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 Volunteer students from the Shady Side Academy help make rain barrels at the Kingsley Center in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood as part of the school's Day of Service to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.
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Volunteer students from the Shady Side Academy help make rain barrels at the Kingsley Center in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood as part of the school's Day of Service to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

Using art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.


Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

The state’s elected officials oppose the proposal.



 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street near Sixth Avenue is one of 10 stations in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Big Belly stations are trash cans of the future

A $65,000 Alcoa Foundation grant funded 10 of the stations throughout Downtown in late November.


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Nation


Secret Service: Small drone crashes on White House grounds

The president’s press secretary said “early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House.



Budget cuts put a big hole in housing authority security

Second of two parts. Housing authorities nationally maintain police forces, guard contracts and pacts with police despite budget cuts.


 

World


Activists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Syrian border town

Expelling the militants marks a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting ISIS in airstrikes.



Rebels press Ukraine offensive

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ’’aggression.’’


 
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Workers line up to meet Wolf

There was an unusual sight in the Capitol Friday evening: A line of people that stretched from the governor's reception room


Allegheny County unloads Fitzgerald's SUV

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette) By Molly Born Buy a new car recently? You could be driving the



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