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 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.
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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.


 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.



 Subra Suresh, the former National Science Foundation director who became president of Carnegie Mellon University last year, poses with 85 of the school’s international students.

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.



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.


Nation


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.



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.


 

World


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.



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.


 
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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.



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.


 

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Liberal pot laws omit access to seeds

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



Local Dispatch: Cleaning china closet can be better than it sounds

I fill the sink with hot, soapy water and begin my trip back through time, thinking of people who touched my life with cherished mementos.


 

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