Larkin Page-Jacobs en The Governor's Jobs 1st Summit Coming to Pittsburgh <p>The "titans of industry" will be speaking at a jobs summit taking place next month, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary. Julia Hearthway said the "Governor's Jobs 1st Summit" will be speaking to employers about making sure their workforce is ready to embrace a changing industry landscape. She said it will also feature a discussion between Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and business magnate T. Boone Pickens. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:56:42 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 33172 at On Social Media, a New Way to Mourn the Loss of Loved Ones <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Teresa Ferguson was not on Facebook before October 2008. Now she finds it indispensable.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:33:43 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 33011 at On Social Media, a New Way to Mourn the Loss of Loved Ones The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Gears Up for New Season <p><a href="">The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble&nbsp;</a>begins its new season July 11 and artistic director Kevin Noe stopped by the WESA studios to talk about the organization and what they have planed for their audience. He began by describing how the ensemble performs.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:24:45 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 31917 at Allegheny County Controller Releases Yearly Report on County's Fiscal Health <p>The takeaway: Allegheny County's fiscal condition is good, but policy makers shouldn't be complacent because challenges are on the horizon.</p><p>That's according to County Controller&nbsp;Chelsa&nbsp;Wagner, who released her&nbsp;2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Tuesday.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:53:43 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 30738 at How Neighborhoods Are Using New Tools In The Fight Against Old Blight <p>Like many older industrial cities, the Pittsburgh region has its share of blight. According to the most recent data from the 2010 census, there are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County.</p><p>For more than a century, federal, state and city governments have tried to address the issue. Today, a new generation of tools is being used in attempts to clean up blighted neighborhoods.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:55:01 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 30057 at How Neighborhoods Are Using New Tools In The Fight Against Old Blight Readshaw Carries the 36th Legislative District <p>With the election in hand for the 36th Legislative District, State Rep. Harry Readshaw said he felt a deep sense of gratitude and respect for his constituents and knows they feel the same way about him.</p><p>“I think they appreciate what I’ve done during the last 10 legislative sessions,” Readshaw said, “and I just love these people.”</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 03:10:51 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs & Jennifer Szweda Jordan 29572 at Pittsburgh Arts Group Marks the Bard's Birthday <p>Four and a half centuries after he was born, the work of William Shakespeare continues to be performed across the globe, and Pittsburgh is marking the Bard’s birthday with a set of celebratory events.</p><p>Yvonne Hudson, artistic director with the art series Poet’s Corner, said they will be holding two events Wednesday to commemorate Shakespeare’s 450<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 27788 at Pittsburgh Lands Highly Regarded Candidate for Planning Department <p>The City of Pittsburgh has landed a highly regarded candidate to head the Department of City Planning.</p><p>Ron Gastil formerly served as planning director for Seattle and director of the Manhattan office for the New York City Department of City Planning. He said he is excited about the new administration.</p><p>“One that has a combination of real commitment to neighborhoods, and a big picture vision,” Gastil said. “It is also a city that is excited and believes that you can plan your built environment and plan your communities, and address questions of sustainability and equity.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:22:44 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 26996 at Meet Caroline Combemale: Cyber Student, Teen Teacher and Lead Guitarist <p></p><p></p><p>Caroline Combemale moves to her own rhythm. She has been shaped by a loving family, a tenacious personality and a hunger for new experiences. But her life has also been shaped by hardship.</p><p>The 15-year-old grew up in Belgium and often lapses into hushed French when she talks to her mother Laura. When they moved to Pittsburgh, where Laura is originally from, Combemale (pronounced Coom-beh-mel) was in grade school. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 25067 at Meet Caroline Combemale: Cyber Student, Teen Teacher and Lead Guitarist Where Are The Heroes To Save Pittsburgh's African-American Center? In 2009 a gleaming performing arts space opened to great fanfare in downtown Pittsburgh. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24850 at Where Are The Heroes To Save Pittsburgh's African-American Center? Fate of August Wilson Center An Open Question <p>In 2009, a gleaming performing arts space opened to great fanfare in downtown Pittsburgh.</p><p>Named after renowned playwright and native son August Wilson, it was meant to be a hub for African-American theater, art and education.</p><p>Today, the August Wilson Center is for sale, unable to pay its bills. But many wonder why it was allowed to get to this point.</p><p>August Wilson grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the 1940s and '50s. He met Sala Udin in parochial school.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:29:07 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24718 at VA Honors Veteran Patients with 'National Salute' Events <p>The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is celebrating its annual "National Salute to Veteran Patients," a week-long series of events that applaud veterans' sacrifices and draws attention to those receiving medical care.</p><p>In Pittsburgh, the VA will hold events at both its <a href="">University Drive campus</a> in Oakland and <a href="">H.J. Heinz campus</a> in O'Hara Township.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24009 at Think Tank Points to Link Between Climate Change and National Security <p>There is a direct connection between national security and climate change, according to the American Security Project (ASP), a small non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Senior flag officers from ASP are touring the country to talk about the connection between energy, environmental policy and national security. Senior fellow for energy and climate policy Andrew Holland said they will be talking to people outside of the traditional environmental groups, including businesses, veterans groups and lawmakers, about how a changing climate affects homeland security.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24096 at Virtual High School: Deep Freeze Didn't Stop Students from Attending Class <p>When temperatures dropped below zero in the beginning of January every school district and private school in Allegheny County canceled class. But a few schools made sure their students attended class online.</p><p>Seton La-Salle Catholic High School in Mt. Lebanon was among them.</p><p>Principal Lauren Martin explained they do anything they can to avoid having to tack on make-up days in June for bad weather earlier in the year because parents have already made summer plans and the kids are unfocused and eager to get out of school.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 23002 at Food Pantries Get Attention During the Holidays, But Need is Year-Round <p>While the holidays remind many of the food needs of others and compel people to donate to food banks, Lisa Scales, executive director and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, said need is not dependent on the calendar. In fact, she said summer can be a critical time for many families.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 21598 at A Snapshot of the Pittsburgh Region at Year's End <p>Pittsburgh is doing well, but has room to improve.</p><p>That's the take away from a recent document by Pittsburgh Today. The regional indicator project that compares the city to 14 other benchmark cities.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 21767 at Toys for Troops Helps Service Members and Vets Make Ends Meet <p>A toy giveaway focused on veterans, active duty personnel and members of the National Guard makes its debut in Pennsylvania Tuesday.</p><p>The Toys for Troops event will pass out two gifts per child for every military family in the Pittsburgh area. Operation Once in a Lifetime runs the event, and East Coast Regional Operations manager Marc Morris said these kind of initiatives are important because often times vets won't speak up when they need something.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:44:39 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 21463 at From Homewood to Harrisburg, Childcare Providers Seek Resources <p>Three-year-old Aubreaune stands behind an easel showing off her painting of a T-Rex.<br /><br />“It’s green and purple," she says. "It eats people. Roar!”<br /><br />She’s among a group of preschool-aged kids and childcare providers who gathered at the Homewood Early Learning Hub for play time on a recent Tuesday. Besides activities for the kids, providers and families use the center to find resources, and share best practices.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:47:15 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 21197 at From Homewood to Harrisburg, Childcare Providers Seek Resources For Victims of Violence, Memorials Built to Last <p><em><strong>How We Grieve:</strong> This the first in an occasional series exploring the ways people express their feelings in the aftermath of a death. </em></p><p>Some memorials to homicide victims are made of flowers, candles and photographs. Others are built to last.</p><p>Memorials to victims in the Pittsburgh region often hide in plain sight, but their message is far from veiled. Those behind the memorials say they're an attempt to turn despair into something positive.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 20825 at For Victims of Violence, Memorials Built to Last Google Teaches Internet Safety to Pittsburgh Students <p>Google's traveling "Good to Know Roadshow" program presented at an assembly Monday at Pittsburgh Obama Academy to teach middle school students about the importance of using the Internet safely.</p><p>Google spokeswoman Jamie Hill said it was their first time making the presentation in Pennsylvania. Google has an office at Bakery Square in the Larimer section of Pittsburgh. Hill said research shows 93 percent of teenagers are using the Internet.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:28:54 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 20008 at Speaking in Pittsburgh, Corbett Makes His Bid For Re-Election Official <p>A day after the general election and in his first stop on a tour announcing his bid for re-election, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he intended to be governor again.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:20:27 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 19375 at Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom <p>It's a typical day at the Children’s School at Carnegie Mellon University, and as director Sharon Carver walks from room to room, children ages 3 to 5 are bursting with activity.</p><p>In one space a little boy digs in a sandbox, in another corner children try to match recycling materials to the correct bins, and at another table children are navigating the serious task of sharing and shaping Play-Doh.</p><p>After taking stock of the activities Carver asks a reporter, “Which things were play and which things are not play?”</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:50:59 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 18469 at Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom US Senator Casey Weighs In on Syria Debate <p>As President Obama seeks congressional authorization for a limited military strike in Syria, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) lauded the administration's move to debate the issue with other lawmakers.</p><p>But Casey also said that he believed the president has the legal authority to conduct a strike without getting the go-ahead from Congress. He also said he thinks Obama should take action, regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C.</p><p>"I think he should act," Casey said.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:40:45 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15893 at UPMC to Spend $30 million on New Institute <p>The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine plan to expand their Vascular Medicine Institute over the next five years, by creating the Heart, Lung Blood and Vascular Medicine Institute, or <a href="">VMI</a>.</p><p>Dr. Mark Gladwin, co-director of VMI, said it will be a hub for research.</p><p>"This will be the research home for scientists and physicians and physician scientists that have primary appointments within cardiology, pulmonary and hematology," he said.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:40:31 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15738 at After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans <p></p><p>The year 1992 was an exceptional time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The Steelers finished first in their division, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the Pirates made it to the playoffs. Little did baseball fans know then that it would be two decades before the Pirates would have another winning season.</p><p>Now the Pirates are a handful of games away from ending the skid.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:50:45 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15232 at After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans