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Storytelling: Teen’s perception of mom all changed with a pizza

Never underestimate the power of pizza.

about 18 hours ago


 The Neighborhood Flea bills itself as a high-quality flea market with vintage clothing, dinnerware and the best food trucks in town. This Sunday market was held in a parking lot at 23rd Street and Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Brookline woman's flea markets have been crafted to succeed

Crafter in search of opportunities to sell jewelry creates marketplace that grows to become her full-time job.

1 day ago


Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Give foreigners a true ’Burgh education

Though the size of our international population remains paltry, The Morning File is a strong supporter of assisting their assimilation.

2 days ago


Sharon Randall: A nana’s heart feels bigger with young ones near

When a 4-year-old grandson spends the night, the magic happens in the most ordinary of events.

2 days ago


 Caption Contest 246

Caption Contest 246 ... and the winners of Caption Contest 245

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

3 days ago


 Terri Tacheny plays her harp for a gorilla at Como Zoo in in St. Paul, Minn.

Portfolio: Harpist pulls strings for zoo apes

“I don’t speak gorilla, but there’s a gorilla purr that occurs when I begin to play. And that’s their happy sound,” Terri Tacheny said.

4 days ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Elroy Face.

Baseball Lore: ElRoy Face strikes her as a savior, then and now

As a baseball-crazy girl in 1959, the gutsy ElRoy inspired me. And today, at age 86, he is handsome and funny, lively and courteous.

5 days ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Her teeth went flying, but others found them

Also: Store employee provided personal help for pendant, and someone’s help with keys enabled family to get home

6 days ago


Local Dispatch: The painful thing about root canal is ... everything

It’s easy to see the humor in a root canal … long after it’s over.

1 week ago


 Preservationists are trying to sway the fate of 6012-6018 Penn Ave.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Historic buildings in East Liberty pose a challenge

Preservationists try to make the case for saving three of East Liberty’s old buildings.

1 week ago


 Gidget, in Oregon last week, a long way from home in Philly

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: On the road with Gidget, the dog, discovering America

The Jack Russell terrier, missing from its Philadelphia home for five months, showed up in Oregon. Wonder what she was thinking ...

1 week ago


 High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla.

Wallenda to walk high in Windy City

Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire.

1 week ago


Storytelling: People once understood how it paid to be thrifty

People no longer seem to believe thriftiness pays off.

1 week ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Example set by church women won many people free hot dogs

Plus: Stricken runner was rescued by CPR and other speedy aid, help received at local casino impressed a non-Pittsburgher.

1 week ago


Local Dispatch: Volunteer gene boosts rewards of retirement

Retirement brings all kinds of fulfilling options, once you’re tired of watching TV.

2 weeks ago


 A view from the first floor of the Paramount Film Exchange.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Paramount building’s sequel is a new start Uptown

The sturdy building, where theater owners saw previews of films, was vacant for years. Saved and restored, it’s filled with new businesses.

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Roger Goodell, lend me your ear

Roger,  I’m writing out of concern for the image and future of a league without which it would be hard to imagine life in Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago


 Caption contest 245

Caption Contest 245 ... and the winners of CapCon 244

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

2 weeks ago


 Marilyn A. and David Posner

Storytelling: Theirs was a first date that beat seeing the Beatles

It wasn’t like meeting the Beatles -- it was better.

2 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: A sim­ple gift of flow­ers made mu­si­cian feel grand

Plus: Stranger’s de­tec­tive work got credit cards to owner; stricken mother aided; dog bites an­other, hu­man help is ap­pre­ci­ated.

2 weeks ago


 Alexandra Zottola and her dog Lola

Animal Tales: Newlywed buoyant at return of woman’s best friend

Alexandra Zottola adopted Lola, a black lab/​pit bull mix, in 2006, the summer she turned 14.

3 weeks ago




Sharon Randall: Picture postcards from the past help with healing

Looking at photos of our long-departed parents, with smiles on their faces and light in their eyes shining down upon me, just feels good.

3 weeks ago


 One family thinks Chuck Noll had play-calling help in the 1970s.

Steelers Nation: Dad played role of secret savant in team’s success

While we watched Steelers games in the 1970s, my father would pick up the phone at a cru­cial mo­ment and hush the room into si­lence ...

3 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Worker descends from high up to teach how to jump a battery

Plus: Trucker made special effort to return couple’s lost keys; gift certificate was no good, but one stranger was very good; and more ...

3 weeks ago


 A  series of snow squalls blew through the Pittsburgh area.  This is a view of the Pittsburgh skyline from the Southside near the Duquesne Incline inn 2013.

Out-of-Towners: After a chilly start, she’s warming up to hilly Pittsburgh

The Steel City has lured my beloved back, and I — so captivated by him — have followed.

4 weeks ago


 From left, Brad Yoder, Julie Pezzino and Fred Kraybill at Grow Pittsburgh’s Shiloh Peace Garden.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: New energy enlivens a corner lot

Property owner and Grow Pittsburgh team up to create what’s likely the greenest corner lot in the city.

4 weeks ago


There’s stage of life when nothing beats licking grandpups

Licking on grandpups is a wonderful way to spend time.

4 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Shoot, it’s never too early to start firing

What do 9-year-old girls like these days? Chuck E. Cheese? Bowling? How about a trip to the shooting range?

1 month ago



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