Much of the discussion focused on whether commissioner Helen Gerhardt, who has publicly voiced concerns about the hiring process, had run afoul of the commission’s media policy.

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 3 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 only federal and state employees, independent contractors, construction workers covered by collective bargaining.

about 3 hours ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto displays the commemorative shirt presented by Greenfield Community Association president Mitch Margaria in July. Others are Councilman Corey O’Connor, left, and rock musician Joe Grushecky, who will perform at the bridge party on Saturday.

City braces itself for closing of Greenfield Bridge

The tiny span will have a huge impact on how traffic flows into Oakland, Squirrel Hill and Greenfield. “It’s going to hurt.”

about 3 hours ago

 Construction has stopped on the Toby Keith restaurant on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

Toby Keith bar pulls out of North Shore deal

The restaurant will not be anchoring the North Shore Place I and II developed by Continental Real Estate Cos. next to Stage AE.

about 3 hours ago

 Patrons play slot machines at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County. Bills, such as one proposed on Internet gambling and off-track horse racing betting parlors by Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, are being considered as lawmakers look to use gambling monies as revenue to reduce the state’s budget deficit.

Facing a huge deficit, Pennsylvania eyes gambling for help

Lawmakers who support it estimate that an expansion of some sort could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in one-time license fees.

about 3 hours ago

Obituary: David S. Ketchum / Pioneer in field of professional philanthropic fundraising

David S. Ketchum succeeded his father as chief executive of Ketchum Inc., and was a pioneer in professional philanthropic fundraising.

about 3 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

 Heather Arnet

State Senate election draws sharp ads

Democrat Heather Arnet and and Republican Guy Reschenthaler are accusing each other of positions unfavorable to seniors.

1 day ago

First phase of alternative housing program nearly ready

The new facility will house up to 45 nonviolent female offenders.

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 3 hours ago

 Only time will tell whether this year’s budget standoff results in any of the tax increases that Gov. Tom Wolf, who took office this year, insists are needed for Pennsylvania to balance its budget while boosting education funding.

Pennsylvania has history of contentious tax-hike efforts

Past increases in the Pennsylvania personal income tax were sometimes preceded by failed votes.

1 day 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 3 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

 Alexander Erb, wanted for escaping custody at UPMC McKeesport hospital.

Officials recapture Glassport man who escaped from police custody at UPMC McKeesport

Alexander Erb, 26, slipped out of a shackle attached to a hospital bed shortly after 1 a.m., officials said.

about 3 hours ago

 Baby, an 8-year-old female stray, digs Sunday at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Animal Wellness Center at the Animal Friends complex in Ohio Township.

Animal Friends breaks ground on $8.5 million wellness center

The shelter will house a high-volume spay and neuter clinic, a low-cost vaccine center, and space for donated food.

1 day ago

Police: 18-year-old shoots horse pulling buggy with BB gun

State police said Caleb Gotjen of Garrett fired at the horse hauling a buggy that was carrying a family and their 1-year-old child.

about 11 hours ago

Police: 18-year-old shoots horse pulling buggy with toddler on board

State police said Caleb Gotjen of Garrett fired at the horse hauling a buggy that was carrying a family and their 1-year-old child.

about 16 hours ago

TRAFFIC: Smithfield Street, Downtown closed for 7 months

A northbound lane and parking lane on Smithfield Street, Downtown, will be closed from Fourth to Fifth avenues.

about 21 hours 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 18 hours ago

 Southwest Airlines said it was using back-up systems around the country to check-in travelers lacking printed or mobile boarding passes after technical problems arose Sunday.

Southwest Airlines warns Monday travelers to plan ahead after delays

Representatives for Southwest did not say what caused the tech problem.

about 21 hours ago

Woman rescued from Penn Hills house fire

The fire was reported about 11 p.m. in a house in the 11000 block of Azalea Drive.

about 20 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

City calendar: Oct. 11-18

Upcoming events for the week of Oct. 11.

1 day ago

Community meeting on Moon-Cornell merger draws 80 people

Merger discussions between the neighboring schools have been ongoing over 30 years, with at least four formal attempts to merge occurring.

about 4 hours ago

Wilkins Township votes to send oil and gas ordinance to county for review

Wilkins began reviewing its oil and gas ordinance a few months ago.

about 5 hours ago

Peters commissions study on setbacks between fracking operations, homes

Peters will spend $29,000 on a study to determine how close is too close between fracking operations and residents.

about 4 hours ago

Police investigating fatal home invasion on Mount Washington

Pittsburgh police are on the scene of a shooting in the 300 block of Kambach Street in Mount Washington.

about 4 hours ago

Sound equipment stolen from East Allegheny High School band trailer is recovered

Between $8,000 and $10,000 in stolen sound equipment belonging to East Allegheny School District has been recovered.

about 5 hours ago

Woman, 20, killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-70 in Rostraver

Three vehicles were involved in the crash on I-70 westbound in Rostraver.

about 21 hours 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

At Wet Weather conference, it's all about solutions to stormwater overflows

Annual Wet Weather Conference highlights solutions to stormwater overflows and collaborations on green infrastructure.

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

 Allegheny County Council didn't approve a grading system for dining establishments. But an analysis of restaurants using criteria from the rejected system, plus data from inspections, shows some restaurants warrant an alert or even a closure.

In an A-B-C rating system, which restaurants would make the grade?

If you eat at a restaurant in Allegheny County, you’ve probably seen a green health inspection sticker.  What does it tell you? Not much.

2 days 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

How PublicSource reported the story

PublicSource submitted a right-to-know request for every restaurant inspection conducted from Jan. 1, 2012, to April 30, 2015.

2 days ago

Car crashes into Subway restaurant in Beaver County

Two people were in the car when it hit the restaurant at 7412 Big Beaver Blvd. shortly after 4 a.m., county emergency services reported.

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

 High school and middle school students from Baldwin-Whitehall attend a screening of “He Named Me Malala” Friday at AMC Loews Waterfront in Homestead.

Malala provides inspiration

About 2,000 students see firsthand what their refugee classmates have endured in a private showing of “He Named Me Malala.”

3 days 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

Inspection reports detail problems at Zelienople treatment facility

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services inspection indicate problems that led to the revocation of Glade Run Lutheran Services’ license.

3 days ago

Financially strapped state universities are asked about their assets

The 14 State System universities hold hundreds of millions in unrestricted net assets but most are earmarked.

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