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 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

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.

about 9 hours ago


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

Pittsburgh can show Cleveland the folly of hotel subsidies.

about 9 hours ago


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

He addressed the problems that plague us still.

1 day 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.

1 day ago


Reg Henry: Aussie hiker sticks to path of good grub

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

1 day 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Younger voters defying stale abortion politics

Polls find more support for abortion restrictions.

3 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...

3 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?

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly: Obama is weak against terror

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Standing up to terrorists

Charlie Hebdo could have used more support

2 weeks ago


 Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame drives to the basket against Pitt in the first half at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon.

Ron Cook: NCAA feeling just isn't there for Pitt basketball

There’s still a lot of season left, but after the Panthers’ latest loss Saturday to Clemson, the NCAA tournament appears to be out of reach.

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill: Sam Hazo's 'Tell It To the Marines' shows the brutal cost of war

Sam Hazo believes a better way to show the true consequences of war is through the same vehicle used by Shakespeare and the ancient Greeks.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Grief would pale for U.S. media attack

America might react differently to a lethal assault on the media here.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins right winger Steve Downie hauls in a loose puck against the Boston Bruins in the second period Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Encouraging results despite setbacks for Penguins

Penguins coach Mike Johnston has pieced together a quality team halfway through the season even after all the illnesses and injuries.

3 weeks ago


Brian O’Neill: Pittsburgh’s rankings have been an attraction, it turns out

As a skeptic, I asked whether anyone had moved to Pittsburgh because of our ranking on a “Best Cities’’ list. Lo and behold, people have.

3 weeks ago


 Late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il tower over Mansu Hill in North Korea.

Dan Simpson: Throw out a line to North Korea

Silly sanctions aren’t going to encourage Kim Jong Un to act reasonably

3 weeks ago


 Mike Tomlin speaks during his final press conference of the season at the Steelers' South Side training facility.

Gene Collier: Not everybody sees eye-to-eye with Tomlin's take on Steelers

The Steelers have much to fix for next season, including a couple of the aspects coach Mike Tomlin spoke glowingly of Tuesday.

3 weeks ago



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