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 Monica Martinez of San Francisco’s La Cocina sorts meal worms prior to baking them.

Bugs start to crawl into Americans’ diet

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

1 day ago


Animal Tales: Flightless robin became a curious guest one spring

We named him Rothchild. He set up shop in our garden’s birdhouse for weeks, grounded but proving a good companion for my coffee hour.

2 days ago


Random Acts of Kindness: A Pittsburgh commuter offers to share needed umbrella

Also: Leaving purse in restaurant was not a disaster, thanks to a customer and staff; and an Easter gift from a kind waitress.

3 days ago


Biography: Farmer Ben’s passion for land had few equals

The task of being the family’s ambassador to close the book on its farm life fell ultimately to Ben, and he did his family proud.

4 days ago


 A line forms for the “meat and greet” food giveaway at the former Michelle’s Diner in Allentown.

Diana Nelson Jones: Allentown diner benefited Pittsburgh community one last time

The Allentown property owner gives away to the neighborhood all the food that’s fit to take from the former diner.

5 days ago


 Gerrit Cole

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Have a nice home opener, Gerrit Cole

Good luck with the season, Gerrit Cole, and with making it through security in time.

6 days ago


Eyewitness 1983: Reagan sidestepped hostile reception during downtown visit

The president avoids Pittsburgh protesters and jokes about his own risk of “dislocation.”

1 week ago


 CapCon 260

Caption Contest 260 ... and the winners of 259

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

1 week ago


China rules golf courses out of bounds

Two-thirds of its fairways were allegedly built in violation of a moratorium, and Beijing is no longer willing to look the other way.

1 week ago


Baseball Lore: She shed sandals to teach boys a baseball lesson

The day a young woman joined the neighborhood baseball practice remains memorable, more than a half-century later.

1 week ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Ring turned up in trash

Also: Cold couldn’t prevent hardy act of honesty; woman went extra mile in donation of groceries

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: It’s dangerous being oldest person alive

Gertrude Weaver of Camden, Ark., had quite an up-and-down start to April.

1 week ago


Warm Memories: If not for the wine, tree house had vintage potential

The tree house would have been great, if the wine didn’t interfere with young work crew.

1 week ago


 Students in Pitt's urban skills seminar researched the South Side last fall.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: University of Pittsburgh students see South Side in a different light

Pitt urban studies students have taken on South Side nightlife excesses in research that they will present to city council today.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: International jet-setting is now a bad line to get into

Notes from the first international trip in 30 years: Such as,  passengers look and act like the Greyhound crowd from back in the day ...

1 week ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Officer gently assisted family

Plus: Passer-by aided motorist stuck in a very slick spot; someone made sure to resolve mail mixup; and more.

2 weeks ago


Storytelling: Swimming lessons for an immigrant

As a child in 1950s Hungary, I was taught to swim by being thrown into the lake. Landing in Pittsburgh in my 20s, it felt the same.

2 weeks ago


 The thwarted North Side gardeners: From left to right, Renee Rosensteel, Karen Fellabaum and Lisa Anderson.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Bureaucratic inanity blocks garden project for prison’s halfway house

A prison-community garden project on the North Side falls to bureaucratic interpretation of governor’s no-gift order.

2 weeks ago


Sharon Randall: Principal showed principles behind a life well lived

Former high school principal was one example of a life well lived.

2 weeks ago


 CapCon 259

Caption Contest 259 ... and the winners of 258

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

3 weeks ago


Workers suffer as Indian state bans cattle slaughter

The rise of conservative Hindu politicians has revived a long-standing battle over the status of the cow in the massive, multifaith nation.

3 weeks ago


Storytelling: Nonna’s apron had her big family covered in love

With her round face, shy smile and soft fleshy hands that were never idle, my Nonna Sestili preceded in appearance the Pillsbury Doughboy.

3 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Difficult trip to theater salvaged by maitre d’

Also: When our car ran off the road in the pouring rain, evading a deer, a young fellow arrived to keep us safe in the dark until AAA came.

3 weeks ago


 Forbes Field of dreams.

Baseball Lore: High schooler treasured his day of spoiled dreams

For one morning at Forbes Field, a high school boy had a realistic dream of becoming a Pirate.

3 weeks ago


 The original rendering of the new U.S. Steel headquarters.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: No room for blandness with new U.S. Steel site

Calling all architects to stand up for inspired -- and inspiring -- design.

3 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: City’s planning yet another party without our help

Pittsburgh’s having another party we’re not invited to help plan.

3 weeks ago


Florida town tries to set limits on spring break

Panama City Beach, like previous Florida spring break hot spots Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach, is facing a crisis of conscience.

4 weeks ago


 Theresa Curran Gallagher on the job at the LTV coke ovens in Hazelwood in 1989.

Local Dispatch: Dirty Hazelwood mill produced splendid memories

The memories of a dirty job in Hazelwood coke ovens are just wonderful.

1 month ago



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