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 The Port Authority said today that two buses were driven recklessly on the Parkway North before one of them careened off the highway and down a slope on Monday.

Port Authority bus drivers may have engaged in horseplay before crash

Surveillance video shows the drivers gesturing to each other, possibly in a joking manner, as they raced down the Parkway North on Monday.

about 9 hours ago


Legislators urge action on stalled hate-crimes bills

Several lawmakers spoke in favor of the legislation today, including Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, who said he is gay.

about 9 hours ago


DA to seek death penalty in killing of pregnant woman, infant in Somerset County

Denver Blough, of Windber, is charged with fatally shooting Caressa Kovalcik, 23, on May 31.

about 13 hours ago


 A canoe passes under early-turning fall leaves at North Park Lake last year.

Almanacs predict fair fall, wicked winter for large parts of U.S.

For now, relax and enjoy what will be a colorful, crisp fall season.

about 22 hours ago


Pittsburgh’s Brashear, Sci-Tech celebrate AP gains

There’s a particular emphasis on taking AP science, math and English courses.

about 22 hours ago


 An artist’s rendering by Astorino for Josh Gibson Park’s proposed Gateway view.

Station Square park would honor Negro Leagues stars in Pittsburgh

Josh Gibson Park in Station Square would teach about the Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Negro Leagues in Pittsburgh.

about 22 hours ago


Heinz Hall receives $1.5 million in grant money to fund renovation

A state grant from the Economic Growth Initiative will help fund a $3.7 million renovation.

about 6 hours ago


 Attorney Fred Rabner

Prosecutors: Details on confidential informant disclosed

Assistant district attorney Jerry E. Johnson filed a motion late Friday against defense lawyer Fred Rabner.

about 14 hours ago


Duquesne City School Distict is county's first 'Live Well' school district

The countywide strategy aimed at improving physical and mental health and personal and community safety.

about 8 hours ago


Pitcairn 4-year-old found safe in N.C.

Raymont Pope and his father, Radford Pope, had been the subjects of a nationwide search.

about 8 hours ago


 Jeffery Watson, 48, was arrested after he was found sleeping in the Omni William Penn Hotel in Novemeber.

Charges dropped against homeless man found in Pittsburgh hotel suite

Hotel guests found Jeffrey Watson, 48, sleeping on a sofa in the 1,300-square-foot parlor, police said.

about 11 hours ago


Wilkinsburg school board fires human resources director

The board voted without discussion to fire human resources director Andrea Williams, who has been off on leave for much of the past year.

17 minutes ago


Pittsburgh Public Schools volunteer recognized for effort to keep students safe in Hazelwood

Maurice Cole Sr.  took quick action when gun shots rang out near a bus stop two weeks ago was recognized tonight.

about 2 hours ago


South Side man faces child pornography charges

Matthew Sokol, 25, of the South Side Slopes, is charged with two counts after investigators said he uploaded images onto Twitter in July.

about 9 hours ago


Post-Gazette honored for religion coverage

The Post-Gazette was honored by the Religion Newswriters Association.

about 22 hours ago


 Councilman Dan Gilman is one of two city council members proposing legislation protecting pregnant women.

Pittsburgh City Council considers protections for pregnant women

Measure would require “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant city employees and companies that do business with the city.

about 22 hours ago


Obituary: Milton H. Dalbow / Cancer researcher, veteran of two wars

In the 1970s, Pittsburgh was home to the largest comprehensive cancer center in the nation.

about 22 hours ago


 Mihir Garimella, 14, with the flying robot on which his project was based. Mihir, a sophomore at Fox Chapel Area High School, earned top honors in the International Google Science Fair.

Fox Chapel Area sophomore earns top honors at Google science competition

Mihir Garimella, of O'Hara, placed highest in the 13-14 age group and in the Computer Science category for his project.

about 7 hours ago


 Brentwood Council has suspended police Chief Robert Butelli while a private firm conducts an investigation into the management and operations of the borough’s police department.

Brentwood suspends its police chief

Council has hired a private to look into the management and operations of the borough’s police department.

about 16 hours ago


City schools' STEAM plan could save Pittsburgh Woolslair

If grant money comes through Woolslair  will be repurposed into a partial magnet school.

14 minutes ago


PennDOT revises schedule for I-79 ramp closures tonight in Marshall

The ramps will close at 7 p.m. and reopen by 6 a.m. Wednesday during paving.

about 11 hours ago


 Turtle Lagoon at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes,  Phipps Conservancy & Botanical Gardens.

RADical Days 2014 begins in Pittsburgh region: 20 days of free events

The Regional Asset District, now in its 20th year, showcases places that get RAD funding with hikes, tours, museum visits and more.

about 13 hours ago


 David L. Donahoe executive director of RAD.

Regional Asset District director David Donahoe praised for his work

Mr. Donahoe, a grandson of legendary Pittsburgh Mayor David L. Lawrence, has served as RAD’s executive director since 1995.

about 12 hours ago


 A trainer feeds Independence, a bald eagle at the National Aviary on the North Side, after a flight show in May 2012.

How the Regional Asset District rode to the rescue of Allegheny County attractions

State legislation in 1993 created the special-purpose entity to help fund the zoo, aviary, museums, parks and others.

about 13 hours ago


Judge rejects drug ring member's motion for reduced sentence

Omari Patton is serving 30 years for his role in a network responsible for flooding the region with heroin and cocaine from 1998 to 2002.

about 9 hours ago


 Bill Peters of St. Clairsville, Ohio, holds his daughter Brooklyn, 1, up to pet Lewis, an 8-year-old, 17-foot-tall Masai giraffe, at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in August.

Phipps, aviary and zoo put RAD funds to practical use

The RAD entered into contractual relationships with the Phipps Conservatory, National Aviary and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

about 12 hours ago


Allegheny County regional assets have many criteria to meet

Seven board members of RAD decide how to distribute millions in funding from the 1 percent sales tax in Allegheny County.

about 13 hours ago


 Jace Grudowski, of Millvale, looks at a blanket for sale before last year's "The Lion King" performance at the Benedum that was adjusted for children with autism and their families.

With their portion of RAD funding, arts and other groups fix up what needs fixing

Sales tax revenue allocated by RAD board helps major arts groups across the region.

about 13 hours ago


 "RAD's really important. It really is," Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald said.

Port Authority uses its share of RAD funding for state matching

Until 2013, RAD had not supported Port Authority. But $3 million helped the transit system unlock $31.5 million in state funds.

about 13 hours ago


 The Braddock Carnegie Library was the first Carnegie library built in the United States.

RAD funding of Electronic Information Network a boon to Allegheny County libraries

Ever since the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh went digital, its Downtown and Business branch has become a particularly lively destination.

about 13 hours ago


For cultural groups on lean budgets, RAD grants make difference

Many smaller groups often receive annual grants of $10,000 or less.

about 13 hours ago


 Kurt Tintelnot, left, of Banksville and his close friend Melissa Lockhart of Carnegie fish off the bridge on the Montour Trail into Montour Run in May.

Stream of RAD funds keeps Allegheny County parks from going under

Nearly a third of Allegheny County RAD funds go to parks and trails.

about 13 hours ago


 Fans watching the Steelers in action at Heinz Field in 2013.

RAD helped shape Pittsburgh's sports landscape

About 19 percent of asset district grants, $292 million, has gone to sports and civic facilities.

about 12 hours ago


Court upholds conviction of former Monroeville tennis star who bilked investors

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction in a terse ruling today.

about 12 hours ago


Brownsville Road paving to restrict traffic in Carrick

The work will take several days during milling and resurfacing, the city Public Works Department announced.

about 15 hours ago


Chartiers Valley administrators to tour schools ahead of project

The board approved a trip for a design advisory team of administrators, board members and students to the Washington, D.C.

about 2 hours ago


 Maria Merante Palmieri, left, with her sister, Gina Merante Ross, has a full slate of Italian cooking classes in October.

Gobble up some new skills at fall cooking classes

From wine pairings to French cooking to gluten-free baking, you can find a variety of classes in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's budget proposal for 2015 reflects $23.2 million in additional spending.

Bill Peduto's proposed budget for Pittsburgh includes property tax hike

The proposed budget includes a 0.5-mill real estate tax increase that would generate an additional $8 million.

about 22 hours ago


Bank embezzlement trial gets underway

A former manager is charged with stealing $336,000 from Metropolitan Savings Bank in Lawrenceville.

1 day ago


Audit finds Highmark big part of UPMC's revenue

The health giant says 31 percent of its revenue comes from Highmark reimbursement payments.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania Turnpike service plaza in Bedford County to be rebuilt

The plaza was scheduled to close at 7 a.m. and remain shuttered until May.

1 day ago


 One of the most infamous spills in the state’s Marcellus history took place in May 2010 on land Don Johnson, above, and his wife, Carol Johnson, own. The couple spotted a leak from an East Resources well site on their Tioga County cattle farm. They and the state feared that some of the small herd of cattle drank some of the salty-tasting hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid that leaked from the well site, and the state quarantined the herd.

Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds

“Sometimes you need to learn from your mistakes,” said Scott Perry, a deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania DEP.

1 day ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto will present his first budget today to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city’s state-appointed financial overseer.

Peduto to submit first Pittsburgh budget to state oversight group today

Mayor Bill Peduto was mum on the details, but he called the new spending plan “truth in budgeting.”

1 day ago


 The fast food protest movement, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

Anti-business movements unlikely to change politics

Historians and political experts say “anti-business” sentiment is unlikely to translate into votes for this fall’s congressional midterms.

1 day ago


 Ruben Sindahl, 30, of Denmark and his fiancee, Kelsey Patsch, 27, of Beaver stand outside of their Mount Washington home after recently getting engaged.

Odysseys: From Greenland to Pittsburgh, in love

A Danish lawyer is looking to start a new life in Pittsburgh with his fiancee.

1 day ago


 The Rev. Shane Austin of St. Paul Baptist Church outside the burned church before Sunday worship held at a community center across the street.

Congregants of Oakmont church destroyed by fire soldier on

Members of the St. Paul Baptist Church gathered at a community center following a blaze Friday that destroyed their church, built in 1874.

1 day ago


 Adviser Maureen Anderson checks Bryce Johnson's tie as the City Charter High School's SEED (Students Encouraging Environmentalism Downtown) team prepares to rehearse its winning presentation for its appearance at the Pittsburgh School Board. The group won second place in the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship's (SAGE) worldwide competition in Moscow last summer.

Pittsburgh Charter High School thrives in international competition

A recycling business developed by the school’s Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship team took second in a world competition.

1 day ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announce Live Well Allegheny, a long-term program to encourage proactive steps to improve residents' health, in January.

Allegheny County begins health assessment meetings tonight

The Allegheny County Health Department will hold 13 public meetings for the public to provide input on health issues.

1 day ago


More than 500 bridges in Pa. to be replaced

PennDOT will pick a private-sector team that will replace hundreds of structurally deficient bridges in the state.

about 23 hours ago


Game Commission to hear comments on recreational riding proposal

The recommendation would apply only to cyclists, snowmobilers and equestrians.

1 day ago



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