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U.S. Steel fires spark community backlash

U.S. Steel fires spark community backlash

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

12:21 am


Filed under City, News

Air quality groups in Pittsburgh are fired up over a string of fires — including a recent incident on June 13 — at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, located about 30 minutes south of Oakland.

Pitt student found guilty in fatal fall 2018 car collision

Pitt student found guilty in fatal fall 2018 car collision

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A 23-year old Pitt social work student was found guilty Wednesday of killing a young woman last fall while driving under the influence.

Milling, paving operations to affect Oakland traffic

Milling, paving operations to affect Oakland traffic

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

June 20, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

PennDOT District 11 announced in a press release Thursday that milling and paving operations on Forbes will reduce the length of the avenue running between Craft Avenue and South Craig Street to a single lane of traffic.

Activists call for independent audit of troubled U. S. Steel plant

Activists call for independent audit of troubled U. S. Steel plant

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 20, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Activists with Pittsburgh’s Breathe Project met outside the U.S. Steel Tower Tuesday afternoon and declared “enough is enough,” calling for an independent audit of U.S. Steel’s troubled Clairton Coke Works plant.

Community leaders discuss race, justice at panel

Community leaders discuss race, justice at panel

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

June 19, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh has been the center of a considerable amount of discussion about race and justice since an East Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed black teen Antwon Rose on this day last year.

SkyVue cited for non-functioning fire alarm, two other fire violations last October

SkyVue cited for non-functioning fire alarm, two other fire violations last October

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 19, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Students have moved back into SkyVue apartments following an electrical fire in the garage of the building on June 2, which caused a building-wide power outage that lasted several days.

Fire at U. S. Steel plant cuts power to key pollution control systems

Fire at U. S. Steel plant cuts power to key pollution control systems

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 18, 2019


Filed under City, News

An electrical fire occurred at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works plant early Monday morning rendering desulfurization, or pollution control, systems inoperational, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

Delta Foundation’s Pride offers space for LGBTQ+ expression

Delta Foundation’s Pride offers space for LGBTQ+ expression

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 12, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Roaring music, dancing and cheers filled the atmosphere in Downtown on Sunday afternoon as the annual Pittsburgh Pride Equality March passed through the streets, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and its history.

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

June 12, 2019


Filed under City, Culture, Top Stories, Uncategorized

The Andy Warhol Bridge swarmed with people dressed in an array of glittering, feathered, skin-tight ensembles in every color of the rainbow on Saturday.

People’s Pride lifts up trans activists of color

People’s Pride lifts up trans activists of color

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 11, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Three brown paper-mache figures led the People’s Pride parade as it moved through Downtown Sunday.

Pitt students couch-surfing after SkyVue electrical fire

Pitt students couch-surfing after SkyVue electrical fire

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

June 6, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Renters at Cardinal Group’s SkyVue Apartments, located at the corner of Forbes and Craft avenues, say they’ve been couch surfing since a Sunday afternoon fire in the building’s garage caused a power outage.

Incumbents win big in Tuesday primary elections

Incumbents win big in Tuesday primary elections

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

May 22, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Long lines snaked out of the William Pitt Union last November as more than 1,000 students showed up to cast their votes in the 2018 general election.

Challenger Bethany Hallam defeats county council president in primary

Challenger Bethany Hallam defeats county council president in primary

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

May 22, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

After a close election, Bethany Hallam won the Democratic primary election for an Allegheny County Council At-Large seat 53.54% to 46.11%, or by 7,450 votes, Tuesday night.

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

May 20, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

Richard Lomotey, 36, was initially charged with harassment, kidnapping and false imprisonment following a report from two women on May 11.

Pittsburgh receives “F” for air quality despite decades of improvement

Pittsburgh receives “F” for air quality despite decades of improvement

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

May 14, 2019


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh has made strides in distancing itself from its industrial past, but the region remains plagued by lingering air quality concerns.

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

May 12, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

A part-time instructor in Pitt’s School of Computing and Information has been charged with kidnapping two women in Pittsburgh after he picked them up for an Uber ride early Saturday morning. Police reported the arrest of a suspect in the incident later that afternoon. Richard Lomotey, 36, was charged with two co...

Former VP, presidential candidate Joe Biden to visit Pittsburgh Monday

Former VP, presidential candidate Joe Biden to visit Pittsburgh Monday

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 25, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Joe Biden, former vice president of the U.S., will visit Pittsburgh next Monday.

Deadline approaching for primary voter registration

Deadline approaching for primary voter registration

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 18, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburghers will have an opportunity to go to the polls for City and county elections in the coming weeks, but the voter registration deadline is closing soon. Pennsylvania residents who wish to vote in the May 21 primary election must register to vote by next Monday.

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Schenley Plaza

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Schenley Plaza

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Sen. Bernie Sanders stepped onto the podium at Schenley Plaza, surrounded by supporters waving Bernie 2020 signs and chanting his name, he couldn’t help but point out the unusually warm Pittsburgh weather.

Transgender community, allies “Fight the Ban” at downtown rally

Transgender community, allies “Fight the Ban” at downtown rally

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Saturday afternoon’s Fight the Ban rally gathered a crowd of about 40 people, was organized by Stonewall City Democrats, TransPride Pittsburgh, OutServe-SLDN and Minority Veterans of America, and was one of many rallies held across the country on Saturday.

Pitt police issues crime report for “armed threat”

Pitt police issues crime report for “armed threat”

By The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pitt Police issued a crime report Thursday around 10:30 a.m. describing an “armed threat incident” that took place at 3250 Parkview Avenue.

Arsenal Cider House serves summer drink year-round

Arsenal Cider House serves summer drink year-round

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

While apple cider is typically a fall beverage, fruity beers are undoubtedly a warm weather summer treat. Luckily, Arsenal Cider House serves up craft ciders year-round made by raw apple cider from Soergel Orchards.

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 10, 2019


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed three controversial gun control bills into law Tuesday afternoon, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City. Several Pittsburgh residents immediately filed a lawsuit against Peduto and the City Council, arguing a state law preempts the new City law.

PACT fundraises for cancer research

PACT fundraises for cancer research

By Vaibhav Gupta, For The Pitt News

April 8, 2019


Filed under City, News

Bursts of blue, green and orange dotted the hilltops of Schenley Park on the morning of April 7, along with the hundreds of Pitt students and community members racing along them.  These runners were participating in the fourth annual Color Out Cancer 5K hosted by Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together. The student organization raises money to help fight various cancers, and has raised more than $55,000 in the last three years.

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 2, 2019


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh’s City Council passed three gun control bills Tuesday morning by a 6-3 vote, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City.

Kumanchik keeps spot on primary ballot after court challenge

Kumanchik keeps spot on primary ballot after court challenge

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2019


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt student Chris Kumanchik, who is running for the 3rd District seat on Pittsburgh City Council, has been cleared from challenges on the validity of his petition for candidacy and will appear on the Democratic primary ballot.

What’s the sizzling hot gossip on Brad Pitt?

What’s the sizzling hot gossip on Brad Pitt?

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Amidst ongoing divorce proceedings, veteran actor Brad Pitt has taken a step back from the spotlight to focus on his children.

Analysis: Is Brad Pitt gearing up for a presidential run?

Analysis: Is Brad Pitt gearing up for a presidential run?

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

There’s a handful of celebrities who have transitioned from the entertainment business to politics, from Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger to our current president, Donald J. Trump. The pattern raises the question — who will be the next movie star to grace the political stage?

Undergraduate candidates face setbacks in elections court

Undergraduate candidates face setbacks in elections court

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The political future is uncertain for city government candidates and Pitt undergraduates Ashley Priore, who was running in the Democratic primary for the Pittsburgh School Board in the 4th District, and Chris Kumanchik, who was running for the 3rd District seat in the Pittsburgh City Council.

Pittsburgh responds to New Zealand massacre

Pittsburgh responds to New Zealand massacre

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 26, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Fawwaz Haq, executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, or ICP, an Islamic educational and community outreach organization based in Oakland, said only the outpouring of support from Pittsburgh’s community could mitigate the pain of such a tragedy.

Third day of protests brings students Downtown

Third day of protests brings students Downtown

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A group of more than 1,000 turned out Monday for a student-led walkout Downtown in protest of the acquittal of former East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Antwon Rose.

Vigil honors victims of New Zealand shooting

Vigil honors victims of New Zealand shooting

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Hundreds of Pittsburghers gathered Sunday for “Rehumanize: A Vigil for Muslims in New Zealand” to honor the victims of the Christchurch shootings, which occurred on March 16.

Downtown protests against Rosfeld verdict focus on change, solidarity

Downtown protests against Rosfeld verdict focus on change, solidarity

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A jury acquitted Rosfeld Friday after only four hours of deliberation, which drew peaceful protesters to the Hill District neighborhood less than 24 hours later.

Gunshots fired into office of Michael Rosfeld’s attorney

Gunshots fired into office of Michael Rosfeld’s attorney

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

March 23, 2019


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Gunshots were fired overnight into the office of Michael Rosfeld's defense attorney, Pat Thomassey. The approximate time of the shooting has yet to be determined.

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 22, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Michael Rosfeld, a white former Pitt Police officer, was found not guilty of the June 19, 2018 shooting of black 17-year-old Antwon Rose Friday evening.

Pitt files response to Rose suit

Pitt files response to Rose suit

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under City, Crime, News

A lawsuit from Antwon Rose Jr.’s family alleged that negligence from Pitt led to the shooting of the teenager by an East Pittsburgh police officer last year. But Pitt says East Pittsburgh never reviewed the officer’s file.

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

One day before the set of worldwide marches planned for International Women’s Day, about 100 people gathered in Schenley Plaza for a student walkout.

Researcher, advocate: Sossena Wood promotes diversity in engineering

Researcher, advocate: Sossena Wood promotes diversity in engineering

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Sossena Wood entered the Swanson School of Engineering in 2007 as an electrical engineering major, a major where only 0.9 percent of degree-earners nationwide are black women.

Port Authority to increase service on Oakland routes

Port Authority to increase service on Oakland routes

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

March 6, 2019


Filed under City, News

Port Authority is taking care of some bus-ness in Oakland.

The Oaklander brings luxury hotel option to Oakland

The Oaklander brings luxury hotel option to Oakland

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

The Oaklander hotel has its restaurant and lobby located on the 10th floor to offer its guests some famous views of Oakland, said Jackie Gillespie, the hotel’s director of sales. “The space is on the 10th floor because I think it would’ve been tragic to have this location and not bring these views of Oakland to everyone,” Gillespie said.

Fifth Ave. Popeyes says last goodbyes

Fifth Ave. Popeyes says last goodbyes

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Popeyes on Fifth Ave. closed last Monday.

Pitt student seeks to unseat City Council president

Pitt student seeks to unseat City Council president

By Stefan Bordeianu, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

25-year-old Chris Kumanchik is challenging City Council President Bruce Kraus for the District 3 City Council seat.

Walnut Capital to construct building in Oakland

Walnut Capital to construct building in Oakland

By Alexander Hanna, For The Pitt News

February 8, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Walnut Capital, a Pittsburgh real estate developer, is currently constructing office spaces to advance Oakland and Pittsburgh as a medical and tech capital.

Las Palmas remains open after several health inspections

Las Palmas remains open after several health inspections

By Joanna Li, News Editor

February 5, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

After at least three visits from the Allegheny County Health Department since it was ordered to close Jan. 24, Las Palmas #2, the Oakland location of the Mexican grocery and restaurant, was reinspected Feb. 5 and permitted to remain open.

CHiKN brings Nashville hot chicken to Oakland

CHiKN brings Nashville hot chicken to Oakland

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Nashville-style hot chicken has been around for decades before recently spreading across the country. CHiKN, owned by Stack’d, offers the recipe in Oakland.

Pittsburgh braces for polar vortex, Pitt cancels Wednesday classes

Pittsburgh braces for polar vortex, Pitt cancels Wednesday classes

By The Pitt News Staff

January 30, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Despite predicted wind chills as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday — and a petition with more than 8,500 signatures demanding Pitt cancel classes — the University of Pittsburgh does not plan to close Wednesday, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch.

FBI explores the roots of hate crimes at Lawrenceville meeting

FBI explores the roots of hate crimes at Lawrenceville meeting

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

January 29, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“We’ve seen a really disturbing trend in Pittsburgh in the last 6 months with hate-related incidents,” Dave Breingan, the executive director of Lawrenceville United, said.

Las Palmas receives consumer alert

Las Palmas receives consumer alert

By Joanna Li, News Editor

January 29, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Las Palmas #2, a Mexican grocery store and food stand on Atwood Street in Oakland, was issued a consumer alert after the discovery of a roach infestation. The Allegheny County Health Department issued the location a yellow status after observing numerous roaches, alive and dead, during a Jan. 24 health inspection.

Pa. group offers legal help to sexual assault victims

Pa. group offers legal help to sexual assault victims

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Legal expenses for sexual assault cases can often exceed $10,000, a prohibitively high cost for segments of the population that live paycheck-to-paycheck. One group is making it possible for Pennsylvanian survivors of sexual assault to get free legal help — particularly those who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

Pitt student runs for Pittsburgh Public School Board

Pitt student runs for Pittsburgh Public School Board

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

January 27, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Ashley Priore, a first-year student studying business and English, is running for a seat on the Pittsburgh Public School Board. Priore hopes to be a voice that connects the students with the board.

Pittsburgh hosts third annual Women’s March

Pittsburgh hosts third annual Women’s March

By Stefan Bordeianu and Neena Hagen

January 19, 2019


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

The third annual Pittsburgh Women’s March on Saturday drew a smaller crowd than last year, but thousands of marchers still showed up to advocate for a message of "building bridges."

Pittsburgh prepares for “Stronger Than Hate” Women’s March

Pittsburgh prepares for “Stronger Than Hate” Women’s March

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Speakers at the third annual Pittsburgh Women’s March will include Dena Stanley, who heads the trans advocacy group Trans YOUniting, and Michelle Kenney, the mother of Antwon Rose Jr.

Today’s weather forecast: who knows?

Today’s weather forecast: who knows?

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

This spring semester had a hot start.

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


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

Racial slurs were found written in snow on car hoods in South Oakland Sunday night.

Pittsburgh notables make Forbes ‘30 under 30’

Pittsburgh notables make Forbes ‘30 under 30’

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Forbes recognized three Pittsburgh notables in their recent 30 Under 30 List. One of those recognized on the list is Shinjini Kundu, a current resident doctor at UPMC who created a new artificial intelligence system to analyze medical imaging.

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Several hundred gun rights supporters gathered at the City-County Building Monday to protest legislation that would restrict gun ownership in Pittsburgh.

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

December 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, Crime, News

A dead body was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall Saturday morning. Pitt Police and Pittsburgh Police officers were at the scene.

Lawsuit dismissed against former police officer Michael Rosfeld, Garage Door

Lawsuit dismissed against former police officer Michael Rosfeld, Garage Door

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News

A federal court case alleging an improper arrest of Pitt students at a local bar in December 2017 was dismissed Thursday.

Activists, elected officials discuss Beaver County cracker plant

Activists, elected officials discuss Beaver County cracker plant

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

December 7, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The JCC of Pittsburgh hosted “Protecting our communities: Environmental challenges from fossil fuel extraction in SWPA” Thursday evening.

Four stops for holiday shopping in Pittsburgh

Four stops for holiday shopping in Pittsburgh

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

From convenient to charitable, these four local gift shops in Pittsburgh make the gift-buying process easier.

Leon Ford makes ‘A Seat at the Table’ for community

Leon Ford makes ‘A Seat at the Table’ for community

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

December 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Rather than speaking to a crowd from a pulpit, Leon Ford prefers to engage with his community by sitting among them to hear what they have to say.

TEDxPittsburghWomen leaves audience with definition of “showing up”

TEDxPittsburghWomen leaves audience with definition of “showing up”

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Video, Visual

In an event hosted by TEDxPittsburghWomen, eight notable women in the Pittsburgh community spoke individually about what "showing up" - the event's them - meant to them.

Pitt professors explore psychology of mass shooting survivors

Pitt professors explore psychology of mass shooting survivors

By Sid Lingala and Hannah Schneider

November 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, Health, News

The recent expansion in the DSM–5 of PTSD gives more insight into the general psychology of mass shooting survivors.

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

November 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

After 346 mass shootings in 2017, 321 have occurred so far in 2018 — and studies continue to show an increasing number of these incidents.

Luxury housing places Oakland gentrification on the horizon

Luxury housing places Oakland gentrification on the horizon

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

With the construction of several new luxurious living apartments, there have been talks about gentrification rising in Oakland. Some students are already beginning to feel this rise in rent, but they could see an even greater rise in the future.

Leon Ford announces run for Pittsburgh City Council

Leon Ford announces run for Pittsburgh City Council

By Kieran McLean, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


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

November 12, 2018


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.

Surfing for solutions: Pittsburgh flooding

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under City, News

Surfing for solutions: the tolls of Pittsburgh flooding Story by REMY SAMUELS | STAFF WRITER Illustrations by DANIEL WALSH | STAFF ILLUSTRATOR ...

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 6, 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 2, 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 31, 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 31, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 25, 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 12, 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.

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