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Writing has power to create a miracle, if it all goes right

For a writer, it’s a gift to know someone reads your writing

about 10 hours ago


Random Acts of Kindness: A savior in the the Squirrel Hill Tunnel

Plus: A co-pay gets paid, a driver gets personal directions in Greensburg, a young man makes a couple’s anniversary.

1 day ago


Local Dispatch: Meaningful words ended the waffling over cancer fight

He was waffling on what to do about a cancer diagnosis until prompted by some persuasive words.

2 days ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Pittsburghers, why are you so unhappy?

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, you are miserable.

4 days ago


 Richard Hendrickson, 101, shows equipment he uses to collect temperature and precipitation data for the National Weather Service.

Centenarian has logged weather since 1930

Long Island man has helped nation by recording weather since 1930.

6 days ago


 Stephanie McFeeters

Out-of-Towners: A transfixed visitor finds a new city worth a love story

A night at PNC Park is but one highlight of a first summer in Pittsburgh.

1 week ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Mo­tor­cy­clists de­liv­ered twice in help­ing out a lost mo­tor­ist

Plus: Bus driv­ers de­serve praise for their spe­cial as­sis­tance, andoOthers made sure he had won­der­ful time at con­cert

1 week ago


Summer Memories: Lemonade stand added up to little by dad's account

Daria L. Svaline: Every time I pass by one I am thrown — like spinning through a time machine — back to the very early 1950s.

1 week ago


 From left, Israel Centeno, Gisela Romero and Carolina Arnal, who carries words for installation on houses.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Words, art and homes merge in appealing display on North Side

One day last week, I heard people speaking Spanish outside my screen door and bounded to the sidewalk for an opportunity to practice.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Vacation: Just another thing to worry about

Here are some tips to how avoid needing a vacation after a vacation.

1 week ago


 Caption contest 241

Caption contest 241 ... and the winners of 240

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

1 week ago


 A Starbucks employee demonstrates the preparation of a cup of coffee Wednesday during a media tour of the new shop in Bogota, Colombia

Starbucks brews competition in Colombia

Starbucks is finally bringing its coffee full-circle, opening its first outlets in Colombia.

1 week ago


Summer Memories: Getting out of the city to Conneaut Lake appealed to all senses

For a young girl, trips to Conneaut Lake meant a bounty of special sights, sounds, smells, memories.

2 weeks ago




 William A. Faas in 1975.

Local dispatch: One last thumbs-up offered whole family relief from dad’s pain

Dad‘‍s final days were hard, but he went out with a final thumbs-up.

2 weeks ago


 The map shows the layout of a proposed urban farm at the city’s former St. Clair Village public housing site.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Opportunities grow in old St. Clair Village

A ghost plateau in old St. Clair Village could become one of the country‘‍s largest urban farms.

2 weeks ago


A call to arms must first wake the dead

The Selective Service sent about 14,000 letters across the state ordering men born between 1893 and 1897 to register for the military draft.

2 weeks ago


 The Bangor Police Department’s stuffed “duck of justice” makes a visit to Bangor Raceway.

Stuffed duck helps police relate to the public

Some police opt for unusual methods to connect with public, as with a stuffed duck used in Bangor, Maine.

2 weeks ago


Local dispatch: Retired as teacher, she gets big lesson from ex-students

Long ago she wanted to make a difference in her students’ lives. Now, those same students have made a difference in her life.

3 weeks ago




 AmaRece Davis of Homewood during his Student Conservation Association internship last summer.

Local dispatch: Distant woods focus one young man on helping Homewood

Getting into the woods far from home focused a young man from Homewood on how to boost his neighborhood‘‍s future.

3 weeks ago


 Rev. Ken Turnbull, left, and Bruce Klein, with one of the historic photos on East Ohio Street.

Diana Nelson Jones' "Walkabout": A fresh perspective is sprucing up the view of East Ohio Street

Advocates of East Ohio Street have established a street-side art gallery as part of their business development effort.

3 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh is now a glowing tourist destination. The Morning File wishes it would relinquish that distinction until its infrastructure improves.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Travel Channel's Pittsburgh praise must be ignored

All the gushing about our beautiful city brings $5.5 billion worth of visitors here annually -- what a pain.

3 weeks ago


Caption Contest 240 ... and the winners of 239

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

3 weeks ago


New York City police cracking down on subway showmen

More than 240 people have been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics so far this year.

3 weeks ago


Baseball Lore: An ode to right field — where Little Leaguers miss flies and sigh

No one plays the game quite like a Little League right fielder.

4 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Pooh Bear delivery makes a difference after surgery

PLUS: Car problem was solved by knowledgeable female; Tough time walking Presby made easier by strangers.

4 weeks ago


 Raymond J. Fischer Sr. shortly before his 1991 retirement from the Allegheny County Maintenance Department.

Biography: Blue-collar father deserved to be known as someone special

Dad was the quintessential blue-collar Pittsburgher, well worth knowing and noting years later.

1 month ago



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