Thomas Rouser has Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the banquet at Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side.

Light of Life shines on Thanksgiving

About 1,000 people received a warm Thanksgiving meal Thursday as part of the annual tradition.

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 A semi-portable Varidesk Soho standing desk, $175 at

Shop Holiday 2015: Gifts for young professionals

Let them know they’re at the top of your shopping list with these ideas.

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 "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown," is one of many Christmas specials airing this holiday season.

Holiday television specials spread seasonal cheer

No matter what your preference, there is surely something on the seasonal schedule to suit your tastes.

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 The five-month budget stalemate has halted about $7 million in state funds that would have normally gone to food banks around the commonwealth.

Budget standoff has state's food banks looking to hunters for help

Hunters Sharing the Harvest, Pennsylvania’s venison donation program, will mark one million pounds of donated meat this hunting season.

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 Thanks, Aunt Ina.

Local Dispatch: The Christmas ham that got us going

In 1950s, an aunt with a large ham for Christmas dinner motivated 13 of us to pile into a car to visit. And then it began to snow. A lot ...

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 Shoppers get a head start on their holiday shopping Thursday evening at the Toys R Us in Cranberry.

More consumers going mobile to do their holiday shopping

Mobile devices could account for more than 40 percent of transactions this holiday season.

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 Thousands of Pittsburghers and out-of-towners took part in the annual Turkey Trot races this morning.

Thousands pound the pavement for annual Turkey Trot races

The 5K and 5-mile races meandered through the streets of the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh this morning.

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 There's a technique to carving your Thanksgiving turkey.

VIDEO: How to carve your Thanksgiving turkey with ease

It’s that time of the year when you are about to handle the hardest Thanksgiving task -- carving a turkey. We are here to help.

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 An armed police officer stands guard Thursday at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security

Heavy police presence join balloons and floats on parade route.

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 Audio-Technica AT-LP60 turntable, $99

Seeking gift ideas? Here are a few favorite tech things

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give an absolutely fantastic technology gift. Here are 10 products under $100.

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Black Friday retailers pile on discounts to lure shoppers

About 135.8 million Americans are expected to shop in stores or online over the four-day weekend.

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 The National Retail Federation estimates about 135.8 million people will shop this weekend.

Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Most of the more than a dozen major retailers like Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s were sticking with their evening Thanksgiving openings.

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 A pair of bear hunters walk up a road last Monday toward a sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania game lands 74 in Fisher, Clarion County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they’re likely to see more deer when hunting season opens Monday.

Game commission to steer hunters to prime spots

It’s a reversal of past practice, when the board spent hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to erect fences to keep deer out of areas.

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Let’s Learn from the Past: Pittsburgh’s first Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims celebrated the “First Thanksgiving” in 1621, but the first Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh wasn’t observed until 1758.

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Let's talk about science: Temperature and your brain

Our brain helps us interpret information from different inputs like touch, sound and sight.

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 Greetings, friends.

Local Dispatch: Why we still send Christmas cards

One can see how this quaint custom might fade. But when you send someone a real Christmas card, you are also sending a piece of yourself.

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 Some Mt. Lebanon residents say they have a right to know, for safety reasons, where deer-control archery hunts are taking place in their community.

State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide locations of deer hunt

The request involves Mt. Lebanon’s contract to pay a nonprofit wildlife management organization to organize a controlled archery hunt.

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 From left, Arty Quinn, brew master; Paul Stinelli, sales; Erika Quinn and her husband, owner Alan Quinn pose for a portrait inside Quinn Brewing Co. in North Huntingdon.

Insurrection AleWorks to open in Heidelberg, Quinn Brewing in North Huntingdon

They’re the newest in the next big wave of Western Pennsylvania brewpubs and breweries.

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 Nicole Johnson, co-call director of Butterball Turkey Talk-Line.

Need more turkey tips? Butterball hotline experts await

From how to thaw the bird to cooking instructions, operators at the hotline answer 10,000-plus questions every year.

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 The front parlor contains a piano and other musical instruments. On the left is an old church pew.

Christmas in Ben Avon: Holiday house tour set for Dec. 5

The tour includes a century-old house that is both beautiful and functional, with an elevator that can accommodate a wheelchair.

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 Kennywood shines for the season with Holiday Lights through Dec. 27.

Holiday to-do list: Festive activities abound in Pittsburgh

Here’s a guide to the array of special holiday events and activities taking place throughout Pittsburgh.

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 The downstairs bar  at Brewtus Brewing Co. in Sharon, PA.

More Pittsburgh brewpubs and breweries on the way

More than two dozen brewing operations have recently opened or soon will in locations ranging from the North Side to Hermitage and beyond.

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 The "Playground" -- a Chicago-style marinated Italian beef sandwich with sauteed peppers on a Breadworks bun at the Old School Italian Sandwich Shop in Munhall.

Munch goes to Old School Italian Sandwich Shop

Skip the chains near the Waterfront and check out a famil- run spot with grandmother’s recipes.

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 Cured Salmon at Poros in Market Square.

On the Table: Poros offers an interesting menu

With an expensive location, design and concept, Poros is the most ambitious restaurant of the moment.

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 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

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 Hart Johnson pours a brew at Piper's Pub on Carson Street in April 2014.

Is tonight the busiest bar night of the year?

Many people are home for, and can sleep in on, the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance estimates charities collect one-third of their donations in the last quarter of the year.

Donor beware: Fake charities prey on your holiday spirit

As consumers get caught up in the holiday season of giving and goodwill, their defenses go down, according to some experts.

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 Green-winged macaw.

Let's talk about birds: Nutcracker

There are two birds, both members of the crow family, named nutcracker.

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 Thanksgiving is the peak day for home fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and most fires are started between noon and 3 p.m.

Officials urge holiday cooking safety

The U.S. fire Administration says Thanksgiving Day traditionally has the highest number of home fires all year, double the normal average.

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 An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a plane, bus, car or train at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.

Travelers flock to airport, highways for long holiday weekend

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the holiday, the most travelers since 2007, AAA says.

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 Mark Milovats.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

A listing of weekend events

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 The tracks at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum begin at Pittsburgh before going to the J&L Steel Mill before eventually ending in Cumberland, Md. Everything in the model is set during 1953.

Trains keep chugging through Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum holiday show

The 28th annual display at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum in Richland includes 350 locomotives and 6,500 feet of track.

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Holiday celebrations around the North

Here’s a roundup of some holiday programs around the North.

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 Karen Stilley grew up in Pittsford, N.Y., and attended Penn State University in a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program.

Newsmaker you should know / Hempfield mom creates website of kid-friendly activities

My Fun Maven, a website created by Karen Stilley of Hempfield, is attracting about 2,500 visitors looking for activities for children.

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 "The Good Dinosaur" tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way?a  human boy.

A feast of films on Thanksgiving Eve

“Creed,” “Good Dinosaur,” “Brooklyn,” “Trumbo” and “Victor Frankenstein” arrive in theaters just in time for the holiday.

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 When it comes to health, how can we make our parents understand modern recommendations?

Ask Natalie: Concerning parents' health, lead by example

Are mom and dad unhealthy and not willing to change? Graduating college but unsure of your major? Ask Natalie has the answers!

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 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

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 Astronomical highlights for the coming week; illus­­tration prepared by Amy Jill Pazur, Buhl Planetarium & Observatory.

Stargazing: Beaver moon and apparent magnitude

Wednesday’s full moon is called “beaver moon” because beaver traps were set during November to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

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 The Mid-Atlantic Region is expected to have 4.94 million people hit the highways.

Lower gas prices, milder temperatures to ease holiday traveling

About 5 million people from the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey region are expected to take to the highway for Thanksgiving.

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 Dave Crawley, Chris Beichner and Stephen Quick.

Into the WILD event raises funds for Allegheny Land Trust

The Allegheny Land Trust welcomed guests to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on Saturday night to celebrate the work of its volunteers.

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 Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Muffins.

Here's a few ideas for those Thanksgiving leftovers

For a post-holiday meal, make muffins, griddle cakes and chowders with the leftovers.

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 Kim Evert, Richard Parsakian and Carole Bailey.

War on Women Art Show benefits Planned Parenthood

Hundreds turn out to support Planned Parenthood and the work it does to support women’s causes.

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 Crustless Pumpkin Pie is served with a simple granola topping for crunch and whipped cream for glamour.

A crustless pumpkin pie for pastry scaredy cats

The creamy Thanksgiving dessert with a crunchy granola topping doesn’t require a crust.

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 Frederick Crawford, Rodney Jones, Sr. and Rahmon Hart.

Iota Phi Achievement Awards Dinner held at the Syria Center

Iota Phi Foundation and Iota Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held an awards dinner in Cheswick, Pa. on Saturday night.

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 From left, Penny Zacharias, Cathy Trombetta and Kirk Burkley.

Shadyside Splendor house tour raises funds for PSO

Shadyside Splendor organizers and musicians hit all the right notes at the patron party Saturday and house tour Sunday.

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 Christine McCormick Chopra, Jackie Dixon, Gayle Zacharia and Jill Nolan.

Ladies Hospital Aid Society hosts fundraiser

Supporters of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society learn how to make special cocktails during its fall fundraiser, Mind Body & Spirits.

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 Nancy Williams and Diane Harrell.

Garden Club of Oakmont Holiday Luncheon

The Garden Club of Oakmont held its 11th annual Holiday Luncheon at Oakmont Country Club, Wednesday.

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 Paul Fruehan, owner of Wood-N-You Like It from West Mifflin shows an antique post office box to Lauren Pusateri of Castle Shannon.

Stylebook: I Made It! Market kicks off first official holiday shopping weekend

Plus, several trunk shows on tap and a beauty lounge pops up on Mount Washington.

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Give thanks with these wine bargains

Choices include a fruity Riesling for $7.99; California Pinot Gris and French Burgundy for $8.99; and a rare Nebbiolo for $24.99.

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 Make-Ahead Gravy

As countdown begins, reduce anxiety with Make-Ahead Gravy

The gravy can be prepared at least two days ahead of the holiday in a stress-free environment.

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