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 President Barack Obama answers a question after his end of the year press conference Dec. 19 in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.

David M. Shribman: Should presidents put their parties or the people first?

Here’s the reality: The principle of national representation in the presidency is honored only in the breach, and usually briefly.

about 20 hours ago

 Dee Stahl shows off the Slinky she bought for $40 at the estate auction of the late Betty James, co-founder of the firm that made the famous Slinky toy.

Brian O'Neill: Slinky springs from one of the greatest accidents ever

Bob Swaim wants the Slinky, born in Pennsylvania, to become the state’s official toy. Its story is captivating enough to be a movie, too.

about 20 hours ago

 Jackson Browne at the Benedum Center on Oct. 12.

Tony Norman: Favorite music isn’t so avant-garde now

Here’s my favorite music of the year, a little more mainstream than previously.

2 days ago

 Allegheny City in 1904, the year after Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co. was founded there.

Brian O’Neill: North Side has its own toy story to tell

This man loves playing with his old Pittsburgh toys any day of year.

3 days ago

Dan Simpson: My Christmas wish list

Let’s see, body cameras for cops, a new prime minister for Israel, a . . .

4 days ago

Reg Henry: A good ghost sure can liven things up

There’s nothing like a Christmas ghost story to make the holiday festive. This one is not made up. My grandfather was the witness ...

4 days ago

Tony Norman: Response to officers’ deaths is misguided

Anger over murder of police officers is being used the wrong way.

5 days ago

 The Bottom Dollar grocery store at 5200 Penn Ave., which opened only six months ago, is faced with closure.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Bottom line is Bottom Dollar has benefited Garfield

With prices like those, who wouldn’t protest to keep their Bottom Dollar store?

5 days ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: Hunting for goodwill, across the great divide

With the nation’s reserves of peace and goodwill running low, we might stop to wonder what exactly we’re getting wrong.

6 days ago

 Steelers safety Mike Mitchell celebrates a fourth-down stop Sunday at Heinz Field against the Chiefs.

Gene Collier: Arizona seems far away for Steelers, but so did playoffs

Ramon Foster has some big dreams for this Steelers team that not long ago looked like a complete mess instead of a contender.

6 days ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This man has a gift for making an appeal to Santa

Santa will have to give at least one letter some careful thought.

6 days ago

 Jeb Bush:  Above the fray or amid the fray?

David Shribman: Enter Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush’s plunge into presidential waters ends some uncertainties about the 2016 campaign and creates others.

1 week ago

Jack Kelly: What torture? Democrats fret about the comfort of terrorists

Foremost of the “tortures” they decried in a 500-page report was the waterboarding of three senior al-Qaida leaders.

1 week ago

Brian O'Neill: Ex-felon pushes past failure and earns forgiveness

Ex-felon Daniel Bull wants to turn failure into something positive.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: In the film credits, Sony stars in a fiasco

Sony deserves a lot of the blame for its “The Interview” fiasco.

1 week ago

Brian O'Neill: Let’s not just laugh off N. Koreans’ anger

North Korean anger over “The Interview” is not very funny.

1 week ago

Dan Simpson: Torture is un-American

And it encourages enemies to torture our people

1 week ago

Reg Henry: Playing sports can be an odd thing to do

There is no "i" in team or unusual

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Bill Cosby issues curious call to black media

The comedy icon made a request of black media, who must cover his scandal thoroughly.

1 week ago

 A West Oakland Light Up Night event  at The Corner

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: The Corner is one special place for West Oakland

West Oakland’s The Corner plans to enhance amenities for little, cut-off neighborhood.

1 week ago

 Brett Keisel and Cameron Heyward celebrate after forcing Browns quarterback Jason Campbell to fumble during a game last season at Heinz Field on Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Ron Cook: Keisel molds Heyward into a force

Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward is turning into a star, but friend and mentor Brett Keisel saw that coming long before it happened.

1 week ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: Black officers who walked the thin blue line

Listening in as two retired city police detectives, both African-American, talked straight to a room of black teenage boys.

1 week ago

 Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown stiff-arms Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant Sunday in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Antonio Brown the gift that keeps on giving for Steelers

Antonio Brown's statistics are staggering, but it's his work ethic and consistency that make him the tough call for Steelers MVP this year.

1 week ago

 MoonMail lets you "immortalize your keepsakes on the Moon." Forever.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Astrobotics' MoonMail: the gift that keeps on orbiting

The time has come to send something other then men to the moon, like locks of hair.

1 week ago

David M. Shribman: All is not calm

This holiday season is full of contention, including within the incoming Republican majority.

2 weeks ago

Brian O'Neill: The city’s parking game takes a new, costlier turn

The higher street fees are expected to be part of the Monday budget. Let the games begin.

2 weeks ago

Jack Kelly: Rape story falls apart

Rolling Stone and UVA acted irresponsibly.

2 weeks ago

 Ben Roethlisberger

Ron Cook: Value of QB evident today

Let the Atlanta Falcons’ situation with quarterback Matt Ryan serve as more evidence Ben Roethlisberger is worh every penny to the Steelers.

2 weeks ago

 William Gay steps in front of Atlanta receiver Harry Douglas and returns an interception for a touchdown in the Steelers' 27-20 win.

Gene Collier: Shaky Steelers defense covers up holes

Once again Sunday, the Steelers defense wasn’t great, but it did enough to help secure a victory against the Falcons.

1 week ago

 On National Signing Day Pitt head coach Paul Chryst names the students who intend to join the Pitt football team during a press conference on the South Side on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Ron Cook: If Chryst leaves, Pitt needs to get next hire right

Don’t knock Pitt coach Paul Chryst if he takes the same job at Wisconsin, but his departure would trigger many significant issues.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: CIA does brutal harm to America’s image

The CIA’s torture techniques bear some un-American comparisons.

2 weeks ago

Samantha Bennett: After yoga retreat, it's good to be om

A retreat offers three days of serenity and not a burger in sight.

2 weeks ago

 According to a recent survey, the average Pittsburgher awakens at 7:45 a.m.

Brian O'Neill: Testy Pittsburgh sleepers get late wake-up call

Pittsburghers just may be the crankiest, latest sleepers around.

2 weeks ago

Dan Simpson / Dealing with hostages in the Mideast

My experience in Lebanon makes me question the rescue attempt in Yemen.

2 weeks ago

 Francisco Liriano delivers against the Cardinals at PNC Park in August.

Ron Cook: Liriano's deal a sign of (good) times for Pirates

Pirates will make a good move at good price with the re-signing of starting pitcher Francisco Liriano.

2 weeks ago

Reg Henry: How the elves came to hate Santa

Looks like the elves get at least basic cable: Fox News’ “War on Christmas” campaign has got to them.

2 weeks ago

 Dan Iddings in his new store, Classic Lines Bookstore.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Librarian branches out with own homey bookstore, Classic Lines in Squirrel Hill

A second independent bookstore opens in Squirrel Hill, providing the personal touch that’s drawing a trend in niche shoppers.

2 weeks ago

 See all that resilience?

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: 'Pittsburgh: Someplace Resilient'? If the slogan fits, wear it

The Rockefeller Foundation last week named  Pittsburgh one of the world’s most “resilient” cities. If that’s a compliment, thank you kindly.

2 weeks ago

David M. Shribman / History comes in all sizes

But there’s a big debate over ‘Big History’ vs. the history that humans have written down.

3 weeks ago

Jack Kelly / Misconstruing Ferguson

White cops are not victimizing black youth.

3 weeks ago

 The Bengals' A.J. Green pulls in a pass as he's defended by Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake in the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Gene Collier: Steelers defense leans on short memory

The Steelers defense was awful at times Sunday, but ultimately good enough for a win -- though the Bengals certainly helped in that regard.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Ron Cook: Picking your poison against Steelers stars? Good luck

Whether it's Antonio Brown at receiver or Le'Veon Bell at running back, the Steelers have the best offensive duo -- or trio -- in the NFL.

2 weeks ago

 Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, left, speaks with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in preparation for their game against the Saints last week.

Ron Cook: Tense times for Steelers defense, Dick LeBeau

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is far from the Steelers' biggest problem, but his coaching career could soon end if struggles continue.

3 weeks ago

Brian O'Neill: It might sound screwy, but it's a better way to get peanut butter

Young entrepreneurs have a screwy idea for peanut butter and other jars, and it could work: “Jar With a Twist.”

3 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Grand jury system tainted by police bias

It’s time to have something more objective than grand juries to review alleged police abuse.

3 weeks ago

Dan Simpson / Bad news from Africa

And one of the continent’s problems is that the United States isn’t helping much.

3 weeks ago

 Tamir Rice in an undated photo provided by his family.

Tony Norman: Two seconds ended Cleveland boy’s life

A lot of horror went down in two seconds in Cleveland shooting.

3 weeks ago

 Albert's Sale & Service, Downtown, in the early 1970s

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Plaque for Downtown gas station honors the little guy

Point Park University marks the spot where Gene Albert plied his trade as an auto mechanic for more than 40 years.

3 weeks ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: A prayer for Ferguson, U.S.A.

In Ferguson, we know that the two main characters in this tragedy are flawed humans — making them more or less like the rest of us.

3 weeks ago

 Saints wide receiver  Kenny Stills pretends to wave a Terrible Towel as he mocks Steelers fans after pulling in a touchdown pass in the third quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Saints WR Stills burns Steelers defense

New Orleans receiver Kenny Stills had five catcher for 162 yards, or 27 percent of his output for the season.

3 weeks ago


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