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 Third-graders read books after a tour at the library during the first day of school at Highcliff Elementary School in Ross. Instead of two larger and five smaller elementary schools, North Hills School District has four comparably sized, renovated elementary schools where the district can offer similar academic opportunities, better balance class sizes and have room for full-day kindergarten as well as separate spaces for art, music and library.

Allegheny County school districts resize, close schools as population shifts

Most school districts face the challenge of declining enrollment. There are no easy solutions as school boards look for cuts.

about 4 hours ago


 Clairton Mayor Rich Lattanzi wants to use Act 47 money to tear down vacant buildings like the ones behind him along St. Clair Avenue.

Sweeping changes to Act 47 proposed in Harrisburg

State legislators are looking to change the program to help towns in financial distress, mainly by setting time limits for the designation.

about 4 hours ago


Pitt, Pirates games and Rib Fest spell North Shore parking problems today

Drivers who have not prepaid will not even be allowed to enter the North Shore after 2 p.m.

1 day ago


Zubik urges prayer against satanic ritual

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh’s bishop urges Catholics to pray against satanic powers in response to a planned black mass in Oklahoma.

1 day ago


 Sunset against at the Pittsburgh Skyline as viewed from the overlook in Schenley Park.

Pittsburgh is nation's 19th-most liberal city, study finds

The Steel City leans, if even just a bit, further left than the Mile High City. Yes, you read that right, er, correctly.

1 day ago


 Family-owned Greenawalt Farms is one of many places that offers a variety of food items for your next picnic.

Stock up for your Labor Day picnic

There’s no shortage of unique markets throughout Pittsburgh to help you throw the perfect picnic.

1 day ago


Floodplain maps must be updated for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County municipalities must approve federal floodplain maps or risk losing federal flood insurance

2 days ago


 Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz., on Monday. The girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi when the weapon's strong recoil caused her to lose control of her aim, police said.

Gun experts: Arizona instructor didn’t follow protocol in fatal incident

But firearms safety experts say there’s no reason children cannot be taught how to safely handle a firearm.

2 days ago


 Famed opera singer Frances Yeend and her husband, pianist, conductor and vocal coach James Benner, in their New York apartment in the 1950s. The couple's vast collection of art and antiques will be auctioned off today and tomorrow in Fairmont, W.Va., by Joe R. Pyle Auctions.

Acclaimed opera singer's antiques go on the auction block

Frances Yeend and her husband, James Benner, antiques and art collection is up for auction this weekend in Fairmont, W. Va.

2 days ago


Raves: High school football takes joy of parents to a whole new level

There’s something special about Western Pennsylvania high school football.

2 days ago


Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald does not expect to pursue an increase in millage

Allegheny County’s 2012 budget, with a 1-mill increase, was the only time the county tax has been raised in 14 years.

2 days ago


 Cars travel along the lower PJ McArdle Roadway.

Weather, traffic to heat up Labor Day weekend

Heading into the last holiday weekend of summer, the temperature in Pittsburgh has yet to reach 90 degrees. Will that change?

2 days ago


 BDominic Truckley, 4, of Penn Hills leads a flag-waving frenzy along the Boulevard of the Allies by Robert Kennedy, left, 4, of Mt. Lebanon and Koen Melder, right, 5, of Friendship during the 2012 Labor Day Parade.

10 things to do this Labor Day holiday weekend

From exploring the numerous trails in the city to the Labor Day Parade and Kennywood, enjoy all Pittsburgh has to offer during the long

2 days ago


I-79 ramps to close tonight for paving

The northbound on-ramp at Carnegie and the northbound off-ramp to the inbound Parkway West will close at 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. Friday.

2 days ago


Pittsburgh ranks among worst for frequency of crashes

An Allstate insurance report shows Pittsburgh was 187th among the 200 largest U.S. cities for safe driving.

4 days ago


 Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky

Raves: Grushecky’s music can offer inspiration not to ever give up

Joe Gru­shecky’s voice is, and al­ways has been, a voice to be reck­oned with!

4 days ago


Parental approval key toward predicting childhood alcohol sipping, Pitt study finds

The study included 452 Allegheny County children (238 girls and 214 boys) who were either 8 or 10 years old, along with their families.

3 days ago


 Sam Mullet.

U.S. appeals court in Ohio overturns hate crime convictions of 16 Amish

Prosecutors had contended the crimes were motivated by religious disputes between Samuel Mullet Sr. and other Amish religious leaders.

3 days ago


 Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk rides with members of his Birdhouse Skateboards team at Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie on Monday.

Carnegie skateboard park honors the lives of drowned men

After her sons died, Mary Shea Pitcher faced two options: “I wanted to lie on their graves and die, or I could get involved with something.

5 days ago


 Downtown Pittsburgh, as seen from the Schenley Oval.

Pittsburgh gains another top accolade

Pittsburgh is the “most livable city” in continental U.S., according to a study from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

5 days ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he would like to substitute park rangers for the nearly 50 county police officers who currently patrol county parks.

Allegheny County offers more details on rangers replacing police in parks

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald wants to replace county police who patrol the parks with park rangers.

5 days ago


 CMU master's student Thomas Healy has started Headstart Labs, a company trying to revolutionize the study of impact on football helmets.

CMU punter, engineering student researches helmet safety

Thomas Healy has formed a company to develop a helmet to reduce head injuries.

5 days ago


Allegheny County police union interested in county park proposal

County Executive wants to put rangers in county parks to free up county police who patrol in the parks.

4 days ago


Pittsburgh region's unemployment rate stays at 5.3 percent

The number of jobs, which are not seasonally adjusted, in the seven-county region fell by 8,300.

4 days ago


West Virginia coal miner sentenced for falsifying qualifications

Sean Chase repeatedly claimed to be a foreman qualified to perform mine safety examinations but holds no such certification.

4 days ago


Four charged in Bronx-to-Belle Vernon counterfeit ring

Two men from Belle Vernon, a Charleroi woman and a New York City resident were indicted today for possessing and passing counterfeit money,

4 days ago


Saxonburg man gets four to 12 years in prison for burning attack

Edward Myers, 37, pleaded no contest last month to aggravated assault, and 15 other related charges were dismissed as part of a plea

4 days ago


Parkway West work expected to tie up traffic

Major improvements will occur from the Fort Pitt Tunnels to Interstate 79.

6 days ago


 Ali Israr, who works for Disney, at his home in Monroeville.

Odysseys: Pakistan native finds his science career thriving in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has been an ideal place to advance his research in the field of haptics, Ali Israr says.

6 days ago


 The Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoneycreek, near Shanksville.

Former House speaker to headline Flight 93 ceremony

The Congressional Gold Medal will be displayed for the first time during Sept. 11 events at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

6 days ago


City Calendar: 08/25/14

A listing of upcoming events for the week ahead.

6 days ago


Pittsburgh area witness protection programs offer 'a fresh start'

The witnesses in serious felony cases have two options in Allegheny County for relocation.

1 week ago


Flash flood watch issued for Westmoreland, Fayette counties

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Westmoreland and Fayette counties starting at 5 p.m. today.

1 week ago


Passengers stranded when no one can unload plane at Pittsburgh International

Passengers on a Delta flight Thursday waited 4 hours to take off from NYC, landed at 2:30 a.m. in Pittsburgh, and waited an hour on ground.

1 week ago


Shuman Center improvements starting to show

After a rocky couple of years, Shuman Juvenile Detention Center is making improvements and has a new permanent director.

1 week ago


Judge criticizes NLRB role in UPMC labor dispute

Judge Arthur J. Schwab  rules that UPMC should comply with broad National Labor Relations Board subpoenas, but allows time for an appeal.

1 week ago


Instant ramen has long-term health concerns, study finds

A study found that women who ate instant noodles at least twice weekly had a 68 percent increase in cardiometabolic syndrome.

1 week ago


 A section of Falbo Road washed out by flash flooding after as much as four inches of rain fell overnight in Fayette County.

One dead in weather-related Fayette County crash

State police said Thomas C. Whipkey of Perry Township died in a crash that occurred after severe weather washed out a roadway.

1 week ago


Single-track operations today on Red Line in Dormont

The work will occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1 week ago


Traffic pattern changes today at I-79 bridge project in Butler County

A crossover for southbound traffic will be eliminated, with delays and traffic stoppages possible.

1 week ago


Outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel closed for the weekend

Major delays are likely and PennDOT urges drivers to find alternate routes.

1 week ago


County mulls moving police officers out of parks in favor of rangers

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald wants to free 45 officers for investigative work rather than patrols in North and South parks.

1 week ago


 Albert Ferguson Jr.

Obituary: Albert B. Ferguson Jr. / Founder of the University of Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Surgery Department

The University of Pittsburgh and Richard Mellon recruited Albert B. Ferguson Jr. to found the orthopaedic surgery department.

1 week ago


 AT&T is the fourth provider to offer the service in Allegheny County, joining Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Allegheny County AT&T customers can now text 911 in an emergency

In May, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the service for Verizon. T-Mobile and Sprint have since added the service.

1 week ago


 The Rev. Dennis Colamarino, pastor at Christ Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, who is struggling with ALS, will take the ice bucket challenge Saturday with Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik to raise money for ALS research.

Bishop takes up ice bucket challenge for priest with ALS

Bishop David Zubik will preside at a special Mass, including a prayer for the sick, to honor the Rev. Dennis Colamarino on Saturday.

1 week ago


 The Allegheny County Labor Council told Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, above, that he is not welcome to participate in this year's Labor Day Parade.

Labor Day Parade organizers tell Gov. Corbett he's not welcome

Union leaders are at odds over allowing Gov. Tom Corbett to march in the annual Labor Day parade.

1 week ago


Judge sets March trial date for one of Pittsburgh region's largest landlords

Dov Ratchkauskas and George Kubini face charges of wire fraud conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

1 week ago


Zappala seeking review of evidence in robbery cases

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. says the goal of the move is to protect the integrity of prosecutions.

1 week ago


 Cecile Springer, center, a community activist, listens to a discussion about HPV vaccination during a news conference Wednesday announcing the formation of a Pittsburgh chapter of Grandmother Power.

Pittsburgh grandmothers band together, help tackle HPV prevention

An international “Grandmother Power” movement is giving grandmothers a new role as activists in local communities.

1 week ago


 Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and some members of his Birdhouse Skateboards team will give a free exhibition at 5 p.m. Monday at the soon-to-open Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie.

Tony Hawk to give exhibition at Pitcher Park in Carnegie

The professional skateboarder has won 73 events. The skate park is almost ready to open in Carnegie.

1 week ago



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