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 With A.J. Burnett battling an injury, Pirates starter Charlie Morton finds himself in a position to step up.

Ron Cook: With Burnett sidelined, Pirates starters must step up

It’s unlikely A.J. Burnett can return to the Pirates at his best, so the other starters — especially the mercurial Charlie Morton — are key.

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Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: 412 Build’s business is training teen entrepreneurs

412 Build gives 24 teenagers each summer entrepreneurial training and networking with tech and community nonprofits.

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Tony Norman: Socialism is a bad word for Democrats

Democratic leaders wisely tread carefully when subject of socialism comes up.

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 Hungry? Don't forget to eat at Primanti's.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: An all-purpose travel story about great, gritty Pittsburgh

Travel writers, save your fingers: Cut and paste this handy, cliche-ridden paean to Pittsburgh, which everyone likes now for some reason.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: Billboard win inspires for post-Bayer battle

The citizens who denounce the idea of big digital signs encourage Pittsburghers worried about the decaying Bayer sign on Mount Washington.

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David M. Shribman: The mollification of Donald Trump

GOP leaders want most of all to keep him from running as an independent.

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Jack Kelly: Liberal giants are long gone

Democrats today prefer to suppress rather than engage opposing views.

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 Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says he is always harder on himself than the outside world.

Gene Collier: Steelers' Colbert generally manages to keep things in perspective

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has had much success, but he still hears all the outside noise — even when he takes a vacation.

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Brian O'Neill: Confessions of a house tour Tom Sawyer

If it’s widely known that you’re incapable of doing something, good people will come to your aid; just don’t let let pride get in your way.

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 Pia Colucci, right, of Oakland waits for Bernie Sanders to begin speaking during a telecast broadcasted at a meet-up held in Lawrenceville on Wednesday. Supporters of the Democratic presidential hopeful gathered across the country to watch the telecast.

Tony Norman: Bernie Sanders for president: Yes, he could

In Lawrenceville, hundred of Sanders supporters met to watch a national livestream of the Democratic candidate who should worry Clinton.

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 Stuffed animals adorn the doorstep of Walter J. Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn., after he killed the beloved lion Cecil in Zimbabwe.

Jennifer Graham: Walter Palmer, killer dentist

The Minnesota dentist killed Cecil the lion, the pride of Zimbabwe, while on vacation.

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 A sample of the banners to be hung near the Legacy Square area at PNC Park after the statues were sold.

Brian O'Neill: Statues honoring Negro Leagues gone from PNC Park entrance

Statues of Negro League stars are gone from PNC Park, but the legacy grows.

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 Bud Dupree cools off during camp at St Vincent College in Latrobe.

Gene Collier: Nowhere to hide as sun, thudding pads dominate Steelers camp

Under searing sun, the Steelers make contact with the reality of summer training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

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 President Barack Obama waves goodbye after speaking to a crowd in Kenya on Sunday.

Dan Simpson: The U.S. isn’t helping Africa

We cause our African allies more problems than we help them solve.

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 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: From deflating footballs to destroying a cell phone to now not knowing when to give up?

Gene Collier: Tom Brady shouldn't blow up over his 'Deflategate' suspension

The NFL rejected Tom Brady’s appeal over his four-game suspension, and the Patriots quarterback should just accept it.

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Reg Henry: If a man falls in the woods, who hears?

Hiking in the Adirondacks, I made one false move and, boom, a wounded ankle. What ensued was a parable for our times.

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 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang throws out the Padres' Derek Norris during a game earlier this month at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Kang in Rookie of the Year conversation

Jung Ho Kang’s remarkable transition, progress and impact on Pirates makes him a candidate for the award.

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Tony Norman: Gun nut Rick Perry reaches a new low

The languishing GOP presidential candidate responds to the Lafayette movie theater mass shooting with the worst solution: more guns

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 Scott Bye's sculpture "Spare Change" in the Deutschtown section of the North Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: North Side public art runs into city 'bureaucrazy'

The Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center is enriching the neighborhood with bold art on vacant lots. Then a letter from the city arrrived ...

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 Gregory Polanco is mobbed after hitting the winning single in the 10th inning July 12 against the Cardinals, one of the many big plays the Pirates right fielder had made this month.

Ron Cook: Hurdle's belief in Polanco is paying off

The Pirates right fielder was struggling entering this month, but his manager’s encouraging words have made a difference.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: As Planned Parenthood squirms, America reflects

Pro-life advocates, don’t falter right now: the video exposing Planned Parenthood’s inhumane procedures is a moment to rally support.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: On a faraway planet, they're making plans

Earth is looking harder for life on other planets, but don’t expect the universe to have a positive reaction.

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David M. Shribman: The Ozzie-and-Harriet revolution

Gay activists’ family values had a lot to do with the acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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Jack Kelly: Trump tells it like it is

And he’s willing to take on illegal immigration.

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Gene Collier: Baseball in the 21st century is filled with advertisements

The amount of product placement in baseball today prevents fans from fully enjoying the game.

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 Given his age and list of accomplishments, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is on pace for a Hall of Fame career.

Ron Cook: Despite some lost pieces, the Steelers' core remains

With Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward and Mike Tomlin all signing extensions, the Steelers’ future looks bright.

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 Aramis Ramirez is back with the Pirates after getting traded to the Cubs in 2003.

Ron Cook: Ramirez might be just what the Pirates need

It has been 12 years since Aramis Ramirez last played for the Pirates, but he can still provide the power the team’s lineup needs.

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Jennifer Graham: The American family, hacked

The American family is failing, at least in part because the Internet has made it so easy to cheat.

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 A fan painted with the Quebec Nordiques colors cheers during the Blue March rally, held to pressure the federal government to invest in the return of the NHL team, on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, in an October 2, 2010 file photo. Canadian telecom and media conglomerate Quebecor Inc submitted a formal expansion application to the National Hockey League on Monday in an effort to return a team to Quebec City. The Montreal-based company had been widely expected to make a bid as part of its efforts to bring the NHL back to a city that has not had a team since the Nordiques left for Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995.

Gene Collier: Expansion is always on the agenda

The NHL isn’t the only organization exploring expansion. The big four sport leagues consistently look to widen their reach.

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Dan Simpson: Waking up to the real world

Returning to reality from a week in Maine shocks the system.

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 Will the Steelers kiss the Vince Lombardi trophy again as Jerome Bettis did after beating the Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit to win Super Bowl XL in 2006? Sure, why not, Gene Collier says, as its only July.

Gene Collier: Super Bowl predictions arrive, creating artificial need to make one

Super Bowl predictions flow in, as usual, in July, so the Post-Gazette’s sports columnist makes one, too.

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Reg Henry: Irritation from passwords is no secret

It’s no secret how passwords can drive a man crazy.

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 Katie Tontala demonstrates a cat massage technique at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Cat massage training can help owners be purr-fect

Like with people, massage for cats is catching on to ease stiffness and improve circulation and well-being.

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Tony Norman: Trump’s delusions will catch up to him

Donald Trump’s denial of John McCain’s sacrifices as a POW show he’s ill-prepared to be national leader.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: If only Obama could teach Wolf

If only Obama could teach Wolf a lesson about how to work with Republicans.

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 In a recent statement by House Speaker John Boehner, the word "and" speaks volumes.

David M. Shribman: The power of ‘and’

The House speaker speaks, and one word speaks volumes.

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 Of fixing up Saint Vincent, the training camp home of the Steelers, chairman Dan Rooney said: "Every year we’ve done more.”

Gene Collier: Rhode Island summers paved way for Steelers training camp in Latrobe

The days of the putrid Steelers teams starting their seasons in the northeast seem awfully long ago, but Saint Vincent wasn’t always home.

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 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart congratulates Mark Melancon on one of his National League-leading 29 saves.

Ron Cook: Take it from Melancon, being an All-Star is a lot of work

The Pirates’ Mark Melancon has turned into an All-Star closer, but it didn’t happen overnight and takes plenty of dedication to stay there.

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 The Pittsburgh Promise website, recently updated.

Brian O'Neill: Pittsburgh Promise is refiguring how to help

Pittsburgh Promise is missing the support it needs to do all it wants to do.

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Jack Kelly: Appeasement in our time

Seeking peace with Iran nuclear deal, Obama likely will get war.

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 The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez celebrates after getting a walk-off hit over the Padres in the ninth inning July 6 at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pedro Alvarez — for better or worse — is key to Pirates season

The first baseman has struggled in many areas, but still has the kind of potential to put the Pirates over the top.

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Tony Norman: You can’t erase Cosby, Confederacy

You can’t erase all trace of what Bill Cosby and the Confederate flag now represent.

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 Novelist Taylor Caldwell

Jennifer Graham: Taylor Caldwell, MIA

Once a best-selling author, she’s been silenced by the grave.

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 The Pirates' Gregory Polanco is mobbed by teammates after hitting the based-loaded single that won Sunday's  game against the Cardinals in the 10th inning at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Time to reflect on significance of Pirates games before break

The adrenaline flash flood that occurred when the Pirates took 3 of 4 games from the Cardinals has some thinking two words: World Series.

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 Pedestrians past the display windows at Macy's along Fifth Ave. Monday morning. The company has announced it will close the the Downtown Pittsburgh store.

Brian O'Neill: The view from a Downtown Macy's worker

Dave Malehorn, 52, stocks the shelves of Macy’s Downtown from 6:30 a.m. until opening. Now he knows what G.O.B. means.

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Dan Simpson: Go ahead, cut defense spending

The U.S. can easily afford to field fewer troops.

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 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is thrown out by third base umpire Larry Vanover Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: To err is human, but not for umpires

Why are athletes, such as Pirates starters A.J. Burnett, allowed to make mistakes, yet umpires are not allowed?

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Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Downtown Pittsburgh’s become a dream to some

A man can only dream of what Davey Lawrence would think of Pittsburgh’s changes.

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 Pirates General Manager & Senior VP Neal Huntington during February workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Neal Huntington's offseason work splendid

Pirates general manager relied on his staff but the moves to get Francisco Cervelli, Jung Ho Kang and A.J. Burnett were golden.

3 weeks ago

Tony Norman: A lesser Atticus Finch jumps off page

Newly published work from Harper Lee reveals a shadier, and more realistic, version of Atticus Finch.

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