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Live blog: Election Day 2020

By The Pitt News Staff October 29, 2020
Voters are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide the next president, as well as a number of other federal, state and local officials.
Kennir Parr in his Woodland Hills football uniform.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Remembering Kennir Parr

This story is part of a series high school students at Nazareth Prep completed to learn the basics of journalism.
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.
William Sharkey worked at Carrie Furnace, pictured here, before the steel industry collapsed in Western Pennsylvania.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Rankin resident remembers steel industry

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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.
Carl Lewis bags a customer's purchase at his corner store.

TPN x Nazareth Prep | Carl’s Cafe builds success

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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.
Jeb Seldman acquired UnSmoke Systems Artspace in 2008, and has since transformed it into a community hub for art.

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

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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.
Art installations, like the deer head featured here, are revitalizing the abandoned Carrie Furnace, along with walls of legal graffiti.

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

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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.
View of Rankin  from the Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock Hills, Pennsylvania.

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

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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.
Yvonne Spencer is a long-time resident of Rankin, and has spent many years working at the Rankin Christian Center.

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

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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.
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.

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

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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.
The Woodland Hills Girl's Rugby team, pictured here in blue, lost only three of its games in its first season.

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

Written by high school students at Nazareth Prep, this story is part of a series about Rankin and Braddock.
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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