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Tony Norman: And the award for not caring goes to ...

Awards season is over, so it’s OK to pay attention.

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 Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Gene Collier: Manfred certainly looks to shift MLB's ideology

New baseball commissioner’s thinking makes sense, just not the individual thoughts.

1 day ago


Brian O’Neill: Train shipments bring cause to pause

Hazardous materials come by train every day through here, too.

1 day ago


Dan Simpson: It's time to let go in Iraq and Afghanistan

Iraqis and Afghans must fight their own battles and determine their own futures.

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 Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stops a shot by Penguins' Blake Comeau in the third period of a game Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Play in division no plus for Penguins

Penguins coach Mike Johnston is wary of division rival Washington’s psychological edge.

2 days ago


Morning File: Let’s sort out confusion caused by cold

If we didn’t know better, we’d think it was February in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, there’s always good advice to be had at such times.

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 San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks among players during spring training workouts last week at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

Ron Cook: Who's the best coach now?

A lot of good (and questionable) selections are out there, but San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy stands above the rest.

3 days ago


Tony Norman: Giuliani, Walker set the bar low for GOP’s criticism of Obama

One of the worst things about the modern GOP is that it continues to tolerate and encourage a religious litmus test for the presidency.

3 days ago


 Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, and Kris Letang, right, congratulate Paul Martin after scoring against the Panthers in the third period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Kris Letang stellar again in Penguins win

Veteran defenseman Kris Letang is having his best NHL season as he logs plenty of ice time for the Penguins, who beat Florida Sunday night.

4 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: The trouble with the words ‘Islamic terrorism’

It’s important to keep in mind American is not at war with Muslims, or even most of them.

4 days ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: A computer might want to clarify CMU’s snafu

Imagining a letter that a smart CMU computer might compose to explain the error that some CMU computer made with 800 “acceptance” letters.

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 “My views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences,” he said in remarks last week before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

David M. Shribman: Jeb Bush tiptoes above the falls

This is not his father’s Republican Party, nor even his brother’s.

5 days ago


Jack Kelly: Some journalists prefer snark to thoughtfulness

Evolution isn’t one of them, but some scientific controversies do bear on public policy.

5 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Tough scrutiny ought to be the cost of tax-exempt status

Nonprofits’ argument to win tax exemptions is questionable.

5 days ago


 Neil Walker is congratulated by third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a solo home run against the Cubs in the fourth inning at PNC Park in September.

Ron Cook: Pirates should have found a way to avoid arbitration process

Avoiding arbitration would have served the Pirates’ long-term interests much better than how the process turned out for them.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Freeze on executions harms no one

Governor rightly acknowledges reality and possibility for heinous error with death penalty moratorium.

1 week ago


 Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: Baseball can't separate spring from steroids

Spring training starts with yet another steroids apology.

1 week ago


Brian O’Neill: Nonprofits show their political muscle

Never bet against the nonprofit industrial complex in Pennsylvania. The battle over charities could reach voters in the fall.

1 week ago


 The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance last year.

Dan Simpson: Talk to the worst of the worst

The U.S. should try to contact even the most brutal leaders of extremist groups.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: Tasmania’s an oddly appealing Eden

If the continent of Australia were a work of calligraphy, the southern island state of Tasmania might be its period.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Unusual upheaval hit media last week

Last week was a sad and crazy one for leading media figures.

1 week ago


 Kelly Porter, left, property manager of the Century Building, and Mary Kate Ranii, Pennsylvania Resources Council Program coordinator, set up a recycling bin in the Downtown apartment building.

Walkabout: Big push is on to spread recycling in Pittsburgh apartments

Fifteen apartment buildings in Allegheny County are upping their recycling efforts with help from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

1 week ago


 Pitt's Derrick Randall grabs a rebound against North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in the first half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt must find way to win at No. 2 Virginia

Tonight could be Pitt’s last chance at getting the win it needs most to shore up its NCAA tournament resume.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Some are bound to miss ‘Fifty Shades of Grey'

The only thing more confusing than the pleasure of S&M is the popularity of the books and film celebrating it.

1 week ago


David M. Shribman: Party perils in 2016

The Republicans face a demographic problem; the Democrats have a weak bench

1 week ago


Jack Kelly: The Crusades are irrelevant

Obama downplays the threat of radical Islam.

1 week ago


 Pitt's James Robinson drives against North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks in the second half Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Plenty to like about Pitt's response

Jamie Dixon’s Pitt team followed one of its most disheartening stretches of the season in its loss to Louisville with a dominating victory.

1 week ago


 A Chargers No. 55 jersey sits atop a makeshift memorial outside Junior Seau's home.

Gene Collier: Football's concussion issue won't just go away

As football's problems with head injuries come back into focus, it's fair to wonder about the implications for the future of the sport.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill: The case against shale tax is running out of gas

There’s no logical rebuttal to gas drilling severance tax.

1 week ago


 Former Pitt and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pitt and Notre Dame at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Tony Dorsett battling a new opponent: brain disease

Tony Dorsett knows that much of his life now will be difficult and nothing like he envisioned it while starring at every level of football.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Alabama judge smacks of past bigots

Alabama judge opposing federal order on gay marriage is wrong on all counts.

2 weeks ago


 Small is beautiful: Construction takes place last month at Market Street Grocery, 435 Market St.

Brian O’Neill: Why Downtown Pittsburgh keeps getting better, bit by bit

The power of incremental building: The demise of top-down development for Downtown has been its greatest boost.

2 weeks ago


Dan Simpson: Don’t send weapons to Ukraine

The U.S. has more important priorities at home; leave Ukraine to the Europeans.

2 weeks ago


 Nashville's Roman Josi scores through the five hole on Marc-Andre Fleury during a game earlier this month at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Ruminations on an endless NHL season

Pirates will have been to spring training and back before the hockey postseason gets underway.

2 weeks ago


Peter Leo: Opera, art, jaw head Philly attractions

My wife and I took the train there for a long weekend and had a fabulous time going to classy restaurants and museums.

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Let's drink to tennis, trains and travel

Australia has plenty of sentimental pleasures, in addition to bars.

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 Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan, right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in New York. The Hornets won the game 110-82.

Ron Cook: Knicks owner James Dolan chalks one up for being dumb

Thin-skinned Knicks owner’s vitriolic reply to fan’s email makes you appreciate others sports figures who don’t fire off such replies.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Social media trend is tough on crime

The stupider and more narcissistic criminals are, the better — especially if they feel compelled to “confess” their crimes on social media.

2 weeks ago


 A rendering of the proposed hotel behind the PAA in Oakland.

Walkabout: Oakland hotel’s design provokes mixed reception

A proposed hotel in Oakland enlivens the debate about what we want our city to look like as we grow and change.

2 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: In the fog of memories, the haze of war

Memories can be an ever-splendored thing. An NBC anchor knows that, and I know how he feels...

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Don’t expect ‘Mockingbird’ update to be upbeat

The lives of characters in ’To Kill a Mockingbird’ must have taken drastic turns.

2 weeks ago


David M. Shribman: Bush vs. Bush vs. Bush

Jeb starts his engine in Detroit and seeks to set himself apart from his father and brother.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Where’s the recovery?

Unemployment’s still high; growth’s still low

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's Michael Young goes in for a layup Saturday against Syracuse at Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt goes from sadness to gladness

Pitt’s win against Syracuse gives Panthers momentum for games at No. 9 Louisville and here Saturday against No. 12 North Carolina.

2 weeks ago


Brian O'Neill: Green vs. gray solutions at Alcosan making no one happy

Fixing Alcosan’s problems is neither easy nor cheap.

2 weeks ago


 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks off the field after throwing an interception to New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Gene Collier: Save the platitudes on Seahawks' bad call

Despite what the coaches might tell us -- especially Bill Belichick -- we all have a right to question the Seahawks' head-scratching gaffe.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Don’t boo news of Harper Lee’s book

Announcement of ’To Kill a Mockingbird’ sequel stirs more more controversy than it should.

3 weeks ago


Brian O’Neill: Old Allegheny County meetings last an eternity

You won’t lose any sleep poring over old county commission meeting minutes.

3 weeks ago


Dan Simpson: The hapless African Union

Crises flare while the AU dithers and elects the despot Mugabe as its leader.

3 weeks ago


 Jerome Bettis gives his mom, Gladys, a kiss after the Super Bowl win against the Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit in February 2006.

Ron Cook: Gladys Bettis is a Hall of Fame mom

Jerome Bettis' first call after his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was to his mother, who is battling breast cancer.

3 weeks ago



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