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Tony Norman: Put the horror of executions on public view

Executions have become so appalling that everyone should be forced to watch them.

about 2 hours ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters yet another training camp, but this time with a young defense and new faces on offense.

Ron Cook: Ben Roethlisberger eyes prize above deal

Ben Roethlisberger reports to Steelers camp today, thinking a lot more about winning another NFL title than settling on a new contract.

about 2 hours ago


 Ventriloquist Bob Rumba has a case full of characters and a closed mouth full of voices.

Brian O’Neill: Multi-faceted Rumba — one entertaining guy

’Twas late one afternoon during the Three Rivers Arts Festival that I first saw him

1 day ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a home run from the left side of the plate

Gene Collier: Pirates lineup takes advantage of lefty-friendly dimensions

Pirates left-handed hitters combined for three home runs in a 12-7 win against the Dodgers -- finally putting PNC Park's landscape to use.

2 days ago


Reg Henry: Mother Goose and chicks visit home nest

When you write a newspaper column, it is advisable to read as much as you can. This week my reading included “Mother Goose.”

2 days ago


Dan Simpson / Where is America’s heart?

Compassion seems lacking on nearly every front: immigration, unemployment, the Middle East ...

1 day ago


 The Pirates' Jordy Mercer is mobbed after hitting a game winning single against the Rockies in the 11th inning at PNC Park on Saturday.

Ron Cook: Shortstop Jordy Mercer cannot be overlooked in contributing to the Pirates’ recent resurgence

After Andrew McCutchen, Mercer has been the team’s most consistent player for nearly two months

3 days 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.

3 days ago


Tony Norman: Comics make issue out of dealing with news

It can be a lot easier to deal with cultural change through comics characters than real life.

3 days ago


 Pirates closer Mark Melancon has been lights-out since being promoted to the role after the struggles of Jason Grilli.

Ron Cook: Mark Melancon firmly belongs as Pirates closer

There's no need for the Pirates to trade for a big-name closer; they already have one who is plenty capable in Mark Melancon.

4 days 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.

4 days ago


 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez dives for a ground ball.

Ron Cook: Steve Blass has utmost hope for Pedro Alvarez

Of all people, Pirates broadcaster and former star pitcher Steve Blass can relate to Pedro Alvarez's throwing woes at third base.

5 days ago


 Randy Gilson painted a stylized map of old Allegheny City on the south wall of his Mexican War Streets home.

Brian O'Neill: A colorful character makes Randyland one vibrant home

Tourists find their way on the North Side to colorful home of a loving neighborhood character.

5 days ago


Jack Kelly / Send the kids back home

Illegal immigration exploded shortly after President Barack Obama issued an executive order halting some deportations.

5 days ago


David M. Shribman / The choice of Cleveland

Republicans won’t find it as easy to choose a candidate once they gather there.

5 days ago


 Pirates Francisco Liriano long tosses during workouts at PNC Park after the All-Star break as the Pirates prepare to resume their season Friday.

Ron Cook: NL Central is there for the taking

There’s reason for optimism entering the second half of the season, as the Pirates still have a legitimate chance to win the division.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Don’t fly off the handle when drones roam

Drones are just the latest worry when looking up at the sky.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill: Corbett’s legislative attack is on the money

Gov. Tom Corbett is using his pen and his pulpit to pound the politicians of his own party.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: Let us agree to disagree like sane people

Have you ever wondered what makes other people hold the ridiculous political opinions they do?

1 week ago


Dan Simpson / Looking back at Vietnam reminds us of our ignorance

A new novel by Ward Just, “American Romantic,” part of which is set during the Vietnam War, reminded me that we, the United States, may

1 week 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.

1 week ago


 Reds ace Johnny Cueto wasn't as stellar as usual Sunday, but the Pirates still couldn't take full advantage.

Gene Collier: Missed connections prove costly for Pirates

A very disappointing road trip could have been much worse, but the Pirates cannot afford to keep blowing chances after the All-Star break.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill / Bucs owe some bucks to help keep the T free

Pirates are getting a free ride by failing to help subsidize the T rides taken by baseball fans.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly / The high cost of regulations

Congress should suspend all regs imposed since 2000 and assess whether they've been worthwhile

1 week ago


 Barack Obama: Worst president?

David M. Shribman / The worst president?

Barack Obama may be way down in the polls right now, but Americans are fickle employers.

1 week ago


 LeBron James, center, with Chris Bosh, left, and Dwyane Wade, right, broke Cleveland's heart with 'The Decision' several years ago ... will it happen again?

Ron Cook: Some towns deserve better, even Cleveland

The redux of “The Decision” for NBA superstar LeBron James presents the possibility of even more sports heartache for poor Cleveland.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Anti-refugee protesters need a history lesson

Hostile attitude toward refugee children hardly makes sense, given our history.

2 weeks ago


 The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: A-Fraud a continued baseball parody

Suspended Yankee star Alex Rodriguez poster boy for everything that is wrong with baseball.

2 weeks ago


 Is the Peduto administration living up to its promises of transparency?

Brian O'Neill: Government transparency worth hard look

Local officials are promising more transparency in city and county government -- let‘‍s make sure they’‍re following through.

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: If only life could have ‘‍extra time’ like soccer

Soccer tests the meaning of time, much like life itself.

2 weeks ago


Dan Simpson / Let’s try getting along with Cuba

It’s time to end the decades of economic sanctions and animosity.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Potential is there for a humane police force

Personal acquaintances among Pittsburgh police are offering hope for a more community-friendly force lies ahead.

2 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.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Harrison slides safely past the tag of Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Josh Harrison in heyday as All-Star utilityman

Ron Cook: Josh Harrison has done it all for the Pirates this season, and now he is rewarded with a spot on the All-Star team.

2 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.

2 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: High court gets it right on religious liberty

Contraception case showed Supreme Court can prize religious freedom, and more chances will come to show it.

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill / A cross-country walk to highlight suicides shows a lot of humanity

Brother and friends of suicide victim make great progress on their trek across America.

2 weeks ago


David M. Shribman / Times are tough, as usual

American history is full of hard times, and Americans who have persevered.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly / Regulations for the rich

Crony capitalism infects Washington, especially Democrats.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: A bounty of good reading lies ahead in fall

Get ready this fall will yield an unusually rich bounty of fiction and nonfiction for eager readers.

3 weeks ago


Brian O’Neill: Rappelling for a cause will go down after all

The rappelling fundraiser at the Westin Convention Center hotel needed a little polishing, but it‘‍s set to go down July 15.

3 weeks ago


 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford talks about the team signing free agents Christian Ehrhoff, Blake Comeau and Thomas Greiss on July 01, 2014.

Ron Cook: Penguins general manager deals with salary-cap mess

It’s not new GM Jim Rutherford’s fault, but the Penguins are not as good a team now as they were when he took over.

3 weeks ago


Slippery slope lies ahead after court decision

Supreme Court opinion on corporations and contraceptives creates a slippery slope that could end anywhere.

3 weeks ago


Dan Simpson / The end of empires has not been kind to Bosnia; it deserves better

One hundred years ago Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off a lot of history.

3 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Supreme Court now predictably appalling

Supreme Court‘‍s Hobby Lobby ruling on contraceptives was predictably appalling.

3 weeks ago


 Josh Harrison celebrates after driving in the winning run for the Pirates Friday night to beat the Mets.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Harrison plan good, minus involving Alvarez

It‘‍s a good move for the Pirates to get Josh Harrison in the lineup as much as possible, but not at the expense of Pedro Alvarez.

3 weeks ago


 A car anti-theft device.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Kids (and car thieves), learn to drive a stick

A Seattle woman was almost the victim of a carjacking, but her would-be thieves could not handle her manual.

3 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: The pope's anti-drug stance: halfway there

Pope Francis says, "Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding" Yes and no, and could we explore this further?

3 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Tea Party tea leaves

Liberals delude themselves about the uprising on the right.

3 weeks ago


 Pirates' Gregory Polanco is greeted at home plate after hitting a three-run homer in the 5th against the Mets at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Polanco crashes party in high style

With Gregory Polanco showing why he was considered such a valuable commodity, the remainder of the summer has a chance to be pretty fun.

4 weeks ago



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