Terrence Hayes: "This is so overwhelming I can’t say what will come of it."

Pittsburgh poet Terrance Hayes named a MacArthur Fellow

The University of Pittsburgh professor, who also holds a master’s from Pitt, won a National Book Award in 2010. “I’m dumbfounded,” he said.

about 2 hours ago

Local Dispatch: Volunteer gene boosts rewards of retirement

Retirement brings all kinds of fulfilling options, once you’re tired of watching TV.

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 Coal wagon (1907): The Vesta Coal Company, a subsidiary of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, employed various types of rolling equipment in their mines. A coal car known as a “wagon” was used to haul raw coal from the mines to the coal breaker. These cars also transported rock from the tunnels below to the surface. Some company mine cars were equipped with side hand brakes. The brakes were always on one side of the car and were applied easily by depressing the brake handle. The Vesta No. 4 Mine, once the largest bituminous coal mine in the world, contained over 100 miles of track. Each trip of loaded cars arriving at the tipple contained approximately 500 tons of coal. Transportation of the cars was handled by an elaborate system of tracks within the mine. All trips throughout the mine were controlled by an automatic signal system similar in design to the contemporary railroads of that time. A dispatcher was present day and night to dispatch the empty and loaded trips into and out of the mine.

Natural gas, coal have defined Pittsburgh's history

Coal and natural gas have vied for the same ground for many years.

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 Leon Ford, left, reacts Monday with his father, Leon Ford Sr., after being found not guilty on the charge of aggravated assault. The jury could not reach a verdict on the other charges against the East Liberty man.

Civil rights group pressures DA not to retry Leon Ford case

Groups weigh whether retrying Leon Ford on the remaining counts against him is worth it.

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 Boots, plaques, dog tags and other memorabilia lay at the bottom of the large paintings in "The Eyes of Freedom" memorial at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in South Fayette.  The memorial is a tribute to the 23 fallen Marines from Lima Company who were all killed in a bomb blast in Iraq in 2005.  The life size paintings were done by Ohio artist Anita Miller.  The traveling show will be on exhibit through Wednesday.

Traveling memorial to 23 Marines comes to Oakdale

Called “The Eyes of Freedom,” the traveling memorial is at Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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 War veterans salute Tuesday during the singing of the national anthem in the celebration of 100th year of the formation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at William Pitt Union in Oakland. In 1914 what is now the Pitt student union was the Schenley Hotel, where the modern Veterans of Foreign Wars was organized.

VFW marks 100th birthday at Pitt

More than 150 VFW members took part Tuesday in a wreath-laying at Pitt to mark the 100th birthday of the veterans’ group.

about 2 hours ago

Controller seeks more information on county vehicles

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said she has not received a complete inventory of county-owned and leased cars, as requested.

about 2 hours ago

State, corrections union investigate health at prisons by coal sites

The reviews come after two human rights groups found substantial cancer rates at SCI Fayette, built next to a fly ash dump.

about 2 hours ago

 A map of the proposed redevelopment of the Lower Hill District.

Hill District residents give feedback on redevelopment of former Civic Arena site

The agreement, finalized Sept. 9 after more than a year of negotiations, settled issues such as affordable housing and minority

about 2 hours ago

Consultant raps city on payroll audit data

The meeting detailed the latest chapter in the clash between Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority and the city over a new payroll system.

about 2 hours ago

California University to lay off 16 employees

California University of Pennsylvania, facing an enrollment loss this fall.

about 2 hours ago

Poverty simulation event set for Thursday in East Liberty

Participants will play the roles of members of low-income families and be given situations to portray and limited play money for expenses.

about 2 hours ago

 Don Kretschmann, owner of Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, cleans carrots July 21 at his farm in Rochester.

Beaver County farm challenges compressor station permit

The Kretschmann family argues that zoning ordinances fail to protect existing agricultural land.

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 A Hill District woman was killed overnight when she drove the wrong way across the Birmingham Bridge and crashed into the wall of an unfinished ramp, Pittsburgh police said.

Police: Woman, 25, killed driving wrong way on Birmingham Bridge in Oakland

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. today on the Oakland side of the bridge.

about 19 hours ago

Post-Gazette sues state to change email practice

The newspaper wants the state to preserve emails for at least two years instead of the current practice of destroying them after five days.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will prohibit its employees from using tobacco products of any kind during work shifts effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Pittsburgh Mercy toughens stance on workers' tobacco use

Officials say the policy is meant to improve employees’ health rather than exact punishment.

1 day ago

Man, 21, killed in Penn Hills shooting

Allegheny County and Penn Hills police responded at 8:12 p.m. to the 8000 block of Thon Drive.

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 Traffic snakes through a construction zone on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills. A Connecticut construction company was ordered Monday to pay $15.8 million in damages to the family of a Finleyville woman injured in a Route 51 crash five years ago.

Jury awards $15.8 million to work-zone crash victim from Finleyville

Brenda Gump-Schragl was on her way to her daughter’s wedding-rehearsal dinner when the crash occurred on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills.

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 Kent Tekulve, who played with the Pirates in the 1970s and '80s, is recovering from a Sept. 5 heart transplant.

Former Pirates pitcher Kent Tekulve recovering from heart transplant

Tekulve fell ill with heart failure from blocked coronary arteries on Christmas Eve, and had the transplant surgery on Sept. 5.

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 Dr. Joel Nelson, head of prostate-urology at UPMC, joined Drs. Jian-Hua Luo and George Michalopoulos as principal investigators in a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study that has identified eight gene mutations known as gene fusions that signal aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

Pitt study uncovers prostate cancer mystery

Pitt study identifies gene mutations that signal aggressive form of prostate cancer.

1 day ago

 Robert Ferrante

Trial for Pitt researcher charged in cyanide poisoning postponed a week

Jury selection for Robert Ferrante, 65, was supposed to begin Oct. 14, but now has been kicked back to Oct 21.

about 13 hours ago

Steel Valley replaces boys basketball coach at raucous meeting

Shouting erupted a number of times during a special meeting of Steel Valley school board Tuesday night.

about 2 hours ago

Westmoreland homicide case is transferred to a new judge

The case against Gregory Randall, accused of fatally bludgeoning his girlfriend, has been assigned to three district judges.

1 day ago

 Hank Kuzma, 2009

Obituary: Henry J. Kuzma / He coached storied 1965 Midland basketball team

His 1965 team, considered one of the greatest in Western Pennsylvania history, contained future pros Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.

1 day ago

Lawrence County jail guard accused of selling drugs suspended

Michael Llewellyn of Cranberry will keep his medical and other benefits until the charges are resolved.

about 13 hours ago

Mt. Pleasant woman involved in crash likely died of heart attack, coroner's office says

Nancy T. O'Shea, 72, died after her vehicle crashed off Mt. Pleasant Road.

about 13 hours ago

Obituary: Paul M. Bernstein / Psychologist and counselor who loved his profession

Mr. Bernstein for many years maintained a private psychology practice Downtown, moving it to Aspinwall in more recent years.

1 day ago

IUP student charged in stabbing near campus

William Rivera, 21, of Reston, Va., was arraigned today.

about 11 hours ago

Former St. Anthony parishioners petition Vatican to reopen church building

Parishioners from the former St. Anthony Parish in Monongahela have filed a formal petition with the Vatican seeking to reopen the building.

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 About two dozen parishioners staged an overnight vigil in April at St. Anthony's, protesting the church's closing.

Former ​St. Anthony parishioners petition Vatican to reopen church building

In 2011, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh merged St. Anthony and Transfiguration parishes into one parish.

about 10 hours ago

Enrollment losses drive Cal U to lay off 16

The university will leave another 14 vacant positions unfilled.

about 11 hours ago

New Castle-based Jameson Health System to become part of UPMC

As part of the deal, UPMC will invest $70 million to develop services at Jameson’s 25 facilities.

about 3 hours ago

Beaver County man pleads guilty to stealing nearly $360,000 from company

Over the years, Peter Kalemon deposited 80 checks into an Alltrans account for his own use, prosecutors say.

about 3 hours ago

Roof repairs at Keystone Oaks to cost $74,000

The board discussed repairing the roofs at all the district’s buildings at a cost of $74,264.

about 4 hours ago

 Two longtime Dick’s Sporting Goods executives, including the Findlay sporting goods retailer’s president and chief operating officer Joseph H. Schmidt, have announced plans to retire.

Dick's Sporting Goods president, executive vice president to retire

Joseph H. Schmidt has been president and chief operating officer since 2009 and been with the company since 1990.

about 15 hours ago

 Karen Ritter, center, holds hands with friend Daniel Raisor, whose brother, David of Ellwood City, committed suicide.

Hundreds in Pittsburgh raise awareness for suicide prevention

Hundreds turn out at Station Square for annual suicide awareness walk.

2 days ago

North Huntingdon man struck, killed in Westmoreland County

Westmoreland County emergency crews were called at 1:38 p.m. for a report of a person struck on Lowber Road.

1 day ago

Teachers, parents applaud Pittsburgh’s decision to cut back on K-5 student testing

Pittsburgh Public Schools announced it is reducing the amount of time students in K-5 spend taking required tests this school year.

2 days ago

 Leon Ford waits for the jury's verdict at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Alternate jurors' role can be challenging

Eleven jurors begin their 21st hour of deliberations this morning in the case of a black Millvale man whom police shot and paralyzed.

2 days ago

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

Franklin Park couple sentenced for abusing adoptees

Douglas and Kristen Barbour each had pleaded no contest to two counts of endangerment.

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 Leon Ford reacts Monday after he was found not guilty of aggravated assault.

Jury finds Pittsburgh-area man not guilty of aggravated assault in traffic stop shooting

Leon Ford was also charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and escape, but the jury was deadlocked on those charges.

1 day ago

 A cyclist travels the new two-way bike lanes along Panther Hollow Road crossing into Schenley Park in Oakland.

Pittsburgh cyclists concerned about redesign of Schenley Drive in Oakland

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is in the process of redesigning the road through Schenley Park, part of a program to reduce storm runoff.

2 days ago

Hulton Bridge to close this weekend

Workers will install water and sewer lines along Hulton Road on the Oakmont side of the Allegheny River.

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 Kristin Saunders, Pittsburgh's new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.

Pittsburgh’s new bike and pedestrian coordinator ready to roll

Kristin Saunders, 30, joins city government from an architecture firm in San Francisco, where she worked on public space design.

2 days ago

 Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf, left, talks with Greg Taranto, center, principal at Canonsburg Middle School, and seventh-grade social studies teacher Robert Stone.

Wolf again hits Corbett on education funding

During a campaign stop, Democrat Tom Wolf said he wants a severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund schools  if he becomes governor.

1 day ago

Man found dead in car over hillside in South Strabane

A Washington, Pa., man was found dead in a car over a hillside in South Strabane, the county coroner said.

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 Bishop Merle Taylor presides over service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Green Tree.

Mormon population expanding in Pittsburgh region

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has expanded from two to three stakes (regional groupings) in the Pittsburgh area.

2 days ago

 Ruth Lorena Krauss with her two sons.

Odysseys: El Salvador native embraces Steel City's energy

Metaphysical pursuits brought Ruth Lorena Krauss here 10 years ago.

2 days ago

City calendar: 09/15/14

A look at the events coming up for the week ahead.

2 days ago

Norwin school directors approve motions related to STEM center

The votes didn’t commit the district to build the center.

1 day ago


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