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TPN x Nazareth Prep | Remembering Kennir Parr

Kennir Parr in his Woodland Hills football uniform.

By Justice Williams and Amarie Sinabulya

April 11, 2019

Before his death in 2016, Kennir Parr, a 14-year-old Woodland Hills High School student, made the people around him feel like they had his undivided attention. His friend Mondale King has fond memories of playing paintball and going to water parks with Parr — but what he remembers most is Parr’s heart.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Rankin resident remembers steel industry

William Sharkey worked at Carrie Furnace, pictured here, before the steel industry collapsed in Western Pennsylvania.

By Dylan Stone and William Taylor

March 4, 2019

The steel industry was central to the economy of Pittsburgh for decades, and its collapse took a toll on the region’s economy and cost thousands of jobs. William Sharkey experienced this firsthand. A 66-year-old resident of Rankin, Sharkey currently works with General Electric, and shares his experience as a steelworker by doing tours of the Carrie Furnace in the Spring and Fall seasons.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Carl’s Cafe builds success

Carl Lewis bags a customer's purchase at his corner store.

By Nehemiah Brazil III and Jhaunea Sherer

March 4, 2019

Carl Lewis used to flip houses in Pittsburgh — but since opening Carl’s Cafe at 337 Fifth Ave. in 2012, he’s turned to flipping burgers.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | UnSmoke Systems Artspace brings community art to Braddock

Jeb Seldman acquired UnSmoke Systems Artspace in 2008, and has since transformed it into a community hub for art.

By Jayanna Smith and Amara Bailey

February 22, 2019

UnSmoke Systems Artspace is one of Braddock's most popular art galleries, and is booked for the next year and a half.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Carrie Furnace: National landmark, graffiti hotspot

Art installations, like the deer head featured here, are revitalizing the abandoned Carrie Furnace, along with walls of legal graffiti.

By Katie Donohue and Riyan Russell

February 22, 2019

Carrie Furnace was one of the world's top steel furnaces. Today, it is home to some of Pittsburgh's most thriving graffiti.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Rankin residents remember 1957 Christmas Eve fire

View of Rankin  from the Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock Hills, Pennsylvania.

By Savon Wilson, Kiara Chew and Myeir Northern, Contributing Writers

February 22, 2019

A massive fire destroyed 40 homes in Rankin on Christmas Eve in 1957. Many current residents can still remember the flames.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Rankin Christian Center central to community life

Yvonne Spencer is a long-time resident of Rankin, and has spent many years working at the Rankin Christian Center.

By Lamont Bolton and Juanaya Green

February 22, 2019

The Rankin Christian Center has been a central part of residents' lives for more than 100 years – and it's still a community fixture.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Rankin partners with neighbors to tackle litter

Litter, like the wrappers pictured on a lawn here, isn't hard to find in Rankin -- but the borough is taking steps to beautify itself.

By William Dank and Jabriel Johnson

February 22, 2019

In the neighboring towns of Braddock and Rankin, residents and community leaders are taking steps to beautify the streets – but it's a long process.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Woodland Hills Girl’s Rugby faces difficulty amid success on the field

The Woodland Hills Girl's Rugby team, pictured here in blue, lost only three of its games in its first season.

By Najjah Cobb and Alaya Fancher

February 22, 2019

Students from Woodland Hills worked hard to put together a girl's rugby team, but now, they face what they call a lack of support from the school. (Contributing Writers)

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