Julio Cortez / AP

Feds Open Clergy Abuse Probe In Pennsylvania

The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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Politics & Government

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With under a month until the general election, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and his Republican challenger Scott Wagner appear to be locked in an uneven contest.

Their latest financial disclosures show Wolf with $8.9 million on hand to Wagner’s $1.8 million. The incumbent is also leading by almost 17 points in an average of recent independent polls.

Barletta, Casey Clash Over Preexisting Conditions, ACA Repeal

Oct 17, 2018
Brett Sholtis / WITF

From the outside, Alfredo's Pizza & Restaurant is little more than a neon sign on the face of a nondescript shopping center in Scranton. Evergreen shrubs block people dining on the patio from a view of shoppers walking into the Dollar Tree next door.

Inside, on a Tuesday evening in October, it was a scene you'd only see during the weeks leading up to an election: Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta in a room packed with supporters as he seeks to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr.

Don Wright/AP, Conor Lamb for Congress

The differences between U.S. Reps. Keith Rothfus (R – Sewickley) and Conor Lamb (D – Mt. Lebanon) came into starker relief during a debate Tuesday, when the candidates addressed issues ranging from climate change to immigration and guns.

The representatives met Tuesday evening for the debate, which aired live from the studios of WTAE-TV.

Science, Health & Tech

Kevin C. Brown / 90.5 WESA

Emergency room physician Dr. Tom Martin doesn’t mind living in the past, a little bit. When he goes home, he spends time thinking about his night and patients. But it isn’t what went right that he wants to remember.

Identity & Justice

Feds Open Clergy Abuse Probe In Pennsylvania

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Julio Cortez / AP

The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe.

Education

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Sabira Bushra lives on the same street where she was raised.

The street filled with two-story homes and bush-lined sidewalks in the East End Belmar neighborhood hasn’t changed very much since she was a child. 

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General Postcard Collection / Detre Library and Archives, Heinz History Center

Ride The Dips And Cut A Rug At Danceland: Remembering West View Park

Along Route 19 in Pittsburgh’s West View borough, there’s a sign for a shopping center with a carousel horse fixed to the top. This is one of the only items marking the site of one of the city’s early amusement parks, West View Park.

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Development & Transportation

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The double yellow line that runs down the middle of Thomas Boulevard in North Point Breeze separates eastbound and westbound traffic. 

Darryl Matevish / AP

Pittsburgh City Council is expected to vote on legislation Tuesday that would require building owners to install sprinkler systems in all high rise buildings 75 feet or taller. Since the 1980s, all new high rises in the city have been required to have sprinklers, though it's unclear how many older buildings are without them.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Courtesy of Mark Houser

Pittsburgh’s Gilded Age skyscrapers often pale in height and granduer to their modern-day cousins, but the tycoons behind them do not. 

Photo by Kinsley Stocum

Most journalists don’t write much about themselves. Neither did Brittany Hailer.

Environment & Energy

Pollution Is Changing The Diet Of These Pittsburgh-Area Songbirds

8 hours ago
Mike Dougherty

Legacy pollution from coal mining is changing how a native songbird eats, according to a new study published in the open access journal PeerJ by Brian Trevelline, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, and Steven Latta, Ph. D., Director of Conservation and Field Research at the National Aviary.

Economy & Business

Second Major Coal Company Declares Bankruptcy During Trump Presidency

Oct 11, 2018
David Goldman / AP

Westmoreland Coal Company, one of the oldest mining companies in the country, became the second major coal bankruptcy of the Trump presidency Tuesday when the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Texas court.

Local Headlines

German in Rainey's
Ricco JL Martello / Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

Vanessa German's passion is rooted in her imagination, which has led her to build elaborate sculptures and write and perform stage plays. It has also been the vehicle she has used to help ensure the tools of creativity are accessible to the residents in her community.

After growing up in Los Angeles and Cincinnati, German came to Pittsburgh to live with her parents nearly two decades ago. She says she began creating art by using materials she found during her travels.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

A librarian and a bookseller accused of stealing and trafficking rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a years-long scheme are standing trial.

Pittsburgh police say 61-year-old Gregory Priore stole prints, maps and rare books from the library and handed them off to Caliban Book Shop co-owner John Schulman to resell them. Prosecutors say the pair conspired to steal and sell several hundred rare items worth more than $8 million.

Food & Drink

Love Or Hate Scrapple, It's Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Meat

Oct 16, 2018
Stu Spivack / Wikipedai/Creative Commons

It is Pennsylvania Dutch country's mystery meat.

Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, scrapple is a meaty, thrifty and filling comfort food.

Love it or hate it, scrapple is a Lancaster County tradition. It was created as a way to use what was left over on butchering day and consists of pork mixed with cornmeal and pepper. Depending on where you live, you might add a little sage or buckwheat flour. You might use venison, beef or chicken instead of pork.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Development of one of the largest urban farms in the U.S. is well underway on the former St. Clair Village site. Crews at the Hilltop Urban Farm have planted 68 fruit and nut trees in the one-acre youth farm, expected to open in April 2019.

After years of studies and plans, Hilltop Urban Farm director Sarah Ashley Baxendell said volunteers are preparing the land and vegetation for the winter, and are excited to start farming. Of the 107 acres available, 23 will be dedicated to agriculture.

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