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Stephanie Butnick had only been to Pittsburgh once, briefly for a wedding, before she was assigned to cover the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.  

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Fred Rogers' famous advice "look for the helpers" has been a salve for many this week as Pittsburghers struggled to cope with the shooting deaths of 11 people in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.

How Do We Help Kids Cope With Their Grief?

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Pittsburgh's grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of a deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue that left 11 dead and six others injured. The shooting is being called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. 

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The alleged gunman behind Saturday's deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill faced formal arraignment Monday on 29 federal counts, including hate crimes, which could carry a death penalty. Robert Bowers, 46 of Baldwin, also faces state charges: 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

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As Pittsburgh mourns lives lost and affected by the deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, thousands are coming together to hold vigils, raise money and offer interfaith support.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Board of Education is expected to vote Wednesday night whether to arm the district's 22 police officers. Superintendent Anthony Hamlet says he respects school Chief George Brown's recommendation, but remains vehemently opposed to allowing firearms on PPS campuses.

 

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Carnegie Mellon University professor Illah Nourbakhsh caught the robot bug at an early age, and as the director of CMU's CREATE Lab, he's influencing a technologically fluent generation to harness their energy for socially meaningful innovation. He shares his journey and what he's hoping for the years ahead.

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The school-to-prison pipeline is the inspiration for a new show at Pittsburgh's City Theatre. Obie award-winning playwright Dominque Morisseau wrote PIPELINE to explore the disproportionate disciplining of minority students, which can put them on the pathway to eventual incarceration.

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After several reports of stalking in Lawrenceville this summer, several groups came together to host a workshop explaining how bystanders can help curb harassment and assault.

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

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Allegheny County's Kane Community Living Center in McKeesport will begin accepting patients, including seniors, to its new post-acute care drug addiction unit. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says it's a sad necessity in fighting an opioid crisis that's affecting all ages.

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh missed opening arguments for a handful of cases on the high court's docket this season, adding a fair amount of intrigue into an already controversial agenda.

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The 35-year-old Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh began in the old Allegheny Post Office, expanded to the Buhl Planetarium and will soon move into the stacks of the former Carnegie library. Executive director Jane Werner shared plans for the expansion and her belief that childhood and learning know no age limit. 

Later in the program, Homewood artist Vanessa German funneled her passion into a neighborhood space for kids to gather and create art of their own.

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Pope Francis announced Friday that he has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl from his post as Archbishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C.

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Ron Baillie and Ann Metzger have served as co-directors of the Carnegie Science Center since 2012. That partnership will come to an end at the close of 2018 when they both retire

Baillie says people often ask him about his long career: “‘How could you stay 35 years?’ It’s because there’s always a new project. There’s always a new opportunity around every corner, and you can’t walk away from it.”

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One of the oldest collections of contemporary art, the Carnegie International, debuts its 57th edition to the public on Saturday. 

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Millennials are credited with killing the hotel industry and the automotive industry. They aren’t investing in stocks. They don't even eat cereal. Criticism can make for a common refrain, but those headlines don’t paint a full picture of the world's largest living generation.

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Who is in charge of assuring a city's evening economy thrives? In Pittsburgh, it’s nighttime economy manager Allison Harnden. She talks about what that job entails and how the Pittsburgh model differs from similar positions around the U.S. and abroad.

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The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra opens its “Celebrate 50” season next Saturday, marking 50 years in Greensburgh, Pa. 

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Twenty cities are still waiting for Amazon to anoint the home of its second North American headquarters. Most will be disappointed, which begs the question: was it worth all the trouble?

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There are hundreds of semi-official government entities in Pennsylvania that use taxpayer money, introduce legislative agendas and work closely with outside interest groups, but these groups are largely unregulated and operate under no obligation to publicize their meetings or answer questions about their memberships.

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It’s been nearly 50 years since the Apollo 11 team landed the lunar module, Eagle, in 1969. Now Pittsburgh can get close to a defining moment in American history thanks to a new exhibit at the Heinz History Center, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. Heinz is one of four museums nationwide to host more than 100 mission artifacts, including the original spacecraft transported from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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At age 92, Joe Negri can still glide up and down the fretboard of his guitar as well as someone half his age. Negri has been playing the instrument since he was 8 years old. 

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Registered voters in Allegheny County can expect a question on the ballot this November about a small raise in property taxes to support after-school, early learning and nutrition programs for county kids.

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It’s been almost three years since The McKeesport Daily News published its final edition, and a pilot program out of Point Park University aims to fill at least a portion of that media void. 

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Shaler Area Elementary School teacher Michael Penn is heading to Antarctica.

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Garfield art space BOOM Concepts has aligned itself with some of the city’s biggest cultural institutions and well-known artists, including Mac Miller and Jimmy Wopo.

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According to the Department of Defense, total enlistment in the U.S. military is 2,869,822. Recruiters are struggling more every year to enlist young people, and only 29 percent of people aged 17 to 24 would qualify if they tried to enlist.

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Thousands are expected to hit the streets of downtown Pittsburgh this weekend to celebrate the LGBT community. 

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After a long, and at times seemingly endless winter, western Pennsylvanians are ready to travel for Memorial Day. 

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