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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.



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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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