April and Larry Dolby, of Crafton, snack before the movie starts, bundling up for a cold night at the Dependable Drive In Theater in Moon Township.

Post-holiday diversions on the cheap

Movies, swimming, ice skating and more to keep everyone busy between the holidays

about 3 hours ago

 A closeup of the first pages of a book stolen from the Georgia State Library in 1864 during Gen. William T. Sherman's March to the Sea.

Gen. William T. Sherman's 'March to the Sea,' through the eyes of a Union solider

As many as 60,000 Union soldiers participated in the Savannah, Ga., campaign.

about 3 hours ago

 The main floor of 654 Pennridge Road in Chatham Village.

Which houses sold among this year's Buying Here properties?

Do those houses featured in Buying Here sell? Many did this year.

about 19 hours ago

 John Tabachka, 44, huntsman for the Sewickley Hunt Club, leads his hounds to the starting point for a hunt in Sewickley. Mr. Tabachka cares for 50 foxhounds and takes between 20-25 on each hunt. "I do it for the hounds. I love to watch them and it's addictive, like a needle in the arm, but legal," he said.

Sewickley Hunt, a longtime tradition, spares the fox, protects the hounds

Blending tradition and technology, the Sewickley Hunt nears a century of fox hunts.

about 3 hours ago

 Lee Lemon, of Brentwood, is photographed by Michael Edwards, creative director of Dream Builder Production in North Carolina, during the second annual Style Week Pittsburgh, pop-up fashion photo shoot in Market Square.

Stylebook Snapshot: In 2015, Pittsburgh's fashion scene needs to believe in itself

Pittsburgh should embrace its unique fashion scene and move forward -- no more focusing on the “good ol’ days“ of the past.

about 3 hours ago

 Eros Buratti with tour guide Anna Maria Massimi in his meat and cheese shop in Verbania, Italy.

That's Italian: Meats, cheeses, bread and wine are part of the best lunch ever

A chance encounter in Italy leads to this Pittsburgh traveler’s best meal.

about 3 hours ago

2Do this week, Dec. 28-Jan. 4: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

“Unbuntu Holiday” and “Christmas Star” at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company; the Lights! Camera! Pittsburgh! Movie Tour; and more ...

about 3 hours ago

Pa. tavern owners slow to apply for games-of-chance licenses

Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget office projected 2,000 taverns would get a tavern gaming license, but Pennsylvania has received 47 applications.

1 day ago

 Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie was the most re-tweeted tweet of 2014.

A look at 2014 through the social media lens

The growing power and impact of social media were evident this year as every major event took on a life of its own online.

1 day ago

 The front, right, and long side of the Howard Hanna Real Estate Services office on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. The company's renovation of a medical office building was the winner in the commercial category of last year's Renovation Inspiration Contest.

We're sold on creative renovations of commercial spaces

In the Renovation Inspiration Contest, judges seek preservation of original elements and design changes that provide new functionality.

1 day ago

 Amaryllis  'Ambiance.'

Garden Q&A: Amaryllis brighten indoor landscape in winter

Home gardeners can enjoy the live version of South African native bulb amaryllis at home for a few dollars and a bit of care.

1 day ago

Peter McKay: Appliance repair on the installment plan

How to succeed in not fixing a dishwasher for a several weeks.

1 day ago

 The Sisters of Charity at Seton Hill hold a monthly Taize Prayer Service for Peace at the Queen of Peace Chapel in Greensburg. The chapel altar screen, Communion rail, pews and doors were crafted by George Nakashima, a well-known Japanese-American craftsman.

Queen of Peace chapel in Greensburg shares spiritual connection with artisan George Nakashima

A Sisters of Charity chapel in Greensburg has an altar that is the work of famed Japanese-American woodworker George Nakashima.

1 day ago

Rules for 2014-15 Renovation Contest

Here’s how to be eligible for the ninth annual renovation contest for home and business owners in seven Western Pennsylvania counties.

1 day ago

 Dr. Stephen Fisher, second from left in center, of Squirrel Hill at Rodef Shalom in Oakland joins about 60 others reviving a Christmas Eve tradition with gourmet kosher Chinese cuisine and a movie.

Kung Pao Christmas: Movies, Chinese food become a Jewish tradition

One reason for the ritual? Chinese restaurants and movie theaters tend to be open on Christmas, and most other places aren’t.

2 days ago

 Ironworker Kirk Galloway climbs down from the steel beams that will become the 32nd and 33rd floor of the under-construction Tower at PNC Plaza on May 8.

Best visuals of 2014: The Post-Gazette's year in photos, video and interactive presentations

The Post-Gazette visuals staff members have compiled their favorite work. Come back as we add pages through the end of the year.

2 days ago

Tips for tackling Christmas gift returns

Even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes, hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls after Christmas.

1 day ago

 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center earlier this month in Lebanon, Tenn., the world’s biggest Internet retailer, hired more workers and opened new distribution centers, extending its reach to get goods to customers faster.

Online holiday retail sales hit record

Online shopping is on pace to rise 16 percent to $61 billion for the November to December period, according to researcher ComScore Inc.

1 day ago

 J.D. Fleming, of Indiana, Pa., piles his delivery of Christmas trees in Bethel Park.  Mr. Fleming is the owner of  Fleming Christmas Tree Farms.

Christmas trees accepted at Allegheny County parks for recycling

Trees can be dropped off through Jan. 17. The trees will be mulched and used in the county parks.

1 day ago

Chinese hit back against a foreign intrusion — Christmas

As fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back.

2 days ago

Francis and Elizabeth, in Christmas messages, focus on harmony

The pope emphasized the plight of children in areas of conflict, while Britain’s monarch advocated reconciliation, especially in Scotland.

2 days ago

 Helen Clay Frick made her debut into society on Dec. 16, 1908.

Best Visuals of 2014: Interactive Designer Laura Schneiderman

A story comes to life when the people in it are drawn vividly. Most of these interactive stories do that.

2 days ago

 Steam rises from the Monongahela River as barges, loaded with coal, are moved in front of the Elizabeth Locks & Dam with Gen On's Elrama Generating Station in the background. The photo was taken early on a Monday morning before sunrise when temperatures were in the mid-30s.

Best Visuals of 2014: Photojournalist Darrell Sapp

Our days are inconsistent. No two are alike.

2 days ago

 Smile Devan, 33, a Nepali citizen, says his final goodbyes to his daughter, Rina Shah, 7, before she, her brother and mother leave the Sanischare Bhutanese refugee camp in eastern Nepal for the United States. Smile, who is not a refugee, does not know when he will see his two children again since he is not eligible for resettlement.

Best Visuals of 2014: Photojournalist Julia Rendleman

Instead of working on several local projects, I focused my energy on a story on Bhutanese refugees from Nepal and the journey to Pittsburgh.

2 days ago

 Ironworker Kirk Galloway climbs down from the steel beams that will become the 32nd and 33rd floor of the under-construction Tower at PNC Plaza on May 8.

Best Visuals of 2014: Photojournalist Michael Henninger

It's easy as a newsman to focus on tragedy. But sometimes, as photojournalists, we bear witness to acts of kindness, hope and love.

2 days ago

 Some of the participants had waited years for this day, and it was truly an honor and a privilege to be there to share it with them.

Best Visuals of 2014: Multimedia Photojournalist Nate Guidry

As visual journalists, we are tasked with photographing many assignments. But one event I never covered was the union of same-sex couples.

2 days ago

 Sha'Ron Williams, one of Pressley Ridge's 19 graduates, attends the graduation ceremony in the same gym where he had once made jump shots and complained about coach B.B. Flenory's officiating. He wears a blue cap and gown with sunglasses, hiding in plain sight. Pressley Ridge's president, Susanne Cole, told the graduates "You can make a difference in the lives of others. Your task now is to do something in life that you love.  Today is the first step of that process."

Best Visuals of 2014: Photojournalist Lake Fong

I don’t take pictures, I capture the moments that cannot be staged.

2 days ago

 The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates after scoring in the third period against the Panthers at Consol Energy Center.

Best Visuals of 2014: Photojournalist Peter Diana

Being reminded of greatness, our special section on Mario Lemieux brought back so many memories.

2 days ago

 In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium, in December 1914.

In 1914, World War I soldiers took a real Christmas break

Men who for months had been trying to kill each other traded gifts, drank and even played soccer on the no man’s land between the trenches.

3 days ago

 Artist Martin D. Leisser’s “A March Snow Storm: Sixth Avenue in 1902” belongs to the Duquesne Club’s art collection. The urban scene was likely inspired by a foot of snow that fell on the city in early March of that year. We bring this to you, in the ninth year of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tradition, to mark the blessings of the season and to wish our readers every happiness.

Artist captured Sixth Avenue in 1902 Pittsburgh snowstorm

The painting shows a Downtown street as it was a century ago, before construction of the current City Hall and Oliver Building.

3 days ago

 Tony Marinho sautes beef inside PGH Taco Truck last year.

Restaurant scene: How can Pittsburgh dining improve in 2015?

The city’s growing economy feeds a dynamic food scene. Here’s how we can do better next year.

4 days ago

Can you find Xante in this Pittsburgh holiday scene?

Xante, the four-legged friend of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom, is missing. Can you help us find him among the Pittsburgh luminaries?

4 days ago

 Plantronics’ BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth earbud headphones feature a sweat-proof design for runners.

Shop Holiday: Last-minute gift ideas

If you have a little anxiety this Christmas Eve, stay calm: A trove of gift suggestions awaits, starting with “cocktail kits.“

4 days ago

 The pilgrimage presentation at Salem Crossroads begins in a 19th century log cabin.

Quiet reflection of the season: Delmont transforms into 'Christmas in Salem Crossroads'

Many communities and churches produce Nativity scenes as a remembrance of what it may have been like on that first Silent Night.

4 days ago

 Apple-Pecan Clafoutis.

What's for breakfast: Apple-Pecan Clafoutis

On Christmas morning, opening presents isn’t the only sweet treat.

4 days ago

My Generation Essay: SparkNotes: a way to cheat or learn?

For years, kids have been using SparkNotes and similar academic resources to shortcut their way through classes.

4 days ago

 A  penguin chick that was born previously at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: African penguin chicks

Last week Sidney and Bette, a nesting pair of African penguins at the National Aviary, had their third successful nesting in as many years.

4 days ago

 Girl Talk will play a sold out New Year's Eve show at Stage AE.

An early look at New Year's Eve

Swon Brothers, Girl Talk, Harlan Twins all party on New Year’s Eve.

4 days ago

Holiday Herald: Childless aunts symbolized spirit of Goodfellows

Aunts showed the true meaning of being “goodfellows.”

4 days ago

 Pilot Maxime Tran Quan Tien guides his Parrot Bebop drone during a presentation to the press in Paris.

Drones become popular holiday gifts

Drones, flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers, have “taken off” as gifts.

4 days ago

 Santa Claus

Santa Claus: A newsmaker you should know

Santa, that bearer of gifts and magic, has had many names, nationalities and shapes.

4 days ago

 Visitors light candles Tuesday in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as Jesus' birthplace, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Jesus' birthplace grapples with modern traffic challenges

Bethlehem, jammed with traffic, mulls digging a tunnel under Manger Square.

4 days ago

 Flight Time, left, and Hi-Lite of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Hot list of events for the coming weekend

A list of things to do after the Christmas presents are opened.

4 days ago

 Pittsburgh Popcorn’s 2.5 gallon holiday tin.

Shop Holiday: Gifts made in Pittsburgh

Try Pittsburgh Popcorn Co., Simple Sugars Scrub, Boyd & Blair Vodka, cookies from Merante’s, Hip Modern Soap and Reg Henry’s “Wry World.”

5 days ago

 Elephants take a stroll at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in September.

Pittsburgh Zoo to close for six weeks

The zoo will shut its doors from Jan. 5 to Feb. 13 for routine maintenance and construction of a new restaurant at Safari Plaza.

4 days ago

 The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects 4 million drivers to take to the toll road system between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, with a possible record-topping 600,000 vehicles the day after Christmas.

Milder weather, falling gas prices greet holiday travelers this week

A record-breaking 98.6 million travelers are expected to hit the road starting today, and for the most part the weather will be cooperating.

5 days ago

 William Gay, left, his friend Carlos Rolle, center with hat, and Mr. Gay's brother Unrikay Hall chat with a community member as they hand out turkeys in November in Tallahassee, Fla.

With the loss of his mother, Steelers' William Gay steps up against domestic abuse

The Steeler has been helping a Pittsburgh shelter and groups in his Florida hometown years before domestic abuse was in the NFL spotlight.

5 days ago

 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: Be flexible with food for party

Plan the menu for the holiday party based on the people who’ve RSVP’d, but buy a bit more just in case more people show up.

5 days ago

Toys for Tots Foundation addresses Pittsburgh-area problems

The national Marine Toys for Tots Foundation sent a truckload of toys to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

5 days ago

 Photos celebrating Pittsburgh done by local artists are featured in an art installation along the fencing of the Downtown construction site where The Gardens at Market Square is being built.

Let's Talk About Art: Outdoor photo show

The Downtown construction site that will become The Gardens at Market Square is being spruced up with an art installation.

5 days ago


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