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Native American author talks race, poverty, reading

Sherman Alexie, an author of 26 books, spoke at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first young adult novel. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Sid Lingala | For The Pitt News

October 16, 2017

Sherman Alexie entertained an audience of fans Sunday as he talked about growing up with hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds up in the brain and swells the head. “My head is enormous and hypnotizing. I couldn’t wear a little league hat as a coach because my head's too big,” Alexie said. ...

Food deserts require action, not shame

Aby Sobotka-Briner | Staff Illustrator

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

October 29, 2015

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: Fund public defenders more, or pay for unnecessary prison sentences

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 15, 2015

According to the Social Science Research Center, more than 80 percent of people charged with felonies are indigent — or poor. These people cannot afford attorneys, and therefore, must rely on public defenders. However, since Pennsylvania is charging indigent people at such a high rate, 73 percent ...

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