Court records show Edward McDonald spent between six months and a year in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and other crimes in 2009.

Police: Homestead arson suspect sought mental health treatment days before

“He just wanted to talk to somebody,” Homestead police Chief Jeffrey DeSimone said.

about 8 hours ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto

Pittsburgh nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

The proposed amendment would give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are charities deserving tax exemptions.

about 8 hours ago

School districts announce two-hour delays

No snow is expected today. The National Weather Service has forecast a high of 22 and a low of 7 tonight.

about 2 hours ago

 Rev. Glenn G. Grayson, a resident of the Hill, asks questions during  the meeting on the former Civic Arena redevelopment project.

Parking, retail concerns raised over Civic Arena site development

Hill District residents viewed the plans for the new U.S. Steel headquarters Monday, giving it mostly favorable reviews.

about 14 hours ago

 Standing next to his parents, Cindy and David, Joshua Fabus holds his brother Joey's honorary Bethel Park police cap as the family watches Joey's casket being carried from St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Mt. Lebanon following his funeral today.

Police, firefighters remember 8-year-old Joey Fabus

Joey, who had a brain tumor, was sworn in as an officer in June and got to spend a day with the Bethel Park police. He died Wednesday.

about 9 hours ago

 Sister Christine Sinkovich of the Prince of Peace Parish shovels the sidewalk Monday along South 16th Street on the South Side.

Pittsburgh region dodges worst of ‘weather bomb’ that pummelled Northeast

A large, shape-shifting winter storm spilled 7.1 inches of snow on the region on its way to the Atlantic coast.

1 day ago

 Sister Christine Sinkovich , of the Prince of Peace Parish, shovels off the sidewalk along South 16th Street on the South Side.

Snow-covered roads blamed for at least a dozen accidents

Pittsburgh police say all the rush-hour accidents were minor.

about 12 hours ago

 Munhall Officer Vincent Abate patrols the outside of the Propel School in Braddock Hills as students are released to their parents following a lockdown.

Police identify Rankin teen as suspect in Propel School gun incident

Police arrested Shaquir Gilmore, 18, of Rankin and have not identified the juvenile male and female involved.

about 8 hours ago

 Maurita Bryant, Assistant Chief of Investigations, provides details about an incident involving city police officers that took place at the Renewal Halfway House in August 2014.

Pittsburgh officials reviewing arrest, beating of man in halfway house

Two police officers beat a man with batons a combined 17 times during an August arrest at the Renewal Center Downtown, police said today.

about 9 hours ago

 Sister Daniela Bronka, principal at St. Bernard School, laughs this month as she greets students and parents before the start of school.

Principal strengthens school's 'Catholic identity' while proving nuns can be fun

Sister Daniela Bronka, principal of St. Bernard School, shows her students that nuns don’t have to be old or intimidating.

1 day ago

 Crawford Village public housing complex.

Budget cuts put a big hole in housing authority security

Second of two parts. Housing authorities nationally maintain police forces, guard contracts and pacts with police despite budget cuts.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as some districts in the suburbs, including Penn Hills, are operating on two-hour delays today.

School delayed for dozens of Pittsburgh-area districts

The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 tonight.

1 day ago

 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander at their headquarters in the Strip District.

CMU-Astrobotic team awarded $1 million in race to the moon

“We’re super excited about that,” Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said. “We were confident going into it. I expected that outcome.”

about 9 hours ago

Pittsburgh International Airport passenger arrested with loaded gun

It was the first firearm found in carry-on luggage at the airport this year.

about 14 hours ago

Suspect arrested in McKeesport homicide

Roman Jones faces charges of criminal homicide and other crimes in the slaying Tuesday of William “Billy” Doyle, 24, at Crawford Village.

about 14 hours ago

Natural-gas line explodes in West Virginia

What caused the explosion just across the Ohio River from Steubenville, Ohio, was unclear, said Brooke County, W.Va., Sheriff Chuck Jackson.

about 19 hours ago

 Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, said she has never been a proponent of performance pay. “Teachers do what they do because they love teaching,” she said.

Pittsburgh teachers’ pay schedule examined as contract talks begin

With the Pittsburgh teachers’ contract set to expire in June, talks are likely to focus on performance-based pay and other recent programs.

1 day ago

 On the occasion of the Conversion of St. Paul, Bishop David Zubik gives his homily before celebrating Mass at St. Paul Cathedral to mark the Diocese of Pittsburgh's The Church Alive capital campaign.

Congregants pledge $230 million to Pittsburgh Diocese for capital projects

The pledges were nearly twice the goal set by diocesan planners when the launched the campaign two years ago.

1 day ago

Development project uses art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.

1 day ago

 Bill Isler, president of the Fred Rogers Co., has held the Pittsburgh Public Schools board District 4 seat since 1999.

Wrenn, Burkley to run for Pittsburgh school board seat

The District 4 seat is being vacated by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill, who has served since 1999.

about 9 hours ago

Fairness proceeding dropped in Leon Ford case

The DA’s office said Friday it would not retry Mr. Ford on charges of recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and escape.

about 9 hours ago

PennDOT postpones Fort Pitt Tunnel lane closures

The work is being rescheduled due to the postponement of the inbound tunnel ceiling work, which is being delayed because of the weather.

about 20 hours ago

 “Pittsburghers are some of the friendliest people,” said Kirsten Donley of the Netherlands.

Odysseys: Dutch by birth, Pittsburgher by choice

“I knew Pennsylvania,” Kirsten of Belgium says. “I was aware of Philadelphia and its history. But Pittsburgh? No clue.”

1 day ago

 All of the Pennsylvania Lottery's Pick games will be drawn twice daily.

New names, game on tap for Pennsylvania Lottery

The new game is Pick 2, and other longtime games also will bear the “Pick” name.

about 8 hours ago

Munhall council president faces motor vehicle charges

Police said Daniel Lloyd, 56, was involved in an accident on Eighth Avenue on Friday evening in Munhall.

about 18 hours ago

Peters council forms group to study future of drilling in township

Council members voted to form a group to study whether drilling should be allowed -- or banned -- in the Washington County municipality.

about 8 hours ago

Penn Hills Superintendent resigns

No explanation was given for Thomas Washington resignation.

about 11 hours ago

Kitchen fire breaks out in Atria's in Murrysville

The restaurant was closed at the time the fire started and no one was inside.

1 day ago

Overnight lane closures in inbound Fort Pitt tunnel

Overnight lane closures will begin in the inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel tonight.

1 day ago

City calendar: 01/26/15

A look at upcoming events for the week ahead.

1 day ago

 Scott Baker of 5 Generation Bakers shows off a rack of Jenny Lee cinnamon bread fresh from the oven. The company brought the Jenny Lee brand name out of retirement a few years ago and now sells the bread in stores across 20 states.

5 Generation Bakers finds sweet success with taste of Jenny Lee

The McKees Rocks bakery revived the Jenny Lee brand, after the company’s first iteration closed in 2010 following a devastating fire.

2 days ago

 Carrie Lane, the Youth Services Coordinator of the Allegheny County Library Association, assembles American Girl Doll kits at the ACLA's West End office on Wednesday. The doll kits will be available to check out of ten Libraries around the Pittsburgh area for one week at a time beginning Jan. 28.

American Girl dolls for all

Children can now check out American Girl dolls at nearby libraries, allowing them to learn about both local and American history.

2 days ago

 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street near Sixth Avenue is one of 10 stations in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Big Belly stations are trash cans of the future

A $65,000 Alcoa Foundation grant funded 10 of the stations throughout Downtown in late November.

1 day ago

Joe Biden's touch endears him to Tim Murphy's family

At the State of the Union, the vice president and GOP rep had a heart-to-heart talk. It was about Mr. Murphy's cancer-stricken sister.

2 days ago

 Up to 5 inches of snow have fallen in the Pittsburgh area overnight. Another 1 to 3 inches is forecast for today.

Winter weather advisory in effect until evening for Pittsburgh region

Allegheny and surrounding counties could get up to 6 inches; New England, Eastern Pennsylvania are expected to bear the brunt of the storm.

1 day ago

Police recover stolen vehicle, baby in back seat

A car with a 1-year-old baby in the back seat was stolen Sunday night from a Brighton Heights convenience store.

1 day ago

 A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. A Marine Corps pilot and Indiana, Pa. native Capt. Elizabeth Kealey died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Marine pilot from Indiana, Pa., dies in helicopter crash

Capt. Elizabeth Kealey was deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

1 day ago

Police arrest suspects in Lawrenceville armed robbery

Police arrested two adults and one juvenile -- in connection with an armed robbery in Central Lawrenceville early Sunday morning,

1 day ago

 Bill Cosby is scheduled to perform Feb. 21 at Heinz Hall.

Petition drive seeks postponement of Bill Cosby show at Heinz Hall

The comedian in the thick of sexual assault allegations is set to perform in Pittsburgh on Feb. 21.

2 days ago

Vehicle accident downs power lines in Mount Oliver

Pittsburgh police and fire units responded to the accident on the 400 block of St. Joseph Street. There were no reported injuries.

1 day ago

Lane closures possible on Gibsonia Road this week

Lane closures are possible today through Friday on Gibsonia Road in Pine, PennDOT announced.

1 day ago

Pizza driver robbed by gunman in East Allegheny

Pittsburgh police responded at 12:39 p.m. to Tripoli and Chestnut streets.

1 day ago

Police seeking information on armed carjacking in Perry North

A woman was forced to drive to an ATM and withdraw money before being released in East Liberty.

1 day ago

 Marcus Critten, killed in Glen Hazel on Oct. 12, 2014.

The life and death of Marcus Critten

Those close to Marcus Critten knew him as a loving father and eager student. Others knew him as someone to be watched carefully.

2 days ago

 The Glen Hazel housing development seen from the Glen Hazel High Rise.

Housing insecurity: Pittsburgh authority left some residents unguarded

Pittsburgh’s Housing Authority shifted security guards and cut hours despite warnings.

2 days ago

Local events to mark 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth

The centennial of the influential monk’s birth will be observed on Jan. 31 and in April.

2 days ago

 Chris Breakwell is a Belle Vernon native and investment banker who moved back to Pittsburgh to invest in the 31st Street Studio.

31st Street Studios reeling in big flicks

Pittsburgh’s 31st Street Studios — the largest movie studio between both U.S. coasts — is going gangbusters in the Strip District.

2 days ago

 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg.

Mylan, Heinz among U.S. companies using Luxembourg for tax reduction

Two Pittsburgh companies were among 343 firms that used Luxembourg to reduce tax bills, according to an international journalists group.

2 days ago

First round of snowfall hits region, more to come this weekend

The Pittsburgh region could receive up to six inches of snow over the next three days.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Police Zone One Commander RaShall Brackney stands alongside Marcus Alvarez, 16, of Northview Heights.

Police, community meet in East Liberty for racism summit

When the police give you an order, you might want to consider not only your rights, but also certain realities.

2 days ago


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