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For Families Struggling To Navigate The Legal System, A Library Can Be A Lifeline


People in the justice system often rely on law libraries for information, especially if they can’t afford an attorney. Sometimes those situations are complicated by mental health challenges.

Linda Tashbook, librarian, adjunct professor and author at the University of Pittsburgh, recently wrote a handbook aiming to ease self-guided legal research for those with complicating factors like mental illness or homelessness. She explores some of those experiences and the cases that inspired her new work Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law.

Credit Sky High Photography via City of East Liverpool.
East Liverpool, Ohio sits along the Ohio River at the border of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Later in the program, fiber artist Tina Brewer of Homewood uses a renowned quilting technique to tell the story of her ancestors. Much of her award-winning art depicts the history of the Middle Passage.

And the petrochemical industry is promising economic development in many Rust Belt towns where it’s sorely needed. But residents are wary of the pollution a new chemical boom could bring.

In part one of a new series, The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant takes a look at East Liverpool, Ohio as it tries to balance new development with addressing pollution created by facilities that have been there for decades. 

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.

Kiley Koscinski is a general assignment reporter for 90.5 WESA. She previously produced The Confluence and Morning Edition. Before coming to WESA, she worked as an assignment desk editor and producer at 1020 AM KDKA. She can be reached at
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