City Calendar: 07/28/14

A look at events for the upcoming week.

about 10 hours ago

Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

The Delany Scholars Program, a district initiative that provided mentoring and academic help, ended last month when funding ran out.

about 10 hours ago

Worst of storm misses Pittsburgh region

A watch means that there is the risk of hazardous weather and conditions for a hydrologic event has increased.

about 11 hours ago

Peace Corps redesigns for modern times

The Peace Corps is changing its application process.

1 day ago

 Physical Therapist Lucas Theys checks Brian Archer's shoulder. Mr. Archer said it would be difficult for him to make his appointments if it were not for the free transportation provided by the Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation.

Transportation services ease burdens in seeking care

Primary Health clinic offers a van service to patients who can’t afford transportation to appointments.

1 day ago

 Carrying the patient files of every person they'd seen that day, Dr. Bill Markle and his wife, RN Mary Markle, leave the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport on June 5, 2014.  The pair always review each file once again upon arriving home.

Despite Affordable Care Act, McKeesport free clinic still in demand

Patient needs are great at the all-volunteer 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport.

1 day ago

 Nathan Hite, a former McKeesport firefighter experiencing shoulder and hip pain, steps outside while waiting to be seen at the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport.

Poor Health: A frayed safety net

As hospitals close, patients and health advocates say the region's poor have been left behind.

1 day ago

 Wilford Payne.

Why Wilford Payne is known as the Johnny Appleseed of local health centers

Wilford Payne has long advocated for health care for underserved populations.

1 day ago

 Demonstrators with Save Our Community Hospitals staged a memorial service outside the partially demolished UPMC Braddock Hospital in March 2011. The medical giant shuttered the facility despite widespread community protest.

A tale of two hospital closures: Braddock and East Cleveland

UPMC shut down Braddock hospital in 2010; Cleveland Clinic shuttered Huron Hospital in 2011. The results in each community have not been

1 day ago

Residents of Pitcairn hotel evacuated after bricks fall from building

Residents were evacuated from the Young Hotel in Pitcairn Friday evening when bricks began falling from the side of the building, according

2 days ago

Route 28 rock removal continues in Harmar

A single-lane closure will start on southbound Route 28 near the Route 910 on-ramp today at 9 a.m., as contractors remove rocks, scale the

2 days ago

Port Authority standing pat on routes

Upcoming Port Authority service revisions will not include new routes, officials said Friday.

2 days ago

 Robert Scott Winder crashed his experimental aircraft today.

Man crashes experimental plane beside runway during landing attempt

Robert Scott Winder of Grove City crashed his experimental aircraft today at the Grove City Regional Airport while attempting a landing.

2 days ago

Man to stand trial for drunken driving, vehicular homicide in crash that killed passenger

State police said Ethan Kenney, 19, of Dunbar, was intoxicated at the time of the crash that killed Catherine A. Healy, 19​.

2 days ago

Drug dealer to plead guilty for escape from Morgantown prison camp

Eugene Cobbs, 43, filed notice yesterday that he will plead guilty Aug. 11 to charges related to his escape last year.

3 days ago

Texas man sentenced to 11 years for supplying cocaine to Monongahela Valley drug ring

Dominique Jackson, 26, of Denton, was found guilty at trial in March of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Clairton and elsewhere.

3 days ago

 Fans shout for autographs as the Steelers enter the field at training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe last year.

Steelers training camp: A pilgrimage of sorts for the many 'black-and-gold' faithful

Joint practices with the Buffalo Bills will be the newest feature when the Steelers begin training camp today in Latrobe.

3 days ago

 Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive, talks to a group local officials and housing advocates as part of the “Blight to Bright: A Comprehensive Anti-Blight Toolkit” program.

Municipal officials schooled in ways to end blight in region

A ’tool kit’ prepared by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is designed to teach officials which approaches have worked to battle blight.

3 days ago

 A vigil was held July 7 for Brooklyn and Ryeley Beatty. The toddlers died after a dresser fell on them  July 4.

Aliquippa parents charged in daughters' deaths

David and Jennifer Beatty were charged with endangering the welfare of children.

3 days ago

 A car sporting the Lyft mustache on its grill is seen Downtown. A unanimous vote by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission board Thursday granted emergency temporary authority for ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber to operate in Allegheny County.

PUC grants emergency applications for ride-share companies to operate

But it’s not quite a done deal: The PUC set conditions for Lyft and Uber’s temporary status, which last 60 days.

3 days ago

Allegheny County public works director resigns

Stephen Shanley, deputy director, is listed on the county public works website as the interim director.

3 days ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signs the state budget in his chambers on July 10.

Corbett care plan no longer cuts aid for disabled

The Healthy PA Medicaid reform will no longer seek to repeal the MAWD program, which provides aid to 33,000 workers with disabilities.

3 days ago

Pittsburgh man gets 11 years in prison for dealing heroin in West Virginia

Police said he was the source for two people from New Martinsville, W.Va., who bought heroin from him and then distributed it in the region.

3 days ago

 Jimmy Buffett performs in front of thousands of fans Wednesday at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa.

Buffett's 'This One’s For You' tour is about the fans

To fans, Buffett is known simply as “Jimmy” and they casually tell stories about him like a best friend or neighbor.

3 days ago

Additional cell phone users can now text 911

In Allegheny County, it's now possible for cell phone customers with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint to send emergency text messages to 911

4 days ago

 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

PUC advised to approve Lyft, Uber

The PUC will consider whether to allow the ride-sharing companies to operate locally. Meanwhile, “e-hailing” app Hailo is eyeing Pittsburgh.

4 days ago

Doctors urge caution after critical report on Pradaxa

Amid a dispute over research, doctors are urging conservative use of the blood-thinner Pradaxa.

4 days ago

Schwebel bread OK to eat, lab determines

There was no Listeria bacteria at the Youngstown, Ohio, baking facility.

4 days ago

Former prison guard guilty of lying to U.S. marshals

Federal marshals said Ralph Currington, 43, lied to them when they interviewed him about where to find his brother, a fugitive.

4 days ago

 This undated file image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, Poland. German prosecutors had hoped to try Johann "Hans" Breyer on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at the Auschwitz death camp. Breyer died late Tuesday.

Suspected Nazi death-camp guard dies in Philadelphia

Johann Breyer, who was arrested last month at his home, had said he was forced to work as a guard at Auschwitz.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh area residents warned of Jamaican phone scam

A caller claims to work for Publisher’s Clearing House and says the person answering the phone has won a large amount of money.

4 days ago

Box placed on Fitzgerald's car posed no threat

A man placed an empty box on Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's car at the Downtown Allegheny County Courthouse Thursday.

4 days ago

More Pennsylvania judges sought for black lung cases

Pittsburgh needs three more administrative law judges to reduce a backlog and to handle appeals being re-filed by miners and their widows.

5 days ago

 Caren Glotfelty

Allegheny County Parks Foundation board selects chief

Caren Glotfelty, 67, is the new executive director of the foundation, which raises money for special projects at Allegheny County‘‍s parks.

5 days ago

Pittsburgh police lawsuit settlements pile up

Annual reports for 2011 and 2012 show the city paid $381,764 in settlements, judgments and attorneys fees for various lawsuits.

5 days ago

Virginia company will pay $343,000 to settle Medicare fraud claim

American International Biotechnology billed for unneeded tests at Lions Medical Center in Greene County, the Justice Department said.

5 days ago

 The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man placed an empty box on county Executive Rich Fitzgerald's car at the courthouse Downtown last week.

Sheriff's office investigating after box left on Fitzgerald's car

The box was examined by courthouse guards and found to be empty, authorities said.

5 days ago

County's 911 texting available to Sprint customers

There have been 86 text messages sent to 911 since mid-May, according to a county spokeswoman.

5 days ago

Labor Department official calls for more Pa. judges to handle miners' appeals

The appeals were filed after doctors hired by coal companies misdiagnosed black lung disease to help employers avoid paying claims.

5 days ago

Allegheny County issues tick warning after seeing increase in Lyme disease cases

Lyme disease can usually be treated with antibiotics if it is caught early, Health Director Karen Hacker said.

5 days ago

 Inbound traffic on the Parkway West.

Parkway West lane and shoulder closures begin tonight

The lane closures will be delayed until two hours after the end of the Pirates games.

6 days ago

 Antonio Rader, 8, has been removed from this house in Greenville, Mercer County. His mother, grandmother and his grandmother’s husband have been charged with child abuse.

Experts say some children are singled out for abuse while siblings left unscathed

An 8-year-old Greenville boy‘‍s plight of near starvation sheds light on the abusive treatment of some children and not others in families.

6 days ago

Pennsylvania sees third rating downgrade in 2 years

Today’s downgrade means Pennsylvania is ranked among the six worst states in Moody’s ratings for the 47 states with general obligation debt.

6 days ago

Parkway East traffic restrictions planned tonight

The work will occur between Forest Hills and the Squirrel Hill Tunnels from 10 tonight until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

1 week ago

City calendar: 07/21/14

A look at the upcoming events for the week ahead.

1 week ago

 Holly Giovengo checks the size of the zucchinis at the Millvale Garden. Ms. Giovengo is part of the Browne Leadership Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Growing communities through shared gardens

Community gardens like the one in Millvale offer disadvantaged communities a chance to return to their neighborly roots.

1 week ago

Hey, buddy! Have I got a sweet bridge for you

Pennsylvania is selling off historic bridges in hopes of avoiding demolition.

1 week ago

DEP reports 'light' oil spill on Monongahela River

Investigators found a light, petroleum-like sheen on the Monongahela River this morning.

1 week ago

 An on-site celebration Aug. 16 will kick off a fundraising campaign to rehabilitate the Carrie deer.

Carrie deer: History through the artist's lens

A giant scrap deer, known as the "gatekeeper," is part of the legacy of the Carrie Furnaces and is a 40-foot monument to the mill's demise.

1 week ago

 Adult emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer: Small pest, big potential problems

Part of the problem is that some people don't know their trees are dying.

1 week ago


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