“There’s pent-up demand to go there,” Paul Busang, president of Gulliver's Travels, said of Cuba.

Cuba watchers in Pittsburgh cheer opening of trade relations, easing of travel restrictions

The easing of some restrictions will be “one of the best things to ever happen in the travel industry,” says one travel agent.

about 13 hours ago

Oversight board to meet today on Pittsburgh's 2015 budget

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority has twice rejected Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s budget, approved by council this week.

about 2 hours ago

Inspection to close lanes on Liberty Bridge today

Work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

about 13 hours ago

 The Pittsburgh Public Schools' administration building in Oakland.  The 2015 budget holds the line on the property tax rate of 9.84 mills.

Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved a final budget Wednesday night of $556.8 million for 2015.

1 day ago

Trial begins for woman accused of euthanizing man's dog

Gisele Paris is charged with stealing a Siberian husky from Mark Boehler who has Stage III esophageal cancer, and had it euthanized.

about 20 hours ago

 Looking east from the 16th Street Bridge in the Strip District, this is a view of the land that the Buncher Co. is developing as part of its $450 million Riverfront Landing project that will stretch from 11th to 21st streets.

Housing plans unveiled for $450 million Strip District development

A Cleveland developer is teaming with Buncher to build the complex, which will feature townhouses and penthouse lofts, among other spaces.

about 13 hours ago

Councilman Kraus found not guilty of littering, 'cooling-off period' ordered on harassment charge

District Judge James Motznik also ordered Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus and Christine Marburger to take part in mediation.

1 day ago

 Bricks fell from the facade of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science building on Baum Boulevard Thursday morning. Baum remains closed to traffic from South Euclid Avenue to South St. Clair Street while a contractor repairs the building.

Fallen bricks shut down part of Baum Blvd. in East Liberty

Baum is blocked from South Euclid Avenue to South St. Clair Street.

1 day ago

 Surveillance cameras show two robbery suspects leaving a Citizens Bank branch on the South Side Tuesday.

Authorities seek help searching for bank robbery suspects

The robbery occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at a Citizens Bank branch at 2801 E. Carson St.

1 day ago

 Paul Kochu

Police seek help in search for missing South Side man, 22

Police said Paul Kochu is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

1 day ago

Summer Dreamers Academy receives $300,000 from Heinz Endowments

Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy received an additional $300,000 from the Heinz Endowments Wednesday.

1 day ago

 Mark Brentley Sr. was elected in District 8 in 1999.

Pittsburgh school board losing veteran members

Will Pittsburgh’s Board of Education face a steep learning curve in 2016 with incumbents deciding not to run for re-election next year?

1 day ago

 Mark Lasklow, right, chairman of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, hands a Carnegie Hero Award to Charles Carbonell Sr. of Tampa as Mr. Carbonell's wife, Fonda, left, watches Tuesday during a meeting in the Koppers Building in Downtown.

Florida man wins Carnegie Award for heroism a second time

Mr. Carbonell is one of only five individuals to receive the Carnegie Award for two separate acts of heroism in 2007 and 2011.

2 days ago

 Jan Scheuermann plays rock-paper-scissors using a robotic arm and hand during a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine project.

Brain-controlled robotic arm helps Pittsburgh woman with quadriplegia

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh connected electrodes in her brain to a robotic arm to make hand shapes and grasps possible.

2 days ago

 “The mayor has the right idea. It’s going to come together,” said Dan McCaffery, chairman and CEO of Chicago-based McCaffery Interests.

Developers optimistic on joint plan for Strip District produce terminal building

McCaffery Interests CEO optimistic about Strip District produce terminal building redevelopment plans.

2 days ago

 Police investigate the scene where they found the body of a young man shot to death in a blue car in the parking lot of Sunnyside PreK-8 School in Stanton Heights on Wednesday.

Sunnyside school parking lot victim identified as Stanton Heights man

A man found shot to death in a elementary school parking lot  has been identified as Jordan Kearney, 20, who lived near the school.

1 day ago

Man sues Pittsburgh and suburban police for shooting him

Donald Burris' suit says the police involved acted maliciously and counter to their training.

1 day ago

  A early morning view of the Golden Triangle from the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower.

Planning commission backs legislation to add 'affordable' housing to Pittsburgh’s development policies

The legislation is meant to encourage the construction of more housing for poor and working-class people.

2 days ago

Police seek shooter in fatal bar shooting in Lincoln-Lemington

Police said the shooter walked into the New Jug bar in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue about 11:10 p.m.

2 days ago

 Tamara Davis

Pittsburgh police payroll accountant waives preliminary hearing

Tamara L. Davis who was charged with stealing from the city waived her right to a preliminary hearing today, according to court records.

1 day ago

Man killed in shooting at Lincoln-Lemington bar

One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting inside a bar in Lincoln-Lemington late Tuesday night.

2 days ago

Former mayoral candidate A.J. Richardson heads back to jail

Richardson was taken back to the Allegheny County Jail on charges that false 911 calls came from his Sheraden home.

1 day ago

McArdle Roadway closed today, Thursday

Crews will work on the sidewalk and trim trees from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days. Access will be maintained for bikes and pedestrians.

2 days ago

Tunnel closures snarl Parkway West

PennDOT issued a statement around 10:30 a.m. announcing the closures, lasting up to 10 minutes in both directions, through 2 p.m.

2 days ago

Suspect in machete attack charged again

Jason Butler, 26, of Northview Heights, was out on bail Saturday when police said he threatened the man he is accused of stabbing.

2 days ago

 Andrew Achilleos, a British citizen who is graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, hopes to get an H-1B visa to start a custom suit company in Pittsburgh.

H-1B work visa full of uncertainties for immigrants

The H-1B program: Is America shortchanging itself, or are we exploiting foreign-born students?

3 days ago

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County get $1.8 million grant for technology upgrades

The Richard King Mellon Foundation today awarded the grants for technology upgrades.

2 days ago

Boy, 11, severely burned from firecracker in Sheraden

The boy suffered burns to his hand, chest and arm late Monday night.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools prepare for another year of the Summer Dreamers Academy in 2014.

Pittsburgh summer learning programs boost math scores, not other outcomes

The Wallace Foundation invested more than $50 million into the Rand study to determine how well the summer enrichment programs work.

3 days ago

 Justin Lamb, 28, of Tarentum, died in October after two months in the custody at Allegheny County Jail.

Allegheny County Jail deaths remain above normal

Despite a new medical provider, Corizon, at Allegheny County Jail, six inmates have died in custody this year.

3 days ago

Pittsburgh firefighter injures shoulder in South Side Slopes blaze

The one-alarm fire was reported at 12:15 a.m. in the 2500 block of Mission Street and caused damage to two dwellings.

3 days ago

Suspect in Downtown machete attack faces additional charges

Jason Butler, 26, was out on bail Saturday evening when he encountered the man he is accused of stabbing, Fredrick Pryor III.

2 days ago

 A West Oakland Light Up Night event  at The Corner

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: The Corner is one special place for West Oakland

West Oakland’s The Corner plans to enhance amenities for little, cut-off neighborhood.

3 days ago

Pittsburgh zoo to close Thursday for electrical work

Zoo officials said workers are putting in a new transformer at Safari Plaza to support a new restaurant, which is to open this spring.

2 days ago

 Allegheny County Jail as seen from Duquesne University campus.

Inmates complain about lack of medical care at Allegheny County Jail

One inmate says jail medical staff delayed testing a chest mass for weeks while another said a nurse performed surgery to remove wrist pins.

3 days ago

Two disguised men rob South Side bank

The men robbed Citizens Bank in the 2800 block of East Carson Street and escaped in a stolen vehicle later found abandoned Uptown.

3 days ago

 New York City police Officer Joshua Jones wears a VieVu body camera on his chest during a news conference.

Body cameras for Pittsburgh police pit liability against civil rights

Thirty-five officers are wearing the new technology as supervisors and community groups caution the cameras won’t squelch all controversies.

4 days ago

Missing man found fatally shot in East Hills

The body of Trinel Bikus was discovered in a vacant house on Singer Place Saturday night at around 9:45 p.m.

4 days ago

Councilman wants to ban Pittsburgh from accepting military surplus

Councilman Ricky Burgess introduced legislation to prohibit the city from participating in the Law Enforcement Support Office 1033 program.

3 days ago

 City Councilman Ricky Burgess pushed hard for the system in 2013.

System to detect gunshots will be tested in Homewood

The Pittsburgh City Council appropriated $1.15 million in 2013 for the ShotSpotter system, which will be tested later this month.

3 days ago

Pittsburgh City Council to vote on budget

The proposed 2015 operating budget calls for nearly $516.6 million in revenue, up nearly $28.5 million from this year.

4 days ago

 The city council removed Downtown Pittsburgh from the parking plan entirely and will hold off on South Side night enforcement.

Pittsburgh evening street parking charges delayed

The city, however, still plans to increase meter rates in several neighborhoods. Time of enforcement won’t change for now.

3 days ago

 The playground at Wightman Park in Squirrel Hill is well-used but outdated.

Pittsburgh’s Wightman Park upgrade discussed

City Councilman Dan Gilman initiated the first in a series of community meetings recently to discuss and plan the park’s future.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh Holocaust Center to move to new space in 2015

The center is scheduled to open in spring 2015 at 826-832 Hazelwood Ave., next to the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh concert combines patriotic and Christmas selections

This marked the first time the free annual concert combined traditional patriotic music with Christmas and holiday music.

4 days ago

New Pittsburgh chief assembles police leadership

New police commanders are Lavonnie Bickerstaff, Jason Lando and Larry Scirotto.

3 days ago

 John Rush is escorted into the courtroom today. Rush was found guilty on 11 of 12 charges, including torture of a police animal and four counts of aggravated assault.

Jury finds man guilty of killing Pittsburgh police dog Rocco

During the trial, the prosecution called 16 witnesses and the defense six, including defendant John Rush.

3 days ago

Health care services gap narrows between whites and African-Americans

While the gap in quality health care is shrinking, differences in health outcomes between whites and African-Americans persist.

4 days ago

Peduto to promote three to police commander rank in Pittsburgh

Receiving promotions are Pittsburgh Sgt. LaVonnie Bickerstaff, Lt. Jason A. Lando and Lt. Larry Scirotto.

4 days ago

Con­nectCard ma­chines at East Liberty Station out of service today and Tuesday

The ma­chines will be back in ser­vice on Wed­nes­day.

4 days ago


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