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 Some poker face: Professional poker player Douglas Polk up against a mere machine at the Rivers Casino.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Playing poker against a computer does not compute

No thanks to CMU, poker with computers somehow doesn’t sound like as much fun.

about 8 hours ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: Can Downtown’s glorious noisemakers get along?

It’s a good problem to have: our vibrant city has overlapping festive events. Keeping Pirates fireworks from disrupting PSO can be done.

about 8 hours ago

 Vladimir Slepak

David M. Shribman: Vladimir Slepak, ‘a modern-day Moses’

Vladimir Slepak helped lead his people to freedom, and he paid the price.

1 day ago

 Canon-McMillan's Luke Blanock (right), talks with his teammate, Ian Hess, after the team practiced Thursday. Blanock is battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Ron Cook: Canon McMillan pitcher's battle with cancer an inspiration

His community has rallied around him, his team has supported him, his parents have even leaned on Luke Blanock as he fights Ewing’s Sarcoma.

1 day ago

 St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright said the same injury could've happened carrying his daughter up the stairs.

Gene Collier: Another spring, another debate about the designated hitter

The strategy that would be removed from National League play is not worth whatever uptick in offense adding the DH might provide.

1 day ago

 Kimberly Bracken

Brian O'Neill: A witness finds herself on the wrong side of Pittsburgh police

Witnessing a police arrest can be its own problem.

1 day ago

Jack Kelly: Blame the Democrats for Baltimore

Their policies have failed black Americans.

1 day ago

 Steelers first-round pick Bud Dupree, of Kentucky, poses with his mother Sophia Stephens Thursday night before the draft.

Ron Cook: A lot to like about Steelers pick Bud Dupree, even off the field

In a draft filled with character issues, notably among pass rushers, the Steelers’ first-rounder seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

3 days ago

Tony Norman: Plenty of villains surround ‘hero mom’

Baltimore mom is less of a hero than depicted by the media, but she’s surrounded by plenty of villains.

3 days ago

 Washington's Marcus Peters, left, intercepts a pass in front of Stanford's Ty Montgomery during the second half of a September game last year. Every NFL owner and general manager will say that a player's character and behavior in college has always been a focal point of their team's decision-making for the draft. This year, with the likes of Jameis Winston, Randy Gregory, Dorial Green-Beckham and Marcus Peters among the top prospects, the truth of those proclamations will be tested.

Gene Collier: Assessing Steelers' needs in draft

Variables, measurables, immeasurables, character ... they all come into play at NFL draft.

4 days ago

 Coming attractions: Stalls for the bike share program are starting to crop up around the city. These are on Forbes Avenue Downtown at Market Square.

Brian O’Neill: Bloomfield bike-sharing path lies ahead

Social media was abuzz with #keepbloomfieldbikeshare. Turns out, the neighborhood council welcomes the service, but suggests better spots.

4 days ago

Dan Simpson: Please, no new wars

The U.S. military/industrial complex seems to be itching for more action.

5 days ago

 Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for photographers during a March press conference to announce their upcoming fight.

Gene Collier: Fear not, the Really Big Fight returns

The Really Big Fight returns to the sports stage Saturday night, but the stage and society have changed in so many ways.

5 days ago

Reg Henry: Bad movies bond guys in critical way

Semi-retirement feels like a good time to watch bad movies.

5 days ago

 Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski battles for the puck with Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and forward Pascal Dupuis during a game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Cook: Penguins Letang, Dupuis hope to play again but understand risks

Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis hope to play again next season, but they know that doctors might make final call on that decision.

6 days ago

Tony Norman: Parents turn to turning in lawless sons

Parents might wise up to turning in their children who are real criminals.

6 days ago

 Jeff Wateska, left, and Marty Schiff are partners in UKnowme, a global media distribution company.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: A little Spring Hill activity is enough to cause a stir

A video distribution company has turned the lights back on in one of Spring Hill’s few commercial properties.

6 days ago

 Penguins star Evgeni Malkin was missing in action against the Rangers, but what if he finds his game again with Russia in the World Championships?

Ron Cook: Playing for Russia would be a bad look for Malkin

Given how poorly Evgeni Malkin just played for the Penguins in their biggest games of the season, maybe he should rest up for next year.

1 week ago

 With viewers' help, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao will make a lot of money Saturday.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: We can't afford this can't-miss pay-per-view bout

The biggest pay-per-view event ever comes on Saturday, if only we had enough friends to help cover the cost.

6 days ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: The people it takes to redd up after human nature

In the aftermath of an Earth Day neighborhood clean-up: the best of humanity on display.

6 days ago

David M. Shribman: Clinton and the special interests

She’s the first Democrat in years to be free of their pressures in the primaries.

1 week ago

Jack Kelly: Chipotle gets gaggled by the Clinton media horde

Wow! Hillary Clinton actually ate a burrito!

1 week ago

 The original art that accompanied Peter Leo's 1986 column documenting his feat.

Brian O'Neill: Driving the Pittsburgh Marathon now officially faster than running it

Marathon route is getting easier, or maybe it’s just that cars are better.

1 week ago

 Rangers fans cheer as their team sent the Penguins to the end of another disappointing season.

Ron Cook: Status quo remains the theme for Penguins

It might be delusional, but Penguins still have a good starting point.

1 week ago

 Daniel Winnik, left, and Rob Scuderi check Rangers' Chris Kreider during the second period Friday night in New York.

Ron Cook: Injuries, illness put Penguins at disadvantage

It's hard to be mad at the Penguins. It wasn't a fair fight against the New York Rangers from the start.

1 week ago

 Warren Weinstein in 2009

Dan Simpson: Warren Weinstein, the man

Taken hostage by al-Qaida in 2001 and killed in January by a U.S. drone strike, he lived a life of loving his family and helping others.

1 week ago

 New York's Carl Hagelin carries the puck up ice against the Penguins' Chris Kunitz in the second period Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing elimination, Penguins embrace one-step-at-a-time mantra

The Penguins’ last best hope is the venue tonight, Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Anti-gay bullies at McGuffey High School trend the wrong way

Anti-gay protesters at McGuffey put themselves on display as modern bullies.

1 week ago

 Paul Martin skates off the ice as the Rangers celebrate their overtime goal in Game 4, giving them a 3-1 edge in the first-round series and a chance to clinch Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Gene Collier: Penguins solve some problems, but find another way to lose to Rangers

After scoring first, holding a lead through the first period, all at home, the Pens still find themselves at the edge of the playoff cliff.

1 week ago

Brian O’Neill: Potty’s No. 1 problem is being available

I stopped by the fabulous public toilet near the corner of 18th and East Carson streets on the South Side, only to find the gate was locked.

1 week ago

 A child is helped from a merchant vessel in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early Monday. She was one of about 100 migrants rescued in the Sicilian Strait while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Dan Simpson: Who’s responsible for the ‘migrants’?

With their nations falling apart, responsibility falls on all of us.

1 week ago

 Penguins' Maxim Lapierre battles for a loose puck against the Rangers' Carl Hagelin in the first period at the Consol Energy Center Monday night.

Gene Collier: Playing at home no help for Penguins

If the Penguins have a home ice advantage at the Consol Energy Center, it's not apparent, especially in the playoffs.

1 week ago

Reg Henry: Vodka is one way to weather a drought

Not to be outdone by The New York Times, it is time to file my own report about the situation in drought-racked California.

1 week ago

 Penguins winger Steve Downie skates over the Stanley Cup logo Monday in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins lost the game 2-1.

Ron Cook: Missed calls are least of Penguins' worries

Don’t be so quick to chalk up the Penguins’ series deficit to bad luck and worse calls; put the blame where it belongs — on the performance.

1 week ago

 The Joncaire Street steps are "an important [link] from Junction Hollow [trail] to the central campus" of Pitt, said Pat Hassett of city’s Department of Public Works.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Joncaire Street steps project in Panther Hollow makes a bike-friendly link

The 135 steps will be wider and include runnels — flat channels alongside for bikes to be walked up and down. It’s a model for the future.

1 week ago

 A gang of turkeys hanging out in Baldwin Township.

Ruth Ann Dailey: As animals become suburbanites, what's a human to do?

Here’s something we know from observing human nature: Virtually anything can be a lucrative reality show. ...

2 weeks ago

 Center Brandon Sutter was traded to the Penguins in exchange for Jordan Staal by Jim Rutherford, who was general manager of Carolina at the time.

Ron Cook: Brandon Sutter 'does it all' for Penguins

The best move Jim Rutherford has made for the Penguins may have been before he was even the general manager here.

2 weeks ago

 Britt McHenry on the job last year, courteously interviewing a Baltimore Raven after a Steelers game.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Beware when Pretty Skinny Blond Women attack

Pretty Skinny Blond Women are ruining the world, one rant at a time.

2 weeks ago

David M. Shribman: Clinton v. Rubio, et al.

The two newly announced presidential candidates face very different challenges.

2 weeks ago

Jack Kelly: Getting coddled at college

Academe treats students like fragile flowers.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Gene Collier: Series of scores makes it a series

With that kind of scoring, the Penguins could make it an interesting firsr-round series against the New York Rangers.

2 weeks ago

Brian O'Neill: Yinz won't believe how TV plans to portray Pittsburgh

Yinzers are about to get their day on TV, alas. A production group is combing our hills and valleys for a family to misrepresent the region.

2 weeks ago

 Gene Collier suggests Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should be on the same line.

Gene Colllier: When all else fails, put Crosby and Malkin together

With so little offense, perhaps the Penguins need to use Crosby and Malkin together more often if not always.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Counterfeiters hold a false view of us

Counterfeiting cases pose a more serious risk here than once might have been presumed.

2 weeks ago

 The Penguins haven't won a Stanley Cup since the 2009 playoff run when Evgeni Malkin (pictured lower left) had 36 points as the Conn Smythe Trophy MVP and Sidney Crosby (center) had 15 goals and 31 points.

Ron Cook: Stars must shine for Penguins to score upset

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin must be at the top of their games against top-seeded Rangers in tonight’s playoff game in New York.

2 weeks ago

 Jacob B. Sweitzer.

Brian O'Neill: Civil War ties feel right at home in Pittsburgh now

It’s nice to have a tie at home to an authentic Civil War hero.

2 weeks ago

Dan Simpson: Saudis try to derail Iran deal

Meanwhile, Obama is making headway in Latin America.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett delivers to catcher Francisco Cervelli, who already has a fan in one of the unquestioned team leaders.

Ron Cook: A.J. Burnett's approval will go long way for Francisco Cervelli

Despite the loss Tuesday night to Detroit, it was something of a special night for new Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.

2 weeks ago

Reg Henry: Sorry, Hillary, but I’m not that excited

Warning: This column’s topic has been known to cause drowsiness in some readers, who are advised not to use heavy machinery after exposure.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates fans cheer as pitcher Jared Hughes heads to the dugout after getting the team out of a jam against the Tigers in the seventh inning Monday, April 13, 2015, at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes is a blessing

He has become a specialist at coming into a game in the sixth or seventh inning and getting his team out of a big jam.

2 weeks ago


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