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 Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.
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Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare

Organizers with labor unions and other groups vowed to lobby again to dismantle commercial insurers.


Highmark initiative helps patients find 'Dr. Right'

Two hundred South Hills residents were on hand, along with many physicians in a variety of specialties.



 Stephanie McMahon said she's "extremely humbled and privileged" to join the board.

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital Foundation board

Ms. McMahon and WWE became involved with Children's Hospital after meeting 8-year-old Connor Michalek, a Hampton child battling a rare



 Jessica Goeller, mother of 2-year old liver recipient Lucas Goeller, hugs Ed Atwood outside Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Wednesday in Lawrenceville. Mr. Atwood organized a bike ride from Monroeville in honor of Lucas to deliver gifts to children at the hospital.

Motorcyclists take a ride to support transplant recipient Lucas Goeller

Motorcyclists ride from Monroeville to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to show support for liver recipient Lucas Goeller.


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Former officer pleads not guilty in campus shooting death

People in the courtroom erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of the judge.



Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.


 

World


Experts attempt to link debris to missing Malaysian airliner

Investigators caution that it will take more time to determine if the debris is from vanished flight MH370.



Afghan Taliban confirms Mullah Omar’s death, appoints his successor

The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader.


 
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Local Dispatch: Why Pittsburgh remains my home plate

Pittsburgh native and national journalist Howard Fineman tossed the first pitch at PNC Park Sunday. His love for his hometown ever deepens.



Random Acts of Kindness: Resident saves day for free film in park

Plus: Strong, helpful man lifted mom into SUV; Special gesture boosted spirits of cancer patient.


 

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Breakfast sausage: 5 stories to read today

1) He'll avoid the stigma of having to sit at the kids' table for the first Republican presidential debate next week, but Rand


Breakfast sausage: 5 stories to read today

A mailer from Citizens to Protect PA Jobs, a group owned by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. 1) Curious about