Fran Tunno in seventh grade.

Back to School: Nun’s lesson about good deeds has had long payoff

Sister Generosa taught me the value of helping others long ago, and I am grateful now for the lesson.

about 13 hours ago

 The scene at Bayardstown Social Club, with Slim Forsythe and His New Payday Loners performing in the background.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Bayardstown Social Club in Strip makes a quick success of socializing

Born on a vacant lot on Penn Avenue, Bayardstown is a bring-your-own party to which everyone’s invited, including kids and dogs.

1 day ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Checking if you’ve been following summer’s news

A multiple-choice quiz about animal safety, the snubbing of Pittsburgh, soccer sensations and, of course, Steelers stuff.

2 days ago

 Caption Contest 270

Caption Contest 270 ... Winners of CapCon 269

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

3 days ago

Mount Everest soloist might be highly crazy

A solo climber sets out to be the first to conquer Everest since the deadly earthquake.

4 days ago

 Central Catholic High School in Oakland

Back to School: Ex-teacher’s best lesson — don’t goof off as he did

From Central I learned the greatest lesson possible, which I might have been wise to practice earlier: Always do your best.

5 days ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Printed sign and email led her back to bracelet

Plus: Fall that ruined her trip showed others’ caring; a fellow diner honored his service in Navy.

6 days ago

Back to School: Old classmates graduate to a phase as new friends

Old classmates can turn into new friends 50 years later.

1 week ago

 Workers replace a tree near PNC Park on Federal Street in the spring.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Neighborhood tree plans hold potential flourish

Tree plan to be hatched in Manchester and Chateau is the type of public policy needed in all our under-treed neighborhoods.

1 week ago

Wrestler John Cena is Make-A-Wish champ

On Monday, he will become the first celebrity to grant 500 wishes in Make-A-Wish Foundation history.

1 week ago

Back to School: First school day seems like yesterday, 74 years later

First day of school is a fresh memory 74 years later.

1 week ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Young group does job to assist older couple

Plus: Stranger gives her cash to help needy refugees; no worries with purse, due to Linda’s honesty.

1 week ago

Local Dispatch: Portable resting seat moves people the right way

I just got a new accessory — one that makes me do my happy dance.

2 weeks ago

 Mernie Berger, left, and her sister Lowrie Ebbert at Monday’s unveiling of a plan to restore Westinghouse Memorial in Schenley Park.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Westinghouse Memorial will be a nice honor again

A Westinghouse monument and pond restoration will give Pittsburgh a grand amenity in Schenley Park.

2 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Potato chips are lacking real flavor of Pittsburgh

Lay’s potato chip contest really missed out on the flavor of Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago

 Caption Contest 269

Caption Contest 269 ... Winners of CapCon 268

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

2 weeks ago

Women make inroads as sushi chefs

Deep-rooted stereotypes have kept sushi preparation an almost exclusively male domain in Japan.

2 weeks ago

Raves: Morning walk gives fresh approach to each day

The early morning is the best time to start, before the buses and other traffic overpower the conversation among the birds.

2 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein: Sky's the limit in adding flights to fly back and from Pittsburgh

Let’s get more flights offering the chance to leave this great city behind.

2 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Motorist went out of way to get a dog home safely

Plus: Strangers perform CPR at Pirates game; restaurant conversation ends with gift; and more other unexpected, kind acts around town.

2 weeks ago

Summer Memories: Bountiful garden sprouted from family’s TV time

One year the family came together to grow a garden, thanks to watching TV in bed.

3 weeks ago

 Students water plants at Latham Street Commons

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Garden produces healthy Friendship-Garfield bond

A team of Carnegie Mellon University professors and students this summer grew a community development niche in Friendship.

3 weeks ago

Sharon Randall: Old car was a good friend, but it finally had to go

A 16-year-old car is hard to give up, but it was time.

3 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Capitol seems even crazier than usual

Harrisburg seems in turmoil, not that we can explain it ... though we’ll try.

3 weeks ago

 Bikers riding along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Bike support team to D.C. endures rigors of elegance

Support team for D.C. bike trip overcomes the rigors of natural beauty, gourmet meals, elegant B&Bs.

3 weeks ago

Vehicles make for a cheap sleep in NYC

Paying to sleep in a vehicle is the latest cheap lodging alternative for New York City visitors.

3 weeks ago

Animal Tales: She was a real softie when raccoon came to visit

When a raccoon comes to visit, a marshmallow feast may be the best way to go.

3 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: An unsolicited donor backed young artist

Plus: The golfers behind her protected a lost purse; and a senior received support when her car quit on her.

3 weeks ago

Summer memories: Sunrise can have surprising number of advantages

If you miss the sunrise, you might miss other special things, too.

4 weeks ago

 Students in the summer's first 412 Build session learn woodworking skills at TechShop.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: 412 Build’s business is training teen entrepreneurs

412 Build gives 24 teenagers each summer entrepreneurial training and networking with tech and community nonprofits.

4 weeks ago

 Hungry? Don't forget to eat at Primanti's.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: An all-purpose travel story about great, gritty Pittsburgh

Travel writers, save your fingers: Cut and paste this handy, cliche-ridden paean to Pittsburgh, which everyone likes now for some reason.

1 month ago