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Report shows racial disparity persists in Pittsburgh

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 14, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

As the years roll by, Pittsburgh’s rates of diversity and racial disparity stand still.Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems released “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” on Tuesday, a follow-up of the Center’s 2007 report. The report compares the most recent statistics from th...

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

By ©2015 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission.

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Humor can often be the best avenue to truth, according to local satire writers and experts. Following Wednesday’s terror attack on the Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, French and global citizens have responded to the tragic massacre by adopting the slogan “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I Am Charlie,” as a sign of p...

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a new Pittsburgh activist group, We Change Pittsburgh, will march against racism and police brutality.“The best way to commemorate Dr. King is to continue his work to end racism at home, war overseas and militarism everywhere,” said Julia Johnson, organize...

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After providing Pitt students with hot beverages for slightly more than a year, Peet’s Coffee & Tea has gone cold.After assessing coffee shop locations in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Peet’s will be closing locations in those states in order to “focus on our top performing markets,” according...

Polar Vortex 2015?

Polar Vortex 2015?

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For students like Ellen Ross, living in deep South Oakland during last year’s “polar vortex” meant long underwear — and lots of it. “I did stay in a lot more instead of going to hang with people or party, because I just didn’t want to go back outside,” said Ross, a junior neuroscience ...

Escape Room PGH

Escape Room PGH

By Courtesy of Escape Room PGH

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Students opt for lockup in Escape Room Pittsburgh

Students opt for lockup in Escape Room Pittsburgh

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

First, Joe Deasy locked us in a jail cell. It was a small cell set inside a larger room that had a metal desk and an electric chair. The cell was only big enough for one convict, but there were four of us locked inside. Then, Joe told us to place our hands through the bars so he could handcuff us. We di...

December graduates get a jump on the job market

By Aileen Ryan / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For Pitt alumna Brittney Ferrone, graduating early saved her thousands of dollars and allowed her enter the job market early. Ferrone, who majored in rehabilitation science, graduated a semester early in December 2013. It was easier to acquire a job, she said, because she wasn’t competing with he...

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

By Colin van 't Veld / Staff Photographer

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

City of Asylum writers take refuge in Pittsburgh

City of Asylum writers take refuge in Pittsburgh

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Four years ago, a weak Israel Centeno, recovering from Dengue fever, presented his novel “Bajo las hojas,” or “Under the Leaves,” in his native country of Venezuela. One week later, he left his wife, children and home after boarding a flight to Houston, looking out the plane window only to see ...

City raises money, hope for charity this season

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

While most Pitt students are thankful that final exams are over, some in the Pittsburgh community would be thankful simply for having a winter jacket. Pitt students are working to make that happen. According to spokesman John Fedele, Pitt is attempting to break a world record with its “Give a Thread” project, which be...

Unconventional holiday traditions take hold at Pitt

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

 Alex Andrea’s family sacks Secret Santa each holiday season in favor of Fat Santa.“Anybody that wants to come to our family Christmas party is welcome. We have an open door policy for family, friends, anyone,” Andrea, a senior information science major, said. “But if you want to receive a g...

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

By Danielle Fox and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

December 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Hundreds of Pittsburghers set out on Friday night to show the city “what democracy looks like,” marching for eight miles in the December rain.Roughly 400 protesters with signs, posters, megaphones and banners gathered in Schenley Plaza around 5 p.m., according to police. It was a mix of high scho...

Students seek short-term parking solutions on campus

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

When Mike Green received his third parking ticket for parking his car while he worked out, he decided something needed to be done. Green, a sophomore majoring in psychology and sociology, lives on Parkview Avenue and doesn’t have time between classes and extracurricular activities to make the long h...

Die-in protest

Die-in protest

By Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

December 4, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Roughly 100 students gathered on Towers patio for a die-in protest against police brutality Thursday afternoon.

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

December 4, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Protests on Pitt’s campus continued Thursday afternoon, as students gathered in Towers lobby to organize a die-in to raise awareness for those who have died in police-related incidents.At 12:45 p.m., students trailed from Towers lobby to the Fifth Avenue side of Towers patio. They then laid down on the...

Moment of silence

Moment of silence

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

More than 100 students and community members had a 4.5-minute long moment of silence in the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard as part of an hour-long protest against police brutality. 

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students and community members flooded the streets of Oakland Wednesday night to protest racial injustice and police brutality, joining other protesters around the country. More than 100 students and community members gathered in Schenley Plaza Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. to peacefully pro...

On the Record: Pittsburgh still loves vinyl

On the Record: Pittsburgh still loves vinyl

By Lauren Wilson / For the Pitt News

December 3, 2014


Filed under City, News

The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry were the soundtrack to hippie culture, campus unrest and the civil rights movement — and they all debuted on vinyl.  According to Nielsen Soundscan, a system that  tracks data in the music industry, LP album sales in the United States reached $4.6 million in 2012...

Low crime rates in Pittsburgh

Low crime rates in Pittsburgh

By Harrison Kaminsky

December 1, 2014


Filed under City, News

Data from from FBI Uniform Crime reports. 

Pittsburgh ranks lowest in crime compared to peers

Pittsburgh ranks lowest in crime compared to peers

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

December 1, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

Crime in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region increased in 2013, but the numbers were still good enough for the area to have the lowest crime rate when compared with peer benchmark regions, according to a recent FBI report.The 2013 edition of the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report, released N...

Plight of Pittsburgh’s homeless

Plight of Pittsburgh’s homeless

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Homelessness in Pittsburgh

Homelessness in Pittsburgh

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Fifty-nine-year-old Kevin S. Thomas doesn’t stand on the corner of Forbes and Atwood because he wants money. He stands there because he needs something to do.Thomas, formerly a member of the homeless population of Pittsburgh, now has an apartment in the Hill District and receives food stamps. Although Thom...

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

November 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Sarita Brady, a genderqueer person, feels restricted in daily life. Brady only feels comfortable at the Rainbow Alliance office and chooses to use gender-neutral bathrooms.“It means that I feel compartmentalized as a queer and genderqueer person,” Brady, a freshman, said.There is at least one single-user, ge...

Far and away: some students prefer life well outside of Oakland

Far and away: some students prefer life well outside of Oakland

By Danah Bialoruski / For The Pitt News

November 14, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

The grimy, dingy houses of Oakland aren’t for everyone.Some students trade the convenient location to move further off campus for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they got in the house-hunting game too late, and in others, students simply felt like living in a neighborhood outside of Oakland.S...

National Society of Black Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers

By Courtesy of Robert Timmons

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

NSBE is the largest student-governed organization in the US.

National Society of Black Engineers honored by Mayor

National Society of Black Engineers honored by Mayor

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Mayor Bill Peduto officially named Nov. 14 “NSBE Day in Pittsburgh” to recognize the National Society of Black Engineers and its upcoming conference this weekend. NSBE, a nonprofit founded in 1975, is a network of more than 29,000 black engineering students and is one of the largest student orga...

Gentrification of Pittsburgh

Gentrification of Pittsburgh

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 14, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Neighborhoods in transition: Gentrification hits Pittsburgh

Neighborhoods in transition: Gentrification hits Pittsburgh

By Brett Wilson / Staff Writer

November 14, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Daniel Stavros of Braddock said Pittsburgh still hasn’t recovered since the city’s steel mills barred their doors. “Even after all this time, we still see many people struggling to make ends meet, and the neighborhood I live in is still doing pretty poorly many years later,” Stavros, 56, sa...

Steel, stars and stripes

Steel, stars and stripes

By MCT Campus

November 12, 2014


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh's industry, healthcare system and resources make it a top spot for veterans. 

Pittsburgh named top spots for veterans

Pittsburgh named top spots for veterans

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh may not be the perfect place to build a white picket fence, but, for veterans, it’s the top place to begin their American Dream sequence. Pittsburgh was the top-ranked city on the United Services Automobile Association 2014 list of best places for veterans to start their careers after servic...

Pitt lags behind in Ebola donations

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under City, Health, News

After Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina razed cities and towns years ago, donations poured in to help the survivors.Businesses across the nation pledged roughly $141 million to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, almost $300 million for the Japanese earthquake and...

Conflict Kitchen reopens today

Conflict Kitchen reopens today

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Oakland restaurant Conflict Kitchen will reopen today at its normal opening time, 11 a.m., after closing on Nov. 7 because of death threats received in a letter.The restaurant announced on its Facebook page Tuesday morning that “after consultation with local law enforcement agencies,” it would reop...

Conflict Kitchen Sit In

Conflict Kitchen Sit In

By Nathan Smith / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

Kara Kloss, a sophomore political science major, protested on Monday in the hopes that Conflict Kitchen will reopen as soon as possible. 

Conflict at Conflict: Students protest restaurant closure

Conflict at Conflict: Students protest restaurant closure

By Jess Muslin / Staff Writer

November 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

Roughly 200 people surrounded Conflict Kitchen Monday evening to show their support for the restaurant after it announced its closure after receiving death threats last week. Conflict Kitchen, a permanent food stand in Schenley Plaza that serves a rotating menu based on the cuisines of countries with which the U.S. is in conflict, ...

Conflict Kitchen closes due to death threats, plans to reopen shortly

Conflict Kitchen closes due to death threats, plans to reopen shortly

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Schenley Plaza takeout restaurant Conflict Kitchen is closed indefinitely after receiving death threats, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.The post reads, “We have received a letter today containing death threats and we will be closed until the credibility of the letter can be established by the Pittsburgh...

Law students struggle to find jobs post-graduation

Law students struggle to find jobs post-graduation

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

East coast law schools have varying statistics on post-grad job rates for students.

Pittsburgh law schools pass the bar

Pittsburgh law schools pass the bar

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Pittsburgh’s universities continue to push out top law talent rising above the swarms of other students vying to add “juris doctor” to their title. While coming from a school with a plush ranking on the list helps, Pittsburgh’s legal experts and recruiters say applicants must bring personalit...

Spice Island to become Hawker Stand in chef’s absence

Spice Island to become Hawker Stand in chef’s absence

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, This Week In Photos

A message to customers about Leong’s leave of absence sits in the restaurant on poster board with colored pens for customers to write their well wishes for his recovery.

Spice Island to undergo temporary menu change

Spice Island to undergo temporary menu change

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

The Pacific food hub planted among Atwood’s sea of pizza shops — Spice Island Tea House — will appear in a new form starting Friday.The head chef Hai Jing Leong will be recovering from foot surgery, and owner Ron Lee said he doesn’t want to follow the current menu without the craft of Leong. ...

Experts urge students to vote for more than presidents

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students who are registered to vote this election day, Nov. 4, may fill out an absentee ballot or will vote in person at their local polling place. If, that is, they can even be bothered to do so.Ron Ruman, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said the turnout of young voter...

Pitt Paranormal Activity

Pitt Paranormal Activity

By TPN File Photo

October 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

The Early American Room in the Cathedral is one of Pitt's multiple haunted locations. 

Ghosts of Pittsburgh

Ghosts of Pittsburgh

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Halloween means ghosts, spirits and things that go bump in the night — or things that go bump in broad daylight while Pitt students are sitting in class. All Hallow’s Eve is a night when the spirits of the dead are said to walk among the living. Thousands of Pitt students study in or walk past ha...

Pittsburgh named top spot for trick-or-treating

Pittsburgh named top spot for trick-or-treating

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under City, News

Don’t keep your light on during Halloween? Shame on you. Pittsburgh is now one of America’s most “trick-or-treatable” cities.Zillow, a home and real estate marketplace that gathers and shares data on homes, real estates and mortgages, ranked Pittsburgh as the 12th best city for trick-or-treating...

New movie studio to open in McKees Rocks

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under City, News

A transition from Steeltown to an eastern Tinseltown may be on Pittsburgh’s horizon with the construction of a new film studio that began last week.Island Studios EXP broke ground for the project on Oct. 23 at the P&LE Railroad brownfield redevelopment site in McKees Rocks, three miles from Downtown...

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hidden in the valley between Schenley Park and South Oakland is a landmark many ignore.Every day, students run the trails in Schenley Park past Panther Hollow Lake, walk the bridge that crosses it or sit at its edge without knowing its history or former glory. Now, the lake has fallen into disrepair...

Home for the in-staters

Home for the in-staters

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Where are in-state Pitt students from?

Where Yinz from?

Where Yinz from?

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Danielle Quigley, a junior marketing major, quoted on students who say they are from “outside of Philly.”“I am from Northeast Philly. My neighborhood is called Lonsdale. When I got to Pitt and everyone kept saying they were from Philly, I was super frustrated. At first, I got really excited. I ...

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

During the University bomb threats of 2012, Ana Martin’s classes weren’t cancelled, but moved to The Corner.“We came here to have class so we weren’t disrupted,” Martin, a senior neuroscience major, said about The Corner, a cafe and community center in West Oakland. Martin’s professor at ...

Comcast in Pittsburgh

Comcast in Pittsburgh

By FCC

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

According to the FCC, Comcast dominates the Pittsburgh Internet service provider market. 

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

Amy Howell has a lot of half-finished movies in her Netflix queue.“We have a TV that can stream from Netflix,” Howell said. “But we were never able to watch a movie start to finish because the Internet would always cut out in the middle and disconnect our movie.”Howell, a junior bioengineering...

Joe Mama’s to change owners, rebrand

Joe Mama’s to change owners, rebrand

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Joe Mama's will reopen as Olio Trattoria in early November.

Joe Mama’s bought by Fuel and Fuddle owners, will reopen as new restaurant

Joe Mama’s bought by Fuel and Fuddle owners, will reopen as new restaurant

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

During the last week of this month, Joe Mama’s Italian DeLuxe will close briefly only to reopen as Olio Trattoria under new ownership.Brandon Smith, Greg Ripper and Daniel Sutton purchased Joe Mama’s, located on the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues, from Mike Hanley and Jerry DiLembo. Smith, Rippe...

Statue raises concerns over Columbus Day legitimacy

Statue raises concerns over Columbus Day legitimacy

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

Its hands are now clean, but they were once the color of blood.The statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park, just outside of Phipps Conservatory, is a monument many Pitt students pass by as they enter the park. The statue, which has been a feature in the park since 1958, has been a target for vandal...

Pittsburgh Playhouse moving Downtown

Pittsburgh Playhouse moving Downtown

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Point Park’s Playhouse to leave Oakland

Point Park’s Playhouse to leave Oakland

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

In the coming years, Oakland may lose one of its oldest characters: the Pittsburgh Playhouse.The Pittsburgh Playhouse, the performance center for Point Park University students, is located on Craft Avenue in Oakland, but will relocate to the heart of Point Park’s campus Downtown after the completi...

Palestinian takeout on campus

Palestinian takeout on campus

By Nicole Gye / For The Pitt News

October 8, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Notes of support were left on the counter of Conflict Kitchen.

Conflict Kitchen takes heat for discussion panel

Conflict Kitchen takes heat for discussion panel

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Already one for consuming large portions of controversy, Schenley Plaza takeout restaurant Conflict Kitchen heard a mouthful of concerns from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and suffered the loss of a University Honors College sponsorship following its Palestinian discussion event.Since opening two years ...

Marx is not dead: Pittsburgh students keep the revolution alive

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

October 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Their flyers are compelling, flashing pictures of socialist icons such as Karl Marx and Malcolm X. Their message is fight capitalism and empower the working class. At a time when many young people in America are apolitical, according to a 2014 poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politic, these are buddin...

Dashing for doughnuts

Dashing for doughnuts

By Aby Briner / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Students will participate in Donut Dash 2014, a race sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Carnegie Mellon University, on Oct. 5.

Dash for doughnuts: CMU fraternity hosts ALS fundraiser

Dash for doughnuts: CMU fraternity hosts ALS fundraiser

By Kathy Zhao / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

For those who can stomach it, try running two miles after eating six sweet, glazed, iced, cream-filled and jelly doughnuts.The Donut Dash 2014 is a race on Oct. 5 sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Carnegie Mellon University. Participants, including Pitt students, will run a mile-long route...

Jimmy John’s experiences security breach

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

September 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Anyone who has used credit or debit cards at two Pittsburgh Jimmy John’s locations this summer may want to closely monitor their bank statements.On Thursday, the national sandwich shop chain released information relating to a security breach at 216 stores this summer. According to the Jimmy John’s release...

Two Oakland houses destroyed in fire

Two Oakland houses destroyed in fire

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

September 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

After a fire in the early morning hours on Friday left four Pitt students without homes, the University has intervened. At 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, Pitt police responded with city police and the Pittsburgh Fire Department to the 911 call from Orpwood Street. The fire, which destroyed 3702 and 3704 Or...

Catch up to the PAT bus schedule in real time

Catch up to the PAT bus schedule in real time

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under City, News

If it’s 20 degrees and snowing, the bus will probably be late. The good news? Soon, bus travelers won’t have to worry abut late buses in any weather.Last week, Port Authority added new routes to their GPS-enabled live-tracking system, accessible to users online. All 61 and 71 routes, both 54s and...

Parking tickets

Parking tickets

By MCT Campus

September 8, 2014


Filed under City, News

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority issued more than 16,400 tickets in the first six months of 2014.

Move it or lose it: Towing and tickets dwindle savings

Move it or lose it: Towing and tickets dwindle savings

By Aaron Stier-Cohen / Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under City, News

When Joe Mangiarelli saw that his car had been towed, he guessed it might have been because the Parking Authority officer had a quota to fill.“When it comes to towing, it’s usually at the officer’s discretion,” Shannon Leshen, Pittsburgh city police community relations officer, said. “Ther...

Protests held in Oakland against police brutality

Protests held in Oakland against police brutality

By Theo Schwarz / Staff Photographer

August 27, 2014


Filed under City, News

Students and community members held a protest on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., incidents in Gaza, and against police brutality.

Oakland protestors condemn violence in Ferguson

Oakland protestors condemn violence in Ferguson

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

August 27, 2014


Filed under City, News

National issues resonated on campus as students and community members participated in a peaceful march to promote awareness of police brutality.The protest came as a response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and incidents in Gaza, but functioned to raise awareness of police brutality, ...

Mayor Peduto creates education panel to compete for funding

Mayor Peduto creates education panel to compete for funding

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

August 27, 2014


Filed under City, News

The federal government may grant Pennsylvania $20 million in education funding due to plans from Mayor Bill Peduto’s office..Peduto announced Monday the creation of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education, a specialized task force of 20 local education professionals who will work toward win...

Urban Hiking

Urban Hiking

By The Pitt News File Photo

August 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Urban hiking usually takes place in unfamiliar neighborhoods. 

Take an urban hike, venture to parts unknown

Take an urban hike, venture to parts unknown

By Emma Solak / For The Pitt News

August 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Some hikers require heavy gear and extensive preparation, but with Urban Hikers, you can hit the trail with only a cup of joe and curiosity for Pittsburgh culture. In 2003, a group of Pittsburghers began leading organized hikes to explore  different neighborhoods of the city. As a cohort, they cal...

Welcome Back: Never miss the bus again with PAT live tracking

Welcome Back: Never miss the bus again with PAT live tracking

By Brad Hanlon / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

By the end of this year, wasting time waiting for a late bus may be extinct in Pittsburgh.Through new government funding, Port Authority — Allegheny County’s public transit provider — has announced its intention to install new live-tracking GPS systems into its bus fleet in the near future, al...

Welcome Back: Pittsburgh immigrants find comfort in the city

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Tulshi Siwakoti was born in Bhutan and spent 18 years in a refugee camp in Nepal before finally being able to come to the United States in 2009 and joining his parents in Pittsburgh in 2010.“I lived in a very different part of the world. Everyday life was very tough. Here in America, you can have a real job...

Welcome Back: Work out with Cathedral, a parkour hotspot

By Kat Prosachik / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, Health, News, Specials

For Andrew Obenreder, parkour is not a hobby, a fad or an exercise routine — it’s a lifestyle. Parkour is an activity that involves running, jumping and scaling urban areas that have obstacles for the traceur to use for training.Obenreder, 23, describes parkour as “a method of training and disci...

Welcome Back: Lilo & Stitch, Merida spotted playing dress up to help kids

Welcome Back: Lilo & Stitch, Merida spotted playing dress up to help kids

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials

No, she isn’t a hallucination — that’s Tinkerbell blowing bubbles in Schenley Plaza.Tori Prettyman, a Point Park University freshman studying sports, arts and entertainment management, plays Tinkerbell for Volunteer Princesses, a local group dedicated to helping children. Volunteer Princesses has 1...

Pitt students testify at EPA hearings downtown

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

August 2, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

The second and final day of federal hearings about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan concluded Downtown on Friday.The CPP, announced June 2,includes plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from 1,000 coal-fired power plants by 30 percent according to the EPA website.Accor...

PUC grants emergency authority for ride-sharing services

PUC grants emergency authority for ride-sharing services

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

July 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Students can expect to see more pink mustaches driving down Forbes Avenue when they return to campus in a few weeks.Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission granted emergency temporary authority to ride-sharing services on July 24 after previously issuing citations to these companies after they operate...

Pittsburgh celebrates LGBTQ community with PrideFest

Pittsburgh celebrates LGBTQ community with PrideFest

By Sarah Police / For The Pitt News

June 17, 2014


Filed under City, News

Donning a “God Hates Figs, Mark 11:12-14” t-shirt, Michael O’Brien celebrated his first Pittsburgh Pride March, feeling overjoyed with the amount of support the city had garnered for the LGBTQ community. The celebratory weekend, dubbed “2014 PrideFest,” kicked off Friday with a pub crawl of 13 LGBTQ-friendly restauran...

Chatham grad proposes bike trail from North Oakland to the Strip

By Brad Hanlon / For The Pitt News

June 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

For many Pitt students, North Oakland and the Strip District seem like distant neighborhoods.. But for Chatham University graduate Elaine Kramer, they are just a bike ride through the woods away.Kramer, 57, who received her master’s degree in landscape architecture in May from Chatham, designed a pla...

New apartment complex coming to Oakland

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

June 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

Construction of a $70 million, eight-story apartment, hotel and retail complex will soon begin near Bates Street and the Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland if all goes well for the developers.Oakland Gateway Ventures, a development team lead by Robert Dauer Jr. and Bill Kane, is planning to demolish 11 ...

City ridesharing services cited, no plans to shut down

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Back to the buses — Pittsburgh residents could soon be left with fewer transportation options.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has been cracking down on Lyft and Uber, two local ridesharing services, with undercover investigators who request rides and use the information to send citations to the dri...

Throw away the key: Pittsburgh couples lock love

Throw away the key: Pittsburgh couples lock love

By Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

When Terry Boring first noticed the misfit assortment of locks lining Schenley Park Bridge, he assumed the ever-expanding metal maze was an art project.  But after a stroll across the bridge with his fiancee Jessica Ferringer, he learned of their purpose in cities such as Pittsburgh, Rome and Paris...

First same-sex marriages in Allegheny County bring new concerns

First same-sex marriages in Allegheny County bring new concerns

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

May 27, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

For Lyndsey Sickler, the legalization of same-sex marriage encourages younger LGBTQ people to feel more comfortable being themselves because they are entering “a world where their relationship and how they love would be validated.”Now the LGBTQ community is one step closer to that validity.U.S. Dis...

The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates 20 years

The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates 20 years

By Aileen Ryan / For The Pitt News

May 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

Alyssa Ferguson’s own art has been inspired by Andy Warhol’s work.Ferguson, a junior majoring in digital media and studio art, has spent countless hours at the Andy Warhol Museum, but a new addition and renovated exhibit is what she really can’t wait for. “[Warhol’s] iconic mark-making process using ...

Centers for women encourage leadership, praise work

By Raechelle Landers and Cristina Holtzer / The Pitt News Staff

May 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

A disparity in leadership and wages between genders has fueled the establishment of centers that recognize women. Within the last month, Carlow University in Pittsburgh and the U.S. House of Representatives both announced plans to open institutions that commend the accomplishments and leadership of women. Such instit...

Ductwork malfunction closes Fuel & Fuddle indefinitely

Ductwork malfunction closes Fuel & Fuddle indefinitely

By Ilya Yashin / For The Pitt News

May 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

The blinds at Fuel & Fuddle, 212 Oakland Ave., are drawn, the inside is dark, and a note on the front door reads, “Closed for some renovations. We’ll see you soon!” But the reopening date is undetermined.The popular central Oakland restaurant and bar closed for renovations after a ductwork malfun...

Mi Ranchito able to reopen after paying alcoholic beverage tax

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

April 30, 2014


Filed under City, News

Mi Ranchito, a Mexican bar and restaurant on Atwood Street, can reopen after paying its alcoholic beverage tax, according to Allegheny County deputy treasurer Kevin J. Fischer.The tax was paid in the amount of $7,477.34 to the Allegheny County Treasurer’s Office.The Treasurer’s Office padlocked the...

Mi Ranchito shut down after failing to pay drink tax

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

April 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

After receiving a citation for underage drinking less than a month ago, Mi Ranchito is facing problems again.Mi Ranchito, a popular Mexican restaurant and bar on Atwood Street in Oakland, was forced to close Friday morning and was padlocked because of a failure to pay the Allegheny County drink tax. ...

Pittsburgh Parking Authority keeps eye on drivers

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

November 20, 2013


Filed under City, News

Andrew Colaizzi lives in Mount Lebanon and often rides the bus to campus. But on days he drives, he said he finds it difficult to find a parking space because many of the spaces are already taken. Colaizzi, a junior accounting major, said he doesn’t think information about his vehicle movements or wh...

Rubber duck impacts local business

Rubber duck impacts local business

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

October 10, 2013


Filed under City, News

The 40-foot “Rubber Duck” floating in downtown Pittsburgh has made its splash in more than just the Allegheny River. Since its arrival last month, it seems as though everyone wants a slice of the pie, or in this case, a slice of the duck.Duck mania has befallen the city of Pittsburgh, spurring m...

Caribou coffee shop leaves Oakland, Peet’s enters

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

September 23, 2013


Filed under City, News

An Oakland coffee shop, popular among students looking to study and to get their caffeine fixes, turned off its espresso machines for the last time earlier this month.  But never fear, coffee lovers: the Caribou Coffee that closed on Sept. 9 will reopen in mid-October as Peet’s Coffee and Tea.Cari...

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