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 Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner celebrates San Francisco's 8-0 wild-card win Wednesday night against the Pirates at PNC Park. Bumgarner pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out 10 in earning the victory.

Gene Collier: Postseason tossed aside as quickly as it arrived

In a little more than three hours, Madison Bumgarner had made quick work of the Pirates and brought Bucwinter's abrupt arrival.

about 2 hours ago


Brian O’Neill: AG bares too little about porn emails

The email porn controversy in Harrisburg is playing out like a slow, bad striptease.

about 2 hours ago


Reg Henry: Read this column ASAP or immediately

Acronyms, like war, have long been with us, but their slinging has been enhanced PDQ by this newfangled digital world. Is that OK?

1 day ago


 Starling Marte and the rest of the Pirates lineup will need to provide timely hitting to avoid an early postseason exit.

Gene Collier: Pirates must feast in the clutch

The urgency and simplicity of win-or-go-home is a tasty mix, but things will go sour if the Pirates continue to struggle with men on base.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Christian extremism plagues world, too

Christian extremists have created their own problems for society.

2 days ago


 The Neighborhood Flea bills itself as a high-quality flea market with vintage clothing, dinnerware and the best food trucks in town. This Sunday market was held in a parking lot at 23rd Street and Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Brookline woman's flea markets have been crafted to succeed

Crafter in search of opportunities to sell jewelry creates marketplace that grows to become her full-time job.

2 days ago


 Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto gets a hit against Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Sunday in Cincinnati. Cueto earned his 20th win of the season as the Reds won, 4-1. Chris Stewart catches at right.

Gene Collier: Cueto drives Pirates batty

Pittsburgh nemesis Johnny Cueto did it all Sunday against the Pirates, including sealing their fate as a wild-card team.

3 days ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Tampa Bay's Mason Foster Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers lost in the game's final seconds, 27-24.

Ron Cook: There is no defense for embarrassing play, loss

After a game rife with foolish penalties, missed assignments and lackluster performance, only one thing can be said: Shame on the Steelers.

3 days ago


Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Give foreigners a true ’Burgh education

Though the size of our international population remains paltry, The Morning File is a strong supporter of assisting their assimilation.

3 days ago


David M. Shribman / Obama vs. the Islamic State

The president goes to war in Syria and Iraq, but will only go so far.

4 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Mother and daughter reunite for race after learning what runs in families

When Karen McGuire’s daughter was born, she never got to hold her. But this morning they’ll be running around together in the Great Race.

4 days ago


Jack Kelly / Climate craziness

Climate change is as grave a threat as the Ebola virus or the terrorists of the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said in

4 days ago


 Ramon Santiago of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates his walk-off grand slam as he rounds the bases in the 10th inning Saturday against the Pirates at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Gene Collier: A day to pay for overdue ills

For the Pirates and Reds, it was a day for everything that was overdue, writes Gene Collier.

4 days ago


 Vance Worley allowed only one run against the Reds in a crucial win in Cincinnati Friday night.

Gene Collier: Pirates line up well vs. weak Reds

Cincinnati without Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier, and Devin Mesoraco? The Pirates should -- and did -- take advantage.

5 days ago


Tony Norman: Bus crash leaves lots of room to find fault

The Port Authority bus crash raises plenty of questions about the incident and drivers.

6 days ago


 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington makes a call from PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Neal Huntington's plan for Pirates never stops

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington tends to dwell on his mistakes, but it's clear he has made more shrewd moves than blunders.

6 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Daunting sewer, water bills lie upstream

Big water bills lie ahead, but few are prepared.

1 week ago


 Clint Hurdle celebrates clinching a National League playoff spot after the Pirates' 3-2 win Tuesday against the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Despite painful hip, Hurdle still steady as a rock

Limping through brutal pain, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has stayed strong, the one players have leaned on in another playoff season.

1 week ago


Dan Simpson / Scrap the football, save the bands

While concussions continue and scandals proliferate, the bands march on.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: Obama faces a one-sided blame game

Yes, it does matter that the president inherited a rotten situation in Iraq, created by his predecessor, who shall be named: George W. Bush.

1 week ago


 Shonda Rhimes is  "far more interested in being a consummate entertainer whose agenda is high ratings and memorable stories."

Tony Norman: Shonda Rhimes miscast as angry black woman

NYT TV critic Alessandra Stanley’s crude and baseless stereotyping of Ms. Rhimes as an “angry black woman” is just plain pernicious.

1 week ago


 Preservationists are trying to sway the fate of 6012-6018 Penn Ave.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Historic buildings in East Liberty pose a challenge

Preservationists try to make the case for saving three of East Liberty’s old buildings.

1 week ago


 The sun sets over an empty PNC Park on Oct. 9, 2013, a night when crowds gathered outside the park to watch Game 5 of the National League Division Series, being played in St. Louis.

Gene Collier: No shame in staying home for Pirates

It's not stretching the truth to suggest PNC Park has become a tough place to play, making it even more important for the Pirates to return.

1 week ago


 The Steelers' Cameron Heyward pressures Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson late in Sunday's game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense gets banged up, but shines anyway

All of a sudden, the immediate future looks bright for the Steelers, who showed up on offense and defense for a full game Sunday night.

1 week ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: The metaphysics of our newfangled parking meters

The new pay-by-license-plate kiosks are bringing in more bucks for the city. The question is whether this gain makes up for what we lost...

1 week ago


David M. Shribman / We’re in a war, but not at war

The fight against the Islamic State is one in which most Americans can keep their distance.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly / Poking the hornet’s nest

Half measures won’t defeat the Islamic State.

1 week ago


 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was hit twice by pitches Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gene Collier: Best action to take was none

The Pirates were right not to retaliate after Andrew McCutchen was hit twice Saturday night by the Milwaukee Brewers.

1 week ago


 Terrance Hayes.

Brian O’Neill: Poet Terrance Hayes’ way with words enriches many besides him

The poet who teaches at Pitt, and studied there too, just won a $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship. “Creativity is work,” he says.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen signals to the Pirates dugout after hitting a triple Friday night against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Big win leads Pirates to unfamiliar territory

Of what little we know of the playoff race, one thing was certain: Russell Martin’s blast gave the Pirates an elusive fifth consecutive win.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Putting guns in schools is reason to recoil

Arming school employees seems like just one more American folly.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill: Hunters have bad aim to hike firepower

Some hunters want to go too far in the field with their firepower.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis, left, rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

2 weeks ago


Dan Simpson / Don’t sweat the small stuff

The president should focus on China, India, Russia, Germany — not Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, the world equivalent of double-A baseball.

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Politics, football both throw us for a loss

Kicking the political football is all the rage.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: NFL-level violence gets its start at home

When it comes to corporal punishment, the culture of violence starts at home.

2 weeks ago


 Russell Martin stands on second base after doubling against Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner in the second inning Sunday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Enjoy Russell Martin while he's still here

Pirates GM Neal Huntington admits Russell Martin's pricetag likely will be in a financial area the Pirates do not wish to go.

2 weeks ago


 A view from the first floor of the Paramount Film Exchange.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Paramount building’s sequel is a new start Uptown

The sturdy building, where theater owners saw previews of films, was vacant for years. Saved and restored, it’s filled with new businesses.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates utilityman Josh Harrison inches closer to the National League batting title.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Harrison never forgets to have fun

The Pirates have a chance to nab the NL Central crown with Josh Harrison winning the batting title, which would be tons of fun for everyone.

2 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: In ignorance we trust

Reaction to an effort to put “In God We Trust” in the county council’s meeting room revealed a lack of historical and religious knowledge.

2 weeks ago


David M. Shribman: Mitt Romney, the new GOP hope

Some Republican strategists now think he may be their strongest candidate in 2016.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Liberals lose the high moral ground

They’re lying about GOP foreign policy.

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill: Motorists, bicyclists creep toward truce on city’s busy streets

It’s getting a bit like an old Western, only instead of the farmers against the cattle ranchers, it’s the cyclists against the motorists.

2 weeks ago


 Ben Roethlisberger  -- No TDs in six quarters

Ron Cook: Negatives far outweigh positives for Steelers in 1-1 start

There's been a bit of good, but a lot more bad and ugly for the Steelers so far, and Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin are far from blameless.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: U.S. prefers to focus on fears, not facts

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shows his disgust alongside coach Mike Tomlin in the final seconds of their loss Thursday to the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Ron Cook: Rotten night all around for Steelers, from big hits to blunders

Even with all the Ravens are going through, it was the Steelers who looked like a wreck Thursday night in Baltimore.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by the Ravens' Elvis Dumervil during Thursday night's game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Gene Collier: Roethlisberger not good enough
 for Steelers' offense in need of life

Shouldn’t Ben Roethlisberger, the guy we accept as way more than merely good enough, be better than to lead such a sputtering offense?

2 weeks ago


Brian O’Neill: School volunteers show help equals hope

It’s a great library now, this little slice of wonder in Manchester PreK-8 that had been all but barren.

3 weeks ago


Dan Simpson: The U.S. keeps risking retribution

We cannot forever attack people in other countries with impunity.

3 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Focus on fashion really wears on him

In honor of Fashion Week, let me describe how I prepare in the morning for another busy day at the word factory.

3 weeks ago



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