For more than 40 years, the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh has stepped in to provide safe harbor and support for survivors of intimate partner violence, and they recently promoted one of their own.
President and CEO Nicole Molinaro Karaczun took over this summer after 11 years serving the organization in training, development and programming. As connectivity and legislation around gun safety and protection from abuse orders evolve, she says their message of hope and healing remains unchanged.
Later in the program, the skies above Pittsburgh are getting darker, and not because of the weather. For the latest in our Good Question! series, 90.5 WESA's Katie Blackley takes a look at why black birds favor an autumnal stopover in the Steel City.
Of the hundreds of Catholic priests accused in last month's grand jury report about clergy sex abuse, the overwhelming majority can't be prosecuted, either because they're dead or the statute of limitations has run out. But legal experts say the same may not be true for the church officials who supervised those priests.
For centuries, explorers, scientists and amateur botanists scoured the country to document and preserve plant species. Once prized like fine art, the collections were often bequeathed to institutions that housed herbaria, or libraries for plants, and a new effort is underway to make them all available through a digital database.
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