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 Charlie Morton takes the mound tonight for the Pirates for the first time since September, and he has some tough acts to follow.

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

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

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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.

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Jack Kelly: Stop blaming George Bush

Obama’s failures have created chaos in Iraq.

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 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.

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Tony Norman: Thuggery comes in many shades, sizes

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

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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.

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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.

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 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?

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 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.

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Tony Norman: Free speech debate blurs usual divide

Freedom of speech controversies create some strange bedfellows.

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 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?

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 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.

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Dan Simpson: What ails Baltimore?

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

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 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.

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Reg Henry: Ridiculous as it sounds, prepare for life

As a break from the ever-depressing news cycle, let us play the philosopher this week by considering Life with a capital L.

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Tony Norman: Arrests of police are proof of progress

Arrests of Baltimore police demonstrate progress is being made.

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 A view down Smithfield Street, Downtown.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Upgrade of Smithfield Street could be a dream come true

CMU design students hatch a grand boulevard plan for Smithfield Street Downtown.

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 Some poker face: Professional poker player Douglas Polk up against a mere machine at the Rivers Casino.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Playing poker against a computer does not compute

No thanks to CMU, poker with computers somehow doesn’t sound like as much fun.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: Can Downtown’s glorious noisemakers get along?

It’s a good problem to have: our vibrant city has overlapping festive events. Keeping Pirates fireworks from disrupting PSO can be done.

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 Vladimir Slepak

David M. Shribman: Vladimir Slepak, ‘a modern-day Moses’

Vladimir Slepak helped lead his people to freedom, and he paid the price.

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 Canon-McMillan's Luke Blanock (right), talks with his teammate, Ian Hess, after the team practiced Thursday. Blanock is battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Ron Cook: Canon McMillan pitcher's battle with cancer an inspiration

His community has rallied around him, his team has supported him, his parents have even leaned on Luke Blanock as he fights Ewing’s Sarcoma.

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 St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright said the same injury could've happened carrying his daughter up the stairs.

Gene Collier: Another spring, another debate about the designated hitter

The strategy that would be removed from National League play is not worth whatever uptick in offense adding the DH might provide.

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 Kimberly Bracken

Brian O'Neill: A witness finds herself on the wrong side of Pittsburgh police

Witnessing a police arrest can be its own problem.

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Jack Kelly: Blame the Democrats for Baltimore

Their policies have failed black Americans.

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 Steelers first-round pick Bud Dupree, of Kentucky, poses with his mother Sophia Stephens Thursday night before the draft.

Ron Cook: A lot to like about Steelers pick Bud Dupree, even off the field

In a draft filled with character issues, notably among pass rushers, the Steelers’ first-rounder seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

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