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David M. Shribman: Clinton and the special interests

She’s the first Democrat in years to be free of their pressures in the primaries.

about 16 hours ago


Jack Kelly: Chipotle gets gaggled by the Clinton media horde

Wow! Hillary Clinton actually ate a burrito!

about 16 hours ago


 The original art that accompanied Peter Leo's 1986 column documenting his feat.

Brian O'Neill: Driving the Pittsburgh Marathon now officially faster than running it

Marathon route is getting easier, or maybe it’s just that cars are better.

about 16 hours ago


 Rangers fans cheer as their team sent the Penguins to the end of another disappointing season.

Ron Cook: Status quo remains the theme for Penguins

It might be delusional, but Penguins still have a good starting point.

about 16 hours ago


 Daniel Winnik, left, and Rob Scuderi check Rangers' Chris Kreider during the second period Friday night in New York.

Ron Cook: Injuries, illness put Penguins at disadvantage

It's hard to be mad at the Penguins. It wasn't a fair fight against the New York Rangers from the start.

1 day ago


 Warren Weinstein in 2009

Dan Simpson: Warren Weinstein, the man

Taken hostage by al-Qaida in 2001 and killed in January by a U.S. drone strike, he lived a life of loving his family and helping others.

2 days ago


 New York's Carl Hagelin carries the puck up ice against the Penguins' Chris Kunitz in the second period Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing elimination, Penguins embrace one-step-at-a-time mantra

The Penguins’ last best hope is the venue tonight, Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Anti-gay bullies at McGuffey High School trend the wrong way

Anti-gay protesters at McGuffey put themselves on display as modern bullies.

2 days ago


 Paul Martin skates off the ice as the Rangers celebrate their overtime goal in Game 4, giving them a 3-1 edge in the first-round series and a chance to clinch Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Gene Collier: Penguins solve some problems, but find another way to lose to Rangers

After scoring first, holding a lead through the first period, all at home, the Pens still find themselves at the edge of the playoff cliff.

3 days ago


Brian O’Neill: Potty’s No. 1 problem is being available

I stopped by the fabulous public toilet near the corner of 18th and East Carson streets on the South Side, only to find the gate was locked.

3 days ago


 A child is helped from a merchant vessel in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early Monday. She was one of about 100 migrants rescued in the Sicilian Strait while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Dan Simpson: Who’s responsible for the ‘migrants’?

With their nations falling apart, responsibility falls on all of us.

4 days ago


 Penguins' Maxim Lapierre battles for a loose puck against the Rangers' Carl Hagelin in the first period at the Consol Energy Center Monday night.

Gene Collier: Playing at home no help for Penguins

If the Penguins have a home ice advantage at the Consol Energy Center, it's not apparent, especially in the playoffs.

4 days ago


Reg Henry: Vodka is one way to weather a drought

Not to be outdone by The New York Times, it is time to file my own report about the situation in drought-racked California.

4 days ago


 Penguins winger Steve Downie skates over the Stanley Cup logo Monday in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins lost the game 2-1.

Ron Cook: Missed calls are least of Penguins' worries

Don’t be so quick to chalk up the Penguins’ series deficit to bad luck and worse calls; put the blame where it belongs — on the performance.

5 days ago


 The Joncaire Street steps are "an important [link] from Junction Hollow [trail] to the central campus" of Pitt, said Pat Hassett of city’s Department of Public Works.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Joncaire Street steps project in Panther Hollow makes a bike-friendly link

The 135 steps will be wider and include runnels — flat channels alongside for bikes to be walked up and down. It’s a model for the future.

5 days ago


 A gang of turkeys hanging out in Baldwin Township.

Ruth Ann Dailey: As animals become suburbanites, what's a human to do?

Here’s something we know from observing human nature: Virtually anything can be a lucrative reality show. ...

6 days ago


 Center Brandon Sutter was traded to the Penguins in exchange for Jordan Staal by Jim Rutherford, who was general manager of Carolina at the time.

Ron Cook: Brandon Sutter 'does it all' for Penguins

The best move Jim Rutherford has made for the Penguins may have been before he was even the general manager here.

6 days ago


 Britt McHenry on the job last year, courteously interviewing a Baltimore Raven after a Steelers game.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Beware when Pretty Skinny Blond Women attack

Pretty Skinny Blond Women are ruining the world, one rant at a time.

6 days ago


David M. Shribman: Clinton v. Rubio, et al.

The two newly announced presidential candidates face very different challenges.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly: Getting coddled at college

Academe treats students like fragile flowers.

1 week ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Gene Collier: Series of scores makes it a series

With that kind of scoring, the Penguins could make it an interesting firsr-round series against the New York Rangers.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill: Yinz won't believe how TV plans to portray Pittsburgh

Yinzers are about to get their day on TV, alas. A production group is combing our hills and valleys for a family to misrepresent the region.

1 week ago


 Gene Collier suggests Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should be on the same line.

Gene Colllier: When all else fails, put Crosby and Malkin together

With so little offense, perhaps the Penguins need to use Crosby and Malkin together more often if not always.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Counterfeiters hold a false view of us

Counterfeiting cases pose a more serious risk here than once might have been presumed.

1 week ago


 The Penguins haven't won a Stanley Cup since the 2009 playoff run when Evgeni Malkin (pictured lower left) had 36 points as the Conn Smythe Trophy MVP and Sidney Crosby (center) had 15 goals and 31 points.

Ron Cook: Stars must shine for Penguins to score upset

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin must be at the top of their games against top-seeded Rangers in tonight’s playoff game in New York.

1 week ago


 Jacob B. Sweitzer.

Brian O'Neill: Civil War ties feel right at home in Pittsburgh now

It’s nice to have a tie at home to an authentic Civil War hero.

1 week ago


Dan Simpson: Saudis try to derail Iran deal

Meanwhile, Obama is making headway in Latin America.

1 week ago


 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett delivers to catcher Francisco Cervelli, who already has a fan in one of the unquestioned team leaders.

Ron Cook: A.J. Burnett's approval will go long way for Francisco Cervelli

Despite the loss Tuesday night to Detroit, it was something of a special night for new Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: Sorry, Hillary, but I’m not that excited

Warning: This column’s topic has been known to cause drowsiness in some readers, who are advised not to use heavy machinery after exposure.

1 week ago


 Pirates fans cheer as pitcher Jared Hughes heads to the dugout after getting the team out of a jam against the Tigers in the seventh inning Monday, April 13, 2015, at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes is a blessing

He has become a specialist at coming into a game in the sixth or seventh inning and getting his team out of a big jam.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: It’s crazy to let the rich play at policing

A shooting by a rich law enforcement volunteer is latest injustice done to an unarmed black man.

1 week ago


 A line forms for the “meat and greet” food giveaway at the former Michelle’s Diner in Allentown.

Diana Nelson Jones: Allentown diner benefited Pittsburgh community one last time

The Allentown property owner gives away to the neighborhood all the food that’s fit to take from the former diner.

1 week ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: When watched, we watch ourselves

From video records of rogue police, to security cams to catch bad folks, eyes on public spaces can help keep us safer and sounder.

1 week ago


 Gerrit Cole

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Have a nice home opener, Gerrit Cole

Good luck with the season, Gerrit Cole, and with making it through security in time.

1 week ago


David M. Shribman: The Canadian health care revolution

From a modest town in modest Canada arose the remaking of medicine in North America.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Intolerance on the left

Gay rights is not the same as civil rights

2 weeks ago


 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli kneels at second after being tagged out while trying to steal the base in the first inning Saturday against Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Pirates' expectations begin to look blue

Perhaps it’s too early to grouse about the banged-up Pirates, but a 1-4 start to the season certainly isn’t encouraging.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury looks for the puck in the second period Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in New York

Ron Cook: Fleury saves Penguins season

Fleury was strong again and showed why he’s the Penguins’ MVP and the winner of their Players’ Player Award by stopping 28 shots.

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill: Try not to tax yourself meeting IRS deadline

It’s a great time to do taxes ... or to postpone doing them.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers during the fourth inning Friday at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Pedro Alvarez pulls his weight by supplying power vs. Brewers

Pedro Alvarez crushed a home run and drove in another run Friday in Milwaukee for the Pirates’ first win of the season.

2 weeks ago


 Jordan Spieth holds up his ball after putting out on the 18th hole after his second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday in Augusta, Ga. Spieth shot a 6-under 66 in the second round and is 14-under after two rounds.

Gerry Dulac: It's hard not to like Jordan Spieth

The best part about the 21-year-old, who is carving up the competition at the Masters, has nothing to do with his game.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save in front of Sidney Crosby and Islanders' Michael Grabner in the second period Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: For Penguins, it comes down to delivering under pressure

There is no good excuse should the Penguins lose tonight and be eliminated. The Sabres are the NHL’s worst team, but the pressure is on.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Video for once allows police no excuses

Video makes evidence of at least one police killing indisputable.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins head coach Mike Johnston watches his team take on the Stars March 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Stars defeated the Penguins 2-1.

Gene Collier: Penguins coach Johnston definitely not fighting for his job

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford says injuries/illnesses won’t affect the coach’s job security if the Penguins miss the playoffs.

2 weeks ago


 Neil Walker doubles against the Twins last month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Harrison’s extension is deserved, but Walker’s is overdue

The Pirates’ mistake with Neil Walker was waiting to take a serious run at a long-term deal with him. Chances are the opportunity passed.

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: It’s dangerous being oldest person alive

Gertrude Weaver of Camden, Ark., had quite an up-and-down start to April.

2 weeks ago


Dan Simpson: Trust Kerry on the Iran deal

He is negotiating the best agreement the United States is likely to get.

2 weeks ago


 The Pirates starting outfield (left to right) Starling Marte,  Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Current outfield moving up fast on list of Pirates' all-time best

Young, talented outfield continues to climb on list of Pirates all-time best, and that is saying a lot.

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Iranian talks offer hope, critics don’t

Iranian deal is too sensible to pass up, as even idiots should understand.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates reliever Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park Monday.

Ron Cook: Cincinnati ballpark unkind to Tony Watson — again

Pirates reliever Tony Watson won’t include Great American Ball Park on his list of favorite places.

2 weeks ago



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