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 Making his first start after re-signing with the Steelers, defensive end Brett Keisel battles Panthers lineman Amini Silatolu Thursday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers had positives, but none brighter than the end of preseason

The only important thing to come out of the Thursday night’s 10-0 loss to Carolina was the Steelers injury report.

1 day ago

 Mayor Sophie Masloff in May 1989.

Brian O'Neill: Sophie Masloff was thinking young with tax cut

Mayor Sophie Masloff’s wage-tax cut is still with us, and so are more young workers.

2 days ago

Dan Simpson / Potential American allies in the fight for Iraq are a sorry lot

Americans favoring letting the Islamic State and the other malevolent elements fight it out among themselves are, in my view, right.

3 days ago

 Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on August 27, 2014.

Gene Collier: Watson digs in, finds right answer

Reliever Tony Watson stares down the pressure and silences the St. Louis Cardinals at key time in a key game.

2 days ago

 Ike Davis hits a three-run home run to help the Pirates stop a two-game losing streak.

Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

3 days ago

Reg Henry: Cornhole is nothing to dismiss out of hand

It’s a corny game, but it makes summer fun.

3 days ago

 James Patrick and Jolene Dames at Stonehenge.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Pittsburgh couple's route to dream lifestyle is global house-sitting

Some people have dream jobs, some have dream vacations. You would be lucky to have both, but dreams are all about interpretation.

4 days ago

Tony Norman: Islamic State puts a pacifist in a tough place

Between the unrest in Ferguson, renewal of American bombing in Iraq and more, it was easy to get lost in a thicket of bad vibes last week.

4 days ago

 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was taken out Monday night after 91 pitches.

Ron Cook: Pirates loss spoils stellar start by Francisco Liriano

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, in another return to his 2013 form, deserved much better than what he got in the loss Monday night.

4 days ago

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: This douse of news should feel no better than an ice bucket

News of the summer is worth recapping with a quiz.

5 days ago

David M. Shribman: Hillary Clinton and the price of being on top

She  has a clear field in the presidential preseason, but the perils of tripping are high.

6 days ago

Brian O’Neill: Militarization of police has its hidden costs

Events in Ferguson remind us of the G-20 and how a city withholds details of new gadgets and weaponry.

6 days ago

Jack Kelly / Rick Perry resists ‘lawfare’: Bogus charges backfire on Democrats

He’s not the first Republican to be victimized by Democratic efforts to criminalize policy differences.

6 days ago

 Ben Roethlisberger trots off the field, eyes closed, on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Ron Cook: Bad signs much more ominous for Steelers defense

The Steelers looked bad in all aspects Thursday, but the most troublesome signs are on a defense that simply hasn't been good for two years.

6 days ago

Tony Norman: Protests bring out worst in some police

Tony Norman wonders what an ideal cop in a not so ideal world would look like.

1 week ago

 LeGarrette Blount had seven carries for 32 yards Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Ron Cook: Bad day on field for Steelers; worse off it

Never mind a 31-21 loss -- the Steelers had bigger problems off the field, since Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were caught not

1 week ago

 In February 1993, Mayor Sophie Masloff announces she will not run for re-election: "I love this city, and I loved being able to help the people who are so much a part of my life."

Brian O'Neill: Sophie shrewdly summed up city

Sophie Masloff mastered the art of being underestimated.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

Jack Kelly: The Islamic State attacks while Obama dithers

The president still doesn’t understand the terrorist threat.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago

Dan Simpson / Get out of Iraq, again

Why should America fight for the Kurds and Iraqi Shiites?

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago

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

History teaches that war is contagious.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Candidate’s extremist spouse is a challenge

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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.)

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago

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

Obama is letting the world get away from us.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 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.

3 weeks ago


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