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 Ringing in the holidays: the valuable jewelry donated to the Salvation Army in Boston

Holiday donation to Salvation Army has a nice ring to it

A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for rings that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston.

about 19 hours ago


Holiday Herald: The bike that rode from Christmas miracle to family infamy

As a child in the 1950s, my brief possession of a 26-inch cobalt blue Schwinn Phantom was a signal event.

1 day ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Caring people helped counter water torrent

Plus: A fall in street didn’t spoil her theater trip and a plunge on icy steps revealed two angels.

2 days ago


Holiday Herald: Christmas with dozens of cousins fit her just right

Christmas felt right amid dozens of cousins and other relatives.

3 days ago


 A West Oakland Light Up Night event  at The Corner

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: The Corner is one special place for West Oakland

West Oakland’s The Corner plans to enhance amenities for little, cut-off neighborhood.

4 days ago


 MoonMail lets you "immortalize your keepsakes on the Moon." Forever.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Astrobotics' MoonMail: the gift that keeps on orbiting

The time has come to send something other then men to the moon, like locks of hair.

5 days ago


Officer is helpful hero to an Afghan boy

'Hero' soldier surprises Afghan boy he helped relocate to Scranton area to get surgery.

1 week ago


Holiday Herald: Soft bear and blind woman were heavenly match

One year a teddy bear became the greatest gift for a woman who couldn’t see.

1 week ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Chain of gifts and events keep her late father close

Also: A multitude of helping hands lifted her spirits after a tumble on Walnut Street.

1 week ago


Holiday Herald: In simpler era, little transistor radio was a huge gift

Recall this: A transistor radio was once the cutting edge of consumer electronics, equal to close to a week’s wages for my mother.

1 week ago


 Dan Iddings in his new store, Classic Lines Bookstore.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Librarian branches out with own homey bookstore, Classic Lines in Squirrel Hill

A second independent bookstore opens in Squirrel Hill, providing the personal touch that’s drawing a trend in niche shoppers.

1 week ago


 See all that resilience?

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: 'Pittsburgh: Someplace Resilient'? If the slogan fits, wear it

The Rockefeller Foundation last week named  Pittsburgh one of the world’s most “resilient” cities. If that’s a compliment, thank you kindly.

1 week ago


 Caption contest 251

Caption Contest 251 ... and the winners of 250

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

1 week ago


Holiday Herald: It sounds like she’ll miss her noisy, nutty family

One very pregnant Western Pennsylvanian is sad she won’t be home for crazy holiday.

2 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Whenever husband falls, a passer-by picks him up

Also: Restaurant owner made teenager feel special; stranger’s help stronger than harm from ice; vet recognizes his positive treatment.

2 weeks ago


Friendship’s great gift: helping get rid of clutter

Recycled gifts: a great holiday treat, even if not everyone realizes it.

2 weeks ago


 Albert's Sale & Service, Downtown, in the early 1970s

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Plaque for Downtown gas station honors the little guy

Point Park University marks the spot where Gene Albert plied his trade as an auto mechanic for more than 40 years.

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein: An ugly Christmas tree says a lot about people

If an ugly Christmas tree could talk ...

2 weeks ago


Dad may have liked his snowy funeral

Hearse gets stuck in Pennsylvania snow, adding smiles to family's sorrow.

3 weeks ago


Storytelling: Slogging through the 1950 storm had its rewards

Thanksgiving Day in 1950 was like most others. Those who ventured out that day after Thanksgiving had harrowing tales to tell.

2 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: A tumble ruined her walk but showed others’ grace

Also: Patrons at the theater helped woman in need; Someone took care of man’s debit card

3 weeks ago


 Hors d'oeuvre Guy

Holiday Herald: Mom was good at cooking up surprises for family

For one family, everyone had to be careful about what Mom was serving, even on Thanksgiving.

3 weeks ago


 North Siders celebrate the third annual "Friendsgiving" at the Elks Club.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: A community gathers to give thanks for friendship

Annual ’Friendsgiving’ brings North Siders together for turkey, strengthens neighborhood ties and contributes to a food pantry.

3 weeks ago


 Husband-to-be Charles Manson

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Charles Manson wedding might challenge any planner

Will there be bridesmaids? How to arrange a guest list for the incarcerated? A menu based on prison food?

3 weeks ago


Liberal pot laws omit access to seeds

Marijuana laws expand, but not legal access to the seeds for cultivation.

4 weeks ago


Local Dispatch: Cleaning china closet can be better than it sounds

I fill the sink with hot, soapy water and begin my trip back through time, thinking of people who touched my life with cherished mementos.

4 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Someone else in woods helped with lost license

Also: Wayward motorist found a caring volunteer guide; postal employee praised for his special assistance

1 month ago



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