Howard Fineman, right, with his son, Nick, at PNC Park before throwing out the first pitch at Sunday’s Pirates game.

Local Dispatch: Why Pittsburgh remains my home plate

Pittsburgh native and national journalist Howard Fineman tossed the first pitch at PNC Park Sunday. His love for his hometown ever deepens.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Resident saves day for free film in park

Plus: Strong, helpful man lifted mom into SUV; Special gesture boosted spirits of cancer patient.

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 The Westinghouse atom smasher stood on the same spot in Chalfant for 78 years, until it was taken down on Jan. 20.

Local Dispatch: Downed atom smasher supported Chalfant so long

When it stood tall, the Westinghouse atom smasher supported everything around Chalfant.

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 Scott Bye's sculpture "Spare Change" in the Deutschtown section of the North Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: North Side public art runs into city 'bureaucrazy'

The Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center is enriching the neighborhood with bold art on vacant lots. Then a letter from the city arrrived ...

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: On a faraway planet, they're making plans

Earth is looking harder for life on other planets, but don’t expect the universe to have a positive reaction.

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If this little piggy gets too big, it’s bad

When this little piggy gets too big to be a pet, problems arise.

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Boys got a harsh, useful lesson about what sells

Harsh but helpful lesson never forgotten by boy with a useless magazine stand.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Community unites to rescue tadpoles

Plus: Man provides a spark for a motorist in need, and a purse left atop car makes it to owner

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Local Dispatch: View of city only improves after her decades away

On her first visit home in decades, she likes the changes she sees in Mt. Lebanon and Pittsburgh.

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 Katie Tontala demonstrates a cat massage technique at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Cat massage training can help owners be purr-fect

Like with people, massage for cats is catching on to ease stiffness and improve circulation and well-being.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: If only Obama could teach Wolf

If only Obama could teach Wolf a lesson about how to work with Republicans.

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Sharon Randall: Kids need guidance, but they’re pretty smart, too

Kids have plenty to learn, though they’re pretty smart, too.

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Caption contest 267 ... and the winners of 266

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

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 Co-creator Frauke Zeller introduces hitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot, to an American audience during a program at the Peabody Essex Museum on Thursday in Salem, Mass.

Robot thumbing its way across U.S.

The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on the kindness and curiosity of strangers.

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Storytelling: Rocky garden stumble never tainted one marriage

Rocks in the garden couldn’t get in the way of a good marriage.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Closed ice cream store opened to help patient

Plus: Missing purse appeared by magic in a mailbox; stranger helps out with car trouble; and more polite gestures around town.

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Summer Memories: Beach house fills snugly with fun, controlled chaos

Controlled chaos is a great way to get through a family beach vacation, especially when lots of love is included.

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Sharon Randall: A birth story is one that can be treasured for lifetime

Birth stories can carry a lifetime of meaning.

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Currency exchange vexes a Hamilton

Doug Hamilton is just fine with plans to put a woman’s portrait on U.S. paper money, but he’d prefer that the $10 bill be left alone.

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Local Dispatch: Anthon’s was a treat in East Liberty’s busy heyday

Anthon’s has long served as symbol of East Liberty’s grand past.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Volunteers were rewarded for their efforts at weeding

Plus: Newcomer experiences Pittsburghers’ honesty; others made possible a cancer victim’s wig; and more.

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 Did that autograph come from a player, a broadcaster ... or the janitor?

Portfolio / Baseball Lore: This boy played the autograph game like a true pro

More than 50 years ago, he took his quest for baseball autographs to a high level.

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 GTECH staffers Gavin White, left, and Lydia Kramer clear weeds in new Propel Northside charter school lot.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Grant program helps give vacant lots a future use

A weedy lot near the Propel Northside charter school will become a classroom when students return.

3 weeks ago

 A great spot for Super Bowl LVII.

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Dream about Super Bowl coming here in 2023

Bringing Super Bowl here is something worth dreaming about for the next eight years.

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Caption contest 266 ... and the winners of 265

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

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Portfolio: Bands banned for boom box parade

Participants and spectators will instead be carrying radios tuned to the same local station, which will provide traditional marching music.

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"Raves": He’s had no better peer than one through telescope

Longtime passion for peering through telescope makes a man wonder what might have been.

4 weeks ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Helpful return of passport preserved big trip abroad

Plus: Bert lent strong hands to assist older women, dining cousins received a donated lunch, left purse returned.

4 weeks ago

 Pete Seeger at a 1986 concert in Pittsburgh.

Local Dispatch: July 4 is a day to sing praises of Pete Seeger and Mom

Voices of Pete Seeger and Mom would make for a great July Fourth holiday.

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