PG Columnists

Tony Norman: Burgess’ idea would get at quiet racism

Burgess proposal would help address Pittsburgh’s history of quiet racism.

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 Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converts on the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Steelers on Thursday night.

Ron Cook: Loss to Ravens painful in many ways

The Steelers 23-20 loss Thursday night shows that they face a tough future without injured Ben Roethlisberger.

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 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs during half-time at Heinz Field Thursday night as former Steeler Jerome Bettis is honored with his Hall of Fame ring.

Gene Collier: Steelers fail to hit all the right notes against Ravens

Some poor execution and decision making late in the game doomed the Steelers to a crushing loss against the Ravens.

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Jennifer Graham: Fat-fixing vs. fat-shaming 

Respecting everyone shouldn’t mean accepting obesity.

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 A matchup between Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is nigh.

Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole's attitude, ability can carry Pirates a long way

Even if it comes down to a duel with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Gerrit Cole gives the Pirates a great chance to beat anyone in the other dugout.

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Brian O'Neill: Budget impasse is long-running joke on us

The state budget impasse is kind of like a sitcom, only longer.

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 Pope Francis talks to journalists while en route to Italy after visiting the United States.

Dan Simpson: That’s quite a pope

Pope Francis raised our level and civility of discourse, briefly.

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 Cardinals' Mark Reynolds rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run against Pirates' Mark Melancon in the ninth inning Monday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates pay high price for many mistakes Monday night

After the miscues late in the game Monday night against St. Louis, Tuesday’s rain didn’t do the Pirates any favors.

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Reg Henry: The refugee crisis that we cannot ignore

Our nation, so long the world’s moral conscience, has not shown as much public sympathy toward these refugees as might have been expected.

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Tony Norman: Pope and too many Christians contrast

Pope’s example should put a lot of so-called Christians in their place.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: The pope's message and Boehner's exit, through a media filter

Why are our society’s polarized disagreements on serious topics the primary concern in both the pope and Boehner news narratives?

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David M. Shribman: It's all in the (political) family

America and Canada may be democracies, but power nevertheless is often inherited.

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Jack Kelly: The dissing of Dr. Carson

His comments about a Muslim president are being wrenched out of context.

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 Ah, lovely old historic North Side homes. Servants not included.

Brian O'Neill: This old house needs dusting. Where’d the servants go?

The charms of a big, old city house are real. But do lower the bar for cleanliness, unless you have the servants that once came standard.

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 Ben Roethlisberger isn't willing to say so, but even without as many Super Bowl victories as Terry Bradshaw, Big Ben is the best to ever play quarterback in a Steelers uniform.

Ron Cook: Big Ben beats Bradshaw as Steelers' best quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger could break Terry Bradshaw’s wins record today, but he’s already the best quarterback the Steelers have ever had.

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 Larry Lucchino talks on his cell phone on his first visit to the Red Sox spring training facility back in 2002 in Fort Myers, Fla., before becoming the team's president.

Gene Collier: A baseball life takes a turn for Pittsburgher Lucchino

Pittsburgh native Larry Lucchino begins his final week in baseball after overseeing the impossible in Boston as president of the Red Sox.

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 Pope Francis kisses a baby as he parades around the White House Ellipse on Wednesday.

Tony Norman: Where does Pope Francis get his crazy ideas?

How are those who amass the world’s resources for personal gain supposed to feel when a so-called holy man exalts the poor at their expense?

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Jennifer Graham: Kennel calamities

Dog owners find community when a pet goes missing.

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 Steelers center Cody Wallace practices at the team's South Side facility on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Gene Collier: Steelers center Cody Wallace knows how to overcome adversity

Experience has taught Steelers center Cody Wallace not to shrink in face of adversity.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton, with her husband, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea.

Brian O'Neill: Presidents fade, but ‘The Simpsons’ endure

By now there are millions of voters who can’t remember a time before the Bushes, the Clintons and “The Simpsons.”

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Dan Simpson: U.S. policy creates refugees

The U.S. bears much responsibility for the migrant crisis.

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 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle celebrates the team's victory in the 2013 National League wild-card game by allowing himself to be the target of champagne blasts.

Ron Cook: Pirates, fans shouldn't take making playoffs for granted

Making playoffs for three years in a row will be quite an accomplishment.

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Reg Henry: Republicans make politics seem like kids' stuff

At the GOP presidential debates, most of the candidates displayed political outlooks suitable for children’s story. Like these ...

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 The Steelers' Ryan Shazier gets a piece of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's jersey in the second quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense shows improvement, but much work remains

The Steelers defense showed its first signs of a needed turnaround, but members of the unit know there is much work still to be done.

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Tony Norman: Dr. Carson descends to Trump's ignorance level

With no-Muslim-as-president line, Dr. Carson satisfies those who suspect that the intelligence of neurosurgeons has been vastly overrated.

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 Artist Tom Otterness' sculpture/slide "Playground" in use at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park opening Sunday.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Aspinwall Riverfront Park a testament to tenacity

Huge crowds turn out for grand opening of Aspinwall Riverfront Park, a concept that became a reality in five years.

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 Steelers' DeAngelo Williams picks up first down against the 49ers during Sunday's game at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Steelers' offensive firepower a good sign for future

The Steelers were better in all aspects in their rout of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: It's that moment again in America

Which presidential candidate has the right message and image for this fraught moment?

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 David Hu (the one with the toilet seat on his head) accepts the Ig Nobel Physics Prize for research on the principle that all mammals empty their bladders of urine in about 21 seconds.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Bravo, Ig Nobelists, for making our brains bristle

In a funny sort of way, the Ig Nobel Prizes might make you go “Huh?”

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 Donald Trump at the Iowa State Fair,  Aug. 15, in Des Moines.

David M. Shribman: Iowa rebels

Iowans have a rebellious streak, and they’re putting it on display by supporting Trump

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 In June 1998, this was the North Shore. Plenty of parking lots, but not much happening.

Brian O'Neill: Maligned ex-mayor Tom Murphy looks better, just like his city

With nearly a decade’s hindsight, it’s time to give Mr. Murphy his due: He saw what post-industrial Pittsburgh could be, and got it in gear.

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Jack Kelly: Trump’s a charlatan

He’s a great salesman with nothing to sell.

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 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger greets Darrius Heyward-Bey after the received pulled in a touchdown pass from the quarterback in the first half.

Ron Cook: Steelers offense puts on another fabulous show

Ben Roethlisberger was wearing $100 socks and he proved he was worth every penny in a rousing victory against San Francisco.

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 Steelers safety Will Allen.

Gene Collier: Steelers trying to talk the talk

The Steelers finally had a reasonable idea as to who would comprise their secondary for their home opener Sunday against the 49ers.

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 Andrew McCutchen is the Pirates’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, based on a player’s contribution to his team and humanity.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Andrew McCutchen a star off the field, too

The Pirates’ MVP center fielder Andrew McCutchen has Roberto Clemente’s heart, as evidenced by what he does away from the diamond.

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 Shortstop Jordy Mercer is a .239 hitter, but he makes plays defensively.

Ron Cook: Pirates lineup must take on drastically different look

Kang’s knee injury, Alvarez’s defensive deficiencies  must force major lineup changes.

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 Attorney Linda Moreno, Ahmed Mohamed, and Mohamed El Hassan address the media during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas.

Tony Norman: Stupid paranoia hurts a smart Muslim student

Brainy Muslim student’s treatment shows how ridiculous Islamophobia has become.

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 Carly Fiorina shows gumption befitting a woman who aspires to be president.

Jennifer Graham: Fiorina’s face fights back

And it makes a fool of the paunchy, blond-ish frontrunner

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 Jake Arrieta delivers a pitch in the third inning Wednesday night.

Gene Collier: Pirates' futility against Cubs' Arrieta a bad sign

The Pirates might face Jake Arrieta again in the NL wild-card playoff, but Wednesday night’s performance against him wasn’t promising.

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 Pittsburgh could use more trains like this.

Brian O'Neill: Addition of Amtrak train is up in air

Pittsburgh sure could use another Amtrak train, but it’s up in the air.

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Dan Simpson: More winnowing, please

Perry has dropped out, but there’s a lot more brush to clear away.

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 Pirates ace Gerrit Cole delivers against the Cubs Tuesday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole back on track

Even though he missed his chance for a 20-win season, Cole said he feels great after a mini-break between starts.

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Reg Henry: Hamilton’s just the man for $10 bill

Hamilton’s the wrong man to downgrade on American currency.

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 Ben Carson is "determined to be perceived by Republican voters as the most reasonable guy in the room."

Tony Norman: Ben Carson could be GOP’s balancing act

Dr. Carson could provide a nice balance to Donald Trump’s egomania for GOP.

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 Cubs ace Jake Arrieta pitches against the Pirates last month at PNC Park, where he has been as sharp as ever.

Gene Collier: Key to Cubs series is when Pirates face Arrieta

The Pirates-Cubs four-game series that begins today likely pivots on how the home team fares against pitcher Jake Arrieta on Wednesday.

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 An array of Lynn Johnson's photos for the exhibit "In the Air."

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Photographs that show the sorry picture of local air pollution

A group photography exhibit opening this week at Pittsburgh Filmmakers raises our consciousness about our bad air quality.

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 The No. 1 complaint about Clint Hurdle's lineup is that he doesn’t play Jung Ho Kang every day.

Ron Cook: Commitment to win is universal for Pirates

Pirates are a “special group” of “good men” and each player is defined by the roles on which they are asked to take.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Ignored Republican candidates, I feel your pain

Like 17 other folks, I am running for the GOP presidential nomination. Like Jim Gilmore, no one seems to notice. (Insult me, Donald!)

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 Knock, knock: It's Martin O'Malley

David M. Shribman: O’Malley drops in for some brownies

The former Maryland governor is trying to win votes in Iowa the old-fashioned way.

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Opinion column / Jack Kelly: Remnants of slavery

White guilt is not helping black America.

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