Pittsburgh's human relations commission head seeks to replace members after tempestuous meeting

After a meeting characterized by accusations of bad faith and racism, the chair said he’d ask the mayor to replace all the commissioners.

about 7 hours ago

 Dressed at "Sam the Snot," Samey Jay helps pass out leaflets reminding people in Market Square it's 90 days until paid sick leave becomes effective in the City of Pittsburgh on Jan. 11, 2016.

Paid sick leave law takes effect in Pittsburgh in 90 days

The law exempts federal and state employees, independent contractors, construction workers covered by collective bargaining.

about 7 hours ago

 Verizon says that the city “may not have all of the data as it relates to the current status of Verizon’s multimillion-dollar upgrade of its network throughout the city.”

Pittsburgh probes Verizon’s compliance with service deal

Mayor Bill Peduto said Verizon was to have provided its Fios fiber-optic Internet, television and phone service to the entire city by now.

1 day ago

Passers-by stymied from saving fire victim

Woman, 57, is overcome by blaze in North Point Breeze house and dies after rescue by firefighters.

1 day ago

 From left, CAPA High School students Aleksei Kaminski, Wesley Peters and Ada Griffin discuss racial categorizations at the workshop.

Chipping away at racial inequality: Pittsburgh workshop asks youth to change community

More than 100 young adults from the area discussed racism and poverty during a three-day workshop at Bethel AME Church in the Hill District.

1 day ago

 Hundreds of people march through Oakland during an Indigenous People's Day celebration on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.  The celebration aims to place focus on the culture and history of indigenous people, rather than the legacy of Christopher Columbus.

Marchers in Oakland stage rally for Indigenous Peoples Day

The group of mostly young people is chanting and carrying signs and flags decrying the celebration of the Columbus Day holiday in America.

about 7 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto viewed the video on social media.

Cubs fan takedown by police officer to be investigated, Mayor Peduto says

The Citizen Police Review Board sees “questionable conduct” in the video, while the police union head sees “nothing wrong.”

about 7 hours ago

 Rabbi Denise Eger

Rabbinical chief calls for social justice

Denise Eger brings a message of “tikkun olam” or “repairing the world.”

1 day ago

Suspect killed during home invasion in Mount Washington

The home invasion took place in the 300 block of Kambach Street in the Mount Washington section of Pittsburgh.

about 1 hour ago

Police: Driver arrested after chase in Lincoln-Lemington

Police said officers on patrol saw a driver run two stop signs in the area of Stanton Avenue and Meadow Street at 1:10 a.m.

about 22 hours ago

 Smithfield Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues will close to all traffic except buses for seven months when the intersection with Forbes Avenue begins its reconstruction.

Smithfield Street shut for road project

The closure will allow A. Merante Contracting Inc. to rebuild the intersection of Smithfield and Forbes Avenue.

1 day ago

 Fog moves in over the  City of Pittsburgh  in early September.

City's struggle with ICA takes on 'Kafkaesque' proportions

Mayor Bill Peduto’s office is waging an all-out assault to eliminate one of the city’s financial overseers.

2 days ago

Two Allegheny County lawyers vie for Commonwealth Court seat

Voters will choose either Democrat Michael Wojcik of Fox Chapel or Republican Paul Lalley of Upper St. Clair for a Commonwealth Court seat.

2 days ago

Pittsburgh firm angling for launch of its moon rover

The race to the moon is heating up, but Pittsburgh’s entry, Astrobotic, thinks the competition helps them.

2 days ago

 Lillian Blais, 5, of the North Side gets excited Saturday after creating music using a MaKey MaKey designed by AIU Center for Creativity. Her sister Jocelyn, 2, looks on in the inaugural Maker Faire Pittsburgh at Allegheny Commons on the North Side.

Maker Faire features hands-on presentations and workshops

The fair hosts more than 200 tech enthusiasts, engineers, artists, performers, tinkerers, and crafters on the North Side.

2 days ago

Police investigating fatal shooting in Arlington

Police say Justin Granda, 28, of Mount Oliver, was shot multiple times around 12:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Cologne Street.

1 day ago

 Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Eyewitness 1940: Quick campaign swing draws support for FDR

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in “top-heavy New Deal territory” when he visited Pittsburgh 75 years ago this month.

2 days ago

 Brittany Alcorn, 22

Suspect involved in police chase near zoo identified

Dispatchers said the shooting occurred in the zoo parking lot.

1 day ago

Court to decide defense request for secret DNA computer source code

Defense attorneys for a man charged with two killings want the computer code of a DNA-identifying program.

3 days ago

 Wiz Khalifa at First Niagara in July.

Wiz nabbed on the South Side for public urination

Rapper Wiz Khalifa, whose given name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, was caught about 2:30 a.m. Saturday behind The Flats on Carson, at 1500 E.

2 days ago

 The Garden Theater block on Pittsburgh’s North Side in May as redevelopment continues.

Units near Garden Theater get approval

The redevelopment of Federal-North -- more than 20 years in the making -- has been stagnant on that corner in the past year.

3 days ago

 Artist and sculptor James Shipman with the decorative wall he is creating for the sculpture garden of his work at the Landmarks Resource Center in Wilkinsburg, where he has his studio.

Artist brightens the scene in Wilkinsburg

James Shipman celebrates a 40-year career with the opening of an outdoor sculpture court he created on a junk-filled lot.

3 days ago

Columbus day closings

Post offices will be closed, with no pickup or delivery of regular mail. Banks will be closed. State liquor stores will be open.

3 days ago

 Firefighters work at the scene of a fatal fire on Penn Avenue.

Woman dies in North Point Breeze fire

Kimberly Johnson, 57, was taken to West Penn Hospital, where she died.

2 days ago

Man jumps off Liberty Bridge

Witnesses said the man drove outbound onto the bridge, got out of his vehicle and jumped off the Liberty Bridge this afternoon.

2 days ago

 Randall McFadden

U.S. Marhals seek federal parole violator

The U.S. Marshals Service Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force seeks parole violator Randall McFadden.

2 days ago

 Smithfield Street between Fifth and Forbes avenues could be the bleakest block in the Golden Triangle.

Smithfield Street eyes future without Macy’s, other Downtown Pittsburgh stores

While all the empty buildings hold the promise of redevelopment, officials say it might take a year or more before that happens.

4 days ago

 UPMC has said a definitive source has not been found for the mold that infected the patients between October 2014 and September.

CDC believes there are different sources for UPMC fungal infections

Investigators from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded on-site reviews of the infection “cluster” this week.

3 days ago

 A Columbus, Ohio, developer will get another month — not a year — to start a proposed 250-unit apartment building on the North Shore near PNC Park.

North Shore developer gets one-month extension

The city’s stadium authority board agreed to give Continental Real Estate Companies until Nov. 30 to purchase the land  for the complex.

4 days ago

Judge: Con artist must get checkup

Frederick Banks is charged with stalking the FBI agent who helped put him in prison for fraud a decade ago.

3 days ago

 Corial Littlejohn

Pitcairn woman charged with impersonation, assault at school

Police said that when a school officer saw Corial Littlejohn Thursday morning, she told him she was a student going to class.

3 days ago

Two women held for trial in Coraopolis man's slaying

Two women charged in the 2013 slaying of a Coraopolis man were ordered to stand trial today on all charges.

3 days ago

 A $9 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will support expansion of conservation efforts at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Pittsburgh Zoo receives largest-ever gift, $9 million

The award will support expansion of conservation efforts at the zoo, officials said.

3 days ago

Head of Homewood ministry arrested on drug charges

Carl Wayne Burton, head of the Most Holy Gospel Ministry which he started in 2006, was taken into custody without incident Friday morning.

3 days ago

Murder victim’s family sues East Allegheny bar

Donald Lowry, 46, of Sheraden died a short time after being shot at 1 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2013, at JR’s Bar.

4 days ago

 A view of John Paul Plaza, a 70-unit apartment building for low-income seniors, on Herron Avenue in Polish Hill.

Dispute flares over senior housing atop Polish Hill

Catholic organizations are at odds over control of a Polish Hill apartment building, and the diocese can’t make peace.

5 days ago

 Macy's has agreed to donate nearly 100 artifacts, including holiday displays and materials from the Tic Toc restaurant.

Macy’s agrees to donate department store items to Heinz History Center

In addition, Macy's will transfer the rights to the Tic Toc and Arcade Bakery trademarks to the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority.

4 days ago

 A.J. Richardson did not apologize to the court, but did thank Judge Anthony M. Mariani for allowing him to speak freely.

Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Richardson sentenced in 911 abuse case

A.J. Richardson was convicted of all misdemeanor charges related to 128 false 911 calls, which police said were made from his home in 2014.

4 days ago

 Thirty eight year old Antoine Ward (in this photo) was arrested on Januray 31st and charged with two counts of Criminal Homicide, Former Convict not to Own a Firearm, and Firearms not to be Carried without a License.  Ward is currently in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.  Ward's last known address is in the Beltzhoover section of the City.-  Pittsburgh homicide detectives have made an arrest in the shooting deaths of Cheralynn Sabatasso and Jason Eubanks on January 23rd .

DA's office no longer seeking death penalty in 2014 double killing in Allentown

Antoine Ward charged with two counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of Jason Eubanks and his girlfriend Cheralynn Sabatasso.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh council considers software to track minority contractor compliance

Right now, city officials admitted, they have no ability to do that during the term of the contracts.

5 days ago

 Police provided this composite sketch of a suspect they are seeking in a sexual assault that occurred in August in Squirrel Hill.

Suspect sought in Squirrel Hill sex assault

Police said the victim had been walking into her apartment building in the 5600 block of Forbes Avenue on Aug. 1 when the attack occurred.

3 days ago

Suspect sought in North Side carjacking

Police said a 40-year-old man was sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot when a man approached him and asked him for his car.

4 days ago

Man, 25, stabbed during fight in Fineview

The incident happened on the 1700 block of Letsche Street shortly before 10 p.m., Pittsburgh police said.

4 days ago

 Operation Safety Net founder, Dr. Jim Withers, hands medicine to a homeless man while making the rounds in Downtown Pittsburgh in 2011.

Pittsburgh doctor named to CNN’s heroes list

Dr. Jim Withers founded Pittsburgh Mercy Health System's Operation Safety Net in 1992.

4 days ago

 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander, left, and the Red Rover, right, at its headquarters in the Strip District.

New customer, more competition for Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic

Astrobotic gets another customer to take in its race to the moon as competition heats up.

5 days ago

Lawrenceville man faces child porn charges

Richard Roy Simpson, 46, faces 20 counts of possession of child porn and other charges.

4 days ago

 Everything Ice employees Rick Grier, left, and Jesse Allen, both from Minnesota, place foam blocks in PPG Plaza Tuesday on the first day of construction of the seasonal ice rink there.

PPG Plaza ice skating rink to have more room and 700 new pairs of skates

Renovations to the rink also include a more efficient process for making and maintaining ice.

6 days ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto talks about the deal between most of the city's security contractors and the 32BJ of Service Employees International Union, during a press conference in the City-County Building.

Companies agree to first union deal for Pittsburgh security guards

Mayor Bill Peduto joined security guards and union officials in praising the contract that supports close to 1,000 security officers.

5 days ago

 Fans lose hope for a wild card win at PNC Park.

Cubs crush Pirates fans' hopes for playoffs at PNC Park

Pirates fans, Cubs fans co-mingling peacefully as the excitement builds for tonight's do-or-die NL wild-card game.

5 days ago

 The altered sign at the Smith Brothers offices on the North Side.

Alteration of sign from 'Bucs' to 'Cubs' for photo op goes viral

"It was just for fun. Just a prank," said Steve Mpistolarides, a Cook County police officer who and drove to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

5 days ago