Margaret J. Krauss en How the Ancient Practice of Gleaning is Still Getting Food to the Needy <p>On a muggy Wednesday morning, before the sun has burned off the morning&rsquo;s clouds, Lionel Greenawalt drives across his 100-acre Westmoreland County farm<strong> </strong>to a field of sweet corn.<br /><br />While Greenawalt and his children pick an average of 400 dozen ears of corn each morning, at the moment, they have more corn than they can sell.<br /> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:39:07 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 16995 at How the Ancient Practice of Gleaning is Still Getting Food to the Needy Czech Folk Ensemble Taps Into Pittsburgh's Past <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Making music is to Czechs what </span>barbecueing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is to Americans, a means of coming together. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week a traditional Czech folk ensemble is performing throughout Pittsburgh and tapping into the region’s past.</span></p><p>If your idea of folk music is a particularly soulful rendition of “Oh, Susanna,” or perhaps the “Wabash Cannonball,” prepare yourself for a paradigm shift.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:02:24 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 12905 at Czech Folk Ensemble Taps Into Pittsburgh's Past Pittsburgh Installs New Bike Racks With Hopes of Boosting Local Economy <p>Fifty new bike racks will be installed throughout downtown by the end of this month, bringing the total of city-installed bike racks to more than 500.</p><p>Stephen Patchan, Pittsburgh’s bicycle-pedestrian coordinator, said adding more bike parking downtown is intended to spur business growth.</p><p>“The more bicycle-friendly business districts are, the higher customer capacity they generally have, which equates to more foot traffic for local businesses,” he said.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 11131 at Keystone Research Center Says Corbett's Pension Plan Costly to Local Economies <p>While the state legislature considers pension reform, the liberal-leaning Keystone Research Center released a brief Thursday meant to demonstrate how public pension benefits paid to state and school employees drive local and regional economies.</p><p>Stephen Herzenberg, economist and executive director of the center, said the data was important to consider in the context of the ongoing debate about state pension reform, and in particular, the plan championed by Gov. Tom Corbett.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:29:06 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 10924 at Scientists Discover the Oldest-Known Fossil Primate Skeleton <p>A team of international scientists announced Wednesday the discovery of the oldest-known fossil primate skeleton, <em>Archicebus achilles, </em>uncovered in an ancient lake bed near the modern Yangtze River in China’s Hubei province.</p><p>Christopher Beard, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, said the fossil’s discovery has profound implications for understanding eras of human evolution that remain shrouded in mystery.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:57:31 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 10764 at Scientists Discover the Oldest-Known Fossil Primate Skeleton Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer With Two Weeks of Festivities <p></p><p>Look alive, Pittsburgh — two of the year's busiest weeks are upon us.</p><p>On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Wow! Partnership, a collaboration between some the city’s most prominent cultural, business and civic entities, announced a two-week bonanza of events meant to highlight and contribute to the city’s vibrancy.</p><p>Taking place from June 7 to June 16, events include rededicating the Point State Park fountain, playing host to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, commemorating the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage and cheering on the Pirates at a string of home games.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:06:58 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 10088 at Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer With Two Weeks of Festivities PA Ranks 42nd on Magazine's List of Best Places To Do Business <p>If 736 chief executive officers had their druthers, they’d rather operate in 41 other states before setting up shop in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Each year, <a href="">Chief Executive</a> magazine asks hundreds of CEOs to evaluate the national business climate on a state-by-state basis. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, J.P. Donlon, said that the annual ranking feature provides a holistic, qualitative view of states’ ability to attract and maintain businesses.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:51:19 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9682 at Pittsburgh's Second Bicycling Boom <p></p><p>At the turn of the 20th century, bicycling enthusiast and Pittsburgh native, Frank Lenz was an American celebrity. His two wheeled global journey, and eventual disappearance in Turkey, are chronicled in David V. Herlihy's book <em>The Lost Cyclist</em>. Last year Herlihy came to Pittsburgh and <em>Essential Pittsburgh</em> to celebrate <a href="">Frank Lenz Day</a>. This year, in observation of Lenz's world tour departure, we look at Pittsburgh's place in cycling history with WESA reporter <strong>Margaret Krauss</strong>. Tue, 14 May 2013 22:20:27 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9560 at Pittsburgh's Second Bicycling Boom Bike to Feed Families Ride Travels Same Trail as Lost Cyclist <p>On May 15, 1892, bookkeeper, amateur photographer and bicycle enthusiast Frank Lenz set off on his bike along rail lines in Pittsburgh. He was headed east to New York City on the first leg of his journey to cycle around the world.</p><p>More than a century later, cyclists in Pittsburgh will gather Saturday morning at the Pump House in Homestead. They are not headed for New York but rather Duquesne. And the supplies they will be carrying are food donations destined for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:38:21 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9341 at Summit Assesses Overall Health Effects of Pittsburgh Air Quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Air quality in Pittsburgh is </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">getting cleaner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but it continues to negatively affect the health and well-being of city residents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Breathe Project and Allegheny General Hospital convened a summit Tuesday — World Asthma Day — to examine the overall effects of poor air quality, from increased instances of asthmatic attacks, higher mortality rates and cancer.</span></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 20:29:41 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9128 at Pondering a Life with Robots <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Through recent artistic conceptions, we explore a world of advanced robotics and consider the philosophical questions one might ponder if robots were a part of everyday life. Essential Pittsburgh Production Assistant </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebekah Zook</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; and WESA reporter <strong>Margaret Krauss</strong> visited </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Fraley's Robot Repair Shop</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in its final week Downtown and we spoke with Japanese contemporary theater Director </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Oriza Hirata</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Andy Warhol Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:44:37 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss & Heather McClain 8927 at Pondering a Life with Robots Bon Appetito: Heinz History Center Launches Healthy Heritage Cooking Series <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Heinz History Center on Tuesday kicked off the Healthy Heritage Cooking Series, a three-month pilot program designed to introduce students to Italian, Syrian and Bulgarian cooking and connect health to history.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:05:38 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 8756 at Bon Appetito: Heinz History Center Launches Healthy Heritage Cooking Series Tax Credits Could Spark Economic Development in Pittsburgh <p>Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives (PUI) has been awarded $35 million in tax credits by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help spur investments in the city’s low-income communities.</p><p>The New Markets Tax Credit Program began in 2000 and allows individual corporations and investors to receive a credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in Community Development Entities such as the PUI.</p><p>Investors can then receive 39 percent of their total investment in credits over seven years.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:41:51 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss & Tim Camerato 8525 at 2013 Likely Won't Be a Heavy Tick Year, But Caution Still Advised <p>Ticks are about as well-loved as invasive dental surgery, so it’s likely a relief to many that 2013 is forecast to be an average or below average tick year, according to the Carey Institute of Ecosystem Studies.<br><br>Despite that prediction, it’s still important to be wary of ticks, said Ed Rajotte, a professor of entomology at Penn State.<br> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:48:44 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 8344 at It's NPR Coffee Week, Pittsburgh! Share your best mug shots <blockquote><p>All this week, NPR's Morning Edition will be telling the stories behind your morning cup of coffee. If you're anything like us, you take pride in your coffee cup. Show your mugs via Twitter and/or Instagram with <strong>#PghCoffee.</strong></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:46:42 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 8164 at It's NPR Coffee Week, Pittsburgh! Share your best mug shots Lawrenceville Cookie Tour a Real Treat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once a year, the Lawrenceville Corporation organizes the Joy of Cookies shopping tour. This year, 26 businesses set out plates of treats along the Butler Street route, giving neighbors a chance to meet in a very merry&nbsp;setting.</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:08:47 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 4082 at Chandelier Cleaning a Delicate and Difficult Affair <p>One of the three crystal chandeliers in the William Penn Hotel is lowered to the lobby floor for hand cleaning. Dusting and buffing the 1,754 individual pieces takes a three-person team eight hours to complete. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:00:25 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 7524 at Grumbling and Creaking, the Duquesne Incline Climbs On <p>Take a ride on the Duquesne Incline. Its cars have carted Pittsburghers up and down Mount Washington since 1877. And it sounds like it.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:58:13 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 4084 at Can Pittsburgh Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? <p>Co-owner of Lawrenceville’s House of the Dead, Chuck Cramer believes Pittsburgh stands little chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:52:11 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 4085 at Games as 'Social Grease' and 'Spatial Glue' <p>Adam Nelson plays games and thinks you should, too. Nelson ruminates on how games can change a city’s landscape and its citizens for the better.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:48:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 4083 at For Mustache Champ, a Growing Sense of Community <p>Winner of the 2012 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award, Adam Paul Causgrove ruminates on the past, present and future of the mustache.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:42:21 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 4086 at For Mustache Champ, a Growing Sense of Community Pilot Program Seeks to Help Allegheny Co. Families Deal with Energy Costs <p>A pilot program in Allegheny County seeks to keep families in their homes by lowering their energy bills.<br><br>The Energy Efficiency Foreclosure Prevention Initiative (EEFPI) is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), ACTION-Housing, Inc. and four area utility companies.<br> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:15:30 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 6820 at Pilot Program Seeks to Help Allegheny Co. Families Deal with Energy Costs Downtown Stair Climbers to Raise Lung Health Awareness, Research Dollars <p>Many organizations say to accomplish their goals they take it one step at a time. The American Lung Association (ALA) means that literally.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Saturday in downtown Pittsburgh 478 participants are expected to climb 897 steps to raise $120,000 for the ALA in the organization’s second annual "Fight For Air Climb."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers don’t stop there.</span></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 5016 at Pittsburgh Public Schools Reappoints Superintendent Linda Lane For Three More Years <p>Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane has been awarded a three-year contract extension. &nbsp;</p><p>Lane, who was appointed as superintendent in December 2010, will see her salary increase to $220,000 effective September.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:09:10 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 5040 at Pittsburgh Public Schools Reappoints Superintendent Linda Lane For Three More Years Pilot Program Aims to Provide Preventative Care Through EMTs <p>The newly announced Community Paramedic Program, from Pitt’s Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), retools the image of emergency medical service personnel.</p><p>Instead of racing through city streets, sirens screaming, EMTs participating in the pilot initiative will provide regular in-home care for area residents with chronic conditions.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 4102 at