Adelina Lancianese

Adelina (Addie) Lancianese is a 2017 NPR Kroc fellow. As a Kroc fellow, she has produced for NPR's Weekend Edition, and she will be joining the Investigations Unit to help report on rural America for her next rotation. Adelina is a graduate of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Culture & Politics and minored in Justice & Peace Studies. Adelina wrote a senior honors thesis entitled The New News: News Producers, Internet Technologies, and the Politics of Electronically Mediated Discourse. She served for two years as program assistant for the American Pilgrimage Project, an audio storytelling partnership between Georgetown and StoryCorps. Adelina has been a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, 100 Days In Appalachia, and the Beckley Register-Herald. She has contributed to two books about West Virginia history and culture. Adelina worked as an administrative assistant in NPR's content administration department before her fellowship, assisting with Think.Public.Media.

Editor's Note: This story contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault.

Guiding her cart down an aisle of a Virginia grocery store, Leigh Michel attracts more attention than the average shopper.

"Do you know where the dog food is?" one man asks her. This kind of attention makes her uneasy.

"No, I don't," Michel answers. "Sorry."

The man assumes Michel would know the answer because her service dog, an English black Labrador named Lizzy, is walking at her side.

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Retired Army Sgt. Kevin Crowell boarded an American Airlines flight from Miami to Key West with his wife and his psychiatric service dog Bella in April 2014. They were heading to a couples retreat sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project.

Crowell, who has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from an explosion during his deployment to Iraq in 2004 and 2005, says he made sure he properly documented the golden retriever over the phone, days ahead of his trip.

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There's a decades-old mystery underfoot in Downtown Pittsburgh: small tiles placed in busy intersections that decry the media and ponder resurrection.

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Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday. Since 2016, there have been 45,000 suicides nationwide.

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Security cameras in Pittsburgh's South Side have helped lower the area's crime rate by 37 percent in the last year, according to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala.

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Rachel Sager is the accidental owner of a coal mine. She purchased property near her hometown in Perryopolis, Pa., three years ago.

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Two pillars at the North Highland Avenue entrance to Highland Park feature classical Greek columns, 56 feet tall. Female figures up top stand draped in laurel wreathes, children clinging to their robes. At the bottom, women hold incandescent torches. Bronze eagles on "ornamental balustrades" flank the piers. 

Pittsburgh City Planning Department website

A map of Pittsburgh on the official city website is smattered with colorful, numbered dots, some of which cluster together in hot spots like Oakland and the North Side. Click the dots, and they reveal photos of public art--statues, plaques and pillars-- all with rich back stories, deep community ties. 

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The Pittsburgh-area housing market is booming, according to new data from West Penn Multi-List, which collects real estate data from 17 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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A director's decision to include a fictional gay couple in a local production of the play "Big Fish" -- roles that were not specifically LGBTQ in the script -- has led to the show's cancellation.

It was announced in a Facebook statement from the theater. 

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There's a word repeated over and over again Tuesday night at the election parties for candidates Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato

"People," Lee said. "We brought people out."

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Summer Lee of Swissvale has won the Democratic primary as a newcomer to the 34th State House District in a wide victory against incumbent Paul Costa.

 

It’s a win for local progressives who have set their sights on unseating Democrats they say have become listless from multiple terms in office.

 

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The ornate, four-story building at 413-415 Wood Street is abuzz with the sounds of construction. Landmarks Development Corporation is restoring the space to make way for fashion boutique Peter Lawrence this summer.

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Four peregrine falcon chicks have been removed from a nest at the top of a Third Avenue building in downtown Pittsburgh.

They arrived Tuesday at the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center, according to the group, where the chicks were examined and banded with trackers.

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The insurance mandates of the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid helped prevent hospitals in Pennsylvania from losing more than $80 million in 2017. 

The findings come via a report on the state's health care finances from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), an independent state agency established in the 1980s by the state legislature to analyze and report information to improve the costs and quality of health care in Pennsylvania. 

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Six decades separate the Pittsburgh Marathon's oldest competitor from one of its youngest. 

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The Pittsburgh Marathon is celebrating the tenth anniversary since its 2009 reboot. Events begin Friday with a health and fitness expo until 8 p.m. 

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There are 14,000 people in the United States waiting for a liver transplant. And if the country's medical centers continue to draw the vast majority of viable livers from deceased donors, only half of those waiting will receive a transplant. Fifteen to twenty-five percent of those waiting never will.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hopes to change that through Living Donor Liver Transplants (LDLTs), which the hospital says are underpromoted and underutilized across the world. 

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A family of peregrine falcons have enjoyed high-rise living in Pittsburgh since 1991, when a pair set up house in the Gulf Tower. The peregrines have moved around in the decades since, and now their new landlord isn't too happy with their tenancy.

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August Wilson's plays have sold out theaters across the world, earned Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards, and most recently transitioned to the silver screen with the Oscar-nominated "Fences."

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It's been nearly three weeks since a devastating landslide collapsed part of Route 30 and displaced apartment tenants in East Pittsburgh. 

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A new study conducted by the RAND Corporation and commissioned by the Pennsylvania State Legislature suggests drastic changes to the state university system.

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Graduate students at Penn State University have voted against union representation, ending a four-year battle against the school administration.

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hand-tallied paper votes for hours in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Of the 3,800 graduate students eligible to vote, 950 voted for unionization and 1,438 voted against, according to a press release. 

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Legislation introduced by State Senators Randy Vulakovich (R- Allegheny County) and Judy Schwank (D- Berks County) would criminalize "sextortion" in Pennsylvania. 

*Warning: This story contains graphic information that some readers may find offensive. 

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Craig Toocheck has a vision for Pittsburgh's future events and meetings. 

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The names of distinguished men who have represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives could fill a book. But names of the women who have done the same fit comfortably on a sticky note.

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced his second congressional hearing of the week Wednesday, and Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle of the 14th District is one of many members of Congress to question him on the privacy of Facebook's users. He also proposed a government oversight agency to regulate Facebook and its competitors.

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Route 30 near East Pittsburgh had been buckling for weeks under the stress of continued rain and snow until it finally collapsed on Saturday.

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Pittsburgh City Council's public hearing on a controversial rental permit program was filled with opposition from area landlords.

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