A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

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.

about 12 hours ago

 Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

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.

about 12 hours ago

 International students at Carnegie Mellon University grab selfies with Subra Suresh, one of a growing group of Indian-American presidents of major universities.

Pittsburgh's New Immigrants: CMU president Subra Suresh makes the case for diversity

In the vanguard of Indian-American college presidents, he heads a school with a marked international flavor.

about 12 hours ago

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.

about 12 hours ago

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.

about 12 hours ago

Buffalo's revival recipe includes millennials, Elon Musk's SolarCity factory and wide collaboration

Once the snow clears ... the city is banking on a plan that Mayor Byron Brown says will bring 12,000 jobs in the next three years.

about 15 hours ago

New Medicaid rule could challenge state shift away from nursing homes

Starting this year, a new federal rule will require states to ensure that long-term care alternatives to nursing homes.

about 12 hours ago

Obama’s action on immigration leaves millions still facing deportation

About half of the people in California who are in the country without authorization are eligible for relief, well over 1 million are not.

about 12 hours ago

 John Muir circa 1860s

John Muir's legacy questioned

Some doubt the relevance today of an environmentalist who advocated protecting nature in its pristine state.

about 12 hours ago

Applicants tone down the tweets so colleges can't pry

Admissions officers are more aware of an applicant’s digital fingerprint.

about 15 hours ago

 Yejee Kim, a 26-year-old master's student at Carnegie Mellon University, plays the violin with Yoga Sebastian Bach, an entry in the Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at CMU's School of Music on Thursday.

Commentary: CMU competition thinks outside the music box

The Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at Carnegie Mellon University encouraged innovation in musical performance.

about 12 hours ago

National news briefs: Sharpton seeks probe in shooting

Plus: UVA frats suspended; boy with fake gun shot; tribal murder-suicide; police ambushed at fire; Obama golfs with Jeter.

about 12 hours ago

Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

about 12 hours ago

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.

1 day ago

Cost-of-living raises boost top Pennsylvania officials’ pay

The 1.6 percent increase translates into increases of more than $3,000 for some of the highest-ranking officials.

1 day ago

GOP fights Obama’s action on immigration

The White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.

1 day ago

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.

about 21 hours ago

 Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges.

Experts question results in Turnpike corruption case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagree whether the lack of jail sentences signals the Turnpike case wasn’t a worthwhile prosecution.

about 19 hours ago

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.

1 day ago

Kerry, Iran dig in on nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reversed plans to leave Vienna on Friday.

1 day ago

Robotic leg braces help Marine get Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera had vowed to walk at the event that also marked his retirement after 8½ years in the military.

1 day ago

Man killed by officer in NYC called ‘‍total innocent’

A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night.

1 day ago

Benghazi theories debunked by House Intelligence Committee

A two-year investigation by the GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

1 day ago

Infected Ebola blood stolen in Guinea

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples stolen from the minibus taxi.

1 day ago

World briefs: Extremists’ Kobani fight is blunted

PLUS: Russia-China rail sought; China cracks down; Docs show U.K. spying; S. Africa moves rhinos

1 day ago

National briefs: Ferguson awaits report by grand jury

PLUS: Newtown shooting; Buffalo faces flooding; renewable fuels.

1 day ago

 Peggy Zezza of Forest Hills uses her new smartphone Wednesday to take a picture of the PPG tree lit up and ready for today's Light Up Night.

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night closes streets, detours buses

Light Up Night began at noon today with a tree lighting at the City-County Building, Downtown.

2 days ago

Weekend paving work scheduled on Route 19 in Ross, McCandless

A variety of traffic shifts and restrictions will be in place as a result, PennDOT announced.

2 days ago

Route 51 ramp in Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth to close for weekend

The ramp will close at 6 p.m. today and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday as crews remove a wall and work on signs.

2 days ago

Bridge repairs to continue on Parkway West in Robinson

The restrictions will be in place after 10 p.m. today and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

2 days ago

House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

1 day ago

Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

1 day ago

 A recent traveler to West Africa was being evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but tests showed the patient does not have the virus, the hospital said today.

Hospital: Philadelphia patient does not have Ebola

The announcement came just a few hours after the hospital reported that the patient was being evaluated.

2 days ago

 Eric Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse in Milford in northeastern Pennsylvania after his arraignment on Oct. 31.

More search warrants released in Frein case

The warrants show police were interested in scouring Eric Frein’s Internet activity, downloads, writings, images, map history and contacts.

2 days ago

 On the assessment tests, math fell from 79.9 percent in 2011 to 73.3 percent in 2014, a drop of 6.6 percentage points.

Pennsylvania student scores declined with reduced funding, test results show

State test results decline for all students and some subgroups, including economically disadvantaged and special education students.

2 days ago

Liberal pot laws omit access to seeds

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

1 day ago

 Lori Weishaar shovels snow from around her vehicle on Thursday after the catastrophic snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y.

As snow turns to rain in Buffalo, flood threat grows

The next threat will be rain and higher temperatures that threaten to produce flooding and add more weight to overstressed structures.

2 days ago

 Traffic from outbound Route 28 is detoured over the 31st Street Bridge this afternoon after an accident in which a truck tire fell off, crossed the median and smashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing the driver.

Driver whose truck lost a tire in fatal Route 28 crash did not have valid license, police say

Eric Gonzalez-Huerta, 23, of Kentucky, has been charged with violations such as accidents involving death while not properly licensed.

1 day ago

Duquesne teachers' contract approved; pay not tied to student performance

In 2013-14 and 2014-15, teachers who have earned a satisfactory evaluation will move up one step on the pay scale.

2 days ago

Holder urges calm in Ferguson; negotiations to reduce tensions at protests

Police in Ferguson have told residents to expect a grand jury decision on Sunday.

2 days ago

Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

Authorities said today the package and others mailed by Florida State alumnus Myron May could contain a video and journals.

2 days ago

 U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly

Western Pennsylvania Republicans criticize president

Critics characterized the president’s approach on immigration as amnesty

2 days ago

 Tom Wolf

Wolf plans ‘‍to find funds’ to raise education spending

The newly elected Democrat acknowledges the end result will depend on negotiations with the General Assembly.

2 days ago

 A view of Pittsburgh on Light Up Night, Nov. 8, 1991, from West Carson Street.

Closures, detours announced for Light Up Night

Bridge and street closures begin at 9 a.m.; 55 Port Authority bus routes will be affected.

2 days ago

 Police arrest a demonstrator Thursday night in Ferguson, Mo., who was protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if the police officer who fired the shots killing Mr. Brown should be charged in the shooting.

More arrests as Missouri protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

A grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb.

2 days ago

Reopen Pennsylvania health centers, Supreme Court rules

The state closed 16 health centers, including those in Armstrong, Beaver, Greene,  Somerset counties, and one of two in Westmoreland County.

2 days ago

 Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Above is a 2011 Lexus IS F.

Toyota recalls nearly 423,000 Lexuses for fuel leaks

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

2 days ago

Israelis confiscate weapons bound for East Jerusalem

A shipment of knives, swords, fireworks and electric-shock devices from China is seized by Israeli police.

2 days ago

 Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Attacks in Kabul raise concerns about security

The Taliban are staging almost daily attacks against the Afghan government and foreign targets in Kabul, the capital.

2 days ago

Immigration tests GOP leaders' ability to control conservative response to Obama

The Republican congressional leadership, fearing any stable period of GOP-majority governance may be doomed.

2 days ago


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