Is cyberspace the world's new playground? Internet technology has brought incredible efficiency in communications and research. But has it opened up a new way to loaf on the job?

Loaf or labor? Technologies that empower us may also let us slack off

The Internet has created an easy way to take a break at work — without leaving your desk.

1 day ago

Steel Valley schools to add teachers

Steel Valley school board on Thursday night voted to add seven full- or half-time teaching positions to the district’s roster.

about 7 hours ago

Cyberloafing by the numbers

■ Thirty to 40 percent of Internet use at work is nonwork-related, according to an International Data Corp. survey. Roughly 60 percent of

1 day ago

Infighting causes split at Washington County food bank

A fallout began earlier this year over food bank bylaws, operations and a logo.

1 day ago

ULTRAparty goes for a balloon hat record

Party-goers in Mt. Lebanon Saturday will try to beat the record for most people wearing balloon hats -- 4,017.

1 day ago

Mt. Lebanon discusses possible rules for urban agriculture

Residents have been contacting the municipality with concerns about chickens and bees on neighboring properties.

1 day ago

Veterans Breakfast Club whets appetites for wartime stories

Group provides opportunity to tell the public about the sacrifices made by military personnel.

1 day ago

South Park disc jockey sets trivia world record

Jason Hinkledire has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the quiz master for the longest marathon of trivia.

1 day ago

A look at school taxes in the South Hills

Here is a look at new budgets for school districts in the South Hills. Those districts that had to hike real estate taxes mostly attributed

1 day ago

 The Buddy Bench that sits on the playground at Madonna Catholic Regional School in Monongahela.   Chelsea Sala, 10, left, helped paint the bench alog with school counselor Michele Ruddock and Lorenzo Zeni, 10.

At one Washington County school, buddy benches are for making friends

Madonna Catholic Regional School has a designated bench on its playground that students can use when they feel lonely, bored, shy or sad.

1 day ago

Authors of astrology book to speak in Peters

Rick DiClemente and fellow astrologer Liza Jane Brown will speak at Avani Institute in Peters.

1 day ago

Festival a blend of wine, jazz and pops in North Strabane park

The Wine, Jazz & Pops Festival will be held this weekend, featuring 11 wineries along with eight jazz and pops ensembles.

1 day ago

Castle Shannon mayor named Mayor of the Year

Donald Baumgarten, who has been mayor of Castle Shannon for 13 years, has received the 2014 Pennsylvania Mayor of the Year award.

about 19 hours ago

South at a glance: Steel Valley to vote on lunch prices, Bethel Park event

Happenings throughout the south communities.

about 19 hours ago

South scape: Children's activities in South Park, Castle Shannon and Baldwin, and Cinema in the Park

Various programs and activities are planned in the north suburbs.

about 19 hours ago

Lawrence Walsh: DRAM buyers can get settlement

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says 12 DRAM manufacturers have agreed to pay $310 million to settle a price-fixing lawsuit.

1 day ago

 Pleasant Hills firemen stand outside a second story apartment at the Neopolitan Suites apartment complex on Curry Hollow Road.

Victim identified in fatal fire at Pleasant Hills apartment complex

The two-alarm fire was reported at 8:30 p.m. at the Neopolitan Suites apartment complex on Curry Hollow Road.

about 17 hours ago

IceoPlex owner indicted on payroll tax charges

Steven Lynch, 59, was indicted Tuesday on 10 counts of failure to pay and one count of obstructing the Internal Revenue Code.

1 day ago

 Marcia Webber of Waynesburg Tuesday carries an umbrella through the Rain Day festival area. According to the mayor, it rained at 10:57 am.

Rain reigns again in Waynesburg

Rain Day, the annual celebration of one man’s meteorological profiteering, brought the citizens of Waynesburg out in full force Tuesday.

2 days ago

Duquesne teen ordered to stand trial in shooting of pregnant teen

Eric Taylor, 15, has been charged as an adult.

1 day ago

Former McKeesport bar owner gets probation for illegal gaming machines

Daniel Carr, 56, owned the Viking Lounge, and a search as part of Operation Pork Chop resulted in the seizure of the devices.

2 days ago

 Riders enjoy a ride on the Thunderbolt on opening day at Kennywood Park in 2012.

Thunderbolt’s thrills win ‘Coaster Landmark’ status

Another Kennywood coaster, the Thunderbolt, receives landmark status with designation by American Coaster Enthusiasts organization.

4 days ago

Clean Commission's first effort focuses on Hazelwood

Clean Pittsburgh Commission brings its member organizations to a yearlong, multifaceted beautification project in Hazelwood.

4 days ago

 Jerrod Buford

Arrest made in McKeesport home invasion that critically wounded two

A McKeesport home invasion early Sunday morning resulted in two people being shot.

3 days ago

Police investigate shooting in Washington County

State police said the shooting appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

6 days ago

 A construction worker drives a forklift  through the still-under-construction Avonworth Primary Center. The K-2 school is scheduled to open next month. Avonworth is awaiting $1.4 million in state reimbursements on its new $23.4 million primary center.

Many Pennsylvania school districts wait for millions in state reimbursements

The reason: Legislators included only a modest increase to the fund that since 1973 has provided partial reimbursements to districts.

1 week ago

Louise Urban named president, CEO of Jefferson Hospital

She takes over for John Dempster, who will be moving to a new administrative role at Jefferson.

1 week ago

Baldwin Borough firefighters seek guaranteed funding

Independent Fire Co. No.1 will meet with borough officials to discuss the company’‍s finances.

1 week ago

Peters neighborhood fights utility's tree cutting

The trees are within a right of way owned by electric utility FirstEnergy Corp., which has resisted efforts to compromise on the cutting.

1 week ago

Mt. Lebanon School District to maintain new turf fields in town

The school board voted 7-1 to enter into an agreement with the municipality to maintain Wildcat and Middle fields in Main Park.

1 week ago

 Ronald J. Kitsko, the new principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Mt. Lebanon.

Lincoln Elementary welcomes new principal

Ronald Kitsko was selected Monday out of 64 qualified applicants to replace Marybeth D. Irvin as a principal in the Mt. Lebanon School

1 week ago

 John Lechliter, manager, wedding consultant and designer at Lea's Floral Shop in East McKessport, arranges bouquets for delivery to local care facilities.

Fourth-generation florists in East McKeesport deliver smiles

Lea‘‍s Floral Shop partners with Teleflora to distribute bouquets to care centers for “Make Someone Smile Week.”

1 week ago

 Members of Teen Think work on the teen-produced film "Chairpocalypse: Never Say Never Say Never" at the Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Teens create horror film at Carrick library

“Chairpocalypse: Never Say Never Say Never” follows the misadventures of teens who decide to probe incidents caused by a killer chair.

1 week ago

Scott approves sewer repairs

A series of heavy downpours had overloaded some sewers and caused flooding.

1 week ago

Chartiers Valley selects IKM as architect for district projects

IKM Inc. will charge the district 5 percent of the cost for new construction projects and 5.5 percent for renovations.

1 week ago

Alone with their watts: Research delivers a shock

Subjects would rather take an electric jolt than sit quietly without their toys.

1 week ago

 Sister Nancy Hupert

Sister at Jefferson Hospital never stops serving and caring

Sister Nancy has dedicated her life to attending to the needs of others and has no plans to retire.

1 week ago

Woman killed in ATV crash in Fayette County

The victim fell off the vehicle and hit her head on the road sometime between 1:47 a.m. and 2:05 a.m. Monday, state police said.

1 week ago

Two Pennsylvania residents charged with killing 3 in W.Va.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says Samuel L. Spencer, 25, and Natasha L. Burns, 26, were arrested Monday in Waynesburg.

1 week ago

 Firefighters on the scene of a fire at 7110 Baptist Road in Bethel Park.

Firefighters contain Bethel Park blaze to upstairs bedroom

A dispatch supervisor said the fire on Baptist Road was reported around 11:15 a.m. and Bethel Park firefighters had it out in 20 minutes.

1 week ago

Meyersdale man, 69, killed in ATV crash in Somerset County

Wayne E. Krause was flown by helicopter to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where he was pronounced dead just after 11 p.m.

1 week ago

Overnight repaving on I-79 begins this week in Bridgeville, Marshall

Two projects will resurface more than eight miles of Interstate 79 starting this week.

1 week ago

West Mifflin to sue over Duquesne students' costs

West Mifflin contends the state pays it more than $4,000 per student less for educating students from Duquesne than for its own students.

1 week ago

Mt. Lebanon school board approves change orders

School directors in Mt. Lebanon unanimously approved nearly $225,000 in change orders for the ongoing high school renovation project.

1 week ago

Detours possible today during movie filming in Brentwood

Filming of the boxing movie "Southpaw" may cause detours today along Brownsville Road in Carrick and Brentwood.

1 week ago

Boston Bridge inspection to restrict traffic today

The Boston Bridge carries Route 48 over the Youghiogheny River in Versailles and Elizabeth Township.

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

Man shot in Mount Oliver

Allegheny County detectives are investigating.

1 week ago

Three men charged in Munhall teen's death

Deondre Broadus of East Pittsburgh, Terron Brown of McKeesport, and Corey Palmer of Munhall were charged in the death of Trijuan Williams.

1 week ago

Route 51 southbound closed as crews work to rescue person on Elizabeth Bridge

Rescue workers were called to the bridge at 3:40 p.m.

1 week ago


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