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.

about 13 hours ago

 Elijah Socie, 6, of Brookline, runs underneath a large pride banner while carrying a pride flag to celebrate a federal judge ruling Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The rally was held on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside in May.

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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 3 hours 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.

about 3 hours 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.

about 4 hours 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.

about 14 hours 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.

about 14 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

2 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?

2 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.“

2 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.

2 days ago

 Apple-Pecan Clafoutis.

What's for breakfast: Apple-Pecan Clafoutis

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

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 days ago

Portfolio | Holiday Herald: Childless aunts symbolized spirit of Goodfellows

Aunts showed the true meaning of being “goodfellows.”

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.”

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 days ago

 Recreational users have had limited access to the first half-mile of the popular Montour Trail since Dec. 15.

Parking lot cleanup complete at Montour Trail's Mile 0

The restored parking lot has reopened at Mile 0 of the Montour Trail, providing room for about 30 vehicles.

3 days ago

What does Christmas taste like?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food-section contributors share their must-have holiday flavors.

4 days ago

#SEENPartyPreview: Things to do in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Two great party options for New Year’s Eve.

4 days ago

 Paul Witkowski's grandfather and his four sons singing Polish Christmas carols -- a must after Wigilia dinner -- obviously with great gusto.  Also probably from the late 1960s.

It's not just Christmas Eve. It's Wigilia

For her and other Poles, the Vigil involves a meatless feast.

4 days ago

 Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars in March wearing a pale blue Prada gown with a plunging neckline. She was among the fashion standouts of the 2014 awards season.

2014's top moments in fashion

From the runway to the red carpet, Lupita to de la Renta, here’s a recap of some of the year’s top style hits, misses and headlines.

4 days ago

Stylebook: happy.merry.bright pop-up brings together Pittsburgh brands for the holidays

Plus: Shop for a cause at Primadonna Collection, Style Week seeks designers, trunk show at Glitter & Grit and more news and events.

4 days ago

 A model wearing a Shawna Solomon design walks the catwalk at the kickoff event for the fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week at Highmark Stadium in September.

What are Pittsburgh's top fashion moments of 2014?

Here are some of the ways the Steel City flexed its style muscle this year.

4 days ago

 These Steelers slippers are available for less than $15 at Target.

Shop Holiday: Gifts for the biggest Pittsburgh sports fans

Add to someone’s collection with this Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Pitt gear.

4 days ago

 Billie Mullen, 46, of West View and her 4-year-old son, John William Mullen, cast their shadows to catch alphabet letters at the Children's Museum.

Art exhibits made to teach children a 'tough' challenge while learning

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh offers “Tough Art” that can stand up to kids.

4 days ago

 Melanie Crockard.

Here’s looking at you: Pittsburgh's best dressed in 2014

Pittsburghers brought the fashion hits, one party at a time!

4 days ago

 Mentor Stephanie with mentee Kenay, who have been matched for more than a year, at Stephanie's graduate school graduation.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Amachi Pittsburgh

Amachi Pittsburgh aims to break the cycle of generational incarceration by supporting children who have a parent in jail.

4 days ago

 A long exposure captures the standing stones in darkness during the evening of the Winter Solstice at the Castlerigg Stone circle on Sunday in Keswick, England.

Christmas Day: bikes in the morning, sleds at night

The winter solstice brings unexpected warm temperatures and not much chance for a white Christmas, at least in the morning.

4 days ago

Goodfellows: Dad wants daughter to smile at Christmas

John Davis is a volunteer at the Hill District Center for Nurturing Families. He could use a hand this Christmas.

4 days ago

Stargazing: Red Planet and crescent moon

Mars has been a fixture in our evening sky since going into opposition and coming as close as 56 million miles to Earth.

4 days ago


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