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  • Pittsburgh police looking for missing South Side man - WTAE Pittsburgh

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    18 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
    WTAE PittsburghPittsburgh police looking for missing South Side manWTAE PittsburghPittsburgh police have been unable to locate the young man. "They looked at his phone records, they looked into his purchasing on his debit cards and credit cards, they had bloodhounds out this afternoon to try to find his scent, but it all turned up Police Searching For Missing South Side ManCBS LocalPolice seek help in search for missing South Side man, 22Pittsburgh Post GazettePolice looking for missing South Side manNew Pittsburgh Courierall 5 news articles »
  • Cleveland developer teams with Buncher for Strip District housing

    Pittsburgh News
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    A Cleveland developer is teaming with the Buncher Co. to build 800 residential units in the Strip District as part of Buncher's Riverfront Landing development.
  • Coroner called to scene of mobile home fire in Butler Co.

    MedleyStory
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Butler County dispatchers confirmed late Thursday night that the coroner had been called to the scene of a mobile home fire in Jackson Township.  The fire started about 7 p.m. on Beahm Crest Lane, according to county emergency dispatchers. Mel Smith, 75, who lives next door, spoke with Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE and said he could still see flames two hours after the fire started. Firefighters could not reach the mobile home because of the flames, Smith told TribLIVE. "Everything is gone. His whole place is gone," Smith told TribLIVE, adding he did not know…
  • Toys For Tots Mix-Up Has Local Charities Asking For Last-Minute Donations

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    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Toys for Tots is known for making the holidays special for kids by making sure they get a toy. But some local charities believe there was some kind of mix up involving Toys for Tots this year because they received no toys to pass out to local children. “We have a lot of kids who are homeless or in shelters,” said Theresa Germany from Sisters Helping Sisters. She’ll have 400 kids at a party this weekend, but no toys to pass out. It’s a similar story at The Pittsburgh Project on the North Side. The tables that would normally have gifts for kids…
  • Print, Project, Scan and Share Your Way into the 2014 Holiday Gifter “Hall of Fame” with Epson Must-Have Tech and Inspiration

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    Ben Oaks
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    LONG BEACH, Calif. – Dec. 17, 2014 – It’s that time of year again – a season filled with family gatherings, office parties and gift exchanges. While it’s easy to become overwhelmed at the prospect of purchasing and wrapping gifts for everyone on your list, Epson helps ease the stress with several technology must-haves and creative inspiration to help make this year’s holiday gift-giving and gift wrapping personal and memorable. “Whether you’re buying for the busy stay-at-home mom, uber-imaginative movie buff, recent college graduate entering the workforce, or budding…
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  • Pittsburgh police looking for missing South Side man - WTAE Pittsburgh

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
    WTAE PittsburghPittsburgh police looking for missing South Side manWTAE PittsburghPittsburgh police have been unable to locate the young man. "They looked at his phone records, they looked into his purchasing on his debit cards and credit cards, they had bloodhounds out this afternoon to try to find his scent, but it all turned up Police Searching For Missing South Side ManCBS LocalPolice seek help in search for missing South Side man, 22Pittsburgh Post GazettePolice looking for missing South Side manNew Pittsburgh Courierall 5 news articles »
  • Pittsburgh Cuba watchers expect things to only get... - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Pittsburgh Post GazettePittsburgh Cuba watchers expect things to only get...Pittsburgh Post Gazette“I think we all miscalculated the pressures on Raul Castro,” said Kathleen Musante, a frequent traveler to Cuba with students from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is a professor of anthropology and former director of the Center for Latin and more »
  • $500K grant to fund bike sharing comes through for Pittsburgh - Tribune-Review

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    $500K grant to fund bike sharing comes through for PittsburghTribune-ReviewFive hundred German bicycles will arrive in Pittsburgh when officials spend $500,000 from a federal grant on a bike share program set to begin in the spring. Provided by Nextbike, the share system will pepper peddled vehicles in 50 stations throughout ...and more »
  • Pittsburgh organizations in bind after learning they won't get toys for kids - WPXI Pittsburgh

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Pittsburgh organizations in bind after learning they won't get toys for kidsWPXI PittsburghSeveral Pittsburgh organizations are in a real bind after getting word this week that they would not be getting toys in time to distribute to hundreds of disadvantaged children. Sisters Helping Sister, The Pittsburgh Project and Community Human and more »
  • With Pittsburgh charges, feds target Uganda-based counterfeiting ring - Tribune-Review

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    CBS LocalWith Pittsburgh charges, feds target Uganda-based counterfeiting ringTribune-ReviewA fake $100 bill used to buy a cup of tea at an Oakland coffee shop set off a international investigation that led to federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh filing charges Thursday against an American living in Uganda. U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced International Counterfeit Money Operation Has Ties To PittsburghCBS LocalInternational counterfeiting ring stretches from Uganda to PittsburghPittsburgh Post GazetteInternational cyber counterfeiting scam busted in PittsburghWTAE PittsburghWPXI…
 
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  • Cleveland developer teams with Buncher for Strip District housing

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    A Cleveland developer is teaming with the Buncher Co. to build 800 residential units in the Strip District as part of Buncher's Riverfront Landing development.
  • Councilman Kraus found not guilty of littering, 'cooling-off period' ordered on harassment charge

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    A colorful court hearing in which the judge and key witness both held trash as evidence ended this morning with Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus being found not guilty of littering and ordered to avoid contact for 90 days with a woman he is charged with harassing. Following the "cooling-off period" ordered by District Judge James Motznik, who previously served on City Council alongside Mr. Kraus, both Mr. Kraus and Christine Marburger, who owns the pet salon next to Mr. Kraus' South Side home, must appear before a judge again to discuss mediation.
  • Body found outside Sunnyside Elementary School

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    A Pittsburgh school goes on lockdown after a 20-year-old man is found dead in a car with its windows shot out in the school parking lot. THE VICTIM DID NOT TAKE HIS OWN LIFE.
  • National model of restoration: Nine Mile Run

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    A study by a hydrologist shows that one of the largest urban-stream restorations in the United States has led to the recovery of fish and, more importantly, a groundswell of local support. Nine Mile Run, which is part of a watershed that drains 6.5 square miles of land, had been truly abused by urbanization and industrialization.
  • Mixed reactions in Pittsburgh to Cuba normalization

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Victor Diaz's voice practically exploded over his car speakerphone when asked about President Barack Obama's decision Wednesday to begin normalizing relations with Cuba. "It's terrible," said Mr. Diaz, of Monroeville.
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  • Coroner called to scene of mobile home fire in Butler Co.

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Butler County dispatchers confirmed late Thursday night that the coroner had been called to the scene of a mobile home fire in Jackson Township.  The fire started about 7 p.m. on Beahm Crest Lane, according to county emergency dispatchers. Mel Smith, 75, who lives next door, spoke with Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE and said he could still see flames two hours after the fire started. Firefighters could not reach the mobile home because of the flames, Smith told TribLIVE. "Everything is gone. His whole place is gone," Smith told TribLIVE, adding he did not know…
  • Social media: 8 children found stabbed to death in Australian home

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
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  • Pittsburgh organizations in bind after learning they won’t get toys for kids

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Several Pittsburgh organizations are in a real bind after getting word this week that they would not be getting toys in time to distribute to hundreds of disadvantaged children. Sisters Helping Sister, The Pittsburgh Project and Community Human Services usually all get their gifts from Toys for Tots but not this year. “These kids are coming on Sunday at one o'clock,” said Sisters Teresa Germany of Sisters Helping Sisters. Germany said she’s been praying nonstop since Tuesday. "We're going to have Santa Claus there with no toys. They're going to get a cookie and to sit on…
  • North Side YMCA lifeguard recognized for life-saving rescue

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    A lifeguard at Pittsburgh’s North Side YMCA was honored Thursday for a life-saving rescue. Isaac Mickle was watching swimmers at the pool Wednesday when he noticed something wasn’t right with a man he saw working out there and jumped into action. "You hope these things don't happen, but they do. He started having an emergency, he got over to the side by himself and I pulled him out. One of our members, a cardiac nurse, helped me do CPR," said Mickle. He said he was just doing his job, but the heart issue the victim had is a widow-maker. If the victim had been alone or not where…
  • Airline luggage lost 20 years ago returned to owner

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    When the phone rang at Maria Dellos' house this week, she had no idea it would reunite her with a bag lost twenty years ago. "I was just absolutely blown away," she said. Maria told KVOA the luggage went missing after a flight from Las Vegas. Inside was over $600.00 worth of art supplies purchased at a trade show there. "This is product, art product, very valuable stuff, she told the station." And it's still "very creamy and useable." The bag was discovered at a TSA lost-and-found in the Tucson airport. "Items that predate our agency are interesting," TSA worker Nico Melendez told News4. So…
 
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  • Toys For Tots Mix-Up Has Local Charities Asking For Last-Minute Donations

    hlang84
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Toys for Tots is known for making the holidays special for kids by making sure they get a toy. But some local charities believe there was some kind of mix up involving Toys for Tots this year because they received no toys to pass out to local children. “We have a lot of kids who are homeless or in shelters,” said Theresa Germany from Sisters Helping Sisters. She’ll have 400 kids at a party this weekend, but no toys to pass out. It’s a similar story at The Pittsburgh Project on the North Side. The tables that would normally have gifts for kids…
  • At Least 1 Person Dead In Jackson Twp. Fire

    hlang84
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:39 pm
    JACKSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — At least one person is dead following a house fire Thursday evening in Butler County. The blaze broke out around 7 p.m. in the 100-block of Beahm Crest Lane in Jackson Township. It’s a secluded area and crews are being kept at a distance. According to Butler County emergency dispatchers, the coroner was called to the scene. State police and the fire marshal were also called in. There’s no word yet on the identity of the person killed or what sparked the fire. Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story. You May Also Be Interested In These…
  • Annual Free Care Fund Benefit Show Raises More Than $2M

    hlang84
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Free Care Fund. Our annual benefit show was held Thursday evening. For the second year in a row, donations topped $2 million. This was the 61st year for the telethon, which raises money to ensure that no family is denied care for their child regardless of their ability to pay. The grand total: $2,112,112. You May Also Be Interested In These Latest News Stories Toys For Tots Mix-Up Has Local Charities Asking For Last-Minute DonationsAt Least 1 Person Dead In…
  • Comeau Leads Penguins Over Avalanche 1-0 In OT

    hlang84
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Blake Comeau scored with 2:36 left in overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Thursday night.
  • FBI Releases New Surveillance Images Of South Side Bank Robbery Suspects

    hlang84
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police and the FBI have released new surveillance images of two men wanted in connection with a brazen bank robbery earlier this week on the city’s South Side. The robbery happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank in the 2800-block of East Carson Street. It’s not known how much money the suspects got away with. Now, investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two men. Both suspects are described as white males, about six-feet tall with medium builds. The first suspect was last seen wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt,…
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  • Print, Project, Scan and Share Your Way into the 2014 Holiday Gifter “Hall of Fame” with Epson Must-Have Tech and Inspiration

    Ben Oaks
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    LONG BEACH, Calif. – Dec. 17, 2014 – It’s that time of year again – a season filled with family gatherings, office parties and gift exchanges. While it’s easy to become overwhelmed at the prospect of purchasing and wrapping gifts for everyone on your list, Epson helps ease the stress with several technology must-haves and creative inspiration to help make this year’s holiday gift-giving and gift wrapping personal and memorable. “Whether you’re buying for the busy stay-at-home mom, uber-imaginative movie buff, recent college graduate entering the workforce, or budding…
  • Hands On:LUXA2 MFi Certified Aluminium Lightning Charging/Sync Cables

    Ben Oaks
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    If you are like me, Your  kids destroy the factory lightning cables within a week of getting them. Sure you could go to some bargen store and pick up one for $5, but that one only lasts a week also. LUXA2 has released a MFi  Certified Lightning Cable that can Charge/Sync and is made from Aluminium Connectors and has a nylon braided cable for long life. The cable itself is 3.3 feet long (1 Meter) The plugs have been tested to 3000 plug cycles. Thermaltake is so confident in the Lightning cable, they have included a 1 year warranty. Does it really work? Take a look at these pictures. The…
  • Are Streaming Services Changing the Music Industry?

    Andy Quayle
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    According to some, Pandora and Spotify will lead to the tragic downfall of the music industry. Recently, Taylor Swift made bold claims about Spotify, calling it a “grand experiment,” and pulled her entire discography from the site, just one week after her wildly anticipated album was released. On the other hand, others believe streaming services will save music. Regardless of where you stand, the music industry is changing at a rapid pace, and streaming services are the ones pulling the majority of the strings. The Rise of Subscription Services Global recorded music sales in the…
  • Last Minute Christmas Shopping At Verizon Wireless

    Ben Oaks
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    If you are like me you wait till the last minute to do all of your Christmas Present shopping. Thanks to your local Verizon Wireless Store you can finish almost all of your shopping in one place. Whether a family member needs a new phone, a friend wants a Bluetooth Speaker, or your child needs a new case. Lets see what all Verizon has to offer. Smart Phones Verizon has all the latest Smart Phones from Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG, BlackBerry and more. You can check out all of the Phones the offer HERE Tablets: Does you Son, Daughter, Husband, Wife, Mother, Father really want or need a tablet for…
  • Everything You Want to Know About Your Contacts

    Andy Quayle
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    While the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci is often credited as the first person to come up with the contact lens way back in 1508 and the first actual contact lens made out of glass was created in 1887, the modern era of contact lenses truly began in 1939 with the development of the first plastic contact lens. Plastic contacts were developed in the 1950s by a team of scientists who were actually looking to create a material that was suitable for eye implants. Met with scorn, the inventors made the first batch of over 5,000 contacts in their kitchen before their ideas were accepted by the…
 
 
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  • Wall Street surge boosts Pittsburgh stocks

    Patty Tascarella
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The Dow Jones industrial average soared Thursday, closing at 17,778.15, up 421.28 points, or 2.43 percent. The S&P 500 rose 48.32 points, or 2.4 percent, and Nasdaq packed on 104.08 points, or 2.24 percent, to end trading at 4,748.40. Among Pittsburgh companies, Rice Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:RPM), whose initial public offering had a mediocre opening day Wednesday, made up for its disappointing start by closing Thursday at $17.79 per share, up $1.49 or 9.14 percent. PNC Financial Services Group…
  • First Niagara laying off 150-200 across footprint

    Patty Tascarella
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    First Niagara Financial Group on Thursday said it will cut between 150 and 200 managerial positions across its four-state footprint, or 3 percent of its workforce, the Buffalo Business Journal, a sister publication, reported. But the Buffalo-based bank did not disclose specifics of where and when the cuts will occur. First Niagara (Nasdaq:FNFG) ranks No. 7 in Pittsburgh by deposit market share. The time frame was given as the near future. Nor did First Niagara say how much it expects to save from…
  • Beer me: PCLB to allow restaurants and grocery stores to deliver ale

    Tim Schooley
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will now allow alcohol-serving establishments - restaurants, grocery stores, pizza shops, etc. - to also deliver beer for the first time in Pennsylvania. The change comes from a Dec. 5 advisory opinion by the PLCB over the use of Pennsylvania's transporter-for-hire licenses, a legal instrument that authorizes the transporting of alcohol that is not allowed with regular liquor licenses. Mark Flaherty, a principal of downtown-based Flaherty…
  • Auditor General: Allegheny County potentially loses $619M in revenue from tax-exempt property

    Tim Schooley
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    A new report by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale puts Allegheny County at the top of the list of 10 counties studied as the one that loses the most in annual tax revenue from real estate that is tax exempt. The Auditor General's review estimates that Allegheny County loses $619.7 million in real estate tax proceeds each year due to tax-exempt property, well over one-third of the more than $1.5 billion total lost by the 10 counties included in the research. Beaver County was the only…
  • Heritage Valley Health System operating results swing into the black

    Kris B. Mamula
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Operating results for Beaver-based Heritage Valley Health System swung into the black for the fiscal year ending June 30, with a $620,000 gain for the 12 months compared to a loss of $6.3 million a year ago, new financial reports indicate. Patient revenue rose 3.5 percent to $433.6 million while the total number of admissions, number of patient days and occupancy rates declined slightly from the same period in 2013, according to audited results. On a brighter note, the average length of patient…
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  • Pittsburgh Parking Wars

    Virginia
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    It was revealed on Wednesday evening that the 2015 Pittsburgh budget called for not only an increase in some parking rates, despite the fact that parking costs are already a bowl full of ridiculous with a side of bizonkers, but also extended meter enforcement hours until 10:00 p.m. Currently, the meters are enforced in downtown until 6:00 p.m., and that’s great news for restaurant owners and business owners like me and my husband. Park at a meter at 5:30 or so, feed a few quarters, and once that puppy realizes it’s six o’clock, it’s all, “Yeah. Whatever.
  • Bunny toots, Grinch poops, and a bit of holiday perspective

    Virginia
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Each year right about this time is when real true havoc hits America. Holiday. Havoc. [Wilhelm scream] It’s not bad enough that we feel pressure to make every holiday season the BEST. EVER. with turkey, trimmings, lights, cards, gifts, parties, etc., but now we’ve got Pinterest and I don’t know if you’ve plugged “Christmas Cookies” into the Pinterest search box lately, but please do so that you can also see what these overachieving batshit Martha Stewarts are calling Christmas Cookies these days. (Click the pictures to be taken to their respective recipes,…
  • Random n’at

    Virginia
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    1. A text from my mom after I replied “LOL” to the preceding text from her telling me I am to design her new kitchen: “No LOL unless you mean Lots Of Love because I am DEAD SERIOUS. And so is YOUR FATHER.” Of course I responded LOL to that and then her head exploded. 2. Russell Martin reportedly wants AT LEAST $75 million over five years.  Choose one of these reaction gifs. All are appropriate.     Maybe not the last one; I just love that gif. 3. I solved the mystery of why we’re slowing down at the mouths of tunnels in Pittsburgh and wrote about it…
  • My car tahr is on fahr.

    Virginia
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    As you know, Pittsburgh was determined by the readership of Gawker to have America’s Ugliest Accent. Now before you get your Steelers boxers in a bunch and start constructing a thousand-word comment on the Gawker piece in which you use phrases like barf breathers and SONSAJAGOFFBITCHES … read what I wrote. (Sometimes you write something and you think, “This isn’t bad.” And then you drink a shot of tequila and the phrase “putrescence of tongue” enters your brain and shoots out your fingertips onto the keyboard.) Read about why we shouldn’t be…
  • What I would have said …

    Virginia
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    I was asked recently by a local nonprofit to speak briefly to a group of disabled young adults about social media and how they can use it to effect change. For every ten times I get asked to speak, I say no to nine of them. This one I said yes to because it’s a subject I feel I truly have something valuable to say on — sentence-ending prepositions and all. After agreeing, I received an email letting me know quite kindly, complimentarily and apologetically that they no longer had time on the agenda for my five minutes. Was that really the case? Or did they realize how notorious I…
 
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  • Chipped Ham Pink is Now a Nail Polish Color

    Lindsay
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I’ve been working on a blog post about some great Pittsburgh Christmas gifts, but a tweet came across my radar with a Pittsburgh product that is probably worthy of its own blog post.  Chipped chopped ham is a distinctly Pittsburgh lunch meat.  If you didn’t grow up in Pittsburgh, and you aren’t familiar with the chipped chop ham or ham barbecue – head over to the chipped chopped ham Wikipedia page for a full education.  The fact that chipped chopped ham has its own Wikipedia page should be an indication to you that this is something Pittsburghers take seriously. So…
  • CHS Gift Project Party @ Houghs – Will YOU Help Us Reach Our Goal?

    Lindsay
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    UPDATE: If we raise all $5000 by 8pm 12/11/2014 – I’ll buy your first beer at Hough’s tonight. Get the details here.  Today, Thursday December 11, 2014 is the party for the CHS Holiday Gift Project at Houghs.  I am not yet ready to celebrate because we have only raised 20% of the $5000 needed for 2014.  While I look forward to drinking a beer with you this evening, I’m more interested in making sure we turn that 20% into 100%! Click here to donate $10 to the 2014 CHS Holiday Gift Project  CHS Holiday Gift By The Numbers In 2013 – 74 people donated to the…
  • Pitt-starter: Piebird – More Pie for Pittsburgh

    Lindsay
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Piebird has been baking up sweet treats for Pittsburgh restaurants since 2011.  They are planning to open a storefront on Butler Street in Lawrenceville in 2015 and needs your help to support the purchase of upgraded commercial pastry kitchen equipment including ovens, mixers, refrigerators, cookie sheets, and all of other essentials that are necessary to make sweet treats. I have selected this Kickstarter to share for two reasons… 1. Who doesn’t like pie? 2. Super creative Kickstarter perks – I give Piebird extra points for creative thinking on the thank you gifts –…
  • 10 Ways to Celebrate #GivingTuesday in Pittsburgh

    Lindsay
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    Happy GivingTuesday! Giving Tuesday is a movement to make the first Tuesday in December a day of giving. #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, we launched a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide. #IgivePGH – Share Your Pittsburgh Giving Stories We’re using the hashtag #IgivePGH to share links about local #GivingTuesday Stories.  We want to know what local nonprofit organizations you support and why! 10 Ways to…
  • A Dozen Photos from the 2014 Dirty Dozen & A Delicious Idea for a New Event

    Lindsay
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    For the third year in a row I spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving watching the Dirty Dozen bike race – you can get all of the details on the race from our previous post here.  I am proud to say that my spectating team has recruited a few more participants this year.  We make it to hill #4 and hill #9 with a stop for brunch in between. An Idea for a New “Sporting” Event – The Delicious Dozen While 200+ of Pittsburghs most hard core cyclists were making their way around the city, my spectating team was exercising their brain power and came up with a spectacular event…
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  • The Saga of a Crosswalk - or Why I'm Blogging Again

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    It's been over 3 years since I last wrote a post for this blog. Some really exciting things have happened in the meantime:The North Shore Connector was finished and has been very successful.Property Assessments finally happened again in Allegheny County.Gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania.The Great Allegheny Passage was FINALLY completed.I created the Knoxville Incline Overlook Park in an old vacant lot.Bill Peduto was elected Mayor of Pittsburgh - about as important at the local level as Barack Obama being elected President of the United States.A couple of not-so-great things: The…
  • On Blogging

    3 Aug 2011 | 12:18 pm
    When I first moved to Pittsburgh in 2006, I knew almost no one that lived here. I read all the news I could about my new city, and what I learned made me excited, angry, and enthusiastic. In 2007, I started blogging. By nature, blogging is a great outlet for frustration. It also ended up introducing me to many great Pittsburghers through Podcamp and Blogfest.But nowadays, when I'm angry or excited, I'm more likely to turn to twitter, or to rant it out over a beer with a friend on the South Side.I will continue to blog here once in a while, and I will leave the blog up indefinitely. This isn't…
  • Blog for Equality Redux

    10 May 2011 | 12:32 pm
    Last year, I participated in "Blog for Equality Day" on this blog. While I have been blogging less regularly this year, equality is still near and dear to my heart.Once again, the Pennsylvania State House is wasting time and taxpayer money on ridiculous pet projects. The state of Pennsylvania has repeatedly voted against re-defining marriage as between one man and one woman in a special constitutional amendment, but repeatedly our pathetic sniveling hypocritical house members keep leading the charge against equality.House Bill 1434 is the latest iteration and was introduced on May 3, 2011 by…
  • 2011 Primaries - Allgheny County Controller Edition

    6 May 2011 | 6:03 am
    There are 3 varied and qualified Democratic candidates running for the illustrious position of Allegheny County Controller. The incumbent (Mark Patrick Flaherty) has tossed his hat into the County Executive position leaving the job of Controller up for grabs.Valerie McDonald Roberts - She has a long history of public office in Allegheny County from Pittsburgh School Board President to City Council member to her current position as Recorder of Deeds. This woman is a spitfire who is hell bent on equal rights for women and minorities in public office. Hearing her speak is a pleasure. Infusing…
  • 2011 Primaries - Allegheny County Executive Edition

    15 Apr 2011 | 8:04 am
    Just like death and taxes, elections are an inevitable life event. In Pittsburgh, primaries will be held on May 17. As a registered Democrat, I will attempt to share my opinions and some facts about the Democratic candidates for office.This is a special year for the county. Why? After his drubbing in the state governor's race, Dan Onorato, our beloved County Executive, has decided against running for the esteemed office.As an especially informed voter this year, I had the pleasure of listening to the canned speeches of 2 of Dan's potential successors. Unfortunately, they both seem about the…
 
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  • Once a trend, creative church reuse is now a modern tradition in Pittsburgh

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Like many Pittsburgh churches before it, Immanuel Methodist Church on the North Side is about to see a new type of congregation. Instead of setting sanctuary for a religious flock, the closed church building and two neighboring properties are being transformed into an arts center: The Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, slated to open September 2015.
  • Gov.-elect Tom Wolf should complete the Mon-Fayette Expressway

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:12 pm
    The completion of 60 miles of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from I-68 in West Virginia to state Route 51 in southern Allegheny County was a remarkable accomplishment made possible by the commitment and leadership of four past governors, Democrats and Republicans. The Mon Valley Progress Council now asks Gov.-elect Tom Wolf to take the next step and do all he can to complete the Mon-a Fayette Expressway north of Route 51. Last year our organization proposed an alternative for this remaining section of the expressway project that addresses many of the concerns of the existing project design.
 
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  • More On Schwab's Ruling (As Viewed By The Trib)

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    My friends on the Tribune-Review editorial board published this this morning:U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab, sitting in Pittsburgh, has taken considerable heat in some legal circles for ruling that parts of President Barack Obama's deportation amnesty are unconstitutional. The rap against Tuesday's ruling is that it has little or no practical effect because it came in a technically unrelated criminal deportation case. Nonetheless, Judge Schwab's finding stings: “President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States…
  • Non-Political Announcement

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    My brass quintet will be playing at Phipps Conservatory this Friday at 6:30.It's a Christmas show and so we'll be playing mostly Christmas music (a couple of the arrangements are mine, in fact).It's a half hour show, so don't be late!
  • "Brentwood Candlelight Vigil for All Victims of Police Brutality" Tonight

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    There will be a candlelight vigil tonight in Brentwood on behalf of victims of police brutality.Via Facebook: We are bringing it to Brentwood, where 19 years ago, black motorist Jonny Gammage was left dead after an altercation with FIVE suburban police officers, after which one of the officers involved was promoted to sergeant. Though not part of the City, Brentwood is a first-ring suburb and a powerful indicator of what is happening just outside of the City proper. To have a presence here would be meaningful. The site of the vigil is just a half block from the Brentwood Police Station and…
  • Torture Follow-Up Questions For Senator Toomey

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    Now that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released its report showing Bush-era torture, it might be a good time to follow up on what some local Pennsylvania politicians have said regarding the torture.Let's start, since he's approaching a re-election campaign, Senator Pat Toomey.We visited this issue in 2010 where this happened:However, on the hot-button issue of torture now under debate in Washington, Toomey twice refused to reveal his position on the interrogation method used on suspected terrorists which simulates drowning. "My understanding is that [waterboarding]…
  • Prosecute The Torture. Prosecute Bush, Cheney for The Torture

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Ok, let's stick to the legal texts.This is from the preamble to the UN Convention Against Torture:Considering the obligation of States under the Charter, in particular Article 55, to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms, Having regard to article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which provide that no one may be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,Having regard also to the Declaration on the Protection of…
 
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  • There Can Be Only One Sparkle Queen

    burghbaby
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I think one of the biggest misconceptions about parenting some people have is that they seem think you get to pick what flavor of kid you will get. They think you get to pick if your kid will enjoy music, be good at sports, live for sparkle, or whatever. (There are certainly parents who believe that -- it's not just people who don't have kids. I encountered one parent who thought it at Target a while back. Dude was trying his best to convince his 3 or 4-year old little girl that Barbies are "caca" and "not fun at all." I swear I could hear the Karma Train rolling around the bend and looking…
  • The Elf Visits Big Kid Street

    burghbaby
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Alexis is obviously standing at the intersection of Big Kid Street and Little Kid Lane, looking down both streets and unsure which direction she should walk. Right now she's leaning toward Little Kid Lane, I think because it makes the holidays so much more magical. Man, that kid wants to believe SO badly. I mentioned that the elf made an appearance at our house, despite the fact that I think it more closely resembles kindling than a good idea. Alexis finds it to be the most fun ever, though, so I persevere. I might be the meanest person ever, but I can play along for the sake of a kid.
  • One Last Word About Christmas Crazy 6

    burghbaby
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I swear I will stop talking about Christmas Crazy in a minute or ten, but not yet. Not yet because I think the internet as a whole spends a whole lot of time wallowing in the bad and not nearly enough time celebrating the fantastic. This. This is fantastic. I would like to show you every single thing that made its way to Center for Victims this weekend, but that would take a very long time. How's that for a good problem to have? While I can't show you everything, I can show you a few mini piles of fantastic. For example, this year there were a lot of Legos in the pile. Legos are good. So is…
  • Benjamin is Back

    burghbaby
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We have a ton of Christmas traditions around here, and one of them is mentioning Benjamin in this space. Since 2011, Benjamin has elected to give up his birthday presents so that Christmas Crazy could have a few more things. And by "a few," I mean a CAR LOAD. Seriously. I would estimate that Benjamin showed up at the Christmas Crazy drop-off with about $500 worth of toys. He is why we topped the $10,000 mark. I mean, lot and lots of people are why we topped the $10,000 mark, but he's the only one I know who decided to give up his birthday presents so that other kids could have a merry…
  • Christmas Crazy, Volume 6.Amazing

    burghbaby
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    It wasn't the first time I said it, but this year I meant it. If ever there was a right year to bow out of running Christmas Crazy, this was it. I often say that everyone has 24 hours in their day. It's up to us all to figure out how to use those 24 hours. That means nobody is any busier than anyone else. It's choices, really. Right now choices have me up to my eyeballs in chaos. It would have been a good year to quit. It wasn't just the chaos, though. I have a fear that I will post "Let's do this!" in regards to Christmas Crazy and will be met with the sound of crickets. Every year I get…
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  • Staying Fit By Tracking Your Fitness Activities

    Margareth
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    An activity tracker can help you in a lot of ways when it comes to staying fit. But because it can be expensive to obtain one, you should choose a unit that suits your lifestyle, and, of course your wallet. No matter how useful this unit is if you don’t know how to maximize its benefits, then you’re just wasting your money. So, you must make sure that you use it every day. The great thing about it is that this type of gadget is small. It’s inconspicuous enough that you can take it on trips, wear it every day and forget that you’re wearing it. However, because this unit is small, you…
  • Available Suitcase Options for Small and Large Trips

    Margareth
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Choosing the right suitcases can prevent minor tragedies. If you have an oversized bag, you’ll surely have to pay for the huge baggage fees. Plus, you’ll have to deal with the embarrassment of trying to squeeze the bag to an overhead compartment. Thus, to have the best travel experience, you need to pick the perfect carry-on without having to worry about checked in bags. Then, you can avoid the extra fees. Options available You can find different options for suitcases on the market. There are bags that come with wheels or retractable handles. However, the most common options are the ones…
  • Advantages of Having a Nest Thermostat

    Margareth
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Nest thermostat uses a smart technology. It makes this unit think and operate in a smart way resulting in a significant amount of savings. Some people never thought that their thermostats don’t matter at all but according to research, they can control half of a home’s energy. Programming it can help you save 20% on your heating and cooling bill. Other thermostats The problem with most thermostats is that they can make you waste hundreds of dollars each year. Although most thermostats these days are programmable, users aren’t too fond of that trick or their units are just too complicated…
  • Tips to Find the Best Memory Foam Mattress Online

    Margareth
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    You may be intimidated to purchase a memory foam mattress because of its expensive price, it can be scary to invest into something that you’re not sure of. So, it’s best to become a smart consumer when it comes to buying any type of bed. Compare Before you can compare from one model to another, you need to conduct a thorough research. In this way, you’ll know what a memory foam mattress is, and you can also determine its pros and cons and the different brands that you can find on the market. By conducting a thorough research, you can be sure that you’ll receive a quality product. The…
  • Buying Guide For Kitchen Faucets

    Margareth
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:02 am
    If you are installing a new faucet or replacing an old one, you need to be very careful and specific while choosing them. It is always advised that you consider a few parameters before selecting the proper faucet that will not only suit your kitchen and home décor but will operate as required. The options you will face can be overwhelming and confusing, so after consulting with Faucet Assistant we will discuss a few important features that should be taken into consideration while buying the correct faucet for your kitchen. Installation Method: The most important consideration you have to…
 
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  • Volquez gonzo

    Jimmie
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    He signs a 2 year $20 million deal with KC.
  • Steelreign : Pirates Sign A Big Bat At PirateFest

    Steelreign
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:39 pm
    While walking around PirateFest, I saw one of the coolest things I believe I have ever seen when it comes to signed memorabilia. It is a seven foot, white ash, custom made baseball bat that weighs sixty pounds and contains approximately 183 signatures of current and former Pirates players. This bat is as unique of a piece as anything I have ever seen. The idea behind the bat came to life over a few beers and soon after, the bat's owner began gathering the boards of white ash that would be necessary to make this monster. The production of the bat would take around a year to complete, which…
  • pitt @ atl game replay on NFL network at 2:00 PM ET today (tues).

    steel0710
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    subject says it all.
  • 2014 NFL Pick-em's Contest: Week 16

    foslrock
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:13 pm
    32 games remain in the season, and there is a considerable push from traditional power players like Blaster, Shawda, JPPT1974, and Shaker100 to claim that top spot. Here is how it works this season. The best poster will receive a bye into the second round. A FREE Pass from the round of death, which will be in the first round. We will have 3 match ups with 3 players each, and the top player from each round will move on to the second round, where we then begin a tournament in which one player is eliminated every week until one remains. So…here we go. Congrats to jleisele58, and Indiana…
  • Steelreign : Cervelli Looking To Immerse Himself In Pittsburgh Culture

    Steelreign
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    At this year's PirateFest, Kipper and I were able to sit down and chat with new Pittsburgh Pirates catcher, Francisco Cervelli, thanks to Pirates Social Media Director, Terry Rodgers. I asked Francisco how long it took him to look at video of our pitching staff once he became a Pittsburgh Pirate, and while he thought it was important to do that, he said he hadn't yet done it because he was on vacation. Kipper asked him what he knew about the Pirates before coming here and Cervelli responded by naming off a list of players, including, A.J., Marte, Hughes and a few others he has played against…
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