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Dan Simpson: Let’s find a new cast of characters to run for president

Neither political party is offering a strong field of candidates

about 8 hours ago

 Pitt's Cameron Wright celebrates near the end of his team's win over Notre Dame Saturday at the Petersen Events Center on January 31, 2015.

Ron Cook: Pitt senior guard displays Wright stuff on and off court

Panthers senior guard Cameron Wright is a standout off the court, too, excelling in the classroom all five years at Pitt.

about 8 hours ago

Reg Henry: Best sight for travelers is the grandkids

As some gray-haired readers will recognize, the loneliness of the long-distance grandparent is rooted in a sad fact.

about 8 hours ago

 Patric Hornqvist dives into the net as the puck gets by Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney on a shot by Evgeni Malkin for a power play goal in the second period Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Power play returns to top form for Penguins

After slumping in February, the power play has scored at least one goal in the past four games, a good harbinger for the playoffs.

1 day ago

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic in Pittsburgh

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

1 day ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: What’s in a stray word? A needless distraction

Last week, I referred to “the lunatic left,” which some interpreted as the entire left-wing, rather than those who persist in angry slander.

2 days ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

2 days ago

 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save in front of the Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen in the second period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Of all Penguins stars, Marc-Andre Fleury has shined brightest

With another sterling effort in a 5-3 win Sunday against Columbus, Marc-Andre Fleury keeps proving his rank among the NHL’s top goaltenders.

2 days ago

David M. Shribman: Barry Goldwater, a conservative icon cast in bronze

Principled but willing to listen, he returns to a Capitol where rivals no longer are respected.

3 days ago

Jack Kelly: Whacking Scott Walker

Liberals don’t know it, but they’re helping him out.

3 days ago

 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford.

Ron Cook: Rutherford can rest easy at deadline

General manager Jim Rutherford's work is done, but that of the Penguins' biggest stars is now just beginning.

3 days ago

 Pirates players Jung Ho Kang jokes with Gregory Polanco (middle) and Starling Marte at workouts at Pirate City in Bradenton Fla.

Gene Collier: Recalling the bizarre spring of 1995

The zany spring of 1995 was certainly one to remember in Bradenton, where the Pirates nearly threw a med school student behind the plate.

3 days ago

Tony Norman: And the award for not caring goes to ...

Awards season is over, so it’s OK to pay attention.

5 days ago

 Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Gene Collier: Manfred certainly looks to shift MLB's ideology

New baseball commissioner’s thinking makes sense, just not the individual thoughts.

6 days ago

Brian O’Neill: Train shipments bring cause to pause

Hazardous materials come by train every day through here, too.

6 days ago

Dan Simpson: It's time to let go in Iraq and Afghanistan

Iraqis and Afghans must fight their own battles and determine their own futures.

1 week ago

 Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stops a shot by Penguins' Blake Comeau in the third period of a game Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Play in division no plus for Penguins

Penguins coach Mike Johnston is wary of division rival Washington’s psychological edge.

1 week ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Let’s sort out confusion caused by cold

If we didn’t know better, we’d think it was February in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, there’s always good advice to be had at such times.

1 week ago

 San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks among players during spring training workouts last week at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

Ron Cook: Who's the best coach now?

A lot of good (and questionable) selections are out there, but San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy stands above the rest.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Giuliani, Walker set the bar low for GOP’s criticism of Obama

One of the worst things about the modern GOP is that it continues to tolerate and encourage a religious litmus test for the presidency.

1 week ago

 Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, and Kris Letang, right, congratulate Paul Martin after scoring against the Panthers in the third period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Kris Letang stellar again in Penguins win

Veteran defenseman Kris Letang is having his best NHL season as he logs plenty of ice time for the Penguins, who beat Florida Sunday night.

1 week ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: The trouble with the words ‘Islamic terrorism’

It’s important to keep in mind American is not at war with Muslims, or even most of them.

1 week ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: A computer might want to clarify CMU’s snafu

Imagining a letter that a smart CMU computer might compose to explain the error that some CMU computer made with 800 “acceptance” letters.

1 week ago

 “My views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences,” he said in remarks last week before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

David M. Shribman: Jeb Bush tiptoes above the falls

This is not his father’s Republican Party, nor even his brother’s.

1 week ago

Jack Kelly: Some journalists prefer snark to thoughtfulness

Evolution isn’t one of them, but some scientific controversies do bear on public policy.

1 week ago

Brian O'Neill: Tough scrutiny ought to be the cost of tax-exempt status

Nonprofits’ argument to win tax exemptions is questionable.

1 week ago

 Neil Walker is congratulated by third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a solo home run against the Cubs in the fourth inning at PNC Park in September.

Ron Cook: Pirates should have found a way to avoid arbitration process

Avoiding arbitration would have served the Pirates’ long-term interests much better than how the process turned out for them.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Freeze on executions harms no one

Governor rightly acknowledges reality and possibility for heinous error with death penalty moratorium.

1 week ago

 Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: Baseball can't separate spring from steroids

Spring training starts with yet another steroids apology.

1 week ago

Brian O’Neill: Nonprofits show their political muscle

Never bet against the nonprofit industrial complex in Pennsylvania. The battle over charities could reach voters in the fall.

1 week ago

 The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance last year.

Dan Simpson: Talk to the worst of the worst

The U.S. should try to contact even the most brutal leaders of extremist groups.

2 weeks ago

Reg Henry: Tasmania’s an oddly appealing Eden

If the continent of Australia were a work of calligraphy, the southern island state of Tasmania might be its period.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Unusual upheaval hit media last week

Last week was a sad and crazy one for leading media figures.

2 weeks ago

 Kelly Porter, left, property manager of the Century Building, and Mary Kate Ranii, Pennsylvania Resources Council Program coordinator, set up a recycling bin in the Downtown apartment building.

Walkabout: Big push is on to spread recycling in Pittsburgh apartments

Fifteen apartment buildings in Allegheny County are upping their recycling efforts with help from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's Derrick Randall grabs a rebound against North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in the first half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt must find way to win at No. 2 Virginia

Tonight could be Pitt’s last chance at getting the win it needs most to shore up its NCAA tournament resume.

2 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Some are bound to miss ‘Fifty Shades of Grey'

The only thing more confusing than the pleasure of S&M is the popularity of the books and film celebrating it.

2 weeks ago

David M. Shribman: Party perils in 2016

The Republicans face a demographic problem; the Democrats have a weak bench

2 weeks ago

Jack Kelly: The Crusades are irrelevant

Obama downplays the threat of radical Islam.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt's James Robinson drives against North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks in the second half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Plenty to like about Pitt's response

Jamie Dixon’s Pitt team followed one of its most disheartening stretches of the season in its loss to Louisville with a dominating victory.

2 weeks ago

 A Chargers No. 55 jersey sits atop a makeshift memorial outside Junior Seau's home.

Gene Collier: Football's concussion issue won't just go away

As football's problems with head injuries come back into focus, it's fair to wonder about the implications for the future of the sport.

2 weeks ago

Brian O'Neill: The case against shale tax is running out of gas

There’s no logical rebuttal to gas drilling severance tax.

2 weeks ago

 Former Pitt and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pitt and Notre Dame at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Tony Dorsett battling a new opponent: brain disease

Tony Dorsett knows that much of his life now will be difficult and nothing like he envisioned it while starring at every level of football.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Alabama judge smacks of past bigots

Alabama judge opposing federal order on gay marriage is wrong on all counts.

2 weeks ago

 Small is beautiful: Construction takes place last month at Market Street Grocery, 435 Market St.

Brian O’Neill: Why Downtown Pittsburgh keeps getting better, bit by bit

The power of incremental building: The demise of top-down development for Downtown has been its greatest boost.

2 weeks ago

Dan Simpson: Don’t send weapons to Ukraine

The U.S. has more important priorities at home; leave Ukraine to the Europeans.

3 weeks ago

 Nashville's Roman Josi scores through the five hole on Marc-Andre Fleury during a game earlier this month at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Ruminations on an endless NHL season

Pirates will have been to spring training and back before the hockey postseason gets underway.

3 weeks ago

Peter Leo: Opera, art, jaw head Philly attractions

My wife and I took the train there for a long weekend and had a fabulous time going to classy restaurants and museums.

3 weeks ago

Reg Henry: Let's drink to tennis, trains and travel

Australia has plenty of sentimental pleasures, in addition to bars.

3 weeks ago

 Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan, right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in New York. The Hornets won the game 110-82.

Ron Cook: Knicks owner James Dolan chalks one up for being dumb

Thin-skinned Knicks owner’s vitriolic reply to fan’s email makes you appreciate others sports figures who don’t fire off such replies.

3 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Social media trend is tough on crime

The stupider and more narcissistic criminals are, the better — especially if they feel compelled to “confess” their crimes on social media.

3 weeks ago


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