Bella Carotto, 9, helps her mother Loren Carroto do a flower arrangement at the family business, Monessen Florist.  Bella has pediatric kidney stones.

Pediatric kidney stones are on the rise

Last year, Children’s Hospital saw 100 patients who had kidney stones, said Michael Moritz, clinical director of pediatric nephrology.

about 6 hours ago

Diabetes in the elderly: safe sugar isn't simple

Diabetes in the elderly brings special challenges in maintaining safe blood sugar control, Pittsburgh doctors and diabetes educators agree.

about 6 hours ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto

Pittsburgh nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

The proposed amendment would give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are charities deserving tax exemptions.

about 6 hours ago

Health happenings for the week of Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the coming week.

about 6 hours ago

 Elizabeth Kealey

Obituary: Elizabeth Kealey / Marine Corps pilot didn't waver in wake of challenges

Everyone agrees that Elizabeth “Betsy” Kealey did great things with her life, but to her, it was no big deal.

about 6 hours ago

 The Honeydripper's crew, from left to right: James Perry, Keita Didi Lee, Jerome Anderson Jr., Nicole and Antonovich Perry.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Homewood grocer produces food the area lacked

Perry’s Honeydripper gives Homewood an uncommon amenity: a hot-food take-out with groceries and produce.

about 6 hours ago

 The outage "was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites.

48 minutes ago

Alexis Tsipras: A young, impatient leftist is Greece's defiant new face

The nation is fast running out of money and in need of an infusion from its creditors to avoid a run on its banks before the end of next

about 6 hours ago

Federal debt will explode over next 10 years, CBO says

The budget deficit is projected to reach its lowest level of the Obama presidency, but the improving deficit numbers are temporary.

about 6 hours ago

Islamic State flees Kobani battle in Syria

The outcome would be a major victory for the Kurds in a town that became the primary focus of the U.S. aerial campaign.

about 6 hours ago

 Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Ex-CIA officer found guilty of espionage in news leak

The case revolved around a CIA operation in which a former Russian scientist provided Iran with flawed nuclear component schematics.

about 6 hours ago

Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk, causing the ruble to tumble further.

about 6 hours ago

Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

It would tie Medicare fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity.

about 6 hours ago

 Visitors walk by barbed wire fences Monday at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. Today, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.

Holocaust survivors, memories dwindling

As the world moves closer to a post-survivor era, some Jewish leaders fear that people are already starting to forget the Holocaust.

about 6 hours ago

Autistic siblings have more differences than similarities, study finds

About 30 percent of the 85 sibling pairs in a study reported on Monday shared the same mutation, and about 70 percent did not.

about 6 hours ago

National Briefs: Christie signals intent with PAC

Plus: Russian spy ring case; Kochs eye $900 million; Surveillance on cars?

about 6 hours ago

World Briefs: Philippines clash strains peace pact

Plus: Yemen drone strike; Mubarak’s sons released; Global warming warning;

about 6 hours ago

 From left, Maci Lee, 11, sits with her father, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee; mother, Kristen; and brother, Jaxon. Maci nearly died and her growth was stunted because of steroids for allergies and asthma.

Study indicates use of nasal steroids can stunt growth in children

The study led by an Allegheny Health Network researcher is to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

1 day ago

PennDOT postpones Fort Pitt Tunnel lane closures

The work is being rescheduled due to the postponement of the inbound tunnel ceiling work, which is being delayed because of the weather.

about 18 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as some districts in the suburbs, including Penn Hills, are operating on two-hour delays today.

School delayed for dozens of Pittsburgh-area districts

The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 tonight.

about 23 hours ago

 Sister Daniela Bronka, principal at St. Bernard School, laughs this month as she greets students and parents before the start of school.

Principal strengthens school's 'Catholic identity' while proving nuns can be fun

Sister Daniela Bronka, principal of St. Bernard School, shows her students that nuns don’t have to be old or intimidating.

1 day ago

 This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds   )

Secret Service: Small drone crashes on White House lawn

The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials could examine the drone.

about 22 hours ago

 Bill Isler, president of the Fred Rogers Co., has held the Pittsburgh Public Schools board District 4 seat since 1999.

Wrenn, Burkley to run for Pittsburgh school board seat

The District 4 seat is being vacated by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill, who has served since 1999.

about 7 hours ago

 Crawford Village public housing complex.

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.

1 day ago

 Sister Christine Sinkovich of the Prince of Peace Parish shovels the sidewalk Monday along South 16th Street on the South Side.

Pittsburgh region dodges worst of ‘weather bomb’ that pummelled Northeast

A large, shape-shifting winter storm spilled 7.1 inches of snow on the region on its way to the Atlantic coast.

about 22 hours ago

 All of the Pennsylvania Lottery's Pick games will be drawn twice daily.

New names, game on tap for Pennsylvania Lottery

The new game is Pick 2, and other longtime games also will bear the “Pick” name.

about 6 hours ago

 Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, said she has never been a proponent of performance pay. “Teachers do what they do because they love teaching,” she said.

Pittsburgh teachers’ pay schedule examined as contract talks begin

With the Pittsburgh teachers’ contract set to expire in June, talks are likely to focus on performance-based pay and other recent programs.

1 day ago

 In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says

CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September.

about 15 hours ago

 Francisco Mathurine clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York today. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm.

Monster snowstorm swirling into Northeast

Boston is expected to get 2 to 3 feet of snow, New York 1½ to 2 feet, and Philadelphia more than a foot.

about 14 hours ago

Development project uses 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.

1 day ago

 Kim Dennis of the Center for Educational Leadership works with first grader Gabriel Mantick as she teaches a demonstration math class employing math racks at Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5.

Pittsburgh Public Schools program turns teachers into pupils

Instructional Leader Teacher 2s are positions that provide extra pay and responsibilities for teachers.

1 day ago

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.

about 23 hours ago

 Erik Arneson was appointed by former Gov. Tom Corbett days before Gov. Tom Wolf took office.

Lawsuit challenges Wolf's firing of open records director

The suit argues that the actions violate both the constitutional principle of separation of powers and the right-to-know law.

about 7 hours ago

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

The state’s elected officials oppose the proposal.

1 day ago

Rebels press Ukraine offensive

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

1 day ago

In India, Obama aims to improve countries’ ties

The president was given a warm reception by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

1 day ago

Reid’s eye surgery is a crucial moment in a long career

How he responds to the procedure could determine the future of his personal and professional lives.

1 day ago

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

The violence comes amid U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the country Sunday.

1 day ago

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party bitterly opposed the terms of the 2010 bailout of the country.

1 day ago

Koch event draws 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

Some potential presidential candidates were on hand for a panel discussion organized by the powerful conservative donors.

1 day ago

 A man de-ices a plane during a light snow at a gate at LaGuardia Airport in New York today. Airlines canceled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to 3 feet of snow barrels down on the region.

Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow

JetBlue, whose flights are largely in the Northeast, has already cancelled about a third of its entire schedule.

about 20 hours ago

California Supreme Court’s decision on Scout affiliation renews debate

Impartiality of the state’s judiciary comes under scrutiny.

1 day ago

Obituary: Madeleine Hershey / Massage therapist was advocate for transgender youth

A woman who fulfilled her life’s purpose, Madeleine Hershey is celebrated for her authentic nature and attention to people.

1 day ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: My fellow Americans, can you pass the America test?

If only we could all be forced to take a national civics/citizenship test...

1 day ago

 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander at their headquarters in the Strip District.

CMU-Astrobotic team awarded $1 million in race to the moon

“We’re super excited about that,” Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said. “We were confident going into it. I expected that outcome.”

about 7 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders shortly after his swearing-in Tuesday.

Open government advocate urges Wolf to reconsider firing

A group says the governor’s action could lead to firings by future governors who dislike the agency’s rulings and erode its authority.

about 16 hours ago

National briefs: Northeast snowstorm looms

Plus: Boehner sets focuses; Two dead in store shooting; Gas prices due to rise.

1 day ago

World briefs: Protesters killed on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Plus: Video changes demands; Talks to end crisis fail; Citizens offer allegiance.

1 day ago

 A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. A Marine Corps pilot and Indiana, Pa. native Capt. Elizabeth Kealey died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Marine pilot from Indiana, Pa., dies in helicopter crash

Capt. Elizabeth Kealey was deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

1 day ago

 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.

1 day ago


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