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 8 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 8 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, at the time a candidate, take a picture before their stand-up routines at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead earlier this year.

The Post-Gazette's top 10 news stories of 2014

The Post-Gazette staff voted the following as the top 10 stories of the year carrying local significance.

about 8 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.

1 day ago

 Jaquan Betts,17, left, Marcus Brown, 15, center, a freshman, and Marlin Rainey, 17, a junior, are three from a team of Wilkinsburg High School students who learned multimedia and interview skills talking to role models and mentors while doing an oral history project for their community through the Crossing Fences project.

'Wilkinsburg Voices' recording project helps black students connect with community leaders

The project was sponsored by Saturday Light Brigade Radio and the African American Men and Boys initiative of the The Heinz Endowments.

1 day ago

Port Authority union upset with lawyer's 'under the bus' comment

The lawyer forbade the union from talking to a bus driver and instructed her not to attend a disciplinary hearing.

1 day ago

 Monroeville police were outside Monroeville Mall Friday night after a large fight broke out.

Monroeville Mall quieter after Friday night fracas

Monroeville Police Chief K. Douglas Cole said Saturday he knew of no connection to problems reported Friday in at least three other malls.

about 16 hours ago

Swissvale man shot in arm, leg drives himself to North Side hospital

Three shots fired calls on the North Side were reported between 11 and 11:30 a.m., though it’s unclear whether they are related.

about 11 hours ago

 Paul Kochu, 22, believed to be shown in this image, was last seen Dec. 16.

Pittsburgh police release video believed to show missing South Side man

Paul Kochu, 22, was last seen in the early morning hours of Dec 16.

about 11 hours ago

 Jeff Oaks of Lawrenceville takes a walk in his neighborhood with his dog Andy on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail under the 40th Street Bridge with the dog park nearby.

Snow a no-show in Pittsburgh in December

This month is likely to be among the least snowy Decembers on record in Western Pennsylvania.

1 day ago

Gunshot wounds caused death of Homewood man, autopsy shows

Devin Jackson, 23, died after he was shot multiple times in the trunk, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Friday.

1 day ago

State survey finds more than 23,000 households in Pa. without heat

The survey counts 23,213 households statewide that will enter winter without heat-related utility service compared to 19,653 in 2013.

1 day ago

 Jay Jabbour in 2001.

Obituary: Caleem L. 'Jay' Jabbour / Local political figure from Mon Valley

He spent years on the West Mifflin and Allegheny County councils. He also ran for the Pa. Legislature eight times — losing every time.

1 day ago

 Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon came to Pittsburgh in June to film "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl."

Cameras were rolling in the 'Burgh

Pittsburgh was a movie magnet in 2014 as Russell Crowe, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vin Diesel, Will Smith and many others came for productions.

1 day ago

Firefighters battle structure fire at boat club in Robinson

The fire was reported at 10:30 p.m. at the Groveton Boat Club on Royal Avenue, according to a 911 communications worker.

about 8 hours ago

Police: Home invasion suspect shot by California homeowner

An intruder died early today after being shot in a California borough home, authorities said.

about 14 hours ago

Pittsburgh police: Woman found in car in Knoxville was fatally shot

Early this morning, a 911 caller reported a vehicle driven into a pole on Dove Way. Police found a dead woman inside, shot in the head.

about 15 hours ago

Families displaced after bricks dislodged from North Side building

The Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania is assisting families after bricks toppled from a building in the 300 block of Kennedy Avenue.

about 19 hours ago

Three people shot in drive-by incident

Pittsburgh police are investigating a shooting in Bloomfield early this morning that sent three people to the hospital.

about 23 hours ago

 From left, Markus Wright of the North Side; Andre Twyman of Avalon; Garland Walker of Washington, D.C.; Bradley Wiggins of Manchester; and Edwin Colwell II of Sheraden pose for a portrait Wednesday in the courtyard of the Manchester Youth Development building on the North Side. The five grew up in Manchester and made a pact to finish high school and qualify for the Pittsburgh Promise.

Now college graduates, five childhood friends reunite in Manchester

Five childhood friends in Manchester forge a bond to achieve college with support from youth center and the Pittsburgh Promise.

1 day ago

 Monroeville Mall after fights inside that brought police from four agencies.

Fights close Monroeville Mall

Police learned Friday through social media that hundreds of teens were showing up at the mall -- with the number reaching 1,000.

1 day ago

 Nettie Gibson's car, background, rests off the road in East McKeesport in 2011 after being hit by an SUV driven by Eileen Gibson. Eileen was driving drunk and says she was trying to commit suicide when she slammed into Nettie Gibson.

A DUI crash, a horrific injury and a tale of forgiveness

Nettie Gibson and Eileen Gibson first came together in a terrible crash. Three years later, they met again and found common ground.

2 days ago

Fayette County woman and son killed in Springfield crash

The county’s emergency operations center said the crash occurred shortly around 12:30 p.m. on Springfield Pike.

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

 Mark Boehler looks at the headstone for Thor, his 8-year-old Siberian husky, during a memorial held in March.

Woman found guilty in Spring Hill dog-napping case

Gisele Paris, 58, was charged with taking a Siberian husky that belonged to a man who lived nearby and having it euthanized.

1 day ago

 Cleanup gets underway after a tractor trailer hauling garbage overturned on the northbound  side of I-79 near the Lone Pine exit.

Tractor-trailer driver injured in I-79 crash in Washington County

The tractor trailer was headed north on I-79 shortly after 7 a.m. and crashed just prior to the Lone Pine exit, emergency officials said.

2 days ago

 Customers arrive Thursday at SouthSide Works Cinema to watch "The Interview." Extra security guards were on hand.

Pittsburgh screening of 'The Interview' attracts patriotic crowd

The movie about the assassination of North Korea’s leader has netted tepid reviews but strong response after attempts to shut it down.

2 days 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

 “They knew I wanted to do this,” said Andy Pugh, who returned from Sierra Leone on Dec. 15.

Squirrel Hill aid worker helped manage Ebola response in Sierra Leone

Andy Pugh managed a child protection program and then an Ebola treatment center.

2 days ago

 Sister Grace Ann Geibel

Former Carlow University president Sister Grace Ann Geibel dies

She served as a faculty member, department chair, academic vice president and president for more than three decades.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay, right, wrote a letter saying he intends to create an Office of Professional Standards within the police bureau.

Pittsburgh officer who shot Leon Ford placed on desk duty

Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay wrote that the transfer was not punitive but an effort to restore the community’s faith in the bureau.

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

Intense fire displaces Mount Oliver residents late Christmas Eve

Standing in the rain late Wednesday, Mr. McBride watched firefighters scramble to save the home he had decorated for the holiday.

3 days ago

 Goodfellows cartoon

The story behind the Goodfellows Fund campaign

More than 2,000 generous Post-Gazette readers stepped up to make this year’s campaign a success.

3 days ago

 An effort to make public data more available includes a survey that encourages citizens' feedback at http://pittsburghpa.gov/pghdataforum/

Online center to serve as data portal for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

A $1.8 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will help start the effort of making data more useful and easily available.

3 days ago

 Salvation Army personnel help to console friends and relatives of Norma McClain, 79, the woman who died in the fire, according to her son Mark Lundsford.

Christmas morning fire claims elderly woman inside Penn Hills home

Penn Hills Fire Chief Shawn Snyder said the woman was found 10 feet from her front door.

2 days ago

North Side nuisance property can be demolished, judge says

The judge denied a motion to extend the period during which Michael Bucaro could sell his East Allegheny house at 901 Constance St.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh police K-9 officers sit on the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum before the memorial service for K-9 officer Rocco in February.

Donations sought for North Shore memorial honoring Rocco, other police K-9s

Ed Lackey, vice president of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial of Allegheny County, said the statue hopefully will be unveiled in May.

2 days ago

Christmas Day closings in Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania

Most government offices will be closed for the Christmas Day holiday.

3 days ago

Route 88 in Washington County reopens after crash

The crash, in which a vehicle hit a utility pole, occurred in the 6300 block of the highway in Finleyville.

2 days ago

Williams Ohio Valley not yet sure what caused fire at its ethane pipeline meter station

The fire was contained to the facility's flare area piping and was extinguished overnight.

2 days ago

Fire caused by pipeline explosion at Washington County gas plant under control

A Washington County dispatch supervisor said the fire was under control and that there were no injuries.

3 days ago

 La Keisha Wolf, executive director of the Ujamaa Collective, talks about fair trade and racial justice issues during a recent session at the collective in the Hill District.

Pittsburgh group using art as 'a bridge and a convener' in race-relations discussion

A program also has begun to help minority organizations compete for grants, build audiences and grab exhibition opportunities.

4 days ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Binding arbitration for UPMC, Highmark

The UPMC-Highmark in-network contract expires Dec. 31.

3 days ago

Two wounded in Beltzhoover shooting

Pittsburgh Police officers responded to the call just after 8 p.m.

3 days ago

One hurt in Hill District shooting

The man was in stable condition at UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, according to a press release.

3 days ago

 A woman, concerned that a body found along Felicia Way in Homewood was her son, is comforted at the scene today.

Police investigate link between Homewood killing, reported sexual assault

The man, 23-year-old Devin Jackson of Homewood, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials have not said how he died.

3 days ago

Wind advisory posted for Western Pennsylvania

Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph are forecast.

4 days ago

West Virginia doctor pleads no contest to illegally prescribing painkillers

Edita Milan, 75, of Fairmont was motivated by greed, the U.S. attorney's office said.

3 days ago

Broker imprisoned for mortgage fraud faces new charges

David C. Jackson, a mortgage broker who went to prison in 2006 in a loan fraud conspiracy, was indicted Monday.

3 days ago


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