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The GOP, not a botched website, is the real obstacle.
But fanatics don't have to win to justify themselves.
From the Cultural District to the Pirates, from Downtown living to that giant rubber duck -- ain't it great being a Pittsburgher?
Republicans seem to fear most the prospect that Democrats will succeed.
Stopping people such as the Navy Yard shooter before they kill must rely on the old options for the time being.
Easy to buy guns / Someone stop Bashar Assad / Just spell "Miley" right.
Military prison is not the ideal place to change genders.
Republicans are afraid they'll lose if elections are allowed to be free and fair.
Scientific advances that allow people to live to 120 and beyond may not be a good idea.
Was this a case of a jealous husband, or is there a one-armed man out there?
Cops should live where they work, and politicians shouldn't run while sexting.
Read the article about Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev before condemning the magazine.
My daughter won't be taking any, but it does seem to wander off on its own.
The government says it is protecting our privacy, but how are we to know?
The Supreme Court seems to have been operating on the principle of "If It Ain't Broke, Break It."
Gays rights are on the rise, but women's rights are under renewed assault.
The Chicago Sun-Times cut its entire photo staff. Now, reporters will take snaps with their phones ...
UPMC outsources transcriptionists, taking another slice out of the middle class.
As a general rule, people who screw up deserve a second chance. But a lot depends on the magnitude of their transgression.
More women may be taking spouses' names these days, but to each her own.
Visiting my daughter in Guatemala, I got the best Mother's Day gift ever.
At least we're not the most corrupt city, and we have topped some cool lists.
When we have a chance to prevent or reduce the carnage with common-sense measures, our elected leaders balk.
Extreme measures are needed to protect women in some societies -- sad but true.
Health care costs soar at the end of life, but it's not easy to let go.
I never thought I'd describe Mayor Ravenstahl in Shakespearean terms, but. ... Nothing in his tenure became him like the leaving it.
Most of us want to believe that people who go into "public service" do so for the right reasons.
State lawmakers are squandering time and money to block health care access for women.
I sympathize with the cruise-ship captives, but suffering is relative.
Workers have been entitled to it for 20 years now, but the law could be better.
First there was fishing, dropping a hook in the water in hopes of catching dinner.
My mother is 91 and matriarch of three subsequent generations. For the first 51 years of her life, abortion was outlawed in this country ...
When an outbreak of food poisoning occurs, nobody says that dying from one's dinner is the inevitable price of eating.
What a year! See what you can still remember.
I find it quite sad that the Madison, Wis., chapter of Gilda's Club decided to change its name to the generic Cancer Support Community.
By targeting unions for its woes, a faltering Hostess company tries its own version of the Twinkie Defense.
Have you heard about Respect the Bird? It protests the trend among big retailers to start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving.
It turns out that numbers don't lie and rape is rape out here in the real world.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie wants to be the GOP presidential candidate in 2016, and he knows that won't happen if Mitt Romney wins this week.
It's a rainbow land of unending beauty and unpronounceable fish.
President Obama's failure to counterpunch in the first debate has let Mitt Romney remake himself in the final weeks of the campaign.
The health care giant isn't contributing its fair share for public services.
Here we go again, arguing over a death penalty case when life without parole would punish the offender and protect society just as much.
A mysterious Muslim-hater sets off riots, murders and a political firestorm.
The first black president joins forces with the first black president.
Ten years ago, same-sex couples in Pennsylvania won the right to adopt.
Republican fantasies on rape feed dumb comments like Todd Akin's.
If I were going to give away $60 million for the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, I would not give it to Penn State trustees.
Marilyn Monroe, dead 50 years ago today, was an actress for the ages.
Great idea: Let's spend millions of dollars to stop American citizens from voting.
The Freeh report on Penn State's child sexual abuse scandal leaves the public university reeling.
The Affordable Care Act will change the lives of millions for the better.
The thing that stands out for me is her refusal to press charges.
Happy Father's Day to all the men who've loved, supported and protected their children.
Before he killed at Western Psych, John Shick was all alone -- did that matter?
When your only child graduates from college, you do too.
Somebody on the GOP hit squad needs a lesson in syntax.
Save the Children puts the status of moms and kids in perspective.
Rest assured that the two medical giants did not agree to this temporary fix out of concern for the public welfare. It was a defensive move.
John Edwards did one thing right. He raised a daughter more loyal than he is.
Of course Ann Romney worked. But she never faced economic insecurity.
Pause on the Melani story. Let us consider the millions that Highmark is paying to sponsor and staff medical trailers at the PGA Tour.
There's never a good time for a corporate executive to follow his mistress to her husband's home and wind up arrested for assault.
Practice the ultimate form of birth control and leave women alone.
They're wielding religion against women's rights
Here's something it never occurred to me to ask before, but that seems rather pressing due to recent Republican actions: How many
The good news is that the Susan G.
Given the dystopian view of the future favored by politicians in an election year -- The sky will fall if you don't vote for me!
Her pre-Rick relationship has nothing to do with his presidential campaign
But I won't bargain with Jeffrey Romoff or his timid board of directors
Ignoring science and the needs of teenage girls, he puts politics first
The list of sex scandals grows because politicians think they'll never get caught
UPMC-Highmark spat should kickstart 'charity' reform
A ridiculous loophole lets crafty real estate developers evade local taxes
Was no one paying attention to the Catholic clergy pedophilia scandal?
We can't fix everything, but we can fix this
UPMC says yes, but it hasn't made a very good case
It's not that hard to figure out what Occupy Wall Street is all about
UPMC won't listen to reason, so it's time for state officials to take charge
Not a single one will talk about their CEO's quest to conquer Pittsburgh
Now the NRA wants to force all states to let just about anybody carry firearms
Would other heavy hitters care to weigh in on the UPMC-Highmark battle?
On Sept. 10, 2001, catastrophic terror attacks by radical Islamists happened only overseas, there was no Department of Homeland Security,
I once warned a pair of under-30 journalists to drive slowly on a particular street because it was a lot like the Burma Road.
With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks a month away, members of Congress should ask themselves this question: Has our
If only we could purge our subconscious of nerve-wracking events
Perhaps legislators can convince them to put patients ahead of their (non)profits
Today's medical-industrial giants seem more interested in market share
Why aren't civic leaders cracking heads to resolve the UPMC-Highmark dispute?
A life sentence would have made this killer less costly and more forgettable
I understand why jazz fans are mad, but I'm looking forward to more news
It would force thousands of Pittsburghers to make painful health care choices
I'm more concerned with what our leaders do in office than with their sex lives
All you have to do is go online and announce your candidacy. Good luck!
Living nine decades may be common these days, but it's still a big deal
If you're reading this, you're either holding the newspaper high above the pool of fire and brimstone that has engulfed you, or else Harold
And credit the Obama administration -- except for messing up the story
The NRA makes sure future criminals can arm themselves to the teeth
It calls people without my knowledge, and may be tracking my whereabouts
Today's Republicans think we should soak the poor to aid the rich
Irrepressible, irresistible ... no wonder this part of Spain is so hard to subjugate
With our daughter as tour guide, we wandered Seville in awe
Unions didn't bankrupt the states; the culprits are higher up on the food chain
The e-world's great, but we still need a real public square
Our national anthem is cheesy enough without making it worse
Living for the Steelers, good. Dying for them, not so much
We stand ready to claim our birthright: the Vince Lombardi trophy
Bad things happen when women can't get proper health care
We're a violent nation, yet we always seem surprised when there's a Tucson
If a woman's not a person, then what is she?
That's what's really missing from New Year resolutions
And other strange goings-on from one mighty weird year
It's a cruel twist of mergers and downsizing that workers who are about to be laid off sometimes have to train the people who'll be
For all her tribulations, she remained the protagonist of her own life
Ever since someone passed 250,000 secret American diplomatic cables to self-styled whistleblower Julian Assange, the temper of official
I like Fran and Nora, so they should like each other
Another Thanksgiving, another reminder to be grateful
With campaigns now running 24/7/365, it was great to miss those robo-calls
We floated through Venice and flouted the 'No foto!' men everywhere we went
There's still time to capture memories of WWII
The Rutgers suicide shows the ugly side of 'sharing'
Voters should not let the fox back in the hen house
The rich get richer, as the rest of us drown in the tub
Let us put to rest the spurious controversies that have fueled Islamophobia
At least he didn't saddle some poor woman with a sham marriage
A bounty of fresh produce makes parting a sweeter sorrow
After another gaffe, Dr. Laura holds herself hostage
Americans felt connected to the wedding of Chelsea and Marc
A good week for the president is undercut by one of his own
Are parents really as unhappy as the studies say?
Just try ignoring Lindsay Lohan's sad demise
We learned a few things last week about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
How could a congressman even temporarily apologize to BP?
Even our phones know more than we do
The Gore separation reminds us there is no sure path to everlasting marriage
The long-time boss at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who died last week at age 77, was too original and quirky to conform to anything as
But when real thieves make off with gems we'll never get to see ... not so much
So much for avoiding a nasty primary by switching parties
Which is why it's always enlightening, at this time of year, to read Save the Children's annual report on the "State of the World's
Goldman, Massey and Karis Adams' killers have something to answer for
Ben Roethlisberger doesn't need bodyguards, he needs a baby sitter
People are asking, 'What did the pope know, and when did he know it'
A wise judge pops the cork on gene patents
FOX host in foil hat / fights evil justice doers / in his rubber room
Even the rabbi said she'd never laughed so much at a funeral.
A conservative group will spend $750,000 on local media channels to frighten women into thinking that health care reform will lead to their
family are the people you can count on in a crisis; who will stay as long as it takes and keep coming back.
The anti-cussers are on the move, but I doubt they'll get very far
Every day is a treasure ... yeah, but there's two feet of snow on my driveway
Little did Charlie know that he was creating the terrorists who bedevil us still
Why in the world are we kicking talented people out of the military?
UPMC does God's work, but someone needs to rein in its rapaciousness
Western Pennsylvania's forensic phrase-maker would rev up the governor's race
Maybe Woody Allen should be appointed secretary of Homeland Security
Journalists keep a laser-like focus on the bourbon cake ... uh, I mean, the news
The Democratic caucus mugs its own health-care reform bill
Justice eludes a rape victim; a police officer gets killed on duty
Wars, recession, injustice? Yikes. Let's talk about Tiger, Big Ben, the Salahis
It always sets my teeth on edge when people refer to Israel as "the Holy Land," as if the last 61 years of statehood never happened.
Democrats could dare the Republicans to try it ... but they won't
The Nobel committee teaches kids a bad lesson by rewarding Obama too soon
Doing well by doing good is a great corporate model for social responsibility.
Arrest everyone and sort it out later is not the way to handle protests
We don't make much steel anymore, but Pittsburgh still produced enough irony as the G-20 summit unfolded to supply arguments around the
We got a good look Wednesday at who's really interested in health reform
Kennedy redeemed his faults by achievements; we've never needed him more
Do you know what the Republicans want to do with health care?
Liberals should thank the Republican senators who've said they'll vote this week against confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the next
When superstars die, they live on forever in kitsch and controversy
And don't preach to us, self-righteous politicians
They may kill on their own, but they have plenty of allies
It's about time someone at the top of the food chain noticed the new Pittsburgh
Mrs. Edwards is a survivor, which seems to bother some people
We'd miss you if you left. But not that much.
There's no winding back the reel to solve the puzzle of officers' deaths
What's stupider, though, are adults who criminalize youthful indiscretions
They are manufacturing lies to keep workers from joining unions
Mr. Blagojevich, Mr. Burris, Mr. Fumo, have you no shame?
Why does Specter stay in a party that's listing so far to the right?
The nation breathes a sign of relief as common sense returns to Washington
President Bush fires off a final insult to women on his way out the door
The canoe girls gather to review 2008 and agree that we can do better
The Democrats let Lieberman slide, but he'd better watch his back
The election's over, but political junkies can just keep thinking about tomorrow
Hillary Clinton helped stiffen his spine and sharpen his focus
Watching the three televised debates for president and vice president followed by the reactions of network analysts and spin doctors, I
Seize the moment to stop the lobbying that enabled the financial meltdown
When the most heated back and forth of a presidential race revolves around makeup on animals, you know we're heading into an idiotic
It's not as bad as I thought it would be, but the dog's pretty upset
It's a good thing John Edwards was out of the race before the Pennsylvania primary.
It wasn't that long ago that the concept of "being away" meant what it said.
I'm finally making my little piece of the world just a little greener
The last thing we need is an eyesore on the North Shore
The 'post-racial' Obamas come face to face with America's resentments
Clinton supporters should mourn, but how could they vote for McCain?
The more high school graduation changes, the more it remains the same
There's nothing wrong with a tough fight; the commentariat ought to chill out
Prospective jurors might have to stop the railroading of Cyril Wecht
This is the week it all comes down to. Hold it, you say -- the Pennsylvania primary is still three weeks away.
Gender equality will have arrived when betrayed husbands take the stage
As some Democrats swoon over Obama, others, like Mom, are saying whoa
It's a lesson for young women: The fight for equality is far from won
Different as they are, Clinton and Obama are both impressive
Just one bit of the nonsense featured in nonstop election coverage
It's been a toxic, toe-tapping, taser-filled year, but somehow we survived
It's one of our favorite sports; we like to malign foreigners, too
An issue has arisen from Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate among Republican primary hopefuls, and it's not about the candidates.
Pittsburgh isn't the only one-party town around here
Our kids are playing with poisoned toys, so let's crack down on faulty imports
They followed the rules and got mired in our contradictory immigration laws
We embarrassed ourselves and elevated Ahmadinejad by seeming to fear him
It's the Constitution's anniversary: Do you know where your rights are?
Apparently, a lot of people find it difficult to say "no." ...
You know a president is floundering when the only straw he can grab to support an unpopular war harkens back to an even more unpopular
Now that the proposed smoking bans have tanked in Allegheny County and the state Legislature, Pennsylvania residents can only wonder what
Is a nation surveilled a nation worth living in?
The more we know about how the Bush administration conducts itself, the harder it is to believe the 84-count federal indictment against
Pittsburgh schools should worry less about labels and more about education
Who'd have thought that three questionable cops would rise to the top ranks
I was sitting in a friend's back yard -- it was early June, the start of the wedding season -- conversing with a group of women about work
Are you paying much attention to the two major parties' presidential candidate forums so far? Me neither...
Let's just hope the FDA is watching our backs this time
Which description most accurately reflects the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center?
Our young mayor still needs to prove himself
The coffee yield from El Porvenir coffee cooperative in Nicaragua has been less than usual the past two years due to the damaging effects
Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth to a boy last week. Too bad.
In this country, bizarre cults and sects tend to enter the national consciousness primarily through cataclysmic events.
No more water, no more juice / No more cell phones, gel or mousse / Dump the watch and Oil Olay / Live to fly another day
Well, OK. But just this once.
There's something about discovering people only after they've died that makes one wonder what they were like in life.
Say you have a leak in your pipes.
It must be true what they say about feeling loneliest in a crowd.
We have a new American flag at our house. It came from the U.S.
Viewers, grab your remotes. Even though it's only June, a faltering but well-funded Rick Santorum has launched his statewide TV campaign to
Even though I've been out of the education system way longer than I was in it, I'm always overcome by that "school's out!"
Well, thank goodness somebody is doing something about polygamy in Pennsylvania. I didn't even realize it was a problem.
I write this as a cancer survivor who has benefited from excellent medical care in Pittsburgh, all of it covered by employer-provided
Say you're feeling a little depressed about the big dig for Jimmy Hoffa.
Busted. That's what I thought to myself upon learning that the National Security Agency under George W.
Here's a subject that doesn't appear, but ought to, on the questionnaires sent to candidates for the Pennsylvania Legislature: Should the
"Cake, cake for Mt. Lebanon High / don't give us cookies, don't give us pie / send the sophomores out for more / and don't let our rivals
When deriding a particularly stupid rule or regulation, a speaker will sometimes quote a passage from "Oliver Twist." In it, Mr.
As I watched the protests over immigration reforms consume American cities in recent weeks and listened to angry counter-critics denounce
It's difficult to imagine what Brian Steidle was like before he spent six months in the Darfur region of Sudan, watching helplessly as the
Last April, I wrote a column posing two questions for Robert P. Casey Jr., the likely Democratic nominee in this year's U.S. Senate race.
March isn't over, but Bill Napoli already wins the contest for Stunningly Revealing Statement of the Month. Mr.
If you never gave a moment's thought to who was managing American ports before the United Arab Emirates deal blew up in President Bush's
Like a lot of folks, I've viewed the coming establishment of casinos in my town with some degree of wariness.
Pittsburghers were captivated this week by the 7-year-old Iraqi boy who arrived here for reconstructive facial surgery at Children's
Valentine's Day, 2010 -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney went on "Oprah"
I took an informal poll in the office yesterday during the city's Super Bowl victory extravaganza.
Say the toilet in your home has worked fine for 40 years with a few tweaks here and there. But now the U.S.
Joshua Vannoy, 17, didn't go to school yesterday. He was advised not to, but by whom he declined to say.
Well, this explains a lot. No wonder Pennsylvania legislators were so removed from voters that they expected to get away with the Midnight
There's more than one way to influence government.
My brother has been visiting from Texas, which is having its worst drought in 50 years.
What better subject for my last column of 2005 than a year-end holiday quiz? Let's get to it.
It's been a bad few months for elected officials on all levels of government, what with indictments, tearful admissions and the gathering
This newspaper ran a front-page story on Sunday about hundreds of abandoned buildings and thousands of vacant parcels that the city of
Before Florence Reizenstein was a middle school on the borderline of Shadyside and East Liberty, the name belonged to a petite redhead who
It had to happen. The most incisive current events program on television is a fake news show presented by comedians pretending to be
I'll admit this right up front: When the Pittsburgh Public Schools tried to close my kid's school three times in as many years, I was among
It sometimes seems that humans are getting dumber.
Anyone who watches Court TV or "Law & Order"
Yesterday I heard that Republican state lawmaker John Perzel of Philadelphia was planning a visit this morning to a Pittsburgh elementary
There's not a lot of must-see-TV in our house, but "Gilmore Girls" would have to qualify for the label.
You can never find a Jew for Jesus when you need one. Or so I was beginning to think when I went out in search of one yesterday.
If ever there were a critical moment where government, politics and the well-being of citizens intersect, it's here and now.
An open letter to Pittsburgh school Superintendent Mark Roosevelt at the start of the new school year:
It's only a matter of time until this scene unfolds outside Heinz Field: Person approaches security screener and spreads arms to facilitate
Having recently written an article about women using their midlife crises to remake themselves in some amazing ways, I couldn't help
President Bush weighed in on another education issue this week, saying that schools should teach something called "intelligent design"
An elderly Afghan couple emerged from a Virginia jail on Friday, riding a wave of protest from Pittsburgh that flooded the Department of
But what can we do about it? That's been the common lament among readers who are furious about our state legislators' self-activated pay
There is something so perverse about Pennsylvania lawmakers jacking up their own salaries 16 percent while slashing medical assistance to
Two days ago, Dr. Wishwa Kapoor and his wife held an all-American Fourth of July celebration at their home in the leafy suburb of Fox
Sometimes I look at all the extraneous material in my house and fantasize about picking the whole structure up off its foundation, turning
I wonder how many metropolitan newspaper publishers walk through their newsrooms seeking out writers to compliment their work, or send them
Garbage in, garbage out. It's true when computer operators enter faulty data that makes programs blow up in their faces, and it's true when
In some ways it was more fun when we didn't know.
Here we go again. A religious institution that abhors abortion and exhorts adherents to promote a "culture of life"
Some years ago, I was reporting a story that was upsetting to its subjects.
Anyone looking for lofty constitutional principles underlying the battle between Senate Republicans and Democrats over President Bush's
In case you didn't already know that parents of teenagers have a tendency to feel frustrated, clueless or otherwise disordered, some new
You probably saw last week's independent poll showing that if the 2006 race for U.S.
Nobody's Boy. That's how Pete Flaherty styled himself when he first ran for mayor in 1968, and it was a fair description at the time.
It should go without saying that the five guards from Shuman Juvenile Detention Center accused in the "scared straight"
It was bound to happen. After several decades of amateur filmmakers in the delivery room, some doctors and hospitals are banning the use of
There are many sports that utterly fail to interest me. Curling, for example. Water ballet. Tractor pulling.
I wouldn't presume to speak for Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who's been living in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years.
If you've ever had a life-threatening illness that made all nonessential matters seem petty and insignificant, you probably know it's a
Question: What's the difference between a drunken middle-aged professor who shoots a police officer and a drunken young boxer who shoots
Here we are again, with the city school district in need of a new superintendent.
Newcomers to Pittsburgh find it quaint and maddening that natives give directions based on things that aren't there anymore.
Now that US Scareways has demoted Pittsburgh from a hub city to a nuisance stop, I keep finding myself in the unlovely Philadelphia
Americans are so used to the links between money and power, it barely registers anymore when corporations and lobbyists dig deep for
What happens when you base a big project on questionable information? Well, if you work for CBS News, you get a pink slip.
We're only five days into the new year, and already Fox has carved out a whole new category for the Emmy Awards: Worst Freudian Reality
Now that Mayor Tom Murphy, apparently preferring to leave office with his skin intact, has decided not to seek a fourth term, the field is
This just in on the ugly-American front: Dozens of seats on the world's most luxurious cruise liner are alleged to have collapsed under the
Somewhere along the line, our daughter began to wonder why she was an only child.
Welcome to our current events quiz, post-election edition. Let's get right to it.
In his years in the U.S. Senate, Rick Santorum has fashioned himself as a strict steward of taxpayer money.
Finally, the campaign we couldn't wait to end is over. Or not.
How nuts are we getting over this election?
There's a blue and white bumper sticker on my car that reads, "Homewood Montessori, A Peaceful Environment."
During the last presidential election, my father-in-law lived and voted in south Florida.
How she died -- in a plane crash in Montana while doing her job for the U.S.
It's always been easy to make fun of Dan Rather and his wacky Texas analogies.
We stepped into the elevator of our Manhattan hotel only to be assaulted by a virtual mugger.
For the past 10 years, Christie Hudson's fortunes have been closely linked to the University of Pittsburgh.
This summer isn't officially over until midnight Sept. 21.
We've got this big, important story going on, with people all over the world tuning in and hollering at their TV sets.
Our daughter is about to begin her high school career.
Any number of Democrats might like to tell house organs for the vast right-wing conspiracy to "shove it" on any given day.
I am trying to imagine the conversation between Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, after the Governator ridiculed Democrats
This column is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
If you think working women seem cranky these days, here's another way of looking at it: they'd be justified in being a whole lot crankier.
The part that really got me was the final statements to the judges, which boiled down to this: If you choose me to win this pageant, I'll
I got married in 1977 and divorced in 1982.
The Nuremberg trials following World War II were supposed to have established once and for all that "just following orders"
The best moments in the new teen comedy film "Mean Girls" are set in health class at a big suburban high school.
Having won not a single primary so far, and standing not to win any that remain, Dennis Kucinich keeps pressing on with his campaign for
Alvin Starks was ordered at least twice in two years to surrender a gun in his possession.
The comedy troupe Firesign Theater once posed the musical puzzle: "How can you be two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?"
Vice President Dick Cheney was too clever by half in his attempt to discredit former terrorism czar Richard A.
Here's a Rorschach test for you: What phrase comes immediately to mind when you hear George W.
If those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it, are those who remember immune from the same fate? Not necessarily.
For a business based on audience appeal, the motion picture industry sure does a lousy job with its awards show.
By the standards of any morality play, the story that unfolded in the Downtown hotel room of some visiting basketball players last week was