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Raves: Osher classes enthuse older adults for new learning

Not even frigid temperatures and brutal wind can prevent a group of dedicated seniors from bundling up and trudging to our classes.

about 11 hours ago


Sharon Randall: Life and love lead to unexpected places, fortunately

Follow your heart, and the rest will fall into place.

1 day ago


Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic in Pittsburgh

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

1 day ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

2 days ago


Caption Contest 257 ... and the winners of 256

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

3 days ago


New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami(hash)nus.

4 days ago


Sweet memory lingers from tapping Mt. Lebanon’s maple trees for syrup

The sweet memory of tapping Mt. Lebanon’s maple trees for syrup helps in surviving the harsh season.

5 days ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger offered comfort when a van slid off road

Also: Plenty of angels helped a woman who fell in lot; Steelers fan returned phone lost before game.

6 days ago


Local Dispatch: In gratitude to cancer, for all it’s done for me

A couple of cool things have happened since the surgery. And I became Mr. Ecumenism by accident.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Let’s sort out confusion caused by cold

If we didn’t know better, we’d think it was February in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, there’s always good advice to be had at such times.

1 week ago


Sharon Randall: Best job around may be grandparenting, if you care

Here’s the scoop on one of the best jobs in the world: grandparenting.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: A computer might want to clarify CMU’s snafu

Imagining a letter that a smart CMU computer might compose to explain the error that some CMU computer made with 800 “acceptance” letters.

1 week ago


 Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs."

Local Dispatch: Small role in Oscar-winning 'Lambs' was quite memorable

Jennifer Papale Rignani’s small role in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ was unforgettable.

1 week ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Car was stuck until help arrived

Also: Teens rushed to aid a fallen elderly man; woman and young son assisted in slippery lot; honest person took time to forward payment.

1 week ago


Winter Musings: Life inside a Pittsburgh snow globe leaves warm feelings

Life inside a Pittsburgh snow globe isn’t so bad, really.

2 weeks ago


 Kelly Porter, left, property manager of the Century Building, and Mary Kate Ranii, Pennsylvania Resources Council Program coordinator, set up a recycling bin in the Downtown apartment building.

Walkabout: Big push is on to spread recycling in Pittsburgh apartments

Fifteen apartment buildings in Allegheny County are upping their recycling efforts with help from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

2 weeks ago


Sharon Randall: Brother born blind has never stopped inspiring

Blind brother continues to inspire as years and difficulties increase.

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Some are bound to miss ‘Fifty Shades of Grey'

The only thing more confusing than the pleasure of S&M is the popularity of the books and film celebrating it.

2 weeks ago


Caption Contest 256 ... and the winners of 255

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

2 weeks ago


Be My Valentine: Hard-to-get choir girl proved worth waiting for

They’re still singing a love song after she initially played hard to get.

2 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Injury from fall on ice was eased

Plus: Wallet lost over holidays awaited her; stranger personally guided couple to a funeral; utility workers stopped to help elderly woman.

2 weeks ago


Peter Leo: Opera, art, jaw head Philly attractions

My wife and I took the train there for a long weekend and had a fabulous time going to classy restaurants and museums.

3 weeks ago


Animal Tales: A rabbit has its way of nestling into family’s heart

Becky and I were in love for more than 20 years without God blessing our marriage with a child.

3 weeks ago


 A rendering of the proposed hotel behind the PAA in Oakland.

Walkabout: Oakland hotel’s design provokes mixed reception

A proposed hotel in Oakland enlivens the debate about what we want our city to look like as we grow and change.

3 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Don’t expect ‘Mockingbird’ update to be upbeat

The lives of characters in ’To Kill a Mockingbird’ must have taken drastic turns.

3 weeks ago


Storytelling: Nicaraguan nurses curiously offered her a baby

Encounter with Nicaraguan nurses visiting Pittsburgh left a strong impression.

3 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Scout volunteers to help shovel

Also, a courtesy leads to a generous offer, a late husband’s kindness is honored and strangers in restaurant quietly pay for veterans.

3 weeks ago


Be My Valentine: However you spin it, a first kiss is unforgettable

The porch light went out. We made contact. The spotlight hit our faces. We giggled and mashed our lips together. ...

3 weeks ago


 The former Immanuel Church, now the Neu Kirche Contemporary Arts Center.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Arts playing a key role in North Side development

A new organization, Neu Kirche, adds to synergy of the arts’ role in community development on the North Side.

4 weeks ago


 Now former state treasurer Rob McCord

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: It’s time for a treasurer with more tact, like me

In which your humble Morning File correspondent requests that Gov. Wolf consider a regular guy for state treasurer, whatever that is.

1 month ago



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