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David M. Shribman: What isn’t being said about the 2016 election

Republicans’ biggest challenge will be addressing inequality, even as they root for Elizabeth Warren.

about 17 hours ago

Brian O'Neill: Pennsylvania nonprofits not so noble in aiming for new law

Rep. Frankel says state nonprofits “made a deal with the devil, with the health care systems’’ to pass Act 55.

about 17 hours ago

Jack Kelly: Tackling terrorism

Obama still dithers as the violence escalates.

about 17 hours ago

 Pitt's Cameron Wright celebrates near the end of the Panthers; victory against Notre Dame Saturday at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Pitt steals victory vs. Notre Dame

Basketball gods have crazy notion that Panthers are an NCAA tournament team.

about 17 hours ago

 Just how big is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right? He runs alongside receiver Danny Amendola before the team's final practice Friday in Phoenix. For the record, Gronkowski is listed at 6 feet 6; Amendola at 5-11.

Ron Cook: Patriots will win, but can't erase haters

Even with a blowout of the Seahawks tonight in the Super Bowl, the Patriots' legacy would forever be tarnished by accusations of cheating.

about 17 hours ago

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participates in a Super Bowl XLIX news conference Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix.

Ron Cook: Goodell gives annual State of the NFL address

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell understands what matters most to NFL owners and players: making money and making more whenever possible.

1 day ago

 The Seahawks signed Richard Sherman to a four-year, $56 million contract before the season.

Ron Cook: Former Steelers great Jack Ham sees greatness in Seattle's Richard Sherman

Almost everyone agrees, it’s best for NFL quarterbacks to avoid the Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback at all costs.

2 days ago

 Larry Wilmore is "whip-smart and exudes an emotional intelligence that puts his panel and the audience at ease."

Tony Norman: Larry Wilmore brings late night the real thing

“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” new on Comedy Central, is already the best late-night talk show on television.

2 days ago

 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game earlier this month.

Ron Cook: Steel Curtain vs. Seattle’s defense

The Seahawks are drawing comparisons to the great Steelers defense of the 1970s, but it might be a little premature.

3 days ago

Brian O’Neill: Hotel strategies depict tale of two cities

Pittsburgh can show Cleveland the folly of hotel subsidies.

3 days ago

Dan Simpson: Martin Luther King Jr. was a true American prophet

He addressed the problems that plague us still.

4 days ago

 LeGarrette Blount, the of the Steelers, is taken down by Baltimore cornerback Lardarius Webb during a game at Heinz Field Sunday night, November 2, 2014.

Ron Cook: Steelers still right for letting LeGarrette Blount walk

New England RB LeGarrette Blount finds new football life as well as happiness and success since quitting on the Steelers.

4 days ago

Reg Henry: Aussie hiker sticks to path of good grub

Carry a stick and don’t sing when hiking through Australia.

4 days ago

 Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addresses the media Monday during a press conference in preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX.

Ron Cook: Forget the Patriots -- Seahawks are hard to like

It’s easy to dislike coach Bill Belichick and his Patriots, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll and his Seahawks are more detestable.

5 days ago

 The Honeydripper's crew, from left to right: James Perry, Keita Didi Lee, Jerome Anderson Jr., Nicole and Antonovich Perry.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Homewood grocer produces food the area lacked

Perry’s Honeydripper gives Homewood an uncommon amenity: a hot-food take-out with groceries and produce.

5 days ago

Tony Norman: The richest Americans get richer and the rest are standing by

According to a report released by Oxfam International, 48 percent of the world’s total wealth is owned by the richest 1 percent of people.

5 days ago

 Pitt's Michael Young drives to the basket against Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku and Montrezl Harrell in the second half Sunday at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Don't expect much from Pitt vs. quality teams

The Panthers lost by double digits to a superior Louisville team on national television, as expected.

6 days ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: Younger voters defying stale abortion politics

Polls find more support for abortion restrictions.

6 days ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: My fellow Americans, can you pass the America test?

If only we could all be forced to take a national civics/citizenship test...

6 days ago

David M. Shribman: Mitt Romney’s non-campaign

The former governor’s team is ready to roll, but can he become the voice of GOP populism?

1 week ago

 A postcard showing the Westinghouse atom smasher in more upright days, most likely in the 1930s or 1940s, according to Denny Rice.

Brian O'Neill: With Forest Hills atom smasher's fall, part of history tumbles

The historic Van de Graaff generator isn’t up in the air anymore, but its future is.

1 week ago

Jack Kelly: Liberals exploit race and gender

When People magazine asked Michelle Obama about her “personal experience” with racism, she cited a 2011 visit to a Target store in Virginia.

1 week ago

 Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo, whose hard work is finally starting to show in games, grabs a rebound against Georgia Tech last weekend at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt walk-on Aron Phillips-Nwankwo has a story worth telling

Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo takes the same motivation he has on the court and uses it to forge a rare career path for a college athlete.

1 week ago

 Pitt offensive linesman Artie Rowell during pre-game warmups before their game against Boston College at Alumni Stadium on Friday  Sept. 5, 2014 in Boston.

Ron Cook: Pitt's Artie Rowell puts student-athletes in a good light

The redshirt senior is heavily involved with issues on the Power 5 conference and NCAA levels, while on course to graduate in April.

1 week ago

 New Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford keeps an eye on newfangled NHL statistics.

Gene Collier: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford plays his daily numbers

Despite being one of the older general managers in the NHL, Jim Rutherford has brought a more analytical approach to the Penguins.

1 week ago

Brian O'Neill: City is growing rich with upscale hotels

Amazingly enough, upscale hotels now have a place in Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

Dan Simpson: Freedom vs. security in the face of Islamist extremists

Western nations face citizens who might turn battlefield skills against them.

1 week ago

The Morning File: Pizza, for lack of a better word, is good

Someone’s got to stand up for what’s right after this very newspaper published a story about a major scourge supposedly confronting America.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Curb on police seizures was overdue

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder acted to end the controversial practice last week.

1 week ago

 A 2012 view of the Masonic Lodge on Pittsburgh's North Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: City of Asylum preparing rebirth of Masonic Hall

City of Asylum Pittsburgh set to own old North Side Masonic Hall in agreement with Urban Redevelopment Authority.

1 week ago

 Gladys Bettis, mother of former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, talks about her son in her family’s home library in Detroit in 2006. At a time in which Bettis is once again up for nomination for the Hall of Fame, his mother is dealing with breast cancer.

Ron Cook: Jerome Bettis helps mom battle cancer

Jerome Bettis has one big function before likely Hall call: A charity event that will honor his mother, who is battling breast cancer.

1 week ago

 Penguins center Evgeni Malkin slices between Rangers Marc Staal and Jesper Fast in the first period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Time on Penguins’ side — for now

The Penguins are not very good right now. They are 4-6-2 in its past 12 games after a lousy performance Sunday against the New York Rangers.

1 week ago

 Bienvenue a Pittsburgh, mes amis.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: French ought to love Pittsburgh-Paris flight, too

We like non-stop flights to Paris, but what do the French think?

1 week ago

David M. Shribman: Bushes v. Romneys v. GOP unity

Decades-long loyalties to both families are being tested in a divided Republican establishment.

2 weeks ago

Jack Kelly: Obama is weak against terror

He’s not willing to call it “Islamic terrorism.”

2 weeks ago

 Jim Rutherford, general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Gene Collier: Perception of Penguins GM Jim Rutherford not reality

Veteran general manager Jim Rutherford, along with the coach he hired, represents the backbone of the new-look Penguins.

2 weeks ago

 Ruger handguns, anyone?

Brian O'Neill: It’s hard to find value in Pennsylvania gun law battle

Right now, the city is suing the state. Why? To overturn a new law that gives the National Rifle Association standing to sue the city.

2 weeks ago

 Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang

Ron Cook: Kang signing makes sense

The plan is brilliant as long as this Korean infielder can adapt to American game and culture.

2 weeks ago

 Better luck next year, guys: Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King Jr., Andre Holland plays Andrew Young, and Stephan James plays John Lewis in "Selma."

Tony Norman: ‘Selma’ deserved better from academy

All of the possible award nominations for black talent this year were crammed into “Selma,” but the actors and director were snubbed.

2 weeks ago

 The Buffalo Bills' new head coach is Rex Ryan, formerly of the New York Jets.

Gene Collier: NFL coaching carousel defies logic

The coaching carousel spins at terrifying speed these days, but logic is not the driving force.

2 weeks ago

Brian O'Neill: Ms. Becky has a sweet ride and intent

Ms. Becky is back with a newer truck and plenty of help to offer.

2 weeks ago

Dan Simpson: Whitewashing the gun lobby

The NRA is not about protecting the Second Amendment, it’s about selling guns.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Wilds' Matt Cooke in the second period of Tuesday night's game at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins wise to take two points from lousy Minnesota Wild

It was far from a breath-taking effort, but the Penguins got the job done rather easily Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center.

2 weeks ago

Reg Henry: Australia’s full of changes ... and snakes

Australia’s a place where things never change, except for the many things that do.

2 weeks ago

 A scene from "Selma."

Tony Norman: ‘Selma’ nicely complements ‘the talk’

Then they should encourage the child to vote when old enough. It is a way to do something constructive beyond shaking in fear.

2 weeks ago

 The Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. is just one of many popular spots in the Strip district.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Strip District gets recognition it always deserves

The American Planning Association selects Strip District as one of 2014’s Great Neighborhoods in Pa., but to locals it’s great every year.

2 weeks ago

Ruth Ann Dailey / Bad eggs among good cops: deadly serious

“Whatever frailties you have before you become an officer, those don’t go away just because you put on a badge,” says a retired city cop.

2 weeks ago

 Former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau shares a postgame hug with linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

Ron Cook: Dick LeBeau's career built on close relationships

Plenty of factors went into Dick LeBeau’s decision to continue coaching after being ousted as Steelers defensive coordinator.

2 weeks ago

 Middle Earth: the Family’s middle ground.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Family’s annual film decision is filled with drama

What film should the Family, as a whole, go see altogether? Once more, it’s a debate for the ages.

2 weeks ago

David M. Shribman: The new year in politics

Questions loom as the GOP takes control on Capitol Hill and candidates line up for 2016.

3 weeks ago


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