Michael Lynch http://wesa.fm en Pitt Study Explores Treating Depression Over The Phone http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-study-explores-treating-depression-over-phone <p>About 400,000 coronary artery bypass graft surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, and roughly one in five patients goes on to experience clinical depression. But all that could change because of a telephone.</p><p>According to University of Pittsburgh researchers, monitoring patient depression and administering a nurse-led intervention via a phone call bi-weekly not only improves quality of life and mood, but it’s also cost-effective and cost-saving.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 32306 at http://wesa.fm Study Says Walkability Attracts Millenials http://wesa.fm/post/study-says-walkability-attracts-millenials <p>Pittsburgh has been ranked one of the nation’s most walkable cities for years, but a new study suggests if the city wants to attract young talent, it needs to be even more walkable.</p><p>According to a report released by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, Pittsburgh is a city of “moderate walkable urbanism,” meaning more than 70 percent of walkable urban office and retail space is located in the central city.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 32039 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh International Airport Adds Flight to Fort Lauderdale http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-international-airport-adds-flight-fort-lauderdale <p>Pittsburgh International Airport will begin offering daily nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale, officials announced Wednesday.</p><p>Travelers can book their seats now through JetBlue for the inaugural flight, leaving Pittsburgh Oct. 29 at 7:15 a.m. Those making the trip will receive discounted airport parking.</p><p>Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive, said the new year-round flight will benefit travelers and businesses.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:39:31 +0000 Michael Lynch 32324 at http://wesa.fm Bill Could Overhaul State Horse Racing Industry http://wesa.fm/post/bill-could-overhaul-state-horse-racing-industry <p><em><strong>Special series:</strong> This week we're exploring legislative action taken recently in Harrisburg on important bills that were overshadowed by the passage of the state budget.</em></p><p>The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is considering a Senate bill that would change the state’s oversight of the horse racing industry.</p><p>The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), would dissolve the Department of Agriculture’s State and Harness Racing commissions and create one independent five-member commission.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 32012 at http://wesa.fm Bike Pittsburgh Starts Cycling Classes http://wesa.fm/post/bike-pittsburgh-starts-cycling-classes <p>Pittsburgh is the 35<sup>th</sup> most bike-friendly city in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine.</p><p>Now, Bike Pittsburgh is introducing cycling classes in an effort to make the city be even more bike-able.</p><p>The “Fundamentals of City Cycling” class is taught indoors at The Wheel Mill in Homewood. Participants will learn about the basics of bicycling including techniques to maneuver obstacles such as curbs and potholes; using hand signals; how to start and stop in traffic; and, how to perform a pre-ride safety check.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:58:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 32176 at http://wesa.fm Bike Pittsburgh Starts Cycling Classes Report: Pittsburgh's Housing Market Among the Nation's Most Stable http://wesa.fm/post/report-pittsburghs-housing-market-among-nations-most-stable <p>Pittsburgh has one of the most stable housing markets in the country, according to a new report.</p><p>The study, conducted by Zillow Real Estate on behalf of Bloomberg.com, listed Pittsburgh as having the second most stable housing market behind Buffalo. Louisville, Nashville and Raleigh rounded out the top five.</p><p>Analyzing housing prices from 1979 to the present, Zillow and Bloomberg used a five year rolling average to calculate changes in home prices to establish a risk of loss percentage.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 31954 at http://wesa.fm Report: Pittsburgh's Housing Market Among the Nation's Most Stable Rep. Rothfus Recites Declaration Of Independence On House Floor http://wesa.fm/post/rep-rothfus-recites-declaration-independence-house-floor <p>U.S. Representative Keith Rothfus (R-PA- 12) took to the House floor last week to do something that hasn’t been done in more than 40 years.</p><p>In celebration of the upcoming holiday, Rothfus recited the entire Declaration of Independence.</p><p>Joined by fellow freshmen Representatives Scott Perry (R-PA-04) and Andy Barr (R-KY-06), Rothfus said he was inspired by the 112<sup>th</sup> Congress.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:39:39 +0000 Michael Lynch 31950 at http://wesa.fm Lawmakers Prep Ride-Sharing Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/lawmakers-prep-ride-sharing-legislation <p>State legislators are preparing a measure that would allow ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber to operate in Pennsylvania, days after administrative judges with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) ordered the companies to cease operations.</p><p>Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) has already drafted a bill that would lessen the PUC's regulations on background checks, insurance, vehicle inspections, and most importantly, licensing.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:34:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 32022 at http://wesa.fm Locomotives Derail, Catch Fire In Sewickley http://wesa.fm/post/locomotives-derail-catch-fire-sewickley <p>A Norfolk Southern train carrying empty ethanol tank cars rear-ended a westbound intermodal train Wednesday afternoon in Sewickley, causing a fire and prompting the precautionary evacuation of nearby residents.<br /><br />Two crew members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Alvin Henderson, Allegheny County chief of emergency services. Two firefighters were also treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.<br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Michael Lynch & Jessica Nath 31966 at http://wesa.fm 'Fittsburgh' Brings Health And Fitness To Market Square http://wesa.fm/post/fittsburgh-brings-health-and-fitness-market-square <p>When you think of Pittsburgh’s Market Square, yoga probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.</p><p>But hundreds of people gathered at the downtown hotspot today to talk about health and fitness, as well as try their hand at a little downward-facing dog.</p><p>More than 30 local exhibitors set up shop in downtown Pittsburgh for the Pop Up Outdoor Wellness Fair, sharing information on farming, fitness and food.</p><p>This is the latest pop up project from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with the <a href="http://getfitpgh.com/">online magazine Fittsburgh</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:44:48 +0000 Michael Lynch 31891 at http://wesa.fm 'Fittsburgh' Brings Health And Fitness To Market Square RMU Survey Says Bias Is Plaguing American Media http://wesa.fm/post/rmu-survey-says-bias-plaguing-american-media <p>American media outlets are losing audiences because of bias, according to a survey released by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute.</p><p>Of the 1,004 people sampled in the survey, more than 77 percent believe the news media has a political agenda and are attempting to influence public opinion. Similarly, 72 percent agree the news media are trying to change public policy.</p><p>Anthony Moretti, an associate professor of communication at Robert Morris University, said the majority of Americans see bias in all forms of media.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 30069 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Ranks High In Painkiller Prescriptions http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-ranks-high-painkiller-prescriptions <p>Injured workers in Pennsylvania receive stronger painkillers per claim than the average state. That's according to a report released this month by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.</p><p>According to the study, the average injured Pennsylvania worker gets about 2,745 milligrams of a morphine equivalent narcotic per claim. That’s 32 to 48 percent more than workers in the average state.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29996 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Conference Aims to Help Dads Reach Their Full Potential http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-conference-aims-help-dads-reach-their-full-potential <p>More than one-third of all U.S. children grow up without their fathers, according to the U.S. Department of Census.</p><p>That’s a statistic that <a href="http://www.uifpgh.org/">Urban Impact</a>, a faith-based community organization in Pittsburgh, wants to change.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:42:49 +0000 Michael Lynch 30049 at http://wesa.fm County Health Department Seeking Public Participation http://wesa.fm/post/county-health-department-seeking-public-participation <p>The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is asking for public feedback on its <a href="http://www.achd.net/air/publiccomment2014/netrev2014draft.pdf">2014 Air Monitoring Network Review</a>, an annual report listing where and how air pollution is being measured.</p><p>The 78-page document, required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, includes the location of monitoring stations, the process used to monitor the air and the pollutants detected at each location.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:32:50 +0000 Michael Lynch 30124 at http://wesa.fm Duquesne Law's 100th Class Prepares For Graduation http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-laws-100th-class-prepares-graduation <p>When the first graduates from the Duquesne University School of Law received their diplomas, Woodrow Wilson was president and baseball legend Babe Ruth was just making his major league debut.</p><p>That was 1914. Now, the 100<sup>th</sup> graduating class is preparing to take the stage.</p><p>Ken Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, said there are a lot of similarities between the two graduating classes.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:14:51 +0000 Michael Lynch 30117 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh To Host 'Navy Week' http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-host-navy-week <p>The U.S. Navy is coming to the Steel City, but don’t expect to see any aircraft carriers floating in the Mon.</p><p>During Navy Week (June 2 – June 8) sailors will be stationed throughout the city hosting events, providing musical entertainment and answering any questions about Navy life.</p><p>Navy spokesman Gary Ross said Navy Week is not a recruitment effort, but an educational event.</p><p>“We are not there to recruit,” he said. “We are there to create awareness and understanding about what our Navy does for our nation.”</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:32:34 +0000 Michael Lynch 29743 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Launches Initiative To Attract More Immigrants http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-launches-initiative-attract-more-immigrants <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Wednesday the creation of Welcoming Pittsburgh, an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining immigrants in order to advance the city.</p><p>In the late 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20<sup>th</sup> centuries, people flocked to the city from all over the world to work in the steel mills and factories. The Pittsburgh of today was built by the immigrants of the past. One century later, Pittsburgh has lost much of its population and the city is feeling the effects.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:46:21 +0000 Michael Lynch 29990 at http://wesa.fm Tech Conference To Bring Developers And Operators Together http://wesa.fm/post/tech-conference-bring-developers-and-operators-together <p>Some of the brightest minds in software development and information technology (IT) will gather in Pittsburgh this week for DevOpsDays.</p><p>The international conference, started in Belgium in 2009, looks to bring tech developers (Dev) and operators (Ops) together to raise the bar on how technological advances can improve people’s lives, such as the development of cloud computing.</p><p>Event organizer Andrew Clay Shafer said the conference brings more well-deserved attention to Pittsburgh’s blossoming high-tech industry.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29619 at http://wesa.fm Soldiers and Sailors Hosts Memorial Day Celebration http://wesa.fm/post/soldiers-and-sailors-hosts-memorial-day-celebration <p>At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Memorial Day is more than just hotdogs and hamburgers.</p><p>“Over the years, as we had more and more conflicts, the building became a symbol representative of a memorial for all veterans of all branches of service. The only one like it of its kind in the nation,” said Soldiers and Sailors President and CEO John McCabe.</p><p>According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 995,000 veterans living in Pennsylvania.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29670 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Tick Population Expected To Keep Growing http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-tick-population-expected-keep-growing <p>Put on a long sleeve shirt and load up on some pest repellent, because tick season in Pennsylvania is expected to get progressively worse year after year.</p><p>According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases, and Penn State Urban Entomologist Steve Jacobs said that’s because of an increasing tick population.</p><p>“The only thing I can say for certain is that, across Pennsylvania for the last 25 years, we’ve been trending having more ticks in more places,” he said. “That will continue.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29681 at http://wesa.fm State House Races Yield Results Both Narrow And Wide http://wesa.fm/post/state-house-races-yield-results-both-narrow-and-wide <p>The races for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have come to a close. Some were neck-and-neck, and others — not so much.</p><p>In District 20, incumbent Adam Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh’s North Side held off challenger and Avalon public school teacher Tom Michalow with just 52.26 percent of the vote. Ravenstahl, the brother of former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, will take on Republican Tom Fodi in the fall.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 03:39:09 +0000 Michael Lynch 29574 at http://wesa.fm High Schoolers Build Drones To Detect Gas Leaks, Measure Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/high-schoolers-build-drones-detect-gas-leaks-measure-air-quality <p>For the last two months, more than 20 students at Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside have been building drones.</p><p>Part of a cross-curricular project led by science department chair Graig Marx and computer science department chair David Nassar, students were divided into seven teams and tasked with building a “quadcopter” with the ability to measure, report and analyze natural gas levels.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:04:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 29320 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Downtown Continues To Grow http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-downtown-continues-grow <p>Business is booming in the Golden Triangle, according to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s (PDP) <a href="http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/_files/docs/2014_sod_web.pdf">third annual State of Downtown Report</a>.</p><p>The report notes a decrease in available office space, an increase in rents and a steady climb in residential population.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:00:21 +0000 Michael Lynch 29328 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Unveils New Volunteer Cleanup Crew http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-unveils-new-volunteer-cleanup-crew <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Thursday unveiled the city’s new volunteer litter cleanup program “Beautify Our ‘Burgh.”</p><p>According to Peduto, the program is completely volunteer run and allows residents and local government to work together to clean up the streets.</p><p>“It’s about doing the small things neighborhood-by-neighborhood, block-by-block, street-by-street and then working from that as a building block to make this city beautiful,” he said.</p><p>More than 2,000 people, who have collected a combined 15 tons of litter, have already volunteered to be part of the program.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:51:49 +0000 Michael Lynch 29283 at http://wesa.fm City Partners With Social Networking Site To Connect Neighborhoods Online http://wesa.fm/post/city-partners-social-networking-site-connect-neighborhoods-online <p>The city of Pittsburgh entered into a partnership Thursday with the <a href="https://nextdoor.com/">social networking site Nextdoor</a>, which allows users to connect with others in their city or neighborhood through private websites.</p><p>The site has been in the Pittsburgh area for more than two years and is represented in 67 neighborhoods, according to Sarah Leary, co-founder of the San Francisco-based company.</p><p>With the partnership, city officials will now have the ability to use the site to relay information to the entire city or specific neighborhoods, Leary said.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:34:43 +0000 Michael Lynch 29279 at http://wesa.fm