News Obituaries


Obituary: Gerald Bowman / Longtime Pittsburgh elementary school teacher was a favorite among his students

To students and colleagues alike, he was a father figure and a strong male African-American role model who was both firm and caring.


Obituary: Carol Anderson / Psychiatrist social worker helped to develop cutting-edge therapy for children

She had a social worker’s empathy, a researcher’s analytic mind and a clinician’s ability to effectively diagnose and provide health care.



 Mike Nichols with his wife, TV journalist Diane Sawyer.

Obituary: Mike Nichols / Celebrated director in Hollywood, on Broadway

The winner of nine Tony Awards and one Oscar directed “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “The Graduate," “Carnal Knowledge” and many more.


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Nation


At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.



Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.


 

World


Biden mends fences as Turkey, U.S. seek strategy for Syria, Islamic State

After an extended period of public estrangement and sniping, the United States and Turkey have made up.



Obama expands Afghan mission

The president’s recent secret order ensures that U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting in the country for at least another year.


 
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State


Suit calls state school funding arbitrary and irrational

New lawsuit filed seeks a judicial order, this time armed with state test results showing schools failing to meet state academic standards.



Public complaints prompt Reading officials to replace 'ugly' Christmas tree

A group led by City Council president Francis Acosta has begun raising private funds to replace it with something that’s more impressive.


 

Portfolio


Liberal pot laws omit access to seeds

Marijuana laws expand, but not legal access to the seeds for cultivation.



Local Dispatch: Cleaning china closet can be better than it sounds

I fill the sink with hot, soapy water and begin my trip back through time, thinking of people who touched my life with cherished mementos.


 

Early Returns


Shuster holds transportation committee chairmanship

U.S. Rep Bill Shuster will take another spin as chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


Peduto travels deep in the heart of Texas

By Robert Zullo Mayor Bill Peduto is escaping the city's deep freeze this week for the Lone Star State, where he will be



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