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 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drops back to pass in practice Wednesday in the South Side.

Gene Collier: Van Brocklin's record stands test of time

Norm Van Brocklin's NFL record for passing yardage in one game has stood the test of time -- so far.

about 8 hours ago


Brian O’Neill: Sit and take notice of square’s makeover

The success of Market Square’s makeover is outside the bounds of some projections.

about 8 hours ago


Dan Simpson / Swallow hard and vote

Yes, our government is dysfunctional, but you should have your say.

1 day ago


Reg Henry: The Pittsburgh accent, like most, is beautiful

In a Gawker.com poll, the Pittsburgh accent was deemed “America’s Ugliest.” That is simply silly.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Panicky pols heighten the Ebola hysteria

Politicians do a good job of making the Ebola scare even worse.

2 days ago


 Urban Matters participant Jaymar Boatwright prepares to work on the group's video.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: New program teaches teens what matters in city

Urban Matters gets minority teens into the nitty gritty of public policy and city processes.

2 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: When the racial fault-line heats up, back off

The bravest people in America, right now and for the next few months, are and will be the witnesses to the death of Michael Brown.

3 days ago


 Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant pulls in a pass as he's defended by the Colts' Darius Butler in the second quarter against the Colts Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Steelers passing attack gives Ravens a few things to think about

Suddenly, the Steelers offense appears capable of a full-on aerial assault -- just in time for a crucial division matchup next week.

3 days ago


Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: This court appears out of order, your honors

Imagine what the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices say behind closed cyber-doors ...

3 days ago


 Lyndon  B. Johnson

David M. Shribman: Johnson vs. Reagan / Two visions collide

Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan set the terms of debate we're still having today.

4 days ago


Jack Kelly: Obama’s Raw Deal

Oligarchs benefit as the middle class lags.

4 days ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is all smiles after tossing his fifth of six touchdown passes Sunday against the Colts at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Ben Roethlisberger has game to remember in Steelers win

Regardless of how little he toots his own horn, Ben Roethlisberger was simply historic Sunday in the Steelers' win against the Colts.

3 days ago


 Georgia Tech's Adrian Gardner reaches to recover a fumble by Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik in the first quarter Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Same old Panthers can never flip the script

All the excitement about the Panthers’ return to script was much ado about nothing once they started fumbling the game away.

4 days ago


 A mourner holds a Kurdish flag at a funeral for four female Kurdish fighters killed in action against militants of the Islamic State in Kobani, Syria.

Dan Simpson: Stay out of Middle East wars

Let’s not fight for generals, politicians, oil companies and arms makers.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill: Mason-Dixon Line subtly marks history

Mason-Dixon line is a lot more noticeable when in a group.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: The fear factor is one frightening trend

We have nothing to fear but not being afraid itself.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Media and pols use Ebola for ill purposes

If our mass media have any shred of integrity left, there will be unprecedented bouts of soul-searching once this fever has broken.

1 week ago


 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries as he is defended by Texans lineman Jared Crick in the first quarter at Heinz Field Monday night.

Ron Cook: Le'Veon Bell continues to be 
Steelers’ difference-maker

Bell gave the Steelers a lift when they needed it most Monday night — several of them, actually.

1 week ago


 The Texans' DeAndre Hopkins fumbles the ball against the Steelers' Cortez Allen and Sean Spence in the fourth quarter Monday night at Heinz Field. Troy Polamalu recovered the fumble.

Gene Collier: Shocking doesn’t begin to describe Steelers' win against Texans

Take your pick on the most baffling part of the game: dramatic scoring bursts, Steelers big plays, on-field sickness or Texans play-calling.

1 week ago


 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin may face even more criticism if his team loses at home tonight against Houston.

Ron Cook: Winning is best way for Steelers to win over critics

Ron Cook says a Steelers win tonight against the Houston Texans should silence the “always right” critics.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Run the ‘Life Expectancy Calculator’ and rejoice

There’s just so much good news about death in America.

1 week ago


David Shribman: A small-town hero goes home

Dick Jauron is remembered for getting an “A” from the toughest son-of-a-buck who ever taught 11th-grade American history in this town.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly: Ebola-ready we’re not

Only four hospitals in the country are fully equipped to deal with Ebola victims.

1 week ago


 Mike Tomlin: Has he gone through a worse stretch?

Ron Cook: Mike Tomlin, Steelers have no choice but to accept pressure

As far as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is concerned, he and his team must embrace pressure, expectations and the scrutiny that comes with it.

1 week ago


 Pitt's Ray Vinopal breaks up a pass against Virginia Tech's Cam Philips on the Hokies' last play of Thursday's game at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Pitt's win was ugly, but needed

Pitt’s win wasn’t pretty, but the defense stepped up to keep alive the Panthers’ domination against Virginia Tech.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Hopelessness fuels mindless gun violence in Pittsburgh

As the gun violence continues, where is the hope?

1 week ago


Brian O’Neill: School enrollments fall short of Promise

There’s a world of public and charter school choices for Pittsburgh families. The concern remains those who opt for none of the above.

2 weeks ago


 King Felipe VI watches a military parade on Spain's National Day Sunday.

Dan Simpson / The pain in Spain

You’d hardly know that 24 percent of Spaniards are unemployed.

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Sun shines, in the end, on son’s wedding

We interrupt this newspaper, with its stories of war and dread disease, to bring you a cheerful report about the wedding of the year.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: A one-sided lesson is a disgrace to history

Columbus Day has been kicked to the curb in Seattle. It isn’t a banishment of Columbus as much as a course correction.

2 weeks ago


 Fans gather at the Forbes Field wall in Oakland to listen once more to the seventh game of the 1960 World Series.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Maz’s homer sounds just as good 54 years later

The rebroadcast of the Pirates’ 1960 World Series win proves you can turn back the clock and feel the joy anew.

2 weeks ago


 Do you know what helps stop uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds? Cured pork in the nose. The Ig Nobel's "Majordomo" Gary Dryfoos demonstrates.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: The Ig Nobels know what you want from science

Ever slipped on a banana peel? Gotten depressed by a cat? The Ig Nobel award committee has your interests at heart.

2 weeks ago


David M. Shribman: The muddled midterms of 2014

Insurgency and indifference prevail, but who controls the Senate might not matter.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Turkey, the pretender

Most of up to 12,000 foreign fighters got to the Islamic State via Turkey, where wounded jihadis have received free medical care.

2 weeks ago


 A Browns fan celebrates at the two-minute warning of Cleveland's win over the Steelers on Sunday.

Ron Cook: Real surprise is Steelers are 3-3 after further humiliation

That the Steelers — the same ones the Browns embarrassed to the tune of 31-10 Sunday — are actually a .500 team is something of an anomaly.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talks with offensive coordinator Todd Haley as they face the Browns on Sunday in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Gene Collier: Steelers need Todd Haley to take a hike

After two total duds and a few other distressing results, it’s clear that the Steelers offense needs more points and a lot less Todd Haley.

2 weeks ago


 There's not much Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can do once his play is in the hands of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Ron Cook: Don't be too quick to judge play calls for Steelers

It's easy to judge Todd Haley for his calls, but let's not forget that the effectiveness of a play is ultimately determined on the field.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins' Pascal Dupuis is introduced Thursday, playing his first game since an ACL tear in December.

Ron Cook: Rousing return for Penguins' Pascal Dupuis

He scored a goal on his first shot and added three assists to complete an amazing comeback for the Penguins in Thursday’s opener.

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill: Convention centers attract excess hype

Don’t automatically buy what local officials sell about convention centers.

3 weeks ago


Dan Simpson: Of parrots and bad policy

Why does the United States insist on intervening all over the place?

3 weeks ago


Reg Henry: The awful people are right about climate change

The climate-change deniers do believe in science — it’s a libel to suggest otherwise — but the science they believe in is political science.

3 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Bob Herbert still best at writing the truth

Writer Bob Herbert sets high standard for identifying what’s wrong in America.

3 weeks ago


 Schenley Park’s Panther Hollow Lake

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Restoring Panther Hollow Lake seems a slow slog

Group forms to advocate for Panther Hollow Lake to get some love.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tries to break away from the Jaguars defense Sunday at EverBank Field.

Gene Collier: Trying to believe Steelers offense is not as bad as it appears

Their sputtering performance Sunday at Jacksonville is surely about as bad as the Steelers can play on offense ... right?

3 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Candidates better have answer for these

The gubernatorial candidates need to be asked the hard questions -- or at least these ones -- at Wednesday’s debate.

3 weeks ago


David M. Shribman / California dreamin’

Big opportunities still beckon in California, though it’s more for the already successful these days

3 weeks ago


Jack Kelly / Air power won’t cut it

The president doesn’t get the IS threat

3 weeks ago


 Steelers cornerback Brice McCain (right) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown Sunday at Jacksonville.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense can accept credit for needed win

Just when the offense needed it most, the Steelers defense showed big signs of life in the victory Sunday at Jacksonville.

3 weeks ago


Gene Collier: Second big chance must be seized by Steelers

The Steelers cannot afford to blow another shot at an easy win, so it's high time the offense breaks out for right around 40 points.

3 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill: Few rank higher than Don Williams for listing life's special times

Mr. Williams Upper St Clair has an impressive list of lifetime special events, and he’s ranked them all.

3 weeks ago



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