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 Kelli Deister, shown in her Sunbury, Pa., apartment, is legally blind suffers from retinitis pigmentosa.
Chad Sebring/ For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kelli Deister, shown in her Sunbury, Pa., apartment, is legally blind suffers from retinitis pigmentosa.

Can embryonic stem cells help stop blindness?

From electronic implants to stem cells, University of Pittsburgh researchers and others seek ways to halt blindness.


 Aniya Mike, at front, a Steel City Squash student from St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District, gets instruction at Chatham University from Kathryn Brummer, a tutor/coach visiting from CitySquash in New York City. Bianca Troche, left, is a CitySquash student from Aquinas High School in the Bronx.

Steel City Squash: The path to college runs through a squash court

The new Pittsburgh program mixes athletic training with academic rigor to give inner-city students a gateway to graduation.



 Peter Walker, Dean of Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, leads a tour of the hoophouse, where students grow a variety of vegetables year-round, on Eden Hall campus in Richland Township.

Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.



 In March 2002, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Mr. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

John Nash, portrayed in 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in NJ car crash

Mr. Nash, who attended Carnegie Mellon, was killed along with his wife, Alicia, in a crash on Saturday.


Nation


NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have allowed the NSA to search the records held by phone companies on a case-by-case basis.



Decade after Katrina, pointing finger more firmly at Army Corps

A pending article in the peer-reviewed journal Water Policy sets out to refine some  early versions of the factors that led to the disaster.


 

World


El Salvador’s Romero is beatified

Oscar Romero was the Catholic archbishop of San Salvador, whose slaying as he said Mass became emblematic of El Salvador’s civil war.



World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

Plus: Burundi opposition leader fatally shot; Somalia towns captured; and more.


 
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The Long Journey Home


A special series by the Post-Gazette follows a Pittsburgh man's journey to the other side of the Earth to fight in World War II and the 70 years it would take for his remains to be found, identified and returned to the United States.

Read about Tech. Sgt. Charles L. Johnston Jr. and his homecoming.

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State


Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders

Work zone speed cameras have slowed traffic down in Maryland, and may be coming to Pennsylvania.



Amtrak ordered to enforce speed limits in Northeast

The order requires Amtrak to enforce a 50 mph limit near the Frankford Junction curve, modify signals and enforce speed limits elsewhere.


 

Early Returns


Crystal Ball says we're leaning towards Toomey

A reason for Pat Toomey to smile. (Associated Press photo) Underwhelmed by the effort thus far of Democrats to win back the U.S.


Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto listen to a speech Downtown in February 2015.



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