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Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

Three bills introduced in December by Erika Strassburger and Corey O’Connor meant to ban assault weapons and accessories contained parts of ineffective and outdated laws.

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 22, 2019

Pittsburgh’s proposed gun control ordinances were cobbled together by cutting and pasting pieces from ineffective and outdated laws. The results are policies that experts say have serious civil rights implications — without making the City any safer.

Not just a sports city: Pittsburgh culture is hidden but vibrant

Sarah Connor enjoys being a Pittsburgh native while posing on the North Shore in front of iconic Pittsburgh bridges. (Photo courtesy of Chloe Yoder)

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

May 30, 2018

I grew up in a small town about 25 miles outside of the City — near the Pittsburgh International Airport — called Moon Township. It was common for people from my town to attend schools in and around the City, and I come from a long line of Pitt alumni. But I was independent as a kid and wanted to have new...

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

Erika Strassburger talks to reporters after greeting friends, family and staff at her victory party after winning Tuesday's special election (Photo by Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor)

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

March 7, 2018

Independent candidate Erika Strassburger will succeed Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh City Council after District 8 voters handed her a decisive victory Tuesday. Strassburger finished with 64 percent of the vote, more than double her closest opponent, Democratic nominee and East Liberty restaurant owner Sonja Finn, who finished with 28 percent. ...

Editorial: Pittsburgh’s veil of Amazon secrecy leaves residents behind

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2017

With little more to go on than a slogan, Pittsburghers don’t know what to make of the City’s proposal to house Amazon’s second headquarters. The online retail giant announced its search for a location in September, and has since received 238 submissions from cities, states and metropolitan areas across North America. Cities responded by offering Amazon a s...

Editorial: Peduto demands non-profit conscience — Pitt included

Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2017

Pennsylvania’s lawmakers may have struggled with a budget crisis this year, but Pittsburgh feels a little more confident of its financial competency. In his annual budget address Monday, Mayor Bill Peduto asked the state to remove Pittsburgh’s Act 47 status, an inhibitory financial oversight status meant to aid financially distressed municipalities placed on Pittsburgh in 2003. Now, he claims, the city doesn’t need the oversight. Recognizing the im...

Commission and community considers statue’s fate

The majority of people in the public hearing agreed that the statue should be removed. (Photo by Kyleen Considine l Visual Editor)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 5, 2017

At yesterday’s public hearing, three minutes wasn’t enough time for Marshall Goodwin to express his opinion about the Stephen Foster statue. After presenting his viewpoint, Goodwin — an on-and-off resident of Pittsburgh for 50 years who now resides in Schenley Park — asked multiple times...

City plans to expand smart signals to Oakland

Scalable Urban Traffic Control uses predictive traffic technology to adapt to existing traffic conditions.  (Photo courtesy of Stephen Smith)

By Sarah Frumkin | For The Pitt News

September 26, 2017

With the dozens of traffic lights and congestion, driving in Oakland can be frustrating and stressful. But every so often, you can time it perfectly and breeze down Forbes or Fifth Avenue, passing through a string of green lights. Stephen Smith, director of the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory at...

Pittsburgh goes green, despite what you might’ve heard

(Amanda Nichols | Staff Illustrator)

By Levko Karmazyn | For The Pitt News

August 21, 2017

When President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the Paris climate agreements, he said that he was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris — a statement that was met with fiery outlash from important figures such as Mayor Bill Peduto, who said that Pittsburgh will in fact continue to abide by the Paris agreements....

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Prayer for Peace

Rally attendees hold signs which read

By Anna Bongardino

August 19, 2017

In the wake of the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Mayor Peduto's office organized "A Prayer for Pittsburgh: A Prayer for Peace" rally in front of the city-county building yesterday. A variety of faith leaders and government-affiliated personnel were featured as speakers. ...

GALLERY: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

Roy Ayers performs at UPMC Stage on Penn Avenue during The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. Photo by Maria Heines | Staff Photographer)

By Maria Heines

June 20, 2017

The annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival was held downtown from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18 and included more than 140 local musicians. ...

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