Careful policing: Chief McLay has an ear to the community

Against a backdrop of public anger over the deaths of unarmed black men, Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay has done something important.

Leading by example: The Steelers’ William Gay is a model for all NFL players

Instead of keeping his story to himself, the Steelers cornerback tells it at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

Vaccines for all: The U.S. can help save millions of children

Here’s a horrific fact: More than 6 million children under age 5 die each year, many from common diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.

 The majority of Pennsylvania state legislators — 36 of the 50 senators and more than half of the 203 representatives — have at least one source beyond their state paychecks.

Ethics cesspool: No wonder the state Legislature is a rogue’s gallery

The Pennsylvania Legislature has earned its terrible reputation.

Asides: Final days for giving, tax helpers needed, First Night returns

Last call for 2014 charitable deductions, United Way needs tax prep volunteers, Pittsburgh is set for First Night.



David Shribman

David M. Shribman: Should presidents put their parties or the people first?

Here’s the reality: The principle of national representation in the presidency is honored only in the breach, and usually briefly.


Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill: Slinky springs from one of the greatest accidents ever

Bob Swaim wants the Slinky, born in Pennsylvania, to become the state’s official toy. Its story is captivating enough to be a movie, too.


Tony Norman

Tony Norman: Favorite music isn’t so avant-garde now

Here’s my favorite music of the year, a little more mainstream than previously.


Reg Henry

Reg Henry: A good ghost sure can liven things up

There’s nothing like a Christmas ghost story to make the holiday festive. This one is not made up. My grandfather was the witness ...


Dan Simpson

Dan Simpson: My Christmas wish list

Let’s see, body cameras for cops, a new prime minister for Israel, a . . .


Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly: What torture? Democrats fret about the comfort of terrorists

Foremost of the “tortures” they decried in a 500-page report was the waterboarding of three senior al-Qaida leaders.


Ruth Ann Dailey

Ruth Ann Dailey: The best thing about 2014 — It’s over!

Highmark and UPMC are still a dysfunctional couple, but the eagle cam is back and the GOP took Congress.


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