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Editorial: NFL player safety more important than politics

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) reacts after a second half touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Nov. 12. He then received a one-game suspension for injuring Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in fourth quarter.
(Sam Riche/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2017

It seems like the National Football League won’t leave the headlines. The week 13 game Monday night between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals turned violent, resulting in a potentially life-altering spinal injury for Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier and multiple players’ ejections...

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

Ben Sheppard, a senior libertarian, debates at PSSA's three-way debate Tuesday evening. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Neena Hagen, For The Pitt News

November 30, 2017

At colleges across the country — from California to the University of Connecticut — political events frequently turn violent. So when I got to room 324 of the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday evening for the Pitt Political Science Student Association's three-way debate between Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, I braced myself for a ba...

Protestors silently disagree with media mogul

Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, spoke about freedom of speech and Trump’s portrayal in the media at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Wednesday night. (Photo by Aaron Schoen | Staff Photographer)

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017

Less than a few minutes into Christopher Ruddy’s presentation at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Wednesday night, about 30 Point Park University students stood up silently with their fists in the air, showing off shirts emblazoned with colorful messages such as “People not Profit” and “Love not Hate....

WBC message fails to divide Pitt protesters

Local activist Ciora Thomas led the Trans Liberation counter protest against Westboro Baptist Church at CMU Thursday. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

October 10, 2017

Donning a rainbow flag in the rain at a counter protest last Thursday on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, Hannah Riley said the Westboro Baptist Church’s planned visit to Pitt wasn’t shaping up to be violent. “I think this one, if it happens, will be more intense because WBC is [an...

Trump’s NFL comments ignore players’ real concerns

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)

By Will Schulman | For The Pitt News

October 6, 2017

After taking the gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos shocked the world — the two Olympians held up black gloved fists for the entire anthem. When Colin Kaepernick, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, decided last year to kneel for th...

Dear WBC: Hate doesn’t have a home here

Protesters from Westboro Baptist Church picket a same-sex marriage ceremony in 2014 on the steps of the County Courthouse in Wichita, Kansas. (Mike Hutmacher/Wichita Eagle/TNS)

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

October 4, 2017

It only takes reading a few sentences into the “about” page on the Westboro Baptist Church’s website to understand one thing: this is a group fueled by hate. The WBC is well known for its protesting tactics, picketing at events from military funerals, such as Sgt. Dillon Baldridge’s in No...

Editorial: St. Louis police endanger freedom of the press

Police officers arrest a man during a confrontational protest on Delmar Boulevard in University City on Sept. 16, 2017. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2017

Conventional wisdom proposes that it’s difficult to truly care about an issue until that issue affects you personally. For journalists in St. Louis, the controversy surrounding police brutality in America is coming to that point. In the light of protests during the past week and a half, local, national...

Editorial: Critics of anthem protests aren’t patriotic

Steelers players walk onto the field during a practice in August. (Photo by Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 24, 2017

When the Steelers walked onto the field before yesterday’s game against the Chicago Bears, the booing they received wasn’t just because they were the away team. Shortly before the game began, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told Jamie Erdahl of CBS Sports that Pittsburgh’s NFL team would rem...

Cato vs. Heritage: Policy analyst and legal fellow debate Trump’s immigration policy

Several students hold signs in protest of the debate between the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday night. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Nolan Roosa and Bailey Frisco | Staff Writers

September 21, 2017

Protesters held signs, made disruptive noises and yelled the names of people who lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border at the Cato vs. Heritage debate Wednesday evening. After some protesters left the debate and the Pitt police escorted others out, the Kurtzman room was no longer fille...

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

Students protest against student debt last November. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2017

More than 200 students gathered at the base of Litchfield Towers Monday to protest a group that spewed homophobia, racism and sexism on our campus. Thankfully, no one was hurt — students drove the bigoted group across the street and off campus. But it seems that if it were up to State Rep. Aaro...

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