An attack on all: The trooper ambush is an affront to Pennsylvania

The incident in Blooming Grove shows that our first responders face constant danger.

about 8 hours ago


Ebola’s challenge: Containing it won’t be easy for the United States

The United States plans to send 3,000 military personnel to West Africa with a mission to train Liberian medical workers.

about 8 hours ago


Discordant notes: The city’s musical gems struggle to keep shining

The Pittsburgh community must hope that creative marketing helps to sustain the PSO and the opera.

about 8 hours ago


Back to Iraq?: Gen. Dempsey poses the return of U.S. troops

There are various interpretations of what Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

1 day ago


Just response: The DA should close the Leon Ford case

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is confronted with a choice: retry the East Liberty man on the remaining charges or cut bait.

1 day ago


Hayes’ genius: The work of a Pitt poet earns greater renown

Terrance Hayes is living the kind of life other poets would hesitate to dream.

1 day ago


 Douglas, left, and Kristen Barbour, right, leave the Allegheny County Courthouse after being sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Manning on Monday.

Lame justice: A couple’s child abuse deserved real punishment

In March 2012, two Ethiopian children came to this country to begin a new life, but what they got was sickening abuse and deprivation.

2 days ago


U.S. in Yemen: It’s hard to fathom a compelling national interest

It is difficult to identify which U.S. interests in Yemen require America to be involved there or Americans to care.

2 days ago


Rare company: Regional Catholic high schools make the grade

Eight Catholic high schools in the Pittsburgh region have made an elite national list of high performers.

2 days ago


 The Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg.

Season of stalemate: Time is running out for action in Harrisburg

At the top of the to-do-but-not-done list is pension reform.

3 days ago


Testing fails the test: Pittsburgh schools focus on more instruction

Clearly, testing had gotten out of hand in the district, which is to be congratulated for listening to critics and responding.

3 days ago


Free thinkers? U.S. policy groups must list their foreign backers

Consumers of these organizations’ reports have a right to demand that they reveal who gives them money, how much and for what purpose.

3 days ago


 Orangemen and women march during a pro-union parade, less than a week before voters go to the polls in a yes or no referendum on whether Scotland should become and independent country.

Say no, Scotland: Aye, history resonates but its interests are in the UK

Scots should not take the uncertain, risky path to independence.

4 days ago


 The Produce Terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Arranged marriage: Two-developer plan in Strip District may work

The URA gave two developers three months to work together on a plan for the historic produce terminal.

4 days ago


That’s all, folks: ToonSeum must carry on without its founder

Joe Wos recently announced that he is stepping down as the ToonSeum’s executive director to pursue his first love — cartooning.

4 days ago


On board: The PUC backs ride-share legislation

A powerful ally has joined the effort to legalize ride-share services in Pennsylvania.

5 days ago


Futility theater: Citizens United amendment denied a serious role

With time-wasting political theater by Congress, voters are invited to critique it on the strength of the plots.

5 days ago


Asides: 9/11 events, a service to remember Flight 427, and Beatles memories

One of the saddest anniversaries was remembered this past week — the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

5 days ago


Hooray for the Earth: International action has helped the ozone layer

A rallying trumpet of hope has sounded, not on climate change directly but a related problem.

6 days ago


She stood her ground: A child’s conscience made America a better place

In 1935 when Lillian Gobitas Klose was in seventh grade in Minersville, Pa., she refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

6 days ago


Dismal prospect: Obama proposes a strategy that appears doomed

Americans are worried and angry about the new Islamic State, created by Sunni Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

1 week ago


End the slaughter: Unsporting pigeon shoots should be outlawed

When it comes to the treatment of animals, Pennsylvania has a shameful history.

1 week ago


Heinz and history: The ties that bind argue for company’s future here

The H.J. Heinz Co. was founded in Sharpsburg in 1869 and went on to become one of the world’s great food companies.

1 week ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto, from left, City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle , State Sen. Jay Costa , Penguins Chief Operating Officer Travis Williams and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald discuss the Lower Hill redevelopment Tuesday.

Good news for the Hill: Compromise plan has great potential for the area

A deal between the Pittsburgh Penguins and local officials holds enormous potential for the Hill District.

1 week ago


Engaging Iran: Visitors to Pittsburgh bring message worth noting

The World Affairs Council was able to attract to Pittsburgh on Tuesday two senior experts on U.S.-Iranian relations.

1 week ago


A wall too far: Allegheny council wisely rejects slogan placement as divisive

“In God We Trust” has been the national motto since 1956.

1 week ago


Penn State reprieve: Lesson learned in Sandusky scandal means penalties eased

Former Sen. George J. Mitchell reported that the university has complied fully with the terms it agreed to in a consent decree.

1 week ago


Out of bounds: Ray Rice’s unnecessary roughness is not tolerable

And NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has little credibility when he claims the NFL was unaware of the video.

1 week ago


Nigeria pays the price: Poor rule is no match for violence and disease

The government is reeling from a growing Islamist militant insurgency and the spreading ebola epidemic.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama looks around during a flypast at the NATO summit in Newport, Wales.

NATO searches on: Meeting in Wales fails to agree on a new mission

President Obama can't find agreement on how to deal with Ukraine or the Islamic State.

1 week ago


Promise unkept: Obama ducks the need to act now on immigration

The president should take a principled stand and enacts those reforms he can.

1 week ago


The fat of the land: Obesity rates are an indictment of the culture

Everyone can benefit from government policies that encourage the eating of fresh food and more daily exercise.

1 week ago


Cancer markups: Highmark’s lawsuit is cause for a billing probe

The gist of Highmark’s complaint is that UPMC engages in “upcoding.”

1 week ago


Economic doldrums: Disappointing employment figures are no surprise

Since the recession started America’s rich have continued to get richer and the incomes of the middle class and poor have continued to drop.

1 week ago


Large as life: Dinosaur throws a long shadow from the past

Dreadnoughtus schrani is believed to be the largest land-dwelling creature ever cataloged.

1 week ago


Fiscal recovery: Act 47 communities need more than five years

A key change House Bill 1773 would make is imposing time limits on keeping Act 47 status.

1 week ago


Misplaced motto: County council courts unnecessary trouble

By constitutional tradition, a wall of separation is supposed to help believers and nonbelievers to the benefit of both.

1 week ago


Asides: A federal marshal fights back, an untrue Sidney Crosby story and approval for grading restaurants

An attacker picks on the wrong person, social media spread a wrong story and the county makes the right choice on restaurant grades.

1 week ago


Old school: Pa. can’t afford to do education the same old way

Evolving demographics are forcing administrators to confront the question of how small is too small for a school and a school district.

1 week ago


Mend, don’t end: Obamacare is working; Congress should improve it

The Affordable Care Act is doing precisely what it is designed to do: extend health care coverage to millions of lower-income Americans.

1 week ago


 The Produce Terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Build on success: The URA could do that with Rubino’s Strip plan

Use the Strip's terminal building to create more of the Strip

2 weeks ago


Flight risk: Airlines promote hostility by constricting leg room

America's airlines need to give passengers a little space

2 weeks ago


Unsettling: After the Gaza battle, Israel eyes more settlements

Israel's decision to expand settlements again is a bad move

2 weeks ago


 Cameron McLay was named Pittsburgh police chief earlier this week.

A sound choice: The mayor’s nominee for police chief is promising

Cameron McLay is a respected veteran of the Madison, Wis., police department.

2 weeks ago


Protest in Pakistan: The scene bears watching by the United States

Violent protests in Pakistan led by a former sports star and a senior Muslim cleric are putting democratic, civilian rule there at risk.

2 weeks ago


Overexposed: Online privacy, even on the cloud, can be elusive

Apple and its competitors should level with the public: There is no such thing as privacy in cyberspace.

2 weeks 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.

Dirty numbers: Someone’s account of shale waste disposal is way off

To say that the records of Marcellus Shale well waste disposal are riddled with gaps doesn’t begin to describe the scale of the problem.

2 weeks ago


Medicine upside down: When hospital rates are charged at the doctor’s office

Under Medicare rules, certain freestanding clinics can be considered hospital-based facilities, letting clinics charge inpatient-type fees.

2 weeks ago


A home of one’s own: The county tries a program for greater independence

A trial program by county Human Services will allot $200 a month to 20 residents in group housing who would like to live on their own.

2 weeks ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says county officers are underutilized in the county's nine public parks.

Policing the parks: Fitzgerald has a smart plan to begin using rangers

Hiring county park rangers would free up 45 to 50 police officers to assist communities that need help from the Allegheny County police.

2 weeks ago



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