City of Pittsburgh

The Rip-Roaring Backstory Of A Corner And The Bloomfield Bridge

Change is coming to the corner of Liberty Avenue and Main Street, the gateway to Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood.

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Politics & Government

Furloughed IRS Workers Must Return To Work Ahead Of Tax Season

8 hours ago
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Alex Jay Berman is stressed out. The Philadelphia father hasn't a gotten a paycheck in a month. In two weeks, the balance of his savings account will hit zero.

5-Term Republican Congressman Tom Marino Is Resigning

9 hours ago
Susan Walsh / AP

Tom Marino, a five-term Republican congressman who helped steer Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania, said Thursday that he is resigning just days into a new term.

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A union representing 450 Transportation Security Administration officers in Pennsylvania will rally Friday morning at the Pittsburgh International Airport to call for an end to the partial federal government shutdown.

Science, Health & Tech

David Goldman / AP

Imagine falling on the sidewalk.

You think you might have broken a rib, and you want to know what a chest X-ray costs at an emergency department near where you live in Harrisburg.

Identity & Justice

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The mother of Trayvon Martin, whose 2012 death was a key moment in the Black Lives Matter movement, said there were unsettling parallels between the killing of her son and that of black Rankin teen Antwon Rose.

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Sala Udin has been a political activist for more than 50 years. He marched on Washington, was a freedom rider and eventually took up a career in politics, serving first as a city councilman and today as a Pittsburgh Public Schools board member. 

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

There were 55 homicide deaths in Pittsburgh last year, most due to gun violence. Despite the Tree of Life shooting in October, in which 11 people were killed by one gunman, homicide deaths dropped for the fourth year in a row.

Education

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Pennsylvania's newest chancellor of the State System of Higher Education says state-owned universities need to operate more like a system if they want to last.

In his State of the System address Wednesday, 58-year-old Daniel Greenstein says Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities should open courses on all campuses to all students.

The state system has struggled over the past decade with dropping enrollment and lower state revenue.

New Postings Show Wide Range Of Pennsylvania College Hazing

Jan 16, 2019
Marc Levy / AP

Pennsylvania colleges and universities began posting online reports Tuesday on documented cases of hazing over the past five years, from forced drinking and toe-licking to the dunking of students in ice water, as required by a law passed as a result of the 2017 death of a Penn State fraternity pledge.

The reports describe the behavior and any discipline that resulted, including closing fraternities and sororities and expelling students. Some also include reports that were disproven or could not be corroborated.

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Pittsburgh Almost Had The Most Billboards In The Country

Some people find billboards disruptive and unattractive. They cover up scenery and distract drivers. But billboards are one of the oldest forms of advertising and are still a popular way for companies to get their message across.

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Development & Transportation

City of Pittsburgh

Change is coming to the corner of Liberty Avenue and Main Street, the gateway to Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood.

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Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority was incorporated in 1946 and needs to be restructured, Mayor Bill Peduto said late last week.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Courtesy of Kamara Townes

Kamara Townes, who goes professionally by Wavy Wednesday, is an emerging artist who uses satire in her work to explore pop culture and racism. She uses bright colors and draws on cultural symbols like Barbie to confront social justice through her work. 

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When Americans talk politics these days, it’s almost impossible to avoid the subject of President Donald Trump. And that can be a problem.

Environment & Energy

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A Pittsburgh suburb has rejected a proposal to allow drilling for natural gas under a local park.

The Franklin Park borough council voted 4-2 Wednesday against signing a lease with PennEnergy Resources. The company wants to drill from a well pad in the neighboring community of Economy into Franklin Park.

Judges Say DEP Unlawfully Issued Air-Quality Permits To Sunoco At Marcus Hook

Jan 10, 2019
Matt Slocus / AP

A Pennsylvania court said the Department of Environmental Protection unlawfully issued air-quality permits to Sunoco for its natural gas liquids plant at Marcus Hook in Delaware County, and it ordered the department to re-do its analysis over whether the plant should be subject to two sets of emissions rules.

Economy & Business

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pennsylvania's commercial casinos reached another record high in revenue in 2018.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said revenue at the state's 12 casinos rose by almost $22 million, or almost 1 percent, over 2017 to climb higher above $3.2 billion.

Local Headlines

Matt Slocum / AP

Officials say a ceremony held annually at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday will not be held this year due to the partial government shutdown.

Rivers
Courtesy Jason Rivers / AR3 Foundation

 

 

It's been more than a decade since a Stanton Heights man—along with his family—created the AR3 Celebration of Life Foundation to honor the brother he lost to gun violence. AR3 organizes basketball tournaments and other youth activities to honor the memory of Anthony Rivers, who was murdered in 2008.

 

Food & Drink

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East Liberty native Tim Ryan grew up wanting to be an attorney, not a chef, but an early stint at dishwashing changed his mind. 

National & International

Police Seek Volunteers To Drink To Excess

2 hours ago

Get drunk on the local police department's dime?

Sound unbelievable? One Pennsylvania police department is giving three lucky volunteers the chance to help train officers in field sobriety tests, by drinking a lot.

Don't bother applying, though. The Kutztown Borough Police Department posted the Facebook request on Wednesday and was flooded with eager volunteers. On Thursday, the department made it clear that this was a limited-time offer.

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