Out of this world: Mankind looks to the heavens and finds a wonder

Just in time for Easter, a team of astronomers announced that they had discovered an Earth-sized planet in the so-called “Goldilocks zone.”

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Calming Ukraine: All parties must work to defuse the tensions

Matters in eastern Ukraine continue to risk violent escalation that could draw foreign powers further into the fracas.

about 4 hours ago


Bet on Pittsburgh: More development here looks like a sure thing

A 300-year-old, London-based real estate investment firm says Pittsburgh is a very safe bet for the long term. Bill Stolze betting on that.

about 4 hours ago


Wilson Center bid

Once the public has a chance to see what liquidator for the August Wilson Center has evaluated, the consensus she seeks just may develop.

1 day ago


Asides

EASTER for Christians is about the resurrection; WEARING your Sunday best; CRIME TAKES a different form on the mean streets of Shadyside

1 day ago


Who’s the bully?

School administrators need to create a safe environment by assessing student behavior in context and dealing with students’ concerns.

1 day ago


Brighter outlook: The CBO has good news for the health care act

In politics as in roulette, it is not advisable to place all your bets on one number.

2 days ago


People connector: A park over Crosstown Blvd. is worth a look

If you build it, they will come — but it would be better if they could come on foot.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on Thursday in Geneva.

Ukraine, Russia aim to defuse crisis

President Barack Obama was skeptical about the agreement that called on activists in eastern Ukraine to stand down.

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Putin lays claim to swaths of southeastern Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin was on national television, declaring Russia's historical claims over Ukrainian territory.

3 days ago


Detention of Taliban commander disrupts Afghan peace talks

Agha Jan Motasim, the Taliban's former finance minister, was taken by authorities in the United Arab Emirates a month ago.

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama, right, and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday at CCAC West Hills Center.

Costly compliment: A campus closes to give Obama a political prop

It’s nice the president has noticed Pittsburgh’s revival. It’s welcome that CCAC’s efforts are recognized. It’s all good except what isn’t.

3 days ago


Latin test: America’s southern neighbors deserve attention

Either the U.S. takes the region’s 26 countries for granted or it prefers to obsess about the Middle East, China or now Russia and Ukraine.

3 days ago


Deer Lakes drilling: Credit county officials for giving people a say

Not everyone believes Allegheny County should let Range Resources drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park in Frazer and West Deer.

3 days ago


Consequences of hate: Homegrown terror takes its toll in Kansas

The suspect in the murder of three people Sunday near Kansas City is a reminder that the United States has a domestic terrorism problem.

4 days ago


Syria’s challenge: After the war, can the country be put together?

There appears to be little movement toward democracy or the departure of President Bashar Assad.

4 days ago


DEP access: The state should not be barred from drill sites

For two days after a gas well exploded in Greene County, Chevron refused to allow DEP emergency response investigators onto the site.

4 days ago


Worthy honor: Reporting on NSA surveillance draws a Pulitzer

No reporting was more deserving than the revelations about the National Security Agency’s widespread secret surveillance program at home

5 days ago


African adventure: The Pentagon pursues a costly, risky expansion

The Defense Department’s Africa Command, created in 2008, continues to expand U.S. military activities in Africa.

5 days ago


Reverse course: Yellow Cab seeks to join the ride-share business

The company is seeking PUC approval for what is referred to as “call and demand” taxi service.

5 days ago


Back to the future: The Heinz Endowments recruits an old friend

Pittsburgh has one great advantage that many cities lack — a strong stable of philanthropic organizations.

5 days ago


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Talks on track: The Iran negotiations must keep moving forward

The talks in which America is involved on Iran’s nuclear program and economic sanctions are proceeding well despite some opposition

5 days ago


Elusive compliance: Allegheny County must stay on top of Shenango

The Allegheny County Health Department and Shenango Inc., reached a consent agreement to force the chronic polluter to curb its emissions.

5 days ago


Lots of growth: The land bank could boost city neighborhoods

Pittsburgh's approval of a land bank would help deal with the problem of city-held vacant properties.

1 week ago


Late-night churn: The ‘real’ Colbert will follow Letterman

Stephen Colbert will bring fresh energy to David Letterman's spot, but isn't it time for a woman to host a late-night show?

1 week ago


Hungary’s tilt: Right-wing parties gain in the latest election

The recent rise of right-wing parties goes beyond Hungary to other countries in a Europe mired in recession.

1 week ago


 Kollengode Venkataraman, editor for the Pittsburgh Patrika, a magazine for the local Indian-American community, sits inside his Murrysville home on Friday. Of India’s election process, Mr. Venkataraman says, “The corruption is known inside and outside India. The country is looking for a change.”

Election inflames many of city's Indian residents

They have strong feelings about Indian politics even after becoming American citizens and spending decades away from the country.

1 week ago


Sebelius exits: Her departure serves Obama and the health law

The resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be good for President Obama and good for Obamacare.

1 week ago


Asides

WQED has an anniversary, the Fred Rogers Center has a Legacy Award winner (Yo-Yo Ma) and Mayor Peduto has a night out -- with constituents.

1 week ago


Bench pressed: Activists go political against a prospective judge

Liberal activists are mounting a partisan challenge to David J. Porter, a lawyer who is a prospective nominee for U.S. District Court.

1 week ago


Record progress: VA patients’ care will improve with file sharing

Giving Pittsburgh-area hospitals electronic access to medical records of Veterans Affairs patients will speed and improve their care.

1 week ago


GM’s shame: The automaker needs to conduct a purge

General Motors, after the ignition switch fiasco that led to more than a dozen deaths, must purge the workers who were responsible.

1 week ago


Valid sanctions: A court questions the Penn State deal to help children

A Commonwealth Court panel has reopened the debate over whether sanctions against the university were legal in the first place.

1 week ago


Heartless House: The GOP must compromise on jobless benefits

Speaker John Boehner insists that any extension of benefits must include provisions that he says would promote job growth.

1 week ago


Critical vote: India’s elections could bring major change

National elections, which started Monday and continue until May 12, are predicted to bring about a major change in the party in power.

1 week ago


Why? Violence hits home in a Franklin Regional attack

This is the question that hangs over the mass stabbings at Franklin Regional High School by suspect 16-year-old Alex Hribal.

1 week ago


Civil society: Four presidents mark an equal-rights milestone

In marking the first half-century of the Civil Rights Act, Americans must focus on the discrimination that remains.

1 week ago


Afghan triumph: The war-torn country holds a successful election

Afghanistan democracy has acquitted itself well, so far, in its first presidential election in five years.

1 week ago


Reliable lieutenant: Pa. needs a better way to ensure a strong No. 2

Gubernatorial nominees should choose their lieutenant governor running mate for a strong second-in-command.

1 week ago


Foundation of hope: A rescue may come for the August Wilson Center

The brightest sign for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture may be a bid from local foundations to buy the property.

1 week ago


Elusive reform: House Republicans resist action on immigration

The United States needs immigration reform. Doing nothing is not good for the economy.

1 week ago


Logic runs through it: An EPA rule will clarify its authority on water

It makes sense that the Environmental Protection Agency has long sought to recognize that pollution is carried between waterways.

1 week ago


Running in place: Women still have much ground to gain in politics

In Pennsylvania, old political habits are hard to break and ol’ boy networks are hard to beat.

1 week ago


True access: Health care works only if one gets to the doctor

The best health insurance is worthless if patients can’t get to the doctor’s office.

1 week ago


 Hawa Salih, a sudanese woman who was imprisoned in Sudan and tortured by the government, speaks during a South Sudan Forum at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church.  Next to her is Rep. Mike Doyle and David Rosenberg of Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition.

Discussion focuses on Sudan violence

Millions of refugees have been created by conflicts in Sudan.

2 weeks ago


The good and bad: DEP must tell the full story on drilling’s impact

Pennsylvanians deserve to know the whole story -- the benefits and the risks, the energy tapped and the environment spoiled.

2 weeks ago


African trap: Global aid only enables South Sudan fighting

The United States and other nations should no longer tolerate South Sudan's leaders' bad behavior.

2 weeks ago


Off course: The navigator bill isn’t about helping consumers

Republican lawmakers in Pa. want to make life difficult for so-called navigators to advise residents about the Affordable Care Act.

2 weeks ago


Worthy of support: Murphy’s mental health bill faces the critics

Congressman Tim Murphy's bill on mental health faced a round of critics at a hearing last week, but the plan deserves support not scorn.

2 weeks ago


Asides

The Pirates' return is proof of spring, Pittsburgh's three eaglets signal new birth and local hoarders need to do some spring cleaning.

2 weeks ago



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