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.

about 21 hours 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.

1 day 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.

2 days 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 days 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.

4 days 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.

6 days 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 week ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Cable man came to rescue of cat

Plus: Men jumped in to push anxious driver’s vehicle and moviegoers received surprise after a pleasant conversation.

1 week ago

Winter Musings: She’s counting on the flowers to spring up soon

It’s just a matter of time now, waiting for the spring bulbs to pop out.

1 week ago

 A billboard for the Northside Open Literacy Challenge.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Pittsburgh group takes up challenge of giving literacy a boost

Pittsburgh Project organizes a literacy challenge for children city-wide to advance improvements in spelling and usage.

1 week ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Capital punishment dilemma can fire a man up

These are strange and troublesome days for capital punishment.

1 week ago

 Caption Contest 258.

Caption Contest 258 ... and the winners of 257

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

1 week ago

 Clockwise from top left: Aron Ignacz, the only child in Megyer; Gusztav Egly, the village caretaker, preparing coffee for guests; the honeymoon suite; and the mayor, Kristof Pajer. Credit

For rent — a Hungarian village and a mayoral title

For about $700 a night, almost anyone can become the official deputy mayor of Megyer.

1 week ago

Biography: Fun-loving grandfather loved St. Patrick’s Day, too

Grandfather loved pranks and a good time, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

2 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Man stopped to push car

Plus: Pie presented as a bonus to a complimentary meal, and strangers assisted a woman who broke her ankle in an icy fall.

2 weeks ago

The Morning File: If Wolf’s getting a bad rap, try this one

The Pennsylvania governor is trying to appeal to schoolkids to get his budget approved.

2 weeks ago

Storytelling: Priest won plaudits for putting punks in their place

On one wintry Sunday morning, he spotted seven older teens or early 20-something punks standing in the vestibule.

2 weeks ago

 An areial view of the Veterans Bridge/Interstate 279 North connection.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Who says we must live with ugly highways forever?

Taking aim at highways through the city is a game of imagination now, but when the time is right, we can get rid of them.

2 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Oh deer, it’s going to be some night in Mt. Lebanon

An emergency session of the Gently Rampaging Deer of Mt. Lebanon Coalition was called over the weekend.

2 weeks ago

Food operations add uplift to menu

Liberty’s Kitchen in New Orleans endeavors to throw lifelines to young people on the verge of being swallowed by poverty and crime.

2 weeks ago

Peter Leo: Cholesterol’s comeback story inspires

One bright spot in an otherwise dreadful year is the exoneration of cholesterol.

3 weeks ago

Winter Musings: One snow made a player out of hard-working mom

Hard-working mom finally let loose like a child during a snow storm.

3 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Snows brought a widow warm source of support

Also: Young women credited with helping after a fall; someone found a wallet and business returned it.   .

3 weeks ago

Raves: Osher classes enthuse older adults for new learning

Not even frigid temperatures and brutal wind can prevent a group of dedicated seniors from bundling up and trudging to our classes.

3 weeks ago

Sharon Randall: Life and love lead to unexpected places, fortunately

Follow your heart, and the rest will fall into place.

3 weeks ago

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic in Pittsburgh

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

3 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

3 weeks ago

Caption Contest 257 ... and the winners of 256

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

3 weeks ago

New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami(hash)nus.

3 weeks ago

Sweet memory lingers from tapping Mt. Lebanon’s maple trees for syrup

The sweet memory of tapping Mt. Lebanon’s maple trees for syrup helps in surviving the harsh season.

4 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger offered comfort when a van slid off road

Also: Plenty of angels helped a woman who fell in lot; Steelers fan returned phone lost before game.

4 weeks ago

Local Dispatch: In gratitude to cancer, for all it’s done for me

A couple of cool things have happened since the surgery. And I became Mr. Ecumenism by accident.

1 month ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Let’s sort out confusion caused by cold

If we didn’t know better, we’d think it was February in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, there’s always good advice to be had at such times.

1 month ago


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