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Hill District Rally In Support Of Rose Family Turns Into Downtown March

After rallying in support of the family of Antwon Rose Jr. in the Hill District on Saturday afternoon, a crowd of hundreds marched downtown, blocking streets and chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “Who did this? The police did this!”

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Politics & Government

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane Is Disbarred

Mar 22, 2019
Matt Rourke / AP

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is losing her law license, a few months after she began a jail sentence for perjury, obstruction and other counts.

Brad Larrison / WHYY

A handful of Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Mike Turzai, have announced they are resuscitating legislation that would make it a third-degree felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions based solely on prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses.

An-Li Herring/90.5 WESA (left) Courtesty of the Iovino campaign (right)

Wednesday night’s debate between the candidates running for the state’s 37th Senate district was less contentious than the TV ads might lead you to expect. 

Science, Health & Tech

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A proposed rule from the Trump administration would bar federal Title X funding to health care organizations that provide abortions. 

Identity & Justice

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

After rallying in support of the family of Antwon Rose Jr. in the Hill District on Saturday afternoon, a crowd of hundreds marched downtown, blocking streets and chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “Who did this? The police did this!”

Matt Rourke / AP

The wife of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld burst into tears, shaking uncontrollably, when a jury announced Friday it had acquitted her husband of homicide. Meanwhile, the mother of Antwon Rose, who the officer fatally shot last summer, did not cry in the courtroom. Michelle Kenney later said she was disappointed in the verdict but not surprised.

Education

Kevin Gavin / 90.5 WESA

Former school superintendent Joe Lagana was walking out of a homeless shelter 20 years ago when he saw a young man writing on the hood of his car. He thought the vehicle was being vandalized, until he spotted the boy's alarmed expression and scribbled paper—he'd been doing his homework. 

Good Question!

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Large Rings On The Rivers Are A Reminder Of The Once-Bustling Wharfs

Near downtown Pittsburgh, along the 10th Street Bypass and Allegheny riverfront trail, large metal rings that look like giant doorknockers are fixed to retaining walls. They’re rusty and discolored after decades of enduring the city’s weather.

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Development & Transportation

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

This spring, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will embark on a massive new infrastructure project to replace its small water mains.

State's Top Auditor Says Turnpike On 'Road To Ruin'

Mar 21, 2019
Carolyn Kaster / AP

The state's fiscal watchdog is warning the Pennsylvania Turnpike is on a "road to ruin" unless lawmakers intervene.

Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr

Gov. Tom Wolf is pitching his plan to finance a multibillion-dollar capital plan by taxing Marcellus Shale natural gas production as a way to help Pennsylvania schools clean up environmental health hazards.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Courtesy of Autumn House Press

Growing up in Chicago, recalls S. Brook Corfman, he was unsure where he fit in a world where everyone seemed to be either male or female. 

Photo by Andrea London

Andrea London has been a portrait photographer for 30 years. She works from her studio in the heart of Shadyside, where she shoots everyone – individuals and families – the same way: in black-and-white, on film, with a neutral backdrop. And she says she has always let her portraits speak for themselves.

Environment & Energy

Curbside Glass Recycling May Become A Thing Of The Past

Mar 21, 2019
PRC

In some western Pennsylvania communities, glass is no longer being collected curbside with cans and paper as part of residential recycling programs. So a statewide environmental group is offering a solution.

Joanne Cassaro / WITF

The nuclear watchdog group Three Mile Island Alert is asking federal regulators to analyze what the group calls a “potentially dangerous and risky condition” with new steam generator tubes at Exelon’s Three Mile Island power plant near Harrisburg.

Economy & Business

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Dentist Lorraine Callen sees a lot of patients at Allegheny General Hospital. Using special magnifying lenses, called loupes, she is able to see their teeth much better. It has also played havoc with her memory. She can’t always remember a patient by their name, but when she sees their teeth or an x-ray, “I can remember people's stories about their grandkids.”

Local Headlines

U.S. Customs and Border Protection / AP

U.S. customs officials say drug dogs have sniffed out Philadelphia's largest seizure of cocaine in more than two decades inside a shipping container.

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A former Pennsylvania pediatrician has been sentenced to 79 to 158 years in prison for sexually assaulting 31 children, most of them patients. 

Food & Drink

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National & International

Pope Accepts Resignation Of Top Cardinal In Chile

6 hours ago

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of one of Chile's top cardinals, who is accused of covering up the sexual abuse of Catholic church members and discrediting victims. 77-year-old Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati was the archbishop of Santiago, Chile's most important archdiocese.

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