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Leon Ford announces run for Pittsburgh City Council

Leon Ford announces run for Pittsburgh City Council

By Kieran McLean, Staff Writer

12:32 am


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Community activist Leon Ford is challenging 10-year 9th District incumbent the Rev. Ricky Burgess for his city council seat.

Clean air policies go up in smoke

Clean air policies go up in smoke

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

12:16 am


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh isn’t a newcomer to low rankings in air quality. The city is ranked the eighth worst city in the country for particle pollution by the American Lung Association and received straight-F grades for particle pollution and ozone levels.

Pittsburghers protest Sessions firing, Trump-Russia claims

Pittsburghers protest Sessions firing, Trump-Russia claims

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Pittsburghers came together on Thursday night to protest Trump’s recent firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the immediate promotion of lawyer Matthew Whitaker to the Attorney General position.

Midterm special election question: Allegheny County Children’s Fund

Midterm special election question: Allegheny County Children’s Fund

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, For The Pitt News

November 6, 2018


Filed under City, News

Alongside voting on local representatives in the midterm election, residents of Allegheny County will vote on the proposed Allegheny County Children's Fund.

Power outage affects multiple buildings on Forbes Ave

Power outage affects multiple buildings on Forbes Ave

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A power outage on Monday left multiple buildings on Forbes Ave. vacant for the night. The cause of the outage is still unknown.

A day in the life of student canvassing

A day in the life of student canvassing

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

For Alex Rose, the two days leading up to an election are filled with knocking on front doors, asking questions and marking responses. That’s what the job of a student canvasser entails.

Five Pa. House races to watch

Five Pa. House races to watch

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Approach Tuesday’s midterm elections with an eye on these key districts.

Student organizations encourage midterm voting

Student organizations encourage midterm voting

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

November 5, 2018


Filed under City, News

Several student organizations on campus held events in hopes of encouraging voter turnout on election day. According to Adwait Shukla, president of Pitt’s Interfraternity Council and senior adviser of the South Asian Student Association, “If you want candidates who represent your interests, the midterms are where you should vote.”

Pittsburgh International Airport approves new budget for changes

Pittsburgh International Airport approves new budget for changes

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Pittsburgh International Airport will soon see changes to the operating systems of the airport. Students getting ready to jet home on the next break from school will begin to see changes in the Pittsburgh airport — and hopefully, cheaper tickets too.

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

Robert Bowers, 46, had been indicted on 44 counts by a federal grand jury Wednesday relating to the killing of 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue last weekend.

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

By Dylan Giaccobe, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

When President Donald Trump visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stayed far away – as did many other local elected officials. But a student-organized Unite Against Hate rally in Schenley Plaza Wednesday night brought the...

Trump’s visit inspires community protests

Trump’s visit inspires community protests

By Kieran McLean and Jon Kunitsky

October 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Activism became part of Pittsburgh’s mourning process Tuesday, as more than a thousand people gathered in Squirrel Hill to protest the arrival of President Donald Trump. In response to Saturday's Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, activist groups in Pittsburgh organized multiple simultaneous gatherin...

City of steel is a city of scares

City of steel is a city of scares

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt students looking for a haunt don’t have to look far. Pittsburgh is home to several haunted locations for those looking for a scare all year long, including one of Pitt’s own Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms. The Early American Room, situated in room 328 of the Cathedral, is alleged...

The tricks, treats and traditions of Halloween

The tricks, treats and traditions of Halloween

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

It’s hard to believe that consuming mounds of Snickers and Kit Kat bars every Oct. 31 hasn’t always been a part of the Halloween tradition. In fact, the holiday used to be far from the hoarding of junk food, it was instead a time for rooting of kale and cabbage, and playing divination games. L...

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

By Janine Faust and Hannah Schneider

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As Air Force One touched down at the Pittsburgh International Airport around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, thousands of Pittsburghers gathered in Squirrel Hill to make their dissatisfaction with his visit known. But the two didn’t overlap — Trump made no public appearances in his time in Pittsburgh, and the...

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News

Despite an open letter signed by more than 60,000 people telling President Donald Trump — in plain terms — that he is not welcome in Pittsburgh in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, the White House confirmed today the president and first lady plan to visit the Steel City on Tuesday. ...

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the President and First Lady will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

By The Pitt News Staff

October 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

11 are dead and 6 injured after a shooter attacked a synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. The suspect will 29 federal charges at his scheduled appearance in court on Monday.

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 Pittsburghers were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, President Donald Trump publicly renounced the act and pledged his support to the victims. The president responded to the incident on Twitter at at 11:08 a.m, about an hour after the fi...

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed 29 federal charges against suspect Robert Bowers.

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the Pittsburgh community gathered to remember the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, which claimed the lives of 11 Pittsburghers.

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

The names of the 11 people killed by a gunman who opened fire Saturday in the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill were released Sunday morning. Among the victims, who ranged in age from 54 to 97, were a married couple from Wilkinsburg and a pair of brothers who lived in Squirrel Hill. [Re...

Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect: What we know

Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect: What we know

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Robert Bowers frequently posted anti-Semitic views on social media. Five minutes before police were alerted of a deadly shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue, Bowers wrote: "Screw your optics. I'm going in." He is the primary suspect in the massacre.

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Hundreds of Pittsburgh community members gathered to mourn the victims of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime in one of America's most deeply rooted Jewish neighborhoods.

The inside scoop on Klavon’s sundaes

The inside scoop on Klavon’s sundaes

By Jon Moss and Mary Rose O'Donnel, The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As self-driving cars roam Pittsburgh’s streets and local computer scientists develop advanced robots, one ice cream shop keeps the feeling of the early 20th century alive. Nestled in the historic Strip District, at the corner of Penn Avenue and 28th Street, Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor has been a...

Everything Pitt students need to know about the 2018 midterm elections

Everything Pitt students need to know about the 2018 midterm elections

By Dylan Giacobbe, Hannah Schneider, and Ashley Priore

October 19, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The 2018 midterm elections in Pennsylvania take place Nov. 6 — but Pitt students who vote in these elections have traditionally been low in number.

Pittsburghers gear up for new bike plan

Pittsburghers gear up for new bike plan

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

October 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

About 35 people gathered in the Manchester Citizen Corporation on Monday to attend the second of three meetings DOMI organized.

Port Authority reroutes in East End

Port Authority reroutes in East End

By Jon Moss, For the Pitt News

October 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Port Authority’s plans to create a faster, more consistent and more reliable bus service between the East End and Downtown Pittsburgh came to a screeching halt in May 2017 after it received public backlash for including service cuts to some routes. Following community debate, including several town halls and act...

East End Co-op: a fresh food fountain in the desert

East End Co-op: a fresh food fountain in the desert

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Alongside the discount food chain Save-A-Lot, the co-op, located on Meade Street between Wilkinsburg and Point Breeze, has operated as a full-service grocery store since 1978. The operation is run by only 70 employees and works with more than 150 local suppliers to bring food items that not only support shoppers’ health, but also the local economy.

Uncle Sam’s Sub’s Oakland location to close

Uncle Sam’s Sub’s Oakland location to close

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Uncle Sam's Sub's is closing its doors after 35 years of business at it's Oakland location

Pittsburgh community mourns Mac Miller

Pittsburgh community mourns Mac Miller

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Video

Blue Slide Park in Squirrel Hill’s Frick Park became synonymous with late Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller after he released both a song and album eponymous with the iconic slide. On Tuesday night it was a place of mourning for Miller. Hundreds of Pittsburghers — fans, old friends and family alike...

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

At nearly 900 pages, a sweeping report identified some 300 priests accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children over the past seven decades in six dioceses across Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

By The Pitt News Staff

September 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, City, Culture, Music, News

The rapper died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a report from TMZ. He was 26 years old and about to go on tour.

PennEnvironment hosts rally for clean air

PennEnvironment hosts rally for clean air

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News

Citizens assemble at the Allegheny County Courthouse, waving signs condemning dirty air, as they meet for another Friday with Fitzgerald.

Shapiro speaks on safety

Shapiro speaks on safety

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Shapiro addressed four major areas in the report — global recommendations, sexual assault, mental health and drug and alcohol.

Pittsburgh area school to keep controversial cops

Pittsburgh area school to keep controversial cops

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Woodland Hills School board voted to renew its contracts with the Rankin and Churchill police departments and keep armed officers in schools despite a string of violent incidents.

Scoobi brings electric scooters to Pittsburgh streets

Scoobi brings electric scooters to Pittsburgh streets

By Samuel Weber, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Welcome Back 2018

The Pittsburgh-based company Scoobi seeks to cut down on emissions with its new fleet of rentable electric scooters.

UPMC Mercy expansion approved after community voices opposition

UPMC Mercy expansion approved after community voices opposition

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, UPMC

UPMC Mercy's controversial expansion plan will proceed, after a 7-2 vote and more than two hours of public opposition to the plan.

Train derails near Station Square

Train derails near Station Square

By The Pitt News Staff

August 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed Sunday afternoon near Station Square.

2 men arrested for stealing over $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library

2 men arrested for stealing over $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library

By Christian Snyder, Editor in chief

July 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Two men, the archivist at CLP and the owner of Caliban, were arrested for stealing and selling millions worth of rare books from the library.

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

July 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Top Stories

A group of community members gathered Tuesday to urge the Pittsburgh City Council require UPMC enter a community benefits agreement.

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

By Kieran Mclean | For The Pitt News

June 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Members of nine community groups gathered at City Hall Thursday morning in front of a sky-blue banner declaring “The City of Pittsburgh Welcomes You.” The crowd demanded that the City release the conditions of its proposal to Amazon. Jules Lobel, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Law Depar...

Michael Rosfeld charged with homicide in Antwon Rose killing

Michael Rosfeld charged with homicide in Antwon Rose killing

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-chief

June 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Michael Rosfeld, the 30-year-old East Pittsburgh police officer from Penn Hills who fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose on June 19, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide, according to court documents filed Wednesday morning. Rosfeld turned himself at City Court on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and was granted an unsecured $250,000 b...

GALLERY: The Week in Antwon Rose Protests

GALLERY: The Week in Antwon Rose Protests

By TPN Staff

June 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Visual

June 21, 2018  Early Afternoon—Protesters gathered outside the Allegheny County Courthouse in the second major protest against police brutality after Antwon Rose Jr's death on June 19, 2018. Rose Jr and two others were in a car suspected of involvement in a drive-by shooting Tuesday evening. Rose Jr...

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

By Christian Snyder and Kieran Mclean | The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Top Stories

After East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot unarmed Woodland Hills High School student Antwon Rose Tuesday night, the community responded quickly, organizing daily protests that Pittsburgh officials expect to continue through the summer. The first protest began outside the East Pit...

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-chief

June 21, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

This story was first posted at 6:48 p.m. The Allegheny County Police Department confirmed the identity of the officer involved in the Tuesday night fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School student. [Read: Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police...

Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police

Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police

By The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A police officer from the East Pittsburgh Police Department shot and killed Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School student, the night of Tuesday, June 19. Rose was unarmed at the time he was shot. East Pittsburgh is located near the Monongahela River to the southeast of Pitt...

Islamic community comes together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Islamic community comes together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Video

As the sun rose upon Schenley Park on Friday, the park filled with hundreds ready to pray and celebrate. Children played at the petting zoo and three colorful bounce houses, and got their faces painted while parents bought food from the surrounding food trucks to celebrate Eid al-Fitr — a holiday marki...

Voodoo brewery unveils new can for “H2P” IPA

Voodoo brewery unveils new can for “H2P” IPA

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under City, News

Pennsylvania-based brewery Voodoo released a new design for its Pitt-themed IPA “H2P” after a legal dispute with Pitt caused the brewery to change the beer’s popular original can design that included the letters “H2P” in Pitt script and an image of the Cathedral of Learning. The new cans st...

The Post-Gazette pushes back after Rob Rogers’ firing

The Post-Gazette pushes back after Rob Rogers’ firing

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired cartoonist Rob Rogers June 14 for being “unwilling to collaborate on his cartoons” after 25 years of creating editorial cartoons for the paper. Rogers claims that he was fired because his supervising editors thought he was being too harsh to President Donald Trump...

Oakland business owners say “No More” to sexual harassment

Oakland business owners say “No More” to sexual harassment

By Sam Weber | Staff Writer

June 12, 2018


Filed under City, News

Along Oakland Avenue from Sennott Street to Forbes Avenue, local businesses and organizations came out Tuesday afternoon to celebrate a new partnership between the Southwestern PA Says No More initiative and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. The program is called Oakland Says No More and is a campaign des...

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 12, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple lit up downtown Pittsburgh over the weekend as members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies united to celebrate their differences and show support for the community. They danced, sang and kissed under rainbow flags. This was Pittsburgh PrideFest 2018. ...

Pitt protesters pressure Peduto on Shell plant

Pitt protesters pressure Peduto on Shell plant

By Jon Kunitsky | For the Pitt News

June 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The seven-year-long battle over an ethane cracker plant between Shell Chemical, the petrochemicals arm of Royal Dutch Shell, and clean-climate activists took another turn Friday morning when a group of Pitt alumni and current students took to the Smithfield Street Bridge to drop a banner in protes...

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Citizens had a chance to address pressing issues like Amazon, small businesses and the ethane plant in Beaver County with some of Pittsburgh’s most important figures — Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald — Monday night at Union Project in Highland Park. Peduto, F...

Amazon HQ2 debate continues in Pittsburgh

Amazon HQ2 debate continues in Pittsburgh

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News

Amazon first stirred up conversation in Oakland and in Pittsburgh when the Seattle-based electronic commerce company opened a pickup location on Oakland Avenue in October. The City was launched into one of the biggest national business stories in recent memory when Amazon announced in January that the Steel City was o...

A night at The Priory

A night at The Priory

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

The ballroom of the Priory Grand Hall, a small hotel in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Deutschtown, is actually a converted church — but last Friday it became a boxing ring. A red-matted ring bordered by red and blue ropes sat in the center of the ballroom, hit directly by the fading ev...

Soldiers and Sailors celebrates Memorial Day

Soldiers and Sailors celebrates Memorial Day

By Sam Weber | Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Butler-local Tom McKay, an ex-Marine, stood outside Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Monday to experience the museum’s annual celebration for the first time. He described the day as a “sweeping experience.” Red, white and blue T-shirts and flags were scattered across the front lawn of So...

Pennsylvania primaries test new congressional maps

Pennsylvania primaries test new congressional maps

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

At Hitchhiker Brewing — a small brewery in Sharpsburg — thunderous applause greeted Sara Innamorato as she entered the building Tuesday night. Hugging and shaking hands with anyone she passed, she was as excited to see each of them as they were to see her. Innamorato beat incumbent Dom Costa in the D...

Stormy Daniels performs in Pittsburgh amid national controversy

Stormy Daniels performs in Pittsburgh amid national controversy

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

May 16, 2018


Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

Storms have been in Pittsburgh’s forecast ever since spring broke — but May 3 and 4 held a different kind of storm in Downtown’s forecast. The adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, performed two shows on both Wednesday and Thursday at Blush, a strip club on 9th...

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Amber Baker led her team of “Bosom Buddies” through Schenley Park this Mother’s Day with her daughter, Angelina Chertik, who traveled across the state from Philadelphia to attend the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual 5K run that raises money and awareness for breast cancer. Baker, a ...

Pittsburgh work crew removes Stephen Foster statue

Pittsburgh work crew removes Stephen Foster statue

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

April 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The controversial statue of American songwriter Stephen Foster was removed by the city of Pittsburgh from its perch near Schenley Plaza early Thursday morning. Sculpted in 1900 by Giuseppe Moretti, the statue has sat across from the Stephen Foster Memorial since 1940. It depicts Foster, a 19th-cent...

Founders Institute open for entrepreneurship

Founders Institute open for entrepreneurship

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under City, News

Randy Eager, a lifelong entrepreneur and Pittsburgh resident of 27 years, realized in the summer of 2017 that Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurial ecosystem lacked two key things — entrepreneur education and corporate investment. While developing his company Aqualibrium LLC, he noticed a need for mentorin...

Wrestler Bruno Sammartino, Oakland native, dies at 82

Wrestler Bruno Sammartino, Oakland native, dies at 82

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Bruno Sammartino, a former professional wrestler and Oakland native, died Wednesday after battling health issues for the last two months. His wife, Carol, and two of his sons were at his side when he died peacefully. He was 82. Sammartino was born in October of 1935 and immigrated to South Oakland from Pizzo...

Public provides input on Foster statue replacement

Public provides input on Foster statue replacement

By Theresa Dickerson | Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

There is currently no statue in Pittsburgh that represents an African-American woman. But that is going to change in the next month — and it’s happening right on Pitt’s campus. The City confirmed in March that the 10-foot-tall bronze statue of musician Stephen Foster, located on Forbes Avenue across from the Stephen Foster Memorial, would be removed in April. Foster will be replaced with a local, historical, female African...

Duck Hollow: Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood

Duck Hollow: Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

There’s only one way in and out of Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood — a one-lane bridge marred with potholes and streaked with graffiti. Duck Hollow was founded 140 years ago as housing for employees of the U.S. Steel Corporation and the Carrie Furnace. Situated south of Squirrel Hill on the north b...

Coloring out cancer: Students run for research

Coloring out cancer: Students run for research

By Theresa Dickerson | For The Pitt News

April 15, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Colors flew through the air in Schenley Park this past weekend at the Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together’s 5K Race and Color Run. Members of the Pittsburgh community came to support the student-led organization at its annual event, which aims to raise money for the Hillman Cancer Research Center. Whi...

March for matter: Community comes together for science

March for matter: Community comes together for science

By Kenan Meral | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Citing an “attack on science and science finding,” Dana Kellerman went to Washington, D.C., last April to join the first March for Science. One year later, Kellerman, a 52-year-old resident of Fox Chapel, came to the Pittsburgh march with a more specific demand. “I marched this year because I...

Gene’s Place raises the bar in #PittMadness challenge

Gene’s Place raises the bar in #PittMadness challenge

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

April 13, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Move over, Villanova — there’s a new bracket winner in town. Gene’s Place, located on Louisa Street in Oakland, won the Barstool Pitt #PittMadness bracket challenge April 11, beating out student favorites like Mario’s South Side Saloon, Garage Door Saloon, Hemingway’s Cafe and Peter’s Pub ...

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

April 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Nathan Davis, a former professor at Pitt’s department of music and renowned jazz musician, died on Sunday from natural causes. He was 81. Davis came to Pitt in 1969 as the director of the jazz studies program. During his time at Pitt, he founded and directed the University’s annual jazz seminar. He als...

Allentown stays soulful as businesses flourish

Allentown stays soulful as businesses flourish

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

April 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Craig Bittner walked into the dimly lit Black Forge Coffee House on Arlington Avenue one breezy Saturday morning in March, past the walls covered in local art for sale and a large chalkboard calendar of local events. He cheerfully greeted the barista and ordered a “cold bro.” Bittner, a 24-yea...

Northview Heights provides refuge in Pittsburgh

Northview Heights provides refuge in Pittsburgh

By Sarah Shearer | Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Fumbling for their IDs at the entrance, first-time visitors to Northview Heights are often surprised when they see they must present identification to get onto the grounds. Once past the initial guard station, visitors are met with 200 security cameras turned on the neighborhood. Tall metal gates...

Students report on community work in Homewood

Students report on community work in Homewood

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Students, Homewood residents and members of the Community Engagement Center filled the Homewood-Brushton Branch YMCA’s meeting room, waiting for their chance to hear how the community workers had been spending their time.   Residents of Homewood attended the Pitt CEC’s Community Assistant Report Out e...

‘We’re fed up:’ Thousands demand action against gun violence in Pgh march

‘We’re fed up:’ Thousands demand action against gun violence in Pgh march

By Kenan Meral | For The Pitt News

March 24, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

More than 30,000 people marched through Downtown Saturday afternoon, chanting “enough is enough” and “books not bullets” and waving signs with slogans such as, “If kids are old enough to get shot, they’re old enough to have opinions.” The Pittsburgh March For Our Lives, like others held in Washingt...

Pitt students and alumni run for state House

Pitt students and alumni run for state House

By Sophia Mastroianni | Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Jacob Pavlecic and his best friend Quin McLaughlin’s conversations were usually about local sports. But after the 2016 election, McLaughlin — now a student at Slippery Rock University —  surprised Pavlecic by switching their conversations to politics. He thought Pavlecic could run for office. ...

NPR correspondent reveals hidden brain

NPR correspondent reveals hidden brain

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

The human brain cannot see reality correctly, according to Shankar Vedantam. Vedantam, National Public Radio’s social science correspondent, asserts that the subconscious is so powerful it dramatically impacts the way people view the world. But he believes people can overcome these biases with ...

Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Anand Mahalingam and Vineet Raghu hosted a dance competition Saturday night for two reasons — nostalgia and hunger. Literal, physical hunger. Strutting around the stage of the Soldiers and Sailors auditorium, the two Pitt graduates hosting Dhirana — the national Indian classical dance competition he...

Forbes Qdoba closed after lawsuit, health violations

Forbes Qdoba closed after lawsuit, health violations

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 15, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Forbes Avenue Qdoba closed after the Qdoba Restaurant Corp. sued the franchise’s owners for breach of contract because of numerous code violations. Qdoba filed a lawsuit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Feb. 28 against Brooks Hospitality, Chad Brooks and Sally Brooks. The suit ...

Lamb vs. Saccone: National attention on Pa’s 18th District

Lamb vs. Saccone: National attention on Pa’s 18th District

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Voters are going to the polls today in Pennsylvania’s 18th District to decide between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone in a uncharacteristically close race in the deeply Republican district. The 18th District favored President Donald Trump by 20 points in 2016, but polls show a v...

Carnegie library hosts drag queen story hour

Carnegie library hosts drag queen story hour

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under City

Akasha L Van-Cartier had a message for the 130 children and parents that attended the Carnegie Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour Saturday. “You can be anything that you want to be, at any time you want to be it, and if you want to change what you want to be halfway through being it — do that,”...

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Independent candidate Erika Strassburger will succeed Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh City Council after District 8 voters handed her a decisive victory Tuesday. Strassburger finished with 64 percent of the vote, more than double her closest opponent, Democratic nominee and East Liberty restaurant owner Sonja Finn, who finished with 28 percent. ...

Faludi discusses gender identity

Faludi discusses gender identity

By Katie Gingerich | For The Pitt News

February 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Susan Faludi stood in front of a large crowd at the Carnegie Music Hall Monday night, she asked more than 1,000 people to consider refugees. “Around the world today are unintentional monuments to the truth that we live in the age of the refugee and the elusiveness of the refuge they seek,”...

District 8 candidates promote platforms

District 8 candidates promote platforms

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

For Erika Strassburger, an independent Democratic candidate for District 8, her decision to run is directly tied to the current federal government — she said she saw democracy at risk when President Donald Trump was elected. “I also vowed to myself if I got the opportunity, which I thought would b...

District 8 candidates debate water, air, amazon

District 8 candidates debate water, air, amazon

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When the four District 8 City Council candidates sat behind a table onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, Rennick Remley — the only Republican running in the election — observed that he stood out from the group. “Oversight and accountability in City Council is our major pro...

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The iconic children's show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” turned 50 Monday. The show, which was broadcast from 1968 to 2001, was filmed in Pittsburgh and hosted by the late Fred Rogers. In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, assistant news editor Janine Faust sat down with Elizabeth Mahoney, fo...

Pitt, UPMC announce $200 million Immune Transplant and Therapy Center

Pitt, UPMC announce $200 million Immune Transplant and Therapy Center

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Administration, City, Health, News

Jeffrey Romoff, president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, walked on stage at a century-old abandoned car factory Tuesday afternoon and wondered where some of its necessary facilities were. “This is not quite what I expected,” he said. “I can’t find the lavatories, and I can’...

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Within the first 24 hours of the #MeToo movement going viral in October 2017, there were more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions made by 4.7 million Facebook users worldwide. The movement has since reached more than 85 countries, shedding a new light on advocacy for survivors of sexual harassment...

Biden brings book tour to Pittsburgh

Biden brings book tour to Pittsburgh

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under City, Top Stories

In sharing some of what he’s learned over the years, former Vice President Joe Biden said no amount of money can protect from pollution, joblessness or grief. “For me, the way through grief is finding purpose,” he said. “Ted Kennedy was one of my mentors. He died of the exact same cancer...

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Whose city? Our city! Whose city? Our city!” various Pittsburgh residents declared in unison before the community forum on Amazon began Saturday. This chant reverberated through the Liberty Room of the Human Services Building on Smithfield Street where about 50 audience members and six panelists...

Community questions Amazon’s impact

Community questions Amazon’s impact

By Grant Burgman and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Amazon coming to Pittsburgh would be “unquestionably a good thing,” in an article published by Geekwire Wednesday. But the crowd of 50 people that filled a room in Parran Hall Wednesday afternoon heard five panelists discuss different views on the potential arrival of Amazon’s second headquarters. “Is this an opportunity for grow...

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 8, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Members of the Run to Cure Cystic Fibrosis marathon team trek up more than 700 steps of the Cathedral of Learning every Thursday. Then they take the elevator back down and do it two or three more times. The western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a donor-funded nonprofit wo...

Me Too founder advocates for community changes

Me Too founder advocates for community changes

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Tarana Burke remembers the first day she saw “Me Too” used on Twitter — Oct. 15, 2017, when actress Alyssa Milano used the phrase in response to the sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Burke, who is known as the first person to use the now-popular phrase, is a supporter of the #MeToo movement on social media, but she ...

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Mark Whitaker is a Philadelphian infatuated with Pittsburgh. He is also an esteemed journalist who worked for Newsweek Magazine for three decades and became the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. But that infatuation with the Steel City is what led him to investigate his father’s Pitt...

Global Wordsmiths help with translation troubles

Global Wordsmiths help with translation troubles

By Sandra Balatkova | For The Pitt News

February 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Justina Moktan was born in Singapore and raised by her Nepalese parents to speak both Nepali and English. Now, as an intern at Global Wordsmiths, she helps bridge the gap between the two languages. Moktan — a sophomore finance and marketing major — is able to do this through her work at Global ...

Pitt alum campaigns for state senate seat

Pitt alum campaigns for state senate seat

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

February 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Uncategorized

When James Craig’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, his mother, an opioid addict, overdosed on prescription pills and died. Opioids weren’t new for the family — his aunt overdosed and died two years before that, and his father was an addict when diagnosed. His brother also ove...

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Wesley Giles, a sophomore finance major at Pitt, claimed he and a friend were walking up to the friend’s car in September 2017 when two police officers allegedly approached them with guns and told them to get on the ground. “Upon reaching us, they cuffed us, emptied our pockets, searched us and then...

District 8 candidates debate housing, Amazon

District 8 candidates debate housing, Amazon

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

January 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

The corporate relations manager of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stood on stage at Chatham University Sunday afternoon and sang: “one of these things is not like the other.” Rennick Remley wasn’t rehearsing for an audition, but instead preparing to participate in a debate against one Democrat ...

Pitt’s LifeX project to support entrepreneurs

Pitt’s LifeX project to support entrepreneurs

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

After moving on from his career as a pediatric endocrinologist to become a professor in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, David Finegold never forgot about the patients he treated. He was especially moved by his patients who had suffered from Type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disease that prevent...

Viral video shows cyclist being attacked in Oakland

Viral video shows cyclist being attacked in Oakland

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 28, 2018


Filed under City, News

Police are investigating a physical altercation between a cyclist and the driver of a red SUV that occured Thursday evening at the intersection of South Bellefield and Fifth avenues. A video filmed at the scene by a man identified as Matt Hajduk, 26, shows the SUV driver, having already exited his ve...

District 8 candidates continue campaigning

District 8 candidates continue campaigning

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A renowned Pittsburgh chef, an LGBTQ+ advocate and the former chief of staff for Dan Gilman are currently in a race to win a spot on City Council. Gilman stepped down from his position as District 8’s councilman Jan. 3 to become Mayor Bill Peduto’s new chief of staff, triggering a special electio...

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