PG Columnists

 Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter breaks up a pass intended for Steelers WR Martavis Bryant in the first half Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Timing of wide receiver's 4-game suspension could not be worse for Steelers

Selfish acts by Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant leave Steelers offense in the lurch for start of NFL regular season.

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Tony Norman: Latest killings should be tipping point

I can’t be the only one who feels real life has suddenly begun to resemble Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for “Network” a little too much.

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Jennifer Graham: Bring on the doomsday zombies

A global financial meltdown couldn’t come at a better time for people who spend their leisure readying for the collapse of society.

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 Will Mount Washington, seen in the background, someday have a hotel?

Brian O'Neill: Hope still rises for hotel atop Mount Washington

Another failed attempt to develop the key spot where The Edge restaurant once stood. But logic is with it, long-term.

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Dan Simpson: Studying the Middle East

A weeklong forum at Chautauqua Institution provides illumination.

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 Then-Jets quarterback Michael Vick looks for a receiver in the first half of a game against the Chiefs in November.

Ron Cook: Forget Michael Vick's past and think about his potential assets to Steelers

Instead of dwelling on his past, welcome Vick as the backup and hope that he can help the team win.

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Reg Henry: Just grin and bear NYC’s topless

NYC officials need more of a grin-and-bear-it attitude about Times Square’s topless women.

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 Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree works out last week at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Ron Cook: Performances from Jones, Dupree encouraging for Steelers defense

Young outside linebackers Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree played a role in the improved pass rush Sunday against Green Bay.

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 Mayor with mirth: Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia, does stand-up at the Improv at Candidates' Comedy Night 2015 last week.

Tony Norman: Pols surprise with flash of good humor

I wasn’t expecting much at the 8th Annual Candidates’ Comedy Night. But lo and behold, these Pa. politicians have got comedy chops.

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 Workers replace a tree near PNC Park on Federal Street in the spring.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Neighborhood tree plans hold potential flourish

Tree plan to be hatched in Manchester and Chateau is the type of public policy needed in all our under-treed neighborhoods.

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 The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey goes down with an injury against the Packers in the first quarter Sunday afternoon.

Ron Cook: Pouncey's injury spoils improved showing from Steelers

The All-Pro center went down — perhaps for the season — with a broken fibula above his left ankle that will require surgery.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: Facing the facts a moral must-do

Yet another video on the gruesome practice of organ-harvesting aborted fetuses. We want to avert our gaze, but we cannot.

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 Home sweet home: Buffalo Bill greets a visitor in "The Silence of the Lambs."

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Here's a house with curb appeal

Want to buy the house where the ‘Silence of the Lambs’ villain lived? Bring your own pit.

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David M. Shribman: Bernie Sanders, a man on fire

Mr. Sanders’ audacity and authenticity challenge Hillary Clinton’s record.

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 Jung Ho Kang runs around third base after hitting a home run during the fifth inning as the Pirates edged the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Faith Night turned Redemption Weekend

Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang orchestrated three home runs, and Gerrit Cole became a force again in the Pirates win.

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 Adam Shuck: he reads and links for you

Brian O'Neill: Adam Shuck, the news junkie with a healthy obsession for summarizing Pittsburgh

Mr. Shuck, an obsessive-progressive local news consumer, compiles the daily email newsletter “Eat That, Read This.” He’s powerful already.

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 Jung Ho Kang congratulates Neil Walker on his two-run home run in the sixth inning Thursday against the Giants at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates' win not quite revenge, but a good start

The Pirates’ 4-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants doesn’t make up for the wild card loss last October, but it was still valuable.

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Tony Norman: Film depicts N.W.A.’s impact, partially

’Straight Outta Compton’ glosses over some of the real history behind N.W.A.

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 Conservatives should hold off on the honors for James Harrison.

Jennifer Graham: James Harrison as father of the year?

The Steelers player is right about trophies, but let’s not get carried away.

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 Photo, taken in Market Square, of Pitt volleyball team from left to right, starting at bottom: Kate McCartney, Jenna Jacobson, Mariah Bell, Adeline Ellis, Mariah Genitsaridi (holding camera), Ellie Watkins, Angela Seman. Middle row left to right: Hanna Markewycz, Jenna Potts, Amanda Orchard, Kamalani Akeo, Lindsey Campbell. Third row left to right: Andrea Beck, Stephanie Williams, Kelsey O'Neill, Craig Dyer, Kellen Petrone Last row left to right : Kadi Kullerkann, Madi Maisel, Dan Fisher.

Brian O'Neill: Loop around the Golden Triangle makes for a special Pittsburgh morning

A five-mile oval in a leisurely 94 minutes makes for a special view.

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Dan Simpson: The United States owns part of Europe’s migrant problem

The biggest problem of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa at the moment is massive migration.

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 Teammates mob Pirates' Pedro Florimon after his walk-off hit in the 15th inning delivered a 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Gene Collier: A random alignment of complementary forces

Now that there’s a rotational misadventure almost every night lately, the Pirates’ extra-base hits are arriving by the truckload.

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Reg Henry: Oh, what a glorious mess grandkids make

They arrive and cause a commotion that never stops — until they leave, and a deafening silence sets in.

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Tony Norman: Clerks, obey same-sex ruling or go

Civil servants defying court’s same-sex marriage order need to find a new job.

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 Mernie Berger, left, and her sister Lowrie Ebbert at Monday’s unveiling of a plan to restore Westinghouse Memorial in Schenley Park.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Westinghouse Memorial will be a nice honor again

A Westinghouse monument and pond restoration will give Pittsburgh a grand amenity in Schenley Park.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Potato chips are lacking real flavor of Pittsburgh

Lay’s potato chip contest really missed out on the flavor of Pittsburgh.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: Lewis Fogle's 34 stolen years

Justice will be miscarried as long as human beings are administering it.

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 Ohio Gov. John Kasich: on the march

David M. Shribman: John Kasich’s moment

The Ohio governor, in double digits, meets the folks in New Hampshire. The goal: transform an ephemeral moment into a formidable movement.

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Jack Kelly: Keep questioning Planned Parenthood

I doubt Democrats could subsidize Planned Parenthood if we hadn’t been kept in the dark about what goes on in their clinics.

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 Regardless of if there is more to come, this season has already been one of greatness for the Pirates.

Gene Collier: It's far past time to just enjoy this Pirates ride

Whether they make the World Series or not, let alone win it, there’s no reason to let bitterness ruin what has been a great Pirates season.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane during a news conference Wednesday.

Brian O'Neill: The rambling Kathleen Kane should resign

Just when you thought Harrisburg politics couldn’t be more bizarre, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane gave a speech Wednesday.

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Gary Rotstein: Sky's the limit in adding flights to fly back and from Pittsburgh

Let’s get more flights offering the chance to leave this great city behind.

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Jennifer Graham: Farmers on the midway

Our neighbors all have state fairs, the gloriously tacky, wildly incongruent celebration of agriculture, neon and saturated fat.

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Brian O'Neill: Those who are unplugged feel deserted

There are still people who want only to put pens to paper, computers be damned.

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Dan Simpson: Thank you, Fox News?

Anchors asked tough questions, but the answers were scary.

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 Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham is mobbed by teammates after kicking the game winner in the 2014 season opener against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Suisham's knee injury kicks up a fuss, but nothing like those elsewhere in NFL

Suisham’s knee injury roils Steelers waters, but will it determine Super Bowl or no Super Bowl is the key.

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Reg Henry: The anti-PC crowd’s criticism misfires

In these politically correct times, people go way overboard in denouncing what’s PC.

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 Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, S.C.

Tony Norman: Charleston church visit provides hope

On a humid Sunday morning in Charleston, S.C., nearly all of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Church’s 2,500 seats were filled.

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 Students water plants at Latham Street Commons

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Garden produces healthy Friendship-Garfield bond

A team of Carnegie Mellon University professors and students this summer grew a community development niche in Friendship.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Capitol seems even crazier than usual

Harrisburg seems in turmoil, not that we can explain it ... though we’ll try.

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David M. Shribman: And now, for something different

Trump taps into the anti-politician, anti-PC zeitgeist of the Republican primary electorate.

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Jack Kelly: Obama's delusions of competence

The government is not working “better.“

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 Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke attempts to catch Francisco Liriano's home run in the second inning Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Grinder of a Pirates game full of spice

Francisco Liriano’s first home run of his career was certainly needed in back-and-forth game Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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 Fans cheer as Jerome Bettis enters the stage Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Ron Cook: Jerome Bettis No. 1 leader in Steelers history

Jerome Bettis had no peer as a leader, and it showed up in many ways with the Steelers.

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 Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pitching matchup goes south but result especially satisfying

The Cole vs. Kershaw duel fizzled but we might get to see it again hopefully in the postseason.

3 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Voting changes can’t all be celebrated

Not everything about voting rights is celebratory on 50th anniversary of historic legislation.

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 The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo rounds third base after hitting a home run off Pirates starter Jeff Locke in the sixth inning Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Expect Cubs to give Pirates fits down stretch

Chicago begins a stretch in which it engages sub-.500 baseball teams 13 times in a row after this weekend against the San Francisco Giants.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Santorum’s omission highly debatable

The grand GOP debate tonight will go on without important people like Rick Santorum ... and me.

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Dan Simpson: Congress, approve the Iran deal

Yes, ask tough questions, but please sign on the dotted line.

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 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle takes out starting pitcher J.A. Happ  in the fifth inning Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: New Pirates have not quite settled in yet

An early snapshot of general manager Neal Huntington’s recent additions looks just a little unsettling.

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