Adirondack building on the grounds of the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in  Washington D.C.

Ingenue icon: Marjorie Merriweather Post fashions on display

Gowns, shoes, handbags and more from her early Gibson Girl days to the late 1960s are showcased at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

3 days ago

 First dance at the wedding of Rich Kolesar and Ashley Thurby Kolesar at the reception at Nemacolin Woodlands Resorts.

Wedding in the Woodlands

It was a sweet day for a sweet couple -- Rich Kolesar and Ashley Thurby of Uniontown.

3 days ago

 I Made It! Market will have a presence this week at the EQT Three Rivers Regatta.

Stylebook: Opportunities for crafters, designers plentiful in Pittsburgh

Plus, ladies’ night out at SouthSide Works and FGI Pittsburgh seeks applicants for new board positions.

3 days ago

 Karen Plavan and Tim Grealish.

Recovery Rocks concert supports CLEAR

The plan to party outside was rained out Thursday night but that didn’t dampen the spirits of nearly 300 guests.

3 days ago

 Baron Batch paints a large installation piece at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

#DontForgetToWrite installation finds home at Pittsburgh International Airport

Artist Baron Batch’'s love for Western Pennsylvania takes off at the airport with new installation piece, on display through July.

3 days ago

South Park wave pool reopens after repairs

The wave pool is open now and will close at its regular time, 7:30 p.m.

2 days ago

 Performers Hannah du Plessis and Mary C. Parker.

Pittsburgh’s first ever Comedy Open House filled with laughter

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival’s first comedy open house has them rolling in the aisles at Wigle Whiskey's Barrelhouse.

3 days ago

 The Wheel of Lights that will be set up in Point State Park during the Regatta.

A Ferris wheel comes to the Point for the Regatta

But the Wheel of Lights Ferris wheel is a lot flashier than the George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.’s 1893 version.

4 days ago

 San Anton de Castrojeriz is a long-abandoned monastery on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Volunteers are trying to make it into a habitable hostel for pilgrims.

An ancient trail in Spain leads to hilltop cathedral and intriguing tales

Stories and camaraderie abound on the pilgrimage routes that lead to Spain’s hilltop Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

4 days ago

 Mini bucket bag in black galaxy print ($34.99) is part of the Eddie Borgo for Target collection.

Stylebook snapshot: Fashion scoop for July

Here are some best bets for shopping, beauty, fashion events and more in July.

4 days ago

No, I’m not finished. What’s the rush, waiter?

Clearing plates when some diners haven’t finished turns a group meal into a group exercise in guilt.

4 days ago