New organization seeks to tackle poverty

Circles USA grew from one man’s conviction that money and programs alone cannot unmire people from the cyclical rut of poverty.

about 5 hours ago

Risk of bad flu season raises need for shots

Severity of the upcoming influenza season could hinge on our old acquaintance H1N1.

about 5 hours ago

 Children arrive on buses for classes at Penn Hills Elementary Center.

Declining rolls lead Allegheny County school districts to adjust

As school districts face declining enrollments and increasing financial pressures, the era of neighborhood elementary schools is fading.

about 5 hours ago

 Foster mom Wendy Stephens talks about foster care in an interview at Pressley Ridge.

County puts on campaign for more foster parents

In Allegheny County, there is a need for more people to fill the role of foster parents to teenagers.

about 5 hours ago

 Neil Newton stands outside the Devonport Folk Music Club, which overlooks Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.

Odysseys: New Zealander adopts city with song in heart

Neil came to Pittsburgh in January 2013 after living in the UK for three years.

about 5 hours ago

 Angela Marinucci

Woman convicted in torture-murder scheduled for evaluation

Angela Marinucci was a juvenile at the time of the torture-killing of a mentally disabled woman.

about 5 hours ago

 James Pastorius of Butler with his .58-caliber muzzle loading rifled musket, a civil war era reproduction.  Mr. Pastorius has extensively researched his ancestory.

Butler County man researches ancestor's Civil War role

James Pastorius has looked at his great-grandfather’s role in the Civil War as part of his genealogy research.

about 5 hours ago

Holiday closings for Labor Day

All City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, state and federal offices and courts are closed today for the Labor Day holiday.

about 5 hours ago

Boston Bridge inspection to restrict traffic on Tuesday

Restrictions will occur from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

about 5 hours ago

City calendar: 09/01/14

A look at the upcoming events for the week ahead.

about 5 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett's public schedule Monday will feature appearances around but not in the Labor Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh, after a dispute between two unions that had invited him and parade organizers, who balked at what they characterize as his anti-labor record in Harrisburg.

Shrinking organized labor to show political clout in Pittsburgh parade

While his opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, will join marchers on Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett will appear at rallies Downtown and in Banksville.

1 day ago

 Clairton Mayor Rich Lattanzi wants to use Act 47 money to tear down vacant buildings like the ones behind him along St. Clair Avenue.

Sweeping changes to Act 47 proposed in Harrisburg

State legislators are looking to change the program to help towns in financial distress, mainly by setting time limits for the designation.

1 day ago

 This historic photo shows the site on the east side of Atlanta where Confederate Gen. John B. Hood blew up his munitions train on Sept. 1, 1864, as his troops fled the city ahead of approaching Union armies. This was the historical basis for the famous scene in “Gone With the Wind” that shows the burning of Atlanta.

The burning of Atlanta, seared into America's memory

The fall of Atlanta 150 years ago this week was a Civil War pivot, while 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” enshrined the event in popular culture.

1 day ago

One injured in Hazelwood crash

Police and EMS units responded to a single-car accident in Hazelwood Sunday night.

about 6 hours ago

Crews reopen part of Washington Boulevard after overnight storm

An Allegheny County dispatch supervisor said city public works crews were working this morning to clear the road.

about 15 hours ago

 Third-graders read books after a tour at the library during the first day of school at Highcliff Elementary School in Ross. Instead of two larger and five smaller elementary schools, North Hills School District has four comparably sized, renovated elementary schools where the district can offer similar academic opportunities, better balance class sizes and have room for full-day kindergarten as well as separate spaces for art, music and library.

Allegheny County school districts resize, close schools as population shifts

Most school districts face the challenge of declining enrollment. There are no easy solutions as school boards look for cuts.

1 day ago

 From left to right, Larry Marcello of Brentwood, Greg Neugebauer of Delmont, Nick Kennedy of Regent Square and Steve Benso of Shadyside tailgate Saturday on the North Shore, which was full of activity with University of Pittsburgh playing the University of Delaware at Heinz Field, the Pirates playing the Cincinnati Reds and the Kickoff and Rib Festival all happening.

Pittsburgh's North Shore survives trifecta of events

Pitt football, Pirates baseball and the all-day Rib Fest made traffic and parking tight on the North Shore, but planning prevailed.

1 day ago

Eyewitness 1864: Editors assail Lincoln for his re-election bid

The local paper was among President Abraham Lincoln’s persistent critics.

1 day ago

Woman taken to hospital after vehicle crash in Oakland

The woman lost control of the vehicle in the area of South Craig Street and Winthrop Street and then hit a parked car, a pole and a tree.

about 13 hours ago

 Data submitted by oil and gas operators on the amount of drilling cuttings and fracking fluid sent to Pittsburgh-area landfills don’t match up to reporting required of landfills. The DEP has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of the landfill waste.

Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Shale drillers are under-reporting how much waste they send to landfills. The DEP has launched an investigation to standardize reporting.

1 day ago

 Sunset against at the Pittsburgh Skyline as viewed from the overlook in Schenley Park.

Pittsburgh is nation's 19th-most liberal city, study finds

The Steel City leans, if even just a bit, further left than the Mile High City. Yes, you read that right, er, correctly.

2 days ago

Pitt, Pirates games and Rib Fest spell North Shore parking problems today

Drivers who have not prepaid will not even be allowed to enter the North Shore after 2 p.m.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh City Council president Bruce Kraus comforts Rev. Sue Hutchins of Hilltop United Methodist Church in Allentown after a three-alarm fire ripped through the roof of the church the day before.

Congregation rallies around Allentown church after fire

Those in the Pittsburgh neighborhood said Hilltop United Methodist Church is as much a place to gather as it is a place of worship.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto would be authorized to sign a deal with GovDeals Inc. to handle the city's sales through its auction site.

Pittsburgh wants to sell surplus vehicles and equipment online

City council has introduced a resolution authorizing Mayor Bill Peduto and city officials to ink an agreement with GovDeals Inc.

2 days ago

McCandless residents fight township's approval of Wal-Mart store

Residents who say township left them in the dark are appealing the McCandless council’s approval for a new Super Center.

2 days ago

McKeesport man found shot to death in wooded area of Stowe

The medical examiner’s office has determined the man died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the death has been ruled a homicide.

1 day ago

Zubik urges prayer against satanic ritual

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh’s bishop urges Catholics to pray against satanic powers in response to a planned black mass in Oklahoma.

2 days ago

West Hardies Road to reopen tonight in Hampton

West Hardies Road in Hampton, which has been closed since July 21, is scheduled to reopen tonight, weather permitting.

1 day ago

 Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor, talks Friday during a break in a tour of  the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

Wolf says he would consider a traditional Medicaid expansion

Democratic nominee for governor took a tour Friday of the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

2 days ago

Woman killed in Fayette County motorcycle crash

State police said Kelly J. Oberdick-Palmer was thrown from the motorcycle and later pronounced dead.

1 day ago

Suspect sought in string of Brighton Heights burglaries

Police said the burglaries took place on Morrell, Orchlee and Pemberton streets, Massachusetts Avenue, Copper Avenue and Sagwa Street.

1 day ago

Coraopolis man arrested on child porn charges

Daniel Stewart was arrested Thursday.

2 days ago

Judge asked not to order city to pay lawyers $1.1M

Three police officers make request in Jordan Miles case.

2 days ago

Jeannette man pleads guilty to child porn charge

John S. Longo, a retired turnpike maintenance worker, will be sentenced Jan. 22.

2 days ago

 Family-owned Greenawalt Farms is one of many places that offers a variety of food items for your next picnic.

Stock up for your Labor Day picnic

There’s no shortage of unique markets throughout Pittsburgh to help you throw the perfect picnic.

2 days ago

 Corey Cott, left, starred on Broadway in Disney’s “Newsies.” His brother Casey, right, is a junior acting major at Carnegie Mellon.

'Newsies' star Corey Cott returns to Pittsburgh to cheer on brother

The CMU grad and Broadway star was in attendance Thursday for his younger brother’s show, “Parade.”

2 days ago

Man from care home dies after being pulled from Lake Arthur

Dennis Sallmen, 52, was found floating in about three feet of water along Lakeview Beach on the shore of Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park.

2 days ago

East Allegheny teachers to strike Tuesday

The district said the school calendar will be adjusted, including a move of the planned June 12 commencement.

about 14 hours ago

Coraopolis man arrested on child porn charges

Agents said they traced images of children participating in sexual acts to a computer used at the apartment belonging to Daniel Stewart, 29.

2 days ago

 An explosion leveled a Pleasant Road trailer home in the early morning hours of July 30 in Harrison Township.

County: Cause of Harrison mobile home explosion undetermined

Allegheny County fire marshals have closed their investigation of a July 30 trailer home explosion without determining its cause.

2 days ago

 Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1032 McClure Avenue in West Mifflin on Friday morning.

Firefighters battle blaze in West Mifflin home

The blaze broke out around 8:30 a.m. at 1032 McClure Avenue at the corner of Skylark Avenue.

2 days ago

Police search for suspect in stabbing death on North Side

Police were called to the Giant Eagle parking lot on Cedar Avenue around 12:30 a.m.

2 days ago

 Opponents of a planned Walmart Super Center in McCandless have filed an appeal in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

McCandless Walmart proposal going to court

In an appeal, 15 citizens allege township officials did not give citizens enough time or information to evaluate the complex proposal.

2 days ago

U.S. Attorney's office joins investigation of Hill killing

The attorney general's office, without explanation, withdrew charges this week against two men charged in connection with the drug case.

2 days ago

 A Pittsburgh shopper reading the label on a shirt she just bought.

Do Pittsburghers care if their clothes are made in sweatshops?

PG staffers went to shopping malls in the Pittsburgh area and asked shoppers about the origin of things they bought.

2 days ago

Floodplain maps must be updated for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County municipalities must approve federal floodplain maps or risk losing federal flood insurance

3 days ago

 Famed opera singer Frances Yeend and her husband, pianist, conductor and vocal coach James Benner, in their New York apartment in the 1950s. The couple's vast collection of art and antiques will be auctioned off today and tomorrow in Fairmont, W.Va., by Joe R. Pyle Auctions.

Acclaimed opera singer's antiques go on the auction block

Frances Yeend and her husband, James Benner, antiques and art collection is up for auction this weekend in Fairmont, W. Va.

3 days ago

 Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz., on Monday. The girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi when the weapon's strong recoil caused her to lose control of her aim, police said.

Gun experts: Arizona instructor didn’t follow protocol in fatal incident

But firearms safety experts say there’s no reason children cannot be taught how to safely handle a firearm.

3 days ago

Religious skeptics gathering in Pittsburgh

Atheists, agnostics, free-thinkers, humanists and other skeptics of the supernatural will gather Friday at a Downtown hotel.

3 days ago

2 men shot on East Liberty basketball court

Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler was able to offer little information.

2 days ago


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