Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette   20140715   plancon zone penn hills - Penn Hills Elementary school, July 15, 2014.  Ground floor classroom.

Pittsburgh schools teachers earn higher grades in new ratings

Combined, 97.1 percent of the teachers received distinguished or proficient ratings compared to 96.9 percent the prior year.

about 5 hours ago

 Joe Divack, assistant executive director of Allegheny CleanWays, stands in a dump site in Hazelwood.

Groups targeting Hazelwood litter

Volunteers have collected nearly 50 tons of trash in Hazelwood alone this year.

about 6 hours ago

Vote on hotel is scheduled by Historic Review panel

The Historic Review Commission on Wednesday tabled a vote on the construction of a hotel in Oakland.

about 6 hours ago

 Officer Souroth Chatterji joins community members in prayer before the start of a weekly gathering at Kingdom Life Fellowship in Knoxville in which Pittsburgh police officers volunteered to serve meals.

Pittsburgh police thank community members in Knoxville for help in deadly incident

On Wednesday evening, Pittsburgh police officers served food and drinks to more than 150 community members at the Knoxville United Church.

about 7 hours ago

Pittsburgh teacher named top biology teacher in the state

Edwina Kinchington of Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy 6-12 won the award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

about 15 hours ago

 "The application is an early step in the bidding process," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Steelers exploring bid to host 2023 Super Bowl

President Art Rooney met with Mayor Bill Peduto Wednesday morning to talk about the team’s bid to host Super Bowl LVII.

about 6 hours ago

Chevron to continue sponsoring STEM program at Carnegie Science Center

Chevron Corp. and Carnegie Science Center announced the company will donate $900,000 over the next three years for the STEM center.

about 6 hours ago

 One person was killed when this vehicle crashed on Bates Street in Oakland shortly before 2:30 this morning.

1 killed, 4 injured in parkway police chase, car crash

The two-vehicle crash was reported at 2:33 a.m. after one vehicle fled from a stop by state police on the Parkway East.

about 6 hours ago

Several injured, one critically, in multi-vehicle crash in Carrick

The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. in the 500 block of Spencer Avenue, police said.

about 20 hours ago

 Mario Grisom.

Homestead man indicted on sex-trafficking charges

The case apparently stems from the arrests of adult prostitutes at Station Square in May.

about 15 hours ago

 Pittsburgh police are looking for this suspect who they said robbed a McDonald's Downtown.

Police search for man who robbed Downtown McDonald's

The robber walked into the McDonald's in the 600 block of Wood Street shortly after 7 p.m., police said.

about 18 hours ago

PennDOT announces, postpones paving on Lincoln Way in White Oak

PennDOT reversed itself after announcing the paving would begin today.

about 16 hours ago

 The proceeds from the Christie's auction will go to the Richard Mellon Scaife's estate.

Christie's auction of Richard Mellon Scaife's estate nets nearly $4 million

The top sellers included $347,000 for a large inlaid cabinet and $102,500 for an 18th century bookcase.

about 7 hours ago

Downtown drivers license center reopens after water main break

The water main break on Seventh Street, Downtown, between Smithfield Avenue and William Penn Place closed the license center for the day.

about 19 hours ago

 The Gateway Towers association board is looking for solutions after the incidents in April and May when window panes crashed to the ground during severe weather with high winds.

Gateway Towers condominium plans to inspect windows after pair of incidents

Residents have been ordered not to use their windows after two dislodged, forcing management to block off sidewalks.

2 days ago

 The steelworkers sand sculpture is now on display at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta in Point State Park. The regatta starts Friday.

EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta sand sculpture pays homage to 'Steel City’ past

Weighing 150 tons, the sand sculpture depicts eight steel workers at a mill.

1 day ago

 "They put this in without us knowing anything about it. ... It’s sort of a mess," said Fred Aheimer, president and owner of Raff Printing on St. Mary Street on the South Side.

City Council, businesses at odds over South Side parking permit area

The parking district between 16th and 25th streets lets non-residents park for two hours between noon and midnight.

2 days ago

 “They don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Rev. Saranto Serviou of Franklin Park, shown here on the right in 1950.

Greeks in Pittsburgh worry about economic situation back home

Banks in Greece stayed closed Monday, announcing they would limit people to withdrawals of just 60 Euro -- $67.40 -- per day from ATMs.

2 days ago

Auditor general reforms include management of pensions by Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale delivered a series of “realistic and responsible reforms” to the governor Tuesday.

1 day ago

Greenfield man held for trial for child pornography

Nicholas Lancos, 32, who formerly worked at Kennywood Park, faces 15 child pornography counts filed by the state attorney general’s office.

1 day ago

North Side man sentenced to prison in fatal Fineview stabbing

Michael Monroe, 44, was sentenced to at least six years in jail for fatally stabbing his girlfriend’s son, Dereck Frye, 22, last July.

1 day ago

 "I not only oppose the $5 ConnectCard fee, I believe we should be getting a discount for using them," said Edward Wagner of Brighton Heights.

$5 Port Authority ConnectCard fee runs into opposition

About 350,000 ConnectCards have been issued for free since the authority launched the system in 2012.

1 day ago

Downtown drivers license center closed today

A water main break has resulted in the closing of the center at 708 Smithfield St.

1 day ago

 Ashley Smith and Sophia Swinderski roller skating down Butler Street in Lawrenceville on Sunday during OpenStreetsPGH, a free public event that make streets pedestrian-only.

OpenStreetsPGH draws crowd despite cool, wet weather

Many businesses tried creative ways to attract new customers with cars off the streets.

3 days ago

 Father Dan Walsh blesses Duquesne University's new organ Sunday during its dedication in the chapel.

Duquesne University completes $500,000 renovation of chapel pipe organ

The original 24-stop, 1,290-pipe organ was installed in 1896 and was last refurbished in 1964.

3 days ago

 A "shared space" concept will be considered for the section of Liberty Avenue that forms the entrance to Downtown Pittsburgh.

Experts say shared space, transportation free-for-all makes sense for Pittsburgh

The idea to make Liberty Avenue a shared space from Commonwealth Place to Stanwix grew out of a symposium held last week.

3 days ago

Pittsburgh Public Works supervisor suspended over racial comment

The supervisor was given a five-day suspension and will be fired if there is another incident, a spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto said.

2 days ago

 Crews begin construction work on the eastbound ramp of the Bloomfield Bridge this morning.

North Oakland road project expected to cause major traffic disruptions

The $13.4 million project will reconstruct or resurface parts of Bigelow Boulevard, North Craig Street and Baum Boulevard.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh police block off a section of Penn Avenue after an SUV crashed into a building overnight, injuring five teens.

Police: Five teens injured in East Liberty crash were riding in stolen car

The vehicle crashed shortly after 4 a.m. near East Liberty Boulevard and Penn Avenue.

2 days ago

 Richard Mellon Scaife

Use of Scaife trust for newspapers, charity was not a waste, attorneys assert

Attorneys for Scaife trustee Yale Gutnick today answered objections filed by Richard Mellon Scaife’s daughter and son early this month.

2 days ago

UPMC Montefiore, Kaufmann buildings in Oakland deal with water problem

The water line problem caused low pressure in both buildings, which are on either side of Darragh Street in Oakland.   //

2 days ago

City Calendar for the week of June 29, 2015

Events, concerts and activities happening in the city this week.

3 days ago

 People walk along Murray Avenue on Wednesday, past the debris of the former Poli's restaurant and adjoining buildings that were devastated by a multi-alarm fire in May.

Squirrel Hill residents await cleanup of fire debris at Poli’s site

The site once housed the landmark restaurant and a nearby two-story brick structure.

4 days ago

 Global Links employees load their 124th shipment of medical supplies to Cuba onto a truck. This is the first step of transit to the island.

Cuba’s status gives Global Links hope for new medical exchanges

The nonprofit Global Links has been circumventing the trade embargo for 21 years, but now hopes to make exchanges a two-way proposition.

4 days ago

Region continues to gray, but some growth coming from millennials, Hispanics

The U.S. population grew by 3.3 percent over the last five years, but it increased in Pennsylvania by just 0.7 percent.

4 days ago

 Eugene Thomas, owner of Quik-it  Chicken on the North Side, was one of several black-owned businesses targeted for the One Large project, which challenged participants to spend money in black-owned businesses across the country.

Artists' purchasing initiative shows difficulty of finding companies with black owners

Here the effect has been to highlight the limited number of black-owned businesses providing gasoline, fresh produce and other essentials.

4 days ago

Two-vehicle accident causes lane closure on Saw Mill Run Boulevard

The wreck happened around 7 p.m. near the entrance to the West End Bridge.

3 days ago

Two arrested on drug charges

Police arrested Ronnnell Miller, 43, of Carrick and Calvin Gurley, 38, of Mount Oliver after the two fled an attempted traffic stop.

4 days ago

 Andrew Masich, right, president and CEO of the Heinz History Center, explains some of the items from John Brashear factory site to Mayor William Peduto on Friday at the History Center.

Brashear time capsule provides glimpse of Pittsburgh's past

Among the items it held is a photograph of Recreation Park on the North Side, considered to be the birthplace of professional football.

5 days ago

 Timothy Bazemore

Suspect arrested in Homewood shooting that left man critically injured

Timothy Bazemore, 24, of Homewood, confided in someone shortly after the shooting, Pittsburgh police said.

5 days ago

Police investigating North Side robbery, assault

City Public Information Officer Sonya Toler confirmed the incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. near the 2500 block of Brighton Road.

4 days ago

Fans, paramedics help man stricken at Pirates game

A man apparently having a heart attack was rescued by Pittsburgh Pirates fans and city paramedics at Friday night’s game in PNC Park.

4 days ago

 Two Galapagos tortoises, like the one here, are part of a new exhibit, The Island, that the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is unveiling Saturday.

Pittsburgh Zoo to unveil new exhibit of endangered species Saturday

At 22,000 square feet, The Islands features some of the world’s most endangered species from different tropical island environments.

5 days ago

 Bicyclists cross Liberty Avenue, Downtown, as part of the Open Streets Pittsburgh event on May 31.

Merchants divided on Open Streets road closings

Open Streets PGH, part of a national movement to foster outdoor activity, closed more than 25 city intersections from 8 a.m. to noon May 31.

6 days ago

Man arrested in Homewood shooting

A man was arrested today on charges that he shot a man earlier this week over an "ongoing beef," leaving the victim in critical condition.

5 days ago

Homewood men file brutality suit against dozen Pittsburgh police officers

Brothers Will and Beyshaud El say the officers violated their rights during an arrest July 2, 2013, outside a convenience store in Homewood.

5 days ago

 The Rev. James Callozzo

Orthodox priest charged with sex crime in Ohio

The Rev. James Callozzo, 73, of Brookline faces a third-degree misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition.

6 days ago

Homewood man found guilty of third-degree murder in shooting at his home

A jury found Herbert Hart guilty in the shooting death of Robert Wilson of East Liberty.

5 days ago

 Naomi Sims in 1991

Pittsburgh native Naomi Sims' accomplishments extolled

Kilolo Luckett lectures about the achievements of Homewood’s Naomi Sims, the first African-American supermodel.

6 days ago

Six robbers sought after armed home invasion in Spring Garden

The men took money and electronics and left in two cars after the incident on Spring Garden Avenue, police said.

5 days ago