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 Braves' Andrelton Simmons steals second base against Pirates' Neil Walker in the second inning at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Even at full strength, Pirates look baffled

Justin Upton drove in five runs and B.J. a sixth while the Braves rolled to a fifth consecutive win and pushed the Pirates toward the plank.

about 13 hours ago

Reg Henry: Not to put a damper on ice buckets, but ...

This latest social media fad on behalf of Lou Gehrig’s disease is all wet.

about 13 hours ago

 Andrew McCutchen

Gene Collier: Pirates top acts needed in a hurry

The return of McCutchen and Cole expected to reinvigorate the Pirates pretty quickly ... in fact they will have to for playoff run.

1 day ago

Tony Norman: Police treat innovation like it’s a crime

Police antagonism toward innovative gang violence program points to ongoing concern with department’s attitude.

1 day ago

 Anna Misiaszek stands with her daughter Natalie Misiaszek outside their new Alfred's Deli & Market in Polish Hill.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Polish Hill market gives itself new look like neighborhood

Old World deli finds new lease on life in Polish Hill, where more residents want local produce, vegan and gluten-free fare.

1 day ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: The phone rings, and Peter's destiny's on the line

Let me share with you the Tale of the Wrong Number. Perhaps you can rescue a star-crossed couple.

2 days ago

 Craig Davis, CEO of VisitPittsburgh, touts its new ad campaign.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Slogan must be mighty beautiful to lure tourists

The new tourism slogan is good, but there’s always room for tweaks.

2 days ago

David M. Shribman: Where is the GOP heir apparent?

It’s an odd election cycle when the Democrats have one and the Republicans don’t.

3 days ago

Brian O'Neill: It's still too rocky to begin new housing at arena site

The Penguins and Hill District leaders are searching for agreement on developing former Civic Arena property. They’ve got a ways to go.

3 days ago

Jack Kelly: The Islamic State attacks while Obama dithers

The president still doesn’t understand the terrorist threat.

3 days ago

 Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier takes down the Bills' Scott Chandler in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday night.

Gene Collier: Finished product short of halfway

Collier: Halfway through this preseason, you might presume the Steelers are halfway toward presenting themselves as a finished product.

3 days ago

Tony Norman: Police stonewalling is another form of abuse

Police act like the military in Missouri, to the detriment of peace in the streets.

5 days ago

Peter Leo: We need commercial to tell us about cure for ads we just hate

If only there were a drug to take when watching TV commercials.

5 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez could soon be trying to make diving stops at first base instead of the other corner of the infield.

Gene Collier: Playing first base falls between hard and easy

Some baseball purveyors say manning first base is easy, others difficult, but it will likely be somewhere in the middle for Pedro Alvarez.

5 days ago

Brian O’Neill: State official’s purge ends a lesson to kids

The governor’s special adviser on higher education exits and an excuse mill is shut down.

6 days ago

Dan Simpson / Get out of Iraq, again

Why should America fight for the Kurds and Iraqi Shiites?

1 week ago

 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer looked just fine as a No. 3 hitter Tuesday night.

Gene Collier: Honus Wagner casts shadow over all shortstops

It was a fitting night to think about shortstops, and by the end of it, it was a great night to be Pirates shorstop Jordy Mercer.

1 week ago

Reg Henry: If you think the world is worse than ever ...

History teaches that war is contagious.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Candidate’s extremist spouse is a challenge

Connecticut judicial candidate’s extremist husband makes her judgment a reasonable question.

1 week ago

 Kite Hill Park in Garfield

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Garfield park space is far more valuable than it may appear

Often forgotten and underused, Kite Hill Park in Garfield has a resurgence of interest as the neighborhood draws more young families.

1 week ago

Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Fairway violence is getting to be par for the course

Tensions around the world have escalated to such a violent level that it might dissuade any rational individual from stepping outside.

1 week ago

 Reigning NL MVP and Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen remains out of the lineup with a rib injury.

Ron Cook: Pirates lineup needs to shape up, and soon

Injuries to some of the team's offensive stalwarts have the Pirates between a rock and a hard place at the worst possible time.

1 week ago

 Butch "Eddie Munster" Patrick, left, with Tim Bendig, whose company, In Person Productions, represents pop culture celebrities.

Brian O'Neill: Tim Bendig's pop culture nostalgia is old-fashioned business

A Whitehall man has learned how to profit from his own love of pop culture nostalgia. (And he gets to hang out with Eddie Munster.)

1 week ago

David M. Shribman: Mr. President, go to Berlin

As Cold War II threatens to descend on the world, Berlin reminds us what we stand for.

1 week ago

Jack Kelly: Now it's ISIS, as the threats proliferate

Obama is letting the world get away from us.

1 week ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talks to an NFL official.

Gene Collier: NFL official not exactly a glamour job

Between the advent of replay, new rules and bigger and faster players, good luck to the NFL finding officials who fully embrace the job.

1 week ago

 “No general manager is overly excited when he hears one of his players is picked to play" in the Olympics, new Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said.

Ron Cook: NBA injury opens eyes all over

Owners and GMs of pro teams across the country likely cringed when Indiana Pacers star Paul George was hurt scrimmaging with Team USA.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Revisiting ‘Roots’ might just be an epic folly

Another production of “Roots” is in the works, due in no small part to TV industry’s laziness.

1 week ago

 Thursday night it was Edinson Volquez and Wednesday it was Jeff Locke with a solid start for the short-handed Pirates.

Ron Cook: Pirates starting pitchers step up at perfect time

With Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen out with injuries, the Pirates starting pitchers have carried them through the series against Miami.

1 week ago

Gene Collier: LeBeau's young defense under construction

Where Dick LeBeau's defense toiled Wednesday at Steelers camp below the S-A-I-N-T V-I-N-C-E-N-T topiaries, things weren't exactly bucolic.

1 week ago

 Heather Pencak, left, and her husband, Joe, of New Kensington walk their English bulldog, Champski, toward the gate at PNC Park Tuesday. The Pencaks and Champski were among the many pet owners and pets who visited Pup Night at PNC Park Tuesday.

Brian O’Neill: Picky eaters or not, a big night for the dogs

Most dogs will eat anything, and some will chase trucks, so it’s little wonder they dig treat trucks.

1 week ago

Dan Simpson / The latest news from Nova Scotia

It's refreshing; the hot issues are what to do about the ferry boat and lobster taxes.

2 weeks ago

 Removing Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates lineup instantly makes it weaker.

Gene Collier: Pirates have little success cleaning up roster mess

With Andrew McCutchen out, the Pirates will have a punchless lineup for the time being, but there is at least one spot they can improve.

2 weeks ago

Reg Henry: The latest reality TV is barely worth a look

The naked truth about reality is blurred.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Trump personifies U.S. loss of compassion

U.S. is losing its sense of compassion, and Donald Trump is the best/worst example.

2 weeks ago

 Cierra Blye, 18, reads to Zahara Chapman, 6, as part of the Reading Warrior program.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout : Reading program binds teens to kids ripe to be mentored

Big kids and little kids help each other nurture a love of reading in city group’s Reading Warrior program.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers tight end Heath Miller takes down linebacker Chris Carter (right) in training camp at Saint Vincent College.

Ron Cook: Get ready for Heath Miller to thrive again for Steelers

Tight end Heath Miller has to be great for the Steelers to have their best chance of making the playoffs for the first time in three years.

2 weeks ago

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Pittsburgh Pout or not, won't you just 'Talk to me'?

It’d be nice if everybody would talk to everybody -- maybe.

2 weeks ago

 This photo, from the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower, shows the first panel of the Civic Arena roof coming down on Jan. 28, 2012.

Ruth Ann Dailey: A delay for the better at Civic Arena site

The Penguins were supposed to begin developing part of the 28-acre site by Oct. 31. They've asked for another year to start and to finish.

2 weeks ago

The Legacy of Richard Nixon: He shall live in infamy

He left a legacy of enduring cynicism, for which he 
deserves to remain forever unforgiven, argues PG executive editor David Shribman.

2 weeks ago

Brian O'Neill: There's one good sign that commutes may not have to be such a drag

A daily message along Greentree Road brightens the route for some motorists.

2 weeks ago

Jack Kelly: Satan supports Hamas

Hamas targets civilians while Israel tries to protect them.

2 weeks ago

 Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg stands with the Oakland Zoo as the team takes on NC State March 3 at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Mark Nordenberg left fine legacy when it comes to Pitt sports

Simply put, now former chancellor Mark Nordenberg helped Pitt's athletic programs achieve much more good than bad throughout his tenure.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin argues for pass interference as they take on the Dolphins in the third quarter of a game alst season at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: NFL wants new rules? Try these ...

If the NFL wants to make the extra-point attempt more exciting that's all well and good, but why not go all in on the idea?

2 weeks ago

 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez dives for ball.

Ron Cook: Pirates' lack of moves at trading deadline no surprise

Shame on you if you expected the Pirates to make a major move Thursday before the non-waiver trade deadline. That’s just not their way.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Ease D.C. paralysis with federal term limits

Time to set some limits on the terms of federal officials, for everyone’s betterment.

2 weeks ago

Brian O'Neill: Corbett’s in danger of falling off party cycle

Gov. Tom Corbett hopes not to break cycle in which political parties take turns holding Pennsylvania governor’s seat for eight years.

2 weeks ago

Dan Simpson: Fracking compromises the future of Pennsylvania

The American population is paying a heavy price for natural gas extraction and is almost certainly destined to pay even more dearly.

3 weeks ago

Reg Henry: Teach your children well ... about business

Making entrepreneurs is like making lemonade.

3 weeks ago

 Jack Lambert, one of four Hall of Famers picked by the Steelers in the 1974 draft, poses for a picture in August 1978.

Gene Collier: Steelers' 1974 draft won't ever be matched

No one knew it then, but 40 years ago the members of the best NFL draft in history showed up at Steelers training camp.

3 weeks ago


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