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Votes for controversial Pa. ballot initiative Marsy’s Law may not be counted

Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, was among those who spoke at a Capitol news conference about a proposed constitutional amendment, dubbed Marsy's Law, that would give crime victims constitutionally protected rights.

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

November 4, 2019

While visiting the polls Tuesday, Pennsylvanians will vote on a referendum known as Marsy’s Law — but it is unclear if the votes will be counted.

SisTers PGH leader: County jail needs new policies for trans inmates

The Honors College hosted Vanessa Carter of SisTers PGH at one of its biweekly Community Cafes on Thursday. SisTers PGH focuses on helping trans women in the county jail by providing bail, resources and jobs for trans people.

By Jade Chang, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Vanessa Carter, the vice president of SisTers PGH, spoke about trans rights and prison at Pitt's Honors College Thursday.

Redstart Roasters: The birds and the beans

CEO Matt Parmelee’s coffee roastery, Redstart Roasters, specifically uses beans that have been grown by farms holding bird-friendly certifications from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

By Alexander Hanna, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Parmelee is the CEO of Redstart Roasters, a coffee roastery that sells beans grown by farms holding bird-friendly certifications from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

Federal food stamp changes could impact Pittsburgh, Pitt students

The USDA recently proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Program that could reduce access to food stamps and similar services.

By Jessica Steinberg, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

The proposal to change the eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps, was released in July by the USDA with the stated intent of ending abuse of the program.

One year later, community continues to heal after Tree of Life attack

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers shared a message of hope for the future and encouraged audience members to focus on the positive in their community.

By Sarah Berg and Madison Brewer

October 28, 2019

More than 2,000 people traveled Sunday evening to a gathering at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall for a community event honoring the 11 victims of the Tree of Life massacre with speeches, prayers and music.

Pittsburghers honor Tree of Life massacre with day of service

Gary Dubin, director of development at the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation at UPMC, helped deliver baked goods to first-responders around the City on the one-year commemoration of the Tree of Life massacre.

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

When Gary Dubin biked into the Shadyside EMS station on Sunday morning, he wasn’t looking for help — he was delivering freshly baked cookies. 

The Tree of Life massacre: What happened

Mourners and passersby pay tribute to the victims outside the Tree of Life Synagogue on Sunday afternoon.

By Rachel Romac, Staff Writer

October 27, 2019

With 11 dead and six injured by a shooter who used anti-Semitic slurs, Pittsburgh was thrust into the limelight as the location of what is now known as the worst anti-Semitic attack in the nation’s history.

Trump’s Pittsburgh speech draws protesters Downtown

Demonstrators gathered outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to protest President Donald Trump, who visited Pittsburgh to speak at the annual Shale Insight Conference.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

President Donald Trump’s speech at the Shale Insight Conference on Wednesday turned the intersection of Penn Avenue and 10th Street into the marching ground for a few hundred protesting Pittsburghers.

Oakland resident seeks to unseat City Council president

Pittsburgh native and Oakland resident Jacob Nixon announced his candidacy for the District 3 seat as an independent in September.

By Natalie Frank, For The Pitt News

October 22, 2019

Jacob Nixon announced his candidacy for the District 3 seat last month as an independent against Bruce Kraus.

Students help make a difference across City

Junior nursing major Ashley Van Slyke helps with landscaping outside the Oakland Career Center as a part of Pitt's 2019 Make a Difference Day.

By Ashton Crawley, For The Pitt News

October 20, 2019

Instead of sleeping in, Gabrielle Fortier and about 40 other Pitt students were already up at 10 a.m. last Saturday, ready to volunteer at the Foster Love Project in Dormont.

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