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Dan Simpson: Candidates, focus on real issues — economic inequality and role of the military

Economic inequality threatens the principles of American success and the well-being of the economy. The highest priority: tax reform.

about 20 hours ago


Reg Henry: GOP elite created its Trump troubles

Trump’s success is the sorry result the GOP elite deserves.

about 20 hours ago


 Francisco Cervelli pours Gatorade on Starling Marte after he hit the winning home run in the 9th inning against the San Francisco Giants Aug. 22.

Ron Cook: There's no time for Pirates to relish in accomplishments

The Pirates still have a long way, and month, to reach their ultimate goal of winning the World Series.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Safeguard yourself by recording police

Bad policing that can escalate into violence is as much a threat to black people as someone like Shannon Miles is to police officers.

1 day ago


 The scene at Bayardstown Social Club, with Slim Forsythe and His New Payday Loners performing in the background.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Bayardstown Social Club in Strip makes a quick success of socializing

Born on a vacant lot on Penn Avenue, Bayardstown is a bring-your-own party to which everyone’s invited, including kids and dogs.

1 day ago


 Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage seems to have already helped J.A. Happ, and now he'll have to continue to keep the back of the rotation from faltering.

Ron Cook: Back end of Pirates rotation still struggling

Pitching coach Ray Searage is a patient man, likely the best friend a pitcher can have, but he admits a little tough love might be in order.

2 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: The sound and fury of constant outrage

Outrage is sometimes appropriate and necessary, but this summer it has seemed corrosive. Wearying.

2 days ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Checking if you’ve been following summer’s news

A multiple-choice quiz about animal safety, the snubbing of Pittsburgh, soccer sensations and, of course, Steelers stuff.

2 days ago


David M. Shribman: The perils of New Hampshire

The Granite State’s primary has a history of upending frontrunners.

3 days ago


Jack Kelly: Clinton’s lifeline

The vice president’s entry into the race would complicate life for Hillary Clinton.

3 days ago


 Pittsburgh Steelers Martavis Bryant scores touchdown against the Bills in the second quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium Orchard Park New York.

Ron Cook: Steelers need to get by until return of Martavis Bryant, other key players

Martavis Bryant showed what the Steelers will miss for the first four games when he caught three passes for 138 yards and a TD Saturday.

3 days ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto works to get a state oversight committee to release its grip on the city’s casino cut —  one of those only-in-Pittsburgh stories that we ought to be watching.

Brian O'Neill: State oversight of city has grown wearisome

City is tired of ICA’s budget oversight, perhaps for good reason.

3 days ago


 Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter breaks up a pass intended for Steelers WR Martavis Bryant in the first half Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Timing of wide receiver's 4-game suspension could not be worse for Steelers

Selfish acts by Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant leave Steelers offense in the lurch for start of NFL regular season.

5 days ago


Tony Norman: Latest killings should be tipping point

I can’t be the only one who feels real life has suddenly begun to resemble Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for “Network” a little too much.

5 days ago


Jennifer Graham: Bring on the doomsday zombies

A global financial meltdown couldn’t come at a better time for people who spend their leisure readying for the collapse of society.

6 days ago


 Will Mount Washington, seen in the background, someday have a hotel?

Brian O'Neill: Hope still rises for hotel atop Mount Washington

Another failed attempt to develop the key spot where The Edge restaurant once stood. But logic is with it, long-term.

6 days ago


Dan Simpson: Studying the Middle East

A weeklong forum at Chautauqua Institution provides illumination.

1 week ago


 Then-Jets quarterback Michael Vick looks for a receiver in the first half of a game against the Chiefs in November.

Ron Cook: Forget Michael Vick's past and think about his potential assets to Steelers

Instead of dwelling on his past, welcome Vick as the backup and hope that he can help the team win.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: Just grin and bear NYC’s topless

NYC officials need more of a grin-and-bear-it attitude about Times Square’s topless women.

1 week ago


 Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree works out last week at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Ron Cook: Performances from Jones, Dupree encouraging for Steelers defense

Young outside linebackers Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree played a role in the improved pass rush Sunday against Green Bay.

1 week ago


 Mayor with mirth: Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia, does stand-up at the Improv at Candidates' Comedy Night 2015 last week.

Tony Norman: Pols surprise with flash of good humor

I wasn’t expecting much at the 8th Annual Candidates’ Comedy Night. But lo and behold, these Pa. politicians have got comedy chops.

1 week ago


 Workers replace a tree near PNC Park on Federal Street in the spring.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Neighborhood tree plans hold potential flourish

Tree plan to be hatched in Manchester and Chateau is the type of public policy needed in all our under-treed neighborhoods.

1 week ago


 The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey goes down with an injury against the Packers in the first quarter Sunday afternoon.

Ron Cook: Pouncey's injury spoils improved showing from Steelers

The All-Pro center went down — perhaps for the season — with a broken fibula above his left ankle that will require surgery.

1 week ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Facing the facts a moral must-do

Yet another video on the gruesome practice of organ-harvesting aborted fetuses. We want to avert our gaze, but we cannot.

1 week ago


 Home sweet home: Buffalo Bill greets a visitor in "The Silence of the Lambs."

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Here's a house with curb appeal

Want to buy the house where the ‘Silence of the Lambs’ villain lived? Bring your own pit.

1 week ago


David M. Shribman: Bernie Sanders, a man on fire

Mr. Sanders’ audacity and authenticity challenge Hillary Clinton’s record.

1 week ago


 Jung Ho Kang runs around third base after hitting a home run during the fifth inning as the Pirates edged the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Faith Night turned Redemption Weekend

Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang orchestrated three home runs, and Gerrit Cole became a force again in the Pirates win.

1 week ago


 Adam Shuck: he reads and links for you

Brian O'Neill: Adam Shuck, the news junkie with a healthy obsession for summarizing Pittsburgh

Mr. Shuck, an obsessive-progressive local news consumer, compiles the daily email newsletter “Eat That, Read This.” He’s powerful already.

1 week ago


 Jung Ho Kang congratulates Neil Walker on his two-run home run in the sixth inning Thursday against the Giants at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates' win not quite revenge, but a good start

The Pirates’ 4-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants doesn’t make up for the wild card loss last October, but it was still valuable.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Film depicts N.W.A.’s impact, partially

’Straight Outta Compton’ glosses over some of the real history behind N.W.A.

1 week ago


 Conservatives should hold off on the honors for James Harrison.

Jennifer Graham: James Harrison as father of the year?

The Steelers player is right about trophies, but let’s not get carried away.

1 week ago


 Photo, taken in Market Square, of Pitt volleyball team from left to right, starting at bottom: Kate McCartney, Jenna Jacobson, Mariah Bell, Adeline Ellis, Mariah Genitsaridi (holding camera), Ellie Watkins, Angela Seman. Middle row left to right: Hanna Markewycz, Jenna Potts, Amanda Orchard, Kamalani Akeo, Lindsey Campbell. Third row left to right: Andrea Beck, Stephanie Williams, Kelsey O'Neill, Craig Dyer, Kellen Petrone Last row left to right : Kadi Kullerkann, Madi Maisel, Dan Fisher.

Brian O'Neill: Loop around the Golden Triangle makes for a special Pittsburgh morning

A five-mile oval in a leisurely 94 minutes makes for a special view.

1 week ago


Dan Simpson: The United States owns part of Europe’s migrant problem

The biggest problem of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa at the moment is massive migration.

2 weeks ago


 Teammates mob Pirates' Pedro Florimon after his walk-off hit in the 15th inning delivered a 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Gene Collier: A random alignment of complementary forces

Now that there’s a rotational misadventure almost every night lately, the Pirates’ extra-base hits are arriving by the truckload.

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Oh, what a glorious mess grandkids make

They arrive and cause a commotion that never stops — until they leave, and a deafening silence sets in.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Clerks, obey same-sex ruling or go

Civil servants defying court’s same-sex marriage order need to find a new job.

2 weeks ago


 Mernie Berger, left, and her sister Lowrie Ebbert at Monday’s unveiling of a plan to restore Westinghouse Memorial in Schenley Park.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Westinghouse Memorial will be a nice honor again

A Westinghouse monument and pond restoration will give Pittsburgh a grand amenity in Schenley Park.

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Potato chips are lacking real flavor of Pittsburgh

Lay’s potato chip contest really missed out on the flavor of Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Lewis Fogle's 34 stolen years

Justice will be miscarried as long as human beings are administering it.

2 weeks ago


 Ohio Gov. John Kasich: on the march

David M. Shribman: John Kasich’s moment

The Ohio governor, in double digits, meets the folks in New Hampshire. The goal: transform an ephemeral moment into a formidable movement.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Keep questioning Planned Parenthood

I doubt Democrats could subsidize Planned Parenthood if we hadn’t been kept in the dark about what goes on in their clinics.

2 weeks ago


 Regardless of if there is more to come, this season has already been one of greatness for the Pirates.

Gene Collier: It's far past time to just enjoy this Pirates ride

Whether they make the World Series or not, let alone win it, there’s no reason to let bitterness ruin what has been a great Pirates season.

2 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane during a news conference Wednesday.

Brian O'Neill: The rambling Kathleen Kane should resign

Just when you thought Harrisburg politics couldn’t be more bizarre, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane gave a speech Wednesday.

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein: Sky's the limit in adding flights to fly back and from Pittsburgh

Let’s get more flights offering the chance to leave this great city behind.

2 weeks ago


Jennifer Graham: Farmers on the midway

Our neighbors all have state fairs, the gloriously tacky, wildly incongruent celebration of agriculture, neon and saturated fat.

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill: Those who are unplugged feel deserted

There are still people who want only to put pens to paper, computers be damned.

2 weeks ago


Dan Simpson: Thank you, Fox News?

Anchors asked tough questions, but the answers were scary.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham is mobbed by teammates after kicking the game winner in the 2014 season opener against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Suisham's knee injury kicks up a fuss, but nothing like those elsewhere in NFL

Suisham’s knee injury roils Steelers waters, but will it determine Super Bowl or no Super Bowl is the key.

3 weeks ago


Reg Henry: The anti-PC crowd’s criticism misfires

In these politically correct times, people go way overboard in denouncing what’s PC.

3 weeks ago


 Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, S.C.

Tony Norman: Charleston church visit provides hope

On a humid Sunday morning in Charleston, S.C., nearly all of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Church’s 2,500 seats were filled.

3 weeks ago



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