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Editorial: Do we judge athletes unfairly on sex appeal?

Editorial: Do we judge athletes unfairly on sex appeal?

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

July 15, 2014

The World Cup has brought us a lot of fodder for discussion this summer: A bite from Luis Suarez that will live in infamy, a new U.S. Secretary of Defense in Tim Howard and a plethora of GIFs of Brazilian soccer fans sobbing.But Buzzfeed, along with the rest of the Internet, managed to capture the p...

Summer Guide: The summer of love in PA: Let it spread

By Danielle Dyal / For The Pitt News

July 15, 2014

The court ruling in Harrisburg on May 20, which struck down the law barring same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, marked this summer as the summer of undiscriminated love in Pennsylvania.Federal Judge John E. Jones declared Pennsylvania’s former same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The exact ruling ...

Summer Guide: Israel’s anti-terrorism policies counterproductive

Summer Guide: Israel’s anti-terrorism policies counterproductive

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

July 15, 2014

It started with three missing Israeli boys: Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer — both 16 years old — and Eyal Yifrach, 19.It ended with their deaths — the young men were kidnapped and then spitefully murdered in the Gaza Strip simply for committing the crime of being Israeli.Eleven days later, more...

Summer Guide: Summer’s getting hotter, but there’s no need to freak out

By Eli Talbert / For The Pitt News

July 15, 2014

Summer: a time of grilled meats, baseball and, of course, the heat. The Fourth of July wouldn’t be the same if it was 20 degrees outside with 30 mph winds. But as temperatures rise slowly and surely in the United States, those of us frolicking in the sun are left wondering how much time it will ta...

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 15, 2014

After Ronald Ramon finished his first season as a pro basketball player, he knew where he wanted to spend his offseason. The former Panther men’s basketball player from the Bronx, N.Y., who graduated in 2008, came back to Pitt after finishing his first season with his team in Argentina and spent the ...

Plant to Plate an urban garden ‘oasis’ for Oakland, Pittsburgh

Plant to Plate an urban garden 'oasis' for Oakland, Pittsburgh

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

July 15, 2014

Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou crouched by the wooden planter box picking beets and kale. While this sounds like a scene from a rural or suburban landscape, she harvests these vegetables from a lot on Oakland Avenue. Kaloyeropoulou, a Pitt junior majoring in Africana studies and history, is co-president of the student organization Plant to Plate,...

Summer Guide: ‘Dragon of Sausage’ updates ‘Ubu Roi’ with darker humor

By Sam Bojarski / Staff Writer

July 15, 2014

When Alfred Jarry’s classic play “Ubu Roi” first premiered in France in 1896, it was something of a “Colbert Report” of its time. But instead of laughing, theatergoers staged riots in response to its taboo political satire.Alarum Theatre founders Shannon Knapp and Jordan Matthew Walsh, alon...

Summer Guide: Pirates navigate unexpected issues in season’s first half

By Nate Barnes / Senior Staff Writer

July 15, 2014

One of Clint Hurdle’s often-repeated mantras is to do “the best you can with what you’ve got at the time.” He’s had to follow it himself this year — he will likely need a hip replacement at the end of the season and he currently manages the Pittsburgh Pirates while enduring pain such that ...

Summer Guide: Boom clap: Fireworks and Bay provide similarly dumb thrills

Summer Guide: Boom clap: Fireworks and Bay provide similarly dumb thrills

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

July 15, 2014

As I left a recent Pirates game, there were loud bangs, explosions of flames and a new Charli XCX song playing in the background. My personal hell wasn’t fuelled by chaotic riots responding to a 7-1 loss — the Pirates defeated the Mets, 5-2 — but simply a routine production of the postgame Skybl...

Summer Guide: New UPMC procedure doesn’t meet ethical standards

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

July 15, 2014

In late March, doctors at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital began searching for a trauma patient to be the first human subject to be placed in what science fiction has, for years, called “suspended animation.”The perfect trauma patient is a gunshot or stab wound victim who had experienced 50 percent blood lo...

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