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Dan Simpson / Fracking compromises the future of Pennsylvania

I guess that having lived in the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia tristate area for decades of my life should have hardened me to the

about 23 hours ago


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

Making entrepreneurs is like making lemonade.

about 23 hours 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.

about 23 hours ago


Tony Norman: There’s no point in continuing ban on pot

The New York Times has it right -- it’s time to end the criminal prohibition against marijuana.

1 day ago


 Shawn Vogt, owner of Vogt Hardware on the South Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Old hardware store displays artistry in staying competitive

South Side hardware store supports artist friend and puts some zip in its display window.

1 day ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: It’s no summer of love for the flustered Left

As public opinion mounts against Obama and his policies, the fear-mongering on the Left gets cranking.

2 days ago


David M. Shribman: The secret room in Salem is a treasure of maritime history

Not even the locals, and I was one of them, know that it's there.

3 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Bucs get a boost in fans, who now look to payroll

PNC Park's attendance on pace to match metro area's population, but how will Pirates' spending compare?

3 days ago


Jack Kelly: More rot at today’s VA

Top officials put their careers above the needs of veterans.

3 days ago


Gene Collier: Time to shift strategies vs. the shift

The advent of the defensive shift in baseball, and now how often it's being used, is suppressing offense and in turn hurting the game.

3 days ago


Tony Norman: Put the horror of executions on public view

Executions have become so appalling that everyone should be forced to watch them.

5 days ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters yet another training camp, but this time with a young defense and new faces on offense.

Ron Cook: Ben Roethlisberger eyes prize above deal

Ben Roethlisberger reports to Steelers camp today, thinking a lot more about winning another NFL title than settling on a new contract.

5 days ago


 Ventriloquist Bob Rumba has a case full of characters and a closed mouth full of voices.

Brian O’Neill: Multi-faceted Rumba — one entertaining guy

’Twas late one afternoon during the Three Rivers Arts Festival that I first saw him

6 days ago


Dan Simpson / Where is America’s heart?

Compassion seems lacking on nearly every front: immigration, unemployment, the Middle East ...

1 week ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a home run from the left side of the plate

Gene Collier: Pirates lineup takes advantage of lefty-friendly dimensions

Pirates left-handed hitters combined for three home runs in a 12-7 win against the Dodgers -- finally putting PNC Park's landscape to use.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: Mother Goose and chicks visit home nest

When you write a newspaper column, it is advisable to read as much as you can. This week my reading included “Mother Goose.”

1 week ago


 The Pirates' Jordy Mercer is mobbed after hitting a game winning single against the Rockies in the 11th inning at PNC Park on Saturday.

Ron Cook: Shortstop Jordy Mercer cannot be overlooked in contributing to the Pirates’ recent resurgence

After Andrew McCutchen, Mercer has been the team’s most consistent player for nearly two months

1 week ago


 From left, Israel Centeno, Gisela Romero and Carolina Arnal, who carries words for installation on houses.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Words, art and homes merge in appealing display on North Side

One day last week, I heard people speaking Spanish outside my screen door and bounded to the sidewalk for an opportunity to practice.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Comics make issue out of dealing with news

It can be a lot easier to deal with cultural change through comics characters than real life.

1 week ago


 Pirates closer Mark Melancon has been lights-out since being promoted to the role after the struggles of Jason Grilli.

Ron Cook: Mark Melancon firmly belongs as Pirates closer

There's no need for the Pirates to trade for a big-name closer; they already have one who is plenty capable in Mark Melancon.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Vacation: Just another thing to worry about

Here are some tips to how avoid needing a vacation after a vacation.

1 week ago


David M. Shribman / The choice of Cleveland

Republicans won’t find it as easy to choose a candidate once they gather there.

1 week ago


 Randy Gilson painted a stylized map of old Allegheny City on the south wall of his Mexican War Streets home.

Brian O'Neill: A colorful character makes Randyland one vibrant home

Tourists find their way on the North Side to colorful home of a loving neighborhood character.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly / Send the kids back home

Illegal immigration exploded shortly after President Barack Obama issued an executive order halting some deportations.

1 week ago


 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez dives for a ground ball.

Ron Cook: Steve Blass has utmost hope for Pedro Alvarez

Of all people, Pirates broadcaster and former star pitcher Steve Blass can relate to Pedro Alvarez's throwing woes at third base.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Don’t fly off the handle when drones roam

Drones are just the latest worry when looking up at the sky.

1 week ago


 Pirates Francisco Liriano long tosses during workouts at PNC Park after the All-Star break as the Pirates prepare to resume their season Friday.

Ron Cook: NL Central is there for the taking

There’s reason for optimism entering the second half of the season, as the Pirates still have a legitimate chance to win the division.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill: Corbett’s legislative attack is on the money

Gov. Tom Corbett is using his pen and his pulpit to pound the politicians of his own party.

1 week ago


Dan Simpson / Looking back at Vietnam reminds us of our ignorance

A new novel by Ward Just, “American Romantic,” part of which is set during the Vietnam War, reminded me that we, the United States, may

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Let us agree to disagree like sane people

Have you ever wondered what makes other people hold the ridiculous political opinions they do?

2 weeks ago


 The map shows the layout of a proposed urban farm at the city’s former St. Clair Village public housing site.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Opportunities grow in old St. Clair Village

A ghost plateau in old St. Clair Village could become one of the country‘‍s largest urban farms.

2 weeks ago


 Reds ace Johnny Cueto wasn't as stellar as usual Sunday, but the Pirates still couldn't take full advantage.

Gene Collier: Missed connections prove costly for Pirates

A very disappointing road trip could have been much worse, but the Pirates cannot afford to keep blowing chances after the All-Star break.

2 weeks ago


 Barack Obama: Worst president?

David M. Shribman / The worst president?

Barack Obama may be way down in the polls right now, but Americans are fickle employers.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly / The high cost of regulations

Congress should suspend all regs imposed since 2000 and assess whether they've been worthwhile

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill / Bucs owe some bucks to help keep the T free

Pirates are getting a free ride by failing to help subsidize the T rides taken by baseball fans.

2 weeks ago


 LeBron James, center, with Chris Bosh, left, and Dwyane Wade, right, broke Cleveland's heart with 'The Decision' several years ago ... will it happen again?

Ron Cook: Some towns deserve better, even Cleveland

The redux of “The Decision” for NBA superstar LeBron James presents the possibility of even more sports heartache for poor Cleveland.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Anti-refugee protesters need a history lesson

Hostile attitude toward refugee children hardly makes sense, given our history.

2 weeks ago


 The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: A-Fraud a continued baseball parody

Suspended Yankee star Alex Rodriguez poster boy for everything that is wrong with baseball.

2 weeks ago


 Is the Peduto administration living up to its promises of transparency?

Brian O'Neill: Government transparency worth hard look

Local officials are promising more transparency in city and county government -- let‘‍s make sure they’‍re following through.

2 weeks ago


Dan Simpson / Let’s try getting along with Cuba

It’s time to end the decades of economic sanctions and animosity.

3 weeks ago


Reg Henry: If only life could have ‘‍extra time’ like soccer

Soccer tests the meaning of time, much like life itself.

3 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Potential is there for a humane police force

Personal acquaintances among Pittsburgh police are offering hope for a more community-friendly force lies ahead.

3 weeks ago


 Rev. Ken Turnbull, left, and Bruce Klein, with one of the historic photos on East Ohio Street.

Diana Nelson Jones' "Walkabout": A fresh perspective is sprucing up the view of East Ohio Street

Advocates of East Ohio Street have established a street-side art gallery as part of their business development effort.

3 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Harrison slides safely past the tag of Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Josh Harrison in heyday as All-Star utilityman

Ron Cook: Josh Harrison has done it all for the Pirates this season, and now he is rewarded with a spot on the All-Star team.

3 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh is now a glowing tourist destination. The Morning File wishes it would relinquish that distinction until its infrastructure improves.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Travel Channel's Pittsburgh praise must be ignored

All the gushing about our beautiful city brings $5.5 billion worth of visitors here annually -- what a pain.

3 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: High court gets it right on religious liberty

Contraception case showed Supreme Court can prize religious freedom, and more chances will come to show it.

3 weeks ago


David M. Shribman / Times are tough, as usual

American history is full of hard times, and Americans who have persevered.

3 weeks ago


Jack Kelly / Regulations for the rich

Crony capitalism infects Washington, especially Democrats.

3 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill / A cross-country walk to highlight suicides shows a lot of humanity

Brother and friends of suicide victim make great progress on their trek across America.

3 weeks ago


Tony Norman: A bounty of good reading lies ahead in fall

Get ready this fall will yield an unusually rich bounty of fiction and nonfiction for eager readers.

3 weeks ago



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