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 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.

about 15 hours 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 day 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.

2 days 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.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson: Saudis try to derail Iran deal

Meanwhile, Obama is making headway in Latin America.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days ago


David M. Shribman: The Canadian health care revolution

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

6 days ago


Jack Kelly: Intolerance on the left

Gay rights is not the same as civil rights

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Video for once allows police no excuses

Video makes evidence of at least one police killing indisputable.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Dan Simpson: Trust Kerry on the Iran deal

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

1 week 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.

1 week ago


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

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

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: Fiasco ruins Rolling Stone’s fine record

At Rolling Stone, journalism informed by the values and attitudes of the counterculture came into its own.

1 week ago


 Students in Pitt's urban skills seminar researched the South Side last fall.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: University of Pittsburgh students see South Side in a different light

Pitt urban studies students have taken on South Side nightlife excesses in research that they will present to city council today.

1 week ago


 Young stars such as Gregory Polanco are reason to have high hopes for  this Pirates season.

Ron Cook: Pirates won't win it all, but should provide another fun ride

“World Series or bust” likely isn’t a realistic mantra for the Pirates or their fans this year, but a return to the playoffs seems probable.

1 week ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: International jet-setting is now a bad line to get into

Notes from the first international trip in 30 years: Such as,  passengers look and act like the Greyhound crowd from back in the day ...

1 week ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: A free society embraces religious diversity

I disagree with florists and bakers who won’t supply gay weddings. But in a free society, their religious decisions are not ours to make.

1 week ago


Brian O'Neill: From 1892, caricatures and poetry about 'All Sorts of Pittsburghers'

Written by Arthur G. Burgoyne, who covered the Homestead strike the same year, the book skewered the famous no less than memes do today.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly: The Indiana controversy is contrived

Furor over religious freedom law shows liberal hypocrisy

1 week ago


 Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be the highest-paid player this season at $31 million.

Ron Cook: Baseball business is booming

Bob Nutting and the Pirates have 43.6 million reasons to love Major League Baseball just the way it is.

1 week ago


David M. Shribman: Defining the past to determine the future

The coming election may hinge on the legacies of two Bushes and one Clinton.

1 week ago


 In this March, 2015, file photo, the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant signs autographs prior to start of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz. Bryant was reassigned by the Cubs to their minor league camp on Monday despite an outstanding spring training at the plate, triggering a threat of litigation from the players' association.

Ron Cook: Cubs make right call on prospect Kris Bryant

Chicago is doing the right thing with Kris Bryant under the collective bargaining agreement, and the Pirates must be smiling in light of it.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: Democracy worked, this time around

In the case of near-fiascos in Indiana and Arkansas, democracy worked.

2 weeks ago


 Patric Hornqvist slides in to the Flyers goal Wednesday night.

Gene Collier: Flyers rule in Pittsburgh, but what else is new?

This was just another Flyers win in the gorgeous building the Bullies so adeptly haunt along Fifth Avenue — the House That Giroux Built.

2 weeks ago


Brian O’Neill: Nonprofits don’t always mean little guys

Nonprofits and the little guys aren’t one and the same when it comes to Harrisburg tax measure.

2 weeks ago


Dan Simpson: A strange start to April

The Ukrainian president heads for the Caymans as lions roam Mt. Lebanon

2 weeks ago


Reg Henry: Ted Cruz and Co. do the time warp again

This stirring of old resentments, the rekindling of the culture war that seemed lost, amazes those of us with calendars.

2 weeks ago


 Kris Letang is helped off the ice after receiving a hit from Arizona's Shane Doan during the second period Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Penguins wouldn't win Stanley Cup without Kris Letang

Even with veterans Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi, a Penguins defense corps minus star Kris Letang likely isn’t capable of winning it all.

2 weeks ago


Tony Norman: The case for accepting all apologies with grace

Responding to any apology — public or private — with cynicism is one of the worst things a person can do to another human being.

2 weeks ago


 The thwarted North Side gardeners: From left to right, Renee Rosensteel, Karen Fellabaum and Lisa Anderson.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Bureaucratic inanity blocks garden project for prison’s halfway house

A prison-community garden project on the North Side falls to bureaucratic interpretation of governor’s no-gift order.

2 weeks ago


 Marc-Andre Fleury is congratulated after helping the Penguins pull out a shootout victory Sunday night.

Ron Cook: Chris Kunitz shows signs of shaking slump for Penguins

Veteran winger Chris Kunitz could be snapping out of his funk at just the right time for the Penguins.

2 weeks ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: In Indiana, let love and freedom ring

“We shouldn’t discriminate against people because of who they love,” said Hillary Clinton. I agree. But that’s happening to some people.

2 weeks ago


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

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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago



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