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A longtime Pittsburgh television meteorologist has died.

WTAE-TV says Joe DeNardo has died Friday, though a cause of death was not disclosed. He was 87.

DeNardo was the face of the station's weather report for more than 45 years before he retired in 2005.

DeNardo was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio and studied at Duquesne University before receiving a master's degree in meteorology from the University of Chicago.

Jacqueline Larma / AP

George Washington's personal Revolutionary War headquarters flag is going on display at Philadelphia's Museum of the American Revolution, just in time for Flag Day.

Jakob Lazzaro / 90.5 WESA

An American flag education center is opening in downtown Pittsburgh. 

Jimmy May / AP

National Weather Service investigators confirm that a second tornado touched down Wednesday evening in Pennsylvania.

World War II-Era Planes To Touch Down In Johnstown

Jun 11, 2018
Ross D. Franklin / AP

The deep, ominous rumble of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's four engines, a sound that echoed throughout the Pacific Ocean during World War II, was heard again on Monday in the skies above Richland Township.

"Fifi," one of only two B-29 Superfortresses in the world that still fly, touched down on Monday afternoon at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, as did two other World War II-era aircraft belonging to the Commemorative Air Force, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft at airshows.

Elaine Effort / 90.5 WESA

 Around six months ago, during a West End community meeting hosted by Black Women for Positive Change, Pittsburgh chapter president Diane Powell heard a frustration she knew how to tackle. 

White House Visits Become Political Litmus Test For Athletes

Jun 7, 2018
Alex Brandon / AP

For victorious sports teams these days, the confetti and champagne are apt to be accompanied by a politically fraught question: Are you going to the White House?

Bryan Colangelo Resigns At 76ers President

Jun 7, 2018
Elise Amendola / AP

The Philadelphia 76ers say Bryan Colangelo has resigned as president of basketball operations after an independent firm investigated allegations that he used a variety of Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media.

Court Orders Records Unsealed In Penn State Officials' Case

Jun 4, 2018
AP

A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday ordered the release of documents sealed in the criminal case against former Penn State administrators over their handling of child sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The three-judge Superior Court panel's unanimous decision concerned many of the more than 200 records sealed in the case against former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

It’s a muggy afternoon, and Mark Oleniacz is walking through the tall grass of "Frazier Farms" -- a small community garden adjoining a baseball diamond in the heart of South Oakland. He stops by his own plot, near the back fence.

“I had some garlic left over from last year, ‘cause actually I transplanted it, ‘cause I had that bed -- long story,” he says.

Remaining Wreckage Of Flight 93 To Be Buried At Memorial

Jun 2, 2018
Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

The remaining wreckage of United Flight 93 will be returned this year to the Somerset County memorial marking where it crashed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, officials said Friday.

90.5 WESA

Visitors at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium got a surprise when they witnessed a gorilla giving birth in the exhibit area yesterday.

Moka, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's 22-year-old Western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her third baby Friday morning.

The zoo says Moka is very attentive and has been encouraging her baby to nurse.

Brennan Linsley / AP

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department hopes rightful owners will come forward to claim more than 500 military medals that have ended up its possession.

Jason Pratt / Flickr

At least two coal-filled barges have sunk and about a dozen others have been corralled after they broke loose on a river in western Pennsylvania, colliding with bridges as they floated freely downstream.

*UPDATED Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:15 p.m.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

The lush greenery and humid mystique of Phipps Conservatory’s Palm Court has served as the facility’s front door since it opened in 1893, when hundreds of panes of delicate annealed glass were installed beneath an ornamental ogee crest. 

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Bethany Ruhe was born and raised in the hilly south Pittsburgh neighborhood of Beechview. 

Matt Slocum / AP

A judge is publicly identifying members of the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault following a 21-day "cooling-off period."

Judge Stops State Plan To Take $200 Million Out Of Malpractice Fund

May 17, 2018
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A federal judge is blowing a $200 million hole in Pennsylvania's $32 billion state budget by throwing out a law that appropriated the surplus from a state-created medical malpractice insurer of last resort.

House GOP Moves To Strip Accused Lawmaker Of Committee Seats

May 17, 2018
Pennsylvania House of Representatives / legis.state.pa.gov

Pennsylvania House Republicans are moving to take away committee assignments from a member accused of abusing two women who dated him, one of whom is a fellow lawmaker.

Tony Talbot / AP

The city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are suing eight pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, alleging the companies trivialized the risk of opioid addiction while overstating the benefits of the drugs.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

The local alternative weekly newspaper, the Pittsburgh City Paper, fired its editor-in-chief Charlie Deitch Tuesday.

Elaine Effort / 90.5 WESA

Last year, local journalist Ervin Dyer created American Heroes: The Homewood Project, in an effort to bring positive attention to African-American men doing good work in their neighborhood.

Dyer spoke with 90.5 WESA contributor Elaine Effort about the project and how he hopes to move it forward.

Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

ELAINE EFFORT: What is the Homewood Heroes project?

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

It’s a sunny Monday morning in Washington, Pa., and about 20 people are chatting over donuts and coffee in the cafeteria of Washington Christian Outreach. After breakfast, they’ll stay for the morning sermon, and later they’ll be joined by as many as 200 more for the daily free lunch.

Jeanne Allender is sitting in a small office just nextdoor. At 83 years old, she doesn’t come in to volunteer every day anymore, but she still puts in three days a week at the organization she founded 40 years ago this month.

Dan Hallman/Invision / AP

Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill is calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to reform the state's parole and probation systems.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Starting this month, state dog wardens will begin canvassing across 36 Pennsylvania counties, to check with dog owners on the status of their pet’s license and vaccination history.

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

The Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to reduce the current 188 parishes over six counties to just 57 over the next few years.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

Paint maker PPG says it will lay off about 1,100 people and take a pretax restructuring charge of between $80 million and $85 million in the second quarter.

Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

It's been nearly three weeks since a devastating landslide collapsed part of Route 30 and displaced apartment tenants in East Pittsburgh. 

Allegheny County Police Department / Facebook

Authorities say a dog in a yard near a police mounted unit event in Wilmerding escaped and bit one of the participating horses.

Allegheny County police say its mounted unit and one from Pittsburgh were in the area last Wednesday talking to a citizens police group about the duties and responsibilities of the units.

Montoursville Police Department via Facebook

An elderly Pennsylvania man had no way of visiting his ill wife in the hospital, so he called police to help.

Montoursville Police Chief Jeff Gyurina says the 84-year-old man's same-aged wife had a medical emergency last Thursday and was taken from their home in an ambulance.

The frail man told Gyurina, who was at the scene, he had no family in the area to take him to the hospital, and he can't drive anymore.

Gyurina gave him the patrol car's cell number and told him to call whenever he was ready to go.

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