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David M. Shribman: The pre-primaries are well underway

Nineteen months before the 2016 presidential election, the candidates are fully engaged.

about 12 hours ago


Brian O'Neill: On Allegheny County Council, the rubber stamp rules

The process, not the picks, should be the concern for any fan of democracy.

about 12 hours ago


Jack Kelly: Obamacare is still failing five years later

It's about time for Democrats to let it go

about 12 hours ago


Tony Norman: Bravo for snitches that fight the power

Whistleblowers may have mixed motives sometimes. But from Eric Snowden to a Penn State frat, they help make the world a more honest place.

2 days ago


 Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek stops a shot in front of the Penguins' Brandon Sutter in the third period March 15 at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: More goals a must, and not just for Penguins

There are a number of ways to solve hockey’s growing boredom problem, starting with goalies armed as if they’re going into battle.

3 days ago


Dan Simpson: Retaliate against Israel for sucker punching us

First, expel the Israeli ambassador. Then eliminate our $3 billion in annual aid. And in Israel’s next war, refuse to send more arms.

4 days ago


 St. Louis’ Paul Stastny falls into Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period Tuesday and is called for goaltender interference. The Penguins lost to the Blues, 3-2, in overtime at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins display their March flaws

The biggest problems dogging the Penguins in this important month were on full display Tuesday night in an overtime loss to St. Louis.

4 days ago


Reg Henry: Sons of Confederate Vets, don’t mess with Texas

The Confederate flag is not always a sign of racism. But on a license plate in an American state? Texas authorities are right to say no way.

4 days ago


 N.C. State's Desmond Lee celebrates at the buzzer after defeaging Villanova in the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: NCAA tournament's first weekend full of emotion

NCAA tournament offered action-packed weekend, but emotional moments took centerstage.

5 days ago


 Eugene Lee brings all his power to play August Wilson in "How I Learned What I Learned" at Pittsburgh Public Theater.

Tony Norman: What August Wilson learned, and how

“How I Learned What I Learned,” August Wilson’s autobiographical one-man play at PPT, is a guided tour of his morally complex heart.

5 days ago


 The original rendering of the new U.S. Steel headquarters.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: No room for blandness with new U.S. Steel site

Calling all architects to stand up for inspired -- and inspiring -- design.

5 days ago


 The Penguins' Steve Downie, left, hasn't exactly been a model of disciplined play this season.

Ron Cook: Penguins would be smart to clean up their act

The Penguins may very well be earning a dubious reputation as some of the NHL’s worst complainers, which isn’t good entering the playoffs.

6 days ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: City’s planning yet another party without our help

Pittsburgh’s having another party we’re not invited to help plan.

6 days ago


 Needs TLC from CDC: 184 34th St., which will now be sold to the Lawrenceville Corp.

Ruth Ann Dailey: The city does the right thing with a Lawrenceville vacant house sale

Nonprofit community development corporations do the hard work to move vacant, tax-delinquent properties in Pittsburgh.

6 days ago


David M. Shribman: In search of a fresh face for 2016

At the moment, Americans prefer new ideas over experience in their presidential candidates.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly: Meddling in foreign policy?

Hypocritical Democrats denounce the GOP letter to Iran.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson

Brian O'Neill: It’s hard to find right name for Bill Robinson’s petitions

We’ve seen forgery convictions for such trickery, but those showed real effort. Robinson’s nominating petitions are blatant fiction.

1 week ago


 Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston looks for room around NC State's Beejay Anya in the first half of the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Villanova proves to be its own worst enemy in loss

The Wildcats were unable to save themselves from themselves Saturday night in the loss to North Carolina State at Consol Energy Center.

1 week ago


 Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey on Friday discusses his team's upcoming game against Butler in the third round of the NCAA tournament at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Brey focuses on mixing right Irish stew

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey tries to keep his team loose for today’s NCAA third-round game against Butler.

1 week ago


 Villanova's Daniel Ochefu pulls down a rebound against Lafayette's Dan Trist in the first half of the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Villanova convincingly plays role of No. 1 seed; just ask Lafayette

Villanova did to Lafayette exactly what a No. 1 seed is supposed to do to a No. 16, dashing to leads of 11-2, 34-13, 63-30.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Starbucks is at least talking about race

Mock Starbucks all you want, but ‘Race Together’ represents something better than doing nothing.

1 week ago


 Syracuse celebrates after dodging what would've been the only No. 16-No. 1 seed upset in the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2012 at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: NCAA tournament still waiting for ultimate David-Goliath scenario

Upsets happen each year in the NCAA men’s tournament, but fans have never seen the stunner of all shockers — a No. 16 seed beating a No. 1.

1 week ago


Deer dare dream of escaping the Mt. Lebanon cull

“But if you knew anything about white tails, you’d know we’re not evolved enough to get seven of us to agree on anything.”

1 week ago


Dan Simpson: We make war, then leave a mess

There are echoes of Vietnam in the rise of murderous groups like the Islamic State.

1 week ago


Reg Henry: This new home is also old and the last

You can sort of go home again, especially when you have so many.

1 week ago


 Kentucky basketball players Aaron Harrison, back left, Andrew Harrison and coach John Calipari watch the NCAA tournament selection show at Calipari's home Sunday in Lexington, Ky.

Ron Cook: Kentucky coach, Moon native John Calipari puts players first

Kentucky’s coach has the same mission every season ... recruit the best players and get them into the NBA.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Ferguson protesters made right moves

Protesters did all the right things in the case of the shooting of Ferguson officers.

1 week ago


 A billboard for the Northside Open Literacy Challenge.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Pittsburgh group takes up challenge of giving literacy a boost

Pittsburgh Project organizes a literacy challenge for children city-wide to advance improvements in spelling and usage.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Capital punishment dilemma can fire a man up

These are strange and troublesome days for capital punishment.

1 week ago


 Kris Letang reacts after getting a game misconduct Sunday against the Red Wings at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Embarrassing display all around for Penguins

The Penguins didn’t just play poorly Sunday in another loss, they also played foolishly against the Red Wings at Consol Energy Center.

1 week ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: To mend police ties, try some grace notes

Yes, we need meetings and dialogue. But other cities have made progress with modest gestures of random goodwill that generate attention.

1 week ago


 President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1965, urging the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Vice President Hubert Humphrey is at left and House Speaker John McCormack is at right.

David M. Shribman / A great speech turns 50: LBJ’s eloquent call for voting rights came together quickly

The events that March came on a gale of fury, and with furious speed. The setting could not have been more dramatic.

2 weeks ago


Jack Kelly: Hillary Clinton's email scandal could end her White House quest

“The emails are a related but secondary scandal,” a longtime Clinton adviser has said. “Follow the foundation money.”

2 weeks ago


 Boston’s Milan Lucic gives the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a goal against Thomas Greiss in the first period Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Fallen Penguins stars leave behind shell of a team

Playing without Crosby, Malkin and Fleury shows the importance of all three to the Penguins’ success.

2 weeks ago


 James Grant, for whom the Downtown Pittsburgh street is named.

Brian O'Neill: Grant Street's shame lies in the source of its name

It’s high time to rename the shame of Grant Street (which is not named for Gen. Ulysses, by the way).

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Expelled frat boys are denied a lesson

Racist frat brothers in Oklahoma didn’t get chance to complete their lesson on history and humanity.

2 weeks ago


Brian O’Neill: Joanne and Maureen are friends to the end

It’s a special kind of blessing to have a childhood friend who has stayed a pal for more than 50 years.

2 weeks ago


The Morning File: If Wolf’s getting a bad rap, try this one

The Pennsylvania governor is trying to appeal to schoolkids to get his budget approved.

2 weeks ago


 Brett Keisel, shown here taking a selfie with fans before December's game against Kansas City, spent 13 seasons with the Steelers.

Ron Cook: Beard will grow on us for a lifetime

Brett Keisel’s time with the Steelers comes to an end but he will be remembered as one of the club’s all-time greats.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: March that started in Selma continues

Selma was 50 years ago, but the march is never over.

2 weeks ago


 An areial view of the Veterans Bridge/Interstate 279 North connection.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Who says we must live with ugly highways forever?

Taking aim at highways through the city is a game of imagination now, but when the time is right, we can get rid of them.

2 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Wolf’s tax plan is a camel’s nose in the tent

His budget is likely to be dismissed out of hand. But the notion of expanded taxes is also likely to live on …

2 weeks ago


 Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Ron Cook: Who's next on disgraced list?

The NCAA tournament celebration is set to begin, but dark clouds of controversy are swirling above.

2 weeks ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Oh deer, it’s going to be some night in Mt. Lebanon

An emergency session of the Gently Rampaging Deer of Mt. Lebanon Coalition was called over the weekend.

2 weeks ago


 Walk on: a meander in South Park.

Brian O'Neill: Walking’s worth the (lack of) weight

A strong case is made for walking like our forefathers did.

3 weeks ago


 West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reacts from the bench during his team's 81-72 win against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Ron Cook: Huggins has West Virginia in great spot

As West Virginia prepares for the NCAA tournament, longtime coach Bob Huggins has his alma mater rolling this season with pressure defense.

3 weeks ago


Barack v. Bibi

Netanyahu says the treaty the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran’s mullahs “paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

3 weeks ago


When Hillary Clinton makes it official

Announcing for president is an art unto itself, and now it’s Hillary Clinton’s turn.

3 weeks ago


Peter Leo: Cholesterol’s comeback story inspires

One bright spot in an otherwise dreadful year is the exoneration of cholesterol.

3 weeks ago


 Troy Polamalu's one-handed interception against San Diego was one of the 10 best plays in the 2008 season.

Ron Cook: Steelers still facing difficult, awkward situation with Troy Polamalu

The safety has not announced his retirement, keeping alive the idea he might play in 2015 — with or without the Steelers.

3 weeks ago



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