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Mom who donated son’s body to science alleges remains were illegally trafficked

By Becky Yerak | Chicago Tribune (TNS)

April 20, 2017


Filed under National News

CHICAGO — As he suffered from spindle cell sarcoma, Jacob Sandersfeld told his mother that he’d like to donate his body to medical research. A day after her son died in June 2014 at age 23, Poplar Grove resident Dawn Carroll carried through with his wishes, signing a form authorizing that his b...

Professor put on leave after tweet on Trump

By By Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 20, 2017


Filed under National News

A history professor at California State University, Fresno has been placed on paid leave after writing on Twitter that President Donald Trump "must hang" to save American democracy. Cal State Fresno President Joseph Castro announced Monday that Lars Maischak has agreed to go on paid leave for the...

UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter appearance, citing safety concerns after violent protests

By Sonali Kohli and Nina Agrawal | Los Angeles Times

April 19, 2017


Filed under National News

University of California, Berkeley officials on Wednesday canceled conservative commentator Ann Coulter's appearance at the university next week, citing safety concerns following several violent clashes between right-wing and left-wing protesters in the famously liberal city. The decision further...

Duke’s Grayson Allen to return to school for senior season

By Jessika Morgan | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS)

April 19, 2017


Filed under National News

Duke junior guard Grayson Allen will return for his senior year, the school announced Thursday. Allen, a 6-foot-5 point guard from Jacksonville, Fla., averaged 14.5 points for the Blue Devils his junior year, one that was marred by controversy. After tripping an Elon player Steven Santa Ana in December, Allen was ...

Snapchat’s newest feature lets people dance around rainbows

By Paresh Dave | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 18, 2017


Filed under National News

LOS ANGELES — No matter how silly and ridiculous they complain the feature is, even non-Snapchat users have appreciated the novelty of lenses. That’s the special effects tool on Snapchat where with a tap of the screen people can warp themselves in video messages to sprout bunny ears, bee wings, pop...

Republicans brace for results of Georgia special congressional election

By Alex Roarty | McClatchy Washington Bureau

April 17, 2017


Filed under National News

President Donald Trump has been in office fewer than 100 days and already is facing the prospect of a major electoral setback. Or at least Democrats hope so. Voters in a suburban Atlanta congressional district will decide Tuesday whether Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff will win outright a special...

Erdogan follows slim referendum win with warnings to opponents

By By Benjamin Harvey / Bloomberg News (TNS)

April 17, 2017


Filed under National News

An emboldened Recep Tayyip Erdogan followed his win in a referendum that ratified the supremacy of his rule by taking aim at political opponents at home and abroad. At his victory speech late on Sunday, supporters chanted that he should bring back the death penalty — a move that would finish off...

Trump’s likely drug-control director is an anti-marijuana hard-liner

By Sam Wood | The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

April 16, 2017


Filed under National News

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania congressman who appears to be President Donald Trump’s choice as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy has a track record that is making him a lightning rod for criticism in the drug-treatment community and among advocates for patients’ rights. R...

Penn State frat leaders apologize in student’s death

By Susan Snyder / The Philadelphia Inquirer

April 14, 2017


Filed under National News

Student leaders of Pennsylvania State University's fraternity system apologized to the family of Tim Piazza, the sophomore who died after pledge night in February, in an open letter released this week. "The fraternity experience failed your son," wrote Penn State's Interfraternity Council Executive...

Confederate flag is once again dividing S. Carolina Republicans

By Jim Morrill | The Charlotte Observer (TNS)

April 13, 2017


Filed under National News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A South Carolina Republican running to replace Rep. Mick Mulvaney is blasting two GOP rivals for voting to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds. The flag came down in 2015 at the urging of then GOP Gov. Nikki Haley and with support from legislative Repub...

Republicans win a special House election in Kansas after an embarrassing red-state scare

By Cathleen Decker | Los Angeles Times

April 12, 2017


Filed under National News

Republicans survived an embarrassing scare and narrowly held on to a Kansas congressional seat Tuesday in a special election that served as a surprising red-state referendum on President Donald Trump. The single-digit victory for state Treasurer Ron Estes marked a far closer race than Democrats have...

Body of 19-year-old Northwestern crew member recovered

By Jennifer Johnson and Susan Berger / Pioneer Press (TNS)

April 12, 2017


Filed under National News

The body of a 19-year-old member of the Northwestern University men's crew team has been recovered, according to a statement from the school. The body of Mohammed Ramzan was pulled from the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood, Ill., according to an emailed statement from Northwestern. The school was...

‘It feels like we go from one tragedy to another’: After school slayings, San Bernardino grieves again

By Paloma Esquivel | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 11, 2017


Filed under National News

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Lili Flores, a staff analyst for San Bernardino County, was at work not far from the Inland Regional Center when a husband and wife opened fire on an office holiday party there in 2015, killing 14 people, most of them her co-workers. She was at work again Monday when she learned of ...

United’s booting of passenger made no money sense, advocates say

By Curtis Tate | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

April 10, 2017


Filed under National News

A viral video of a screaming passenger being dragged off a United flight Sunday by police raises a question: Was it even necessary to kick passengers off the flight to accommodate four airline employees who needed transportation? The answer is no, passenger advocates say. The airlines have agreements...

Tennessee House GOP group attacks bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented high school graduates

By Andy Sher / Chattanooga Times Free Press

April 10, 2017


Filed under National News

Republican opponents of a bill granting in-state college tuition rates to undocumented Tennessee high school graduates, brought to the U.S. by their parents who crossed illegally, charged Monday the bill is both too costly and unconstitutional. Critics, meanwhile, chanted "no hate, educate" in support...

Attacks on 2 Christian churches in Egypt kill 43; Islamic State claims responsibility

By By Makarios Nassar, Omar Medhat and Molly Hennessy-Fiske | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 9, 2017


Filed under National News

Islamic State claimed responsibility for bombing Egyptian Coptic Christian churches in two cities Sunday, killing at least 43 people and injuring more than 100. The claim was published by the militant group's Amaq news agency after the attacks, which targeted large crowds gathered for Palm Sunday. Egyptian...

Protesters disrupt talk by pro-police author at California college

By Howard Blume | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 9, 2017


Filed under National News

LOS ANGELES — Administrators expressed disappointment and threatened discipline in the wake of a demonstration that disrupted a planned public event last week featuring conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College. The campus demonstration was among the latest...

US launches missile strikes at Syrian airfield, the spearhead of chemical attack

By By W.J. Hennigan and Tracy Wilkinson / Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

April 7, 2017


Filed under National News

The Pentagon ordered dozens of cruise missiles against an airfield in central Syria late Thursday in retaliation for a gruesome poison gas attack this week that U.S. officials said was carried out by President Bashar Assad's forces. President Donald Trump authorized the attack, the most significant...

Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for public office again

By Barbara Demick | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 6, 2017


Filed under National News

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t intend to run for elected office again, but vowed to remain involved in public service and to help Democrats regain control of Congress in the 2018 election. In her first postelection interview, Clinton alluded to the pain of her loss of the presidency...

Bannon out, Rick Perry in as Trump reshuffles National Security Council

By Alex Daugherty | McClatchy Washington Bureau

April 6, 2017


Filed under National News

Rick Perry was named to the National Security Council in a memo released on Wednesday, putting the secretary of energy and longtime Texas governor into Donald Trump's inner circle for national security decisions. The decision was part of a larger reshuffling of the NSC announced in a notice published...

Kansas student journalists proud of story that led to new principal’s resignation

By Mara Rose Williams / The Kansas City Star

April 6, 2017


Filed under National News

Just hours before publishing their story last week, four co-editors and two reporters on the Pittsburg High School newspaper, sitting at home in their bedrooms, powered on their laptops and engaged in a Google group chat to check every last fact. The six students were about to shed light on the questionable...

Private planes may not be taxed under Trump’s plan to update US airspace

By Curtis Tate | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

April 5, 2017


Filed under National News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said Tuesday that the administration’s proposal to modernize U.S. air traffic control “probably” would not include a tax on general aviation or business aircraft. “We’re probably not even going to tax general aviation,” Gary Co...

North Korea fires ballistic missile into East Sea

By Kanga Kong | Bloomberg News (TNS)

April 5, 2017


Filed under National News

North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test, the latest provocation from Kim Jong Un's regime as he seeks to build a nuclear arsenal. The projectile was fired into the East Sea early Wednesday and flew about 37 miles, South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said in a text message. It follows...

Judge temporarily blocks Seattle law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize

By David Gutman | The Seattle Times (TNS)

April 4, 2017


Filed under National News

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked the city’s first-in-the-nation law that attempts to allow Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers to unionize. The law, passed in 2015, had been scheduled to go into effect this week. Seattle’s law, the first of its kind in the country, allows Uber, Lyft and tax...

Trump signs web privacy rollback Democrats say is anti-consumer

By Todd Shields / Bloomberg News

April 4, 2017


Filed under National News

President Donald Trump rescinded a rule requiring internet service providers to seek subscribers' permission before using their web browsing history for marketing, handing broadband providers a victory and giving Democrats a campaign issue. Trump signed a resolution, which passed Congress with only...

UNC celebrates its sixth NCAA championship with 71-65 win over Gonzaga

By Andrew Carter | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS)

April 4, 2017


Filed under National News

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Back on the East Coast it was near midnight, near the one-year anniversary, to the day, of North Carolina’s greatest heartbreak — one that united this team on a long-sought mission of redemption. It was near midnight there when the Tar Heels began celebrating here. For the pa...

Study: Hit-and-run accidents fell in California after undocumented immigrants got licenses

By Benjamin Oreskes | Los Angeles Times

April 3, 2017


Filed under National News

A California law giving immigrants here illegally the ability to get driver's licenses appears to have helped decrease hit-and-run accidents, according to a Stanford University study released Monday. The controversial law, part of a larger effort by state officials to provide rights and services to...

MLB implements small rule changes to speed up the pace of play

By Bill Shaikin | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 3, 2017


Filed under National News

Rob Manfred became baseball’s commissioner two years ago, and since then the radical changes have been fast and furious. No defensive shifts. Automatic baserunners in extra innings. Shrinking the strike zone. Limits on visits to the mound. Pitch clocks. Restrictions on how many relief pitchers a team can ha...

Mexico, California schools announce new collaboration on research

By Kate Linthicum | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 3, 2017


Filed under National News

Mexican officials have announced $10 million in new funding to support binational research projects on energy efficiency with the University of California. The money, announced in Mexico City on Thursday after Mexican energy officials met with UC President Janet Napolitano, will go to projects led...

Asian American media group condemns Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ controversy

By Gerrick D. Kennedy | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 2, 2017


Filed under National News

This weekend’s arrival of “Ghost in the Shell,” the live-action adaptation of the landmark Japanese anime film, is being met with criticism from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, or MANAA, which is condemning what it calls the “whitewashed” casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead ...

Oregon, Gonzaga, South Carolina try to brace for Final Four experience

By Shannon Ryan | Chicago Tribune (TNS)

March 30, 2017


Filed under National News

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Final Four is an event where stars become star struck and distractions are plentiful. Fulfilling a request from Nike, Kobe Bryant visited Oregon and Gonzaga locker rooms. South Carolina players were given a deadline on distributing tickets to friends and family. Gonzaga players w...

Jury foreman calls guilty verdict against ex-Penn State president a ‘mistake’

By Angela Couloumbis and Karen Langley | The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

March 30, 2017


Filed under National News

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The foreman of the jury that convicted former Pennsylvania State University President Graham B. Spanier of child endangerment said Thursday that he believes the verdict was a “mistake,” and he regrets not changing his vote and possibly forcing a mistrial. Richard Black, a 78-year-old ...

Abortion opponents look for a home in the Democratic Party

By Simone Pathe | Roll Call

March 29, 2017


Filed under National News

For supporters of abortion rights, the Democratic Party has become the only real option. But as the party struggles to make inroads in red states, where its economic message may resonate more than its social values, some Democrats think there needs to be more flexibility on that issue. "We talk...

Uber reveals for the first time how white and male its workers are

By Paresh Dave | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 28, 2017


Filed under National News

Uber Technologies Inc. shed light on the gender and racial diversity of its workforce for the first time Tuesday, releasing a batch of data that even its recruiters reportedly couldn’t access. The numbers show the ride-hailing giant is enduring the same struggles as much of the tech industry to...

UC Berkeley chancellor improperly accepted free fitness benefits, probe finds

By By Teresa Watanabe | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 28, 2017


Filed under National News

University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks improperly accepted free benefits, including membership to the campus fitness center, personal training sessions and the unauthorized transfer of exercise equipment from the public gym to his private residence, a university investigation has...

Reporter, photographers say they were assaulted by Trump supporters at Calif. rally

Reporter, photographers say they were assaulted by Trump supporters at Calif. rally

By Angel Jennings and Anh Do | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 27, 2017


Filed under National News

LOS ANGELES — A reporter and two photographers said Sunday that they were physically assaulted by pro-Trump demonstrators at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach and are seeking the public’s help in identifying at least one of the people responsible. Frank Tristan, an intern at t...

15 percent of female undergraduates at UT have been raped, survey says

By Lauren McGaughy | The Dallas Morning News (TNS)

March 23, 2017


Filed under National News

AUSTIN, Texas — Fifteen percent of undergraduate female students surveyed at the University of Texas, Austin said they’ve been raped, according to a statewide study that the UT system will soon release. “The first injustice committed in every assault or inappropriate behavior is the act itself, ...

Cal State trustees approve controversial tuition hike

By Rosanna Xia | Los Angeles Times

March 23, 2017


Filed under National News

After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, California State University's Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 Wednesday to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding. "I don't bring this forward with an ounce of joy," said Cal...

Lots of smoke but no fire yet in US-Russia investigation

By Del Quentin Wilber and David S. Cloud | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

March 22, 2017


Filed under National News

WASHINGTON — Roger Stone, a pugilistic Republican political operative who cut his teeth under President Richard Nixon, didn’t attend Monday’s dramatic congressional hearing into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race, but he played a starring role anyway. Democrats took turns s...

Former congressman blames ‘deep state’ for his arrest

By Eric Garcia | Roll Call (TNS)

March 21, 2017


Filed under National News

Former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman blamed a "deep state" conspiracy for his arrest related to campaign finance charges. Stockman, who was released on a $25,000 bond Friday after being arrested the night before, said he was being targeted for criticizing the IRS, the Houston Chronicle reported. "This...

Nazi fliers and racist videos: Should students of color expect this at predominantly white colleges?

By By Amir Vera | The Virginian-Pilot (TNS)

March 20, 2017


Filed under National News

NORFOLK, Va. _ In the past year, students at Old Dominion University have seen fliers promoting Nazism pop up on campus and a video of a woman wearing a sweatshirt with the college's logo encourage the mass killing of black people. Hours after the video went viral two weeks ago, a question appeared...

UNC rallies late, defeats Arkansas, 72-65, to advance to Sweet 16

By Andrew Carter | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS)

March 19, 2017


Filed under National News

GREENVILLE, S.C. North Carolina stared the end of its season in the face on Sunday — the end of so many dreams and hopes, and the end of a long pursuit of redemption that has driven this team for nearly a year now — and the Tar Heels didn't blink. They trailed Arkansas by five points with three...

ICE arrests at courts spark backlash from lawyers, judges

By By James Queally | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 19, 2017


Filed under National News, Uncategorized

LOS ANGELES — Octavio Chaidez was walking out of a Pasadena courtroom with a client last month when four men jumped up from a hallway bench and rushed toward them. The men asked his client’s name. Then they pulled out badges. “They say, ‘You’re Mr. So and So?’ and he says, ‘Yes,’” Ch...

California lawmakers unveil sweeping financial aid plan to help students avoid debt

By Melanie Mason and Teresa Watanabe | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 19, 2017


Filed under National News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Seizing on growing concerns over college affordability, California lawmakers proposed what would be the most generous college aid plan in the nation Monday, covering not just tuition but also living expenses that have led to spiraling student debt. The plan would supplement California's...

Devin Robinson sparks Florida’s NCAA Tournament rout of East Tennessee State

Devin Robinson sparks Florida’s NCAA Tournament rout of East Tennessee State

By Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel

March 19, 2017


Filed under National News

(TNS) ORLANDO, Fla. _ Devin Robinson's eyes lit up. As teammate KeVaughn Allen made a steal late in Florida's 80-65 victory over East Tennessee State, Robinson was all by himself at the Gators' end of the floor. Allen saw his wide-open teammate and Robinson put a huge exclamation point on his best...

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

In a rare reading for the established poet and essayist, Maggie Nelson chose to share an unfinished piece of writing with the audience gathered in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium Thursday night. The nameless piece revolved broadly around freedom and touched on politics, identity and race — but largely dis...

Backlogged

Backlogged

By Nikita Karulkar, Staff Writer

February 23, 2017


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

Thousands of sexual assault kits around the nation have been left untested. One lab in Allegheny County found a short-term solution. Natasha Alexenko is an advocate. Alexenko is an activist. Alexenko is a former museum scientist. And in 1993, after Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint, she became...

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

By Elias Rappaport and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


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

President Donald Trump may have taken office a full month ago, but his detractors haven’t lost any of the passion they showed on inauguration day. Marching to the beat of drums, hundreds of protesters rallied around causes ranging from immigrant rights to the environment and vocally opposed Trump Sat...

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Las Palmas Restaurante will close up shop today, along with Mexican restaurants across the country as part of the “Day Without Immigrants” national protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The restaurant posted a handwritten sign at its Beechview location Wednesday informing...

Abortion legislation prompts protests

Abortion legislation prompts protests

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

On any given day, you can find small groups of protesters outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. But the pro-life national movement came out in full force Saturday to pressure the president and Congress into moving forward with plans to strip funding from the women’s health care org...

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Grant Burgman / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Never in American history has a Cabinet member needed the vice president to break the tie that would elect them into the president’s Cabinet. But the Senate vote on Betsy DeVos, who was later confirmed for the secretary of education position in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, was split 50-50 Tuesda...

Pitt alum gives people that are trans voice with “Transient”

Pitt alum gives people that are trans voice with “Transient”

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

Many members of the LGBTQ+ community see Trump’s presidency as an existential threat. Pitt alum Mark Janavel aims to give people are transgender a voice with an upcoming documentary about the transgender experience in Pittsburgh. Janavel, who graduated from Pitt in 2015, wants to provide a space for transgen...

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso, Zoe Pawliczek and Ashwini Sivaganesh

January 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

No one was detained at the Pittsburgh International Airport Sunday, but the crowd showed up anyway. In solidarity with similar protests across the country, including those at Washington Dulles International and John F. Kennedy International airports, about 150 people gathered in the airport’s t...

Five Pitt students arrested at inauguration in D.C.

Five Pitt students arrested at inauguration in D.C.

By Amanda Reed and Rebecca Peters / The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2017


Filed under Crime, National News, News, Top Stories

The morning of Inauguration Day, before Trump took his presidential oath, Americans filtered onto the National mall. Among them, Anika Mavinkurve, a senior neuroscience major, noticed that the inauguration was calm — not a crowbar, brick or act of violence in sight. “When we first walked in there was 100 max...

Pittsburgh, Penn State chosen as national autonomous vehicle testing sites

Pittsburgh, Penn State chosen as national autonomous vehicle testing sites

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News, Tech Science

Expect to see even more autonomous vehicles driving around Pennsylvania in the coming months. The federal Department of Transportation accepted PennDOT’s request to make Pennsylvania a National Proving Ground — testing site — for Autonomous Vehicle Technologies on January 19, one month after...

Hello, Trump: Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

Hello, Trump: Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


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

This is a continuation of Hello, Trump: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., Saturday It started with a Facebook event. Teresa Shook, from Hawaii, made a Facebook page for the Women’s March on Washington on election night. By the morning, 10,000 people had responded. By Jan. 21, m...

Hello, Trump: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C.

Hello, Trump: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

In front of a crowd of roughly 200,000, Donald Trump took the nation’s most dutiful oath Friday, pledging to faithfully execute the Executive Office of the President for the good of, in his own words, the people. And Saturday, the people took the streets laid out in front of the Capitol Building ...

Pittsburgh takes part in alternative inauguration events and sister marches

Pittsburgh takes part in alternative inauguration events and sister marches

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

While hundreds of thousands flocked to Washington, D.C., for Donald Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March, thousands of Pittsburghers voiced support, disagreement and commitment to change and to one another right here in the once-Steel City. At the Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Pittsburghers took t...

TPN reacts to weekend in Washington, D.C.

TPN reacts to weekend in Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under National News, News

After returning from Washington, D.C., here's what some of The Pitt News staff had to say about inauguration weekend: Elizabeth Lepro, editor-in-chief I wasn’t able to make it to the inauguration, but I arrived in D.C. the next day to cover the Women’s March on Washington — which was by f...

GALLERY: Women’s March on Washington

GALLERY: Women’s March on Washington

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

January 21, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Uncategorized, Visual

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Gallery: The Inauguration in Washington, DC

Gallery: The Inauguration in Washington, DC

By The Pitt News Visual Staff

January 20, 2017


Filed under National News, Visual

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TPN’s Top 5 political moments in Pittsburgh

TPN’s Top 5 political moments in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News

Before the moment Donald Trump puts his hand on the Bible and takes an oath to become the 45th president of the United States of America, The Pitt News took to its Twitter analytics to see which Pittsburgh political events cause the most online frenzy this year. Here are the top five: No. 5 — Birm...

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

By Amanda Reed and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

January 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Although Washington, D.C is 246 miles away, many Pittsburghers are making the trek to the Capitol to attend one of the most polarizing inaugurations in history. Students and members of the Pittsburgh community will be a few of the hundreds of thousands converging in D.C. to see Trump get elected ...

Trump’s Cabinet close-up

Trump’s Cabinet close-up

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

The 45th president of the United States of America will officially have the opportunity to “Make America Great Again,” beginning Jan. 20. Among those expected to appear at the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump — including the Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — are the newest membe...

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

By Lauren Rosenblatt, Alexa Bakalarski, Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2016


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

With a new petition, Pitt professors are asking the administration to proactively protect undocumented students. Assistant English professor Peter Campbell and English professor Sarah Leavens spearheaded the effort and worked collaboratively with seven other professors on the petition, which urges Pitt ...

Former Pitt international student cheats, faces deportation

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Pitt alum Han Tong was sentenced on Monday to three years probation and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after a Western Pennsylvania district court determined he took part in a scheme to cheat on college entrance exams. U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti sentenced Tong Monday afte...

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Cokie Roberts wants it on the record that she thought Donald Trump would win from the beginning. Roberts, a veteran reporter at National Public Radio and author of four books about women’s role during the Revolutionary and Civil wars, appeared frequently on television during the 2016 Presidential e...

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

A thin, cardboard oil pipeline roughly 200 feet long stretched along the slate floor of the Cathedral Commons for about 20 minutes on Monday morning. Students had constructed the “pipeline” out of recycled cardboard tubes painted black and stretched it from the main entrance of the Commons to the b...

Allegheny County, Jill Stein question Trump win

Allegheny County, Jill Stein question Trump win

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

After an election that mystified many predictions, Jill Stein and other Pennsylvania state and county representatives are leading a fight to verify the results. Stein, who ran for the presidency as the Green Party candidate, called for a recount of votes in three states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pen...

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

When Vice President Joe Biden visited Pitt in April, encouraging students to fight rape culture on campus, he was speaking during a year that seemed promising for the future of sexual assault services at colleges nationwide. Pitt had opened the Office of Diversity and Inclusion only a few months pri...

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Rather than staying in the comfort of her Braddock Hills home, Beth McAhren spent her Thanksgiving in Standing Rock, North Dakota. For five days at Standing Rock, McAhren cooked meals for the demonstrators there protesting the construction of an energy pipeline through land near a Sioux tribe res...

PA pushes to join National Popular Vote Compact

PA pushes to join National Popular Vote Compact

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editors

December 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

If a new bill passes through the legislature, Pennsylvania may soon join 11 other jurisdictions throughout the country committed to upholding the popular vote in presidential elections. State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat representing Delaware and Montgomery Counties, announced Thursday he will intro...

Eleven injured, one dead after attack on Ohio State campus

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 28, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

At least 11 people were injured after a student used his car and a knife to attack people on the Ohio State University’s campus Monday morning. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born Ohio State student, ran his car onto the sidewalk and began stabbing people with a knife around 10 a.m. Monday. A ca...

Pittsburgh residents protest Trump at Point Park

Pittsburgh residents protest Trump at Point Park

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


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

In the fifth day of protests since the presidential election concluded last Wednesday, about 100 Pittsburgh residents waved signs and chanted in unison Sunday afternoon in the latest show of opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. The crowd –– mostly dressed in dark colors except for a few...

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Students woke up Wednesday morning to a soggy, gray day. Some of them were Donald Trump supporters, now the President-elect. But the gloomy weather seemed appropriate for others — many of whom protested the Republican in the street until the early morning. For students from minority groups t...

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

By The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Just 24 hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the streets of Pittsburgh — like many other cities across the country — have held the rallying cries of disgruntled citizens. In Pittsburgh, protests have remained mostly peaceful, though police hit protesters in East Liberty Wednesda...

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

By The Pitt News Staff

November 9, 2016


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

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Students vote on campus in historic election

Students vote on campus in historic election

By The Pitt News staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

In Posvar’s, Soldiers and Sailors’ and the William Pitt Union’s halls, thousands of Pitt students waited in snaking lines, many leaving wearing their first “I Voted” stickers. For many students, this presidential election was the first cycle they could vote in, finally across the threshold a...

Donald Trump wins presidential election

Donald Trump wins presidential election

By The Pitt News staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

It was announced shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning that reality T.V. star and real estate mogul Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. In the local races, Republican Pat Toomey beat Democrat Katie McGinty for the United States senator seat. Democrat Josh Shapiro won ...

An election season in review

November 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

An election season in reviewThe Pitt News staffNov. 8, 2016The Pitt News has covered the 2016 election from the very beginning, when the Republican party still boasted a lengthy list of potential candidates and Bernie Sanders’ political revolution seemed an imminent possibility. Our reporters, photogr...

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

By Amina Doghri and Noah Coco / The Pitt News Staff

November 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

With the towering Cathedral of Learning and a massive American flag as her backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the final word at Pitt Monday, capping off a campaign season that’s brought politicians to the area on a weekly basis. “So, tomorrow is the election, and that is...

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Kimberly Muffett-Smith, a Washington County resident who is part Native Lenape Indian, spent the last weekend in October worrying about her daughter’s safety. Muffett-Smith’s daughter was arrested Oct. 27 in Standing Rock, North Dakota, when she chained herself to equipment in protest of the ...

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

A capacity crowd of 6,000 in Moon, Pennsylvania, waited nearly two hours at the Pittsburgh International Airport to hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s final words Sunday evening. “In two days, we’re going to win the great state of Pennsylvania. We’re bringing steel back ...

Clinton visits Great Hall at Heinz Field

Clinton visits Great Hall at Heinz Field

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 4, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famers Mel Blount and Franco Harris showed support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Great Hall at Heinz Field on Friday. With only four more days until the election, more than 2,500 people came to watch Clinton speak before heading to the po...

Hillary Clinton to visit Heinz Field

Hillary Clinton to visit Heinz Field

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 3, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

In her final sprint before voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will skid through Pittsburgh one last time on Friday. Clinton will make an appearance at the Great Hall at Heinz Field at 12:45 p.m. Friday afternoon, four days before the presidentia...

College votes down, parties cater to millennials

College votes down, parties cater to millennials

By Emily Suruda / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

To campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama did something no other president has done before: he snapped. Obama made a five-minute Snapchat video Monday on the app’s political channel “Good Luck America,” in which moments of an interview between Obama and Peter Hamby, the channel’s host, appear between snippets ...

Hang-ups and door slams: The life of a campaign worker

Hang-ups and door slams: The life of a campaign worker

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

When Arnaud Armstrong, a Pitt junior, makes phone calls for Republican local and state candidates, he’s often on more than one phone at once. The student campaigner even knows a woman who can handle four phones at the same time, a true expert. He said it’s easier than it sounds — people only ...

Green Party supporters rally in East Liberty

Green Party supporters rally in East Liberty

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

November 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

A health issue might have stopped Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein from traveling to Pittsburgh, but her absence didn’t keep supporters from rallying around her platform. Green Party supporters gathered at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, filling ...

Absentee ballot registration to close Nov. 1

Absentee ballot registration to close Nov. 1

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

With about one week left before the 2016 presidential election, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is tomorrow. In Pennsylvania, voters must apply for an absentee ballot by Nov. 1, and the County Election Office of a voter’s home county must receive the application by Nov. 4. To send in an absentee ballot application, a person must be registered to vote. Voters fill out and mail in an absentee ballot when they are not able to make it to their typical polling location on election day, su...

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Between banners that read “Stronger” and “Together,” musician Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Thursday. Bon Jovi —  lead singer of the American rock band by the same name, best known for songs “I’ll Be There For You” and “Livin’ on ...

Biden stumps for Clinton, McGinty at Chatham

Biden stumps for Clinton, McGinty at Chatham

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

Continuing the Democrats’ Pennsylvania blitz to ensure they win the state in November, Vice President Joe Biden took his turn in Pittsburgh Tuesday to stump for Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty. At a campaign stop at Chatham University Tuesday morning, Biden spoke to a crowd of about 600 studen...

Clinton, Kaine to visit Pittsburgh

Clinton, Kaine to visit Pittsburgh

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Despite her lead in Pennsylvania polls, Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine will be visiting Pittsburgh again on Saturday, a move showing just how badly the Democratic nominee wants to win the state. A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 17 reported Clinton has a six point lead in Penn...

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

After she walked into the O’Hara ballroom, backdropped by her mother’s campaign theme, “Fight Song,” Chelsea Clinton spoke about Donald Trump’s campaign, Hillary Clinton’s vision for the country and the importance of voting. Approximately 100 people attended Clinton’s speech — one of ...

Researchers, innovators come to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference

Researchers, innovators come to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference

By Alexa Bakalarski, Amina Doghri, Leo Dornan, Janine Faust, Maria Hurtado, David Robinson / The Pitt News Staff

October 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

For just a few hours on Thursday, you could walk on Mars without ever leaving Alumni Hall. In a partnership with Microsoft, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed OnSight, virtual 3-D technology enabling scientists to study Mars’ environment while wearing Microsoft HoloLens. NASA demonstrate...

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

President Barack Obama thinks right now is the greatest time to be alive. At least that’s what he wrote in his guest editorial for this month’s edition of WIRED — a science and technology magazine — and reiterated in a speech on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus Thursday afternoon. ...

Frontiers exhibit on Pitt’s campus open to the public

Frontiers exhibit on Pitt’s campus open to the public

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Although President Barack Obama will be visiting Pittsburgh to speak at the White House Frontiers Conference, most Pittsburghers won’t be able to see him. There is, though, one Frontiers exhibit open to the public with no registration needed, Pitt said on Tuesday. It will be open on Oct. 13 from 9 ...

Tim Kaine speaks on CMU’s campus

Tim Kaine speaks on CMU’s campus

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Zachary Goldstein loves living in Pittsburgh, but not for the hot cakes or the Cathedral. He loves living in the city because Pennsylvania is a swing state. With the presidential election less than five weeks away, high-profile representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties have b...

Students have less than one week to register to vote

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Even though election day is still five weeks out, the voter registration deadline –– Oct. 11 ––  is less than one week away. For many Pitt students, this is the first presidential election they are eligible to vote in. For others, this is their first time voting away from home. In any cas...

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, a sentence indicated that 50 people at the event were wearing pro-Trump and pro-NRA attire. This is incorrect, as many people were wearing plainclothes. Also in a previous version of this story, a statistic from Every Town for Gun Safety was included tha...

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

By Wesley Hood and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

Walking out to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” Michelle Obama encouraged Pitt students and community members to run the election, urging them to be the much needed “youth vote” Hillary Clinton has been trying to lock down in recent weeks. As students lined up to see Obama at the Fi...

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