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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 7, 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 7, 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 26, 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 9, 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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