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  1. Trump budget proposal would cut federal programs for poorRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 19, 2017 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    From funding for affordable housing, to money for heating assistance, to legal help for the poor, President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget aims to cut or eliminate a host of anti-poverty programs, many of which have existed for decades. "This budget is a complete attack on poor people," said Rochelle Jackson, public policy advocate at anti-hunger group Just Harvest.


  2. Guardians on call: Preparing to care for kids if parents are deportedRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2017 |

    Regardless of how the nation proceeds with immigration enforcement, the children of illegal aliens should be treated with kid gloves. They're innocent of politics.


  3. Up-and-coming neighborhoods saw home prices explode in 2016Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 26, 2017 |

    "Right now, houses in Brookline are selling faster than any place - timewise - at least in the city, maybe in the suburbs, too," said Howard "Hoddy" Hanna III, chairman of O'Hara-based Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the region's No. 1 real estate firm.


  4. Cubans bests Pittsburgh boxers in rematchRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2017 |

    PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba - Young Pittsburgh boxers strode into a big old gym filled with 500 cheering locals Wednesday afternoon, the visitors clad in the "Apollo Creeds," red, white and blue shorts, straight out of "Rocky." The red, white and blue Cuban flag hung floor to ceiling to greet them, with a classroom-sized American flag beside it.


  5. Pa. Senate grills corrections officials on plan to close two prisonsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2017 |

    Pennsylvania senators peppered state corrections officials at a hearing this morning with questions about the safety, savings and speed of a plan to close two prisons this year. Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, suggested the Wolf administration's announcement of prison closings might be an attempt at "leverage" in order to get a tax increase passed.


  6. Lobbying begins to keep SCI Pittsburgh prison openRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2017 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    If the Wolf administration names SCI Pittsburgh as one of the two prisons it plans to close this year, it won't be the first time the prison known as Western Pen has been shut down. First opened in 1882, the prison on the Ohio River in the Woods Run neighborhood was cleared of inmates, though maintained for possible future use - "mothballed," in Department of Corrections parlance - in 2005, when state officials said housing the prisoners elsewhere would be more efficient.


  7. Unregulated recovery homes criticized over living conditionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 2, 2017 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Three-quarter-way houses are meant to be a bridge to independent living for addicts, but critics calling for tougher state oversight say some are so crowded, unsupervised and unstable that they can hobble the recovery process. Neither state nor Allegheny County officials have complete tallies of recovery homes, also known as three-quarter-way or sober-living homes.


  8. Filmmaking is booming here, creating new jobsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 18, 2016 |

    "People cannot believe I live here and make a good living in Pittsburgh," said Patty Bell, whose resume as a makeup artist includes locally shot projects such as "Fences," "Last Flag Flying," "Outsiders" and "The Dark Knight Rises." This has been a boom year for Western Pennsylvania, with two major motion pictures and three television series filmed here, said Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office.


  9. Brian O'Neill: The Brookline pol who got Fidel's nodRead the original story

    Nov 30, 2016 |

    With Cuba in an official mourning period for Fidel Castro, I gave a call to Mike Diven, the only American politician I know to get an endorsement from one of the hemisphere's most divisive figures. Mr. Diven, 46, hasn't been a state legislator for nearly a decade.


  10. Pennsylvania releases public schools' report cardsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 13, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Technically, the latest state report card scores for the majority of elementary and middle schools across Pennsylvania were lower than the ones in 2014, the most recent year the School Performance Profile data was collected for K-8 schools. But don't call it a "drop," warned Matthew Stem, the state Department of Education's deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education.


  11. State PSSA report shows drop in scores for Pittsburgh schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 5, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The president of the Pittsburgh school board tonight said she was "shocked" by the results of district's latest state report card showing two-thirds of its schools scored below 60 out of a possible 107 points. How the Pittsburgh Public Schools will compare to other districts in the state won't be clear until the Pennsylvania Department of Education releases School Performance Profile data early next week.


  12. Obituary: Daniel A. Kohut / Cited for bravery in prison ordealRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 3, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Daniel Kohut found a quieter life in retirement after the stress of a career in corrections, which hit its most traumatic and dramatic point 33 years ago when he interrupted a possible murder and escape plot at the state prison in Pittsburgh, and then was held hostage for almost six days. A long-time Brookline resident, Mr. Kohut found a spot in Central City, Somerset County, and spent time there with his younger brother, Stephen, and friends, fishing, golfing, hunting and watching his favorite shows on TV, according to his daughter, Mandy Kohut of Jeannette.


  13. Boxing boom: Gyms are hidden gems for a sport the faithful see reboundingRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 3, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    They often hide in plain sight, at times difficult to find even with an address, a working GPS and a keen eye. One is a converted fire station, a two-story brick building south of Brookline with a musty, low-ceiling basement and a garage door that, when opened, provides an exit for pain-induced grunts rather than firetrucks.


  14. PNC to shutter five branches; Local shops arrive at Pittsburgh...Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2016 |

    PNC Financial Services Group will close five branch banks in the region Oct. 21. The affected branches include one in Pittsburgh on Brookline Boulevard, Brookline; three in Washington County: Main Street, Burgettstown; Wood Street, California; and Dunnings Highway, Claysburg; and one in Westmoreland County: Lincoln Heights branch, Lowery Avenue, Jeannette. Customers of the branches were notified last month.


  15. City calendar for August 8 - 14Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 7, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    DOWNTOWN: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will offer free, self-guided tours of the old Allegheny County Jail Museum at 440 Ross St., from 11:30 1 p.m. For more information, [email protected] or 412-471-5808, ext. 527. HIGHLAND PARK: The third and final film to be presented in Highland Park as part of the Citiparks' Cinema in the Parks series will be "Cinderella" .


  16. Singer and former rail engineer turn 100Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 1, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    In her 100 years, Nan Moone Currington of the Hill District has managed to divide her talents between the Pittsburgh Public Schools and her church. And her service only seems to make her stronger.


  17. City calendar for August 1-7Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 31, 2016 |

    DOWNTOWN: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will offer free, self-guided tours of the old Allegheny County Jail Museum at 440 Ross St., from 11:30 1 p.m. For more information, [email protected] or 412-471-5808, ext. 527. HILL DISTRICT: National Night Out will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dinwiddie Street, between Centre and Fifth avenues.


  18. City calendar for July 18-24Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 17, 2016 |

    DOWNTOWN: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will offer free, self-guided tours of the old Allegheny County Jail Museum at 440 Ross St., from 11:30 1 p.m. For more information, [email protected] or 412-471-5808, ext. 527. HIGHLAND PARK: The next film to be presented as part of the Cinema in the Parks series at Highland Park will be "Inside Out."


  19. Random Acts of Kindness: Keys lost on the bike trailRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 13, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    My husband and I were biking over the 4th of July weekend and had parked our car at the Millvale end of the bike trail. We stopped for lunch at a popular restaurant along the North Shore when I discovered that my car key had fallen out of my pants pocket somewhere along the route.


  20. Pennsylvania Senate expands film tax credit program by $5 millionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 13, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Under the legislation, which was included in the state's tax code , the maximum available tax credits would expand from $60 million to $65 million beginning in fiscal year 2017-2018, to bolster Pennsylvania's film and television industry. Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, D-Allegheny, a proponent of the bill and the program, estimated that each dollar invested in the film tax credit program generates approximately seven times that amount in economic impact.


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