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Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

More than 70 years have gone by since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 7-3 in the NFL's last game without penalties.

Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From catsuits to contract holdouts, The Pitt News staff takes a look at the spiciest storylines from the past week.

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

By Kieran Mclean | For The Pitt News

June 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Members of nine community groups gathered at City Hall Thursday morning in front of a sky-blue banner declaring “The City of Pittsburgh Welcomes You.” The crowd demanded that the City release the conditions of its proposal to Amazon. Jules Lobel, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Law Depar...

Editorial: Patience required in Antwon Rose case

Editorial: Patience required in Antwon Rose case

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old black Woodland Hills student, was shot by a white East Pittsburgh police officer, Michael Rosfeld, on the evening of June 26. Since then, coverage of ensuing protests has been extensive — as has speculation surrounding the two parties involved. What is known to be true is...

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple lit up downtown Pittsburgh over the weekend as members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies united to celebrate their differences and show support for the community. They danced, sang and kissed under rainbow flags. This was Pittsburgh PrideFest 2018. ...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mavis Staples

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mavis Staples

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Any Pittsburgh native raised on trips to the Three Rivers Arts Festival can attest that the exhibition of diverse artists and musicians is always accompanied by thick rainfall. Festival season in the ’Burgh never commences without it. Amid fears of rain delays and cancellations, each of the bigge...

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Citizens had a chance to address pressing issues like Amazon, small businesses and the ethane plant in Beaver County with some of Pittsburgh’s most important figures — Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald — Monday night at Union Project in Highland Park. Peduto, F...

Amazon HQ2 debate continues in Pittsburgh

Amazon HQ2 debate continues in Pittsburgh

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News

Amazon first stirred up conversation in Oakland and in Pittsburgh when the Seattle-based electronic commerce company opened a pickup location on Oakland Avenue in October. The City was launched into one of the biggest national business stories in recent memory when Amazon announced in January that the Steel City was o...

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

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

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

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...

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Amber Baker led her team of “Bosom Buddies” through Schenley Park this Mother’s Day with her daughter, Angelina Chertik, who traveled across the state from Philadelphia to attend the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual 5K run that raises money and awareness for breast cancer. Baker, a ...

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

By TPN Visual Staff

May 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Uncategorized, Visual

The 10th annual Pittsburgh Marathon took place on Sunday. This year, the event also hosted the 2018 USA Track and Field National Championship race, an elite event which saw finishing times of over a minute faster than the top men's category of the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Over 20,000 people participated...

Digress from stress: Pittsburgh’s Slices of Serenity

Digress from stress: Pittsburgh’s Slices of Serenity

By Elizabeth Donnelly | Staff Writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

It’s no secret that finals week can be a stressful time for students, but there are many places Pitt students can go for relief — both on and off campus. With these study break destinations, students can try to focus their mental energy on staying calm and relaxing. Stress Free Zone — William Pitt Union (Oakland...

Founders Institute open for entrepreneurship

Founders Institute open for entrepreneurship

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

April 20, 2018


Filed under City, News

Randy Eager, a lifelong entrepreneur and Pittsburgh resident of 27 years, realized in the summer of 2017 that Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurial ecosystem lacked two key things — entrepreneur education and corporate investment. While developing his company Aqualibrium LLC, he noticed a need for mentorin...

Public provides input on Foster statue replacement

Public provides input on Foster statue replacement

By Theresa Dickerson | Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

There is currently no statue in Pittsburgh that represents an African-American woman. But that is going to change in the next month — and it’s happening right on Pitt’s campus. The City confirmed in March that the 10-foot-tall bronze statue of musician Stephen Foster, located on Forbes Avenue across from the Stephen Foster Memorial, would be removed in April. Foster will be replaced with a local, historical, female African...

Pitt Film Fest features city-wide student work

Pitt Film Fest features city-wide student work

By Vikram Sundar | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

While maintaining a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend in Indiana, Pennsylvania, senior Mark Conner spent many a lonely road trip listening to the cassette tape she had given him — Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango in the Night.” It was during these trips that he came up with the idea for his ...

Editorial: Address landslides in local infrastructure plans

Editorial: Address landslides in local infrastructure plans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

More than 70 landslides have hit Pittsburgh this year — but the one on Route 30 last week was possibly the worst. The collapsed roadway severely damaged four residences and raised the City’s landslide cost to an estimated $12 million in 2018 so far. But funding for repair efforts remains slim...

Allentown stays soulful as businesses flourish

Allentown stays soulful as businesses flourish

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

April 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Craig Bittner walked into the dimly lit Black Forge Coffee House on Arlington Avenue one breezy Saturday morning in March, past the walls covered in local art for sale and a large chalkboard calendar of local events. He cheerfully greeted the barista and ordered a “cold bro.” Bittner, a 24-yea...

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

A quick glance at the men’s top 10 world tennis rankings reveals that no two players share the same country of origin. The same can be said for the top eight women in the world — an unusual trend considering certain nations tend to specialize and often dominate in other sports. A microcosm of...

Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene

Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Popular trends tend to reappear every so often — and in the music world, this is especially true. Genres give way to post-genres, subgenres and genre fusion, and popular tropes of the past seem to pop up 20 years later with little explanation. This trend has taken shape recently in the form of cassette rele...

Pitt brings new quarterback to town

Pitt brings new quarterback to town

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football midyear junior college enrollee Ricky Town comes to Oakland with three years of college experience spanning three different schools. But despite his winding journey across college football, the quarterback has yet to play a single snap of Division I football. Town was aggressively...

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

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. ...

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Whose city? Our city! Whose city? Our city!” various Pittsburgh residents declared in unison before the community forum on Amazon began Saturday. This chant reverberated through the Liberty Room of the Human Services Building on Smithfield Street where about 50 audience members and six panelists...

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 8, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Members of the Run to Cure Cystic Fibrosis marathon team trek up more than 700 steps of the Cathedral of Learning every Thursday. Then they take the elevator back down and do it two or three more times. The western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a donor-funded nonprofit wo...

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Mark Whitaker is a Philadelphian infatuated with Pittsburgh. He is also an esteemed journalist who worked for Newsweek Magazine for three decades and became the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. But that infatuation with the Steel City is what led him to investigate his father’s Pitt...

First time for yoga: stretching the limits at Wintergarden

First time for yoga: stretching the limits at Wintergarden

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


Filed under Culture

I rolled out of bed at 8 a.m. Sunday wishing my alarm clock hadn’t interrupted my usual Sunday morning sleep session that usually creeps into the early afternoon. I peeked out the window of my South Oakland apartment and saw heavy, wet snow falling from the gray sky. Today was not the day for me to...

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mayor Bill Peduto is gazing into Pittsburgh’s future as a possible home for Amazon’s HQ2 wearing what appears to be a pair of rose-colored glasses. The proposition of a $5 billion economic bolster sits untouched in the distance, a prize Pittsburgh and 19 other cities are ruthlessly racing toward ...

Viral video shows cyclist being attacked in Oakland

Viral video shows cyclist being attacked in Oakland

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 28, 2018


Filed under City, News

Police are investigating a physical altercation between a cyclist and the driver of a red SUV that occured Thursday evening at the intersection of South Bellefield and Fifth avenues. A video filmed at the scene by a man identified as Matt Hajduk, 26, shows the SUV driver, having already exited his ve...

Peduto promotes Pittsburgh community initiatives

Peduto promotes Pittsburgh community initiatives

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under City, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto prioritizes building up Pittsburgh communities, and thinks Amazon might soon be able to help with this growth at a local level, he said Thursday night. “What will make Pittsburgh competitive is talent produced locally and incredible affordability,” he said. “With those two th...

Pitt Progressives host state House candidate Summer Lee

Pitt Progressives host state House candidate Summer Lee

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When asked what was distinct about her campaign, Summer Lee said she isn’t running on anything that isn’t “basic human stuff.” “I don’t see that I’m not running on anything that isn’t common sense,” Lee said. Lee is a Democratic candidate for District 34 in the Pennsylvania House of Represen...

Finn wins Democratic nomination for District 8

Finn wins Democratic nomination for District 8

By Elise Lavallee / Contributing Editor

January 14, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Sonja Finn, 38, was nominated Sunday afternoon to run as the democratic candidate in the District 8 City Council seat special election. With no contest from a republican candidate, Finn is expected to run against Erika Strassburger and Marty Healey in the special election March 6. Though in the past t...

Jazz plays on in Pittsburgh

Jazz plays on in Pittsburgh

By Emma Maurice | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

While the riverboats travelling up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers between 1916 and 1970 brought many people to Pittsburgh to work in the booming steel industry, it also brought a wave of musicians who created Pittsburgh’s lasting jazz scene. Jazz in Pittsburgh continues to flourish and sustain years of tr...

When environmental groups overstep, progress halts

When environmental groups overstep, progress halts

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

December 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The auditorium of Arsenal Middle School contained an eclectic mix of people Monday night. In the middle aisle, a sharply dressed younger crowd in scarves and thick-rimmed glasses conversed with representatives from environmental groups such as PennEnvironment and Lawrenceville United. Meanwhile, gruff, blue-...

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

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Extend love to homeless in a city that doesn’t

Extend love to homeless in a city that doesn’t

By Sarah Shearer | Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Nichole Cooper didn’t know a simple “How are you?” would lead to such a rich friendship when she met Shaker on the street. “You know, I just saw him and was like, hey, what’s up?” Cooper said.  “He offered me a cigarette and I said no and he asked how are you?” Cooper, a woman from Tex...

Off-year election marks desire for criminal justice reform

Off-year election marks desire for criminal justice reform

By Ben Sheppard | Columnist

November 16, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Despite our national representatives’ inability to agree on anything, the Nov. 7 off-year elections showed that the nation at large is united by at least one thing — criminal justice reform. Pittsburghers are fed up with archaic strategies of criminal justice  — and Mik Pappas is their new refor...

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris somehow manages to regularly get herself into the petty types of quarrels that make Buzzfeed headlines — in April last year, she made local headlines when she got into a verbal altercation with a bicyclist. She took up bike lanes as a major aspect of ...

Christmas: the most wonderful two months of the year

Christmas: the most wonderful two months of the year

By Alexis Buncich | For The Pitt News

November 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Based on my friends’ Snapchats, the last moments before the Christmas season ended the night of Halloween. Everyone was still getting into their Halloween candy when suddenly, the clock struck midnight — and each Snapchat story was filled with carols as my friends traded jack-o’-lanterns for S...

Editorial: Peduto demands non-profit conscience — Pitt included

Editorial: Peduto demands non-profit conscience — Pitt included

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Editorial: Use Election Day as opportunity for progress

Editorial: Use Election Day as opportunity for progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 7, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In the aftermath of last fall’s presidential election, many young voters eagerly looked forward to the next chance they’d have to influence their communities through the ballot box. Unfortunately for those of us in Pittsburgh, however, some of today’s most visible municipal elections offer littl...

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 7, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Rick Sebak, a native Pittsburgh filmmaker and producer, held a “Pittsburgh Changes the World” sign above his head, eliciting nods from the audience at the Historic Pittsburgh Fair. Sebak and many of the audience members reminisced over Pittsburgh’s greatest historical contributions, ranging from wo...

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Television

When Anthony Bourdain goes to any city, locals are bound to complain that he missed one of the best restaurants or didn’t talk to an important person. But when Bourdain’s Pittsburgh episode of “Parts Unknown” aired on CNN Sunday night, many Pittsburghers were furious, claiming the show didn...

Don’t tempt Amazon with tax cuts

Don’t tempt Amazon with tax cuts

By Ben Sheppard | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the struggle between American cities for economic dominance, an influx of 50,000 new jobs seems too good to be true. But that’s exactly what tech giant Amazon is offering. More than 100 cities — ranging from Boston, to Toronto to a collective of several small North Carolina towns — have signale...

Don’t count out conservative Democrats

Don’t count out conservative Democrats

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

September 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With a mix of fear, anger and sheer disbelief, I watched the television screen in my friends’ apartment as CNN’s correspondent tapped an interactive map, coloring Pennsylvania red. Last fall’s presidential election came as a shock to many, but for me the blow came when my home state cast its ...

Blue collar to green collar: Pittsburgh’s sustainable future

Blue collar to green collar: Pittsburgh’s sustainable future

By Jaime Viens | Contributing Editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

A Pittsburgh skyline dominated by smokestacks once denoted the bane of environmental destruction to some — but to many, it was a livelihood. More than ever before, Pittsburgh is shedding its long-standing status as the “Steel City” as it continues to transition from a City that is economically reliant on fossil fuels toward a City with more sustainable future in renewable energy. But our local economy is fa...

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Sports Features, Top Stories

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Penny Semaia can seem like a pretty intimidating figure. But once Semaia starts talking, any intimidation falls away. He makes you feel welcome from the moment you shake his hand and exudes friendliness. It’s an infectious positivity many in the Pitt community have beco...

Editorial: Safe roads require more than just bike lanes

Editorial: Safe roads require more than just bike lanes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

From the lack of parking in front of the Cathedral, a safer Bigelow Boulevard crosswalk or the freshly painted white and yellow lines — the new bike lanes are pretty hard to miss. The City of Pittsburgh opened the lanes Aug. 15 on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard — a much-needed development as Oakland is the city’s second most-biked neighborhood, after Downtown. The lanes...

Photographer Elliott Erwitt publishes forgotten Pittsburgh photos

Photographer Elliott Erwitt publishes forgotten Pittsburgh photos

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture

Elliott Erwitt left his rented room at the downtown Pittsburgh YMCA in the fall of 1950, cameras in hand. The 22-year-old photographer walked up either Forbes or Fifth Avenue, documenting the people and places of the transitioning city along the way, before arriving at the Pittsburgh Photographic Lib...

Councilman Gilman talks district, student issues

Councilman Gilman talks district, student issues

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under City, News

For many of the thousands of new and incoming Pitt students, this fall in Pittsburgh will be their first. It’s an experience that City Council Member Dan Gilman shared with them many years ago. “Whether I’m a native depends on how original you go,” Gilman said, laughing. “We moved to Pittsburgh...

Pitt club raises awareness for animal welfare

Pitt club raises awareness for animal welfare

By Amanda Reed / Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture

No meat, cheese, wool or ivory-keyed pianos — basically nothing that comes from or is made from an animal. That’s what Pitt’s animal wellness club preaches on campus. Panthers for Animal Welfare — PAW for short — is an activist club focused on spreading awareness about the effects that fo...

Pittsburgh’s indie theaters set themselves apart

Pittsburgh’s indie theaters set themselves apart

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Movies

Chain theaters and popular franchises are fatiguing after a while — remakes, reboots and sequels, oh my — so why not attend a classic film marathon in a single screen theater to refresh your cinematic palette. Here’s a short list of local, independent theaters that offer both mainstream releases,...

Pittsburgh goes green, despite what you might’ve heard

Pittsburgh goes green, despite what you might’ve heard

By Levko Karmazyn | For The Pitt News

August 21, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Prayer for Peace

By Anna Bongardino

August 19, 2017


Filed under City, News, Visual

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: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

Gallery: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / Pitt News Staff

August 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Homemade aircrafts, 46 in total, launched off a 22-foot platform into the Allegheny River Saturday. Most crafts took a nosedive straight away, but a few got enough air to soar a short distance down the river. Red Bull's Flugtag brought crowds to the North Shore and Point State Park as teams displayed...

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

By John Hamilton and Lexi Kennell / Pitt News Staff

July 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Listening to the sound of four revving engines muffled by ear plugs, passengers on the B-17 crawl into the nose turret of the WWII-era bomber, seeing stretches of land and Pittsburgh landmarks appear and disappear before them. The Liberty Foundation — a nonprofit group based in Oklahoma — is offe...

Editorial: Leaving Pittsburgh for the summer? Maybe think twice

Editorial: Leaving Pittsburgh for the summer? Maybe think twice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 19, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Since we still operate over the summer, many Pitt News editors and writers get the chance to spend their school-free months in Pittsburgh. And in our last print edition of the summer, we wanted to reflect on a trend we’ve noticed here year after year — we’re far lonelier in Oakland from May to...

GALLERY: Anthrocon 2017

GALLERY: Anthrocon 2017

By Anna Bongardino

July 3, 2017


Filed under Culture, Visual

Pittsburgh is the annual host of Anthrocon, the world's largest furry convention. This past weekend, more than 200 vendors and 7,300 attendees took part in the festivities which were held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. ...

Editorial: The Port Authority is ignoring important BRT stakeholders

Editorial: The Port Authority is ignoring important BRT stakeholders

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 20, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Port Authority has promised people that live on the lines of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project faster commutes, new electric buses and safe bike lanes. But the proposal isn’t perfect, and the people that might be negatively impacted by the project are being ignored. Some 3,000 riders a...

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Community members and local activists gathered Monday night to talk about new bus stops, or as city employee Justin Miller called them — “upgraded transit experiences.” The replicas of the Bus Rapid Transit system’s proposed new stops sat on the side of the room as Miller, an employee of Pittsb...

GALLERY: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

GALLERY: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

By Maria Heines

June 20, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Music, Visual

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

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

By Henry Glitz and Kirsten Wong | The Pitt News Staff

June 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When President Trump invoked Pittsburgh in his decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement last Thursday, he left many Pittsburghers baffled. “I’m appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in a press release the same day Trump ma...

GALLERY: Three Rivers Arts Festival

GALLERY: Three Rivers Arts Festival

By The Pitt News Staff

June 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture, Visual

The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival is a free 10-day arts festival downtown which features a variety of food and art vendors as well as an eclectic selection of musical performers. ...

Being trans at Pitt: my story

Being trans at Pitt: my story

By Madeline Barber | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As a child, I was a stereotypical boy. I played in the dirt, my favorite toys were my Tonka trucks and I loved to break things. I wasn’t interested in “girl” things like sewing or nail polish, and my favorite color wasn’t pink. To my mother, there was no way I could be trans because I so eag...

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Reverend, doctor, professor, dean of students. John Welch is hoping to add Mayor of Pittsburgh to that résumé as he campaigns to unseat the incumbent, Mayor Bill Peduto, in Tuesday's Democratic primary . We sat down with Welch in his Garfield campaign office to ask about some of his policies and ...

Rooney rule: Peduto calls for more increased diversity in city hiring

Rooney rule: Peduto calls for more increased diversity in city hiring

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy

April 20, 2017


Filed under City, News

Mayor Bill Peduto implemented new measures Wednesday to amp up diversity efforts in city hiring procedures. According to a press release from the mayor’s office, Peduto issued an executive order April 19 to create the position of a diversity and inclusion officer — who will work to produce policy focused on recru...

Gallery: Politicians, NFL players join family to remember Dan Rooney

Gallery: Politicians, NFL players join family to remember Dan Rooney

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017


Filed under City, News, Visual

Friends, family, politicians, NFL owners and players remembered the life of Dan Rooney, the former Steelers chairman and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland who passed away Thursday at 84. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland. ...

Pittsburghers talk gerrymandering

Pittsburghers talk gerrymandering

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Sue Broughton likes squiggles. And as a speaker for Fair Districts PA, she gets to show concerned voters a lot of them. Fair Districts PA, is a non-partisan activist group against gerrymandering — when a political group moves the boundaries of electoral districts to help their own election odds...

Inclusive Innovation Week sets Pittsburgh apart among tech cities

Inclusive Innovation Week sets Pittsburgh apart among tech cities

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While it may be impossible for Pittsburgh to ever fully shake its infamous Steel City nickname, the city is taking strides to become something different. After the post-1980 decline in the steel industry, Pittsburgh became a city better known for its medical and educational opportunities through uni...

County controller criticizes PWSA’s lead plans

County controller criticizes PWSA’s lead plans

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

At a press conference in her Downtown office on Tuesday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner considered the scope of lead in Pittsburgh households’ water and called it like she sees it: a public health crisis. “One in four homes have lead lines, and the [Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Author...

GALLERY: Women’s March and Rally in Downtown Pittsburgh and East Liberty

By Pitt News Visual Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under Visual

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Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed | Assistant News Editors

January 4, 2017


Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

Here are some of the latest Pennsylvania laws and legislations to know about for the upcoming year. REAL ID Act Changes Effective Jan. 30, 2017, Pennsylvania ID holders cannot use their ID to enter federal buildings, military buildings and nuclear power plants since current licenses and IDs ar...

Pouncey powers Steelers offense

Pouncey powers Steelers offense

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 20, 2016


Filed under Sports

At age 27, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has already been through a career’s worth of devastating injuries, yet he always finds a way to return to All-Pro form. After his worst injury scare yet, Pouncey is back to leading the Steelers’ offensive line –– and he looks better t...

Pittsburgh dances to support Orlando victims

Pittsburgh dances to support Orlando victims

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 15, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh’s still standing with the victims of June’s Orlando shooting - by not standing still at all. On Friday, people danced with rainbow “#KeepDancingOrlando” signs as others strolled by or ate at nearby tables on their lunch break in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square. The Delta ...

Gallery: Sand-Sculpting Competition

Gallery: Sand-Sculpting Competition

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

July 12, 2016


Filed under Visual

Pittsburgh loses Smart City Challenge

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 21, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh will have to wait a little longer to become a “smart” city. Pittsburgh competed against six other finalists in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge — a national program that offered more than $40 million to the city with the best plan for fully integrating...

Gallery: Trump visits Oakland

Gallery: Trump visits Oakland

By Photo Staff

April 13, 2016


Filed under Visual

Pirates fans have no reason to lessen expectations

Pirates fans have no reason to lessen expectations

By Chad Cameron / Staff Writer

April 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Columns

Snow isn’t typically associated with Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. But as a sellout crowd of 39,500 people prepared to pack PNC Park on Sunday, crews on the inside rushed to shovel away the last traces of a blizzard that hit Pittsburgh late Saturday night. Baseball season was here, and no matte...

Gallery: Pittsburgh Steelers Rally 1/16/16

Gallery:  Pittsburgh Steelers Rally 1/16/16

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

January 15, 2016


Filed under Visual

The case to land Star Wars in Pittsburgh

The case to land Star Wars in Pittsburgh

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Who says Tatooine has to stay in a galaxy far, far away? With the resurgence of the “Star Wars” franchise coinciding with Pittsburgh’s erupting big-ticket film scene, Steeltown seems as poised as any other American city to host the Millennium Falcon. From the plethora of abandoned industrial ...

Film frontier: Pittsburgh in the movies

By Nick Mullen & Jack Trainor / Culture Staff

November 13, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Hollywood is beginning to discover the City of Bridges as the next city of movie sets. In recent years, Pittsburgh has served as a blue-collar backdrop for a multitude of notable films and genres, from bloody horror to coming-of-age dramas. With Pennsylvania’s film tax incentive laws, active since ...

Gallery: Pitt Football vs. Notre Dame 11/7/15

Gallery: Pitt Football vs. Notre Dame 11/7/15

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

November 7, 2015


Filed under Top Stories, Visual

Being biker friendly requires bike lanes

Being biker friendly requires bike lanes

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

November 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’ve had endless conversations with my cyclist friends about the stress of biking through Oakland’s crowded intersections. It’s understandable, considering the reckless nature of the city drivers who rush to and from work. When I decided not to bring a bike to campus this year, I cited these...

Food deserts require action, not shame

Food deserts require action, not shame

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

October 29, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As Pitt students fill out the lines at Chipotle and Einstein’s, they might fail to realize that access to food is an issue playing out in our own backyards. Pittsburgh is riddled with food deserts — areas where residents struggle to purchase affordable or good quality fresh food. According to a 2012 federal report, a...

Editorial: Want better health? Toughen up on restaurant standards

Editorial: Want better health? Toughen up on restaurant standards

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 7, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Upon entering one of Pittsburgh’s many eateries, you’ll probably find a bright green sticker smacked on the front window, signifying the Allegheny County Health Department’s approval. Most county restaurants have earned the green sticker — nearly 4,200 restaurants are adorned with the badge ...

Featured Gallery: Pirates NL Wild Card Game 2015

Featured Gallery: Pirates NL Wild Card Game 2015

By Theo Schwarz / Senior Staff Photographer

October 7, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Visual

Shots fired in North Oakland late Tuesday night

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Pittsburgh police have said shots were fired in North Oakland late on Tuesday. At approximately 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22,  officers responded to a call after shots were fired at the 300 block of North Craig Street, according to a public safety release. When zone four officers arrived at the...

USS LST 325 Visits Pittsburgh

USS LST 325 Visits Pittsburgh

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

September 11, 2015


Filed under Visual

Menagerie of museum-goers

Menagerie of museum-goers

By Courtesy of the Mattress Factory

June 23, 2015


Filed under Archives, Uncategorized

Patrons attended the Mattress Factory's Urban Garden Party dressed as Madonnas, Medusas and Mickey Mouses.

East Liberty revived with quirky, caffeinated renaissance

East Liberty revived with quirky, caffeinated renaissance

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Two years ago, East Liberty was in the middle of a community-wide redevelopment project, and many of its new businesses weren’t sure if they were going to succeed.Zeke’s Coffee on Penn Avenue was about as claustrophobic as a Towers dorm room, with 11 seats and a couple tables outside, if you wanted t...

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Next month, Downtown Pittsburgh will transform from a bustling metropolis into a world-class festival and celebration of the arts.Sponsored by Dollar Bank and produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place downtown at Point State Park, Gateway Center and in th...

Local artists vow to revamp city public art laws

Local artists vow to revamp city public art laws

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

February 17, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

If public art in Pittsburgh had a Facebook page, it would be in a “complicated relationship” with the city — a relationship worthy of a dramatic soap opera script. Last Thursday, the city and the Public Art division of the Department of City Planning sat down to talk. This formal meeting was a...

Playing the ball

Playing the ball

By Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Julian Dickenson in action in 2013. He has missed nearly all of the 2014 season due to a foot injury.

Changing clothes: Pittsburgh shops and shoppers adjust to fall

Changing clothes: Pittsburgh shops and shoppers adjust to fall

By Megan Wholey / For The Pitt News

October 13, 2014


Filed under Archives

The time to buy is now. Just before the leaves turn, student shoppers flock to clothing stores in search of the perfect fall and winter wardrobes.But just how do Pittsburgh’s clothing stores approach the fall season?It takes a lot of preparation. The process of acquiring fall inventory is an extensi...

Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

Cryss Stephens stands over a noisy, flashing “Star Trek” pinball machine, one of the newest games released by pinball giant Stern Pinball, Inc. last year. It barks orders and phrases at Stephens as he approaches his 30th-straight minute on the game. His eyes flick around the glowing neon table in sto...

Employment Guide: Pittsburgh filmmakers need more than connections for success

Employment Guide: Pittsburgh filmmakers need more than connections for success

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

For young, up-and-coming filmmakers, a passion for the movies is now just the bare minimum.“Don’t be afraid to bust your ass,” Tom Fisher, a 2012 Pitt film graduate currently working as multimedia producer at the Carnegie Museum of Art, said.Fisher emphasized the importance of a strong work ethic ...

Leading the way

Leading the way

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

August 19, 2014


Filed under Archives

Senior Hilary Boxheimer is a key runner this season. 

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