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 Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage watches pitchers during workouts on the second day of camp for pitchers and catchers in February at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Ron Cook: Pirates pitching coach knows what buttons to push

Ray Searage is an outstanding coach who “drives the bus every now and then and grinds the gears.”

1 day ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: If UPMC and Highmark could meet ...

Well, if someone’s got to get UPMC and Highmark together ...

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 Jockey Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah celebrates after winning the 140th Preakness Stakes May 16.

Jennifer Graham: Flogging here, flogging there

Saudi Arabia treats bloggers worse than we treat horses.

2 days ago

 Jung Ho Kang singles and drives in two runs against the Marlins Wednesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: When it comes to playing baseball, Kang needs no interpreter

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang continues to win over fans and teammates with his bat, glove, arm, smile and sense of humor.

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 Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for president at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Pa., near his boyhood home in Butler County.

Brian O’Neill: Santorum’s vested in yet another run

Rick Santorum returns to what he does best — running for office.

2 days ago

Dan Simpson: The U.S. has few options in the Middle East

It’s hard to find factions in Iraq or Syria worthy of support.

3 days ago

 Jeff Locke became the consecutive Pirates starter to earn a victory Tuesday night against the Marlins at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Nice to see Pirates take what's given to them

The streaking Pirates got the job done again Tuesday night, both in the field and at the plate, which can be a beautiful sight to behold.

3 days ago

Reg Henry: Honor the fallen but not follies of war

Memorial Day brings grim reminders of the what’s wrong with the present.

3 days ago

 Pirates closer Mark Melancon delivers to the plate May 9 against the Cardinals at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Back end of Pirates bullpen as solid as ever

After Charlie Morton made his season debut, he took great comfort from knowing he was giving the ball to Tony Watson and Mark Melancon.

4 days ago

Tony Norman: Josh Duggar’s life is a troubling reality

The reality of Josh Duggar’s life is painful to watch.

4 days ago

 Bill Seiler, left, who has been missing since 1958, with his baby brother Dan and younger brother Bob.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Family still wonders about man missing since 1958

Family hopes to resurrect cold case of missing man.

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 Charlie Morton takes the ball tonight against the Miami Marlins for the suddenly soaring Pirates. It will be his first major league start since Sept. 16.

Ron Cook: Morton's job is to keep momentum rolling for Pirates

Charlie Morton returns to the mound tonight for a Pirates team that thoroughly dominated the Mets this past weekend at PNC Park.

5 days ago

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Refusal to test students deserves an A

Standardized tests sometimes deserve a flunking grade.

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David M. Shribman: ‘The Building of the Ship’

Longfellow’s classic poem inspired statesmen and reads especially well on Memorial Day.

6 days ago

Jack Kelly: Stop blaming George Bush

Obama’s failures have created chaos in Iraq.

6 days ago

 Peter Leo

Peter Leo: Visit to Hungary proves unsettling but inspiring

Hungarians have the mindset of an occupied people, we are told, which hasn’t changed all that much since the fall of Communism.

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 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez homered against the New York Mets Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates come out swinging, and it works

Mets ace Matt Harvey was no match for a Pirates lineup that gave its own stellar starter enough run support and then plenty more.

6 days ago

Tony Norman: Thuggery comes in many shades, sizes

When can we start calling greedy corporate executives thugs, too?

1 week ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Women have it tough, especially in Pennsylvania

It was upon reading the Business section of Wednesday’s Post-Gazette that I experienced true pangs of guilt about being a man.

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Dan Simpson: Good people doing good things

The Heinz awards make you feel better about the world.

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Reg Henry: Cranks see new item to drone on about

As founding president and sole member of the American Society of Curmudgeons, it falls to me to look askance at various societal changes.

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 Starling Marte hits a three run homer last month against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Starling Marte shows signs of being elite outfielder

Young left fielder seems capable of joining an all-time list of great outfielders in Pirates franchise history.

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Tony Norman: Seeing Romney box is a curious sight

Seeing Mitt Romney in the boxing ring makes one wonder.

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 The restored Skinny Building.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Skinny Building’s restoration mustn’t be overlooked

Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, the city and fans of the Skinny Building celebrate its facade restoration.

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 Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is tagged out on the back end of a double play by Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez in the second inning Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Ron Cook: Division title appears to be slipping away for Pirates

The Pirates are 18-20 after beating the Cubs Sunday, and even a wild-card berth seems like a stretch right now with the way they’re playing.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Seeing all Pittsburgh’s events has become real pickle

Pittsburgh’s new problem: Too many things to do.

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 President Barack Obama with host David Letterman smile during a break at a taping of CBS The Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, Monday, May 4, 2015.

Ruth Ann Dailey: David Letterman, the inner voice of an era

From the first time he crossed my path — as a weatherman predicting hail “the size of canned hams” — Letterman has been part of my life.

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David M. Shribman: A political system in transition

Last week’s trade debate underlines significant shifts in national politics.

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Jack Kelly: College whiners

Pampered academics are the “privileged” ones.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in March.

Brian O'Neill: Proposed tax swap adds up to complex, tantalizing effort

Tax swap in Harrisburg is complex but tantalizing.

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 What does 99-year-old Roy McHugh remember about this iconic but controversial fight? A lot, it turns out.

Gene Collier: Remembering Ali-Liston as only one man can

Roy McHugh, 99, is one of the last remaining eyewitnesses of the controversial “Phantom Punch” that helped launch Muhammad Ali’s career.

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 After the Eagles traded him to Buffalo, star running back LeSean McCoy had some odd things to say about Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly.

Ron Cook: LeSean McCoy out of line with attack on Chip Kelly

Ex-Pitt star LeSean McCoy, now in Buffalo, is way off-base with his vague racial allegations against his former coach with the Eagles.

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 Egg on the face, with a side of crow to eat, please: Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is the latest in a long line of athletes to make premature guarantees of victory.

Gene Collier: Make predictions at your own risk

Making predictions is a slippery slope as Washington’s Alex Ovechkin learned this week.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Jeb Bush is loyal to his brother to a fault

Jeb Bush has tried to sound reasonable about what amounts to an untenable political position — refusing to learn from recent disasters.

2 weeks ago

 Tiara and Tierra Travis, before the Taylor Allderdice High semi-formal dance last December.

Brian O'Neill: Twins persevere after loss of parents

High school twins lose parents but find a way to persevere.

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Dan Simpson: Off with their heads!

We Americans can learn a lot from British elections.

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Reg Henry: NFL has a ball with juvenile behavior

Deflategate reminds us how juvenile this fascination with the NFL really is.

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Tony Norman: Takeover of Texas is on hold, probably

Ironically, those most concerned about Jade Helm 15 aren’t bothered by militarization of the police or by what’s happening in urban America.

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Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: A woman’s midlife change takes seed in Hazelwood

Inspiration and collaboration help Hazelwood woman open a new nursery in her neighborhood.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: Power to the people, not to the pols

We shouldn’t be surprised by the ways the legacy of our racial wrongdoing manifests itself in our national life.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: What’s my password? Why would you ask me?

We’ve invented a dumb way to play password.

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David M. Shribman: America’s knowledge crisis

Citizens must know the basics of history and politics if they are to rule themselves wisely.

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Jack Kelly: What ails Baltimore?

Liberalism, corruption and incompetence.

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 "You got me"? Not quite. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, despite much evidence to the contrary, continues to deny his involvement in the deflated balls scandal.

Gene Collier: Time to punish Patriots after yet another scandal

Is it so difficult to believe Tom Brady and New England have gained significant advantages through the years from their deflation tactics?

2 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh's water may soon be the envy of those in the western United States, if it's not already.

Brian O'Neill: Liquid assets give us the drop on Sun Belt

Be happy to be far from the dry West.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Free speech debate blurs usual divide

Freedom of speech controversies create some strange bedfellows.

3 weeks ago

 Manager Clint Hurdle argues an interference call on Gregory Polanco with home plate umpire Chris Conroy in the seventh inning Wednesday night at PNC Park. The call was the third out of the inning and cost the Pirates at least one run.

Gene Collier: Sleepwalk at plate continues for Pirates

Is this one of those You-Snore-As-The-Pirates-Snore promotions?

3 weeks ago

 Paul Kirsch, of Gibsonia, reaches the finish line of the 2013 Rachel Carson Challenge, a 34-mile hike.

Brian O'Neill: Rachel Carson Trail challenge pays off for most

You’d be surprised how much solitude can be found in a county of more than 1.2 million people if you get off the roads.

3 weeks ago

Dan Simpson: What ails Baltimore?

America’s failure to invest in its cities and deal with race.

3 weeks ago

 It would seem that one of the few possible solutions to the Pirates' offensive woes is maybe getting bench players such as Jung Ho Kang some more at-bats.

Gene Collier: Pirates offense plenty offensive, and not in a good way

In this recent rut they’re in, the Pirates just can’t seem to hit their way to any kind of respectable scoring output.

3 weeks ago