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 Randyland, the Mexican War Streets home of Randy Gilson, features colorful murals and street art.

Look past Pittsburgh's popular attractions for some off-the-beaten-path summer fun

From museums to a Robot Hall of Fame, the region is home to many hidden gems.

about 13 hours ago


 Best anyone can tell, the last bourbon to be commercially manufactured in Pennsylvania was made by Bomberger’s Distillery, near Schaefferstown, about 30 miles east of Harrisburg.

Wigle Whiskey bringing bourbon distilling back to Pa.

The Strip District distiller is set to issue its first bourbon next week. It’s the first Pennsylvania-made bourbon in decades.

about 13 hours ago


 Kelly Vanek, from left, Marci Cosens, Beth Mueller, Brandi Darr and Amy Donia will embark on a bike and hike to celebrate cancer survival, honor their mother and promote healthy eating.

Somerset County sisters to bike, hike for cancer awareness

Two of the five women will ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., and their three sisters will complete all or part of a 76-mile hike.

about 13 hours ago


 It took two, Ellen Baird and Sarah Baehr, to sell all the great produce from One Woman Farm at last year's Ligonier Country Market.

After 40 years, Ligonier Country Market still going strong

The market, which sells both farm products and crafts, started in 1976 and has grown to include 182 vendors, most of them local.

about 13 hours ago


 Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park has sued Chicago American Sweet & Snacks, saying its cookies called "Smiley's" are a lot like Eat'n Park's best-seller, above.

Eat'n Park sues Chicago cookie-maker over Smiley trademark

The suit says Chicago American Sweet & Snacks sells cookies called "Smiley's" that Eat'n Park says are a lot like its product.

1 day ago


 The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects 2.2 million vehicles over the four-day holiday period beginning Friday, a significant increase from last year. The heaviest volume is expected on Friday, with 700,000 vehicles.

Memorial Day weekend travel set to fill roads amid less pump pain

Traffic will be up from last year’s total, AAA and the Pennsylvania Turnpike believe, but gasoline prices will be down nearly $1 a gallon.

1 day ago


 Stephanie Steren-Ruta, from Tennessee, who was visiting her grad-student sister at the University of Pittsburgh, makes a stop at the Las Palmas taco stand outside the grocery store on Atwood Street in Oakland.

Dining scene: Las Palmas offers tacos to go and more

With four locations and growing, Las Palmas tacos build a community of frugal fans.

1 day ago


 The “E.O. Beef,” made with London port roast beef, with pickled onion, tomato and horseradish on a brioche bun at Arnold's Tea Shop and Cafe on the North Side.

Munch goes to Arnold's Tea Shop and Cafe on the North Side

The new North Side spot adds comfortable cheer to East Ohio Street.

1 day ago


 Zac Brown and the rest of the Zac Brown Band will perform at First Niagara Pavilion at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Hot List of events for the weekend of May 21

Heritage Players stages “To Kill a Mockingbird,” All Time Low plays at Stage AE, Sandcastle opens, and more.

1 day ago


My Generation sports: There's nothing heroic about this champion

So what do we think of Tom Brady now?

1 day ago


Let's learn from the past: Jimmy Stewart

Actor and Western Pennsylvania native Jimmy Stewart became the first major Hollywood star to join the U.S. military during World War II.

1 day ago


Let's talk about science: Mission to Mercury ends

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft crashed into Mercury’s surface after using the last of its propellant on April 30.

1 day ago


 Wagyu Dirty Burger

Kicking off grilling season with a bunch of recipes

If you only do the minimum outdoor cooking, you can still enjoy the benefits.

2 days ago


 Asparagus is purchased at the Ridgeview Acres Farm stand May 14, the opening day of the farmers market in Market Square.

Enjoy Pennsylvania asparagus all year round with these recipes

With these make-ahead recipes, you, too, can extend your enjoyment, whatever the weather.

2 days ago


 "The New Nordic: Recipes from a Scandinavian Kitchen" by Simon Bajada.

Celebrating a sweet taste of summer... sort of

Memorial Day can mean faking it with frozen or jarred berries.

2 days ago


 The new Bison Airlighter  ($79.95) combines a high velocity, 4-inch flame with a jet-air-stream to ignite charcoal grills instantly.

Fresh Finds: Grilling accessories and tools

Add to the fun this season with these gadgets.

2 days ago


 Haagen-Dazs artisan collection's Ginger Molasses Cookie ice cream

Fresh Find: New ice cream flavors

Haagen-Dazs collaborates with artists on new flavors.

2 days ago


 Scenes from previous gathering of "Chocolate Camp" at Country Confection in Canonsburg.

The Food Column: Sweet summer camp in Pittsburgh area

What kid wouldn’t want to spend some time at a candy store?

2 days ago


 The eagle icon of American Eagle Outfitters looms over its South Side Works headquarters. The teen clothing retailer this morning reported a profit of $29.1 million, or 15 cents per share, in the first quarter, beating analysts' expectations.

American Eagle posts strong first-quarter as sales grow

The teen retailer’s total revenue rose 8 percent to $700 million from $646 million last year.

2 days ago


 Lakers guard Nick Young, left, and Iggy Azalea arrive at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Delta Foundation, LGBT groups at odds over Pittsburgh Pride headliner Iggy Azalea

The Australian rapper has proven to be a controversial, divisive choice of a headliner for this year’s Pride in the Street.

2 days ago


 Mike Mancuso of Wexford helps his son Lucas, 3, put on an illuminated letter 'L' at Pittsburgh Glass Center's exhibit "ABC@PGC."

Art preview: 'ABC@PGC' project at Pittsburgh Glass Center lets you see letters in a new light

Combining interactivity and literacy, the exhibit comes to Pittsburgh after a year at the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Washington state.

2 days ago


 The 'Mac Attack' grilled cheese at The Yard in Shadyside, comprised of a house cheddar sauce, spiral pasta and soaked bacon lardons.

Owners opening second Yard restaurant Downtown

David Ondik, Michael Allen and Nirav Patel opened the first location of the Yard a year ago in what had been Pangea in Shadyside.

3 days ago


 Maggie Schneider, who has MS, rides with her Maggie Maurauder’s team in last year's MS 150-Keystone Country Ride.

Bicyclists go the distance to support MS research

The Keystone Country Ride is a favorite for bike touring in Central Pennsylvania.

3 days ago


Fired ex-waitress sues Primanti Bros. on alcohol disability claim

In a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court, the ex-waitress says the chain violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

3 days ago


 When a slug moves it leaves behind a tiny trail of mucus.

Let's talk about parks: snails and slugs

These squishy little creatures may not be particularly good looking, but they are quite fascinating once you know a little bit about them.

3 days ago


 Amy Perkins is a deaconess and church mother at First Baptist Church of Bridgeville.

Century club: Centenarian has led a life of caring for others

Amy Perkins couldn’t be a nurse, but she marks her 100th birthday after a life of caring for others.

3 days ago


Ask Natalie: Life's little distractions getting you down?

Confront the noisemakers at the theater, but remember they may not positively respond to even a polite request for them to quiet down.

3 days ago


American Eagle continues global expansion in South Korea, Singapore, Greece

Pittsburgh-based American Eagle will have stores in 28 countries with the new agreements.

3 days ago


 Langdon Dining Table shows off its architecturally influenced foundation.

It's all about the base at the spring furniture market

At the spring High Point Market, manufacturers paid more attention to the base than ever before.

4 days ago


 Carol Brown and Kevin McMahon.

Pittsburgh Opera presents Maecenas XXXI

More than 260 guests enjoyed the gala held at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters.

4 days ago


 Jack + Jules Pittsburgh offers casual apparel and accessories, with a focus on designer denim, for men and women.

Stylebook: Jack + Jules Pittsburgh represents new focus for Lawrenceville boutique

Plus, trunk shows at Larrimor’s and Wilson & Weir, girls’ night at Spoiled Chics boutique, “fix your fashion” workshops for kids and more.

4 days ago


 Penny Morel and Paul Block.

BACHday Bash held at the Aviary

Event supports the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

4 days ago


 From left, Olga Welch, Phil Parr, Cheryl Hall-Russell and Scott Lammie.

Hill House’s hosts Live from the Hill with Audra McDonald

While Audra McDonald was preparing for her concert at the Byham, the people who made it happen were prepping for an evening next door.

4 days ago


 Joe, Laura, Chris and Sharon Fennimore.

James Beard culinary tribute held at the Art Institute

The James Beard Culinary Tribute of WQED’s Chris Fennimore was a food fest for fans and family Saturday night.

4 days ago


 Matt Rhenish and Evan Frazier.

Three Rivers Youth hosts event at the Renaissance Hotel

More than 250 supporters attended the 135th anniversary of Three Rivers Youth, raising more than $130,000.

4 days ago


 From left, Daisy Balawejder and Kelley Baumgartel at Hello Bully's Lovers Not Fighters Gala at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.

Hello Bully hosts gala at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

Celebrities turned out Saturday for Hello Bully’s seventh annual Lovers Not Fighters Gala at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

4 days ago


 Cocktails & Conversations: From left, Emilee Goodman, Marisa C Williams, and Michelle Leszczynski.

#SEENSpringFlings

Since you can’t make it to all of them, we’ve rounded up some of the best parties of the week!

4 days ago


Stargazing: Crescent moon and Venus

Earth’s closest neighbor in space is moving east, away from the sun, and an extremely thin crescent moon can be seen Wednesday evening.

4 days ago


 Budget $aver pops in a variety of flavors slide out of their molds at Ziegenfelder’s in Wheeling, W.Va.

Summer treats a sweet business for Wheeling-based Ziegenfelder

Budget $aver twin pops have helped the company grow its market share significantly since 2008.

5 days ago


Dine: Proper etiquette for a cafe stop

Should you sit and should you tip? Answers to reader questions on cafe etiquette.

5 days ago


 Dawn Plummer, left, and wife Diana Polson sit Wednesday with their children Elijah, 6, left, and Jude, 2, on their porch swing at their Point Breeze home.

A look at same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, 1 year later

It is too soon to measure most economic benefits, but couples say they have found financial peace of mind.

5 days ago


 Pittsburgh-based shoe and accessories designer Emy Mack Jamison in her new Shadyside boutique.

Pittsburgh-based luxury shoe brand grows its presence with handbags, new shop

The new Emy Mack Collective is on Filbert Street in Shadyside and offers the brand’s shoes, handbags and belts, plus looks from other lines.

5 days ago


 Madison Ray and Garrett Toomey from Glenshaw navigate through a bicycle obstacle course set up by the Etna-Millvale-Shaler Police at Kiwanis Park in Glenshaw Saturday.

Free helmets, friendly faces on course for Glenshaw Bike Rodeo

2015 Bike Rodeo emphasizes safety, good community relations with Etna, Millvale and Shaler police.

5 days ago


Travel notes: Crazy questions fielded by travel agents

The ranks of travel agents continue to grow in the U.S. despite a swelling array of online travel websites.

5 days ago


Travel Q&A: Mom-to-be plans to keep traveling

Some destinations are better than others when planning on traveling with a baby.

5 days ago


Wildlife: Summer reading for nature lovers

A hot sun, beach chair and a book. It doesn’t get much better. Consider these new or nearly new titles.

5 days ago


 Youngsters navigate the Kids Mud on the Mountain course at Seven Springs in 2014.

It's time to be king of the mud mountain

Seven Springs’ second-annual Mud on the Mountain obstacle course for kids promises a muddy mess for all next week.

6 days ago


 The front entrance, featuring the Paramount logo.

Renovation Inspiration Contest | Remake of Paramount Film Exchange is a hit

A photographer and business booster hope their remake of the Paramount Film Exchange is a happy ending and new beginning for Uptown.

6 days ago


 It's glass, it's gorgeous, it's not to be taken for granted. Here's to the spires of PPG Place.

5 things we are loving this week

Amy Schumer, Blackwing pencils, the new Kate Atkinson novel, Pedialyte as hangover remedy ...and PPG place is still great.

6 days ago


 Frank Vitale's South Side backyard garden features a chocolate paperbark maple, Japanese tree peonies, metal artwork and koi ponds. His home and garden is one of 13 homes that will be on the South Side house tour today.

His home, garden have evolved over 27 years

The South Side man spent decades transforming a vacant city lot into a green refuge and remodeling row house.

6 days ago



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