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Editorial | Gab back online: a public safety hazard

Editorial | Gab back online: a public safety hazard

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Gab was taken down last month after it’s ties to the Tree of Life gunman were revealed to the world — but it’s back up as of this weekend, which should alarm anyone who cares about public safety.

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

November 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

After 346 mass shootings in 2017, 321 have occurred so far in 2018 — and studies continue to show an increasing number of these incidents.

Donate blood all year round

Donate blood all year round

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When mass tragedies strike, the prevalence of violence in our world resurfaces and the first impulse is to find a way to help. This is often why the influx of blood donations heighten around times that such unfortunate incidents occur.

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump’s initial response to the Pittsburgh shooting was to suggest the addition of armed guards in places of worship and a stricter implementation of the death penalty. Both of Trump’s suggestions model the behavior that they seek to prevent — the addition of more violence and death to society.

Editorial: Remember mental health of shooting victims

Editorial: Remember mental health of shooting victims

By The Pitt News Editorial

November 12, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pittsburgh is still feeling the damage a mass shooting can have on a community. We’re tired of reading about it. We’re tired of writing about it. And we’re acutely aware, after having lived through it and after one person was a part of two of these events in the span of a year, that mass shootings have become a cultural problem that must be fixed.

Trump protests disrespectful to shooting victims

Trump protests disrespectful to shooting victims

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

November 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was shocked to see so many protesters near where Trump paid his respects to the fallen. A memorial to the Tree of Life shooting victims is not the place to stage a political protest, and is downright disrespectful to Jews.

#CallItWhatItIs: An open letter from Jewish university students in Pittsburgh

November 5, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The Pittsburgh and Jewish communities are hurting. But we are strong. In Pittsburgh, in Squirrel Hill, and in Judaism, we honor resilience and connection — we are the City of Bridges after all.

Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The obituaries of each life lost in the Tree of Life shooting last Saturday, Oct. 27.

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

Robert Bowers, 46, had been indicted on 44 counts by a federal grand jury Wednesday relating to the killing of 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue last weekend.

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

By Dylan Giaccobe, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

When President Donald Trump visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stayed far away – as did many other local elected officials. But a student-organized Unite Against Hate rally in Schenley Plaza Wednesday night brought the...

Gab: a dangerous haven for white supremacists

Gab: a dangerous haven for white supremacists

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Gab, a fringe social media site frequented by Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers, was taken down on Saturday — a great first step towards eradicating hate on the internet.

Trump’s visit inspires community protests

Trump’s visit inspires community protests

By Kieran McLean and Jon Kunitsky

October 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Activism became part of Pittsburgh’s mourning process Tuesday, as more than a thousand people gathered in Squirrel Hill to protest the arrival of President Donald Trump. In response to Saturday's Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, activist groups in Pittsburgh organized multiple simultaneous gatherin...

SGB stands behind Jewish community

SGB stands behind Jewish community

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kathryn Fleisher wants to make sure last weekend’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue won’t be forgotten. “Our community is still mourning,” Fleisher, a sophomore majoring in GSWS and politics and philosophy double major, said. “We’re still attending funerals, we’re still doing ...

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After Saturday morning’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, some Jewish Pitt Greek life organizations are helping support their fellow Pittsburghers. A coalition of several historically Jewish Pitt fraternities and sororities — Alpha Epsilon Phi, Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Pi...

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

By Janine Faust and Hannah Schneider

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As Air Force One touched down at the Pittsburgh International Airport around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, thousands of Pittsburghers gathered in Squirrel Hill to make their dissatisfaction with his visit known. But the two didn’t overlap — Trump made no public appearances in his time in Pittsburgh, and the...

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News

Despite an open letter signed by more than 60,000 people telling President Donald Trump — in plain terms — that he is not welcome in Pittsburgh in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, the White House confirmed today the president and first lady plan to visit the Steel City on Tuesday. ...

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

By Emily Drzymalski, For the Pitt News

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

The sounds of sirens and phone alerts informed Pitt students of the active shooter situation happening a few neighborhoods over in Squirrel Hill at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning. In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Pitt students and organizations are taking action. After the shooting that claimed the live...

Tree of Life: how students can offer help

Tree of Life: how students can offer help

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt students can have a role in mending their city -- whether it's sitting with a grieving friend or giving blood.

PERSEPECTIVE | How the Jewish community hopes to heal

PERSEPECTIVE | How the Jewish community hopes to heal

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Jewish community has been strong in the face of such a horrific tragedy, a testament to its resilience and virtue. As community members mourn the loss of 11 of their family and friends, they look to heal their wounds.

Editorial: Pittsburgh doesn’t welcome Trump

Editorial: Pittsburgh doesn’t welcome Trump

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If the president had any respect for the victims and their families, he would stay away and allow them time to mourn without his heavily politicizing presence.

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the President and First Lady will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

By The Pitt News Staff

October 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

11 are dead and 6 injured after a shooter attacked a synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. The suspect will 29 federal charges at his scheduled appearance in court on Monday.

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 Pittsburghers were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, President Donald Trump publicly renounced the act and pledged his support to the victims. The president responded to the incident on Twitter at at 11:08 a.m, about an hour after the fi...

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed 29 federal charges against suspect Robert Bowers.

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the Pittsburgh community gathered to remember the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, which claimed the lives of 11 Pittsburghers.

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

The names of the 11 people killed by a gunman who opened fire Saturday in the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill were released Sunday morning. Among the victims, who ranged in age from 54 to 97, were a married couple from Wilkinsburg and a pair of brothers who lived in Squirrel Hill. [Re...

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Shortly before entering the Tree of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill, Robert Bowers, a Baldwin resident and Saturday’s shooting suspect, posted a message on social media site Gab that said, “I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I'm going in.” As details of the massacre unfolded, more anti-Semitic messages that Bowers had posted on his Ga...

Editorial: Pittsburgh will heal

Editorial: Pittsburgh will heal

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

We didn’t expect to be thrust into the national spotlight in this way. We didn’t expect we’d become another member of a long, growing list of cities that have been the victims of mass shootings. Squirrel Hill is a peaceful, historically Jewish neighborhood about a mile away from Pitt’s campus — too close to home for it to happen to us.

Community support necessary to recover

Community support necessary to recover

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

October 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is in bleak times like this that members of the community need to be proactive instead of reactive in order to bring comfort and safety to their fellow neighbors, and to prevent acts of violence like this from occurring in the future.

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Hundreds of Pittsburgh community members gathered to mourn the victims of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime in one of America's most deeply rooted Jewish neighborhoods.

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